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LETTER FROM COMMISSIONER GOODELL

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 24, 2013 – 12:01 pm

National Football League

To NFL Fans:Roger Goodell, Commissioner

During the 2013 NFL Draft, young men will see their dreams realized as they are selected to become professional football players. And countless younger football players will be watching them. No matter what level they play, all football players should be taught the proper fundamentals and know that their safety is the top priority as they participate in the sport they love.

That is why the NFL is proud to partner with USA Football to announce the national launch of Heads Up Football, a comprehensive youth football initiative whose aim is to take the head out of the game.  Your support is a vital component.

Heads Up Football was created with direction from independent football and medical experts.  All coaches in a Heads Up Football league must be certified via USA Football’s nationally accredited Level 1 coaching certification course.  These leagues also appoint a Player Safety Coach, who is trained by USA Football.  Every coach, parent and player affiliated with a Heads Up Football league receives training on the following subjects:

  • Heads Up Tackling, which teaches tackling in a safer and more effective way. The head is always up in order to lessen the risk of head or neck injuries;
  • Concussion recognition and response in which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols are learned; and
  • Proper equipment fitting to ensure the correct fitting of a player’s helmet and shoulder pads.

Piloted in three leagues in 2012, Heads Up Football will expand to more than 900 youth leagues across all 50 states in 2013. Many of these leagues will receive the guidance of Heads Up Football Ambassadors, former NFL players who will collaborate with the league’s coaches, administrators, player safety coach, parents and players to help ensure that the game is played the right way.

We want to help develop a culture of safety at every level of the game, and we encourage youth coaches, players and parents to join us.

We can play a part in making the game safer. As an NFL fan, here is what you can do to make a difference.  If you are the parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend or neighbor of a youth football player, tell them about Heads Up Football and encourage their coaches or guardians to visit www.USAFootball.com to sign their league up as a Heads Up Football league. If you are a youth football coach or commissioner, we invite you to join the Heads Up Football movement by clicking here.

We are committed to football that fans love and the safety the players deserve at all levels of the game.  Your support is critical.

Thanks for your help, and we hope you enjoy the NFL Draft.

Roger Goodell
Commissioner, National Football League


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HASSELBECK LEARNING NEW FACES IN INDY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:07 am

Matt Hasselbeck had seen the film on Andrew Luck and like a majority of those watching, he came away impressed with the “toughness and skill level” No. 12 possessed last season.

When Hasselbeck arrived to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center early last week, the moving boxes were in front of his new locker and along with unpacking his belongings, it was time to forge a relationship with the guy he had heard so much about.

“What I didn’t know about (Luck) and I have earned a great deal of respect for in a short amount of time, is just how he is as a leader and how vocal he is and you can tell that the way has been paved here with a great player at that position,” Hasselbeck said of his fellow quarterback.

“He’s stepped up to the plate, guys respect him, he does everything right. It’s fun to see. It’s enjoyable to watch.”

The 2013 season will mark the 15th for Hasselbeck and his career has included experiences with a pair of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.

Hasselbeck’s first three seasons in the NFL included playing behind Brett Favre in Green Bay. In 2001, Hasselbeck became a full-time starter in Seattle and learned under Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer (the then Seahawks backup) for four years.

After 10 seasons as a starter in Seattle (and one Super Bowl appearance), Hasselbeck moved on to Tennessee where he was used sparingly as a starter with the Titans trying to groom 2011 first round draft pick Jake Locker into their franchise quarterback.

Now, at the age of 37, Hasselbeck has found a new home in Indianapolis and while he is in search of the game’s ultimate prize, the veteran signal caller is ready for any task that is thrown his way.

“We all hope I never have to play but my job is to be ready to go and be ready to win games and that’s where my focus has to be if anything comes out beyond that then that’s fine,” Hasselbeck said.

“I’m here as a resource for anybody that wants it. It could be defensive coaches. It might be the young quarterbacks. Who knows? But my number one goal is just to be ready to play.”

As Hasselbeck tried to unpack his belongings during the team’s first week of OTAs his teammates migrated over to No. 8’s locker, ready to welcome a veteran voice in a locker room dominated by players more than 10 years younger than him.

You can tell it’s a tight knit group, a tight knit team,” Hasselbeck said of the Colts.

“Everyone is very excited to get back together, to get back to seeing each other. For me, I’ve met a bunch of new people in a short amount of time. I’m trying to study a brand new playbook. We’re also working really hard in the weight room, out on the field, but it’s been fun.”


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2013 OFFSEASON OUTLOOK: ARIZONA CARDINALS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:00 am

Between now and the beginning of the NFL Draft (April 25), Colts.com will take an offseason look at each of the Colts 2013 opponents. The 11th installment comes today with the Arizona Cardinals:

Arizona Cardinals 2013 Offseason:

2012 Season: 5-11 regular season. Finished 4th in the NFC West

Key Offseason Additions: S-Yeremiah Bell, LB-Jasper Brinkley, CB-Antoine Cason, RB-Rashad Mendenhall, QB-Carson Palmer, CB-Jerraud Powers, DE-Frostee Rucker, QB-Drew Stanton

Key Offseason Losses: LB-Stewart Bradley (Broncos), LB-Quentin Groves (Browns), QB-Kevin Kolb (Bills), CB-Greg Toler (Colts), S-Adrian Wilson (Patriots)

2013 Draft Picks: 1-7, 2-38, 3-69, 4-103, 5-140, 6-174, 6-176

Analysis: An undefeated month of September came as a surprise to many NFL pundits and the successful start would not be sustained through the 2012 season. After starting 4-0, Arizona won just one game the rest of the season and former Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians has taken over the helm in Arizona.

Arians will have a veteran quarterback in Palmer to carry out his big play mantra that Colts fans got used to during BA’s one season as play caller in Indianapolis. The Cardinals will have to be able to put up points in a division that might be the league’s best at the top. Mendenhall was Arians’ running back during their time together in Pittsburgh and if the former first rounder can stay healthy, he should be the main back out in Arizona.

The Cardinals brought in some veteran defensive players that will have to mesh quickly in order to defend some of the most exotic offenses in the league that reside in the NFC West. Expect offensive line to be the choice at No. 7 in Thursday’s NFL Draft with guard or tackle being a viable option.

Houston Texans Offseason Outlook

Tennessee Titans Offseason Outlook

Jacksonville Jaguars Offseason Outlook

Denver Broncos Offseason Outlook

Oakland Raiders Offseason Outlook

St. Louis Rams Offseason Outlook

Seattle Seahawks Offseason Outlook

Miami Dolphins Offseason Outlook

Kansas City Chiefs Offseason Outlook

San Diego Chargers Offseason Outlook


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 24TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 6:54 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
2013 NFL Draft: Colts TE Dwayne Allen remembers the 2012 draft costing him $1 million
Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 1, QB Peyton Manning
ESPN analyst believes Colts Andrew Luck might wind up being one of best QBs in NFL history
Colts Top 7 ‘front seven’ draft prospects
Colts’ Top 5 possible offensive linemen picks
Blogger mock: Xavier Rhodes to Colts

COLTS.COM
2013 NFL Draft Preview: Safeties
Colts top draft pick: Cornerback
Same-page value

AFC SOUTH BLOG
After more time with Jaguars’ new duds
Thoughts on Jaguars’ new uniforms
Blogger mock: Keenan Allen to Texans
Numbers show Jags’ need at DE, CB
Blogger mock: Dion Jordan to Jaguars

NFL NEWS
Big decisions loom for Texans as NFL draft approaches
NFL draft goes local
Owner Shad Khan OK with Jaguars’ first pick in draft
A round of hugs for Goodell and Draftees
NFL beefs up draft security
Chiefs hold NO. 1 pick in draft for first time
NFLPA signs deal with electronic-signature company
GM: Worst NFL Draft in past 10-12 years

AFC TEAM NEWS
No rust to get DE help
Patience on QB will pay off if Idzik can resist ‘reach’ tomorrow
Oceanside draws line to NFL

NFC TEAM NEWS
NY Giants may draft Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o
So many needs, so few picks for Bears


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FINAL MOCK DRAFT ROUND-UP

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 12:00 am

The NFL Draft is just over 24 hours away and here is the final installment of various mock drafts from national media outlets to gauge what NFL pundits are thinking the Colts might do with the 24th pick in the first round.

ESPN, Todd McShay (April 21)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

ESPN, Mel Kiper (April 22)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Kiper’s Analysis: The value lines up at a position of need.

Sports Illustrated, Peter King (April 24)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

King’s Analysis: GM Ryan Grigson’s hot streak continues as he gets the No. 2 CB in the draft all the way down at 24. Rhodes is big

NFL.com, Gill Brandt (April 23)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Brandt’s Analysis: A very good player falls to the Colts in Rhodes, someone who can be a valuable addition to their team.

Fox Sports, Peter Schrager (April 23)

No. 24: CB D.J. Hayden, Houston

Schrager’s Analysis: The Colts drafted offensive players with nine of their 10 draft picks a season ago. They’ve worked hard this offseason to add a host of talented free agents on the defensive side of the ball, including Erik Walden, Ricky Jean-Francois, LaRon Landry, Greg Toler and Aubrayo Franklin. I don’t think they’re done addressing the D. Hayden has an incredible story and is being discussed as a potential top-15 guy now. If he slips to 24, the Colts could pounce.

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco (April 21)

No. 24: C Brian Schwenke, California

Prisco’s Analysis: They need to get an upgrade in the middle of their line. This kid can move.

USA Today, Nate Davis (April 24)

No. 24: OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse

Davis’ Analysis: Let’s safeguard QB Andrew Luck, who endured 41 sacks and countless more hits as a rookie, first and continue rebuilding the defense later. Pugh was a tackle in college but could plug in at guard right away for Indy.

Yahoo! Sports, Greg Cosell (April 24)

No. 24: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Cosell’s Analysis: My pick is Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes played boundary corner in Florida State’s defense. He was predominantly a press man corner; he was competitive and challenging. He had some balance and footwork issues that can be coached and cleaned up. There were times I felt he was a little tight hipped and stiff in his transition when he turned and ran versus vertical routes. Yet, as with Milliner, in an era in which bigger wide receivers are more widespread, Rhodes, at 6-foot-1 1/2 and 210 pounds, brings the size and physicality that’s needed. There’s no question Rhodes needs work in zone coverage awareness and discipline, not having played a lot of it in college. But overall, he has a very intriguing blend of size, length and physicality. He would give the Colts and Chuck Pagano two very good press man corners, teaming with Vontae Davis. You have maximum flexibility defensively when you can line up with two corners that can play man-to-man..


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