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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 4TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 4, 2013 – 8:56 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Tuesday, June 4th.

Chuck Pagano brings new vibe to Colts after fighting leukemia

By: NFL.com, Jeff Darlington

A tremendous piece by Darlington highlighting Pagano’s recovery and how the #CHUCKSTRONG mantra has transferred into #COLTSTRONG.

Darlington talked with numerous Colts players on what they’ve seen from Pagano this offseason.

“He’s saying things to guys that most coaches don’t say,” defensive end Cory Redding said. “He’ll pull you aside and tell you, ‘Hey, I care about you and I love you. Friend to friend.’ That kind of stuff doesn’t come from coaches very often. That’s the type of stuff I’m talking about. Emotionally and physically, to his friends, to the team, to his family, he’s not holding anything back.

Of course the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl remains for Pagano but for now having him back and healthy is an early season victory for everyone around the Colts organization.

“As much energy as I have, and as blessed as I am, it almost seems surreal to me right now,” Pagano said. “Being back in the meetings, back at the job full time, it’s almost like it never happened.”

Colts expect Landry for minicamp

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

Much of the recent talk has been about when Colts fans will get their first look at Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry.

That will happen in less than a week when the Colts are looking forward to see Landry in Indianapolis to take part in the team’s three-day minicamp.

“We’d obviously like to see him here with his teammates,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. “But we know how strict and focused LaRon is and has always been in regards to his offseason training regimen. The guy is elite in that regard. We knew this going in.” “We knew he was elite in terms of being how he trains and treats his body. Also him being in very similar scheme helped ease any worries. He will be at minicamp, yes.”

Austin Collie won’t let concussions halt NFL comeback

By: Mike Garafolo, USA Today

Garafolo wrote a great profile on the recovery process that Collie is enduring this offseason.

Looking to make a comeback in an NFL career that was cut short due to head injuries, and a knee injury last season, Collie is training in Indianapolis.

The feature takes a look at the injuries throughout Collie’s NFL career and shadows his rehab process with the ultimate goal being a return to the game he loves.

“Call me naïve or optimistic, but I’m confident I’ll be playing,” Collie said. “Naïve optimism, I guess you can say. That’s kind of the attitude you want to have, otherwise you’re going to be wandering aimlessly around here.”

Monday Morning Quarterback

By Peter King, Sports Illustrated

No Colts news in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback but King’s massive piece is too good not to include.

King takes a look at 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick and how close the Super Bowl signal caller was to becoming an Oakland Raider back during the 2011 NFL Draft.

There was even a report that Raiders Owner Al Davis threw a glass across the room when he heard that the 49ers were selecting Kapernick in the second round of that year’s draft.

“I don’t know that he threw anything,” said then Raiders coach Hue Jackson. “But he was upset. So was I. Scouting him, I fell in love with the kid. Leader, won a ton of games at Nevada, really impressive when you talked to him, strong, all the tools to win in the NFL. No doubt in my mind he was going to be good.”

This weeks’s MMQB touches on a number of different subjects including a look at Titans free agent signee Andy Levitre and his rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery.


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MENTAL MAKEUP OF JOSH CHAPMAN HAS COLTS COACHES EXCITED FOR 2013

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:30 am

Much has been made about the physical stature Josh Chapman brings to the nose tackle position.

At 6-0 and a few notches above 300 pounds, Chapman has the prototypical frame for what defensive coaches envision when plugging a nose tackle into the middle of their 3-4 scheme.

What Chapman might lack in height, he makes up for with a powerful base and is widely known as a stalwart in the weight room.`

How about Chapman away from the trenches?

“Josh is a guy who as a coach you love. He’s a guy who loves football,” Colts defensive line coach Gary Emanuel said.

“Last year when he was not playing, he knew all the calls. He could get on the board and write everything up. He knew everyone’s assignment. He could draw up the defense. He’s a football junkie.”

The Colts coaches are thrilled to have Chapman out on the practice field this offseason where last year he was resorted to rehab.

Chapman’s jubilation to be back on the girdiron is one thing but couple that with what he’s shown his coaches so far and things are looking bright for the Alabama product.

“He’s obviously happy to be out here, playing football again. He’s just ecstatic about being out here,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said.

“It’s like riding a bike for him. He hasn’t really missed a beat. We aren’t in pads and that sort of thing but from a mental standpoint, he’s great. From a technical standpoint, he’s doing a great job.”

The physical and mental makeup of Chapman is there and now back playing on two legs again, the second-year nose tackle embodies what playing that position is all about.

It’s one thing to have the physical characteristics to survive the beating of 600+ pounds on you every single play. But it’s a whole ‘nother for a guy to embrace being in the trenches at the NFL level.

“As a defensive (coach), you have to love those kinds of guys. Not like them, you love those kinds of guys,” Emanuel said of Chapman’s attitude.

“They understand that every play at that position, there’s going to be contact. Whether it’s run or pass, you’re going to hit somebody. You enjoy hitting people, and that’s what you like about playing on the line. You love guys who like that.”


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