Thursday’s headlines begins with a piece from Associated Press where Jim Irsay talks about the Colts Super Bowl expectations moving forward and how that has impacted past decisions. Also, Chuck Pagano addresses the Colts disappointing end to the offseason. Lastly, the Colts signed first round draft pick Bjoern Werner on Wednesday.
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 pieces from Thursday, July 25th.
By: Michael Marot, Associated Press
Marot had an exclusive interview with Colts owner Jim Irsay.
In Marot’s article, Irsay goes in-depth on what he regrets about the way Peyton Manning left town and the more balanced attack that the Colts are striving for moving forward.
”My goal going into this new era was to have the opportunity to win more than one,” Irsay told The Associated Press just a few days before Indianapolis players report to training camp at nearby Anderson University. ”I think that the disappointment of not winning more than one with some of the things we did – out of 11 (playoff) chances, seven times out after the first playoff game – that’s really disappointing and we had some great teams.”
”We love the excitement of offense, we love the 49 touchdown passes and those sorts of things, but in the end, what we love most is Lombardi trophies,” Irsay said. ”There was a conscious effort to make sure we had more balance and tighten the special teams up. It was really a strong theme that I thought was important as Andrew came in and as we started this new era. When we can add that component (a tough ground game and a tough defense) to the Andrew Lucks of the world, I think you really have a chance to win more than one.”
By: Mike Chappell. Indy Star
It’s been a tough end to the 2013 offseason for Chuck Pagano and the Colts.
A few off-the-field issues has marred a busy offseason with numerous free agent additions.
“Obviously you’re extremely disappointed as a coach and a staff and an organization,” Pagano told The Indianapolis Star on Wednesday. “The (players) are equally or more disappointed because we talk all the time about representing (the Colts’ horseshoe), this organization, this city, your family, your name on the back of your jersey.”
“Hopefully we can grow from that, learn from it.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
As expected, the Colts signed Bjoern Werner on Wednesday and that means all seven 2013 NFL Draft picks will be in Anderson for training camp.
Werner has exceeded expectations according to Pagano in making the adjustment to a stand-up role at outside linebacker.
“The transition from playing down all those years with his hand in the dirt and playing on the left side (at Florida State), he came in here and he’s playing in a two-point (stance),’’ Pagano said. “We’re asking a lot of him from a mental standpoint and he just picks it up.
“He’s a natural. He’s a great athlete.’’
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