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Andrew Luck’s college coach shares stories on No. 12

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 31, 2013 – 10:58 am

Earlier this week, Stanford head coach David Shaw joined the Dan Patrick show.

Shaw, who was Andrew Luck’s offensive coordinator from 2008-2010 and then his head coach in 2011, was asked about his former Cardinal quarterback.

The transcript below includes Shaw sharing some interesting insight to why Luck is wired the way he is:

Shaw on his favorite Andrew Luck story:

“There’s so many. There’s so many. (Patrick interjects: “Is (Luck) a nerd, David?”) Absolutely. Absolutely. And I love that about him and when people meet him, they love that about him, also. Because he’s not just football 24/7. He can talk about anything else. He loves talking about World Cup soccer. He can nerd out on World Cup soccer for hours.

What I love about Andrew is you see the way he plays…but he’s ultra, ultra competitive. There was a game we played against the University of Washington two years ago, his last year (2011). We set the school record for rushing yards and Andrew threw for 100-and-something yards (169 yards, season low) and it was on a day when like six guys threw for 350 plus yards, couple guys threw for 400 plus. We pulled Andrew out of the game and I looked at him and I was like, ‘Gosh, sorry. Everybody else had big days today and we just ran the ball a bunch today.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Coach, I just had my best game.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘I saw everything. I got us in all the right run checks. I felt like it was a flawless game. I played my best football game.’

So here’s a guy that’s a Heisman Trophy candidate, he’s an All-American, an Academic All-American, he’s our team leader, etc, and he was so excited because we had two running backs over 100 (yards) and another running back go for 90 something. He was a part of it. That tells you how unselfish, his character, his leadership and his competitiveness. He was so excited that we won. He didn’t care about stats. So many guys say they don’t care about stats publically and they go back behind and they read everybody else stats and they get mad because their stats don’t compare. Here’s a guy that’s truly in it to win it and is truly part of the team.”

On Andrew Luck being “deceptively athletic” and why are there labels on him:

“That’s a great question and I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s a racial commentary because he doesn’t look like he should be that fast or if it’s because he is big, 240 pounds. But when you watch him play, and you saw it in high school, he’s a pocket passer, oh wait, he’s out of the pocket and he’s gone for 40 (yards). He had multiple runs here of 30 yards plus. He’s a great athlete. He can run, but at the same time he can also just buy time in the pocket and throw the ball. Deceptively athletic and deceptively fast, it’s not really deceptive to those guys on defense because sometimes they have a tough time catching him.”


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COLTS OLB-ROBERT MATHIS NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 10:15 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. This marks the third time Mathis has earned the award in his career.

 

In the month of October, Mathis compiled 11 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed as the Colts went 2-1. His 4.0 sacks in the month ranked tied for fourth in the AFC while the two forced fumbles ranked tied for second in the NFL.

 

In a Week 5 victory against Seattle (10/6), Mathis totaled 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble as he became the 30th player in NFL history to record 100.0 career sacks. His second sack in the third quarter marked the first time in his career that he totaled multiple sacks in four consecutive games (9/15/13 – 10/6/13). Two weeks later in the team’s victory over undefeated Denver (10/20), Mathis finished with five tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble, which led to a safety. He regained the current league lead in sacks with his second quarterback takedown of Peyton Manning while passing Jim Jeffcoat for 26th place on the NFL’s all-time sack list.

 

For the season, Mathis has recorded 33 tackles (29 solo), 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass defensed. His sack total is tied for the fifth-most in a season in Colts history, while his five multi-sack games this year tie a franchise record.

 

Mathis was also the last Colts player to win AFC Player of the Month honors when he did so in September 2010.


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 31st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:43 am

The Colts returned to the practice field on Wednesday in preparation for their third straight prime time game. Today’s news looks at the Colts trying to re-capture the AFC South and the task of facing the league’s top defense.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 31st.

Indianapolis Colts look to retake the AFC South from two-time defending champ Houston Texans

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

The message started with Chuck Pagano and extended throughout the Colts locker room.

“It’s huge,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of the prime-time matchup on NBC’s “Football Night in America.” “First and foremost, our No. 1goal is to win the division. The road to winning the division goes through Houston.”

Not long ago, this couldn’t be said. The Colts, during a span of sustained success few franchises have enjoyed, cruised to division championships in most seasons. In the seven division-title seasons, Indianapolis averaged 12.4 victories and recorded an astounding 34-8 mark (.810 winning percentage) against division foes Houston, Tennessee and Jacksonville. Twice, in 2005 and ’09, the Colts went unbeaten in the AFC South.

But the struggles of 2011, when quarterback Peyton Manning was injured, and the emergence of the Texans have prevented the Colts from winning a division title since 2010. The current team, comprised mostly of players who weren’t around for the days when the Colts dominated the South, has a renewed focus on winning the division because it’s something most players on the roster have not experienced.

“There’s a saying, ‘To be the champs, you have to beat the champs,’ ” said outside linebacker Robert Mathis, one of just eight holdovers from the 2010 team. “So, in order to get it back, we have to go down there and handle our business. I’ve been a part of some championship teams. (This team) is focused and they want it.”

Colts’ next challenge is beating NFL’s top defense

By: Mike Marot, The Associated Press

Through the first seven games of the NFL season, the Colts have piled up a pretty impressive list of accomplishments.

They beat the defending NFC champs on the road. They are the only team with wins over two of the NFL’s three one-loss teams. They’ve already beaten the NFL’s top offense and, on Sunday, they’ve got another big challenge — facing Houston’s top-ranked defense .

“They’ve got game-wreckers all over the place. They’ve got a front seven that is as good as anybody in football. They’ve got probably the best defensive player in football in J.J. Watt,” coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday.

Pagano didn’t stop there, and with good reason. There are plenty of other guys on Houston’s defense who are capable of creating chaos, and the Colts know it.


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Kelvin Sheppard Google+ Hangout

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 30, 2013 – 4:56 pm

This week’s Google+ Hangout is with Kelvin Sheppard. It will begin around 5:15PM.

To sign up for an upcoming one, register here.


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LaVon Brazill ready to be “a big part of (Colts) offense”

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 3:08 pm

Standing just a few feet away from Reggie Wayne’s empty locker, LaVon Brazill knows the challenge that lies ahead.

The task might seem daunting but Brazill is ready to embrace it.

“I want to show them what I’m capable of doing and that’s being a big part of this offense,” Brazill said of helping to replace Reggie Wayne.

“Do what got me here, make plays, catch the ball, keep the chains moving, let my work do the talking.”

After returning from a four-game suspension to start the 2013 season, Brazill put in perspective what the time away from playing and practice meant for the second-year wide receiver.

“(Helped me) grow as a man,” Brazill said on Wednesday. “I messed up and paid the consequences. Now I’m ready to move forward and put all that behind me. I’m ready to make a play and I’m ready to do it.”

In his rookie season, Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards and was second on the Colts with 16.9 yards per catch.temp2012_1202_DET_bowen_1410--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Those opportunities gave the Colts 2012 sixth round pick the “confidence” to play at the NFL level.

In Wayne’s absence, the Colts young receivers have turned to five-year veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey for leadership.

On Wednesday, Chuck Pagano spoke to DHB’s leadership and the message for the entire receiving corps moving forward.

“I said you guys were around the guy (Wayne) long enough. You understand from a practice standpoint, preparation standpoint, film study, all those type of things, you saw a future Hall of Famer do it for however long you’ve been here, so just emulate that.”


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Bjoern Werner returns to practice for the 1st time in a month

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:17 am

For the past month, Bjoern Werner has been a spectator on the Colts practice field.

Werner, who has been dealing with a foot injury since leaving the Jaguars game on Sept. 29, put the pads back on Monday afternoon practicing in a limited role.

“(Werner) felt good doing what he did, leaving the practice field,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday.

“Hopefully he comes in (Tuesday) morning and feels great and then amp it up a little bit more on Wednesday. Always see the glass half full on that kind of thing.”

In Werner’s first three and a half NFL games, he had four tackles (.5 sack) while playing mostly in nickel situations and on special teams.

Werner’s infectious personality hasn’t changed despite missing a month of his rookie campaign.temp2013_0426_Bjoern_Werner_0025--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

“Honestly, it’s pretty easy because the atmosphere around the players is awesome. I don’t think anything negative. It’s really motivating to get back out there and help,” Werner said earlier this week.

“They’re doing such a great job without me but I’m trying to be back so hopefully I can be at least a factor. That’s my goal.”

One of the initial steps to getting back on the playing field came on Monday.

Both Werner and Pagano alluded to the fact that how the rookie’s foot handles a full week of practice will be the ultimate factor in deciding if Sunday night marks his return.

“I don’t know how it responds, just putting the pads on and stuff like that,” Werner said of his foot.

“That was the first time actually being out there and having the helmet on in like four weeks, so we’ll see how it feels. Hopefully it will be ready.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 30th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:35 am

The Colts will put on the pads today as they return to the practice field in preparation for Sunday night’s matchup with the Texans. Today’s news looks at the longevity of Adam Vinatieri and this weekend’s contest.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 30th.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri continues to succeed at highest level as he aims for 5th ring

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

With a 15-of-17 effort in the first seven games of the season, Adam Vinatieri is showing zero signs of slowing down.

“He’s obviously found the Fountain of Youth somewhere,” Pagano said. “I don’t know if that’s in Carmel or if he went to Florida.”

Vinatieri smiled at the notion. At 40, he’s the NFL’s oldest player.

But in his 18th season and after laying the foundation for likely induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he remains driven.

“Never being satisfied is the real key to it,” Vinatieri said. “Always wanting more and more. More stats. More Super Bowl rings.

“Whatever ‘more’ that might be, just keeping it going.”

Back in stride: After bye week, Luck says Colts must overlook Texans’ 2-5 record

By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune

Chuck Pagano said throw the records out the window when divisional teams meet and that message has permeated through the Colts locker room.

It’s back to work for the Indianapolis Colts, who will go into Sunday night’s nationally televised National Football League game (NBC, 8:30 p.m. kickoff) against defending AFC South champion Houston with a 5-2 record and a two-game lead in the division.

The Texans, meanwhile, have struggled of late and will take a 2-5 mark against Indianapolis.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck doesn’t care to talk about Houston’s issues so far this season. All he knows is that the Texans have ruled the division the last two seasons and still possess an outstanding defense.

“I don’t think there will be any problem of flipping the switch [coming off a bye] and getting back going. I don’t think guys really turned it off completely [last week] either,” Luck said Monday.

“It’s great to relax, great to get your mind off of things. But we’re excited for this week and a great test in Houston.”

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 29, 2013 – 6:38 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster and tackle Xavier Nixon to the practice squad. The team also waived cornerback Daxton Swanson from Injured Reserve.

Saunders, 6-5, 261 pounds, has played in 27 career games (10 starts), catching six passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. He was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 16, 2012 and appeared in 11 games (four starts) last year, recording two catches for 15 yards. Saunders was waived by the Colts on July 25, 2013.

Nixon was originally signed to the Colts active roster off the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 24, 2013. He was inactive for all four games before being waived on October 28. He was originally signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent on May 2 and was waived on August 31. Nixon was then signed to the team’s practice squad the following day.

Swanson was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013 and was waived-injured on August 31. He graduated Sam Houston State as the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 14 and ranks second in all-time interception return yardage (228).


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Pagano talks Reggie Wayne’s surgery, return from bye week and his team’s outlook on the 2nd half

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:37 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights (Tuesday this week due to Monday Night game).

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s bye week:

On the tempo of Monday’s practice:

“They were really on point. They were fresh obviously and eager to get back out there. The mental part of it was great but the speed at which they practiced at and the tempo, it was a little bit shorter then normal, but it was outstanding.”

On Reggie Wayne’s surgery last Friday:

“That phone doesn’t stop blowing up. He’s watching games yesterday. You get a text every five, 10 minutes, “Coach, did you see that? Could you believe what they just did there?” Surgery went well. It was last Friday down in Miami. Spirits are good. He’s going to take it one day at a time, like everybody has to do and just keep chopping wood as we say. He’s already started his rehab. He’s going at it three times a day. It’s Reggie being Reggie so if there’s any doubters out there, forget it.”

On playing Houston and five divisional games to close out the year:

“We are happy where we are at but records don’t mean anything, especially with a division game, on the road. These guys, the past two years they’ve been the division champions. We just got to stick to the process. The minute you start reading the press clippings, the minute you start patting yourself on the back, that’s when you get your fanny kicked. We know how hard it is to play down there, great football team.”

On the resiliency of his football team:

“We’ve got a tight group, great locker room, great veteran leadership. They just won’t allow themselves to buy into the notion that because we’ve lost this guy, that guy, whoever, we will never use that as an excuse. There’s no player, no coach, nobody in this organization who will ever use that as an excuse. We hate to lose anybody. We know that’s part of the game. That’s why we stress to these guys week-in-and-week-out that you never know when you’re number is going to get called. You may not be a starter today but make sure you are preparing for a starter because you never know.”

On the biggest improvements from last season to 2013:

“Being familiar on the defensive side system wise and even though we changed coordinators on the offensive side, the guys have done a great job on both sides of the ball. We are taking care of the little things. You look at turnover margin—plus 7, you look at penalties, leading the league or top two in the league in (fewest committed) penalties. We are not shooting ourselves in the foot. We are taking care of the football, managing the game. We are doing the little things.”


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Clyde Christensen talks about the loss of Reggie Wayne and the impact for Andrew Luck, Colts offense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:41 am

Clyde Christensen is the longest tenured coach of the Colts coaching staff.

Entering his 12th season with the Colts, Christensen was the team’s receivers coach from 2002-2009.

Reggie Wayne was a pupil under Christensen during that stretch and No. 87 earned four straight Pro Bowl appearances.

Christensen, now the Colts quarterbacks coach, knows maybe better than any Colts coach what the loss of Wayne means to the offense.

“You can’t replace Reg,” Christensen said last week. “It’s kind of your security blanket. When all heck is breaking loose, you know where Reg is going to be.”

“I’ve been here 12 years and I’m probably the most shocked of anybody because I’ve never seen him miss a game, very seldom seen him miss a snap of practice. He’s been such a warrior.”

That security blanket has nine third-down conversions in 2013, which is more than double of any Colts receiving target.temp2013_1016_colts_1326--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Christensen used an interesting analogy describing the loss of Wayne from Andrew Luck’s standpoint.

“We’ve all had a kid and we’re (now) taking your favorite animal. You’re 13 now. You got to grow up and go,” Christensen said. “So it’s going to have to be the same thing. Some folks are going to have to step up. We have to keep the same level of consistency that (Wayne) brought.”

Over the past dozen years, Christensen has watched Wayne grow into one of the game’s all-time receivers.

Yet, it’s the impact that Wayne has had away from the gridiron that has Christensen ready for the second half of the season.

“You see the effects of being in the room with Reggie (Wayne) and T.Y.’s game and how it’s stepped up and how consistent he’s become and that has to permeate through the whole unit and certainly the receiver room,” Christensen said.

“He gives the team a mentality of how you have to play this game, of how important it is to practice, how important it is to just keep grinding. So now we got to take it and go. Some guys got to step up and we’ve got some good young guys who are going to do that.”


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