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Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: San Diego Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 15, 2013 – 11:34 am

Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from San Diego.

The normal reps for Trent Richardson were not there on Monday night.

Limited offensive possessions only allowed for 10 Richardson carries against the Chargers but he did average 4.0 yards on those attempts.

Richardson had both of the Colts third-down conversions from Monday night.

During the Colts lone third quarter drive, it was Richardson with 12- and three-yard rushes on separate third-and-ones.

“That’s how it should be all season,” Richardson said of the physical running nature.

The most impressive Richardson play of the evening came on a 13-yard reception where he broke three separate tackles.

However, it was a late fourth quarter drop that had Richardson’s attention following the 19-9 loss.

“I dropped a screen pass (because) I took my eyes off the ball,” Richardson said after the game. “I can still see myself running. That’s not the football I play. I don’t like to have missed assignments. I’m beating myself up about it, but good thing we have a game this Sunday.”

“We beat ourselves. Don’t get me wrong they made a lot of good plays and that’s a good team, but I felt the whole game that we weren’t going to lose.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Inside Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard saw ample playing time in the second half with Jerrell Freeman sidelined (concussion). Sheppard finished with four tackles and had a nine-yard sack of Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Tackle Ricky Jean Francois was back in the starting lineup after he missed the last two weeks with a groin injury. Jean Francois had three tackles and a tackle for loss which forced a field goal attempt by the Chargers.

Fullback Stanley Havili returned to the lineup on Monday night and while his stats might not indicate it, his contributions should not be taken for granted. Havili did have a 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter that set up Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard field goal.


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Five Things Learned, Colts-San Diego

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:23 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have played poised football and executed consistently in winning 15-of-21 under Chuck Pagano prior to Monday.

At San Diego, the Colts had one of their tougher outings and were not able to win many “situational” moments, according to Pagano.

While results rarely are as good or bad as they seem, there are points on which to improve as Indianapolis seeks to retain its lead pace in the AFC South.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

POSSESSION AND POINTS – After the Colts opened with a sustained scoring drive and forced two San Diego punts to start the game, it looked like it would be a night of accomplishment on the national stage.  Instead, San Diego owned the ball for almost 21 minutes of the second and third quarters and beyond the first five minutes of the fourth period.  Sixteen of their 19 points came from the 55 plays on those drives, while the Colts labored almost in vain.  Indianapolis had a near-32-minute possession average in its first five games and produced on the scoreboard while having the ball in getting to 4-1.  A sobering defeat saw San Diego control the game with a near two-to-one possession advantage and getting points to close those drives.  The Colts had to be efficient when they got the ball, and they were not.

EXECUTE – Pagano is a player’s coach in every respect, including a post-game message:  “I told the players, it isn’t about heart.  It isn’t about toughness.  It isn’t about preparation.  Our guys do that week-in and week-out.  They’re going to play their hearts out.  We just have to play smart.  We have to play better football.  We didn’t play good football.  We didn’t play good situational football.  We’ll get that fixed.”  Penalties have not been a season-long problem.  Seven at Jacksonville did not hinder a 34-point win.  Five at San Diego perpetuated defeat, with three coming on third downs to extend drives.  Ten points came on drives where penalties hurt.  Offensively, two-of-10 on third downs and about six dropped passes kept the defense on the field.  Effort is not the issue.  Smart effort has made this team a success – one able to avoid consecutive losses under Pagano.

FREEMAN FACTOR – Jerrell Freeman missed parts of the game Monday with a concussion, plus had a cut on his chin.  Freeman has been a big factor in the club’s defensive success, and missing him for more than a half at San Diego might have proved his value in absence as much as what he has done while playing.  His leadership is key to a defense that will need a solid performance Sunday, and a concussion baseline must be met in a short week.

VINNY’S GREATNESS – This is not really a lesson learned, just a citation for a Hall-worthy player being at the top of his game in an 18th season.  Adam Vinatieri nailed 50- and 51-yard field goals at San Diego.  Nailed – into the net.  He has made 12-of-14 this year.  A 49-yarder pushed a late lead against Seattle from three to six points.  He kept the Colts within arm’s distance at San Diego.  Vinatieri is seven-of-nine beyond 40 yards this year, with a 52-yarder that hit halfway up the upright against Miami and a 51-yard miss into the win at San Francisco.  Those who dare to question of the game’s greats may have to wait a few more years.

DEFEND THE RUN – Two straight games the Colts have allowed 100-yard rushers.  Marshawn Lynch and Ryan Mathews both reached 102, and this is in addition to Terrelle Pryor (112) and Russell Wilson (102).  Seattle ran for 218 yards and a 6.4 average.  San Diego got 147 at a 4.0 clip.  It is a two-game matter that bears watching.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:42 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

When Jerrell Freeman exited the game late in the first half with a concussion, it was time for a little in game “Next Man Up”.

Sheppard played a majority of the second half in Freeman’s absence and had four tackles, including a critical fourth quarter sack of Philip Rivers.

The Colts had cut the lead back down to seven points on an Adam Vinatieri field goal with 7:21 to play.

On the ensuing drive, Sheppard bull-rushed Chargers running back Danny Woodhead and sacked Rivers for a nine-yard loss.

The sack came on a second-and-10 and two plays later the Chargers were punting, giving the Colts one final opportunity to tie the game.

Sheppard was acquired via trade following April’s NFL Draft. He previously started 24 games in two years with the Buffalo Bills.

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 15th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:11 am

The Colts returned home just a few hours ago after a 19-9 loss on Monday Night Football. Today’s news looks at the Colts mistakes and Reggie Wayne’s milestone.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, October 15th.  

Indianapolis Colts lose to the San Diego Chargers 19-9

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

It was another slow start on Monday night and that snowballed into just nine points and zero touchdown drives for the first time all season.

The Colts could blame a variety of factors: the Chargers’ aggressive passing game; the performance of rookie receiver Keenan Allen; the concussion that sidelined inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

But the biggest damage in this game was kind that was self-inflicted. In many ways, the Colts did this to themselves, contributing to their defeat with dropped passes, ill-timed penalties, missed tackles and overall unsound football.

“We gave this up,” a downcast Reggie Wayne said in the losers’ locker room.

It was a laundry list of all the things the Colts have generally done well in 2013 but failed to do on an otherwise beautiful Southern California night.

“Nobody wants to go out there and drop balls and miss blocks and make penalties,” Wayne said. “But that’s part of the game. We’ve just got to correct them. That’s out of the norm for ourselves.”

Reggie Wayne makes 1,000th catch

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

The moment came during an up-tempo, two-minute drill midway through the fourth quarter but should not be forgotten.

The 1,000th catch was a 21-yard reception on which Wayne had to go low to get the ball before it hit the ground.

Wayne finished Monday’s 19-9 loss with five catches (1,001 overall) for 88 yards. He passed Hines Ward (1,000) for eighth place on the NFL list.

“It’s a great honor,” Wayne said. “It’s a humbling experience to be in an elite class with a bunch of guys who have helped pave the way for guys like myself. I wish it was more of a greater celebration. I would rather take the W than any accolades.”

 


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