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Pagano talks the Titans game, Coby Fleener and an update on Chris Rainey/Da’Rick Rogers

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 25, 2013 – 8:52 pm

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 40-11 loss to the Cardinals:

On the stakes this weekend:

“Tennessee going out there and beating Oakland, winning that football game, being two games back, obviously they are still in the hunt. They know that. We know that. It’s not going to be easy Sunday, but we control our own destiny. We’ve got to go back to work. We’ve got to have a great week of practice. We’ve got to do more. We’ve got to do it better. It’s at our place. It’s at Lucas Oil Stadium. They’ve got to come in here. This is like déjà vu all over again, coming off that disappointing loss to St. Louis then having to go down there on a short week and get that win. Same situation. Same scenario. We’ve got to put the time in, prepare and play well.”

On Sergio Brown’s blocked field goal:

“It was a great play by him and he did some outstanding things in that football game. The blocked field goal was one of them. He covered punts. He drew a couple of flags. As a gunner, he’s just a dominating force out there. He’s been playing at a high level for us on special teams and we certainly need him to do that.”

On the play of tight end Coby Fleener:

“I think he’s risen up to the challenge. When Dwayne (Allen) went down, he was obviously asked to do more and he’s done that. No. 1, Alfredo Roberts (tight ends coach) has done a tremendous job with all the tight ends. He’s with Coby 24/7, around the clock. Coby’s stepped up his game. You are not only seeing the level of his play go up on Sunday’s, but it’s because what he’s doing Monday-Saturday. He’s practicing really well. He’s putting the time in that you need to put in, in the meeting room. He understands the concepts and the schemes that we’re running. He’s playing fast because he’s practicing fast. I think the level of play and production that he’s giving us is just a byproduct of the hard work that he’s put in.”

On why weren’t Chris Rainey and Da’Rick Rogers active on Sunday:

“Two young, talented players, as we all know. There’s been a lot of talk about these two young players and excited about having them up, having them on the roster. Having Chris here just one week and Da’Rick being up on the active roster two weeks, there’s an acclimation period. These guys are working hard. They’re doing everything they can. As soon as they are more familiar with the playbook and we can start to implement them into our plan offensively, we are going to try and get them out there as soon as we can.”

On the schedule for this week with Thanksgiving:

“We practice every Thanksgiving. All we do is we move up the schedules. We move up practice time and try to get the players and coaches out of here so they can spend some time with their families in the afternoon.”


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“Back-Up of the Game” is wide receiver LaVon Brazill

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 2:04 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver LaVon Brazill.

The Colts are searching for additional receiver help without Reggie Wayne and Brazill showed some flashes of that on Sunday.

Brazill had a season-high three catches for 35 yards and played 29 of the 60 offensive snaps against the Cardinals.

In his rookie season last year, Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards.

However, a four-game suspension to start the 2013 regular season put him behind other receivers when he returned at the start of October.

The Colts know the talented Brazill has a chance to impact the offense and the team moved his locker next to Wayne’s in the offseason for some veteran guidance.

Now with Wayne out of the lineup, look for Brazill’s season numbers (five catches for 55 yards) to continue to rise along with serving as one of the team’s gunners on special teams.

 

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Five Things Learned, Colts-Arizona

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 10:32 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis suffered a second wide-margin defeat in four games by losing at Arizona, 40-11.  The Colts are at 7-4 and still own a two-game lead in the AFC South in hosting 5-6 Tennessee, their closest divisional foe.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ trip to Arizona more resembled the one they took to San Diego in week six (19-9 loss) than it did the one to San Francisco in week three (27-7 win).

The Colts (7-4) fell at Arizona, 40-11, in a game they never led and one that spun out of control in the first 30 minutes.

Indianapolis has responded from eight prior defeats under Chuck Pagano with victories, a resilience that must be called upon again as Tennessee (5-6) visits with intentions of tightening the AFC South race and earning a playoff berth of some kind.

Improvement is needed from the Colts, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

PERCEPTION VERSUS REALITY – The reality is Indianapolis needs to play more consistently in the next five games than it has done in the last four.  Personnel losses have not been used as a crutch, and the secondary has been battered of late after most of the injuries early in the year were spread across the offense.  While players said they could not “big-picture” the situation in the moments after the Arizona game, a long flight home certainly provided that time.  Sure, 8-3 beats 7-4.  Sure, New England had pulled it off (going to 8-3 from a near 7-4 after a 24-point home halftime deficit to Denver) about the same time the Colts’ flight landed.  What’s done is done, but reality also holds that the Colts control their playoff fate with a two-game lead over Tennessee.  This Sunday’s game has added implications, but no added meaning.  Chuck Pagano says every game is a must-win because he wants to win them all.  The approach this week will be to improve and take advantage of being in a good spot.  No season-opening goal has been lost.

STILL SEARCHING POST-REGGIE – The 16 quarters Indianapolis has played since Reggie Wayne’s injury late in the Denver win have seen the team struggle much more than thrive.  T.Y. Hilton has done well.  Colts tight ends did well at Tennessee, but large deficits have put the offense in modes it doesn’t particularly enjoy.  Needing a surge at Arizona, wide receivers other than Hilton caught six-of-13 passes targeted, gaining 57 yards.  After tight ends had nine receptions in 13 attempts against Tennessee, the unit had five receptions at Arizona.  The offense is laboring with a consistent identity.  Early deficits have hindered the growth.

MAKE A PLAY – When Arizona moved for a game-opening score, the onus shifted to a team whose first-half struggles have been rehashed and debated for the past month.  Still, Indianapolis failed to extend five-of-six first-half possessions beyond three plays.  The one drive that did stalled in the red zone.  The offense also gave up a defensive touchdown to Arizona in that span as the Cardinals bolted to a 24-point halftime advantage.  The Colts now have converted three-of-25 first-half third downs in the last four games.  Until it improves, this remains one of the key storylines around the team.

STOP A PLAY – Over the last four games, opposing quarterbacks are operating at a 122.1 rating level and though it’s a small sample compared to 11 games, only one QB in the league has higher individual seasonal rating.  Since beating Denver, the success of opposing QBs (Case Keenum, Kellen Clemens, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer) has caused the Colts’ seasonal numbers to increase in pass defense – 58.7 completion percentage to 61.3; yards per attempt from 7.23 to 8.07; yards per completion from 12.3 to 13.2; TD:Int ratio from 8:8 to 16:8 and rating from 78.3 to 92.4.  The Colts have allowed 11 TD passes while intercepting one.

CIRCLE TIGHTLY – A cut-throat, competitive league can have teams going from advantageous positions to peril in a matter of two-to-four weeks.  Clearly the Colts are more in peril than after being 6-2.  To a man, players are circling tighter to improve themselves and to lessen any noise outside the locker room that could cause harm.  While this could sound minimally important outside the circle, those inside it know the imperative nature of doing so.  Antoine Bethea said Sunday the Colts win and lose as a whole, and they must look each other in the eyes to spur a rebound.  Hanging as a band of brothers is the only way.


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Indianapolis Colts DE-Cory Redding Named Recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 22, 2013 – 3:59 pm

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding has been selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award.

 

The award is an annual recognition for courageous play by an individual and Redding is one of 32 National Football League players who earned the accolade. The players of each member club nominate an individual annually and those chosen are honored at a banquet in Baltimore each March.

 

“The Ed Block Courage Award is special to me because these are the things that I cherish and hold close to my heart as far as being a leader on and off the field, helping people in need, challenging myself in times of adversity to bounce back, all the characteristics that make up the Ed Block Courage Award,” said Redding. “To be nominated by my peers and elected from a committee of people to receive this award is the greatest honor I’ve had to this point in the game of football and I’ll do my best to represent the award.”

 

Redding is in his second season with the Colts and 11th overall in the NFL. In 10 games this season, he has posted 27 tackles (19 solo), 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and one pass defensed.

 

“Cory is a true professional on and off the field,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “His leadership skills are unparalleled and he embodies the true sense of serving. Cory is extremely deserving of this award and I’m thrilled that he is being recognized by his peers for his efforts.”

 

Redding, has appeared in 155 games, making 125 starts over his 11-year career. He holds career totals of 480 tackles (323 solo), 31.0 sacks, 20 passes defensed, 10 fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and one interception. Since joining the Colts in 2012, he has started all 24 games he’s played in and has recorded 73 tackles (44 solo), 5.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

 

Off the field, Redding lends his support to many charitable endeavors. In 2007, he started the Cory Redding Foundation to support educational, recreational and community assistance programs for at-risk populations. The foundation’s current programs include the 3D Football Camp, the Cory Redding Middle School Challenge program and a partnership with Meals and Wheels in Austin, TX which provides meals for more than 2,000 individuals each year. Redding has also been involved with several other community events, including the CHUCKSTRONG Gala, Playground Build, Play 60 Challenge Launch Party and the Million Meal Marathon.

 

The award is named after Ed Block who was the head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977. He served as trainer emeritus with the club until he passed away in 1983.

 

Past winners of the award dating back to 2000, include: S-Antoine Bethea (2012), DE-Robert Mathis (2011), DE-Dwight Freeney (2010), DB-Marlin Jackson (2009), C-Jeff Saturday (2008), OG-Ryan Lilja (2007), WR-Reggie Wayne (2006), LB-Cato June (2005), LB-Gary Brackett (2004), DE-Chad Bratzke (2003), LB-Rob Morris (2002), QB-Peyton Manning (2001) and DT-Bernard Whittington (2000).

 

The 36th annual Ed Block Courage Award dinner is schedule during March in Baltimore. Proceeds from the affair benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s objective is to establish homes for abused children in each NFL city. Indianapolis established an Ed Block Courage home (Children’s Bureau) in October of 2000. The home is part of a national support network for abused children.


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Andrew Luck talks Reggie Wayne, the young receivers and Trent Richardson

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:00 am

Andrew Luck was a guest of Reggie Wayne’s earlier this week on the “Query and Schultz Show” in Indianapolis.

While Wayne joined the show for the first time since his injury, Luck was making his debut.

Here are some of Luck’s highlights from the show:

On having Reggie Wayne back for the Houston game and now in the building:

“I don’t think he could survive sitting at home, watching the guys play without him. His drive and his motivation, even being hurt, he’s still such a locker room presence, still such a voice for the team. I think we wanted him back. Obviously, Mr. Irsay made it happen with whatever strings he pulled. I was very happy to see Reggie walk into the team meeting the night before the game and give us some words and it means a lot when he’s here. It really does.”

On Wayne’s presence now around the complex:

“You can tell he’s taken on more of a coaching role in a sense and breaking it down for T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill or the other guys, or helping (Coby) Fleener out with releases. He’s still incredibly actively involved because again he’s still apart of the Colts fabric. I can’t imagine the Colts without Reggie Wayne. You just don’t imagine it, so I’m thankful he’s around.”

On how the Colts offense is adjusting to life without Wayne:

“It’s definitely a transition. I think what I always admired about Reggie was third down he made a play. When you needed to make a play in the fourth quarter he was open, you needed a two-minute drive, Reggie was getting open. So to lose that safety net, if you will, is different. But I’ve been really impressed with how the other receivers, tight ends, have approached it as a challenge as the guy that gets open on a big third down.”

On Trent Richardson:

“I think he’s done great and I think it’s unfair the flak that he’s been catching from folks. They don’t understand what he’s doing protection wise, what he’s doing coming out of the backfield and how tough it is to switch teams midseason. He’s in Cleveland on a Wednesday then he’s in Indianapolis on a Thursday preparing for third down against another team. Never seen a playbook before, new teammates, new everything. I think the way he’s been able to adjust has been great. He’s a smart, smart football player. He’s a great football player. I think it will be a short amount of time before people get their heads around that.”


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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 p.m EST.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, the Colts are almost back from a 10-day break after a comeback win in Nashville.

What are your thoughts on the Colts and Cardinals this weekend?

Do the Colts have a realistic shot to keep the No. 2 seed position they are in after Week 11?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.


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The AFC Playoff Picture after Week 11

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 21, 2013 – 8:58 am

With six weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season, the Colts have the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture.

Critical road contests remain @Cincinnati and @Kansas City, which will have major implications on where the Colts fit into the month of January.

Here’s a look at the current AFC playoff picture with five teams over .500 (tiebreaker scenarios)

AFC Playoff Pictures (teams over .500)

Broncos (9-1)

Colts (7-3)

Patriots (7-3)

Bengals (7-4)

Chiefs (9-1)

Week 12

@Patriots

@Arizona

Broncos

Bye

Chargers

Week 13

@Chiefs

Titans

@Texans

@Chargers

Broncos

Week 14

Titans

@Bengals

Browns

Colts

@Redskins

Week 15

Chargers

Texans

@Dolphins

@Steelers

@Raiders

Week 16

@Texans

@Chiefs

@Ravens

Vikings

Colts

Week 17

@Raiders

Jaguars

Bills

Ravens

@Chargers

AFC Record

5-1

5-2

4-2

5-3

6-1

 


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DUNGY, HARRISON SEMI-FINALISTS FOR HALL OF FAME

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 6:08 am

Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison are among 25 semi-finalists for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

These would be two worthy additions for their contributions to the game and for how they entertained Colts and NFL fans.

With a humanity and integrity that exceeded his coaching exploits, here are some of Dungy’s accomplishments:

  • Overall record of 148-79 with a 65.2 winning percentage.
  • Entering 2013, his 148 victories ranked 19th-best in NFL history.
  • Had 66.8 regular-season winning percentage (139-69).
  • Was 85-27 in regular season with Colts, 92-33 counting playoffs (the winningest Colts head coach).
  • One of six head coaches to win 100+ regular-season games in first 10 years of career.
  • Directed 11-of-13 teams into the playoffs, reaching three conference title games and one Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLI, where he became the first African-American winner).
  • Only Colts head coach with 10+ wins and playoff appearances in each of first seven years.
  • Had 10 career double-digit victory seasons and was first coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams.
  • Earned 10 consecutive playoff appearances (1999-2001, Tampa Bay; 2002-08, Colts) to surpass Tom Landry (9) for the most by an NFL coach since 1970.
  • Earned seven straight 10+-victory seasons (2002-08), tying then the second-longest NFL streak.
  • From 2003-08, earned six straight seasons with 11-plus wins, tying the NFL mark, while setting the league standard for the most consecutive seasons with 12-plus victories.
  • Only NFL coach to win at least seven consecutive games in five straight seasons (2004-08).
  • Won five straight AFC South titles (2003-07).

Harrison played in 190 career games from 1996-2008 and totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.  His receptions, yards and scoring receptions broke club records held by Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Raymond Berry, marks that stood since 1967.

With 59 100-yard reception games, his total was third-most in NFL history at his departure.

Harrison caught passes in the first 190 games of his career, an NFL record and set the NFL seasonal record with 143 receptions in 2002.

From 1999-2002, he became first NFL player with 100+ receptions in four consecutive seasons and from 1999-2006, he had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Harrison is the only player ever with eight straight seasons with 1,000 reception yards and 10+ scoring receptions.

Dungy and Harrison are two of the four first-year eligible candidates among the 25 semi-finalists.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee chose the semi-finalists from an initial list of 126 nominees.

The 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be decided on Saturday, February 1, one day prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Colts are represented well in Canton.  There should be room for these two outstanding performers, plus a few more to follow.


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Ricky Jean Francois Google+ Hangout

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 20, 2013 – 5:01 pm

Our Google+ Hangout with Ricky Jean Francois will begin around 5:15PM. If you don’t see video yet, that means it hasn’t started. If you would like to participate in our weekly hangout with a Colts player and 1070 The Fan, sign up here.


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Colts Players can Attest to Playmaking Ability of Chris Rainey

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 2:56 pm

Weslye Saunders was keeping something from his teammates on Wednesday morning.

They knew Saunders had played with new running back Chris Rainey in Pittsburgh and against him in college.

Yet, Saunders wanted his teammates to get their own look at the electric Rainey on the football field before he offered his own opinion.

“We are getting a special player,” Saunders said of Rainey. “That guy is a hell of a player. Tough little dude.”

The 5-9, 180-pound Rainey is known for his All-American track speed that he showcased in the University of Florida’s spread offense.

Rainey was chosen in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft and played in all 16 games of his rookie season with the Steelers.

Whether it was running the ball (26 carries for 102 yards), catching it (14 receptions for 60 yards) or impacting the game on special teams (39 kick returns for 1,035 yards), Rainey showcased his versatility last season.

However, the Steelers cut Rainey after an off the field incident in early January.

Rainey is “blessed” to have a second chance and says he has learned from his mistakes.

“Hell yeah,” Rainey said when asked if he’s learned. “Eleven months is a long time, so I’m just glad to be back.”

In practice on Wednesday, Rainey worked as a return man and also a scout team running back.

His dynamic ability was used in multiple ways at Florida and while he’s not exactly sure where he will fit in with the Colts, he’s grateful to be back in the NFL and playing for a contenting team.

“I know I’m a playmaker,” Rainey said. “I came to help the team win. Wherever they put me, I’ll be ready.”

As a former SEC opponent, Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman can attest to Rainey’s playmaking ability.

Safe to say Chapman is glad to have Rainey in his locker room this time around.

“We got a fast, dangerous player,” Chapman said of Rainey.

“You don’t find many small guys that run that tough. He’s pretty fast and I know I don’t like chasing him.”


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