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Robert Mathis shows Hall of Famer Warren Sapp the art of the strip/sack

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 10, 2013 – 1:15 pm

On Sunday morning, NFL Network aired a segment with Warren Sapp and Robert Mathis.

Sapp came to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center to learn about the “art of separating the ball from the quarterback” from the NFL’s all-time leader in Mathis.

Here’s video of the segment between the Hall of Famer in Sapp and a potential Canton inductee in Mathis.

Below are some of the highlights from Mathis and Sapp:

On what Mathis is thinking pre snap:

“First off, have a plan. It ain’t working without a plan. Once you’re coming, you beat your guy, then you secure the sack with the left hand. Then come with the tomahawk (right arm), the old Derrick Thomas.”

“Once you have the ball out, make sure the quarterback doesn’t pick up the fumble, take him down. Watch your guys pick up the fumble and head to the end zone, celebrate.”

On where Mathis learned “the most devastating play in the game” according to Sapp:

“I learned that from Deacon Jones (Hall of Famer with the Rams). He got after it so relentless that you just wanted to chase quarterbacks, get them down, separate them from the ball.”

On the people that say Mathis only got his sacks because of attention towards Dwight Freeney:

“There’s a perception and there’s reality. You know that’s old Tony Dungy (saying). They think he’s taking up three, four, five blockers, the whole O-line. They think I’m free and have one-on-ones and that’s just not the case.”

On why the Colts have been so successful despite their losses:

“It comes from the top-down. Coach Chuck (Pagano) what he went through last year, this is a complete team. We rely on from the practice squad guy all the way to the starting quarterback.”

On why Mathis leads the NFL in sacks with 15.5 this season:

“I still have a chip on my shoulder. I still have a lot to prove. The older you get, the more you know how precious playoff time becomes. Those chances get slim and then they get done so you’ve got to seize the moment. Right now.”


An interesting tidbit that Mathis pointed out in the segment is that he’s a natural leftie which allows him to line up in different spots. Although he admits he has a faster step coming off the defensive right side.

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Colts have won division. Denver and Seattle have clinched playoff berths. Check out all playoff scenarios for Week 15

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 12:53 pm



CLINCHED:         Denver – playoff spot

Indianapolis – AFC South


Denver clinches AFC West division with:

1)    DEN win + KC loss

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:

1)    DEN win + KC loss + CIN loss or tie


Kansas City clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    KC win or tie OR

2)    MIA loss or tie OR

3)    BAL loss or tie


New England clinches AFC East division with:

1)    NE win or tie

New England clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    BAL loss or tie


Cincinnati clinches AFC North division with:

1)    CIN win + BAL loss or tie OR

2)    CIN tie + BAL loss

Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    CIN win + MIA loss or tie OR

2)    CIN tie + MIA loss


CLINCHED:         Seattle – playoff spot


Seattle clinches NFC West division and a first-round bye with:

1)    SEA win + SF loss or tie OR

2)    SEA tie + SF loss

Seattle clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1)    SEA win + SF loss or tie + NO loss


New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    NO win OR

2)    NO tie + ARI loss or tie OR

3)    NO tie + SF loss or tie OR

4)    ARI loss + DAL loss or tie OR

5)    ARI loss + PHI loss or tie OR

6)    SF loss + DAL loss or tie + ARI tie OR

7)    SF loss + PHI loss or tie + ARI tie


Carolina clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    CAR win + ARI loss + SF loss + DAL loss or tie OR

2)    CAR win + ARI loss + SF loss + PHI loss or tie


San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    SF win + ARI loss + DAL loss or tie OR

2)    SF win + ARI loss + PHI loss or tie


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Pagano talks the career-day for Andrew Luck and the development of Da’Rick Rogers on weekly radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:47 am

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 42-28 loss against the Bengals

On Andrew Luck’s 326-yard and four-touchdown afternoon:

“He managed that ball game extremely well. He made a bunch of plays for us, not only with his arm but again with his legs. We’ve got to keep talking to him about when to slide (laughs), get out of bounds and those sort of things. He had an excellent outing and again, cold weather, indoors, outdoors, the guy is a football player. We know that.”

On the play of Trent Richardson (11 touches for 88 yards):

“It was good to see Trent have some positive things happen. Whether it was breaking a run outside, or some check downs, here and there, keep his balance on the one play. He runs hard, tough and physical so it was really good to see Trent have some positive things happen.”

On Da’Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill earning more playing time:

“That’s a great question and an obvious answer. Yeah, they have. With only four receivers on the 53-man roster at this point and what they went out and did (Sunday), the production that they had, both guys made huge plays for us. We knew they had playmaking ability and they just needed opportunities. They took advantage of those opportunities and really helped us get back into that ball game. Moving forward, we look for more production and more playing time for both those guys.”

On the addition of veteran running back Tashard Choice:

“He is a veteran guy. He will bring veteran leadership to the locker room and to that running back room. He has carries in the National Football League. He’s got yards. He’s got touchdowns. He’s got receptions. We do hear from reliable sources that he’s a good guy, a really good guy, a good team guy, a really hard worker, all those things, adds character. As quick as we can get him in here, up to speed, play special teams. He does that stuff. Certainly he’ll lend a hand in that department. Coach Walker and those guys will get with him and get him up to speed.”

On the Houston Texans coming to Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend:

“They have a great roster. They’ve got a bunch of good football players as you know and everybody else knows. These guys are professional players. They understand what’s at stake. I fully expect and our team fully expects to get nothing but their best. We are going to have to be on point. We’ve got to worry about us. I’m counting on them coming in here and trying to win a football game. We will prepare accordingly.”

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