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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 31, 2014 – 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 2013 NFL season is about to come to a close with the Super Bowl on Sunday.

What were your questions for the Colts as we head into the offseason?

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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Coby Fleener Super Bowl Update: Day Two

Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 30, 2014 – 10:36 am

Intro: A few Colts players are a bit busy this week on the “other” side of the media. Coby Fleener is serving as a correspondent at the Super Bowl for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback. What did Fleener see at Media Day on Tuesday?

INDIANAPOLIS— Coby Fleener is putting his Stanford education to work this week in covering one of the most action-packed weeks in sports.

As a correspondent for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Fleener is attending various media availabilities at Super Bowl XLVIII.

He will produce content for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback and had his second piece published on Wednesday night.

Fleener is one of 6,329 media members credentialed this week and he experienced the chaos of Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday.

Yesterday, we saw Fleener’s video day from media day. His second piece looks at the sports clichés that the players are sticking to this week and how Fleener himself goes about media interviews.

Here are few excerpts from Fleener’s piece:

One thing I do know from being on both sides of the microphone is that football players (and professional athletes in general) are notorious for their clichéd answers. During my career I’ve been interviewed countless times, and I often wonder what the reporter could possibly get out of what I’m saying. I’m about as bland and clichéd as possible, and once the cameras are finally off some reporters actually give me a hard time about it.

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What he said: “I expect to be fighting for a Super Bowl every year. That’s kind of our mindset. That’s our team. We have a championship mindset. Our goal is to go 1-0.”

Parsed: Are we a good team? You’re darn right we deserve to be here. Unlike every other team in the NFL, our goal is to win the Super Bowl at the end of the year. In case you guys thought our goal was different, we want to win this game.

 


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Coby Fleener Super Bowl Update: Day One

Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 29, 2014 – 11:38 am

Intro: A few Colts players are a bit busy this week on the “other” side of the media. Coby Fleener is serving as a correspondent at the Super Bowl for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback. What did Fleener see at Media Day on Tuesday?

INDIANAPOLIS– Coby Fleener is putting his Stanford education to work this week in covering one of the most action-packed weeks in sports.

As a correspondent for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Fleener is attending various media availabilities at Super Bowl XLVIII.

He will produce content for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback and had his first piece published on Wednesday morning.

Fleener is one of 6,329 media members credentialed this week and he experienced the chaos of Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday.

Below is a 2:39 video of Fleener going around Media Day and observing the circus that entails a few days prior to each Super Bowl:

And here are a few tweets from Fleener’s experience on Tuesday:


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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 17, 2014 – 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 2013 season has come to a close and now the attention turns to the offseason.

What were your thoughts on the Colts Divisional Round loss to the Patriots?

Are you pleased with the progress the Colts have made heading into the third-year of the Chuck Pagano era?

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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Indianapolis Colts Season In Review – INFOGRAPHIC

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 16, 2014 – 12:55 pm


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN G-LANCE LOUIS TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACT

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on January 15, 2014 – 5:10 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard Lance Louis to a Reserve/Future contract.

Louis, 6-3, 320 pounds, has played in 41 career games (28 starts) since being selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round (246th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was then signed by the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent on March 27, 2013 and was released on August 27. In 2012, Louis started 11 games before being placed on Injured Reserve. In 2011, he played in 14 games (13 starts) and helped the Bears offense rush for over 2,000 yards for only the second time since 1990. In 2010, Louis saw action in all 16 games and made four starts.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS LS-MATT OVERTON SELECTED TO 2014 NFL PRO BOWL

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:04 am

Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton has been selected to play in the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. This marks Overton’s first career selection to the game.

In 2013, Overton played in all 16 games for the second straight year and registered five special teams tackles. He snapped for kicker Adam Vinatieri to record his second-highest point total of his career (139) on 35-of-40 field goals and 34-of-34 extra points. Overton also snapped for punter Pat McAfee, who posted a franchise single-season record 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line.

For his career, Overton has played in all 32 regular season games and three postseason contests since being signed by the Colts as a free agent in 2012. He has tallied 14 special teams tackles in two seasons with the team.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN SIX PLAYERS TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACTS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 13, 2014 – 4:55 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed six players to Reserve/Future contracts including: guard Zach Allen, center Thomas Austin, linebacker Alan Baxter, cornerback Marcus Burley, quarterback Chandler Harnish and tight end Martell Webb.

 

Allen, 6-3, 328 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 16, 2013. He was originally signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on October 22 and was released on November 18. In four seasons at North Carolina State (2009-2012), Allen competed in 42 career games, making 31 starts. As a junior in 2011, he blocked for quarterback Mike Glennon who threw for 3,054 yards and 31 touchdowns. Allen also helped pave the way for a rushing attack that averaged 104.8 yards per game.

 

Austin, 6-4, 310 pounds, played in one game this season at Kansas City (12/22). For his career, he has competed in eight games, making one start. Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013 before being signed to the practice squad on September 1.

 

Baxter, 6-0, 238 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 24, 2013. He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent on April 27. Baxter was then signed to the Steelers practice squad on September 1 and released on October 11. He played in 52 career games (24 starts) at Northern Illinois and finished with 152 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss and 16.0 sacks. As a senior in 2012, Baxter was an All-Mid-American Conference first-team selection after leading the team with 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

 

Burley, 5-10, 185 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on January 7, 2014. He was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2013 and spent time on the practice squads of the Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams this year. At Delaware, Burley appeared in 48 career games (33 starts) and totaled 169 tackles (119 solo), 18 passes defensed, four interceptions, three tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. As a senior in 2012, he started all 11 games and recorded 27 tackles (19 solo), five passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

 

Harnish, 6-2, 222 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was inactive for the first five games of the regular season in 2012 before being signed to the practice squad on October 18, 2012. Collegiately, Harnish started 45-of-47 games in four seasons at Northern Illinois, completing 687-of-1,110 passes for 8,944 yards, 68 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

 

Webb, 6-3, 278 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 28, 2013. He was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011 and was released on August 29. Webb then spent time with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions. He was first signed to the Colts practice squad on November 13, 2012 and was released on December 4.


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Five Things Learned, Colts-New England

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 8:43 am

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Intro:  The Colts’ season ended Saturday at New England with a 43-22 loss where Indianapolis trailed after 79 seconds and never was able to draw even.  Indianapolis allowed 234 rushing yards and committed four turnovers to end a season that had a number of accomplishments.

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Saturday’s 43-22 Divisional Playoff loss at New England was a disappointing ending to a second straight year that featured 11 regular-season wins.

Indianapolis advanced one round further in the playoffs than it did last season and for a roster that featured 27 players finishing their first year with the team, a team that had to use a league-high 73 players because of injury, it was a year that had noteworthy accomplishments that can point toward a bright future.

The Colts absorbed a tough loss to a talented New England team, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

ANDREW LUCK WILL HAVE HIS DAYS – It is evident readily that Andrew Luck is one of the special talents in the NFL, though Saturday at New England was not his night.  Playing the toughest position in sports can mean a player will have a game like Luck did with four interceptions.  While each throw had its own story, Luck shouldered the blame and will take the experience with him into his third season.  Coming off a wondrous Kansas City performance, this likely felt like both ends of the football spectrum for him, but Colts fans are heartened by what they have in Luck.  Sure, it will sting watching veterans Peyton Manning and Tom Brady battle next Sunday, as well as youngsters Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick but given a logical progression for Luck, there should be future title Sundays for him.  There already have been many special ones for Colts fans with him at the controls.

GROUND IT OUT – When Chuck Pagano states the importance of running the ball, he could point to the eight playoff results as exhibits why.  The Colts ran 19 times for 100 yards (5.3 avg.) against Kansas City, and that was the lowest rushing total of any eight playoff winners this year.  In the Wild Card round, New Orleans (185, 5.1 avg.), San Diego (196, 4.9) and San Francisco (167, 5.6) pounded the ball.  In the Divisional Playoffs, New England (234, 5.1), Seattle (174, 5.0), San Francisco (126, 3.7) and Denver (133, 3.9) ran effectively, and often.  The Colts were out-rushed by Kansas City, 150-100, the only post-season winner with fewer yards than its opponent.  In two playoff games, opponents had almost twice the rushing attempts (78-40) than did the Colts, and a 90:40 pass:rush ratio was not healthy.  Establishing a better blend is necessary (there were scoreboard factors that tilted it), and it would not damage the effectiveness of the passing game.

STOP RUN – The Colts allowed a 192.0 rushing average in the post-season, with New England getting 234 yards, the second-most allowed in a playoff game in franchise history.  At the start of the season, Pagano said rushing for a 5.0 average would be the club’s dreamed-of goal since that average would “lead the world.”  Kansas City and New England combined for a 4.9 average.  Counting the playoffs, Indianapolis allowed 150-plus rushing yards in five of its last seven games.  When subtracting the Jacksonville and Houston outings, the remaining five opponents ran for 856 yards (171.2 avg./game), a 5.1 average and 12 touchdowns.  Being more stout in the run defense has to be on the mindsets heading forward.

THIS ISN’T ‘RUDY’ – The Colts were ahead on the scoreboard in the post-season for just 4:21 in two games, and Indianapolis was in a tie score situation with Kansas City and New England for only 11:49.  Other than that, Indianapolis was trailing, and the offense took the field just once in two games while not behind (that was the game-opening possession at New England).  While comebacks are great theater, it is not the way to thrive in this business regularly.  Four major comebacks (Seattle, Tennessee, Kansas City and Houston) are memorable and will have their rightful place on the highlight film, but consistent adverse scoreboard conditions (one first-half lead in a six-game mid-season run was arduous) spell trouble.

TRENT, PAT, VINNY – Here’s hoping Trent Richardson has a solid upcoming off-season to get fully acclimated.  Four post-season rushes in two games is not what Richardson or anyone wants, and he was credited with appearances on 35-of-130 offensive snaps in two games.  He is a young talent that needs to contribute in 2014.  Pat McAfee had a good playoff showing (six punts, 51.7 average, 44.7 net), particularly against Kansas City in helping keep a dynamic return team at bay.  Adam Vinatieri was perfect in the post-season after having one of his best-ever regular-season performances, and he’s had 17 prior to this past one.  There is a business side to the game, but the Colts were in good hands with these two performers in 2013.


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Sophia Saucerman Ready to Represent the Colts at Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals

Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 10, 2014 – 3:58 pm

Sophia Saucerman will walk into enemy territory on Sunday wearing her Colts jersey proudly.

For the second straight year, Saucerman will represent the Colts at the National Punt Pass & Kick Finals.

Saucerman has moved up to 12-13-year old age group but is back on the national stage competing in Denver this weekend.

“It was really special because last year I was the oldest in my age division and this year I’m the youngest in the division so I was really excited that I made it,” Saucerman said on Friday.

The 52nd annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick will take place Saturday at Valor Christian High School in Denver with the 40 finalists being honored at Mile High Stadium during the Bronco/Chargers game on Sunday afternoon.

The finals are routinely held in a city where the NFL team secured a playoff bye.

Last year’s competition took Saucerman down to Atlanta.

“The NFL threw out the red carpet for the kids,” Gus Saucerman, Sophia’s father, said of last year’s trip to Atlanta.

“It was unbelievable from flights down, transportation, great hotels, traveling in the bus, going underneath the stadiums, seeing the stadiums before the game was a very unique experience for her. It was a great experience seeing kids from across the country, and very, very talented kids.”

The remarkable feat of making back-to-back national appearances comes from a diligent work ethic for the younger Saucerman.

She participates in year around soccer for FC Pride and her skills at goalkeeper certainly translates to this competition.

Her favorite player is Colts punter Pat McAfee, who ironically enough won the 2003 Punt Pass & Kick National Finals.

On Saturday night, Saucerman will be shifting her eyes to the television set to cheer on her favorite team before turning around and representing them in Mile High Stadium the next day.

“She’s very excited and very proud to represent the Colts,” Gus said.

“She’s sporting the Colts jersey this weekend and hopefully she can pull something out for the Colts.”


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