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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 28, 2014 – 8:00 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 NFL Combine is in the books with the calendar about to turn to March.

What are your thoughts on last week’s Combine?

What takeaways did you have from Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson’s press conferences?

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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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 14, 2014 – 8:17 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 now entrenched into the offseason.

What are your thoughts on the Colts early offseason moves?

What are you most looking forward to at next week’s scouting combine?

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 WAIVE G-JUSTIN ANDERSON

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 10, 2014 – 4:46 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived guard Justin Anderson.

 

Anderson was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list on August 27, 2012 and was placed on Injured Reserve on August 9, 2013. In four collegiate seasons at Georgia, Anderson played in 40 career games and made 26 starts.


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What did a few Colts players think of the Michael Sam news?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:36 am

Last year when the NFL Combine invaded Lucas Oil Stadium, the hoard of media waited…and waited for the press conference of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

Prior to Sunday night it looked like Johnny Manziel’s 2014 combine press conference would rival that of Te’o.

But now that distinction belongs to Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.

On Sunday night, Sam told the New York Times: “I’m Michael Sam. I’m a football player and I’m gay.”

Sam was one of the most dominant players in college football last year. He had 11.5 sacks in 2013 and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for a Tigers team that captured the Cotton Bowl.

NFL draft pundits have the 260-pound Sam projected to be drafted in the later rounds of the 2014 draft.

Below are a few excerpts of Sam’s article in the New York Times.

“I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” said Mr. Sam, who also spoke with ESPN on Sunday. “I just want to own my truth.”

“I’m not naïve,” Mr. Sam said. “I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the N.F.L.”

Also, a few Colts players went to Twitter to express their support for Sam deciding to come out a week and a half before the Combine.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN S-DAVID SIMS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:21 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent safety David Sims.

 

Sims, 5-10, 210 pounds, appeared in 15 games (one start) with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 and totaled eight solo tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass defensed. He was waived by the Eagles on August 31, 2013. Sims was originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011 and was waived on September 3. He then spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns before joining the Eagles.

 

Sims was a two-year letterman at Iowa State and tallied 188 tackles and six interceptions in 24 career games. As a junior in 2009, he was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS HIRE ROB CHUDZINSKI AS SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD COACH 

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on February 8, 2014 – 11:36 am

The Indianapolis Colts today hired Rob Chudzinski as special assistant to the head coach.

 

“Rob and I have a long professional relationship and his résumé speaks for itself,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and will be a tremendous help to our entire team moving forward.  Needless to say, we’re excited to have ‘Chud’ joining our family.”

 

Pagano and Chudzinski previously spent eight seasons together in the collegiate and NFL ranks. Pagano served as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami (Fla.) during Chudzinski’s freshman year at the school in 1986. The two then coached the Hurricanes together from 1995-2000. After that, they spent the 2004 season together with the Cleveland Browns.

 

Chudzinski holds 20 years of coaching experience, including the last 10 seasons in the NFL. He most recently served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2013. Under Chudzinski, the Browns offense finished 18th in the NFL in total offense and 11th in passing yards, their highest finish since 1991. The team also finished ninth in total defense, marking their highest ranking since 1994. Cleveland recorded 40.0 sacks as a team and tied for the league lead with 16 total players with a sack.

 

Chudzinski coached five Pro Bowl and five Associated Press All-Pro selections in Cleveland, including wide receiver Josh Gordon, who became the first Browns player to lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,646). Gordon, who played in just 14 games, also recorded the 10th-most receiving yards in a season in NFL history. Tight end Jordan Cameron posted career highs with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. His receiving yards ranked second among NFL tight ends in 2013, while his receptions total ranked third.

 

Prior to joining the Browns, Chudzinski spent two years (2011-12) as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2011, the team set club records for total yards (6,237) and first downs (345), one year after experiencing franchise lows in both categories. Carolina scored 48 touchdowns overall after recording 17 the year before his arrival. Chudzinski tutored quarterback Cam Newton, who became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards, while setting an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 en route to being named the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Panthers also became the first team in NFL history with three 700-yard rushers in DeAngelo Williams (836), Jonathan Stewart (761) and Newton (706).

 

Chudzinski had two stints with the San Diego Chargers, where he served as the assistant head coach/tight ends from 2009-2010 and tight ends coach from 2005-06. He tutored tight end Antonio Gates, who recorded both of his 1,000-yard receiving seasons under Chudzinski in 2005 and 2009.

 

From 2007-08, Chudzinski served as the offensive coordinator of the Browns. In 2007, the Browns scored 402 points and tallied 5,621 yards of total offense, both of which ranked as the third-most in franchise history. In addition, the team tied for seventh in the NFL in touchdowns and eighth in total offense after finishing 30th and 31st, respectively, the year prior.

 

Chudzinski began his NFL coaching career in 2004 as the Browns tight ends coach, where he worked with first-round draft choice Kellen Winslow. During the season, he was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games following Butch Davis’ resignation as head coach.

 

From 1994-2003, Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.). He spent two seasons (1994-95) as a graduate assistant, five (1996-2000) as tight ends coach and three (2001-03) as offensive coordinator. During his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hurricanes compiled a record of 35-3 and played in a BCS Bowl Game every year, including two National Championship appearances. Chudzinski helped shape several future NFL Pro Bowlers, including Bubba Franks, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Bryant McKinnie, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow.

 

Chudzinski played tight end at Miami from 1986-1990, as he was a three-year starter and a member of two national championship teams (1987 and 1989). He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and went on to earn his MBA in 1996. Chudzinski and his wife, Sheila, have two sons, Kaelan and Rian, and one daughter, Margaret.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN LB-HENOC MUAMBA

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 6, 2014 – 8:20 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent linebacker Henoc Muamba.

Muamba, 6-0, 238 pounds, spent the past three seasons (2011-13) with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 CFL Draft. For his career, the 24-year-old recorded 171 tackles, 53 special teams stops, 4.0 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. In 2013, Muamba was named a CFL All-Star and earned the Lew Hayman Trophy, given to the best Canadian player in the East Division. For the year, he played in all 18 games and totaled 106 tackles, 18 special teams stops, 1.0 sack and one interception. His 106 tackles ranked second overall in the CFL. Muamba was named the recipient of the 2013 Ed Kotowich ‘Good Guy’ Award, which recognizes a Blue Bomber player for their excellence in combining football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community.

In 2012, Muamba ranked second on the team with 65 tackles (20 solo), while recording a team-high 20 special teams stops and a career-high 3.0 sacks. He also led the league with five forced fumbles and was named the CFL’s Canadian Player of the Week twice.

Muamba played four years (2007-2010) at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He is the school’s all-time career leader in tackles (149.5) and ranks fourth overall on the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference’s all-time career list. Muamba was named the AUS Defensive Player of the Year in both 2008 and 2010 and was honored with the President’s Trophy in 2010 for the top defensive player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). He was a three-time CIS All-Canadian and AUS defensive all-star, and participated in the 2010 East-West Bowl, which features the top CFL prospects each year.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN T-JACK BRECKNER

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 5, 2014 – 12:43 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent tackle Jack Breckner.

Breckner, 6-9, 320 pounds, most recently played with the Iowa Barnstormers (2013) of the Arena Football League. Prior to that, he spent time with the Chicago Slaughter (2012) of the Indoor Football League and Eastern Kentucky Drillers (2011) of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Breckner was a four-year starter (2006-09) at Gustavus Adolphus College. As a senior in 2009, he started all 10 games at left tackle and earned All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors. Breckner blocked for an offensive line that helped the Gusties average 301.5 yards of total offense per game and rush for over 100 yards in each of the team’s final six games of 2009.


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What Does Dwayne Allen Recall About National Signing Day?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:28 am

Today, hundreds of high schoolers around the U.S. will sign their National Letters of Intent to various colleges. Below is a piece published on Colts.com last year where tight end Dwayne Allen recalls his memories of National Signing Day.

The constant calls and text messages will cease on Wednesday afternoon for hundreds of high school football players across the nation.

After months of being hounded by college coaches, wined and dined on various campuses, ink will be put to paper on where the next step of their football careers will take place.

For the Colts Dwayne Allen, the memories of his own National Signing Day are vivid.

As a promising prospect out of North Carolina, Allen was on the forefront of nearly every coach in the ACC and SEC when the 2008 signing period came to a close.

Georgia seemed to be the favorite for Allen’s services and how could one blame him for choosing a school with a dozen conference titles and a pair of national titles to their name.

But that glitz begun to wear off late in the process after a final visit to Clemson in late January, the chance to create history for another program was the ultimate selling point.

“That was the vision that I had whenever I chose Clemson over Georgia out of high school,” Allen, who was ranked with the ‘best hands’ in the 2008 tight end class according to Rivals.com, said.

“I wanted to be apart of something and I wanted to help bring the team back in the limelight, instead of just stepping in the limelight.”

Behind a Mackey Award (the nation’s top tight end) senior season, Allen helped deliver Clemson its first conference championship in 20 years.

He had etched his name in the Tigers’ record books but Allen, always the team player, entered the NFL still wanting more.

“I would trade all the accolades, the All-American, the John Mackey, all of it, to win a National Championship at Clemson,” Allen said.

While that goal has come and gone, the next in line remains returning the Lombardi Trophy to the city of Indianapolis.

Allen looked at his rookie season similar to what he experienced during his early years in Columbia, S.C., with the standard of success being the common denominator moving forward.

“To come into this organization after the team went 2-14 last year and to turn it around like we did was unbelievable,” Allen said.

“I’m just so glad to be apart of it.”


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Coby Fleener’s Final Super Bowl Update: Game Day

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 4, 2014 – 11:12 am

Intro: Coby Fleener’s trip to Super Bowl XLVIII as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback wrapped up late on Sunday evening. What did Fleener think of a first-hand look at the game’s pinnacle?

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

As a correspondent for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Fleener attended various media availabilities before taking in Super Bowl XLVIII.

His content for Sports Illustrated varied from a video look at Media Day to his thoughts on the chaos such a day brings to Super Bowl week.

Fleener’s final piece of the week focused on Sunday’s game and how seeing the Super Bowl in person impacts his thoughts on trying to reach that level from a playing standpoint.

Here are few excerpts from Fleener’s piece:

Riding to the stadium on a bus full of like-minded people is something I do for every away game in the NFL. Super Bowl Sunday was the same, with reporters packed into every seat on the bus, all hoping the police escort would minimize the commute. As a guest correspondent for The MMQB and Sports Illustrated during Super Bowl week, I was watching an event that I hope to be a part of soon.

Attending my first Super Bowl as a journalist was a great experience, and I actually believe it will help me as a football player. It was motivating to see what happens when all your hard work pays off. Every NFL team starts a new season saying they want to win the Lombardi Trophy. To see the atmosphere in person makes me want that even more.

But for now, it’s time to hang up my keyboard and put my cleats back on, so I can tell you how it really feels next year.


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