Indianapolis Colts Football


Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 7, 2016 – 5:30 pm

 The Indianapolis Colts have signed Ted Monachino as defensive coordinator.


“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ted Monachino as our next defensive coordinator,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Ted brings a wealth of experience with 25 years of coaching all on the defensive side of the ball. He has overseen one of the league’s best linebacker units for the last six years and I had the privilege of coaching with him for two of those seasons. Ted is very familiar with our scheme. He is a great motivator and is extremely respected by the players he has coached.”


Monachino spent the last six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens serving as the linebackers (2012-15) and outside linebackers (2010-11) coach. He sent at least one Raven from his positional group to the Pro Bowl in four of his six seasons in Baltimore. Over the last two seasons, Monachino developed Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley into one of the most productive young players at the position. In 2014, Mosley became the first rookie in Ravens history to be named to the Pro Bowl as his 129 tackles ranked eighth in the NFL and first among rookies. Monachino coached Elvis Dumervil to a franchise-record 17.0 sacks in 2014. Dumervil combined with fellow outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (12.0) to produce the most sacks of any duo in the NFL (29.0) in 2014 as Baltimore tallied the second-most sacks in the league. In 2013, Suggs (10.0) and Dumervil (9.5) totaled 19.5 sacks on the season and linebacker Daryl Smith was one of just three NFL defenders with at least 100 tackles, 5.0 sacks and three interceptions. In Monachino’s first season as linebackers coach in 2012, Baltimore ranked second in red zone defense and allowed the second-fewest passing touchdowns (15) en route to a Super Bowl XLVII victory. Suggs was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in 2011 after leading the AFC with a career-high 14.0 sacks and an NFL-best seven forced fumbles. In his first season in Baltimore in 2010, the Ravens allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (16.9 ppg.) for the third-straight year.


Prior to Baltimore, Monachino coached the defensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars for four seasons (2006-09). In 2006, the Jaguars tied for fourth in the league in rushing defense after allowing 91.3 yards per game.


Monachino coached for five seasons at Arizona State (2001-05). He served as the defensive line coach for the Sun Devils and was pivotal in the development of Suggs, who was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Suggs set the NCAA single-season record for sacks (24.0) and tackles for loss (31.5) in 2002 en route to winning the Bronco Nagurski Award, given to the best defensive player in the nation, the Rotary Lombardi Award for the country’s top lineman and the Morris Trophy for the Pac-10’s top lineman.


Collegiately, Monachino also had coaching stints at Boise State (2000), Southwest Missouri State (1999), James Madison (1998) and Texas Christian (1996-97). He began his coaching career in Missouri at the high school level at Pacific High School (1991-93) and Hannibal High School (1994-95).


Monachino earned a degree in health and physical education from the University of Maryland in 1990. He was a three-year letterman for the Terapins and received All Big 8 Conference academic honors two times. Monachino earned his master’s credit in sport psychology from Texas Christian while serving as a graduate assistant from 1996-97.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 6, 2016 – 5:48 pm

 The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky, Safeties Coach Roy Anderson, Secondary Coach Mike Gillhamer, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Roger Marandino, Tight Ends Coach Alfredo Roberts and Running Backs Coach Charlie Williams.


“We are grateful for the contributions these coaches have made to the Colts during their time here,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Obviously these days are never easy. We wish all of these men the best in their future endeavors.”


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Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 4, 2016 – 9:43 pm

The Indianapolis Colts will hold a 10:30 p.m. press conference this evening at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Owner & CEO Jim Irsay, General Manager Ryan Grigson and Head Coach Chuck Pagano will all be available. 

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“Back-Up of the Game” is quarterback Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley

Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 3, 2016 – 4:06 pm

This week’s “Back-Up(s) of the Game” presented by Venyu are quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.

In a season that took just about every twist imaginable, the Colts final abrupt turn came early last week when they had to sign quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.


Not only were the two quarterbacks, who hadn’t been on any NFL roster this season, coming to Indy on short notice, they were going to play on Sunday.


Colts coaches devised a plan to have Freeman (signed on Monday) take the bulk of the game plan. Lindley would handle two-minute situations.


“That was the plan going in, trying to, I guess, limit the workload for each of us,” Freeman said after his first NFL action since 2013.


“We had different sections of the game that we were responsible for.”


The plan worked rather effectively.


Freeman and Lindley combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (off Boom Herron’s hands).


Each signal caller led the offense on a touchdown drive and helped the Colts score their second most points of the season.


“I don’t know if this has ever happened before in the history of the National Football League, where you bring in two guys off the street and you got basically three days to prepare these guys and we won a football game with them,” Pagano said after the 30-24 win.



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Five Things Learned: Colts/Titans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 4:02 pm


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts won on Sunday, but they also saw their 2015 season come to a close.


With Houston beating the Jaguars 30-6 on Sunday afternoon, the Texans (9-7) won the AFC South by one game over the Colts (8-8).




NO PLAYOFFS – For just the third time in the last 17 years, the Colts will sit and watch during the playoffs. Houston’s win on Sunday gave them the division title by one-game over the Colts. Indianapolis will point to back-to-back December, divisional losses to Jacksonville and Houston as to when division control was lost.


ONE FINAL WIN – The Colts did win 30-24 on Sunday afternoon over the Titans. They salvaged an 8-8 season which is saying something considering everything they dealt with at the NFL’s most important position. The Colts were 6-3 in games started by Matt Hasselbeck and Josh Freeman this season.


BACKUP QUARTERBACKS DELIVER – Not enough can be said about the performances of Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley form Sunday. The duo combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Neither guy was in the NFL this season and didn’t even join the Colts until early last week. The coaching staff devised a game plan to successfully incorporate both of them.


GORE FALLS SHORT – Frank Gore fell 33 yards short of 1,000 on the season. It marked the first time in Gore’s 11 seasons he hasn’t reached the century-mark in a healthy campaign. Gore did average 4.0 yards per carry on Sunday, an impressive number with loaded boxes all afternoon.


WHAT’S NEXT? – Chuck Pagano will meet with Jim Irsay on Monday morning and a decision should come then on the future at head coach. The last two times the Colts missed the playoffs (2001, 2011), they made a change at head coach following those seasons.

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Inactives for #TENvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:35 am

Colts Inactives:7 Stephen Morris

8 Matt Hasselbeck

12 Andrew Luck

27 Winston Guy

51 Sio Moore

58 Trent Cole

64 Kelcy Quarles

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 1, 2016 – 11:13 am

The Indianapolis Colts today waived wide receiver Griff Whalen from the Injured Reserve list. He was placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on December 21. 

Whalen, 5-11, 190 pounds, played in 14 games for the Colts this season and caught 19 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown. He also collected 12 punt returns for 85 yards (7.1 avg.) and nine kickoff returns for 244 yards (27.1 avg.). Whalen has seen action in 33 career NFL games (three starts) and recorded 45 receptions for 487 yards and three touchdowns, 46 punt returns for 376 yards (8.2 avg.) and 25 kickoff returns for 645 yards (25.8 avg.). He has appeared in two postseason contests (one start) for the Colts and totaled seven catches for 93 yards, two punt returns for six yards (3.0 avg.) and one kickoff return for 16 yards (16.0 avg.).

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