The Indianapolis Colts today named Tim Berbenich as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach and Jim Hostler as tight ends coach.
Berbenich enters his fourth season with the Colts. In 2015, he served as defensive assistant after previously spending two years (2013-14) as the team’s offensive assistant. Berbenich holds 13 years of NFL coaching experience, including six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last season, Berbenich helped a defense that finished with five touchdowns, which tied for the most in a single season in franchise history dating back to 1975 and 1994. The defense ranked sixth in the NFL in interceptions (17) and tied for first in the league with four interceptions returned for a touchdown. Safety Mike Adams and cornerback Vontae Davis were named to the Pro Bowl for the second-consecutive season.
In 2014, he assisted an offense that set franchise single-season records in net yards (6,506) and net passing yards (4,894), while recording its second-highest point total (458) for a season. The team finished the regular season ranked first in the NFL in passing yards, third in net yards, fourth in time of possession and sixth in points scored. The Colts allowed only 29.0 sacks in 2014, which ranked eighth in the NFL and was the lowest total for the team since the 2010 campaign.
In 2013, Berbenich helped coach an offense that averaged 341.8 yards per game, including 232.8 passing and 108.9 rushing. The Colts 1,743 total rushing yards were the most for the team since the 2006 campaign. Indianapolis set franchise records for fewest turnovers (14) and fumbles lost (four) and became the first team in the NFL to finish a season with the least amount of turnovers and penalties since the 2002 Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts notched 35 10-play drives in 2013, which tied for second in the NFL. Indianapolis also only allowed 32.0 sacks for the year, which ranked sixth in the NFL and fourth in the AFC.
Prior to Indianapolis, Berbenich served on the coaching staffs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006-2011) and the New York Jets (2002-2005).
Hostler enters his second season with the Colts. He served as wide receivers coach in 2015. Hostler holds 26 years of coaching experience, including the previous 16 seasons in the NFL.
In his first season in Indianapolis, Hostler guided wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to his second-career Pro Bowl after catching 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton recorded his third-consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post three or more 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Hostler was also instrumental in the continued development of second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who set career highs in receptions (64), receiving yards (733) and receiving touchdowns (team-high six). Hostler also received production from veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson (41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns) and rookie first-round pick Phillip Dorsett (18 receptions for 225 yards and one touchdown).
Hostler previously coached for the Buffalo Bills (2014), Baltimore Ravens (2008-2013), San Francisco 49ers (2005-07), New York Jets (2003-04), New Orleans Saints (2001-02) and Kansas City Chiefs (2000). He also coached at the collegiate level at his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1990-92, 94-99), and Juniata College (1993).
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The Indianapolis Colts have hired Maurice Drayton as assistant special teams coach, Lee Hull as wide receivers coach and Jemal Singleton as running backs coach.
The team also announced the hiring of Quadrian Banks as conditioning/performance analyst and Andrew Hayes-Stoker as assistant to the head coach. Additionally, Joe Philbin’s title has been updated to assistant head coach/offensive line.
Drayton has 17 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons at his alma mater, The Citadel. He spent 2013-14 as a summer coaching intern with the Colts. Drayton most recently served as the defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach at The Citadel for the last three seasons (2013-15). After the 2015 campaign, assistant head coach was added to his title.
In 2015, Drayton’s unit helped lead the team to a 9-4 record and a co-Southern Conference championship. The Bulldogs boasted one of the best defenses in the Southern Conference in 2015 and ranked second in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, sacks and pass efficiency defense. The Citadel ranked first in the Football Championship Subdivision with a school-record 515 interception return yards and five interception return touchdowns. The Bulldogs led the Southern Conference and ranked third in the FCS with 20 interceptions, which was the third-highest single-season total in team history. The Citadel also led the conference with 31 turnovers forced, 11 fumble recoveries, 10 passing touchdowns allowed, the lowest opponent third down percentage (.365) and averaged 6.5 tackles for loss per game. In 2014, Drayton was instrumental in the development of defensive lineman Justin Oxendine, who finished the season with 7.5 sacks, which were the most since the turn of the century. In 2013, the Bulldogs had one of the best defenses in the Southern Conference and finished third in total defense, second in rush defense, second in sacks (21) and first in opponent fourth down conversion rate (29.4).
Prior to his second stint at The Citadel, Drayton served as the secondary coach at Southern Mississippi (2012), assistant head coach/special teams/wide receivers coach at Coastal Carolina (2010-11) and special teams/defensive backs coach at South Carolina State (2008-09).
Drayton was an assistant coach at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School in 2007. He served as the defensive coordinator of the Seinajoki (Finland) Crocodiles of the European Football League in 2006. Drayton was an assistant coach with the Charleston Swamp Foxes of the Arena 2 Football League from 2000-02. He also completed internships with the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers in addition to the Colts.
After concluding his playing career at The Citadel in 1998, Drayton began his coaching career for the Bulldogs the following season as a graduate assistant/secondary coach. During his first coaching tenure in Charleston, he would serve as tight ends/offensive tackles coach (2000), wide receivers coach (2001), outside linebackers coach (2002) and secondary/special teams coach (2003-05).
A native of Moncks Corner, S.C., Drayton was a defensive back for The Citadel from 1994-98. He started at cornerback in his final two seasons and totaled 145 tackles, 17 passes defensed and three interceptions during his career. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1998) and master’s degree in education (2007) at The Citadel.
Hull holds 24 years of coaching experience, including 18 seasons at the collegiate level. He served as the 19th head coach in Morgan State history for the last two seasons (2014-15) and compiled an 11-12 overall record.
In 2015, Hull’s defense ranked fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Bears possessed the league’s second-best pass defense while ranking third in the MEAC in opponent first downs, opponent third down conversions and opponent fourth down conversions. Morgan State also had the best time of possession average per game in the conference. Four of his players earned Third Team All-MEAC honors.
In his first season as head coach of Morgan State, Hull was named MEAC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Football Championship Subdivision Coach of the Year Award after leading the Bears to their first Division I playoff berth in school history. Morgan State set or tied 57 school and conference season or game records. The Bears were picked last (ninth) in the MEAC preseason poll and captured a share of the MEAC Title with a 7-6 record and the school’s first winning season since 2009 (6-5). The Bears had a 6-2 conference record and earned its first conference championship since 1979. Morgan State finished with the MEAC’s second-best rushing attack (211.3 yards per game). The Bears totaled 461 rushing attempts for 2,536 yards (5.5 average). Morgan State ranked 24th in the nation in rushing yards per game and tied for 23rd in sacks allowed (15) on 300 pass attempts. Eight of Hull’s players earned MEAC honors in 2014.
Prior to joining Morgan State, Hull served as the wide receivers coach for six seasons (2008-2013) at the University of Maryland. He built one of the most talented receiving corps in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was instrumental in the development of future NFL wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Torrey Smith and Stefon Diggs among others.
Hull coached for five seasons at Oregon State, serving as the running backs coach (2003-04) and wide receivers coach (2005-07). In Corvallis, he coached three All-America selections, including a pair of wideouts, and was a member of four bowl wins. In 2006, wide receiver Sammie Stroughter earned All-America status after leading the Pac-10 Conference and ranking 10th in the nation in receiving yards per game (92.4). Stroughter went on to be selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft. In 2005, Hull coached wide receiver Mike Hass, who was named First Team All-America and the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver. Hull coached future NFL running back Steven Jackson in 2003. Jackson garnered First Team All-Pac-10 and Third Team All-America honors and was selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Prior to Oregon State, Hull was on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Holy Cross, for five seasons (1998-2002). While at Holy Cross, Hull participated in the NFL’s Minority Internship Program with the San Diego Chargers (2000-01). In 2007, he attended the Minority Coaches Forum in Chandler, Arizona. Hull also interned as a volunteer assistant coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 1999.
Hull began his coaching career at the high school level in Massachusetts. He was the head coach at South High School from 1996-97 after serving as the school’s offensive coordinator from 1992-94. Hull was the passing game coordinator at Auburn High School in 1995.
After graduating from Holy Cross, Hull played three seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1990-92) and Toronto Argonauts (1992). In 1990, the Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup. Hull also signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent in 1998.
Hull was a standout receiver at Holy Cross from 1984-87, playing under former Maryland head coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach Mark Duffner his final two seasons. The Crusaders were 21-1 in his final two collegiate seasons. In 1987, Holy Cross was ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA and won the Colonial League title and the Lambert Cup. Hull was a preseason All-America choice as a junior. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Holy Cross in 1988 and a master’s in secondary education from Worcester State in 1995.
A native of Vineland, N.J., Hull earned two letters as a wide receiver for Vineland High School. He was selected All-Cape League, First Team All-South Jersey, First Team All-New Jersey Group-4, honorable mention all-state and the Vineland Student-Athlete of the Year. He was also a track performer and competed in the long jump and ran the 400 meters.
Singleton holds 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including nine seasons at his alma mater, Air Force. He served as the special teams coordinator/running backs coach at Arkansas in 2015.
Last season, Singleton guided Razorbacks running back Alex Collins to a career year. Collins started a career-high 12 games and totaled 271 carries for 1,577 yards (5.8 average) and 20 touchdowns. He also contributed with 13 receptions for 95 yards en route to being named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the best running back in the nation. Collins set career highs in every statistical rushing category despite recording consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his previous two seasons. He ranked among the best in the nation and the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards (12th in nation/third in SEC) and rushing touchdowns (tied for sixth in nation/third in SEC). Collins’ 121.3 rushing yards per game ranked 12th in the nation and third in the SEC. Collins was named Second Team All-SEC for his efforts.
Singleton served as the running backs coach at Oklahoma State for four seasons (2011-14). In 2014, the Cowboys running backs did not commit a single turnover during the season, combining for 509 touches with only one fumble, a ball that was recovered by Oklahoma State. In 2013, the Cowboys rushed for 35 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally. The mark also was the sixth-best in a single season in school history. Desmond Roland rushed for 13 touchdowns, leading all Big 12 running backs and ranking 31st nationally despite not starting until the seventh game of the season.
In Stillwater, Singleton was instrumental in the development of running back Joseph Randle. In 2012, Randle was a unanimous First Team All-Big 12 selection after leading the conference with 1,417 rushing yards. Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Cowboys had one of their best seasons in program history in Singleton’s first season with the program. Oklahoma State won the Big 12 and ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. Randle rushed for 24 touchdowns, the fourth-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision that season and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press. Singleton’s running backs totaled 10 games of 100 yards or more.
Singleton joined Oklahoma State after 11 years at Air Force, where he served as the run game coordinator/running backs (2007-2010), running backs coach (2006), varsity assistant (2003-05) and prep assistant (2000). During his tenure as running backs coach, the Falcons led the Mountain West Conference in rushing and ranked in the top 10 nationally each season.
Singleton began his coaching and Air Force career as an instructor and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 2000. He was then stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., from January 2001 to January 2003 and served as a public affairs officer. Singleton returned to the Academy in the spring of 2003 and served as the executive officer for the athletic director before becoming the junior varsity defensive coordinator and varsity assistant coach.
Singleton earned three letters at halfback at Air Force. He was named All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention as a senior. Singleton helped the school win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, including its first outright conference title. He is one of just six players in Air Force history to ever be elected a two-time captain.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Singleton graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 with a degree in social sciences.
Banks served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for the last three seasons (2013-15). He has 11 years of coaching experience, including eight years at the collegiate level.
Prior to joining the NFL, Banks was the director of athletic performance for two seasons (2011-12) at Gardner-Webb University, where he and his staff were responsible for the school’s 21 intercollegiate teams. He was originally hired as the football program’s director of strength and conditioning in 2011.
Banks served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Mississippi from 2008-2010 and the University of Richmond from 2007-08. At Richmond, he was part of a staff that helped develop the football team into a national championship program as the Spiders finished with a 9-3 record and won the 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision National Championship over Montana.
In 2007, Banks was the assistant director of athletic performance at Hampton University. He assisted in the development of current Colts defensive end Kendall Langford, whom was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Banks joined Hampton’s staff after two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Prairie View A&M.
Banks began his career as a student assistant with the strength and conditioning program at his alma mater, the University of Texas, where he worked exclusively with the football and basketball programs. He also worked in the private sector with Train 4 The Game in Austin, Texas (2003-04) and Velocity Sports Performance (2006).
A native of Dallas, Texas, Banks graduated from Texas with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, health promotion and fitness in 2003. He also earned his master’s degree in health and physical education from Prairie View A&M in 2005.
Hayes-Stoker served as the wide receivers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last two seasons (2014-15). He has eight years of coaching experience, including five seasons in the NFL.
In Tampa Bay, he was instrumental in the development of wide receiver Mike Evans, whom the Buccaneers drafted in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Under Hayes-Stoker’s tutelage, Evans caught 142 passes for 2,257 yards and 15 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He also set a franchise-record with 12 touchdown receptions as a rookie in 2014. Evans recorded 1,051 receiving yards in 2014 and teamed up with fellow wide receiver Vincent Jackson (1,002) to become the first Buccaneers teammates to each have 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
Hayes-Stoker came to Tampa Bay after serving as the running backs coach at Florida International in 2013. He previously served in various roles with the Chicago Bears as offensive assistant/wide receivers coach (2012), offensive quality control coach (2010-11) and football operations assistant (2006-09).
Prior to entering the NFL ranks, Hayes-Stoker began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M (2005-06). He also worked as a recruiter at his alma mater, Texas Christian University (2004-05).
Hayes-Stoker played tailback for four seasons (1999-2002) at TCU. He was a two-time team captain and earned All-America academic honors. A native of Arlington, Texas, Hayes-Stoker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived quarterback Ryan Lindley.
Lindley, 6-3, 232 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on December 29, 2015. He played in the Colts regular season finale vs. Tennessee and completed 6-of-10 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown. Lindley has played in 10 career NFL games (six starts) and completed 140-of-274 passes for 1,372 yards with three touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
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FORMER COLTS HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY AND WR-MARVIN HARRISONNAMED TO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016Posted by on February 6, 2016 – 9:36 pm
The NFL tonight announced former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison as inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Dungy becomes the 23rd coach in the Hall of Fame and the third former Colts head coach to earn the honor joining Weeb Ewbank (inducted in 1978) and Don Shula (inducted in 1997). Dungy compiled a .668 regular season winning percentage (139-69) and a .652 overall mark (148-79) as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts (2002-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001). He is the winningest coach in Colts history and his 85-27 (.759) record from 2002-08 ranked second in the NFL during that span. Dungy was the first coach to beat all 32 NFL teams and is one of three people to win a Super Bowl as a player and a head coach. He led the Colts to their second Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XLI and became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Dungy had 10 seasons with 10-plus wins (seven with Indianapolis, three with Tampa Bay). He took 11 of his 13 teams to the playoffs and made 10 straight playoff appearances from 1999-2008 to best Tom Landry’s nine (1975-83) as the most by a coach since 1970. Dungy also won six division titles (five AFC South, one NFC Central) and was the second Colts head coach inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2010.
After joining the Colts in 2002, Dungy established Indianapolis as one of the most successful franchises in the NFL year-in and year-out. He led Indianapolis to 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3 and 12-4 regular season records to become the only Colts coach with 10-plus victories and playoff appearances in his first seven seasons with the team. The seven straight 10-plus victory seasons tied the NFL’s then second-longest mark, while six straight years with 12-plus wins set the league’s standard. In Indianapolis, Dungy coached 27 Associated Press All-Pro selections, 34 Pro Bowl selections, 38 AFC Player of the Week selections and 13 AFC Player of the Month selections. Quarterback Peyton Manning was named NFL MVP four times under Dungy’s tutelage. Dungy also coached an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in Manning and safety Bob Sanders. He earned Coach of the Year honors from Sporting News and Sports Illustrated in 2005 after guiding the Colts to a franchise-record 14 wins. In 2008, Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in five straight seasons, a mark the franchise extended to six seasons in 2009 under Jim Caldwell. Dungy (nine) and Caldwell (14) also combined to help Indianapolis set the NFL record with 23 consecutive regular season victories from 2008-09. Dungy assisted the Colts in becoming the winningest NFL team for a decade as the club produced 115 wins from 2000-09. Indianapolis boasted a top five ranked offense for five consecutive seasons (2003-07) under Dungy, while the defense ranked in the top five in 2007. From 2002-08, Dungy also mentored one of the most disciplined teams in the league as the Colts committed the third-fewest penalties (622) and held the highest turnover margin (+70).
Dungy was the head coach of the Buccaneers for six seasons (1996-2001). He compiled a 54-42 (.563) regular season record and ranks second in wins in team history. He guided the Buccaneers to four postseason appearances and three 10-win seasons. In 1998, Dungy led a Tampa Bay defense that ranked first in the NFC and second in the NFL. He was named Professional Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club in 1997. In Tampa Bay, Dungy coached 35 Pro Bowl selections and 20 Associated Press All-Pro selections.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Dungy served as the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings from 1992-95. During his tenure in Minnesota, the Vikings intercepted an NFL-high 95 passes and made three playoff appearances. Dungy was a defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-1991 and made two playoff appearances.
He made his NFL coaching debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1981 as a defensive assistant coach. He served as the defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh from 1982-83 before being named the NFL’s youngest coordinator (age 28) in 1984. In five seasons (1984-88) as the Steelers’ defensive coordinator, Pittsburgh averaged 24 interceptions and 37 takeaways, while scoring 20 touchdowns. Dungy was the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, in 1980.
Dungy played in 45 career NFL games with the San Francisco 49ers (1979) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1977-78). He originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1977 and was a member of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XIII title team.
Harrison is only the second Colts wide receiver to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining Raymond Berry, who was inducted in 1973. The Colts drafted Harrison in the first round (19th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. Harrison played all 13 of his NFL seasons (1996-2008) with Indianapolis and finished his career as one of the most prolific receivers to ever play the game. He started 188-of-190 games and totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. Harrison ranks in the top 10 all-time in league history in receptions (third), receiving touchdowns (fifth) and receiving yards (seventh). His 90 games with a touchdown reception are a franchise record and his 29 games with multiple-touchdown receptions ranks tied for the fourth-most in NFL history. Harrison’s 128 total touchdowns ranks as the ninth-most in league annals. His 778 career points ranks fourth in Colts history and first among non-kickers. He had receptions in his first 190 career games to set the NFL record for the most consecutive games with a catch to start a career. Harrison’s 5.8 receptions per game average ranks second all-time, while his 76.7 receiving yards per game average ranks third. His 59 100-yard receiving games are the third most in league history. Harrison is the Colts franchise career leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games. He played on six division title winning teams and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI victory. Harrison was the fourth player inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2011 and owns 28 Colts career records.
During most of his time in Indianapolis, Harrison paired with quarterback Peyton Manning as the most productive QB-WR duo in NFL history. Harrison and Manning played 158 games together and set league records for most completions (953), yards (12,766) and touchdowns (112) by a tandem. From 1999-2006, Harrison had eight consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and he is the only player ever with eight straight seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards and 10-plus scoring receptions. He became the first NFL player with 100-plus receptions in four consecutive seasons. Harrison joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Torry Holt as the only NFL players with 80-plus receptions in eight consecutive seasons. He holds single-season team records for receptions (143 in 2002), receiving yards (1,722 in 2002), receiving touchdowns (15 in 2001 and 2004) and 100-yard receiving games (10 in 2002). His 143 receptions in 2002 are the most single-season receptions in NFL history. Harrison was an eight-time Pro Bowler and Associated Press All-Pro (1999-2006), two-time NFL receptions leader (2000, 2002) and receiving yards leader (1999, 2002). He was named a member of the NFL All-Decade Team (2000-2009). Harrison earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors three times and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week four times. He finished his career with 100-plus receiving yardage outings against 27-of-31 opponents and had touchdown receptions against 29-of-31 opponents. The Colts won 62 percent of the time with Harrison in the lineup and in 72.9 percent of the games when he topped 100 receiving yards.
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The NFL today announced that Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Hilton will replace Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald who will miss the game due to injury. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 2015, Hilton played in all 16 games (15 starts) for the second time in his career and totaled 69 receptions for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. He finished as the Colts leader in receptions and receiving yards for the third consecutive year. Hilton also registered his third consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne as the only players in franchise history to post three or more career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He owned 14 receptions of 25+ yards, which tied for sixth in the NFL. Among players with at least 60 receptions in 2015, Hilton ranked fifth in the league with an average of 16.3 yards per reception. In Week 7 vs. New Orleans, he tallied four receptions for 150 yards (37.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. Hilton’s performance marked his 17th career 100-yard receiving game and his fifth multiple-touchdown game. His 150 receiving yards tied for his fourth-best single-game total of his career. Hilton recorded his sixth-career multiple touchdown performance in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay when he caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 14 at Jacksonville, Hilton registered his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the 18th of his career when he collected 132 receiving yards on four receptions.
Hilton will join teammates Mike Adams and Vontae Davis in Hawaii as the trio will be making their second consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. The Colts have had at least two players represented in the game dating back to 1999 and at least three players each of the last four seasons.
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The NFL today announced that Colts safety Mike Adams has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Adams will replace Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor who will miss the game due to injury. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 13 starts in 2015, Adams ranked fourth on the team with 76 tackles (54 solo) and contributed with five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 1.0 sack. His five interceptions tied a career-high (2014) and ranked tied for sixth in the NFL. Adams’ three forced fumbles also set a new career-best. In his last two Pro Bowl seasons (2014-15), he has compiled 10 interceptions, which ranks tied for third in the league. In a Week 5 victory against Houston, Adams registered five tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed. His second interception of the game in the fourth quarter gave the Colts possession of the ball that they would not relinquish, helping to seal the victory. It was his fourth career multiple interception game and Adams earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. The following week against New England, Adams totaled three tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown and one pass defensed. It marked his second career interception return for a touchdown.
Adams and teammate Vontae Davis will both be making their second consecutive appearances in the Pro Bowl. The Colts have had at least two players represented in the game dating back to 1999.
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The NFL today announced that Colts cornerback Vontae Davis has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Davis will replace Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. who will be participating in Super Bowl 50. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Davis will be making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. He started all 16 games at cornerback for the second time in his career. Davis led the Colts and ranked tied for 11th in the NFL with 16 passes defensed. He also ranked sixth on the team with 50 tackles (38 solo) and contributed with four interceptions. Three of Davis’ interceptions came in the red zone, including two picks in the end zone to prevent touchdowns from New Orleans (Week 7) and Miami (Week 16). On two occasions, he intercepted passes in back-to-back games (Weeks 7-8 and Weeks 15-16) and tallied six contests with multiple passes defensed.
Davis’ selection marks the 18th consecutive year the Colts have had a representative in the Pro Bowl dating back to 1998.
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The Indianapolis Colts have hired Greg Williams as the team’s defensive backs coach.
Williams holds 13 years of coaching experience, including the last seven seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers as the team’s assistant linebackers coach (2009-2012) and assistant secondary coach (2013-15). Last year, the Chargers defense recorded 11 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 62 passes defensed. The unit also allowed 22 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the seventh fewest in the NFL and the third fewest in the AFC.
Williams oversaw a secondary that ranked fourth in the NFL in pass defense in 2014. Safety Eric Weddle led the Chargers with 114 tackles (91 solo), eight passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.
In Williams’ first season working with the secondary (2013), the Chargers ranked sixth in the AFC in passing touchdowns allowed and totaled 11 interceptions and 67 passes defensed. Weddle led the defense with 115 tackles, two interceptions, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble.
As the assistant linebackers coach from 2009-2012, the Chargers defense ranked 11th in the NFL and sixth in the AFC in rushing defense over the four-year span (107.5 ypg.). The defense also totaled 152.0 sacks and 36 fumble recoveries. In 2009, San Diego posted a 13-3 record and won the AFC West Division for the fourth consecutive year. Williams had two of his linebackers post back-to-back 11.0-sack seasons, including Shaun Phillips (tied for 10th in the NFL in 2010) and Antwan Barnes (tied for 11th in the NFL in 2011).
Prior to San Diego, Williams spent the 2008 season as a secondary and defensive graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers recorded a 9-4 record and ranked second in the Big East Conference. The team also reached the Sun Bowl. Pittsburgh’s defense allowed 193.0 passing yards per game in addition to intercepting 14 passes.
Williams spent two seasons with Arkansas Tech University (2006-07) coaching the defensive backs and serving as a recruiting coordinator. He got his start in coaching as an intern at Arizona State in 2003 before joining the College of DuPage staff for two years. After working with the wide receivers in 2004 he switched focuses and worked primarily with defensive backs in 2005.
Williams played wide receiver and defensive back at the University of North Carolina from 1994-97 under Mack Brown. He helped the Tar Heels to three bowl wins while finishing in The Associated Press Top 10 twice, including an 11-1 record during his senior year in 1997 when they finished fourth in the AP Poll.
Williams graduated with a degree in sociology, and went to training camp with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants before spending time in NFL Europe, the XFL and the Arena League.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin to a reserve/future contract.
Lumpkin, 6-3, 300 pounds, has competed in seven career games between the Arizona Cardinals (2011-12) and Oakland Raiders (2013-14). He has totaled 10 career tackles (seven solo) and 1.0 sack. In 2014 with the Raiders, Lumpkin spent the first 12 weeks of the season on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the final five games of the regular season. He compiled nine tackles (six solo) and added his first career sack in a Week 15 contest at Kansas City. Lumpkin was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals in 2011. He spent most of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns on the practice squad before making his NFL debut in 2012 during a Week 15 contest against Detroit where he posted one tackle.
Lumpkin appeared in 44 career games (29 starts) at the University of Kentucky and finished his collegiate career with 82 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. He started all 13 games as a senior, totaling 21 tackles, 1.0 sack and 5.5 tackles for a loss. He notched 26 tackles as a junior and 17 stops as a sophomore.
Lumpkin attended Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tenn. and was named “Mr. Football” for Class AAAA in the state following his senior season where he totaled 101 tackles, 35.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks.
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed Brian Schottenheimer as quarterbacks coach and Shawn Terlecky as defensive quality control coach.
Schottenheimer holds 19 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons at the NFL level. He spent the 2015 campaign as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the University of Georgia. Last year, the Bulldogs totaled 4,904 yards of net offense and ranked fifth in the Southeastern Conference with a 60.9 completion percentage. Schottenheimer coached running back Nick Chubb who totaled 747 rushing yards in six games before suffering a season ending injury. Chubb’s total included a streak of five consecutive 100-yard games to start the season.
Schottenheimer spent three years (2012-14) as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In 2014, St. Louis averaged 314.7 net yards per game. Quarterbacks Austin Davis and Shaun Hill combined to throw for 3,658 yards and 20 touchdowns in place of an injured Sam Bradford. In 2013, the Rams scored 27-or-more points on six different occasions. In addition, the team scored 38 touchdowns, which was the most for the club in a single season dating back to 2006. Schottenheimer oversaw Bradford who ranked eighth in the NFL with 159 completions and was tied for fifth in touchdown passes (14) before suffering a season ending knee injury.
In St. Louis’ first season under Schottenheimer (2012), the Rams recorded a 6.6 points per game average increase over the previous season as Bradford set career highs in passing yards (3,702), touchdown passes (21) and passer rating (82.5). He also called plays for an offense that helped running back Steven Jackson rush for his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign.
Schottenheimer joined the Rams after spending the previous six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets. During his time in New York, he constructed an offense that helped the Jets earn back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game.
In 2011, the Jets led the NFL in red zone percentage as they scored touchdowns on 36 of their 55 trips inside their opponents’ 20-yard line (65.5 percent). In 2010, New York ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing offense and 11th in total yards, and in 2009, the Jets led the NFL with an average of 172.3 rushing yards per game. New York was one of just three teams since 2001 to average more than 170 rushing yards per game in a season. In 2009, Schottenheimer helped quarterback Mark Sanchez become the most prolific postseason quarterback in club annals. Under his direction, Sanchez won four road postseason games (most in Jets history), while throwing a team record nine touchdown passes. With the help of Schottenheimer, Sanchez recorded the second-most postseason passing yards (1,155) in club history and three of the club’s top five postseason passer ratings.
In 2008, the Jets acquired quarterback Brett Favre during the preseason, and New York scored 405 points, only the third time in franchise history that they reached 400 points. Their 42 offensive touchdowns that season were their most since 1998. The running game, led by Pro Bowler Thomas Jones (AFC-leading 1,312 rushing yards and a team record 13 rushing touchdowns) and Leon Washington (448 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns), averaged 4.75 yards per carry, fifth in the league and the best season mark in franchise history.
Schottenheimer joined the Jets in 2006 after spending four seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2004, Drew Brees earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career as he threw 27 touchdown passes and finished third in the NFL in passer rating. Schottenheimer also oversaw the development of Philip Rivers, who worked with Schottenheimer as Brees’ back-up during Rivers’ first two NFL seasons.
Prior to his stint in San Diego, Schottenheimer worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City. He was an offensive assistant with the Chiefs and held the title of quarterbacks coach during his lone season with the Redskins. In between those two stops, he coached at the collegiate level, tutoring wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999 and tight ends at Southern California in 2000.
Schottenheimer made his NFL coaching debut in 1997 as an offensive assistant on Dick Vermeil’s Rams staff.
Terlecky has 12 years of coaching experience and spent the last three seasons with the Colts as the team’s assistant to the head coach. The Colts recorded a 30-18 record over the last three seasons, which included two AFC South Division championships and one appearance in the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
Prior to the Colts, Terlecky was a defensive intern for Louisiana State University from 2010-12. In the course of those three seasons, the Tigers defense earned national rankings of eighth, second and 12th in total defense. In 2011, LSU also ranked second nationally in scoring defense. He coached in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl and the 2012 BCS National Championship.
From 2008-2010, Terlecky was the cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator for Mercyhurst University. In 2008, the defense ranked 20th nationally in total defense and 16th in scoring defense. In addition, the Laker pass defense ranked seventh in the country and led the PSAC.
Terlecky spent three seasons (2005-07) at the University of North Carolina as a graduate assistant with focuses on linebackers (2005), secondary (2006) and the defensive line (2007). He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mercyhurst University in 2004.
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