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Physical nature ready to be a staple of the Colts secondary, entire defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 8, 2013 – 12:48 pm

The Indianapolis Colts expected starting secondary brings 279 games of NFL experience with them into the 2013 season.

Experience aside, the addition of one LaRon Landry has the secondary with a bit more swagger heading into the regular season opener one month from today.

Physicality

That term is something the Colts secondary wants opposing offenses to become familiar with across the defensive unit.

“Being physical (means) 16 games, 60 minutes,” safety Antoine Bethea says. “Everybody always says it starts up front, but we’ve got to have 11 guys out there striking. When opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around, (that) might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”

Bethea believes this could be the most physical Colts secondary he has been apart of in his eight seasons in Indianapolis.

His fellow safety knows exactly what being physical is all about.

“To me, more physical means basically just getting after it,” Landry said. “Getting after the ball and making that the main focus—just to dominate.”

Last season, Vontae Davis showed some physicality at the cornerback position while routinely coming up to the line of scrimmage to make tackles in space.

Greg Toler will now join Davis as the Colts starting corners.

Toler joins the unit after four seasons in Arizona and he can sense something a little more than just a physical secondary.

“This defense, one thing I can say is it’s more like a brotherhood,” Toler says. “I don’t know if that’s because there’s a lot of young guys in the defense., but we feed off one another and keep one another’s spirits up. If one person makes a play, all of us make a play.”

As a former defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano loves what he’s hearing, and more importantly what he’s seeing from that side of the ball.

“Defensively, every time you step on the field, you expect greatness,” Pagano says. “You expect to make plays, create turnovers, stop the run. Going into year two it’s a natural progression that everybody feels more comfortable with the scheme.”

“Those guys understand where they’re supposed to be. They know where their partner is supposed to be next to them. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of every call. So, they’re able to play at a high level and play a lot faster than they did last year.”


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Colts players hit the 1070 The Fan airwaves on Monday

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 5, 2013 – 8:18 pm

1070 The Fan was back in Anderson on Monday with numerous Colts hitting their airwaves.

The Grady and Big Joe Show along with The Ride with JMV broadcasted live from Colts training camp in Anderson.

Here is a link to all of the Colts interviews:

Grady and Big Joe Show

Cornerback Cassius Vaughn

Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton

The Ride with JMV

Defensive End Cory Redding

Quarterback Andrew Luck

Safety Antoine Bethea


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 5th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:57 am

The Colts returned to the practice field on Sunday afternoon with Antoine Bethea back in his normal spot and Bjoern Werner taking part in rookie activities. Also former Colts great Art Donovan passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 89.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, August 5th.  

Hall of Fame DT Donovan dead at 89

The Associated Press

Baltimore Colt great Art Donovan passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday evening.

The Hall of Fame lineman was one of the most popular Colts in team history.

Donovan made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959. He also spent single seasons with the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans in a career that lasted from 1950 through 1961.

“We lost a friend, one of the finest men and one of the greatest characters we were fortunate to meet in this community and in this business,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said. “Baltimore is now without one of its best and someone who was a foundation for the tremendous popularity of football in our area. The world is not as bright tonight because we lost someone who could make us all smile.”

Singing and lugging gear? Check. Now Colts’ top pick Bjoern Werner is learning new position

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Bjoern Werner had his hands full on Sunday as he headed off the Colts practice field.

He was toting a few of his teammates pads as a reminder that he is still just a rookie in the NFL.

One of those pads belonged to Robert Mathis, someone the Colts first round draft pick speaks very highly of.

Werner is quick to seek the counsel of Mathis, 32 and in his 11th season. Last year, the Colts moved Mathis from end in the previous 4-3 defense to 3-4 outside linebacker. Despite being at a foreign position, Mathis led the Colts with eight sacks and earned a fifth straight Pro Bowl berth.

“He always tells me, ‘I was there last year,’ and he was a 10-year veteran . . . so he had to make that big jump, too,’’ Werner said. “It’s not easy, but you just want to do it and keep working. It’s going to be fine.’’

Baby brings new perspective to Bethea

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Antoine Bethea was back with his Colts family on Sunday, a week after he welcomed a new daughter to his immediate family.

Bethea admitted to be playing for something a little bit more after the birth of his daughter Siani.

“When I saw her, it was most definitely a feeling I never had before,” Bethea said following Sunday’s afternoon practice at Anderson University. “My perspective on life, it’s just not Antoine anymore. I’m out here doing this for my family.”

Bethea returned to Anderson on Sunday for his first padded practice of 2013.

“Felt good, flying around, get a little rust off the shoulders,” Bethea said. “It felt good. Just ready to get out there and just hit some other colors and stuff like that.”

 


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Day Seven Impressions: The elusive tight ends, defensive line’s sack-packed afternoon and Antoine Bethea returns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 4, 2013 – 5:41 pm

The largest crowd (6,200) of the 2013 Colts training camp took in Sunday’s padded practice at Anderson University.

It was a bit of a quiet afternoon in terms of highlights for the Colts as the team returned to the practice field after being off since Friday morning.

Here are three takeaways from day seven…

Tight Ends constantly causing mismatches: Early on in practice, the Colts took part in one-on-one drills with linebackers having to cover running backs and/or tight ends.

It’s pretty impressive to watch Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener create separation in these drills.

When Allen and Fleener see linebackers across from them, their eyes should be nice and wide this fall.

Do safeties have the physicality to line up against the tight ends or should teams risk a slower linebacker to match-up for size purposes?

That will be a discussion in opponent’s defensive meeting rooms each week this year, one that doesn’t come with an easy answer.

Defensive line racks up the “sacks”: Yes, the red jerseys on the three Colts quarterbacks indicate a no-touching rule but on Sunday several plays were stopped due to “sacks”.

Drake Nevis and Josh Chapman were among the handful of Colts defensive linemen who got into the backfield on passing downs.

The defensive line was also able to get their hands on a few batted balls on Sunday.

It should be mentioned that the Colts offensive line (specifically the second unit) was without the services of guards Joe Reitz (stinger) and Hugh Thornton (ankle), along with center Khaled Holmes (ankle).

Nonetheless, it was a strong afternoon for the Colts defensive front.

Bethea back in Anderson: The Colts welcomed back safety Antoine Bethea after his fiancé gave birth to their first child, Siani, last week.

Sunday’s practice was Bethea’s first in pads this year and the eight-year veteran mentioned that he’s playing for a little bit more after becoming a father.

“It was definitely a feeling that I’ve never had before,” Bethea said of the birth of his daughter.

“My perspective is not just ‘Antoine’ any more. I’m out here doing this for my family.”


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Week Two Preview: Four thoughts on the Colts defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 3, 2013 – 10:38 pm

With Week One in the books in Anderson, here are four defensive items to look towards in Week Two.

The Colts will practice the next three days before an off day on Wednesday. Things will pick back up Thursday and Friday, with the preseason opener coming on Aug. 11 against the Buffalo Bills.

Josh Chapman’s development-The “900 pound safe” has been very impressive working with the second unit in Week One.

The nose tackle position will undoubtedly need more than one body in 2013 so expect Chapman to play big minutes along with starter Aubrayo Franklin.

It can’t be stated enough how much Chapman truly embraces the role of a 3-4 nose tackle and his presence will go a long way to stopping the run this year.

Bjoern Werner’s role-Werner’s high motor was evident last week and you can see why the Colts valued the German native during April’s NFL Draft.

If he was at any other position, Werner probably would be starting but with Robert Mathis and Erik Walden ahead of him, it looks like the rookie’s role will be primarily on special teams and passing downs this year.

Fans should get frequent looks at Werner coming off the edge this season with the outside linebacker depth allowing the Colts to bring the first round pick along at his own pace.

Can the secondary continue its hot start?-The ball-hawking nature of the Colts secondary has been prevalent in 2013.

The takeaways number of 15 last year is a point of emphasis this season and if Week One is any indication than the Colts defensive backs will be getting their hands on numerous balls.

Vontae Davis and Darius Butler have been particular strong with Greg Toler hoping to rejoin the secondary this week after suffering a concussion on Wednesday.

Return of Antoine Bethea-The Colts Pro Bowl safety has not been in Anderson since Tuesday as he was back home for the birth of his daughter.

Coach Pagano said he expects Bethea back very soon and fans are eager to see No. 41 pair with LaRon Landry at the backend of the defense.

Bethea has been in the Colts starting lineup every game since the 2007 season and getting him back on the practice field will be a welcoming sight for defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 31st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 31, 2013 – 7:42 am

The Colts were in pads for the first time in training camp on Wednesday. Today’s headlines includes a wonderful feature on Andrew Luck, some observations from Mike Chappell on Tuesday’s practice and a look into the growth of T.Y. Hilton.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, July 31st.  

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts aiming to top heights of 2012

By: Kimberly Jones, NFL.com

A tremendous piece from Jones on the Colts signal caller and his growth moving into year two.

Here are a few tidbits from the article…

“Right when you see a throw you think you might never see again, five or 10 plays later, you see another ‘wow’ play,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said in a quiet moment after practice. “He’s just loaded with them.”

As Wayne, the 12-year veteran, said, “I’m ‘Team Luck,’ you know? I’m all behind him. He’s going to be really good, he really is.”

There’s a reason Luck was given the nickname of “Meal Ticket” last season. Second-year tight end Dwayne Allen explained: “Because he’s everyone’s meal ticket. If he doesn’t perform, nobody eats.”

Luck’s reaction? “He just blows it off,” Allen said with a laugh.

His nickname this season? “Still ‘Meal Ticket,’ ” Allen said.

5 Colts observations: 1st day in pads, RB Ahmad Bradshaw injury update and LB/lieutenant Josh McNary returns

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell broke down his five thoughts from Tuesday’s first padded practice of 2013.

Prior to practice, coach Chuck Pagano noted the manner with which he wants his players to approach padded practices: “We want to be competitive, but not combative.”

Chappell takes a look at Antoine Bethea’s new baby girl, charting of Andrew Luck, an injury update on the Colts and the arrival of Josh McNary.

“I think the quote of the day was (GM Ryan) Grigson approaching me, telling me, ‘It’s just like riding a bike.’ He hit it right on the head,” McNary said. “I was kind of concerned going into it, whether if I was going to be overly rusty. But it turned out to be pretty smooth, a smooth transition.”

Colts in good hands with Hilton

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

It’s been a nice start to camp for second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton.

Expectations have risen in year two but Hilton feels comfortable in the Colts new offense, alongside Reggie Wayne.

“We know it’s going to be harder,” Hilton said. “Guys are going to expect that. But we did a great job in Miami getting the timing down. He knows where I’m going to be, and I know what he is thinking. So, right now, it should just be fun and just go deep.”

Where exactly Hilton lines up in year two remains to be seen but rest assured he will get his touches.

“That guy’s a freak,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I’d hate to be the guy on the opposite side of the ball. I know our defensive guys make sure they know where he’s at all the time. He just keeps growing and growing and growing.”

 

 

 


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 28th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 28, 2013 – 8:03 am

The Colts have moved into Anderson and the 2013 training camp is about to commence. The discussions on Saturday surrounded around a Kenyan rugby player, Reggie Wayne’s arrival, Andrew Luck’s take on the new offense and the physicality of the Colts defense.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Sunday, July 28th.  

Colts new acquisition Adongo learns NFL basics like how to put on a helmet

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Five days into life in the United States, Daniel Adongo was very poised.

The 23-year old rugby player is about to embark on his first experience of playing football.

For the past two weeks Adongo and the Colts have communicated via e-mail.

“To get an email from a National Football League team, you definitely know they’re not kidding,” he said.

What can Adongo bring to the Colts?

“Servitude, loyalty, aggression, physicality and being a team man,” he said. “Being the person I am, I went with my gut feeling. If something feels right, I’m not going to dodge (it) or second-guess myself.

“Rugby is always going to be there. To have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity felt right to me.”

Wayne arrives at AU in helicopter

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

The grand entrance came via the sky as Reggie Wayne entered the 2013 training camp via the co-pilot’s seat of an IU Health Life Line helicopter.

His message behind the arrival…

“I sat back and thought, ‘We’ve got a pretty good team,'” Wayne said after stepping out of the chopper on the intramural fields beside the AU soccer field. “I really think our team this year is better than last year. If we don’t hurt ourselves, the sky’s the limit for us. So … why not come in through the sky?”

Wayne arrived with a special guest, Matt Sercer, a 20-year-old farmer from Plainfield who lost a foot — and nearly his life — in a farm accident last December. Doctors told Sercer he would never walk again, but he had little trouble stepping out of the helicopter beside Wayne.

“Guys like Matt and stories like Matt are the real heroes, they’re the real heroes,” Wayne said. “And it inspires you to go out there and do great and prove people wrong. A lot of people didn’t think Matt was going to be able to walk again, and he’s out here moonwalking with me.”

Luck embraces old-school attack

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Luck hasn’t offered to many particulars when describing what the new Colts offense will look like in 2013.

The second-year quarterback offered a little insight into Pep Hamilton’s scheme upon arriving to Anderson on Saturday.

“I think it’ll be a detailed, exact offense,” Luck said. “We have a fullback now as opposed to last year. That’ll be the biggest difference I think people notice. Personnel and formations change a little bit because of that. It’s still football. At the end of the day, football is football whether you’re (new Philadelphia Eagles head coach) Chip Kelly of whatever offense you’re running. It’s football.”

Like the 23-year old that he is, Luck was giddy heading to Anderson for three weeks.

“I love camp,” Luck said. “Last night, going to bed, it’s like you’re a little kid before your first day of school. You’re nervous. You don’t know what to expect. It’s a nice way to sort of forget about the world and focus on football. It’s simple in that way, and I enjoy it. It’s fun.”

Colts ready to get physical on defense

By: Rick Teverbaugh, The Herald Bulletin

There is a bit of swagger across the Colts defense in 2013 and the backend of the secondary might be the most physical unit.

Antoine Bethea is paired with LaRon Landry and the Colts veteran described what exactly a physical defense means.

“A mindset. Have a mindset and just keep that mindset all the way through the season,” he said. “We want to be a physical defense, and we just need to start that here in camp. Being physical 16 games, 60 minutes. Everybody always says it starts up front, but we got to have 11 guys out there striking. I just think when opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around. Might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”

Bethea has spent eight years as a part of the Indy defense, and he is pondering that this year’s team might be as physical as any team on which he’s played.

“I think it can,” he said. “We’ve been talking, it maybe was my second year when it was myself, Bob (Sanders), Kelvin (Hayden), Marlin (Jackson), we had some physical guys on the defense. But with LaRon (Landry), Vontae (Davis), Greg (Toler), really our whole defense, we have something special, I think.”


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Who is the Colts “most important” player in 2013? It is probably not the name you are thinking

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 19, 2013 – 8:38 am

On Thursday, NFL.com’s Adam Schein came out with an interesting list of players.

Schein broke down the “most important” player for each team.

Now, when looking at the Colts roster the names Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne or Robert Mathis were probably the first to pop into Colts fans heads.

If not those, how about Ahmad Bradshaw, Gosder Cherilus, Vontae Davis, or LaRon Landry?

But here was Schein’s criteria…

Now, this isn’t a presentation of the best player on each roster. (In many cases, that would be obvious.) We are diving deeper. We’re identifying the guy who needs to achieve — and overachieve — for the team to reach its potential.

And under those parameters, Schein chose safety Antoine Bethea as the Colts “most important” player heading into 2013.

He’s been an underrated player for a while. Bethea is a very good defensive back, and like the rest of his teammates, he’s now in his second year in Chuck Pagano‘s defense. Bethea’s importance includes leadership, in addition to his playmaking skills.

When breaking down the choice of Bethea you can see Schein’s thinking. First off, the secondary will be incorporating two new starters in 2013 and the unit was not all together until the start of minicamp this offseason. Beteha’s leadership (like Schein mentioned) will be leaned on heavily with a defense that does not have a ton of veterans. Also, for this defense to make a jump into one of the better units in the NFL than one would think the secondary will be apart of some game changing plays in 2013.


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 12TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 12, 2013 – 8:47 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Wednesday, June 12th.

Landry believes he’ll acclimate to Colts system; RB Ahmad Bradshaw signed

By: Tom James, Terre Haute Tribune

Landry was the main attraction in Tuesday’s open locker room and James took a look at The Red Hulk action figure that sits in No. 30’s locker.

One of the hot topics was around why Landry missed the Colts 10 OTA practices.

“My trainer and my whole medical staff [are located in Scottsdale],” he explained, adding that he and veteran Indianapolis free safety Antoine Bethea shouldn’t have any issues forming a strong bond.

“I worked out with him in Arizona anyway. We have a familiar background with each other. I’ve been knowing him for awhile. So it’s like a brotherhood back there, I reckon. The chemistry is going to go well.”

James’ notebook also takes a look at the signing of Ahmad Bradshaw and head coach Chuck Pagano joked a bit with the media after the team’s first minicamp practice about the newest Colt.

“[Just] heard. It is true? We signed a running back today? What’s his name?,” Pagano joked after Tuesday’s practice. “We did sign Ahmad. Obviously, every decision that we make and talk about from day one is what’s best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win.

Bradshaw ready to run with Colts

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Bremer focuses on Bradshaw and a specific play that new coach Chuck Pagano remembers during his tenure in Baltimore.

“Any time you can add a guy that’s got Super Bowl rings and understands what it takes, has that mindset, put another pro in that locker room, another mentor,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I mean, the guy’s a beast. He’s a warrior. I was at Baltimore and we played him, I don’t know how many years ago, and I just saw him gut through our defense for a 77-yard run. And that doesn’t happen very often to a Ravens front seven and that defense.”

Ironically enough, one of Bradshaw’s finest memories came at Lucas Oil Stadium when he scored the game winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI.

Now, he will call Lucas Oil Stadium home.

“It’s a great place,” Bradshaw said during a conference call at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “It’s a great atmosphere. Being inside and out of that facility should be fun.”

Colts finally get to see S LaRon Landry ‘bring ugly’

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell also follows along with the angle that James took and looks at Landry’s “alter ego.”

The Pro Bowl safety brings a strong resume to Indianapolis but individual accolades will be put to the side in his new home.

“I have high expectations,” Landry said. “I’m just looking to win. I’m not really a ‘self’ type of guy. It’s a team effort.”

Chappell also spoke with Landry’s safety mate Antoine Bethea who will undoubtedly line up next to each other come Week One.

“He’s going to come downhill and he’s going to hit you,” Bethea said. “He’s very intense, gets to the ball.

Colts’ Luck on what to improve: ‘Everything, especially accuracy’

By: Clark Judge, CBS Sports

Judge had a question-and-answer session with the Colts signal caller on Tuesday afternoon.

Before going in-depth into Luck’s Q-and-A, Judge sat down with backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to get his thoughts on the starter.

“Andrew Luck,” (Hasselbeck) says, “is hitting it out of the park. He’s talented, but I’ve seen talented guys before. What is really special about him is his focus, his ability to process quickly, what he does at the line of scrimmage and his ability to get the respect of the locker room. He doesn’t blink. He’s always trying to be better and smarter.”


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LARON LANDRY READY TO PAIR WITH ANTOINE BETHEA IN COLTS SECONDARY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 11, 2013 – 1:37 pm

LaRon Landry did not want to take things slow when he hit the practice field Tuesday morning.

With the Colts opening up with a walk-through Tuesday morning, Landry was ready to ramp it up even though the official practice would not begin until the afternoon.

“I can’t wait,” Landry said as he waited for the Colts first afternoon minicamp practice.

“I couldn’t even hold back going through a walk-through, so I’m ready to get out to practice.”

Upon arriving in Indianapolis, Landry feels right at home on the playing field and in a system that he is comfortable with, outside of some different terminology.

Rex Ryan was Landry’s coach last year with the Jets. Chuck Pagano and Ryan were on the same staff in Baltimore during the 2008 campaign.

Landry’s comfort level doesn’t stop there, as he will be lining up with another veteran, Pro Bowl, safety in Antoine Bethea.

“I worked out with (Bethea) in Arizona. We have a familiar background with each other,” Landry said. “I’ve been knowing him for a while so it’s like a brotherhood back there already. The chemistry is going to be well.”

Pagano, a former defensive backs coach, has already made an impression on Landry.

“First off he’s a fighter. Anybody that can fight for themselves, sustain what he sustained and went through, and bounce back, speaks a lot about him,” Landry said of Pagano.

“I’d do anything for him.”

Landry has spent the offseason working out in Arizona, trying to remain healthy after a Pro Bowl season with the Jets.

The 2012 campaign followed two seasons in Washington where an Achilles injury forced him to miss 15 games.

“Coming off that injury, I just wanted to make sure everything was fine,” Landry said of the reason for training in Arizona.

“This year I wanted to make sure everything was fine so when I come in right now, I can sustain a full season and everything can be perfect.”

Much has been made about the physical prowess that Landry brings to the backend of the secondary, but when asked what Colts fans will see in No. 30, the Pro Bowler took a different route.

“I’m going to bring 100 percent all the time,” Landry said.

“I’m going to do anything to help my team win. Anything.”


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