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ARIANS TALKS PAGANO, OFFENSIVE LINE, YOUTH AND PATRIOTS ON RADIO SHOW

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 13, 2012 – 1:58 pm

Bruce Arians was a guest on the ‘Pagano Show’ Monday evening.  ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey hosts the show and Arians covered a variety of topics with a few of the highlights are below:

On Arians spending some time with head coach Chuck Pagano on Saturday afternoon:

“He was feeling real good and he knew some down days were coming but he’s mentally prepared for it. It’s going to be a tough week but he’s going to be fine.”

On how he thought his team dealt with a short week:

“I was really pleased with our veterans as far as schooling the young guys on what to anticipate as far as a short week and what kind of game it was going to be, a very physical game, a division game and the young guys responded very well. I thought it was the best game in certain areas and not so much in others. In the fourth quarter, we committed some really stupid penalties and made a couple boneheaded plays offensively but it didn’t hurt us because we had built a nice lead. In the game’s coming up it could come back to bite us. We have to clean that up. It’s fun to be able to coach and clean stuff up with a victory.”

On the play of the offensive line against the Jaguars:

“They’ve logged enough snaps now and they are all comfortable with each other. When Samson (Satele) went down, A.Q. (Shipley) came in and did a great job. (Jeff Linkenbach) has bounced all over the place, starting at left guard, right tackle and has played his heart out every where he’s been. Bradley Sowell got a few snaps at tight end. Our whole blocking unit, I was real pleased with.”

On what it is going to take to beat the Patriots:

“The biggest thing is you cannot turn the football over up there. Tom’s (Brady) going to turn them into points every time. The games that I’ve had success up there we’ve been error free as are as turnovers and we got lucky and got a couple. They’re outstanding. They have great offensive skill and they play an up tempo (style) that our defense must get ready for. Our offense has to go out and make first downs, score points and let’s see how the chips fall.”

On what it has been like to coach such a young team, specifically offensively:

“The results for me, watching them get better is more important right now than the wins and losses. They will take care of themselves. As long as you see each guy get better on a consistent, daily basis then you know something is building for the future, which is going to be really powerful. This young class that we have offensively is a dynamite class. There is so much football talent but they are (also) great guys. They are so much fun to be with every day. It’s probably given me 10 years of youth working with them every day. I feel so much younger with these guys. They’re great guys.”


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 10

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 9, 2012 – 10:21 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had two catches for 31 yards on Thursday evening, including an impressive 27-yard gain late in the third quarter. Allen once again was a critical part of the Colts pass protection.

Vick Ballard, RB: For the fifth straight game, Ballard started at running back and led both teams with 48 yards on 12 carries. Ballard also continued to help out in the receiving game with a pair of catches for 11 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill had one catch for 21 yards on the night after hauling in a slant route and showcasing his speed in gaining yards after the catch.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was shut out in the receiving department on Thursday but still got his hands on the ball in other ways. He had a pair of reverses for a total of 30 yards and had one punt return for 12 yards.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck etched his name in the club record book with his fifth rushing touchdown of the season, which is the most for any Colts quarterback in a single season. Luck was 18-of-27 for 227 yards on the evening.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer was active on Thursday evening and playing on special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was used a lot on Thursday evening as an extra lineman lining up at tight end to help the rushing attack.

Rookie tight end Coby Fleener was inactive against the Titans.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 9

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 5, 2012 – 9:27 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen continued to be a reliable target for Andrew Luck. Allen set career highs with six receptions for 75 yards on Sunday. He was one of four Colts receivers with at least 75 yards receiving against the Dolphins.

Vick Ballard, RB: For the fourth straight game, Ballard started at running back and led both teams with 60 yards on 16 carries. Ballard also became a huge part of the passing game with three catches for 38 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill filled in for an injured Donnie Avery and had two catches for 25 yards. On a third-and-16 later in the third quarter, Brazill hauled in a 19-yard catch that would eventually lead to a touchdown.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Just like Brazill, Hilton stepped up immensely on Sunday. Hilton had six catches for 102 yards, which put him as the lone rookie in the NFL with two 100-yard receiving games this season. Hilton’s leaping 36-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter gave the Colts their first lead at 20-17. Hilton also had four punt returns for 29 yards.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck continued his outstanding rookie season with a 30-of-48 effort for an NFL record for rookies with 433 yards passing. He was at his best on third down, finishing 13-of-17 for 204 yards against the league’s top defense in that category. Luck had a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions on the afternoon.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was called on in the second half to replace an injured Winston Justice at right tackle.

Rookie tight end Coby Fleener wide receiver Nate Palmer were inactive against the Titans.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 8

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 29, 2012 – 10:37 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen caught the first two passes of the game for the Colts and turned in a four-catch, 56-yard performance on Sunday afternoon. Allen now has 17 catches for 174 yards on the season.

Vick Ballard, RB: For the third straight game, Ballard started at running back and had what is assured to be on the season highlight video. Ballard had 12 carries for 55 yards to help a season high 171 yards rushing for the Colts. Ballard’s 16-yard screen pass in overtime was the game-winning touchdown as the rookie leaped from inside the five-yard line, twisting his body for his first career NFL touchdown.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill made a critical nine-yard reception on the Colts game-tying touchdown drive. It was the only catch for Brazill on the day but his reception set up a fourth-and-one conversion for running back Delone Carter.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had two catches for 24 yards on the afternoon but was limited in the second half after suffering a shoulder injury late in the second quarter.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had a season high five catches on Sunday, resulting in 34 yards. Hilton also had one punt return for 13 yards. On the season, Hilton ranks fourth on the team with 18 catches and third with 253 yards receiving.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 26-of-38 for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception on Sunday. Luck also had six carries for 28 yards, padding his AFC leading 143 yards rushing on the season for quarterbacks. With the win, Luck’s (.571) winning percentage is the highest ever for a quarterback selected No. 1 overall after Week 8 of his rookie season

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday.

Rookie wide receiver Nate Palmer was inactive against the Titans.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 7

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 22, 2012 – 10:38 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had one catch for nine yards on Sunday while providing some key blocking for the Colts best rushing performance of the season. Through six games, Allen is tied for fourth on the team with 13 catches and 118 yards receiving.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Donald Brown injured, Ballard got his second straight NFL start on Sunday. Ballard had a career high 20 carries for 84 yards. His 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter, helped the Colts run out virtually the rest of the game. Ballard also had one catch for 19 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill was used in multiple receiver packages on Sunday but his biggest play came via special teams. At the last minute, Brazill filled in as a gunner on special teams and wrapped up Browns punt returner Joshua Cribbs after a two-yard gain.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had two catches for 17 yards on Sunday with both catches coming on third downs, helping the Colts move the chains. Fleener has 19 catches for 198 yards after six games.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had two catches for 22 yards on Sunday and added a punt return for eight yards.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 16-of-29 for 186 yards on Sunday. Luck scored twice on the ground and had a total of three carries for 12 yards. Luck’s two rushing touchdowns on Sunday marks the first time since 1988 (Ricky Turner against Miami) that a Colts quarterback has had a pair of rushing touchdowns in a game.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer played in his third straight game for the Colts and rotated in on offense and special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday, filling in for right tackle Winston Justice in the second half.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 6

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 15, 2012 – 1:00 pm

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen caught the first pass of the game for the Colts and added another grab for 21 yards. Through five games, Allen is fourth on the team with 12 catches and 109 yards receiving.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Donald Brown injured, Ballard got his fist NFL start on Sunday. Ballard had eight carries for 25 yards and caught a pair of passes for 17 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill caught his second pass in the NFL on Sunday, taking a screen pass for 14 yards. Brazill also played on special teams with two kickoff returns for 35 yards.

Jerry Brown, OLB: Brown made his NFL debut on Sunday, playing on special teams.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had another successful afternoon, catching four balls for 42 yards. Fleener his third on the team with 17 catches for 181 yards.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton saw action as a receiver and a punt returner against the Jets. Hilton had three catches for 31 yards and ranks third on the team with 196 yards receiving.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-44 on Sunday for 280 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s totals through five games read as 118-of-221 (53.4 percent) passing for 1,488 yards and seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer caught his first NFL catch on the Colts second play from scrimmage. Palmer also played on special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday, filling in for right tackle Winston Justice in the second half.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 5

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 8, 2012 – 9:12 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had his second straight productive week in the passing game with four catches for 38 yards. His eight-yard touchdown early in the third quarter marked the first touchdown of the game for the Colts. Allen has 10 catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Mewelde Moore inactive, Ballard saw significant action backing up Donald Brown. Ballard had six carries for 11 yards on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL catch in the second quarter.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and also saw time offensively when the Colts went to five receivers.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener was second on the team with five catches for 41 yards on Sunday. After four games, Fleener has 13 grabs for 139 yards.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had three catches for 37 yards against the Packers and returned a pair of punts for 13 yards. Early in the fourth quarter with the Colts facing a second-and-12 from the Packers 37-yard line, Hilton made an impressive 26-yard grab in front of All-Pro cornerback Charles Woodson. The catch helped set up an Adam Vinatieri 28-yard field goal, which gave the Colts their first lead of the day.

Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck set career highs throwing for 362 yards on 31-of-55 passing, two touchdowns and one interception. For the fourth straight game, Luck helped lead a two-minute scoring drive which was set up by his seven-yard run a third-and-seven with 47 seconds remaining. Luck had six carries for 24 yards.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer saw his first career NFL action on Sunday, seeing action on offense and special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday and blocked on special teams.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK THREE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 24, 2012 – 12:00 pm

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had a career-high five catches for 35 yards on Sunday. His five catches were second most on the team.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard saw action offensively and on special teams against the Jaguars. He had five carries for 12 yards as the Colts once again used a trio of backs on Sunday.

LaVon Brazill, WR: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL tackle on a kick return.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener did not record a catch on Sunday as Allen had all the production in the receiving game for the tight end position.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was the star of the rookie class against the Jaguars. He had three of the four longest plays for the Colts offense on Sunday including his first career touchdown via a 40-yard reception. Hilton returned four punts for 29 yards and had one kickoff return for 26 yards.

Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-46 for 313 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He threw his fifth touchdown pass of the season, all of which have gone to different receivers. Luck also had a productive day on the ground against the Jaguars, rushing for 50 yards on four carries.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell were inactive against the Jaguars.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 2

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 18, 2012 – 12:00 pm

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen recorded his first career catch that also ended up being his first career touchdown on Sunday. On a third-and-goal from the three-yard line, Allen found a spot in the Vikings zone and quarterback Andrew Luck found him for the first Colts score on the afternoon.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard saw action offensively and on special teams against the Vikings. He had six carries for 13 yards on Sunday. Ballard is second on the Colts with 10 carries through two games.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had a pair of catches on Sunday for 16 yards. Both of Fleener’s catches came during the Colts 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half. Fleener is third on the Colts in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (98).

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton saw his first NFL action as receiving and returning punts and kicks. After missing the Bears game due to a shoulder injury, Hilton caught a screen pass for 15 yards, and returned one kick for 19 yards and a punt for 11 yards.

Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 21-of-30 for 224 yards with two touchdowns in his home debut. He was at his best during the game’s most crucial moments. Luck and the offense scored 13 of its 20 points in the final two minutes of each half.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was signed earlier this week off the Tampa Bay practice squad and played on special teams against the Vikings. When center Samson Satele left the game with a leg injury, Sowell was the Colts lone healthy lineman left on the bench.

 

Rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill was active but did not see action against the Vikings. Quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive for the second straight week.


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