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Pagano talks the 6-4 Cardinals, the Colts improving on 3rd downs and a Reggie Wayne update

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 19, 2013 – 9:19 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 30-27 victory over the Titans:

On moving on from Thursday night and gearing for the final six weeks:

“We’ve got to move on. Guys were back in the building (Monday) morning and it was great to have them back. We got things cleaned up from that game that we needed. It’s in the rearview mirror and it’s on to Arizona and preparing for that game. Delano Howell, Josh Gordy and Greg Toler were all out there today. We’ll monitor their reps, their pitch count so to speak and make sure that we don’t overdue it. It was great to have them back at practice.”

On the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals:

“Bruce has done a great job. Their staff has done a great job. They have a roster that is full of talented, talented players, both sides of the ball. Carson (Palmer) obviously lit them up yesterday in Jacksonville, throwing for over 400 yards. Michael Floyd had a huge day (193 receiving yards). They have a ton of great players out there. They are extremely well coached. They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. They are physical. (Arians’) done a great job so it’s no surprise to myself, any of our players, any of our coaches, that he’s done well. We have to have a great week of preparation, Bob, in order to go out there and play well.

On Pagano’s relationship with Bruce Arians:

“Same as it’s always been. It’s great. Bruce and I are obviously great, great friends and that’s not going to change. It’s hard during the season. I don’t have enough time to talk to my wife, my brother, my immediate family, let alone. Everybody is so busy so a text here and there, so we try and stay in touch that way.”

On improving on third downs in the first half of the last three games:

“We obviously haven’t played well the last three ball games. Everybody knows that we’ve been outscored 66-9. That’s something that we aren’t running from, aren’t hiding from. We got some extra time so you start looking, put your finger on reasons why. Went back and looked all the 3rd downs. In those three ball games, in the first half Bob, we only converted 13% offensively and our opponent converted 62 percent of the time against our defense. If you can’t move the ball chains offensively and you can’t get off the field well that’s probably one good reason that we’ve been able to dig ourselves a hole the last three ball games.”

On the running game bouncing back with a good performance on Thursday night:

“The runners ran hard and credit our offensive line, tight ends and backs. (They) did a great job to open up some holes for Trent (Richardson) and Donald (Brown). It was great to see especially in crunch time when you have a lead and you are trying to take the air out of the game and you get in your four-minute offense and you are able to run the football and move the chains when everybody knows you are going to run the football. I think that’s the hallmark of a really good football team being able to close out teams like that.”

On an update on Reggie Wayne:

“Reggie is doing great. He’s rehabbing his tail off. He’s in here 24/7, in the training room, in the film room, breaking film down and helping out the young receivers.”


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Five Things Learned, Colts-Jacksonville

Posted by craigkelleycolts on September 30, 2013 – 9:24 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis earned another lopsided road win at Jacksonville, 37-3.  The defense set the tone early and the offense responded over the final 45 minutes.  After winning 27-7 at San Francisco a week earlier, the Colts now have consecutive road wins by 20-point margins for the first time since 2009.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts won their first divisional game of the season at Jacksonville Sunday, 37-3.

It was a dominant performance defensively for 60 minutes, and the offense found its rhythm after the first quarter.

Chuck Pagano talks about, “60 Minutes, All You Got,” and he got it on Sunday.  This team is responding and growing together and at the quarter pole of the season is 3-1.  Having winning “quarters” of the season is a solid approach.  Doing so almost ensures playing beyond 16 games, as does winning in the AFC South.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

ROAD WARRIORS – Good teams win on the road.  While it may be too early to proclaim this a good team with 12 contests remaining, the earmarks are evident and if the players follow the “process,” this could be a very fun season to watch unfold.  The Colts outscored San Francisco and Jacksonville 64-10, doing so on their home turfs.  Indianapolis now is 6-2 in its last eight road games, a good record for any NFL team.  While everyone loves the Lucas Oil Stadium feeling, the vibe on the road is a good one, too.  These were very solid responses after the NFL’s scheduling elves provided the Colts two home games to start the year.

PAGANO PEDIGREE – Chuck Pagano stated he wanted a defensive presence in Indianapolis when he arrived.  It appears four games into the season the time has arrived indeed.  The Colts fashioned five three-and-outs at San Francisco and dominated the second half.  Sunday at Jacksonville, the defense frolicked.  Five straight three-and-outs in the second and third quarters were outstanding – 18 net yards gained, five punts.  The possession preceding that stretch ended with Indianapolis returning an interception for a touchdown, and the one after it ended with a red-zone stop after a first-and-goal at the two.  The possession after that defensive stand saw Indianapolis swipe its third pass of the game.  Well done, guys, very well done.  After the win at San Francisco, Jim Irsay said the performance was glimpse of the intended future.  Part of his words related to defensive play.  Yesterday at Jacksonville, the defensive pedigree was in living color.

WHATEVER IT TAKES – Pep Hamilton has said before he is not interested in numerical balance as much as he is with the ability to do what is needed.  In the first half at Jacksonville, the Colts threw on 17-of-21 first-down plays, and one of the rushes was a nine-yarder by Andrew Luck when he extinguished his progressions.  Sometimes that is how it is going to go, according to Coby Fleener.  After running 12 more times than passing at San Francisco, there were 41 pass calls and 29 rushes.  Imbalance?  No.  Just doing what needed doing.  By the way, those 29 rushes produced 154 yards.

AYE, MATES – The Colts pirated three Jacksonville passes Sunday.  Vontae Davis was a big part of the process.  Darius Butler, after having three takeaways last year in Jacksonville, had another one yesterday and took his interception back for a score – his second consecutive such outing at EverBank Field.  Josh Gordy joined Davis and Butler with interceptions.  It was the first time since 2008 the Colts have had three defensive backs swipe passes in the same game.  From 2008-11, Baltimore under Pagano had 82 interceptions (second in the NFL), returned 11 for scores (tied for second in the NFL) and yielded a 69.6 opponent passer rating (first in the NFL).  Again, pedigree.  Is a tide turning in Indianapolis?

DEFENDING THE BLADES – Cory Redding talked in 2012 about defending every blade of grass in the running game.  With more pieces added to the mix now, the Colts held Maurice Jones-Drew to 23 yards and a 1.8 average.  In the last seven quarters, the Colts have allowed only nine, 10, three, 12, 18, seven and three yards for a 2.0 average.  Neither the 49ers nor Jaguars found the end zone over that span.  Holding Jacksonville without a rushing first down was a first for the Colts since 2009. It marked only the sixth such performance in the franchise’s 61 seasons and but the third time it has been accomplished in the Indianapolis era.  Pedigree?


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BETHEA’S 107 GAMES PLAYED DWARFS YOUTHFUL SECONDARY IN INDIANAPOLIS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 23, 2013 – 7:40 am

The Colts secondary currently has 17 members.

Of those 17, just one was with the team prior to the 2012 season.

Antoine Bethea is the mainstay and his 107 games of experience in a Colts uniform is almost half of the total number the rest of the secondary carries with them into 2013.

Player Games Played in Indianapolis
S-Antoine Bethea 107
S-Joe Lefeged 32
CB-Cassius Vaughn 16
S-Sergio Brown 16
CB-Josh Gordy 15
CB-Darius Butler 11
CB-Vontae Davis 10
CB-Teddy Williams 7
S-Delano Howell 6

This is season No. 8 for Bethea and while OTAs for some veterans might not seem like a drag, the Pro Bowl safety remembers his days as a youthful defensive back trying to make the roster.

“At one point, you were that young guy and you never really want to be that guy walking around the locker room, never really saying anything to you, feeling like a loner,” Bethea said. “So most definitely you’ve got to pull those guys closer and show them the ropes.”

Bethea was one of the loudest voices on the practice field on Wednesday as the unit attempts to gel in year two of a new defensive system.

The secondary was very active on Wednesday afternoon with numerous pass breakups and a pair of interceptions.

To many Colts fans the names in the secondary are still a bit foreign but ask Bethea, and the system is beginning to sound familiar with a year of experience.

“This time last year my head was spinning in circles but this year right now, I feel a lot more comfortable to really just go out there, make plays and use my athletic ability,” Bethea said.

“We are talking a lot more, very vocal and that’s a good thing.”

Back in 2006, there was Bethea as a rookie starting safety helping the Colts capture Super Bowl XLI.

Now he stands in the secondary as the elder statesmen, by a wide margin, and it’s the hunger he sees in the guys around him that has the No. 41 striving to get back to the game’s pinnacle.

“We’ve got some young guys that are ready to step in and help this team, so I’m excited,” Bethea said. “I’m pretty sure they’re excited. I’m sure it’s overwhelming right now with everything that the coaches are throwing at them but they are doing a good job.”


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 16TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 16, 2013 – 5:42 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
CB Josh Gordy returns to Colts
Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 5, defensive end Robert Mathis
Four areas of interest as Indianapolis Colts begin their nine-week offseason workout program
Sizing up the Colts’ pre-NFL draft roster: running backs
CB Josh Gordy signs Colts tender
2013 Colts NFL draft guide
A peek at Insiders’ draft guide for Colts
Talking Colts, Texans and WRs with McShay

COLTS.COM
Feeling fine
2013 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterback
Colts top draft pick: wide receiver
Round two, day one

AFC SOUTH BLOG
A peek at Insiders draft guide for Texans
A peek at Insiders’ draft guide for Titans
A peek at Insiders’ draft guide for Jaguars

NFL NEWS
Monday Morning QB
Reliant Stadium video board upgrades on track
New Tennessee Titan Bernard Pollard wants to leave past behind
Jaguars Notebook: Players to get taste of tempo at Gus Bradley’s first mini-camp
Joe Andruzzi helps at marathon
FBI agents at HQ of Browns owner’s family business
Four added to competition committee

AFC TEAM NEWS
Brady shows the way
Darrelle Revis cleared to run without restrictions after MRI comes back clean
Mark Sanchez ‘fired up’ about competing for NY Jets starting quarterback job
Jonas Mouton: I want to contribute

NFC TEAM NEWS
Victor Cruz doesn’t report as NY Giants open voluntary offseason workouts
New Bear Zbikowski exactly where he wants to be


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WAYNE’S TEAMMATES TAKE IN HIS RECORD DAY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 9, 2012 – 8:47 am

For many of Reggie Wayne’s teammates, Sunday was not only a chance to get on the field and contribute to a Colts victory but also have a front row seat to one of most impressive receiving performances in club history.

First-year Colts cornerback Josh Gordy watched in awe from the sideline has Wayne’s 13 catches for 212 yards continued to add up.

“Like I told another guy, you aren’t in the league for 12 years for no reason,” Gordy said of Wayne. “Especially a big game like that, he stepped up with a career high. That’s over 12 years, so that was a big time game for him to step up.”

Several times on Sunday rookie tight end Coby Fleener was the first one to congratulate Wayne after another of his receptions.

Fleener has only been a teammate of Wayne since late April but admitted that the Colts feed off that type of effort.

“Unbelievable,” Fleener said of Wayne’s output. “(Sunday) was one of the most remarkable performances by any football player that I’ve ever seen.”

Of the 55 passes that quarterback Andrew Luck threw on Sunday, 20 of them were in the direction of Wayne.

The career day for Wayne is even more impressive considering he was going up against two of the league’s best cornerbacks in Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson.

Colts running back Donald Brown is the longest tenured offensive teammate of Wayne on the roster and he has witnessed numerous trips over to the jugs machine for No. 87.

“He makes those catches in practice so I’m not really surprised,” Brown said following the 30-27 win over the Packers. “He’s one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever seen so I’m happy for him.”


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