The Colts had a total of 60 offensive and 77 defensive snaps on Sunday afternoon.
There were some interesting takeaways from the snap counts on both sides of the ball:
- In his NFL debut on Sunday, Daniel Adongo logged 22 special teams snaps. Adongo even fielded a pooch kickoff and had 1 kick return for 0 yards. Adongo lined up in the front line of the kick return unit on the far right side of the field. On kickoff cover, Adongo was the first person lined up to the right of Pat McAfee.
- The wide receiver breakdown for a total of 60 offensive snaps are as followed: T.Y. Hilton (45), LaVon Brazill (42), Da’Rick Rogers (41) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (23). The rise in Rogers snaps continues the trend from what we saw late in the Titans game on Dec. 1.
- At the running back position Donald Brown (32 snaps), Trent Richardson (24 snaps) and Chris Rainey (3 snaps) accounted for the snaps. Brown had 8 touches for 29 yards. Richardson had 11 touches for 88 yards.
- At inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (51 snaps, 5 tackles) got the start. Pat Angerer played 22 snaps and finished with 1 tackle.
Tags: Chris Rainey, da'rick rogers, Daniel Adongo, darrius heyward-bey, donald brown, kelvin sheppard, LaVon Brazill, pat angerer, T.Y. Hilton, trent richardson
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Down 17-3 and having been out-scored 69-6 in the first halves of the last three games, the Colts captured something that led to another comeback win, this time at Tennessee, 30-27.
That something was ‘Mo’ – momentum.
It started on a 68-yard drive in the final 2:32 of the first half when the Colts navigated for an Adam Vinatieri 30-yard field goal at the gun.
Andrew Luck found rhythm (a cousin of ‘Mo’) on the drive by connecting with six different receivers on the march, good for 62 yards. A third-down interference call extended the drive early on – ‘Mo.’
“You can feel it,” said Luck. “We wish we didn’t have to rely on momentum to do that, but it’s a part of sports. It’s a weird phenomenon. You could feel it.”
An 18-year veteran, Vinatieri can sense intangibles, and he felt it when the club narrowed its halftime deficit to 17-6.
“It was important to get the momentum back,” said Vinatieri. “To put it back to 11 for some reason feels better.”
The Colts shaved the margin closer with a 74-yard march where Luck converted third downs with passes to T.Y. Hilton and Griff Whalen. He even scrambled 13 yards for a first down.
To close the final 14 yards of the march, Luck connected with Hilton for eight yards, then Donald Brown burst off left tackle for the score.
“You kind of feel it,” said Hilton. “We’ve been down that road time and time again. Once we start to click……”
The ball came out on the ensuing kickoff return and special teamer Daniel Herron made a play.
“The wedge was coming to me,” said Herron. “The next thing I know, I turned around and the ball was right there. Right place, right time.”
Pat Angerer notice how ‘Mo’ visited a number of teammates.
“Yeah, it’s just one guy making a play after another,” said Angerer. “We never get down.”
Be it Luck, luck, the horseshoe or ‘Mo,’ it’s better to have than not.
“Credit these guys,” said Chuck Pagano. “They find a way. We just gained momentum and held on.”
Tags: Adam Vinatieri, Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, Daniel Herron, donald brown, Griff Whalen, indianapolis colts, pat angerer, T.Y. Hilton
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are 6-2 and have a two-game AFC South lead at the season’s midpoint. The wins that followed a loss at San Diego came in dramatic style over unbeaten Denver and against a 2-5 Houston group fighting for its 2013 survival.
The Colts produced a 10th comeback win under Chuck Pagano by wiping out an 18-point halftime deficit in a 27-24 victory at Houston. Plays were made across the board in keeping a two-game AFC South lead over Tennessee.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
PERFECT WITH PERFECTION – The Colts are 7-0 under Pagano (3-0 in 2013) in turnover-free performances. That the club has seven in 24 outings (almost 30 percent of the time) is a pretty healthy percentage and is a testament to his ball security preaching. Prior to Pagano, it took a 37-game span back to 2010 to encompass seven spotless performances. The Colts’ six giveaways lead the league. Only four other teams are in single digits. Three of those seven miscue-free games have been on the road, further evidence of the ability to play like Pagano preaches.
OVERCOME ADVERSITY – Houston sucker-punched the Colts one minute into the game with a long TD pass. Adam Vinatieri had a field goal blocked moments later to the delight of the Houston fans, but the defense held on third- and fourth-and-one rushes to thwart the Texans. One possession later, a near blocked punt helped set up a short field and a second Houston TD in the opening quarter. After replay overturned what appeared to be a recovered fumble on a kickoff return, Houston added its third TD for an 18-point lead. It came on a gut punch with 34 seconds left in the first half, a time when late scores can damage a team’s mindset. The Colts hung tough on the road and after trading field goals in the third quarter, scored on three straight drives to take the lead. It was producing and being non-judgmental in adversity. “Chuck (Pagano) puts into us the ‘never-give-up’ spirit,” said Anthony Castonzo. “It’s a trickle-down effect. Everybody buys in. We’re all 100 percent in on every play. There’s no give-up in this game.”
LUCK REMAINS MASTERFUL – With 10 game-winning drives in fourth quarter and overtime, Andrew Luck has the most of any quarterback in the first two years of a career since 1970. Luck’s manner in the huddle and calm leadership style affects teammates deeply. “Andrew basically takes control of the huddle. He’s telling us, ‘One play at a time, one play at a time.’ He’s focused,” said Castonzo of Luck, who must have read Kipling while earning his architecture at Stanford. Even after the latest Houdini act, Luck credits teammates and coaches first. There is no “I” in Luck. If a player can have a virtuoso career after 24 games, Luck has done it.
LINEBACKERS MORE THAN MATHIS – Houston was able to neutralize Robert Mathis probably better than any team this year. Still, Erik Walden had a 10-yard second-quarter sack of Case Keenum that preceded a missed field goal that would have put Houston up, 17-0. After the Colts took the 27-24 lead with four minutes left, Mathis and Angerer stopped Ben Tate for short yardage around midfield, then Angerer stayed at home and dropped Keenum for a three-yard loss on a Pistol keeper, a superb one-on-one effort. On the ensuing play, Mathis contained Keenum and Angerer delivered a hit on Keenum’s release. Keenum’s pass hit Walden in the facemask and Mathis nearly corralled the ball for a touchdown. Three linebackers, three plays in the clutch, and the Colts forced a punt. While Angerer’s 12 tackles topped the team, Walden was in the middle of key moments for a second straight game.
PRODUCTION PAST WIDE RECEIVERS – With Reggie Wayne gone for the season, developing production past the wide receiving corps is a must. Luck hit wide receivers 12 times in 29 targets, with more plays being made in the second half than the first. Indianapolis was able to get three receptions from Coby Fleener, plus a critical two-point snare. Trent Richardson had two receptions, including a 24-yarder that set up T.Y. Hilton’s third TD. Success in spreading the ball paid dividends, and the club must continue that as Luck’s cohesion with wide outs continues to develop.
Tags: Adam Vinatieri, Andrew Luck, anthony castonzo, chuck pagano, Coby Fleener, erik walden, indianapolis colts, pat angerer, Reggie Wayne, robert mathis, trent richardson
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Pagano talks the Denver game living up to the “hype”, Wayne’s injury, Mathis’ safety and the home crowdPosted by on October 23, 2013 – 9:15 am
With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday night.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the Colts 39-33 win over the Denver Broncos:
On the Colts/Broncos game living up to the hype:
“Yeah, no question about it. It’s one of those games that you are going to remember forever and forever. Of course our fans were lights out. They were tremendous and they were there for us the whole way. Our guys stepped up and they made plays when they had to make plays. We knew Denver was going to make plays and we knew Peyton was going to make plays but we made a couple more then they made. We got contributions from so many different players, all three phases. I can’t speak enough about our defense and the job that they did. Nobody has been able to do that to that bunch to this point. Really proud of the guys.”
On Reggie Wayne’s season ending injury:
“It breaks your heart because you know what a warrior he is, what a warrior he has been, what he’s meant to this organization, to this franchise, to this city. To see a guy go down, we hate to lose anybody, Bob, and we’ve lost our fair share as you know, I just go back and look at that IR list and you don’t want to see it keep growing. You can’t replace Reggie and what he means and what he’s done and what he does on game day and what he does Monday-Saturday. We talked at length about that. We said we’ll get through the surgery and we’ll get him back in here and he’s got to be here. His presence, he’ll be in meetings. He’ll be doing all the same stuff, the only difference will be he won’t be suiting up and playing until a year from now. I know the guy and I know how he’s wired, his mindset and I know everybody else does, he’ll be so determined to work his tail back because I know he’s not going out this way.”
On Erik Walden’s game against the Broncos:
“He showed up big time, just like he showed up in every ball game this year. We feel very, very fortunate to have landed Erik. He was huge (Sunday). He came up big, recovering the one that was darn near a touchdown and he got the safety off Robert’s sack. Getting great pressure on the quarterback, harassing him as much as he did, to get (Peyton Manning’s) arm just in time and that ball goes straight up in the air, and right when we needed it too. I think I was saying “Hail Mary’s” on the sideline and then you look up and that ball lands in Pat’s (Angerer) lap. He played a great ball game.”
On the home crowd Sunday night:
“They were unbelievable. Even though the roof was open, and the window, it was electric in there. It was loud. They showed up just like we knew they would. They’re Hoosiers. They’ve been behind the horseshoe the entire time and I knew it wouldn’t change on Sunday night. I can’t thank them enough and I know our players appreciate and love them. The 12th man is unbelievable.”
On Robert Mathis sack/safety and if it changed momentum:
“I think that was huge because I think after that for maybe the second or third quarter, any time you can get after the quarterback, I don’t care who you’re playing, you can sense that and that clock in their head starts to tick a little bit faster. There was a lot of game changing plays in that game but that was the biggest one.”
Tags: chuck pagano, erik walden, pat angerer, Reggie Wayne, robert mathis
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Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Denver.
His contributions will only grow moving forward but on Sunday night, Darrius Heyward-Bey had arguably his best game in a Colts uniform.
DHB caught four passes for 44 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch.
On the play, the threat of DHB in motion taking a handoff caused confusion for the Broncos defense. DHB then motioned back to the left side of the field and Luck found him for a well-executed touchdown.
“The last couple of games we’ve been running some reverses and we just wanted to give that look and get back out in the flat,” DHB said of his first touchdown with the Colts.
“Reggie (Wayne) said he had me on the block and I was able to get into the end zone. I give it up to the O-line, Reg and Coach Pep (Hamilton) for calling the play.”
Later in the game, DHB did take a handoff on a reverse and ran for a 30-yard gain.
“It felt great,” DHB said of his season-long rush. “The O-line did a great job blocking and Reg did a great job blocking down the field. When you see that open up, you just got to go.”
With Reggie Wayne sidelined for the remainder of the season, DHB’s role will only expand over the final nine games.
The Colts are sitting at 5-2 heading into the bye week and it’s wins like Sunday night that are a major reason why DHB signed with the Colts this season.
“Any win is big. In this league, it’s tough to win,” DHB said after the game. “Everybody is good so if you can get a win and play well, that’s big.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
-Outside Linebacker Erik Walden had a hand in all three Colts turnovers on Sunday. Walden hit Peyton Manning’s throwing arm on a fourth quarter pass that rocketed the ball up into the air and Pat Angerer eventually caught the interception. Walden also forced a goal line fumble in the fourth quarter to help the Colts preserve their nine-point victory.
-Safety LaRon Landry was back in the starting lineup after he missed the past month. Landry had six tackles, including several critical stops in the open field.
-Fullback Stanley Havili impacted the game in several ways on Sunday. Havili forced a fumble on punt coverage and had two tackles on special teams. He also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to give the Colts a 19-14 lead that they would not lose.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are 5-2 and have a two-game AFC South lead at their bye week. The last two home wins – 34-28 over Seattle, 39-33 over Denver – were 60-minute slugfests that showed the spunk of this bunch.
Chuck Pagano lauded resiliency, passion, toughness, fortitude and, most of all, grit in the locker room following the victory over Denver. The Colts still have not lost consecutive games under Pagano, going 7-0 and with a 7.1-point victory margin following losses.
It was a three-phase effort that is a blueprint of the program in Indianapolis.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
MR. TEAM – Andrew Luck may have thrown for three first-half touchdowns and raced in from 10 yards out for another in the second half, but all he would do was cite the full-team effort in beating Denver. Luck always casts light on teammates and the program, never wishing any personal limelight. His maturity has been on full display since his opening game, and Luck stayed grounded in the bluster of the return of Peyton Manning. While some would call this a signature win over a team that had won 17 straight and with the finest Indianapolis Colt ever with Manning, Luck took delight in the team aspect of the win.
POSITIONAL PUNTING/KICKOFF EXCELLENCE – Pat McAfee had a 48.9 average on nine punts, with six landing inside the Denver 20. The Broncos had one first down on those resulting drives and a team that had averaged only 3.2 non-scoring drives per game came away empty on 11-of-17 possessions. More importantly, Indianapolis got 19 of its 39 points directly/indirectly as a result of those punts. The first TD came after a fumble created on a return. Another set up a strip-sack-safety that caused a nine-point swing to give Indianapolis a lead it would not lose. The final one led to an interception and a clinching FG. McAfee’s eight kickoffs all reached the end zone, four accounting for touchbacks. Denver averaged a drive start at its 25, an 11-yard advantage for Indianapolis in that category over the course of the game.
RUNNING STILL EQUALS WINS – Of the Colts’ 71 offensive snaps, 31 were rushes. Indianapolis upped its record to 10-0 under Pagano when attempting at least 30 rushes in a game – the league’s best record since 2012. Luck had 29 yards, including an 11-yard first-down dash on third-and-11 in the second quarter. That led to a touchdown, then he rolled in from 10 yards out himself in the second half. Darrius Heyward-Bey gained 30 yards on a reverse. The ground influence helped the Colts own the ball almost 32 minutes, 10 minutes more than in last week’s loss at San Diego.
LINEBACKER MAYHEM – Robert Mathis is Robert Mathis, a fifth multi-sack game this year to push his seasonal total to a league-best 11.5. It is his fifth 10-plus sack season (plus ties his seasonal-bests from 2005 and 2008), and his second-quarter sack-strip-safety triggered a nine-point swing for a lead Indianapolis never relinquished. Erik Walden was a free agent signee added to the corps to fight the run and harrow the quarterback. Walden hit the right arm of Peyton Manning with 7:07 left, creating an interception for Pat Angerer at the Denver 24. It led to a field goal and a nine-point lead after Manning cut a 36-17 deficit to six points with two scoring drives. Walden then forced a fumble at the Colts’ two with 3:03 to go, staving off a sure score that could have swung the final advantage to Denver. In a 35-possession game, there were plays made all over the field, but linebacker mayhem was a big reason Indianapolis emerged winners.
PAGANO VISION – It has been a season of successful replay challenges for Pagano and another one netted results against Denver when a punt return ruled out of bounds before a fumble was reversed, and it led to an Indianapolis TD. Pagano’s eagle eyes keep paying dividends. Also, stressing a plus-two turnover ratio per game, he got it for a fourth time in 2013. The Colts have defeated Oakland, San Francisco, Jacksonville and Denver with that margin. NFL home teams with plus margins were 20-2 heading into yesterday’s games. The Colts are 2-0 in home games with a plus margin.
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, darrius heyward-bey, erik walden, indianapolis colts, pat angerer, pat mcafee, robert mathis
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Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the” Newcomer of the Week” from Oakland:
It’s the same ball-hawking skills that have been on display since OTAs.
Greg Toler just decided to show a few more people that ability on Sunday afternoon.
On the interception, Toler had tremendous coverage inside of Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater.
“I was fortunate enough to get a beat on the ball coming down. Our defensive line and linebackers, hats off to those guys for getting pressure on Terrelle (Pryor) and he just kind of lofted it up and I found the ball early and was able to make a play for my guys,” Toler, who received a game ball, said following the Colts 21-17 victory.
Toler also had a pair of pass deflections on Sunday and was apart of a Colts secondary who continually kept plays alive for well over five and six seconds.
“It gets hard, talking from a DB aspect, just covering your guy with your back to the quarterback,” Toler said. “It’s just kind of hard not knowing where he’s scrambling to, if he’s up on your back, the guy’s trying to run a comeback, it’s pretty hard, but I think we did well and we can get better.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
-Safety LaRon Landry led the Colts defense with 15 tackles (10 solo).
-Wide Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had three catches for 33 yards.
-Inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard started for the injured Pat Angerer and finished fourth on the team with six tackles.
Tags: darrius heyward-bey, greg toler, kelvin sheppard, laron landry, pat angerer
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While many Colts players traveled to tropical islands and other destinations this offseason, Pat Angerer stayed right here in Indianapolis rehabbing.
No NFL player wants his offseason spent doing the ‘r’ word but that’s what was in store for Angerer.
Angerer tied for the team lead in tackles during the first half and his fellow defenders were glad to see him back in the starting lineup.
“Another tackling machine out there, alongside (Jerrell Freeman),” safety Antoine Bethea said of Angerer’s return.
“We’ve got two guys who can get to the ball, know the defense, intelligent guys. Having (Angerer’s) leadership in the linebacker corps and out on the field is going to help us out a lot.”
During Angerer’s first two seasons in the NFL, the second-round draft pick started 27 games and did not miss a contest.
However, a foot injury limited Angerer to just three starts last season.
Angerer, who was the Colts leading tackler in 2011, ran out with the starting unit against the Browns and wasted little time making an impact.
“Last year (Angerer) was kind of limited and this offseason, so having him back out on the field gives us a veteran guy that has played a lot of downs in this league so that’s always good for the defense,” cornerback Darius Butler said.
“I’m out there in nickel so I’m communicating a lot with him, Jerrell so it’s good to have a guy in there who knows what’s going on.”
With Angerer back in the starting lineup, the Colts inside linebackers both have finished in the top five of the NFL in tackles over the past two seasons.
“It’s always good to get one of your leaders back,” backup linebacker Mario Harvey says of Angerer.
“It’s just another addition to the team that we lost during the spring. It adds more depth on the defense and I’m happy to see him play.”
Tags: antoine bethea, darius butler, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey, pat angerer
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The Colts are now just over 24 hours away a matchup with the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium. Today’s news looks at the return of Pat Angerer, LaRon Landry, a question and answer session with Cory Redding and Reggie Wayne always working.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, August 23rd.
By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indy Star
Colts 2011 leading tackler Pat Angerer will make his debut in 2013 this weekend against the Cleveland Browns.
“I need to get out there, get some snaps, hit somebody, get hit, get back into the fast pace of the game,” Angerer said after Thursday’s practice.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano reiterated a play-it-smart approach with Angerer’s season debut but hopes to get the defender 15 to 20 plays against Cleveland in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“It’s felt better than all of last year,” Angerer said, when asked if he trusted the foot. “I don’t really even notice it. Everything feels good. I’ve had that, where I didn’t trust it. Now, I don’t even notice it.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
In a shortened week, Thursday marked the final media availability prior to Saturday’s game versus the Browns.
That meant Chuck Pagano addressed the injury news heading into week three of the preseason and the headliner came with LaRon Landry expecting to make his Colts debut.
“It’s been a long time,” Landry said after Thursday’s practice. “Quite anxious. Hopefully I won’t overdo it when I get out there.”
Landry returned to the practice for the first time this week after injuring his left knee Aug. 5. His intent was to make certain he was sufficiently healed and ready for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against Oakland.
“That’s my whole mindset, trying not to rush it back and really get healthy so I can sustain at least a full game before going into a regular-season game,” he said.
By: Jenny Vrentas, The MMQB
Monday Morning Quarterback has had some Colts flavor lately and another comes today with a Q and A featuring Cory Redding.
Redding was peppered with questions about the Colts defense and the mindset looking to be created in Indianapolis.
By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune
When Reggie Wayne was asked on Thursday what advice he had for younger players “fighting for a spot” on the Colts roster, No. 87 wanted to make a point before answering the question.
“First let’s make it clear, I’m always fighting for a spot. Every year they’re going to try to find somebody to replace me. Now it’s up to me to make that a hard decision. So I don’t go out there with the mind frame that I always got a spot sewed up because that’s when you go out and you loaf and then you got somebody else going out there 100 miles per hour,” he said after Thursday’s practice.
“My whole mindset is I’m out there trying to set the tone from what Reggie Wayne can do, no matter what the situation is. We all know what the truth is. This is a tough business. You’re not only going out there and playing for the Colts at this point in time, you’re going out there and playing for 32 teams. You want to go out there and put your best audition tape. You want to be able to put your best performance out there. If you don’t, you get voted off [the island]. It’s just like ‘The Voice’ or ‘American Idol.’ So you want to go out there and do the best you possibly can.”
Tags: chuck pagano, cory redding, laron landry, pat angerer, Reggie Wayne
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1070 The Fan was back in Anderson on Wednesday for one final broadcast at Colts training camp.
Grady and Big Joe Show
The Ride with JMV
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