Reggie Wayne talks his rehab, Daniel Adongo, Trent Richardson and much more on his weekly radio showPosted by on December 6, 2013 – 9:55 am
The one-hour show aired on WNDE here are some of the highlights from No. 87:
On former rugby star Daniel Adongo being elevated to the Colts active roster:
“He didn’t even know what a football looked like. He’s worked at it. He’s put in a bunch of time, a bunch of hidden hours that a lot of people don’t know about and he’s moved his way up. I’m happy for him.”
“When he was on the scout team and he was giving us looks on the practice squad, I would catch a 15-yard pass and I would start running…I’m at a decent pace and I turn around and Adongo is chasing me. That was him every day. That was part of his conditioning. He would run, run. I think he would get on some of the offensive linemen’s nerves a little bit because he was going a little bit too hard. When you got a guy like that, he’s just showing what he can do. He should go hard. He’s come a long ways. I’m happy for him and I hope he goes out there and create a little noise.”
On 18-year veteran Adam Vinatieri:
“He’s Mr. Automatic. He loves the opportunity. He loves the pressure. We’ve witnessed what he can do in pressure situations but at the same time he will come to you with conversations, “Can we score some touchdowns?” That is his mentality. He loves kicking field goals but he would rather kick an extra point. He’s Mr. Clutch. I’ve been saying it for the longest time, “I’d put my money on him any time.”
“Great locker room guy. Great guy to talk to. Loves to hunt. He’s a big-time hunter, a big-time fisher. He’s not your normal kicker.”
On Trent Richardson and if he’s spoken to Trent:
“Control what you can control. That’s basically it. You don’t have time to go in the tank and pout. He has not done that. He’s been Donald’s (Brown) biggest cheerleader. Whenever you get your opportunity, you go out there and make the best of it. If anything, make it as motivation. Go out there and do better, practice harder, study longer.”
On what he’s seen from rookie WR-Da’Rick Rogers
“He’s got all the talent in the world. He’s another guy that’s been waiting on his number to be called and it’s been called and he was able to go in there and try to make something happen. We will probably see more and more of that from this time out.”
On Wayne’s new “role”:
“From what I’m hearing, I’m a coach. I’m just trying to be a leader. I’m just trying to give them my insight. Guys come up to me and ask me what I see so I try my best to try and simplify for them what I see, especially for the receivers. Just do what I can to help guys out. I do a lot of stuff in the meeting rooms, I run a lot of film study with the receivers. I just try to do whatever I can, rehabbing and in between watch film and try to help them watch film better.”
On Wayne’s rehab:
“I’m still at that first phase kind of, which I believe I’m well beyond that stage and I’m ready for this next phase to kick in. But I got to get clearance to do that. It’s just quad strength, making sure that quad is getting that muscle back the way it should be. Make sure I get the strength that I had before or pretty close to it before I move to that next phase. It’s a lot of balance work, making sure that I get my full extension. You see a lot of guys that when they walk, their leg is kind of bent. I really don’t want that so I’m really stressing the fact that I get my full extension back. I’m kind of doing that stuff over and over again. It’s like a broken record.”
“It’s very boring. As much as I want to go in there and do something else, I don’t want to set myself back so I just do what the doctors tell me to do and just try to do it the best that I possibly can. I try to do it so well to the point where they see me and they’re like, ‘Alright, no more of this. You are mastering it. You are killing it.’ Somewhere by the end of this week I should be in the next phase.”
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver LaVon Brazill.
The Colts are searching for additional receiver help without Reggie Wayne and Brazill showed some flashes of that on Sunday.
Brazill had a season-high three catches for 35 yards and played 29 of the 60 offensive snaps against the Cardinals.
In his rookie season last year, Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards.
However, a four-game suspension to start the 2013 regular season put him behind other receivers when he returned at the start of October.
The Colts know the talented Brazill has a chance to impact the offense and the team moved his locker next to Wayne’s in the offseason for some veteran guidance.
Now with Wayne out of the lineup, look for Brazill’s season numbers (five catches for 55 yards) to continue to rise along with serving as one of the team’s gunners on special teams.
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Intro: Indianapolis suffered a second wide-margin defeat in four games by losing at Arizona, 40-11. The Colts are at 7-4 and still own a two-game lead in the AFC South in hosting 5-6 Tennessee, their closest divisional foe.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ trip to Arizona more resembled the one they took to San Diego in week six (19-9 loss) than it did the one to San Francisco in week three (27-7 win).
The Colts (7-4) fell at Arizona, 40-11, in a game they never led and one that spun out of control in the first 30 minutes.
Indianapolis has responded from eight prior defeats under Chuck Pagano with victories, a resilience that must be called upon again as Tennessee (5-6) visits with intentions of tightening the AFC South race and earning a playoff berth of some kind.
Improvement is needed from the Colts, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
PERCEPTION VERSUS REALITY – The reality is Indianapolis needs to play more consistently in the next five games than it has done in the last four. Personnel losses have not been used as a crutch, and the secondary has been battered of late after most of the injuries early in the year were spread across the offense. While players said they could not “big-picture” the situation in the moments after the Arizona game, a long flight home certainly provided that time. Sure, 8-3 beats 7-4. Sure, New England had pulled it off (going to 8-3 from a near 7-4 after a 24-point home halftime deficit to Denver) about the same time the Colts’ flight landed. What’s done is done, but reality also holds that the Colts control their playoff fate with a two-game lead over Tennessee. This Sunday’s game has added implications, but no added meaning. Chuck Pagano says every game is a must-win because he wants to win them all. The approach this week will be to improve and take advantage of being in a good spot. No season-opening goal has been lost.
STILL SEARCHING POST-REGGIE – The 16 quarters Indianapolis has played since Reggie Wayne’s injury late in the Denver win have seen the team struggle much more than thrive. T.Y. Hilton has done well. Colts tight ends did well at Tennessee, but large deficits have put the offense in modes it doesn’t particularly enjoy. Needing a surge at Arizona, wide receivers other than Hilton caught six-of-13 passes targeted, gaining 57 yards. After tight ends had nine receptions in 13 attempts against Tennessee, the unit had five receptions at Arizona. The offense is laboring with a consistent identity. Early deficits have hindered the growth.
MAKE A PLAY – When Arizona moved for a game-opening score, the onus shifted to a team whose first-half struggles have been rehashed and debated for the past month. Still, Indianapolis failed to extend five-of-six first-half possessions beyond three plays. The one drive that did stalled in the red zone. The offense also gave up a defensive touchdown to Arizona in that span as the Cardinals bolted to a 24-point halftime advantage. The Colts now have converted three-of-25 first-half third downs in the last four games. Until it improves, this remains one of the key storylines around the team.
STOP A PLAY – Over the last four games, opposing quarterbacks are operating at a 122.1 rating level and though it’s a small sample compared to 11 games, only one QB in the league has higher individual seasonal rating. Since beating Denver, the success of opposing QBs (Case Keenum, Kellen Clemens, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer) has caused the Colts’ seasonal numbers to increase in pass defense – 58.7 completion percentage to 61.3; yards per attempt from 7.23 to 8.07; yards per completion from 12.3 to 13.2; TD:Int ratio from 8:8 to 16:8 and rating from 78.3 to 92.4. The Colts have allowed 11 TD passes while intercepting one.
CIRCLE TIGHTLY – A cut-throat, competitive league can have teams going from advantageous positions to peril in a matter of two-to-four weeks. Clearly the Colts are more in peril than after being 6-2. To a man, players are circling tighter to improve themselves and to lessen any noise outside the locker room that could cause harm. While this could sound minimally important outside the circle, those inside it know the imperative nature of doing so. Antoine Bethea said Sunday the Colts win and lose as a whole, and they must look each other in the eyes to spur a rebound. Hanging as a band of brothers is the only way.
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Andrew Luck was a guest of Reggie Wayne’s earlier this week on the “Query and Schultz Show” in Indianapolis.
While Wayne joined the show for the first time since his injury, Luck was making his debut.
Here are some of Luck’s highlights from the show:
On having Reggie Wayne back for the Houston game and now in the building:
“I don’t think he could survive sitting at home, watching the guys play without him. His drive and his motivation, even being hurt, he’s still such a locker room presence, still such a voice for the team. I think we wanted him back. Obviously, Mr. Irsay made it happen with whatever strings he pulled. I was very happy to see Reggie walk into the team meeting the night before the game and give us some words and it means a lot when he’s here. It really does.”
On Wayne’s presence now around the complex:
“You can tell he’s taken on more of a coaching role in a sense and breaking it down for T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill or the other guys, or helping (Coby) Fleener out with releases. He’s still incredibly actively involved because again he’s still apart of the Colts fabric. I can’t imagine the Colts without Reggie Wayne. You just don’t imagine it, so I’m thankful he’s around.”
On how the Colts offense is adjusting to life without Wayne:
“It’s definitely a transition. I think what I always admired about Reggie was third down he made a play. When you needed to make a play in the fourth quarter he was open, you needed a two-minute drive, Reggie was getting open. So to lose that safety net, if you will, is different. But I’ve been really impressed with how the other receivers, tight ends, have approached it as a challenge as the guy that gets open on a big third down.”
On Trent Richardson:
“I think he’s done great and I think it’s unfair the flak that he’s been catching from folks. They don’t understand what he’s doing protection wise, what he’s doing coming out of the backfield and how tough it is to switch teams midseason. He’s in Cleveland on a Wednesday then he’s in Indianapolis on a Thursday preparing for third down against another team. Never seen a playbook before, new teammates, new everything. I think the way he’s been able to adjust has been great. He’s a smart, smart football player. He’s a great football player. I think it will be a short amount of time before people get their heads around that.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, Coby Fleener, david reed, Jim Irsay, LaVon Brazill, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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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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When NFL teams add coaches to their staff at the midway point of the regular season, turmoil is usually a precursor of the move.
Yet, here is an exception to that.
“He’s also got his duties now as assistant wide receivers coach,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday.
“So as far as sitting in the meetings, going through the plan, watching the tape, studying the opponent – now he can just dive in and really break down our opponent’s secondary, their corners and give that information to other wide receivers and spread that information in that room and help the young guys.”
Wayne is spending his rehab at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, something that the Pagano regime wanted to make happen
with as many IR players as possible.
Obviously the balance is difficult (need the “man power”) with rehab guys and the current players but Pagano loves having everyone around the building.
“We want to keep them engaged because a lot of times they have this separation deal where they feel like they’re not part of it anymore. It’s great to have their presence,” Pagano says.
“They come to team meetings, they sit in position meetings so they stay engaged from a mental standpoint so they’re not removing themselves totally from football. So when they do come back and they’re cleared to participate at some point, it’s not like starting over from a mental standpoint. I think it’s a healthy thing for everybody.”
Even though the competitive nature of Wayne on the field won’t be present for the rest of 2013, that spirit has transferred over to the training room.
“I think (trainer) Dave (Hammer) told me eight and a half hours in here yesterday rehabbing; he beat everybody in. And that’s Reggie being Reggie.”
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Reggie Wayne’s loss has been analyzed in about every aspect.
One of the main areas that people focused on with Wayne’s loss is where Andrew Luck would turn to on third-down.
It’s no secret Wayne was Luck’s “security blanket” and the Colts signal caller would have to look elsewhere to sustain drives.
The Colts had 13 third downs on Sunday with Luck dropping back to pass on 12 of those occasions (Luck had 11 pass attempts, was sacked once and Donald Brown had one rush attempt).
Against the league’s top pass defense, Luck was 5-of-11 for 50 yards (4 first downs) and a touchdown on third-down. He had an 89.2 quarterback rating on third-down.
Here’s a breakdown of those attempts:
- T.Y. Hilton’s targets-Hilton was the most frequent target on third-down with five targets including two second-half completions (one that went for a 10-yard touchdown). Hilton bounced back from an early drop with some important catches down the stretch and one would have to imagine the defensive attention will only increase towards No. 13 on the third downs.
- Griff Whalen’s targets-Whalen was similar to Hilton in his number of targets on third-down with Luck turning towards his college roommate in times of duress. Whalen’s 17-yard catch on the eventual game winning touchdown drive came from a clean pocket for Luck. Whalen was lined up on Houston’s nickel cornerback on many third downs, another reason for his four targets on those downs.
- Other targets-Luck only targeted Darrius Heyward-Bey once (DHB missed the entire 4th quarter due to injury) and many other times Luck was under intense pressure which forced some balls into crowded coverage. Moving forward, the attention that Hilton receives from opposing defenses will greatly impact the targets for Coby Fleener and DHB on third-down.
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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 27-24 victory in Houston:
On the play of Andrew Luck on Sunday night:
“Right when you think you’ve seen the special, special plays, the ability that Andrew possesses in making plays, doing things for this team, he just one ups it again. He’s remarkable. He’s unflappable. He’s got a positive outlook and approach on everything. He shoulders all the blame. He puts everything on his shoulders. He puts that whole offense on his back and he just looks everyone of those guys in the eye and says, ‘Hey, we are going to get this thing done. We are going to take this thing down the field and we are going to score. We are going to score again.’ The guy is just an incredible, incredible talent but what a leader. We are very fortunate to have him under center.”
On Reggie Wayne talking to team Saturday night:
“That’s Reggie. I had nothing to do with it. We’ve got a great owner in Mr. Irsay that made that thing possible and made that happen. Reggie being Reggie, we say he’s already ahead of schedule. He’s gets the green light from Dr. Uribe down in Miami on Thursday because we had been talking about it. It had been killing him to be away even for one day in going down for the surgery last Friday. It was just killing him to be away from here obviously. Thank God we’ve got the owner we’ve got and having Reggie healthy enough and able enough to say…and he didn’t say much but what he said was so impactful and meant so much to our guys.”
On Pagano’s halftime message:
“Well, this being a family network (laughs) I can’t really go there. But no, all kidding aside Bob, we’ve been there many times before. It’s not a place we want to be. We don’t try to be there but we certainly know that we are more than capable of mounting a comeback, no matter what the circumstances are. We just said, ‘Hey look, nothing in the first half resembled what Colts football is. Let’s go back to fundamentals, go back to technique, do our job and play it better.’ That’s what our guys did sticking to the process.”
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As T.Y. Hilton walked into the Colts locker room at halftime on Sunday night, his “big brother” wanted to have a few words with him.
Reggie Wayne pulled the young receiver aside for a message.
“(Wayne) looked me in the eyes and told me, “You owe me one, man. Just go out there and do what you do best, just go out there and have fun,” Hilton said on Monday recalling the story.
Hilton’s definition of “fun” turned out to be six catches for 115 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
When Wayne went down, the popular consensus was that his production would not come from one particular individual but rather a group of receivers.
Yet, on Sunday night there was Hilton carving up the Texans secondary in helping the Colts erase a three-score deficit.
As the final gun sounded and Hilton jogged off the Reliant Stadium field on Sunday night, he knew who was waiting for him when he entered the visiting locker room.
“After the game (Wayne) said, “Now that’s what I’m talking about. That’s what I’m talking about.” We just kind of took that moment in,” Hilton said of their locker room interaction.
The attention towards Hilton will only grow in the coming weeks as his ability to change the game with a single touch must be accounted for by opposing defenses.
For one night it might not have been a “committee” that replaced No. 87, but Hilton did his best to carry out Wayne’s halftime wish.
“I got a lot of faith and a lot of trust in those guys to make the plays. Griff (Whalen) had a big catch on third down and (Coby) Fleener made a great catch on the two-point conversion. So I feel like we’ll continue to step up and continue to play as a group and we should be good.”
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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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