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Indianapolis Colts Season In Review – INFOGRAPHIC

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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 22ND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 22, 2013 – 8:56 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 2 linebacker Marvin Harrison
2013 NFL Draft: Mock the mock drafts if you wish but Colts GM Ryan Grigson is paying attention to them
Direction clear for Colts in 2013 draft

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Revis trade could hurt Titans’ draft

NFL NEWS
Jets trade Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Al Michaels arrested for alleged DUI in California
Falcons, Niners could be in the NFL draft trade mix
Draft day changes AFC South rivalry

AFC TEAM NEWS
Pats can beef up D-line inside
Steelers will take a long look at QBs in draft
Revis goes to Bucs for two picks, signs a $96M pact

NFC TEAM NEWS
Giants’ GM likely to focus early picks on defense  
Washington Redskins’ salary cap issues entering NFL draft aren’t as bad as they look


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 3, 2013

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 3, 2013 – 8:46 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Colts punter Pat McAfee signs franchise tender
Colts signing of WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is one-year chance worth taking
Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey follows his heard – and Andrew Luck – to Indianapolis
Heyward-Bey feeling fortunate to hook up with Luck
Free agent WR follows heart to Indy
Heyward-Bey follows heart to sign with Colts

COLTS.COM
2013 Positional Series: Defensive Backs
Heart leads to Colts

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Marks is seventh FA to move in division
Reassessing the Titans’ needs
Moon calls Pardee a ‘Texas legend’

NFL NEWS
Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer gives Cardinals QB depth ‘as strong as anybody’s’
Nnamdi Asomugha joins Niners
Branden Albert wants commitment
Seau lawsuit merged with Pa. NFL concussion case
Jets and Revis look stuck together until some team takes the bait
Report: John Harbaugh didn’t want Ed Reed back with Ravens
Monday Morning QB – Tuesday

AFC TEAM NEWS
Patriots mourn Chuck Fairbanks
Tom Telesco inherits the Philip Rivers shopping Bonus

NFC TEAM NEWS
Pat White cancels tryout with NY Giants to sign with Washington Redskins, play backup QB to Robert Griffin III: report
McCaskey ‘heartbroken’ over Urlacher’s departure


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CAPTAIN COMEBACK COMES BACK

Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 24, 2013 – 7:40 am

49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at NFL Combine

49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at NFL Combine

One of the last images of Jim Harbaugh for NFL fans this past season was his pleading for a late holding call in Super Bowl XLVII.

Harbaugh didn’t get his way, and his 49ers fell to Baltimore, 34-31.

A week after that, the surroundings at the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am likely were no balm for the wound inflicted by the loss.

The year-round nature of the NFL offers very little time ever to decompress.  Bill Polian once estimated he only had about five free weekends annually.  The rest were devoted to his job.

The schedule for coaches is about the same.

“(I’ve) got the paw in the ground, scratching, ready to go,” said Harbaugh yesterday at the combine.  The annual event is held in the stadium where his name is splashed on the eastside façade with others in the Colts’ Ring of Honor.

One of the last images of Jim Harbaugh for NFL fans this past season was his pleading for a late holding call in Super Bowl XLVII.

Harbaugh didn’t get his way, and his 49ers fell to Baltimore, 34-31.

A week after that, the surroundings at the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am likely were no balm for the wound inflicted by the loss.

The year-round nature of the NFL offers very little time ever to decompress.  Bill Polian once estimated he only had about five free weekends annually.  The rest were devoted to his job.

The schedule for coaches is about the same.

“(I’ve) got the paw in the ground, scratching, ready to go,” said Harbaugh yesterday at the combine.  The annual event is held in the stadium where his name is splashed on the eastside façade with others in the Colts’ Ring of Honor.

A one-man verbal pep rally with Indianapolis from 1994-97, Harbaugh is a touch more measured with a whistle in his mouth but anytime he speaks, it is appointment listening.

Harbaugh was paired against his brother, John, in the Super Bowl and said the two have spoken since the game.

“I’ve talked to him,” said Harbaugh.  “(We) talked a little about the game and some other things.  We have a strong relationship, and it always seems to get stronger.  We’re very close.”

Losing is tough for all players, and Harbaugh’s competitive streak runs deeply.  He said losing to his brother did not make the setback easier and that the two share less information as their careers have progressed.

Harbaugh was a first-round pick from Michigan.  Now, he is here to help re-stock the San Francisco roster if combine hopefuls measure up.

He said he does not possess the keenest ability to sit in a short visit with a player and truly get to know the person.  He says the body of work a prospect leaves behind at his school is a better indicator, along with those who worked around him.

Teams can grill players in the interview process.  The best advice from league players to those hopeful of joining the NFL is to be yourself.

Harbaugh is direct and has no tolerance for someone being a tad less than honest.

“Somebody that’s not truthful, that’s big, to me,” said Harbaugh.  “I’m a big fan of the Judge Judy show and when you lie in Judge Judy’s courtroom, it’s over.  Your credibility is completely lost.  You have no chance of winning that case.  I learned that from her.

“It’s very powerful, and true.  If somebody does lie to you, how can you ever trust anything they ever say after that?  Ronald Reagan, another person of great wisdom and advice (said), ‘Trust, but we will verify.’ ”

Harbaugh’s 49ers will host the Colts in 2013, pitting him against quarterback Andrew Luck.  Harbaugh landed Luck at Stanford and tutored him early in the quarterback’s career.

Harbaugh said he now will have to look at Luck in a bit different way now that they will be on opposing sides of the field for the first time.


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2013 OPPONENT LOOK: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 22, 2013 – 10:49 am

When Indianapolis visits San Francisco this year, it will be facing the defending NFC champions that feature a former Colt quarterback, Jim Harbaugh, as the head coach and a quarterback he tabbed, Colin Kaepernick, to get them past the NFC Championship hurdle the 49ers missed in 2011.

Harbaugh made a bold move in subbing quarterbacks late in the year, going from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick.

The offense prospered and San Francisco came within seconds of winning Super Bowl XLVII.

San Francisco General Manager Trent Baalke spoke Thursday at the combine about the quarterback the Colts may face in 2013.

“He’s a young man that brought an awful lot to the table,” said Baalke of Kaepernick.  “He came out of an offense what was not a “pro style” offense.  (He was) just a guy our coaching staff really believed in.

“Coach Harbaugh has done an outstanding job with him, as has Geep Chryst and Greg Roman.  He still learns, still developing.”

The NFL can be a copycat league and non-traditional offenses being run in college are seeping into the league.  Will it result in more mobile quarterbacks on the landscape?

“I think teams are paying more attention to it obviously,” said Baalke.  “I’m not going to try to guess what 31 other teams are doing, but he certainly puts a little bit more pressure on the defense.

“I think it stresses the defense.  The more that person can do, the more stress it puts on.  Peyton Manning puts a lot of stress on defenses, too.  You’ve got to meet the skill sets of your quarterback.  As long as you do that, I think you’ve got a chance.”

Kaepernick was one of the most explosive forces for the 49ers.  It was an inspired draft pick by San Francisco, a franchise that historically had outstanding signal-callers.

“It’s a lot easier to sit up here after a young man’s had success and say you pictured that, but there’s a lot of unknowns when you draft anybody,” said Baalke.  “You look at skills sets, you look at the kid as an individual, you look at the intangibles that they bring to the table and you try to see if they fit.  He’s a young man who brought an awful lot to the table.

“From a personnel standpoint, it was just letting him develop and giving him an opportunity.”

A Colts-49ers match-up will feature two quarterbacks nimble on their feet and productive in an offense in Kaepernick and Andrew Luck.  Hopefully, it will be the first meeting of two quarterbacks that have significant careers for years to come.

One veteran voice believes the future of the position will look more like Luck.

“I think you’re going to see more Andrew’s (than Kaepernick’s),” said Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians.


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BITING THE DUST

Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 8, 2013 – 9:18 am

A report in San Francisco says Candlestick Park will be demolished after this coming season.

The Colts are playing the 49ers this year, so this looks to be the last visit for the franchise to the charming venue.  The 49ers are scheduled to move into a new facility in Santa Clara for the 2014 season.

The Colts and 49ers started playing in 1953, meeting twice annually from then until 1969.  The early meetings were held in Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park.

Candlestick Park was built in 1960, and the 49ers began playing there in 1971.  After 17 meetings in Kezar, the Colts played in Candlestick (later 3COM and Monster Park) on four occasions, earning a 1-3 record.

The accommodations in Candlestick are as rustic as the stadium is historic.  The football locker rooms are located down the first-base side of the field and those needing to get to the press box must venture through the stands to a small elevator which inches upward.

The Colts lost there in 1972 in their first appearance.  In 1986 with Juice Newton singing the anthem and Eddie Money performing at halftime, rookies Jack Trudeau and Bill Brooks hooked up on an 84-yard TD connection in a 35-14 setback.  It still stands as the longest TD pass by a Colts rookie, though Marshall Faulk topped Brooks’ reception with an 85-yarder from Jim Harbaugh in 1994.

In 1998, rookie Peyton Manning had three touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison (four, six and 61 yards), while Faulk had a 65-yard touchdown run to open the game.  A 21-0 Colts lead in the first half was largely negated when controversial holding calls wiped out interceptions that led to two 49ers touchdowns just before halftime.  San Francisco won on a field goal with five seconds remaining.

Manning tied the club rookie marks of John Unitas and Jeff George with the scoring tosses.  Head Coach Jim Mora verbally assaulted the officials after the game for the calls that overturned the two takeaways.  He did not draw a fine for his comments.

The Colts cruised to a 28-3 win in 2005 in their last appearance in the venerable structure, with Manning throwing for 255 yards, Edgerrin James rushing for 105 and Cato June returning an interception for a score.

Andrew Luck played at nearby Stanford, and he should draw the starting call when the Colts visit Candlestick for the last time.

Candlestick will join a number of stadiums in which the Colts have played in their Indianapolis era that have been consigned to NFL history – the RCA Dome, Sun Devil (Arizona), Fulton County (Atlanta), Riverfront/Cinergy (Cincinnati), Municipal/Cleveland (Cleveland), Texas (Dallas), Mile High (Denver), Silverdome (Detroit), County (Milwaukee), Astrodome (Houston), Orange Bowl (Miami), Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro (New England), Giants (Giants/Jets), LA Memorial Coliseum (Raiders relocated), Anaheim (Rams relocated), Veterans (Philadelphia), Three Rivers (Pittsburgh), Kingdome (Seattle), Tampa (Tampa Bay), D.C./R.F.K (Washington).  (The Colts also played Seattle in Husky Stadium and Carolina at Clemson while those franchises were having new homes built.)

Tip a hat to a venue that saw greats like Joe Montana, Willy Mays, Willie McCovey and Jerry Rice.

“The Catch” may have been its greatest moment.  Using a phrase from the Bay Area as it relates to this year’s Colts-49ers tussle, “Just win, baby.”


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