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What were the Colts players saying after Sunday’s win?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 2, 2013 – 1:20 pm

The Colts returned to play in front of their home fans on Sunday afternoon and delivered with a vital 22-14 divisional win over the Tennessee Titans.

With the win, the Colts moved to three games up in the AFC South with just four weeks remaining in the regular season.

Find out what the Colts players said on Twitter after their Week 13 victory:

Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard:



Linebacker Erik Walden:



Tight End Weslye Saunders:

Cornerback Vontae Davis:



Safety Antoine Bethea:



Punter Pat McAfee:



Long Snapper Matt Overton:



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Colts Daily Headlines: November 7th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 7, 2013 – 8:42 am

The Colts wrapped up their first practice of the week on Wednesday in preparing for the St. Louis Rams. Today’s news looks at the vaunted Rams pass rush and how the Colts locker room handles hazing.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, November 7th.

Rams pass rush will look familiar to Colts fans

By: Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel

When Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis looks at the St. Louis Rams he sees almost a mirror image to past teams.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn leads the NFC with 10 sacks, along with 10 tackles for loss. His partner on the other end, Chris Long, has 5.5 sacks.

“They have a high motor,” Mathis said. “I love guys that keep their motor running play after play. They are definitely double trouble. They kind of remind me of 93 and 98.”

Mathis refers, of course, to No.93 Dwight Freeney and No.98 Mathis when they used to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks during their decade-long run together with the Colts. In fact, they were so good at what they did, Mathis used to joke that they lived at “9893 Bring The Heat Boulevard.”

Quinn and Long will be trying to evoke that spirit, much to Colts’ fans chagrin, when the Rams (3-6) play the Colts (6-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Mathis’ respect for the duo is echoed by Colts coach Chuck Pagano.

“From a defensive standpoint, they’re No.1 in the league as far as putting pressure on the quarterback and sacking the quarterback,” Pagano said. “They’ve got corners that can play. They can get up in your face and make things tough on your receivers to work to get off the line of scrimmage. From a defensive standpoint, they kind of smother you. That’s going to be a challenge.”

No hazing, just brotherhood with the Colts

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

The talk on Wednesday in the Colts locker room centered on the national story of hazing in the Miami Dolphins locker room.

This goes back to when Tony Dungy started coaching the team in 2002.

“When he was here, he was all about there would be none of the rookie hazing type stuff and it’s continued that way,” veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri said. “We’ve got a group of older veteran guys that don’t believe in dumb stuff and that’s the way it is.”

Having fun and cracking jokes in the locker room is expected amongst teammates. Players often joke about the type of music some of their teammates listen to or their clothing choices. But it’s all in fun. Something you would do with your close friends. The Colts are around each other on almost a daily basis from the end of July until the season ends in January or February. You can even argue that they spend more time with each other than with their own families.

But it doesn’t go overboard — the way it’s reportedly happened in Miami — with the Colts.

“Guys in this locker room understand what hazing is,” said cornerback Vontae Davis, who spent his first three seasons with the Dolphins. “When you can’t distinguish taking advantage of somebody from just cracking jokes, you’re not being reliable as a veteran. We know how to distinguish if we’re taking advantage of somebody or not. We hold each other accountable. We’re a big family.”


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Colts Assistant Coaches share insight on their Position Groups

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 24, 2013 – 9:00 am

The Colts are the midst of their bye week and that means the team’s assistant coaches were available to the media earlier this week.

Here are some tidbits from the assistant coaches as the Colts have finished the first two months of the 2013 season:

Quarterbacks Coach Clyde Christensen:

The longest tenured Colts coach on the staff talks about what the team is losing in Reggie Wayne:

“Just the culture. He’s a big part of our culture and how we want to do things and how we compete and how we practice and all those things. I’m just trusting that he got us off to a start. He got the receiver room off to a good start and the passing game.

“The consistency factor, hopefully he’s communicated enough and other guys have to respond now and do the same thing. He has been that security blanket. All of a sudden, we’ve all had a kid and they have their, there’s a time when you got to take the security blanket away. There’s no more of that. We’re taking your favorite animal. You’re 13 now. You got to grow up and go. So it’s going to have to be the same thing. Some folks are going to have to step up. We have to keep the same level of consistency that he brought. He’s been big with those young receivers. T.Y. (Hilton) now, right? You see the effects of being in the room with Reggie (Wayne) and T.Y.’s game and how it’s stepped up and how consistent he’s become and that has to permeate through the whole unit and certainly the receiver room.”

Running Backs Coach David Walker

Coach Walker was a popular interview on Tuesday and he chatted about what he’s seen from Trent Richardson:

“A guy that’s working real hard to understand and learn the nuances of our offense. He’s doing a good job with that. It’s still a work in progress. Certain phases were quicker than others, but he’s making progress there. He’s obviously a guy that has the ability to make defenders miss tackles, he’s made a lot of missed tackles in his short time here, and he finishes runs. All the things when he was in Cleveland and throughout his college career that people see in him, those things have showed up and will continue to show up.”

Wide Receivers Coach Charlie Williams

Another popular coach talked about how his room is handling the loss of Reggie Wayne:

“It’s a very tough loss to lose a guy like Reggie and what he does and brings to our team both on the field and off the field. As Coach Pagano always talks about, the next man is up. Whoever that next man may be, we’ll get ready to go and do what we do, continue to win football games.”

“(Reggie’s) going to be a coach on the field just like as if he was playing. He knows what to look for and he can help these guys tremendously. He does it all the time when he’s on the field and when he’s out there playing he can help when we’re off the field in terms of when the defense is on the field. He’s going to be a tremendous help to us. He’s going to stay in the game.”

Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel

On rookie Montori Hughes and his progress:

“He’s just improving in all aspects of the game. He’s understanding playing at this level and what it takes consistently to play in there. The hardest part to play for a young guy is really defensive line because you have so many offensive linemen that have so much experience and they know all the tricks of the trade so it really puts you behind the eight ball a little bit. But he’s developing, he’s getting better. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got great size so we are looking forward to him continuing to get better.”

Linebackers Coach Jeff FitzGerald

The exuberant FitzGerald was asked about what Jerrell Freeman means to the Colts defense:

“Tremendous. He does a great job. We’ve given him more and more responsibility on the defense and he’s handled every bit of it. He doesn’t balk at it whatsoever. I think he enjoys having the extra responsibility that we put on him and he does a good job with it. I think he looks at it as a challenge. He’s hard on himself. He’s great to coach. We’re hard on him, but he’s probably ultimately the hardest guy on himself to get better.”

Secondary Coach Mike Gillhamer

On if Vontae Davis is the ideal cover corner:

“Yeah, I think Vontae sees himself that way but I think also we try to get across that he’s got to be a complete corner and he’s got to do the complete things, play off. Since he’s got here, we’ve really worked on his technique. A lot of times, I think what’s happened in Vontae’s past is that when things go bad, you revert back to old habits. You need something that you can go back to when things are going bad. That’s the thing that we try to get across to him is technique and staying intense and staying everything that way. He’s responded real well.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 23rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 23, 2013 – 8:42 am

Week Eight means a bye week for the Colts as the news does not come close to rivaling that of last week. Today’s news look at Chuck Pagano giving the players the week off and the play of Vontae Davis.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 23rd.

Pagano rewards players with the week off

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

Before Chuck Pagano broke down the post locker room huddle Sunday night, he gave the players something they all wanted to hear—you have the week off.

“They earned it,” Pagano said. “What they’ve done to this point, they earned the extra time off. We got a great group, we got great leaders and I trust everyone will take care of themselves and do the right things and get away and have time to recharge, take care of their bodies, get healthy, be with family and reconnect with whoever they need to reconnect with.”

There were some players at the team’s facility on Monday, with most of them making the necessary arrangements to get out of town for the week. Receiver T.Y. Hilton said he was leaving “ASAP” to head down to Florida. Cornerback Vontae Davis plans to head to a tropical island.

Despite all the injuries they’ve dealt with — five players out for the season — the Colts are 5-2 and have a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South.

Indianapolis will return to the practice field on Oct. 28 in preparation for its game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 3.

“Guys know if they don’t handle the privilege of having these days off, you’re not answering to coaches or the GM, you’re answering to Robert Mathis, you’re answering to Cory Redding,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “That’s scary. I think maybe we’re young in certain areas, but not an immature team. Guys know what’s at stake and I don’t see anybody using this in a bad way.”

Vontae Davis can laugh at himself after great game, minor mistake vs. Denver

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

Vontae Davis played one of the finest games a corner can play against Peyton Manning which is just another indication of the progress he has made since coming to Indianapolis.

There was a time when Davis was unsure where this whole Indianapolis experience would take him. Turns out, it took him to the top.

“It’s life. You have to make the best of your opportunities,” he said. “I feel like God blessed me with this opportunity to come here on a young team. I’m still young in my career. Now this is a chance to do some good things in Indy. I think the sky is the limit. I’m just scratching the surface.”

The best thing Davis has done is respond to coaching. He’s always seen himself as the traditional shutdown cornerback, the guy who can shadow top receivers step for step. But there’s another progression in the process of becoming great, as secondary coach Mike Gillhamer so often reminds him.

“Vontae sees himself that way (as a cover corner) but we try to get across that he’s got to be a complete corner,” Gillhamer said. “He’s got to do all the things. Since he’s gotten here, we’ve really worked on his technique. A lot of times, I think what’s happened in Vontae’s past is, when things go bad, you revert back to old habits. So, you need something you can go back to when things go bad. That’s what we’ve gotten across to him. And he’s responded really well.”


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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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Colts Daily Headlines: September 13th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 13, 2013 – 8:41 am

The Colts will wrap up their final day of preparation for the Miami Dolphins this afternoon. Today’s news looks at defending the Dolphins wide receivers, and how to involve T.Y. Hilton into the Colts offense.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, September 13th.  

Colts Insider: Dolphins’ receivers pose major test for Indy’s Vontae Davis, Greg Toler

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

After a week in which the Colts secondary was not really tested, the Dolphins have a pair of receivers that can certainly change that on Sunday with Ryan Tannehill giving them the ball.

Tannehill has the benefit of throwing to two accomplished receivers, free-agent prize Mike Wallace and his sidekick, Brian Hartline. Though considered the No. 2 receiver, Hartline got off a hot start against the Browns last week, catching nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Wallace caught just one pass for 15 yards and sulked. But that only means the Dolphins are likely to double down and try even harder to make register some of the quick-strike plays Wallace became known for with the Steelers.

What this means is that Colts cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are going to have their work cut out for them.

“Everybody knows Mike can run,” said Davis, who will be facing his former team for the second time in two seasons. “He’s a fast guy, got a lot of ability and I’m pretty sure they’re looking forward to using Mike to make different mismatches. We got a challenge ahead of us with Mike Wallace and also Brian Hartline. They’ve got real good receivers.”

Bob Kravitz: Colts need more T.Y. Hilton, less Stanley Havili

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

Kravitz’s Friday column looks at T.Y. Hilton’s snaps from Week One and how he sees the Colts offense evolving over time.

Listen to Jim Sorgi, the Colts’ former backup quarterback and current radio analyst, whose honesty is refreshing.

“Why are we taking some of our playmakers off the field?” Sorgi said in an interview on WFNI-1070 AM this week. “I know we want to run the ball with the power running game with two, three tight ends, and that’s fine. But you can also run the ball with two, three wide receivers in there. It’s easier to identify where they’re coming from and that’s where we got in trouble (Sunday against the Oakland Raiders).

“We did a good job on the two opening series, but the next four, we get in those two, three tight end sets and they start packing the box and you don’t know where they’re coming from, who’s coming, who to identify. Plus you’re taking the game out of Andrew’s hands as far as being able to check in and out of run plays to pass plays when you have numbers. I just don’t like T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the bench. I don’t.’’

Ditto on that.

Hamilton trying to spread the ball around

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

Ever since taking the Colts offensive coordinator job early in the year Pep Hamilton has been stressing the importance of getting the ball into the hands of playmakers.

“You only have one football, so it’s hard to spread the wealth,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “It’s even harder when you only run 53, 54 snaps.”

Hamilton said in his weekly meeting with the media Thursday that it’s a bit “premature” to read too much into the play calls against the Raiders because they had only seven offensive series, which tied for the fewest in the league.

“I thought we had a pretty good mix, a pretty good balance as far as running and the passing,” he said. “The ratio was pretty close to being even. I just feel like we have the athletes on the offensive side of the ball that afford us the ability to be mobile, the ability to be multiple in personnel groupings and find a lot of different ways to feature our playmakers.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 15th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 15, 2013 – 8:41 am

The Colts are in their final days of training camp in Anderson. Today’s news begins with a financial look at the team, how the secondary is shaping up and the debut of Josh Chapman.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, August 15th.  

Colts worth $1.2 billion according to Forbes, where does that rank among NFL franchises?

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

For yet another year, the Dallas Cowboys continue to lead the arms race of the to NFL Franchises based on Forbes Valuations project.

Where do the Colts check in?

The Colts check in as the NFL’s No. 11-ranked franchise at $1.2 billion, the fourth straight year they’ve held that spot.

A closer look at the top 10 reveals the Colts are not that far out of the No. 8 spot. The San Francisco 49ers are No. 10 at $1.224 billion, behind the Baltimore Ravens at No. 9 ($1.227 billion) and the Chicago Bears at No. 8 ($1.25 billion).

Rebuilt Colts secondary hopes for improved performance

By: Zak Keefer. Indy Star

Thanks to some reinforcements and another year in the system for many Colts defenders Chuck Pagano is a happy man at night.

“Yeah, I sleep better at night,” Pagano said this week, offering a brief smile.

He should. Unlike last year, Davis, a former first-round draft pick, enters the season with a full training camp under his belt. He was traded to the Colts 14 days before the season-opener in 2012 and wound up starting 10 games, including the opener in Chicago.

“The difference is night and day,” Davis said of Year 1 vs. Year 2 with the Colts. “Now, I feel like I’ve been in Indy. This feels like home. I’m not rushing to learn the scheme before the first game like I was last year.”

Colts Notebook: Chapman happy to be back in action

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For the Colts fans that stuck around on Sunday in the preseason opener, many eyes wanted a look at No. 61 Josh Chapman.

The 340-pound nose tackle made his NFL debut after missing all of last season while recovering from knee surgery.

“It felt pretty good,” Chapman said of his first action since helping Alabama beat LSU in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9, 2012. “I got a little nervous about it, but at the same time when I got the first pop it was back to normal.”

Chapman was credited with four tackles, but his primary job is to soak up blockers and allow the linebackers behind him to make plays. He was particularly adept at that when the Bills ran their stretch-cut running game.

It’s a scheme the Colts will see again during the regular season against the Houston Texans, and Chapman’s play against it impressed defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

“Houston’s a little bit better and pronounced at doing it, but he did a good job of getting down the line,” Manusky said. “He’s a little sore, which is to be expected, but he did a fabulous job for us. I’m excited about what we’ve seen from him.”

 


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Physical nature ready to be a staple of the Colts secondary, entire defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 8, 2013 – 12:48 pm

The Indianapolis Colts expected starting secondary brings 279 games of NFL experience with them into the 2013 season.

Experience aside, the addition of one LaRon Landry has the secondary with a bit more swagger heading into the regular season opener one month from today.

Physicality

That term is something the Colts secondary wants opposing offenses to become familiar with across the defensive unit.

“Being physical (means) 16 games, 60 minutes,” safety Antoine Bethea says. “Everybody always says it starts up front, but we’ve got to have 11 guys out there striking. When opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around, (that) might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”

Bethea believes this could be the most physical Colts secondary he has been apart of in his eight seasons in Indianapolis.

His fellow safety knows exactly what being physical is all about.

“To me, more physical means basically just getting after it,” Landry said. “Getting after the ball and making that the main focus—just to dominate.”

Last season, Vontae Davis showed some physicality at the cornerback position while routinely coming up to the line of scrimmage to make tackles in space.

Greg Toler will now join Davis as the Colts starting corners.

Toler joins the unit after four seasons in Arizona and he can sense something a little more than just a physical secondary.

“This defense, one thing I can say is it’s more like a brotherhood,” Toler says. “I don’t know if that’s because there’s a lot of young guys in the defense., but we feed off one another and keep one another’s spirits up. If one person makes a play, all of us make a play.”

As a former defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano loves what he’s hearing, and more importantly what he’s seeing from that side of the ball.

“Defensively, every time you step on the field, you expect greatness,” Pagano says. “You expect to make plays, create turnovers, stop the run. Going into year two it’s a natural progression that everybody feels more comfortable with the scheme.”

“Those guys understand where they’re supposed to be. They know where their partner is supposed to be next to them. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of every call. So, they’re able to play at a high level and play a lot faster than they did last year.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 6th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 6, 2013 – 8:45 am

The Colts news on Tuesday morning surrounds the depth behind Darrius Heyward-Bey, some takeaways from Monday’s practice and the “smash mouth” approach that Pep Hamilton is looking for.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, August 6th.  

Colts fan favorite Griff Whalen will get a chance in camp due to Darrius Heyward-Bey’s injury

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

With Darrius Heyward-Bey sidelined for the time being due to a knee sprain, the Colts backup receivers need to take advantage of first team reps.

Griff Whalen is one of those Colts looking for more chances and he’s making the most of it.

“I hear a little bit of it just from family and other people telling me, ‘Oh, the media says you’re doing really well,’ “ he said. “I try not to follow it too much.

“I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. Every rep, I’m trying to run the best route I can, make the best block I can, every day have the best practice I can.”

Andrew Luck at Indianapolis Colts camp: ‘I don’t need to be running with the ball’

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell’s takeaways from Monday’s practice includes some lighter moments with Robert Mathis playing the role of referee and the leadership titles being handed out by Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne.

The rest of Chappell’s pieces looks at Luck’s afternoon, a terrific catch by Wayne and the return of Greg Toler to the practice field.

Colts preparing for ‘smash-mouth’ offense

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Most quarterback would love to drop back 600+ times in a season and chuck the ball around the field.

But Andrew Luck is a realist, understanding what it means to a team’s offense to have balance.

“No, it’s great to hand the ball off,” he said. “The balance of the offense has been a lot of fun to play in. The guys up front are doing a great job, and everybody is really buying into this sort of smash-mouth approach, and I think that’s only going to help us in the passing game. So it’s been great.”

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is looking for one particular characteristic in his rushing attack.

“It’s about being physical,” Hamilton said. “It’s all about imposing our will on our opponent. We don’t want to waste plays in the run game. But there are times when, hey, they’re going to have a better call than we have, and we got to do a great job of making sure we eliminate the negative plays.

 

“But, our offensive linemen, they’ve done an outstanding job of accepting the challenge of being physical and having a physical mindset and buying into the fact that it’s going to hurt when we run the football. But we expect it to hurt our opponents more than it hurts us, especially in the third quarter when we continue to run the football.”

 


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Day Eight Impressions: Competition behind DHB, new names at ILB and Greg Toler returns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 5, 2013 – 4:58 pm

The Colts spent most of Monday afternoon’s practice drilling specific situations (Hail Mary, last second field goals, getting out of bounds, etc).

During the live portion of practice though, Andrew Luck caught fire early on, connecting on his first 10 passes.

Here are three takeaways from day eight…

DHB’s injury “not serious”: Darrius Heyward-Bey did not practice on Monday afternoon, watching from behind the receivers group.

The Colts said the injury is “not serious” following practice but without DHB in the lineup the door is open for some significant receiver reps.

T.Y. Hilton added yet another strong day of practice to his impressive training camp. Hilton caught four of Luck’s first seven passes on Monday.

Griff Whalen and Nathan Palmer should see their reps increase with DHB sidelined. Also, Jeremy Kelley and Lanear Sampson have had a nice first week of camp.

Inside Linebacker spot filled with competition: Colts fans were checking their rosters frequently on Monday with some different names sliding into the inside linebackers spot.

Jerrell Freeman was sidelined with a shoulder injury on Monday, which gave some first team reps to Justin Hickman.

Last year, Hickman played extensively on the outside but this year he has also been taking reps at inside and was with the first unit for a quite a while on Monday.

Other names that Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky mentioned for the starting spot next to Freeman includes Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Pat Angerer and Josh McNary.

Cornerbacks welcome back Greg Toler: Back with the first unit on Monday afternoon was Colts cornerback Greg Toler.

While Toler was back with the first unit, it was Vontae Davis and Darius Butler who both added to their numerous camp pass deflections.

After Davis was victim of a terrific catch by Reggie Wayne during red zone drills, he bounced back the following play knocking a potential touchdown away from the Colts six-time Pro Bowl receiver.

Earlier in practice it was Butler leaping high in the air to knock away a pass that would have been a significant gain for Wayne.

 

 

 


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