Even though he has moved on to the next level, former Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown sees a lot of similarities between his college and professional days.
Early on in his college career in South Bend, Brown etched his role on special teams before starting 18 games in his final two seasons.
Brown went undrafted out of college and has spent both of his NFL seasons with the New England Patriots.
Special teams play was once again the constant for Brown during his initial season in Foxboro.
That role has expanded to the defensive side of the ball this season with Brown starting three games to start the 2011 season.
“In some way or form it feels like I’ve been through it before so that helps,” Brown says. “It gives you a one-up on preparation and just a way to go about the whole situation.”
Another similarity that Brown has found between his college and professional days is the national spotlight.
While at Notre Dame, Brown was on national television each game and now he will be seen worldwide on Sunday.
“Talking to the media and all the craziness at Notre Dame it’s similar to this but it’s nothing like the Super Bowl,” Brown said of the attention.
The safety has continued to make his greatest impact on special teams while playing sparingly in the defensive backfield.
During the Patriots playoff run, Brown says his phone has been ringing off the hook and he has had to cut his ticket allotment to his immediate family for the Super Bowl.
The thrill of playing in the Super Bowl hasn’t sunk in yet according to Brown but he hopes come Sunday evening he will be celebrating with all of his family and friends in downtown Indianapolis.
“I’m from Chicago so it’s not that far,” Brown said of the proximity. “A lot of people said they would be down in the area so that’s great. Hopefully after Sunday it will be a real good reunion.”
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Through various stops in his football career, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis returns to the state where it all began eight years ago.
Green-Ellis will wrap up his fourth NFL season on Sunday but spent his first two years of college at Indiana University.
For the third time in his NFL career, Green-Ellis will play at Lucas Oil Stadium but this time with slightly larger stakes on the line.
“It’s important to me because this is where I actually started my career as far as college is concerned,” Green-Ellis said
During his time at IU, the New Orleans native led the Hoosiers in rushing in both seasons combining for 12 touchdowns.
After his sophomore season, Green-Ellis made the move back to the south transferring to the University of Mississippi.
Following his two years at Mississippi, including being named first team All-SEC in 2006, Green-Ellis went undrafted in 2008 but that hasn’t stopped him from growing into a staple in one of the league’s best offenses.
In 2010, Green-Ellis became the first Patriots running back to rush for a 1,000 yards since Corey Dillon accomplished that feat in 2004.
A combined 24 touchdowns the past two seasons has helped pave the way for Green-Ellis’ homecoming to the Hoosier state.
“With me being from New Orleans, it was the first time I actually was out of New Orleans and out of the state of Louisiana,” Green-Ellis said of his time at IU. “So coming here and actually getting a chance to come back here for the Super Bowl is great.”
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We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us.
Since 1998, we have enjoyed a great relationship, based upon mutual respect and trust. We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends. We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring.
INDIANAPOLIS – Just hours after being named head coach of the Colts, Chuck Pagano is on the job. The 28-year veteran coach entered the club’s facility at 1:15 p.m. ready to go.
When asked of his emotions, Pagano said, ‘They’re running rampant. Just a few days ago, I was at an all-time, all-time low coming off a disappointing loss in an AFC Championship game to an all-time high. It’s a great opportunity, and I feel very, very fortunate. One way or another I did (make it to Indianapolis).”
Pagano will join Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson for a 3:00 p.m. press conference. Watch it live on Colts.com/Streaming.html.
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The Indianapolis Colts have selected their new head coach in Chuck Pagano. Pagano was formerly the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator. Check back for more!
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The Indianapolis Colts will hold a 3 p.m. press conference to announce the hiring of Chuck Pagano as the team’s new head coach. Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay will be available along with General Manager Ryan Grigson. The press conference will be available via live stream on Colts.com Click here.
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The Indianapolis Colts have released Jim Caldwell of his duties as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
The conference will be streamed live here
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Every week Colts.com features a blog written by one of our fans. This week’s blog was submitted by CPearison45
With the 2012 NFL Draft a little over three months away, there has been much discussion on how the Indianapolis Colts should handle their first overall pick. Some fans have shown their support to draft Andrew Luck, the starting quarterback from Stanford University. He was coached and mentored by Jim “Captain Comeback” Harbaugh during his first two years at Stanford and is possibly the most-hyped quarterback since John Elway (who most Colts fans know was drafted #1 overall in 1983 by the Baltimore Colts, only to see him traded away to the Broncos after he refused to play for Robert Irsay).
Luck has had a profound college career and has chosen to forego his senior season to declare for the NFL Draft. His career statistics have been impressive: 9,430 yards, 82 Touchdowns, 22 Interceptions. He has had 1,064 passing attempts with 713 completions for an overall completion record of 67%. He has also had 163 rushing attempts for 957 yards (5.9 yards per carry) with 7 Rushing TDs, and averages 25.2 yards per game.
Andrew Luck was decorated with many awards his junior year while leading the Stanford to an 11-2 record. These awards include; First Team All-America, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Heisman Trophy Runner-Up, Davey O’Brien Award Finalist, Manning Award Finalist, Academic All-America of the Year, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All Pac-12, First Team Pac-12 All Academic Team, and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, October 17, 2011.
Many football fans and insiders believe Luck is a shoo-in for the #1 overall pick. He has a very high intelligence level and has proven he can comprehend a pro playbook. He is the embodiment of an NFL-caliber quarterback with very high accuracy, great technique, and is fundamentally sound. He’s a relatively good sized quarterback too, standing at 6’-4” and roughly 235 pounds.
There has also been criticism of Luck, some saying he’s highly overrated. A lot of talk has been about his poor arm strength and the inability to throw the long ball. However, this can be countered by the fact that his receiving corps at Stanford is one of the slowest corps in all of college. His non-threat of the deep ball could possibly be attributed to his receivers simply not being able to shake the DBs. It is also said that Luck only throws downfield when it is off a play action, with more of his passes coming off of small 5-yard completions. This leads many to believe that his success is only from a product of a dominating run game at Stanford. Could he still have this success with the Colts with their current run game offense which is one of the lowest in the league? Others question Luck’s ability to make his teammates play to their full potential. Can he be the elite quarterback that will rally his team to perform in all circumstances?
So there are pros and cons for the Colts to draft Andrew Luck first overall in this year’s draft. So that leaves the question, if there are disadvantages of drafting Luck, then who would the number two option be? That turns this discussion to Robert Griffin III.
RG3 has also had a very prolific college career at Baylor University. His career statistics: 10,366 yards, 78 Touchdowns, 17 Interceptions. He had 1,182 passing attempts with 790 completions for a 66.8% completion percentage (awfully close to that of Mr. Luck). He has also rushed for 2,273 yards on 528 attempts (a 4.3 yards per carry average), with 33 Rushing Touchdowns and 56.83 yards per game.
RG3 won the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award in 2011 and the Davey O’Brien Award.
There are numerous positives surrounding Robert Griffin III and his ability to become an elite NFL quarterback. He has great arm strength that will keep the opposing team’s secondary on their toes with the possibility of a deep ball on every play. He is extremely accurate in the pocket and while scrambling and is one of the most mobile quarterbacks we’ve seen. He’s extremely polished in his quarterbacking style. This style complements the slow move of the NFL quarterback from the traditional pocket passer (e.g. Manning, Brady) to the mobile, rushing quarterback (e.g. Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers). Griffin represents a dual-threat quarterback and could end up being the face of the new era. Many speculate he could have a better rookie season than Cam Newton just had, depending on where he ends up. Even former Colts coach Tony Dungy mentioned on the Sunday Night Football telecast the idea of drafting Griffin over Luck.
Of course, there are negatives about Griffin also. RG3 is smaller than Andrew Luck, at 6’-2” and roughly 220 pounds. He’s also receiving the stereotypical criticisms about his scrambling and questions on whether or not he’ll be able to utilize the NFL playbook. There has also been speculation that his decision making is not where it should be and he cannot aptly read defenses nor command the line of scrimmage as need be for an elite quarterback.
There are obvious reasons to draft either quarterback this year, but in the end, what it will all boil down to is whether Peyton Manning is healthy or not. If it is determined that the Colts will not retain Peyton any further, than most would say that Luck is the obvious choice. He has the Manning-esque qualities that led us to amazing success during the 2000s. If this happens, than anything Luck can bring to team is a step up from the quarterback showing we watched this past season. If Peyton is healthy, drafting Luck could be a potentially horrible decision. Why? Because Luck is not the type of quarterback that will want to sit behind anyone, he does not want to be Aaron Rodgers. We could possibly see another John Elway or even Eli Manning situation where the newly-drafted quarterback refuses to sign with that team. Griffin would be the obvious choice to draft if Peyton is indeed healthy and able to play next season. Griffin is a very good quarterback already, but he would be more inclined to be mentored by Peyton and to sit and learn for a few seasons. After the dismal season we just concluded, it definitely goes to show that we’re in desperate need for a well-groomed success for when Peyton does retire, and I believe Griffin is that successor.
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When Colts owner Jim Irsay stepped to the podium on Jan. 2 to announce that the organization was moving in a different direction, he talked about finding a new general manager that had a ‘vision and a direction back to greatness.’
After over a week of gathering information and contacting various candidates, Irsay has found that man in Philadelphia Eagles Director of Player Personnel Ryan Grigson.
During Grigson’s 12 years in the NFL, he has been a part of teams that have made the playoffs eight times including three trips to the Super Bowl.
A native of Highland, Ind., Grigson carries an impressive resume of Pro Bowl players that he helped bring into the Eagles organization.
As the Director of College Scouting from 2006-2009, Grigson and the Eagles drafted running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson. McCoy was the second leading rusher in the NFC this past season and along with Jackson, they have combined to make three Pro Bowls in their young careers.
In 2010, Grigson took over as the Director of Player Personnel and made a splash in free agency during the past two off-seasons.
He helped bring in six Pro Bowl players in the past two seasons, highlighted by defensive end Jason Babin and his 18 sacks in 2011. In an effort to sure up the secondary, Grigson and the Eagles signed cornerbacks Nnmadi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Prior to joining the Eagles as a regional scout in 2003, Grigson spent three seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a National Combine and Area Scout.
Grigson, 39, played his college football at Purdue and was the team captain in 1994 on the Boilermakers first winning team in a decade.
He is married to his wife, Cynthia, and is the father of five children.
by Kevin Bowen
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Every week Colts.com features a blog written by one of our fans. This week’s blog was submitted by Lee Ledgerwood.
The 7 P’s of success: “Proper Prior Planning Prevents P*ss Poor Performance.” I learned this early so if a blue collar lunchbox carrying nobody can do this, anyone can, right? Easier said than done for a football team because how do you plan for every eventuality, how do you make contingencies for losing one of the top players in the NFL? Evidently a little luck was needed.
When a team has the opportunity to acquire a top tier quarterback there are many reasons why, luck is one of them. Experience with player personnel is also important because Ryan Leaf was considered by most “experts” to be as good a prospect as Peyton Manning. The Colts were lucky they had just hired Bill Polian because he made the right choice.
Then they have to surround this bright young field general with a team to enhance his abilities and allow him to lead them all to wins, playoffs, and even the Super Bowl. So when all the slots are filled with the best players available that really doesn’t leave a lot of cash laying around to pay for backups to ride the bench and hold a clipboard.
So they look to find another Matt Cassel, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, or Matt Flynn–maybe they should just look for a quarterback named “Matt” but instead they find Jim Sorgi–good tools, bad luck and Curtis Painter–great on paper, lousy on the field which brings me back to the “7 P’s.”
Bill Polian took the hit for the 2-14 season, so using hindsight somebody has to be responsible for the mistake, there has to be a reason, he simply didn’t plan properly. Don’t feel bad for him though, he’ll land on his feet, maybe even in nearby Chicago where he would be working with another Tony Dungy acolyte, Lovie Smith.
20/20 hindsight is always easy to use when looking for fault because the answers are already clear, there is no guessing and you can’t be wrong. The only problem is that it doesn’t make it any better, it just makes people feel worse. In the future lets keep our eyes on the prize, keep looking ahead, keep planning for what needs it the most, this year was a test that some of us failed, Lets not use hindsight anymore, lets look forward to next year and the bright future the Colts will have with whatever they do with the first draft pick.
Bleedin’ blue from Northwest Indiana.
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Every week Colts.com features a blog written by one of our fans. This week’s blog was submitted by Doreen N Gardner.
I will be a Colts fan no matter who is throwing the football, calling the plays, or managing the team. I waited about 4 years for season tickets and Aug 2012 will be my fourth season as a holder. I may not understand all the odds and ends of football, but for a 31 year old single mother of one,I LOVE the game and Colts organization, even if I may not always agree with their choices. It is what it is, if keeping things the same leads to the same results then a change is needed to hopefully strive to bigger and better things. I truly was surprised by the firing of Polian (Bill) as I think over the past 14 years he made changes and choices that benefited the Colts, his son however I’m not a fan so there was no love lost there for me. Business can be tricky and when you are on top of the world for several seasons with winning a superbowl, divisons, etc and then a set back smacks you in the face with a lockout, injured players, etc it’s time to evaluate the holes that this season showed but had Manning been on the field probably wouldn’t have been noticed (IMO Manning is AMAZING). Him being sidelined this season revealed holes that need tweaked. Here’s to the upcoming changes and the draft, is it August yet?
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