It was another electric evening in the state capitol with the Indiana Pacers evening the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat after a 99-92 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Colts players were all over The Fieldhouse on Tuesday night and even defensive end Cory Redding got some facetime following Lance Stephenson’s buzzer beating three-pointer to end the third quarter.
Find out what the Colts players said on Twitter following the Game 4 victory.
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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 five pieces from Wednesday, May 29th.
By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com
Kuharsky took a look at a potential pressing question from each of the AFC South’s fan base.
For the Colts, Kuharsky analyzed some of the high profile free agents that the Colts signed this offseason before focusing on Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Kuharsky alludes to the fact DHB was a top-10 draft pick back in 2009 and talks about the ups and downs the speedster has dealt with in his four seasons in the NFL.
(Kuharsky writes…) A parade of quarterbacks and coordinators certainly made it difficult for him to succeed. But he doesn’t catch the ball well, and that’s an issue that tends to linger for some guys. DHB may be a great target for Andrew Luck and may fit in nicely to Pep Hamilton’s offense, along with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. But third-down drops kill drives, and if he doesn’t prove himself to be reliable, Luck could wind up looking other directions at crucial moments.
By: Peter King, Sports Illustrated
The holiday weekend did not stop King from grinding out another must read.
In this week’s piece, King addresses the NFL pushing the 2014 draft back into the month of May.
(King writes…) Talked to one personnel czar last night on the phone. “Hate it. Absolutely hate it.” Saw one owner at dinner last night, and he said (sarcastically) his GM “would just love this … more time to obsess on final decisions he made a month ago.”
King points out that teams are going to have three more weeks to now work playes out and this will drain out and already lengthy draft process.
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We are now 99 days away from the start of the 2013 NFL season with the Colts wrapping up OTAs over the next two weeks.
Last week the Colts assistant coaches were made available to the media and offered some great perspective into their position group.
Colts.com will take a closer look into these groups over the coming weeks and here is a preview of comments from the various defensive assistant coaches.
Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel spent much of the 2012 season learning new players names as injuries crippled his unit.
No need to worry though as reinforcement have arrived to Indianapolis and Emanuel talked about one of those new acquisitions in Ricky Jean Francois.
“Ricky Jean is a guy who brings experience. In the position he plays, he adds a lot of versatility. He’s played five-technique, three-technique, he’s played nose. Obviously, he played in the Super Bowl last year with a great team, so he brings a lot of experience, toughness and understanding of the defense.”
Linebackers coach Jeff Fitzgerald has seen a lot of change to both the outside and inside positions over the past few months.
His emotion is evident when he describes the possibilities that he has with his position group heading into 2013.
“I think overall we have a more complete group right now. We’ve got a lot of guys in the group that can do a lot of different things so there’s some overlap there. We’re cross-training some of the guys so that we can play them at different positions. We have the guys from last year that have a year of learning under our belt in our system and we have new guys coming in as veterans that have football knowledge coming and are aware of things we are teaching. They pick it up quicker because they’ve had it for a while. I’m really excited about it, I think we have a good group that can do a lot of different things. There’s going to be some flexibility and job exchanges and things of that nature because we can. We have the right type of guys.”
Defensive backs coach Mike Gillhamer is one of the most energetic position coaches on the entire Colts staff.
Gillhamer’s defensive backs have turned in some impressive plays in the early parts of OTAs with new cornerback Greg Toler being at the top of that list.
“We are really happy with Greg. He’s come in here with a great attitude. He’s so powerful. He reminds me of a big game cat, like a cheetah. He’s just so powerful, he can spring. His attitude has been awesome. He’s been everything that we’d hoped he be.”
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