The offense is complete on Mike Chappell’s all-Indy team with the center position being named. Also, check out some national headlines on the Colts team preview in USA Today, along with some financial observations from ESPN on the Colts offseason.
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 Friday, July 12th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The offense is complete with perhaps a surprise at the center position in Ray Donaldson.
Donaldson makes Chappell’s all-Indy team over Jeff Saturday.
“Ray had some issues with management,’’ former long-time Colts assistant coach Rick Venturi said, “but he was just a monster. He was a dominating center.
“He wasn’t just a guy who was part of the five and maybe did the (pre-snap) direction. That guy was a dominating force.’’
By: Nate Davis, USA Today
The Colts team report in USA Today comes with a look at the higher expectations from those outside the city of Indianapolis.
It was a busy offseason for the Colts personnel department and frankly, the staff wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We’re going in the right direction, we have the right temperament,” second-year general manager Ryan Grigson recently told the team’s website. “(But) this league’s about competition. You can never smell the roses in this business.”
The offseason moves were a plenty on both sides of the ball and that included offensive coordinator Bruce Arians taking the head job with the Arizona Cardinals.
“That’s just part of the landscape in today’s NFL, it’s just the way it is. There’s gonna be turnover. Some years, you don’t want it — you’d love continuity,” said Pagano, noting the Colts could be breaking in up to nine new starters.
“When you do win, and you have success, and you put your ego aside, good things are gonna happen. There’s gonna be enough credit to go around. Bruce getting a job, and other guys getting jobs and other players getting contracts — that’s just a byproduct of winning.”
By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN AFC South Blog
Kuharsky’s latest blog entry comes with a look at the spending of the Colts and Titans this offseason.
ESPN analyst John Clayton took a look at the teams who spent $100 million or more each offseason since 2007 and the result has been an average of zero additional wins.
Grigson and Webster made plans, targeted players and crafted deals. Both feel confident their teams will be more like the 2012 Rams (5½ more wins) and 2008 Jets (5 more, and the lone winning record on the list) than like the 2012 Saints (six fewer wins in difficult circumstances) or the 2011 Jaguars (three fewer).
The Colts and Titans spread out their spending more than many of the teams on the list, and more than this offseason’s biggest spender, the Miami Dolphins, who gave receiver Mike Wallace five years and $60 million.
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