It’s move in day at Colts training camp. To get you started here are a couple of pieces that look back on the Colts history with the team celebrating their 30th season in Indianapolis. Also, an article on the emergence of T.Y. Hilton and the unique approach the Colts took to the 2013 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 Saturday, July 27th.
By: Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal
With the Colts about to embark on their 30th season in Indianapolis, the IBJ takes a wonderful look back on the move from Baltimore.
Schoettle interviewed the three Colts employees still left from that move—Pete Ward, Jon Scott and John Starliper to get some background on the late night mission.
“We just started throwing and shoving stuff in boxes,” Scott said. “There wasn’t even time to label the boxes.”
In the hours before the move, Starliper was sent to the airport to pick up Colts General Counsel Michael Chernoff and Mayflower CEO John B. Smith.
“I felt like I was on ‘Miami Vice,’ with media trucks and everything following us around,” said Starliper, who was a 25-year-old assistant film director.
“All these reporters were buzzing around the airport looking for any kind of information they could find,” Starliper recalled with a wide grin. “But nobody approached me or asked me anything. I guess I looked like the last guy who would know anything.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell takes a look back at the Colts offseason and how things have changed from an approach standpoint.
Ryan Grigson and the Colts were big spenders this offseason and moving forward the 2013 offseason could have a significant impact on the team’s success.
The Colts were criticized for some of their moves, most notably giving outside linebacker Erik Walden $16 million over four years. The heftiest outlay was a five-year, $35 million deal for right tackle Gosder Cherilus.
Grigson insisted the free agents were good “fits” for the offensive and defensive schemes. Pagano agreed.
“We went out and got a collection of individuals that are really good football players, really good people. They’re ‘horseshoe’ guys,” he said. “Going through the offseason and seeing the participation, specifically out of that group and what they brought to the locker room … it was almost seamless.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell wrote a blog to explain the difficulty in choosing his all-Indy team that celebrates the Colts 30th season in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Star writer has followed the team nearly every step of the way since the move to the Circle City.
From that first regular-season game in the Hoosier Dome – a 23-14 loss to the Pat Ryan-led New York Jets Sept. 2, 1984 . . . yes, Pat Ryan – to the 24-9 AFC wild-card playoff loss to the Ravens in Baltimore Jan. 6.
From Clarence Verdin and Tony Siragusa to Jeff George and Eric Dickerson, from Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James to Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.
So many lows and highs. So many personalities. So many memories.
By: Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
The offseason praise for T.Y. Hilton continue to pour in.
In this article, Rosenthal explains why Hilton finds himself at No. 9 on the 40-player list of guys “making the leap” in 2013.
The Colts signed Darrius Heyward-Bey, who will compete with Hilton for snaps. But this is more about Hilton’s own personal development.
Hilton played fewer snaps last year than Donnie Avery, who is very similar to Heyward-Bey as a straight-line speed guy. Hilton has a higher ceiling and a more natural feel of the receiver position. He just has to show improved awareness and consistency as a second-year pro.
If Hilton played in Jacksonville, he wouldn’t be on this list. But Luck’s presence gives guys like Hilton and tight end Dwayne Allen a real shot to be annual Pro Bowl selections. (Chris Wesseling had a great write-up on Allen here.) Luck is our favorite young quarterback in the league and could be a top-five quarterback as early as this season. Guys like Hilton will look even better than they really are, and that should mean a 1,000-yard season for Hilton in Year 2.
Tags: chuck pagano, erik walden, gosder cherilus, ryan grigson, T.Y. Hilton
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