Below are a few of the highlights from the interview:
On the performance against the Bills:
-“We’ve got to get better. It was glaring. Everyone is accountable in our entire building and Jim (Irsay) expects excellence and so do we. That’s why we have all those banners in our facility because whether it’s the preseason game or not, our third’s against their two’s, or the two’s against their one’s, that’s how we all look at it, that we just have to improve. That’s what the preseason is about. It was kind of nice in a sense. It’s good for us because it shows what we need to work on, what we need to work on in practice this week, the things we need to do to get better. It’s what the preseason is for and I think it ends up being a blessing in disguise.”
On how patient he is with the second and third string players:
-“Well everyone is in a different situation, a case-by-case basis. You have to look at a broad scope, how long are the contracts, how much money are you giving them up front. There’s a lot of things that come into play but at the end of the day if the guy is not getting it done, you have to have some tough discussions and make moves because this is a bottom-line business in this league, and everybody will tell you that. It’s hard sometimes but we are always trying to move forward and not be on our heels. You’ve got to keep making forward progress. If you have guys that you evaluated and you really thought they were going to do this and that and they’re not, at some point the light has to come on or else they will be on the outside looking in. Again, it was our first game and we just expect to make big strides each week.”
On Josh Chapman and that position’s importance:
-“It’s a very key, critical piece in the 3-4 (defense). That’s why we drafted him. We felt really good about one, a guy that works as hard as he does and two, a guy that we knew would rehab and do everything that he had to do. Another thing is the guy ended up having a successful year without an ACL, so everything pretty much pointed to him being a pretty good player. I think he’s in a perfect situation behind a true vet that’s a wily, old, crafty veteran in Aubrayo Franklin, that knows the system and has given pointers and tips to him, and to even other players on our defense, including the linebackers and those are tricks of the trade of this defense. It’s nice to have Josh in a position now where we don’t have to thrust him in there, throw him to the wolves. He’s still getting a lot of snaps at the right pace.”
On Griff Whalen:
-“Right now, he’s dinged up a little bit. Griff is one of those guys where you know exactly what he is. You know his skill set. You know that he rarely drops the ball. I don’t know if I can even recollect him dropping a ball in practice. He doesn’t say boo. He just does what he’s supposed to do and he’s a really good pass-catching receiver.”
On his impressions of Daniel Adongo:
-“Well, he had a little bit of a problem with his arm that is getting well so he hasn’t been able to take a lot of reps. We flew him here from Johannesburg one-way, that was before the connection. The guy just has the body type. He’s such a fascinating person to talk to, his background and such. He played (rugby). I know it’s not football but it’s a distant relative and you can see the fierceness, the competitiveness and the toughness that he plays with, and the athletic ability and speed. Hopefully he has the character and the mental capacity to make the transition. He’s showing that each time he gets another rep.”
-“Just to give you an example, I’ve been to a gazillion workouts in my life, and when you have a guy fly that long, that insists on coming into the building and learning about American football the day before he actually works outs, instead of sacking out in the hotel, and he walks up to the line and he broad jumps 11 feet, when he’s never done it before, that get’s people excited. People start grinning and you look over your shoulder after (Adongo) runs the hoop and Chuck (Pagano) kind of gets a grin on his face. Like I said to other people, he’s a lump of Clay and we know he’s a long shot. But the kid has such a good sense of intelligence and integrity and he has all those Colts traits at a really high level that I hope can be the x-factor in transitioning to this sport.”
Tags: chuck pagano, Daniel Adongo, Griff Whalen, Jim Irsay, josh chapman, ryan grigson
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Day 14 Impressions: Matt Hasselbeck always steady, the role for Donald Brown and playing time for Sunday nightPosted by on – 4:27 pm
The Colts closed out their afternoon practices for the 2013 training camp on Thursday.
Head coach Chuck Pagano ended Thursday’s 90-minute practice a little early with the Colts in shoulder pads and shorts.
Here are three takeaways from day 14…
Matt Hasselbeck is a pretty solid insurance policy: He has gone without a ton of fanfare this camp but it’s impressive watching Hasselbeck operate during practice.
The offense rarely misses a beat with his unit and he threw another beautiful touchdown pass on Thursday, dropping one right into the hands of LaVon Brazill.
Hasselbeck’s leadership and what he will bring to a young Colts quarterbacks room is what fans are hoping will be his strongest asset in 2013.
However if something does happen to No. 12, Hasselbeck has shown that he is more than capable of filling in for an extended period of time.
What is Donald Brown’s role in this offense?: Yesterday, Kerwynn Williams showcased some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Today and for the majority of camp it’s been Donald Brown filling that role for the first team offense.
Brown brings a speed element to the Colts running back position so helping out in the receiving department might be where he’s best utilized this season.
Colts Running backs coach David Walker talked in the offseason about needing two-to-three backs to get through a 16-game regular season so expect Brown to be right there with Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw in impacting the game.
How much will the starters play against the Giants?: Chuck Pagano didn’t give exact numbers on how much the starters will play this weekend but he hinted at nearly an entire half for the offensive first unit.
The second preseason game usually allows for a little more playing time for the starters and that will be the case for the Colts.
Pagano said that ideally the offense would get a couple of seven-to-eight play drives and possibly a two-minute scenario.
On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky thinks his unit will play around 15 snaps before various starters start to exit the game.
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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.
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).
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.”
The Herald Bulletin
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.”
Tags: chuck pagano, Greg Manusky, josh chapman, Vontae Davis
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Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
On Thursday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 8 p.m.
The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.
For this week, the Colts are entering their final day of training camp and have wrapped up their preseason opener.
What were your thoughts on Sunday’s preseason opener?
Do you have any comments on the team’s final week of training camp practice?
What are your expectations heading into Sunday night’s road contest with the New York Giants?
Feel free to join the chat via this link around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.
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