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Andrew Luck joins SIRIUS Radio on Monday morning to talk Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and rushing attackPosted by on August 19, 2013 – 3:30 pm
Luck answered questions on a variety of topics on The Opening Drive and below are his thoughts on Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and the Colts rushing attack.
“He’s phenomenal. He’s a phenomenal teammate. I feel very, very fortunate to be able to play with him. I’m sure 10 years down the road, I’ll look back and say, ‘Wow, how cool and special was it to play with a receiver the caliber of Reggie Wayne.’ Hopefully a Hall of Fame guy.”
“He’s worked his butt off. We’ve really gained some great rhythm as the year went on last year and it’s definitely carried over. The guy makes plays all over the field. With DHB here now, I think we’ve got some great ways to attack the edge with the wide receivers. They all make plays. They all work very, very hard. T.Y.’s work ethic is unbelievable as is DHB’s and obviously Reggie sort of sets the standard in that room with his professionalism. T.Y. is phenomenal football player. He’s incredibly fun to play with and he just makes plays every time he’s on the field.”
On the approach to the running game :
“A big focus of Pep’s (offense) is to make sure we are not running negative plays from the snap. We’ve embraced it as quarterbacks. If we can get to the line of scrimmage and get our angles better on a certain run or make sure we are not running out of free guys than we’ll do that because we want this team to be successful. The O-line has bought in. We know that we have running backs that can take it to the house on any given play so our run game is comprehensive. It’s not perfect by any means but we are still getting better on it.”
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When Pep Hamilton had his opening conference call upon being named the Colts offensive coordinator, he made one thing clear.
West coast or no coast, the ball would be finding the hands of the Colts playmakers.
This was evident on Sunday night with Darrius Heyward-Bey being a frequent recipient of quick passes.
On several occasions, DHB hauled in short passes down the line of scrimmage and turned them into gains of nine and seven yards.
“You see those quick throws out to the wide outs, they are actually called runs, but they are loading the box up, putting eight, nine, 10 guys up there to stop the run,” Head Coach Chuck Pagano said after the game.
“We feel like that is just a long hand-off when you toss it out there. You get it out to a guy like T.Y. (Hilton), you get it out to a guy like DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey), all they have to do is break one tackle and you are looking at one of those long hand-offs going for a 50 or 60-yard touchdown.”
DHB caught a total of four catches for 42 yards against the Giants and showed an ability to rack up yards after catch.
With DHB back from a knee injury and having an up and down end to training camp, quarterback Andrew Luck wanted to find his new receiver early on Sunday night.
“(DHB) is a phenomenal athlete. We need to get the ball in his hands and that was a focus on my end this week,” Luck said. “This game was, ‘let’s make sure we get the ball in Darrius’ hands and let him do what he does best’ and he had a heck of a game.”
Almost a half year later, Luck is speaking the same language that his offensive coordinator did back in the winter.
The playmakers and balance at the skill positions are there, now it’s time to accentuate that.
“It’s always important to get the ball in as many guys’ hands,” Luck said. “We’ve got great running backs, we’ve got great tight ends, we’ve got great wide receivers. The ball needs to be in their hands as much as possible.”
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The Colts are back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center following a 20-12 victory on Sunday night. Today’s news looks back on the win and then two difference pieces with national perspective.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, August 19th.
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
Kravitz’s post game column takes a look at the Colts offense and the need for Andrew Luck to throw the ball.
Throughout training camp, much has been made about the Colts willingness to commit to a rushing attack but Kravitz offers this opinion.
I’m no football savant, but why wouldn’t you take full advantage of your best players, who happen to be the quarterback and the wide receivers? And tight end, assuming Dwayne Allen gets back healthy? (Coby Fleener, who dropped another pass early against the Giants, is another, vexing story.)
Luck and the first-team offense did everything Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson and, yes, Jim Irsay could have asked in the first half, putting up 17 points and 180 yards of offense on the Giants defense. Luck was 9-of-13 for 107 yards and two touchdowns, a 133.7 quarterback rating. Granted, there was the fortuitous bounce of a sure interception that ended up in Wayne’s hands for a touchdown, but by and large, we saw the style of offense that will make the Colts a playoff-worthy team this season.
By: Alex Raskin, Indy Star
After missing the Colts preseason opener with a sore knee, first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner made his NFL debut on Sunday night.
Werner was productive in nickel packages with the first-team offense, affecting the Giants offense in both rush and pass situations.
“I thought he did a nice job,” coach Chuck Pagano said afterward. “I think he (had) the opportunity early for a sack, but (it) slipped out of his hands … I think he got 25, 30 snaps in … I feel good about his start.”
By: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports
Colts second-year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton brings some brashness to the team’s offense.
While Hilton continues to make big plays every time he touches the ball, he isn’t afraid to speak his mind when talking about the offensive unit.
“Yeah, we’re all comfortable,” Hilton said after Luck threw two touchdown passes in the Colts’ 20-12 victory. “This is year 2, so the game is really slowing down for everybody that was a rookie last year. That actually helps us out.
“But when Luck is throwing the ball the way he’s throwing it, we can’t be stopped.”
By: Peter King, The Monday Morning Quarterback
King leads off his Monday Morning Quarterback piece with a look at Chuck Pagano and his perspective on a variety of topics heading in two year two.
Per usual, King does a wonderful job with this week’s piece and the Colts lead story makes it even better.
His question to Pagano is where the Colts will get their motivation this season.
“That’s a great question that I get asked all the time, and it’s tough to answer,” Pagano said.
“There’s always something, something that happens during the season—a devastating loss, an unfortunate tragedy, whatever it may be. To me, we play this game and make the sacrifices that we make for the love of the game, and the opportunity to hoist that Lombardi. But really, the only thing we are guaranteed as a group is this year. So, let’s take advantage of it and say this is our one shot. You think about the NFL today—we’ve got all these new faces in the meeting room.
We’ve got this one year together, but are we guaranteed next year? No, so let’s throw all our chips in the middle and let’s give it everything that we have.”
Said Luck: “I can’t imagine anyone on our team—anyone in the NFL—needing some kind of extra motivation to go out and win. We don’t need it. We’ve all got it. We want to go further than we did last year.”
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