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Colts post game quote highlights from Pagano, Castonzo, Richardson, Jean Francois and Redding

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 23, 2013 – 1:00 pm

Here’s a look at some post game quotes from the Colts locker room following Sunday’s 27-7 road victory.

Chuck Pagano on the Colts ability to be 6-0 in games following losses over the last two seasons:

“We hold a streak and we kept the streak alive. Not one time did we lose back-to-back games a year ago. To find a way after a disappointing loss at home, to travel as far as we traveled and beat a quality opponent like we beat today, it just speaks volumes about our guys and the character of our players. Again, it’s only Week 3. Our guys understand that, our coaches understand that. We have another challenge, another ball game coming up. We have the 24-hour rule in effect. We will savor this one. The plane ride home will be fabulous and then we’ll go back to work on Wednesday and get ready for Jacksonville.”

Trent Richardson on how he felt in his first game with the Colts:

“At first, everything was going fast, but the game did slow down. I hit the playbook real hard and got to studying. I knew the game was going to come to me and I just had to let the game come to me. Also Andrew Luck is a genius and Ahmad Bradshaw helped me out. All the guys on the offense helped me out and they were encouraging. They want to be great and I know why I am here. I am here for the long run and I am not going anywhere. We are going to be a great team.”

Anthony Castonzo on why the offensive line was able to be so successful on Sunday with three starters all in different spots in the interior of the unit.

“We were on the same page. [C] Mike [McGlynn] did a great job today. He kept us on the same page and [G] Hugh [Thornton] does a great job of keeping communication going. He’s very alert about what’s going on. Everybody did a good job of staying on the same page and it worked for us.”

Ricky Jean Francois on the Colts rushing attack and the defense able to control the line of scrimmage:

“A lot of people didn’t believe we were physical. A lot of people thought we were just finesse. But we can do both and when you have both, that’s a dangerous weapon to have. We want to show the Porterhouse steak and the meat and potatoes with the gravy on it.”

Cory Redding on Sunday’s victory and the importance moving forward:

“This is a good test for us this season. We have plenty more big tests ahead of us. For us to fly less than 24 hours ago, to come into a hostile environment, to play a team that went to the Super Bowl last year, to fight these boys back and forth, make plays and come out on top with a victory like this when nobody in the country gave us a chance, it was just a big test for us. And we’re so proud of what we did. The only people that believed in us were the city of Indianapolis and everyone in this locker room. Nobody in the world gave us a chance. If you just play every single weekend, you’ve got an opportunity to win a game.”

 


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Ahmad Bradshaw is the Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: 49ers Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:20 am

Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the” Newcomer of the Week” from San Francisco.

For the second straight week, running back Ahmad Bradshaw takes home the honor and this one comes after a week in which he fell under the radar.

New Colts running back Trent Richardson received the headlines late in the week but it was Bradshaw’s “angry” running style that sealed the victory on Sunday.

Bradshaw had 19 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in the 27-7 win. He also added three catches for 16 yards.

Following halftime, Bradshaw rushed for 62 yards and it was his three-carry, 42-yard stretch on the fourth quarter, seven-minute touchdown drive that sealed the game.

Early in the second quarter, Bradshaw was shaken up following a one-yard rush and it looked as if the Colts would have to rely on Trent Richardson and Donald Brown for the rest of the afternoon.

However, the toughness of Bradshaw was evident when he returned later in the quarter and that was needed considering how little of the playbook Richardson had learned since Thursday.

The physical nature that Bradshaw brings to the running back position is something his teammates continually rave about and those runs were a major reason why the Colts knocked off the defending NFC Champions on Sunday.

“A lot of people didn’t believe we were physical. A lot of people thought we were just finesse,” defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said after the game.

“But we can do both and when you have both, that’s a dangerous weapon to have. We want to show the Porterhouse steak and the meat and potatoes with the gravy on it.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Trent Richardson ran for 35 yards on 13 carries and scored a one-yard touchdown in his first game with the Colts. Richardson’s touchdown on his first ever rushing attempt with the Colts marks the first time a player achieved such a feat since Gordon Brown on 10/4/87.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had five catches for 59 yards on Sunday and his yards after the catch were particularly effective.

Offensive guard Hugh Thornton started his first NFL game on Sunday. Playing left guard, Thornton helped the Colts offense amass 172 rushing yards on 39 carries on Sunday.


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Five Things Learned, Colts-San Francisco

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:28 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis posted a dominant 27-7 win at San Francisco on Sunday.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw and earned their most lop-sided road victory since 2009.  Facing a physical defending Super Bowl team, the Colts were more physical.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts answered a tough home setback by meeting the challenge of their first road game with a 20-point victory margin over a team (San Francisco) that made the Super Bowl last year and nearly did the previous season.

The Colts met a physical opponent by being even more so.  On a national television stage, Indianapolis showed a much different blueprint for victory than past seasons have had.

Colts 27, San Francisco 7.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL – Nothing is more telling than the words of an owner.  In this case, Jim Irsay, “To bring in Ahmad Bradshaw and now to have Trent Richardson…You can see Trent with his lateral movement, his explosion, he’s always going forward.  What we’re looking for is what we saw today.”  When Irsay changed his organizational dynamic in early 2012 by bringing in Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, the new duo spoke of a different style of play.  Every move since then has reflected that approach and progress made over 18 games prior to yesterday was incremental.  Yesterday, it was dramatic.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw, a first for that disparity since 2011.  The Colts are 4-0 in the last 19 games when they have rushed more often than thrown, and they are 4-0 in games in that span when out-rushing opponents by 59 yards.  “Run and stop the run” has been a mantra.  It was reality yesterday.  It is a much different feeling for long-time Colts fans.  This new pair of shoes could be broken in quickly.

1-2 PUNCH, AND MORE – Ahmad Bradshaw carried 19 times for 95 yards.  Trent Richardson had 13 carries for 35 yards.  Bradshaw said the plan never was to ease his new buddy in, “We’ve got a one-two punch and we used it.  It’s going to be tough for a lot of opponents this year.”  The duo had 32 of the team’s 39 rushes.  Get used to it.  Pep Hamilton mentioned Friday that Donald Brown would be in the mix.  Brown had 25 yards on three carries, including a 16-yarder for a first down that led to a field goal.  Indianapolis has a more pronounced “hammer” look to the offense.  Pagano spoke 20 months ago of the Colts having an AFC North look (like that of Pittsburgh and Baltimore).  That was the look at San Francisco.

MULTI-POSITIONAL OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – The offensive line had one of its grittiest and most productive performances of recent memory.  Mike McGlynn shifted to center for the injured Samson Satele (the third time he has done this in 19 games), and played well.  He competed successfully while being battered all game.  Jeff Linkenbach showed his versatility again by starting at right guard for McGlynn.  In 29 career starts, Linkenbach has opened five times at LT, four at LG, four at RG and 16 at RT.  Mixed in among stalwart veterans Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus was rookie left guard Hugh Thornton.  Versatility among all linemen provides big-time currency for the offense.  Often is it not acknowledged, but Sunday it was on full display.  They ventured into Candlestick and shined.  Well done, gents.

VALUE OF KICKERS, COVERAGE, FIELD POSITION – San Francisco started nine of its 11 possessions at or inside its 20.  Pat McAfee reached the end zone on four of his six kickoffs, producing three touchbacks.  The other three returns reached the 13, 11 and 12.  McAfee pinned the 49ers to their eight (twice) and nine with three of his four punts.  Adam Vinatieri hit clutch efforts from 43 and 41 yards, and his lone miss from 51 yards was wide while attempted into the wind.  The Colts won the average field position drive start by eight yards, and three-of-five three-and-outs defensively for Indianapolis came after solid kicks.  Again, a part of the game sometimes overlooked.  Not today.  It was probably great flights home for special teams and offensive line coaches.

BELIEVE IN COACHES – Defensive players heard it for two weeks after Terrelle Pryor ran for 112 yards.  With Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson looming in the next month, getting squared away on a diverse offense was necessary.  Chuck Pagano said research was done and that players would be prepared.  Kaepernick rushed seven times for 20 yards, and the only TD run by a quarterback belonged to Andrew Luck.  The phrase heard after Sunday’s win was “assignment football.”  Assignments were sound and execution was solid.  The Colts are 13-6 under the new regime, with players buying in and competing for each other.  They’re coachable, and everyone enjoyed the fruits of a decisive win.


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Colts Daily Headlines: September 23rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:37 am

The Colts are back from their first road trip of the season and it comes in a 27-7 win. Today’s news looks at the type of win the Colts earned on Sunday and what Owner Jim Irsay thinks about Trent Richardson.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, September 23rd.  

Colts show this is how you win a championship

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

September 22, 2013

Kravitz takes a look at the big picture after the Colts 27-7 victory over the defending NFC Champions.

He was especially impressed with the Colts late fourth quarter touchdown drive that ended with Andrew Luck’s six-yard touchdown run.

This was after the ultimate grown-up touchdown drive, the Colts going 80 angry, hard-edged yards in 11 plays, consuming 7:01 off the clock and ultimately beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 in a performance so overwhelming and surprising, it sidesteps traditional description.

Little wonder general manager Ryan Grigson had a hard time remaining moored to his chair in the Candlestick Park press box. This was the monster he wanted to build. This was the prototype. This was the team Chuck Pagano pined for, a team that could run the ball and stop the run and win the kinds of ugly games that used to give the old Colts fits.

“It is one of those games that you look back and say, maybe five, six years down the road, you say that was a signature win,” Pagano said. “Maybe one of those wins that propel you to do great things.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay on his new RB pairing: ‘What we’re looking for is what we saw today’

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Colts Owner Jim Irsay spoke publicly after Sunday’s win for the first time since his team acquired new running back Trent Richardson.

“To bring in Ahmad Bradshaw and now to have Trent Richardson,” owner Jim Irsay said, his voice trailing off. “You can see Trent with his lateral movement, his explosion, his always going forward.”

Irsay didn’t bother disguising his excitement with Grigson’s decisions to sign Bradshaw as a veteran free agent in June and send next year’s first-round pick to Cleveland last week for Richardson.

“What we’re looking for is what we saw today,” Irsay said after emerging from a raucous locker room.

Colts send a message against 49ers

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

It’s the ground and pound attitude that have not often been linked to Colts victories.

“If you want to go finesse, open it up with five wide [receivers], we can do that,” Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said. “You want to go smash-mouth football, we can do that. We have two backs that can get it done and an O-line that can open up gaping holes.”

The Colts’ victory sends a message to Manning and the Denver Broncos, who appear to be the odds-on favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

“All the good things we did today, we can keep building on so we can keep having performances like this,” defensive lineman Cory Redding said.

 

 


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Colts secondary very familiar with what 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin can do

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 20, 2013 – 9:00 am

It was halftime of the Colts/Ravens AFC Divisional Round match up and Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin had a goose egg on the stat sheet.

The Colts had shut down Boldin in the first-half and were down 10-6 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Thanks to five catches for 145 yards following halftime it was Boldin who made several critical catches in ending the Colts season.

Boldin continued that all postseason long for the AFC Champion Ravens.

Traded for a sixth-round draft pick in the offseason, Boldin is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers and is high atop the priority this weekend for the Colts secondary.

“He’s a technician,” Colts cornerback Greg Toler, who played with Boldin in 2009, said of the 10-year veteran.

“If you get physical with him, he likes to get physical back.”

The word “physical” was extremely popular when describing Boldin’s skill set.

As a three-time Pro Bowler, Boldin doesn’t have elite speed but it’s the physicality he brings to the receiver position that makes him one of the league’s most consistent receivers.

“He’s usually more physical than other guys we go up against and that’s how he creates his separation,” cornerback Darius Butler says.

Boldin is the fastest receiver in NFL history to reach the 400, 500 and 600 career reception marks.

In his first game with the 49ers, Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards.

The Seattle Seahawks made it a priority to take Boldin out of the game last week and they did that as he caught just one pass for seven yards.

This week the Colts secondary know exactly what they will be dealing with in Boldin and hope their first-half success from last year’s matchup carries over to Sunday.

“He’s got strong hands,” cornerback Cassius Vaughn said of what makes Boldin elite.

“He must work on them every day because once he grabs it, he’s got it. As a DB, you just want to make sure that he doesn’t get close to it because he does have some very strong hands.”


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by on September 19, 2013 – 3:38 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster, signed wide receiver Danny Coale to the practice squad and placed tight end Dwayne Allen on Injured Reserve.

Rogers was first signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2013 before being waived on August 26. In three collegiate seasons, he posted 139 receptions for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns in 36 games played. Rogers played two seasons at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) before transferring to Tennessee Tech for one year (2012).

Coale, 6-0, 187 pounds, was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech. He spent a majority of the season on the Cowboys practice squad before he was placed on Injured Reserve on November 26, 2012. At Virginia Tech, Coale became the first player from Virginia Tech to earn the ACC’s James Tatum Award for the conference’s top senior football student-athlete. As a senior in 2011, he started all 14 games at wide receiver and finished with 60 receptions for 904 yards and three touchdowns.

Allen has started all 17 games he has appeared in since being selected by the Colts in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. For his career, he has caught 46 passes for 541 yards and four touchdowns.


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What are some national media members saying about the trade for Trent Richardson

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:06 am

The trade for Trent Richardson on Wednesday evening sent shock waves around the NFL.

In Richardson, the Colts have now upgraded an already record-setting 2012 draft class.

What do some national media members think of the trade?

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley writes

“All you have to do is watch Richardson to see his potential. He played most of his rookie season with broken ribs.”

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King writes

“I want my general manager to have the courage of his convictions to make a deal like this one. I want my coach to know he’s got a GM who’s not going to wait until draft day to fix a big problem. I want my players to think, “The front office is doing everything it can do to win now.” And that’s the case in Indianapolis now. How do you think Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne, who might be in their last season or two, feel about their team this morning? Pretty good, I bet.”

Fox Sports Ross Jones and Sid Saraf write

“By trading for Richardson, the Colts immediately bring in a tough-as-nails runner who they can pair with Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson is a threat between the tackles and has above-average hands coming out of the backfield. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has been known as a run-first mind since his days at Stanford and having a weapon like the second-year running back is a boon.”

NFL.com’s Judy Batista writes

“Those protection issues weren’t solved by the stunning late-day trade for Trent Richardson — you don’t give up a first-round draft pick to acquire one of the league’s best running backs just to pick up a blitzer. But it does signal a desire by the Colts to not stand still, to not cede a season because of some bad luck and — not incidentally — to give offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton the kind of power running game he and Luck had at Stanford.”

 


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Live Chat Tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Tonight, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 8:00 p.m EST.

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.

Normally the chats run on Friday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. EST but a scheduling conflict this week has changed the time to Thursday night.

For this week, the Colts are now 1-1 after Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

What were your thoughts on the Dolphins game?

What are your impressions of the San Francisco 49ers with the Colts traveling to the Bay Area for Sunday’s kickoff?

How about the trade for Trent Richardson?

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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INSTANT REACTION: Trent Richardson acquired for 1st-round pick

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 18, 2013 – 6:24 pm

When Vick Ballard was announced out for the season on Friday, Colts Owner Jim Irsay tweeted that Ryan Grigson would be working hard until the trade deadline to find another running back.

Grigson’s work came to fruition on Wednesday evening as the Colts acquired Browns running back Trent Richardson for the Colts 2014 first-round pick.

How does Trent Richardson’s acquisition impact the Colts backfield?

At 225 pounds, Richardson is a multi-faceted running back who is in his second NFL season.

In his rookie season in 2012, Richardson rushed for 957 yards on 267 carries in 15 games. He caught 51 passes for 367 yards and scored a total of 12 touchdowns (11 rushing).

For the Browns last year, Richardson was their main offensive threat and all three of his 100-yard rushing games in 2012 came against the AFC.

Richardson had five of his 11 rushing touchdowns in the month of December.

Richardson, an Alabama product, will now join Ahmad Bradshaw in the Colts backfield to give the Colts a bonafide 1-2 punch that rivals any backfield in the NFL.

The addition of Richardson comes at a critical time for the Colts offense with three starters suffering season ending injuries in the last six days.

Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has talked at length about establishing a power-rushing game and there isn’t a young back in the NFL that fits that mold more then Richardson.

Expect Richardson to make an impact right away with the Colts offense and help Indianapolis establish a balanced offensive attack that they have been searching for.

Richardson now bolsters an already loaded Colts group of second-year players including Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton and Vick Ballard.


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Colts Acquire RB-Trent Richardson in Trade with Cleveland Browns

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 6:19 pm

richardson-trent-01The Indianapolis Colts today acquired running back Trent Richardson in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Colts’ first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Richardson, 5-9, 225 pounds, has started all 17 games for the Cleveland Browns since being selected third overall by the Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft. For his career, he has totaled 298 carries for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns, while adding 58 receptions for 418 yards and one touchdown. In 2012, Richardson recorded 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while posting three 100-yard rushing performances. He also caught 51 passes for 367 yards and one touchdown.

In three seasons at the University of Alabama (2009-2011), Richardson helped the school capture two national championships in 2009 and 2011. He recorded 3,130 career rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on 540 attempts (5.8 avg.), while adding 68 receptions for 730 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 28 kickoffs for 720 yards with one touchdown.


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