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Cory Redding on Chuck Pagano: “You want to go through a brick wall for that guy”

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 10, 2013 – 11:00 am

On Wednesday, Colts defensive end Cory Redding joined The Jim Rome Show.

As usual, Redding was a great interview and he shared some interesting insights with Rome.

Here are a few of the highlights:

On coming back against Seattle:

“It just shows the heart of our team and the true grit, no matter what. Coach always talks about taking it one play at a time and don’t judge. What do you mean by don’t judge? Whenever somebody maybe isn’t going as strong, don’t start pointing fingers. It ain’t about that. It’s about team development. Don’t judge, play one-play-at-a-time.”

On Chuck Pagano and the love his team has for him:

“That’s the character of Chuck. He built that relationship with the people throughout the building in the offseason. He’s talking to you about your family, about your personal life, more than just football. You have some coaches that are just all football and that’s cool, but when you’ve got a coach that cares about you off the field, more than on the field, you will want to go through a brick wall for that guy. He was hit with that situation last year and we just rallied behind him. That’s our job.”

On if it feels like this team is going to be great:

“That’s our goal. Why step on the field if you are not chasing greatness? That’s the mindset of every man in this locker room, we’ve bought in, we’ve pushed all our chips in. We are throwing everything in there because we know we have one heck of a coach, one heck of a team and this is a great organization. We are looking each other in the eye, telling each other, “I’ve got your back, no matter what.”

On how good Andrew Luck can be:

“You all have no clue (laughs). Jim, when I tell you that you have no clue with this kid… this kid is amazing. This is a great situation for him to be in. He’s got that grit, that fight, wants to have the ball in his hands all the time. He’s real, real critical of himself. Whenever he messes up, he’s the first one to cuss himself out because he knows he could have done better. This kid is going to be something spectacular down the road.”

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Jerrell Freeman knows what lies ahead, but happy to be done with the read-option

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

On perhaps the last read-option play the Colts defense will face in a while, it seemed fitting Jerrell Freeman made the tackle.

With Russell Wilson having only Freeman to maneuver around before endless green turf in his sights, there was the Colts inside linebacker stopping the Seattle quarterback on a key third-and-two in the fourth quarter.temp2013_1006_SEA_6511--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

“I got to get him down,” Freeman said of what was going through his mind when he saw Wilson in the open field.

“I knew he was going to go to that stiff-arm. He tried to throw it out there and I just knocked it down and made the tackle. I just ended up being one-on-one with him. It was like yeah, just got to make this play. I was like, he’s not about to outrun me, so I definitely got to go get him before he gets this first down.”

Freeman’s game-high 13 tackles against the Seahawks puts him 10th in the NFL in tackles after five weeks.

The Colts defense will now transition to one of the league’s best passers in Philip Rivers but Freeman is glad to see the read-option absent from the schedule for a while.

“Rivers presents his own problems. He is a gun-slinger,” Freeman said. “He puts the ball where he wants it. He just brings a lot of knowledge of the game.

“We got a nice little string of quarterbacks we’re going to play here that do the same thing, so we’re definitely going to have to be on our P’s and Q’s about disguising things and not letting him see what we’re doing.”

Now in his second season as the signal caller of the Colts 3-4 defense, Freeman says the familiarity in this scheme has allowed his game to grow (3.0 sacks in 2013).

Pagano acknowledges the plays Freeman made on Sunday and the head coach loves what he’s seeing from the Colts 2012 leading tackler.

“He’s just starting to pick up where he left off last season, coming on the scene and playing as well as he played last year and all the production that he had,” Pagano said of Freeman.

“He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got great speed and he’s got a nose for the football and he’s got playmaking ability.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 10th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:42 am

With Monday Night Football on the schedule this week, the Colts will ramp up their practice pace on Thursday afternoon. Today’s news looks at the early talk of Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis and the play of Jerrell Freeman.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 10th.  

Indianapolis to give hero’s welcome to Peyton Manning

By: Jarrett Bell, USA Today

At NFL owners meetings in Washington D.C., Bell caught up with Colts owner Jim Irsay to take a look ahead at the October 20th meeting with the Denver Broncos.

Obviously, Peyton Manning was the topic and the Colts plans for welcoming back No. 18.

“We’re going to have a great tribute to him,” Irsay said while in Washington for NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. “It’s going to be something where you go into it wanting to have a lot of fun, where you love Peyton as a Colt fan, but now we’re competing against him.”

“For this one day, we’re competitors,” Irsay said. “You look for a great game and that’s the main thing.”

From Division III and the CFL, Colts LB Jerrell Freeman is looking to prove he belongs in the NFL

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

The calendar has turned to 2013 but Jerrell Freeman is once again turning heads, especially after his game-high 13-tackle performance against Seattle.

“He was all over the field,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “Jerrell, he’s a good player, great player. He’s very athletic. He can do everything. He’s good in the run game. He’s good in the pass game as well. There’s no liability when you speak of Jerrell.”

Freeman, according to the Colts (who keep their own tackle statistics), had a team-record 203 tackles last season. Not the kind of thing you generally expect from a guy who played college ball at a former women’s school and began his career with three years in obscurity north of the border.

But that’s in the past. Freeman didn’t get here by being easily satisfied.

“The mark of a good pro is being able to be consistent year-in and year-out,” Freeman said. “It’s about getting better at what you do and not staying the same. I didn’t want to come back and be the same guy. I wanted to get better this year.”

Andrew Luck, Colts doing just fine in season of Peyton Manning’s monstrous run

By: Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

In the first of many national stories comparing Luck and Manning over the next week and a half, Wetzel looks at the questions surrounding the former Stanford signal caller when he was drafted by the Colts.

There were just a few things no one could measure.

Could Luck handle the pressure of replacing a legend? And if, yes, what if that legend returned to greatness with another team, offering a weekly reminder to players and fans back in Indianapolis of what they were missing, what they had let go?

What no one could imagine was the possibility that Manning might not only return to form, but actually be better than ever – as he’s been this season in Denver. Or, to take even further, to play the position better than anyone has ever played it.

What kind of a young player could handle that?

As it turns out, Andrew Luck.

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