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Can the presence and production of Trent Richardson help the Colts defense?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 18, 2013 – 9:30 am

At no point on Sunday night will Peyton Manning and Trent Richardson be two of the 22 players on the field at the same time.

Yet the question arose on Thursday on how Richardson’s production Sunday night could impact Manning’s presence?

The Colts don’t have to look too far to see what a ball-control offense can do to an opponent.

On Monday, the Chargers held the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game with four separate double-digit play drives.

A ball-controlled offensive attack on Sunday night means for longer Colts possessions, and in-turn keeps Manning and the high-octane Broncos offense sidelined.

“It’s going to be a very, very big part,” Richardson said on Thursday. “Got to get good field position and we got to control the line of scrimmage, be able to make up a lot of ground holding our defense off the field, keeping us on the field. We can make it a lot easier day on the defense, so we got to make sure we come together and make sure that we know these guys inside and out.”

Richardson, like nearly three-fourths of the Colts locker room, has never called Manning a teammate.

In just a month in Indianapolis, Richardson is starting to learn the type of impact that Manning has had on the state capitol.

“I was riding the other day and I saw the Peyton Manning hospital or something like that and it was crazy, I never seen nothing like that. He has done a lot for this city,” Richardson said of Manning.

Eyes across the U.S. will be fixated on Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday and Richardson loves that feeling.

Richardson captured two National Titles during his collegiate days at Alabama and it’s atmospheres like the one he will see on Sunday night that has the new Colts running back eager for prime time.

“Everybody is watching, you got to relish the moment, man,” Richardson says. “Big games, big play-makers make big plays, man. I expect to make big runs, make big blocks, make big catches, break tackles, helping our offensive linemen make sure that the quarterback’s protected, whatever it is. I’m out there and I’m trying to give 120 percent, trying to do whatever I can.”

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Live Chat Today at 2:00 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.

On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 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.

For this week, the Colts are back in prime time with the Denver Broncos coming to Lucas Oil Stadium.

What were your thoughts on the Colts loss on Monday night and coming off a short week?

What are your expectations with Peyton Manning returning to the place he called home for more than a decade?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 18th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:45 am

The Colts will conclude their practice schedule for Denver later this morning. Today’s news looks at Robert Mathis facing his former teammate and Pep Hamilton’s game plan this week.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, October 18th.  

Colts LB Robert Mathis finally gets to hit Peyton Manning

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

This time there will be no one in a Colts shirt that will reprimand Robert Mathis for hitting Peyton Manning on Sunday night.

Tempting as it might have been, Robert Mathis always knew the price for hitting Peyton Manning during any of the thousands of practice sessions in which they faced off was much too high.

“If you come within two yards of him, you might get cut,” Mathis joked Thursday. “That’s just the truth.”

The Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker has registered an astounding 101 sacks in an illustrious 11-season career. But he has never laid a finger on Manning, who is superior to any of the dozens of quarterbacks Mathis has taken down. Mathis finally gets the chance Sunday night when the Denver Broncos visit Lucas Oil Stadium in an AFC showdown pitting Manning against his former team.

Quarterbacks are considered off limits in practice in the NFL, and any player who makes contact with one will learn a difficult lesson. Coaches have been known to throw players out of practice for such a violation. That’s all the more true when that player is Manning, the personification of a franchise quarterback.

Just ask Mathis, who once nearly made what might have been a career-altering mistake.

“I came pretty close (to hitting Manning) my rookie year,” Mathis sheepishly admitted. “I got an earful from more than just the coaches. You learn from it.”

Colts’ Hamilton hoping to grind out long drives against Broncos

By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune

Even though Pep Hamilton won’t be game planning against Peyton Manning this week, what he does from a play calling standpoint could dictate the impact for the 16-year veteran.

As for Hamilton’s gameplan, it’s relatively simple. Play keep away. Limit the number of opportunities that Denver’s offense is on the field. Don’t get into a play-for-play, point-for-point scenario. Control the tempo.

“It’s important for us to control the line of scrimmage and establish a running game. I feel like that’s the formula that works for us,” Hamilton said Thursday.

“We had a few games where we won the time-of-possession battle and as we all know in this room, we didn’t do that this past Monday night [in a 19-9 loss at San Diego]. We feel like it’s important that we control the line of scrimmage.”

But while the plan is pretty basic, executing it will be the tough part.

“Quite naturally, the game and the score of the game will dictate what we’re able to do offensively. So the flow of the game, it’ll kind of take care of itself,” the Colts’ assistant coach said. “It’s our goal as an offense to, at the end of the game, have at least one more point than the opponent and have a chance to win the game, of course.”

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