When NFL teams add coaches to their staff at the midway point of the regular season, turmoil is usually a precursor of the move.
Yet, here is an exception to that.
“He’s also got his duties now as assistant wide receivers coach,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday.
“So as far as sitting in the meetings, going through the plan, watching the tape, studying the opponent – now he can just dive in and really break down our opponent’s secondary, their corners and give that information to other wide receivers and spread that information in that room and help the young guys.”
Wayne is spending his rehab at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, something that the Pagano regime wanted to make happen
with as many IR players as possible.
Obviously the balance is difficult (need the “man power”) with rehab guys and the current players but Pagano loves having everyone around the building.
“We want to keep them engaged because a lot of times they have this separation deal where they feel like they’re not part of it anymore. It’s great to have their presence,” Pagano says.
“They come to team meetings, they sit in position meetings so they stay engaged from a mental standpoint so they’re not removing themselves totally from football. So when they do come back and they’re cleared to participate at some point, it’s not like starting over from a mental standpoint. I think it’s a healthy thing for everybody.”
Even though the competitive nature of Wayne on the field won’t be present for the rest of 2013, that spirit has transferred over to the training room.
“I think (trainer) Dave (Hammer) told me eight and a half hours in here yesterday rehabbing; he beat everybody in. And that’s Reggie being Reggie.”
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Sunday’s matchup between the Colts and Rams will hold a special significance for linebacker Josh McNary.
For the past few months, McNary has been a member of the Colts practice squad in his first season in the NFL.
While McNary won’t be on the playing field on Sunday afternoon, he will watch with pride as the Colts take part in the NFL Military Appreciation month of November.
“It’s real cool for an entity like the NFL because it’s not their responsibility to look out for the military but just out of their respect they decided to go way out of their way to honor the military,” McNary says of Sunday’s game.
The past few months has allowed McNary to get back to the game of football.
During a regional combine in Dallas earlier this year, the Colts scouted McNary and the former all-time sack leader at Army has since stuck on with the team’s practice squad.
McNary has made the move to inside linebacker and now that he’s fully recovered from a training camp hamstring injury, the West Point product loves life in the NFL.
“I feel like it’s a much better position for me to grow into,” McNary says of the inside linebacker position. “Initially, I wanted to play ILB given my size and what I was able to offer. I think the team’s looking out for my best interest in putting me there.”
A numbers crunch at Army forced McNary to switch to the outside linebacker position, where he flourished with 49 tackles for loss and 28 sacks.
Prior to 2013, McNary had been removed from the game of football for three years but on Sunday he will get to watch his past and present combine.
“It will be an awesome honor to see the military get appreciated so I have a great amount of respect for the NFL in doing that.”
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The Colts wrapped up their first practice of the week on Wednesday in preparing for the St. Louis Rams. Today’s news looks at the vaunted Rams pass rush and how the Colts locker room handles hazing.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, November 7th.
By: Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel
When Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis looks at the St. Louis Rams he sees almost a mirror image to past teams.
Rams defensive end Robert Quinn leads the NFC with 10 sacks, along with 10 tackles for loss. His partner on the other end, Chris Long, has 5.5 sacks.
“They have a high motor,” Mathis said. “I love guys that keep their motor running play after play. They are definitely double trouble. They kind of remind me of 93 and 98.”
Mathis refers, of course, to No.93 Dwight Freeney and No.98 Mathis when they used to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks during their decade-long run together with the Colts. In fact, they were so good at what they did, Mathis used to joke that they lived at “9893 Bring The Heat Boulevard.”
Quinn and Long will be trying to evoke that spirit, much to Colts’ fans chagrin, when the Rams (3-6) play the Colts (6-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Mathis’ respect for the duo is echoed by Colts coach Chuck Pagano.
“From a defensive standpoint, they’re No.1 in the league as far as putting pressure on the quarterback and sacking the quarterback,” Pagano said. “They’ve got corners that can play. They can get up in your face and make things tough on your receivers to work to get off the line of scrimmage. From a defensive standpoint, they kind of smother you. That’s going to be a challenge.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
The talk on Wednesday in the Colts locker room centered on the national story of hazing in the Miami Dolphins locker room.
This goes back to when Tony Dungy started coaching the team in 2002.
“When he was here, he was all about there would be none of the rookie hazing type stuff and it’s continued that way,” veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri said. “We’ve got a group of older veteran guys that don’t believe in dumb stuff and that’s the way it is.”
Having fun and cracking jokes in the locker room is expected amongst teammates. Players often joke about the type of music some of their teammates listen to or their clothing choices. But it’s all in fun. Something you would do with your close friends. The Colts are around each other on almost a daily basis from the end of July until the season ends in January or February. You can even argue that they spend more time with each other than with their own families.
But it doesn’t go overboard — the way it’s reportedly happened in Miami — with the Colts.
“Guys in this locker room understand what hazing is,” said cornerback Vontae Davis, who spent his first three seasons with the Dolphins. “When you can’t distinguish taking advantage of somebody from just cracking jokes, you’re not being reliable as a veteran. We know how to distinguish if we’re taking advantage of somebody or not. We hold each other accountable. We’re a big family.”
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