The Colts are the midst of their bye week and that means the team’s assistant coaches were available to the media earlier this week.
Here are some tidbits from the assistant coaches as the Colts have finished the first two months of the 2013 season:
Quarterbacks Coach Clyde Christensen:
The longest tenured Colts coach on the staff talks about what the team is losing in Reggie Wayne:
“Just the culture. He’s a big part of our culture and how we want to do things and how we compete and how we practice and all those things. I’m just trusting that he got us off to a start. He got the receiver room off to a good start and the passing game.
“The consistency factor, hopefully he’s communicated enough and other guys have to respond now and do the same thing. He has been that security blanket. All of a sudden, we’ve all had a kid and they have their, there’s a time when you got to take the security blanket away. There’s no more of that. We’re taking your favorite animal. You’re 13 now. You got to grow up and go. So it’s going to have to be the same thing. Some folks are going to have to step up. We have to keep the same level of consistency that he brought. He’s been big with those young receivers. T.Y. (Hilton) now, right? You see the effects of being in the room with Reggie (Wayne) and T.Y.’s game and how it’s stepped up and how consistent he’s become and that has to permeate through the whole unit and certainly the receiver room.”
Running Backs Coach David Walker
Coach Walker was a popular interview on Tuesday and he chatted about what he’s seen from Trent Richardson:
“A guy that’s working real hard to understand and learn the nuances of our offense. He’s doing a good job with that. It’s still a work in progress. Certain phases were quicker than others, but he’s making progress there. He’s obviously a guy that has the ability to make defenders miss tackles, he’s made a lot of missed tackles in his short time here, and he finishes runs. All the things when he was in Cleveland and throughout his college career that people see in him, those things have showed up and will continue to show up.”
Wide Receivers Coach Charlie Williams
Another popular coach talked about how his room is handling the loss of Reggie Wayne:
“It’s a very tough loss to lose a guy like Reggie and what he does and brings to our team both on the field and off the field. As Coach Pagano always talks about, the next man is up. Whoever that next man may be, we’ll get ready to go and do what we do, continue to win football games.”
“(Reggie’s) going to be a coach on the field just like as if he was playing. He knows what to look for and he can help these guys tremendously. He does it all the time when he’s on the field and when he’s out there playing he can help when we’re off the field in terms of when the defense is on the field. He’s going to be a tremendous help to us. He’s going to stay in the game.”
Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel
On rookie Montori Hughes and his progress:
“He’s just improving in all aspects of the game. He’s understanding playing at this level and what it takes consistently to play in there. The hardest part to play for a young guy is really defensive line because you have so many offensive linemen that have so much experience and they know all the tricks of the trade so it really puts you behind the eight ball a little bit. But he’s developing, he’s getting better. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got great size so we are looking forward to him continuing to get better.”
Linebackers Coach Jeff FitzGerald
The exuberant FitzGerald was asked about what Jerrell Freeman means to the Colts defense:
“Tremendous. He does a great job. We’ve given him more and more responsibility on the defense and he’s handled every bit of it. He doesn’t balk at it whatsoever. I think he enjoys having the extra responsibility that we put on him and he does a good job with it. I think he looks at it as a challenge. He’s hard on himself. He’s great to coach. We’re hard on him, but he’s probably ultimately the hardest guy on himself to get better.”
Secondary Coach Mike Gillhamer
On if Vontae Davis is the ideal cover corner:
“Yeah, I think Vontae sees himself that way but I think also we try to get across that he’s got to be a complete corner and he’s got to do the complete things, play off. Since he’s got here, we’ve really worked on his technique. A lot of times, I think what’s happened in Vontae’s past is that when things go bad, you revert back to old habits. You need something that you can go back to when things are going bad. That’s the thing that we try to get across to him is technique and staying intense and staying everything that way. He’s responded real well.”
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When analyzing the experience at the skill positions for the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Reggie Wayne might as well be the father of the group.
Wayne doubles in NFL years played than any other skill position player on the Colts roster.
From a production standpoint, Wayne has been as steady as anyone in the NFL leading the Colts in receiving each of the last five seasons.
With a young receiving core ready to go in 2012, wide receivers coach Charlie Williams is ready to have No. 87 leading the group.
“A guy that is hungry to get back out there and start working again to help this football team get better,” Williams said of his Pro Bowl receiver.
As Williams runs his receivers through drills each practice it is Wayne leading a youthful unit that will eventually be catching balls from a quarterback that is also young in NFL experience.
“The key is catching his balls when he throws them,” Williams said of quarterback Andrew Luck. “Like I said he’s going to put the ball on the money, we’ve just got to catch the ball every time he’s throwing to us, no matter who it is.”
Along with rookie receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, free agent signee Donnie Avery joined the Colts in the offseason after four years in the NFL.
The speedy Avery was the first receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft and is looking for a fresh start in Indianapolis.
Wide receiver Austin Collie and Wayne are the only two Colts receivers back in the fold this season after seeing significant playing time in 2011.
When Wayne entered Anderson University on Saturday for training camp he made it clear he was all business arriving with members of the Indiana National Guard, dressed in army fatigues.
He wants his teammates to take a message from them and know that the 53 players in that locker room come September play as one.
“When you have full confidence in your brethren, it’s a plus. It’s going out there and knowing that my teammates are going to be there for me no matter what happen,” Wayne said.
“That’s what the hard work is put in for during the whole offseason. Hopefully we can turn it over to the field during the season and play Colts football.”
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