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Posted by craigkelleycolts on November 21, 2013 – 6:08 am

Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison are among 25 semi-finalists for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

These would be two worthy additions for their contributions to the game and for how they entertained Colts and NFL fans.

With a humanity and integrity that exceeded his coaching exploits, here are some of Dungy’s accomplishments:

  • Overall record of 148-79 with a 65.2 winning percentage.
  • Entering 2013, his 148 victories ranked 19th-best in NFL history.
  • Had 66.8 regular-season winning percentage (139-69).
  • Was 85-27 in regular season with Colts, 92-33 counting playoffs (the winningest Colts head coach).
  • One of six head coaches to win 100+ regular-season games in first 10 years of career.
  • Directed 11-of-13 teams into the playoffs, reaching three conference title games and one Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLI, where he became the first African-American winner).
  • Only Colts head coach with 10+ wins and playoff appearances in each of first seven years.
  • Had 10 career double-digit victory seasons and was first coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams.
  • Earned 10 consecutive playoff appearances (1999-2001, Tampa Bay; 2002-08, Colts) to surpass Tom Landry (9) for the most by an NFL coach since 1970.
  • Earned seven straight 10+-victory seasons (2002-08), tying then the second-longest NFL streak.
  • From 2003-08, earned six straight seasons with 11-plus wins, tying the NFL mark, while setting the league standard for the most consecutive seasons with 12-plus victories.
  • Only NFL coach to win at least seven consecutive games in five straight seasons (2004-08).
  • Won five straight AFC South titles (2003-07).

Harrison played in 190 career games from 1996-2008 and totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.  His receptions, yards and scoring receptions broke club records held by Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Raymond Berry, marks that stood since 1967.

With 59 100-yard reception games, his total was third-most in NFL history at his departure.

Harrison caught passes in the first 190 games of his career, an NFL record and set the NFL seasonal record with 143 receptions in 2002.

From 1999-2002, he became first NFL player with 100+ receptions in four consecutive seasons and from 1999-2006, he had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Harrison is the only player ever with eight straight seasons with 1,000 reception yards and 10+ scoring receptions.

Dungy and Harrison are two of the four first-year eligible candidates among the 25 semi-finalists.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee chose the semi-finalists from an initial list of 126 nominees.

The 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be decided on Saturday, February 1, one day prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Colts are represented well in Canton.  There should be room for these two outstanding performers, plus a few more to follow.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 18, 2013 – 8:54 am

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Tuesday, June 18th.

Pagano wins Halas Award for overcoming adversity

By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin

Chuck Pagano was named the 44th winner of the George Halas Award on Monday afternoon.

Pagano becomes the fourth Colt ever to capture the award which is given each season to a player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Pagano said in a statement released by the Colts. “The encouragement I received from my family, friends, the Irsay family, the Colts organization, the city of Indianapolis and fans around the country was overwhelming. The outpouring of prayers, love and support from a community that hardly knew me made me realize how fortunate and proud I am to serve this organization and city.”

Colts moving Robert Mathis, which could help sack total

By: Darin Gantt, Pro Football Talk

Much has been made about the Colts outside linebacker position and the amount of depth they have on the edge.

In this piece, Gantt points out that the Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell said that Pro Bowl outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been moved to the weak outside linebacker spot, where he should get more “rush opportunites.”

According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts have moved Mathis to the weak outside linebacker spot, where he should get more rush opportunities.

PFT, PFT Planet agree on Colts’ Mt. Rushmore

By: Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Pro Football Talk is in the process of assembling four-man Mt. Rushmore’s for each NFL franchise and they have decided, along with the fans, on the Colts foursome.

The Colts’ Mt. Rushmore group consists of John Unitas, Peyton Manning, Raymond Berry and Marvin Harrison.

Or in other words, a pair of Hall of Fame quarterbacks with their favorite receivers.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 22, 2013 – 8:56 am

Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 2 linebacker Marvin Harrison
2013 NFL Draft: Mock the mock drafts if you wish but Colts GM Ryan Grigson is paying attention to them
Direction clear for Colts in 2013 draft

Revis trade could hurt Titans’ draft

Jets trade Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Al Michaels arrested for alleged DUI in California
Falcons, Niners could be in the NFL draft trade mix
Draft day changes AFC South rivalry

Pats can beef up D-line inside
Steelers will take a long look at QBs in draft
Revis goes to Bucs for two picks, signs a $96M pact

Giants’ GM likely to focus early picks on defense  
Washington Redskins’ salary cap issues entering NFL draft aren’t as bad as they look

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 17, 2013 – 4:01 pm

Tarik Glenn, the club’s first-round pick in the 1997 draft, will have a role in this year’s draft.

Glenn, the 19th overall selection in his draft, will announce the Colts’ third-round choice on Friday, April 26, the second day of the three-day selection process.

The NFL started the program in 2011 where a former player for each team will step to the podium at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City to identify his club’s selection.  Marvin Harrison and Jeff Herrod performed the duty the past two seasons.

As it stands now, Glenn will announce who Indianapolis will take with the 86th overall pick.  After having the 24th pick in the draft, the Colts do not have a second round pick.

The 2013 NFL Draft will continue the three-day format introduced in 2010, with the first three rounds broadcast in primetime at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 25 and 6:30 pm ET on Friday, April 26, and concluding with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27 at 12:00 pm ET.

The NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2.  Fans also may watch the live NFL Network stream on NFL Mobile from Verizon.




1997 (First-round pick, No. 19 overall)

Played 1997-2006, GAMES STARTED/PLAYED – 154/154


Notes:  Mainstay at LT who started 154 games and missed but six outings in 11 seasons.  Served through many seasons where line set franchise records for fewest sacks allowed per attempts.  Blocked for 1,000-yard rushers Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai and was a member of seven offenses with a 4,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rushers and receivers, the most by one franchise in history.  Three-time Pro Bowler.

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 16, 2013 – 8:51 am

The draft is on April 25-27, starting nine days from now.

To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.

This is a contest where you can vote, and vote.

In a week’s worth of tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:

1268, Peyton Manning (D1-98)

814, Andrew Luck (D1-12)

757, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)

660, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)

497, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)

497, Edgerrin James (D1-99)

439, Robert Mathis (D5-03)

398, Dallas Clark (D1-03)

389, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)

280, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)

Six days ago, we posted the early leaders, and there has been no change in the order.  Edgerrin James has caught Dwight Freeney, and Marshall Faulk has sneaked up on Dallas Clark.

Faulk (1994) and Marvin Harrison (1996) are the two draft-oldest players in the voting.

Peyton Manning (1998) is the third-oldest in draft chronology, and he leads runner-up Andrew Luck, the youngest player in the top 10, by a wide margin.

The Manning-Luck 1-2 punch could underscore the value of their position while highlighting the talent each brings to it.  It is a quarterback-driven league.

Numbers three (Reggie Wayne) and four (Marvin Harrison) are and were (respectively) frequent targets in the club’s potent passing offense.

Both Harrison (12,766) and Wayne (10,602) went past 10,000 yards in completions from Manning, while Wayne snared 106 passes for 1,355 yards from Luck in 2013.

The bulk of the players in the top 10 were a part of the 2000-09 decade when the Colts won 115 regular-season games, six division titles, two AFC crowns and Super Bowl XLI.  Manning (141), Wayne (127), Harrison (118), Freeney (112) and Mathis (105) are five of the 14 Colts players who participated in more than 100 regular-season wins.

Faulk’s 1999 departure opened the door for James and from 1994-2005, the Colts had some of the most productive rushing offenses in the NFL.

As the voting continues, feel free to vote your convictions, but there are a number of players on the list who had very noteworthy careers beyond the opening rounds.

Mathis (fifth-round) and Antoine Bethea (sixth-round) are the two lowest round players in the top 10.  There are some on the list of 60 who had great careers, too.

Thank you again for voting.  We love the support you have for the Colts.

We know you are looking forward to next week’s draft.

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 10, 2013 – 11:29 am

The draft is on April 25-27, starting 15 days from now.

To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.

This is a contest where you can vote, and vote.

In early tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:

908, Peyton Manning (D1-98)

599, Andrew Luck (D1-12)

547, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)

489, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)

361, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)

358, Edgerrin James (D1-99)

322, Robert Mathis (D5-03)

295, Dallas Clark (D1-03)

272, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)

205, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)

How this shapes up at the moment is no real surprise, but take a look sometimes at a player in later rounds who had a truly noteworthy career.  There are some.  Many great teams are built through successes beyond the first day of the process.

In the next few days, I will feature who I think is the best player taken during our local era at 10 different positions.  The stories already are written.  If they reflect the vote, that’s great, but you never know.

Thanks for checking the site and voting.  We love it.

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 13, 2013 – 7:30 am

The 1999 off-season was a dramatic period in Colts history, though not many more than two people were involved.

That was when Peyton Manning (entering his second year) and Marvin Harrison worked tirelessly and created a portion of the telepathy that haunted the NFL for years.

The off-season work on the club’s practice field resulted in 115 completions for 1,663 yards and 12 touchdowns that year.

The duo combined for 953 completions for 12,766 yards and 112 touchdowns in 158 games together, totals that stand as NFL records.

Chuck Pagano now has a new second-year quarterback in Andrew Luck.  Luck set the NFL rookie passing mark in 2012 with 4,374 yards, snapping Manning’s rookie total of 3,739 along the way.

Workout rules are different now, but Pagano expects Luck to use the off-season to do much of the same thing.

“It’s never going to be the same as it was (in 1999 with Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison) just because of rules and the way the CBA is set up now,” said Pagano.  “They just don’t let you throw and catch anymore as much as they used to.”

Pagano was one of many coaches who felt the wrath of Manning-to-Harrison.

“They could just look at each other and be on the same page with no communication at all,” said Pagano.  “You have that many throws and catches, I used to marvel when we played them back in the day.

“The different places I’ve been, I watched them go through pre-game.  Pre-game was just fun for me.  They’d run the whole route tree and go up and down the field.  You knew exactly what was coming, but you still couldn’t stop it from a defense’s perspective.”

Luck represents a significant portion of the new era for the Colts.  He follows in the heritage of John Unitas, Bert Jones, Earl Morrall and Manning, and Pagano sees Luck being the ringleader for off-season chemistry.

“These guys are going to get together at some point somewhere, but it’s never going to be the same as it used to be,” said Pagano.  “I think through OTAs, training camp and seasons the longer this group is together, especially the young tight ends and receivers, the chemistry will start to improve year in and year out.

“The way the CBA is set up and the restrictions they put on you, it makes it harder to accomplish and build that bond.”

Manning and Harrison became the first QB-WR duo to top 10,000 passing yards.  They are the only one to surpass 100 touchdown connections.

The second NFL duo to reach 10,000 passing yards was Manning and Reggie Wayne.  They totaled 10,602 yards in 157 games.

Manning’s first year was Harrison’s third, and they played for 11 seasons.  Manning’s fourth year was Wayne’s first, and they played for 10 years.

Luck and Wayne intersected in 2012, combining for 1,355 yards.  Father time will prevent Wayne from reaching 10,000 yards with a second quarterback, but Luck has young targets who one day may approach the milestone.

Regardless, Pagano sees Luck working within the rules to conjure telepathy of his own.

“There’s no doubt (Andrew will do that, too).  He’ll orchestrate that,” said Pagano.  “Those guys being on the same page and developing that chemistry, that’s how you get to the point where Manning and Harrison or Manning and Reggie (Wayne) got.

“I have no doubt in my mind that when it comes to that, Andrew will do what he has to do to make that happen.”

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