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Season Recap

Another season in the books for the Colts – another losing season. Unlike in seasons past however, the Colts technically did improve. They improved their win total by one, which may not seem like a lot and that’s because.. it’s not. The Colts continued their woeful performance on the offensive end, but there was a marked improvement in the most import person on the team, Teddy Bridgewater.

The Colts finally moved on from their encumbent coach citing a lack of improvement, but new coach Matt Schaub is inheriting a pretty talented roster. An anemic offense was once again the recipe for disaster for the Colts. Bridgewater seemed to finally turn the corner, but the running and passing game both struggled as the WRs just didn’t seem to be able to get separation which made teams load the box.

Defensively, the Colts have been incredibly strong given their lack of offensive assistance. The defense returns all of their starters save for CB Trae Waynes whom was dealt right before the GZL draft. However, they added to a strong veteran core with draft picks and free agent acquisitions. The Colts continued in their 4-3 defense with good results. The feeling around Indianapolis is with this defense and Teddy improving, that their D should be enough to at the minimum, keep them in most games.

Coach Sutton was removed, finally. The optimism is high going into the season under a new regime as the Front Office and fans alike feel the roster is fairly talented, noting an elite defense, strong OL, and a new stable of WRs.

What are the overall expectations though? We will answer that question at the end of the article. The franchise has to quite frankly, win games and get to the playoffs soon. They went into last season on a positive note and wanted to see that continued success and progression. Fortunately, they did improve the record by one win and were close in many other games, but the time for morale boosting wins is over.


Off-Season Recap

The Indianapolis Colts, again, came into the off-season with a ton of salary cap space available. Much like in years past, they didn’t target multiple free agents, but on signing one stud free agent to fill a big need. They did just that and also was able to add some veteran depth to their roster, as well. The moves were sort of under the radar, with the biggest FA signing coming after the draft, but the Front Office is incredibly optimistic.

In years past, the Colts were known to be very aggressive in Free Agency and made some high profile offers. Offers that brought them incumbent starters like Zach Ertz and like Luke Joeckel, but didn’t necessarily translate into wins like the team had hoped. The high priced SS Mark Barron is off the roster as is the high priced Offensive Tackle Luke Joeckel which allowed the Colts to be fairly aggressive. The offensive line, which was a problem, seemingly progressed last season and they addressed the OT position with their first round draft choice.

The first priority in Free Agency was to bring in some immediate starting caliber players and instant impact players, while not over spending. The Colts new they had an opportunity to upgrade Strong Safety so they went aggressively. They pursued and ultimately landed stud Strong Safety Bernie Freeman. Freeman is very tall for a safety, very fast, and has a proven track record of success. He should start immediately and be a contributor from day one.

There weren’t any major, major needs on the Colts’ roster for the first time in forever. However, the Colts wanted to be more explosive in the passing game. So, they went out after some Wide Receivers via trade and Free Agency. These moves ultimately landed them to coveted guys in Veteran Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. Williams is another tall, fast playmaker that will make Bridgewater’s life a bit easier. The biggest addition was the signing of Wide Receiver Anthony Perez. Perez has the physical tools to be one of the best WRs in the GZL and they are going to lean on him heavily to improve this passing game.

Those were the biggest names this off-season that garnered a lot of attention amongst local media and national media, but those were not the only three players the Colts brought in that excite the coaching staff and front office personnel. The Colts also added the services of Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh in free agency. The Colts are intrigued by his physical attributes and size and he’ll immediately create competition and depth. The Colts were also able to acquire, via trade one of the most prolific and talented HBs in the GZL in Jeremy Hill. Hill has been amongst the most productive HBs in the GZL for quite a time now and should be a big time improvement.

The Colts also, under the radar, signed stud defensive tackle Dontari Poe to a one year contract. Poe is one of the most physically imposing and dominating Defensive Tackles the GZL has ever seen and they’re thrilled to bring him on board. Now, the Colts have a three headed monster at Defensive Tackle and hope that’ll boost their overall defense and depth.

GZL Draft

This draft was an easier one then in years past. The draft board pretty much indicated where they were going to go. Rumors heading into the draft had the Colts infatuated with Halfback Joe Mixon. The reality of the situation is the front office personnel, mainly GM Jason Arnold did indeed love Mixon, but was very content with OT Garrett Bolles and had him ranked as one of the best 4-5 players in the draft.
1.06 – DE Garrett Bolles, Utah
2.04 – CB Teez Tabor, Florida
2.23 – DT/De Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA
3.2 – OLB Tyus Bowser, Houston
3.6 – DE DeMarcus Walker, Florida State
4.6 – FS Terrance Jackson, Boston College
5.6 – FB Hector Castelo, Kansas
6.6 – OT Owen Klein, Air Force
6.28 – TE Jackson Buchanan, Texas A&M

Conclusion: GM Jason Arnold is incredibly pleased and excited with this draft as a whole. The Colts view Garrett Bolles as a sure fire, immediate starter and big time contributor at the Right Tackle position. He has everything you look for, toughness, athleticism, technique. The Colts, having a pretty strong secondary then nabbed CB Teez Tabor. The Colts understand that Tabor has all the talent in the world, but is raw in technique. They’ll be able to play Tabor at either the nickel or dime position and because of their depth in the secondary will be able to bring him along slowly. Make no mistake, they view Tabor as a long-term, big time cornerback. Tyus Bower has been the pleasant surprise of the Colts. He has the athleticism and I.Q. to play immediately and came out of the draft with a 83 overall ranking. He’ll be used primarily in the base 4-3, but has a chance to be something special, early in his career. Eddie Vanderdoes is another player the Colts view as a day one starter. With a hole at RE he has been moved to that position and will compete with second year DE Mark Cook for the nod. He’ll be the favorite and Cook will have some catching up to do. The rest of the picks were thought of as more of depth players. DeMarcus Walker has a chance to be a good player for this team, but they will also be bringing him along very slowly and he provides depth.


Training Camp

Offense

The offense has been working with the group of wide receivers and tight ends. That has been their primary focus, to get them in sync with the tenured, franchise Quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. Hours and Hours have been spent in film study and practicing together to get this right. The Colts are trying to find unique and creative ways to exploit the speed that this WR corps has. The biggest issue the Colts had on offense last season was their inability to exploit their speed at wide receiver and convert big plays. On top of that, they struggled mightily in the red zone. There are many, many new faces at the Wide Receiver and Tight End position so, getting these players to connect with Teddy Bridgewater has taken many hours of reps and reps.

On the offensive line, the main focus has been in pass protection and keeping Bridgewater up-right. The Indianapolis Colts feel they have a strong overall corps of offensive linemen, but many are adjusting to new positions and some are starting for the first time. Left Tackle Thomas Donahue, after a solid season is being moved to the starting RG position. Eaton Petrovic whom was a second round pick and starting LG last season, is moving to the Left Tackle position and will start there. Second year Offensive Guard Dan Feeney was essentially given a redshirt year last year and is now taking over that starting position. And, obviously, rookie Garret Bolles is taking over the Right Tackle position. The talent is obvious, the athleticism is there, now it’s about cohesion and getting that continuity going.

Defense

The Colts defense is primarily in tact and has traditionally been the strongest part of the Colts teams in recent memory. The biggest focus right now for the defense seems to be getting acclimated to the few new faces. Star SS Bernie Freeman joined in the off-season and will be making the “calls” for the secondary. So, getting that trust and learning the playbook has been a focus for him especially. Working in one on one drills for Junior Malloy has been a big focus as he’s moving from the nickel to his more natural outside position, given his 6’2 frame. New faces in Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh are veteran stalwarts with many starters under their belt. They will just need to learn the playbook.

The 11 on 11 drills have been fantastic to see what they do on defense. The team is blitzing less and less this season with their numerous additions to the pass rush so, communicating and making sure the right people are in the right spot, at the right time. With the secondary being as deep as it is, there have been quite a lot of battles going on in training camp. The focus is going to be technique and having that intelligence to know how to play your opponent. Learning where to be on zone coverage, trusting your safety help, playing inside for the slants or outside for the comebacks/vertical routes. Situational awareness has been such a big focus that more and more time is being spent in the film room and with coaches. There has been a bit more creativity when the Colts do blitz, they’re sending more guys from different locations and it’s been confusing the offense.

Forcing and creating turnovers has been a big focus. The entire defense, including the defensive line has worked with the jugs machine on catching the ball. The defense is going to be the focus if this Colts team will have a successful season. Any successful defense in the GZL needs to accomplish three things – all of which the Colts think they can achieve. Create turnovers, lessen the amount of points teams score(obviously), and have a consistent pass rush. With the success of the pass rush, the aforementioned creating turnovers becomes increasingly easier. So, with that said, the defensive line has been working one on one in overdrive on techniques to get to the Quarterback. The defensive line is going to focus more on hitting the gaps and attacking the Quarterback as opposed to holding the line of scrimmage against the run.
All in all, the defense has won the majority of the snaps versus the offense in 11 on 11. No one expected anything different as the Colts have four new starters on the offensive line, two new starting WRs, a new starting Tight End, and a new starting Halfback. You would expect the defense to be two steps ahead and they’re right there, which is promising. The biggest standout so far has been Fernando George. He’s taking over the nickel linebacker duties and they’ll be using his speed and instincts to stop the pass and so far, the product has been incredible. Look for him to have a huge season in his new role.


Season Predictions

This is tough to gauge, always. The Colts are coming off a season in which they improved. However, they were only able to improve by one win and that number was a measly five wins. The talent level has been increased significantly from the big time acquisitions in the off-season. The draft was a success as the Colts had a plethora of draft picks and they were successfully able to acquire starting caliber, big time contributors as well as solid depth acquisitions. With the way injuries accumulate in the GZL, having those low cost, solid contributing players is a luxury not many teams can possess.
GM Jason Arnold was asked directly what his aspirations and expectations for this years’ Indianapolis Colts was. His response was, “The playoffs. I’m tired of moral victories, I’m tired of top 10 draft choices, I’m tired of answering the same damn question every off-season. We have the talent. A top defense almost routinely every season. A talented offensive line. Teddy has come a long way. We’ve acquired one of the best Halfbacks in the GZL and two new solid wide receivers. There’s absolutely no excuse to not make the playoffs. My job as a GM is to acquire talent that fits our scheme and the coaches want. I did that – It’s on the players and coaches to complete the process.”

That response doesn't entirely answer the question at hand. The general consensus amongst Colts fans is that if Teddy takes another small step and the team stays relatively healthy overall, that the playoffs are not that farfetched. Unlike in years past, this is not a far-fetched fairy tale or something that shouldn’t be expected. This is definitely not only the thought, but also the expectation for the Colts this season.

It all comes down to Quarterback play and health of the Quarterback. The rest of the AFC South has consistent and stable play and development at the Quarterback position. The offense has the talent, the defense is elite, and the Colts were finally able to land Teddy Bridgewater a tandem of Wide Receivers that should help him take this offense to a new level.

Now, to stop beating around the bush and talking about the improvement, it’s time to put a number on the season expectations. While they may seem high, a 10-6 sort of record is probably the standard for the playoffs in the AFC. So, I would say somewhere around there because this should be a playoff caliber team.
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Indianapolis Colts TC 2022
Season Recap

Another season in the books for the Colts – another losing season. “More of the same” is an expression you could definitely use to reference the Colts the last few seasons and pretty much Arnold’s tenure with the franchise. The Colts were finally able to have a Wide Receiver separate himself in Bruce Nakamura and Teddy Bridgewater progressed but, it wasn’t enough. The Colts got a bit warm in the middle of the season only to fizzle down the stretch.

Much like seasons past, the Colts held onto their coach Sutton citing slow, but consistent improvement. An anemic offense was once again the recipe for disaster for the Colts. Bridgewater seemed to finally turn the corner, but the offensive line didn’t really come together like expected.

Defensively, the Colts have been incredibly strong given their lack of offensive assistance. The defense returns all of their starters save for OLB Eli Harold. However, they added to a strong veteran core with draft picks and free agent acquisitions. The Colts continued in their 4-3 defense with good results. The feeling with this franchise if Teddy Bridgewater continues his improved play, with this defense, they will hopefully be able to finally win some games.

The real conundrum is how many games do the Colts need to win to save the jobs of not only coach Sutton, but GM Jason Arnold. This tradition of losing has to be a big problem and worrisome for the fans of this franchise.

We will answer that question at the end of the article. The franchise has to quite frankly, win games and get to the playoffs soon. They went into last season on a positive note and wanted to see that continued success and progression. Unfortunately, last season they regressed by a win and that has to be frightening to everyone involved in Indianapolis.


Off-Season Recap

The Indianapolis Colts, again, came into the off-season with a ton of salary cap space available. Much like in years past, they didn’t target multiple free agents, but on signing one stud free agent to fill a big need. They did just that and also was able to add some veteran depth to their roster, as well. The moves were seemingly fantastic and highly praised by the national and local media.

In years past, the Colts were known to be very aggressive in Free Agency and made some high profile offers. Offers that brought them incumbent starters like Zach Ertz and like Luke Joeckel, but didn’t necessarily translate into wins like the team had hoped. While some would say they were aggressive in Free Agency because of the massive contracts they extended to two free agents, they also lost two of their own starters in CB Harrison and OLB Eli Harold, so the team felt that they needed to ensure the services of their primary targets. The defensive and offensive lines were the biggest priority for the Colts. The offensive line couldn’t block last season and the Colts haven’t had a consistent pass rush in .. seemingly forever.

The first priority in Free Agency was to bring in some immediate starting caliber players on the offensive line and the defensive line. The primary, big name target was defensive tackle Ron Green. Green is a former top 10 pick and one of the best all-around defensive tackles in the entire GZL. They made him a gigantic offer that made it virtually impossible for the Carolina Panthers to match the offer. Adding him should make it easier for the Colts defensive ends to get to the quarterback by collapsing the pocket. This will pay dividends for the entire defensive line and most importantly, their pass rush.

Outside of the big time need on the defensive line was obviously their even bigger need on the offensive line. Their biggest target was offensive tackle Thomas Donahue. They missed out on acquiring Donahue during the pre-draft free agency period so, they made up for this mistake by making another large offer in the post-draft free agency period. Ultimately, the Colts were able to secure the services of this highly touted offensive tackle. He will come into the season as the immediate starter at left tackle and will hopefully provide some much needed protection for Teddy Bridgewater and hopefully help to create some running room for Carlos Hyde.

Those were the two big names this off-season that garnered a lot of attention amongst local media and national media, but those were not the only two players the Colts brought in that excite the coaching staff and front office personnel. The Colts also added the services of Cornerback Craig Thomas in free agency. The Colts are intrigued by his physical attributes and size and he’ll immediately create competition and depth. The Colts also traded a second round pick for Cornerback Junior Malloy from the New Orleans Saints. Malloy is 6’2 with excellent speed, another corner with size and speed that intrigues the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts also brought back cornerback Sanders Commings to play another year with the organization.

The Colts signed a veteran linebacker for depth in Bryan Keith. Bryan Keith is a successful veteran. He’s 6’4, 250+ lbs and still has enough speed left to contribute to a winning team. He should, quite frankly, be on par with production wise and athletically with the linebacker he’s replacing, Eli Harold. The final addition worth mentioning is the addition of Strong Safety Jon Walter. Walter is 6’1 with good speed and has five years of experience under his belt so he knows the ins and outs of the GZL.

GZL Draft

This draft was an easier one then in years past. The draft board pretty much indicated where they were going to go. Rumors heading into the draft had the Colts infatuated with Offensive Tackle Cam Robinson. The reality of the situation is the front office personnel, mainly GM Jason Arnold were smitten with both of the defensive ends in the draft, Ja’Bar Powers and defensive end Myles Garrett. Both were on the board at their selection, making the decision quite easy for the organization.
1.04 – DE Ja’Bar Powers, Florida State
2.04 – LT Eaton Petrovic, Arizona
3.04 – OG Dan Feeney, Indiana
5.04 – LB Mark McWorter
6.04 – QB Peter Barker, Ohio State

Conclusion: GM Jason Arnold is incredibly pleased and excited with this draft as a whole. The Colts view the drafting of Ja’Bar Powers as a slam dunk, no-doubt about it, stud player and perennial Pro Bowler. The Indianapolis Colts view Eaton Petrovic as a long term starting offensive line, immediately at that. Petrovic is going to be a plug and play starter at Left Guard and the long term plan is to move Petrovic to Left Tackle and when they decide to move on from the aging, veteran RT Luke Joeckel he’ll move to the more important RT position. Dan Feeney is viewed as a long term, starting caliber left guard. He has the athleticism to kick out to tackle, but they love him at offensive guard. He could be an immediate starter, but because of an embarrassment of riches along the offensive line, he’ll be able to sit and be groomed. The rest of their draft class isn’t much outside of a long list of unproven’s, project and developmental players, and depth. The only issue with the Colts’ draft class is the simple fact that the Indianapolis Colts didn’t have a lot of draft picks overall, to use. The class was a much smaller one then normal and they feel the top of their draft class is as deep, loaded, and stockpiled with starters as the Indianapolis Colts have ever had, at least in GM Jason Arnold’s tenure. The excitement around Indianapolis is quite high right now and there’s a lot of reason for optimism.


Training Camp

Offense


The offense has been working with the group of wide receivers and tight ends. That has been their primary focus, to get them in sync with the tenured, franchise Quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. Hours and Hours have been spent in film study and practicing together to get this right. The Colts are trying to find unique and creative ways to exploit the speed that this WR corps has. The biggest issue the Colts had on offense last season was their inability to exploit their speed at wide receiver and convert big plays. On top of that, they struggled mightily in the red zone. Zach Ertz is no longer on the team as a cap casualty, so the necessity to be creative is going to be even more important this year than in years past.

On the offensive line, the main focus has been in pass protection and keeping Bridgewater up-right. The Indianapolis Colts feel they are in a very strong position with the talent on their roster to keep the Quarterback healthy and creating running room. The focus is clean up a few technique issues in pass blocking. A strong focus we’ve seen from practice has been on blitz recognition and picking up the interior blitzers. The Indianapolis Colts will be replacing their Center with a young guy they drafted highly last season in Percival Akens. They are going to be leaning on him heavily to point out blitzers which is incredibly valuable on a team and very tough on a young Center.

Defense

The Colts defense is primarily in tact and has traditionally been the strongest part of the Colts teams in recent memory. It quite frankly has been quite productive given the ample amount of trouble they have on offense. Given the open, air raid type of offenses that seem to be en vogue and the ample amount of new faces in the secondary(4 to be exact). Communication and technique is going to be of the ever most importance for this team.

The 11 on 11 drills have been fantastic to see what they do on defense. The team is blitzing less and less this season with their numerous additions to the pass rush so, communicating and making sure the right people are in the right spot, at the right time. With the secondary being as deep as it is, there has been a big emphasis on improving the linebackers in coverage and sealing the edge to contain the run. The Colts have worked with their Safeties and Linebackers on jumping the snap count and staying disciplined on blitzing the right gap and filling the right gap on running plays.

Forcing and creating turnovers has been a big focus. The entire defense, including the defensive line has worked with the jugs machine on catching the ball. The defense will need to create some opportunities for a very young and raw offense. They have spent extra time focusing on stripping the ball, holding the ball carrier up and the defense swarming to the ball. Charles Woodson, their defensive coordinator, is one of the best of all time in creating turnovers and the defense is really trying to put that into action this season.

The Colts feel the defense overall should be very strong, but another big area of focus was the Linebackers in coverage drills. We are speaking primarily in zone coverage. The Colts are going to be blitzing significantly less this season because of the improved pass rush so, there is going to be a great importance on improving zone coverage and having players in the right spot, at the right time. Also, keeping the safeties disciplined and not biting on double moves lessening the amount of big plays they are allowing. If this team is going to win, the defense is going to have create turnovers, eliminate big plays, and give the ball back to their offenses.


Season Predictions

This is tough to gauge, always. The Colts are coming off of four straight disappointing seasons and really having no tradition of winning and there hasn’t been much room for optimism lately, but this year feels differently.
The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of another losing season. In fact, the best record on the Colts’ resume is a sub .500 season way back in 2016 with a lousy 7-9 record. That mediocre season was followed up three consecutive 3-13 seasons. Losing and losing quite often is the forte of the Colts. Finally, the team has an established defense, a phenomenal offensive line, and a Quarterback that is finally starting to come into his own. That alone gives the local fans and fans everywhere a tremendous sigh of relief, having a Quarterback isn’t something people are used to in Indianapolis.

Long time General Manager Jason Arnold was asked what to expect for the upcoming GZL season.”I always hate to give out expectations because there are so many incredible variables to consider when the season plays out. Obviously, the most important and traumatic variable to consider is injuries. One serious injury, especially at the Quarterback position can derail not just an entire season, but momentum for an entire franchise – especially if the injury carries over to future seasons. I love the talent in our franchise, the raw talent of Teddy Bridgewater, and the continued emergence and upgrading of our defense. With all of this said, we like how we stack up with most teams and our division specifically. It’s the most important thing in this business to take care of the AFC South and your division first. I expect our team to continue to improve and I want us in the playoffs, but nothing is ever guaranteed in this business.”

That response doesn't entirely answer the question at hand. The general consensus amongst Colts fans is that if Teddy takes another small step and the team stays relatively healthy overall, that the playoffs are not that farfetched. Seems quite wishful thinking to some, considering the long, long track record of losing and how poorly they played last season, but – that’s the feeling from talking to those around the franchise and the city itself.

It all comes down to Quarterback play and health of the Quarterback. The rest of the AFC South has consistent and stable play and development at the Quarterback position. The Colts have a third year Quarterback whom still doesn’t have game changing, game breaking wide receiver. But, the biggest difference in Bridgewater will be in the vast improvement and depth along the offensive line an offensive line that’s amazingly athletic and should be amongst the best in the AFC. Despite having a healthy Teddy Bridgewater last season, the Colts had a disappointing season, but the team as a whole feels significantly more athletic and the team has a different vibe to it.

To put a more frank number on this question. I sincerely hope, expect, and strive for nothing less than a 9-7 season. Obviously, everything changes if there’s a serious injury to the Quarterback or at other major, contributing positions.
Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 02/25/2017) Replies - 1 :: Views - 17
Colts Wrap Up First 3 Rounds
The Colts finished the main part of their GZL draft today. They feel ecstatic about the players they were able to obtain.

1.04 - Ja'Bar Powers, DE ... 6'5, 277lbs ... 86 SPD, 79 STR, 80 AGI, 87 ACC ...

Summary: Nothing needs to be said. He should be a stud from day one.

2.04 - Eaton Petrovich, OT ... 6'5, 333 lbs ... 65 SPD, 90 STR, 65 AGI, 80 ACC ...

Summary: The Colts were shocked and thrilled to see Petrovich still there in round two. In their minds, he was a no-brainer round 1 Offensive Tackle. He has the athleticism to overtake Luke Joeckel's job one day at the RT position. His immediate position will be at LG because the Colt's signed OT Thomas Donahue to man the LT position this season.

3.04 - Dan Feeney, OG ... 6'4, 310 lbs ... 62 SPD, 88 STR, 64 AGI, 77 ACC ...

Summary: Another guy there shocked and stoked to see available at this point in the draft. Barring a very poor skew, he should be a long, long time starter in the GZL. Barring a bad skew, he'll compete with Mason Wiessman to be the starting RG. Wiessman, whom had a very good year last year, doesn't possess the raw athleticism Feeney does, if Feeney's skews well, he should definitely get the starting gig.



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Colts 2021 TC
Season Recap

Another season in the books for the Colts – another losing season. “More of the same” is an expression you could definitely use to reference the Colts the last few seasons. The Colts added a stud running back in Carlos Hyde that proved to be a great player, but without consistent Wide Receiver or Quarterback play, it wasn’t enough. This season was a bit in reverse. The Colts started off incredibly slow and finished fairly strong, by their standards going 4-4 in their last eight games.

Much like seasons past, the Colts held onto their coach Sutton citing slow, but consistent improvement . An anemic offense lacking playmakers and an inability to score made the job almost impossible on the defense to win them games. Luckily enough, the offense did improve as the season went on with noticeable improvement from the offensive line and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Defensively, the Colts have been incredibly strong given their lack of offensive assistance. The defense returns most of it's starters except for long term star Cornerback in Travis Murphy. However, they added a strong veteran and drafted one. The Colts continued their transition into a 4-3 defense and saw the dramatic effects in the play of Baylor and outside backer George. The feeling inside the clubhouse of the Indianapolis Colts is with continued improvement from their stud linebacking corps as well as a solid core in the secondary and defensive line, the defense will keep them in games.

The ultimate question is the same question we’ve asked several years in a row, how many games do the Colts need to win to save Sutton’s job? Is it even possible, at this point, to save his job?

We will answer that question at the end of the article. However, the Colts' showed that while improvement has been made and the team is very young, there’s still a lot to be done. There’s growing confidence that the speedy wide receivers, ever improving offensive line, and development of Teddy Bridgewater will win them more games and in the future, possible playoff aspirations. Will it come to fruition? Time will tell, but the confidence is there and that’s a start.



Off-Season Recap

Many pundits and media personalities were sure with an excess of $40M in cap space that the Colts would go for a spending spree in the free agent market, given their numerous holes to fill. Well, that was a far cry from reality, this off-season. The Colts filled holes on their team with solid, veteran free agents and let guys like Travis Murphy walk, who was vastly overpaid.

In years past, the Colts were known to be very aggressive in Free Agency and made some high profile offers. Offers that brought them incumbent starters like Zach Ertz and like Luke Joeckel, but didn’t necessarily translate into wins like the team had hoped. They took a vastly different and more strategic approach this off-season. They signed veteran Left Tackle Branden Albert, whom has only allowed five sacks in the last two seasons combined. As well, they brought in effective veteran cornerback Sanders Commings. At 6’2, with decent speed, they expect him to start the season and slow the transition of William Jackson into a starter next season. The last two signings could pay the biggest dividends in Center Fusco and Wide Receiver Leonard Hankerson. Both are high contributing veteran players that expect to play big roles and start for this team. They came at a good bargain on one-year deals, as well.

The first priority in Free Agency was to bring in some play makers, period. The Colts feel strongly that Leonard Hankerson has another strong season in him. He’s been around the league for many years, but he does have four one thousand yard seasons under his belt as well as 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season. He has shown time and time again to doubters that he still has some tread on his tires. He’ll get a chance to showcase that in Indy this season.

Outside of the big time need at Wide Receiver, or playmaker, the biggest needs were holes on the offensive line. The Colts drafted some players along the line, but needed immediate, big time contributors. Well, they added Branden Albert whom has quietly been amongst the best tackles in the league. He’s in his twilight years and may have lost some of his mobility, but he’s still highly regarded around the GZL. Last season was a strong season, in fact, he’s coming off of three straight very strong seasons. He has allowed a lousy seven sacks in three seasons combined, which is very good, if we’re not being clear. The other noticeable addition was Center Brandon Fusco. Fusco is an elite level Center who still has plenty of years left on his tires. He has allowed an amazing fourteen sacks in nine seasons in the GZL. Some doubters out there point to the stacked teams in Tampa he has played on, but the Colts feel he’s a top tier Center. He will be pushed by a rookie Center for the starting position, we will talk about that later.

Those were the two big names this off-season that garnered a lot of attention amongst local media and along the offensive line. There were more additions that didn’t get quite the noise, but could have a dramatic effect on the season. I’m speaking specifically about the addition of Cornerback Sanders Commings. People will point to the fact that the Colts lost all-world Cornerback Travis Murphy and replaced him with an aging Commings. Well, it goes well beyond that. The Indianapolis Colts and GM Jason Arnold feel they replaced Murphy with an aging, yet effective Cornerback that not only is half the price(actually even less than that), but allowed them the flexibility and ability to draft and sign William Jackson as well as other contributors like the aforementioned Fusco and Albert.
Sanders Commings was previously a starter at corner back for the Baltimore Ravens and will play the number two Cornerback position here with the Colts. He's a veteran with a lot of experience and still enough speed to keep up with most wide receivers he’ll face and at 6’2 with amazing ball skills and awareness, should be a contributor immediately. He is expected to only be on a one year lease for the team, but that’s all they need him for while they groom William Jackson to be the third Corner back in a young trio of Corners the Colts love(Jackson, Waynes, and Harrison). The Colts are more than happy to fly under the radar in this Free Agency period. It’s easy to look at your cap space and fling around money, but it’s more important to stick to your strategy in the long haul, which is to rely on rookies developing and signing stop-gaps for depth.

GZL Draft

This was a hard draft for GM Jason Arnold as he had many holes and many players he liked. He dropped from 1.03 down to 1.07 and still found many players he liked on the board at his pick. He tried and tried to trade back again, but with nothing trade-wise that made sense for the team, stayed at 1.07 and made his selection.

Round 1 – CB William Jackson
Round 2 – FS Keanu Neal
Round 2 – C Percival Akens
Round 2 – DE Mark Cook
Round 3 – WR Davian Manus
Round 4 – SS Malcolm Richards
Round 7 – LB Gabe Nguyen

Conclusion: GM Jason Arnold is incredibly pleased and excited with this draft as a whole. He feels he came out of the draft with five projected starters or big time contributors in the immediate and the future, that’s saying a lot. William Jackson was a controversial selection because the fact they let Travis Murphy go, whom was in the prime of his career. When you factor in the financials, it’s not a half bad pick. The other fact some believe is that the Colts project to be in contention for the Super Bowl, at least in their minds, in the next two or three seasons and at that point, Murphy will begin to regress and his cap cost will hamper the team big time. The Colts want to set themselves up for a run of seasons, not a one time push and collapse. Free Safety Keanu Neal projects as the immediate starter and one can understand why. The kids has everything you want from a safety. He can tackle, he has speed, he can cover, he has great ball skills, and he can catch it. If he’s not a big time contributor and Pro Bowl Safety, many around the Colts would be absolutely shocked.
Center Percival Akens is a guy the Colts are shocked was still around, quite frankly. With the athleticism to play anywhere on the offensive line and big enough frame(300lbs), they plan to keep him at Center but, have not ruled out a potential move to Offensive Tackle if the need becomes glaring. He’s that good all-around and while he may wait a season because of Fusco, he’ll eventually be starting somewhere. Defensive End Mark Cook is built in the same mold of Defensive End Dominique Easley, big, athletic, and mean. The type of Defensive End GM Jason Arnold loves. He can play either Right End of Left End. While he may not have the speed and athleticism to be a 10+ sack a year guy, he has enough athleticism, size, and strength, to push the pocket and force errant throws. Easley was very effective at doing that last season. Davian Manus was a third round pick that came out to be a 81 overall rating. He’s small, 5-10, and not particularly strong. But, what he does bring to the table is explosiveness. He’s very fast and has shown exceptional hands at the combine. He’ll play a role in the slot.


Training Camp

Offense


The offense has been working with the group of wide receivers and tight ends. That has been their primary focus, to get them in sync with the new Quarterback. Hours and Hours have been spent in film study and practicing together to get this right. The Colts are trying to find unique and creative ways to get this group of Wide Receivers using their top notch speed for positive impact. It’s one thing to have speed, but it’s another to be able to use it.

On the offensive line, the main focus has been in pass protection and keeping Bridgewater up-right. They feel they’re at a good place with run blocking and it showed last season. This year, they’re working strongly on keeping leverage low, and not getting beat on the edges. A strong focus we’ve seen from practice has been on blitz recognition and picking up the interior blitzers. The addition of Fusco will be felt by the entire line because of his experience and intelligence. It also helps to have a 240 lb running back out there knocking blitzing Line Backers and Safeties on their butts.


Defense

The Colts defense has always been very good. With three new faces in the secondary, the Colts have worked extensively on pre-snap communication. The team is making a priority for the newcomers to know when to audible out of a zone/into a zone and who they are supposed to be covering. Safety Josh Evans has went above and beyond by taking no offense to Neal taking his job and has helped him adapt to the speed on the GZL. Another strong focal point is this defensive line getting low, staying low, and using their superior size and strength to collapse the pocket and get their hands up for tips. They are not the fastest Defensive Line in the GZL, but they’re definitely one of the largest and if they can collapse thepocket, that will help mend the wound of having no elite edge rusher.
The 11 on 11 drills have been fantastic to see what they do on defense. Zone blitzing and interior gap blitzing have been a big adjustment for this team. With the secondary being as deep as it is, they feel they can blitz more consistently than in years past. The biggest thing is knowing when to blitz and blitzing effectively. So, the Colts have worked with their Safeties and Linebackers on jumping the snap count and staying disciplined on blitzing the right gap and filling the right gap on running plays. Off-setting the lack of elite pass rusher is a big time priority, it’s pretty evident.

While the defense has been good over the past few years, despite any sort of offensive help, forcing and creating turnovers has been a big focus. The entire defense, including the defensive line has worked with the jugs machine on catching the ball. The defense will need to create some opportunities for a very young and raw offense. They have spent extra time focusing on stripping the ball, holding the ball carrier up and the defense swarming to the ball. There’s a technique to it and they are fortunate enough to get to learn from one of the best ever at forcing turnovers, Charles Woodson.

The Colts feel the defense overall should be very strong, but they’re never ones to settle, that is for sure. Another big area of focus was the Linebackers in coverage drills. We’re speaking primarily in zone coverage. The Indianapolis Colts feel they were beaten too frequently on the dink and dunk passes underneath to tight ends and slot wide receivers. It’s not an athleticism problem as the Colts have some of the biggest, most athletic linebackers there are. It was a discipline problem and not knowing their roles. Too many times they wanted to make the big play, instead of the right play. An excess amount of time has been spent in film study and going over the playbook so they know their roles. If they can clamp down on that, it’ll force teams to have to throw against one of the deepest secondaries in the GZL.


Season Predictions


This is tough to gauge. The Colts are coming off of three straight porous seasons and really having no tradition of winning, ever. However, many have mentioned around the league that the talent in Indy is really starting to become evident and the teams’ approach seems more intelligent, with a plan going forward. Not matching Travis Murphy is just one example of that. Another thing that gives fans and analyst’s confidence is the fact the Colts lost a lot of close, close games. They were only truly blown out twice in the regular season and had many, many close calls where that 4 win mark could have easily been 7 or 8. With improved QB play and an overall talent increase, there is some optimism, however misplaced it may be to some.

Long time General Manager Jason Arnold was asked what to expect from this years’ version of the Indianapolis Colts and he said, “I always hate to give out expectations because if we fall short, or someone gets injured and we don’t meet those expectations, I get hung out to dry. We have a set direction every season and off-season and we’re getting there. You can see the talent level increasing yearly and it is showing up on the score sheet, we had a lot of close losses. When I took over this team, we were lousy as could be and didn’t even have a first round draft pick. I’ve had to essentially build this team from scrap and I’m proud to say I like what we have now. Now, for a not-so-political stance on this topic, I still contest with our defense, we should be in contention for the division. We split with the Jags, lost one game to them by two points. Split with the Titans. And split with the Texans. I want to win the division and the rest can take care of itself.”

That response doesn't entirely answer the question at hand. The general consensus amongst Colts fans that I have talked to is they want and expect an improvement over five wins, probably around 7 wins is the most common answer I’ve heard. But, will that satisfy a fan base that has won a total of 11 games in three seasons? I don’t know, but I think it would please many. There is clear evidence, finally, that the Colts are moving strongly in the right direction and that’s all one can really ask for given the scrap pile of a team that was here just five seasons ago.

It all comes down to Quarterback play. The rest of the AFC South has consistent and stable play and development at the Quarterback position. The Colts have a Sophomore QB whom is still going to have to learn on the fly. But, the biggest difference in Bridgewater will be in the vast improvement and depth along the offensive line. Despite having a rookie QB last year, the Colts held their own in the AFC South and with improvements all around, figure to keep that momentum going, or at least that’s the thought and hope. Projections for this team, however unfair it may be, hinge plainly on the shoulders of Teddy Bridgewater and his progression.

To answer the long, drawn out question because I have to, is I expect the Colts to win seven games. The ceiling for me would be nine wins and a playoff birth. Seems overly optimistic perhaps, but there’s definitely talent and speed, it just needs to all come together now.
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2020 Colts Training Camp


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS



Off-season Recap

You know the old saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” That can be said about the Indianapolis Colts' season last year. The Colts changed up their linebacking core, settled on Pryor as their Quarterback of the future, and even added several new Running backs to their team. What happened was a little too familiar. Starting off 2-1 with a couple of close losses soon to follow and then a downward spiral. The team finally concluded the season with an all-too-familiar 3-13 record. Somehow, head coach Sutton saved his job.

The most likely explanation for Sutton keeping his job is the plethora of reasons the team came up short and their bright spots that leave some room for optimism. Firstly, an anemic offense lacking playmakers lost most of their solid players for long spans of the season. Running back Mario Fannin went down, Wide Receiver Kendall Wright went down, and all-world Tight End Zach Ertz went down. Without those players, the offense just spiraled downhill. The upside is the addition of Carlos Hyde, a new Quarterback who can throw from the pocket accurately, and an improved Wide Receiver corps.

Defensively, the Colts have been incredibly strong given their lack of offensive assistance. The defense returns all of it's starters except for the safety position which lost Ward and welcoming in two new faces to provide depth in Josh Evans and Carlos Brown. The Colts lost one good safety and added two more safeties along with the entrenched starter Robert Lester. The biggest change defensively this off-season is the move from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense. The Colts feel that with up-and-coming stars linebacker Brick Baylor, outside linebackers Eli Harold and Fernando George, as well as first round pick from two years ago, Trae Waynes that if this offense can provide anything, the defense could win games or at least keep them in games.

The ultimate question will come down to how many games can the Colts win, what's the magic number that should save Sutton's job, and what are reasonable expectations for a team that hasn't won in seemingly forever? That's up for debate ultimately.

We will answer that question at the end of the article. However, the Colts' season last year and the uneventful conclusion showed us that the Colts still have a long way to go, that there's too much talent on this team to be this bad, and that changes need to be made after this season if they are not above 3-13. It also showed that despite their record, there is a lot of players on this team to be really, really excited about – especially on the defensive side of the ball. You can easily look at five or six different players on that side of the ball and say to yourself, “that guy can make the Pro Bowl in a couple of years.” and that is a LOT to be excited about in Indy. Stay tuned to see how the year plays out.



Off-Season Recap

Well, you had to figure the Colts would try to be “players” in the Free Agent market. The Indianapolis Colts disappointed some who assumed that, but weren't entirely left out of the fireworks.

In years past, the Colts were known to be very aggressive in Free Agency and made some high profile offers. Offers that brought them players like TJ Ward at the Free Safety position. Landed a franchise Offensive Tackle on a lucrative, max offer to Luke Joeckel. And, made Tight End Zach Ertz one of the highest paid Tight Ends the GZL has ever seen. Those moves haven't necessarily translated into wins, but none of those moves were really busts, either. The team was constantly hampered by atrocious, inconsistent, and down right embarrassing play from the Quarterback position. It was almost like Pryor was trying to sabotage the rest of the team with some of his decisions. A new era in Indy has begun though and brought some new faces and some new schemes.

The first priority in Free Agency was to bring in some play makers, period. They have some talent already on offense with Kendall Wright, Zach Ertz, and Carlos Hyde, but they needed more and went out to get it. The biggest addition was at Wide Receiver where they brought in Edmond Gates. Gates is one of the fastest players in the entire GZL and has spent most of his career as a top option. In Indy, he will be 1B along with Kendall Wright that will provide newcomer Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with a heck of a speedy tandem. The idea behind bringing in Gates is simple. He'll allow other Wide Receivers to roam freely and hopefully open the middle of the field for Zach Ertz as well as open some more running lanes for Carlos Hyde. In the prior years, it was shut down Wright and play with eight in the box, making the running game very hard to get going.

Outside of the Gates, the obvious hole was at the Quarterback position. The Colts were rumored to have offered Matthew Stafford a two-year max contract offer which the Buffalo Bills eventually beat them out on. The Indianapolis Colts weren't frazzled as they always have a plan A and a plan B. Unfortunately for the organization, if the rumors were true, their plan A didn't pan out. All things considered, they saved themselves a lot of money and cap space for future years.

Those were the two big names this off-season that garnered a lot of attention and scuttlebutt. However, some other additions that could and will play dividends for the Colts were bringing in some veterans and darn good players in their defensive backfield. First was Carlos Brown. Brown is a very tall safety at 6'4 and while he's not a burner, he's fast enough with 87 speed and his overall ball skills and durability make him a welcomed addition to an already talented secondary. The second player they added was Cornerback Jose Bell. Bell was previously a starter at CB and will play the Dime position here with the Colts. He's a veteran with a lot of experience and still enough speed to keep up with most Corners. He probably only has a year or two left, but his experience and talent will work out very well with the Colts and chasing around slot Wide Receivers. The last addition was safety Josh Evans. Evans isn't quite the physical hitter or presence that Brown is, but he's much more athletic and shows the ability to force turnovers a bit more. They will both battle it out for the starting FS position, but the coaches in Indy like to have a lot of depth in the backfield and both will surely get a lot of playing time.

GZL Draft

This was a weird draft for GM Jason Arnold. Due to personal circumstances the Colts were actually late on their draft pick and had to have it manually selected for them. Sitting at spot 1.08 and primed to grab a big time, immediate contributor you would find that hard to believe – but, it happened. The rumor on the street was the Colts were targeting Defensive End Joey Bosa for their transition back to a 4-3 defense, but that could never be confirmed by Colts officials. Either way, the Colts had what they consider to be a solid GZL draft and we will go into the details here:

Round 1 - QB Teddy Bridgewater
Round 2 – DT Adolphus Washington
Round 2 – OT Mason Weissmann
Round 3 – OT Parker Jones
Round 3 – WR Bruce Nakamura
Round 6 – WR Jake Hampton

Conclusion: Despite losing out on their first round draft pick, the Colts feel that they made out pretty well overall. Firstly, they were able to land a franchise Quarterback. Whether that is by design or not – they did it. The second round saw them fortify some areas that were needing be secured for the long term, defensive tackle and offensive tackle. Adolphus Washington is a plug and play guy that will start from day one and be a fantastic nose tackle. Mason Weissman was drafted for his good, not great athleticism and massive size. He pegs to be the left tackle this season after they surprisingly released incumbent starter Anthony Collins. Parker Jones is another massive offensive tackle. While not quite as big as Weissman he is more athletic and some think may be the better prospect long term. He'll get some work behind the scenes and be a rotational Offensive Tackle that plans to be the heir apparent at RT when Luke Joeckel either retires or his contract becomes too burdensome.

Outside of those picks, as we discussed – play makers was a big time need, especially at WR. Kendall Wright and Gates are both fantastic speedy Wrs, but neither is getting any younger. Bruce Nakamura is a good all around athlete that is pretty polished as a route runner and figures to be a career slot receiver. The team really likes sixth round pick Jake Hampton. Hampton is very raw and has suspect hands, but if he can correct that, he's going to top out as a 99 speed wide receiver that, at 5'10, will have plenty of height to at least make some plays. He figures to be a starter down the road. The Colts are still lacking that 6'3+ number one wide receiver, but they love the collection of speedsters they have assembled.


Training Camp

Offense


The offense has been working with the group of wide receivers and tight ends. That has been their primary focus, to get them in line with the new Quarterback. There has been extensive 7 on 7 drills, film study, and the players have taken it amongst themselves to work outside of the confines of the facility to get that chemistry down. In fact, Bridgewater reached out to each of his Wide Receivers and Tight Ends to get together to work on some timing. He has the work ethic to be a great one.

On the offensive line, the main focus has been in power blocking and pulling guards. The Colts want to really take some pressure off of their new Quarterback and the best way to do that is with an effective, power running attack. The Colts feel that Carlos Hyde has all of the tools to be an elite running back and will plan to feature him prominently while Bridgewater grows into a NFL QB. You will notice in the practices that offensive line spending a lot of time hitting the sleds and working on keeping a lower center of gravity and delivering punishing blocks. This team wants to toughen up in a big way and really get that running attack going.


Defense

The Colts defense has always been very good. With the transition to a new scheme, getting the audibles and play calls right has been a huge focus. Team captain, Brick Baylor has been spending a lot of time in the playbook and learning the ins and outs of the scheme. Another big thing this team has really had to adapt to and learn on the fly is how to line up properly. Defensive End Frank Cotton and defensive end Dominique Easley are switching sides on the defensive line as well. Getting both of them comfortable has been a big focus. The thinking here is that Easley can be a bit more of a pass rusher against the right tackles and that Frank Cotton, with his size and power, can seal off the edges on the other side against the run and keep the QB in the pocket effectively. The main way they have worked on this alignment and other issues that come with a new scheme is repetitions in 11 on 11 drills. Every practice you see them becoming more comfortable and we have said this a few times, they have the making of an elite defense.

While the defense has been good over the past few years, despite any sort of offensive help, forcing and creating turnovers has been a big focus. All of the defensive backs have spent extra time with the jugs machine working on their hands. Another way the Colts have tried to get their Defensive Backs comfortable with catching the ball and turning their head defending the deep patterns is by having them practice as both defensive backs and wide receivers. We have noticed in practice the Cbs and Safeties seem to be turning their heads, finding the ball, and more importantly looking comfortable while doing it. The hope is to create more interceptions while also limiting pass interference or illegal contact penalties.

Another area of focus that the defense lacked last season was pass rush. The Colts ran a 3-4 scheme and thus were forced to blitz a lot to create pressure. This season running a 4-3 scheme, the hope is to run less and less blitz packages and allow the defensive line to create pressure. This puts a lot of pressure on the front four to really come together quickly and interrupt a Quarterbacks rhythm. They have been able to establish this by working on their technique(swim moves, power moves, stunts, etc) and working overtime on the sleds as well. Keeping their bodies low and pushing the pocket is more important than elite edge rushing.


Season Predictions


This is tough to gauge. The Colts are coming off of back to back 3-13 seasons, but many around the GZL feel there is more talent there. However, without Terrelle Pryor expectations have went up, unfortunately, all they are doing is adding a young, rookie QB to the mix and that often times can be a recipe for disaster. Another concern is the Colts relying on a rookie LT, and two rookie Wide Receivers to really shake up their passing game which can always be a challenge. The AFC South as a division has been at a crossroads for seemingly ever, which gives the fans a glimmer that perhaps they can challenge for the crown or at least exceed expectations. But, where do those begin? It's interesting to get GM Jason Arnold's response when asked that very question.

When the incumbent General Manager Jason Arnold was asked for his expectations he answered with this, “To win. To improve every game. Look, with a rookie Quarterback expectations are always tampered a little bit, but we have way too much talent on this team to only be winning three games in two straight seasons. But, as they say, you are what your record says you are. And, this year, I expect to be way above 3-13. I'm not going to put a number on that question because that's a media trap. What I will say is that we have an elite defense, the offense has more play makers on it than it has in recent years and as long as Teddy can play within his capabilities and not turn the ball over, we should surprise a few teams.”

That response doesn't entirely answer the question at hand. One can reasonably assume the Colts are targeting a bare minimum of six wins but, they could reasonably do way better then that if Teddy can be an improvement on a position that has held this team back for years, Quarterback. You would also have to look around the AFC South and see how the Colts have played them in the years past. Last season, the Colts went 2-0 against the Texans but, were swept by both the Titans and Jaguars. However, the Titans beat the Colts by a combined 6 points in their two losses and while not as competitive, the Jaguars' games were very close, as well. The thinking around the league is that the Titans have the most talent, but that the separation between the teams isn't that extreme. The biggest difference between all of the teams in the division and the Indianapolis Colts is the Quarterbacks other teams possess.

The Titans have Christopher Henderson whom has won a Superbowl and is considered to be one of the best in the business. The Jaguars have Tyler Bray and while his numbers have never matched his talent, he has all the arm talent in the world and has improved from his earlier playing days. And, while he hasn't really elevated the team to new heights, the Texans may have the best QB in the division in Kendall Irving. If the Colts are to compete for the division, Teddy will have to come along quickly and the team must allow the defense and Carlos Hyde to control the game.

For the sake of finishing this article, we'll set the official record prediction at 7-9. Not quite playoff worthy, but much better then previous years and with a new QB in town, a lot to be excited about.
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Indianapolis Colts Training Camp


Season In Review

Well, when your team is picking picking third overall, the season obviously was a massive failure. The key is to break down why the season went so awry and how do the Colts fix their issues moving forward. The Colts finished with a record of 3-13, the exact same record as the season prior. This shows the Colts did not progress as expected and should put a ton of additional pressure on the coaches to either perform this next season; or changes could be made. So, what happened and where did it all go wrong?

The biggest and most troubling issue, was the same issue they had the season prior -- The Colts struggled to find a QB as Ryan Tannehill, whom they traded for, was eventually benched after struggling picking up the offense and turnovers, which is a recipe for disaster. Backup QB and former starter, Terrelle Pryor took over the position and while he struggled at times, improved a lot and cemented himself as the QB of the future. This up-tick in production and progression by Pryor eventually led to the trading of new QB Ryan Tannehill. While Pryor wasn't performing at a Pro Bowl level, he's only a second year QB and he improved in every statistical category that matters for a QB and gave the Colts' front office and coaching staff a lot of optimism about the future of the team under Pryor's control.

Unfortunately much like the QB position, both TJ Yeldon and Montee Ball struggled at HB. Their struggles and Montee Ball's injury led to some massive shake-up at the position. Yeldon was traded for a draft choice and Ball was not even offered a contract by the front office of the Colts. Sources in the organization tell us the front office doesn't think his price tag matches his production and while they would have liked to have kept him, it is better for both parties to move on.

The Colts ranked near dead last in total offense and defense, much to the frustration of their fanbase. Many around the league, especially in the organization feel their defensive talent is very strong. But, the constant struggles by the offense and the constant three and outs put the defense into very tough positions. Their defense falling below expectations will inevitably lead to more of a youth movement some sources around the league have indicated.

Offensively, the struggles are easy to identify and while they haven't ranked very well, they feel there is a lot of youth on that side of the ball and the offensively line will continue to gel. Last season, newcomer and highest paid OL in the league, Luke Joeckel struggled to protect the QBs at times. However, insiders say there is no reason for concern as a lot of the sacks came from poor QB play, not seeing the field properly, holding onto the ball way too long, and quite frankly, not knowing when to step up into the pocket or throw the ball away. Insiders have indicated Joeckel was incredibly frustrated when fans and local media began to question his signing and his talent level overall. He was quoted as saying, "I try not to read the media's stuff. But, it's frustrating when all the blame is seemingly being put onto me and I'm doing my job. I've been a Pro Bowler, an All-Pro, I know how to compete in this league, there's many more factors at play here." It was a seemingly subtle jab at the QB play, but who can blame him?

It will be interesting to see what changes the FO makes this off-season.

Off-Season Recap

As always, the Colts found themselves in a very favorable position cap-wise and draft pick-wise. There was a lot of anticipation from the fanbase as to how they were going to approach the off-season and free agency period. Would they go in guns a'blazin' like years prior or would they take a more methodical approach and let people overbid and have their pick of the litter?

Well, the Colts played a much, much more conservative approach that hadn't been seen in recent years by them. They started off by releasing many veterans and fan favorites to clear cap space. ILB Navorro Bowman was shown the door. Shortly after that, OLB and Pro Bowler Lawrence Wilson was released, as well. Insider sources tell us that the Colts' focus was preparing for the future and big contracts that guys like Travis Murphy will need and since they're picking highly again, they will have to shell out big money to their draft picks.

On top of this, the Colts failed to even make a tender to HB Montee Ball. His production dropped mightily last season and he spent a lot of the year banged up and injured. Despite the hype around Ball, he has really never lived up to his billing as a top HB and the Colts weren't willing to overpay for his services. OG Walt Gamble whom the team liked, but not loved was offered a fairly lucrative contract and while Gamble is a nice player, he's not elite and Offensive Guard, in the teams' eyes, is a position you can "plug and play."

In fact, the Colts played it so conservative they didn't offer a single player in the match eligible phase or in the pre-draft blind bidding phase. There wasn't a single player that jumped out to them as a "must have."

In past Free Agency periods they have offered big time contracts to Luke Joeckel, Zach Ertz, and Antonio Allen. This quiet Free Agency period alarmed fans that the team wasn't serious about improving. However when questioned about this strategy GM Jason Arnold had this to say, "It's nice to be able to add contributors in Free Agency. You know what you're going to get a lot of the time, they have proven themselves. However, they usually have a lot of wear and tear on their tires; young elite players don't hit the open market. They are often times overpaid. And, you just never know personality wise how they will fit into the lockerroom and the politics behind the scenes is a big factor in winning football games. We feel that winning the draft is the best way to win the football games."

So, it seems the team really put more of an emphasis on the GZL draft, which is a smart strategy. Let's take a lot at how the draft panned out.

Like the season prior, the Colts fell in love with a player and despite having a high pick after trading DOWN(to 1.08), the day of the draft the Colts made a swap to move UP and grab their guy. Overall, here's the draft breakdown:

1.02 -- ILB Brick Baylor. Some were very surprised by this selection. Not because he isn't an elite prospect, but because there were two highly regarded WRs and CBs available. We did some digging and our sources indicated to us that while they did like the WR prospects, they like their four WRs of AJ Green, Kendall Wright, Jamie Linde, and Matthew Robins and the additional threat of Zach Ertz at TE. This was more of a selection to get an immediate contributor and fill a big, big hole.

1.18 -- OLB Fernando George. Another huge hole in the Colts' defense has been pass rushing. When you run a 3-4 defense you have two major needs. You need big, strong Defensive Linemen and Linebackers. The other thing you need is OLBs that can get off the snap and get to the QB. Lawrence Wilson was their only decent pass rusher and he was let go for more of a youth movement. George has elite athleticism and first step and fills another MAJOR need for the Colts' defense.

3.3 -- ILB Eli Harold. Continuing the movement towards a more physical, strong, big defense they selected perhaps their favorite prospect of the draft in Eli Harold. He was an OLB in college, so learning the new ILB position may be a tough learning curve for him, but Harold has it all. He has good speed, great strength, and elite size for the ILB position. The Colts found themselves pushed off the Line of Scrimmage one too many times last season -- he'll help fill that need. The Colts have traditionally done well with late round picks(Pryor, Farris, Rivers), they hope he will continue the trend.

3.15 -- CB Devon Harrison. Another later round pick the Colts' brass loves. He does not have great height at 5'9 but, what he does have is great speed, agility, acceleration, and great ball skills. He's the perfect Cornerback for the slot, to cover those shiftier, faster WRs. He won't typically be matched up on many 6'3 or taller types of WRs, so the height shouldn't be too big of a limiting factor. He'll end up as a 98 speed, 98 acceleration CB which isn't bad for a third round pick.

3.18 -- DT Jerome Parr. He's a prototypical Nose Tackle. He may be groomed to be a starter one day, his future is unknown. The staff loves his massive frame and natural strength, which is essential at the nose and in a 3-4 defense, period. This draft was all about acquiring big, nasty, strong defensive players and he's just another on that list. He'll be the immediate backup for encumbered starter Brandon Wood and could be a solid player if he's thrust into action immediately. He's just one of those solid, contributors that championship teams need, not everyone can be a 10M+ type of player.

6.03 -- HB Isiah Hamm. Hamm is one of the few more bruising type of HBs in the draft this year. The Colts wanted to be physical at the line of scrimmage and run the ball with power. They had went BPA all draft long, which is why they neglected the HB position all the way until the sixth round. Unfortunately, the skew did Hamm badly. He'll probably have a short career and be a third string Halfback with the Indianapolis Colts. I don't expect much to amount from this pick.

7.10 -- FB Derrick White. White is a guy that the Colts feel is a "gem" in the seventh round. Will he change the direction of this franchise and lead them to multiple titles? Of course not. However, he fits the mold of the team they want to build -- tough, hard-nosed. He's all of those and then some. He's already pegged to be the starting FB from day one and should fill that role nicely. Getting a seventh round starter is always a plus, irregardless of the position.

Post draft moves

*-- The biggest move the Colts made was trading a second round draft pick for HB Mario Fannin from Atlanta. Fannin's a veteran HB with a great career who has one or two great seasons left in him. Relatively cheap in terms of cost and has the potential to be a MVP type of HB. We usually frown on short term rental acquisitions, but Fannin is coming off of two 5.0+ YPC seasons and will be a great relief for QB Terrelle Pryor.

*-- Signed Cornerback Devin McCourty to a one year deal. McCourty is a veteran, top notch CB that shoudl have another solid year left in him. While not projected as a starter, he can help mentor the younger CBs and will battle Harrison for the nickel CB slot. At the very least, he'll give the Colts an additional year to develop Harrison before thrusting him into the fire.

*-- Signed HB Ryan Williams to a three year deal. Williams is similar to Fannin in the sense that he's a big bodied HB that has some wheels on him, too. Not quite as big or fast as Fannin but, plenty strong and definitely has the speed. He'll be the immediate backup to Fannin and with a strong showing, could end up the starter for the last two years on his contract. The Colts were very excited to see him in the FA pool. Williams has only had three seasons where he was given the "lions share" of the carries and he's averaging 4.59 YPC with two seasons of 4.7+ YPC. Injuries have held him back a bit, but as a backup he could flourish.

*-- The Colts also have signed Brian Hoyer to compete for the teams' backup QB position. No major move here, but just another body to compete for the backup position. Pryor is a scrambling QB, so there's always that additional risk for injury, so having a solid backup is important.


Training Camp

The Colts have entered training camp with their backs against the walls -- the same could be said for the coaches. When you're out here watching the guys practice and perform, you really get a sense of "us versus the world" mentality that these guys have. They are coming off of back to back 3-13 seasons and with a solid draft behind them and yet again, more talent added to the roster, there's a lot of competition going on to make this team better. While they're not being viewed very highly by the national media, some think this team could be a "sleeper" and finish around .500. The talent is quite evident when you watch them live.

On defense, the thing that stands out the most is the size and strength of these defensive players. The linebackers are averaging around 6'4 in height, are all very large and strong players and have some wheels on them, too. Investing so many draft picks into the Linebacker position should pay huge dividends for them.

The coaches are paying special focus to Terrelle Pryor. They are working on his footwork to make sure he isn't throwing off his back foot and the work seems to have paid off. Pryor appears much more accurate in his passes and has an increased "zip" on them, as well. Another thing the coaches have mentioned on more then one occasion is Pryor's hardwork in the classroom. He has spent countless hours watching footage of his worst plays. The coaches are breaking down what he did wrong on the play, what the defenses are doing to trick him, and how to notice that and counter it. We've noticed far few errant passes in 7 on 7's and significantly less turnovers. This has been a key all off-season --- LOWER The turnovers.

The Halfbacks have been focused on keeping their center of gravity low, breaking through arm tackles, and following blockers. These new HBs have a lot of speed, so the coaches are prioritizing playing with "pace" and knowing when and when NOT to turn on the jets.

The Wide Receivers and Tight Ends are practicing together. The Colts have more of an emphasis on pass catching TEs as opposed to the traditional blockers who can catch from time to time. This group doesn't get a lot of love nationally, but you can really see the talent, speed, and shiftiness this group has as a whole. Pryor does have some real, legit targets at his disposal.

The offensive line is working primarily on their run blocking. Last season, despite some rough stretches, the offensive line actually pass blocked fairly well all things considered. C Matt Smith, T Anthony Collins, and G Vadal Alexander all had strong, strong seasons. Where they didn't shine was in the run game. Whether it was TJ Yeldon or Montee Ball, they couldn't get anything going there. They are focused on staying low, playing with leverage, and finishing their blocks. Obviously, with that comes a lot of time in the weight room.

Defensively, the front 7 always practices together and the coaches have prioritized that. The front 7 rely on each other so much to do their own jobs successful, the coaches find this a valuable time. The defensive line has put all of their efforts into getting bigger, stronger, and more disciplined. Their jobs are to seal off the edges and take up as many blockers as possible for the Linbackers to do their jobs. At that position, we have three new starters in George, Baylor, and Harold. All are working on their ability to shed blockers and make tackles in the backfield. The ILBs inparticular have a drill where they meet the FB head on and have to shed him and make a stop on the HB. The OLBs are working on sealing edges against the run and their ability to sift through traffic on their pass rushes. George especially will be counted on to "get after it" and get them some sacks.

Like the front 7, the back 7 practices together as a group. The corners are working on their feet and finding the ball in the air. Defensive Coordinator Charles Woodson gets irrate when his defenders do not turn their heads to find the ball. To help with this, he has had the CBs playing WRs in certain situations to get used to "finding the ball" in the air. His philosophy is interceptions and deflections will naturally follow when you turn your head and play the ball in the air, instead of the WR. The safeties aren't let off the hook, either. He wants his guys able to cover WRs when they decide to blitz. To help with that, they spend about 40% of their practice time in one on one cover situations. No let up on these guys at all, high expectations from this group.


Season Predictions

This season is very, very hard to predict for the Colts. They feel strongly the talent level and overall team speed has been increased dramatically. However, this game always comes back to the play of their Quarterback and Pryor is a giant unknown at this point in his career.

We predict strongly the Colts' offense and defense will not be ranked in the bottom 10. However, this game all comes back to turnovers and with a young QB, we do predict a lot of turnovers. So, while statistically they're going to be ranked higher, high turnovers can completely off-set any progression a team may have. We don't think it'll be that dramatic, however.

Coming off a 3-13 season, we mark the Colts' ceiling as 8-8 with their floor being 5-11. With some lucky breaks and a relatively healthy season, 9-7 is achievable. We do not predict a playoff appearance for the Colts, but were they to make it, it'd be an incredible story.

After Training Camp the depth chart is beginning to shake out and their should be some room for optimism, for sure.

QB: Terrelle Pryor | Brian Hoyer
HB: Mario Fannin | Ryan Williams
FB: Derrick White
WR1: AJ Green
WR2: Kendall Wright
WR3: Jamie Linde
TE: Zach Ertz
LT: Anthony Collins
LG: Lawrence Sanders
C: Matt Smith
RG: Vadal Alexander
RT: Luke Joeckel

LE: Frank Cotton
RE: Dominique Easley
DT: Brandon Wood
ILB1: Brick Baylor
ILB2: Eli Harold
ROLB: Junior Rivers
LOLB: Fernando George
CB1: Travis Murphy
CB2: Trae Waynes
CB3: Devin McCourty
CB4: Devon Harrison
FS: Antonio Allen
SS: Robert Lester

K: Santiago Gramatica
P: James Griffin

One goal we have head emphasized repeatedly by the coaching staff is to go 3-3 in the divisional games. A tough task as the last two seasons have been plagued by Colts-beatdowns, but the talent level is increasing and if Pryor can make strides, it's achievable. Both games versus the Jaguars are very winnable as Tyler Bray has turned the ball over a lot. The Titans and Houston Texans games are going to be very difficult to win as their teams have top notch Quarterbacks. This will be the games where the fans are just hoping the QBs get injured leading up to the games and give the Colts an outside shot to win.

To sum this all up, our official prediction is: 6-10.
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Indianapolis Colts making a Splash


Indianapolis, IN(AP) -- So far, GM Jason Arnold has not been taking things slowly at all. Including numerous trades, free agent offers, releasing of some veterans, and a big splash in FA. Optimism for the future is high in Indianapolis, but it will take time.

So far, the Colts have released two veteran offensive tackles in David Stewart and Tyson Clabo. Both were in the twilight's of their career and neither was looked at as a capable starter. The moves cleared up vital cap room that the Colts will need in rebuilding the roster.

As for the trade market for Indianapolis, well it has been fruitful, so far. They have completely revamped their defensive line. With a shift to the 3-4 defense coming up, the Colts had to make moves as none of the players on their roster now fit that mold.


The Colts have decided to part ways with long term defensive tackle.

Nick Fairley was moved for a future first rounder and young Nose Tackle Daniel McCullers.

Corey Liuget was involved in a deal to land them veteran Nose Tackle Brandon Woods, young ILB Shayne Skov, and a third round draft pick.


The Colts feel Dominique Easley is a star in the making.

Vinny Curry was moved for young DE Dominique Easley.

Courtney Upshaw was moved to Tampa Bay for a future second round draft pick and a third round draft selection in this years' draft.


The Colts were thrilled to land Gabe Jackson for virtually nothing.

A trade that has flown under the radar is the Colts sending two late round picks(5th and 6th Rounders) for LG Gabe Jackson whom they feel can be a long term answer at guard.

And lastly, the Colts sent a third round draft pick for another young DE in Frank Cotton.

This whirlwind of moves has allowed the Colts to set their 3-4 base DL at Frank Cotton(RE), Daniel McCullers/Brandon Wood(NT), and Dominique Easley(LE). The Colts feel very excited to get these young guys on the field together.

They aren't done yet. Rumors have it the Colts are closing in on a deal for Brandon Wood to solidify the future and add some additional draft choices. Right now, the Colts are loaded for the future draft featuring:

- 3 1st Round Selections
- 2 2nd Round Selections
and a deal is rumored to consist of another future 3rd rounder that would give them two of those, as well.

In the Free Agency period, GM Jason Arnold made a splash that he is accustomed to doing when faced with excess caps space. He, to the surprise of many(especially Jarius Byrd) made a big offer and landed young stud Free Safety Antonio Allen.

When asked about the move, Arnold said this, "Look, Byrd's a great player, one of the best FS's in the league. But, we're a team that's building for the future so, when I can acquire a top notch young player especially in a secondary that is primarily young up-and-coming stars, why not? All of these guys will begin to peak around the same time period and give us a formidable secondary."

And he may not be wrong. Who could complain about a secondary of Antonio Allen, Robert Lester, Desmond Trufant, and Travis Murphy?


This season coming up could be tough, but the Colts hope to build something special.
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THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE - COLTS PLAY WELL ON THE ROAD
THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE

COLTS PLAY WELL ON THE ROAD TO SECURE A WIN

Foxboro, MA (AP): On Sunday the Indianapolis Colts traveled to Foxboro, MA to do battle with the New England Patriots. The team knew and understood the importance of this game. The game was the second of four consecutive road games to open the season. It was an AFC conference game which is important to win for future ramifications. It would also be the first time the team would start 2-0 since joining the GZL. The colts struggled in the first half trying to get things going. However in the second half they went on to cruise to a 35 – 20 victory. Coach Lovie Smith had this to say” As a team we played well. We have a whole lot more growing to do but all in all we played well” The Colts were able to flex their muscle and control the game from start to finish. QB Matt Schaub was masterful picking apart the patriots defense. Schaub finished with a QB rating of 124.8. Coach Smith stated”Matt was able to do what he did because of the great effort of our front five. The rookies LG Walt Gamble and RT Felix Trinity held their own against an elite front seven for the Patriots” QB Matt Schaub played with a lot of poise. He methodically moved the ball up and down the field all day. He gave the Colts something this team has been missing for years “OFFENSE”. To help in the offensive production was veteran wideout Vincent Jackson (7rec, 209yds, 2 TDs). Jackson at times looked like he was just playing catch with QB Schaub.

The special teams were superb all night. P Pat McAfee flipped the field pinning the Patriots deep in their own territory. K Santiago Grammatica went 5/6 FGs and 5/5XPs. WR/PR/KR A.J. Jenkins gave the offense good field position all evening.

The Colts defense played well once again leading the charge.. The Colts held HB Bull Griggs to 69yds rushing on 23 carries. The front four had Rivers running all night. CB Desmond Trufant had his first 2 picks of the season and we expect a whole lot more. The Colts played well as a unit and should be proud of their effort.

THE GOOD
The team is improving each week. Getting better offensively as well as defensisively. CB Desmond Trufant had his best game as a pro stealing to balls from the patriot offense. WR Vincent Jackson proving once again that age ain’t nuthin but a number with over 200 receiving yards. QB Matt Schaub has been the leader of this offense and remains focused. The defense is creeping toward that elite status.

THE BAD

The Colts have to get more pressure on the ball. The opposing QB is having to much time in the pocket. This has to improve.

THE REALITY

IT’S ONLY ONE GAME!!!! THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO DO!!!!

PLAYER OF THE GAME:
QB Matt Schaub - 19 – 31/ 373yds/ 61.29 completion/ 2 TDs/ 0 INTs/ 98/ 124.8 QB RTG

WHOSE NEXT:
@ #21 Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
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THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE - Colts Roster Moves
THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE

COLTS FORTIFY THEIR DEPTH AT QB WITH STEELE

Indianapolis, IN (AP): On Thursday the Indianapolis Colts made a deal with the Detroit Lions that brings QB Mark Steele to the Colts for a 3rd round pick in the 2016 draft. QB Mark Steele was a 4th round pick out of Bowling Green in 2012 for Tampa Bay. Known for his big arm in college teams were high on him. However his accuracy was another story. This is Steele’s 4th team in as many years here in the GZL. Colts offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey said” I liked Mark coming out of college. He had a big arm and the knack for making the big plays. He has not been developed well during his time in the GZL, but this is a new day.” The organization has been in negotiations with the Lions as well as two other organizations in pursuit of a young prospect at QB. The Colts feel they got a special pickup in Steele and are committed to his development. To make room for Steele the team released veteran journeyman QB Hunter Cantwell.
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THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE - COLTS MANAGE A WIN
THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE

COLTS MANAGE A WIN ON MONDAY NIGHT

Jacksonville, FL (AP): On Monday night the Indianapolis Colts opened their season on the road against their division rival and defending AFC champions the Jacksonville Jaguars. Indy came in knowing that Jacksonville is always a hostile environment. However, it did not deter the team from its focus on the field. Coach Lovie Smith had this to say” The guys have been preparing for this moment all off season. The opportunity to open the season on the road in front of a national audience against the defending AFC Champions and to have the outcome we did is good for us” The Colts were able to flex their muscle and control the game from start to finish. HB Montee Ball had little resistance all night rushing. As he ran for a career high 142 yards on 22 carries with a TD. Coach Smith stated”Montee was able to do what he did because of the great effort of our front five. The rookies LG Walt Gamble and RT Felix Trinity held their own against an elite front seven for the Jaguars”QB Matt Schaub(18-27-263-3TDs-1INT- 119.8 rtg) played with a lot of poise. He methodically moved the ball up and down the field all evening. He gave the Colts something this team has been missing for years “OFFENSE”. To help in the offensive production was veteran wideout Vincent Jackson (6rec, 133yds, 2 TDs). Jackson at times looked like he was just being a bully against an undersized Revis, the Jaguars marquee CB.

The special teams were superb all night. P Pat McAfee flipped the field pinning the Jaguars deep in their own territory. K Santiago Grammatica went 1/1 FGs and 5/5XPs. WR/PR/KR A.J. Jenkins gave the offense good field position all evening.

The Colts defense was on fire all night. Other than the 88yd TD pass and catch by Desean Jackson with 1:20 left in the game the Colts shut down the Jags offense. The Colts held HB Bull Griggs to 69yds rushing on 23 carries. The front four had Rivers running all night. Rookie CB Travis Murphy had his first pick of the season and we expect a whole lot more. The Colts played well as a unit and should be proud of their effort.

THE GOOD

The Colts have found their rhythm on offense. If Schaub can stay healthy most of the season this year could be special for the Colts. If Montee Ball can take some of the burden off of Schaub with a productive ground game Schaub can stay healthy because he will not have to drop back as often. Let’s wait and see.

THE BAD

The Colts can not afford many more games where they lose the turnover battle. The Colts have to be smarter and hold on to the ball.

THE REALITY

IT’S ONLY ONE GAME!!!! THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO DO!!!!

PLAYER OF THE GAME:
WR Vincent Jackson: 6rec 133yds 2 TDs

WHOSE NEXT:
@ #2 New England Patriots (1-0)
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THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE - COLTS 2015 PREVIEW
THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE

COLTS 2015 PREVIEW

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP): The 2015 preseason has come to a close and the Colts finished 1-3. To some it may seem like more of the same. However, Coach Lovie Smith said" After the preseason we are excited about our team. The guys have worked hard and it shows in the progression the league announced today." What Coach Smith was speaking of was the strong progression seen by the team as a whole. It is apparent that the younger guys are starting to understand their responsibilities. The defense is reaching elite status and Coach Lovie Smith believes this will be their year. On the offensive side of the ball the team used trades and FA pick ups to bring texture to the offense. Along with veteran TE Owen Daniels the additions of savvy vets like QB Matt Schaub, WR Vincent Jackson, Riley Cooper, and LT Tyson Clabo will take the offense to the next level. With the youth at WR in Wright, Jenkins and HB Montee Ball this offense is ready to make that leap to the next level. The Colts also found help at the o-line positions. Rookie LG Walt Gamble, RT Felix Trinity, and RG Jeremy Knight bring youth, size, strength, and athleticism to a unit that has struggled to protect since GM Smith took over two seasons ago. Gone from the team is Veteran LT Andrew Whitworth and QB Jake Locker. When asked about the Locker move GM Merlin Smith simply said" It didn't workout."

The Colts announced their Captains this week and coach Lovie Smith said" This was a team vote and 100% team decision. The veterans have alot of confidence in these young men and truly feel it is their team." the Captains are:
HB Montee Ball
WR Kendall Wright
MLB Navarro Bowman


The Colts also released their starters for the 2015 season:

OFFENSE
QB....Matt Schaub
HB....Montee Ball (C)
FB.....Zach Line
TE.....Owen Daniels
WR....Kendall Wright (C)
WR....Vincent Jackson
LT......Tyson Clabo
LG.....Walt Gamble *rookie
C.......Dan Koppen
RG.....Branden Hansen
RT......Felix Trinty *rookie


DEFENSE
LE......Nick Fairley
DT.....Ian Williams
RE.....Courtney Upshaw
LOLB..Lawrence Wilson
MLB...Navarro Bowman (C)
ILB....Daryl Rose
CB.....Travis Murphy *rookie
CB.....Desmond Trufant
FS......Antoine Bethea
SS......Robert Lester
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THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE - Schedule Release

THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE

COLTS SEE OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH IN THEIR 2015 GZL SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP):For the Colts terms like difficult, tough, and hard have been fixtures in the team's descriptions of their past GZL schedules. Quite simply because they have been hard pressed to whe anymore than five games in a season in the past four years. The team has been named as the most futile organization in league's history and deservedly so. The organization doesn't feel as though this schedule isn't more difficult than any other schedule they've had. The truth of the matter is this team just has to play each game as it is the most important game at that time and the rest will take care of itself.

The Colts schedule begins with a seven game stint that sees the team playing six of those first seven games on the road. The only home game during that period will be the Colts second primetime game, this time on sunday night against a division foe the Houston Texans. The team will take their bye before finishing up the season. The second half of the season includes three more primetime games a five game home game stint and a Smith Brothers Clash in the Meadowlands. :ontopic: :yeah:

The team actually feels that this year's schedule is an opportunity to make a statement on how the team is progressing and what the team has to offer. Overall this is a very young team. GM Merlin Smith brought in a few veteran mentors to help with the young players development. This especially evident on the offensive side of the ball. The GZL has also helped the team out in the form of scheduling. With the Colts having five primetime games (3 monday night, 2 sunday night) It allows our young men to show what they have to offer to the rest of the league. You usually don't see such a futile team getting this much attention. But, hey we don't make the schedule we just play it. I guess if this team is going to shock the world, the world should at least get the chance to see who is shocking them!

COLTS 2015 GZL PRIMETIME GAMES SCHEDULE
Week 1 @ Jaguars (monday night)
Week 4 vs Texans (sunday night)
Week 7 @ Bears (monday night)
Week 12 vs Titans (monday night)
Week 14 vs Chiefs (sunday night)
Week 17 @ Jets (SMITH BROTHERS CLASH at the MEADOWLANDS) kotw
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THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE (The Colts Personnel Moves Edition)

THE INDIANAPOLIS GAZETTE

COLTS ACQUIRE VETERAN WR VINCENT JACKSON

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP): The colts earlier today made a move to acquire veteran WR Vincent Jackson from the Rams for their 2nd pick in next years draft. The move was used to sure up a quality receiving corp that lack depth and veteran leadership. When asked why so much for someone so old GM Merlin Smith responded " We like our young WR's Kendall Wright and A.J. Jenkins. However we wanted to bring someone who could make an impact as well as help to mentor the young receivers in their final year of benefiting from mentorship." Jackson brings his big 6'5 241lbs frame to Indy after being somewhat of a cap casualty in St. Louis. At 32 the colts understood Vincent doesn't have much more time , but the team figures if they can get at least 2 years out of him it will be worth the investment.

The move for WR Jackson was made after the team opened up over 8 million in cap room after releasing former 2nd round pick DT Corey Liguet. Liguet was made expendable after losing his job to DT Ian Williams whom the team picked up last season in a trade with Tampa. The team tried to move Liguet but was unsuccessful as many teams are feeling the salary cap crunch. Corey will be missed and we wish him much success in his future endeavours.

In other personnel news the team announced a few free agent signings. First was DT Louis Leonard a big 341lb giant that will play NT in the teams new 3-4 defensive scheme. He will backup DT Ian Williams at NT. The team also announced the signing of QB Hunter Cantwell. Cantwell has a strong arm and has proven so far in training camp he is hungry. the move didn't necessairily sit well with Locker who can see the writing on the wall. Locker is in a battle to be the #2 signal caller behind Schaub. However his inconsistency continues to rear its ugly head and as of now he is losing the #2 spot battle.

Also the signed Undrafted Free Agent FB Zach Line out of SMU. He has been tasked to protect HB Montee Ball.

Stay tuned for the Preseason Week 1 update and recap.
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2015 Indianapolis Colts TC Report
2015 COLTS OTC REPORT


2014 SEASON IN REVIEW
The 2014 season was an eye opener for the Colts brass. After starting the season 4-2 the Colts drew a blank finishing 1-9. The process of developing this team was going to be a patient one. However, everyone in the Colts’ organization has admitted they expected to see major progress last year. So GM Merlin Smith and HFC Lovie Smith got together to try and figure this thing out. It is evident that during the wins and losses there was one common component. That was JAKE LOCKER as QB. During the Colts 4-2 Start Locker was starting to come into his own when in week 4 he went down with an injury. Now retired, QB Byron Leftwich was having success leading the team with the pieces that were there. When Jake returned it was thought that all was well when Jake put up a 300 plus yard game in a lost against the then undefeated Steelers. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. The dismal numbers returned and the inconsistent play way close in tow. The team knew that in the off-season they would need to address this issue. The Colts run game didn’t help things much. Starter Marshawn Lynch struggled getting to the second level. He started looking old and it was evident he had lost a step. The Colts put in rookie HB Ball in mid season as a change of pace but it didn’t help. The team has said that they will put in the necessary work into Ball to get him starter ready. He showed flashes during his 2 starts and the brass are excited about where he can go. The WR corps was a bright spot for this team when they could get there hands on the ball. WR Kendall Wright and AJ Jenkins are going to have a monster year next year. Their consistency last year showed that they have the ability to become big time receivers. The offensive line is a work in progress and probably a contributor in the slower development in Jake Locker. The defense led by MLB Navarro Bowman is a high level unit. They can get after the QB with the best of them. Rookies CB Trufant and SS Lester stepped in and improved the defense. This off-season the Colts will look to add a CB and possibly a DE. Although the season ended the way it did with the 1-9 skid the Colts have the 3rd and 35th picks in the draft. These picks will be held and utilized to continue to build this team and bring the franchise back to prominence.

2015 OFF-SEASON REVIEW
This off-season for the Colts will continue the Growth and Development of the Indianapolis Colts. It started two seasons ago from the top in the front office with the hiring of the new Vice President of Player personnel and General Manager Merlin Smith and trickled down in the locker room with the departure of long time Colts like DE Dwight Freeney. Smith said when he came in that there would be tough decisions to make and he was willing to make them for the betterment of the organization. The team knew it needed to do a few things to get the ship on course. The Colts have had the daunting task of creating cap room during Smith’s tenure as GM. Indianapolis wanted to get quality out of this year’s draft. From what is being shown they are on a mission to do it all.



OFF-SEASON TRADES
The Colts went into the off season with a specific goal in mind and that was to get better. The way they could get better was to maximize their opportunities during the specific stages of the off-season. Although trading is opened most often during the off season it is still a stage that teams can lose their season by over participation. Well the Colts were not going to be one of those teams. With the Colts having the #3 overall pick in the draft there were several offers for the pick. However, not biting on any of the offers proved to be the best move for the Colts. However, the team did make a deal that will help the team immediately with offensive production and with the continued growth of Jake Locker. The Colts essentially sent LE Michael Johnson to the Steelers for the Steelers 2.28. The Colts then traded that pick immediately to the Packers for veteran signal caller QB Matt Schaub. The Colts felt they needed a veteran more than a rookie at this point. Having the feeling that they can invest points into locker during progression for at least the next two years sweetened the deal even more. They can do it without sacrificing the team’s progress. Also, LE Johnson for QB Schaub was a no brainer especially when the team made the call to try DT Fairley at LE after his success playing the position at the end of last season.

TRADES
1.
Colts send:
LE Michael Johnson 28yrs [94]

For

Steelers send:
2.28 (PIT)

2.
Colts send:
2.28 (PIT)

For

Packers send:
QB Matt Schaub 34yrs [97]

2015 OFF-SEASON RESIGNS/RELEASES
This stage of the off-season is always the most challenging and where the hard decisions are made. Like the other 31 teams it is hard to let some go but oh well. The Colts used it exclusive resign on MLB Navarro Bowman. He stepped up in this his contract year after realizing the team was in talks to trade or release him a year ago. DT Corey Liuget was tagged as the franchise player. The team could not see letting Corey go without compensation. So Liuget will remain with the team as the 3 technique DT. The team chose to keep their three restricted free agents HB Taiwan Jones, DT Ian Williams, and OLB Darryl Rose. All three players are solid and vital to the team’s success. HB Jones will fill the backup role to HB Montee Ball. Jones has good hands and quick feet he will run through you on occasions as well. OLB Rose is a special team’s monster. He is a versatile LB with the ability to play Mike, Will or Sam linebacker. He is the second inside linebacker in the 3-4. DT Williams is the only starter. Williams was a great pickup in a trade with the Bucs. Williams has a big frame, good feet, and he is strong. This young man does not miss tackles and does not get pushed around. Mark my words Williams will become an elite defensive tackle in this league.

During the resign period we were able to hold on to veteran TE Owen Daniels. When Owen got the news that Schaub was on the way to Indy his whole demeanor changed. He is excited to play with Matt again and looks forward to the added dimension he brings to the offense. It was imperative that we kept all our productive veterans. Daniels will also be a mentor to rookie TE Jordan Reed.

We had to say good bye to a few guys as well. Everyone understands this is a business and because of that that hard decisions thing comes into play. We had to high of a percentage of guys on our rosters that were veterans, but not producing. We also had a number of guys on the roster who simply did not fit in to what we were trying to do and for that fact we ad to go in a different direction.

EXCLUSIVE RESIGN

MLB Navarro Bowman 26yrs old [85]
5yrs / 21.27M salary / 4.00M bonus

FRANCHISE TAG

DT Corey Liuget 25yrs old [89]
1yr / 8.87M salary / 0 bonus

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

TE Owen Daniels 32yrs old [99]
2yrs / 9.15M salary / 2.76M bonus

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

DT Ian Williams 25yrs old [77]
3yrs / 7.21M salary / 1.38M bonus

LOLB Darryl Rose 24yrs old [81]
1yr / 1.37M salary / 0 bonus

HB Taiwan Jones 26yrs old [80]
3yrs / 5.97M salary / 1.05M bonus

PLAYERS NOT RESIGNED

WR Limas Sweed
WR Johnny Holland
LE Abraham Cole
LT Clay Harvey
C Juan Edwards

PLAYERS RELEASED

TE Fred Davis
SS Kam Chancellor
FB Leonard Weaver
QB Rusty Smith
RG Willie Colon
WR Steve Breaston
CB Perrish Cox


2015 GZL DRAFT

The off-season for the Colts has come and gone. It ended this week with the 20145 GZL Draft. The Colts, after all their wheeling and dealing decided to stick with the picks they brought to the dance. With those picks the Colts brass felt real good about the team’s draft position. At number three the Colts got the number one player on their board, Tennessee CB Travis Murphy. This pick meant that for the second year in a row the Colt’s went DB with their first pick. With the 35th ,131st, and 163rd pick in the draft looked to address the offensive line needs. The Colts felt that the draft was deep at the offensive line position and proved their theory by locking up three solid prospects. The last to picks in the draft saw the team bolster their receiving corps and add some depth. These picks came in the form of TE Jordan Reed and WR Marcus Horton. Overall, the Colts feel as though this was their best draft t date.
Here are the new Colts:

1.3 - CB Travis Murphy 6’1 / 210 / Tennessee
Fast and athletic, great closing speed, ball hawk

2.3LG Walt Gamble 6’2 / 317 / Clemson
Big & strong, mean & nasty on the field, good feet, smart

5.3 - LG Jeremy Knight 6’4 / 341 / Kansas State
Big and strong, takes the game personal

6.3LT Felix Trinity 6’5 / 339 / Colorado
Nice first step to block, good run blocker

6.27TE Jordan Reed 6’3 / 236 / Florida
Good speed, good hands, athletic

7.27WR Marcus Horton 5’10 / 183 / LSU
Good hands, possession receiver, good punt returner


2015 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS TRAINING CAMP
As the season draws near everyone is working hard and developing well. The veterans are putting in work, while holding the rookies and each other accountable. This is a year of change. The biggest change will be more wins. Here are some improvements we have seen so far.

Training::
CB Desmond Trufant
+1 SPD (95)
Trufant has been working hard to catch up with some of the fastest players on the team and in the league. Trufat wants to make sure he can stay with any receiver in the league.

K Santiago Gramatica
+1 KPW (91)
Santiago has been putting in work to be able extend his range on the FGs and kickoffs. He has improved

Body Diet::
HB Montee Ball
+10 LBS (225lbs)
Montee recognized the toll playing in the league would put on his body. He wanted to get bigger so that he could take on the bigger backers and lineman he would see. He added 10 lbs and looks good.

CB Travis Murphy
+10 LBS (210lbs)
Travis seems to have the right focus as a rookie going into his first GZL season. He has added 10lbs of muscle to help with the rigors of GZL play.

Conditioning::
DT Ian Williams
+5 STA (68)
Ian has been working had to improve his stamina. He is in best shape of his career and it shows.

LG Branden Hansen
+5 STA (70)
.Branden is committed to getting better. He has improved his conditioning +5 STA.

2015 INDIANAPOLS COLTS PROJECTED STARTING LINE UP

OFFENSE
QB Matt Schaub
HB Montee Ball
FB Marshawn Lynch
WR A.J. Jenkins
WR Kendall Wright
TE Owen Daniels
LT Andrew Whitworth
LG Walt Gamble **ROOKIE
C Dan Koppen
RG Branden Hansen
RT Felix Trinity **ROOKIE
P Pat McAfee
KR A.J. Jenkins

DEFENSE
LE Courtney Upshaw
RE Nick Fairley
DT Corey Liuget
DT Ian Williams
LOLB Zach Brown
MLB Navorro Bowman
ROLB Lawrence Wilson
CB Desmond Trufant
CB Travis Murphy **ROOKIE
SS Robert Lester
FS Antoine Bethea
K Santiago Gramatica
PR A.J. Jenkins

The Colts organization is very excited about our product. We are going to shake things up around the GZL. OH CAN YOU HEAR IT???????? THAT’S THE COLTS STAMPEDE!!!!!!!
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THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Regular Season PC
THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Regular Season PC

Indianapolis, Indiana (AP): The pre season is over and the final depth chart is settled. The Colts while going 1-3 through the pre season have found out a lot about themselves. With the coaching changes and personnel moves this team has positioned themselves well for 2014 and the future. The addition of Coach Lovie Smith brings toughness to the team that has been lacking over the past three years. Practices are competitive and well organized and that is a positive change. The defense boasts the best front four in football with RE Upshaw, DT Liguet, DT Fairley, and LE Johnson. In the pre season those four wreaked havoc over opposing teams. Coach Smith and Coach Pendergast have ignited a fire that has the defense as a whole playing at a whole other level. Rookies CB Trufant and SS Lester have provided what looks to be the missing links of the defense. The linebacking corp is young, athletic, fast and a year wiser. This group will definitely be a top 10 defense if not a top 5 this season. On the offensive side of the ball new OC Mike Mularkey has his work cut out for him. Coach Mularkey has weapons they’re just young and inexperience. In a surprise second year WR A.J. Jenkins has won the # 2 WR job from veteran FA Steve Breaston. Coach Smith said about the position battle that” Age is not a factor in who plays; it’s the ability to make plays that is the factor in who plays.” Kendall Wright was injured in pre season last year and lost for the entire season. He has shone why the colts made the investment in him. He is explosive with great play maker ability. He will be one of the leagues top receivers. The Colts are set in the backfield. HB Marshawn Lynch and rookie HB Montee Ball provides the colts with the physical run game they are looking for. Mularkey will also continue the development of QB Jake Locker. Jake has all the physical tools to be successful, but still has work to do. The Colts are committed to Locker, GM Smith said” Locker is our guy....PERIOD!!!! We believe that our investment and commitment will pay off in a huge way sooner than later.” Our special teams are solid. K Santiago Grammatica has been working hard to get his leg stronger. The P Pat McAfee is strong and accurate he will flip the field for us on a regular basis. Trufant will handle return duties. He is a consistent play maker. The Colts will finish the season at (8-8) or (9-7). This is not the team you think they are. Don’t sleep on these Colts, the stampede is coming.

2014 Indianapolis Colts Starting Lineup

OFFENSE
QB Jake Locker
HB Marshawn Lynch
FB Leonard Weaver
WR Kendall Wright
WR A.J. Jenkins
TE Owen Daniels
LT Andrew Whitworth
LG Casey Poole
C Dan Koppen
RG Willie Colon
RT Leonard Davis

DEFENSE
RE Courtney Upshaw
DT Corey Liguet
DT Nick Fairley
LE Michael Johnson
ROLB Zach Brown
MLB Navorro Bowman
LOLB Lawrence Wilson
CB Darius Butler
FS Antoine Bethea
SS Robert Lester ®
CB Desmond Trufant ®

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Santiago Grammatica
P Pat McAfee
KR Desmond Trufant ®
PR Desmond Trufant ®
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THE COLTS STAMPEDE: 2014 Training Camp Report
THE COLTS STAMPEDE: 2014 Training Camp Report


This off-season for the Colts continued the New Growth and Development of the Indianapolis Colts. It started last season from the top in the front office with the hiring of the new Vice President of Player personnel and General Manager Merlin Smith and trickled down in the locker room with the departure of long time Colts like DE Dwight Freeney. Smith said when he came in that there would be tough decisions to make and he was willing to make them for the betterment of the organization. The team knew it needed to do a few things to get the ship on course. The Colts have had the daunting task of creating cap room during Smith’s second season. Indianapolis wanted to get quality out of this year’s draft. From what I can tell we have continued to do it all.

TRADES

Colts
1.2, 6.28, 7.2
for
Ravens
1.20, 1.27, 3.11, Future 1st (BAL)

Colts
2.13
for
Ravens
CB Dominique Foxworth, 4.20

Colts
WR Pierre Garcon
for
Broncos
2.13, 4.3

Colts
4.20, Future 1st (BAL)
for
Packers
1.30, Future 6th (GB)

Colts
4.3
for
Steelers
WR Limas Sweed

Colts
6.12, Future 4th (IND)
for
Ravens
RG Willie Colon, Future 7th (PIT)

Colts
6.2
for
Lions
QB Rusty Smith

Colts
for
Cardinals
5.2
WR Steve Breaston

Colts
5.16
for
Saints
LE Abraham Cole

Colts
3.11
For
Seahawks
WR Jonathan Holland

When the dust settled the Colts had flipped 1.2 for 3 first round picks in this year draft and 7 veterans in key positions that will help us this year and provide quality depth.

RESIGNS/RELEASE

Exclusive Resign
HB Marshawn Lynch [87] 28 yrs old
5 years / 23.17M salary/ 4.55M bonus
It was a must we got Lynch under contract. He will be the dominating back we need to help in the progression of Locker as a consistent starter.

Franchise Tag
TE Owen Daniels[99] 31 yrs old
1 year / 4.97M salary/ 0 bonus
He is another veteran we could not let get away. We are trying to surround Jake with dependable pass catchers as the young WR’s grow.

Restricted Free Agent Resign
QB Jake Locker [85] 25 yrs old
7 years / 25.54M salary/ 5.46M bonus
We are taking Jake’s development one day at a time. He is progressing at a consistent pace and we can live with that. This contract is to let him know we are committed to his development

LOLB Lawrence Wilson [88] 26 yrs old
7 years / 29.87M salary/ 5.95M bonus
This will be Wilson’s coming out party. We are committed to Lawrence and he will anchor this dominating defense for years to come.

OT Clay Harvey [73] 28 yrs old 1 yr deal

OC Juan Edwards [80] 27 yrs old 1 yr deal

Resigns
FB Leonard Weaver [99] 31 yrs old
3 years / 10.10M salary/ 2.64M bonus

We wanted to make sure we kept the veteran leaders on this team. We have a lot of up and coming talent as well as young talent on this team. It is all about us finding the right mixture. I believe we are getting closer to our ultimate goal.

Released
CB Jerraud Powers
CB Justin Rogers
CB Josh Wilson
LG Brian Walters
WR Dorin Dickison
WR Josh Morgan
WR Mike Williams
HB Donald Brown
K Ryan Longwell

Not Resigned
SS William Moore
LE Eversen Griffen

Amnestied
HB Reggie Bush [90] 29yrs old received a 5.18 from Chargers.

We hate to see these guys go but this is a business and we have to do what we fill is best for the organization and the player. We wish them all well and thank them for their service to the fans and the Indianapolis Colts organization.

FREE AGENCY
With the draft on the horizon the Colts have put the final pieces in place. The Colts were looking to fill all mandatory position spots before the draft. They were able to fill all requirements except for the CB position. In the free agency period they were able to bring in SS Jeron Johnson and veteran HB Clinton Portis. Johnson came into the league as a sixth round pick by the Panthers out of Boise State. Johnson only played one year with Carolina before being traded to the ravens before being let go. Jeron comes to Indy in hopes of bolstering special teams and providing much needed depth at SS. The other signing was future veteran HB Clinton Portis. After 12 years in the league Clinton comes in as a mentor. Clinton will help in the development of the rushing attack. The Colts look to add a young HB through the draft. The Colts have 3 first round picks and will use all of them to help build up this franchise.

SS Jeron Johnson [75]

HB Clinton Portis [71] mentor

DRAFT
The off season for the Colts has come and gone. It ended today with the 2014 GZL Draft. The Colts after all the wheeling and dealing ended up with three first round picks. With those picks the Colts brass feels real good about the franchise’s future. The team was able to parlay the second overall pick in the draft into three solid players for the defensive and offensive scheme. The team’s first overall pick was used to satisfy a huge need at CB with Desmond Trufant brother of current GZL CB Marcus Trufant. At pick 1.27 the Colts drafted SS Robert Lester from Alabama. The last pick in the first round was all American HB Montee Ball out of Wisconsin. This draft was a continued building process of a franchise that is on the rise. Each player was a need player that will help immediately on the field. Here are the new Colts:


1.20 - CB Desmond Trufant [76] {Washington} – Trufant is a ball hawk. He will get after it and compete. He gives us the size and speed we have been missing. Desmond will be playing in the GZL for years to come.

1.27 - SS Robert Lester [76] {Alabama} – Lester was a big need for us and brings the size and big hit ability we need. He makes an already tough defense tougher. His size and range will wreak havoc in the GZL for years to come.

1.30 – HB Montee Ball [79] {Wisconsin} – Ball helps Lynch and by the time Lynch is ready to step away we will not skip a beat. Montee will be ready to play.


This draft as a whole was very successful for us. We were able to get a couple of weapons for Jake and sure up as well as add depth to our defense. We also got a lot better on special teams. The Colts are definitely heading in the right direction after this draft.

TRAINING CAMP
As the season draws near everyone is working hard and developing well. The veterans are putting in work while holding the rookies and each other accountable. This is a year of change. The biggest change will be more wins. Here are some improvements we have seen so far.

Training::
WR Kendall Wright
+1 SPD (95)
Wright has been working hard to catch up with some of the fastest players on the team and in the league. Wright wants to make sure he can pull away from defenders.

K Santiago Gramatica
+1 KPW (90)
Santiago has been putting in work to be able extend his range on the FGs and kickoffs. He has improved

Body Diet::
RE Courtney Upshaw
+10 LBS (282lbs)
Courtney recognized the toll playing in the league would put on his body. He wanted to get bigger so that he could take on the bigger backs and lineman he would see. He added 10 lbs and looks good.

LE Michael Johnson
+10 LBS (281lbs)
Michael seems to have a new found focus going into this season. He has added 10lbs of muscle to help with the rigors of GZL play.

Conditioning::
HB Marshawn Lynch
+5 TGH (88)
Marshawn will be looked to carry the rushing load. To stay healthy we brought in Montee Ball and added 5 points to his TGH attribute.

SS Robert Lester
+5 TGH (83)
Knowing it is his time to shine Robert has put in the work to get tougher mentally and physically. Lester has mentioned he has something to prove and the league needs to be ready.

There are a couple of position battles on the offensive line we need to keep our eye on. At RG Willie Colon and second year Branden Hansen both are showing they want to be on the field. Also, at RT Jeff Linkenbach and Clay Harvey. Linkenbach was the starting RT but may be replaced by Harvey if he doesn’t step up. Linkenbach has the edge so far.

2014 PROJECTED STARTING LINE UP

OFFENSE
QB Jake Locker
HB Marshawn Lynch
FB Leonard Weaver
WR Steve Breaston
WR Kendall Wright
TE Owen Daniels
LT Brian Waters
LG Jacques McClendon
C Juan Edwards
RG Willie Colon
RT Jeff Linkenbach
P Pat McAfee
KR A.J. Jenkins

DEFENSE
LE Courtney Upshaw
RE Michael Johnson
DT Corey Liuget
DT Nick Fairley
LOLB Zach Brown
MLB Navorro Bowman
ROLB Lawrence Wilson
CB Desmond Trufant **ROOKIE
CB Darius Butler
SS Robert Lester **ROOKIE
FS Antoine Bethea
K Santiago Gramatica
PR A.J. Jenkins

The Colts organization is very excited about our product. We are going to shake things up around the GZL. OH CAN YOU HEAR IT???????? THAT COLTS STAMPEDE!!!!!!!
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THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Free Agency Edition
THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Free Agency Edition

Indianapolis, Indiana (AP): With the draft on the horizon the Colts have put the final pieces in place. The Colts were looking to fill all mandatory position spots before the draft. They were able to fill all requirements except for the CB position. In the free agency period they were able to bring in SS Jeron Johnson and veteran HB Clinton Portis. Johnson came into the league as a sixth round pick by the Panthers out of Boise State. Johnson only played one year with Carolina before being traded to the ravens before being let go. Jeron comes to Indy in hopes of bolstering special teams and providing much needed depth at SS. The other signing was future veteran HB Clinton Portis. After 12 years in the league Clinton comes in as a mentor. Clinton will help in the development of the rushing attack. The Colts look to add a young HB through the draft. The Colts have 3 first round picks and will use all of them to help build up this franchise.
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THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Personnel Moves
THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Personnel Moves

Indianapolis, Indiana (AP): With the draft quickly approaching the Colts are looking to add their final pieces. The Colts have been working the trade market heavy trying to sure up the reserves. The Colts brass new this off season they needed to sure up the reserve group after being decimated by injuries. The Colts were already one of the youngest teams in the league and the 2-14 record was a direct reflection of youth and lack of depth. With the understanding of rebuilding and going the youth movement route your backups have to serve an even bigger purpose. The Colts understand this and feel they have rectified the problem. The Colts have added the following players:

LE Abraham Cole from the Saints for 5.16

CB Domonique Foxworth & 4.20 from Ravens for 2.13

WR Jonathan Holland from Seahawks for 3.11

These players provide the Colts with good depth going into the pre- season
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THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Roster Update
Indianapolis, Indiana (AP): On Saturday the Colts dug into the Steelers well one more time and grabbed RG Willie Colon. Colon brings another veteran in to help in the development of the younger players. Colon is projected to step in as a starter right away. Willie comes to us with the ability to help our run and passing game immediately. The Colts were looking to improve the O-line with veteran players via FA and/or Trades. In other player moves HB Reggie Bush was amnestied for a 5th round pick. The Colts were mot concerned about compensation the move was strictly a cap move. The Colts save over seven Million in cap space with the move. We hate to see Reggie go, but wish him the best in the future.

Colts send:
6.12
Future 4th


Steelers send:
RG Willie Colon
Future 7th
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THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Personnel Moves
THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Personnel Moves

Indianapolis, Indiana (AP):The Indianapolis Colts have had a relatively slow off-season thus far. GM Smith said” We must take our time to find the right players for our team. We are looking to acquire the right pieces to the puzzle not just pieces of a puzzle”. The Colts have found two of those “right” puzzle pieces. On Friday the team confirmed the acquisition of veteran receivers Steve Breaston and Limas Sweed. The 30 year old Breaston spent his first four years in the GZL with the Cardinals. With the Cardinals, Breaston had 112 receptions for 1736 yards and 11 touchdowns as a #2/#3 WR. Breaston brings a veteran presence to the field and the locker room. Limas Sweed comes to the Colts after spending four years in Pittsburg (230 Rec, 3263 yds, 26 TD’s) Limas frame gives us a big target on third downs. Limas has good hands and a good understanding of the receiver position. Our WR corps is shaping up well.

TRADES
Colts send:
5.2

For

Cardinals send:
WR Steve Breaston

Colts send:
4.3

For

Steelers send:
WR Limas Sweed
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THE COLTS STAMPEDE: Coaching Changes and Personnel Moves
THE COLTS STAMPEDE

Coaching Changes and Personnel Moves
Indianapolis, Indiana (AP) – After a long regular season Colts GM Merlin Smith will continue the re-building of this storied franchise. Since taking over the position last off-season, Smith has made moves that have the Colts looking like a very different team than when he came in. There was a major move made this week on the coaching staff.

After finishing 7-25 in his second season as the Colts head coach, Clancy Pendergast was replaced as Head Coach. The former defensive coordinator did, however, agree to stay on as the teams Defensive Coordinator in a surprise move. Also in other coaching moves both OC Todd Shea and DC John Barry did not have their contracts renewed.

GM Merlin Smith interviewed several candidates for the head coach vacancy, including coaches with both defensive and offense backgrounds in an attempt to find the right guy to turn this franchise around. In the end Smith chose former New York Jets defensive coordinator Lovie Smith to take over the reigns for the Colts.

“We wanted someone that knows all facets of the game on and off the field, and also someone who has been successful,” said Smith on the new edition, “Coach Smith has been a strong leader and motivator everywhere he has been. He commands the room when he steps in and with our young team we needed someone who demands respect not only with his words but through his actions. We are excited about our future with Lovie Smith as our Head ball coach.

The Colts hired Mike Mularkey to the vacant offensive coordinator position.

In player personnel news, GM Merlin Smith said the Colts terminated contracts of the following players:K Ryan Longwell, WR Michael Williams, HB Donald Brown, C Mike Pollack, WR Dorin Dickinson,and CB Justin Rogers.
The moves were made to lessen the cap burden of the under performing players.

WR Pierre Garcon is also on his way out of Indy in a trade that will reportedly bring the colts picks in both the 2nd and 4th rounds. They previously traded picks in those rounds last year.

With the Restricted Free Agency period in full swing you will be hearing more news about the Colts personnel interest.
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THE COLTS: The Good-The Bad-The Reality
THE COLTS: The Good-The Bad-The Reality

The Good: After inheriting a mess here in Indy GM Smith has made changes that will benefit the Colts in the future. This season has been one of acclimation and a youth movement. Smith said “We will have our growing pains but the key is we will grow.” Our best move the first quarter of the season was the acquisition of HB Marshawn Lynch. He brings the toughness GM Smith likes in his running attack. The Colts used a 2nd rounder to secure the HB from the Bills. Lynch has already made an impact having a 200 plus yard game and will provide help in the development of young QB Jake Locker. On Defense our front seven are getting better each game.

The Bad: On defense our secondary is in turmoil. Bottom line they are just not that good. The team knows this issue will need to be addressed in the off season.

The Reality: The youth + the injuries + the cap issues make for a long road to recovery for the Indianapolis Colts. However the numbers from week to week show the improvement.
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Colts Off-Season and Training Camp Report


This off-season for the Colts brought a lot of change. It started up top in the front office with the hiring of the new Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Merlin Smith and trickled down in the locker room with the departure of long time Colts DE Dwight Freeney. Smith said when he came in that there would be tough decisions to make and he was willing to make them for the betterment of the organization. The team knew it needed to do a few things to get the ship on course. First was to create cap room second was to keep as many quality veterans as possible and the third was to get quantity and quality out of this year’s draft. From what I can tell they have done it all.

TRADES

1.
Colts
QB Howard Christensen
for
Panthers
CAR 3

2.
Colts
IND 3
for
Texans
TE Owen Daniels

3.
Colts
NE 2
for
Seahawks
DE Dwight Freeney (saved 14M in cap space)
HB Steven Jackson (released)
LE Osi Umenyiora (released)

4.
Colts
CAR 3
for 49ers
LE Everson Griffen

5.
Colts
ROLB Clint Session
for
Lions
DET 2

6.
Colts
IND 1
IND 5
Future IND 3
Future IND 4
for
Buccaneers
TEN 1, NO 1, SEA 2
FB Leonard Weaver
SS Aaron Rouse
Future TB 6

7.
Colts
SEA 2, Future SEA 7
for
Jets
Jets 2, Future Jets 3

8.
Colts
IND 4
for
Seahawks
DAL 4, JAC 5, STL 5

When the dust settled the Colts had acquired 3 extra picks in this year's draft and 4 veterans in key positions that will help us this year and provide quality depth.

RESIGNS/RELEASE

Exclusive Resign

DE Michael Johnson [92] 26 yrs old
5 years / 30.25M salary/ 9.05M bonus
It was a must we got Johnson under contract he will be the veteran with one of the top defensive lines in the GZL. (Upshaw,Liuget,Fairley,Johnson)

Franchise Resign

FS Antoine Bethea [98] 29 yrs old
5 years / 22.77M salary/ 5.95M bonus
I mentioned it was a must that we keep as many quality veterans as possible. Well Bethea is just that. Bethea makes the defense smarter it’s like having a coach on the field. He is arguably one of the best FS in the GZL

Restricted Free Agent Resign

LT Jeff Likenbach [77] 27 yrs old
7 years / 12.38M salary/ 2.03M bonus
It is Jeff’s time to shine. He has done everything the team has asked of him. He will provide quality depth for us on the offensive line. He can fill in at both G and T.

Resigns
P Pat McAfee [92] 26yrs old (5 years)
K Ryan Longwell [90] 39yrs old (3 years)
SS Kam Chancellor [71] 26yrs old (5 years)
CB Darius Butler [86] 27yrs old (5 years)
CB Jerraud Powers [84] 26yrs old (5 years
FS Darian Stewart [74] 25yrs old (5 years)
Our whole defensive backfield had to be addressed this off-season. We had a ton of expiring contracts and a lot of room to grow. In this league it is hard to find good DBs. We felt like we had quality guys that we could win with so we inked them up to long term deal. Their youth and upside gave us the confidence in these young men. Special teams are important. In our case it will be a life line as this team rebuilds for the future. It is a must that we capitalize on field position and have the ability to finish off stalled drives from the 30 in. These two guys are able to do that. Longwell will also become a mentor to the newly acquired Gramatica.

Released
WR Mike Williams (cap)
DE Osi Umenyiora (cap)
HB Steven Jackson (cap)
OLB Jonathan Casillas (cap)
RT Ryan Diem (cap)

Not Resigned

C Jeff Saturday
TE Dallas Clark

RT Adrian Jones
DE Joshua Williams
FB Ryan Powdrell
RG Stacy Andrews
SS Reed Doughty
DE Keyaunte Dawson
MLB Kevin Burnett
SS Melvin Bullitt


We hate to see these guys go but this is a business and we have to do what we fill is best for the organization and the player. We wish them all well and thank them for their service to the fans and the Indianapolis Colts organization.


DRAFT
1.29...........DE Courtney Upshaw [Alabama]
Courtney brings an athletic presence to our defensive line. With the departure of Sweeney we needed to find a quality replacement. Courtney will fill that hole for us. By no means is he Dwight Freeney, but he has all the tools in the world to become the next big thing.

1.30...........K Santiago Gramatica [Kansas State]
Gramatica was an obvious choice for a team that is in need of points. Gramatica is a older player who is ready to kick now. In our position intelligence and accuracy beats out an inaccurate big leg. Santiago is money from 50yds in from any side of the field. If we are consistently kicking 50+ yard FGs we have far worse problems to deal with.

2.19...........WR Kendall Wright [Baylor]
Getting the number one receiver in the draft at this spot was a steal. In the day and time where GMs are enamored by the tall so/so WRs it allows teams like the Colts to get great WRs at anytime in the draft. Kendall brings good hands and good speed to our WR corps. He is gameday ready today and that is a good thing for QB Jake Locker.

2.20...........OLB Zach Brown [North Carolina]
Another quality pick late in the second round. Brown brings speed, athleticism, and toughness to our young athletic defense. This kid can make plays anywhere on the field.

2.21...........WR A.J. Jenkins [Illinois]
Ditto on the Wright comment. Jenkins has to work on catching the ball in traffic. However, what makes him great is what he does once he does catch it. Jenkins is another guy who can stretch the field and will have plenty of opportunities.

4.23...........LG Branden Hansen [Florida]
Quality pick here. We had him as our 3rd rated G on our draft board. Branden will have to work on getting stronger but has the ability to play and play often in this league.

5.5.............QB Brady Perrin [Michigan]
Depth. Brady comes in as a capable number #2. Has decent arm strength but will work hard on his accuracy. With Jake as the #1 guy Brady will get a chance to sit back and learn.

5.8.............MLB Bobby Wagner [Utah State]
Like his speed for a MLB. He gives us quality depth.

6.4.............OLB Mickey Williams [Florida State]
He gives us quality depth

This draft as a whole was very successful for us. We were able to get a couple of weapons for Jake and sure up as well as add depth to our defense. We also got a lot better on special teams. The Colts are definitely heading in the right direction after this draft.


As the season draws near everyone is working hard and developing well. The veterans are putting in work while holding the rookies and each other accountable. This is a year of change. The biggest change will be more wins. Here are some improvements we have seen so far.

Training::
QB Jake Locker
+1 THA (87)

Locker is focused on getting better and being a true leader of this team. Jake is doing all the small things to be the key piece this team needs. His teammates have acknowledge his hard work and dedication.

K Santiago Gramatica
+1 KPW (89)
Santiago has been putting in work to be able extend his range on the FGs and kickoffs. He has improved

Body Diet::
ROLB Zach Brown
+ 10 LBS (245lbs)
Zach recognized the toll playing in the league would put on his body. He wanted to get bigger so that he could take on the bigger backs and lineman he would see. He added 10 lbs and looks good.

HB Reggie Bush
+ 10 LBS (211lbs)
Reggie seems to have a new found focus going into his 8th season. He has added 10lbs of muscle to help with the rigors of GZL play.

Conditioning::
QB Jake Locker
+5 INJ (87)
+5 TGH (85)
Knowing it is his time to shine Jake has put in the work to get tougher mentally and physically. Jake has mentioned he has something to prove and the league needs to be ready.

There are a couple of position battles on the offensive line we need to keep our eye on. At RG Duke Robinson and Rookie Branden Hansen both are showing they want to be on the field. Also at RT Jeff Linkenbach and Charles Brown. Brown was the starting LT but will be replaced by newly acquired veteran Brian Waters. Linkenbach has the edge so far.

2013 PROJECTED STARTING LINE UP

OFFENSE
QB Jake Locker
HB Reggie Bush
FB Leonard Weaver
WR Pierre Garcon
WR Kendall Wright
TE Owen Daniels
LT Brian Waters
LG Jacques McClendon
C Juan Edwards
RG Branden Hansen
RT Jeff Linkenbach
P Pat McAfee
KR A.J. Jenkins

DEFENSE
LE Courtney Upshaw
RE Michael Johnson
DT Corey Liuget
DT Nick Fairley
LOLB Zach Brown
MLB Navorro Bowman
ROLB Lawrence Wilson
CB Jerraud Powers
CB Darius Butler
SS Aaron Rouse
FS Antoine Bethea
K Ryan Longwell
PR A.J. Jenkins

The Colts organization is very excited about our product. We are going to shake things up around the GZL. OH CAN YOU HEAR IT???????? THAT COLTS STAMPEDE!!!!!!!

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COLTS COLUMN: New GM New Results
COLTS COLUMN

After three straight losing seasons Colts management has seen enough. On Friday morning they made the call for change shaking up the front office. The team named the veteran executive Merlin Smith as General Manager and Executive VP of Football Operations. This move has been in the works for sometime and puts the Colts in a good position for the future. Smith seemed to be excited yet realistic when speaking to the media. Smith said “I feel that this is a great opportunity for my self as well as the Colts organization. There have been some questionable moves made recently that we will have to correct to mend team morale. With that being said I will do whatever it takes to make our organization the best in the GZL.” Smith also mentioned he will take the first couple of day meeting with everyone in the organization to get a feel of who is a problem and who are the solutions. Things are changing in INDY GZL get ready!!!
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Colts Training Camp

The Indianapolis Colts makes changes.....for the better!!!?
New Reigns sees Peyton Manning Out.........


Off-Season Review
Pictured above is a lasting impression that the Colts new front office will be Judged by. The 2012 Indianapolis Colts offseason started by the hire of GM Jermaine McClinton and his emphatic boot out the door to the former franchise QB. If you're wondering why I didn't say the QB's name, it's because GM McClinton has implemented the "NO MANNING LAW'.
The law states as {Article 18; Any player, coaches, staff is final warned that any mention of the name 'Peyton Manning' is subject to punishment resulting in immediate release.}
There are still plenty of questions that need answers on this team. A lot of the starters are playing out their last Colts contracts.

The Howard Christensen era begins in Indy

All eyes are on QB Howard Christensen. The Colts franchise is banking on that he develops into one of the elites at that position. The team is pouring resources and focus into the young QB. Christensen is looking good in camp firing and connecting with his new weapons. While the most attention is focused on Christensen, the Colts has also been busy bringing in other players that fit the GM's criteria. To nurture the development of Christensen, the team brought in two former USC pass catchers TE Fred Davis and WR Michael Williams.


How do you help a young QB? You feature an explosive and highly effective run game. Did someone say Ingram? I hope not, because he's no longer here. Superstar RB Reggie Bush will be in a Colts uniform thanks to the Saints via trade. “I can’t wait to get started this year, just to start from the beginning and see what we can do”, says Bush. A soon to have restructured contract for Bush will secure him in Indianapolis until he decides to completely walk away from the game. The talented Mr. Bush will wear new jersey #28 ala Marshall Faulk.

Noticeable Departures
QB Peyton Manning, WR Reggie Wayne, HB Mark Ingram, RE Jerry Hughes, CB Kelvin Hayden, MLB Phillip Wheeler, DT Linval Joseph


New Colts Playbooks
Coach Pendergast hands out new playbooks to new team arrivals.
QB Howard Christensen, HB Reggie Bush, LE Michael Johnson, WR Mark Clayton, WR Michael Williams, TE Fred Davis, MLB Navarro Bowman, LT Charles Brown


Colts 2012 Draft

1.8 - DT Nick Fairley, Auburn - Fairley was the first DT taken off the board in this year’s draft. The Colts got the right player.
With two DE's that pressures from the outside, the middle of that line needed a better than average DT.
4.2 - LOLB Darryl Rose, Wake Forest - Quality back up linebacker.
4.21 - HB Taiwan Jones, Eastern Wash. - In the 4th round the Colts were lucky enough to find a potential starting HB.
With Reggie Bush as the new prized thoroughbred in the backfield, Taiwan will have some time to mature as player before he is called on to start.
6.8 - CB Justin Rogers, Richmond - Back up CB…dime situation player that won’t see the field any time outside of that defense formation.
7.8 - LE Howard Bailey, Portland St. - An Auto-Draft casualty that has been cut.


The Indianapolis Colts opens the 2012 training camp at Anderson University.


The Colts received defensive and offensive playbooks. They are practicing new schemes and techniques under new coaches. And in a matter of weeks, they will compete together in their first preseason game. With the lost of number 18, Wayne and others, panic-time right? Hardly. According to many in the locker room, there’s not a lot of worrying going around these days. It’s a time to get better. A time to compete. And a time to impress the new coaching eyes watching their every move. There is talent here. With the young talent on this squad, there is plenty of hope for the future. LE Michael Johnson, LOLB Lawrence Wilson, RE Kyle Moore and LT Charles Brown all come into training camp bigger than the year past.

TC Position Battles - The Colts starting roster is 99% set. Second year player Shaun Chapas is penciled in at fullback. Currently at press time, the Colts are in talks with a free agent that could possibly come in and replace Chapas.


CB Ernest Cooper signing autographs after morning team drills


Shelia Gags reporting
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The Colts Builds Towards The Future...


Please give a huge warm welcome to the newest Colts TE Fred Davis, QB Howard Christensen,
MLB Navarro Bowman, & K Ryan Longwell!


Indianapolis, ID---


"These four guys are the first players that I've had a hand in bringing in here. Trades are not something that defines me as a GM but these trades were a must." says McClinton. I've had the honor of seeing what Christensen and Bowman can do daily, from my time in San Francisco. Fred Davis comes to us by way of trade trade from Washington. Lastly, Ryan Longwell was brought in from Tampa Bay to improve our kicking game."

Twenty two year old QB Howard Christensen will be handed the keys to the franchise. Although seemingly this year a rookie, the late 3rd round draft pick by the 49ers in 11' will get his chance to be great and make his name in Indy. Christensen, stands 6'3 and weighs 226lbs has the size and make up of a prototypical QB. Coaches that have worked with him agrees with GM McClinton on that he's gonna be an elite QB before all is said and done.
"I contacted Mr. Heard and made a pitch for him. I was crossing my fingers that the response would be positive and holy shitballs, it was. All I can say is that I remember getting the news and dancing around my office. Unbeknownst to the 49ers GM, I was willing to offer up the Indy farm to get Christensen. Shhh, don't tell him." Smile

In that same trade, Middle Linebacker Navarro Bowman was personally tabbed to join his teammate in Indianapolis.
Navarro Bowman will get his opportunity to showcase himself. Bowman added that he’s ready. “I got a little taste of it last season and it just seems like it’s my time,” said Bowman, who totaled 58 tackles and seven tackles-for-loss serving primarily as a rotational player last season. “I’m going to approach every game – no matter if it’s preseason or regular season – with that mentality of showing the coaches that I’m ready to take this role on.”
Given the chance to play more last year in San Francisco, Bowman made the most of it. Putting together impressive, Willis-like results that left the GZL/NFC Defensive Player of the Year thoroughly impressed. “Bow played well,” Willis said, smiling at his protégé’s success. “It was fun to watch him out there making plays.” Bowman spent his first two seasons playing and watching along side one of the GZL’s best linebackers work at his craft. All the hours on the practice fields and in the meeting rooms added up.

The 6-foot four inch, 242 pounder will be the new leader of the Colts young defense. He now will be the sole guy calling the plays from the defensive huddle. After all, new Defensive Coordinator J.Barry said earlier via iphone that only two starters have been determined on his starting defense: linebacker Navarro Bowman and defensive end Dwight Freeney.
“I’m excited about it,” Bowman said. “I’m excited to start the games off, play next to the other guys and just see how good we really look out there.”

After initially getting the word on the trade, Bowman truly looked like he wasn’t ready to move on. "It's a bittersweet time for him but he has earned this shot so I'm sure he'll go out there and ball-out for the Colts. For now, all Bow can do is focus on getting better. He has been given the stage to show the world how hard he’d been preparing behind the scenes," said former teammate Patrick Willis. “I gained a lot more confidence knowing I can play at this level, by playing within that defense last year. Having a guy like Patrick around everyday to learn from was a huge advantage. Pat’s the type of player I want to be later on down the road,” Bowman said.

TE Fred Davis gushes at the chance to work with young QB Christensen. "Oh man, I got the call from the Redskins GM and he said basically you're done here
so pack your bags you're going to Indy. I had just watched SportCenter hearing the deal for Christensen being reported and I was like "WOW" the Colts are
a team on the move. Now I'm gonna be a part of that, can't wait."
Davis(25) is the third TE named Davis that GM McClinton has had on his rosters. Fred admits he is not all around gifted as Vernon Davis of the 49ers nor is he 6'7 and speedy like Kellen Davis also of the 49ers. When a reporter asked Fred about how he got to be the "Davis" that the Colts wanted, he cracked a smile and said "Hey, all I need to say is, neither one of those guys played at USC."
Davis was referring to The Trojans brand as always the underlining to a GM McClinton led team.

Much traveled 38 year old veteran kicker Ryan Longwell will step in to be the leg and foot on his 3rd different special team in three years.
Although this is not a long term fix, the short hand results could be the difference between the Colts winning some tight games this upcoming season.
Longwell will be asked to do one thing this year and that's kick the ball through the up-rights.


Shortly after the press conference that introduced the Fantastic 4, all four were golf carted over to the team Medical Facility to meet with team doctors. Upon taking and passing their physicals, Longwell went on a stadium tour while Davis and Bowman were taken to the weight room to meet with Strength and conditioning coaches.
Howard Christensen met up with Davis and Bowman later but only after he met with the official newly appointed training staff of the Indianapolis Colts, Alternative Medical Training Staff. Christensen consulted with and was placed on a medical regiment that will increase his tolerance for pain as well as heal faster than he has ever before. "We want Christensen to be with us for a long time. His overall well-being is our top priority right now. We need him on the field. With this initial treatment, It'll give him knowledge and a better understanding of what
he needs to do in order to stay healthy." explained GM McClinton earlier.


Player Improvement(s):
Navarro Bowman - Bowman began his Weight training routine by combining a rigourus morning workout, with evening cardio.
The result will be him getting stronger(+1 STR)
and a tad bit faster(+1 SPD).

Fred Davis - Davis's weight room work was targeted on his legs. Squats, leg curls, and calf work was needed in order to get the explosion off the line of scrimmage.
Acceleration(+1 ACC) to get right into a defensive player for the block or to get into a pass route as soon as the ball is snapped is what training with condition coaches will net for his hard work.

Howard Christensen - Being that we knew who our next Franchise QB was gonna be before Manning was traded, we contacted QB guru T.Shea about coming to Indianapolis to work with the young man. The chemistry between the quarterback and coach took very well which led the colts front office to vault T.Shea to new OC. Shea suggested Christensen work on his arm strength(+1 THP) and his foot work(+1 AGI).
"We know Howard has all the tools to be successful in this league. We just need to help him work on things that enhance his natural abilities," said Shea.


{K Adam Vinatieri has been informed of his release.}

More player news and announcements to come as we get word. This has been an inside the Colts look.

Shiela Gags reporting.
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Colts Need More Than A Nice Guy!
The winds of change are continuing to swirl in Indianapolis.

In Indy, the Manning era is over. The aging QB has been traded in principle and will no longer don a Colts uniform. The GZL All-Time Career Passing Leader will play out the remainder of his career elsewhere. "It was a deal that had to be made because he was not going to see the playing field here." amplified GM McClinton. "Although he was the starter here since the inception of the league and franchise, it was not a hard decision for me to make because I was never committed to the guy. This is a dead issue as far as this franchise is concerned and we're moving forward."

The trading away of QB Peyton Manning was an absolute statement that NO One is safe in Indianapolis right now. With that news making it's way around the Colts headquarters and stadium offices, the job security of many has been shaken to the core.

The new General Manager Jermaine McClinton is serious about really putting his stamp on this team. "In San Francisco I took over a team that was 98% built already. I was on auto pilot from a GM standpoint but that's not the case with this team." Call it radical, call it over-the-top, but the new regime is wasting no time cleaning house. "I call it the ultimate change of culture." says one front office official.

Only days after handing Manning his walking papers, Head Coach Jim Caldwell was called into the boss's office today and was basically told he will not be returning. It’s clear that Caldwell’s work as head coach have been masked in Manning’s performance. The masking is now off due to the imminent moving of ole number 18. Caldwell’s bland and mild demeanor is not what the new bosses want in Indianapolis. GM McClinton says he has always expressed that the only reason why Caldwell was even a head coach was because his relationship with former Colts head man Tony Dungy. "He is not a head coach and we will grant him a shot by releasing him to see if he even get's another job period."



The coaching search starts now and there's 5 immediate names that has jumped to the forefront. The defense side of the team will also get a different play caller because Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer is out as well.

"This has been Sheila Gags reporting from Indianapolis."


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Peyton Done In Indianapolis?


Peyton Manning has been given the clearance to get the hell outta town!
The report this morning out of Indianapolis is that the new GM Jermaine McClinton and Manning are not on the same page.
Manning was seen leaving the Colts facility with his head down and stopped briefly for comment on his meeting with the new GM.
"I called home and cried to my dad a little and asked him to come over here and make Mr. McClinton let me play with the other guys.
Why doesn't he like me? whimpered Peyton Manning.



More to come on this story...
Shelia Gags reporting
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Indianapolis Ownership Goes All In To Win Big!

Indianapolis International Airport - Indianapolis, IN


Fans and people rejoice in the state of Indiana as they find out that their beloved Colts has
gone out and hired the very best available GM they could possible find in the ranks of the madden community.
They came away with the hot spirited, and talented GM from San Francisco, Jermaine mcClinton.

Within hours of getting the news from the Commish, McClinton chartered a plane to Indianapolis for an unofficial
press conference. Shortly after arriving at the airport, McClinton deboarded to a sea of faithful fans, team owner, and media.
*Light bulbs flashing*
I feel like R.Kelly getting his degree at Penn State hand delivered by his mentor Jerry Sandusky.
"Whoa, this is insane. All eyes on me, man!"

Stepping to the mic, dressed in a white tee shirt with Free Paronne from his misery here in the GZL written in sharpie, green cargo shorts, no socks with beach sandles.

"Pretty jazzy duds, right? Hey, what did you expect from the golden boy from southern Cal, a suite and tie?
The wifey wanted me to dress "Grown Up" for this and you the media expected me to dress more "Business" like, right?
But i say, clothes does not make the man, so suck it bitches!"


"Seriously though, I want to thank everyone for coming out, it's great, thank you.
I see all the Colts fans here, the Peyton jerseys, amongst you. I even see the lone Giants Eli jersey that the guy way in the back is wearing."
Asleep swear I saw that same guy at the airport in Frisco before I left. Hmmmmm, stalker? Male groupie maybe?)
"I stand at this podium this evening completely humbled and grateful. My introduction into the league wasn't the smoothest
of entries but I've learned from it and settled in for the long haul."



Beyond the blinding light bulbs flashing a mans voice yells out the question, Could you explain why you decided to bolt from that good 49ers team that
crushed my dreams in the dead heap of the night?
"Paronne, is that you? Bedtime was at 8pm little fella", McClinton says with a smile to get the entire gatherer laughing.
"Um, where was I ? Oh, dead of the night thing...right...well....The 49ers was a good jumping off point for me to get my
feet wet in this league.
I leave that organization with mixed emotions. That was a special group of guys i was around in San Francisco.
I wish them all the best but I was never a 49ers man though. My interview with Tim Miller pointed that out as well.
I was basically on borrowed time and everyone there knew it. It wasn't a spur of the moment thing. The process and opportunity to move on
for me was in the works for weeks prior, so the 49ers players were aware of my intentions from day one. The 49ers fans and faithful however,
may see it differently. That's to be expected and I'm not thinking they will be happy to see me when and if I return to play against them
in the GZL future".



McClinton went on to field a few more questions during the press conference but concluded with this.

"I'm sure of the direction I want to take this franchise and make no doubts about it, we will be successful.
This team as you see it now, will be completely gutted and rebuilt from ground zero. The owner has brought me in
and understands my passion and focus to turn this franchise to one of the better ones in the GZL. That being said,
he has given me free reign to do with the team as I see fit."


"This is my dream job and now it's time to get to work".
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Steady start for Colts

When you can’t even make the playoffs with a true great like Peyton Manning under centre then of course it is inevitable that questions surface about your ability to steer a team in the GZL. Three games into the new season those questions are still there but not being voiced with such vehemence. The Colts are unbeaten notwithstanding the early loss of Manning forcing them to start a rookie Quarterback, the loss of a corner from a secondary already lacking depth and veteran guard Stacey Andrews holding out. The Colts have come together in the face of the criticisms leveled at them in the offseason and while it’s still early the signs are good. They are 2-0 in the division, defeating last season’s nemesis Jacksonville and handing Houston their only defeat thus far. That two and a half of those games were won with Jake Locker calling the shots is perhaps the most surprising factor. Drafted late in the third round, ignored by many the rookie has showcased the big arm which was always his upside but has added into the mix a composure and ability to read the defence that many saw as missing from his makeup. Locker has 5 touchdowns and a 63% comp rate and a 103% QB rating in his albeit fledgeling career. Yes he has three picks too but management can’t help but be delighted with his promising start. No-one is underestimating the importance of two other factors in the Colts solid start. First the return of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie at wideout both having missed large parts of last season through injury. Their availability as reliable targets have undoubtedly helped Locker. Second the selection of Mark Ingram in the first round has provided a reliable source of yards in the Colts backfield. It’s no secret that Indy struggled on the ground last season ranking bottom in rushing. They still rank a lowly 27th but teams now know they can’t ignore the Colts ground game and that has taken the pressure off the passing game. When you’re having to pass on 3rd and short you know you’re in trouble, the ability to hand off to Ingram to make those tough yards has been invaluable. They ranked 29th last season in 3rd down conversions at 24% this season that has shot up to 44% and they rank 7th.
With Locker having stepped in admirably Peyton Manning returns to the fray for this weeks game with Tennessee the team that effectively ended the Colts playoff chances last time around. Manning was quick to praise his young understudy as he left the final practice today “ Jake’s done really well, when I spoke with coach Caldwell and Mr Brown about drafting a QB to bring on he was really high on our list, having impressed us at open day with his fundamentals and his willingness to learn. He’s like a sponge, soaking up info and it doesn’t hurt that he’s first in last out every day, after me of course!” If Locker is to carry on his progress then Indy, watching Manning from the sidelines is as good a place as any.
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Indianapolis Colts Training camp

OFFSEASON REVIEW
The Colts went into the GZL inaugaural season as many peoples favourites to win the AFc and probably the Superbowl. They achieved neither limping home in third position in their own division, recording a losing season and being made to look very ordinary. The reasons for the disastrous showing were many, GM James Paronne jumped ship early and incoming GM Tim Brown was left with little time to address some glaring defensive needs. Add in very little cap wiggle room and there were signs from the off that it was not going to be the walk in the park many predicted. All that said Peyton Manning was still at the helm and surely the rest was academic? Well it proved anything but. While the team started well going 2 and 0 and looking solid, the running game was unable to function at all with both Donald Brown and the experienced Joseph Addai looking woeful. As a result the pressure increased on Manning and the rest of the offence and they began to wilt under the constant demand for points. Throw in a defense that struggled to get teams off the field and it gradually all fell apart in Indianapolis, divisional losses to both Jacksonville and Tennessee ending their postseason hopes. With several key contracts ending, very little cap space and no obvious room to make cuts and help the position, some tough decisions need to be made over the next two seasons if things are to turn around.

CUTS
The only cuts were bit part players who the Colts felt added little to the roster. The only real surprise was kick returning corner Justin Tryon who had ranked highly in terms of his returning ability, although adding little on defense.
LE Ricardo Matthews
RG Jamie Thomas
DT Fili Moala
CB Kevin Thomas
DT Eric Foster
CB Justin Tryon
Trades
1:With Tampa Bay
OUT
3:23
7:11 MLB Gary Brackett
IN
RG Stacey Andrews
RE Kyle Moore
5:11
2: With Washington
IN
RG Artis Hicks
3:17
OUT
Joseph Addai
Two other pick only trades saw the Colts move down from 1:11 to 1:14 picking up an extra second and third in the process

Lost to FA

Adam Carriker LE to Steelers
LT Charlie Johnson To St Louis

Both were big losses having been reliable performers but the colts just couldn’t compete with the salaries offered.

Resigned
DT Anthony Johnson
C Mike Pollak
RG Jacques Maclendon
C Jeff Saturday
Restructured CB Kelvin Hayden
It was imperative the Colts held onto Saturday and standout defensive performer Corner Kelvin Hayden. To that end Hayden was restructured while Indy matched an offer made to the veteran Center by New Orleans. Starting guard Maclendon was also resigned despite interest from other teams, the youngster having impressed on the right of the line.

Draft:
1:14 HB Mark Ingram
2:12 DT Corey Liuget
2:17 LT Casey Poole
3:18 QB Jake Locker
4:12 CB Ernest Cooper
5:11LOLB Lawrence Wilson
5:12 C Juan Edwards
6:11 FB Shaun Chapas
In the draft the Colts immediately replaced Addai with Alabama’s Mark Ingram. They replaced the departed Charlie Johnson with Casey Poole and added some other young talent on the defensive side of the ball.

Training Camp.
The veteran leaders in the Colts camp have immediately taken charge and left all players in no doubt that a repeat of last season is unacceptable. Peyton manning addressed the offence and Dwight Freeney the defence. The buzz word was application with both stressing the skill set and potential is there but it needs to be realized with hardwork on and off the field.
CB Ernest Cooper +1 SPD
QB Jake Locker +1 THA
LT Casey Poole +1 STR
LOLB Lawrence Wilson +1 SPD
HB Mark Ingram +1SPD

Offseason Conditioning
RE Jerry Hughes +1 Str
RG Jacques Maclendon +1 Str
OLB Jonathan Casillas +10lbs
RE Jerry Hughes +10lbs
WR Pierre Garcon +5 INJ
WR Austin Collie +5 INJ

Battles
FB Shaun Capas v Brody Eldridge
Drafted with the last of Indy’s picks in the 6th rd Capas may be seen as a surprise contender for a starting position. Capas though has surprised Colts staff with his excellent technique and looks a natural lead man for Ingram while possessing the skill to look after Peyton Manning. Whether this will be enough to win the starters spot over Brody Eldridge and his superior rushing ability remains to be seen.

LT Jeff Linkenbach v Casey Poole
The departure of Charlie Johnson has left a big hole on the left of the offensive line. The race to fill it comes down to a straight fight between the polished technique of youngster Jeff Linkenbach and the agile yet raw rookie Casey Poole. Poole’s superior strength and power has him narrowly in the lead at the minute but final word will probably go to Peyton Manning who after all is who they’re looking after.

CB Jerraud Powers v Ernest Cooper
It is no secret that the secondary was a real cause for concern for Colts management last season. A lack of size proved really problematic and with their 1st rd pick unlikely to secure one of the premier corners in the draft, the Colts were forced to set their sights a little lower and thus they selected Ernest Cooper in the 4th. With decent size and agility, he lacks the speed of a top corner but already looks quicker in training camp than the scouting reports suggested with further speedwork anticipated. With Powers lacking speed and stature his only plus over the rookie is experience and that may not be enough to hold onto the nickel spot.

LE Jerry Hughes v Kyle Moore
Another straight fight is at LE where Adam Carriker’s departure to Pittsburgh leaves a gap for youngster Jerry Hughes or the incoming Kyle Moore to fill, With Hughes having spent the offseason in the weight room bulking up and adding some power to his impressive speed out of the blocks he has the edge at the minute.

So will it be boom or bust in Indy? With no less than 20 expiring contracts next season, it’s clear they need to give it a real shot this year. Peyton Manning isn’t going to be around much longer and while it’s not quite a case of Now or Never in Indianapolis, the clock is running.
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Colts Chronicle Draft special


COLTS CHRONICLE

DRAFT DAY SPECIAL

Pre Draft Trades

The Colts went into the draft with a relatively flexible draft board. The two real areas of need were at runningback, with the Colts ranking rock bottom in rushing and in the centre of the defensive line where Linval Joseph had looked a lonely figure all season long. The Colts terrible cap position had also led to the loss of the standout offensive lineman Charlie Johnson who moved to the Rams in free agency, opening up another potential gap in the roster.
Several moves were made prior to the opening of the draft, including moving down three slots to 1:14 acquiring another second RD pick in the process. Out went the disappointing Joseph Addai and veteran MLB Gary Brackett, while in came Guards Stacey Andrew and Artis Hicks to provide a veteran presence on the offensive line. Dropping down a couple of slots and picking up another second was viewed by Colts management as a shrewd move in as much as they felt at least one and possibly both of Mark Ingram and Keith Payne were likely to still be around at 1:14.

Draft Day;
1:14: Runningback Mark Ingram Alabama
The draft’s worst kept secret was out with the Colt’s selection of a runningback with their first pick. The only question was which one? Ingram’s speed narrowly won out over Payne’s stature and at last a real threat on the ground should take some pressure off Peyton Manning.

2:12: DT Corey Liuget Illinois
The next pick was always likely to be a defensive tackle and the only question was in a deep class who would be left on the board? A little smaller than ideal in a tackle the Colts elected to opt for the mobility of Liuget. Still relatively strong, with decent speed and good technique he looks the ideal foil for the massive Joseph.

2:17: OT Casey Poole Houston
The departure of Charlie Johnson left youngster Jeff Linkenbach the sole contender for a starting spot on the left of the line. While blessed with great technique he is a little undersized and lacking in power. The selection of Poole gives Indy a different option. While he’s not as polished as Linkenbach he is bigger stronger and quicker on his feet and looks a solid capable lineman.

3:18 QB Jake Locker Washington.
The Colts third Rd pick was probably their most intriguing. When you have Peyton Manning under centre do you really need another QB? When Curtis Painter waits eagerly on the sidelines the answer is a resounding yes. Such were the Colts management’s concerns at the condition of Mannings ageing body and the poor performance of Painter when he was called upon, they were seriously considering selecting Ricky Stanzi or Colin Kaepernick in the 2nd. With their other needs that would have been a stretch so they chose to wait till the third taking Washington’s Jake Locker and his big arm. Yes he lacks accuracy and at this stage in his career is just as likely to hit a hot dog seller as a receiver, but with a little work and a couple of years being mentored by the best in the business he will be at worst a reliable back up.

4:12 CB Ernest Cooper Akron
The Colts had cut several ageing corners and so the pick up of Cooper deep into the 4th was a sensible one. The one thing lacking in the Colts secondary is any kind of size and at 6ft Cooper provides that. Yes he couldn’t catch a cold and is stick thin, but he has good agility is a reasonable tackler and as a bonus can return kicks if called upon.

5:11 LOLB Lawrence Wilson UConn
In the mid 5th the best you can realistically hope for is a player with potential and a reasonable skill set. Wilson certainly provides that, the only concern being his stature. With a little work in the weight room he will contribute on special teams and provide much needed cover for Sessions and Casillas.

5:12 C Juan Edwards West Virginia
The massive Edwards looks a good pick up mid 5th. Surpsingly nimble on his feet for 6ft 7” and 328lbs. He has good technique and will look to learn his trade from veteran Jeff Saturday before getting the chance to step up in his own right.

The Colts have one pick in the 6th but will be relatively happy with how things have gone so far as they attempt to put last seasons disappointments behind them.
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Colts Chronicle Offseason Issue


COLTS CHRONICLE
WHERE TO NOW?
The Colts limped disappointingly into the offseason, their playoff hopes ended way before their final game. The high powered passing offense had sputtered towards the end, succumbing to the pressure of carrying the team week in and week out while if anything the running game got worse. Defensively the team were ordinary to say the least although there were signs of improvement as the season progressed. The question now is where do they go from here? Unlike the Colts their division rivals all got better as the season wore on and it will take some major work if they’re to compete next season. The bad news looming on the horizon is that no less than 22 players are in the final year of their contract, including 9 starters and some of their better performers on both sides of the ball.

Trades:
None announced so far and indeed the only offers received in Indy appeared to have been rejected out of hand. Rumours abound however that Joseph Addai is now on his way out patience having finally run out with the talented but underperforming HB. The word on the street was that Alabama runningback Mark Ingram was a top target in the upcoming draft but we understand a trade has been agreed in principle that sees Indy drop down in the first picking up a couple of lower picks including a second as part of the deal making it unlikely that Ingram will be around when Indy come to pick.

Draft:
The Colts have kept their draft intentions under wraps but with them seeming to have dropped down in the first runningback no longer looks a target. Indeed privately the Colts appear to have settled on Donald Brown starting next year with the O-line and a defensive playmaker likely targets. Names being bandied around are corner Demarcus Van Dyke who would add much needed size and speed to the secondary and guards Lance Nguyen and Clinton Newton With starting Center Jeff Saturday in the twilight of his career and a need to protect Peyton Manning center Mike Pouncey also looks a possible pick. The good news for Colts fans is with a couple of seconds and thirds, the team can look to add some much needed depth as they groom some potential starters.
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Colts Chronicle: Torment in Tennesee


COLTS CHRONICLE
COLTS PLAYOFFS HOPES IN THE BALANCE.


Colts 26-36 Titans
The stuttering form of the Indianapolis Colts took another turn for the worse as they crumbled late in Tennessee suffering another crucial defeat to a divisional rival. The Colts were leading 19-13 halfway through the third quarter before a Titans onslaught saw them outscored 23-7, the 7 points coming only when the game was effectively over. A shellshocked Peyton Manning was intercepted twice in the final quarter, once for a 48 yard Td by Linebacker Will Witherspoon and equally crucially by the outstanding David Thornton as the Colts trailed by 6 inside the Tennessee 30 late on. Those picks only tell half the story as Manning was also sacked 5 times and hurried on countless others as the Colts Offensive line tired and the relentless Titans pass rush made its mark. Indeed a lesser QB than Manning would have struggled to post the numbers gained by the Colts leader. Manning’s quick release and astute reading of the rush got him out of trouble countless times but in the end it was only a matter of time, and he spent much of the fourth quarter either on his back or on the run. On the positive side Reggie Wayne had a big day and the Colts d kept Chris Johnson in check however that was all window dressing as Vince Young had a big day constantly driving Tennesee into Field goal range where Rob Bironas was a perfect 5 from 5. It was a reflective GM Brown who spoke to the Chronicle afterwards.
“We were outplayed over four quarters of very tough football, plain and simple. We knew the Titans of the second half of the season are unrecognizable from the ones who started out. Mr Ison is a canny GM and we knew they’d be up for the fight. First half we just about deserved the lead but their defense had been relentless in pursuing Peyton and the effort we put in to keep them off his back took its toll late on. There’s no doubt we’re disappointed but we can have no complaints. We now need to pick ourselves up for three tough closing games. If we’re still in with a playoff shout when Tennessee visit then that’s the perfect chance for revenge. We need to beat the Jags and Oakland first though and that won’t be easy.”
Indianapolis who have beaten 4 top five teams in a topsy turvy season now face the realistic prospect of elimination unless they can win out. First up are Jacksonville in a rematch of week 4 won by the Jags when two Manning picks again proved crucial. That is followed by a trip to Oakland. How ironic it would be if Brown, a lifelong Oakland fan sees his season ended by his beloved Raiders.
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COLTS CHRONICLE Week 5


COLTS CHRONICLE
The Indianapolis Colts are believed to be on the brink of concluding trade talks with a view to strengthening their defence. While no-one from the Colts organization was willing to comment rumours are rife in Indy that Darius Butler of the New England Patriots may soon be a Colt. The move to strengthen the Colts secondary will surprise no-one with Butler adding speed and agility to a defence lacking both. The Colts sit 27th in the pass D rankings and the most recent game against KC aside were averaging less than a pick a game. If Butler is indeed on the verge of a move to Indianapolis then he should form a useful partnership with current number one Kelvin Hayden. While details of the proposed trade are sketchy an anonymous source has confirmed the deal involves a Colt player moving in the opposite direction, with speculation being that it is a big name and a surprising one. The Colts traded away Albert Haynesworth within minutes of current GM Brown’s appointment and the Chronicle has been led to believe this deal involves someone of a similar stature although who remains to be confirmed if the deal goes through.
The Colts currently stand at 3 and 2 and have flattered to deceive for much of the early part of the season. Colts fans hope the potential addition of some support in the secondary will get their season back on track
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Indianapolis Colts Hire GM Tim Brown.


COLTS CHRONICLE
A turbulent start to the Colts season continued as GM Paronne departed for New York and his replacement Tim Brown arrived in Indianapolis. Colts fans were left stunned by the speed of the changes, taking place as they did before the preseason has kicked off. One fan commented after the hastily arranged press conference announced Brown’s appointment “ We’re all shocked. We can only hope the team aren’t disrupted or this could be a long hard season”
Brown remained tight-lipped about his plans for the franchise save for the following brief comment “ I’ll be taking a closer look at the roster over the coming days, but don’t expect many changes. We look in good shape all over the field and a period of stability looks to be the order of the day.”
While Colts fans would no doubt agree that there are areas of strength in key positions, notably star quarterback Manning and the twin terrors of Mathis and Freeney in defence, there are other areas which they will be hoping Brown can address. The secondary looks to lack speed and stature while a lot will depend on the starters staying injury free as depth at key positions may be a problem.
One big move made by Paronne before his departure was to acquire defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from Washington. Rumours are rife that he will soon be on the plane to New York and given Brown’s penchant for building through the draft, he may want to recoup the picks lost in the original trade. the fly in the ointment looks to be whether Indy could fill the massive hole haynesworth's departure would leave in their line.
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All Team News Stories

At A Glance

COLTS FRONT OFFICE
GM J_Arnold
Head Coach M.Schaub
Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter
Defensive Coordinator C.Woodson
Special Teams B.Miller
Salary $166.33M
Cap Penalty $7.06M
Cap Room $610K

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER POS OVR LENGTH

AFC South
RNK TEAM W-L-T PCT DIV
#6 Titans Titans 2-0-0 1.00 1-0
#7 Colts Colts 1-1-0 0.50 1-1
#16 Jaguars Jaguars 1-1-0 0.50 0-0
#31 Texans Texans 0-2-0 0.00 0-1

COLTS SCHEDULE
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT
1 Thu at Titans Titans #6
Lost 27-34
2 Sun vs Texans Texans #31
Won 35-13
4 Sun at Steelers Steelers #30 1:00pm
5 Sun at Texans Texans #31 1:00pm
6 Sun vs Bears Bears #18 4:15pm
7 Sun vs Bengals Bengals #19 1:00pm
8 Sun at Jaguars Jaguars #16 1:00pm
9 Sun at Lions Lions #25 1:00pm
10 Sun vs Ravens Ravens #23 1:00pm
11 Sun vs Jaguars Jaguars #16 4:15pm
12 Sun at Packers Packers #17 1:00pm
13 Sun at Chiefs Chiefs #1 4:15pm
14 Sun at Browns Browns #9 4:00pm
15 Sat vs Vikings Vikings #12 8:30pm
16 Mon vs Titans Titans #6 9:00pm
17 Sun vs Dolphins Dolphins #28 4:15pm

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