Found December 28, 2011 on The Colts Authority:
Anyone arguing against the Colts signing Robert Mathis need to read Ben Savage's breakdown of the game tape from the Texans game.  Throughout his career Robert Mathis has been a clutch player whose versatility is widely overlooked.  Once again he came up big against the Texans by forcing a fumble and then recovering: Mathis starts off with an inside move, which he uses to gauge the offensive protections. He then takes an outside step, and it becomes a conventional Mathis speed rush off the edge.His lateral speed and agility is too much for Eric Winston (#73, RT), who has been one of the best at the position in the league this year.Robert sticks out a great big paw and bats the ball out of Yates’ hand. Looking at the protection, Yates could certainly have stepped up into the pocket to help his tackle out. He doesn’t do so, and is punished ruthlessly. The issue is similar to what we’ve experienced all year with Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky. Mathis recovers his own forced fumbl...

Freeney lone Colts headed to Hawaii

Dwight Freeney will be representing the Colts at the Pro Bowl and is quite happy to do so: “It is always an honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl by the fans and your peers,” said Freeney. “No matter how many times you get picked, it is always special and something that I will always cherish.  This is something that is not just a personal goal, but an achievement for this...

Anderson, Brayton saved D-Line

The free agent signings of Jamaal Anderson and Tyler Brayton were somewhat of a surprise.  It paid off in spades: Brayton has 25 tackles, Anderson 21. The only defensive lineman with more is Mathis with 43. Brayton and Anderson have two sacks each. The only teammates with more are Mathis with 81/2 and Pro Bowl endDwight Freeney with 71/2. "That's how important it is to...

Recap of the Bill Polian Show: December 26, 2011

Each week, Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian holds his weekly radio show. Host Bob Lamey, the Voice of the Indianapolis Colts, asks questions and takes calls from listeners to pick the mind of the long-time Colts executive. Even though the Colts won their second game in a row in exciting fashion over division rival Houston, [...]

Florio: Ryan had to lie about Manning

Mike Florio points out that Rex Ryan's comments about not pursuing Peyton Manning were driven not by reality but rather league tampering rules. These are all things that would encourage a team like the Jets or any team to not say anything about Peyton Manning. But there are some who think that Peyton Manning could be very interested in the Jets.

Worth more: Manning or the #1 pick?

Jason LaCanfora has been speaking with several team executives about the hypothetical value Peyton Manning would have on the market: But let's start with Manning. The most any decision maker thought he was worth was a first- and a second-round pick. "I could see you making the case that he's worth what the Raiders gave up for Carson Palmer," one GM said, while...

Angerer is Colts' best shot for Pro Bowl

Pat Angerer is a tough, no-nonsense football player, and for a defender, he has a heck of a stiff-arm. Tell the second-year Indianapolis Colts middle linebacker his end zone interception in the breakout victory over Tennessee was a game-changer and he sheds you like an off-balance blocker.

Why would the Houston Texans play WR Andre Johnson this week?

Reports coming out of the Houston Texans camp on Monday suggest that WR Andre Johnson returned to practice on Monday. With no possibility on improving their playoff seeding, why would the Houston Texans risk injuring the talented wide receiver’s hamstring yet again this season? Andre Johnson has already missed nine games this season with a hamstring injury, the first...

A Belated Texans-Colts Game Recap

The Colts – Texans recap has been long overdue however I was unable to proceed with my obligations as I have just recently awoken from a Texan Kool-Aid drunken stupor that was topped off with a psychotic episode induced by what I'm referring to as the Dan Orlovsky Disaster.   I missed Christmas Eve, Christmas, all the weekends games, and any family or friends that had wished...

Texans’ Cushing upset about Pro Bowl snub

When Pro Bowl rosters are announced each year, there’s always handful of deserving players who don’t get to make the trip to Honolulu. Understandably, being snubbed doesn’t sit well with those players. Just ask Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing, who admitted Thursday that he’s particularly peeved over missing the cut. “I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t (upset...

Freeney Selected To 2012 Pro Bowl

Dwight Freeney, a four-year Syracuse letterwinner and current defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, was selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl on Monday. It is the fourth consecutive season that Freeney has earned a spot among the NFL's elite players, and seventh time in his career.

Duane Brown: Texans offensive line snubs a “slap in the face”

Every year, we re-learn how faulty the Pro Bowl voting process is. Guys make the game on reputation. (Jay Ratliff, Jake Long.) Other deserving young players have to wait their turn (Navorro Bowman.) Texans left tackle Duane Brown was one of the players that got overlooked because he doesn’t have a big name. We’d argue…

DE Freeney is only Colt selected to Pro Bowl

At least the Indianapolis Colts didn't get shut out of the Pro Bowl. Despite a humbling 2-13 season and his lowest sack total since 2007, defensive end Dwight Freeney was the Colts' lone selection in Pro Bowl balloting, announced Tuesday night on NFL Network and

NFL Preview - Tennessee (8-7) at Houston (10-5) (ET)

Following a lopsided defeat to the Houston Texans back in late October, the Tennessee Titans probably didn't want to face their AFC South rivals a second time -- let alone set up a date for a possible third meeting.
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