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Paul Kuharsky points out that the idea that the revamped offensive line is going to be an improvement may be a mistake:
General manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano want to be bigger and more physical up front. Reshaping the line so far has meant the addition of right tackle Winston Justice, guard Mike McGlynn, center Samson Satele and, most recently, tackle George Foster. As the Indianapolis Star recently wrote, there were reasons these guys were all available and affordable. Right now it seems holdovers Anthony Castonzo (left tackle) and Joe Reitz (left guard) will be joined on the starting line by Justice, McGlynn and Satele.
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ESPN gave Colts tight end Coby Fleener the once-over in its series on ten players they've deemed "rising stars." Fleener clearly knows things are about to change:
What’s the biggest difference between being a college football star and a pro football player? The biggest transition is going to be the idea that it’s one, a job, and two, it’s my only responsibility.
Never underestimate the importance of a tight end. Well, at least that's what the Indianapolis Colts must think.
By drafting two of the top tight end prospects in the 2012 NFL draft the Colts want to make sure Andrew Luck can get rid of the ball quickly if need be.
Luck may be familiar with former Stanford Cardinal teammate Coby Fleener, but Dwayne Allen could be the difference maker.
The Colts announced on Tuesday that they have waived LB Kevin Eagan - who decided to leave the team - and signed free agent WR Kris Adams (Bears, Rams, Vikings). I know this is a fringe transaction, and will likely be meaningless within weeks. But with 10 other wide receivers already on the team, and an ongoing dearth of talent at safety and corner, this move is a head-scratcher for me.
Paul Kuharsky says that Chuck Pagano will lean on Donald Brown. How will Brown perform in an offense that needs him badly? He needs to show his upside according to Kuharsky:
Donald Brown had chances under the previous Colts’ regime to earn a bigger role, but he landed himself in the doghouse. It’s too early to say the first-round pick from the team’s 2009 draft is not a good...
The worst scenario for many Colts fans is that Peyton Manning AND Robert Griffin III are rock stars for the next five years while Andrew Luck bombs. I don't see it happening, but Nate Dunlevy runs down the doomsday scenarios just in case:
There are basically three believable ways that Andrew Luck can fail. Obviously, he could wig out a la Jeff George or Ryan Leaf, but not even...
A reader sent Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star an interesting piece of advice:
QUESTION: Not a question, but a comment. I’ve been Colts fan since John Unitas was at the helm. When that era sadly ended and Johnny U was shipped to San Diego, I was appalled and embarrassed for the Colts and the NFL. That’s when the business end of the NFL rang true. So my advice to the...
According to running backs coach David Walker, Donald Brown is penciled in as the Colts’ starting running back this season, with the key part being penciled in. Walker admits that there will be a competition for the job and that both Delone Carter and Vick Ballard will be candidates to be their week 1 starter at running back.
Brown deserves the first crack at the job and probably...
There are at least two things that were more enjoyable to watch in 2006 than today: the Colts and Arrested Development. Nate Dunlevy combines two of my favorite pasttimes in one article.
Yet, he left off one quote I think sums up the situation:
Barry Zuckerkorn: Are all the guys in here... you know? [referencing gay inmates]George Sr.: Oh, no, no. No, not all of them.Barry Zuckerkorn...
As the Indianapolis Colts prepare for the 2012 season, there are some serious questions surrounding the Indianapolis backfield and their ability to mount a successful running game. The inability to run the ball in 2012 could hinder rookie QB Andrew Luck’s development in 2012. Last season, then rookie QB Cam Newton benefited from a solid rushing attack from the Carolina Panthers...
As I pointed out earlier, unbridled optimism about the offensive line is likely ill-informed. There is however some reason for optimism writes Phil Richards--they got bigger:
"We are going to be pretty big up front," said Goodwin, who spent the past five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he worked under new Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. "I think...
Earlier this year ESPN Sports Science took a look at Coby Fleener's leaping ability and leg power. I really enjoy the Sports Science program and thought that it would be a video our readers would want to see. It's exciting to see how Fleener will continue to develop in the NFL.
While it certainly comes as no surprise that NFL talking heads and mainstream media sources would ask a lot of questions about the short-term future of the Indianapolis Colts offense, many of the questions that are being raised seem like the wrong ones. ESPN's Paul Kuharsky raised questions about the offensive line and the NFL's Gregg Rosenthal expressed concerns about the...
Donald Brown proved in 2011 to be a more reliable back than the bust he's been labeled. That said, the cupboards are pretty bare behind him as NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal points out:
It's not like there are great options behind Brown. Delone Carter, Darren Evans and late-round draft pick Vick Ballard are the only other players on the Colts' depth chart.
Over the last few weeks, much has been made over the Colts' (irrelevant) "issues" to sell their season tickets. Because of the slight drop in season ticket renewals, Indianapolis natives and fans have been berated for being fickle, fair-weather, and flaky (among others).
I find this all to be an extreme exaggeration, for reasons that I laid out earlier this year...