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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 Colts running backs.
These questions should sound somewhat misguided for informed Colts fans. Afterall, the running game has always been a concern -- often due to questions revolving around a smallish and aging offensive line. The only running back the team lost was Joseph Addai who has struggled to stay healthy -- missed 12 games over the 2010-2011 seasons.
Donald Brown showed flashes of development in 2011 and was the best running back on the team -- even though his time on the field was limited. Delone Carter struggled with ball control issues but should develop in his second season and Darren Evans...
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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.
Austin Collie recently had dinner with Andrew Luck and noticed the rookie quarterback is getting twitchy:
Luck's last final exam is Thursday, then he can attend the Colts' June 12-14 mandatory minicamp. He has been trying to stay sharp at Stanford with private workouts, but Colts wide receiver Austin Collie said it has been a challenging time for his new teammate.
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...
Andrew Luck's long, anxious wait to start practicing with the Colts is almost over.
After the Colts wrap up mini-camp and Luck finishes his final college classes Thursday, the No. 1 overall draft pick will finally start throwing passes to his new teammates when the Colts reconvene for a mandatory mini-camp next week.
Those who have spoken to Luck say he can't wait.
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...
The Indianapolis Colts have made another attempt to shore up their secondary by signing free agent cornerback Justin King.
King was the Rams' fourth-round draft pick in 2008 and played the past four seasons in St. Louis. He started 19 games and recorded 131 tackles with the Rams.
His best season came in 2011. King finished with a career-high 63 tackles and recorded the first...
INDIANAPOLIS -- While rookie quarterback Andrew Luck isn't due back to participate in his first full-team mini-camp practice until next week, the Indianapolis Colts wrapped up organized team activity practices with a workout Thursday at the team's West 56th Street headquarters. Luck finishes up his architectural design classes at Stanford this week and is scheduled to...
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...
Having veteran quarterbacks compete with each other and rookies for their place as a starter seems to be the new trend this offseason, (think Arizona’s and Miami’s competitions for starting QB) and now the Indianapolis Colts have decided to set the next trend by holding a running back battle in training camp. Donald Brown, the former Colts first round draft pick...
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...
The Colts' top two draft picks aren't in attendance for this week's OTAs while quarterback Andrew Luck and tight end Coby Fleener take their final exams at Stanford, but coach Chuck Pagano said he's extremely pleased with where the team is at. Owner Jim Irsay tweeted on Tuesday that a deal with Luck is "getting close," and the expectation is a contract...
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...