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3/25/15: It really looks like the Indianapolis Colts are going for broke this season, and that is probably the right move. QB Andrew Luck has developed, as expected, into a true franchise quarterback and the Colts made the AFC Title Game last season. Their running game has been mediocre for the past few years, so jettisoning Trent Richardson was a no-brainer. Brining in Frank Gore is a bit of a risk, considering his age and mileage. So is wide receiver Andre Johnson. However, these guys are not expected to carry their offenses and Indy should be in line to repeat, again, as the AFC South champions and perhaps make it to the Super Bowl.
3/18/15: The Colts were one of the few teams that the Cleveland Browns have ever been able to take advantage of. Recall that early in the 2013 season, the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first round pick. Richardson was a bust in about two seasons and was cut last week. Indy also cut WR Reggie Wayne, one of the best they have had. However, the team did sign both running back Frank Gore and WR Andre Johnson. Both are well past their prime, but should be able to still contribute something as the Colts attempt to take the next step and get to the Super Bowl.
3/11/15: The news out of Houston is that wide receiver Andre Johnson has asked for his release. Considering that the Texans told him that he would have a reduced role combined with the $11.5 million he is owed next season, the writing is on the wall. Time to cue the 'Johnson to the Colts' speculation. Johnson wants a ring (or at least to taste some playoff success) and likely wants to actually play with a good QB for once. He may also want to 'stick it' to the Texans, so the Colts signing him would make sense. Watch this one play out over the next few weeks and do not be surprised to see Johnson lining up across from T.Y. Hilton next season.
3/4/15: The Indianapolis Colts signed QB Matt Hasselbeck to a one year deal last week. For those that like stories about how former stars come back for another shot at glory, they may be disappointed. Hasselbeck never retired, he has just been collecting checks for holding a clip board while Andrew Luck develops into one of the best QBs in the NFL. Hasselbeck is now 39 years old and has not started a game since 2012 when he was in Tennessee (though the Titans may be wishing that they held on to him after years of sloppy QB play). With any good fortune Hasselbeck will continue to roam the sidelines anonymously while Luck leads the Colts to the Super Bowl.
2/25/15: The Indianapolis Colt have the luxury of a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck as well as playing in a relatively weak division. That sounds like the New England Patriots over the last 15 years. While the Colts should continue to win the AFC South for the foreseeable future and while they did make the AFC Championship Game this past season, they still need a little more to get to the Super Bowl. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy believes the help they need is on the offensive line. He may not be far off and the Colts may go that route in the Draft in May.
2/18/15: The Indianapolis Colts got an early start on spring cleaning last week when they cut safety LaRon Landry, offensive tackle Xavier Nixon and Andrew Jackson (the linebacker, not the 19th century US President known as Old Hickory). Nixon was a backup who missed a flight to the AFC Championship Game and Jackson has a couple of DUIs on his record. Landry, however, has simply been a disappointment since he was a first round pick by Washington eight years ago. He also served a four game suspension for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy and was set to make $8 million over the next two seasons. He will probably join another team for next season, but has never lived up to the promise he showed coming out of college.
2/11/15: Chris Carter was among the best wide receivers of all time and earned his place into the NFL Hall of Fame. His son, Duron Carter, has been trying to break into the NFL for a few years now but has not had any luck. He has, however, been successful in the CFL with the Montreal Allouettes. But Duron keeps getting calls from NFL teams, so maybe teams think that his father's legendary hands are genetic. The Indianapolis Colts are the latest team to kick the tires. They signed him to a three year, $1.5 million deal, but only the base salary of $25,000 is guaranteed. Duron may not do much, but he is the lowest of low risk plays.
2/5/15: A few weeks back, the St. Louis Rams asked the Indianapolis Colts for permission to interview Rob Chudzinski for their open offensive coordinator position. Chudzinski only had a few weeks left on his contract, but the Indianapolis Colts surprisingly refused the request. Now it is clear why. The Colts wanted to keep Chud for themselves, and were able to keep him with another one year contract. Part of the reason why may be because the Colts view Chud as an in-house replacement if current Colts OC Pep Hamilton leaves the team. The Rams are finding out how hard it is to hire an OC these days, so this may be a smart move for the Colts.
1/28/15: The Indianapolis Colts have taken the high road on the whole deflated football conspiracy, and that is a credit to the organization. To recap, officials seized the New England Patriot's primary footballs during the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago and found that 11 of 12 were significantly under-inflated. The Patriots won the game 45-7, which seems to be proof to some that it was not cheating, but still, the balls did not meet the required specifications. In any case, kudos to the Colts for letting the league and the court of public opinion judge this one.
1/21/15: Indianapolis had dreams of upsetting the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game last Sunday night, but those ended up just being fantasies. The Patriots routed the Colts 45-7 and limited QB Andrew Luck to 12 of 33 passing for just 126 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Still, the season must be considered a success with Luck ascending toward the elite levels of the league and the team getting within one game of the Super Bowl. Hopefully, the Colts will put some more talent on the defensive side of the ball. Speaking of balls, there is some uncertainty as to the Patriots possibly underinflating game balls, which could give them an advantage.
1/14/15: Not many people gave the Indianapolis Colts a shot to beat their former general Peyton Manning in Denver in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, but they did. The Colts were not intimidated by the Broncos or the Denver crowd, and upset their hosts 24-13. In a way, the torch was officially passed from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck, though the stadium was half empty with five minutes left to play in the game. The Colts now have a chance to get to the Super Bowl in Luck's third season - which is pretty impressive. All they have to do is beat the New England Patriots in New England this Sunday night.
12/3/14: Indianapolis keeps cruising through the teams that they should beat, putting a 49-27 beatdown on Washington last Sunday. As one may expect, QB Andrew Luck was outstanding. He threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns on a weak defense. Washington did have one interception, but that can slide. This game was over early with Indy building up a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter, and the rest was really garbage time points. The Colts have a solid two game lead in the AFC South over Houston, so they should be set for the playoffs. They travel to Cleveland this Sunday.
11/19/14: Perhaps in a year or two, Indianapolis wins this game, but for now, the New England Patriots are too good and too smart for the Colts. Indy actually led the Patriots 14-10 at half time. But the Pats made the adjustments that the Colts didn't - which was a whole lot of running back Jonas Gray. Gray torched the Colts for 199 yards and four touchdowns, and is probably the most picked up player in fantasy leagues across the country this week. The Colts fell to 6-4 on the season, but are still the class of the AFC South. They host division rival Jacksonville this Sunday.
11/12/14: Remember a little less than two years ago, after QBs Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III finished their rookie seasons, that there was a big debate on which one was better? That question seems to have been answered by now as Luck has developed (on schedule) into one of the best QBs in the league. RG3, meanwhile, has spent a lot of time in the trainer's room for some major injuries and resembles his former self only in jersey number. The Colts had a bye last weekend, giving them an extra week to prepare for the Sunday Night Game at home against the New England Patriots.
11/5/14: When last we saw Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, they were getting thoroughly embarrassed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns. The Colts were not about to allow that again and took out their frustrations on the New York Giants in the Meadowlands on Monday Night Football. Indy routed the Giants 40-24 as Luck topped 350 yards and tossed four touchdown passes. The Colts defense was back up to speed and kept the Giants at bay until the game was decided. Indy goes into their bye this weekend at the top of the AFC South with a 6-3 record.
10/29/14: The Colts were involved with the wildest game of the day, unfortunately falling 51-34 to the host Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers stunned the colts with four second quarter touchdowns, leading 35-10 at one point. Indy battled back and made the score 42-34 by the end of the third quarter, but the Steelers tacked on nine more points in the fourth to pull away. QB Andrew Luck threw for 400 yards, three TDs and two INTs. There wasn't much running in this game, only 10 rushes for 63 yards on the day. Indianapolis is now 5-3 and with visit the Giants on the Monday Night Game.
10/22/14: As teams get hot or cold during the regular season, it makes for good copy to determine one is better than the rest. Right now, that honor goes to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts dominated the Cincinnati Bengals at home last Sunday, walking away with a 27-0 win. The Colts have a balanced offense - 344 yards passing with two touchdowns and 171 yards rushing with a score - as well as a defense that is better than expected. The only losses were to great teams on the road. Indy is in complete control of the AFC South with a 5-2 record as they head to Pittsburgh for a late afternoon game on Sunday.
10/15/14: For those that have been waiting for the T.Y. Hilton show in Indianapolis, the wait is no longer over. Hilton has been a solid receiver for the past couple of years, but there was always something more in the tank. He showed it in primetime on the Thursday Night Game against the Houston Texans. Hilton caught nine passes for 223 yards and a touchdown in the 33-28 win. Indianapolis improved to 4-2 with the win, moving into first place in the AFC South. The Colts are back home this weekend to host the Cincinnati Bengals in a 1:00pm Eastern game.
10/8/14: The Colts did not so much beat the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday as survive. In a game that only a defensive coordinator could love, Indy came out on top 20-13. While Andrew Luck did throw for over 300 yards, it was mostly of the short screen variety. Neither team put forth a great rushing attack, though the Colts did end up with 117 yards on the ground. In the end, the Colts were able to score two touchdowns in the second half, and that was the difference. Indianapolis is now 3-2 on the season. They are Houston-bound for the Thursday Night Game this week.
10/1/14: The Colts took some heavy criticism after they dropped to 1-2 on the season, but may have some redemption coming their way from the national media (not likely) after routing Tennessee 41-17. The Titans started Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback, and the Colts simply did not let him do anything. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns in the offensive onslaught. The Colts (2-2) are starting to look like the team they are expected to be. They have a good test this Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens (2-2), who is coming off of trouncing Carolina.
9/24/14: The Colts and Jags both entered their AFC South matchup with zero wins, so someone was going to come out with their first victory of the season. As many expected, the Colts rolled over the Jags in easy fashion. Indianapolis started out hot, scoring on six possessions in the first half and building up a 30-0 lead. The Jags introduced their quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles in the second half. The Jags actually outscored the Colts 17-14 in the second half, but it did not matter - the game was long over. The Colts are back home this Sunday to host the Tennessee Titans.
9/17/14: The Indianapolis Colts have had among the tougher schedules to start the season. The Colts lost first to the reigning AFC Champion Denver Broncos and on Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles. Indy built up a 17-6 lead at halftime, but allowed the Eagles to beat them with screen passes in the second half and rallied for the win. The Colts are now 0-2, and that is a difficult place to win a Super Bowl from. Of course, they play in the AFC South, which is among the weakest divisions in the league. Perhaps it will get easier this Sunday as they head down to Florida to take on the 0-2 Jacksonville Jaguars.
8/28/14: All signs point to 'Go' for the Indianapolis Colts this season. They are blessed to be in a relatively weak division (that should equal six wins and a playoff birth) and have a dynamo young QB with plenty of receiving weapons around him. The only real question is the running game. The team plans on starting Trent Richardson as their running back, though he only managed 2.9 yards per carry last season. The team hopes that his struggles are due to an in-season trade and not understanding the playbook. Otherwise QB Andrew Luck will be forced to set records for throwing attempts this season.
8/21/14: The Indianapolis Colts signed veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to a low risk, one year 'prove it' contract. The reports out of Colts camp, leading up to their second preseason game against the New York Giants, were that Nicks was not doing well. Then the game happened and Nicks put up 5 catches for 53 yards. Basically, he showed the ability to play to his potential. If that continues, then the Colts really would have 'three number one receivers' like T.Y. Hilton likes to brag. And that would certainly make the Colts one of the favorites to win the AFC this season.
8/14/14: Pretty much everyone expects the Indianapolis Colts to win the AFC South in a cakewalk this season. They easily have the best team in the division, and the best QB. On top of that, they play in a relatively weak division. But there is cause for concern. The offensive line - yes the guys that protect franchise saint Andrew Luck - is getting pretty banged up. Center Khaled Holmes has an ankle injury and tackle Ulrick John has one too. Xavier Nixon is on the mend as well with an injured knee. This should not stop the team from winning the division, but is cause for concern.
8/7/14: The Colts are expected to have a pretty potent passing attack this season, even without the NFL emphasizing defensive holding and pass interference rules. T.Y. Hilton has established himself as a reliable receiving target and Reggie Wayne is back from injury and looks great so far. The team also signed Hakeem Nicks to a one year 'prove-it' deal, with the hopes that he could rebound to his former standards and be a red zone target. But Nicks is struggling so far and may not get the production that they envisioned when they signed him a few months ago.
7/31/14: Very tough news for the Colts and running back Vick Ballard. He was carted off the field in last Friday's practice and initial word is that he may have torn his Achilles tendon and may be lost for the season. This was one of his first practices back after tearing an ACL in the Colts' season opener last September. He came out of nowhere to have a great 2012 season, and this latest setback is more than unfortunate. The team had already publicly committed to Trent Richardson for this season, and losing Ballard will put more pressure on Richardson to perform and justify that first round draft pick price.
7/24/14: The Colts are expected to be one of the better teams in the NFL and should be able to hold off all rivals in the AFC South. Certainly the team has a potent offense that is only improving as Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton develop. The real question is how the team will be on defense. The Colts will be without starting linebacker Robert Mathis for September, but looks to have put pieces in place to compete throughout the regular season. Second year LB Bjorn Werner should be much better this season and show why he was a high draft pick out of Florida State in 2013. With Mathis out, he will have the chance to get into the starting lineup and show he belongs.
7/17/14: The Colts are operating under different rules for players and the owner. It came out a few weeks ago that wide receiver LaVon Brazill after he failed another drug test and earned a year suspension. At the same time, the team claims that owner Jim Irsay's battle with drugs is a disease (he has yet to be punished by the league, which is not going unnoticed). It seems that one is irresponsible while the other deserves pity. In any case, the Colts released Brazill last Friday, and were able to use the LeBron James decision to return to Cleveland as cover, thereby reducing the media coverage and public backlash.
7/10/14: The Colts finally got an indication the length of a suspension for a member of their organization who is in trouble for a drug violation. No, it is not owner Jim Irsay, at least not yet. The NFL will suspend wide receiver LaVon Brazill for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was suspended for the first four games of last season for the same thing. The Colts came under criticism for drafting a wide receiver early in the May, but they may have known that Brazill was facing a suspension and wanted to add depth. If that is the case, then it was probably a smart move.
7/3/14: While the media is all over the Browns Johnny Manziel for slipping off to Las Vegas in his free time, another young QB has been able to take in the World Cup in Brazil without such fanfare. Andrew Luck, with Coby Fleener, went to London and took in a soccer match in April, and now Luck is in Brazil for the biggest sporting tournament in the world. Apparently, Luck is a big fan of US forward Clint Dempsey, who may be the toughest soccer player to ever player. Luck grew up in Europe and played as a youth. So he is not a bandwagoner, he is a legitimate fan of the sport.
6/26/14: It is pretty well expected that the Colts are a team that is ready to rule the AFC South for a number of years (again). Andrew Luck is developing into a fine QB and learned a bit about the game after wide receiver Reggie Wayne went down with injury last season. Well, Wayne is back, at least in a limited form. Head coach Chuck Pagano says it is tough to keep him off of the practice field because he is so anxious to play again. The Colts offense was completely different without Wayne, but that gave an opportunity for T.Y. Hilton. With both receivers back, this can develop into one of the better offenses in the league.
6/19/14: It has been several years since star wide receiver Marvin Harrison retired from professional football and the Indianapolis Colts. He has been in the news a few times since then, all of which have centered around shootings in his native Philadelphia. It happened again last week, but initial reports indicate that he was being a good Samaritan. He was flagged down in his car by a man who had just been robbed. Shots were fired at Harrison's vehicle, but he, nor the fleeing man, were hit. Hopefully this is the last anyone will ever hear of Harrison being involved in a dangerous situation, and that his legacy as a great wide receiver does not get overshadowed.
6/12/14: Another week and still no ruling from the NFL about the fate or punishment of Colts owner Jim Irsay. Irsay, famously, was arrested for DUI, being in possession of controlled substances that were not prescribed to him, and having a lot of cash on him. Irsay went to rehab and is now getting through the legal system. Many hope or expect Roger Goodell to come down hard on Irsay. The current rumors speculate a six to eight game suspension, which is far more than a player would get for a similar first offense. No word yet on if there is any monetary punishment as well.
6/6/14: The good folks at EA Sports have put out the Madden Football video game for decades now and, over the past few years, have opened up the voting for the cover of the game. One of the ironic things about it is that there is a so-called 'jinx' about being on the cover, with several of the players who were featured having poor follow up years. Andrew Luck will not be on the cover, as he was beaten out by Cam Newton in the semifinals. Newton will face off against Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks for the honor. If there is a curse, then that is good news for NFC teams.
5/22/14: The Colts look like they are going to have to start the season, at least the first four games, without defensive lineman Robert Mathis. Mathis has been suspended for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. According to Mathis' agent, the player used a fertility medication in the attempt to have another child. The drug, not named but believed to be Clomid, is on the NFL's banned substance list. The agent is criticizing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell and says that an exception should be made. Chances are, no exception will be made and Mathis will be out for the first four games.
5/15/14: Chances are that the 2014 draft will not go down in the annals of the franchise as one of their better efforts. That being said, they simply did not have much to work with, owning only five selections with their first coming late in the second round. Indy traded their first round pick to Cleveland last season for running back Trent Richardson - a move that looks decidedly better for the Brown so far. Andrew Luck needs some more weapons, and the Colts selected Donte Moncrief (WR, Ole Miss) in the third round. They also added two offensive tackles, Jack Mewhort (OSU, round 2) and John Ulrick (Georgia State, round 7) to give Luck more protection.
5/8/2014: The Colts only have five draft picks this year, so they do not have the leverage to move up in the draft without affecting their current roster or future draft picks. The plus side is that they do not have an overwhelming amount of holes right now and are not too interested in the so-called elite players in this year's draft. The draft pool is considered especially deep this time around, so the Colts may be looking at adding a number of undrafted free agents. If it works out, then they are in a unique position to add depth without a great amount of expense. Indy does not pick until #59, in the second round, having traded their first round pick to Cleveland for running back Trent Richardson last year.
5/1/14: The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) allows teams to pick up a team-owned fifth year option on first round drafted players who have completed three years of service. That means that those selected in 2011 first round are eligible. The teams have to do so by May 3, and so far 13 players have seen that option exercised. The Colts did that with Anthony Castonzo. What likely will happen in a lot of these scenarios is that the team and player will work out a long term deal, but gives the teams an extra year to negotiate and gives the player some more security.
4/24/14: The Colts have not officially retired number 88, which was wide receiver Marvin Harrison's number, but they are not giving it to new WR Hakeem Nicks, either. Nicks wore 88 during his time with the New York Giants. In other Colts' news, Andrew Luck is back from vacation. He said that he needed some time away from the game after the season ended, so he did what everyone can do - he traveled the world. He also said that he got the itch to play again in March, so he is getting ready for the upcoming 2014 season. It is probably a smart move on his part, as everyone needs a little break occasionally.
4/17/14: Colts owner Jim Irsay checked himself into a treatment and rehab center almost immediately after he was released on bond for his DUI and possession of drugs. He has not been heard from since, and that will probably continue for some time (smart move to not be tweeting at 3:00 AM). The league has not really commented on the situation and probably will let the case go through the courts before doing so. Many players are wondering what type of punishment commissioner Roger Goodell will mete. Goodell has been very strict with players, and many hope he is equally strict with Irsay.
4/10/14: This should be an interesting year for the Indianapolis Colts. By all accounts, they have to be favorite to win the AFC South; the Texans have some talent but are rebuilding, Tennessee is in the same boat at Houston, and Jacksonville is Jacksonville. So this is a team that should be thinking bigger than just the division. The addition of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (which could be the biggest steal in all of free agency) may be the red zone threat they need to take the next step. Anything and everything could change over the next nine months, but Indy, along with New England and Denver, must be considered the top competitors in the AFC.
4/3/14: It has been all quiet on the Colts' front for the past couple of weeks, at least since owner Jim Irsay was pulled over and arrested for several legal violations, allegedly. While Irsay is in a rehabilitation center, his daughters are running the team. The question is whether or no Irsay will be punished by the league and if so, what kind of punishment. There are a lot of eyes on this matter, though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that Irsay could be punished. People want to know if that means a slap on the wrist or a real punishment. That will have to wait, however, as this saga will continue.
3/27/14: The big news coming out of Indianapolis this past week was the arrest of Colts owner Jim Irsay for DWI and possession of prescription drugs that were not prescribed to him. Irsay had battled addiction in the past, and had tweeted somewhat recently that he had not had a drink in 15 years. He has since checked himself into a facility, which is standard operating procedure when a rich or well known person is arrested. Irsay may face discipline from the NFL, which could include suspension or fines. HIs daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, will run the team in his absence.
3/20/14: Indy has not been as active as teams like Tampa or Denver in free agency, but they did recognize that they had a glaring need at receiver and they did fill it. The Colts signed former all-pro Hakeem Nicks to a one year deal, and he is a great red zone threat when he is healthy. He has not been terribly healthy for the past two seasons, and it has shown in his performance. The Colts were a completely different team last season once number one WR Reggie Wayne was lost to injury. This move will give QB Andrew Luck a nice receiving corps of Wayne, Nicks, and T.Y. Hilton.
3/13/14: The Colts made a move last week to bolster their defense by signing free agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a four year deal. Jackson was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing Cleveland Browns team last season (and for the few years before that). The Browns cut him a few weeks ago as a salary cap casualty. He always could have gone back to Cleveland at a lower salary, but said he wanted an organization with more stability. That is pretty understandable considering how things have gone in Cleveland since the start of the new year. The Colts also re-signed punter Pat McAfee, who may be the hardest hitting kicker in the game.
3/6/14: It looks like Indy will be looking for a new place kicker this coming season, unless something happens to keep Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri is now 41 and set to be a free agent. He can still kick, and someone will want him. The Colts can apply a franchise tag on him, but that would be impractical. As a result of the Drew Brees grievance two years ago, all past franchise tags follow the player to other teams. Vinatieri has been tagged twice (2002 and 2005 by the Patriots). Tagging him this year would cost the Colts $15 million, and that is probably out of the realm of possibilities.
2/27/14: It is still a long way until training camp. The Combine just finished up and the draft is still two months away. However, the Colts are thinking about their star wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Wayne was lost towards the end of last season with a torn ACL, an injury that typically takes 9-12 months to recover from. The team is optimistic that he can return in time for training camp. Indy was a completely different team without Wayne in the lineup. He is their best receiver and often requires a double team, which frees up others for big plays. Fellow WR T.Y. Hilton is a rising star in the league, but the Colts should probably consider another wide out to replace Wayne when he retires.
2/20/14: The Colts do not have too many weaknesses on their roster, especially since they have a top young QB in Andrew Luck and play in the AFC South. That means they are set at the most important position for several more years and they have little standing in their way of repeating as division champions. Sure, the Titans may surprise people and Houston reasonably could rebuild in a hurry, but the Colts are the favorite. They do need help at receiver, and as luck would have it (no pun intended), there are about 50 free agent WR as well as a strong crop coming out of college. It is simply amazing how things seem to fall into place for this team.
2/13/14: Many NFL observers, including several on the team, believe that Rob Chudzinski got a raw deal from the Cleveland Browns when he was fired after just one season. He never had the chance to instill his philosophy or roster, and the team was devastated by injuries as the QB position. The Colts have hired Chud as a special assistant to the head coach. Chud knows offense, and even Cleveland has some flashes of brilliance last year under his leadership. Head coach Chuck Pagano and Chud go back a long way - since Pagano was a grad assistant at the University of Miami, and Chud was a player.
2/6/14: The Colts have had wonderful success drafting wide receivers in the past. The plucked Marvin Harrison decades ago, and he may end up being a Hall of Famer (despite his off-field issues). They landed Reggie Wayne out of Miami, and he may well be a Hall of Famer one day too. T.Y. Hilton is still young, but the team was wise enough to get him and he has ace WR written all over him. Yet they could use more, so do not be surprised if the Colts draft another WR in the first round. Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State is a big receiver who could be deadly in the red zone with Andrew Luck.
1/30/14: Colts QB Andrew Luck got the start in the Pro Bowl game for Team Sanders. Of course, there had to be some controversy. It turns out that Panthers QB Cam Newton actually got more votes than Luck, but Sanders team (coached by Indy head coach Chuck Pagano) elected to start Luck. This is the first Pro Bowl game with captains drafting players rather than going by conference alignment. Perhaps it would be better to have closers than starters. That way, the top vote getters would finish out the game in an effort to make it more interesting, rather than starting the game, when it is undecided.
1/23/14: The Colts seem like they are still trying to sell running back Trent Richardson to their fan base, which may well be true. Richardson had a strong rookie season in Cleveland, then was traded to the Colts early this season for a first round draft pick. Richardson was terrible for most of the year with Indy. Colts fans are likely to remember that in May when the Browns are using Indy's first round pick and getting better. The Colts say that they could never have gone 12-4 without Richardson, which seems hard to believe. They also claim that he will have a bigger role next season, though that may not be a good thing.
1/16/14: The Indianapolis Colts season came to an end last Saturday, as the New England Patriots were simply too much for the young team. The Pats won 43-22, and were buoyed by Colts' QB Andrew Luck's four interceptions. In total, Luck threw seven interceptions in two playoff games this season, leading to many experts to question his development and skill. That seems a bit short-sighted, considering he has been in the league only two years and is still learning the position at the highest level. There seems to be a notion that QBs that do not win the Super Bowl are failures, when that is just not true. Luck and the Colts will be back, and will have a better team when they return.
1/9/14: The Colts scored an enormous playoff victory on Saturday by coming back from 28 points down to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44. Indy did not show up in the first half of the game. They trailed 31-10 at halftime and 38-10 three minutes into the third quarter. The Chiefs were dominating at this point and were making plans for the next weekend. But the Colts came storming back with five second half touchdowns. It was one of the biggest comebacks in NFL playoff history and will surely add to the Andrew Luck legend. The team is looking pretty smart for jumping at the chance to take him now.
1/2/14: Indianapolis won the AFC South several weeks ago, so they have been playing for playoff positioning. The Colts ended the season at 11-5 and got the fourth overall seed in the AFC. That means they do not get a comfortable bye week to rest up. Instead, they will host the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round this Saturday. These two teams met two weeks ago and the Colts won handily. But now we are in the playoffs and it is a whole new season. Andrew Luck has been brilliant the entire season, and he will need to continue that to neutralize the Chiefs potent defense.
12/26/13: The Colts had already locked up the AFC South division before their game with the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. And the Chiefs were already in the playoffs as well in a meaningless game. Indy won 23-7 in a game where everyone just wanted to keep their players healthy. What is interesting, thought, is that these two teams may well meet later on in the playoffs. If that happens, then the Colts would have home field due to the fact that they are a division winner and will get the higher seed. While this past game may not have been the greatest game ever played, the next one could be an instant classic.
12/19/13: This game was pegged as a potential AFC South showdown for division supremacy a few months ago. However, thanks to a rash of injuries and terrible QB play from the Texans, it was more of a formality and playoff positioning endevour for the Colts. Indy cruised to a 25-3 win without breaking much of a sweat. QB Andrew Luck threw for only 180 yards and two touchdowns. There was a Trent Richardson sighting, as he posted 64 yards on the ground and a TD reception. Indy has the division wrapped up already and heads to Kansas City this Sunday for an interesting matchup.
12/12/13: A win over the Bengals last Sunday would have assured the Colts the AFC South title. They lost 42-28, but the Titans lost as well, so the Colts have backed into the division crown and a playoff spot. The Bengals simply overwhelmed the Colts' defense in the game, and that was the real difference. QB Andrew Luck played very well. He threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns, making a lot of fantasy football players very happy. Indy (8-5) can get back in the win column this week when they host Houston (2-11), who is playing under interim head coach Wade Phillips.
12/5/13: Colts' owner Jim Irsay blasted the team on Twitter last week after they dropped yet another game, that one was to Arizona. But the team bounced back last weekend by downing the Tennessee Titan 22-14 to solidify their hold on the AFC South. The fact of the matter is that the team is not the same without WR Reggie Wayne. T.Y. Hilton is their only offensive threat and teams are double teaming him. The rushing game is stuck in neutral and Trent Richardson has been relegated to a back up role. Indy should still win the division, but they have an interesting matchup on the road against Cincy this Sunday.
11/28/13: The Colts are simply not the same team without WR Reggie Wayne. Indy lost again last Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals - getting throttled 40-11. Andrew Luck was limited to 20-39 passing for only 163 yards and one touchdown. Running back Trent Richardson was again a non-factor and the Colts must be regretting that trade of their first round pick next year right about now. The Colts are still two games up in the AFC South with a 7-4 record. They play their nearest division rival, Tennessee (5-6) this Sunday with a chance to strengthen their division lead.
11/21/13: Several weeks ago the Colts traded a first round pick for running back Trent Richardson and many believed that it could be the piece that balanced out the Colts offense to propel them to the next level. Fast forward to today, and it looks like the Colts got the raw end of the deal. Richardson has been invisible since his arrival and that was noted in the Colts' Thursday night win over the rival Tennessee Titans. Donald Brown was the star as the Colts rallied from a 17-6 halftime deficit for the win. Brown had 80 yards rushing on 14 carries, plus two touchdowns. Indy (7-3) heads out to Arizona (6-4) this Sunday.
11/14/13: The folks in Indianapolis must be scratching their heads right now trying to figure out how the St. Louis Rams dominated and routed the highly regarded Colts last Sunday. The Rams raced out to an early lead and pretty much put the game out of reach by taking a 28-0 halftime lead. St. Louis' defense was swarming and the front four owned the Indianapolis offensive line. Andrew Luck was able to throw for a late touchdown and two point conversion, but the game was out of hand by then as the Colts fell to 6-3 and have the Titans on the road on Thursday.
11/7/13: Andrew Luck comebacks are becoming ho-hum these days. The Colts trailed the Houston Texans 21-3 at halftime, but rallied to win 27-24. Much of the comeback may be attributed to the Texans being distracted after their head coach, Gary Kubiak, suffered a mini-stroke at halftime and was hospitalized. Regardless, the Colts seized their opportunity and pulled out the win - bolstering their AFC North leading record to 6-2 on the season. Indy should have another win this Sunday as they host the 3-6 St. Louis Rams, who are without their starting QB Sam Bradford for the rest of the season.
10/31/13: Colt's owner Jim Irsay made news last week by basically saying the Colts underachieved during the Peyton Manning years by only winning one Super Bowl and that anyone who plays for the team must only be interested in multiple (Super Bowl) rings. Those comments upset former GM Bill Polian who architected those teams that went to 11 playoffs and won a Super Bowl. Irsay's enthusiasm is admirable, but he completely disregarded the great years and teams they had, not to mention that was in Tom Brady's prime. Indy had a bye in Week 8 and has the Sunday Night Game at Houston in Week 9.
10/24/13: If this were college football, then the Colts would be receiving votes for impressive wins this season over San Francisco, Seattle, and now Denver. The Sunday night affair against the Broncos was Peyton Manning's homecoming and many expected the Broncos to roll over the Colts. The Colts, however, were the dominant team this night, scoring a solid 39--33 victory. Manning's replacement, Andrew Luck, threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns. The Colts lost star wide receiver Reggie Wayne for the season, unfortunately, with a torn ACL. Indianapolis is now 5-2 and in control of the AFC South. They have a much-deserved bye in Week 8.
10/17/13: The Colts had the Monday Night Game this past week against the San Diego Chargers. After beating both Seattle (at home) and San Francisco (on the road), many felt like this was a gimme game for the Colts. However, they simply could not execute when they needed to and lost 19-9. The Colts are still at the top of the AFC South division and got a gift when St. Louis upset the Houston Texans. Indy plays in the Sunday Night Game this week and they welcome back Peyton Manning and the Broncos (6-0). The Colts are planning a warm celebration for Manning who spent well over a decade there.
10/10/13: The Colts were expected to be good this season, but no one expected them to beat both San Francisco and Seattle. Yet that is where we stand now. The Colts rallied late in the game with a blocked field goal that they returned 61 yards for a touchdown. Andrew Luck led the ninth fourth quarter comeback of his career, which is almost half the games he has played in as a pro. The win puts the Colts in sole possession of first place in the AFC South, one game up on Tennessee and two games up on Houston. Indy now travels to San Diego (2-3) for the Monday Night Game.
10/3/13: The Colts were not great on Sunday - not like they were in Week 3 against the 49ers - but were good enough to trounce the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 37-3 on the road. QB Andrew Luck passed for 260 yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception. New Colt Trent Richardson ran for 60 yards and a touchdown. Even the defense outscored the Jags on this day. Basically, the team took care of business like they needed to. The Colts now sit at 3-1, tied with Tennessee on top of the AFC South. Indy heads home to host the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
9/26/13: New Colts running back Trent Richardson scored on his first run and that set the tone for the game against the 49ers. The Colts went into San Francisco to face one of the best defenses in the league and beat the oddsmakers by emerging with a 27-7 win. QB Andrew Luck only had 167 yards in the air against his former college coach, but the Colts defense was dominant against the 49ers. The Colts (2-1) have another road game in Week 4. They head to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars (0-3) who may have QB Blaine Gabbert back from a hand injury.
9/19/13: Expectations are high in Indy this year, especially after QB Andrew Luck led them to a playoff birth in his rookie season. But the Colts are finding it tougher in year two of the Luck era and were upset at home 24-20 by the Miami Dolphins. The Colts had a chance to win the game when they had first down from the Miami 23 yard line with 1:45 left. However, Luck threw three incomplete passes and could not evade the pass rush on fourth down as the Dolphins held off the Colts. The Colts traded their 2014 first round pick for running back Trent Richardson. Indianapolis now must go to San Francisco to play the 49ers (1-1).
9/12/13: Some may say they escaped, but a win in the NFL is a win - even if it is against the Oakland Raiders. The Colts bested Oakland by a score of 21-17 in their opener as QB Andrew Luck ran in a 19 yard touchdown for the winning score. Reggie Wayne had a big day, which was important because Luck only threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts will likely be better as the season goes along and T.Y. Hilton gets more targets. Indy will play host again this Sunday when they welcome in the Miami Dolphins, who beat the Cleveland Browns in their opener.
9/4/13: Year two of the Andrew Luck era begins on Sunday against Oakland. It is not fair to call this extended preseason, but considering all the issues with the Raiders franchise, it is as close to a warm-up game as one can expect. Luck was sensational as a rookie, showing composure and skill while leading the team to the playoffs. Expect more from him this season, as well as from second year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Hilton is an under the radar guy who has the potential to put up 1,000 yards this season and may be the franchise wide receiver of the future.
8/29/13: Andrew Luck continues his development at a rapid pace. This is expected to be a big season for the second year man. His head coach Chuck Pagano thinks he is doing great in the preseason, though he is running too much. Luck threw from 167 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns in preseason game three - and that is what the Colts need him to do. He is more mobile than people realize, but the Colts do not want him running like RG3 or Colin Kaepernick or Michael Vick. That is an injury risk, and no injury is worth the franchise player.
8/22/13: The Colts expect to win the AFC South this season, taking back their rightful crown from the Houston Texans who have owned the division for the past two years. It all begins with QB Andrew Luck. Luck played wonderfully as a rookie and particularly well in the clutch. The team won a lot of games in the fourth quarter. What has been overlooked is Luck's tendency to turn over the ball. While most people expect him to put up solid numbers, his best improvement could come from limiting his interceptions and fumbles. That comes with experience, and the Colts are hoping that it comes quickly.
8/15/13: The perception of the Colts' strength at tight end is far more fiction than fact. For years, Dallas Clark was the major safety outlet for then quarterback Peyton Manning. However, the team has not been able to satisfactorily fill that position for the past couple of years. The Colts have Colby Fleener on the roster, as well as Dwayne Allen. Allen's foot is now a problem and it will keep him out the lineup for at least one preseason game. New OC Pep Hamilton wants to run the ball more this season, and Allen is expected to be part of the blocking scheme - basically, any long term injury could adversely affect the running game this season.
8/8/13: Former Colts sack specialist Dwight Freeney now holds a grudge against the team for the way they handled his release. He is upset at the coldness the front office showed him by not even trying to reach out to him for a return to the club. Freeney even went so far to say that he would have worked with them on the money issue because he wanted to spend his whole career as a Colt. The NFL is a business, and sometimes teams have to move on from their players in order to develop a younger player for the next decade. If nothing else, Freeney seems very motivated this season as a member of the San Diego Chargers.
8/1/13: Colts' wide receiver Reggie Wayne has made a name for himself on the football field, of course, but for the last three years has had the best entry into training camp. Two years ago, he arrived in a dump truck. Last year, he was escorted by Indiana State Patrol motorcycles. This year - touting the theme "the sky's the limit" he arrived by helicopter. Coach Chuck Pagano, meanwhile, is preaching to his team that this is the year that they take back the AFC South, and not let Houston or anyone else get in their way.
7/25/13: It has been kind of strange to see the recent criticism of Andrew Luck lately. Luck, of course, was the first overall pick by the Colts last season, and led a 2-14 team to a 9-7 record and a playoff birth. However, NFL 'experts' seem to be piling on the second year QB - perhaps because he does not play the same type of game as RG3, Russell Wilson, or Colin Kaepernick. This is nothing more than the shortsighted attention-grabbing of the media today. Luck is a terrific pocket passer, and last time anyone checked, a running QB had never won a Super Bowl.
7/18/13: It is good for the league that Indianapolis is back as a legitimate team. The budding rivalry with the Houston Texans is an interesting story line and Andrew Luck has all the makings of a big time elite quarterback. New offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has publicly stated that the team will employ the Pistol offense at times this year, which should give Luck all the time he needs to make his reads and throws. It also give Luck the chance to run - something that he is better at than most people believe. This should be a two team race in the AFC South, and Colts fans should be happy they have a great shot at the division crown.
7/11/13: Say one thing for backup Matt Hasselbeck, he knows how to stay in the league. Hasselbeck wants to win a Super Bowl, and says that is more important than starting - which is probably one reason he signed with the Colts as the backup to Andrew Luck. Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the 2006-07 season, but lost to Pittsburgh. He has not been close since. Indy is certainly a playoff contender this season, and that bodes well for Hasselbeck and his dream of winning a Super Bowl in the few seasons he likely has left.
7/4/13: The NFL is really unique in that a team that finished last in the league can turn everything around in one offseason and make the playoffs the following year - just as the Colts did last season, and the Chiefs are looking to do this season. But year two is different. The Colts will not catch anyone by surprise this time around - everyone knows they are a good team that can compete with the Texans for the division crown. So how good can they be? On the plus side, QB Andrew Luck has some experience now, so there is no reason not to expect him to progress and keep this team competitive.
6/27/13: This is not likely to happen in a regular season game, but it would be great to see a pass from Chandler Harnish to Justice Cunningham. Granted, that duo will not go down in history like Warner to Bruce (or Holt) or Montana to Rice. However, they are the two most recent Mr. Irrelevants, and the first time one team has had that distinction since the 2004 Oakland Raiders. Mr. Irrelevant is the last player selected in the draft. He actually gets his own parade in California. So while this probably will not happen outside of preseason, it is fun to imagine.
6/20/13: Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has really matured as a professional athlete over the years. Once considered a talented complement to Marvin Harrison, Wayne has assumed a true leadership role with the team. He says that he will increase the intensity of his offseason workouts, which means getting up at 5:30am every morning. Several offensive skill players may even get together, including QB Andrew Luck, for their own workouts. With Wayne and Luck leading the offense, then this team may be in line to improve upon last season's 9-7 record and challenge Houston for the division crown.
6/13/13: The Colts have been flirting with Ahmad Bradshaw for a little while now. In his prime, Bradshaw was an outstanding running back, helping the Giants win two Super Bowls. Injuries have slowed him recently, but he can still be a productive back. But what does this mean for Vick Ballard? Ballard came out of nowhere in his rookie season to help the Colts rally to a playoff spot. If Indy signs Bradshaw, would it be a committee approach or something else? We know Indy can throw, but they need to establish a balanced attack if they want to improve upon last season.
6/6/13: Colts placekicker Adam Vinateri is now the oldest active player in the NFL at age 40. He says that keeping fresh is what keeps him going. He stays in shape in the offseason and does not work out on consecutive days. He does not do kickoffs anymore, as punter Pat McAfee handles those duties. Vinateri is known for being clutch in big situation, though his field goal percentage did drop to under 80% last season. All in all, though, he has had one of the better careers for a place kicker - a job that has more pressure and responsibilities than people like to credit.
5/30/13: The Colts knew they had to do something to upgrade their pass rush from last season, particularly after not bringing back defensive end Dwight Freeney. Even with Freeney, the team did not have a strong pass rush last season, and only Robert Mathis was left on the roster as a pass rush threat. So the Colts drafted Bjorn Werner from Florida State. Werner will have a lot of responsibility in getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks next year. If he continues his fine play from college, then the Colts will be in fine shape for the next several years.
5/23/13: Expectations are high in Indianapolis this offseason - and they should be. The team went from 2-14 (worst in the league) to 9-7 (playoff spot) in the time it took to announce Andrew Luck as the first overall pick in 2012. But last year was a gimme season. Granted, they far exceeded everyone's hopes, yet now they have to continue the success. Four months before the season starts and it looks like a two team race between the Colts and the Texans. Both are strong teams that have something to prove, which will make for compelling drama this season.
5/16/13: There is no doubt that Indianapolis surprised everyone last year with a winning record and a trip (however short lived) to the playoffs - especially after a dismal 2-14 record in 2012. So the Houston Texans are officially on notice that their reign as AFC South champions may be temporary. The Colts bring back almost everyone, minus Dwight Freeney. But the biggest question mark is who will be the starting running back this season. The choices are the Donald Brown and Vick Ballard. This will be a fun contest to watch throughout all of training camp.
5/9/13: Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne wants to join an exclusive group of players that reach 1000 yards receiving at age 35 or older. It may be hard to believe that Wayne is in his mid 30's. It does not seem like too long ago he was the number two guy, fresh out of the University of Miami, to star wide out Marvin Harrison. Others in the 35/1000 club are Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and Terrell Owens - pretty good company. Only 12 players have made this club, and Wayne wants to go down in history as the 13th.
5/2/13: Indianapolis crushed the draft last season, though that was pretty easy by simply selecting Andrew Luck as the heir to Peyton Manning. But they were better than advertised and made the playoffs. Now there is an interesting rivalry in the AFC South with the Houston Texans. Indy is trying to build up their defense, and took a big step by drafting one of Florida State's many star defensive linemen, Bjorn Werner. Werner, who is from Germany, only concentrated on football in college, where he became a sack and tackle machine. The best news is that he can still improve. The bad news is, well the bad news is for Arian Foster and Matt Schaub.
4/25/13: Everyone knows how the Colts immediately improved last year the moment they drafted QB Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. The team went from two wins to the playoffs, and now the expectations are skyhigh, like in the Peyton Manning years. With a year of NFL experience under his belt, and a lot more time with his receivers, expect Luck to improve and for the Colts to challenge the Texans for the AFC South crown. The Colts do not have a lot of draft needs, but could use a good running back, an eventual replacement for WR Reggie Wayne, and of course, a replacement for Dwight Freeney.
4/18/13: While Andrew Luck is off preparing for the season and trying to get the team better, the backup quarterbacks, Matt Hasselbeck and Chandler Harnish were shooting basketballs to decide who gets to wear number 8. Hasselbeck bet Harnish $8,000 for the number if he hit a half court shot. So of course the former Mr. Irrelevent nailed the shot and Hasselbeck has to pay up. Not to worry, he is making almost $4 million this year to hold a clipboard. Harnish is not keeping the money, he is donating it to his high school as a scholarship.
4/11/13: The Colts draft should be pretty interesting this year. The team is now the poster child of why teams need a franchise quarterback. A season after finishing 2-14 and starting a who is who, no really, who is that of no name QBs, Andrew Luck came in and led the team to the playoffs. The team is pretty set, but could use replacements for wide receiver Donnie Avery and defensive tackle Dwight Freeney. They could also use a better running back. But the team is set to overtake Houston and regain their rightful place at the top of the AFC South.
4/4/13: The Colts finally signed their Donny Avery speedster replacement with former Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. Bey was selected before more accomplished receivers like Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant a few years ago because then-owner Al Davis loved his speed. He has turned into a solid WR. H started 14 games last season and had 41 catches for 606 yard, plus a career high five touchdowns. DHB will join long time Colt Reggie Wayne as the starting WRs next season, giving QB Andrew Luck a few good options, especially when his tight ends are considered in that conversation.
3/28/13: The Colts may have been surprised to see speedster wide receiver Donnie Avery leave the team via free agency for Kansas City, but reports are that they have identified a replacement in former Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. DHB was the Raiders' first overall pick a few years ago when then-owner Al Davis fell in love with his speed and took him over Michael Crabtree or Dez Bryant. But Oakland cut him last week, despite not having many receiving weapons. DHB has been good but not great. He may excel if he gets to play with an elite quarterback.
3/21/13: General Manager Ryan Grigson did not win the NFL's Executive of the Year last season by making dumb moves or throwing a lot of big contracts at aging free agents. He made the obvious choice of selecting Andrew Luck with the first pick, nabbing other talented players in the draft, and making some trades to solidify the secondary. So it is no surprise that he is taking a very strategic approach to free agency and going after under the radar player who will not destroy cap room. With a year under his belt, Luck may well lead the Colts back to the AFC South Crown.
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3/14/13: Donnie Avery had a resurgence of sorts last season with the Colts, turning in a solid performance as one of QB Andrew Luck's favorite targets. Avery has speed to burn, and was the first wide receiver taken five years ago by the St. Louis Rams. He was often injured and inconsistent, and eventually found his way to Indianapolis. With the development of T.Y. Hilton, he was expendable, and just signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Indy, meanwhile, signed tackle Gosder Cherilus away from the Detroit Lions for a lucrative five year contract.
3/7/13: Jeff Saturday played last season with the Green Bay Packers after 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts. He announced his retirement after this season, but will return to Indy to sign a ceremonial one-day contract with the teams so he can retire as a Colt. No date has been announced, but Colts owner Jim Irsay says it will be soon. Additionally, Saturday will stick around and has a job waiting for him with the organization. The details of that position have not been released but he could be a coach or special adviser to his long- time franchise.
2/28/13: The Indianapolis Colts look like they are committed to the West Coast Offense, at least in the near future. Head coach Chuck Pagano cites the high completion rate associated with shorter passes. This type of offense is often compared to having an extended running game, particularly when small, quick swing passes can get the ball into the hands of speedsters who can pick up ten yards at ease. Pagano also mentioned that he wants the team to resign kicker Pat McAfee, who has been very strong in pinning opposing teams within the 20 yard line in his career.
2/14/13: The Colts were THE feel-good story of the 2012 season. Story lines ranged from the number one overall draft pick (QB Andrew Luck) living up to the hype and taking the team to the playoffs, to head coach Chuck Pagano's battle with leukemia where he returned to coach the last few games, to assistant coach Bruce Arians assuming the head coaching duties during Pagano's absence and leading the team to a 9-3 record during that time. Arians even won the NFL's Coach of the Year award, and landed the head coaching position in Arizona. Expectations will be high next season, and the Colts have proven that they can challenge the Texans for the AFC South crown.
2/7/12: Well this is a first. Getting odds from Vegas on Bruce Arians being named the NFL Coach of the Year back in August was probably impossible. After all, he was an assistant coach. Then head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and stepped aside for most of the season. Arians filled in and rattled off nine wins in 12 games behind a rookie quarterback. He was awarded the Coach of the Year award, while Pagano finished second. His work earned him the head coaching job in Arizona as Ken Whisenhunt's successor - though this time he has no quarterback to work with.
1/31/13: Give the Colts some credit. Last offseason, the team cleaned house. They cut future hall-of-famer Peyton Manning - one of the best QBs ever - to go with an unproven Andrew Luck. That worked out well as Luck had a Pro-Bowl season and led the team to the playoffs. But they also dismissed Bill Polian. Polian won the NFL Executive of the Year award six times, twice with the Colts. His replacement, Ryan Grigson did well, and was awarded his first top Exec award. Not a bad job replacing with stars for the Colts last season.
1/24/13: There was much speculation about Andrew Luck taking the reins as the starting quarterback for the Colts. Indy had one of the greatest QBs of all time for 13 years in Peyton Manning. Manning was of course traded last off season after he missed all of the 2011 season with major nerve damage in his neck. Luck is expected to be the face of the franchise for the next decade or so, and he is off to a good start. When Tom Brady backed out of the Pro Bowl, Luck was tapped as his replacement. So one year in and one Pro Bowl appearance - and probably many more to come.
1/17/13: By any measure, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians did a magnificent job this season. First he was in charge of developing highly touted rookie quarterback Andrew Luck into a franchise cornerstone. Then he had to restore an offense that was laughable last season and had many personnel losses. And finally, he was given the reins to the team when head coach Chuck Pagano left to be treated for leukemia. He led the team to the playoffs and is now a hot candidate for several head coaching positions. He was hospitalized right before the Colts' playoff game with Baltimore, and here's hoping that his recent health issues do not affect his candidacy for a head coaching position.
1/10/13: The Colts splendid and surprising season came to an end in Baltimore Su
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|Aug 22, 2015||Chicago Bears vs Indianapolis Colts|
|Aug 29, 2015||Indianapolis Colts vs St. Louis Rams|
|Sep 3, 2015||Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts|
|Sep 21, 2015||New York Jets vs Indianapolis Colts|
|Oct 8, 2015||Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans|
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Indianapolis Colts Past Games Schedule and Indianapolis Colts Scores
|Jan 18, 2015||AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts - New England Patriots||7 - 45|
|Jan 11, 2015||AFC Divisional Game: Indianapolis Colts - Denver Broncos||24 - 13|
|Dec 28, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Tennessee Titans||27 - 10|
|Dec 14, 2014||Houston Texans - Indianapolis Colts||10 - 17|
|Dec 7, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Cleveland Browns||25 - 24|
|Nov 30, 2014||Washington Redskins - Indianapolis Colts||27 - 49|
|Nov 16, 2014||New England Patriots - Indianapolis Colts||42 - 20|
|Oct 19, 2014||Cincinnati Bengals - Indianapolis Colts||0 - 27|
|Oct 9, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Houston Texans||33 - 28|
|Oct 5, 2014||Baltimore Ravens - Indianapolis Colts||13 - 20|
|Sep 21, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Jacksonville Jaguars||44 - 17|
|Sep 15, 2014||Philadelphia Eagles - Indianapolis Colts||30 - 27|
|Sep 7, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Denver Broncos||24 - 31|