Luck to start against Ravens

Expect to see a lot of Josh Ferguson

Head coach Chuck Pagano has made it clear that the starting offense and defense will see much more action this week against the Baltimore Ravens and veteran QB Andrew Luck will open the game and is expected to play the entire first quarter.  He did not play in the win against the Bills last week.

While RB Stephen Morris had a good game in limited touches (3 carries, 19 yards) the Colts, expect veteran Frank Gore to open the game but play just a series or two.  colts 2Expect rookie Josh Ferguson, whom have been intrigued with since before the draft and leading to his drafting, to play many more minutes Saturday.

 

 

“It was good just to get out there and play some ball again,” Ferguson said of his NFL debut. “It was a great learning experience and I’m just excited for the next one.”

“Josh has done a great job,” said quarterback Scott Tolzien.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available for Saturday’s game as well as all preseason and regular season games.   Get your tickets today and help cheer on your Indianapolis Colts.

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Changes continue in Colts Camp

Change is coming

It began at the end of last season.  Everything was in flux and no one knew the outcome of the Peyton Manning’s career and nobody saw the writing on the wall.  Then the hammer fell.   The President/COO, Vice President/General Manager and head coach were all fired as well as most of the assistants.

Names synonymous with the Colts organization, names like Manning, Saturday, Clark, Addiai, Bullet, Garcion, Gonzalez…all were cut, released or waived if they didn’t retire.

Change has arrived.

New Head Coach (and former Ravens Defensive Coordinator) Chuck Pagano agreed to become the 19th Head Coach of the franchise.  Soon after, Ryan Grigson signed on as the new GM, Bruce Arians as the new Offensive Coordinator, and Greg Manusky as the new Defensive Coordinator.

Other changes to the team include an emphasis on running the ball more often on offense and switching to a 3-4 scheme on defense.  So far those Colts that did remain have bought into all the change.

“It is amazing and it is because (the returning Colts players have) all bought in. They bought into the system. Anytime that you are going to bring in new systems on both sides of the ball and on special teams, the guys have got to be here and they’ve got to be willing (to learn),” the Colts’ first-year head coach said recently.  They put the time in and they put the work in. So what we have seen from the process, working the process day-to-day, has been amazing. Leading into training camp, obviously, we are pleased with where we are at.”

Coming off a 2-14 record, there really is no place to go but up.

And let’s not forget the Colts new QB, the #1 pick in the 2012 Draft, Andrew Luck.  Luck is just trying to figure it all out while learning how to be in the superstar spotlight.

“Yeah, I can. It depends. Sometimes I can go a whole day and nobody will come up to me and other days, people will say hello. But they do it very discreetly, tell me `good luck,’ or, sort of under their breath, `You better live up to the hype. You have big shoes to fill.’ People have actually been very nice, very cool. They say it half jokingly; of course, there’s some truth behind it. But they’ve been very receptive, very kind. They’ve given me a lot of space to go around and discover the city on my own.”

Whatever happens you can be sure that your Indianapolis Colts will be one team to watch now and in the future so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible!

Could the Indianapolis Colts Defense Be Dominant in 2012? Fan's Take

The Indianapolis Colts are making big improvements already this offseason in preparation for the 2012 NFL season. They hired Chuck Pagano as head coach from the Baltimore Ravens and are hoping to bring his Raven-style defense to Indianapolis. They’ve made several strong moves so far in free agency and may be more prepared than many think to make the switch to a 3-4 hybrid defense. With several months left to fill needs in free agency and with the NFL draft approaching, I think Indianapolis could be much better than fans think at this point.

The additions to two former Baltimore players, Cory Redding and Tom Zbikowski should provide a big boost. Both will likely step in as starters and play major roles in helping others learn and feel comfortable in the new defensive scheme. Redding is one of the better 3-4 defense ends in the game and Zbikowski fills a major need at safety alongside Antoine Bethea.

The biggest remaining need is at nose tackle. Nose tackle is one of the most important positions in a 3-4 and is one where Indianapolis is currently lacking. The closest fit to this position on the current roster is Antonio Johnson. At just 310 pounds, he isn’t the ideal fit at nose tackle. There are several options in both free agency and the NFL draft. with the addition of someone at nose tackle, Indianapolis will have a strong defensive line in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 front. Fili Moala could fit in very good as a 3-4 defense end opposite Redding and Drake Nevis should be a disruptive force wherever he plays in the new defense.

I think this scheme is perfect for the personnel because it will instantly give Indianapolis one of, if not the best, linebacking groups in the NFL. Robert Mathis recently stated that the SAM linebacker spot and Dwight Freeney would play the rush linebacker position. The Colts’ two inside linebackers, Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner, should continue to improve and will likely be very good in a system where plays are funneled toward the linebackers.

I think fans who think Indianapolis could be in for a down year may be pleasantly surprised. This defense already has the makings of being very good in 2012. Only time will tell, but I think fans may be pleased with the success the team has on the field next season.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He runs a blog about the team at . Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.