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!

Former Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian Headed for Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame: Fan Reaction

For a generation of Indianapolis Colts fans, Bill Polian will always be remembered as the architect of the first golden era of the NFL in our Circle City, and even the debacle of the lost 2011 season probably can’t change that perception. Before he ever came west, though, Polian made his name as the general manager of the Buffalo Bills teams that won three straight AFC championships in the early 1990s. Back then, I often found myself rooting for the Bills in the playoffs, partly because they toiled in the same division as the lowly Colts, but mostly because they maintained a likable underdog persona year after year. I guess that three straight Super Bowl losses can dull the edge of public perception, and those “failures” were also enough to cost Polian his Buffalo gig in February of 1993. Time apparently heals, though, as the Bills announced on May 14 that Polian will as the newest member of the team’s “Wall of Fame.” It may be a bit early yet, but this news made me ponder Polian’s ultimate place in Colts’ history.

If you just consider that Polian was in charge when the Colts drafted Manning in 1998, it’s tempting to elevate the President to “Ring of Honor” status without a second thought. Rumors have always persisted, though, the whispers around town were that Polian and that Irsay pulled rank to get Manning in Blue and White. Who knows? Had Polian been a little more seasoned in his relationship with Irsay at the time, maybe Leaf would have landed in Indy, flamed out and taken the franchise with him. Without Manning, after all, there is a decent chance that the Colts would have at some point in the last 15 years.

As it stands, we have to give Polian at least some of the credit for selecting Manning and keeping him happy for more than a decade. In his early drafting days with the Colts, Polian delivered a nice to complement Manning’s talents. The list of picks before their Super Bowl runs reads like a roll call of Colts stars during the 2000s: Edgerrin James, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Dallas Clark, Bob Sanders. In the last several years, the Colts have pretty much whiffed on their first-rounders, which many attribute to the growing responsibilities of Polian’s son, team general manager Chris Polian.

So, there is a mixed bag for Bill Polian in terms of his Indianapolis legacy. Many saw him as something of a tyrant, and many others think that he was largely a puppet for Irsay. My take is that Polian could get pretty defensive at times and was very hard-headed when it came to admitting a mistake, which may be why the Colts were caught flat-footed in terms of quarterback depth when Manning went down last year. Still, Polian was in charge when Indianapolis became a bona fide NFL city, and he managed to keep the wheels on and rolling when a lot of big egos were involved. To me, that should earn him the benefit of the doubt and some mantel space in the Colts’ trophy room.

Adam Hughes was raised, and still lives, in rural Indiana. He has been a Colts fans since the team arrived in Indianapolis on a snowy morning in 1984. The Blue and White eventually replaced the Chicago Bears as his #1 team, and Super Bowl XLI was a dream come true.

Indianapolis Colts Injury Report, Week 15: Dallas Clark Among Seven Held Out Of Practice Wednesday

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark (44) runs after making a catch during NFL training camp in Anderson, Ind., Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Dec 14, 2011 – While quarterback has been according to head coach Jim Caldwell, he is still not practicing with the team.

Manning, who has already been ruled out for the entire season, was just one of seven Colts who did not practice on Wednesday, along with tight end (burner), defensive end (not injury related), defensive end Roger Mathis (knee), linebacker (ankle), defensive end (groin) and linebacker Phillip Wheeler (foot).

Meanwhile, wide receiver (groin) did participate fully in practice on Wednesday.

Two players on the opposing have already been ruled out: running back (hand) and safety (groin).

Manning will be throwing as part of his rehabilitation from neck surgery, which he underwent on Sept. 8.

The Colts, 0-13, have just three more chances to avoid the 2008 in the infamy of an 0-16 season.

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