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!

Indianapolis Colts Sign Center Samson Satele: Fan's Reaction

The Indianapolis Colts continued with their offseason quest to bolster their offensive line. Three of the five newcomers to be acquired by the team since the start of free agency have come on the offensive line. The latest addition is the signing of free agency center Samson Satele. Satele signed a three year, $10.8 million contract to become what general manager Ryan Grigson described, “the anchor of the offensive line”.

Satele comes to Indianapolis from the Oakland Raiders where he played for the last three seasons. Satele was the starting center each season he played in Oakland. At such a young age, he has a lot of experience as a starter in the NFL.

I think this is a great signing for the Colts. After the left tackle, center is one of the most vital positions on the offensive line. This move secures those two positions for Indianapolis into the future. It’s very important to the success of a young quarterback to have stability on the offensive line. With the additions of Satele and Winston Justice to go along with Anthony Castonzo, Ben Ijalana, and Joe Reitz, the offensive line could be very good in 2012 and beyond. Each of the players listed are under 28 years old and can grow and improve along with the new Colt offense. If the team can develop a strong offensive line, it could go a long way toward turning things around quickly in Indianapolis.

If Satele pans out, this is the kind of move that could prove to be very good for the team moving forward. Peyton Manning was able to have stability by having such a great center in Jeff Saturday for so long. Like many fans, I’ll be sad to see Saturday go, but this is a strong move to bring in a talented young player in his place. Hopefully Luck and Satele can grow together much like Manning and Saturday once did. If they make a connection anywhere close to what Peyton and Jeff had, Indianapolis fans will be lucky.

Overall, I think this is a good move and one that may not appear attractive to fans, but will help win games on Sundays. Satele is a good player at a position of need and is a solid signing by Ryan Grigson and the Colts. This makes yet another quality signing this offseason for the new era Colts.

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 also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.


Former Indianapolis Colts Assistant Says Colts Knew They Were Too Dependent on Peyton Manning: Fan's Take

At this point, to say the struggled without “didn’t have the best century.” It’s a severe understatement. It’s also an understatement that just about every person in the country is aware of. So when former Colts offensive line coach, Pete Metzelaars, came out and commented that the Colts were totally dependent on Manning, it left many of us with a “well, duh” response. It was if the 2-14 train wreck wasn’t reminder enough.

However, Metzelaars’ comments did bring to light why the Colts never did put Manning on Injured Reserve —they thought he might come back. Due to this hope, they were reluctant to change how the offense was being run. After all, “Peyton might come back and we don’t want to muck up the offense for when comes back,” said my hypothetical Colts staff member.

While a smart method to prolonged success is to build a well-rounded team, there are plenty of circumstances when a single player should be built around. Essentially, it’s totally alright that a team becomes “too dependent” on a single player in certain instances. Peyton Manning is absolutely one of those circumstances. If the price is the occasional fall-apart season, I think it’s plenty worth it. As tough as this season (and potentially the next couple) was for Colts fans, I bet we would be hard pressed to find a fan that wasn’t willing to accept this disaster season in return for the Super Bowl, division titles, and regular season dominance that has been the Colts routine the last decade or so at the hands of Peyton Manning.

Consequently, the disastrous season was an entirely logical outcome that was just waiting for Manning’s departure to appear —whether by signing elsewhere or injury. The league knew it, the Colts knew it, and the fans knew it. You can’t simply replace players like Peyton Manning. That’s the catch-22 to having a legendary-caliber player. Often, there is a vacuum when they are no longer on the field. There certainly was this year.

While Manning may yet play with the Colts again, this last season showed just how important he is.

Brian is a lifelong football fan, specifically of the . He has lived in Illinois his entire life and consequently follows the Indianapolis Colts closely.


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