Face the Tennessee Titans this weekend
Former Colts interim Head Coach Bruce Arians, now the Head Coach for the Arizona Cardinals, had his veterans playing at a high level as QB Carson Palmer led his team to victory over Indie last weekend with two touchdown passes to Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald. On the defensive side, Karlos Dansby had a great game with a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.
We expect to dominate like this all the time,” Dansby said. “We just finally put it together as a unit. We’re starting to believe in each other and trust one another and we’re making plays all around.”
The Colts face the 5-6 Tennessee Titans who beat the Oakland Raiders 23-19 last weekend Great tickets and seats are still available
Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney will remain with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. Freeney is in the final year of his contract and is due to a large salary for the upcoming season. This forced trade rumors and speculation that the team may even look to release Freeney. The team has several holes to fill and many felt that moving Freeney would be the move necessary to lead the team into their new era.
General manager Ryan Grigson addressed the situation on Monday March 26 and stated, “He’s a Colt. Period”. Grigson wanted to put an end to any rumors that the team may be looking to trade or release their best remaining player.
As a fan, this makes me very happy. Freeney is the only jersey I have left of a player still on the team and is one of the biggest stars remaining. I think he will be a captain of the defense and will be a leader that young players can look up to. Whether he remains with the team beyond 2012 is another question, but fans can be relieved that they will see another season of Dwight Freeney.
I felt all along that moving Freeney would not be the answer to helping the team improve now, or in the future. Dwight is one of the elite pass rushers in the game and can single handedly dominate a football game. Pairing him along with Robert Mathis in an attacking style defense is scary for opponents. There is little doubt that coach Chuck Pagano is going to install a defense that puts pressure on the opposing quarterback. The team will blitz more and the defense will look significantly different in 2012 than fans are used to. Dwight Freeney will likely be a big reason behind that. Playing the rush linebacker position, Freeney could have a season very similar to the player he will mimic, Terrell Suggs.
It’s nice to know that one popular player will be staying with the team next year. Dwight Freeney is one of the best players and most popular players on the team. I’m happy to see Freeney returning and terrorizing defenses again in 2012 for the Indianapolis 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.
The Colts have signed former All-Pro Tommie Harris to a one-year contract, finally giving Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis some help on the interior line.
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Aug 2, 2011 – The have made a huge addition — literally — to their defense, agreeing to terms with former ‘ DT on a one-year contract, .
Harris has dealt with nagging injuries the past two seasons, limiting the former first-round pick’s effectiveness, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been a force. He’s made three Pro Bowls (2005-2007) and he’s been an All-Pro twice, in ’05 and ’06. The Bears cut him this offseason in their flurry of decisions to release most of their good players for seemingly no reason.
Harris is only 28, so this one-year contract is a “show us something” deal, and if he can return to his Pro Bowl level of production, he will likely be fielding some multi-year offers next summer.
For the Colts, this is a fantastic addition, as Harris will make life easier for stud DEs and , who have combined for almost 70 sacks the past three seasons while playing without much interior line help.
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