Colts welcome Peyton Home

The Indianapolis Colts will play host to their former franchise quarterback Peyton Manning who makes his return with his undefeated (7-0) Denver Broncos this weekend.  The Colts are coming off a three point overtime loss to the then undefeated Carolina Panthers.

Amid the continued controversy between the front office and the coaching staff, particularly the rift between GM Ryan Grigson and Head Coach Chuck Pagano, the players held a players only meeting to try and galvanize the team and concentrate on football and put the firing of OC Pep Hamilton as well as the front office intrusion into the day to day coaching operations of the club. Namely, the lineups coaches are directed by the front office to follow…normally a head coaching jog.

Whether or not the team can pull it together remains to be seen and you can be there to see it.  Plenty of affordable tickets and great seats are still available.  Be sure to get yours today!

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 Select Andrew Luck First Overall: Fan Reaction

The Indianapolis Colts have their new quarterback of the future. Andrew Luck has now officially been chosen with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The draft began and shortly thereafter the pick was in. Luck was the man all along and now fans know with all certainty that he is their quarterback.

In many ways this night represented a changing of the guard. Seeing Luck hold up the number 12 Colt jersey and put on the Indianapolis hat proved that the new era has officially begun. As a fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Hearing Luck speak about the opportunity shows that this kid was the perfect person for the job. Luck seems to understand the team and the situation he is coming in to. Indianapolis had the worst record in the NFL in 2011 but just became significantly better with the addition of their new franchise quarterback.

I personally think Luck will not have growing pains the way many others do. He has a decent offensive line with new additions to it, two very good receivers, and running backs that showed promise last season. Adding a quarterback of Luck’s talent will provide a major boost towards the rebuilding project. This team just got much better last night with the selection of Andrew Luck. I can’t remember being more excited about a draft choice in a long time.

I’ve said all along that I think this kid is going to be a very good quarterback and has the potential to be one of the best in the game. Luck brings excitement back to a fan base that lost a lot of hope just weeks ago. I think he’ll reinvigorate everyone into believing in the future and buying into the team moving forward. This kid brings excitement and a sense of newness along with him. With nine picks remaining, I only hope that Ryan Grigson and the team can surround him with the weapons necessary to allow him to succeed.

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.

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