Recapping this trip: The Green Bay/Indianapolis edition

Last week has turned into this week, and the Packers-Colts game is long over. It was, to be sure, a memorable one, with Indianapolis winning for coach Chuck Pagano and providing an uplifting moment in his battle with leukemia. Want to hear what else happened last week? — The Packers offense disappeared in the second half against the Colts, scoring just six points and allowing Indy to fight back. QB Aaron Rodgers struggled even more than he did in the first half, showing indecision and inaccuracy. What the heck happened? “Earlier in the game, Aaron was doing a great job of getting rid of the football, he didn’t have to hold it,” OLB Dwight Freeney explained. “Toward the end of the […]

Examining the move to re-sign WR Reggie Wayne… a Colts bargain?

Nearly lost amid the craziness of yesterday’s 30-27 win for the Colts over the Packers was that WR Reggie Wayne had the best day of his career. Yes, his career. With 13 catches, 212 yards and a TD, Wayne was unreal. Oh, and he was fighting through leg cramps to make it happen, according to Yahoo! Sports. It’s times like these when I like to bring up my original thoughts on the situation when Wayne signed a three-year, $17.5 million deal to return as a 33-year old. I remember thinking something like, “Huh?” I didn’t get it. I didn’t see the upside for signing a veteran coming off his worst season since 2003 with just 75 catches for 960 yards […]

Rap Sheet Rundown: The Week 5 Edition

The Colts said all week they wouldn’t try to “play for” coach Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia in a nearby hospital. They didn’t want their emotions to overwhelm them. Yet following a stirring, 30-27 win over the Packers that Pagano no doubt cheered from his hospital bed, they could admit the obvious. They wanted to win for him like crazy. Shoot, WR Reggie Wayne even fantasized earlier in the week about having a great game, then having the game ball delivered to Pagano. Well, that’s exactly what happened. In the end, in the bowels of Lucas Oil Stadium, there was owner Jim Irsay clutching the football, surrounded by security, racing to the hospital to award it to Pagano. It […]

Is it fair to view Colts QB Andrew Luck as a future Aaron Rodgers?

Well, the hype surrounding Colts QB Andrew Luck seems to be real. He had one stellar game (against the Vikings), two steady games, and probably the most impressive thing is that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians doesn’t treat him like a rookie. One interesting thing that’s come up this week as I’ve been shuttling back and forth between Indy and Green Bay is that Luck is starting to get compared to the dude he’s facing this week. The thought is that Luck (in a few years) = Aaron Rodgers. That’s what the Colts hope. “Very similar,” interim coach Bruce Arians said when asked to compare Rodgers and Luck. “Aaron’s very mobile, very accurate, got good velocity. Obviously he can handle a […]

The Colts turn their focus to the Packers, while never taking their minds off Chuck Pagano’s cancer battle

We already know that the Colts won’t beat anybody using old-fashioned weapons like snot bubbles and tears. We can thank Bruce Arians, Indianapolis’ interim coach, for that image. But they do have a battle on their hands on Sunday, and not just because the Packers are coming to town. In addition, they have to play without their head coach. As you probably read, Chuck Pagano was unfortunately diagnosed with leukemia, which has made Arians the man in charge while Pagano wages his fight. And that’s put the onus on the team to put their emotions aside, as hard as that may be. Pagano has one reason why they should. Arians made the point that Pagano wouldn’t want them to “play […]

Recapping this trip: The Indianapolis preseason game edition

It was just a preseason game, but it didn’t feel like one. I spent Saturday, Sunday, and part of yesterday in Indianapolis, watching the debut of Colts QB Andrew Luck. And no part of that seemed like a normal preseason game. But anyway, it was an eventful few days in Indy… Want some highlights? — Let’s put Luck aside for a second, since he wasn’t the only No.1 pick on the field. Sam Bradford, coming back from a tough 2011, was there, too. And I was impressed. After a season that saw him play just 10 games and have as many interceptions as touchdowns, Bradford looked different. Gone were the seven-step drops and slow-developing plays, and he took a step […]

My story: Examining what we learned from Colts QB Andrew Luck’s preseason debut

Expectations were high for Colts QB Andrew Luck’s preseason debut against the Rams. As the No. 1 pick, that would be the case, anyway. But having to fill the giant shoes left by franchise icon Peyton Manning? That ramped it up a bit. “You have high expectations for the guy,” Colts TE Coby Fleener told me, “and he manages to exceed them every time.” Yup. He did. And then some. Luck sparkled in his first game in an NFL uniform, going 10 of 16 for 188 yards with two TD passes and a 142.7 passer rating on 24 snaps. He led his team to a 38-3 win over the Rams, helping them score more points than they did during any game […]

Knee jerk reaction to the debut by Colts QB Andrew Luck (too early for the Hall of Fame?)

The first half of Andrew Luck’s debut for the Colts is over, and it’s time to take a look at what we saw. Holy cow, what did we not see? It would be tough to imagine anyone on the Colts wishing for more from Luck, the No. 1 pick, than what they saw as his team took a 21-3 lead over the Rams. Luck dropped a perfect screen pass into the arms of RB Donald Brown for a 63-yarder to open the game. Ho hum. He found a coverage bust and rainbowed a perfect pass into the arms of Austin Collie for a 23-yard touchdown to make it 14-0. And his needle-threading pass to Quan Cosby for 32 yards set up […]

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