Last night the Indianapolis Colts traveled to Pittsburgh with a stake of the winner going to the Superbowl on the line. The Colts were able to outlast the Steelers and win the game 23-16 in what was another epic, down to the last play game.
The defense early on in this game was just incredible on both sides. The Colts were able to get a few turnovers early in the game and converted those opportunities into points and would take a 10-0 first quarter lead. Each team would exchange field goals in the second quarter and the Colts felt good going into halftime leading 13-3 but we also understood that this game was far from over.
The Colts first possession of the second half would see the Steelers pick off QB Bradford and return it for a touchdown. This made the score 13-10 Colts. Both defenses in this game played just spectacular and after three quarters the Colts would hold a slim lead 13-10.
The Steelers would tie the game up in the fourth quarter after a made field goal. The Colts just seen that ten point lead evaporate and was concerned because the lack of offense they so far produced in the game. QB Bradford hit rookie WR Pritchett on a post corner route. He would make the catch and rumble 64 yards in for a score to put the Colts up 20-13. The Colts would add a field goal and would take a 23-13 lead with if i recall just over two minutes to go in the game. The Steelers would drive down and with around 51 seconds in the game would elect to kick a field goal, which would end up being good. This cut the lead to 23-16. The Colts setup for the onside kick but the Steelers kicker kicked one hell of a kick. The Steelers would recover the onside kick. Our job at this point was to do whatever we could to keep the Steelers out of the end-zone. The Steelers would drive down the field and it came down to a fourth down play with just four seconds remaining in the game. The Colts defense made the stop and the clock hit 0 and Colts fans and players started celebrating!
Coach Goodman said after this hard fought game that he was very proud of the job the defense did in this game. The offense was not pretty at all but we did just enough to advance. Neither offense could really do much of anything except for drives here and there and this game was all about both defenses and making each offense pay for their mistakes. A total of seven turnovers in this game. A big congrats to Jim Hatzis because no matter the score he kept at it and it was a very wild finish.
The Colts secured a spot in the SuperBowl for just the second time in franchise history. They will either play the Panthers or the Cowboys. This will be coach Goodman's second trip to the Superbowl in three PFL seasons. I would want nothing more than to bring a championship to my favorite team and we are on the cusp of seeing that as a reality. We know we have some work left to do and we will begin to prepare for the winner from the NFC.
The Colts theme for this season was taking care of business and we are almost there. The season has had its moments but the defense has played stellar this season. There was concerns early in the season after trading three starters to Kansas City for the electric wideout Williams but I feel as though we have found our groove on defense.
The Indianapolis Colts have been rather quiet this season when it has to media outlets and posting. Honestly there was not much to write about. The Colts started strong and ran away with the division. After bouncing Zeke and the Broncos from the playoffs they are once again setup with a showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts will again travel to Pittsburgh as they did last year. The game last season came down to the wire and the Colts missed a long field goal that would have won them the game. They get a shot at redemption this season and once again the stakes could not be any higher. Winner goes to the Superbowl.
Colts coach Goodman said his gameplan will come down to three things.
1. Get Mr. Hatzis drugged up before the game.
2. Cut the wiring to his controller right before our game.
3. He has already paid the electric company for the week.
If we can do these three things then we feel good about our chances....lol...
In all seriousness I look forward towards the game against Jim. I always do. They might not end the way I want them to end but they normally have come down to one possession games and I expect this game to be no different. This will mark the third year in a row that Coach Goodman has made it to the AFC Championship game. It's now is time to execute and send Steelers fans home in tears!
The Colts went into the off-season understanding that they major overhaul of the wide receiver positions and wanted to get younger on the offensive line. The defense remained for the most part unchanged. It was critical for us to make moves to get players that will help us move the ball on offense.
Move 1: We came to an agreement with the Chiefs that would send RE Hoard, MLB Williamson and FS Campbell in exchange for 1.1.
This was all about getting the best WR in the draft. It is what was lacking on this team last season. We had alot of old slow guys at the WR position and we were out too bring at least one play maker this off-season. We already had a backup and young MLB in Perry and we had another deal in place for a RE. So we felt as if we were mainly really going to need to replace the FS starter and we felt having the 1.1 we would be able to get the best player and fill the FS position later in the draft.
Move 2: We traded our 1.30 to the Cowboys in exchange for RE Mingo. This trade evolved mainly to replace RE Howard we just shipped to the Chiefs. It is a little weaker than Howard but we fill he will fit in our system just fine and we expect no less out of him than we did RE Hoard.
Move 3: We shipped TE Funchess to the Panthers in exchange the Panthers 3.32 pick. We wanted to acquire some later round draft picks because we felt the draft was deep enough in some of the positions we were looking at. We also was retooling the whole receiver core and he was expendable.
Move 4- We traded next years 2nd round pick for C Hroniss Grasu from the Ravens. Hroniss is still very young and will come in and be our rock at center position for many years to come. He is already an outstanding center and we will only improve the rest of his career.
QB- Sam Bradford- We got him pretty easily and he will run our offense this season. There is no doubt we do not have confidence in QB Manuel so we had to go get who we thought would be able to run our offense and we think Bradford will do a great job.
HB- Don Irvin- Mainly a depth pickup. The talent at the HB position fell off so fast if the starter went out and we wanted to add quality depth.
FB- Emil Igwenagu- We felt last season our FB under performed. We went out and grabbed a veteran FB with decent AWR and decent blocking skills. He will be critical in the run and passing game picking up the correct lineman/linebackers to help us run the ball or pass the ball.
WR- Derek Carswell- Mainly a depth pick here but we liked his size and speed is ok. His catch is low but he is still a very young player and could be developed.
1.1 WR Tyrell Wiliiams- The Colts felt they added the best receiver in the draft and a great play maker for many years to follow. Getting WR's and very good depth at this position was priority number one this off-season. He is a day one starter.
2.30- LG Trace Whitehead- We had him ranked as the 2nd best LG in the draft and was blessed he fell to 2.30. Our current LG is getting up there in age and we felt at 2.30 he was the BPA and he will be a day one starter.
3.30-SS- Ibraheim Campbell- We felt like he will be a great addition to the Colts secondary. He is a bit shorter than what i like historically but he will do just fine and add in some help in a rookie boost then he will really be very good we fill. He is another day one starter.
3.32- WR Andrew Hawkins- It was no surprise here because last season the Colts return game was dreadful and most time i would close my eyes on returns. We had way to many turnovers resulting from muffed punts or fumbles. This is why we drafted him at 3.32. This will be his main duty and that will be to return punts and kickoffs. He also already has great catch and will be used on occasion in the offense.
4.30- RG Patrick Ware- Has raw athletic ability that we are going to put to the use right away. We will develop him and we were a bit surprised he was still on the board at 4.30. He is a day one starter and will replace our veteran RG immediately.
5.30- WR Jaquan Pritchett- We love his size and again with a little help from a rookie boost he could be an X factor on offense. He will be a day one starter and we work with him in training camp to get him up to speed but we feel at 5.30 we got tremendous value here for this WR.
CB- Barry Simon- Just depth pickup here
CB- BW Webb- Just depth pickup here
TE- Freddie Gross- Just depth pickup here
RE Denico Autry- Just depth pickup here
LE Quinton Dial- Just depth pickup here
MLB- Lamar Andrew- Just depth pickup
DT Desmond Dockett- Just depth pickup
The Colts offensive line got alot younger. We now have each of these positions locked up for the next 8-10 years and feel they are very good lineman.
The WR depth has been reworked and we have the kind of players we like at this position. Two rookies will get the starts but we have some good veterans that will step in and play for us this season.
The HB position is still a question mark. We will see how the group performs this season but currently we know Gillislee will be the man starting and will mess around with the depth. We hope that HB Irvin can slid in at the #2 position but time will tell.
The TE position the Colts will go with youth and Kroft will get the starting nod over TE Bishop. We feel he needs the playing time to develop into a good TE.
So the offense will have many rookies playing so time will tell if it all pans out. We are going to be young, inexperienced on offense but I think these guys can make plays. Only time will tell as the season is vastly approaching but we feel real good going into the 2019 season on what this team can accomplish. It doesn't mean they will accomplish it but we will give it our best shot.
The Colts lost in the AFC Championship game tonight in Pittsburgh 16-14. It was a very tight game and a very well played game by both teams. Congrats to Jim Hatzis and his Pittsburgh Steelers for advancing to the Super Bowl.
Coach Goodman was asked after the game how he felt his team played and he said he thought his Colts team left everything on the field tonight. It was a battle as we expected and he played about as good as we could have and just came up wide left. He said he has still nothing but confidence in his kicker. To have a young kicker out there with all the pressure in the world to hit the field goal is a tough situation.
A big thorn in the side of the Colts all night was WR Matthews. Coach Goodman said he was just oustanding and played one hell of a game. The Steelers defense played as they are advertised. You have to battle to get each yard. We were able to get their defense a few times in the game but overall they were flat out amazing.
It has been a very good season for the Colts and first year Coach Goodman. We respect the Steelers and Jim Hatzis and wish them the best in the Super Bowl.
The game was show on live tv for all the PFL to watch. The game did not disappoint them at all said Coach Goodman. It was a highly hyped game and I believe both teams showed the PFL a good game. All you can hope for against the Steelers and Mr. Hatzis is a chance in the end of the game and we had that chance and and it missed just wide left.
We will take time to evaluate our roster and begin our off-season work to hopefully come back next season stronger. We are proud of this Colts team of what they accomplished this year and we hope it will continue to build in the many years to come. We are young on defense and we will tweek the offense this off-season and come back strong next season.
In closing Colts Nation would like to say once again congrats to the Steelers and their organization on advancing to the Super Bowl. The Steelers will try and win another Super Bowl in the famed Mr. Hatzis' career and will try to keep that trophy in the AFC.
The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Buffalo Bills last night 24-20 to advance to the AFC Championship game. It was a very hard fought game. The Colts would score a touchdown with around 20 seconds left in the game to take the lead. Coach Goodman would like to say to the Bills organization congrats on a very stellar season and also say what a unbelievable game they played last night. It was close throughout the entire game and very well played.
Now enter the danger zone of what the PFL calls Jim Hatzis and his Pittsburgh Steelers for the right to represent the AFC in the Superbowl. We understand the task ahead and the mountain that we must climb if we are to be victorious on Sunday night. It is ironic that ten years ago (2008 season) that the Colts went to the Superbowl and even then they had to go to Pittsburgh and win to reach their only Superbowl appearance in the PFL. We will try and accomplish the task that the 2008 team did and that was get a win against the Steelers to punch our ticket into the SuperBowl.
Coach Goodman and Coach Hatzis are very good friends and it is a honor to play such a competitor in such an important game. We played a few times last season when I coached the Ravens and both games came down to the wire. Coach Goodman is trying to get back to the Superbowl for the second time in a row with different teams. We will begin to gameplan for the Steelers team but we know it will a tall task to pull off a win in Pittsburgh against Hatzis and all the fans that will have the stadium full.
We would like to thank all Colts fans who have supported the team this season. It has had its ups and downs but we have stayed the course and find ourselves one win away from the ultimate goal and that is to reach the SuperBowl. We have our challenges that we will have to deal with as we have all year but our team has been resilient all season. the offense has came through in clutch situations and the defense has been stellar.
The game will be broadcasted on Sunday night at 8:30pm for the PFL league to watch the Colts take on the Steelers. This AFC Championship game feels as the most anticipated game the league has been waiting to see. Evyerone wanted to see it last year but the Steelers fell to the Bengals in the playoffs.
We have the Hall of Fame Coach (Jim Hatzis) trying to make another run at a PFL SuperBlowl win and a Coach Goodman who is trying to cement his place in PFL history by reaching the Superbowl for the second straight year. It should be an epic game and we look forward to the challenge.
As the video link states.....tomorrow at 8:30pm......its going down!!
The Indianapolis Colts are the 2018 AFC South Champions!! They also secured the #2 seed and will start the playoffs with a bye week. They finished the regular season at 12-4. It was a season with many ups and downs but first year coach Goodman is very proud of this group that remained focused and got the job done.
The Colts got off to a very fast start and went 9-1 but then some struggles started to happen. They would drop their next 3 games. Coach Goodman made some adjustments on both offense and defense and it would pay dividends as they would finish the season on a 3 game winning streak. We knew going into the season that our defense would be pretty good but we had some concerns on offense. While the offense has not been stellar this season it has came through in clutch situations. After we were 9-4 we made some adjustments and it appears to be paying off.
The Colts will take the bye week to prepare mentally for the challenges that the playoffs present. There is no tomorrow in the playoffs and we will need to be perfect in our execution to our gameplan if we want to advance in the playoffs. These are the best of the best teams that are in the playoffs. While we are thrilled to have the #2 seed it does not guarantee us anything. We will have to take care of our business.
The Colts will lean heavily on our defense in the playoffs. We feel we are playing pretty good on this side of the ball and its a must when you get in the playoffs. They will need to play big for us to advance and we expect them to play good football. The defense needs to mirror that Ravens defense last year in coach Goodman's Ravens Super Bowl run. It will take that type of effort. We feel they can rise to the occasion.
The offense plan is simple. Do not turn the ball over in the redzone. This has plagued this team all season and the Colts are hoping that they cash in when they get into the redzone in the playoffs. The erratic QB play of Manuel we hope will be better after progression but he will we are a very short leash. The offensive line should play better after progression so we think Manuel will have just a little more time to make the right reads. The run game will need to come up big for us and I think it can.
I am very proud that in my first season with the Colts we were able to take the division crown. We got a very late start with the Colts and free agency, the draft and other things were completed so we played the cards we were dealt and to take the division in our first year is step one into building this Colts team into a year in year out winning organization. There will be changes in the offseason but right now its going one game at a time to reaching our goal and that is bringing the Super Bowl trophy to Indianapolis!!!
All Colts nation will pack Lucas Oil Stadium in a few weeks and host the divisional round playoff game. We hope to give the fans what they deserve and that is a well played game and obviously we hope for a Colts victory!!
The Indianapolis Colts traveled to San Diego this week to take on the Chargers. The offense for the Colts played better than the previous two weeks and the defense did just enough to leave San Diego with a win.
1st Quarter- San Diego would go on a 9 play 58 yard drive but the Colts defense would hold them out of the endzone and K Lambo would connect on a 41 yard FG to give the Chargers the early 3-0 lead. Indianapolis would respond with their own 9 play drive and QB Manuel would hit WR Baldwin for a 35 yard TD score. The Colts would go up 7-3 with just over 2 minutes left in the first quarter. It took 2 plays and Yates would hit WR Copper for a 72 yard touchdown pass and just like that the Chargers would be up 10-7. The Chargers would snag an interception and was setup in Colts side of the filed but the Colts defense would hold them to a field goal and after the first quarter was over it would be the Charger leading the Colts 13-7
2nd Quarter- Qb Clausen came in for injured QB Manuel and Clausen would hit WR Stills on a 15 yard score. The Colts would grab the lead 14-13. San Diego again responded with a 75 yard drive but again the Colts would hold them to another field goal but it would give the Chargers the lead at 16-14. With just over 3 minutes left in the half, QB Manuel would find TE Funchess for a 24 yard touchdown strike and would put the Colts up 21-16. The Chargers came right back again with a very nice 75 yard drive and it would end in a touchdown for HB Johnson crossing the goaline with just over a minute left in the half and again the Chargers would regain the lead and go in at half up 23-21.
3rd Quarter- Running back Gillislee would scamper on a 8 yard touchdown in the quarter that would give the Colts a 28-23 lead with just under 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
4th Quarter- The Colts had a nice 12 play 81 yard drive that would again see running back Gillislee score a touchdown from 2 yards that increased the Colts lead 35-23. The Chargers would again intercept a pass and would drive down the filed to the Colts 1 yard line and have first and goal. The Colts defense came up big here. First down stuffed the run....2nd down again stopped the run... 3rd down pass incomplete...and Chargers went for it on 4th down and the Colts were once again able to get the stop and would get the ball at the 1 yard line. The defense would again stop the Chargers on a 4th and inches and retain the ball and when the buzzer sounded the Colts would leave Sand Diego with a 35-23 win.
First off the Chargers played a very good game. The Colts defense did not play the way we expected them to play. The offense that has been stagnant for the past two weeks played well though.The offense carried us in San Diego but the defense did settle down a little in the 2nd half of the game. None was bigger for the defense that the 1st and goal at the 1 yard line and to stop the Chargers four straight times really was the difference in this game. The Colts also made a change at halftime and put in QB Clausen who played well. Coach Goodman did not have a comment after the game would will start next week against the Denver Broncos. The Colts moved to 7-0 on the season and they get to see the great ZEKE next game. He has had an outstanding rookie season so far and one for the PFL record books so we know we will have our hands full trying to keep him in check and the Broncos offense.
Cleveland, OH [IP] The Indianapolis Colts traveled to Cleveland this week in the PFL and after subpar first half performance they were able to put together a strong second half and left Cleveland with a 31-10 victory.
1st quarter- The Browns would benefit from an interception for the Colts QB Manuel. The Colts defense would hold the Browns to a three and out and Cleveland would settle for a 27 yard field goal.
2nd quarter- The Colts offense started moving the ball and they would go on almost a 83 yard drive that took just under 4 minutes but would have to settle for a field goal but would tie the game up at 3-3 with 2:42 left to go in the second quarter. The Browns wasted no time and they immediately went 86 yards on 9 plays and Manziel would find Lippett for a touchdown with 14 seconds left to go in the half. The Browns would go in at halftime leading the Colts 10-3.
3rd quarter-The Colts would receive the ball and they drove the length of the field and QB Manuel would find TE Kroft for a 10 yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at 10-10 with just under 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. The Colts would strike again with just over 4 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter when QB Manuel hit WR Baldwin with a 80 yard touchdown strike. The Colts would head into the 4th quarter in a close game but was up 17-10.
4th quarter- The Colts would pin the Browns at their 1 yard line. The Browns tried to pass and Manziel was under pressure so he scrambled and fumbled the ball and the Colts recovered at the Browns 3 yard line. Two plays later HB Gillislee would gallop into the endzone and give the Colts a 24-10 lead with just over 6 minutes left in the game. Gillislee was not done and the Colts next drive he broke a few tackles and was off to the races and would take it 61 yards and score a touchdown. That would put the Colts up 31-10 and when time ran out the Colts would move to 3-0 on the season.
GM Goodman really believes that the fumble by Manziel changed the game. That was a big moment in the game and we were very fortunate at that point in the game. We played a horrendous first half and the Browns defense was very stout. I was pleased that we woke up a little in the 2nd half of the game. I was pleased that our defense was able to keep us in the game until our offense got going. We are glad to be heading into our bye week 3-0 because we have a very tough stretch of games coming up in this young PFL season.
Rookie MLB Perry played very well in this game and we needed that because our starter went down and it appears he will miss the next two weeks. This game took a toll to win because we lot both of our starting OG's. RG Reiff was a significant injury and will miss at least the next 11 weeks and LG Hollings will miss the next two weeks. The Colts on the season have been hit early with the injury bug but DT Edwards who has been out because of injury made his return.
It appears our defense is steadily improving with reducing the yards per game each game and we will need that because our offense is not where it needs to be. We show flashes at times but the pass game is not consistent enough at this point. Very proud and happy with the run game and we will continue to search for the pass game.
The Colts are on the bye week next week and then in week 5 play host to the Raiders. That should be a challenge and we will need to be ready for that offense when it comes to Indianapolis.
Indianapolis, IN [IP] The Indianapolis Colts opened Lucas Oil Stadium last night against the Minnesota Vikings. The game featured many swings in this game and the Vikings would not go away until the Colts running game came alive in the 4th quarter. The Colts got the win over the Vikings 41-20 but the game was much closer that the score.
1st quarter- The Colts would take the lead with a field goal. MLB Avery Williamson would intercept a pass in the flat to the Vikings halfback and he would take it to the house to give the Colts an early 10-0 lead. The Vikings would put together a outstanding drive but the Colts defense would make them settle for a field goal. After the end of the first quarter the score would be Colts winning 10-3.
2nd quarter- The Vikings again in this quarter would have another good drive and this time QB Osweiler would find WR Boyd for a touchdown to tie the game up at 10 a piece. The Colts would respond and would drive down the field but would be held to a field goal to make it Colts 13-10. HB Gillislee would score a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter and the Colts would go into the half up 20-10.
3rd quarter- Again back would come the Vikings. They would add a field goal to cut the Colts lead to 20-13. The Colts running game in this quarter started picking up some steam. HB Gillislee would have a nice big run. This would setup HB Ty Bailey for a touchdown and the Colts would take a 27-13 lead. The Vikings would score a touchdown on a fumble punt return that would see CB Schroeder take it to the house and cut the Colts lead to 27-20 heading into the 4th quarter.
4th quarter- The Colts would go on a nice long drive in the 4th quarter and it was lead by the run game. We just kept pounding our way down the field and it would end with HB Bailey scoring his second touchdown of the day and would give the Colts a 34-20 lead. HB Bailey would add another touchdown late in the 4th and it would give the Colts the win and the final score was 41-20.
Coach Goodman said the defense kept us in this game early. We could not muster up a lot of offense against the pesky Vikings defense. Our passing attack was horrendous. The Vikings played excellent defense and we caught a break when the run game started moving the ball. The Colts defense kept HB Yeldon in check for the game and QB Osweiler had a pretty rough game throwing the football. MLB Williamson had 2 ints for passes in the flats....though one was deflected and he dove on the ground to snag the interception. It was a very tough game and the score doesn't really give the game justice. Scotty had his defense playing lights out and it was a defensive gem early by both teams. We were also glad to get a complete game in because the other 4 attempts ended up in disconnects. We still have a lot of work to do to get this team where it needs to be especially on the offensive side but overall we were happy with the way the defense played.
The Colts travel to Cleveland this week to play the Browns. Mr. Retter always plays me tough so we are expecting a tough game in Cleveland. We hope we can get the offense on track at some point and we will continue to try different plays to help QB Manuel find his groove...hopefully..
The Indianapolis Colts kicked off their 2018 season campaign by traveling to Houston to battle with the Texans. The Colts jumped on the Texans early and at the half led 20-0. The Texans fought back in the second half and scored 17 points. When the time ran out if showed the Colts winning 37-17. It always nice to get a win on the road and it was nice to get that first division win.
Coach Goodman was asked after the game to sum of his Colts performance. " We played like it was the first game of the season" he said. " Its nice to get a win but we got some work to do". " We will need to play better and we will improve as the season moves forward." E.J Manuel really played well and I liked how he was able to spread the football around. We will need to continue to search for who we want to run the football.
On the defense side of things I think the linebackers played a great game. CB Melvin White played an outstanding game. We will continue to move our defensive backs around until we get them all performing the way we want them to perform. The defensive line played ok....we did get a couple of sacks from our DL but we have some work to do there as well.
Bottom line is we won the game but we know there is a lot of room for improvement. If we can continue to get wins while searching for our optimum rotation then that will be a blessing.
It doesn't get easier because Week 2 we open our Lucas Oil Stadium with the Minnesota Vikings coming to town. We have a lot of work to do before we get Scotty and it should be another tough game.
The Indianapolis Colts held a press conference to introduce new head coach Mike Goodman. It was a rather surprise but to be able to play as your favorite team was something I just did not want to pass up on.
I enjoyed my one and a half seasons in Baltimore and never really expected to leave the Ravens. I had said the only way i would leave the Ravens was if the Colts job opened. I was fully invested in the Ravens team and trying to build them up for a chance to go for a repeat but there was no way i was going to pass on moving to my favorite team.
Quick glance at the roster appears to have all the elements I like to have on defense. Its almost a mirror look as to what I had in Baltimore. I looked back on last years stats and they gave up 267 points and the ravens defense gave up guess what??? 267 points....So all the ingredients are there on defense.
Offense will be a work in progress as i play around with especially the wide receiver depth and find out who i want where. The offensive line should be fine this season but we will look to get a bit younger in the near future. I dont have all the pieces that i like to see on offense but we will find a way to make it work with the talent I have.
This year will mark the 10 year anniversary that the 2008 Colts team went to the Superbowl but lost to the Saints. Since 2008 the Colts only playoff appearance came last year (2017) but got man handled in the divisional round by guess who...the Baltimore Ravens.
I would like to say I am happy to move to Indy. I am not a fan of overhauls and what Mr. Whalen did with the roster was outstanding and I have pieces i can build from. The AFC South will be a challenge but it will be fun at the same time.
I would also like to say good luck to the Ravens new GM and I know he will continue to build Ravens history as we begin to try and build a new Colts history which currently shows the Colts with a overall winning percentage of just 43%.
Colts Rumors: Colts Won't Commit To Johnson, Shopping QB
New Indianapolis Colts GM Big Cuz isn’t willing to anoint incumbent quarterback C.J. Johnson as the team’s starter heading into the long offseason ahead.
“To say that he’s definitely going to be the guy, it’s way too early to say that,” Big Cuz said, via social media. In fact, he says the team will search high and low for pick(s) in the 2015 PFL Draft for other potential options and look to E.J. Manual to take over at starting quarterback.
“We’re going to exhaust every resource we can,” Big Cuz said. “We’ll look at free agents. We’ll look at the draft. We’ll look at anything.” However, the Colts aren’t writing Johnson off at all when it comes to competing to be the team’s Week 1 starter. “What we’re going to do is explore every opportunity out there,” Big Cuz said. “Will EJ Manuel be given the opportunity to win the job? Of course, he will. We’re going to do everything we can to get him to play at a high level.”
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Free agent spotlight: Could New life solve Colts Woes
With 2 days until the start of the PFL draft, nothing is a bigger hot button topic among Colts fans than the linebacker position. That’s understandable after all, considering that long-time starter Ernie Sims is certain not to be back, and late season contributors Darryl Sharpton and Ray Maualuga set to hit the free-agent market. If Sims, Sharpton and Maualuga are not back in 2015, that would leave Alfred Plummer as the only outside linebacker under contract for next season. Not exactly news that will bring comfort to an already frustrated fan base who desperately wants to see the organization make upgrading the position a top priority.
One option the Colts may consider is bringing in a proven veteran via free agency. The 2015 market is loaded with viable options, and one of the more intriguing comes from within the AFC South, Jacksonville Jaguars ROLB James Cobb. James does not have much experience playing a full season during his seven-year career, so he is capable of playing in a similar fashion to what Sims has done over his time in Indy. Adding Cobb would additionally give the Colts another OLB who is solid in run support; a skill set the GM Big Cuz have long coveted.
The Colts are likely alone in their pursuit of the free agent. Despite of a relative abundance of appealing free agents at the position, the Colts seem interested in bring Cobb in. It seems likely that the Colts will use an early pick, possibly even a first rounder, to draft a linebacker who can come in and make an immediate impact. Regardless, it seems that the Colts could use a veteran free agent like Cobb to provide experience and a high level of play next season at position of need.
The Colts are not the only team in the PFL in cap trouble. It isn’t a coincidence that the Colts have been one of the most unsuccessful teams in the league over the last half-decade; the team has had to walk a fine line between keeping itself a alive and complying with the salary ceiling.
Unlike the Giants, Dolphins and Titans (the three teams that have less than 500k in cap room) Indianapolis doesn’t have a ready-made solution in the form of a player ready to be the savior in a few seasons. Moving a few high priced guys might be easier said than done, and Indy is on the clock. The Colts can wait until the end of the draft without obvious ramifications. The negative part of such an approach is that the closer they get to drafting, the less leverage the team will have in negotiations.
But if Indy can trade virtually any player futures and then follow that up by moving one of their superfluous vets out of town (including a necessary sweetener in the latter deal) the team’s cap problems will be solved and the club’s status as to win won’t be significantly impacted. It's the ideal solution, if general manager Big Cuz can find a team willing to help him out.
Injuries and learning the new players on my team are making this transition to the PFL to be especially brutal. Having not yet winning a game since my return, I am still trying to find ways to make my offense work. My defense is very decent but my offensive woes continue. Having scored more than 20 points only once this season, I am trying to right this ship.
I hope that I can overcome all of the injuries that I have endured and find an offense that I really like that not only fits my style but also to the strength of my players abilities. The search continues for that elusive offense and that first win... hopefully it won't happen late in the season before it is too late.
To all of the teams out there, I may be winless but I will not give up without a fight!
Hello to all of you PFL listeners and viewers out in the world. I am Nancy Vevulsa and I am thrilled to be here at the off season home of the Colts GM and Coach of the Colts, Tina Dawson, affectionately known as "Angel" at her home in Fremont, California. I took me many favors and hoops to go through before I was able to get access to the newest returning coach and GM to the PFL but finally, it seems that I am very privileged because I see her now walking down the stairs. It seems that she was expecting me so she leads me to her small living room upstairs and onto the futon that seems old.. but it is more comfortable than you might think.
*Gets her thoughts back to professional mode* OK... And now, without further ado, here is the transcript of the interview that took place just an hour ago that I had with her that I recorded on my iPhone. Enjoy!
Nancy: This is the very first report from this Colts insider and across from me, I am very glad to be joined by Coach and GM Tina Dawson... affectionately known as Angel. Coach Angel, How are you doing tonight?
Angel: I am doing really well. I am glad to be back here in one of the most wonderful leagues that football has to offer.
Nancy: I am very glad to hear that. So inquiring minds want to know, what made you come back to the PFL after such a long hiatus?
Angel: *Rubs her forehead for a second and then speaks* The time was just right. There are a great group of Coaches and GM's here and I figured that the signs pointed me back here to the sweetest league in the world.
Nancy: All right. So now you are the Colts GM. Did you have any aspirations to join other teams?
Angel: Of course! I do have my favorite teams but the Colts needed some Angelic help so here I am!
Nancy: OK. So now diving into the Colts during this Off season, what are your plans to rebuild these Colts back to the Promised Land?
Angel: Well, so far, I started with getting Free Agents that I liked and tried to covet. Unfortunately, some teams wanted my type of players more than I did... but I made out with the best that I could. With the Draft, I know that I have a lot of aging players at some skill positions so little by little, I am going to infuse some fresh talent to give a spark and hope that they can learn from the best.
Nancy: It sounds like you have a very strong plan in mind. Is there anything else that you would like to add... maybe a hint on what you plan on offense and Defense?
Angel: *Chuckles softly* Right now, that is too early to tell. I will invite you to come back during our preseason so you can get a look.
Nancy: I look forward to it. Thank you for this wonderful and exclusive insight to the new Colts coach and I will definitely take you up on that offer in the preseason.
Angel: You are very welcome! if you will excuse me, I have a whining player to deal with that is crying about playing time already.
Nancy: *Looks stunned* So how are you going to deal with him, Coach?
Angel: That... will have to wait until you come back. Until then, I have to keep my secrets. Thank you for coming here.
And there we have it! A glimpse into the mind of Coach Angel. Until next time, PFL enthusiasts... this is Nancy Vevulsa signing off from here in Fremont, California. Back to you in the studios!
Its unfortunate but with my recent promotion work has been taking most if not all my time. I have not been able to focus and practice like I always love to do so with this being said I will be stepping down immediately and let some one with more time than I have take over. It's unfortunate because this is a great league and I have great friends in this league but at this time I am not 100% dedicated because my workload is just extremely heavy at this time.
I would like to thank all the GM's here as they are all a class act. I also would like to thank Mike for letting me be a part of this league.
I will seek a return when my work load does get somewhat managed.
This time we only had 9 drops from our great receiving core, the Titans proved to be the better team and made the predictions about the division hierarchy come true. The colts have many problems to solve if they are going to even come close to the win predictions, coach Smitty is everything that was advertised as he called a great game.
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