Turning the page. That’s the Indianapolis Colts’ mantra heading into Sunday’s road game with the New York Jets.
While Indianapolis came out with a 30-27 win during an emotion-filled game with the Green Bay Packers, the 24-hour rule remains in effect.
Come today, no more celebrating. It’s time to move on and begin preparations for a Jets team that has become something of an enigma this season. New York has struggled to get its offense untracked this season. But defensively, the Jets are as good as they’ve been in recent years.
Indianapolis, meanwhile, lost its only other road game five weeks ago, dropping a 41-21 decision to Chicago. The Colts will take a 2-2 record into the matchup with the Jets.
“We’ve only had the one game on the road in Chicago when we did not play as well as we’re capable,” interim coach Bruce Arians said Monday afternoon. “So it’s going to be interesting to get back on the road and see how we play.”
The Colts hope that they may have found something special in the second half of the Packers game that they can continue to build on as the season progresses.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt the last 30 minutes is the standard that we set for ourselves now. We played smarter, we played faster, we played up to our ability. Now we have to maintain that. I told the guys this car cannot have a rear-view mirror. We can’t ever look back at this moment and pat ourselves on the back or we’ll get our butts kicked by the Jets,” Arians said.
“It’s business as usual, 24-hour rule. The game is over. [Players] have until [Monday night]. It’s over for the coaches. We’re already on to New York. That’s all our focus at this point in time and it has to be. We’ve set a nice standard of 30 minutes of football. We dug a deep enough hole with the first 30 minutes that we were fortunate to get out of it with a victory. We learn our lesson and go on.”
• Impressed by Luck — Arians has seen his share of young and talented quarterbacks in the National Football League. He’s worked with Peyton Manning, Tim Couch and Ben Roethlisberger with the Colts, Browns and Steelers.
But what he saw in Sunday’s win over Green Bay — rookie quarterback Andrew Luck completing 31 of 55 passes for 362 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception — just made him shake his head.
A couple of plays in particular stood out. One came on the eventual game-winning drive when Luck survived a near-sack by Packers linebacker Clay Mathews, shaking him off and stepping up into the pocket to complete an 18-yard pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne for a crucial first down.
“I’ve been around one guy who I’ve ever seen do that and that was Ben down in Jacksonville … [Luck] threw a guy off who was still hanging onto him and he completed a third-and-12 18-yard pass right on the money,” Arians recalled. “Not only did he shake him off, he had great ball security in the situation and put it right on the money, and Reggie made a great play. But that was big league play.”
Then there was Luck’s 7-yard scramble for a first down that set up his game-winning touchdown pass to Wayne.
“He saw the coverage. They had doubled both guys outside. The middle basically opened up for him and he stuck his head down and went. I don’t think we would have had a completion. They had us doubled up pretty good. He had a heck of a play,” Arians said. “It’s a split-second decision: ’I’m going.’ He knew what he had to get and did it.”
But the assistant coach said the Luck’s best play may have occurred much earlier in the game.
“The biggest play Andrew made in the game, he got hit, the ball came out, he went flying across the field, dove, and knocked it out of bounds or they would have had it right there on the 35 or 40. That was the biggest play of the game for him I thought,” Arians said.
“It shows his grit and his determination. He was not letting them get that ball. He got plastered. He should have been on the ground, but he knew it was out and he went and got it. I thought that was the best play, the turning point, because we wouldn’t have recovered from that.”
• Ahead of Manning? The Colts began Sunday’s game by running a full no-huddle offense. Indianapolis stayed up-tempo for most of the day, which came as something as a surprise given Luck’s relative inexperience in the league.
Arians, though, thought the rookie could handle it. Interestingly, the no-huddle offense wasn’t utilized until Peyton Manning’s second year with the Colts.
“We didn’t attempt no-huddle [Manning’s] first year. We did a lot of check-with-mes, and gave him two or three options. But not at the line,” he remembered.
“It’s something [Luck’s] been wanting to do. I felt the rest of the guys were more than capable now. We practiced it for four or five weeks. It was time to try it. Rather than try to slowly get him down, we wanted to get more snaps. You know, knock on wood, it worked.”
Indianapolis ran more than 90 total plays in the Green Bay game.
“We had the ball for 35 minutes and 100 plays. Never dreamed that we would have that many snaps in the game. I think it was actually 90-something without the penalties,” Arians said.
“We want to be able to play up-tempo and spread the field. I thought it really helped the running attack before the third quarter. We left a few yards out there on run and pass. But it was something that, looking back, was a decent decision.”
• Roster moves — The Colts waived tight end Dominique Jones from the active roster and placed offensive guard Seth Olsen on injured reserve.
Olsen, who has started for injured offensive guard Joe Reitz (knee) since the start of the season, missed practice last week and did not play against the Packers due to a knee injury. He has been designated to return to the active roster after six weeks.
Wide receiver Kris Adams, who was waived from the active roster on Saturday, has been signed to the team’s practice squad. Outside linebacker Mario Addison was lost off the practice squad Monday as he was signed by Baltimore.
Turning the page. That’s the Indianapolis Colts’ mantra heading into Sunday’s road game with the New York Jets.
Colts' coordinators enjoying getting rookies acclimated
While the Indianapolis Colts put their rookies and a handful of second-year players through workouts this weekend at the team’s Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, a pair of first-year coordinators are getting a chance to do some valuable on-field work as well.
Werner, 36 others open Colts’ mini camp
The Indianapolis Colts welcomed 37 players to the start of the team’s rookie mini camp Friday at the West 56th Street headquarters.
Colts hoping for more high marks on draft picks
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts received high marks for the impact players the team added through the NFL draft.
Of the 10 players selected, five ended up either starting or seeing extensive playing time (quarterback Andrew Luck, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Vick Ballard) during the Colts’ 11-5 season.
While this year’s class may not rival that group in terms of name recognition and flash, it may produce just as many major contributors once the 2013 season gets underway.
Werner at top of game
Bjoern Werner was a late comer to football. But after being selected in the first round of the 2013 National Football League draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Werner realizes that he has reached the pinnacle of the sport in a relatively short amount of time.
Colts select pass rusher Werner in first round
The Indianapolis Colts selected Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive lineman can also play left outside linebacker.
Colts in wait-and-see mode for tonight’s NFL draft
As the 2013 NFL draft gets underway tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Indianapolis Colts are continuing their wait-and-see stance in regard to the first-round pick.
The draft begins at 8 p.m. — televised by the NFL Network and ESPN — with the Kansas City Chiefs making the night’s first selection. Teams will have 10 minutes to make their decisions during the first round. Indianapolis will have the 24th overall pick in the first round.
There will be only one round tonight. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with seven minutes allotted per pick in the second round and five minutes allowed in the third. The final four rounds are slated to begin at noon Saturday with four minutes between selections.
As it stands now, Indianapolis does not have a second-round pick. It was traded to Miami last fall in exchange for veteran cornerback Vontae Davis. But second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has nut ruled out the possibility of trading down from the first round if the Colts aren’t satisfied with the players available.
Direction clear for Colts in 2013 draft
The Indianapolis Colts head into the 2013 NFL Draft with some definite plans.
Colts veteran among those excited to see Luck's growth in 2013-14
Veteran defensive end Cory Redding is a big fan — literally and figuratively — of Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck.
Redding, who has become one of the Colts’ lockerroom leaders after just one season with the team, thinks he has some reasonable expectations of Indianapolis’ former No. 1 draft pick.
Heyward-Bey feeling fortunate to hook up with Luck
Add one more player to the list of veteran free agents signed by the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.
Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey agreed to a a deal with the Colts late Monday evening. Bey, who played collegiately at Maryland, was the seventh player selected in the first round of the 2009 National Football League draft.
Colts sign nose tackle
Another day, more player signings for the Indianapolis Colts.
Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin agreed to terms with the Colts on Tuesday evening and officially signed with the team Wednesday. Franklin (6-1, 315) is a 10-year NFL veteran with stops in Baltimore (2003-06), San Francisco (2007-10), New Orleans (2011) and San Diego (2012).
Colts sign Matt Hasselbeck to back up Luck
The Indianapolis Colts’ roster moves just keep coming.
While the Colts haven’t yet added that big-name wide receiver that team owner Jim Irsay hinted at in tweets over the weekend, Indianapolis has addressed one area on offense.
Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had agreed Monday night to be the Colts’ primary back-up to second-year starter Andrew Luck. He officially signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the team Tuesday morning.
“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Matt Hasselbeck,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in a prepared statement. “His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience speak for themselves. Those factors, plus his familiarity with our offensive scheme, will make him a great asset to our team and its vision as we move forward.”
Colts likely done signing free agents, for now
With the possible exception of adding a few lesser-priced players, the Indianapolis Colts’ big-time foray into the veteran free-agent marketplace is pretty much done.
Landry, Jean Francois join Colts defensive unit
After adding five veteran free agent players to the Indianapolis Colts roster on Tuesday, general manager Ryan Grigson plucked two more plums late Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.
New York Jets safety LaRon Landry and San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois both signed contracts with the Colts. Landry, a strong safety who appears to be a bigger version of former Indianapolis Pro Bowler Bob Sanders, and the versatile Jean-Francois are expected to make immediate impacts on the Colts’ defensive unit.
Colts introduce free-agent signees
What the Indianapolis Colts accomplished last season — posting an 11-5 record and earning an AFC wild-card berth with a young team plus having that kind of success without its head coach on the sidelines for 12 games — didn’t go unnoticed by players around the NFL.
That was especially true for the five veteran free agents who were added to the Colts’ roster Tuesday. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus (Detroit), cornerback Greg Toler (Arizona), outside linebacker Erik Walden (Green Bay), offensive guard Donald Thomas (New England) and linebacker Lawrence Sidbury (Atlanta) admitted as much Wednesday.
“I felt like this would be the best fit for me at this point in my career. I really liked what I saw was happening with the program here and the way things have taken shape. I feel like we have a really great team here and it’s on the rise. I really wanted to be a part of that,” Thomas said during a teleconference interview with the Colts’ media.
Colts sign five free agents, filling needs at offensive line, cornerback
The Indianapolis Colts were a busy team on the opening day of the National Football League’s veteran free agent market, which got underway at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Jeff Saturday retires as a Colt
An Indianapolis Colt for life. Pencil in Jeff Saturday for that honor.
The 14-year veteran center in the NFL put an official stamp on a career Thursday that began in Baltimore in 1998 and ended in Green Bay in 2012. But it was those 13 seasons in between — from 1999 to 2011 in which he played for Indianapolis — when Saturday earned his greatest rewards.
Saturday thrilled to retire as a Colt
The 14-year veteran center in the National Football League put an official stamp on a career Thursday that began in Baltimore in 1998 and ended in Green Bay in 2012. But it was those 13 seasons in-between — from 1999 to 2011 in which he played for Indianapolis — that Saturday earned his greatest rewards.
Saturday to retire as Colt on Thursday
Former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday will make his retirement from the National Football League official on Thursday.
Indianapolis franchises punter McAfee
A week ago, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said it was a priority that the team retain the services of punter Pat McAfee.
McAfee, an unrestricted free agent who’s contract is due to expire March 12, was designated as the Colts’ franchise player Friday. The move allows Indianapolis extra time to work out a long-term deal for the team’s special-teams ace.
“He’s huge. He’s a major priority in free agency. Obviously, we’ve reached out and are working to get Pat re-signed,” Pagano said during the National Football Scouting Combine. “We saw what he did for us last year. He’s a great weapon, not only kickoffs and touchbacks.
Colts GM enjoying time at combine
Indianapolis Colts second-year general manager Ryan Grigson makes no bones about it. He enjoys watching prospective football players strut their stuff.
Colts keeping eye on large crop of talented linemen in NFL Draft
According to most National Football League draft observers, this year’s crop of prospects is deep with quality offensive and defensive linemen.
Among the offensive line candidates who have been showcasing their talents at the National Football Scouting Combine, which began in earnest Thursday and wraps up on Tuesday, the spotlight has been on the offensive tackles. Offensive left tackles in particular.
Colts' Pagano back to full work schedule at combine
Back and ready to go.
That’s the attitude Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is taking during the National Football Scouting Combine, which completed its second day of operations Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. During a wide-ranging press conference at the combine, Pagano confirmed that he is back to a full work regimen after missing 12 games last fall as he battled a rare form of leukemia.
After undergoing cancer treatments that featured heavy doses of chemotherapy, the second-year head coach was able to return to the sidelines for Indianapolis’ final regular-season home game against Houston and for the team’s AFC wild-card matchup with eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore.
Colts looking forward to different approach to draft in 2013
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts had the first overall pick in the 2012 National Football League draft.
It was a foregone conclusion that the Colts would select former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the selection. While Indianapolis front office and player personnel officials certainly had to do their due diligence in preparing for the draft, the Colts find themselves this year in a bit different situation.
The team will have the 24th overall pick in the first round, which is a double-edged sword. Indianapolis picks lower in the round due to a successful season. But the pool of available can’t-miss talent isn’t quite as plentiful as drafting earlier in the round.
Former Pro Bowl selection Freeney won't return to Colts
The news coming out of the Indianapolis Colts headquarters Friday afternoon was not totally unexpected. Team officials have confirmed that two veteran players – former Pro Bowl defensive end/outside linebacker Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie — will not be returning for the 2013 season.
Colts’ new offensive coordinator will offer variety
Quarterback Andrew Luck running the Pistol offense? Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton lining up in the Wildcat?
Colts moving on to the off season
Moving on. That’s the immediate plans for the Indianapolis Colts as they head into the off season.
Baltimore ends Indy’s playoff run early
The Baltimore Ravens want one long final ride for Ray Lewis. Having disposed of Andrew Luck and the Colts, they now face a more imposing challenge.
Next up, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Switching sides: Colts-Ravens matchup includes old friends on new teams
Just as Baltimore Ravens players and coaches will be seeing some old friends returning to M&T Bank Stadium today, several Indianapolis Colts veterans will also have an opportunity to renew acquaintances with a familiar face.
Pagano prepares Colts for tough crowd in Baltimore
As a former resident of Baltimore, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano knows all about the hard feelings that still run strong about the move of the Colts franchise to Indianapolis in 1984.
Pagano marvels at Colt’s progress
In the minutes after last Sunday’s win over AFC South champion Houston, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano marveled at how the 2012 season has progressed for his team.
- More Colts Headlines
- Colts' coordinators enjoying getting rookies acclimated