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The Indianapolis Colts hire Chuck Pagano as the new head coach

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Thursday 26 January 2012 at 1:19 am

The Colts have hired 51-year old Chuck Pagano as their next head coach.  He has coached 10 years as an assistant in the NFL.  He was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator in 2011 and the numbers of his unit were very impressive.  The Ravens allowed 92.6 yards rushing (3.5 ypc), 196.3 yards passing (68.8 QB Rating) and 16.6 points per game (#3 in the NFL) last year.  The Colts are likely in for a culture shock as they aren’t likely to be the high flying offensive team of the past.  Look for Pagano to try to rebuild the offense right away in the NFL Draft.

The Indianapolis Colts have fired head coach Jim Caldwell

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by admin on Tuesday 17 January 2012 at 8:31 pm

The Colts have fired 57-year old head coach Jim Caldwell.  This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock based on how poorly the Colts played in 2011.  The Colts were 2-14 on the season.  In Caldwell’s defense, he didn’t have Peyton Manning in 2011 due to a neck injury.  The Colts averaged only 15.2 points per game last year while giving up 26.9 points per game.  They often looked ill prepared, especially offensively.  Caldwell was the Colts’ head coach for three years and he compiled a 26-22 record (54.2%) during the regular season and he was 2-2 during the post-season.  The Colts will certainly be able to find a better coach than Jim Caldwell for 2012 and beyond.

The Indianapolis Colts might have found some keepers in the 2011 NFL Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 13 January 2012 at 4:21 pm

The Colts had to get all five of their rookies on the field last year and that bodes well for their futures in the NFL.  Here is a look at how well the rookies played in 2011 for the Colts:

In the first round of the NFL Draft, the Colts took 23-year old OT Blake Castonzo.  Castonzo played in 12 games (all starts) for the Colts last year and he played pretty decent.  He did miss four games due to an ankle injury.  He is going to be a starter for the Colts for a long, long time.

22-year old OG Ben Ijalana was a 2nd round pick last April by the Colts.  He played in 4 games (0 starts) before missing the rest of the season due to knee surgery.  He could develop into a starter down the road for the Colts.

22-year old DT Drake Nevis was a 3rd round pick last April by the Colts.  He played in 5 games for the Colts last year and he had 19 tackles and defensed one pass.  Nevis looked good before being placed on the Injured Reserve List due to a back injury.  He has a nice upside.

24-year old RB Delone Carter was a 4th round pick of the Colts.  He played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he carried the ball 101 times for 377 yards (3.7 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  Carter also caught 5 passes for 18 yards (3.6 avg) last year.  Carter did a decent job for the Colts last year and they expect him to get better in the future.

23-year old CB Chris Rucker was a 6th round pick last April.  He played in 15 games for the Colts last year and he had 36 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 fumble recovery and 2 passes defensed.  Rucker was not overwhelmed when pressed into action, so the Colts might have something here.

GRADE FOR 2011:  C

GRADE FOR THE FUTURE:  B

The Indianapolis Colts were a disaster at QB in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Needs to Pick It Up by admin on Friday 6 January 2012 at 3:17 pm

The Colts never have had a good backup for Peyton Manning.  Well he couldn’t play this year and it ruined the Colts’ season.  The Colts panicked and signed 39-year old Kerry Collins to take over for Manning.  He only last three games (0-3), before his season was over due to a nasty concussion.  Collins played in 3 games (all starts) for the Colts last year and he completed 48 of 98 passes (49%) for 481 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT (65.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 2 times for -1 yard (-0.5 ypc) last year.  Collins has now played in 197 games (180 starts) in his NFL career and he has completed 3,487 of 6,261 passes (55.7%) for 40,922 yards with 208 TD passes and 196 INTs (73.8 QB Rating).  Collins has also carried the ball 374 times for 686 yards (1.8 ypc) with 10 TD runs so far in his career.  Collins is 81-99 (45%) as a starting QB during the regular season in his NFL career.  Collins will likely retire in the off-season and stay that way.

26-year old Curtis Painter was the next guy up.  He didn’t play too well as the Colts were 0-8 in his starts.  Painter played in 9 games (8 starts) for the Colts last year and he completed 132 of 243 passes (54.3%) for 1,541 yards with 6 TD passes and 9 INTs (66.6 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 17 times for 107 yards (6.3 ypc) last year.  Painter has now played in 11 games (8 starts) in his career with the Colts and he has completed 140 of 271 passes (51.7%) for 1,624 yards with 6 TD passes and 11 INTs (60.6 QB Rating).  He has also carried the ball 20 times for 111 yards (5.6 ypc) so far in his NFL career.  He is nothing more than a #3 QB in the NFL.

28-year old Dan Orlovsky started the last five games for the Colts at QB and they were 2-3 (40%) in those games.  Orlovsky played in 8 games (5 starts) for the Colts last year and he completed 122 of 193 passes (63.2%) for 1,201 yards with 6 TD passes and 4 INTs (82.4 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 6 times for 5 yards (0.8 ypc) last year.  Orlovsky has now played in 21 games (12 starts) so far in his NFL career and he has completed 272 of 465 passes (58.5%) for 2,880 yards with 14 TD passes and 12 INTs (75.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 13 times for 34 yards (2.6 ypc) so far in his career.  Orlovsky is now 2-10 (16.7%) as a starting QB in his NFL career.

Jacksonville Jaguars 19, Indianapolis Colts 13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Tuesday 3 January 2012 at 2:04 pm

The Colts gave it the old college try last Sunday in Jacksonville, but they fell just a tad short.  Dan Orlovsky completed 27 of 40 passes for 264 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INTs.  He also carried the ball 1 time for 7 yards in this game.  Donald Brown led the way on the ground for the Colts with 24 yards rushing on 8 carries (3.0 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 15 yards (7.5 avg).  Joseph Addai pitched in with 19 yards rushing on 8 carries (2.4 ypc).  WR Austin Collie led the way in the passing game for the Colts with 9 grabs for 96 yards (10.7 avg) with 1 TD grab.  WR Reggie Wayne (8 rec, 73 yards) and TE Dallas Clark (5 rec, 53 yards) also pitched in for the Colts inn this game.  The Colts finished up with 56 yards rushing on 22 carries (2.5 ypc) and they also completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5%) for 242 yards as they had possession of the ball for 29:12.

The Colts couldn’t stop Maurice Jones-Drew (169 yards rushing, 6.8 yards per carry) last Sunday and it was one of the big reasons for this loss.  LB Pat Angerer (11 tackles), safety Antoine Bethea (10 tackles) and LB Ernie Sims (7 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  DE Robert Mathis pitched in with 2 tackles, 1 sack and a fumble recovery.  The Jaguars finished up with 190 yards rushing on 35 carries (5.4 ypc) and they also completed 11 of 19 passes (57.9%) for 71 yards.  The Colts finished the season with a 2-14 record in 2011, and they have earned the #1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft next April.