Tag:Dan Orlovsky
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:34 pm

Colts well on their way to No. 1 draft pick

Indianapolis is struggling with Jacksonville (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

Despite their two-game winning streak, a stretch that likely saved coach Jim Caldwell’s job, the Colts today look like their well on their way to the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. All they need to do is lose to the Jaguars, and so far, Indianapolis is doing exactly that, falling behind 10-3 to Jacksonville at halftime. 

Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who has looked decent enough in the past two games, is 9 of 16 for 75 yards and an interception, and the running game has gained a paltry 19 yards.

Blaine Gabbert has been oddly effective, completing 8 of 11 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, but your future NFL rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew has had a wonderful day, gaining 84 yards on 16 carries.

On the first possession of the game, the Colts made a nice goal-line stand, including a stuff of Jones-Drew on fourth and goal from the 1, and it looked like Indianapolis was primed to get itself out of the No. 1 spot for Andrew Luck.

It looks like the opposite of that at this point.

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Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 1:43 am

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

PettigrewBy Josh Katzowitz

The NFL lesson of the week: don’t punch a fellow player or touch an official in anything other than a loving matter. Otherwise, the NFL is going to take a few bucks out of your wallet. This, of course, isn’t news, but considering Richard Seymour is a repeat offender, maybe this IS a lesson he needs to continue to learning.

Anyway, here’s a roundup of some of the biggest fines levied by the league this week.

Richard Seymour, $30,000: Seymour was tagged $25,000 last year when he struck Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with an open hand, but the NFL has decided a second violation (when he gave Miami's Richie Incognito the business last Sunday) only was worth $5,000 more. As Rapid Reporter Eric Gillman points out, that’s three ejections in three seasons with the Raiders for Seymour, so, really, you have to applaud his consistency.

Jerod Mayo, $25,000: As Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard points out, Mayo was tagged for roughing Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky and striking him in the head and neck area. This, even though Mayo wasn’t flagged during the game for the alleged penalty.

Brandon Pettigrew, $25,000: The NFL just HATES it when a player makes contact with an official, even if the contact was somewhat inadvertent and not necessarily intended for said official. But Pettigrew got caught bumping an official while going after Saints safety Roman Harper, and thus he gets a big fine, via Rapid Reporter John Kreger. Why he wasn’t kicked out of the game immediately, we don’t know.

Shaun Chapas, $20,000: You want to know why Chapas is having a bad day? Because, as ESPN Dallas writes, Chapas, a rookie Cowboys fullback, made a little more than $22,000 last Sunday, but since he blind-sided Cardinals linebacker Reggie Walker, the NFL wants to take most of that away. Also, Chapas wasn’t penalized on the play.

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:02 pm

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Coyer is out as defensive coordinator, Orlovsky is in at quarterback. (Getty Images/AP)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a busy day in the AFC South. The Jaguars fired head coach Jack Del Rio this morning, and by lunchtime, the Colts announced that they had relieved defensive coordinator Larry Coyer of his duties. Because, really, the defense was the primary reason the team is off to an 0-11 start.

“The move was made to improve communication and production,” Head Coach Jim Caldwell, via the team's web site. “We feel this is the most effective and realistic way to move forward and win games this season. We appreciate all of the effort and hard work Larry Coyer put forth in his three years with the Colts.”

We suspect that owner Jim Irsay will be issuing similar comments after the season when we learn that Caldwell has suffered the same fate as Coyer. For now, he's still in charge of a team that has a realistic chance to go winless in 2011.

Linebackers coach Mike Murphy has been assigned to replace Coyer.

In other Colts-related news, Caldwell has announced a new starting quarterback.

“Dan Orlovsky will (start this week at New England),” he said. “He’s been working at it and getting himself ready. … I think he’s a guy that certainly is comfortable within the framework of the system. I think he is a guy that’s also been around the league a while. He’s able to adjust and adapt to different systemic problems that you may have or see from a defense. He can adjust to those very easily. He has a nice, strong arm. We’re anticipating he’s going to be accurate as well, that’s key. The big is, obviously, to stay away from turnovers. He’s got to play smart and not scared."

It seems like a great opportunity for Orlovsky, who's probably best known for running unprovoked out of the back of the end zone when he played for the Lions during the 2008 season (Detroit, incidentally, went 0-16 that year). But the Colts' schedule shapes up like this the next two weeks: at New England, at Baltimore. If he survives that, Indy closes out against Tennessee, Houston and at Jacksonville.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 6:01 pm

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

Dan Orlovsky reportedly rejoins the Colts. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's not everyday that a team signing a backup quarterback off the street three weeks into the regular season is deemed newsworthy. But 2011 has been anything but typical for the Colts. Peyton Manning has yet to take a snap (and he very well might not) as he recovers from neck surgery.

The team signed recently retired Kerry Collins off his couch to fill in indefinitely. With just a few weeks to learn a new offense with new personnel, the results have been predictably disastrous. Making matters worse: Collins suffered concussion-like symptoms against the Steelers on Sunday night. Depending on his availability, Indianapolis could face the Buccaneers with just one healthy quarterback on the roster: Curtis Painter.

Which is why the team put veteran free agents Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle through the paces Tuesday.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the Colts settled on Orlovsky, who was with the team during preseason when he completed 25-of-54 passes for 386 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Star cites "a source with knowledge of the situation" because the Colts have made no official announcement, nor was it immediately known how the team made room for Orlovsky on the active roster.

We would like to take this opportunity to point out the many wig-tastic looks of Curtis Painter. (Getty Images)

Which brings us to something PFT.com's Michael David Smith made note of earlier Tuesday. Specifically, the organization's decision to keep Manning on the active roster even though he might not play see the field again until 2012.

"While the Colts don’t want to go into Monday night’s game with Painter as their only healthy quarterback, they also may need to ask themselves whether it really makes sense to have quarterbacks take up four places on the 53-man roster," Smith wrote. "The Colts have plenty of problems elsewhere and can use all the manpower they can get."

The Colts are 0-3 for the first time since 1998, Manning's rookie year. Whatever the roster breakdwon, Indy's best offense might be its defense. Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney sacked Ben Roethlisberger three times Sunday and forced two fumbles that led to 10 points.

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Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: September 3, 2011 10:15 pm

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Getting to 53
On Tuesday, teams had to cut their roster size from 90 to 80, and while some interesting names were axed.

Included among them werelong-time San Diego long snapper David Binn, Cowboys center Andre Gurode and draft bust Vernon Gholston), and more are sure to come today.

So keep an eye on this post, where we’ll highlight the biggest names who get pink-slipped; at some point, somebody surprising is going to lose his job.

  • Though we're unsure what he did, ESPN.com is reporting that free agent running back Dominic Rhodes has been suspended by the commissioner for at least one year.
  • Browns running back Brandon Jackson has been placed on the IR list and will miss the season.
  • Receiver Donnie Avery has announced, via his Twitter page, that he's been released by the Rams. Wrote Avery: "Its been real St.Louis. I had a good 3 years. The feelings were mutual. We both thought I need a fresh start somewhere else. #NoHardFeelings"
  • The Titans have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Packers for Quinn Johnson. The move is likely in response to the four-game suspension of Tennessee fullback Ahmard Hall.
  • The Jets announce they've traded defensive back Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for an unconditional draft pick. The Jets also have received guard Caleb Schlauderaff from the Packers for an unconditional draft pick.
  • Apparently, the Texans are planning on scoring a lot this year. They've released Brad Maynard, the only punter on the roster.
  • With the Cowboys shaving their roster to 53, kicker Shayne Graham has had the pleasure of being cut twice this preseason.
  • The Jaguars have placed backup running back Rashad Jennings on the IR list with a knee injury.
  • The Dolphins have cut cornerback Will Allen and running back Larry Johnson, according to the Miami Herald. Allen had restructured his contract and took about a $4 million paycut in base pay for 2010, but still, that wasn't enough to save him a spot on the squad. Miami could bring him back at another reduced rate.
  • According to scout.com, the Raiders have parted ways with cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Walter McFadden.
  • Though numerous reports said the Patriots were trying to trade defensive back Brandon Meriweather, he has been cut by the team. Also, in a bit of a surprise, New England has released receiver Brandon Tate.
  • Bears tight end Desmond Clark has confirmed that he's been released. Writes Clark on his Twitter page: "I played my butt off but sometimes it's more about the business. That's what it boiled down to."
  • The Broncos have announced they've also released receiver David Anderson and defensive tackle Jeremy Jarmon.
  • According to his agent, the Patriots have released veteran running back Sammy Morris.
  • Dan Orlovsky, in contention with Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins, to back up Peyton Manning, has been cut by the Colts.
  • The 49ers have cut quarterback Josh McCown. Here's what he'll do next, according to CSN Bay Area. "I'd love to come back," McCown said. "As for right now, I'm headed home to coach (high school football in North Carolina) and will continue to stay ready."
  • With plenty of personal baggage and a terrible end to the preseason, the Broncos have cut cornerback Perrish Cox, writes Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer.
  • Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner reports that Cincinnati has cut Max Jean-Gilles. A bit of a surprise considering Jean-Gilles was reportedly competing for a starting job. He simply didn't have a great camp.
  • The Colts have released Tommie Harris. You'll recall the Colts gave him a one-year deal after the Bears cut him in February. Though Harris is a three-time Pro Bowler, his projection has been hurt by numerous injuries in the past few seasons.
  • The Eagles have released receiver Sinorice Moss.
  • A bum hamstring has done in Titans defensive lineman Jacob Ford. He has been waived/injured.
  • New England has released defensive lineman Eric Moore -- who, at one point, seemed a pretty safe bet to make the squad.
  • The San Diego Union Tribune writes that Chargers receivers Laurent Robinson and Kelley Washington are gone.
  • The Newark Star Ledger has declared Steve Weatherford the winner in the Giants punting competition. That means Matt Dodge will be released, despite a solid preseason.
  • According to his agent, Brandon Ghee, a 2010 third-round pick for the Bengals in 2010, has been cut by Cincinnati.
  • The Broncos have released tight end Dante Rosario. He's probably surprised, considering he played the last four years for John Fox in Carolina.
  • The Gronkowski family suffered a double-whammy, as PFT reports that Dan and Chris will be released from the Lions and Cowboys, respectively.
  • Two years ago, the Cowboys gave Igor Olshansky a four-year deal worth $18 million (with $8 million in guarantees). Today, according to ESPN, the Cowboys have released him.
  • According to the Carroll County Times, the Ravens will release linebacker Tavares Gooden, despite holding trade talks with the 49ers at one point.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears running back Chester Taylor has been informed he’s been cut. Again. For real, this time. We think.
  • With the Saints maintaining a good depth of running backs (Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas), the team has placed Chris Ivory on the physically unable to perform list. After six weeks, when he’s eligible to return, New Orleans will have to make a decision about which running back is most expendable.
  • The Rams have cut 2010 fourth-round pick wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. He obviously wasn’t stellar in St. Louis, but the scribes will miss him because of his immense interview skills. As an example, this is what he tweeted when he found out the news: “Jus got released isshhh is getting real na ugh!!!!”

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Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 12:46 pm

Reggie Wayne isn't sure Collins should be starter

CollinsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the more interesting stories from Wednesday was the Colts signing Kerry Collins to a $4 million contract just in case Peyton Manning isn’t ready to begin the season as the team’s starting quarterback.

Even though CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman has gone on record as saying that the Colts could make the playoffs even with Collins in charge of the offense, at least one of Collins’ new teammates disagrees.

That’s receiver Reggie Wayne, who said, via the AP, that “We don't even know him, we ain't vanilla, man, we ain't no simple offense. So for him to can come in here and be the starter, I don't see it. I think that's a step back."

Wait, wait a minute. Is Wayne saying he would rather have Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky start instead of Collins -- who certainly is past his prime but is far more accomplished than Painter and Orlovsky combined*?

*If you multiplied by 10 the combined careers of Painter and Orlovsky, Collins still would be far more accomplished.

"Who says Kerry's going to be the starter?" Wayne said. "Just because we bring him in doesn't mean he's the starter. He's got to learn too, right? Unless they gave him a playbook months ago, he's got to learn too.

Peyton's Place ... on the sidelines?
"I don't care who you are, I mean I'm not going to let anyone just come in here and just push someone (like Painter) aside like you're that dog now, you know what I mean?"

No, I have no idea what Wayne means.

As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson pointed out Wednesday, “Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008.”

Which is why Wayne seemingly makes no sense when he says he’d rather see Painter start than Collins. After all, Collins has thrown for more than 40,000 yards and 200 touchdowns in his career, while Painter has accumulated 83 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 9:49 am

Colts sign Collins in case Manning isn't ready

The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins as an insurance policy to Peyton Manning. Colts RapidReporter Tom James joins Scott Braun to discuss the move.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay has been a busy little Twitterer recently. Last Saturday he informed fans that "We r evaluating the QB sitch, #18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him, defense has 2 pick it up,big time!" A few days later he joked that he was on a quest to find Brett Favre, and Wednesday morning he announced that Kerry Collins, in Favre-ian fashion, would be coming out of retirement to sign with the Colts.

While the Collins signing is news, the implications are bigger: there is real concern that Peyton Manning, still recovering from offseason neck surgery, won't be ready to start the regular season.

Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008. In fact, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks Indy can make the playoffs with Collins should it come to that.

"The signing of Collins is just in case something goes horribly wrong [with Manning's recovery]," Freeman wrote Wednesday morning. "He's got a strong arm, a solid head and Colts players will like him. He's in many ways the best-case scenario for the Colts. … Bringing Collins to Indianapolis is actually a brilliant move. Now we just wait and see when Manning returns."

Peyton's Place ... on the sidelines?

Minutes after Irsay announced Collins had been signed, he tweeted that coach Jim Caldwell and team president Bill Polian "will expand more on our thinking and how we will integrate the quarterback position in the coming weeks."

Collins isn't nearly the player Manning is, and unlike his situation in Tennessee in recent years, there's absolutely no chance Collins somehow wins the starting job. But what he provides the Colts is a legitimate chance to win games if Manning isn't healthy to start the season, which is something we couldn't say about Painter or Orlovsky.

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 12:26 pm

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re big fans of Colts owner Jim Irsay’s Twitter updates* because he’s either tweeting the lyrics to deep track Pink Floyd songs, occasionally breaking news, or reassuring his team’s fans about Peyton Manning’s neck.

*Of course, we are. We named him No. 4 among our favorite NFL tweeters last year.

He’s a bit of jokester on Twitter, which is why we’re assuming (hoping?) that he was kidding when he tweeted this on Sunday, “I'm in Mississippi,down at the crossroads....looking 4 that deal Mr. Johnson cut so many years ago....I'm in Hattiesburg...is it right or left at the Firechief?”

J. Irsay screenshot 1

J. Irsay screenshot 2

OK, some clarification. Hattiesburg, Miss., is the home of an old-time gun-slinging QB you might have heard about named Brett Favre, who insists that he’s retired. Considering we don’t know when Peyton Manning -- who had offseason neck surgery and hasn’t practiced yet this preseason -- will return to action and considering it’d be hard to stomach either Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky starting the Colts season opener, Irsay and the Colts might be in a tight spot if Manning can’t play.

Hopefully, though, Irsay is only pretending to seek out Favre to take over for Manning.

Moving the joke along a little further is Irsay’s reference to “Mr. Johnson” cutting a deal. If you’re in need of a rock history lesson, Irsay is referring to Robert Johnson, the old blues guitarist who supposedly sold the devil his soul at a Mississippi crossroad so he could be a master guitar player. So, in effect, Irsay is saying he’s selling his soul to the devil in order to obtain Favre’s services.

I didn't think about it at the time, but one of my editors pointed out that the "Brad" in Irsay's second tweet might be refering to Brad Childress, a former Colts assistant coach who, as you know, was Favre's final head coach in Minnesota.

Good stuff. But for now, we’ll just assume he’s kidding and move on with the rest of our day. Unless Favre, like the devil, is going to put us through eternal hell and keep returning to play.

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