Tag:Indianapolis Colts
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:21 pm

Colts vs. Texans MNF Preview Podcast

Posted by Will Brinson

Monday night's here, and although you might think that we'd just talk about Randy Moss for four hours, there's actual football on tonight. So, naturally, Andy Benoit and I hopped on the podcast machine and fired up a little preview for the Colts - Texans game.

Will the Colts be the same without Dallas Clark? Can Donald Brown replace Joseph Addai? Can the Texans manage to play any pass defense? Will Arian Foster run for 500 yards this game? All those questions -- and more -- answered below.

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 3:50 pm

Possible landing spots for Randy Moss

Posted by Andy Benoit

How badly did the Vikings want to rid themselves of Randy Moss? Bad enough to admit that the third-round pick they gave up for him is now a sunk cost.
R. Moss (US Presswire)
Because this move occurs after the trade deadline, Moss must go through NFL waivers. Thus, for the next few hours, we’ll all be speculating about which team will claim the lightning rod receiver. Waiver orders are determined by record, so the 0-7 Bills have first crack. Moss’ former Patriots team (his presumed preferred destination) is a league best 6-1 and therefore will have the last crack.

It’s possible that all 31 teams could pass on Moss, given that whatever team claims him on waivers would be subject to paying his $6.4 million 2010 salary prorated over the rest of the season. Of course, with no salary cap in place, overpaying for Moss may not be a big deal.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports that the Dolphins and Seahawks have expressed interest. The Dolphins would want Moss simply to avoid letting the Patriots get him (what, you thought Miami was looking for someone to mentor Brandon Marshall?). The Seahawks flirt with every potential big name receiver.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network says general managers are telling him Moss will likely clear waivers and wind up back on the Patriots.

It is rumored that the Redskins are interested (they’re involved in every wide receiver rumor these days – probably because, aside from Santana Moss, they don’t have any decent wideouts of their own). Shockingly, the Colts have been mentioned as a possible suitor. But Moss would be a disaster in Indianapolis, as he’s such a stiff, imprecise route runner. No way could he be eased into Peyton Manning’s complex, timing-based passing attack.

The Chargers seem like a possibility, though they’re about to get Vincent Jackson back. Plus, Malcom Floyd’s bum hamstring will heal at some point. Both of those players are better downfield targets than Moss.

A dark horse team could be the Chicago Bears. Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith are both on the hot seat and could be desperately looking for a spark for Mike Martz’s offense. Jay Cutler is one of the best deep-ball throwers in the league. Plus, the Bears could get Moss to share with them everything he learned about the Vikings system over the past month.

Stay tuned…

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:20 pm

Manning will get his chance to confront Jaws

Posted by Andy Benoit
P. Manning
A few weeks ago, ESPN analyst and quarterback guru Ron Jaworski said that Father Time might be catching up with Peyton Manning -- at least just a bit. The Colts host the Texans on Monday, which means Manning and Jaws will cross paths in an ESPN production meeting this weekend.

On Thursday reporters asked Manning if he would give Jaws a hard time because of the comments.

“Probably no more than I don't usually have,” Manning said, smiling. “I think I know what you're referring to, only because someone's told me. To have fun with him would mean that what he said actually has an effect. It'd be giving him too much credit.”

For the record, Manning is completing 67.3 percent of his passes this season. He’s thrown for 1,916 yards in six games, with 13 touchdowns, two interceptions and just two sacks.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 3:37 pm

Caldwell unsure about running backs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Only four days before the Colts meet up with the Texans on Monday, Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell still isn’t sure about his team’s running back situation.

Despite coming off a bye week, starter Joseph Addai still hasn’t practiced since injuring his shoulder in the Colts win against Washington two weeks ago, and backup RB Donald Brown, if he practices, would be limited at best.

Which means that Mike Hart likely will take first-team snaps for the time being – or until Addai can return.

Caldwell doesn’t know when that’ll happen.

“I’m not real sure,” Caldwell said, via the Indianapolis Star. “He’s a guy whose tolerance for pain is unusual. He’s one of those guys who can turn it around in a moment’s notice and he’s up and ready to go.

“It’s kind of a day-to-day situation. If he doesn’t go, obviously Mike Hart has to be the guy to step it up a little bit, and Javarris James will have to carry a few duties as well.”

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:21 am
Edited on: October 27, 2010 11:30 am

Hot Routes 10.27.10: Jimmy Clausen is a Teletubby

Posted by Will Brinson

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Send it to Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • The Bears haven't scored yet in the third quarter this season. As the Sun-Times notes, this is a pretty big indictment of the halftime work that Lovie Smith and Mike Martz do at halftime. Also an indictment? Lovie's response: "I just think the odds say we're gonna get that part taken care of."
  • Randy Lerner is apparently quite impressed with the work that Mike Holmgren's done since coming to Cleveland, calling him "eager and hungry." Or perhaps he just always hangs out with the walrus in the team cafeteria.
  • The Green Bay Packers lead the NFL in both "players on injured reserve" and "important players on injured reserve." Neither of those are good statistics.
Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 1:30 pm

Manning is done negotiating for 2010

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning is in the final year of his seven-year, $99.2 million contract (what’s $800,000? We’ll just call it a smooth $100 million), and for now, he’s not close to inking a new deal with the Colts.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, don’t expect that to change until after the season.

That’s not necessarily the team’s desire (although it very well could be). That’s what Manning apparently wants. Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, told Indianapolis president Bill Polian that Manning would not discuss a new contract until this season is complete.

From the story:

Condon said Polian's reaction was simple: "OK."

… If he does not have a new deal in place for 2011, the Colts are expected to place a franchise tag on the quarterback at an estimated guaranteed $24 million.

Condon also said there have been "zero negotiations" between the Colts and Manning.

Can you imagine seeing Manning in another uniform, other than the Colts? I guess it’s something that could happen. Probably not within the next season or two, but eventually maybe.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:58 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 12:14 pm

Season over for Dallas Clark

Posted by Andy BenoitD. Clark (US Presswire)

Dallas Clark did not get good news on his injured wrist Thursday. The Indianapolis Colts have announced that the Pro Bowl tight end’s season is over. Clark, hurt Sunday night at Washington, is on Injured Reserve and will undergo surgery.

Needless to say, this is a major blow for the Colts offense. Clark was the driving force behind the passing attack’s versatility. His ability to line up in the slot or on the line of scrimmage dictated mismatches and often prevented defenses from disguising coverages.

Before getting hurt, Clark had 37 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns, all of which put him in the top five of NFL tight ends on the season.

Jacob Tamme is Indy’s No. 2 tight end, though that’s almost irrelevant given his skill set is so vastly different from Clark’s. Fifth-round rookie Brody Eldridge could become more of a factor.

Regardless of who replaces Clark at tight end, expect the Colts to use more three- and four-wide receiver sets. Austin Collie is on the mend recovering from thumb surgery, so former first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez now has a chance to step into the primary slot role.

The Colts have a bye this week then face the Texans on Monday Night in Week 8.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 3:01 pm

Another injury strikes the Colts offense

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Collie
Hard to believe, but another offensive weapon for the Colts is out: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Austin Collie has undergone hand surgery. The rising slot receiver is expected to miss at least a few weeks.

The Colts are already without Joseph Addai (shoulder) for the next few weeks, and they're expected to learn sometime Thursday just how long Dallas Clark (hand/wrist) will be out.

Fortunately, Indy has a bye this week. And, the Colts did recently get Pierre Garcon back healthy. With Collie on the mend, Anthony Gonzalez has a chance to recapture a prominent role in this offense.

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