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With a win against the Titans, the Colts managed to overcome unprecedented team injuries and their worst five game series since 2002 for a NFL record (tie) ninth consecutive playoff berth, and their seventh AFC South Championship in the last eight years. Peyton Manning was able to get through his toughest stretch of games since his rookie year and somehow Indy has managed to enter January with the three seed in the AFC.
It is extremely important for Colts fans to step back and think about the gravity of this accomplishment. Frankly, this team had no business overcoming all of the adversity it has faced in a sixteen game season. More >
Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. It is often said that “NFL” stands for “Not For Long,” and this idea flies in the face of teams who have had sustained success, particularly in the salary cap era. Somehow, someway, the Indianapolis Colts are a team that have found a way to be nearly immune to the forces at play in professional football that exist to make it next to impossible for teams to dominate.
If the Colts are going to continue their success in 2010, it has become clear that they will have to overcome a rash of injuries to key players. In some ways, the task seems insurmountable. The likelihood that the Colts can maintain their record of consecutive 12-win seasons shrinks by the week and by the day. How or why should fans expect the streak to continue, foresee a playoff berth, or have even a shroud of hope that the Colts could actually compete for another chance to play for a world championship?
The reason is pretty easy to locate. Over the last five years the Colts have had to overcome adversity, perform in the face of obvious team weaknesses, and have regularly been considered one of the best teams in the league — and one of the top contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. In all but one of those years they have dealt with the loss of key players for dozens of games. Take a look. More >
Colts Sign Punter Jerry Kapinos for Houston Game
Mike Cappell of IndyStar.com is reporting that the Colts will sign punter Jerry Kapinos, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, to fill in for Pat McAfee as he serves his one game suspension in the Monday night match-up against the Houston Texans a week from today.
Redskins Defensive Tackle Albert Haynesworth Unlikely to Play Sunday
Though Josh Katzowitz’s story does not state that Albert Haynesworth will definitely not play, that there is a greater chance that he will be deactivated for the game than that he will take the field. Obviously, this would be a bit of a blow to the Redskins defense. Haynesworth is still recovering mentally and physically after his brother’s tragic death in a motorcycle accident just over a week ago, which led to him sitting out of the Redskins game against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
This is a difficult story to report and our thoughts go out to Haynesworth and his family as they deal with this tragedy. The Washington coaching staff will monitor his physical conditioning and mental state as the game approaches before they make a final decision.
*Tip to Coltzilla writer and community manager Travis Tango.
Colts Waive Injured Tackle Tony Ugoh, Claim Tackle Joe Reitz from Miami
Posted by Greg Cowan in 2010 Regular Season | 1,526 views
that the Colts have placed offensive tackle Tony Ugoh on the waived-injured list. This means that Ugoh will pass through waivers, and if unclaimed, will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise as Ugoh, a second-round pick in 2007, was expected to challenge for a starting guard job on the offensive line. He injured his toe/foot in the third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, but the injury was not thought to be season-ending at the time. The move to place him on the waived-injured list seems to indicate his time with the Colts is coming to an end.
Update: that the Colts have claimed offensive tackle Joe Reitz off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins to take Tony Ugoh’s roster spot.
NFL Umpire Placement Rule Continues to Evolve
At the outset of the preseason, the NFL put a new rule in place to improve the safety of its officials, which required their umpires to move from the defensive side of the ball, just behind the linebackers, to the offensive side of the ball, 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. One byproduct of the change is that it fundamentally alters the pace of spotting the football, and getting set for the snap. Peyton Manning and the Colts offense pushed the limits of the rule in the team’s third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, resulting in two penalties against the Colts offense for “playing too fast.”
The team was not playing too fast for NFL football, or too fast for the Packers to be on their side of the ball. The Colts were too fast for the umpire and the head official to move back into position behind all offensive players. The penalties led to the league holding major discussions about ways to modify umpire positioning to retain safety, while reducing the impact on the pace of NFL offenses. More >
Bethea Signs New Contract
NFL.com is reporting the Antoine Bethea has signed a new contract. Though no details are available officially, it is speculated that the deal is for four years and is similar to three-year $23.4 million extension signed by Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins recently. This is great news for Bethea and the Colts. A video with Bethea reacting to his new deal is also available here.
Importance of NFL Organizational Stability to Winning
In 2004 the Washington Post wrote a story titled The Formula for Success discussing the New England Patriots’, Pittsburgh Steelers’, and Philadelphia Eagles’ success during the 2004 NFL season. The article generally considers the importance of organizational stability to winning in the NFL.