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Colts fans have watched in horror as a team that entered the season as one of the most talented groups Indianapolis has put together in quarterback Peyton Manning’s career has fallen into mediocrity and failed to continue an NFL record streak of consecutive 12-win seasons. Many expected the stretch of games against the Eagles, Patriots, Chargers, and Cowboys would be difficult, but dropping all four games is not something Colts teams have done in the past.
This uncharacteristic run of losses has understandably caused Colts fans to panic. The blame game is in full force, and fans are scrambling to find answers to resolve the issues in Indianapolis before the 2011 season begins. More >
Colts Power Rankings – Week 12
Each week, we’ll be scouring the net for team rankings from football experts, covering the previous week, and discussing them here. Let’s see what they have to say this week.
Colts Injury and Roster Updates
This week has been busy for the Colts roster. Tony Ugoh will not be a part of the Colts organization anymore, as he has been released from the injured reserve. This ends his Colts career and will go down as one of the most disappointing draft values in Bill Polian’s career. I do not believe that Ugoh is a bust, but he did not become the stalwart left tackle the Colts hoped he would be to replace Tarik Glenn.
Joe Reitz spot on the practice squad is finally up at Colts.com. He replaced former practice squad offense lineman Xavier Fulton.
New to the injury list is Ramon Humber, who has a fractured hand and will certainly miss some time recovering from that injury. Veteran backup Cody Glenn will likely be asked to fill his role in the defense and on special teams until he returns. Joseph Addai sat out of Wednesday practice with a knee injury. Gary Brackett sat out of practice with a back injury. Pierre Garçon was also limited in practice Wednesday and is apparently suffering from a minor hamstring pull.
Linebacker Clint Session has still not returned to practice with his own hamstring injury. Charlie Johnson took the day off to rest his foot. Jeff Saturday was limited to rest his recently surgically repaired knee.
Stay tuned later this week as we will discuss the injuries on the Check it to Pancakes podcast and update the injured list on Friday. Visit the National Football Post for more on the Colts updates.
Jason Cole Misses the Mark in Colts Rankings: Offensive Line
Posted by Greg Cowan in Off-Season Coverage | 2,713 views
For Colts fans, Jason Cole is to the written word what Cris Collinsworth is to the spoken: Both are football analysts given a national voice who have the habit of making pretty questionable statements about our favorite team. This off season, Jason Cole is (why they let him into a locker room full of naked men with such questionable motives is another discussion).
For the next few weeks we will look at Mr. Cole’s rankings and analysis on each unit, using standard NFL stats, advanced stats, and also some good, old fashion common sense. We will also continue the discussion and analysis for each unit of this year’s Colts team on our own, discussing potential depth charts and any potential changes in scheme stemming from personnel and coaching changes.More >
Colts Players Ride in Fort Wayne Three Rivers Festival Parade
WANE TV interviewed Gary Brackett after the parade to discuss the players’ participation. Brackett was joined by former left tackle Tarik Glenn and cornerback Kelvin Hayden.
The Indianapolis Colts have built the most consistent team in NFL history, setting the NFL record for consecutive seasons with 12 or more wins (7). Needless to say, the single biggest reason for the Colts’ rise to NFL greatness is Peyton Manning, who is the unquestioned team-leader and may go down in history as the best quarterback to ever play the game. But no single player can carry a team to the Colts’ level of success, and Indianapolis has developed one of the most talented units in the league.
Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have become the most feared and powerful pass-rushing tandems in the NFL. Bob Sanders won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2007. Antoine Bethea has been selected to two Pro Bowls and has been the most consistent safety on the team. Gary Brackett is one of the best linebackers in football, and has been dangerously close to winning a Pro Bowl bid each of the last three years. Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, and Jeff Saturday are also key offensive facets that have been around for a long time, during the Colts’ run to greatness.
Summer Showdown: Tony Ugoh v. Charlie Johnson
When the 2009 season ended an era ended in Indianapolis. After 12 years serving as the offensive line coach for the Colts, having developed some of the best offensive lines in the NFL during his tenure, Howard Mudd retired. Replacing him is Pete Metzalaars, former NFL tight end who played for 16 years and whose 235 games is the most for any tight end in NFL history.
Any time a new coach takes over, change is inevitable. It is possible that one of the changes Metzalaars will make is beefing up a notoriously small offensive line, which is known for excellent pass protection but poor run blocking. In that effort he will likely take a fresh look at all of the offensive linemen on the Colts roster and choose the five players he thinks are best suited to fill in as starters.
One of the decisions he will have to make, and a decision that could differ from a decision Mudd made a season ago, could determine the futures of both Tony Ugoh and Charlie Johnson in the NFL.
Don’t Forget Kyle DeVan
For years the Colts have been known as having one of the most consistent offensive lines in the NFL. Howard Mudd built his reputation of getting more out of less and finding ways to make low draft picks, waiver acquisitions, and undrafted free agents the envy of the league as pass blockers.
In 2007 the Colts started to see the offensive line Mudd carefully built, the solid starting five of Tarik Glenn, Ryan Lilja, Jeff Saturday, Jake Scott, and Ryan Diem begin to crack. Glenn retired, and the Colts could only afford to retain Lilja or Scott.
The Colts unfortunate injury luck continued as Ryan Lilja, the guard they chose to retain, suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2008, even Saturday missed time to injury. Mudd plugged Charlie Johnson and rookies Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard and made it work. Unfortunately, though, Pollak struggled in his role and 2008 starter Tony Ugoh lost his starting job to Charlie Johson at left tackle in 2009.
Ryan Lilja returned from his knee injury in 2009 but struggled as a run blocker and was released by the Colts. The surprise of the 2009 offensive line had to be Kyle DeVan, an undrafted player who played for the Boise Burn in Arena II football who took over for Mike Pollak.