Colts Daily Headlines: August 19th Edition
The Colts are back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center following a 20-12 victory on Sunday night. Today’s news looks back on the win and then two difference pieces with national perspective.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, August 19th.
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
Kravitz’s post game column takes a look at the Colts offense and the need for Andrew Luck to throw the ball.
Throughout training camp, much has been made about the Colts willingness to commit to a rushing attack but Kravitz offers this opinion.
I’m no football savant, but why wouldn’t you take full advantage of your best players, who happen to be the quarterback and the wide receivers? And tight end, assuming Dwayne Allen gets back healthy? (Coby Fleener, who dropped another pass early against the Giants, is another, vexing story.)
Luck and the first-team offense did everything Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson and, yes, Jim Irsay could have asked in the first half, putting up 17 points and 180 yards of offense on the Giants defense. Luck was 9-of-13 for 107 yards and two touchdowns, a 133.7 quarterback rating. Granted, there was the fortuitous bounce of a sure interception that ended up in Wayne’s hands for a touchdown, but by and large, we saw the style of offense that will make the Colts a playoff-worthy team this season.
By: Alex Raskin, Indy Star
After missing the Colts preseason opener with a sore knee, first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner made his NFL debut on Sunday night.
Werner was productive in nickel packages with the first-team offense, affecting the Giants offense in both rush and pass situations.
“I thought he did a nice job,” coach Chuck Pagano said afterward. “I think he (had) the opportunity early for a sack, but (it) slipped out of his hands … I think he got 25, 30 snaps in … I feel good about his start.”
By: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports
Colts second-year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton brings some brashness to the team’s offense.
While Hilton continues to make big plays every time he touches the ball, he isn’t afraid to speak his mind when talking about the offensive unit.
“Yeah, we’re all comfortable,” Hilton said after Luck threw two touchdown passes in the Colts’ 20-12 victory. “This is year 2, so the game is really slowing down for everybody that was a rookie last year. That actually helps us out.
“But when Luck is throwing the ball the way he’s throwing it, we can’t be stopped.”
By: Peter King, The Monday Morning Quarterback
King leads off his Monday Morning Quarterback piece with a look at Chuck Pagano and his perspective on a variety of topics heading in two year two.
Per usual, King does a wonderful job with this week’s piece and the Colts lead story makes it even better.
His question to Pagano is where the Colts will get their motivation this season.
“That’s a great question that I get asked all the time, and it’s tough to answer,” Pagano said.
“There’s always something, something that happens during the season—a devastating loss, an unfortunate tragedy, whatever it may be. To me, we play this game and make the sacrifices that we make for the love of the game, and the opportunity to hoist that Lombardi. But really, the only thing we are guaranteed as a group is this year. So, let’s take advantage of it and say this is our one shot. You think about the NFL today—we’ve got all these new faces in the meeting room.
We’ve got this one year together, but are we guaranteed next year? No, so let’s throw all our chips in the middle and let’s give it everything that we have.”
Said Luck: “I can’t imagine anyone on our team—anyone in the NFL—needing some kind of extra motivation to go out and win. We don’t need it. We’ve all got it. We want to go further than we did last year.”