Colts Daily Headlines: Spetember 5th Edition
The Colts put together a two-hour plus practice day on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s season opener. Today’s news looks at the Colts and Raiders quarterback situation.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, September 5th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell writes a very good piece on what it means to have a premier quarterback on firm ground in the NFL.
There are no better examples of the disparate possibilities — and anxieties — regarding the NFL’s most influential position than Sunday’s regular-season opener at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Indianapolis Colts follow the lead of quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft who’s coming off a record-setting rookie season. From 1998-2010, they followed Peyton Manning, the league’s only four-time Most Valuable Player. The Colts have started the second-fewest quarterbacks (5) in the NFL since 1998 and have the second-best record in that stretch (.642).
“You sleep better at night,” coach Chuck Pagano said of that quarterback situation.
The Oakland Raiders have settled on Terrelle Pryor over Matt Flynn, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, although coach Dennis Allen noted he hasn’t made any announcement.
“Both those guys are preparing, getting ready to play,” he said in a Wednesday conference call.
By: Stephen Holder. Indy Star
While Raiders head coach Dennis Allen isn’t announcing his starting quarterback, reports out of northern California indicate Terrelle Pryor getting the nod.
Pryor brings a spread element and dual-threat abilities to the quarterback position.
If that’s the case, the Colts will have their work cut out for them for a couple of reasons:
• Pryor has played sparingly. There’s little history to work with because of his limited experience. The Raiders have a new offensive coordinator, Greg Olson, which further complicates matters.
• Pryor’s athletic ability will keep the Colts on guard.
“With his athleticism — we watched him in the preseason; we’ve watched him a long time — we know what he can do,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “The way he can create, the way he can run the read option, he gives you another dimension from a defensive standpoint. He’s dangerous.”