Colts Daily Headlines: September 10th Edition
The Colts news on Monday looked back on their 21-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The highlights were Andrew Luck’s running ability, the pregame coin toss and the play of LaRon Landry.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, September 10th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The talk around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Monday was the running ability of Andrew Luck.
While the quarterback doesn’t agree with a “running” label many might argue with that personal evalution.
But does he consider himself a viable read-option quarterback?
“No, no, no, no,” Luck said. “Absolutely not.”
Rather, he’s a pro-style, dropback quarterback who can do damage with his legs. He ran a 4.59 40 at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, matching Cam Newton from the previous year.
Luck isn’t hesitant to tuck the football and run, but it’s not his first, second or even third option.
“Situationally, it depends,” he said. “I want to get the ball out of my hands 99.99 percent of the time. We’ve got great receivers on this team. We’ve got great tight ends. We’ve got running backs that are hard-nosed, (that can) make guys miss.
“I definitely think (mobility) is a good option, but I’d much rather throw the ball, get it into true athletes’ hands.”
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
The pregame coin toss might not get a ton of attention from fans each week but Chuck Pagano was asked about his choice to defer on Sunday.
For so long, the Indianapolis Colts would elect to receive the ball when they won the toss because they had Peyton Manning at quarterback. Manning often led the Colts on opening-scoring drives, putting pressure on the opponent to counter the score.
Those days are numbered as long as Chuck Pagano is the coach.
Pagano, a defensive-minded coach, prefers to defer so that his defense is on the field first and the Colts get the ball at the start of the second half.
“I’m a defensive coach, defensive mindset, can’t help it,” Pagano said. “I know what our offense can do, I know what the quarterback can do, but we like to defer. We like sending our defense out there.”
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
LaRon Landry had played just two and a half quarters during the 2013 preseason.
However, any perceived rust for the new Colts safety was quickly put to rest on Sunday.
That blur you saw flying across your television screen Sunday was Colts safety LaRon Landry. In his first regular-season game since joining the team as a free agent from the Jets, Landry seemingly was in on every tackle Sunday.
He finished with 15 stops, 10 of them solo. In doing so, he brought a demeanor the Colts defense has needed.
“He’s a force out there,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s a presence. He’s a guy who Miami is going to look at and say, ‘We better know where No. 30 is.’ He had a heck of a ballgame. He brings a ton of energy and he’s a force to be reckoned with out there.”