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Welcome back everybody as our Indianapolis Colts finally start their 2012 NFL season! Colts begin their 60th season in the National Football League, and 29th season in Indianapolis., as they host the St. Louis Rams in a nationally televised sold-out preseason game at LOS. :rams:

Colts enter today with the most turnover in personnel between seasons, both front office and players, since the team arrived at Indianapolis since 1983. A new era begins in earnest with new Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who helped lead the Baltimore Ravens to the AFC Championship last season as their Defensive Coordinator, and new General Manager and Indiana native, Ryan Grigson, who was the Philadelphia Eagles Director Of Player Personnel last season. Both men were hired by Colts owner Jim Irsay to replace Bill and Chris Polian, and Jim Caldwell and his entire coaching staff respectively, after the 2011 season.

Colts subsequently filled their new coaching staff to support Head Coach Chuck Pagano with Bruce Arians as the new offensive coordinator for Andrew Luck, Greg Manusky as the defensive coordinator, Marwaan Maloof special teams coach, Roy Anderson, James Bettcher, Brant Boyer, Clyde Christensen, Gary Emanuel, Jeff, Fitzgerald, Joe Gilbert, Mike Gillhamer, Frank Giufre, Harold Goodwin, Alfredo Roberts, David Walker, Brad White and Charlie Williams. Roger Marandino and Richard Howell were also hired as the Colts strength and conditioning coaches.

Colts also named T.J. McKreight, Director Of College Scouting, and hired Dave Razzon and Ahmad Russel as area scouts.

Colts finished their 2011 NFL season with a 2-12 record, winning over Tennessee and Houston at LOS in December, and earned them the #1 overall pick in last April's NFL Draft. Colts owner Jim Irsay decided to release fan favorite Peyton Manning to save from his $26 million option had he been retain to play in 2012. Peyton also was inactive from the field the entire 2011 season because of his neck surgeries.

That move paved the way the Colts still were proceeding in a reloading and rebuilding mode, using their #1 over pick in the 2012 NFL draft to select highly coveted quarterback Andrew Luck from Stanford. Colts also selected Andrew's teammate from Stanford, tight end Coby Fleener. Other rookies drafted by the Colts include Dwayne Allen, Justin Anderson, Vick Ballard, LaVon Brazill, Josh Chapman, Tim Fugger, Eugene 'T.Y.' Hilton, and QB Chandler Harnish, the 254th pick and last selection drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Colts.

Reggie Wayne is the the only Colt veteran to remain and re-sign with the Colts, now the senior player on the team roster, as he re-signed to a three-year extension on March 13. Reggie is entering his 12th NFL season, and will remain a Colt through 2014.


Colts also signed veteran free agents Kris Adams, Justin Anderson, Donnie Avery, Vick Ballard, Josh Chapman, George Foster, Jerrell Freeman, Dominique Jones, Deji Karim, Justin King, David Legree, Mike McGlynn, Brandon Mc Kinney, Kyle Miller, Matt Overton, Cory Redding, Samson Satele, Jason Shirley, Andre Smith, Zane Taylor, Trevor Vittatoe, and Tom Zbikowski.

Undrafted free agents signed by the Colts after the 2012 NFL Draft include James Aiono, Chigbo Anunoby, Steve Baker, Jerry Brown, Cameron Chism, Kevan Eagan, Antonio Fenelus, Jason Foster, Chris Galiappo, Hayworth Hicks, Buddy Jackson, JLarry Lumpkin, Matt Merletti, Ty Nsekhe, Micah Pellerin, Jabin Sambrano, Brian Stahovich, Latarrius Thomas, and Griff Whalen.

In off-season player transactions, the Colts acquired QB Drew Stanton in a trade with the New York Jets, traded CB Kevin Thomas to the Philadelphia Eagles for LB's Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd, traded FB Chris Gronkowski to the Denver Broncos for DB Cassius Vaughn, and claiming Zane Taylor, and Korey Lindsey off waivers from the Eagles, and Arizona Cardinals.

Veterans also departed and cut from last year's Colts roster besides Peyton Manning include Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Jerome Fulton, Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez, Dan Orlovsky, Curtis Painter, Jeff Saturday, Jacob Tamme, and Blair White on offense, and Jamaal Anderson, Gary Brackett , Melvin Bullitt, and Jacob Lacey on defense.

Rams defeated the Colts in their last preseason meeting down I-70 at St. Louis 19-17 six years ago back on August 10, 2006. Rams also lead the Colts in the all-time regular season series 22-17-5 since the rivalry started in 1953, and is tied 3-3 in games played at Indianapolis. Rams are also in a new era with new Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who was away from the NFL in 2011, and coaching the team that defeated his Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Colts Vs. Rams will simulcast live both over-the-air on WNDY My Network TV Channel 23 in Indianapolis and Marion, and on national cable TV on the NFL Network on HD.. NFL Network will also replay the Colts Vs. Rams home game again tonight at 9:00PM.

Legendary Colts broadcaster Bob Lamey enters his 26th NFL season as 'The Voice Of The Colts,' with the live radio game play-by-play, with former Colts and NFL offensive lineman Will Wolford providing live radio game analysis , and sideline reporter Kevin Lee, together begin their sixth season announcing Colts games, simulcast on flagship stations WFNI ESPN SportsRadio 1070AM and WLHK Country 98.1FM, and the Colts/Vectren Radio Network throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Colts nine hours of game day radio coverage begins this morning at 7:30AM Eastern Standard Time.

Colts also begin their fifth NFL season playing their home games at LOS, and the roof may be open today for this afternoon's 1:35PM kickoff because sunny and clear skies are forecast at 80 degrees, along with 41% humidity, 0% precipitation, and southwest winds at 6 miles per hour.

NO injuries to all the Colts players, especially Andrew Luck and the rookies, as all the Colts play their first game on the field in their 2012 preseason. GO COLTS!!! :cheer::coltshelmet::coltslogo::colts::coltsfb::coltshorse::1colts::blueshoe::helmet::cheer:

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Eh 45 minutes, Not long, Im trying not to get worked up about the game and then begin to expect unreasonable expectations, Take the good plays with the bad plays this year, Im really interested in all these other roster position battles going on more then anything

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Going to be alot of disappointed fans if that O Line does not hold up, cant throw from his butt if he is sitting on it, if he gets protection I think it will just be a matter of time before we see what he can do

They will be tested with Long and Quinn........Will Wolford was just talking about it.
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