Moncrief the Future

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During the 2013 draft, Colts fans thought, “We’ve got to pick offensive lineman, Luck needs protection.”, and when the Colts selected Donte Moncrief in the 3rd round. The reaction was poor, and most were confused by the pick. At the time we had great wide receiver depth. Why pick another one?

Indianapolis has always had a ‘Pick the best player available’ philosophy. It has of course always payed off. The Colts have always drafted very well. It looks like they did again with Moncrief.

Donte stands at 6’3″ and 220 pounds. So hes not a huge wide receiver, but is bigger than most of the Colts wideouts ( Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton). He clearly has the NFL speed, at 4.34. Interestingly enough, its the same 40 yard dash time that T.Y. Hilton recorded during the combine.

He proved his speed Sunday, and that he can beat slower DBs; with 2 long touchdowns of 48 and 79 yards. His total stats from Sunday game against the Redskins were; 134 yards, 3 receptions, and 2 touchdowns.

Moncrief could very quickly replace the struggling Hakeem Nicks as the number 3 receiver soon. Look for Donte to be getting more snaps and more targets in the coming weeks.

Colts Headed to Pittsburg For Week 7/Stone Sport Report

Colts Headed to Pittsburgh For Week 7
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Colts Pittsburgh

Injury Report:
Pittsburg:
Marcus Gilbert OT; concussion, out
Ryan Shazier LB; knee, probable
Shamarko Thomas SS; hamstring, questionable
Colts:
Reggie Wayne WR; elbow, out
Arthur Jones DE; ankle, probable (limited)
Darius Butler CB; ankle, probable
Jack Doyle TE; knee questionable
Trent Richardson RB; hamstring, questionable

The Indianapolis Colts will face one of the toughest tests of the season Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a quality season so far; at 4-3 they sit in 2nd place in the AFC North division and are ready to take the lead. However the red hot Colts are ready to extend an incredible 5 game win streak to 6.
The Steelers are coming off 30-23 win of the Houston Texans; Big Ben leading them to victory again with 265 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. The Colts are coming off the best defensive performance all season by far; shutting the Bengals down. Not allowing a score and holding
Cinnci to 135 total yards of offense, overshadowing their 506 yard offensive performance.
This week things might get a little chippy; each team has a top 20 defense (Indy 7, Pitt 20), also they both have 2 QBs who are very hard to bring down. Andrew Luck should have yet another 300 yard game against this Steelers secondary who are 16th in the league I passing yards allowed and allow 23.1 points per game. I expect good ball movement downfield in the passing game, even without Reggie Wayne. Hakeem Nicks will need to step up more this game; for some reason he has not played a lot of recent but will have an opportunity to prove himself Sunday.
The Colts may succeed easily on offense but their defense will be challenged. The Steelers have a great balanced offensive attack. With Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield running the football it will be tough to stop. They average 117.3 yards a game are effective in the ground-and-pound and speed run. Ben Roethlisberger has always been a threat against the Colts anytime they’ve played; he’s very difficult to bring down and has the best completion percentage in the league pressured.
Overall the Colts are better on both sides of the football. Indianapolis has the number one ranked defense on 3rd down. Only allowing 20 conversions on 3rd down, interestingly enough Pittsburgh is 15th in 3rd down conversions.
The Steelers and Colts both have great balanced attacks. Indy is first in the league in total yards with 3170, but Pittsburgh is not far behind with 2707 total yards. The winner of this game will be determined by who can make more crucial stops. The big thing for the Colts is taking advantage of scoring opportunities and turnovers. Last week they turned the ball over twice in a scoring opportunity or red-zone situation. If they want to win they’re going to have to take care of the football.
I predict the Colts will win in a close game, the scoring should be in the 20s, but Indy’s defense in the end will prevail. If Trent Richardson plays that should make things a little easier on Ahmad Bradshaw and Andrew Luck. T.Y. Hilton will be thrown the ball more due to Reggie Wayne’s elbow Injury; so expect a big game form him. Hakeem Nicks will have a breakout game Sunday and he will get a lot more targets, and solidify himself as the number 3 receiver. The Steelers should put up a solid fight and the number one worry I think is Le’Veon Bell, if he gets going there is no telling the damage he could do. I expect a good game.

“Say It Ain’t So” REGGIE…”Say It Ain’t So”!

Status Of Reggie Wayne

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Reggie Wayne, Jayson DiManche

Reggie Wayne suffered a minor elbow Injury Sunday after a hard hit in the first quarter. After that he seemed banged up; could catch open balls, dropped a screen pass, and seemed bothered by it. From seeing him play it didn’t look super serious but could be game altering. He stated “If you don’t see me Sunday it’s something I can’t play through”. Sounds like a typical veteran and future Hall-of-Famer wanting to play no matter the circumstance.

I would be surprised if he didn’t make a hard push to play next week, but if it alters his play like it did Sunday they might hold him out for precautionary reasons. Sunday he dropped 3 passes and took 2 hard hits. On one play you really questioned why he was still in because he clearly seemed hurt, but he wanted to keep playing; he finished with 4 receptions for 15 yards.

The Colts are waiting for an MRI to come back, and they’ll go from there. Personally I expect Reggie Wayne to play; but its Chuck Pagano’s call.

Welcome back Chuck

What an awesome site it was to see Chuck Pagano return to the sidelines today for the first time since he began treatment for leukemia Sept. 26.

I watch Chuck take the headset, and place it on his head. The crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. Fans were holding up “Chuck Strong” Signs. A very emotional welcome for Chuck Pagano!

So lets talk about the impact Chuck has had on this new and young Indianapolis Colts team.

Did the absence of chuck play a major roll in the winning season, and play off appearance. Should Chuck Pagano get the “Coach of the year reward”

The Colts got  an emotional shot in the arm from Pagano’s return that will make them a better team, but they get a coaching shot as well  Pagano, was hired because of his leadership ability and defensive intellect. It is clear that on that he has a handle on this Colts team.  The Colts will be better with his guidance and ideas.

Pagano’s return will give the team other resources and allow interim head coach Bruce Arians to focus more on what he was hired to do, which is run the offense. Other assistants also will be given more time to focus on their areas of specialty. The Colts have had incredible coaching in Pagano’s absence, but they should have even better coaching now that he’s back.

The lights in the coaches office can now be turned off….

Thanks Indy for being Colts Strong!

Good Luck in the Post Season….Go Colts

Chuck + Luck+T=W

Before I dive into today’s blog. I wanna say I am back and thanks for all the patience.  As some may know I have been moving. All is back to normal now.

Well you didn’t come here to talk about me…you came to talk some Indy Pro Sports.

Don’t look now but your Indianapolis Colts are at 6-3

So what has been the formula for the magic and the buzz the Colts are creating. I have broke it down for you.

Chuck + Luck+T=W

  • The Chuck Pagano Factor….The Colts are playing for their coach. Unless you have been under a rock you know that Colts Head Coach Paganao is battling acute promyelocytic leukemia. Pagano, 52, was diagnosed with the subtype of acute myeloid leukemia in September. He immediately started treatment and turned over the coaching reins. How could you not be choked up after watching the postgame locker room speech from Coach Chuck! A man with no hair, a quivering voice and a black jacket two sizes too big for his thin shoulders gave 73 second speech that will go down as one of the NFL’s all-time most inspiring moments. Yesterday The Indianapolis Colts, including quarterback Andrew Luck, shaved their heads in a gesture of solidary with their coach, who is entering the second phase of chemotherapy for his treatable form of leukemia. He was told Monday that his disease is in remission. He is not, however, cured yet and the next round of chemo is expected to be especially grueling.
  • The Luck Factor….Rookie QB Andrew Luck has been remarkable. One could argue he is better than Peyton Manning in his Rookie year. Yes I know I was one of those guys saying RGIII was better for us than Luck. Well guess I was wrong. Better mark it down because you wont hear me say that often. 433 yards; usually, the losing quarterback throws for a gain like that. Apparently, so do quarterbacks without a run game. Andrew Luck’s day Sunday was almost perfect, and the players around him (hello, LeVon Brazill) helped bring the Colts their fifth win this season. Luck took the cue, throwing for 273 yards in the first half — the fourth highest first-half total in franchise history — and it didn’t take much longer for the No. 1 overall draft pick to join Peyton Manning as the only players in league history with four 300-yard games in their rookie seasons. Not every rookie gets a game jersey in the HOF!
  • “T” The Team Factor….The Colts are finally starting to click and play like team that is hungry. Tonight the Colts take on a familiar foe. Your Colts, who will visit the Jags in an AFC South match up Tonight in Prime time  on Thursday night, improved to 5-3 last Sunday with a huge win against the Dolphins. Indianapolis racked up 516 yards of total offense and dominated a Miami team that entered the contest with the best third-down defense in the NFL. The Colts were 13-of-19 on third down, including Vick Ballard’s 19-yard run on a 3rd-and-7 which ended the contest. A dismal Jacksonville season, meanwhile, continued last Sunday when a stifling Detroit defense combined with a career game from Mikel Leshoure led the Lions to a 31-14 win over the Jaguars in the Sunshine State.

Chuck + Luck+T=W or should I say 6-3, and dare I use the “P” word…

Lets go Colts

Now “Fist Bump” me and get back to work!

Inches Make Champions

Vince Lombardi said those three words, which as still as profound today as they were in the 1960’s.

I have no illusions that the Colts are going to be Champions of anything this year, but I want to hear the diehards stop the whining about Peyton Manning.  Indy had a great run with Peyton, who will go down in history as one of the best ever, but the team talent level had really dropped the past few years as Bill Polian lost his golden touch.  I was time to blow it up and to Jim Irsay’s credit he pulled the plug, and turned the page.

Is there really anyone out there who thinks the Colts would be better than 2-2 with Peyton Manning at the helm?  The Peyton Manning Broncos have a worse record than the Andrew Luck Colts.

Andrew Luck is better than Peyton Manning… if you compare their rookie seasons.  Will he be better than Manning the rest of his career?  I have no clue, but he could be.  There is a lot of things that have to happen or not for that to occur.  I know this:  Andrew Luck is growing with this team.  I still say they will win 5-8 games this year, and with another off-season and other bad contracts coming off the books (Freeney, et al), they will be even better next year.  8-10 win are likely in 2013-2014.

I am not a Manning hater – I root for him whenever he plays, but it was time to move on.  The Colts picked the right QB to build upon.  RG3 is great, and even has a better arm than Luck, but he was knocked out of the game with a concussion today and I think you will find he misses his share of games with injuries.

Good Luck, Peyton – you are on a team that should win now (although they have not looked that great).  Jim Irsay did you a favor by letting you go.  How do you think you would have fared behind the current Colts line?

Jim Irsay made the correct decision – all good things have to end.  It really ended a year before with Peyton’s injury.  Move on people – there’s nothing more to say.   Congratulations to the Colts for a big win over the Packers.  I did not think this game was winnable, but they obviously didn’t think the same thoughts I did.

It didn’t hurt that Chuckstrong sent an e-mail to the team that obviously inspired them.  This young Colts team is growing week-by-week and today’s come-from-behind win was a big moment.  The Colts were behind 21-3 and came back to win the game in Paytonesque fashion.  This is game for the ages – one that will be talked about years from now.  The Colts won for Chuck Pagano, and the game ball was delivered to his hospital bed.  What a great ending!  Now, let’s get ready for next week.

Here’s the inspiring letter from Coach Pagano to the team:

Dear Colts Family,

On behalf of the Pagano Family, we want to say thank you for all the love and support that you have shown. We can never repay you, but just know that we Love you all and we will always have your backs. We could not get through this without all of you!

All the cards, notes, texts, emails have all been read and digested. It’s overwhelming. But right on time.

We will all be better in the long run. Thanks to all the survivors and your personal stories. They are truly inspiring. I know I will beat this, and hearing all the special success stories make the days much better!

You know I am going crazy in here, but nobody understands process better than all of us Colts.

My condition will not determine my position. I understand the condition but choose to focus on my position. That is to stay positive and SERVE.

WE WILL, WE CAN, WE MUST. WE HAVE NO CHOICE. BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. WE WILLOVERCOME.

IT’S ALL IN THE PROPER STATE OF MIND.

There is no better owner in the NFL, period! He has built an organization based on Faith, Family and Football. Don’t ever mistake the ORDER.

We all have a job to do. We know and understand that. That’s why we signed up for it. We knew there were going to be tough times. This is not for everybody, but I know deep in my heart we are all here because we’re supposed to be.

Focus on being 500 by 4:30pm on Sunday. Nothing else. LASER SHARPE FOCUS. That has to be our mind set.

60 minutes, all you got, one play at a time!

WIN!

Respectfully,

Coach P

COLTSTRONG!

CHUCKSTRONG!

Written by: Mark Timmons
Indy Pro Sports

PAGANO HAS LEUKEMIA

As you know from our earlier post. We talked about Colts head Coach Chuck Pagano will miss several weeks due to Illness.

We are learning more about Pagano

The Following is the Official story posted The Colts web site!

Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APML) and will be lost to the club for a period of time.

INDIANAPOLISColts first-year Head Coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APML) and will be lost to the club for a period of time.

Pagano, who turns 52 on Tuesday, was diagnosed with the illness last week when the club observed its bye week.  Pagano sought evaluation for bruising last Wednesday, was admitted to the IU Simon Cancer Center and began treatment that night.

“It’s been a very difficult week,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay.  “The coach was feeling some fatigue over the past few weeks.  (He) had noticed some bruising on his body that at first he thought could have been from contact on the field coaching, or playing with his grand kids.  Eventually through talking to his wife, Tina, she said, ‘You need to check that out because the bruising appears to be more prominent.’

“We did have the coach go in and get fully evaluated on the bruising and his fatigue.  The conclusion came down that he did have leukemia.  Obviously, it’s a very difficult blow for him, for his family.”

APML accounts for approximately 10 percent of adults with Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosed annually in the nation, an estimated number of cases ranging between 1,000 and 1,300.

AML is a cancer of the bone marrow, the tissue responsible for the production of the peripheral blood cells required for health.  The bone marrow, as a rule, is distributed in the adult vertebrae, proximal long bones and pelvis.

The normal bone marrow is capable of the regulated production of white blood cells, red blood cell and platelets throughout a person’s lifetime due a population of marrow cells capable of self-renewal and differentiation into any type of mature blood cell.  These primitive cells are the stem cell.  In AML a cell from the stem cell pool becomes incapable of maturing into healthy blood cells and accumulates as immature cells or blasts.  The diagnosis of AML is made when more than 19 percent of the marrow nucleated cells are blasts (the normal percentage is less than five percent).

“We always talk about, ‘God, family, football,’ in that order. … I am optimistic,” said Irsay.  “I feel with every fiber in my body, and I know Chuck feels the same way, that he can beat this thing.  When you get such a difficult diagnosis like this, it’s tough.  At the same time in terms of other diagnosis (from diseases that may be untreatable), that’s not the case here.  We feel, and he feels, that he will battle and get this disease in remission.  It’s a marathon, no question about it.”

Pagano’s physician, Dr. Larry Cripe, indicated Pagano is seeking a full recovery and will do what is necessary to achieve it.

“The goal of the treatment is to cure the disease,” said Cripe.  “That means that he returns to a fully functional life, the life that he’s worked so hard to earn, and he is looking forward to leading the Colts to some Super Bowls.  The process is long and complicated.   We’re just starting right now.  For the next several weeks, this will be day-by-day.  We’ll be vigilant and do everything we can to help him reach a full recovery.”

Cripe indicated Pagano’s condition is a relatively favorable form of acute leukemia in terms of a likelihood of remission and of him achieving a cure.  There are specific treatments for the disease, and those procedures started on Pagano last Wednesday night.

Pagano is in the induction phase, which will last about four-to-six weeks from last Wednesday.

During that time, Pagano will complete chemotherapy.  He will receive transfusions, antibiotics and medications to minimize possible side effects of treatments.  He can go home when he feels like it, when his blood counts are safe and when other transfusions are not required.

Cripe said most people with this variety of leukemia will achieve a complete remission, though months of attention to the process are necessary.  Pagano will remain under observation and treatment periodically for about two years.  Cripe underscored the goal is remission, and a time frame definition is that the remission has lasted for three-to-five years.

Cripe said Pagano knows he has received chemotherapy and he feels good.  Cripe did not estimate when Pagano could return to the Colts, given the physical nature of his job.  He also would not cite statistics of remission, but said Pagano and his family think the rate sounds good.

Cripe said there is no catching leukemia early or later, and treatment is the same, as is the outlook for recovery.  In general, bone marrow transplant is not used for this variety of the disease.  Cripe looks forward to working with Pagano on his job return and the approach to his life, and he says the coach is “gung-ho” on fighting the disease.

Cripe said indications are that Pagano is benefiting to the treatment at this time.  Cripe described the treatments as arduous and that for the next several weeks Pagano is at risk for complications day-by-day.  The uncertainty is difficult, but Pagano is in good health otherwise.  Pagano is in a protected environment, but is not in isolation.  Tina, has stayed with him.

Cripe estimated there are approximately 1,300 APML cases across the country annually, with a typical median age range of 40-to-45 being most common for the onset.  The median range for AML cases is about 70 years of age.

“I’m very optimistic he will beat this thing,” said Irsay.  “I think it’s unlikely that he will be ‘all-in’ as a head coach this season.  It’s probably not in the cards where he’s going to be able to come back and be ‘all-in’ this season. … There are peaks and valleys.

“Chuck is very dear to this organization as a head coach.  The special thing about Chuck is he’s a ‘salt of the earth’ man.  You aspire to be the type of man he is.  He’s going to be greatly missed in terms of his intensity, his energy, his leadership.”

Indianapolis is 1-2 after three games, but Irsay says Pagano has had enough time to establish his program and that in his absence, there is one goal as the Colts host Green Bay this Sunday.

“He has had the chance (this season) to set the tone for the players, coaches and what he expects,” said Irsay.  “In meeting with the team and coaches, there is nothing more than we want to get that Green Bay game ball and have a victory game ball and be able to walk that into the hospital and put that in his hands.

“That’s our goal.  I know we will pull together.  It’s been a very difficult day, a lot to take in for our coaches, players and organization.”

Pagano joined the Colts on January 25 after four seasons with Baltimore, the final one as defensive coordinator.  This is Pagano’s 29th year in coaching, his 11th in the NFL.  His prior NFL posts have been with Cleveland (2001-04), Oakland (2005-06) and Baltimore.

Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians will take over the field direction of the Colts in Pagano’s absence.  Arians re-joined the Colts this year after serving with Pittsburgh from 2004-11.  Arians spent the 1998-2000 seasons with Indianapolis as quarterbacks coach.  He was the offensive coordinator with Cleveland from 2001-03, and served the last five seasons in the same capacity with Pittsburgh.  Arians was the head coach at Temple from 1983-88, his only role in that capacity.

“Bruce Arians is going to be our interim head coach,” said Irsay.  “It was Chuck’s wishes and certainly had my blessing and (General Manager) Ryan’s (Grigson) blessing.  We’re fortunate to have a veteran coach like Bruce to lead the team.  Everyone is up to the task of doing that extra bit of work that everyone needs to do for us to maintain and play at a high level.

“It is important for him (Pagano) to stay engaged in the team. … He is ready to take this fight on, and he is a fighter.”

Leukemia Overview

Leukemia is a cancer of blood-forming cells in the bone marrow.

Normal blood contains white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. All three types of blood elements develop from one immature cell type, called blood/marrow stem cells, in a process called hematopoiesis.

These stem cells divide and develop to a more developed, but still immature precursor, called a “blast,” which then develops through several more stages, into a mature blood cell.  In leukemia, immature cells accumulate in the blood and within organs of the body.  They are not able to carry out the normal functions of blood cells.

This process takes place in the bone marrow, which is the soft spongy material found in the center of long bones and pelvis.

Too many immature cells disrupt platelet function.  Platelets, along with certain plasma proteins, help form clots once blood vessels are damaged or cut.

Each of the two major types of leukemia, myelogenous and lymphocytic, include both acute and chronic forms.

Acute essentially refers to a disorder of rapid onset. In the acute myelocytic leukemias, the abnormal cells grow rapidly and do not mature. Most of these immature cells tend to die rapidly. In the acute lymphocytic leukemias, growth is not as rapid as that of the myelocytic cells. Rather, the cells tend to accumulate. Common to both types of leukemia is their inability to carry out the functions of healthy white blood cells.

Leukemia is newly diagnosed in about 47,000 people each year in the United States.

Survival rates in leukemia have risen dramatically in the last 40 years with improvements in diagnosis and treatment.

Again our thoughts and prayers are with Chuck Pagano and his family!

Chuck Pagano to miss several games!!!

Several News outlets are reporting

This according to the Indianapolis Star

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with a “serious’’ illness, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay and likely several more games.

The illness is leukemia, according to ESPN.com.

The Colts will have a press conference this morning, at which time they will introduce Pagano’s doctor and offer more specifics on his illness.

One top organization official acknowledged it’s serious, but added “we’re very optimistic about his recovery.”

During Pagano’s absence, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will take over as the team’s head coach.

We will keep you posted as this is a developing story!!

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to Chuck Pagano and his family

“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”

Like the Marvin Gay and Tammie Terrel song…

Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby
Ain’t nothing like the real thing
Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby
Ain’t nothing like the real thing

Ok I know you don’t want me to bust out in song. However did feel like singing when I woke up this morning and realized the “real” NFL Refs had reached an agreement.

So what are your thoughts.?

Were the replacement Refs as bad , as the “MNF” Disaster portrayed. I mean Monday Night’s game alone cost Vegas gamblers $20M – $150M waged internationally.  I want my $5 back ..Kidding of course.

However the picture was painted that the replacement refs were the Three  Stooges, Mr.Magoo,and let us not forget the The Lingerie Football League revealed that one of the referees used as a replacement ref for the National Football League was actually fired .

My personal option is this we had some class act refs step and perform a job at a moments notice. Of course fans never give the stripes any respect. However lets give it up for the replacement refs. They stepped up,and stepped on to the feild when nobody else would.

Can you imagine what would have happened if they didnt…Yes yet another NFL lock out.

So in the middle of the night the The NFL reached an eight-year agreement with the NFL Referees Association on Wednesday night to end the lockout, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the refs will be back on the field starting Thursday night, this according to NFL.com

The NFL said in a statement Tuesday that the touchdown pass should not have been overturned – but acknowledged Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference before the catch. The league also said there was no indisputable evidence to reverse the call made on the field.

The agreement hinged on working out pension and retirement benefits for the officials, who are part-time employees of the league. The tentative pact calls for their salaries to increase from an average of $149,000 a year in 2011 to $173,000 in 2013, rising to $205,000 by 2019.

So there you have it we utter the words as fans we never thought we would say…WE LOVE THE REFS!!!

Now Fist Bump me and go back to work!!