Cardinals HC Bruce Arians praises Andrew Luck at the combine

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians may not have a franchise quarterback right now but that didn’t stop him on praising a franchise quarterback at the combine interview on Friday. Arians, who was the former offensive coordinator and interim head coach for the 2012 Colts when the Colts went on an improbable 11-5 record, praised Colts QB Andrew Luck on his progression from 2012 to 2013. More importantly he praised Luck’s ability to handle winning when the pressure is on (or on him).

“I saw great improvement this year,” Arians said via George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin. “I thought he carried that football team to the playoffs. And then his performance in the playoffs was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He just refuses to lose.”

Even when Colts QB Andrew Luck didn’t play at his best during the playoffs, Arians still believes that Luck’s improbable comeback performance against the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the best he has seen ever.

“I saw great improvement this year. I thought he carried the football team to the playoffs. His performance in the playoffs I thought was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He just refuses to lose.” Arians said via Mike Chappell of Indystar.com. “It’s not about who’s calling plays or any of that stuff. Just let him play football and he’ll win for you. He is a flat winner and he was a true joy to coach.”

By far, Andrew Luck has made great progress on becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He still needs work but every quarterback in the NFL needs to polish his skills.

Hopefully the Colts can get deeper in the playoffs and the only way it would happen is how much progress Luck will make from Year 2 to Year 3.

Luck’s ceiling is high, in terms of potential (which he has shown), and hopefully the Colts as a unit can improve so they cannot put the entire burden on Luck when adversity strikes.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson will speak at combine today

As the NFL combine is unfolding, many of the NFL head coaches and front office personnel will talk on Thursday and Friday. For Colts HC Chuck Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson, they will both be at the interview podium on Friday.

Pagano will talk to the media on Friday at 1:30pm and Grigson will do the same at 1:45pm.

There are various topics that Pagano/Grigson will talk about and as ESPN’s Mike Wells discussed on his blog, two of the main topics will be Colts CB Vontae Davis new contract status and the Colts approach to free agency as they will have more than $37 million in cap room.

The Colts do have a lot of cap room but they must manage it correctly as they have their 2012 draft class close to getting a new contract which includes QB Andrew Luck. It will be interesting to see how much Pagano and Grigson say about those two topics (or other topics) as many of the coaches and personnel don’t typically say much in these interviews.

Colts Punter Pat McAfee doesn’t know what he is looking for on new contract

Usually when the season is over and players have expiring contract, they know what kind of a contract they are looking for once free agency starts. However, as we know, punters (and sometimes kickers) don’t have the luxury to get a $20 million per year contract as few other positions (mostly the QB position) can get. For Pat McAfee, he really doesn’t know what kind of contract he is looking for from the Colts.

McAfee took on Twitter to express his feelings of the media when they try to guess what kind of contract he is looking for.

If you follow the Colts closely, as how I do, you will know that McAfee is an important player on the field as well as off the field. Not only does McAfee handles punts but also handles kickoffs. He also hosted Facebook Friday and hosted his on local Indianapolis show this past season (probably doesn’t matter anyway in terms of getting a new contract).

For a man that became Colts public enemy number one to becoming a fan favorite, it is going to be hard for the Colts to get a cheap contract from McAfee especially when they are trying to fill up some holes and trying to sign some of their own players. The Colts do have a reason from signing McAfee to a lesser deal as his numbers dropped from 2012. This will be an interesting battle between McAfee and the Colts front office.

Colts release RB Tashard Choice

The Colts will have a lot of their own players testing the free agent and it seems that they are trying to thin out the group.

The Colts announced via NFL Tuesday’s transaction that RB Tashard Choice has been released from the team. Colts also announced Continue reading

Report: Former CFL running back Kory Sheets signed with the Raiders; Colts missed out

The Indianapolis Colts scouting team ended 2013 by having a tryout for CFL (now former) running back Kory Sheets. Sheets ended the CFL season by racking up 1,598 rushing yards for an astounding 5.6 yards per carry. In addition, he managed to rack up 12 rushing touchdowns. He was also a great receiving weapon by catching 37 passes for 264 yards. However, he didn’t score a receiving touchdown but it was probably because he was primarily used to run the ball.

Sheets, now, decided to try the NFL again after a short stint with the Dolphins in 2009. That’s when the Colts brought in Continue reading

Can the Colts handle Michael Sam (including the media)?

First, the title meaning is can the Colts handle the media asking questions about Michael Sam not only if the Colts can handle Michael Sam homosexuality. Now for the few of you that were sleeping under a rock and missed the big announcement, Missouri’s DE/OLB Michael Sam announced that he was Continue reading

Former CFL LB Henoc Muamba receiving guaranteed money from Colts

Every team always goes through questionable roster moves like last year when the Baltimore Ravens paid QB Joe Flacco the highest amount for a QB in NFL history (at that time). The Colts, to a much lesser extent, did the same thing but for LB Henoc Muamba.

Muamba, who last played for the CFL, apparently signed a Continue reading

Report: Colts waive OL Justin Anderson

The Colts had a pretty good 2012 NFL draft as they drafted Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton. However, the NFL draft is mostly a “crapshoot” (as some people say) so some players that are drafted could be waive years later. Well that’s what the Colts did on Monday as they waived a player that was part of the Colts 2012 NFL draft class.

According to Tom James of The Tribune Star, 2012 seventh-round draft pick G Justin Anderson Continue reading

Report: Colts sign Safety David Sims

Looks like the Colts front office are in full force on adding players to the team to make training camp more competitive. They especially want to make competition on the areas where they need more help like the safety position. That’s what exactly what the Colts did today as they signed a player that hasn’t really gotten the opportunity to start.

The Indianapolis Colts announced that safety Continue reading