News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Colts

November 24, 2013

Arians faces his old team

INDIANAPOLIS — The early pregame warmups that NFL teams go through are usually pretty routine.

Players and coaches usually spent the time loosening up, touching base with old friends who are with the other team. A few minutes chatting up an old buddy or college teammate and then its back to the matter of hand.

But when it comes to this afternoon’s game (4:05. p.m., CBS Sports) between the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts, the normal pre-game rituals may last a bit longer.

That’s understandable. With former Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians now running the show in Arizona, it will take some extra time to get all the handshakes and hugs in from former coaching associates and Indianapolis players that he helped develop, including quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

Arians won the NFL’s Coach of the Year award last season after filling in for Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia. He led the team to a 9-3 record and an 11-5 overall mark, earning an wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs.

The affable Arians — who had long hungered for an NFL head coaching job but never seemed to get an opportunity — moved on to Arizona when given the opportunity. Not because he didn’t like working in Indianapolis or with Pagano or with the players on the Colts roster. Far from it.

After waiting for 21 years for the opportunity, working as an assistant for several NFL teams, Arians now gets a chance to be a head coach.

“From re-fired, or excuse me, retired to this? I don’t think anybody would have ever dreamed it. It’s a fairy tail. It truly is. I hate that to get an opportunity to be a head coach we had to go through what we had to go through last year. But it was the only way,” he said late last week.

“Winning Super Bowls and getting to Super Bowls [while the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh] wasn’t good enough. I’m glad that [Arizona executive] Michael [Bidwell] gave me this opportunity. I thank him every day to have this chance. But this never would have happened without last year.”

Arians went through a forced retirement with the Steelers after the 2011 season before landing on his feet last season with Pagano and the Colts. The rest, as they say, is history.

“It will more emotional pre-game [today], seeing the guys for the first time [since he left last January]. Especially a lot of the younger players that we coached last year. And all the guys, I hate that Reggie Wayne is not playing. I hope that he makes the trip. And Chuck and the coaching staff. It was a very tight group,” he explained.

“You don’t accomplish what they accomplished last year without holding each other accountable and having a common cause. It was very special.”

Arians knows that the Cardinals task won’t be an easy one. Indianapolis is coming into this afternoon’s matchup with a 7-3 record and a three-game lead in the AFC South.

His knowledge of the Colts roster and how the Indianapolis coaches think gives Arians a pretty good insight of what to expect.

“I’m not going to fool with our scheme, our scheme’s too good. What we know about some of their players can help us, especially with their skills sets,” he said. “They’re using a fullback because [tight end] Dwayne Allen’s out. And a lot more power O running game. We did a lot last year also. Different sets. It’s closer to the 49ers running game and our passing game.”

Arians also knows a lot about Luck.

“He can throw three interceptions and he’s going up and down the sidelines telling everybody, ‘Hey, I got this. Don’t worry about it. We’re going to win the game.’ I think that’s why they’re so good at overcoming these halftime deficits because he never loses confidence or his poise,” he said.

“He learns every time you do something to him. You’ve got to have enough stuff that he doesn’t see the same thing the second time around. Very much like [former Colts quarterback] Peyton [Manning].”

Arians chuckled after he was told that Luck said that the coach “had an incredibly young soul.”

He agreed.

“I don’t feel like I’m 62. I feel like I’m 22,” the Cardinals coach smiled, adding that facing his former team will be tough. Well, at least at the beginning. Then it’s business as usual.

“They’ll be a lot of hugging and high-fiving. It’s just like playing your brother in the backyard. Then I’m kicking your ass,” Arians grinned.

His former quarterback in Indianapolis, of course, has other ideas.

“I feel very fortunate to have played under him for a year, very happy. I matured a lot football-wise, outside of football largely because of him. It’s hard to sort of reminisce now. I don’t know if this is the time,” Luck said.

“Hopefully after I’m done playing this game, I’ll look back and I’m sure I’ll have a lot of fond memories of playing under B.A.”

He’s not getting caught up in all the hoopla either.

“I don’t think you worry about it. At the end of the day, it’s football. You got to go out and play the game. [We] can’t worry how well he knows our personnel or we know him. I think that’s sort of thrown out the window,” Luck voiced.

“I don’t think guys get too caught up. I know I haven’t. The emotions of seeing someone come back, or going somewhere, or going up against a buddy or an old coach, I think football is an emotional game as it is. I know I haven’t had a problem. I don’t think guys in this locker room have, putting aside those other emotions. We realize every game is a big game. You focus on that. You focus on the opposition, not the side stories. We leave that for you guys [the media] and the fans.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Colts
  • Colts take another look at Shakir Bell

    Under general manager Ryan Grigson, the Indianapolis Colts have searched nationally and internationally for talent to build a program that has won 23 of 34 games in the last two seasons.
    On Wednesday, the Colts took a look at some Indianapolis-area talent, including former Warren Central High School and Indiana State standout Shakir Bell.
     

    April 18, 2014

  • Colts Owner Arrested _Ter .jpg Police: Colts owner had $29K in cash when arrested

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving, according to a police arrest report.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Family source: Irsay has gone to treatment facility

    The family of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday that he has placed himself in a treatment facility after police found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
    The 54-year-old Irsay, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago, faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel late Sunday and released the next day.

    March 18, 2014

  • Colts owner has double image in media

    Colts owner Jim Irsay is known in NFL circles as a tough businessman and eccentric billionaire who enjoys interacting with fans about his beloved team and favorite songs from bands like the Beatles and the Grateful Dead. He may end up adding convicted felon to the mix.

    March 17, 2014

  • irsay.jpg Update: Colts owner Irsay arrested for DWI

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts owner Jim Irsay was jailed today on suspicion of intoxicated driving after police said he failed sobriety tests during a traffic stop and they found multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts sign former Giants receiver Nicks

    Ryan Grigson loves to make a deal. The Indianapolis Colts third-year general manager has earned a reputation around the National Football League as a guy who will act decisively and quickly if there’s somebody that he really wants. That trait proved true again Friday as the Colts added former New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to the team’s roster.

    March 14, 2014

  • SPT 120113 VINA SCORE.jpg Colts keep Vinatieri, Davis, Bradshaw in fold

    With the NFL’s free-agency signing period getting underway at 4 p.m. Tuesday, it was fairly certain that the Indianapolis Colts would be active participants.
    The Colts went into free agency with around $40 million of salary cap space in their back pocket. Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson, however, had indicated at the National Football Scouting Combine that he wanted to be judicious in how the team spent its money.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • mcafee1.jpg Colts re-sign punter McAfee for five years

    Shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, Pat McAfee — the Indianapolis Colts’ punter and kickoff specialist — tweeted that he had a special announcement to make at the top of the hour.

    March 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts excited to add talent, experience of D'Qwell Jackson

    With the National Football League's veteran free agency period set to start on March 11, the Indianapolis Colts front office has started to make the decisions needed to retool for the 2014 season.
    Former Cleveland Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who had been released by Cleveland on Feb. 26, signed a reported four-year, $22 million deal with Indianapolis on Thursday. Only the first two years of the contract are guaranteed.
    Jackson (6-foot, 240) started 96-of-97 games over the past eight seasons with the Browns since being selected by the team in the second round of the 2006 draft. He played collegiately at  Maryland.

    March 6, 2014

  • EIU’s Garoppolo hopes to impress scouts

    Let the Eastern Illinois University quarterback tradition continue.
    Mike Shanahan, Jeff Christensen, Sean Payton, Tony Romo and, now, Jimmy Garoppolo. All were record-setting quarterbacks on the Division II and FCS levels.
     

    February 22, 2014

  • grigson.jpg Grigson says Colts likely not to make big splash in free agency

    Don’t expect the Indianapolis Colts to go wild in the upcoming free-agent market.
    While the Colts will have anywhere from $33 to $37 million to spend this offseason, Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson says the franchise will be a bit more selective when it comes to signing any prospective veteran free agents.

    February 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 010414 HILTON JUBI.jpg SEASON IN REVIEW: Colts make progress in 2013 season

    The Indianapolis Colts made plenty of progress over the course of the 2013 season.
    And the Colts fought through some adversity as injuries hit the team hard at several positions, most notably at wide receiver (Reggie Wayne), tight end (Dwayne Allen), running back (Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw), offensive line (Donald Thomas) and cornerback (Greg Toler).

    January 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • pagano.jpg Moving on: Coach likes what he sees, gets ready for phase three of Colts’ development

    Time to move on. In the wake of the Indianapolis Colts’ 43-22 AFC divisional playoff loss at New England last Saturday night, head coach Chuck Pagano is ready to take time off and then start getting after it again late this spring.

    January 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX Colts Patriot_Pear.jpg Blunt force trauma: Patriots running game too much for Colts

    LeGarrette Blount ran the New England Patriots into their third straight AFC championship game.
    The 250-pound back had four touchdown runs and New England kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback win to beat the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 Sunday night.

    January 12, 2014 7 Photos

  • ‘Still the same Tom’

    How do you attempt to stop, or even slow down, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?

    January 10, 2014

  • SPT 010414 LUCK DIVE.jpg Belichick impressed with Luck's skills, poise under pressure

    Bill Belichick doesn’t have to be reminded about the talents of Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck.
    Although Belichick’s New England Patriots handed the Colts a 59-24 loss in Foxboro last year, he came away from the game with plenty of respect for the young signal caller.

    January 9, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 010414 HILTON CATCH.jpg Colts, Patriots, both with many new faces, to meet in playoffs for fourth time

    Here we go again. Yet another Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots playoff game.

    January 8, 2014 2 Photos

  • Up next for Colts: Brady, Patriots

    Hello Tom Brady.
    Thanks to the San Diego Chargers’ 27-10 AFC wild-card playoff win over Cincinnati on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts will be traveling to Foxboro, Massachusetts to face Brady’s New England Patriots Saturday (8:15 p.m.).

    January 5, 2014

  • SPT 010414 LUCK RUN.jpg Luck leads huge rally as Colts grab first playoff win for Pagano

    What a game.
    Just when it looked like the Indianapolis Colts were going to be blown out at home in an AFC wild-card playoff game by the Kansas City Chiefs, the impossible happened.

    January 4, 2014 6 Photos

  • Colts sell out today's Kansas City game

    There will be no local television blackouts in the NFL this weekend.
    The Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers said Friday that their weekend wild-card playoff games are sellouts. Normally, teams must sell out 72 hours before kickoff to have a game broadcast in their local market. The NFL gave the Colts, Bengals and Packers an extra day to do it.
    The Colts host Kansas City today. On Sunday, the Packers host San Francisco and the Bengals host San Diego.

    January 4, 2014

  • NFL honors Colts' Mathis with Deacon Jones Award

    Robert Mathis never got to see Deacon Jones take down opposing quarterbacks in person.
    He learned to appreciate Jones’ creativity over time.
    The Colts Pro Bowl linebacker and newly crowned sacks champion was honored Thursday as the inaugural winner of the NFL’s Deacon Jones Award, which goes to the league’s sacks leader. Mathis will be recognized at the NFL award banquet Feb. 1.

    January 3, 2014

  • Victory over Chiefs means nil, Mathis says

    Robert Mathis doesn’t care that the Indianapolis Colts registered a 23-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium two weeks ago.

    December 30, 2013

  • SPT 122913 BROWN SCORE.jpg Record-setting Indy win

    Finish the National Football League regular season strong. That’s what the Indianapolis Colts wanted to accomplish Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    December 30, 2013 8 Photos

  • In major gain, Colts lead NFL in fewest turnovers

    Play clean. That’s been a credo that the Indianapolis Colts have tried to live by this season.

    December 30, 2013

  • SPT 120113 LUCK CALLS.jpg Has Luck's growth been accelerated by Colts' adversity? Probably

    Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck is quickly becoming known as a guy who can quickly adjust to any situation.

    December 28, 2013 4 Photos

  • SPT 102013 COLTS O LINE.jpg Toeing the line: Colts’ offensive line getting healthy, finding niche as playoffs near

    The Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line has certainly taken its share of hits this season, both on and off the field.

    December 23, 2013 3 Photos

  • Colts’ chief strength: No panic

    The Indianapolis Colts had watched the Kansas City Chiefs march downfield for an easy score on the first series of the game, yet nobody on their sideline seemed to be worried.
    In fact, it seemed as if their confidence soared.

    December 23, 2013

  • Luck has knack for knowing when to run

    To run or not to run. When it comes to Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck, his competitive nature usually comes into play.

    December 22, 2013

  • Chiefs Raiders Footba_Tayl.jpg Loss at Chiefs could cost Colts bye in playoffs

     Chuck Pagano doesn’t have to make his Indianapolis Colts players aware of the playoff implications surrounding the team’s road game at Kansas City on Sunday.

    December 18, 2013 1 Photo

  • SPT 121513 LANDRY STOP.jpg Back in the mix: Colts are hoping to improve their playoff seeding in final two weeks of NFL’s regular season

     Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano stresses that he is not a scoreboard watcher when it comes to other National Football League games.

    December 16, 2013 2 Photos

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Obamas Attend Easter Service Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station Raw: Crowds Rally at '420' Celebration in Denver Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Raw: Ferry Captain Received Medical Treatment Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Marathoners Celebrate Easter With Tradition Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus
NDN Video
Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Dr. Phil Put In The Hot Seat By His Own Wife Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity