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September 21, 2010

Colts’ adjustments lead to effective running game

INDIANAPOLIS — For an NFL team that most people think can’t be effective running the football, the Indianapolis Colts like to prove doubters wrong.

A case in point was what transpired during Sunday night’s nationally televised game with the New York Giants. First-year Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell figured that since the Houston Texans forced the Colts to throw the football and had success, he would simply overload his unit with five and sometimes six defensive backs.

The problem with Fewell’s game plan was that Texans defensive end Mario Williams doesn’t play in New York. And since Indianapolis had seen basically the same defensive setup a week earlier, they figured the Giants might try the same thing.

“I felt like Houston really came into that game last week and played five defensive backs, sometimes six defensive backs, playing a lot of pass defense. We didn’t really know what the Giants were going to do, but they ended up taking that route. When teams are playing five defensive backs and sometimes six defensive backs on first and second downs, they are obviously playing pass coverage,” Peyton Manning explained Sunday night.

“In the past, we haven’t been able to run against that look, which has been frustrating because we are sort of playing into their hands, so it was nice to be able to run the ball [against the Giants]. There were a lot of defensive backs in there that aren’t use to being involved in the running game, so that was important to establish that. The line, tight ends and receivers all did a great job.  I thought Donald [Brown] and Joe [Addai] really ran smart and ran really hard.”

Coach Jim Caldwell credited adjustments made by Manning and the Indianapolis coaching before and during the game.

“Oftentimes it just depends on how the game goes. You have to adjust as you go. It just depends sometimes on whether or not the defense gives us certain looks. If they’re conducive to running, we run. If it’s conducive to throwing, we’ll throw it. It just depends on how they play us,” Caldwell said Monday.

• Moving on — While there was general acknowledgement that the Colts didn’t play well in their season-opening loss to Houston two weeks ago, Caldwell didn’t want to waste time worrying about a game that has already been played.

He’s using that same attitude after the Giants game. Despite an impressive victory, the game is over and it’s time to move on. There’s a road trip to Denver this week.

“I’m not a big person on looking back,” Caldwell said. “[The Houston] game is beyond us. It is what it is. We didn’t play well. I kind of like to look ahead. We played pretty well [against the Giants] and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us this coming week.

“I don’t believe on putting labels on things. [The Houston game] is done with. I can’t do anything about the game [Sunday]. That one is over with. We just have to focus in on looking ahead. That’s what I do with the team. Let’s just look forward. Let’s look exactly what we have to face this coming week. We have a very, very difficult task ahead of us. It’s going to take everything we have, and a little bit more, to prepare for a real solid Denver team.”

• McAfee ties franchise kickoff record — Pat McAfee tied the Colts’ franchise record with five touchbacks on kickoffs Sunday night.

Adam Vinatieri had originally set the record against the Broncos on Oct. 29, 2006.

“I didn’t know anything about [the touchback record] until [Vinatieri] sent me a text about it [Monday morning],” McAfee said. “To be in the record book with Adam means a lot. Heck, just having a locker this close to a kicker like Adam means a lot.”

The second-year punter averaged 40.4 yards net on five punts and had three downed inside the Giants’ 20-yard line. Several hours after the game, though, McAfee was still stewing about a 30-yard punt that he wound up shanking.

“I’m not too serious about a lot of things, but kicking and punting are my business and it really bothers me when I don’t have a good kick or punt,” he said.

• Gonzo taking it day-by-day — Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who suffered a high right ankle sprain against Houston, hopes to be back on the practice field sooner rather than later.

“[Team doctors] are saying four to six [weeks]. But I obviously hope to be on  the short end,” Gonzalez said Monday. “Everything I’m doing is designed around getting back as soon as possible.

“I just don’t have a lot of experience with this. I haven’t had a sprained ankle since my freshman year in high school.”

It would be easy for the former Ohio State standout to become frustrated at some point. Gonzalez missed most of the 2009 season with a knee injury and then missed practice time in training camp last month with a hamstring injury. Now it’s his ankle.

“No season ever goes perfectly. And being injured wasn’t part of the plan. I was hoping to be healthy, help the team out and be on the field doing whatever I could. Having this happen so quickly [at the start of the season] is obviously disappointing,” he said.

“But I’ve been down the rehab road before, so unfortunately I know how to keep my spirits up. So we’ll keep on trucking and hopefully be back as soon as possible. I think I’m a little bit ahead of schedule, probably, from what the trainers and doctors have told me.”

• Injury report — Sitting out Monday’s brief walk-through practice session were offensive tackle Charlie Johnson (foot), weakside linebacker Clint Session (hamstring), safety Bob Sanders (biceps) and Gonzalez.

The first full report of injuries coming out of the Giants game will be made available on Wednesday.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Catch me if you can: Terre Haute South's Justin Jenkins takes a lead off first base while Northview's Jacob Harden holds him close. Nathan Thomas is on the mound for the Knights.

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    With the previously flat-looking Braves trailing host Sullivan 1-0 with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the second inning, Stout woke up her dugout mates by hammering a McKenzie Pirtle pitch over the fence in left-center field for a score-tying home run.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

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  • Terre Haute North baseball cruises past Warren Central

    Terre Haute North swept a high school baseball doubleheader against Warren Central on Friday night by scores of 14-1 and 10-4.

    April 19, 2014

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Sollars, Morrison lead West Vigo softball to win

    Kaitlyn Sollars had a double, triple and four runs batted in and winning pitcher Leah Morrison contributed a pair of triples and a double to lead visiting West Vigo over Riverton Parke 14-1 in high school softball.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041714 WV BB shaffer.jpg West Vigo baseball wins in rout

    When Brandin Behringer drove in his first run Thursday evening, it gave West Vigo a short-lived lead in nonconference high school baseball.
    The remainder of the Viking senior’s RBIs came four at a time in the bottom of the fourth inning, his grand-slam homer capping the second of consecutive seven-run innings that sent his team to a 15-3 win over visiting North Vermillion.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

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  • 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

  • Prep roundup: Vikings get big hits to beat North Vermillion on softball diamond

    The West Vigo softball team improved to 4-3 for the season with an 11-4 victory over North Vermillion on Thursday.
    Leah Morrison busted the game open with a three-run double in the Vikings’ seven-run fourth inning.
    Kenzie Little chipped in with a two-run triple in the sixth and Hannah Harden tossed a complete-game for the pitching win.

    April 18, 2014

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    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

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  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Expanding the fan base: Bruce Rosselli, manager of the Terre Haute Rex, displays the team's new slogan, Wabash Valley's Own, during a press conference on Wednesday at Clabber Girl.

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