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October 6, 2010

Frustrated Colts ‘determined’ to clean up game

INDIANAPOLIS — Time to get back to work.

After getting off to a 2-2 start with sluggish performances in three of the team’s four games, the Indianapolis Colts continue to be a work in progress.

While the offense has been able to move the ball, turnovers and mental mistakes have thwarted potential scoring opportunities. Defensively, the Colts are out of synch. Indianapolis has given up big yards on the ground (Houston) and in the air (Denver).

They haven’t been able to get off the field on third down (Jacksonville). And the pass rush has registered just one sack over the past eight quarters after coming up with four sacks in a home win over the New York Giants three weeks ago.

There’s frustration in Indianapolis.

“There’s really not a lot to be happy about. But I do always subscribe to a theory taught to me many years ago by [former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins coach] Don Shula who said, ‘Every time you go out there you have to take something positive away because you have to have something to build on for the next week,’” team president Bill Polian said this week.

The Colts aren’t that far from being one of the premier teams in AFC once again. But improvement must be made quickly in several areas, especially with the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) coming to Lucas Oil Stadium after a bye week.

“There’s obviously a lot of work to do on [the defensive] side of the ball. We’ve got to get that straightened away. I think we have good players there, but they’re not playing very well at this point,” Polian said.

Quarterback Peyton Manning would rather use the phrase “determined” rather than “frustrated.”

“I think guys are disappointed, frustrated, all normal reactions. I think those can be healthy reactions and moods. I think determined is the main thing. To have a really good week of practice this week,” Manning said Wednesday.

“That’s where it has to start. We’re playing a good football team that is playing well. They don’t care what our record is. They don’t care that we’ve lost two division games. It’s really about what we do. I think it’s important to have a good week of practice this week. We’ve got some injuries that we’re dealing with like all teams are. Once again, you get no sympathy there. I think we need to carry a little bit of that frustration onto the practice field and be a little sharper in the way we practice.”

So Indianapolis is going back to work this week, trying to fix their problem areas while also preparing for a pretty good Chiefs team.

“The one thing you have to do is keep your nose to the grindstone, keep your head down and keep working. If everyone does that, and doesn’t worry about the other guy’s job, only his, then you’ll come out all right in the end,” Polian continued.

“It’s the head coach’s job to tie it all together. Jim Caldwell does a great job of that. I don’t have any worries about that. Concentrate only on your job and the head coach will get that strategically adjusted if he needs to.”

So the work continues.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. I said you have to put a good face on things and be positive, but you can’t gloss over the fact that we have a lot of work to do to be a good football team,” he said.

“Bill Parcells is fond of saying, ‘You are what your record says you are.’ Right now, we’re a pretty mediocre football team, so we have work to do.”

• Injury report — Safety Antoine Bethea (hamstring), running back Donald Brown (hamstring), wide receiver Austin Collie (foot), rookie linebacker Kavell Conner (foot), defensive end Dwight Freeney (rest), wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (ankle), cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot), safety Bob Sanders (biceps), and wide receiver Reggie Wayne (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Collie was wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday after missing the last two games. Garcon may be able to play Sunday against Kansas City. His status will be updated later in the week.

Running back Joseph Addai (knee), middle linebacker Gary Brackett (back), offensive tackle Charlie Johnson (foot), rookie safety Brandon King (hamstring), cornerback Jerraud Powers (foot), offensive guard Jamey Richard (shoulder) and weak side linebacker Clint Session (hamstring) all took part in the workout.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Consistent: West Vigo�s Jordan Shaffer gets a hit and on base for the second time in the third inning, having walked his first time at bat. Shaffer reached base in all four at-bats in their game with North Vermillion.

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  • 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.
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    Damon Bass pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out seven to lead Northview to a 7-0 high school baseball victory over Shakamak.
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    Terre Haute North’s girls tennis team swept its opening match of the high school season as it defeated Plainfield 5-0 on Wednesday.

    April 16, 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.
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    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

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    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

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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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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis In command: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods pitcher Brooke Jordan delivers a pitch early in the Pomeroy�s sweep of Rose-Hulman Wednesday afternoon on the Pomeroy�s diamond.

  • 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.
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    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

  • ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win

    Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Top returners lead Cream over Crimson in Hoosiers' spring game

    The Cream team at Saturday’s Cream and Crimson intrasquad game had Indiana’s top returning rusher and receiver and the Hoosiers’ top-rated passer from last season.
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    April 12, 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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