Previewing the 2014 Indianapolis Colts Schedule

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Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are fresh off of back to back 11-5 seasons, as well as an AFC South division title in 2013. Looking ahead to 2014, the Colts will aim to have more of a balance on both sides of the ball, as they try to remain the class of the division and take another step forward in the playoffs.

 

If they’re going to get even better in 2014, the Colts will need to be more consistent on the road, where they’ll be taking on the likes of the Browns, Steelers, Broncos, Cowboys and Giants. Luck and co. got the better of a battle with Peyton Manning and the Broncos a year ago in Indy, but their second battle should prove to be a lot tougher on the road. Overall, the Indianapolis Colts schedule on the road isn’t easy, so they’ll need to pull off a few upsets to stay ahead of the playoff curve.

 

It actually doesn’t get any easier at home for the Colts in 2014, as they have to take on the Ravens, Bengals, Patriots, Eagles and Redskins. With Washington as the only non-playoff team at home away from the division, the Indianapolis Colts schedule for 2014 should be rather difficult.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Update on Jim Irsay

Jim Irsay

Jim Irsay has checked into rehab and his daughters have taken over day to day operations.  What’s next for Irsay and the Colts?

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Say it Ain’t So Mr. Irsay!

Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Star.

One heck of a way to post my first article in months…….

The details are still foggy…..unfortunately, they’re foggy like Jim Irsay’s head this morning.  According to multiple news outlets, Mr. Irsay was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) along with possession of a controlled substance.  He was pulled over by Carmel, Indiana police late Sunday night/early Monday morning and placed behind bars.  His bail is reportedly set at $22,500. 

Some will remember a tweet that Irsay sent out last October, responding to some who questioned his sobriety based on his uncanny tweets.

As you can only imagine, the Twitter world is on fire right now.  Just a sampling:

This is bad news after a nice run in free agency.  All things were clicking for the Colts.  They addressed several needs wtih the re-signing of Vonte Davis, Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee and Sergio Brown, along with the new signings of D’Qwell Jackson, Arthur Jones and Hakeem Nicks.  The Colts are projected to still be $17M below the cap, and have been tied to free agent center Alex Mack.  Not sure if the Irsay news will impact any additional free agent signings, but it’s certainly a black eye for what is a great organization.

Back in 2002, it was reported that Mr. Irsay was battling prescrption drug addiction.  He was in and out of rehab several times.  It was also reported that he overdosed 3 times.  Irsay managed to get through a very difficult time, but it appears that his demons have resurfaced.

It will be interesting to see how/if Roger Goddell handles this situation.  We know how hard he has come down on football players for their off the field actions.  Would he challenge Irsay just the same?  If so, how does he challenge Irsay?  Fines?  Could he actually do something with draft picks?  How will this situation impact the Indianapolis Super Bowl bid?  Many, many questions are still out there that will have to be answered at some point.  For now, let’s pray that Mr. Irsay learns from this.

 

Video: Fox Sports Gives The Colts’ Offseason Outlook

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The FOX Football Daily panel talks about the Colts’ offseason roster moves.

Colts Hire Rob Chudzinski As Special Assistant to Head Coach

Colts hire former Browns HC Rob Chudzinski as special assistant to Chuck Pagano

Well after being fired after just one season with the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts thought they would benefit by hiring former head coach Rob Chudzinski as a special assistant to Chuck Pagano. Luckily for Chudzinski, him and Pagano have a history together.

The two coached together on the University of Miami staff in the late 1990′s. The two worked together again for the Browns in 2004. Chudzinski is thought of as having a good offensive mind, and although he was down to his third string quarterback in Cleveland, he managed to make a star of wide receiver Josh Gordon who led the entire league in receiving yards.

Some feel that this is a message sent to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Hamilton’s run-heavy philosophy is being questioned with the low production out of the Colts’ backfield. Chudzinski favors a down field passing game that many feel quarterback Andrew Luck is ready for.

Chudzinski is also considered to favorite tight ends and which is why Jordan Cameron found his number called a bunch this past season. This spells good news for guys like Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.

Chudzinski will also reunite with former Browns’ running back Trent Richardson who Chudzinski shipped off to Indianapolis last year. Kind of crazy don’t you think?

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

2014 NFL Free Agents – Colts Have $607,910 Of Cap Space

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Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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Antoine Bethea A Priory For Colts

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Well by next season, safety Antoine Bethea will be 30-years-old. However, Bethea still plays at a relatively high level. That is why the Colts are expected to get him back under contract quickly.

Beathea, an unrestricted free agent in March, is considered a priority to get under contract according to Mike Wells of ESPN. The eighth year safety is a two-time Pro Bowler (07,09) and registered 78 solo tackles in 2013 and 108 combined. Bethea has registered over 800 career tackles and has only missed five games in his entire career.

Bethea’s durability and no real depth at secondary are two big reasons why the Colts must find a way to keep him. Pro Football Focus gives the safety a positive grade against the run but Bethea finished a bit low in the pass defense category. Bethea finished seventh in the league for recording 23 tackles within eight yards of the line of scrimmage — ranked out of 63 of the top safeties.

So a priority indeed is Bethea to the Colts. Time is also ticking on what the team will do with the other seventeen unrestricted free agents on the roster.

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

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