Colts Announce Two Coaching Staff Moves for 2016

Pagano Presser

The Colts are going to be keeping a couple of their assistants from a season ago, as PFT reports on the moves by the horseshoes and coach Chuck Pagano as the team builds towards the 2016 season.

Veteran coach Jim Hostler will be the tight ends coach, and Tim Berbenich will stay as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach after being a defensive assistant in 2015.

Hostler had been the team’s wide receivers coach. In 16 NFL seasons he’s also been an assistant with the Bills, Ravens, 49ers, Jets, Saints and Chiefs.

The team’s release on Hostler and Berbenich said the 2015 staff has been finalized. The Colts cleaned out their defensive staff, hired and shuffled some offensive coaches and lost assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer to the Jets. Former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin came on as assistant head coach and will work with the offensive line.

Colts Owner Irsay Says It’s Likely Team Will Lock Up QB Luck This Offseason

Colts owner Jim Irsay believes “there’s a good chance” that the team will sign franchise quarterback Andrew Luck to a contract extension that will be worth “nine figures” during the offseason, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

“Obviously being this early, there’s no reason to think that we would have had major negotiations yet, but that’s going to be happening as this month gets later and March comes in and all that sort of thing,” Irsay said Tuesday. “I think there’s a good chance we’ll get something done.”

Irsay said during the NFL owner’s meetings in March 2014 that his goal would be to sign Luck to a long-term deal this offseason. The Colts picked up Luck’s fifth-year option ($16.1 million) for the 2016 season last spring.

Irsay knows Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, will be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL once he gets his new contract.

“Whether it’s going to be the highest and all those sort of thing, we’ll see how that goes,” Irsay said. “…I see Andrew here, God willing, for a really long time, and this won’t be his last contract. With him at 26 years old, it’s going to be ringing the bell in terms of nine figures and that sort of thing.”

Luck is coming off the worst season of his four-year NFL career. He threw 15 touchdowns and committed 13 turnovers in just seven games. He missed nine games due to rib, shoulder, kidney and abdominal injuries. Irsay said Luck’s lacerated kidney, which ended his season in Week 9 against Denver, is finally healed.

“We have continued to monitor that with the kidney doctors and he is good to go,” Irsay said. “He’s healed. He’s really looking forward to a great offseason and getting ready. If we were playing in the Super Bowl, he’d be ready to go.”

Titans vs Colts NFL Week 17 Inactives

Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, WR Kendall Wright, WR Damaris Johnson, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Josh Aubrey, LT Taylor Lewan, DE Ropati Pitoitua

Colts inactives: QB Stephen Morris, QB Matt Hasselbeck, QB. Andrew Luck, S Winston Guy, LB Sio Moore, LB Trent Cole, DL Kelcy Quarles

Report Claims Relationship Between Colts Coach Pagano and GM Grigson is ‘Toxic’

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The futures of Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano remain cloudy. But one thing that has become clear is that owner Jim Irsay might have to pick one or the other if he doesn’t fire both at the end of the season, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

As bad as things have been on the field this season for the Colts (7-8), things are “100 times worse” inside the organization when it comes to the relationship between Pagano and Grigson. One NFL source described the relationship as “toxic.” It has reached the point where Grigson and Pagano have little communication with each other, according to multiple sources.

If Pagano is going to lose his job, which at this point is likely, he won’t go down easily. Pagano said Wednesday he plans to “fight my ass off to be the coach here.” With the Colts on the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time during his tenure as coach, the odds are stacked against Pagano returning after he turned down a one-year contract extension during the offseason. On Sunday, he will coach his ninth game this season without franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.

Grigson, who has made some questionable roster moves during his four seasons, is at this point the more likely of the two to be retained by Irsay. Grigson has one more year remaining on his contract and has a very good relationship with the Irsay family.

Colts vs Steelers NFL Week 13 Inactives

Here are the inactives for tonight’s Colts and Steelers matchup at Heinz Field:

Steelers: Tight end Heath Miller, quarterback Mike Vick, receiver Sammie Coates, running back Jordan Todman, linebacker Sean Spence, offensive lineman Byron Stingily and defensive lineman L.T. Walton.

Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck, receiver Phillip Dorsett, cornerback Josh Thomas, linebacker Jerrell Freeman, guard Hugh Thornton, tackle Anthony Castanzo and linebacker Bjoern Werner.

Luck and Three Other Starters Ruled Out for Colts vs Steelers

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will start his against the Steelers on Sunday night after the Colts announced Friday that Andrew Luck would miss another game, the Associated Press reports.

Luck is still trying to recover from a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle and hasn’t played since Nov. 8. Hasselbeck is 4-0 this season and is trying to become the first 40-year-old quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win five consecutive games.

Indy (6-5) also ruled out three other starters Friday: left tackle Anthony Castonzo (right knee), receiver inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) and right guard Hugh Thornton (elbow). Center Khaled Holmes is questionable with an injured fibula.

Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams (left ankle) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (heel) are probably against Pittsburgh (6-5).

Matt Hasselbeck to Head Back to the Bench When Luck is Ready

Despite the success that backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has had, Colts coach Chuck Pagano made it clear there will be no hesitation to put franchise quarterback Andrew Luck in the lineup once he’s clear to play, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

“I’m not even going to go there,” the Colts coach said. “That’s ludicrous.”

When the question was posed once again, prefaced with a statement about the notion being discussed on local and national talk shows, Pagano added, “You have to stay off Twitter. Get your blinders and your earmuffs on. … Andrew is our starting quarterback. When he’s 100 percent healthy, and our doctors and our trainers say he’s ready to roll, then he’s going to be under center.”

Pagano clearly was miffed that the question was asked, but the topic has been widely discussed on the Internet and by some in sports media. But Pagano’s reaction Monday should put to rest any question that the Colts would entertain anything other than immediately reinserting Luck into the starting lineup.

It seems to not matter than Hasselbeck is 4-0 as a starter this season, 2-0 since Luck went down with a lacerated kidney earlier this month. The fact that Luck has struggled for most of the six games also has played a role in the questions being raised.

Colts at Panthers NFL Week 8 Capsule

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-4) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-0)

SERIES

  COLTS PANTHERS
MON. RECORD 22-14 7-5
SERIES LEADER   4-1
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Chuck Pagano: 0-0 Ron Rivera: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 27-21 vs. Saints W 27-16 vs. Eagles
LAST GAME 11/27/11: Panthers 27 at Colts 19. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 69 yards & 2 TDs. Panthers QB Cam Newton passes for 208 yards & adds 53 rush yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/28/07: Colts 31, Panthers 7. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning throws for 255 yards & 2 TDs. Colts RB Joseph Addai rushes for 100 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Jim Miller (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Ind.), 93 (Car.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ind.), 226 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Luck: 118-210-1398-11-9-76.3 Newton: 101-181-1275-9-7-78.4
RUSHING Gore: 98-446-4.6-3 Stewart: 103-423-4.1-2
RECEIVING Hilton: 37-606-16.4-3 Olsen (TE): 27-439-16.3-3
OFFENSE 351.3 344.2
TAKE/GIVE -8 +4
DEFENSE 408.6 339.8
SACKS Langford, Mathis: 2 Short: 5
INTs Adams: 4 (T1L) Norman: 4 (T1L)
PUNTING McAfee: 49.0 (2 L) Nortman: 45.8
KICKING Vinatieri: 31 (16/17 PAT; 5/7 FG) Gano: 48 (18/19 PAT; 10/13 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: In past 5 vs. NFC, QB ANDREW LUCK has passed for 1,338 yards with 15 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 97.9 rating, incl. 333 yards & 3 TDs last week vs. NO…RB FRANK GORE aims for 6th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Averages 124.3 scrimmage yards per game in 3 career meetings…Last week, WR T.Y. HILTON had 4 catches for 150 yards (37.5 avg.) & 2 TDs, incl. career-long 87-yard TD – longest TD rec. by Colt at home since 1975. WR ANDRE JOHNSON (13,804) needs 86 rec. yards to surpass HOFer CRIS CARTER (13,899) for No. 10 all-time. WR DONTE MONCRIEF has TD catch in 5 of past 7…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 79 tackles. Since 2014, S MIKE ADAMS leads AFC with 9 INTs. Aims for 3rd in row with INT…PANTHERS: Are 6-0 for 1st time in franchise history…QB CAM NEWTON had 95.9 rating & rush TD in last meeting. In 3 starts on MNF, has 102.8 rating, 7 pass TDs & 2 rush TDs. Has pass TD & rush TD in 4 of past 5 & has 28 such games, 2nd most in NFL history…RB JONATHAN STEWART has rushed for 203 yards (101.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2. FB MIKE TOLBERT had rush TD & rec. TD last week, 3rd career game with both…TE GREG OLSEN has TD or 100+ yards in 5 of past 7 on MNF. Since 2008, is 1 of 3 active TEs with 5,000+ rec. yards (5,236) & 40+ TDs (43). In only game vs. Ind. (9/21/09 with Mia.), WR TED GINN JR. had 11 catches for 108 yards…DT KAWANN SHORT has 5 sacks in past 2 & leads NFL DTs with 5 sacks. CB JOSH NORMAN ties for NFL lead with 4 INTs & 2 INT-TDs. Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads NFL with 505 tackles. LB THOMAS DAVIS leads team with 57 tackles. Only player in NFL with 2+ sacks & 2+ INTs. DE JARED ALLEN has 7.5 sacks in past 9 on MNF. Since 2004, leads NFL with 135 sacks.

Colts Rookie WR Dorsett To Miss 4-6 Weeks with Leg Injury

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Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett will four to six weeks with a fractured lower left leg, the Associated Press reports.

Dorsett, Indy’s first-round draft pick, was injured midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s game against New Orleans when he was hit low by one defender and then was awkwardly bent backward by another.

Dorsett said he felt the bone crack before he went down. He limped straight to the locker room, did not return and was on crutches, wearing a boot over his left foot after the game.

He has 11 catches for 167 yards and one TD this season.