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Longtime Colts O-Line Coach Howard Mudd Passes Away at 78

Howard Mudd, a former All-Pro lineman who coached in the NFL for 38 seasons, passed away Wednesday, his family announced. Mudd was surrounded by family after suffering multiple injuries from a motorcycle accident in late July. He was 78.

The Michigan native spent nearly 50 years in the NFL, breaking in as an offensive lineman with the San Francisco 49ers in 1964 and wrapping up his playing career with the Chicago Bears in 1970. In-between, he was a member of the 1960s All-Decade team after making the Pro Bowl three times and All-Pro twice.

His work on the offensive line was just getting started, however. Mudd served as an O-line coach for the 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. His 12-year tenure in Indianapolis was his longest, and it’s where he helped the franchise win Super Bowl XLI.

Colts Start the Gradual Process of Opening Up Their Team Headquarters

The Colts will begin the process of opening their team facility on Tuesday, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

But it’s not business as usual, at least not right away.

The Colts have “spent the entire quarantine period preparing to reopen,” but the plan is for the reopening to be “gradual and deliberate,” following in accordance with guidelines for the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, the NFL and the CDC. The team first closed its headquarters March 13 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

That means there will be no coaches or players back in the building yet, save for players coming back from injury who needed to be in the facility for medical reasons.

“The guys who’ve been hurt have been coming in to the building, rehabbing,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “As soon as we can get more players in the building, we want that, because we have to make up for a little bit of lost time. The sooner we can get together and get out there working, the better it will be.”

Colts 2020 Schedule Released; One Prime Time Game at Tennessee

The 2020 Colts slate is out, and with it the team has just one prime time game, that being in Tennessee against the Titans.

The team will start the Jacksonville against the Jaguars. The Home opener will be in week two against Minnesota.

Sun., Sept. 13 — At Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sun., Sept. 20 — Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sun., Sept. 27 — N.Y. Jets, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Sun., Oct. 4 — at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sun., Oct. 11 — at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sun., Oct. 18 — Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sun., Oct. 25 — Bye

Sun., Nov. 1 — at Detroit, 1 p.m., CBS

Sun., Nov. 8 — Baltimore, 1 p.m., CBS

Thurs., Nov. 12 — at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**)

Sun., Nov. 22 — Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sun., Nov. 29 — Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sun., Dec. 6 — at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sun., Dec. 13 — at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m., (CBS)

Sat. or Sun., Dec. 19 or 20 — Houston, TBD (TV TBD)

Sun., Dec. 27 — at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m., (CBS)

Sun., Jan. 3 — Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

(** NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change)

Colts Reportedly Shopping Safety Malik Hooker Ahead of the Draft

There is news today that the Colts are shopping around safety Malik Hooker, which may give some indication of what they will be looking for in Thursday and Friday’s NFL Draft.

What Hooker is worth on the open market is anyone’s guess, but he was a first-round pick just a few years ago in 2017, so trading him now one would think the Colts could get a second or third round pick at worst for his services.

It is also being reported that the Colts may be seeking a trade partner for cornerback Quincy Wilson, again to try and get more picks in the Thursday and Friday Draft.

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Colts are Favored in 10 Games in 2020

The 2019 Colts season ended with a thud, as the team missed the postseason in a season that was defined by the team losing franchise QB Andrew Luck prior to the start of the season due to retirement.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Colts will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for Indy in 2020.

Indianapolis Colts +1½ @ Chicago Bears

Indianapolis Colts +1 @ Cleveland Browns

Indianapolis Colts -1½ @ Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts +1 @ Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts -6 @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts -1½ @ Las Vegas Raiders

Indianapolis Colts +2½ @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Indianapolis Colts +2½ @ Tennessee Titans

Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts +2½

Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts -9½

Green Bay Packers @ Indianapolis Colts -1½

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts -4½

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts -10½

Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis Colts -2

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts -7

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts -3

When it Comes to Drafting a QB, The Colts Say They Won’t Force It

The Colts have their quarterback set for 2020 in former Los Angeles Chargers signal caller Phillip Rivers, but beyond that the team is going to need a QB for the future as Rivers won’t last forever.

With the NFL Draft approaching starting on Thursday, the Colts are a team that a number of people seem to feel are going to go after a QB early, but that’s not something they will force.

General manager Chris Ballard says that despite needing one, the team is not going to force it taking a QB just because they will need one eventually to take the place of the 38-year-old Rivers.

“It’s gotta be the right guy, the right fit for us, and for our staff and for our organization,” Ballard said Friday in a pre-draft media session, via the team website.

“So I don’t know when it’s gonna happen: maybe this year, maybe next year, maybe two years from now. I don’t know. And I’m not gonna force it — much to everybody’s dismay, and it might drive everybody nuts, but I’m not gonna force that issue.

“When we decide to take one up that we think is going to be the future guy of this franchise, you gotta be right.”

The Colts owned the 13th pick in the 2020 draft, but now are without a first-rounder and have eight picks overall, including two in the second round. In the second, the Colts have the No. 34 and 44 choices, which could be in the neighborhood for a promising QB.

As for shipping away No. 13 — which would have likely been a good spot for perhaps Utah State’s Jordan Love — Ballard is more that happy with having traded it away to the 49ers for defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.

“He’s got everything we stand for — high character, he’s a producer,” Ballard said of Buckner. “He’s durable, he’s got the character (and) he plays a premium position in this defense. It was an easy decision, easy decision.

“I know the 13th pick is a high price, but we haven’t made a lot of big moves like this and a chance to acquire a player of this caliber with is character, I thought it was a no-brainer,” Ballard said.

“Matter of fact, I held my freaking breath, praying that it was going to get done. I couldn’t be more pleased about getting this young man into this organization and I think you will see the same things I see here going forward.”

Colts Owner Irsay Finds and Donates 10,000 N95 Masks to Help with Covid-19 Pandemic

Jim Irsay keeps finding ways to pitch in during Indiana’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Irsay announced Sunday on his Twitter account that he’d obtained 10,000 N95 masks, the respiratory masks critical to protect respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses working with COVID-19 patients.

The Indianapolis Colts owner is donating the masks to the Indiana State Department of Health to be distributed to the hospitals where they are most urgently needed.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Thinks New QB Philip Rivers is a “Young 38”

If you think that 38 years old is too old to play quarterback in the National Football League – make sure Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t around to hear you say it.

Irsay is a big fan of Rivers, the new Colts signal caller, and told the official site as such saying that despite being 38 years old, Rivers is a ‘young’ 38.

“I tell ya, I believe Philip is a young 38,” Irsay said to Colts.com.

“We see guys like Drew Brees now, and Tom Brady, playing and doing great things after 40. It won’t even be until 2021 (in) December when Philip gets 40.

“So I think he is a guy with elite leadership, a great release, and what makes it so good is I feel we have the best offensive line in football, and that’s the thing that takes a long time to build.”

The Colts last season were competitive with Jacoby Brissett as their starter, but Brissett was injured and the team just didn’t do enough late in the season to win enough games to make the postseason.

With Rivers now running the show at the QB spot, Irsay and the team feel that they are ready to compete for the AFC South, and also with no more Tom Brady in the AFC as a whole they feel they can take the entire conference.

Let’s see if Rivers can stay young in 2020 and if Irsay’s hope that youth will rule. If so, the Colts have as good as a shot as anyone in the AFC moving forward.

Colts Ink Former Chargers Franchise Quarterback Philip Rivers

It’s official – the Indianapolis Colts have a quarterback to put them back on the map foe the 2018 season.

Saturday the team put out via an email that the team and the veteran quarterback have come to terms on a deal that paid The Colts have signed veteran free agent Philip Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who currently sits sixth in NFL history in both career passing yards (59,271) and touchdowns (397).

“Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said.

“His familiarity with our coaching staff and offensive system in addition to his experience were attractive qualities during our evaluation process. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.”