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NFP’s Bowen Talks Colts in the Recent Camp Countdown

Matt Bowen over at the National Football Post has put out his AFC South Camp Countdown, and here is what he says about the Colts as the season nears:

I still believe that the absence of Tony Dungy in Indy is one of the bigger stories as we prepare to kick off training camp because it signals change for the Colts and that always comes with plenty of questions.

I’m sure Jim Caldwell is a good coach, and he was promoted within the system – the same system that has made the Colts contenders for years – but that doesn’t hide the fact that this is still a transition year. As a player, how is it different? Are meetings longer, shorter? Do they lift at the same times during camp? Do the veterans get days off? Is there more hitting or less? These seem like minor details to you, but as a player, change is usually an unwelcome aspect of the game – because players are used to a certain routine, and in Indy, the veterans are use to the Tony Dungy routine. I have said this before, and I doubt that guys like Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday will miss a beat, but for the younger guys, Dungy’s leadership will be missed.

This should be an interesting camp and learning experience for the Colts because even though Caldwell was with the team, it will still be different. August and September will tell us a lot in terms of how the Colts are doing with the transition.

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