A Look at the 2017 Colts Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Indianapolis Colts Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM

Sep. 17 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM

Sep. 24 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM

Oct. 1 at Seattle Seahawks 8:30 PM

Oct. 8 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM

Oct. 16 at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 8:30 PM

Oct. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Oct. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM

Nov. 5 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM

Nov. 12 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 BYE

Nov. 26 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM

Dec. 3 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Dec. 14 Denver Broncos (Thu) 8:25 PM

Dec. 23 at Baltimore Ravens (Sat) 4:30 PM

Dec. 31 Houston Texans 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: After an opener in Los Angeles against the Rams, the Colts will be home for two straight against two teams they should have success against, the Cardinals and Browns. If they want to have a quick start, winning in L.A. and then the two at home should be a big boost.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: The team doesn’t have three straight on the road which is a plus, but their final four games look like they will determine if they are playing in January or not. A road game at the Bills followed by a Thursday game vs the Broncos, a game at Baltimore and then home for Houston will define their season.

Colts QB Andrew Luck Says Shoulder Surgery Came From 2015 Injury

Colts’ franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on Monday revealed a couple important pieces of information about his shoulder injury, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

For one, he was ultimately the one who decided to undergo surgery in January to correct a lingering issue in his throwing shoulder, believed to be related to his labrum. Then Luck clarified the timeline on his physical issues, disclosing that the injury dates back to a pounding he took in September 2015 in a win over the Tennessee Titans that resulted in him missing the next two games.

Luck, as it turns out, has been dealing with the issue ever since. And that’s why surgery became necessary.

“It was my decision, ultimately,” he said. “The team gave me all the resources that I felt like I needed to make the best decision. We sat down after the year with our guys in this building and talked and then went out and got a lot of really good opinions from a lot of doctors around the country.

“At the end of the day, I never felt like anybody else was trying to make a decision for me. I made this decision with what I felt was the best information I could find. I have no regrets about going to get surgery.”

Luck, consistent with everyone else in the organization, declined to commit to a timeline. The truth is, there really isn’t one. The Colts are not going to rush Luck. And Luck expressed a willingness to be patient with the process, even as he longs to get back into action. The Colts began offseason workouts Monday and will soon progress to on-field work. Luck will almost certainly be a spectator In the end, though, he feels this will clearly be worthwhile.

“There were times when you play through pain, there were times when it felt great,” Luck said of the 2016 season. “The reality is everybody plays through pain in the NFL. I’ve played through pain every year. This was a little different beast from the standpoint of, as you guys know, my practice schedule was different and altered and certainly that made things difficult from a preparation standpoint.

Former Colts CB Jerraud Powers Announces His Retirement

Jerraud Powers is stepping away from the game just before his 30th birthday, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

The free-agent cornerback, entering his ninth year in the league, announced his retirement on Instagram on Friday.

“With the 2017 season getting started and teams are preparing to be the best they can be, I think it’s time for me to walk away from the game,” Powers explained in his lengthy goodbye. “The last 8 years have been a joy and wonderful ride. Even though I can still compete and play at a high level, mentally, I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.”

Powers signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 after spending his formative years with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. The Colts selected Powers in the third round of the 2009 draft.

Former Giants DT Johnathan Hankins Visiting with the Colts

After weeks of inactivity, former Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins visited with the Colts on Tuesday Connor Orr of NFL.com
reports. This according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The Giants are still hoping to bring back their former second-round pick, but the 25-year-old is now making the rounds. Indianapolis missed out on the Dontari Poe sweepstakes and are looking to add a stalwart to their needy defensive interior.

Hankins shined alongside fellow road-grater Damon Harrison in the revamped Giants defense last year, adding three more sacks to his career total. In the two years he started 16 games (2014 and 2016), he has registered 10 total sacks.

Colts Ink Former First-Round Pick LB Barkevious Mingo to One-Year Deal

Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo has signed with thge Colts on a one year deal worth $2.5 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Mingo was traded to the Patriots in August after spending his first three professional seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Mingo made four tackles in one start last season with New England.

The Patriots and Colts made an actual trade earlier in the week. Indianapolis sent tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round pick to New England in exchange for a fourth-round selection.

Tony Dungy Admits Colts Did Steal Signals; But Never Cheated

Tony Dungy said the Colts never cheated during his years as coach of the team after Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders accused Indianapolis of doing so, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

Sanders, an analyst for NFL Network, made the comments after Sunday’s Super Bowl about the Colts cheating when colleague LaDainian Tomlinson said some might question New England’s success because of Spygate, the 2007 incident in which the Patriots broke the rules by videotaping the opposition’s signals from an unauthorized location.

“Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You want to talk about that, too? Because they were getting everybody’s signals,” Sanders said on NFL Network. “Come on, you don’t walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they’ve stolen the plays of. We all knew. LT knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn’t let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy.”

Dungy was on “Pro Football Talk Live” on Wednesday to explain that the Colts, like all other teams, did steal signals, but never cheated.

“I think we have to go back to what is cheating,” Dungy said. “People accusing us of cheating? I don’t think that’s the case. Stealing signals? You can go back to the 1800s in baseball, you can go anywhere there were signals done, and people were looking and watching and trying to get signals.”

The Hall of Famer Dungy, who led the Colts to a Super Bowl title and at least 10 victories in all seven of his seasons as coach, said Sanders probably used to see who was calling in signals during his 14-year playing career.

“And that’s what happened,” Dungy said. “And you looked over there because you wanted to know as a defensive player: Is it going to be three wide receivers? Is it going to be two tight ends? Who’s in the game? There’s a person over there signaling and Deion Sanders and every other defensive player would look at the offensive sideline to get that signal.

“So that is football. And I’m not sure what Deion is referring to, really. … That’s all part of the game, but doing it legally and illegally, that’s the difference. I hope Deion is not saying we did something illegally. Of course we got signals when we had an opportunity to do that, and so did Deion.”

Colts Ask for Permission From Several Teams to Talk to New Potential GM’s

The Colts have requested permission to interview Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton And Seattle Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer for their general-manager vacancy according to the team’s official website.

In-house candidate Jimmy Raye III is also in the running for the position and may possibly be viewed as the favorite but it sounds like Colts owner Jim Irsay is doing his due diligence. Paton is viewed as the favorite for the 49ers’ GM spot after Kirchner and Fitterer bowed out of the running earlier in the process. Andrew Luck’s presence as a young franchise QB on a long-term deal makes the Colts’ vacancy a very appealing position.

Colts Coach Chuck Pagano Says He’s at Fault for the Shortcomings of the Team

The hope and optimism that encircled the Indianapolis Colts in July and August, gaining steam as Andrew Luck returned from injury, died on a sun-sprinkled Christmas Eve in Oakland.

Chuck Pagano’s Colts were bounced from the playoffs with a week to play.

Pagano was Pagano on Monday, professing to hear nothing of the simmering firestorm that surrounds his job status, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports.

He smiled. He joked. “Sun came up, key fob worked, door opened, got another day,” he quipped. He was serious, though, when he needed to be serious, unhesitantly hurling the blame on his shoulders for his underachieving football team.

“I take full responsibility for everything,” he declared. “That’s what comes with this job.”

As the minutes passed, though, Pagano did allow a bit of frustration to creep through.

“I don’t hear it, I don’t listen to it, I don’t pay attention to it,” he said of the criticism before acknowledging his family can’t say the same.

“I hate it for them. I can deal with it. I hate it for my wife and kids who have to read it, watch it, whatever. Have to calm them down, tell them to keep their blinders and earmuffs on … they’re passionate, passionate, passionate about this football team, and they’re pissed. Not about that stuff. Because we’re not winning. That’s what they’re pissed at me about. They still love me, but they’re pissed.”

What if the Colts Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Colts will look like made in the likeness of Trump!