The Indianapolis Colts

2010 record: 2-2, with victories by 24 points over the N.Y. Giants and 14 points over Denver. They have lost by 10 points at Houston and three points at Jacksonville.

Last year’s record: 14-2, with a 14-game winning streak. Finished first in the AFC South and won games in the playoffs against Baltimore and the New York Jets before losing to New Orleans in the Super Bowl.

Record for the last five seasons: Thanks to players like WR Reggie Wayne (left) 65-15, with four AFC South titles and five appearances in the playoffs. They appeared in two Super Bowls (2006 and 2009), winning one and putting together a 6-4 record in the post-season.

Last appearance in the playoffs: was last year, when they lost 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV to New Orleans at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Owner: Jim Irsay, who inherited the team from his father and mother in 1997. The Irsay family has owned the Colts since 1972. Robert Irsay actually bought the Los Angeles Rams in ’72, but then traded the Rams to Carroll Rosenbloom, who owned the then Baltimore Colts.

General Manager: Bill Polian carries the title of President of the Colts, but there’s no question he’s the guy in charge of the franchise. This is his 13th season running the Colts, as he took over in 1998, the same year he selected Peyton Manning with the first selection of the ’98 NFL Draft.

Head coach: Jim Caldwell is in his second season as head coach of the Colts. He replaced Tony Dungy, who retired after the 2008 season. Caldwell now has an 18-5 record as head coach. Caldwell has worked as an NFL coach since 2001, after he spent eight years as head coach at Wake Forest University.

Coordinators: Clyde Christensen, offense; Larry Coyer, defense; Ray Rychleski, special teams.

Roster overview: The Colts are built largely through the draft and development process. On the 53-man roster, 34 of the players were Indy draft choices, including eight first rounders and 15 in the top three rounds. There are eight more players who began their career as undrafted free agents with the Colts. So that’s 42 players or 79 percent of the roster is home grown. There is one unrestricted free agent (Adam Vinatieri), one player that came through a trade, another that was claimed on waivers and eight that were so called street free agents. They have 32 players who are 25 years old or younger and 10 players 30 years or older.

Quarterback: Peyton Manning has had a remarkable career since joining the Colts in 1998 out of the University of Tennessee. He is third in NFL history in completions (4,352), third in passing yards (51,493) and third in touchdown passes (377). He’s behind Brett Favre and Dan Marino in those categories. His record as a starting quarterback is 133-63, and only Favre, John Elway and Dan Marino won more games.

Offensive threats: are everywhere in the Colts offense with Wayne (33-456-2), WR Austin Collie (32-398-5) and TE Dallas Clark (28-275-3). Remember the Chiefs leading receiver is rookie TE Tony Moeaki with 12 catches for 123 yards. RB Joseph Addai (59-228-2) is the No. 1 choice as a runner, although Indy would rather throw the ball.

Defensive stars: DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are the keys to their defense, with all seven of the team’s sacks and 154 sacks over their careers. Here’s a key number for Freeney-Mathis – between them they have forced 74 fumbles. S Antoine Bethea (29) and MLB Gary Brackett (26) are the team’s leading tacklers.

Special teamers: K Adam Vinatieri is four-for-four on FGs and is one of the best kickers in NFL history. P Pat McAfee has a 43.3-yard gross average and a 33.4-yard net average. On returns, RB Devin Moore was averaging 21.4 yards on kickoffs, but he went on the injured-reserve list this week. Newly signed WR Kenny Moore figures to take over those duties. CB Jerraud Powers is averaging 7.9 yards on punt returns.

By the numbers: the Colts are No. 3 in the NFL in offense, averaging 411 yards per game. That’s 29th in the running game (75.5 yards per game) and second in passing (335.5 yards per game.) Defensively, they are No. 24 overall, allowing an average of 367 yards per game. The Colts run defense is 29th (149.5 yards per game) and 15th in passing (217.5 yards per game.) They are second in the league in scoring with 117 points and they have a point differential of plus-25. They are plus-2 in the turnover ratio.

Top ’10 draft picks: 1st-round choice DE Jerry Hughes, 2nd-round pick LB Pat Angerer, 4th-round choice G Jacques McClendon and 5th-round pick TE/HB Brody Eldridge. Only Eldridge is in the starting lineup.

Familiar faces: Former Chiefs safety DaJuan Morgan was signed by the Colts on September 15. Working as the assistant offensive line coach for Indy is former K-State head coach Ron Prince.

One Response to “The Indianapolis Colts”

  • October 7, 2010  - Justin says:

    The stats are scary but we have a couple things going for us: a good running game, good team D, a couple coordinators with lots of experience playing Indy and just a little more rest than they have.

    Let’s hope the Jags took a big physical toll on them and we can take advantage. GO Chiefs!

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