The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Pro Sports

February 21, 2014

Colts seeking improvement from within

INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano said there was one simple reason he added former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski to his staff this offseason: The move will make the Indianapolis Colts a better football team.

"We had an opportunity to add another piece to the puzzle which makes our team better, gets us one step closer to our ultimate goal, and that's hoisting a Lombardi and hopefully participating in Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix," Pagano said.

There's no doubt Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson believe they're close to achieving that goal. The two men took the podium at Lucas Oil Stadium for back-to-back media sessions Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine with a certain sense of urgency.

"Our team as a whole, it's Year 3," Grigson said. "It's time for everybody to bring their A game. So everybody's got to be at the top of their game this offseason because we have high expectations."

That type of thinking was the basis behind Chudzinski's hiring. There had been fears the former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator might butt heads in Indianapolis with Pep Hamilton.

But Pagano said "Chud" will have his hands in all areas of the team and won't simply focus on the offense.

"We won't pigeonhole him and say he's this, that or the other," Pagano said. "Really bright guy. Good football coach. Got a great background. Well-versed in a ton of areas. Again, he's going to be a great resource for everybody in the building."

Much of the Colts' focus this offseason could be internal. There are tough decisions to make on free agent cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Antoine Bethea.

And Indianapolis is looking for improvement from wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, inside linebacker Josh McNary and outside linebacker Daniel Adongo — youngsters who were acquired late in the process last year and did not go through a full offseason.

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