The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Pro Sports

December 16, 2013

Linemen leading Colts' offensive rebirth

(Continued)

"Guys are kind of dinged up right now," Richardson said on his own conference call. "We got guys coming back. Players just got to be in the best situation where we're ready all the time. We practice hard."

That was a common theme Monday. Castonzo also said solid practices during the week translated to solid performances Sunday.

And that could be the key to lighting the spark Indianapolis has been looking for.

The win against the Texans (2-12) improved Luck's record to 10-0 following a loss in his NFL career. But he and the Colts haven't fared so well after recent wins.

The team has alternated wins and losses for the past seven weeks, and head coach Chuck Pagano has been vocal about the need to begin stockpiling momentum for a playoff push.

The offensive line might have taken the first steps. Despite an ugly 42-28 loss at Cincinnati last week, Indianapolis did not allow a sack for the first time in 25 games. And the success continued Sunday despite a number of new faces being shuffled in and out of the lineup.

"I feel like as an offensive line we've put together two back-to-back pretty good games, at least the second half of the previous game and then this game against the Texans," Castonzo said. "We're starting to play as well as we should be, and we'd like to keep that going."

The benefits of the line's improvement are obvious in Luck's numbers. After throwing two touchdowns and five interceptions in the previous four games, the second-year star has six scoring strikes and just one pick in the past six quarters.

Those are the kinds of numbers that allow a team to dream about getting hot and making a deep playoff run. But Indianapolis has business to attend to still in the regular season.

Text Only
Pro Sports
  • Judge OKs record-setting $2 billion sale of Clippers

    Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

    July 28, 2014

  • SPT - HB0729 - Chris Rainey - DK Colts release RB Rainey

    Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning. The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later confirmed by Pagano during an afternoon session with the media.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 1 Luck still learning

    Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University. During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Castonzo 2 - 278 Castonzo comfortable with Colts' changing O-line

    For all the changes along the offensive line the past three seasons, Anthony Castonzo has been the lone constant. He joined a veteran group anchored by center Jeff Saturday in 2011, was part of a remodeled unit in 2012 and became a mainstay at left tackle for all 16 games last year.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Allen 1 - 290 Colts' offense adapting to new arsenal

    Third-year tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guard Donald Thomas, running backs Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Reggie Wayne also exited the lineup over the next six weeks. It left offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton scrambling to come up with new ways to attack defenses with an ever-changing cast of characters.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT-HB0727-Luckwatch-ColtsCamp-094.jpg Colts Quick Hits: Sunday, July 27

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0727-AndrewLuck3749.jpg Change the Play

    Andrew Luck had an active childhood filled with a myriad of sports and activities. Now, he wants Hoosier kids to have that opportunity, too.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0727 - RBs - Colts Camp - 141 Colts have options in Ballard's absence

    Chuck Pagano delivered the news Saturday afternoon in a solemn tone, confirming running back Vick Ballard will miss the 2014 season. "It's a part of the game. It's an ugly part of the game," the Indianapolis Colts head coach said shortly after revealing an MRI on Friday night found a torn Achilles tendon in Ballard's left foot. "It's a tough pill to swallow. You never want to lose anybody."

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Super Bowl MVP Warner has high praise for Luck

    It's no secret the NFL's version of football has become a quarterback's game. Kurt Warner is one of the men who helped make it that way. And he had plenty of praise for the man many see as the future at the quarterback position, third-year rising star Andrew Luck.

    July 26, 2014

  • luck watch.jpg Colts Quick Hits: Saturday, July 26

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.
     

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo