Pagano: Colts are bigger, faster, stronger this season Anderson IN training camp report
By Rick Yencer
ANDERSON, IN - Colts Coach Chuck Pagano offered an inside view of a new team led by quarterback Andrew Luck that is unlike last year's playoff contenders.
"We are bigger, faster and stronger," Pagano told more than 300 people at a breakfast in the historic Paramount Theater Thursday morning.
Colts training camp returned to town this week, bringing economy and community to the those who know the historic Wigwam and Anderson Indians basketball team.
But it was Anderson football coach Randy Albino and his team that was listening to Pagano along with Mayor Kevin Smith and members of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce that had the first time event for the NFL team.
Albino thought it was great idea to bring Pagano to speak and judging from the football team that loved the buffet breakfast served by MCL, they were glad to hear the coach too before they return to school next week and face North Central Conference foes this fall.
Pagano brought Bob Lamey, voice of the Colts to ask all the questions everybody wanted to know about the team that made its way to the playoffs and was beat by Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens that once had the horseshoe team and the mighty Johnny Unitas as quarterback.
First off, Pagano gave a quick review of last year, after he missed much of the regular season because of cancer treatment, mentioning the team did not stay healthy but still won and got into the playoffs.
This year, the team will see more rookies and new coaches, including Pep Hamilton of Stanford, that will work on a new faster offense led by Luck, who Pagano calls the best quarterback in the NFL.
Pagano also talked about receiver Reggie Wayne being Reggie Wayne, assisted by T.Y. Hilton and others that will be protected by a big, mean offensive line brought in to allow more running to back up those Luck passing yards..
"We have a ton of depth," said. the coach.
That strength and size also measures on the defense as Pagano said some "game wreckers" will be brought into the system to limit the other team from scoring.
"Our defense is miles ahead of where it was last year," said Pagano.
While offered some rookie names, Pagano said there will be decisions after training on who says and goes as the Colts are in the preseason mode of buy, sell and trade of players.
No slump is seen in Luck has he begins his second season, and veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had been brought in to back up the young superstar.
And a new kicker has been brought to camp to back up veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri who helped the Colts come from behind countless times with guaranteed, gaming winning field goals. Last year, the Colts came from behind seven times to win.
Pagano talked a bit about the schedule but is a one game at a time coach. The first preseason game is Aug. 11 with Buffalo at home. And during the regular season, the Colts play the best of the NFC West like San Francisco and Seattle besides the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning on Oct. 20.
Smith brought the community together for the first time event, wishing the Colts well on the search for the Lombardi trophy and a Super Bowl championship.
The training camp at Anderson University continues through Aug. 16 and there is a special night practice on Tuesday. Most other practices are 1:30-5 p.m. weekdays.
Daily updates, videos and blogs can be found on the Colts website, and Colts merchandise can be found at the camp.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano talks about the team during a community break in Anderson
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