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Baylor coach Matt Rhule has removed his name from consideration for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy.

Typically, this means the candidate knows they are not going to get the job. Rhule, who is coming off a 1-11 season at Baylor, was always a long-shot. He was an outside-the-box interview for the Colts, one of the very few league-wide this coaching season.
Jan 11 - 9:54 PM

Baylor coach Matt Rhule interviewed for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy earlier this week.

Rhule went just 1-11 in his first season at Baylor but drew widespread praise for the job he did during his four years at Temple. His only experience in the pros came when he served as the Giants' OL coach in 2012. The Colts have also interviewed Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, former Seahawks DC Kris Richard and Texans DC Mike Vrabel and will meet with Panthers DC Steve Wilks on Thursday.
Jan 10 - 6:55 PM

Owner Jim Irsay indicated Monday he hopes the Colts will use a high draft pick on a running back.

It's also a strong indication the Colts will move on from free agent Frank Gore and target a feature back to pair with change-of-pace runner Marlon Mack. "You put (Andrew Luck) on that field, healed up, and you put an Edgerrin James -- maybe that's bigger, faster, stronger -- ... this is going to be a special place to be and a special place to play." James was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1999 draft. The Colts have the No. 3 overall pick this year.
Jan 1 - 5:18 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay promised Monday that Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) will return for the 2018 season.

Irsay lied to his fan base in almost the same manner nearly a year ago to this day, "promising" Luck would be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 season. Luck wasn't, and he wound up missing the entire season even as the Colts deceptively activated him from PUP and kept him on the 53-man roster, drawing out Irsay's lie. "Andrew Luck is going to be back, and back with a fierce fire in his eyes," an again-adamant Irsay said on Monday. "I promise you. He's coming back. He's coming back." We'd recommend buying less than nothing of what Irsay is selling.
Jan 1 - 4:26 PM

Colts signed TE Mo Alie-Cox, WR Dres Anderson, DT Johnathan Calvin, WR Kolby Listenbee, OLB Arthur Miley, OLB Josh Perry, QB Phillip Walker and OG Isaiah Williams to reserve/future contracts.

A former VCU basketball player, 6-foot-6 Alie-Cox spent the year developing on the practice squad.
Jan 1 - 3:35 PM

Kamar Aiken caught his lone target for a gain of two yards in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Texans.

Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, Aiken was expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job. He never took hold of it and caught just 15 balls for 133 scoreless yards on the year. Aiken heads back to free agency as a 29-year-old in May. He's unlikely to ever handle a big offensive role.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Jack Doyle caught 4-of-5 targets for 38 yards and one touchdown in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Texans.

Signed to a three-year, $18.9 million deal as one of GM Chris Ballard's first orders of business last offseason, Doyle was one of the only models of consistency in Indy this year. He led the team with 80 grabs, besting his previous career high of 59 from 2016, and turned them into 690 yards and four touchdowns. Doyle has never been a big-play threat, but he does offer sure hands and a chain-moving element over the middle as a big red-zone target. Doyle should continue to post back-end TE1 numbers next year when Andrew Luck returns to health.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:01:00 PM

Chester Rogers caught 2-of-4 targets for 39 yards in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Texans.

Rogers missed the first six weeks of the season with a hamstring injury and had one 100-yard game Week 10 against the Steelers. He failed to even get to 40 yards in any other contest as the Colts' No. 3 receiver in an offense that didn't move the ball well through the air. Rogers has talent and could be given a chance to do something with Andrew Luck in 2018, but the Colts will assuredly bring in more competition at receiver with Donte Moncrief set to be a free agent. Rogers finishes the year with a 23-284-1 line and is signed through next season.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:47:00 PM

T.Y. Hilton caught 3-of-6 targets for 14 yards in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Texans.

Hilton was clearly not on the same page with Jacoby Brissett for large chunks of the season; he had four 100-yard games scattered around eight other games of 30 yards or fewer. Andrew Luck not being healthy obviously played a major role in Hilton's down season that sees him finish with a 57-966-4 line, his first year under 1,000 yards since his 2012 rookie season. Hilton is under contract through 2020, but all of his guaranteed money is up and there were trade rumors swirling around Halloween's deadline this year. GM Chris Ballard didn't draft or pay Hilton, so it's possible the Colts look for a true No. 1 alpha-dog wideout this offseason. Hilton is a fine 1B or high-end No. 2, but he's not a guy that's going to win in contested situations at 5'9/180. Ballard may choose to blow this whole offense up and start over with a healthy Luck.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:39:00 PM

Marlon Mack rushed seven times for 28 yards and one touchdown in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Texans.

He added two catches for 10 yards on three targets. Drafted in the fourth round in April, Mack has exceptional athleticism and flashed it at times as a rookie, but he was simply way too mistake-prone in year one and took a ton of negative-yardage plays while whiffing on blocking assignments. The coaching staff never wanted to up his usage for those reasons. Mack finishes his rookie campaign with 93 carries for 358 yards (3.8 YPC) and three touchdowns, adding 21 catches for 225 yards and a fourth score. He likely doesn't have it in him to be an every-down back, even at 5'11/220. With Frank Gore headed to free agency and possible retirement, the Colts will likely be in the market for a lead back this offseason. Mack should remain in the mix for 8-12 touches on Sundays.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:26:00 PM

Jacoby Brissett completed 15-of-25 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Texans.

He added five carries for 18 yards. Acquired from the Patriots in exchange for former first-round bust WR Phillip Dorsett at final cuts in September, Brissett started the final 15 games of the season after Andrew Luck never made it back from shoulder surgery. Brissett flashed upside and promise at times but was battered with sacks, taking a league-high 52 of them, with a lot of them being his fault for holding the ball too long. Brissett takes too long to process the field but certainly has talent as a solid No. 2 and spot starter. He finishes the year completing 275-of-469 passes (58.6%) for 3,098 yards (6.61 YPA) and a 13:7 TD:INT mark, adding 260 yards and four touchdowns rushing. Brissett has two years left on his rookie deal and should back up Luck in 2018.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:03:00 PM

Frank Gore rushed 24 times for 100 yards in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Texans.

He added three catches for 11 yards. Gore passed O.J. Simpson for the 16th-most 100-yard rushing games with possibly his final game as a member of the Colts. Gore is headed into free agency falling 39 yards short of what would have been his tenth 1,000-yard rushing season. In 2017, you knew what you were going to get with Gore -- 50-60 yards rushing and the potential for a goal-line touchdown behind one of the worst offensive lines while playing without Andrew Luck all year. Gore rushed 261 times for 961 yards and three touchdowns, adding 29 catches for 245 yards and an additional score. Gore turns 35 in May and has said he'd entertain coming back to the Colts if Luck is healthy. The Colts, however, may (likely) decide to move on.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Colts declared WR Donte Moncrief, TE Jason Vander Laan, DT Johnathan Hankins, RT Denzelle Good, QB Brad Kaaya, OG Mark Glowinski, and DT Caraun Reid inactive for Week 17 against the Texans.

It was a year to forget for Moncrief, and it came at the worst possible time in a contract season. Moncrief appeared in 12 games, catching just 26 balls for 391 yards and two touchdowns. His 15.0 YPR average was a new career high, but he had zero games over 70 yards receiving and didn't find the end zone much after scoring 13 times from 2015-2016. Not having Andrew Luck obviously played a huge part in the down year. The 24-year-old former third-rounder has gobs of talent but has frustrated and disappeared at times. He may have to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal in free agency and likely won't be back with the Colts.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:58:00 AM

Donte Moncrief (ankle) is questionable for Week 17 against the Texans.

Moncrief has been out since Week 13, but he should return following three limited practices. A free agent after the season, this will likely be Moncrief's final game with the Colts.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 01:49:00 PM

Andrew Luck (I.R., shoulder) says he doesn’t think he needs another surgery.

Luck spent the last month rehabbing in Europe. There was concern he would need a procedure in January, but he'll avoid it for now. Luck plans to resume throwing before determining his next step. The Colts tenatively expect him to be ready for the start of next season.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:41:00 PM


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