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Here are responses to some of the questions received recently. We thank you for your interest in the Colts. Please make an effort to be concise when submitting a question.
CURT H. (from New Castle, IN) I saw the first highlights of OTAs and the excitement started. We will have an explosive offense this year? Can’t wait! Any idea if there will be any of the OTAs open to the public as in years past?
A: Readers keep asking about practices open to the public, but we have none planned until training camp at Anderson University. This is a bit of a departure from past seasons, but training camp opens around July 23, and we will be announcing our camp practice dates soon. When we do, I’ll list it in the mailbag and we will have it on our website. We hope to see you in Anderson. As for the offense, there should be a pretty wide range of weapons for us. On paper, it could approximate some that we saw a few years ago during a prolific era. At this point, though, we’re only at the potential stage. We’ve progressed from practicing on air to OTA work. Contact lies ahead in camp. Without a guarantee, I think you’ll see one that is a blast to watch this year.
A: Otto Graham is one of the top five (my opinion and maybe even the top four) QBs ever to play, and his NFL years with Cleveland (1950-55; the Browns were in the AAFC prior to then) were 12-game seasons. His NFL starting record was 57-13-1, and he helped direct the Browns in his franchise’s greatest era. Dan Marino played only in 16-game seasons. The NFL had 12-game seasons from 1953-60, 14-game seasons from 1961-77. The schedule has been 16 games since then. Thanks for the history lesson on Otto and Pete Brewster. Indiana has had a number of greats to make the league, including Lamar Lundy and Weeb Ewbank from Richmond. Thanks for the kind words about Ryan and the job he’s done. Coming from a learned source like you, it means something. I hope we have a place on your “favorites” list.
TOM M. (from Richmond, VA) My 10-year old and I are huge Colts fan, and he is a huge fan of getting his favorite team’s players autographs. This year I would like to fly in for training camp for a few days. Is it reasonably easy for him to obtain autographs of the players, or is there a day that is better to attend camp for autographs? Thanks as I did not want to fly that distance and have him get disappointed.
A: While we do not promise autographs as part of a training camp visit, we do urge our players to accommodate fans along the ropes after practices. Our players do so frequently, and many people come away pleased. Understanding that, I would suggest you consult our website in the next week or so to find the practice days that fit you best. Attending more than one practice is the best way to increase your chances, and try to get as close to the ropes as possible when practice concludes. Again, no promises (please understand that), but our players are pretty good about doing this. Thanks for your support, and we’ll see you there.
JON P. (from California) I came across an interesting stat at the forum about Colts’ red zone TD efficiency. Although they rank 10th as a team which is not too bad, but
BOB B. (from Deltona, FL) I think it would be nice to see Jadeveon Clowney be given special attention when the Texans play the Colts, and it would be nice to see him be put on his backside. I think his comments (about Andrew Luck needing to watch out for him) would give the Colts’ O-Line incentive to shut up this rookie’s mouth. He hasn’t played one down in the NFL, and already he’s talking trash.
A: I’ll cut him some slack for the enthusiasm of the moment. You’re only drafted once. Comments like that are common on the landscape, and I don’t think we’ll need any external factors to fuel our competitive nature. We wanted to bring the division flag back to Indianapolis last year and went 6-0 in the AFC South. It will be tough again, and he’s joining a talented team. We’ll see them six games into the season. That will be our third AFC South game and fifth conference game. That will factor much more into our thinking. If you feel differently, that’s okay. I’m sure you want us to do what’s best in how we prepare.
WYATT M. (from League City, TX) Thank you for taking the time to answer the fans’ questions. It means a lot and shows the Colts are a great organization that cares about communicating with their fans. How is
JESSE S. (from Palm Bay, FL) I am a long-time Colts fan (Super Bowl III). I am thrilled with the Colts’ rapid improvement with Grigson and Pagano at the helm. Is there any word on how
MARY H. (from Martinsville, IN) Have the Colts released their Fan Fest schedule for the summer of 2014? As in previous years, will there also be another tour featuring players and cheerleader autographs, but with no musical entertainment? If so, when do you think that schedule might be released?
A: Mary, I have gotten with our events people and they have provided the link for all the information. Here is the link (http://www.colts.com/fanzone/events/fanfest.html) and I hope there is something there you will attend.