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BRAEDEN H. (from Paris, KY) As for the draft, do we look to find another G/C sort of like Mike McGlynn to help support the right side of the line, or will we focus on acquiring a safety to aid
A: Ryan Grigson said the other day the club has accomplished a great deal in free agency and “truly got everyone we went after.” He feels the line has good, young talent that can emerge, plus has veteran leadership as well. While he did not rule out something else occurring there or at other position groups, you get the sense the great bulk of free agency shopping is done. He did say the safety position could be an area of concern or need, but players like Delano are there with a chance to contribute. Again, wide-range shopping in free agency can impair the future of a franchise. That’s not something we’ve done, and the draft is a natural way to cultivate talent that stands a real chance to play through a contract. We still have options and won’t stop looking for ways to better the franchise. You sort of feel the draft will be the next option.
TOM B. (from Indiana) The Colts have need for a safety and OL. Which position are the Colts more likely to fill through the draft, and who they could be targeting still via free agency or trade? Is it possible to try to trade up to get a player that could be a starter at the positions I mentioned?
A: You and a number of others have the same question about the line and safety, and it’s natural since other areas have been enhanced through outside free agency, as has the line with
AMY J. (from Indiana) I don’t understand what the Colts are doing with regard to the interior of the O-line. If we upgraded at all, it’s barely. I think fans are sick of watching
TRAV L. (from Illinois) What kinds of positions are the Colts looking at in the draft, and will the Colts be looking to keep the same special teams players such as
JOSEPH C. (from El Paso, TX) Can you shed some light on
A: Almost every team signs an additional kicker to participate during the spring and summer. A good number of current kickers got into the league that way. Adding Carson is a good move. It gives him the chance to keep plying his trade, and he was one of Purdue’s all-time greats. Carson can benefit from his association with the team and Adam, one of history’s all-time greats. I can understand your attraction to Griff. He is a dedicated worker who takes advantage of opportunity. Could he be Welker-like? That’s a big comparison, but Griff continually has proven himself at every level. Let’s hope he, Da’Rick and LaVon keep taking those steps. It is a deep group that will be very competitive. It bears watching to see who rises. I hope your time in Korea is safe and successful and that you can follow us closely. Our website is the best way.
DEAN E. (from Indiana) I like our FA signings. Good job on that, and I think
A: You can see my answer earlier in the mailbag about the draft. Trent’s success this year could tell a big part of our season. We are high on him and what we think he can do. He certainly will be watched by many, and here’s hoping Trent can get the same amount of rushing yards he had as a rookie.
A: There is no pecking order at the moment. You have Ahmad, who has done it for a long time. You have two third-year players who had solid 2012 seasons, while Vick got hurt early last year and Trent adapted to our offense after Vick went down. Vick is bouncing back and will have some level of spring participation. Ahmad should be along those same lines, while Trent will have a full load of work with us. It shapes up as some good competition, and that is something Ryan and Chuck make a point of doing every off-season. I’m sure Vick appreciates your support, and all three players figure to make a push for what can be an exciting backfield. All three, though, should contribute.
BOB B. (from Deltona, FL) As you stated, I got my wish of getting another WR to complement Reggie, T.Y., Allen and Fleener. With the addition of Costa, the offense is shaping up nicely. Do you think Ryan Grigson will draft an OL and WR?
A: I think there will be some players at those groups who could be options. I think, though, we are more stocked at WR than on the line, and that’s not a shot at our line. I just think we have a good number of bodies at the receiver positions. Coby showed pretty good growth last year.
MERLE H. (from Deltona, FL) I wanted to further another fan’s compliment of you not being vanilla. I get most of the information about the Colts here in the mailbag. Do you remember the movie Slapshot? The sportswriter for the Charlestown Chiefs was Dicky Dunn. Reggie, played by Paul Newman, would say, ‘That was really good writing Dicky.’ Dunn would always reply, ‘I was just trying to capture the spirit of the thing.’ You do a fine job. Please tell Mr. Richardson that we are pulling for him.
A: I always was taught to thank people for compliments, so thank you. I hope you are educated/entertained by this forum and articles on the site. We want to accommodate fans to our fullest, and we know a great portion like the approach we take. Keep reading and I’ll try to keep it up, too. Trent knows he has followers here rooting him on. I hope he sees your letter.
DEREK H. (from Virginia Beach, VA) What’s your take on the Colts not getting any real O-line help? I thought that would have been top of the list, then D-line and a safety to replace Antoine Bethea. I am highly disappointed as a true diehard Colts fan since 1966. I believe they wasted a bit of money on some of the signings instead of the real help they needed.
A: Derek, I disagree with you and think we’ve added a good player with Phil Costa. We have two young players in Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes who hopefully play key roles. As I said earlier in the mailbag, we know the importance of the line. Let’s see how it goes. If it needs augmenting in free agency and the draft, we’ll do it. I think we’ve added smartly across the roster and will be solid when the time comes. You sound like a true diehard, and I hope we can show you a line that stands with other good ones that you can recall through many years of dedication.
BRUCE M. (from Sydney, Australia) This weekend the MLB starts its season with a matchup here in Australia (Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks). Any chance we could one day see a Colts' game played in Australia? Even a pre-season game would be good.
A: I’m all for it, and I know there would be a great attraction there to NFL football. The only way it would happen from what I understand is if it would be one of our road games. We are not interested in expending a home game to do so because of our loyal fans. Should one of our games away from Lucas Oil Stadium be in your area, I bet a bunch of us would be excited. Hope you follow us closely, and I hope we get down there sometime.
MATT A. (from Minot, ND) Since we have a durable, mobile QB and talented RBs with different skill sets, would it be a stretch to say that we may see something similar to the ‘Wildcat’ offense in the near future? Personally, I’m not a fan of the formation, but it sure seems to me that it would work on occasion with the personnel we have.
A: Our plans from season-to-season usually involve new wrinkles, but a design like that I’m not sure we will see. We don’t have runs specifically called for Andrew, though his innate sense leads him to escape and create when he needs to or sees something. We do have backs with different abilities, but we don’t want players in our offense that can’t perform every aspect of the game. I’m like you in that I’m not a true fan of the ‘Wildcat.’ It is exciting, but I think our style has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.