INDIANAPOLIS – For the second time in the last two months, the Colts Season Ticket Holders were treated to a Fan Forum hosted by Voice of the Colts Bob Lamey.
Back in March it was Colts general manager Ryan Grigson who joined Lamey in taking questions for 30 minutes on a variety of topics.
On Wednesday evening, it was Chuck Pagano’s turn and the Colts head coach received many congratulatory comments from fans happy to hear him back in good health with OTAs in full swing.
Pagano took questions for about 30 minutes and here are some of the offensive highlights the head coach touched on with season ticket holders.
HERE ARE FIVE OFFENSIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM PAGANO’S CALL
On if Pagano envisions Luck calling some of his own plays this season:
-“That’s the natural progression going into year two for him especially with his familiarity with Pep and the system that’s getting implemented right now during the offseason program and then heading into training camp. That familiarity is certainly going to help. He’s a bright, bright guy as we all know, and we all know how much time he puts in. Anytime that you are in a hurry up situation and you can change the tempo of the game that way, you get the defense playing on their heels some so I think that’s a natural progression. I think he’s more than capable of doing that. The combination of year two, the maturity of Andrew and the knowledge of the offense are going to lead towards that.”
On Pep Hamilton’s offensive scheme and the differences from last year’s system:
-“We are going to use multiple personnel groups, multiple formations, things like that. I think you’ve got to be able to run the football and stop the run in the National Football League in order to win and win championships. We are still going to take our shots down the field, calculated ones. We don’t want to waste plays. We want to be efficient as far as the offense goes and probably the biggest difference might be a little bit more quick-game, if you will. Get the ball out of Andrew’s hands, three and five steps, get it into our playmakers hands, a little more catch and run type of things. Those might be the biggest differences and things along those lines.”
On the running game this season and if he sees one back emerging from the group:
On new free agent wide receiver Darrius-Heyward Bey and his chemistry with Luck:
-“It’s great to have him, DHB, what we call him, in the fold. We are very fortunate to get him on board. Big, fast, long athletic guy, that can go up and find the football and can certainly stretch a defense and take the top off the secondary, off the backend. He’s another guy that’s been here since we got him signed and started the offseason. Him and Andrew are starting to build the chemistry together as far as getting on the same page, timing and routes. He’s working hard. He’s picking up the offense well. I look for great things out of DHB this year.”
On the high expectations for the 2013 season after a year when outside pundits had the Colts ranked near the bottom of the NFL:
-“Every year we start with the same goal and it won’t change as long as I’m here and it was probably the same long before I was here and long after I’m here. Our goal, the reason we come to work everyday, why these guys are here, and why we’ve had great participation through the offseason program to this point, is to win the Lombardi and to hoist that trophy and dance under the confetti. To a man, I don’t think anybody in that locker room, certainly nobody in this organization, our coaching staff from A-to-Z would tell you anything different.”
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