A Rundown of Wednesday's Happenings at Training Camp
Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay stopped by practice on Wednesday and afterwards announced the donation of gifts to five Anderson, Ind., not for profit organizations.
"We've been so welcomed up here," Irsay said. "A big thing that the Indianapolis Colts and myself and my family like to do is wherever we go, we like to make an impact. We like to be part of the community and show appreciation. It's something where in these times, since 2008, it's been tough out there. It's been tough for people with jobs. It's been tough for charities."
Irsay donated $25,000, $5,000 each to the following charities: The Christian Center, Anderson Public Library, Salvation Army, YMCA and Anderson Black Expo. Each charity had a representative present and the group, along with the Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon posed for pictures.
The Colts Owner also took the time to thank Anderson University for the improvements it made and the hospitality it has shown the team.
"It's been tremendous," Irsay said. "In talking with everybody in the organization it's really been, I won't say a pleasant surprise, but literally people should know that Anderson University's makeover is completely different from the 1980s and 90s when we were here. They've put a lot of money into the University. The mayor of Anderson has been extremely motivated. We've had crowds in excess of 12,000 people come up here. It's really good to feel wanted. I really think the partnership here has been important."
Irsay also said he is happy the Colts can bring a boost to Anderson.
"This community has been hit hard. You go and see factories closed down and you get the ripple effect with restaurants and other businesses," Irsay said. "It's great to be a part of bringing some energy here. I've always said that you bring literal money and you bring economic impact, but you have to bring inspiration.
"We want to continue to recharge and do what we can, even though we feel the impact as well. Sometimes you have to have a little faith in things and say, 'Hey, we're still going to be investing in the community and in the state.' That's what is going to turn it around. It becomes individual efforts from many different business people, CEOs, throughout the state. We want to definitely keep doing that."
COLTS OWNER READY FOR SUNDAY AND "THROWBACK UNIFORMS"
Jim Irsay's final remarks to the media Wednesday addressed the team's first preseason game against San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"We're excited about the game," Irsay said. "We're excited about Peyton (Manning's) MVP and Bill Polian's Executive-of-the-Year (Award), and we're excited to be back in Lucas Oil Stadium."
The Colts owner also is excited for the team's 1955 'throwback uniforms' that will debut on Sunday.
"I love it. I think it looks great. I think people always relish the opportunity to look at the horseshoe in a different way. I think the players have liked it, and it's really neat to see those dark helmets on there and see the horseshoes on the back. It's just a fun thing to do for preseason."
PLAY OF THE DAY
The offense and defense did red zone work during Wednesday night's scrimmage and early in the period, Bob Sanders reached up high in the back of the end zone to pick off a Peyton Manning pass.
NOTE OF THE DAYLast season, Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell became the only NFL rookie head coach to win his first 14 games in a season. He set the record for the most consecutive wins to start a career.
"There's always something you can look at that ends up being a positive for you. One of the things I talked about before training camp started was that there is going to be some adversity during training camp. There's going to be things that we have to adjust to, but the best thing that happens to us is the fact that if we can come out of it a little bit more experienced, a little bit stronger, with a little bit more depth, that's happened to us in a number of positions all throughout our years here, whether it's Bob (Sanders) and (Melvin) Bullitt coming through and performing well, and now we have three safeties that play extremely well and so on and so forth. I can think of a number of situations that occur. (Austin) Collie and (Pierre) Garcon, you can just start counting and you can see that our team does a pretty good job in handling those situations. We don't get bent out of shape. Let's just find a way to get better. We make no excuses. Zero. We just have to get better." – Caldwell on being able to find a silver lining in any situation.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"He is good, definitely. The good thing is, he has been an (offensive) coordinator before, so he knows how to handle being in front of the room. He installs the offense very well. He goes through everyone's routes and problems. Instead of just saying 'you have a hook route,' he tells you 'sometimes you might get pressed and need to go to a fade,' or whatever the case may be. He does a good job of not just telling you what you have, but also some things that might come up during the season, some things that might change, some things that you have to be aware of. It is great for the younger guys to hear it taught like that. He does a great job of explaining the big picture." – TE-Dallas Clark on Offensive Coordinator Clyde Christensen.
The Colts signed free agent DB-Marcus McCauley and waived DB-Thad Turner.
The Colts held two practices on Wednesday. The first began at 9:30 a.m. and ended around 10:45 a.m. The second practice opened at 7:30 p.m. and ran two hours. Thursday's schedule calls for just one practice, a special teams only session, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The weather in Anderson on Wednesday was partly sunny with some storms mixed in and a high of 90 degrees according to weather.com. Thursday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 91 degrees.