INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are deep into preparation for the Arizona Cardinals. Today's news looks at Bjoern Werner starting, some potential Colts Hall of Famers, Carson Palmer studying Andrew Luck and Bruce Arians path to becoming Cardinals head coach.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromThursday, November 21st.Colts LB Werner is ready for playing timeBy: Curt Cavin, Indy Star
With the news of Erik Walden being suspended for Sunday's game, the news shifted to Bjoern Werner getting his first NFL start.
The Colts hope Werner can show the type of strong play that was there before he tore the plantar fascia in his right foot Sept. 29.
"Be good edge-setting in the run game and be a good pass rusher," coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday of the expectations.
But is that asking too much of the German who came to the Colts by way of Florida State?
The draft's 24th pick has limited NFL experience in early-down situations, and he hasn't been on the field as much as anticipated, in part because of the injury but also because of his inexperience and Walden's play.
Werner seemed indifferent to those challenges Wednesday.
"I'm just preparing like I did the last few weeks, you know?" he said. "Every week the same: Stay consistent. Hopefully I can use my chance, my opportunity."
Hall of Fame: Ex-Colts Harrison, Dungy still in huntBy: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
With Hall of Fame nominations taking place last night, Wednesday's selections had some Colts flavor.
The Indianapolis Colts are well represented as the Pro Football Hall of Fame pared its list of semifinal candidates for the Class of 2014 to 25.
Surviving the latest cut are Marvin Harrison, the most proficient receiver in Colts history, and Tony Dungy, the winningest coach in club history.
The final list of 15 modern-era candidates will be announced in January, and complete a group that includes senior candidates Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey. The voting for the Class of 2014 will be held Feb. 1 in New York, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII.
With Some Luck, Carson Palmer Learns OffenseBy: Kyle Odegard, azcardinals.com
Even though their career paths haven't crossed much, Carson Palmer delved into some Andrew Luck tape this offseason.
When Carson Palmer was traded to the Cardinals in April, he began researching Bruce Arians' intricate offense. Palmer tracked down the most recent examples of that work, which came from Arians' tenure as interim coach and offensive coordinator of the Colts in 2012.
He popped in the video and watched Luck's entire rookie season with Indianapolis.
"You (only) get so much on a piece of paper and in a playbook," Palmer said. "The way I've always learned is kind of a visual learner and watching it work on the field, and I learned a lot of the offense through Indianapolis cutups and film and saw him do a number of things. Obviously, there are a lot of things he does very well. I gained a lot of respect for his game just from watching 16 weeks from last year."
For Bruce Arians, Coaches, Indy ResonatesBy: Darren Urban azcardinals.com
Urban with a nice feature on Bruce Arians path to the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
In early 2012, Arians thought his career was over. He was out as offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a move announced at the time as his retirement. Then Pagano called, and the whirlwind led him to this weekend and this reunion.
"From 'refired' – excuse me, retired – to this, I don't think anybody would have dreamed this," Arians said. "It's a fairy tale. I hate that to get an opportunity to be a head coach we had to go through what we want through last year, but it was the only way."
Said Pagano of Arians' path to his first head coaching job at age 60, "It's a great country we live in."
"We laugh about it," Pagano said, "but it was long overdue."