INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts were back on the field this week with the rookies joining the veterans in Week Four of the team's offseason program.
Here is a locker room round up, hearing from coordinators Pep Hamilton and Greg Manusky for the first time in 2015, as the Colts finish up Week Two of their offseason program:
Greg Toler on the punishments being handed down from deflate gate:
"We are past that game."
Bowen's Analysis: With an open locker room session on Wednesday, the media asked in any way they could about deflate gate and Tom Brady's four game suspension. As expected, the Colts continued to talk about how they've moved on from that AFC Championship loss. Many of the Colts who talked on Wednesday joked that they expect a few eyes to be fixated on Lucas Oil Stadium when the Colts and Patriots meet in Week Six this season, which would be Brady's first game of 2015 (if the suspension is not reduced).**
Pep Hamilton on his 2015 outlook:**
"When you look at the playmakers we have, it will be fun to see if we can bring it all together and really put an explosive group on the field that can have sustained success in scoring a lot of points over the course of the season."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts offense finished the 2014 campaign ranking near the top in several offensive categories. Their offseason haul should keep them right there in 2015, if not move them to the top. Hamilton said that some of his bigger goals this year remain putting Luck in better positions to protect the football and allowing the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback to "truly go through his progressions", not limiting the playmakers on the field at a given time.
Greg Manusky on being more creative in pass rushing situations this season:
"Right now, I think the personnel that we have, overall, is the best that we've had here since we've been here."
Bowen's Analysis: This question was asked more specifically about the Colts pass rush with several (more than) proven pass rushers in the fold this season. Manusky said the Colts showed more creativity last year in pass rush situations, having to make up for the loss of Robert Mathis. In implementing a new 3-4 scheme back in 2012, the Colts have been building towards a higher frequency of pass rushing combinations ever since the defense's arrival. It shouldn't be a surprise at all if we see multiple edge rushers on the field in 2015, when passing situations arise.
Offseason Workouts - Phase II - Week 4