INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts 2014 bye week is underway.
Players and coaches gathered at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Tuesday for some final words before heading their separate ways to rest and recover with seven regular season games remaining in 2014.
Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck meeting the media on Tuesday:
The Colts today activated safety LaRon Landry from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list and activated tackle Xavier Nixon from Injured Reserve/Designated for Return. The team waived cornerback Jalil Brown and tackle Jamon Meredith from the active roster and waived fullback Stanley Havili from Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (Failed Physical).
Bowen's Analysis: Landry is now officially back on the 53-man roster after he practiced with the team last week (more below).
Nixon was a promising tackle prospect last year for the Colts who slid over to guard in emergency duty. He battled injuries during Training Camp and now adds some outside depth with Joe Reitz to the Colts offensive line.
The Colts roster now stands at 53 players as the team enters their bye week. Injuries to watch coming out of the bye are from the three players who missed Monday night: Arthur Jones (ankle), Josh McNary (ankle) and Erik Walden (hip).
Chuck Pagano on beating the Giants 40-24:
"6-3 is a heck of a lot better than 5-4. It's night and day.
"There was a lot of individual performances, but collectively as a team it was a great team win."
Bowen's Analysis: Monday was the 12th time in 13 games under Pagano where the Colts have followed up a loss with a victory. This win over the Giants was in convincing fashion as the Colts got back to the team that was seen during the team's five-game winning streak.
The Colts carry momentum into their bye week and that's critical considering who's waiting when the team returns. On November 16, the Patriots (7-2) will come to Lucas Oil Stadium for another premiere AFC matchup that will have a major impact on the playoff race. Cory Redding didn't shy away from expounding on the magnitude of that contest when meeting the media on Monday, knowing full well a win would give the Colts a step in the right direction to securing some home field in the playoffs.
Chuck Pagano updating the status of LaRon Landry:
"What we're going to do is kind of just stick to the plan. Keep letting him get his legs underneath him.
"When we get back in here Monday, we'll just continue to put him (on the scout team), see where he's at, evaluate him from a physical standpoint, mental standpoint."
Bowen's Analysis:* *When Patriots practice commences on Monday, the safety debate will continue. Pagano said that the Colts will continue to evaluate Landry after he spent the previous week running with the scout team.
Assistant coaches were made available to the media on Tuesday and safeties coach Roy Anderson had some nice things to say about Sergio Brown. Over the last four weeks, Brown has started in place of Landry and his energy has been felt throughout the Colts defense. The common theme when Landry comes up is making sure he has his conditioning back after now going on five weeks without game action. This storyline could very well lead into the latter stages of next week.
Andrew Luck on the how the game plans from Pep Hamilton have evolved over the season:
"I don't think Pep's going to beat our heads into a brick wall if there's nine guys in the box and try and run it. We're going to do what gives the offense the best chance to get first downs and get points on the board."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Andrew Luck currently has 55 more pass attempts than any player in the NFL. It's not a number many people expected to see through nine weeks of the season but that's how the Colts offense has generally operated in 2014.
Pep Hamilton said last week that teams are routinely stacking the box against the Colts and a result of that has been more of an air attack. Another reason the Colts have been prominently a passing team this season is due to running a high volume of plays. The Colts are on pace to run the most plays in NFL history.