INDIANAPOLIS – Two weeks from today, the Colts will report back to work.
The Colts 2015 offseason program will commence on April 20 and fans will certainly have their eyes on the new free agent haul coming to Indianapolis.
In acquiring several veterans this offseason, the new Colts have already left their mark around the NFL.
At the 2015 Annual League Meetings last month, Colts.com caught up with head coaches that have familiarity with the newest Colts.
Running Back Frank Gore
No Colts free agent commanded the type of respect in Phoenix like Gore.
Arizona head coach Bruce Arians believes the Gore fit in Indianapolis is ideal because the offensive systems are very similar from the 49ers to the Colts.
"You don't like playing safety against Frank because one of you is getting knocked out and it's usually the safety," Arians, who saw Gore twice a year the last two seasons, said at the meetings.
"His skill level hasn't diminished at all. There are freaks of nature and he's one of them."
Dan Quinn thought leaving the NFC West as the Seahawks defensive coordinator meant his time of preparing against Gore was over.
However, Quinn, as the new Falcons head coach, will see Gore and the Colts again in 2015.
"Frank Gore is a really tough competitor," Quinn said. "Through the years he's been as hard to go against as a runner as you can find. He's got toughness and all of a sudden he runs a play, runs a play and there's a hole this size (pushes cups on the table closer together) and he somehow slips through it for 25 yards and your like, 'Man, how did that just happen?'"
"Going against guys like Frank is a blast because you know he's going to bring it every down."**
Wide Receiver Andre Johnson**
Former Texans GM Charley Casserly caught up with Colts.com late last month and touched on Andre Johnson.
Casserly selected Johnson No. 3 overall in the 2003 NFL Draft and watched the seven-time Pro Bowler go to work for his first four NFL seasons.
"First off, great leadership by example, great role model for everybody around him. There will be nobody that works harder," Casserly said of Johnson.
"Now as a football player, I don't think he's necessarily at the peak of his career with speed. He caught (85) balls last year and he didn't have anybody near Andrew Luck's ability and he didn't have T.Y. Hilton on the other side. He will give you stability and a guy that can help you as far as making the tough yards inside and can run every route and catch every ball. T.Y. Hilton, people are going to have to defend him. We know that. That's going to put Johnson in a lot enviable positions. Wth a better run game with Frank Gore and you've got one of the top quarterbacks in football, I look for (Johnson) to have a real good, solid year."Offensive Tackle Todd Herremans
From 2005-2012, former Eagles head coach Andy Reid relied on Todd Herremans to start all over the Philadelphia offensive line.
Reid, who is now the head man in Kansas City, spoke very highly of the veteran offensive lineman coming to Indianapolis.
"Todd Herremans has been doing this a long time," Reid said.
"He's dirty tough."Defensive End Kendall Langford
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has arguably the deepest defensive line in all of football.
Langford played in a 4-3 scheme with St. Louis and is looking forward to getting back into a 3-4 system with the Colts.
"They are getting a great teammate, No. 1," Fisher said of Langford. "He's a hard worker. He's loyal. He understands the game. He plays hard.
"I wished him well. He called after he agreed to terms and said, 'Thanks for the opportunity.' That's the kind of young man he is. They are getting a good football player."Inside Linebacker Nate Irving
After playing mainly on special teams for his first three seasons in the NFL, Irving was a starter for head coach John Fox and the Broncos last year.
Fox, who is now the head coach of the Chicago Bears, said they inquired about Irving during free agency.
"They are getting a good, young football player," Fox said of Irving. "He will be good in their building."**
Outside Linebacker Trent Cole**
As Andy Reid was wrapping up his one-hour media session at the League Meetings, he was more than happy to chat about Cole.
Just like Herremans, Reid coached Cole, the former Eagle, for eight years in Philadelphia.
Reid was adamant that Colts fans will love the style of play that Cole will bring to the Indianapolis defense.
"I always tell people if they told me that you could take one guy and the world was going to potentially end tomorrow and you needed somebody to survive, I'm taking Trent Cole with me because that son of a gun is phenomenal hunter and you could stick him out in the middle of nowhere and he could make it," Reid said with a grin.
"He's just relentless in practice, games."