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Colts pick ideal day to announce major change to training camp

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Fans won’t be getting an early look at the new-look Colts.

With folks in Indianapolis focused on the annual NFL job fair, the Colts picked the perfect day to announce that, for the first time since the Colts left Baltimore under the cover of darkness, they’ll be conducting training camp within the confines of their practice facility. As noted by Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, this means that fans will have no access to training camp practices.

Holder notes that two public practices will be held at “local venues”; however, that’s still far less access than fans of most teams enjoy.

Earlier this year, the Colts ended a year-to-year agreement to practice at Anderson University. Per Holder, the Colts were close to an agreement to practice at DePauw University instead.

“Anderson University and the people of Anderson have been incredibly gracious and enthusiastic hosts,” owner Jim Irsay said. “The dynamics of NFL training camps have changed through the years, and more teams are staying at home. Last summer, with weather being a factor, we practiced only 11 times in Anderson. While our camp plans beyond 2017 are uncertain, staying home this summer should help us with future determinations.”

It’s a calculated risk for a team that is hoping to improve its not-ready-for-banner-raising third-place finish in one of the worst divisions in football. The limited ability to watch practice will undermine the relationship with the fan base, but winning more games when it counts will improve it.

The downside, of course, is that another non-playoff season will make things much worse.

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21 Responses to “Colts pick ideal day to announce major change to training camp”
  1. nhpats says: Mar 4, 2017 12:56 PM

    they must be working on a new and more sinister version of the swinging gate play

  2. screwmemean says: Mar 4, 2017 1:06 PM

    Championship! LOL!

  3. redclaw1314 says: Mar 4, 2017 1:09 PM

    They should play the whole season in secret.

  4. boknowsvt says: Mar 4, 2017 1:27 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t blame it on Luck’s contract.

  5. grogansheroes says: Mar 4, 2017 1:52 PM

    As long as they have an addict for an owner, the Dolts will always stink. Even with a franchise QB.

  6. Robert says: Mar 4, 2017 2:15 PM

    I’m looking forward to watching the Colts new TC in Gary.

  7. nhpats says: Mar 4, 2017 2:48 PM

    I feel bad for Andrew Luck. The kid has loads of talent and it is absolutely wasted in Indy. If he were to play for a decent team he could be a top-5 QB in the league. Why his agent allowed him to re-sign with Indy is a mystery…

  8. terripet says: Mar 4, 2017 2:55 PM

    Colts 11-5 Super Bowl 2018

  9. codiablo says: Mar 4, 2017 4:02 PM

    Used to live within 3 hours of 5 training camps – was great as a fan and made me care about some teams not worth time bc of positive interactions with players. Awesome to see owners are pulling the plug on these things and losing fans & taking away from the fan experience.

  10. wmnf says: Mar 4, 2017 4:09 PM

    Dysfunctional franchise from the top on down.

  11. firejerry says: Mar 4, 2017 4:53 PM

    The Lions train in their own facility with limited access to the fans and press……..look how many Super Bowls they have won.

  12. firerogergoodellnow says: Mar 4, 2017 5:35 PM

    2017 AFC South Finalist

  13. titans4evr says: Mar 4, 2017 5:36 PM

    Make a banner.

  14. tonebones says: Mar 4, 2017 6:07 PM

    The Colts could be a sleeper just like Atlanta was last season. With Andrew Luck at QB, I don’t think anyone would be shocked. He’s shown greatness, and the Colts are really only a coupe players away. Since Jim Irsay has run the team, there is only a few teams that have won more games than the Colts. The Colts are pretty legit.

  15. ikeclanton says: Mar 4, 2017 7:23 PM

    terripet says:
    Mar 4, 2017 2:55 PM
    Colts 11-5 Super Bowl 2018

    We might have to start feeling pity for you if you are really trying to be serious every time you make one of your predictions.

    Please tell us they’re all for humorous purposes only. It would make more sense.

  16. margoadams says: Mar 4, 2017 7:37 PM

    more #deflategate karma. it ain’t stopping anytime soon.

  17. plum54 says: Mar 4, 2017 8:06 PM

    Tone bones is delusional!! “Only a few more teams have won more games than the Colts”?? LOL
    Definitely deflategate KARMA.

  18. itsfootballfolks says: Mar 4, 2017 8:56 PM

    terripet says:
    Mar 4, 2017 2:55 PM
    Colts 11-5 Super Bowl 2018

    After suffering through your constant anti-Pats drivel, I finally find out you are a colts fan.

    Should have known.

  19. democratsarestupid says: Mar 4, 2017 9:31 PM

    Still the most despicable way any professional team has ever moved.

  20. screwmemean says: Mar 4, 2017 9:32 PM

    Peyton Manning: “Thank the dear lord I got out of there and went to a real team!”

  21. crush22 says: Mar 6, 2017 9:12 AM

    titans4evr says:
    Mar 4, 2017 5:36 PM
    Make a banner.
    ___________
    What do the Titans know about banners?

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