Colts may hit more in camp, despite being “scared to death” of injuries

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After seeing his team miss too many tackles last season, Colts coach Chuck Pagano says he may work more on tackling in camp.

Pagano said he’s still as concerned as ever about keeping players healthy for the regular season, but he also thinks there’s limited time to work on tackling, and training camp is the right time for it.

“You’re always scared to death, but at the same time if you don’t tackle, it’s hard to get good at tackling,” Pagano said, via ESPN. “We do, obviously, a lot of what we call ‘thud.’ It’s first contact, it’s wrap up, and you try to stay off the ground as much as you can and take care of each other. But we’ll continue to have discussions regarding that, and there may be some periods come training camp that we decide we want to go live here.”

New Colts G.M. Chris Ballard says going live is a must.

“This will be a physical camp for us,” Ballard told the team’s website. “We’ve got a young football team and you need to spar. I think we will have a physical camp and I think you need to. It helps get your body ready. I think a lot of the problems we have is that we don’t hit enough. You’re always worried about injuries, but this is football and it’s a physical game. It’s much like boxing. You need to spar.”

The Colts will be sparring more in training camp this year, while trying to avoid anyone getting knocked out.

23 responses to “Colts may hit more in camp, despite being “scared to death” of injuries

  1. Colts can do whatever they want, but will be looking up at the Titans and the Texans at the end of the season with the Jags nipping at their heels.

  2. .
    For many years the AFC South has been non competitive, allowing a weak Colts team to dominate. That’s no longer the case. Tennessee and Houston should be solid playoff contenders and Tom Coughlin should end the “vacation club” atmosphere in Jacksonville.

    One would get a variety of answers if they asked, ” Of the 4 AFC South teams, which has the best roster 1-53 ?”
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  3. Colts trying to figure out a way to become relevant again, while wasting away the career of a good, not great, quarterback. Grigson really screwed this team hard.

  4. Dude, these are NFL players I am pretty sure they know how to tackle. You have to weight risk vs reward. If you have good enough coaches and scheme implementers and players you DO NOT and should not hit in practice. It is too risky

  5. This defense hasn’t been one of the league’s worst for years because of injuries from hitting anybody. They’ve not hit people since Bob Sanders was there. Get a clue, Pagano. They’ve been soft, unmotivated, and overpaid. Finally…a GM who understands.

  6. It is a tough business were your Million Dollar players aren’t allowed to experience real world thunder before, the regular season. I’m sure contracts are written where, one must play a certain amount of snaps before, their entire contract is honored.

  7. The amount of outrageous money is going to ruin the NFL. The players are seen as so valuable or precious they can’t risk them actually playing the game. To wrap the players in bubble wrap one day and throw them into a war the next is idiotic.

  8. That’s great, but if you keep handing off to Frank Gore on first down, and end up in 2nd and 11 every time, you’re not going to win many games, and your going to get your QB killed. If you throw the ball early and often, you get out to a big lead, then you’ll need your defensive players to rush the passer and cover WRs, because the other team will be playing catchup. There’s a new sheriff in town, so the coaching has got to improve. It’s already gotten one GM fired. I don’t think Ballard is going to sit around and watch the same thing happen to him.

  9. Being scared to death of something is a great way to gear up for the big prize – another Participation Trophy banner!!!!

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    I haven’t heard that one before!! You’re cracking me up. Please stop!! ha-ha-ho……

  10. You get in hitting shape by hitting. Don’t hit in camp, injuries will hit when the regular season rolls around.

    Working out and thud practices don’t cut it. Going live and conditioning those muscles is the only way to prepare.

  11. I’m not surprised they’re scared after the Commish came down on them so heavily for lying on Injury Reports about Luck’s ribs… If that had been Brady half the world would go crazy, especially if after sucking, piping noise and needling opponents’ balls after falsely claiming that their own player said the ball was soft… but no one cares about Colts. Even so, they should hand back all those participation banners.

  12. LMAOOO how would I have guessed that the first comment comes from a patsie troll. What I want to know is when will the next patsie asterisk filled banner be unveiled?
    Patsie trolls spend more time on Colts articles than theirs. #getalifealready

  13. Pola Pe’a says:
    Jun 24, 2017 10:55 PM
    You get in hitting shape by hitting. Don’t hit in camp, injuries will hit when the regular season rolls around.

    Working out and thud practices don’t cut it. Going live and conditioning those muscles is the only way to prepare.
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    Wow! Why aren’t you a coach in the NFL?

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