Colts giving players written tests on offense

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The Colts are installing a new offense this offseason and they are taking a scholastic approach to making sure that their players are grasping everything about the system.

Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni uses written tests as a way to gauge how much information is being absorbed. Sirianni said he’s learned over the years to never assume information is hitting home as intended and that players will put in the work in order to make sure they look good in comparison to their teammates.

“What I feel like it does, it forces them to study,” Sirianni said, via ESPN.com. “[It] forces them to study even a little bit more than they would. They’re prideful guys that want to be right. They want to look good in front of their peers. That’s why they’re in the positions that they’re in. I’ve done that for a little [while] and always felt like it worked pretty well, so continued it here.”

Wide receiver Ryan Grant said he likes the approach and confirmed that competitiveness about grades is driving players to do what they can to avoid falling behind the curve. The Colts hope the result will be higher marks than they got last year, but the final exam will have to wait until they are on the field.

22 responses to “Colts giving players written tests on offense

  1. For such a long time we had been reading about nothing but stupid stuff coming out if Indy. But over the past year we have seen smart stuff getting mixed in and thats starting to be more often. This is a great example. The brain trust there has noticably improved so there is goid hope for them.

  2. As much research as teams do, into anything and everything, I’m surprised more teams don’t do this. Some people are auditory learners, some are visual learners. You can tell me something repeatedly and I might seem to have learned it but it will be in my very-short-term memory only. Let me read the information, though, and it’s locked in long-term.

  3. I think most players know how write Xs and Os… But maybe they should get the answer sheets with their own names filled in… Writing thier own name, by hand, that might be a stretch…

  4. The Colts will be all alone in 4th place in the AFC South. It’s just too bad they don’t get to complete in the cream-puff AFC North. They might at least have a chance to compete for 2nd place.

  5. “Sirianni said he’s learned over the years to never assume information is hitting home as intended and that players will put in the work in order to make sure they look good in comparison to their teammates.
    “What I feel like it does, it forces them to study,” Sirianni said, via ESPN.com. “[It] forces them to study even a little bit more than they would. They’re prideful guys that want to be right. They want to look good in front of their peers.”
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    These are professional football players, right? At this level, they shouldn’t have to be “forced” to study. The best players know the key to success is to study, study, and then study some more. Sounds like coach isn’t too sure of what he has. Which players does he think he needs to “force” to study? Sounds like “Indy”.

  6. It’s pretty sad that “grown men” and “professionals” can’t be bothered to learn the playbook. This isn’t just the Colts. A lot of players on different teams don’t know the playbook. However, they are the first ones to whine about it when they feel a team disrespected them. Maybe if those guys would spend more time being professionals and acting like “grown men” they might get a clue.

  7. I hope they also gave them the answers…. if not , I’d expect a lot of F’s !!!!
    But I guess they could reward the players that took part with a PARTICIPATION BANNER to hang in their locker!!!!

  8. A Saints fan making a banner joke when they have a banner in the Superdome saying “First Season sold out 2006” That seriously might be the lamest banner of all time rivaling the banner the patriots had commerating the biggest choke job in history hahaha

  9. Colts 2018 Season: Big improvement over ’17. Flirt with a wildcard.
    Colts 2019 Season: AFC South Champs and deep playoff run.

    Ballard is building a winner from the ground up and Reich will coach them like men, not snowflakes. Luck will have some rust, but will be in MVP-like form by midseason. Book it.

  10. Don’t you expect players to study the offense if you are paying them more than a fortune 500 CEO in some cases? Players get a way with ridiculous things some time. You should not need to give them a test.

  11. Colts’ Special Teams Written Test

    Question 1: When the Swinging Gate play is called, the most critical aspect of the play is:

    A. Have the guy that will play the center position field punts during practice of the play

    B. Somebody, anybody, notice that the ‘center’ and ‘QB’ are outnumbered by 5 opponents

    C. Hike the ball anyway

    D. All of the above

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