Colts nominate Shaquille Leonard for Walter Payton Man of the Year

The Maniac is the Colts’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

The Indianapolis Colts nominated LB Shaquille Leonard for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

Leonard, whose 2022 season was lost due to injury and multiple surgeries, wasn’t able to be on the field with his teammates often during this campaign. But that didn’t keep him from making an impact off the field.

“It’s an honor to be named the Colts’ 2022 nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award,” Leonard said via the team’s website. “Since entering the league in 2018, I have strived to use my platform to serve families in the Indianapolis community and my hometown of Lake View, South Carolina. This prestigious honor is a testament to the hard work of my family, friends, the Maniac Foundation and the Colts.”

Through the Maniac Foundation and while being a leading face for the Colts’ Kick The Stigma campaign, Leonard has been an extremely impactful player in his respective communities.

All 32 nominees receive up to a $40,000 donation in their name to their charity of choice while winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice. The recipient of the award will be announced at the NFL Honors during the weekend of the Super Bowl.

It’s been a rough season for Leonard, who has been dealing with a nagging injury that has required multiple surgeries, but he’s still making a massive impact off the field.

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Bills DC Leslie Frazier linked as potential Colts HC candidate

Bills DC Leslie Frazier linked as potential HC candidate for the Colts.

The Indianapolis Colts will go through the process of hiring a new head coach this offseason and a popular name has reemerged as a candidate in the form of Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Frazier has been among the top head coach candidates for a while now, and he was even interviewed back in 2018 when the Colts went through the process before hiring Frank Reich.

As Jeff Saturday finishes up his role as interim head coach before the offseason, Frazier has been linked as a potential candidate to be hired by the Colts, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

“Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been brought up to me by more than one person lately as a name to watch for the Indianapolis Colts’ head-coaching position once the season is over. Frazier has an ally in Tony Dungy, whose word carries some weight in Indy. Frazier is a former head coach who has administered one of the league’s best defenses for several years now and likely deserves another chance. The questions in Indy would be who’s going to play quarterback and who’s going to run the offense. But Frazier certainly has a plan in place for the latter, and it’s the organization’s job to figure out the former.”

Frazier would certainly be an intriguing hire. He’s been in the league as a coach since 1999 after he played for the Chicago Bears for five seasons (1981-1985).

The Bills defense is constantly toward the top of the league, and Frazier has the experience that would help the Colts get through a rebuild. He served as a head coach with the Minnesota Vikings (2011-2013) and has served as an assistant head coach three times with the Colts (2006), Vikings (2008-2010) and Bills (2020-present).

Frazier would bring a defensive mentality to the locker room, which would be a change from the offensive minds of Reich and Saturday. But there’s slight a chance he would bring over current Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. Though, Dorsey himself is likely to be up for some head coaching gigs as well.

We’ll see what the offseason holds for the Colts, but there’s a lot of work to be done. The first order of business will be to find a head coach, and Frazier should be near the top of that list.

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Colts power rankings roundup Week 14: The bye week

Here’s where the Colts sit in the power rankings entering the bye week.

The Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1) will enter the bye week looking to regroup after a brutal loss against the Dallas Cowboys (9-3) in prime time.

The late bye week will serve as a nice break for both the players and the fans. It has been a whirlwind of a season that has included drama and disappointment both on and off the field.

In the latest rendition of the power rankings, the Colts remain near the bottom of the league. They currently have a top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL draft and could see that pick get even higher during the bye week.

Here’s a roundup of where the Colts sit in the power rankings during their week off:

Andrew Luck breaks silence on retirement

Andrew Luck finally broke the silence on his retirement.

As if Indianapolis Colts fans thought they could get away during the bye week from the constant narratives surrounding the team, a bombshell was dropped Tuesday morning.

Former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finally broke his silence on why he retired in the middle of the prime of his career in a deep-thinking, reflective article by Seth Wickersham of ESPN.

It was an incredibly detailed piece on all that Luck went through during his career with the Colts and what essentially led to his retirement just weeks before the 2019 season.

Luck was already a private person, but this long-form piece by Wickersham answered some major questions and ultimately gave insight into how Luck operated as a person and a quarterback.

We knew that Luck was dealing with constant injuries and the never-ending cycle of physical (and mental) rehab was taking a toll. But, as detailed in the story, the toll that it took was far deeper and far more impactful to the people around Luck than we could have ever known.

The piece also shows what Luck has been doing since his retirement and where he plans to go in the future. The biggest takeaway is that, while Luck certainly misses the game, it seems he’s in a far better place mentally and physically, which is the most important aspect of all of this.

It’s a tough read for Colts fans, especially with how everything went down. But it does offer far more perspective than we initially had throughout the entire situation.

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Colts vs. Vikings in Week 15 moved to national TV slot

The Colts added another nationally televised game.

The Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings will play their Week 15 matchup Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the NFL announced Monday.

This matchup was one of five in Week 15 that had the potential to move to a nationally televised slot. Even though the Colts are trending toward a top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL draft, their game against the Vikings was selected for another quasi prime-time slot.

This means the Colts will have played four consecutive games in prime time between Weeks 12-16.

The biggest reason for this is likely because of the Minnesota Vikings, who are currently holding the No. 2 seed in the NFC. And while the Colts have mostly played up to their competition, there won’t be many picking them to win this game.

Regardless, the Colts will be on the road in another nationally televised slot when they come back from the bye week.

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Colts’ 54-19 loss to Cowboys ended in Scorigami

The 54-19 result Sunday night was Scorigami.

The Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1) let an embarrassing fourth quarter lead to a 54-19 rout against the Dallas Cowboys (9-3) on Sunday night, and the matchup wound up resulting in Scorigami.

While Colts fans are still likely trying to wrap their heads around what happened in the fourth quarter that led to the Cowboys scoring 33 unanswered points, the result of the game checked off another box in the unique score category.

No game in NFL history has ever finished with a 54-19 score, which makes it Scorigami and the 1,074th unique final score ever.

It’s always a bit odd whenever Scorigami happens considering the longevity of the league, but we can thank the ridiculous fourth quarter that led to this result—and the Colts’ demise Sunday night.

Four of the Colts’ five drives in the final quarter resulted in either a fumble lost or an interception. All four of those turnovers resulted in touchdowns by the Cowboys.

The Colts will have a lot to think about going into the bye week, but it’s probably best they get a week off to forget about this disaster.

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5 takeaways from Colts’ 54-19 loss to the Cowboys

Five takeaways from Colts’ 54-19 loss to Cowboys.

The Indianapolis Colts played the Dallas Cowboys tough for three quarters until it became completely unraveled in the fourth quarter.

After making it a 21-19 game with 3:43 left in the third quarter, the Cowboys took over the game and never looked back. Their offense responded with a touchdown on the following drive. Which was followed up by a Mo Alie-Cox fumble that was returned for a touchdown by former Colt, Malik Hooker.

That led to the complete collapse of the Colts. Matt Ryan would go on to throw his second interception of the night which led to another touchdown for the Dallas offense. This hasn’t been the season that was imagined for Indianapolis and now they are entering their bye week with three straight losses.

Here are my five takeaways from the loss on prime time:

Colts’ player of the game vs. Cowboys: WR Alec Pierce

Colts rookie WR Alec Piece came to play against the Cowboys.

There aren’t many words that can describe the Indinapolis Colts’ Sunday night performance against the Dallas Cowboys. Embarrassing? Frustrating? However you wish to summarize the 54-19 loss, this season is clearly over.

While the game was ugly, the future is still somewhat bright thanks to the Colts young stars like wide receiver Alec Pierce. The rookie out of Cincinnati finished the game with four catches and led the team with 86 receiving yards, a career-high as well. He also grabbed an insane touchdown in the third quarter, going up over the defender and showcasing his size and wingspan.

All Jeff Saturday’s squad can do now is head into the bye week, and figure out a plan for the rest of the season. Whoever is under center for the remaining four games must do one thing…FEED ALEC PIERCE!

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Colts routed 54-19 by Cowboys in prime time

Recapping the Colts’ ugly 54-19 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night.

The Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1) came out of the prime-time matchup Sunday night with a brutal 54-19 loss against the Dallas Cowboys (9-3) at AT&T Stadium.

It was a game that the Colts weren’t expected to win. They showed plenty of life early on, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. But more self-inflicted wounds and costly mistakes continue to haunt the Colts and keep them from competing for an entire game.

We had ourselves a game as the Colts trailed 21-19 at the end of the third quarter. And then the wheels fell off. The Colts continued to make mistake after mistake, allowing the Cowboys to score 33 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Here’s our recap of the road loss before entering the bye week:

Colts vs. Cowboys: Inactive players for Week 13

Here are the inactive players for the Colts and Cowboys in Week 13.

The Indianapolis Colts (4-7-1) and Dallas Cowboys (8-3) released their lists of inactive players for the Week 13 matchup at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night.

The Colts ruled out two players—both starters—on the final injury report and had two more players listed as questionable. The Cowboys had five players listed as questionable but all five were expected to play.

Here are the inactive players for the Colts in Week 13:

Name Position Injury
Braden Smith OT Illness
Kenny Moore II CB Ankle
Khalid Kareem DE
Sam Ehlinger QB
Chris Williams DT
Keke Coutee WR

Notes

  • CB Isaiah Rodgers Sr. (knee) and TE Jelani Woods (shoulder/quad) were questionable entering the matchup but are active.
  • QB Sam Ehlinger is a healthy scratch, making Nick Foles the backup to Matt Ryan.
  • DE Khalid Kareem is a healthy scratch for the second week in a row after being signed from the Bengals practice squad.

Here are the inactive players for the Cowboys in Week 13:

Name Position Injury
Quinton Bohanna DT Knee
Will Greir QB
Nahshon Wright CB
Jabril Cox S
Markquese Bell S

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