What's it all mean? The Colts are obviously holding their options open until they have more decisive information as Proehl can still learn the playbook and terminology this week. He just can't practice and attend team meetings until the contract is dated and submitted to the league office. But the release of Davis makes it likely that the roster move to accomodate the addition of Proehl will be by waiving an existing player that the team will hope can clear waivers and be added to the practice squad. Earlier today, I shared the name of the player most likely to be waived in our Insiders Forum, with one alternate that I hope the team won't try to slip through waivers. If they do, it could be a big mistake. Insiders can click this link to go to the thread in the Insiders Forum to learn more.
Looks like the Colts won't be the only team tagged with supposedly struggling against the 3-4 defense. Houston has played just two teams that present that use that defensive alignment, and they couldn't run the ball in either game. Against the Jets last Sunday, they managed a franchise-low 25 yards rushing just a week after posting their second-best rushing day in franchise history with 188 yards. Earlier this season against the Cowboys, another 3-4 defense, the Texans only rushed for 34 yards on the day.
You hear many of the Indianapolis players say that they just need to go out
and play "Colts football" to win a game. Head coach Tony Dungy
reinforced the bottom line to his philosophy that he preaches to his players,
defining that term.
"It's a funny saying, but if you don't lose the game, you really have a good chance to win," he said this week. "We had done a good job of that for about two-and-a-half years of not losing games and not just giving them away. And (if you make) the other team beat you, then you're going to win your share. I still believe that's a good, sound philosophy and a philosophy we should play by."
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-7, and even with an unlikely 5-game winning streak, it would be difficult for them to earn a wildcard spot. QB Ben Roethlisberger, who made the game-saving ankle tackle on Nick Harper in the playoffs against the Colts last season, has thrown an NFL-high 19 interceptions, including two against the Ravens in a 27-0 demoralizing loss. Last year's Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward, "We didn't show up. We had guys with their heads down, very uncharacteristic ... This game is the biggest game of our (year) if we win out, and we laid an egg out there, we didn't show up." To make matters worse, word out of Pittsburgh is that Bill Cowher may retire at the end of the year, opting not to fulfill the last year of his contract.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has completed 64.4 percent of his passes so far this season. That's his lowest percentage since 2001, but still a number that most NFL quarterbacks wish they had. Manning is currently 6th in the NFL in that category. But here's another number that is surely the envy of most starting quarterbacks this year. Manning has thrown just six interceptions and is on pace to finish with nine. That would be a career-best for him after finishing each of the last three seasons with ten. St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger is the only NFL quarterback with less interceptions (4) out of those who have started every game for their team this season.
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