Colts Quick Hits: April 8

In an overdue edition of Quick Hits, ColtPower.com's Eric Hartz gives his thoughts on the Colts' glut of primetime games early in the season, the team's draft strategy, some new quarterback prospects, and more!

The Colts' preseason schedule was announced last week, and the team will have two nationally-televised exhibition games before opening the regular season on a Sunday night.

The first is the first game of the league's preseason, when the Colts will take on the Washington Redskins in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 3. That game will be televised by NBC at 8 p.m. EDT.

The addition of the Hall of Fame Game means the Colts will have a total of five preseason games, and the team will appear on the NFL Network on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. in the opening game at the new Lucas Oil Stadium.


Rex Grossman and the Bears won't get a warm welcome from Robert Mathis and the Colts in the opener at Lucas Oil Stadium
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Then, the team will open the regular season the next week, on Sept. 7 at Lucas Oil on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" in a rematch of Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears.

That flurry of Sunday night primetime games may make for some sluggish Colts fans on Mondays in August and September. But the exposure shows the appeal that the Colts have for the league and football fans.

It's a good problem to have, and most fans would rather trade a few extra hours of sleep for a team that's a perennial championship contender.

And, with games against some of the league's other popular teams, like the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and a strong Jacksonville team, the Bears game isn't likely to be the last time the Colts will be seen in primetime in 2008.

Forum feedback:

Last week's poll question asked "What position should the Colts pick with their first selection?" and the results from the ColtPower faithful weren't surprising, although no position received a majority.

Defensive end was the top position, with 50 percent of poll respondents wanting help behind Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

Another 25 percent of respondents advocated taking a running back to spell Joseph Addai, while three people encouraged the team to take a tight end.

The defensive tackle and tight end position each received one vote in the poll.

This week's poll is slightly different, asking what NFL team you like the most other than the Colts. Since there are a limited amount of choice options, we kept the choices to teams that make sense geographically or for other Colts or Indiana-related reasons, like the New York Giants, Baltimore, or New Orleans.

If the team you like most isn't listed in the choices, just reply to the thread with your write-in votes. Or, if you prefer to keep your votes secret, send me a PM. Voting ends Thursday!

More quarterback queries:

Although the quarterback position didn't get any votes in the ColtPower poll, it's starting to look more and more like the team may take a look at another young signal-caller to possibly compete with Jim Sorgi or Josh Betts for the reserve quarterback positions.

A few weeks ago, we told you about the Colts meeting with Columbia quarterback Craig Hormann, an Indianapolis native that actually interned with the Colts a couple of summers ago.

Now, it's being reported that the team is planning another meeting with Hormann next week before the NFL Draft.

And that's not all — NFLDraftBible.com's Josh Buchanan is reporting that Hillsdale College QB Mark Nicolet has a workout with the team on April 15. Nicolet is another local product from Zionsville.

ColtPower has learned of another quarterback the team spoke with informally at the NFL Combine. Look for a scouting report on this player later in the week.

Two-minute drill:

— Indianapolis has thrown its hat into the ring to host the Super Bowl once again, and is in the process of putting together a bid for the 2012 game

Dallas edged Indianapolis out of a bid for the 2011 game last spring, and this year, the Colts will be competing with Phoenix and Houston for the big game.

The Colts got an endorsement from Sports Illustrated's NFL writer, Peter King, this week.

"My money's on Indy," King wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. "The league always gives one Super Bowl to a new domed stadium in a northern city. You'll be pleasantly surprised by Indianapolis. It's not the podunk place it was 20 years ago."

That sounds like the definition of a backhanded compliment, but there's some truth to it. And King's right — a Super Bowl in Indy's vibrant, accessible Downtown is an idea whose time has come.

— Colts' president Bill Polian has been nominated for the Horrigan Award by the Pro Football Writers of America. The award is given to a league or club official who is most helpful to the media.


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