— In the past, veterans usually didn't see a lot of work on the Colts' special teams units.
But with new special teams coach Ray Rychelski on board, as well as first-year head coach Jim Caldwell, that may be about to change.
"There are a few signs in our locker room and one is 'No Excuses, No Explanations.' We don't make any excuses for where we've been in terms of our performance. Our goal is certainly to make no excuses on our lack of execution and things of that nature," Caldwell said.
"We want to get it done, that's our business to make sure we get some improvement. So, we think we have more than enough talent to develop a really strong special teams unit, and that's what we expect."
Caldwell is interested in seeing what kind of effect the energetic Rychelski will have on a Colts' special teams unit this season.
"I do believe that Ray is very innovative, extremely creative and a really fine football mind and resourceful; all the things you need in that position and he has a great amount of passion and enthusiasm for what he does. He knows his craft, and I think you'll see as a result of it he does a great job in teaching details," he said.
"He does a great job of fragmenting his teaching to right now, to a one-on-one situation that builds it up to a two-on- two, three-on-three situation, and I do think that he is able to get his point across and create an environment to have a really successful unit."
— The Colts have yet to sign any of the team's eight draft picks and probably won't do so until next week.
While the players and their agents have been in contact with Indianapolis team president Bill Polian for the past couple of months, serious negotiations usually don't get started until mid-July at the earliest.
Polian, though, has had pretty good success at having draft picks signed and ready to go by the time the Colts report for training camp. S Bob Sanders was the last late signee, coming into camp in the early stages of camp in 2004.
CAMP CALENDAR: The Colts report for training camp at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sunday, Aug. 2. All players must report to camp by 2 p.m. The first practice is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.
There will be 14 practices scheduled over 16 days, including seven double session days. Additionally, there will be three special teams-only practices in the afternoons (Aug. 4, Aug. 6. and Aug. 10). All practices are open to the public free of charge, although there is a fee for parking.
The annual Colts City, with displays and games for fans, will run during the first week of training camp. The camp will conclude after a 9:30 a.m. practice on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with the team heading back to Indianapolis for the remainder of the preseason.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The differences would be that, No. 1, all of my children are grown. They are 30, 27, 25 and 23 and none of them live with us. They finished college and they are down in the Carolinas carrying on their own lives and their own business. They call and we talk with them on a daily basis almost-my wife does, I probably don't talk to them as much as she does. We keep in contact. They come back and forth and visit. So, they don't get a chance to see me on a daily basis in this position. They've seen me in this position before (as the head coach at Wake Forest) some years ago in their younger days. In that respect, talking about my children, it probably doesn't have any day-to-day effect on them. My wife, I think she has always been accustomed to the hours I keep in terms of working. So, that hasn't changed much for her. I'm probably signing a few more autographs than I have before." — First-year head coach Jim Caldwell on how his family has reacted in recent months to his new status with the Colts.
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