Colts Not Standing Pat

The Indianapolis Colts — despite a 16-3 overall record, a seventh AFC South title, a second AFC Championship crown, and a second Super Bowl appearance — have not stood pat since the end of the 2009 season.

Far from it.

Indianapolis has certainly been active, both on the coaching staff front and personnel-wise. Head coach Jim Caldwell has added two offensive assistant coaches, Ron Turner and Ron Prince.

Friday, the Colts made some more changes, officially promoting Clyde Christensen to the offensive coordinator position for the second time in the last year. Christensen was the offensive coordinator last offseason, as well, before Tom Moore decided against retirement.

Moore will again be back with the Colts, but his position will be senior offensive assistant. How he and Christensen will divide the play-calling duties is still to be determined. As expected, Pete Metzelaars was promoted to offensive line coach to replace the retired Howard Mudd, and Jim Bob Cooter was named an offensive assistant.

The Colts have also decided to part ways with several veteran players, such as defensive end Raheem Brock, offensive guard Ryan Lilja (has signed with Kansas City), cornerback Marlin Jackson (Philadelphia), quarterback Jim Sorgi (Giants) and cornerback Tim Jennings (Chicago). Indianapolis also lost wide receiver Hank Baskett (Philadelphia).

Indianapolis was able to re-sign unrestricted free agent linebacker Gary Brackett to a five-year, $33 million deal. The team also tendered safeties Antoine Bethea and Melvin Bullitt and offensive tackle Charlie Johnson, as well as defensive tackles Daniel Muir and Antonio Johnson.

Placekicker Matt Stover, who filled in quite capable for injured placekicker Adam Vinatieri in 2009, is also an unrestricted free agent. He will, however, not be re-signed and may end up retiring if he can't hook up with another Super Bowl contending team.

Indianapolis has been able to add a pair of restricted free agent offensive linemen who were not tendered by their respective former teams — offensive guard Andy Alleman (Kansas City) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (Baltimore).


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