Man, that went fast, didn't it?
Yesterday, the Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their 2012 training camp. It seems like it flew by. No worry, however, as that means that we are getting closer to starting games that actually matter.
With the Colts en route to Pittsburgh today for their Sunday night matchup against the Steelers, I thought I would look back at some of the big storylines of camp and highlight some of the things we learned.
- Andrew Luck is good. Really good. Really, really good. Ok, you get the point, but he was impressive from day one. Every practice he was on, and we saw it on a bigger stage in his first preseason game as well. He will have his rookie struggles, but any concerns about the first overall draft pick have been squashed. He's good.
- In Pagano we Trust: Entering camp I really liked Chuck Pagano. I have liked him ever since watching his introductory press conference, as a matter of fact. But I still wanted to see how he did running a football team. The former Ravens defensive coordinator has a big task with this Colts defense, including making the transition from a 4-3 defense to a base 3-4. I don't know how the defense will do this year, but let me tell you this much: I trust Chuck Pagano. After watching and hearing about him at camp, I am even more impressed. He brings a whole new energy that, quite frankly, this team hasn't had in a while. He also was very hands on in his coaching when I saw him, as he was personally working with players (defensive) to improve. That tells me a few things: 1) He is the one really running this defense, not Greg Manusky (the defensive coordinator). 2) He completely trusts Bruce Arians to run his offense. 3) Pagano is investing in his players, which hopefully in return will result in them playing all the more harder for him.
Tomorrow night the Colts play the Steelers on NBC in primetime. It will be a much bigger test for the Colts than the Rams. After that, they return to Indianapolis to practice.
The Colts 2012 Training Camp is over.
The regular season is getting close.