INDIANAPOLIS – Readers of Colts.com may submit questions during the week and have a chance to have them answered during the middle of each week. Submit your question here.
Here are responses to some of the questions received recently. We thank you for your interest in the Colts.
TED H. (from Alamogordo, NM) A lot of questions submitted deal with acquiring free agents, and the Colts really got in the mix in 2013. However, I don’t think many people understand how much the business end affects free agency. Joe Flacco received a huge new contract after the Ravens won the last Super Bowl. The money spent on him is most likely the reason several Ravens quality players ended up as FAs. The Ravens didn’t have enough cap space to keep them, and couldn’t manage to make the playoffs this year. Tony Romo got big money from Dallas, and look where they are! I know the front office is looking ahead to re-signing
A: Yes, long-gone are the days you can stock your roster to your wallet’s desire. With Andrew, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, and concerning him and all matters like this with players, we’ll comment appropriately. Ryan and his staff will do everything possible to be cap-smart as we move along. The last thing we want is to be restricted like he was in his first season here. We all know the need to keep the house in order. Thanks for your comments also on the coaches and the jobs they did. We had to identify personnel all year long, and coaches had to make it work on game days. They were able to do so quite well, and fans like you enjoyed a pretty good run. Thanks for a good letter. Keep them coming.
A: We belong to National Football Scouting (NFS). I don’t know if we joined them when Ryan came on board, but it seems we did.
BRIAN S. (from Austin, TX) The Colts could use some help in the running game. They might want to think about Knowshon Moreno. And help
A: I know you’re aware how our RB group shapes up is to be determined.
WAYNE W. (from Massachusetts) I have been reading from people about signing or drafting new WRs. This surprises me a little. We have top-notch talent in Hilton and a returning Wayne, and great young potential in Rogers, Brazill and Whalen. I think we are solid and would love to see moves in strengthening the trenches – adding skill/depth on the lines, along with focusing on the secondary.
JOHN B. (from Fishers, IN) I’ve been to over 285 Colts games over the last 30 years. It’s been a great ride so far, and I’m looking forward to the next 30 years. What team has played the fewest times/games in Indy? In the early days I had a good bead on it, but have lost track. I want to say it’s either Dallas or Oakland.
A: We love fans like you. In the regular season, Carolina, Chicago, Minnesota, New Orleans, the New York Giants and Philadelphia have played here three times. Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Green Bay, Oakland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa Bay have played here four times. The first regular season visiting team was the New York Jets. The first home win came over Buffalo. The first visiting team in Lucas Oil Stadium (2008) was Chicago. The first win there came over Baltimore. Baltimore (0-5), Green Bay (0-4), Houston (0-12) and Minnesota (0-3) are the only teams that never have won a regular-season game in Indianapolis. Let’s keep it that way. Thanks for your long-time support and hope you remain a vibrant part of the 12th Man.
ISAK H. (from Mexico City, Mexico) I read Dominic Rhodes wants to come back. As a tribute to his legacy, will the team consider bringing him back at least as a reserve?
A: I would love to see Dom back (ceremoniously) in Indy so he could be honored by our fans like we’ve done with a number of former Colts. I’m not sure we would see him again in our uniform, though. No one will forget how Dom busted out when Edge was hurt in 2001. Additionally, his Super Bowl play was great in XLI, and he provided a late-year burst in 2010. I know fans always will have a fondness for Dom. He had no real big-league experience until he was thrown into action, and he played big-time. At 35, though, that is not the typical age where you do something of that nature at RB. While we have business to address there, I don’t think that’s the business we’ll undertake.