Ballard continues deep defensive dive on final day of draft

Football 04/27/19, 19:11

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard went virtually all in on defense in this year's draft.He hopes the payoff is worth it.After watching the Colts improve from No. 30 in total defense in 2018 to No. 11 last season, Ballard used seven of his first eight picks adding assets for ...

Colts upgrade defense by taking CB Ya-Sin in 2nd round

Football 04/26/19, 18:28

The Indianapolis Colts continued building their defense by taking Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin with their first pick in this year's NFL draft.General manager Chris Ballard traded Indy's first-round pick to the Washington Redskins for a second-round pick this year and another second-rounder in 2020. The deal gave the Colts three ...

Colts deal out of 1st round, add 2 picks from Redskins

Football 04/25/19, 22:31

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard just keeps putting more chips on his draft board.One year moving back three spots to acquire three extra second-round picks from the New York Jets, Ballard moved back again Thursday night by trading the No. 26 overall pick to Washington for two more second-round ...

Ballard enjoys debating as Colts seek another knockout draft

Football 04/18/19, 14:05

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard enjoys these final days before the NFL draft.He pores through the tapes, meets with coaches and scouts, and constantly debates where each college prospect belongs on the Colts' board. Some see this annual ritual as a tedious, emotional grind. Ballard savors every precious moment ...

Colts add free agent Justin Houston to defensive line

Football 03/21/19, 17:49

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard kept insisting he would be judicious in free agency.For two-plus years, he was. On Wednesday, a week after the first big wave of signings, Ballard opened his checkbook and made the biggest acquisition of his tenure by adding defensive end Justin Houston.Ballard didn't just ...

Colts sign Funchess, but stick to plan of re-signing players

Football 03/14/19, 12:24

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard reverted to his old free-agent playbook.He re-signed his own players first.Instead of making a big first-day splash, he barely made a ripple on the second day. And he's probably not finished yet.As the first big wave of free-agency signings were announced Wednesday, Ballard made ...

Vinatieri, 46, signs contract to play another season in Indy

Football 01/28/19, 11:32

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts.General manager Chris Ballard announced Friday the two sides had agreed to terms on a new deal.Vinatieri made it official with his signature Monday, then told reporters he was glad the process went smoothly and ended early.At age 46, ...

Chiefs activate Duvernay-Tardif ahead of AFC title game

Football 01/15/19, 15:07

Andy Reid typically begins his postgame news conferences with a rundown of injuries, ranging from the run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises to the more serious stuff that keeps players out awhile.After Kansas City routed the Indianapolis Colts last weekend to reach its first AFC title game in 25 years, Reid stepped ...

Colts plan to build off foundation from historic turnaround

Sports 01/13/19, 17:10

The Indianapolis Colts kept insisting Andrew Luck would play better after shoulder surgery.He did.Frank Reich acknowledged some of his best work came in a backup role.Apparently, It still does.A healthy Luck and an opportunistic first-year coach led the Colts on a historic midseason turnaround, ending with a playoff run and ...

Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

Football 01/13/19, 15:56

A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts ...

Chiefs gaze ahead to first AFC title game since January 1994

Football 01/13/19, 03:06

Nobody in the Kansas City Chiefs locker room is more keenly aware of the franchise's heartbreaking playoff history than Xavier Williams, who grew up a short drive away from Arrowhead Stadium.He was just a toddler when his hometown team lost in the AFC title game in January 1994, the last ...

Mahomes leads Chiefs to doorstep of playing in Super Bowl

Football 01/12/19, 21:29

The game was all-but decided, and the Chiefs minutes away from playing in their first AFC title game in 25 years, when they drove to the goal line for a chance to punctuate their long-awaited victory over the Indianapolis Colts with a touchdown.Patrick Mahomes turned and handed the ball to ...

Chill out! Chiefs’ Andy Reid urges KC fans to nix snowballs

Football 01/12/19, 18:07

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was summoned to the corner of Arrowhead Stadium during Saturday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts to get fans to stop throwing snowballs on the field.Reid wasn't happy about it, either.The officials called him over from the Kansas City sideline during the two-minute warning in the ...

Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator to replace Fangio

Football 01/11/19, 21:48

The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a new coordinator.The Bears hired former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano to replace Vic Fangio on Friday, hoping he can help them build on what they accomplished ...

Offensive star power headlines Colts-Chiefs showdown

Football 01/10/19, 16:02

Eric Ebron has seen the forecast for Saturday's divisional playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, where even the most optimistic of meteorologists are pegging the chances of rain or snow at about 50 percent.It doesn't bother him. The Colts tight end played in plenty of cold ...

Colts’ defensive turnaround has provided playoff spark

Football 01/09/19, 20:53

The Indianapolis Colts' defense was reeling early this season.After six games, it had allowed an average of 30 points, had given up 37 or more points in three consecutive losses, was languishing near the bottom of the league's overall rankings and showed no sign of a turnaround.Today, those performances are ...

Fast starts helping Colts take control during playoff run

Football 01/09/19, 02:12

Andrew Luck has done some of his most memorable work rallying the Indianapolis Colts.He'd rather spend the time protecting leads.Lately, the Colts' have allowed Luck to use his preferred strategy by scoring early and often before relying on a balanced attack and an increasingly stout defense to close out victories. ...

Colts off, running through playoffs with strong ground game

Football 01/06/19, 19:33

Frank Reich stuck with his old-school philosophy even when the Indianapolis Colts were losing games in September and early October.The Indianapolis Colts' first-year coach insisted that even in an increasingly pass-happy league a balanced offense would turn them into real AFC contenders.Over the past 11 weeks, the perfect one-two combination ...

Texans look to bright future with Watson after playoff exit

Football 01/06/19, 17:25

Houston's impressive turnaround after a 0-3 start ended in disappointment with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round.Still, the Texans remain optimistic about their future because they're confident they've finally found their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson after years of misfires at the position."Every position is important ...

Colts use balanced attack to down Texans 21-7 in wild card

Football 01/06/19, 02:46

The Indianapolis Colts have won all season thanks in large part to big games from quarterback Andrew Luck.In a 21-7 wild-card game win over the Houston Texans on Saturday they showed that they're pretty good at running the ball, too.Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Marlon Mack ...

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