Colts upbeat at first offseason media availability

Posted April 06, 2012 @ 5:41 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

Earlier this week, the new-look Colts opened the doors to their new-look locker room to the media for the first time. Much like many of the players, both old and new, our source on the scene was taken aback by the dramatic change of scenery. Gone are the familiar painted mottos on the walls dating back to Tony Dungy, as well as the familiar nameplates of Colts greats like Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark. In fact, only four Colts — WR Reggie Wayne, OLB-DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, and FS Antoine Bethea — found their locker spots hadn’t changed.

Despite all the unfamiliarity, spanning from new lockers to new positions, the source told PFW the mood of the Colts inside the locker room was upbeat and eager to get to work. CB Jerraud Powers, who missed the final four games in 2011 after suffering a dislocated left elbow, appeared to be in good spirits and acknowledged his role will change in new head coach Chuck Pagano's "D." He talked about likely being asked to play more press-man coverage, and how he was up to the task and embracing his new role. MLB Pat Angerer, who will still call the “D” but will also have new responsibilities on his plate, was both excited and apprehensive, according to the source. At this point there are many more questions than answers about how the pieces will fit in Pagano’s new vision, but the early returns are that the players are buying in and there is a positive buzz inside the locker room.