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Conrad Brunner

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Cut week is one of the worst of the year for NFL coaches. For Chuck Pagano, it’s also one of the most complicated. Injuries, rehab and medical uncertainty will muddle the decision-making process as the Colts pare the roster to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday, and then to the regular-season...
When the opponent forgets to cover Andre Johnson, wipes out its biggest plays and your biggest mistake with penalties, and generally plays like it deserves the passive fan support, it’s a challenge to come up with a reasonable evaluation of your performance, particularly in the...
It doesn’t count, but it matters. The first two preseason games are little more than dressed-up scrimmages. This one, Saturday night in St. Louis, is the most serious business until Sept. 13 in Buffalo. For the only time in the preseason, the week leading up to the game is...
Maybe the players aren’t always the first to know. “I heard a sort of cheer coming from the defense during one of the walk-throughs,” Andrew Luck said. “I look over and it’s 98 over there.” Surely the defensive players were aware of the news breaking in their midst, right? Wrong...
Don’t be mad at Reggie Wayne. If you have to be mad at somebody, be mad at the Colts for showing their iconic wide receiver the door. But even then, how mad can you be, given the way Wayne’s tenure in Indianapolis ended? On the day Reggie Miller turned 50, Reggie Wayne turned...
The biggest question of the offseason, training camp and the preseason remains unanswered. Can a Star Wars offense succeed with a Plan 9 from Outer Space line? With one final dress rehearsal remaining before the curtain goes up on the regular season, the Colts still do not know...
What you want to see in the preseason, the Colts haven’t shown. You want to see answers, not questions. You want to see progress, not backsliding. You want to see order, not chaos. Wins and losses couldn’t matter less. Blocking and tackling, now there’s something else entirely...
To write The Quintessential Vick Ballard Story, there really is no way to avoid the two big questions. How can he make this team? How can he not? It’s classic left brain vs. right brain and you want both to be right, but we all know how often that happens. About as often as a...
Well, at least they didn’t fight, and that was a good thing. It was a good thing, right? Mashing 180 NFL players, another 100 coaches, trainers and staff and a sound system so powerful it was more likely the players would dance than fight into one practice facility is a recipe...