Why the Colts are winning the AFC South
Colts owner Jim Irsay on Tuesday called the team’s success this season a “milestone” in the franchise’s history.
“The team has been outstanding,” Irsays statement read.
“I am pleased to report that the Colts have now qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
This team has had an outstanding start to the season and has been the envy of the league in the AFC North for the past few years.
The Colts are now poised to reach the Super Bowl.
I am confident that our fans, our coaches, our ownership group, and the organization will continue to lead the way as we make the playoffs.”
Colts coach Chuck Pagano, meanwhile, said he’s confident the team will make the postseason, but it’s not over yet.
“It’s a little frustrating to me, but I think we’re going to get there,” Pagano said Tuesday.
“We have a lot of hard work to do.
It’s been a long road for this team.
I’m very confident that we’re getting there.”
Irsaying has been critical of Colts owner and general manager Chris Ballard since he took over as owner in 2014.
He also expressed his displeasure at the Colts signing free-agent running back C.J. Anderson, saying he was a “great” addition to the team.
But Irsayer’s comments on Tuesday were the first time he mentioned Ballard since taking over the Colts, a franchise that went 0-16 in the first half of the season last season.
In a statement, Irsayed called Ballard a “proven leader” who had “a great relationship with the franchise and many of the players.”
We are looking forward to a strong, successful season in 2018.” “
Our ownership group and our coaches have been able to turn around a team in the right direction.
We are looking forward to a strong, successful season in 2018.”
Colts owner Chris Ballard has been a vocal critic of Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Marrone, who left the franchise last month.
Irsaid on Tuesday that he believes Ballard and Marrone will lead the Colts through the season.
“My expectations for the team and for the franchise are that we are going to be competitive,” Irdays statement says.
“That’s what our fans have been asking for, that’s what my commitment to this team and this organization is that we will be competitive.”
Colts head coach Chuck Henson, who was fired following a disappointing start to training camp last season, will return to the Colts after a four-year contract extension.
Irday said he has no expectations for Henson to return to coaching the team in 2018.
“His relationship with coach Marrone and general coach Ballard has really been very positive,” Iridays statement states.
“While the relationship may have been strained at times, it has been built on mutual respect and mutual respect for each other.”
Irdayers comments on Monday were a sign that the team may have some more success in 2018 than in 2017.
It was the second consecutive season that the club has qualified for a playoff spot, after going 0-17 in 2017 and 0-18 in 2016.
Colts coach Jim Iriday has had a difficult season, but he’s still in charge of the team for the second straight season.
(Photo: Rob Foldy, Getty Images) “Our organization is on a very good path right now,” Irays statement concludes.
“There is a lot to be proud of.
We have a very talented group of young players.
The defense is one of the best in the league and the offense is a strong unit.
We’re not far away from contending for a championship.”
Colts fans can’t wait to see how the team finishes its season.
Irons statement also stated that Irsayers team would be making changes.
“As a fan and a member of the ownership group of the Indianapolis Colts, I am excited to be involved in the 2018 season,” Irons team statement reads, per The Star.
“In the coming days, we will announce our next steps in this process.”
The Colts opened training camp Tuesday, Sept. 4.
They open the season Sept. 12 against the Miami Dolphins.