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Indianapolis Colts

Postseason victory is next hurdle for Mora & Co.

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Posted: Monday July 16, 2001 10:30 AM

 
  • 2001 schedule
  • Head coach: Jim Mora (fourth season with the Colts, 15th overall, 119-96-0 career)
  • Stadium: RCA Dome
  • Colts all-time record: 346-361-7
  • 2000 rankings: Offense, 3rd; Defense, 21st
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  • City Page: Indianapolis, Ind. 
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    Indianapolis opens its training camp at Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute, Ind., on July 26.

    By Rich Loup, CNNSI.com

    Indianapolis must erase the memory of last season's heart-breaking 23-17 overtime loss to Miami in a wild-card playoff game. While that's easier said than done, the Colts took to the offensive -- literally. Indy drafted a WR with its No. 1 pick, and added four defensive backs among its other six choices.

    The Colts can make the playoffs if ... None of the Big Three -- QB Peyton Manning, RB Edgerrin James, WR Marvin Harrison -- gets hurt and the defense is adequate, rather than horrible. However, getting deep into the postseason with that same formula is another matter and head coach Jim Mora is 0-6 in the playoffs after last year's shocking second-half collapse in Miami.

    Pivotal games: Consecutive December games at Baltimore and Miami could sink the Colts into wild-card abyss or set them up for a chance at home-field advantage. Of course, playing at home in January didn't mean much two years ago when Indianapolis blew the No. 1 seed by losing to Tennessee in the AFC divisional round.

    On the hot seat: Mora's regular-season record is outstanding, but his postseason record is abysmal. As he did in New Orleans, Mora has given Indianapolis credibility. But the Colts sputtered through the regular season in 2000 and another Indy postseason collapse could have folks calling for his head.

    Up-and-coming: Linebacker Mike Peterson (108 tackles) developed into a solid run-support performer in 2000, but the Colts need some other defensive players to develop to improve their Super Bowl chances. Indianapolis drafted four D-backs, yet their top draft pick was wide receiver Reggie Wayne from Miami.

    Sports Illustrated's season preview will post Aug. 29.

  • AFC East Previews: Bills | Colts | Dolphins | Patriots | Jets

    Indianapolis Offseason Movement
    Signings  Departures 
    E.G. Green, WR  Jason Belser, FS 
    Mark Hartsell, QB  Cornelius Bennett, LB 
    Waverly Jackson, G  Larry Chester, DT  
    Steve McKinney, G  Kelly Holcomb, QB 
    Mike Morton, LB  Tyrone Poole, CB 
    Larry Moore, G  Mark Thomas, DT 
    Christian Peter, DT  Bernard Whittington, DT 
     
    Colts' 2001 Draft Picks
    Round  Overall Pick  Player  Pos.  School 
    30  Reggie Wayne  WR  Miami (FL) 
    37  Idrees Bashir  Memphis 
    91  Cory Bird  Virginia Tech 
    118  Ryan Diem  OT  Northern Illinois 
    152  Raymond Walls  CB  Southern Miss 
    193  Jason Doering  Wisconsin 
    220  Rick DeMulling  OG  Idaho 
     

     
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