A recap of the day’s activities:
The game plan. If it’s Tuesday, the coaches are putting together the game plan for this week’s matchup against the Colts in Indianapolis.
Talk about your daunting task, especially for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and his staff. The Colts not only are unbeaten (3-0), they have the seemingly unflappable Peyton Manning at quarterback. He’s already passed for 983 yards and seven touchdowns, a pace that will produce a 5,200-yard, 37-TD season.
“He’s almost impossible to fool,” coach Jim Mora said of Manning. “He very rarely makes a poor decision. He manages the game like no one’s ever managed a game before. He’s tough. He’s competitive. He’s smart. I don’t know if there’s a flaw. I really don’t.”
Center. Somewhat lost in the shuffle of everything that happened – and didn’t happen – in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears was the return of Chris Spencer. The team’s starting center had been out since tearing a thigh muscle in the second preseason game. But he not only played, and play well, he finished the game.
“He did fine,” Mora said. “He, a little bit towards the end of the game, maybe just lost a step of quickness, probably from fatigue. But he came out of the game fine.
“And that’s a positive for us. And you know what, he did some good things. His second-level blocking was good. His protection stuff was good. The Bears have a nice little rush-zone package, pressure package, and he’s got to redirect some of our line calls and make some decisions on the move. And he did a nice job with that. It was good to have him back in there.”
PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE
Former University of Washington running back Louis Rankin has been signed to the practice squad. Rankin was with the Oakland Raiders, and ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the final preseason game against the Seahawks before being released.
Running back Devin Moore and linebacker Williams Thomas were released from the practice squad.
The players did not practice today, but they return Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Colts. That practice will give an indication of which injured players might be able to return this week.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I think games like (Sunday) – when you’re calling on everybody, and guys have to step up and play, and they get a chance to play – really help you as you go through the season. David Hawthorne is a great example of that. He had 16 tackles. He had an interception. He was all over the field. That’s only going to help us be a better football team as we go down the road.” – Mora, on playing Sunday without eight injured starters and then losing two more during the game.