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punches Saturday.First-year Colts coach Frank Reich jabbed back quickly after fists flew www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com , a helmet was tossed and the two sidelines emptied onto the field, first to help defend teammates and then to restore order.Perhaps one or two scuffles could have been expected from two franchises that celebrated championships in Baltimore, especially given so many players are fighting for jobs. But the responses left the coaches in opposite corners."We're football players. We're professional football players. We're not fighters. This is not the MMA, we're not in a cage, so that's unacceptable," Reich said from the end zone of one of the fields at training camp. "We've got little kids up in the stands. We're role models. That's not what we're looking for. We want to find ways to execute football plays and win games. So I was very disappointed in that, and it led to a sloppy practice, at least on offense from what I saw."Make no mistake about Reich's expectations.He wants the Colts to be physical and protect their teammates by bailing them out of trouble, not creating more problems. But he also understands Indy's margin for error is small, so it can't afford missteps and must keep its emotions in check.Off to the side of a second field, Ravens coach John Harbaugh seemed to scoff at the notion that the melee was any big deal."You know, it cracks me up," said Harbaugh, the brother of former Colts quarterback and current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. "Is this a healthy obsession we all have with fights at joint practices? It's really, it's nothing. It's much ado about nothing. It got broken up pretty quickly."Clearly, this practice was more intense than Friday's workout, held on a damp field that became even softer as heavy rain arrived while the two teams were working out.It showed.Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowler, left practice early after spraining his left shoulder. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the sideline with ice on his shoulder.K.J. Brent, vying to become Indy's fourth receiver, didn't finish either. He remained on the ground for several minutes after appearing to land awkwardly while taking a hard hit. Reich said Brent hurt his right knee and was uncertain about the severity.Both injuries occurred before the punt return that led to the biggest skirmish, which prompted complaints from fans watching the Colts' final camp practice.Twenty minutes later, it happened all over again as rookie receiver Reece Fountain and Ravens cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste were locked in a hand-to-hand battle. A couple of punches appeared to be thrown, though none landed.The teams meet on Monday night in a preseason game.Afterward, players brushed aside any notion of the play being out of bounds and instead embraced the concept of working against other teams."It's kind of cool to go against different styles. It gives our receivers, it gives me a different look," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. "We've been in camp a really long time. I think I can say this breaks up camp a little bit."Colts quarterback Andrew Luck even suggested the last two practices rekindled some of his old childhood memories."Thanks for letting us tear it (the field) up Indianapolis Colts T-Shirt ," Luck said, thanking the grounds crew at this northern Indianapolis suburb. "It's like playing pee-wee football in the mud and muck over here, so thanks."But Reich's message could have been uttered by any Pop Warner coach.And he certainly hopes the Colts have learned a crucial lesson."There's no place for that (punches), there's just no place for that," Reich said. "It's bush league, it's undisciplined. Teams that do that and players that do that lose. In the long run, players and teams that do that lose, and that's not the kind of team we want to be."Preseason Week 2 yields little for Colts fans in home loss to Ravens I’ve learned in my life that I’m not very good at sugarcoating things. Often, I find myself biting my tongue (or, deleting something I’ve typed out on any of a number of social media sites) and simply shaking my head in silence instead of wearing my emotions on my sleeve and potentially embarrassing myself or starting an argument with a stranger.Last night’s game was awful. There. I said it. However, it wasn’t without purpose, and we’ll get into that in a minute.It has become clear to me that just like other games I play, information is now king and neither team looked like it was trying to give anything away last night. For the record, the Ravens are not a very good football team and I don’t know if Lamar Jackson or even RGIII can save them, and we already knew that about Joe Flacco. I can say that with absolute certainty. Going into the game, the Colts sidelined something along the lines of 20 players, which I’m assuming leveled the playing field. Andrew Luck was without Anthony Costanzo (who I’m sure is still better at his job one-legged than Le’Raven Clark), T.Y. was in pads but didn’t play (at least he catches balls you throw him), and the only position group on offense I came away really excited about was the tight ends.On the other side of the ball, the defense forced a few three and outs early, caused turnovers and even the special teams play was above bar with the G.O.A.T. kicking a 57-yard field goal in the first half. Our boy Rigoberto Sanchez was apparently off his game, shanking a punt into the Colts sideline and although he did recover a fumble on a punt return that was caused by TE Ross Travis, his day was anything but great.All that said, I think what I came away with just about the same things to say as anyone else. Andrew Luck looked tight and less accurate than he did Week 1. The receivers on this team need to step up, because at this point, it’s TY and then a whole bunch of guys with big question marks after you say their name. Ryan Grant? Chester Rogers?Without Mack, the Colts started with Christine Michael at running back (who Brett Mock says has no vision) Indianapolis Colts Hats , then Jordan Wilkins came in and demonstrated that the running back doesn’t need to be flashy to be effective, and Nyheim Hines looks like he needs more practice. If I remember correctly, and yes it was against the second team Ravens defense, Wilkins went like 4 straight carries at about 7 yards a clip until Baltimore stuffed him on a play (in which he careened forward for about a 3-4 yard gain on what looked like a no gain), and then had a couple catches too. Again, the tight end group on this team is awesome. With Jack, Erik and Eric (Thing 1 & 2, I propose?) and even Ross Travis, there appears to be depth and a bevy of talent at the position, which will allegedly be highly important in the style of offense new head coach Frank Reich intends to employ come the regular season.On the defensive side of the ball, again the strength is at safety and along the defensive line. That said, several times last night I found myself praising cornerback Quincy Wilson for just “being there and trying to make a play in coverage”. DT Hassan Ridgeway is starting off hot (please stay healthy), John Simon’s switch to defensive end appears to be a fruitful endeavor, and personally, I really like Skai Moore and Darius Leonard at linebacker.Like Andrew Luck said, this team is really young and there will be some growing pains. Nights like last night show how important scheme and play-calling are. If you are running a base offense, the other team can game plan against that and shut down your offense. I prefer to reserve most of my analysis for regular season games (due to the nature of preseason games, a lot of the time we’re really only watching like 1 or 2 players on the field fight for a single roster spot).In closing, I wouldn’t recommend deeply analyzing the film on last night’s game, because after having practiced against this team all week, the only real positive appears to be a lack of a major injury, right? Everything else gets muddied because of how bad the game was on the whole. The officials got both leading with the head penalties wrong, even with the benefit of a replay. However, the reality is that this is the preseason for them as well, both calls will be reviewed by the league office and the officiating crew will be coached before the season starts.On to Week 3!
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