Chud brings ample NFL offensive experience to the coordinator position. From 2012-2013, Chudzinski was the coordinator in Carolina for Cam Newton’s first two NFL seasons. With Newton, Chud helped the Panthers offense go from the worst unit in the NFL in 2010 to a top-10 offense the next two seasons.
In earlier NFL stops, Chud worked with the tight ends in Cleveland and San Diego.
Chud arrived in Indianapolis last season after he spent 2013 as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (4-12 record).
With the Colts, Chud has been a special assistant and is the current associate head coach. His duties have spanned both sides of the football during his two seasons in Indianapolis.
Chuck Pagano is very familiar with Chud, the story went on to say. The two served together on the University of Miami coaching staff in the late 1990s. Chud played a part in recruiting and coaching both Frank Gore and Andre Johnson at “The U”. That could be good news in terms of getting those players going from a fantasy perspective. At this point in the season, it's hard to expect a lot of change for the offense and it could be a move Pagano was forced to make to save his head coaching job.
Monday, November 2, 2015, 7:14pm
Andrew Luck's recent struggles are well documented. We now know one reason why he's been playing differently this season.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Luck suffered multiple fractured ribs at the same time he suffered the shoulder injury that caused him to miss Weeks 4 and 5. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed through Colts and league sources that Luck suffered a rib injury that he received treatment on. Colts sources say he would not have missed any practice time because of the rib injury, and that he's fully recovered now. Luck has not been listed on the injury report with the rib injury at any stage this season.
"Our injury reports are accurate. If people have any questions about player injuries, they should refer to our injury reports," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement.
Rapoport reported that the Colts have previously been in communication with the league on the shoulder injury. Teams that do not properly disclose injuries are subject to fines.
This news perhaps does help to explain some of Luck's struggles this year. Fractured ribs will go a long way toward altering a throwing motion and making a quarterback get rid of the ball sooner than he wants to. Both of these issues have been hallmarks of Luck during his early 2015 to forget.
WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle), C Khaled Holmes (neck), LB Nate Irving (knee)
S Winston Guy (shoulder)
S Mike Adams (hamstring), S Clayton Geathers (knee)
Panthers (Carolina did not conduct a practice on Saturday. The Saturday practice report is an estimation.)
DE Mario Addison (shoulder), DT Dwan Edwards (ankle)
C Ryan Kalil (ankle), LB Shaq Thompson (knee)
LB Thomas Davis (not injury related), RB Mike Tolbert (not injury related), T Daryl Williams (knee)
Dorsett is out with the ankle injury as we knew after last week's game. Outside of that, there's not a lot of offensive fantasy impact players on the report.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm
They did more of of that Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, when Spiller finished with a season high 10 touches from scrimmage. Most of his six catches for 32 yards and four carries for 16 helped set a stage for Mark Ingram's big game.
"Like I told them Saturday night, they hadn't played a backfield like us yet," Spiller said Tuesday during an NFL Play60 event at J.C. Ellis Elementary in Metairie. "We wanted to go out there and showcase what we were able to do and fortunately we were able to do that."
The Saints' 36 carries for 183 yards were both season highs, as Khiry Robinson rushed for two touchdowns and Ingram for one, and the Saints beat the Colts 27-21. Spiller has been frustrating to fantasy owners who were counting on him being more involved in the passing game. He could finally be trending that way and may be worth an add in PPR leagues if you're hurting at the position.
The Colts could use all hands on deck as they try to pull out of their season-long nosedive, but they won’t have the services of their 2015 first-round pick for a month or more.
Reports that wide receiver Phillip Dorsett suffered a fracture in his lower leg during Sunday’s loss to the Saints were confirmed on Monday. Dorsett will have surgery on Tuesday and said that it was a clean break that avoided any nerve or ligament damage, which leaves him to lament the timing of the injury.
“I was literally just starting to get in the flow and get in the game plan more,” Dorsett said, via the Indianapolis Star. “I was getting more involved and we had a lot more four-wide [sets] in. I was playing a little running back. Things happen. It’s football. But I don’t expect a drop-off when I get back.”
The timeline for his return is set at 4-6 weeks, which would get him back before the end of the regular season if all goes according to plan - late November or early December. Whether there will be much to play for at that point will come down to his teammates’ ability to find a high enough level of play to remain in front of the rest of an AFC South that may be won by a team with a losing record.
He has tallied 10 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown this season. The Colts selected Dorsett with the 29th overall pick in the first round of this year's draft.
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 7:25pm
I think it’s pretty obvious that running back Frank Gore can still produce. He’s coming off back-to-back rushing games of 98 and 78 yards. But the Colts panicked and abandoned the running game after they fell behind by 13 points to the Patriots. Indianapolis dropped back to pass on its final 27 offensive snaps. That won’t get it done because it makes the Colts easy to defend.
“I probably was a bit overzealous towards the end,” offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. “I should have done a better job of mixing in maybe a screen or a draw, something to help our offensive linemen and not put the pressure on those guys to have to pass protect against a good rushing front for 26 or however many consecutive plays. We were down at that point in the game. We all felt like we needed to do something to score fast. It would help if I mix in something to offset that pass rush.”
Sunday could be the first time that Gore cracks 100 yards rushing with the Colts because the Saints are 30th in the league in stopping the run. They're giving up an average 138.2 yards a game on the ground.
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
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Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm
Luck was a full go on Friday in practice but was questionable coming into this game. We think as long as he stays healthy he should produce QB1 numbers tonight despite some struggles this season.