My Profile » Discussions


p qualifier against Spain

  • 01 Aug
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris see every play as an opportunity.So when they trot out Thursday night at Cincinnati, the Indianapolis Colts backup quarterbacks know this game matters.Youre always trying to be sharp, Tolzien said. The way I look at it, its another opportunity to go play in a football game.On this team, those chances usually have been rare.From 1998 through 2010, Peyton Manning started every meaningful game the Colts played. Then after drafting Andrew Luck with the top overall pick in 2012, Indy plugged the rookie into the starting lineup and he started every meaningful game for the next three-plus seasons.Fortunately for the Colts, when Luck went down last season, they had a capable backup in 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck.But when Hasselbeck announced his retirement during the offseason, it didnt take the Colts long to sign Tolzien. He spent the previous three seasons backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and they still had Morris, a developmental quarterback who finished last season on the Colts roster.Now, with the preseason winding down, the Colts will likely follow their traditional tack by giving most of their starters an extra night off to get healthy for the regular-season opener, Sept. 11 against Detroit.With so many injuries already, who can blame them?Besides, Tolzien and Morris cherish getting some extra work.Its being consistent, making plays, getting the ball out quicker, being decisive with my feet, Morris said, rattling off this weeks goals. You have to make sure youre in the books and preaching the right things.This time, though, the two quarterbacks could be vying for one open spot.Tolzien is listed at No. 2 on Indys depth chart with Morris on the No. 3 line.While coach Chuck Pagano has repeatedly brushed aside any discussion of a challenge to Tolzien, Morris has shown promise in his limited playing time and in a normal season might get one of the precious 53 roster spots.Its not so clear now.With the possibility of 10 or more injured players taking spots on the 53-man active roster, Pagano acknowledged Monday that trimming the roster from 75 to 53 might be tricky. Things could get even more complicated when they fill out the 10-player practice squad because the Colts may need all 10 active for Week 1.Morris said Tuesday he has no idea if the Colts plan to keep two or three quarterbacks, though they have usually had only two during the Manning and Luck eras.Either way, Morris is eager to give it his best shot.Its exciting, he said. Its a great opportunity to put something good on film. Any time youre on the field, you want to put good film on.Tolzien also can use the work.A year ago, he threw only one pass -- a 4-yard completion at Arizona in Week 16. The only other regular-season action for the six-year veteran came in 2013, when Rodgers was injured. He played in three games that season, started two and finished 55 of 90 for 717 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions.Hell probably make his second preseason start Thursday and he wants to make the most of it.It is crunch time, but were going to play to win, he said. You play your best when youre prepared and youre comfortable.Game notes Indianapolis got under the 75-player limit Tuesday by waiving linebacker Anthony Sarao and cornerback Darius White and putting safety Dezmen Southward on injured reserve. ... Indy then re-signed safety Alden Darby, who was released Sunday. ... Left tackle Anthony Castonzo did not practice Tuesday because of a strained triceps. Pagano said he expected Castonzo to return to practice Wednesday. Tight end Dwayne Allen also sat out for the second straight day with a sore hip. ... Dont expect cornerback Antonio Cromartie to play against the Bengals. Hes in shape, Pagano said. But theres a difference between L.A. Fitness shape and football shape, right?---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Yeezy Boost 350 . Newcastle dominated in the early stages but City weathered the storm and then raised its game in extra time. Negredo broke the deadlock from close range after a simple move in the 99th minute before Dzeko took the ball round goalkeeper Tim Krul to seal the victory in the 105th. Discount Yeezys . -- Yogi Ferrell orchestrates pretty much everything in Indianas offence. http://www.wholesaleyeezy.com/ . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. Wholesale Yeezy Shoes . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. Discount Yeezy Shop . The formidable trio of Canadian receivers -- individually known as Chris Getzlaf, Rob Bagg and Andy Fantuz -- will share the field at Mosaic Stadium one more time on Sunday. MILAN -- Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has asked league officials to start the Serie A season earlier next year to ensure the Azzurri are better prepared for their key World Cup qualifier against Spain.Spain tops Group G, above Italy on goal difference after four games. The two drew 1-1 in October in Turin and the return match is scheduled for Sept. 2. Only group winners qualify directly for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.This years Serie A campaign began Aug. 20.Were a bit set in our ways, but everyone else starts August 13, Ventura said. Its in the national interest to play on level terms. Ive already asked to play at least two more league matches. In a moment of madness I asked for three, but they told me to check myself into hospital.Italy lost an international friendly 3-1 to France in Venturas first match in charge in September, just two matches into the league season.This year we had very little Serie A beffore playing France and we paid the price, Ventura added.dddddddddddd I hadnt even talked to any players until 48 hours before the match ...We lost 3-1 and it was labeled a disaster because thats the culture that we have here.Ventura, who was speaking at a press conference in Milan ahead of Tuesdays friendly against Germany, says league officials are mulling it over.I know it will be difficult, said the former Torino coach. But you have to change things by 360 degrees or youll go forward in dribs and drabs. In order to achieve great things you have to create the prerequisites.The league campaign in France and England started on Aug. 13 this year, while the Spanish season got underway the following week, on the same day as the Italian one.The German Bundesliga started a week after that. ' ' '