Colts Will Hold Joint Training Camp Practices with Bears
While it was hinted earlier this week that joint training camp practices could be a possibility with another NFL team, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has now confirmed that his team will hold such practices with the Chicago Bears:
It makes sense from a logistics standpoint, as the Chicago Bears are only 3 hours up the road on I-65 North, and the Colts aren’t exactly fierce rivals with them being in the NFC. On the contrary, Pagano and new Bears head coach John Fox have been longtime friends and have had a positive coaching relationship, even if Pagano’s Colts got the better of Fox’s then-Broncos team in last season’s playoffs.
Unfortunately, the practices will not be open to the public. However, it provides the Colts with a great opportunity to practice against a new opponent instead of just themselves, something Pagano was a strong supporter of at the end of Tuesday’s mini-camp practice:
"“I like that,” said Pagano. “You get tired of beating on one another during training camp, and so to have the opportunity, you know if you can find someone that’ll work with you and do some work against you, it’s a great change of pace. And plus, you get to see from a schematic standpoint a different offense and different defense… It gives you the chance to go against a different look and different players, so I’m definitely a proponent of it and hopefully we can work that out and that’ll happen.”"
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