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INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts took one page out of Bill Belichicks book Monday. Cheap Adidas Nmd Uk .Theyre already on to next season.Theyd like to borrow another reaching the Super Bowl.Less than 24 hours after another stinging playoff exit at New England, Indianapolis players and coaches turned their attention from the disappointment of falling short to a seemingly bright future for one of the younger teams in the league.We are close and every year weve taken another step, defensive end Cory Redding said as he started packing up his locker. I believe next year, we will take that next step.To achieve that goal, the Colts (13-6) know they cannot afford to stand pat.After stringing together three straight 11-win seasons, back-to-back AFC South titles and going one step deeper in the playoffs during each of Andrew Lucks first three seasons, New England again exploited Indys most glaring deficiencies in a 45-7 AFC championship game rout.While Luck has excelled behind a makeshift offensive line the past two years, the Colts ground game has not.Defensively, Indy still has not found a solution to New Englands power running game, either.The combination prompted team owner Jim Irsay to tell reporters Sunday night that Indianapolis must become a tougher team to continue its ascent, just three years removed from a 2-14 season that allowed Irsay to completely rebuild.Coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged those are two areas the Colts must improve in the coming months, if they are to get past their biggest nemesis.And make no mistake those moves will be designed to turn the tables on New England, which has beaten Luck four straight times by a combined 189-73.Pagano has no doubt the Colts can find a way to break through.This is an up-and-coming team, Pagano said. There are things from that game that we recognize that need to be addressed and we will address them. ... Were knocking at the door and weve got to find a way to kick it in.Here are some other things to watch during the offseason:RETIREMENT RUMORS: Redding and receiver Reggie Wayne, two cornerstones of Indys resurgence, are both free agents. At ages 34 and 36, its unclear whether the Colts will bring them back or whether they even want to come back. Both said Monday they would take some time before making a decision, but both believe the Colts could make a Super Bowl run in 2015. This is a good team, Wayne said. We had a lot of guys who fought through a lot of stuff and we made a lot of progress.TRENTS FUTURE: Trent Richardsons may not be back with the Colts next season. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft has been a huge disappointment, and its become increasingly clear Indy is unhappy with him. Since losing the starting job with two games left in the regular season, Richardson took one offensive snap in a wild-card round win over Cincinnati and was inactive for the final two playoff games, on Sunday because of a family emergency.INJURY QUESTIONS: Vick Ballard, Gosder Cherilus, Robert Mathis and Donald Thomas all wound up on injured reserve. The biggest question is what can the Colts expect in 2015? Ballard, a running back, has missed 31 straight regular-season games. Thomas, an offensive guard, has missed 30 in a row. Mathis, the 2013 sacks champ, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon at age 33, and 30-year-old Cherilus, Indys right tackle, had three different injuries this season and was getting around on crutches Monday.DRAFTING: Indy has been a bigger player in free agency in Paganos first three seasons. But general manager Ryan Grigson believes the draft is a foundation for success. With a young team and lots of contracts up after the 2015 season, the Colts need another good draft to get some young, inexpensive talent to get them past the Patriots.SIGNINGS: Indy signed receivers Kadron Boone, Ryan Lankford and Josh Lenz, defensive linemen Gannon Conway and Kelcy Quarles, running back Jeff Demps, linebacker Carlos Fields, safety Winston Guy, offensive lineman Tyler Hoover, and tight end Erik Swoope to futures contracts. All 10 were on Indys practice squad.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Buy Adidas Nmd Online Uk . The San Angelo, Texas product, who was a high school and college quarterback sensation in the Lone Star State, will start his first CFL game with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-4) on Friday at Mosaic Stadium against the leagues top team, the Calgary Stampeders (11-2). Adidas Nmd Shoes Uk . -- Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for his first Web. http://www.cheapnmduk.com/ . His right arm rested in a sling and was encased in a cast from above the elbow to his hand. "Im excited," Fernandez said with a grin. LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The owners of California Chrome are putting all their hopes into the chestnut colt to win the Kentucky Derby. After all, hes the only horse they own. California Chrome, based at lesser-known Los Alamitos racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, is the early 5-2 favourite for Saturdays 140th Derby with good reason. He has won four straight races by a combined 24 1/4 lengths under Victor Espinoza, who won the Derby in 2002 with War Emblem. "Hes so light on his feet," Espinoza said. "He just does things so easy and makes my job easy." California Chromes owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, are no Kentucky blue bloods. Theyre a couple of working stiffs who live near Reno, Nevada. A trainer called them "dumb asses" for getting into the racing game, inspiring the duo to put the letters DAP on their silks, which stands for Dumb Ass Partners. "Were going to go down in history," Coburn predicted. California Chrome is the product of an $8,000 mare and a $2,500 stallion. Hes earned more than $1 million already, making it somewhat easier for Coburn and Martin to turn down a pre-Derby offer of $6 million for a 51 per cent stake in the horse. "Weve been blessed with this colt," Coburn said. "The first time we saw him, we knew it was going to be something special." If their tale seems improbable, well, its happened before at Churchill Downs. Mine That Bird, a 50-1 shot owned and trained by two guys from New Mexico mocked as cowboys, pulled off the stunning upset in the 2009 Derby. At 77, Art Sherman, who oversees California Chrome, would be the oldest trainer to win. His colt would be the first California-bred to wear the garland of red roses in 52 years. "Hes feeling good and hes doing good," Sherman said. "Hes coming up to this race right." Rosie Napravnik wants to grab history, too. No female jockey has won the Derby, although she came closest -- fifth last year. Napravnik will ride 20-1 shot Vicars In Trouble. Her husband, Joe Sharp, works closely with the Louisiana-bred colt as assistant to trainer Mike Maker. "The story wouldd almost be too good if we won it," she said. Adidas Nmd Uk Sale. Wicked Strong is the early 6-1 second choice. The colt is named for the victims of last years Boston Marathon bombings and is trained by Jimmy Jerkens, who has his first Derby horse. Trainer Todd Pletcher has four horses in the Derby -- Danza and Intense Holiday are both 8-1 while his other two are longer shots, 30-1 Vinceremos and 50-1 We Miss Artie. Danza is named for "Taxi" actor Tony Danza, who planned to attend the Derby. Maker will saddle three horses, all long shots. Besides Vicars In Trouble, he has 15-1 General a Rod and 50-1 Harrys Holiday. "When those gates open, anything can happen," Maker said. Three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert is down to 20-1 shot Chitu after being forced to scratch early second favourite Hoppertunity because of a minor foot problem. "California Chrome has proven hes a really good horse," Baffert said, adding, "Theres a lot of parity in this field. Everybody might have a chance." Getting the ideal trip in the 1 1/4-mile Derby is important, especially with the traffic from 19 horses making a chaotic charge into the first turn. Jockeys want to avoid anything that would prevent their horse from getting into rhythm, like being bumped, cut off or blocked. Sherman believes the key is the first 70 yards. "You want to get out and get yourself some position," he said. Trainer Steve Asmussen takes a shot with Tapiture, who started three times at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old. Asmussen is under investigation by Kentucky and New York racing officials after an animal rights group alleged he and his former assistant mistreated horses in their care. The forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 73 degrees, with a crowd of at least 140,000 expected. Keep an eye on jockey Calvin Borel. He and 15-1 shot Ride On Curlin will break from the No. 18 spot in the starting gate. Borel will try to hustle the colt over to his favourite path on the track -- the rail. The rider nicknamed "Bo-rail" for his fence-skimming rides has three Derby wins in the last seven years. ' ' '

 

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