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The 2016 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League and the 33rd in Indianapolis. The Colts matched their 8-8 record from 2015, however they would miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997–1998. This season would also see the Colts get swept by the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history. As a result, the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons with the team. However head coach Chuck Pagano would return next year.[1]

2016 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coachChuck Pagano
General managerRyan Grigson
OwnerJim Irsay
Home fieldLucas Oil Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd AFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR T. Y. Hilton
P Pat McAfee
Uniform
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Contents

Roster changesEdit

Free agentsEdit

Position Player Tag 2016 Team Notes
TE Coby Fleener UFA New Orleans Saints Signed 5-year/$36 million deal
TE Dwayne Allen UFA Indianapolis Colts Signed 4-year/$29.4 million deal
TE Jack Doyle RFA Indianapolis Colts Signed 1-year/$1.67 million tender
QB Charlie Whitehurst UFA Cleveland Browns
QB Matt Hasselbeck UFA Retired
RB Ahmad Bradshaw UFA TBA
RB Dan Herron RFA Buffalo Bills
K Adam Vinatieri UFA Indianapolis Colts Signed 2-year/$6 million deal
G Lance Louis UFA TBA
S Akeem Davis ERFA Indianapolis Colts Signed 1-year/$600,000 tender
S Dwight Lowery UFA San Diego Chargers Signed 3-year/$7.2 million deal
S Colt Anderson UFA Buffalo Bills Signed 1-year/$840,000 deal
CB Greg Toler UFA Washington Redskins Signed 1-year/$840,000 deal
DE Billy Winn UFA Denver Broncos
ILB Jerrell Freeman UFA Chicago Bears Signed 3-year/$12 million deal
Player re-signed by the Colts Player signed with a different team Player retired

Undrafted free agentsEdit

Sources[2][3]

Position Player College Notes
Wide receiver Danny Anthrop Purdue
Defensive lineman Sterling Bailey Georgia
Kicker/Punter Devon Bell Mississippi State Camp Tryout
Offensive tackle Isiah Cage Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Nose Tackle Julian Campenni Connecticut Camp tryout
Linebacker Henry Coley Virginia Camp tryout
Cornerback Daniel Davie Nebraska
Long snapper Harrison Elliott Air Force Camp tryout
Running back Josh Ferguson Illinois
Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel Massachusetts Camp tryout
Quarterback Everett Golson Florida State Camp tryout
Tight end Darion Griswold Arkansas
Offensive tackle Davante Harris Appalachian State
Long snapper Forrest Hill Auburn Camp tryout
Safety Tigi Hill Hawaii Camp tryout
Wide receiver Reece Horn Indianapolis Camp tryout
Offensive tackle Amadou Konte Benedictine Camp tryout
Wide receiver Marcus Leak Maryland
Linebacker Curt Maggitt Tennessee
Safety Stefan McClure California
Wide receiver Mekale McKay Cincinnati
Punter Brock Miller Southern Utah Camp tryout
Tight end Mike Miller Taylor
Cornerback Christopher Milton Georgia Tech
Offensive guard Jamelle Naff TCU Camp Tryout
Outside linebacker Elhadji Ndiaye Nebraska–Kearney Camp tryout
Outside linebacker Eze Obiora Southern Illinois Camp tryout
Quarterback Ammon Olsen Southern Utah Camp tryout
Cornerback Leviticus Payne Cincinnati Camp tryout
Linebacker Terrance Plummer UCF Camp tryout
Running back Chase Price San Diego State Camp tryout
Offensive tackle Adam Redmond Harvard
Wide receiver Chester Rogers Grambling State
Linebacker Anthony Sarao USC
Defensive lineman Delvon Simmons USC
Wide receiver Tevaun Smith Iowa
Wide receiver Logan Sweet UCLA Camp tryout
Defensive lineman Justin Thomason North Carolina Camp tryout
Outside Linebacker Ron Thompson Syracuse $15,000 bonus
Cornerback Darius White California, Berkeley
Cornerback Frankie Williams Purdue Camp tryout, Signed
Safety Andrew Williamson Vanderbilt
Running back Storm Woods Oregon State Camp tryout

DraftEdit

2016 Indianapolis Colts Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 18 Ryan Kelly Center Alabama
2 57 T. J. Green Free safety Clemson
3 82 Le'Raven Clark Offensive tackle Texas Tech
4 116 Hassan Ridgeway Nose tackle Texas
4 125 Antonio Morrison Inside linebacker Florida
5 155 Joe Haeg Offensive tackle North Dakota State
7 239 Trevor Bates Outside linebacker Maine
7 248 Austin Blythe Center Iowa

Notes

StaffEdit

2016 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Tom McMahon
  • Assistant Special Teams – Maurice Drayton

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2016 Indianapolis Colts final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

On February 16, the NFL announced that the Colts would play the Green Bay Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The game would have occurred on Sunday, August 7, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, but the game was cancelled due to field conditions. However, the two teams met during the regular season in Green Bay.

The remainder of the Colts' preseason opponents and schedule were later announced on April 7.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
HOF August 7 vs. Green Bay Packers Cancelled due to field conditions
1 August 13 at Buffalo Bills W 19–18 1–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 August 20 Baltimore Ravens L 18–19 1–1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
3 August 27 Philadelphia Eagles L 23–33 1–2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 September 1 at Cincinnati Bengals W 13–10 2–2 Paul Brown Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 Detroit Lions L 35–39 0–1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at Denver Broncos L 20–34 0–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
3 September 25 San Diego Chargers W 26–22 1–2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 27–30 1–3 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
5 October 9 Chicago Bears W 29–23 2–3 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Houston Texans L 23–26 (OT) 2–4 NRG Stadium Recap
7 October 23 at Tennessee Titans W 34–26 3–4 Nissan Stadium Recap
8 October 30 Kansas City Chiefs L 14–30 3–5 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
9 November 6 at Green Bay Packers W 31–26 4–5 Lambeau Field Recap
10 Bye
11 November 20 Tennessee Titans W 24–17 5–5 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
12 November 24 Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–28 5–6 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
13 December 5 at New York Jets W 41–10 6–6 MetLife Stadium Recap
14 December 11 Houston Texans L 17–22 6–7 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
15 December 18 at Minnesota Vikings W 34–6 7–7 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Oakland Raiders L 25–33 7–8 Oakland Alameda Coliseum Recap
17 January 1 Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–20 8–8 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week One: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 14 71139
Colts 0 10 81735

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information

Andrew Luck would march the Colts down the field and score with 39 seconds remaining, but the Lions were able to pull out the win on a field goal by Matt Prater with 4 seconds left. The Colts would try the lateral play on the ensuing kickoff, but it would result in a safety. With the loss, the Colts started 0-1.

Week 2: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Two: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 3 3 7720
Broncos 3 10 31834

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

It was only a 3-3 game at the end of 1 quarter before CJ Anderson scored a 4-yard touchdown to take a 7-point lead. The teams would trade field goals to end the half with a 13-6 advantage for the Broncos. Robert Turbin would score a touchdown from 5 yards out to tie the game at 13. But from there, it was basically all Denver. Indy was outscored 21-7 after Turbin's touchdown, including a pick six by Aqib Talib and a scoop and score by Shane Ray off a Von Miller strip sack of Andrew Luck. Brandon McManus would also kick two field goals in that stretch as the Broncos advanced to 2-0 and the Colts fell to 0-2.

Week 3: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Three: San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 13 6322
Colts 10 3 7626

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information

Although the Colts took an early lead in the first quarter, the Chargers kept the game close and a Josh Lambo field goal put them ahead midway through the fourth quarter; however, a 63-yard pass from Andrew Luck to T. Y. Hilton restored the Colts' advantage with less than a minute remaining, giving them their first win of the season. With the win, the Colts improved to 1–2.

Week 4: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

NFL International Series

Week Four: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 3 3 02127
Jaguars 7 10 6730

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Game information

Week 5: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Five: Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 3 10 01023
Colts 3 13 31029

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), mostly sunny — retractable roof open
  • Game attendance: 66,622
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color commentator) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Six: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Colts 3 10 010023
Texans 0 3 614326

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

The Colts led 23–9 with less than three minutes to play, but a comeback by the Texans forced overtime, where they would win on a field goal. With the loss, the Colts fell to 2–4.

Week 7: at Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Seven: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 7 10 31434
Titans 6 7 01326

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

With the win, the Colts improved to 3–4. They also picked up their 10th straight win over the Titans.

Week 8: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Eight: Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 14 7630
Colts 0 7 7014

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,417
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In a rematch of the 2013 wildcard game, the Chiefs blew out the Colts easily, 30–14. With the loss, the Colts fell to 3–5.

Week 9: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Nine: Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 14 10 0731
Packers 10 0 31326

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 78,437
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

This was the Colts' first victory at Lambeau Field since 1988.

Week 11: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Eleven: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 7 7317
Colts 14 7 0324

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,048
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With their 11th straight win over the Titans, the Colts improved to 5–5.

Week 12: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Thanksgiving Day game

Week Twelve: Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 14 7 0728
Colts 0 7 007

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 66,583
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentator) and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Quarterback Andrew Luck did not play due to a concussion, and his replacement Scott Tolzien was unable to prevent a 28–7 defeat, although he did throw a five-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief early in the second quarter.

Week 13: at New York JetsEdit

Week Thirteen: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 14 10 10741
Jets 0 3 0710

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 14: vs. Houston TexansEdit

Week Fourteen: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 3 10 3622
Colts 3 0 7717

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,250
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Colts fell to 6–7 and were swept by the Texans for the first time in franchise history.

Week 15: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Fifteen: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 10 17 0734
Vikings 0 0 336

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,820
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Sixteen: Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 0 7 71125
Raiders 0 19 14033

at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,896
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Colts fell to 7–8 and were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the second year in a row.

Week 17: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Seventeen: Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 10 7 0320
Colts 0 3 14724

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,160
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Jaguars took a 17–0 lead during the second quarter, but the Colts were able to pull it back to 17–17 as the game moved into its final period. The Jaguars regained the lead with a 41-yard Jason Myers field goal inside the two-minute warning, but Andrew Luck led the Colts on a 75-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with four seconds remaining. With the win, the Colts ended their year 8–8 and snapped their two-game losing streak against the Jaguars.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Houston Texans 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 279 328 L1
Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 381 378 W1
Indianapolis Colts 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 411 392 W1
Jacksonville Jaguars 3 13 0 .188 2–4 2–10 318 400 L1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 New England Patriots East 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 .439 .424 W7
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 .508 .479 W2
3 Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .494 .423 W7
4[b] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .502 .427 L1
Wild Cards
5[a] Oakland Raiders West 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 .504 .443 L1
6 Miami Dolphins East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .455 .341 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .465 .458 W1
8[c] Denver Broncos West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .549 .455 W1
9[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .498 .363 L2
10[d] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .492 .406 W1
11 Buffalo Bills East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 .482 .339 L2
12 Cincinnati Bengals North 6 9 1 .406 3–3 5–7 .521 .333 W1
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .518 .313 W1
14[e] San Diego Chargers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .543 .513 L5
15 Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 2–4 2–10 .527 .417 L1
16 Cleveland Browns North 1 15 0 .063 0–6 1–11 .549 .313 L1
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City clinched the AFC West division over Oakland based on head-to-head sweep.
  2. ^ a b Houston clinched the AFC South division title over Tennessee based on record vs. division opponents.
  3. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of Denver based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ a b Baltimore finished ahead of Indianapolis based on record vs. conference opponents.
  5. ^ a b The New York Jets finished ahead of San Diego based record vs. common opponents — the Jets' cumulative record against Cleveland, Indianapolis,
    Kansas City and Miami was 1–4, while San Diego's cumulative record against the same four teams was 0–5.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wells, Mike. "Colts fire GM Ryan Grigson". ESPN.com. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. ^ Wilson, Josh (May 1, 2016). "Colts undrafted free agent tracker". stampedeblue.com. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Indianapolis Colts agree to terms with 21 undrafted free agents". blogs.colts.com. May 2, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.

External linksEdit