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Colts Blue Zone Podcast
54 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
EP 151. Training Camp Preview: Defense
The Colts report to training camp in less than a week! Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week, including Peyton Manning broadcasting Monday Night Football, a critical NFL vaccine update (6:25) and Fred Warner resetting the market for linebackers (11:31). The crew then debates the Colts' top five most irreplaceable players for 2021 (15:46) and continues their training camp preview by breaking down the state of the defense (29:13).
57 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
EP 150. Training Camp Preview: Offense
We're less than two weeks away from training camp as the Colts prepare for the 2021 season. Mike Chappell is back, but to make sure he's been staying up on his Colts knowledge, the fellas test him with some Colts trivia to begin the show. The gang then discusses news of the week (4:40) and which Colts made ESPN's top 10 positional lists (8:19) before diving into their training camp preview by breaking down the state of the offense (16:49).
56 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
EP 149. Predicting Colts Pro Bowlers & Statistical Milestones
After discussing news of the week, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins check out which Colts made ESPN's top 10 positional list so far (19:07), predict which Colts will be elected to the Pro Bowl (27:53) and discuss some statistical milestones in reach for a few of Indy's veterans (47:17).
58 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
EP 148. Colts 2021 Breakout Candidates
Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week, including the release of Indianapolis' training camp schedule. The duo discusses how Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk's new contract impacts Braden Smith's looming extension (7:21). The pair then ranks their top three Colts breakout candidates for 2021 (20:46).
47 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
EP 147. Remaining Free Agents
A notable free agent recently expressed interest in joining the Colts. Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news around the league before diving into which remaining free agents might be worthwhile additions for Indianapolis (17:02).
65 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
EP 146. Vaccines Impacting Players/Colts Fantasy Outlook
The NFL recently released an update on restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated players. Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show by discussing how this will impact the league and more specifically the Colts. The duo then breaks down how Indy's offseason moves impact the fantasy football stock of your favorite Colts players (11:26). (NOTE: Technical difficulties this week led to a reduction in sound quality. We apologize for the issue and will have it fixed by next week's show.)
62 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
EP 145. Julio Jones Impact/Colts Coordinators
The division rival Tennessee Titans added a big-time weapon in wide receiver Julio Jones. Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins discuss Jones' impact on the Titans (8:48) and if his addition makes Tennessee the favorites in the AFC South. We also hear from Colts coordinators Matt Eberflus (32:06) and Marcus Brady (48:48), who recently spoke with the media.
59 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
EP 144. Minicamp Interviews
Mike Chappell and Joe Hopkins begin the show by discussing Adam Vinatieri's retirement and some newly released preseason details (10:13). Then we hear from Frank Reich (14:13), Carson Wentz (30:01), Nyheim Hines (42:51), Kwity Paye (48:37) and Kemoko Turay during their recent media sessions.
64 minutes | May 26, 2021
EP 143. Minicamp Buzz/Colts Betting Odds
The Colts wrap up minicamp this week before going their separate ways until training camp. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins discuss the news of the week before diving into minicamp buzz (22:04) and giving their thoughts on some Colts betting odds (52:01).
65 minutes | May 20, 2021
EP 142. Minicamp Buzz/AFC South Turnover
The Colts are in the midst of a two-week minicamp, the last work they'll as a team until training camp arrives. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins start the show with news of the week before discussing minicamp buzz (21:38) and detailing the roster turnover that took place this offseason in the AFC South (48:49).
55 minutes | May 13, 2021
141. Colts Land Left Tackle/NFL Schedule Release
The Colts finally have an answer at left tackle after signing veteran Eric Fisher. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins discuss what Fisher can bring to the Colts (9:44), break down Indianapolis' newly released 2021 schedule (25:49), and analyze the draft classes of Indy's AFC South rivals (40:32).
62 minutes | May 5, 2021
EP 140. Colts Draft Class Breakdown
The picks are in! Now it's time to break down the Colts' 2021 draft class. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins start the show with a few bits of news before diving into Indianapolis' evolving situation at left tackle (6:30) and analyzing each of the Colts' seven draft picks (28:12).
75 minutes | May 3, 2021
Bonus Content: Post-Draft Interviews
Hear from general manager Chris Ballard, head coach Frank Reich and all seven Colts draft picks in their post-draft interviews. We start with Kwity Paye (0:31), then hear Ballard's thoughts on the first rounder (6:42). Next is Dayo Odeyingbo (18:22), followed by Ballard's thoughts on the second round pick (26:56). Next is Day 3 picks Kylen Granson (36:44), Shawn Davis (43:02), Sam Ehlinger (45:28), Mike Strachan (50:01) and Will Fries (55:53). The show ends with Ballard and Reich's joint presser (57:19).
68 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
EP 139. Final Draft Preview
The NFL Draft is almost here! Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins start the show with news around the league. The trio then discusses takeaways from Chris Ballard's recent media session (12:11), dives into the latest draft rumors (31:45), analyzes who experts think the Colts will draft in a final mock draft roundup (44:26) and explores draft day "what ifs" (52:29). Plus, CBS4's Chris Widlic got the chance for a one-on-one interview with Ballard ahead of the draft (1:01:38).
34 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
Bonus Content: Chris Ballard Pre-Draft Media Session
Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard spoke with local media Friday to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. Here is the full conversation.
64 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
EP 138. Draft Class Breakdown: Colts' Options at CB & TE
While offensive tackle and defensive end remain the Colts' biggest areas of need, Indianapolis could look to draft upgrades at cornerback and tight end as well. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show with news of the week before discussing potential draft trades (11:28), exploring the latest mock drafts (17:47) and breaking down this year's cornerback (31:44) and tight end (48:48) classes.
46 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
EP 137. Draft Class Breakdown: Colts' Options at Defensive End
Pass rush remains a need for the Colts. With just two weeks until the NFL Draft, Mike Chappell and Joe Hopkins dissect recent mock drafts to determine the best-case scenario for the Colts (17:50) and break down the draft's top defensive end prospects to find the best fits for Indianapolis (26:15).
54 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
EP 136. Draft Class Breakdown: Colts' Options at Offensive Tackle
As the draft approaches, it's time we get to know some of the prospects who could soon be sporting a Colts uniform. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins start the show with news around the league. The gang then compares the Sam Darnold trade to the Carson Wentz trade (14:05), takes a look at who experts think the Colts will draft in their latest mocks and dives into the Colts' offensive tackle options in rounds 1 and 2.
56 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
EP 135. Mock Drafts: Who Will Colts Pick?
April is here, which means it's officially draft month! Mike Chappell Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins begin the show by discussing the Colts' recent roster moves. They then talk takeaways from T.Y. Hilton and Xavier Rhodes' media sessions Thursday (7:53), break down the new 17-game season (20:52), and check out different mock drafts to see who experts think the Colts will draft in round 1 (34:00).
56 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
EP 134. T.Y. is Home/AFC South Free Agent Roundup
T.Y. Hilton is back home after re-signing with the Colts on a one-year deal. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and Joe Hopkins break down the contract and what the signing means for both Hilton and the Colts. The trio then discusses Indianapolis' other free agent moves (18:57) and who else the team may target (36:07). Finally, the crew takes a look at the moves made around the AFC South and debates which team made the biggest improvement.
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