2018 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2018 season was the Indianapolis Colts' 66th in the National Football League and their 35th in Indianapolis. It was their first season under head coach Frank Reich and second under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard. Despite a 1–5 start, the Colts managed to improve on their 4–12 campaign with a 38-10 victory over the Tennesee Titans which included a 5 game winning streak. On Week 16, the Colts achieved their first winning season since 2014 with a 28–27 win against the New York Giants; the next week, they beat the Tennessee Titans in a win or go home match-up to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and became the third team in NFL history to qualify for the playoffs after a 1–5 start and first since the 2015 Chiefs. In the Wild Card Round, the Colts defeated the Houston Texans 21–7, but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round 13–31 ending their season. On December 31, 2017, the Colts parted ways with head coach Chuck Pagano. After two interviews, it was reported that the Colts would hire New England Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to replace him, after McDaniels fulfilled his obligations to the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
The Colts announced on the team website that they had agreed to terms with McDaniels and scheduled a press conference with McDaniels for February 5, 2018. However, one day McDaniels unexpectedly withdrew from the agreement in principle to become the Colts' head coach. On February 11, 2018, after interviewing multiple candidates, including Leslie Frazier and Dan Campbell, the Colts announced the hiring of Frank Reich the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator. Draft trades The Colts traded their first-round selection to the Jets in exchange for the Jets' first-round selection, two second-round selections, the their second-round selection in 2019; the Colts traded a second-round selection they received from the Jets to the Eagles in exchange for the Eagles' second-round selection and fifth-round selection. The Colts traded their third-round selection and their sixth-round selection to the Browns in exchange for the Browns' second-round selection; the Colts traded their fifth-round selection to the Raiders in exchange for the Raiders' fifth-round selection and sixth-round selection.
The Colts traded defensive end Henry Anderson to the Jets in exchange for the Jets' seventh-round pick acquired from Seattle. The Colts' 2018 schedule was announced on April 19. Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text. Official website
Derrick O’Hara Johnson is an American football linebacker, a free agent. He played college football at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He has played for the Oakland Raiders. Johnson was born in Texas, he attended Waco High School, where he was a three-sport star in football and basketball. In football, he played as a linebacker, registering 170 tackles, 21.0 stops for loss, 6.0 quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown as a senior. Johnson produced four forced fumbles in a single game, he earned Parade magazine high school All-America and first-team All-Texas Class 5A honors following both his junior and senior seasons, played in the first-ever U. S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30, 2000; as a standout track & field athlete, Johnson was a state-qualifier in the 100-meters and the triple jump. He recorded a 10.5-second 100-meter dash, while clearing over 48 ft in the triple jump.
At the District 13-5A Championships, he ran a leg on the Waco 4 × 100 m relay squad, helping them earn a fourth-place finish at 38.67 seconds. Johnson enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin, played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 2001 to 2004 and became one of the most dominant linebackers in Longhorns history. Johnson was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2002, 2003 and 2004, a consensus first-team All-American in 2003, unanimous first-team All-American in 2004. Following his senior season, he was recognized as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, received the Dick Butkus Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy; the Texas Longhorns finished 11–1, defeated the Michigan Wolverines 38–37 in the 2005 Rose Bowl. 2003 Consensus First-team All-American 2004 Consensus First-team All-American 2004 Dick Butkus Award 2004 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Johnson entered the 2005 NFL Draft as a touted prospect and attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed all of the combine drills.
On March 23, 2005, he attended Texas' pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only performed positional drills. He was projected to be a first round pick by NFL draft scouts, he was ranked as the top outside linebacker prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and DraftCountdown.com. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Johnson in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Johnson was the fourth linebacker drafted in 2005, behind DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, Thomas Davis. All four linebackers would be voted to the at least three Pro Bowls each and have successful careers. On July 31, 2005, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Johnson to a five-year, $10.40 million contract that includes $7.03 million guaranteed. He entered training camp slated as a starting outside linebacker. Head coach Dick Vermeil named him the left outside linebacker to start the regular season, along with Kendrell Bell and middle linebacker Kawika Mitchell, he made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener against the New York Jets and recorded nine combined tackles, forced a fumble, made his first career sack on quarterback Chad Pennington in their 27–7 victory.
On October 2, 2005, Johnson collected a season-high ten solo tackles during a 37–31 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4. Johnson started all 16 games of his rookie campaign in 2005 and made 95 combined tackles, five pass deflections, two forced fumbles, two sacks, he was subsequently awarded the Mack Lee Hill Award as their rookie of the year. The Kansas City Chiefs finished second in the AFC West with a 10–6 record, but did not qualify for the playoffs. On January 1, 2006, Kansas City Chiefs' head coach Dick Vermeil announced his retirement after five seasons with the team. Head coach Herm Edwards chose to retain defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and the base 4-3 defense, he retained starting linebackers Johnson and Mitchell to begin the season. On October 29, 2006, Johnson made five combined tackles and two sacks on quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the Chiefs' 30–27 win against the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson missed two consecutive games due to a sprained ankle, he aggravated his injury and was inactive for a Week 13 loss at the Cleveland Browns.
In Week 16, he collected. He finished the season with 75 combined tackles, 4.5 sacks, three passes defensed in 13 games and 13 starts. Head coach Herman Edwards retained Johnson as the starting left outside linebacker to begin the regular season, alongside Donnie Edwards and starting middle linebacker Napoleon Harris. On September 16, 2007, Johnson recorded seven combined tackles, a season-high two pass deflections, forced a fumble, sacked quarterback Rex Grossman twice during a 20–10 loss at the Chicago Bears in Week 2. In Week 4, he made three combined tackles, deflected a pass, made a sack, made his first career interception off a pass by Philip Rivers during a 30–16 win at the San Diego Chargers. On November 11, 2007, Johnson collected a season-high 11 solo tackles, deflected a pass, forced a fumble, made an interception in the Chiefs' 27–11 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 10, he started all 16 games and recorded 94 combined tackles, six pass deflections, four sacks, three forced fumbles.
Johnson and Donnie Edwards returned as the starting outside linebackers in 2008, along with middle linebacker Pat Thomas. On September 28, 2008, Johnson made six combined tackles, a pass deflection, was cred