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Colts linebacker Gary Brackett honored Canterbury students Thursday for raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Brackett energized about Colts coaches

Linebacker Gary Brackett believes something’s been lost in translation, as it pertains to the upheaval of the Indianapolis Colts’ coaching staff.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement,” the Colts’ defensive captain said Thursday at Canterbury, when asked about the circumstances that have left the team with almost an entirely new slate of coaches.

Frustrated Colts quarterback Peyton Manning recently made headlines by saying he’s “not sure everybody’s on the same page,” and that “I don’t think it’s been the most properly communicated scenario around here.”

The Colts are trying to figure out how former offensive coordinator Tom Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd will fit into their plans, after they retired to avoid losing money under the NFL’s revised pension plan.

They might return in some capacity as consultants, but Clyde Christensen has assumed the play-calling duties and Pete Metzelaars has taken over coaching the line.

This all comes after head coach Tony Dungy retired and was replaced by Jim Caldwell, who brought in a new defensive coordinator (Larry Coyer) and special-teams coach (Ray Rychleski).

Brackett, in town to honor Canterbury students for raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said he understands some players’ concerns but believes the Colts will regain their direction.

“I guess there are so many uncertainties with what’s going on with the coaching staff and everything,” Brackett said. “But our main focus (as players) is on what we can do and that’s our strength training, our conditioning and just being ready come August for training camp, to go in there and start our season on a good (note).”

Brackett spoke glowingly about Coyer, 66, who was an assistant with Tampa Bay last season.

“Larry has a lot of energy. He’s an older gentleman, but he has a wealth of football knowledge,” Brackett said. “You’re just blown away every time you meet with him. You’d better have a notebook because there will be a lot being said.”

Brackett, who missed the last five games last season with a broken leg, said he’s making sure his preparation is unparalleled.

“If you think you’re leading and nobody’s behind you, I guess you’re just on a long walk,” he said. “If we’re on the field and somebody’s out of place or out of position, I have to be able to recognize that properly.”

Brackett participated in a 45-minute question-and-answer session with about 50 Canterbury students. The Key Club’s 24-hour dance marathon raised $11,696, through the Pennies for Patients project, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Only one school in the state raised more money – Clay Middle School in Indianapolis with $12,665.

Gary’s brother, Greg, died from T-cell leukemia in 2005.

“I was there by his side. I was the one who gave him the bone-marrow transplant. I began to understand and get some awareness of cancer, and I told myself then that I would give back if I ever had the chance,” said Brackett, whose IMPACT Foundation benefits children with cancer.

“(Playing for the Colts) gives me a platform, and if you use it well, you can raise great funds for great causes.”