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STRONG START TO SECOND HALF KEY FOR COLTS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 4, 2012 – 8:04 am

Heading into Sunday’s game against the Packers, interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Colts players have talked about the undeniable emotion that will be with them when they take the field.

Controlling that passion is a focus for Arians but he also wants to see some of that emotion come out of the Colts locker room following halftime.

The third quarter has not been kind to the Colts offense this season scoring just three points in three games.

Quarterback Andrew Luck doesn’t deny the fact that the offense needs more production in the third quarter and maintaining that success the unit has had in the first half will be a key on Sunday.

“I think one is trying to sustain focus for 60 minutes, regardless of how the first half went, good, bad, mediocre,” Luck said. “Realize it’s a 60-minute game. No one tallies up a win or loss after the first half. We’ve got to just come out strong, stay focused and hopefully we’ll start righting that wrong in this upcoming game.”

The Colts have scored 45 points in the first half this season but just a total of 16 points and one touchdown in the final two quarters combined.

In all three of the Colts games, they have had chances to score in the final two minutes of the first half and converted three of those four opportunities.

Converting late in the first half is only one half of completing the equation for Arians.

“I think coming out of the locker room both times (the Minnesota and Jacksonville games) we had a chance for a double score, and usually when you get a double score at the end of the half and the first possession of the third quarter, you win 80 percent of the time,” Arians said.

“We’ve just got to finish ball games, all 60 minutes of them. We’ve been doing a heck of a job for about 58 of them. We’ve just got to finish the whole game, especially a team like the Packers.”

The success the Colts have had during two-minute drills early in the season has been due in large part to the communication of the offense according to Luck.

With Arians having to expand his role with head coaching duties, Luck and his offensive coordinator sat down early in the week to make sure that communication wouldn’t change.

“He brought me into his office after I first found out and said we can’t let it affect anything, the communication, the dialogue, talking about what Green Bay is going to do or what we’re trying to accomplish as an offense,” Luck said.

“That might involve having to make an extra 10 minutes after his head coaching duties to make sure we get the same conversation in, the same dialogue. We’ll try hard to not let it affect what’s been done up to this point and the growth and progress of this offense.”


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