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ARIANS TALKS KEYS TO WINNING ON THE ROAD, RUNNING GAME, CLOSE-KNIT GROUP

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 23, 2012 – 10:51 am

Bruce Arians joined ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday night’s ‘Pagano Show’ to chat about a variety of topics. Here are a few of the highlights from what Arians had to say on Monday:

On what needs to happen for the Colts to start winning on the road:

“We have to protect the football and create some kind of short field for our offense, whether it’ll be a turnover, kicking game, return (game), something good has to happen to set our offense up. If we do get down (in the red zone) and score a touchdown, not like New York where we had to kick the field goal, and get the crowd out of it that’s the fast start we are looking for.”

On a complete effort in the run game against the Browns:

“The offensive line and tight ends, they are all getting game balls. You got 150 yards rushing, they did their job. We tried to keep it as simple as possible. Reggie (Wayne) and T.Y. (Hilton) did a heck of a job blocking the perimeter and again anytime the running game works, it’s a collective, team effort.”

On how close this team is off the field:

“This is a very tight group. They want to win and they are on a mission. We are on a mission together. No one knows why we are in this situation that we’re in but everybody is embracing it and we are going to do everything we can to extend the season and hopefully Chuck can get back.”

On the tight end position and the play of Coby Fleener recently:

“I thought Coby played his best blocking game. He caught the ball extremely well. Overall, he has gotten really better the last couple of weeks. That’s a good-looking group and they are very young so they are going to be here for a long time. They’re excited to be with and working with (tight ends coach) Alfredo (Roberts), he’s done a heck of a job with them.”

On the importance of not settling for field goals:

“I think 77 percent of games are decided by four or less. That’s the difference between a field goal and a touchdown. We were down there (against the Browns), we got it in and that’s critical. They got it in, missed an extra point and had to play from behind. That point sometimes gets overlooked until you miss one. We always had that four-point, one-point cushion to deal with.”


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