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ARIANS TALKS HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS, SPECIAL TEAMS, AND ‘NEXT MAN UP’

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 11, 2012 – 2:00 pm

Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians covered a variety of topics on Monday evening while on the ‘Pagano Show’ hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey. Below are some of the highlights:

On the key to the start of the second half against the Titans:

“I’ve always been of the impression that the first five minutes of the second half usually dictate what happens in a ball game, especially when you’re down. If you get rolling just like we did with Green Bay, get an interception and something good happens with a touchdown, the crowd gets into it and then it just snowballs.”

On the message at halftime that has allowed this team to be so successful in the second half:

“You just figure out why you’re down, what the mistakes are and how to correct them. Hollering and screaming, that doesn’t get anything done. You’ve got to teach at halftime and our coaching staff does a great job of adjusting at halftime. I thought we matched (the Titans) intensity or created more intensity than they did in the second half with our crowd getting into it when we took that first drive down there and scored. So you are always positive. You’ve got to be positive until the last tick goes off the clock.”

On the play of Pat McAfee this season and some of his punts leading to turnovers:

“He’s done it over and over this year. We’ve got some turnovers out of it for big plays. He’s a Pro Bowler. I don’t know if he’ll get voted in but he’s a Pro Bowler. He’s always been a boomer but to be able to boom it and directionally kick it, that is a great, tough job. He’s handling it and getting better and better at it.”

On the importance of the special teams unit in general:

“They’ve been huge especially in the last month. T.Y’s really getting to be an electric returner. Our guys see it. They are blocking their tails off for him. Our coverage units are really doing a great job and our specialists have been outstanding. We are not where we’re at right now without our special teams.”

On the continued success of unsung guys stepping up on a weekly basis:

“They are looking for their opportunities and when you play well, you get more opportunities. They’ve bought into that style of ‘next man up’ and that’s more than a mantra when guys believe in it. Once you’re in there, don’t come out. Make me keep you in the game.”

On the enjoyment you have gotten out of helping this team out in unforeseen circumstances:

“You do what you have to do. Mr. Irsay asked me to do this and I’m more than happy to put that hat on and sit in that chair while Chuck’s out, and I can’t wait until he gets back. That’s the job I was asked to do I’m just trying to do it to my best.”


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One Response to “ARIANS TALKS HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS, SPECIAL TEAMS, AND ‘NEXT MAN UP’”

  1. By Jon Davis on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Loved the way BA talked about how he handled the halftime adjustments. Knew we’d been there and just needed to come out and play the way colts football was capable of, no need for any panic or yelling

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