Nearly a year ago to the day, Chuck Pagano stood in front of various media outlets and spoke of the importance to control your home field in the NFL.
It was one thing to say it but for a team coming off a 2-14 season, the proof would have to be concrete and measured in the form of wins that fall.
The Colts did just that with seven home victories in eight contests last season and the team relished the chance to get back inside of Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday night.
“It’s always nice to be here,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “It truly is a remarkable venue. As players, we definitely appreciate it. We definitely appreciate the great support from the fans.”
One point Luck made that should not be taken for granted is the chance to work in an evening/night setting at Lucas Oil.
Last year, the Colts did not play any regular season night games and in 2013 have a rather large one on the schedule this season when the Denver Broncos come to Indianapolis for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 20.
“It’s an added bonus to get here at night,” Luck said. “Just to get around and see how it differs from an afternoon was nice. Putting all that aside, I thought we got better, put in productive work. We got better as a football team (Wednesday).”
Outside linebacker Robert Mathis gave Colts fans a glimpse into an intimidating looking facemask that the Pro Bowler will be wearing this season.
Mathis is the longest tenured Colts defender and being back in the home venue never gets old.
“It’s a lot more exciting practicing in front of our crowd in the stadium that we’re going to play in every Sunday,” Mathis said on Wednesday night.
“I think we put on a good show on for the crowd, gave them something to look forward to this upcoming season. Everybody had fun.”
The crowd on Wednesday was over 10,000 fans for the open minicamp practice and the players took note of their dedication.
On numerous occasions, Luck has been amazed about the football IQ of Colts fans and Wednesday was another chance to see that first hand.
“I tell you, great, great fans. I’m astounded every time I come here or do anything with the Colts,” Luck said.
“The people that show up, it feels like you truly have the whole state of Indiana behind you. So it’s great to see all the support today, really special.”
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