With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show on Monday night following the Colts 27-7 win over the 49ers:
On running the football 39 times for 179 yards on Sunday:
“We’ve talked about it ever since we stepped foot into this building that you’ve got to be able to run the football and stop the run. It just builds your team, your mindset. The offensive line did a phenomenal job. Samson (Satele) not being able to go, Mike McGlynn stepping in at center, (Jeff) Linkenbch being ready to go at guard, the rookie (Hugh Thornton) at left guard, our tight ends, our backs, (Stanley) Havili, give them all credit. They did a phenomenal job. We said it was going to be tough sledding and it was. We said we weren’t going to be upset with a one, two, three-yard gain. It’s like Pep (Hamilton) says, ‘Invest in body blows.’ To win games like that against physical teams, on the road, you are going to have to be able to pound it, run the ball 30, 35, 40 times maybe, especially late in the season.”
On Reggie Wayne yards after catch and five receptions for 63 yards:
“He must have found the fountain of youth on the way out there (laughing). I’m yelling the whole time, ‘Get down, get down. Protect yourself. Protect yourself.’ He’s a warrior. The young guys in this organization, I keep telling them day-after-day-after-day, ‘Get in this guy’s hip pocket and emulate exactly what he does on a day-in, day-out basis.’ The veteran guys, they know what it takes to win football games like the one we were in yesterday and they play well every week. He sure stepped up his game yesterday and made some huge plays there late.”
On the Colts defense forcing seven punts and two turnovers against the 49ers:
“It’s swagger. It’s attitude. It’s expecting to go out and play well and they expect that. Obviously this is going to be a huge shot in the arm, confidence, all those things. Bob, we talk about it all the time, ‘Next Man Up.’ That’s why we beg and plead with these guys that are backup guys, might not be starters now, ‘you are one play away’. Everybody on that 53-man roster, the taxi (practice) squad, you prepare like starters because you never know when someone is going to get nicked up and you are going to have to be called to duty and perform at the same level.”
On Delano Howell’s play in starting for LaRon Landry:
“During the production meeting, they are asking me who’s going to start in place of LaRon (Landry) and they are like, ‘Who?’ I said, ‘Didn’t you guys watch any preseason games?’ And I told Delano the same thing so that kind of lit a fire under his rear a little bit. He prepares. We saw what he can do in the preseason and he earned that start by doing the things that he’s done since he’s been here. It was great to see him go out and play at a high level.
“He’s always in the right spot. No game is ever going to be perfect but he’s one of those guys that’s first in, last to leave. Takes a lot of pride in his game, studies, prepares, and again that’s why he was able to go out and play at a high level.”
On a 20-point road win against the NFC Defending Champions:
“I’ve been apart of some great ones. But again coming off a loss, traveling as far as we had to travel, we talked about that, I think this was huge on many levels. It’s probably as big a road win as I’ve been apart of. Just looking at the guys in the locker room, the players and the coaches and seeing their faces and just the sense of pride and accomplishment…because no one gave us a chance. We can go back and look at all the pregame shows, all the paper, all the writers, like last year, nobody gave us a chance to do anything. Nobody gave us a chance to go to Candlestick and win that football game and the only ones that believed were the guys in this organization. It was a great, great road victory.”
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