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Pagano talks the Denver game living up to the “hype”, Wayne’s injury, Mathis’ safety and the home crowd

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 23, 2013 – 9:15 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday night.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the Colts 39-33 win over the Denver Broncos:

On the Colts/Broncos game living up to the hype:

“Yeah, no question about it. It’s one of those games that you are going to remember forever and forever. Of course our fans were lights out. They were tremendous and they were there for us the whole way. Our guys stepped up and they made plays when they had to make plays. We knew Denver was going to make plays and we knew Peyton was going to make plays but we made a couple more then they made. We got contributions from so many different players, all three phases. I can’t speak enough about our defense and the job that they did. Nobody has been able to do that to that bunch to this point. Really proud of the guys.”

On Reggie Wayne’s season ending injury:

“It breaks your heart because you know what a warrior he is, what a warrior he has been, what he’s meant to this organization, to this franchise, to this city. To see a guy go down, we hate to lose anybody, Bob, and we’ve lost our fair share as you know, I just go back and look at that IR list and you don’t want to see it keep growing. You can’t replace Reggie and what he means and what he’s done and what he does on game day and what he does Monday-Saturday. We talked at length about that. We said we’ll get through the surgery and we’ll get him back in here and he’s got to be here. His presence, he’ll be in meetings. He’ll be doing all the same stuff, the only difference will be he won’t be suiting up and playing until a year from now. I know the guy and I know how he’s wired, his mindset and I know everybody else does, he’ll be so determined to work his tail back because I know he’s not going out this way.”

On Erik Walden’s game against the Broncos:

“He showed up big time, just like he showed up in every ball game this year. We feel very, very fortunate to have landed Erik. He was huge (Sunday). He came up big, recovering the one that was darn near a touchdown and he got the safety off Robert’s sack. Getting great pressure on the quarterback, harassing him as much as he did, to get (Peyton Manning’s) arm just in time and that ball goes straight up in the air, and right when we needed it too. I think I was saying “Hail Mary’s” on the sideline and then you look up and that ball lands in Pat’s (Angerer) lap. He played a great ball game.”

On the home crowd Sunday night:

“They were unbelievable. Even though the roof was open, and the window, it was electric in there. It was loud. They showed up just like we knew they would. They’re Hoosiers. They’ve been behind the horseshoe the entire time and I knew it wouldn’t change on Sunday night. I can’t thank them enough and I know our players appreciate and love them. The 12th man is unbelievable.”

On Robert Mathis sack/safety and if it changed momentum:

“I think that was huge because I think after that for maybe the second or third quarter, any time you can get after the quarterback, I don’t care who you’re playing, you can sense that and that clock in their head starts to tick a little bit faster. There was a lot of game changing plays in that game but that was the biggest one.”


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Eye on the Prize: Week 8 AFC South Standings

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.

Here is a look after Week Seven:

Chiefs 17, Texans 16

-Case Kennum made his first NFL start and threw for 271 yards and a touchdown but it was not enough. Kansas City built a 17-16 lead with 4:21 to go in the third quarter and from then on out the stellar Chiefs defense dominated. Keenum was sacked five times and Houston running back Arian Foster left the game in the first quarter after four carries for 11 yards.

NEXT GAME: Indianapolis, Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EST

49ers 31, Titans 17

-The visiting 49ers jumped out to a 24-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Tennessee had Jake Locker back in the starting lineup but that didn’t matter with San Francisco dominating the first three quarters. Locker threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns but was also sacked three times and picked off once. San Francisco held Titans running back Chris Johnson to 39 rushing yards on just nine carries.

NEXT GAME: @St. Louis, Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Chargers 24, Jaguars 6

-The Jaguars head to London this weekend still searching for their first win. San Diego built a 17-6 late third quarter lead but any comeback from the home Jaguars was quickly put to rest. Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne threw for 318 yards but was sacked six times with receiver Mike Brown catching five balls for 120 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball just nine times for 37 yards.

NEXT GAME: San Francisco, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

2013 AFC South Standings

Indianapolis 5-2

Tennessee 3-4

Houston 2-5

Jacksonville 0-7


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 23rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:42 am

Week Eight means a bye week for the Colts as the news does not come close to rivaling that of last week. Today’s news look at Chuck Pagano giving the players the week off and the play of Vontae Davis.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 23rd.

Pagano rewards players with the week off

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

Before Chuck Pagano broke down the post locker room huddle Sunday night, he gave the players something they all wanted to hear—you have the week off.

“They earned it,” Pagano said. “What they’ve done to this point, they earned the extra time off. We got a great group, we got great leaders and I trust everyone will take care of themselves and do the right things and get away and have time to recharge, take care of their bodies, get healthy, be with family and reconnect with whoever they need to reconnect with.”

There were some players at the team’s facility on Monday, with most of them making the necessary arrangements to get out of town for the week. Receiver T.Y. Hilton said he was leaving “ASAP” to head down to Florida. Cornerback Vontae Davis plans to head to a tropical island.

Despite all the injuries they’ve dealt with — five players out for the season — the Colts are 5-2 and have a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South.

Indianapolis will return to the practice field on Oct. 28 in preparation for its game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 3.

“Guys know if they don’t handle the privilege of having these days off, you’re not answering to coaches or the GM, you’re answering to Robert Mathis, you’re answering to Cory Redding,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “That’s scary. I think maybe we’re young in certain areas, but not an immature team. Guys know what’s at stake and I don’t see anybody using this in a bad way.”

Vontae Davis can laugh at himself after great game, minor mistake vs. Denver

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

Vontae Davis played one of the finest games a corner can play against Peyton Manning which is just another indication of the progress he has made since coming to Indianapolis.

There was a time when Davis was unsure where this whole Indianapolis experience would take him. Turns out, it took him to the top.

“It’s life. You have to make the best of your opportunities,” he said. “I feel like God blessed me with this opportunity to come here on a young team. I’m still young in my career. Now this is a chance to do some good things in Indy. I think the sky is the limit. I’m just scratching the surface.”

The best thing Davis has done is respond to coaching. He’s always seen himself as the traditional shutdown cornerback, the guy who can shadow top receivers step for step. But there’s another progression in the process of becoming great, as secondary coach Mike Gillhamer so often reminds him.

“Vontae sees himself that way (as a cover corner) but we try to get across that he’s got to be a complete corner,” Gillhamer said. “He’s got to do all the things. Since he’s gotten here, we’ve really worked on his technique. A lot of times, I think what’s happened in Vontae’s past is, when things go bad, you revert back to old habits. So, you need something you can go back to when things go bad. That’s what we’ve gotten across to him. And he’s responded really well.”


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