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

  1. By connie humerickhouse on Oct 23, 2013 | Reply

    I THINK REGGIE WILL BE BACK FOR THE PLAYOFFS. HE’S SUCH A FIGHTER. HE’LL SURPRISE EVERYONE.

  2. By Matt English on Oct 23, 2013 | Reply

    You should have Reggie mentor Da’Rick Rogers and show him what’s possible if you just stay clean.

    Da’Rick Rogers needs to be moved to the active roster and given a chance to shine.

  3. By crazyhorse on Oct 24, 2013 | Reply

    @ Connie, Nice sentiment and I wish that were the case. We (the fans) wont see Reggie in pads again until next season. An ACL tear is a season ender. Wishing Reggie all the best. Heal up 87!

  4. By jessica on Oct 27, 2013 | Reply

    My opinion, Donald Brown is a way better runner than Richards!..I hope the coaches see how many yards in comparison these two men have…lets fix this

  5. By don s. on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    we can only hope that reggie will be back what with mr irsys record of letting go of injured players reggie may need to look for a new home and that would be a great loss to the colts. remember what he did with peyton

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