Colts head coach Chuck Pagano re-joined the ‘Pagano Show’ on Monday evening with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey. Pagano covered a variety of topics and below are some of the highlights.
On the job interim head coach Bruce Arians did over the past 12 weeks:
“Kudos to Bruce. He did a phenomenal, phenomenal job. His football coaching ability, his teaching ability, it was a no-brainer No. 1. To see the success that he’s had and this team has had is no shocker to me. Again, when I sit back and I watch him dance (Sunday) that was the coup de grace right there. To me that was just 12 hard weeks of grinding, and grinding and grinding of not only still running that offense but manning the ship if you will, and keeping this thing in the right direction. Winning nine games and making history while he did it is just a testament to him and I’m forever in debt to him and the rest of the staff.”
On what CHUCKSTRONG means to him and what he thought of how the phrase was used all over the city:
“It’s humbling. It’s overwhelming. I think when I first saw the photo of the entire organization, the team, the coaches, everybody out on the field, I think that was the first time the whole CHUCKSTRONG thing hit me. Just the gravity of it, like I said it’s overwhelming. It’s humbling.
My work is just beginning. We’ve got a job to finish on the football field come this Sunday and then in the playoffs. To be able to go out and get the support back and serve as many people as we can serve and get the message out there, I think it’s tremendous. I think it’s part of the responsibility of going through this situation. As many lives as we can touch, as many people as we can help, it’s just giving back to a community and to a country that was just unbelievably supportive to me and my family.”
On how much he is looking forward to being on the practice field Wednesday:
“I think every coach would tell you that spending time grinding our game plans and studying tape in coming up with those type of things, sitting in those meeting is a grind. You can’t wait to hit the grass and you can’t wait to get to practice and get with the guys. That was something I talked about with the guys (Monday) morning just how good that’s going to feel to be back at practice and get back into the routine. See how fast I can move around (laughs), see if I can move around as fast as I did before I came down with this deal.”
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