Head coach Chuck Pagano joined ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on a postseason version of the ‘Pagano Show’ on Monday evening. Below are some of the highlights from Monday’s show.
On how it felt to get back on the sidelines:
“What a great day. What a great day. Atmosphere electric, just typical Indianapolis Colts fans being themselves. Great, great team victory. All three phases produced.”
On how many guys that stepped up against the Texans who were not around earlier in the season:
“It’s a credit to Ryan Grigson finding those guys. You can go out and find anybody, but they uncover and turnover every stone to find the best possible guys. They provided players that come in, get a physical on Tuesday, hit the practice field, go to meetings on Wednesday morning, go to walk through, hit the practice field on Wednesday and end up either playing a significant amount of time or starting and being productive. It’s just amazing.”
On not resting players on Sunday and earning an 11th victory:
“I was reminded that on several occasions last week on if we were going to rest guys. ‘The game doesn’t matter. You are seeded where you are seeded.’ We said all week that we signed up to play 16 ball games. I’ve been around a lot of clubs that would have mailed it in at that point. Again, it just speaks to the character and type of men we’ve got in that locker room to see guys running around and having fun doing it. They just refuse to give in and there’s just no quit in this team.”
On the culture of everyone continuing to buy into the ‘team’ mantra:
“What’s great about it, is like you said in the beginning we’ve added a bunch of new guys. From the beginning of the offseason until now, we’ve added so many new faces and everyone of them has walked into that locker room and fit and meshed right in and bought into this whole culture that we’ve tried to create around here. From day one, we’ve wanted to create a culture that guys couldn’t wait to get up and come to work and that’s across the board.”
On sticking with the process even though the stakes are higher:
“(Monday) felt as normal as it’s been in the last couple of weeks. We are going to focus on the process. We are going to focus on the next game which is the Ravens. Again you go back to why we’ve had the success that we’ve had and we’ve stayed with the process. They just don’t deviate from it and these coaches don’t seem to deviate from it. It seems to be a formula that’s worked in the past for a bunch of us and it’s working here.”
On how fun the win on Sunday and this week will be:
“We play and coach a kid’s game. At the end of the day it’s a kid’s game. The stakes are higher. We understand that and we know that but if you aren’t having fun playing and coaching this game than something’s wrong. That’s the type of culture we try to create.”
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed three players to Reserve/Future contracts including safety Larry Asante, offensive tackle Robert Griffin and linebacker Quinton Spears.
Asante, 6-0, 210 pounds, has appeared in 12 games in his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making 11 tackles (10 solo), one interception and one forced fumble. He was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Asante was waived on September 4, 2010 before being signed to the Browns practice squad a day later. He was signed to the Buccaneers active roster on November 30 and played in the final two games of the season, recording his first career interception. Last season, Asante played in 10 games, tallying 10 tackles (nine solo) and a forced fumble.
Griffin, 6-6, 330 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 12, 2012 and was released on December 18. He was originally selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Baylor and was waived on August 31.
Spears, 6-4, 234 pounds, played in 13 games last season with the Cleveland Browns. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins on July 28, 2011 and was waived on September 3. The Browns acquired Spears from waivers on September 4 before waiving him on August 31, 2012.
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