While the Colts were busy rattling off a 9-3 record without Chuck Pagano, they made sure to keep their head coach on the edge of his seat.
Of the nine wins, eight of those were decided by less than seven points with numerous fourth quarter comebacks involved in the victories.
“They’ve done that all season long. From the time that I was diagnosed and left, I’ve been watching this team fight and fight and fight,” Pagano said on his season-ending radio show.
“The first one down 21-3 to Green Bay and comeback to win that football game just kind of propelled this team into having the season that they had.”
Whether it was Andrew Luck leading final minute drives, the defense coming up with critical turnovers or the special teams winning the field positioning battle, Pagano was in awe of how his team continually executed throughout the entire 60 minutes.
“This team has no quit in it. They love football. They love playing. They believe,” Pagano said. “It’s a testament to their character, what they’re made of, how they represented the horseshoe of this organization and their name.”
In turning in an 11-5 record, the Colts became the only team in the AFC to not lose consecutive games all season long.
Pagano’s physical presence might not have been at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center but the message that he established during the offseason paved the way for a nine-win turnaround.
“We set a foundation from day one that we were going to stick with the process,” Pagano said.
“I know we beat that to death but that’s what you have to do in this league. You have to stick to the process and regardless of what happens on Sunday. You take a look at the film on Monday, you evaluate it, you make the corrections and then you move on. Nobody did it better than these Colts this year.”
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed three players to Reserve/Future contracts, including running back Alvester Alexander, linebacker Jake Killeen and offensive tackle Lee Ziemba.
Alexander, 5-11, 204 pounds, was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2012 before being waived on July 17. He was signed by the Colts on August 15 and spent time on the practice squad during the season. On December 26, he was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad.
Killeen, 6-4, 240 pounds, spent the last three years in the Indoor Football League playing for the Tri-Cities Fever. Over the past two seasons, he helped the Fever to back-to-back Intense Conference championships. In 2012, he played in 15 games, leading the team with 10.5 sacks, forcing three fumbles and recording one interception. In 2011, Killeen had three sacks and one interception in eight games.
Ziemba, 6-6, 320 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 18, 2012. Last season, he played in six games with the Carolina Panthers. Ziemba was originally selected by the Panthers in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Auburn and was waived on December 11, 2012.
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Vontae Davis has called Indianapolis home for a little more than four months but could not be happier.
In his fourth NFL season, Davis fought through injuries to play his best football at the end of the year and got his first taste of the playoffs.
“I love it here,” Davis said of Indianapolis. “The fans and everybody in the locker room took me in. Right now I’m excited for next year to be back with the guys and there’s going to be a lot to build on.”
Just prior to the Colts final preseason game, Davis was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second round draft pick.
Davis played his first three seasons with the Dolphins and even though he was not familiar with many faces around the Colts locker room, he quickly felt apart of his new family
“Coming in from Miami, the transition was kind of tough at first trying to get used to everything but I settled in and it became a fun ride,” Davis said.
“Getting to know and getting used to the guys, I felt like I built a relationship with a lot of the guys here.”
As the Colts head into the offseason, they do so without their second round pick but head coach Chuck Pagano has been adamant that you won’t find a players with Davis’ talent at that point come April.
Davis production would back up that statement with him finishing the season with three interceptions in the final two regular season games. He became an extremely sound tackler in open space for the Colts defense.
For the first time in his NFL career, Davis got a taste of something his brother (Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers) has told him all about.
The playoffs is something Davis wants to get used to experiencing and he’s itching to put in the needed time this offseason in order to get back to that atmosphere.
“We had the record we had a lot of guys bought in and worked hard,” Davis said. “You can’t accomplishing nothing without the hard work. We just have to come in and work hard to get where we want to get to next year.”
“This was my first playoff experience and the feeling was just phenomenal. I want to get there and go further next time.”
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