The Colts will have an off day on Tuesday as the 24-hour rule is gone following Sunday’s loss. Today’s news looks at the implications of Sunday’s loss, the search for consistency and the Colts dealing with depth issues.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, September 17th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The 2013 regular season is just two weeks old but the word “playoffs” is already being thrown around.
Yet considering the challenges facing the Colts over the next five weeks, beginning with Sunday’s visit to San Francisco, it’s only reasonable to wonder whether the 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins will have a lasting impact.
“We realize we can’t go back and do anything about it,” quarterback Andrew Luck said Monday afternoon. “They won fair and square. You can’t complain about it. You can’t say you got cheated or robbed.
“We realize we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
The word consistency is what Bremer uses to describe what the Colts are looking for over the course of 60 minutes.
There have been flashes of the team Indianapolis can become, but they have not been sustained. The first quarter of the opener against Oakland was one high point. The second quarter Sunday against Miami was another. But the other six quarters of football the Colts have played this season have ranged from mediocre to … well, miserable.
“I just think we got to play better,” Pagano said. “We got to play 60 minutes of consistent football on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We’ll continue to look for ways to make sure that we can do that.”
And Andrew Luck’s thoughts?
“I just think we need a little more focus, realize it’s a long ballgame,” Luck said. “We’ve got great veterans in this locker room. I think we’ve got great football players. We realize we can’t survive our mistakes every week. We realize we can’t make as many mistakes, especially in the second half. Maybe that is a bit of lack of focus, or whatever it is, I don’t think I can put my finger on it. But it’s something we’ll focus on and hopefully improve upon.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
Similar to the word “playoffs”, the word “depth” is already being thrown around the Colts complex.
Some significant injuries on the offensive side of the ball have tested the Colts depth already in 2013.
“I’m glad we were able to acquire the pieces that we did through free agency and the draft last year because it brought us more depth and more competition at all spots,” Pagano said. “You hate to lose anybody. You watch any game, you pick up any box score you look stats, it happens. It’s part of the NFL. I feel good about the guys we have at those positions that filled in.”
Rookie Hugh Thornton has moved into the starting left guard spot in Thomas’ place and Ahmad Bradshaw is starting at running back for Ballard. Bradshaw was likely going to become the starter at some point this season. Ballard’s injury just sped up the process. Donald Brown is backing up Bradshaw.
The Colts still have eight offensive linemen on the roster. Khaled Holmes and Jeff Linkenbach were inactive against the Dolphins.
“Guys get injured,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “It stinks when it happens. Your heart breaks when it’s Vick Ballard or Donald Thomas, really anybody, it stinks. Whether it’s last year, the head coach going down, or any year when players go down, you got to play and you can’t miss a beat.”
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