The Colts finished the month of September at 3-1 after their 37-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Today’s news looks at the big play ability of Darius Butler, avoiding the mousetrap and the defensive effort over the last two weeks.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, September 30th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
There’s something about Colts cornerback Darius Butler and his ability to turn turnovers into points all by himself.
“You only get so many opportunities on the defensive side of the ball to get the ball in your hands,” Butler said. “You want to do something more with it. It’s obviously huge.
“Turning a turnover into points, there’s nothing better than that. It’s like a kick return (for a TD) or a blocked punt. It’s that quick turnaround that demoralizes a team.”
Butler has returned four of his eight career interceptions for touchdowns.
“I’m batting .500,” he said. “I’ll take that.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
Coach Chuck Pagano had a mid-week project at Lowes this past week in trying to let his players know the importance of Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
There was no looking back on the 49ers win and no looking forward to a matchup with undefeated Seattle.
So the coach placed mousetraps in each of his players lockers to make sure the focus was heightened.
“We talked after the 49ers game that human nature is hard to fight,” Pagano said. “You start reading all the nice things, you start patting yourself on the back and you get complacent, then you get your tail kicked. You have to prepare and you have to focus and you have to grind and you have to stick to the process. I’m going to keep beating it and beating it with these guys, that we’re not going to get complacent and we’re going to stay sharp and we’re going to stay focused.”
The win set the stage for next week’s game against the undefeated Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colts are tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South with a 3-1 record.
“It was great that coach did that,” cornerback Greg Toler said. “Don’t buy into the hype, don’t be overly confident. You can be confident, but don’t be cocky.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
For the second straight week, the Colts held their opponents to single digits and have now provided a string of quarters for an elite defense.
“You can sense when blood is in the water,” Colts cornerback Vontae Davis said. “The first quarter they came out throwing their best shot at us, but we knew once we tasted blood we could jump on them quick. It got to the point where it seemed like they were ready for us to pack up our stuff and head back to Indy.”
It would be easy to wonder if the Colts’ defense is for real because they played the Jaguars, who are just treading water these days. But that thought should quickly get erased because Indianapolis did the same thing to the 49ers.
The Colts have only given up 459 yards, 28 first downs and 10 points in the past two games. It’s time to look at the Colts as more than an offensive team.
Coach Chuck Pagano’s defensive mindset and coordinator Greg Manusky’s schemes have sunk in. It just took a little while for it to happen.
“We are going to stick to the process, keep coming back in here and preparing, staying the course and staying ready,” Pagano said. “We know who we are. … Again, to go on the road, after last week’s road trip, division game, and all those things.”
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