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With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show on Monday night following the Colts 37-3 win over the Jaguars:
On Darius Butler’s pick six against the Jaguars:
“That was definitely the spark that we needed. We did get off to a slow start and the defense was playing lights out, consistently through that ball game and saved us early so to speak. They bailed out the other side of the ball.”
On being 3-1 at the quarter poll:
“We feel great at the quarter poll if you will. We know it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Certainly to be able to go on the road and win the two road games, and we are finding just how good Miami is. Sitting here at 3-1 four games into it, I’m pleased where we are at and where we are heading.”
On Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis and their value to the Colts:
“You can’t put a value on it because they do so much. The fans, they see what they do on Sundays for 60 minutes or three hours real time. But what they do Monday-Saturday, in the locker room, in the facility, on the practice field, in the meeting room is invaluable. You can’t put a price tag on it. They are great, great players but they are team guys all the way. They are the most selfless individuals that I’ve been around. We’ve got a bunch in that locker room and no two better than those two guys.”
On Donald Brown and his big game on Sunday:
“Everybody knows Donald is a talented, talented running back. He’s a great pro. He had opportunities and he always takes advantage of those opportunities. We had some plays called where whether it be an eight-man box or a seven-man box, great call on our offensive staff’s part when Donald went in there. When you break us down statistically, Donnie is in there on a lot of passing downs so defensively they figure “not going to run the ball, they are going to pass the ball”. So they play coverage, don’t load the box up. On the big run, they had a light box if you will, six guys in there, split safety look and we had a trap called and the offensive line blocked it up perfectly. As we know Donald hit that hole and ran through two defenders and almost took it to the house.”
On dealing with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson:
“The good thing is we faced two really athletic quarterbacks. Facing (Terrelle) Pryor and then (Colin) Kaepernick definitely was good for us to see and see early. Those guys can run around and Russell Wilson is an unbelievable talent. I know he has two eyes but it’s like he has eyes all over the place, in the back of his head. He’s just got that sixth sense. He feels what’s coming. He can go left. He can go right. He can spin out. He can slide in the pocket, scramble to run down the field, scramble to pass. It’s going to be a nightmare.”
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Over the past few weeks, the “Next (Men) Up” in the Colts backfield and offensive line have received the headlines.
Yet, there’s Coby Fleener going about his business following Dwayne Allen being placed on injured reserve after Allen played in Week One.
“I would say that I have to pick up some slack as far as some plays where Dwayne would have been in,” Fleener said on Monday.
“Anytime a guy like Dwayne (Allen) goes down who makes such a big impact for the offense, other guys are going to have to fill in here and there. So yeah, I would say my role has expanded a little bit.”
Fleener has seen his playing time increase over the last three weeks and that includes some significant blocks in the rushing department.
On Sunday, Fleener had five catches for 77 yards and his 31-yard touchdown gave the Colts a 27-3 lead early in the third quarter.
It was the fourth touchdown of Fleener’s young career and the second-year tight end could have walked into the end zone.
“I think it’s kind of the idea in basketball, layups are some of the hardest buckets to make,” Fleener said of the wide-open touchdown. “It’s one of those things where you really have to focus and make sure you do all the things, look it all the way in and focus all the way until the end.
“Thankfully Andrew (Luck) made an awesome throw, the line gave him enough time to make it out there and it looked good for us.”
During the offseason, Chuck Pagano said he expected Fleener to double the 2012 production of 26 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns.
Fleener is well ahead of that pace in yards and touchdowns already in 2013 and it’s his development in the run game that has also caught the head coach’s eye.
“We’re asking (Fleener) to do a little bit more heavy lifting in the run game and he’s responding,” Pagano said on Monday.
“You see him out there playing fast; big, tall, fast guy that’s athletic and can make plays. He had a great day yesterday.”
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The first month of the NFL season is in the books as the Colts turn the page to a very difficult month ahead. Today’s news looks at how the Colts defense will be tested this week and the “Next Man Up” philosophy.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, October 1s.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
The calendar has turned to October and with that comes the undefeated Seattle Seahawks to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“They have a roster that is filled with excellent football players on both sides of the ball,” Chuck Pagano said Monday. “They have a quarterback (Russell Wilson) who’s a nightmare to contain. They have a runner (Marshawn Lynch) that’s unbelievable. They have wide receivers who can all make plays.
“They have ballplayers all over the place. They play with swagger and they’re 4-0. We’ve got our hands full.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
It’s mantra that has been used often and early in 2013.
Yet, the Colts have held true to their words and haven’t missed a beat despite significant losses.
Next man up, indeed.
“Everybody’s accountable, and everybody’s held to a certain level of expectation,” head coach Chuck Pagano said during his afternoon news conference Monday. “You’re one play away. We’ve seen it week in and week out since I’ve been here, it happens and so guys are going to get called upon. It was like we talked about last week, no worse feeling than walking into an exam that you haven’t studied for.
“I asked the guys last week, ‘Everybody raise your hand if you ever walked into a test that you didn’t study for.’ I, myself, I was the first one to raise my hand, and everybody else rose their hand. It’s not a good feeling. That’s why we ask these guys, every one of them, to prepare as starters. Because, again, you’re one play away from having to go in and compete and perform at a level which gives us an opportunity to win.”
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