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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