Andrew Luck made an appearance on the NFL Network on Monday, the day after the Colts’ 40-11 loss at Arizona left them at 7-4.
The Colts maintain a two-game lead on Tennessee in the AFC South chase and host the Titans on Sunday in a key contest.
A victory Sunday and one in one of the remaining four games (at Cincinnati, vs. Houston, at Kansas City, vs. Jacksonville) would hand the Colts their eighth AFC South crown and the first since 2010.
Luck weighed in on some questions surrounding the club:
- On reasons Indianapolis has fallen behind in the first halves of the last four games:
“A myriad of factors but really at the end of the day it’s lack of execution. Credit to the other teams as well, but we’re not handling our business; I know from the offensive perspective, I’m not doing a good enough job getting completions, getting first downs, getting drives together which usually end up in points if you can get some first downs. So lack of execution and we’re working on it. Guys are anxious and excited to get back on the practice field and work on it. We understand you can’t survive your mistakes forever, as evident by this past weekend [against Arizona], so we’ll keep working on it.”
- On what are the biggest issues facing the Colts moving forward:
“Again, it’s lack of execution. The slow start [against Arizona] definitely hurt; I know I need to pick my game up, I know everybody else in the locker room feels the same way. It’s one guy here, and the next play maybe it’s another guy, the next play it’s another guy. We all just have to get back on the same page and get back on the practice field and work at it.”
- On if the game plan is to get Trent Richardson and Donald Brown involved a little bit more with wide receiver Reggie Wayne out for the rest of the season:
“I think with Reggie [Wayne] out it’s an opportunity for a lot of guys, not just the running backs, but our wideouts, tight ends to get involved. We know when we’ve been successful we’ve been able to run the football. Last weekend we didn’t do a great job of running the football, and a lot of that falls on me to make sure we’re getting in the right play. So we know when Trent’s rolling, when Donald Brown is rolling, that usually means our team is rolling.”
- On how big this weekend’s game against the Tennessee Titans is:
“It’s huge. In my short career so far, I’ve realized that every game is huge in the NFL, especially when it’s a division game at home against a salty, good team in Tennessee. It’s always fun to play them because we know it’s going to be a heavyweight fight.”
KELLEY’S VIEW: The mood of the fans is of understandable concern, but they should be heartened by the ability of the team to respond to challenges. Four games without Reggie Wayne have added to the difficulty of competing, but a time-tested process is in place that will work with accompanying execution. It’s not a very popular answer, but it is the appropriate one.
There are 52 players on the roster in addition to Luck. Each player needs to do his part (Luck and many are), and it’s good to hear leaders pointing toward themselves in saying they must produce at their highest individual level.
The margin of error shrunk a little with the Arizona loss, but no goals have been lost. The team controls its own destiny.
While the Colts have beaten Tennessee nine of the last 10, half have been by one-score margins. The last three have included comebacks.
It will be an exciting day in the stadium. Players want to atone for a 38-8 loss in their last home appearance. Tennessee is one of six teams at 5-6, and they harbor legitimate post-season hopes.
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