Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians covered a variety of topics on Monday evening while on the ‘Pagano Show’ hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey. Below are some of the highlights:
On following LaVon Bazill’s 42-yard touchdown to make the score 33-28, if he thought the Colts would win:
“There was no doubt. I knew if we could get it back to a one score game, our guys were going to fight on defense to get the ball back to us with as much time as we could possibly have left on the clock using our timeouts so that we could win the game.”
On the continued success in one-possession games this season:
“They find ways to win. Again, I always go back to the veteran leadership in the room. It’s quality people leading them and then the young players having enough talent and enough gumption about themselves to make sure that they don’t let anybody down.”
On the play of the offensive line on Sunday that included backups Jeff Linkenbach and A.Q. Shipley filling in throughout the game:
“That’s the one nice thing about having back-to-back two-minute drills, you tire out the defensive line pretty good. You can’t say enough about Link. He played over 60 some plays, two different positions, no mental errors, played his heart out. It isn’t always pretty but there is a great effort and tenacity about him. A.Q. is a good, little football player. He’s always telling me that he can play guard. He got his shot and he did a nice job. You can’t give them enough praise for it.”
On the closeness of the team and the numerous players that have been added to the roster throughout the season without missing a beat:
“They will welcome anyone who is willing to put their hand in the pile. We’ve had to call guys in and sign guys, probably four or five guys have had to jump out there and play. I’ve had to learn some names quick. They did a heck of a job. Delano Howell did a good job on special teams and I think Kellen Heard has a chance to help us down the road here on the defensive line.”
On the Tennessee Titans and how they’ve changed since the team’s first meeting, six weeks ago:
“They’ve gotten better and better. The injury bug has hit them to like everybody else. They are as explosive as they’ve ever been, if Kenny Britt plays. Chris Johnson is as good as it gets. We’ve got our work cut out for us. They gave us problems with their pass rush down in Nashville that we’re going to have to work on. I think we’ve gotten a little bit better also so I think it’s going to be a fun game. If we get the crowd going like we always do, I like our chances.”
On the biggest advantage to playing at Lucas Oil Stadium with two home games remaining:
“I don’t think there’s any doubt it’s the crowd, especially when the roof’s closed. You can’t communicate hardly at all offensively, snap count is pretty much useless, you just watch the ball. If an offensive lineman is looking at the ball, he’s not going to get off on time with his eyes back on his target because you play the game with your eyes. So it’s a huge, huge advantage when the guy next to you can’t even communicate, offensive lineman especially.”
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With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.
Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had just two catches on Sunday but they came at critical times. His 40-yard screen pass early in the second quarter came with the Colts down 17-7 and led to Coby Fleener’s touchdown. Allen’s second catch, a 10-yarder, came on the game-winning touchdown drive.
Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard had nine carries for 41 yards on Sunday to go along with three receptions for 21 yards. Ballard’s 11-yard touchdown run to begin the second half scoring was his first career NFL rushing touchdown.
LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill scored his first career NFL touchdown on Sunday as he slipped past the defense for a 42-yard score late in the fourth quarter. Brazill leads the Colts with 17.8 yards per catch.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener was back in the lineup after a shoulder injury that kept him out since Oct. 28. Just like Brazill, Fleener had only one catch but it was immense. Fleener hauled in a 26-yard touchdown in the second quarter for his first NFL score.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton recorded yet another 100-yard receiving day (on six catches). Hilton now has four games of at least 100 receiving yards on the season and his 588 receiving yards ranks third on the team. Hilton’s 60-yard first quarter grab was the longest reception of the season for the Colts.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 24-of-54 for 391 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions on Sunday afternoon. It was an eventful afternoon for Luck who led a 75- and 80-yard touchdown drive in the final five minutes.
Delano Howell, S: Howell was signed on Tuesday and saw his first action in a Colts uniform, playing on special teams on Sunday.
Rookie wide receiver Nate Palmer, tight end Dominique Jones, and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell were inactive against the Lions.
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