ANDERSON – Chuck Pagano cautioned after Sunday’s 44-20 loss to Buffalo that things never are as good or as bad as they look.
After a few hours of review and a day off for the players, it is time to move past the game and correct mistakes that were made.
The first units played no more than three series, while some starters came out after two possessions.
Talk of physical play has been prevalent in camp. Pagano said the team’s performance should not sound alarms on that front, but that players just need to execute better and be sharper.
“It could have been probably a little bit better,” said Pagano of the efforts of his front-liners in a small amount of action. “I thought our offensive line did a nice job. We opened up some holes and things like that.”
The Colts’ offensive starters were mounting a scoring drive on their second chance until a turnover halted the push in the Buffalo red zone.
“We gave up two long runs early to (C.J.) Spiller. I don’t think it was so much the physical part of it. Give Buffalo credit, they did a nice job (of) blocking. We know what type of back Spiller is.”
Spiller ripped off consecutive runs of 17 and 15 yards on Buffalo’s first two plays. Those came against a Colts unit that was missing starting inside linebacker
“We have to do a better job technique-wise up front of staying on our feet, making sure we turn the ball back inside. They got outside our corners. Guys played physical, played tough. We just didn’t play smart in certain situations.”
Indianapolis entered the game with 17 players too banged up to participate. Among those was top draft pick
Buffalo rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel hit 35-of-44 passes for three scores, and 136 of the Bills’ 451 yards came on the ground. One-third of the Buffalo possessions had at least nine scrimmage snaps.
Indianapolis allowed kickoff returns of 53 and 107 yards.
“I think it was probably a combination of both,” said Pagano on if errors were more physical or mental. “You get a lot of young guys out there, by no means it’s no excuses, but we made some mental errors.
“Give (Buffalo’s) guys credit. They did a nice job. They put some heat on us, put some pressure on us. Probably a little bit, a combination, of both.”
Owner Jim Irsay expressed his concern on Monday saying via Twitter the game was not to the bar that has been set and that he has discussed it with his “commanders.” Irsay noted many players were nursing injuries, but that the performance could have been better.
NEWS OF THE DAY
Bradshaw was restored to the active roster. He no longer is on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
“Cassius Vaughn, his x-rays and MRI came back negative. He had had surgery on that wrist a while back. I think mainly what happened (was) he got hit on it (and) it probably tore up some scar tissue. He’ll be day-to-day.”
Hughes will be day-to-day as well, while Spears may miss a week.
PAGANO SAYS (On if there are formations that are best for Andrew Luck, given the wide range of looks shown by the offense on Sunday)
“I don’t think it matters with him or any of our guys. We’re going to be multiple formation-wise (with) multiple personnel groups and utilize multiple shifts and motions. Going into the first preseason game, you’re a little bit more vanilla. I don’t think there’s one (formation) that’s best suited for not only Andrew or anybody else. We’re going to be as multiple as possible.”
PREVIOUS TRIVIA QUIZ
The Colts’ all-time single-game completion percentage leader (minimum 15 attempts) and the player to hold that mark against the Colts also met as opposing signal-callers to decide a world championship. Who are they? ANSWER: Peyton Manning hit 87.5 percent of his passes vs. Tennessee (14-of-16) on 12/30/07. Drew Brees hit 88.6 percent of his passes vs. the Colts (31-of-35) on 10/23/11. They met as respective starters in Super Bowl XLIV on 2/7/10.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUIZ
Who are the six Colts who played during the Indianapolis era to snare touchdown passes from at least four different passers (three date back to the Baltimore era as well)? See the next Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.
The next practice for public viewing is Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.