INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are in the midst of evaluation before the coaching staff heads to Hawaii early next week to coach the Pro Bowl. Today’s news looks at
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, January 15th.
Luck using loss to Patriots as motivation
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
Andrew Luck will take some time off between now and March but earlier this week he had to go back and watch the season finale loss to the Patriots.
"I just wanted to watch it just to start that process of getting over it," Luck said.
Luck, who cut his interceptions in half during the regular season, threw four picks in the loss to the Patriots to bring his two-game playoff total to seven.
"I don't think I'm quite over it yet," he said. "It's good motivation, too. Motivation and a learning tool. I know in my mind I got to be able to use that game as a learning tool and say how can I get better from that experience. I don't think I'm over yet."
It's not surprising that Luck is being hard on himself. You like for your franchise player to be one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to not settling. There would be reason to have concern if Luck was simply happy making it to the divisional round of the playoffs, reducing his turnovers and increasing his completion percentage from his rookie season.
Coach Chuck Pagano called Luck "his own worst critic. He's very hard on himself."
"But at the same time, he can move on," Pagano said. "He's not one to beat himself up. He does a great job of that. He's one of the best I've ever seen as far as having amnesia and putting things behind him."
Colts Insider: What will the team do to improve?
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder takes a big picture look on some position groups that he feels the Colts need to improve on in 2014.
You already know the bad news: The Indianapolis Colts' season is over, coming to a sudden end Saturday night in New England in the AFC divisional playoffs.
But there is good news: The Colts have options to improve their team. Doing so will require smart decisions after lengthy deliberations between the coaching staff and front office.
Those are conversations already underway at Colts headquarters. Though the Colts don't have a first-round draft pick, they'll have more than $30 million in salary-cap space — which puts them in the top five according to most estimates — to solidify the roster.
So, where will the team's off-season efforts be concentrated? And what are some possible solutions? Here's a look: