Chuck Pagano On Andrew Luck: "(Sunday) Was One Of The Best Games He's Ever Played"

Intro: It was another Monday of filled lockers and little celebration from the pervious day’s victory, which is a good thing this time of year. Here’s a look at how the Colts treated being one of eight teams left fighting for a trip to Arizona.





INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight Monday, no trash bags were inside the Colts locker room at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

The Colts are one of eight teams remaining this time of year and that meant a normal "Victory Monday" was cut short with Denver preparation becoming the top priority.

Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano and Mike Adams meeting the media on Sunday:Injury Notes:

-Jonotthan Harrison (concussion): Is under the concussion protocol.

-A.Q. Shipley (ankle): Should be ready to go for Wednesday's practice after missing Sunday's game.

-Hugh Thornton (shoulder): Still week-to-week after missing the past few weeks.

Chuck Pagano on young guys playing well in the playoffs:

"This time of year with injuries and stuff it's all hands on deck.

"It was great to see everybody go out and play well, especially the young guys."

Bowen's Analysis: In the second half of the season, Jim Irsay met with Ryan Grigson and gave him the term "mine more gold" as the Colts reached the stretch run of the season. Were there players deep on the roster, the Colts could utilize in an eventual playoff push?

Names like Boom Herron, Donte Moncrief, Jonathan Newsome are three guys who have seen their reps, and production, rise significantly in the recent weeks. All provide the Colts unique skillsets that will be needed in traveling to Denver, and possibly beyond.

Chuck Pagano on the play of Andrew Luck from Sunday:


It was one of the best games that he's ever played, I think."

Bowen's Analysis: The stat line for Luck on Sunday read: 31-of-44, for 376 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Luck has certainly had more gaudy box scores in his three NFL seasons but it's hard to argue against Pagano's rationale.

Considering the stage, and how Luck went about his afternoon, the day was one of the best of his career. His decision-making was nearly flawless in taking what the defense gave him and knowing when to settle for check downs. The Colts offense put together six scoring drives on Sunday, a number they reached several times earlier this season. Now, Luck has to take that type of decision-making into a hostile environment with five Pro Bowl defenders.

Mike Adams on being pleased with a Wild Card win:

"Why should we be we satisfied?

"What did we do? Our goal is to win the Super Bowl. Our goal is to win every week."

Bowen's Analysis: Adams is one of two players (Shaun Phillips) inside the Colts locker room who played in last year's Super Bowl. With Denver last year, Adams fell short of a Super Bowl title in his 10th NFL season.

The former Bronco talked about two specific areas on what the Colts defense has to do to earn a road victory on Sunday. Getting pressure on Peyton Manning is rather obvious, but Adams pointed to the end of the second quarter as a critical time this weekend. Denver thrives on scoring late in halves and Adams was steadfast in the importance of the Colts flipping this script on Sunday.

#BeatDenver Starts Today #GoColts — Jonathan Newsome (@JNEW_11) January 5, 2015

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