INDIANAPOLIS – Wednesday is the most in-depth insight the media gets from Chuck Pagano each week.
With a conference call with the Titans media and his weekly presser also in Indianapolis, Pagano covers a variety of topics each Wednesday.
Here are some of the highlights from Pagano on Wednesday
On having confidence in Ahmad Bradshaw and his neck:
"I think there's a certain amount of snaps that we can take off his plate, so to speak, so he doesn't have to play 30 or 40 snaps, which will obviously pay dividends down the road. It's no different from any of those guys that are coming off. Reggie (Wayne) coming off a knee, if we can get him the right amount of snaps and he doesn't have to come in on a Monday or Tuesday and he's got a bunch of fluid on his knee because he played 70 snaps, that's not very smart on my part or our part. I think the numbers are working out well for Ahmad."
On the play of the Colts offensive line this season:**
"I love the way they're coming together. Any time you can have back-to-back games and move the ball the way we moved it. We moved the ball well in the second half of the opener and moved it well against Philly and then over 500 yards last week. I think the chemistry, the continuity of that group, they're gaining confidence with every single snap and every single game and all they'll do is continue to get better. Really proud of those guys. Their coaches are doing a great job with them. Gos (Gosder Cherilus) and AC (Anthony Castonzo), they've got great leadership in there in those two guys. They're leading them and they're all getting better."
On the progression of Jack Doyle:
"He's doing a great job. Jack, he's a warrior man. Mr. Reliable. He does a great job on offense, he does a great job on special teams. He plays on all four core special teams, PAT protection. Whatever you ask Jack to do, he's going to go out and get the job done. I love Jack Doyle, that whole locker room loves Jack Doyle. You can't have enough Jack Doyles around."
On what he's seen from Donte Moncrief in 2014:
"From the minute he got here, we knew we had a long, athletic guy that could run, a guy that was mature beyond his years. We're getting him a little bit of burn, he's going to continue to get a little bit more action as we move forward. Obviously he's got play-making ability and again, he's a big, long, fast, athletic guy that plays big. The game's not too big for him. A lot of rookies you can't say that about but it's not too big for Donte. He goes in and he just plays and he's a good football player. He's going to be really good for us."
On the duo of Pat McAfee and Adam Vinatieri
"They're unbelievable. I feel like we got one of the best tandems in the National Football League. Pat (McAfee)'s kicking the heck out of the football. I think he's number one in the league in three different categories. He does a great job. He makes coverage a little bit easier, and we're going to need him, obviously, this week with the ability of (Dexter) McCluster and (Leon) Washington returning kicks. Adam (Vinatieri) is an ageless, ageless wonder. It never ceases to amaze you. He's just a machine. The ball's still jumping off his foot. I feel very blessed to have both of those guys on our side."
On if he senses any frustration out of Bjoern Werner:
"In the game he comes through in the end zone and knocks the ball out of the quarterback's hand and has a strip-sack, a caused fumble and it's going to be a safety but they call Vontae (Davis) for illegal contact. (Werner) played his tail off, has played his tail off every single week. Those numbers are going to come. What I told him was, 'Just don't press.' The harder you try, the worse it's going to get so just keep doing your job. Play as hard as you're playing and the numbers will come. I'm not worried one bit about it because he affected, he was that close a bunch of times."