INDIANAPOLIS – Monday was a day of meetings for the Colts as they began their first "normal" week of the 2014 regular season following a 44-17 win on Sunday afternoon.
The Colts will have their mandatory off day on Tuesday before practice picks back up on Wednesday. The Titans will then come to Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend.
Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano and Dwayne Allen talking to media on Monday:
Chuck Pagano on the injury to T.Y. Hilton
"He came in and the ankle is not that bad. He may be a little bit limited Wednesday."
Bowen's Analysis:* *About the lone worry on Colts fans minds following Sunday's convincing win was the status of Hilton. He got banged up on his final reception against the Jaguars (5 receptions for 80 yards) and the question of whether or not the Colts were holding Hilton out for precautionary reasons was a popular comment among the fan base.
Hilton's importance to the Colts offense speaks for itself. His unique ability to stretch the field is a threat that opposing defensive coordinators have to take into account each and every week. It doesn't appear Hilton will miss much practice time and although any loss of his would be significant (because of the pressure he puts on the backend of defenses), Donte Moncrief did emerge on Sunday indicating that the Colts have some quality depth at receiver. Also, Pagano said that special teams core player Andy Studebaker is day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
Chuck Pagano on how important Sunday was for his team and now the message moving forward:
"You can't dwell on the past, good or bad. The message today was, 'Yeah, it's great to win. Congratulations. But the 24-hour rule was in effect. You get to enjoy it for a little bit, but you've got to move on.'
Bowen's Analysis: Discounting Sunday's win isn't fair considering how dominant the Colts were on Sunday. However, this is life in the NFL and at 1-2, the Colts are still looking up at Houston in the AFC South.
Pagano knows that the coaches and leaders must not allow for any complacency to be inside of the Colts locker room this week. The Colts are in the midst of four games in 19 days and with Tennessee and Houston in the next three weeks, the AFC South picture could look entirely different come the Colts mini-bye following a trip to Houston on Thursday, October 9.
Dwayne Allen on Andrew Luck spreading the ball around on Sunday afternoon:
"That's where your team goals should be ahead of your individual. We all want to make a Pro Bowl, all want to be All-Pro but more importantly, we all want to hoist a Lombardi. As long as we all keep that No. 1, then everything else takes care of itself."
Bowen's Analysis: Monday was another chance to hear Allen, a player who had a pre-game message for his teammates on Sunday, spoke well beyond his age of 24 years old. Egos are thrown out the window inside the Colts locker room, especially when talking about the skill players.
A combination of four receivers, three tight ends and two running backs caught at least two passes from Luck on Sunday afternoon. Really besides Donte Moncrief and Jack Doyle, all of those players have been the No. 1 target at some point in their NFL careers. The old saying of 'if you keep winning, there will be plenty of individual attention to go around ' holds true when discussing the weaponry of the Colts offense.