INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in a month, the Colts had a "Victory Monday" following a victory.
The Colts came into work on Monday for a few hours of meetings before Chuck Pagano gave the guys the rest of the week off for their bye week.
Here is what Chuck Pagano and Robert Mathis had to say to the media on Monday afternoon:
- S-Mike Adams (ankle): He's still being evaluated. Listed as day-to-day. Adams was walking around without a boot on Monday, which is obviously a good sign.
- DE-Henry Anderson (knee): Went on injured reserve Monday due to his knee injury. He will have surgery in the next couple of weeks. The full Anderson update is here.
Chuck Pagano on the play of the offense from Sunday:
"They did a great job of simplifying the plan and letting those guys tee off."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Leading into Sunday, this was the consistent message in what would look different from the offense under Rob Chudzinski. Those words turned into actions on Sunday with the Colts having the ideal balance (40 rushes and 36 passes) while winning the turnover battle.
Pagano was very pleased with the first-down efficiency from his offense on Sunday. The unit had an impressive 60 percent conversion rate on third-down (nearly 30 points higher than Denver had been allowing). On Monday, Pagano said he does want to see the offensive line clean up the 11 hits that Andrew Luck took against the league's top-sacking defense.
Chuck Pagano on the upcoming bye week:
"This is a week to recover, hit the reset button. Stay in it mentally, stay in it physically, got to workout, got to train, stay sharp, got to study."
Bowen's Analysis: Pagano said on Monday that the Colts have their "mojo" back and now they have to handle it the right way in the second half of their 2015 schedule.
The players will have the rest of the week off before they return Monday morning to play three road games in their first four back from the bye. Coming out of the bye, the Colts depth on their defensive line will once again be tested. That, along with carrying the offensive momentum on the road, will be the two major storylines to watch in November and December.Robert Mathis on Sunday's win over the Broncos:
"Make no mistake about it, the Denver Broncos are a powerhouse, so to be able to get a win against that team does a lot for our confidence."
Bowen's Analysis: It's one thing to show that you can "play" with the league's elite. It's another to beat them. The Colts finally got over that hump on Sunday by really controlling much of their 60-minute contest against the Broncos.
The Colts will now head to the bye week sitting at 4-5 with a full-game lead in the AFC South. As Pagano said on Monday, a win brought a "whole different world at West 56th"---the home of the Colts Complex. Pagano has challenged the veterans to help the Colts bottle what they showed on Sunday and carry that into the final seven games of the regular season.