COLTS THURSDAY NOTEBOOK

Wayne not content with just a playoff berth, Wayne honored as Player of the Year finalist, Rhodes adds an extra dynamic and Quotables.

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COLTS NOTEBOOK

NOT SATISFIEDOvercoming the adversity Indianapolis faced to produce its ninth consecutive playoff berth certainly qualifies as a noteworthy accomplishment. However, that accomplishment is simply is not enough for Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

So come Saturday, Wayne said he and his teammates will not be satisfied with simply being in the playoffs. Their goal is to advance.

"We have some guys that are key to this team and have been put on injured reserve, but that's no excuse," Wayne said. "We've got guys who should step in and try their best to make it seem like there is no drop-off, and that's kind of what we have. Guys have been doing great at that.

"Just getting in, what does that mean? Anybody can just get in, but it's getting in, being successful and moving on to the next stage, and that's what we are trying to get done."

And while advancing is the goal, Wayne said he knows that will not come easy, as he and Colts receivers may be facing the best tandem of cornerbacks in the league in New York's Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.

But the 10-year veteran said he still relishes the challenge.

"In order to consider yourself to be one of the best you have to display that," Wayne said. "I feel like these are two top-notch corners that are in this game and they are going to force you to bring your 'A' game. I accept the challenge. I accept the challenge no matter who we play. Does my intensity change? No, that stays the same. I still prepare the same way and nothing is going to change on that."

Throughout the season Indianapolis has faced a number of defenses that have utilized multiple defensive back sets, at times playing two safeties over the top of Colts receivers to limit their deep-threat production and crowd throwing lanes.

Wayne said the Jets do not typically deploy that type of coverage, preferring instead to rely on the skills of their corners and playing more of a man-to-man protection scheme, something Indianapolis has not seen much.

"We are just going to have to be able to beat man coverage and get open," Wayne said. "I do not think there is one receiver that plays in this league that doesn't feel like they can't get open against man coverage or accept that challenge. Normally we are playing teams that we get in Cover 2 and we are complaining that we never get Cover 1 or Cover 0 coverage. Well, now we are getting it. So now we are going to have to back up what we have been wanting to get all year."

WAYNE A FINALISTWayne this week was announced as a finalist at the wide receiver position for the NFL Alumni 2010 Player of the Year Award. Three candidates were chosen for each position by former NFL coach and front office executive Bill Parcells, and retired NFL players will choose winners.

Wayne distinguished himself as the lone AFC representative at the receiver position as the other two are from NFC teams: the Green Bay Packers Greg Jennings and the Atlanta Falcons Roddy White.

The 2010 winners will be announced at the 29th annual NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards Show to be held Friday, February 4, 2011, at Union Station in Dallas, Texas. During the awards ceremony, each winner will receive his NFL Alumni Player of the Year award from former NFL player counterparts.

'GETTING IT DONE'Dominic Rhodes' return helped stimulate the Colts running game in their last three contests of the season, but he also provided a jolt of energy in the locker room upon his reappearance, according to several Colts.

"He was able to come right in and step right in and give us some help within a week or so," Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell said. "He's a guy that certainly loves the game and has great passion for it. You hear him before you see him in most cases. I think he loves being around the guys, but you could see once he walked in the door that there was a bit of a spark that came along with him, that he brought a lift, I think, to everybody. He's effective."

Rhodes' knowledge of the Colts offensive system, coupled with his upbeat demeanor, made him a perfect selection when Indianapolis looked to bolster its depth at the running back position heading into the final quarter of the season.

When seeing Peyton Manning for the first time upon his arrival, Rhodes' reaction was simple: "What's up? Let's get it done."

"He's (Manning) about getting it done out there and so am I," Rhodes said. "He's another one of those guys that loves to play football and loves the game. That's one of the reasons why I love him so much. He's about business when it comes to football. He knows what I'm about, so we're on the same page."

Rhodes' number has been called multiple times since re-joining the team. He contributed heavily in the ground game during the final three contests of the regular season and rushed for a season-high 98 yards against Oakland. He also has taken over kickoff return duties.

When many Colts fans think of Rhodes, they remember the 2006 season, and with good reason.

During the Colts' 2006 playoff run, he was instrumental in Indianapolis' 29-17 victory over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI, rushing for 113 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. In that four-game post-season run, Rhodes averaged 4.9 yards per carry for a total of 306 yards.

THIS WEEK'S QUOTABLES"That is always the great thing about experience. You always look at different things and see where you maybe could have done something a little bit better. That's something we've always done around here, even before I got into this particular position. I think we have done it at every position. As soon as the game is over with, you kind of debrief. You go through, take notes and say, 'OK, what could we have done better? What could we have done differently?' And that's whether we have won or lost versus a particular team. We talk about things that maybe we saw that gave us problems, things that we probably look at the second time around that we will be able to utilize. We go through that entire exercise after we come out of training camp, we do it after we come out of OTAs. I think that's a very, very valuable thing to do because it is fresh in your mind and therefore you can sort of take a look at that, and when that comes up next year, you can look at some of your notes and maybe make some adjustments that will help you. So, yes, I think that is a very, very important part of what we do."-Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell on drawing from last seasons playoff experience and applying it to this year.

"We are going to need all of that support. We are going to need everything. We are going to need that 12th man to be on their feet like they've been doing for my 10 years here. I believe that they know it's playoff time. So everything now is times 10. We are going to need them to make those loud sounds and cheers and make it hard on the Jets. I think that's the bonus of having a home game, and I think they understand that. I am not worrying about the fans. I already know what they are going to do. They are going to be loud just like always."-*Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne's message to all Colts fans this week.

"I think you are prideful. Just having those guys come in, step up and make plays. I think all season we still expected to be here and still expected to make the playoffs, so I won't say that I am surprised. You are excited that you fought so hard to get here. Every year with the turnover on the roster there are new guys, and (the question is) are they battle tested? I think the whole team is this year just with what we had to go through during the regular season to get to the post-season."-Colts linebacker Gary Bracket on if this season's AFC South title means any more than in previous years.

"Post-season, you know, you lose and you go home. Obviously at this point everybody has the same goal, trying to get to (Dallas) Texas. At this point, everybody knows there's going to be more at stake. We've been here a lot the past couple of years. So walking around here, everybody knows what we need to do to get to that point. But like I said, it's a lot at stake. You lose, you go home. You win, you keep going, and we're just trying to get this win so we can be here next week as well."-Colts defensive back Antoine Bethea on the difference between the regular season and the playoffs*.

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