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#INDvsSEA: Postgame Quotes (10.1.17)

Intro: Here’s what head coach Chuck Pagano and his players had to say after Sunday night’s loss to the Seahawks in Seattle.


Colts head coach Chuck Pagano

(Thoughts on the game…) "Obviously it was disappointing the way that we played in the first half. In the first half we did what we needed to do to start the game but you have to play 60 minutes. You can't come out in the second half and do the things to hurt yourself that we did. We had turnovers, penalties, communication breakdowns and gave up big plays with protection issues. They just outplayed us big time in the second half. We did not do a good job of adjusting, it's on me. We are a lot better than that.

"It's going to be the same old song and dance if we do not get things cleaned up, not keep finding a way to shoot ourselves in the foot and put a complete game together."

(On Seattle's third quarter drive that had all the penalties…) "It killed us, it killed us, it killed us. They tried to keep us in it. They were throwing flag, after flag after flag. We had the P.I. (pass interference) down the field that was off-setting. Then we had a late hit or whatever. Otherwise you have a good chance of starting the third quarter and going out and getting a stop. You're up 15-10 at the half and you get outscored 36-3, that's bad football."

(Poor tackling today by your team…) "We didn't tackle well. We have to tackle better."

(How did the guys feel at halftime with the lead…) "Guys felt great, the guys felt good and played good. This is a tough place to play. Credit them, they have a hell of a football team. We knew that. They have got good football players on both sides of the ball and on special teams. They are well coached and all that stuff. We were able to come up here and start the way we started. But you have to play 60 minutes and we didn't do that."

(How much of this was just keeping composure…) "It's very simple, it's one play at a time. You stay on process and you don't worry about results. You have to keep your composure and you have to stay poised and we didn't do that and it steamrolled on us."

(Do you think the team got overconfident…) "No, please. With this team, no way."

(Did Russell Wilson's touchdown run spark the Seahawks come back…) "We knew he was going to make some plays. We talked about it and watched the tape. You just try to limit them. He is a great, great player. He made a huge play. I will look at the tape but I don't think we were coordinated like we probably needed to be coordinated with the rush. They blocked it up but we didn't probably do what we needed to do. He made a great play."

(What did you think of Jacoby Brissett first start on the road…) "I thought he did okay. There are a lot of good things but there is a lot to clean up."

(The poor second halves, what is the cause of that…) "You have to just find a way to stop the bleeding. You have to make plays. You have to answer and you have to respond. We did it in the first half. You have to do it for 60 minutes."

(Were you shocked your team let things get out of hand in the second half…) "You don't want to see that happen. You have got to be better, you have to play better, you have to coach better, you have to do everything better."

(Is there a common theme to the offensive struggles in the second half…) "We will take a look at it and we shall see from an adjustment standpoint. We go out and give up a 99-, 98- or whatever it was yard drive. We hurt ourselves a bunch on that one. We gave up big plays and penalties. It was bam, bam, bam, three quick scores. We will look at it and get it figured out. We have to get it figured out in a hurry."

(Not a lot of offense in the third quarter, how did that leave your defense…) "That's not complementary football. You're not going to beat anybody doing that. You have to have success on the ground. You have to move the chains. You have to get off the field on third down on defense and we didn't do that."

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

(On at what point this game got away from the Colts…) "I just think I've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I think I put us at risk in them scoring 14 points off turnovers because of my turnovers. I just have to do better."

(On if the team was offensively shellshocked by Seattle's scoring outburst…) "No, I mean, there's still plenty of time for us to make a run. I thought . . . we've just got to eliminate the bad plays, and I think we will."

(On if he sees a pattern over the past three weeks in the offense struggling to score…) "No, I think we've just got to find a way to keep fighting through 60 minutes. I think a lot of the players are getting better. It's just, I mean, they scored 14 points without them really doing anything. It's all because of my bad plays, so I just need to try and make sure to correct those things."

(On if he saw the same things in the eyes of his teammates in the first and second halves…) "Definitely. Nobody's flinching. Nobody's not focused on the task at hand. It takes a lot of guys who are still out there fighting, no matter, to the last whistle. So you know you've got committed guys in the huddle. They really take to heart playing to the last play.

(On when a change to the pattern of turnovers can be expected…) "I think it starts now. We've got to go watch the film, be critical of it, learn from the mistakes, correct those things. We can't beat ourselves from the start. We can't beat ourselves and other teams."

(On the locker room mood while leading at halftime…) "We still knew there were 30 minutes left to go. We know they're a good team. Obviously, they're one of the best teams in the league every year, so we've definitely got to come out there and play with the same fire we played with in the first half. One play here, one play there kind of slowed us down a little bit."

(On if the team's pace was slower…) "I wouldn't say it went slow. I think we were playing our game. We were tied with them 'til whenever in the third quarter, and I just think they made plays off our turnovers — off my turnovers — and I think that was the difference in the game."

(On if he did not see the defender on his pick six…) "No, I just left the ball inside too much. I've just got to make a better throw or move on."

(On if he could sense Seattle's defense gaining momentum in the second half…) "They've got a lot of good players, don't get me wrong, but I think we had our plays there where we missed opportunities of; I think we've got to play better in the second half, control our emotions and just play better."

(On how he feels about the connection between him and T.Y. Hilton, if he knows where T.Y. is…) "Yeah, I know where he is, yeah."

(On if he locks in too much on other receivers…) "I wouldn't say that's fair. Whatever, they were giving us opportunities to throw to a lot of guys, and everybody touched the ball today, so I wouldn't say that's fair."

(On what adjustments were needed after losing his starting center early…) "I think [Adam] Redmond did a good job. I commend him for doing what he did. He came in in a tough situation, a tough environment against a good team, and he played his butt off. We didn't lose a beat. I appreciate what he did tonight, and I know that's not easy. He really stepped up to the challenge."

Wide receiver Donte Moncrief

(On what adjustments Seattle made at halftime that proved troublesome…) "It wasn't them, it was us. It was a lot of small things. We can't have all the penalties that we had. We can't let them score on defense."

(On if it's frustrating to again discussing an inability to finish games…) "We have work on every game. We have to go to the yard and fix things. We've got to continue to get better."

(On the difficulty accepting a loss determined largely by self-inflicted mistakes…) "We lost, and a lot of it depended on us. We did a lot of good things and a lot of bad things. We've got to continue to grow as a unit, and everything has to be better."

(On what the team can take from this game in preparation for the 49ers…) "Start the second half like we started the first. Finish things, continue to make plays. Everything else will be good."

Outside linebacker John Simon

(On what adjustments made at halftime hurt the Colts…) "They just came out . . . you have to give props to them. They're a great team, and we didn't execute in the second half, and it definitely cost us."

(On being unable to finish games…) "It's something we really have to look hard at tomorrow or the next day when we get back to work and we're going to have to move on. It's a long season. Fortunately for us, this is happening early, but it can't continue to happen."

(On if he has been on teams that have figured it out…) "Yeah. It's just little things that we have to talk about and communicate with. Its's definitely a process, and we're going to have to get started on it quickly."

(On what went wrong in the third quarter…) "We just weren't executing the defense. Every once in a while one guy wouldn't do his job, and when one guy doesn't do his job it usually costs him, especially against a good team like this who will make you pay for that."

(On the road ahead…) "We have to get better. I don't know what the 49ers did today, but they already got a little head start on us with us playing a late game. We're going to have to get to work and really come out and bounce back next week."

Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins

(On the defensive breakdown in the second half...) "We just gave up big plays, a lot of penalties, just kept making a lot of mistakes. Compared to the first half, it was not what we should have done."

(On what the Seahawks did to change the game in the second half…) "It wasn't really them, it's on us. We were the problem. We gave them the game. We just have to move on from it, learn from it."

(On mistakes that opened the game up…) "You can't give up that many penalties in one drive. Personal fouls — that was a bad play on me. We can't do that, can't have that. Our goal is to keep teams under 17 points and we didn't do that." 

Safety Darius Butler

(On how he feels the team has performed through one quarter of the season…) "We are playing good football in spurts, but we have to figure out how to play four quarters of football. Look at the Arizona game or even the Cleveland game, this game we just have to put four quarters together."

(On how they can move toward that goal as a team…) "Every team is different, every year is different. This team just has to figure it out. Offensively, defensively and special teams. We have to figure out how to get off the field on third down, how to convert on third down, and just do things to win the game."

(On how frustrating of a loss this is considering where the game was at half…) "It kind of snowballed on us and got out of hand. That's what happens in these games against special teams like this in hostile environments. We have to learn how to find a way to finish." 

Safety Malik Hooker

(On the frustration of hanging with Seattle until the second half…) "Every time you lose it is frustrating because you know what your team is capable of. We know what we are capable of, we are one of the better teams, but until we prove it on the field, the win and loss columns are just words."

(On his interception and what his development is focused on…) "Just taking in a lot coaching during the week. Watching a lot of film and trying to make plays before they happen. That's the thing for me, not having played in the offseason, not having as many reps as everyone else. The vets do a great job out there of just communicating plays before they happen, too."

(On what he likes about his team…) "Just how freakish we are. We have a lot of great athletic guys. Everyone at this point in the season is just playing off of each other. Of course we have some stuff we have to tighten up on but that will come."

(On why they were not able to frustrate the Seahawks' offense in the second half…) "Obviously in halftime you go in and make adjustments, they made a lot of great adjustments. You know, that's a great football team. We have to get back in the lab, fix a lot of mistakes. Like I said, just put four quarters together."

(On what specifically he would like to improve on as a team…) "I feel like it is pretty clear, we have to put a second half together. We have to come out in the second half like we did in the first half. When we started out we were fired, but aren't coming out the second half like that. We have a lot of leaders on this team and we will get it straightened out.

Cornerback Vontae Davis

(On how the environment affected the outcome…) "We knew we were coming into a hostile environment and we gave them our best punch but we knew that was a good football team. They aren't going to lay down, they are going to play four quarters. It is something to learn from, to grow from, to reach our potential."

(On how momentum affected the game…) "Momentum game. The game changes like that snap."

(On what he would tell his teammates after a loss such as this…) "Just keep working. It's a very long season. We're fortunate right now that it's early in the season and we have time to correct these errors, and we'll get back to work tomorrow."

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