Simple Game Plan was the Key to Success Against Chiefs

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights. Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 23-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.


With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by 'Voice of the Colts' Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here's some of the highlights from Pagano's show following the team's 23-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.On how much momentum can be gained from Sunday's 23-7 victory:

"I think a ton. I go back to the Houston game and then going on the road and winning this one. We had been kind of on a win-loss, win-loss deal there the last four or five weeks. To go back-to-back, especially this one, on the road, we all know how tough it is to play at Arrowhead and how loud it is, the elements and all that stuff, not to mention how good of football they have and what a great coach they have in Coach (Andy) Reid. For our guys to be able to go out and win that football game, win it the way that we won that football game can only help us moving forward."

On the team rejoicing when Darrius Heyward-Bey had the special teams tackle on Sunday:

"We talk about family all the time and it is a brotherhood. This group is extremely tight. They are accountable to one another and they take care of one another. What DHB did, we talk about serving all the time and being selfless and putting the team first and nobody exemplified that better than DHB. He had his ups and downs this season, probably hasn't gone the way that he foresaw it or any of us saw his season going. But the type of kid he is, his character, he's a team guy. When things weren't going right and he was looking for a way to contribute, he walked in here and said, 'What can I do? Put me on special teams. I want to do whatever I can to help this team win, whatever way I can.'

"We saw him go out yesterday and down a punt inside the 10-yard line then the play you were talking about, the tackle on (Dexter) McCluster was huge. Just to see that kid, the emotion come out of that kid and our teammates, our coaches and players, I don't think there was one player on our sideline…I'm surprised we didn't get flagged (laughs). That's how this group is. They love each other. They are a tight knit group. It was great to see. Hats off to DHB. He's a team guy all the way."

On the time of possession Sunday with the Colts having the ball for 17 minutes more than the Chiefs:

"If you had to draw up the plan, this is how you would draw up the plan every week. To be able to control the clock, run the football, keep our defense on the sideline, move the ball up and down the field, score some touchdowns, kick some field goals, it's a prefect storm. Especially December football, playoff football, this is the formula. You talk about being about to run the football, stop the run, pack a great defense. We've got a lot of great things going on right now and certainly controlling the clock is one thing that will play a key factor down the stretch here and in the playoffs."

On the game plan against the Chiefs:

"It was simple. We wanted our guys to play fast. We took some things out that we normally take into a ball game. Especially on offense it was going to be loud so you had to worry about the communication but it's no different on defense. Sometimes you have all these grandioso ideas on how to do this and that and get after the quarterback and sometimes you can just over think it. The plan that we had in place and the way our players on defense were able to play fast and make plays was a huge part of that."

On if the Colts will rest anyone against the Jaguars:

"No. Unless somebody from an injury standpoint just can't go then we would hold them out obviously just like any other game. But we got a 16-game schedule at the beginning of the season and that's what we signed up for and that's what we are going to do. We are going to play 16 games."

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