After the Indianapolis Colts’ home-field win over Green Bay last week, interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians talked about getting over the emotions of the game with a 24-hour rule.
But after the Colts’ 34-9 road loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, Arians wants Indianapolis’ players to put their most recent performance behind them a lot quicker, although the 24-hour rule is still in effect.
Forget it and move on. Well, correct the mistakes — both physical and mental — and then forget it and move on.
“It’s just like the win after Green Bay. Now the loss after New York. You’ve got the 24-hour rule. But you’ve got another team coming up [Cleveland on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium], so you can’t dwell on it. You fix it, you look at the [game] tape, identify what happened right and wrong and go on to the next day. We’ve done that,” Arians said.
“I think everybody sees what we’re capable of being. If we don’t play the way we’re capable of playing, we’ll get beat. Just simple things.”
The Indianapolis defense will go into the Cleveland game missing several key members. Outside linebacker Robert Mathis (knee), defensive end Cory Redding (knee) and defensive tackle Fili Moala (knee) are not expected to play against the Browns.
Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (concussion symptoms) may also be sidelined. The good news is that inside linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) and cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle) might be able to return for the Cleveland game.
“Injuries cannot be used as an excuse. The Jets were injured also,” Arians said when discussing the struggles with the Indianapolis run defense. The Colts allowed 252 rushing yards to New York, including 161 yards and three touchdowns to running back Shonn Greene.
“We have to fit properly and tackle. It’s just as simple as that. We did not fit into the right gaps. We were out of gaps too often and we missed way too many tackles. Especially in the [defensive] backfield.”
Improved run blocking is also a goal. Indianapolis had just 41 yards on 17 carries against the Jets. Rookie running back Vick Ballard made his first start and had 25 yards on eight carries. Second-year running back Delone Carter saw his first extended work of the season and added 13 yards on four carries.
Offensive guard Joe Reitz, who has not played in a game this season, might be able to practice on Wednesday. His status for the Cleveland game, though, has not been determined.
The Colts offense, in general, proved to be inconsistent against New York. Indianapolis had 298 yards in total offense in the game and were 3-of-11 in third-down opportunities.
“We got ourselves in very manageable situations [against the Jets] and didn’t make the plays, especially early in the ball game. Especially some third-and-ones when we had some guys open and it’s not jittery-ness but the, I want to make this play, too quick, too soon. Just let it happen,” Arians said.
“We blocked their front very well. I think we had one negative runner on the draw but at times we had great surge. I thought the score dictated some things that we couldn’t do that we wanted to do and thought we could going into the game. I knew we would move the ball well in no huddle and when we went down, we got the field goal. We still need to run the ball better in the red zone. The third-and-ones, you can say we should have run it, but we had guys open and you’ve got to hit them.”
Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck probably had his worst outing since entering the National Football League, completing 22-of-44 passes for 280 yards while being sacked four times and intercepted twice. He very nearly threw a third interception but the play was negated by a pass interference penalty.
Luck, who also fumbled once as he was being sacked, was frequently high with his passes. He misfired early in the game on passes attempts to rookie tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.
“Too amped up. Just set your feet and throw it, you don’t have to throw those balls on the run. And take a little bit off of it because they’re there. The first one, just keep moving, draw the defense in to you a little bit more and let Dwayne clear it instead of just trying to lob it over his head,” Arians said.
“The second one [to Fleener], same thing, you’ve got time, you don’t have to play at such a fast pace. Slow down and let the play happen.”
The Colts assistant coach expects Luck to keep working on improving as a quarterback.
“He’s his worst critic. He even knows coming off the field before I say something to him. That’s the beauty of it. He knows when he makes a mistake, he knows why he made it and he usually doesn’t make it twice,” Arians said.
“He’s got a great resiliency about it. The water off his back. I did this, I messed it up, what happened on this, what was this coverage, look right at the pictures, grind it out, get ready for the series. [He’s] asking me what I’m thinking the next time around. So he’s always in tune and ready to get to the next play. Great look in his eye on the sidelines.”
Get back to work — Even though the Colts (2-3) are home this week against Cleveland (1-5), Arians doesn’t want the team to get into a mind set that there’s a comfort level about only playing well at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“We’ve got a team [the Browns] that just came off their first win, [a team] that’s younger than we are and they’re going to be pretty excited and pumped up about it,” he said. “We’re going to have to take that crowd, hopefully and get a great crowd again, take their energy and go play and get to 3-3. The only thing that matters right now is getting to 3-3.”
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As the 2013 NFL draft gets underway tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Indianapolis Colts are continuing their wait-and-see stance in regard to the first-round pick.
The draft begins at 8 p.m. — televised by the NFL Network and ESPN — with the Kansas City Chiefs making the night’s first selection. Teams will have 10 minutes to make their decisions during the first round. Indianapolis will have the 24th overall pick in the first round.
There will be only one round tonight. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with seven minutes allotted per pick in the second round and five minutes allowed in the third. The final four rounds are slated to begin at noon Saturday with four minutes between selections.
As it stands now, Indianapolis does not have a second-round pick. It was traded to Miami last fall in exchange for veteran cornerback Vontae Davis. But second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has nut ruled out the possibility of trading down from the first round if the Colts aren’t satisfied with the players available.
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Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had agreed Monday night to be the Colts’ primary back-up to second-year starter Andrew Luck. He officially signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the team Tuesday morning.
“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Matt Hasselbeck,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in a prepared statement. “His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience speak for themselves. Those factors, plus his familiarity with our offensive scheme, will make him a great asset to our team and its vision as we move forward.”
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“I felt like this would be the best fit for me at this point in my career. I really liked what I saw was happening with the program here and the way things have taken shape. I feel like we have a really great team here and it’s on the rise. I really wanted to be a part of that,” Thomas said during a teleconference interview with the Colts’ media.
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“He’s huge. He’s a major priority in free agency. Obviously, we’ve reached out and are working to get Pat re-signed,” Pagano said during the National Football Scouting Combine. “We saw what he did for us last year. He’s a great weapon, not only kickoffs and touchbacks.
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Back and ready to go.
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