Pagano talks win over Seattle, home crowd, and the contributions of Hilton/Mathis on weekly radio show
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 on Monday night following the Colts 34-28 win over the Seahawks:
On how the Colts pulled it off on Sunday:
“We knew it was going to be a 15-round heavyweight fight so to speak. We made a huge emphasis, we knew this team was outscoring their opponents 44-7 in the fourth quarter and we were outscoring our opponents 24-7 in the fourth quarter and we knew if we got it late in the fourth quarter, we had to win that quarter. Once again our guys came through and I think we outscored them 11-0 in the fourth and held the ball for over 12 (12:11) minutes. That was really the difference in the ball game.”
On the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday:
“It was great the whole ball game but that last series for them, that place was deafening. Again, I can’t thank our fans enough. They made a huge difference. Again, we talked about the timeout situation and them not having any. I don’t know what you point a finger on but they play a hand in that. They didn’t have any timeouts because they had to burn them. Them not having any timeouts at the end of the game makes a huge difference.”
On T.Y.’s Hilton’s 73-yard touchdown late in the first quarter:
“We hadn’t really taken a shot so to speak down the field. They were obviously loading the box. I think we had just gotten a first down. I think it was our first first down. They got cover corners, a great free safety, all that sort of stuff but we tried to loosen them up a little bit because of them playing eight in the box. A great call by our offensive guys and Pep (Hamilton) and T.Y. ran a great route. I think Andrew got rid of the ball just in time. I think he took a little bit of a shot on the play and put it right on the money and then the run after the catch was unbelievable.”
On Robert Mathis becoming the 30th player in NFL history to reach the 100-sack plateau:
“Unbelievable. To reach that mark is a testament Robert’s work ethic, his character, his integrity. We said last night in the locker room, he’s a pro’s pro, a man’s man. If I had a son, I would want him to be just like Robert. He does all the right things and he’s just a great football player, but he’s a better person and I couldn’t be happier for Robert.”
On the Colts play during the 2nd half the past few weeks:
“I think it comes down to these guys prepare really well. These guys practice hard. We try to push each other. They push each other in practice so the game actually slows down for them. It’s a little bit easier. From a preparation standpoint, that’s huge. Our guys just stick to the process. They don’t get away from the things that help you win ball games, help you extend drives, help you get off the field on third downs. They seem to get stronger as the game goes longer.
On the Colts defense and how they are continuing to grow:
“I think these guys are just starting to scratch the surface to be honest with you. They’ve put the time in. They are going about their business the right way. They prepare. They work hard at practice. They are becoming more familiar with the defense, the terminology and are trusting of one another, playing together, doing their job and taking care of their business. They love playing. We have a bunch of guys out there that love playing football. They love getting after you. They have the right mindset. They play with the right physicality that you need to play with. They love winning and they love beating guys down. We have an aggressive group and hopefully we can keep going in the right direction.”
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