Colts Daily Headlines: October 16th Edition
The Colts will return to the practice field less than 48 hours after a Monday night defeat. Today’s news looks at the Colts decision making late in the game and the mental mistakes that led to Monday’s loss.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 16th.
By: Michael Pointer, Indy Star
One of the major points of Chuck Pagano’s conference call on Tuesday afternoon was his decision to punt it late in the fourth quarter on Monday night.
The Colts trailed 16-9 when they faced fourth-and-2 from their own 17-yard line with 3:17 left. The field position wasn’t good, but considering the relatively short distance for the first down and the time of the game, some observers figured they would go for it.
Instead, with the Colts holding all three of their timeouts, Pagano sent out the punting unit, hoping the defense would force a quick three-and-out and returning the ball to the offense before the 2-minute warning.
“I just felt like that even thought we had given up some yards, it was a one-score game,” Pagano said. “Our defense had kept them out of the end zone.”
By: Mike Marot, The Associated Press
Tuesday was the players’ off day as the Colts reviewed Monday night’s tape in preparation for a short week and the Denver Broncos.
Looking back on the tape, Pagano saw too many mental mistakes combined together that led to the 19-9 loss.
“It was different. It certainly was uncharacteristic of us,” Pagano said. “I just think, you can point your finger to a lot of things — didn’t execute well, obviously, third down was an issue on both sides of the ball, which led to the time of possession issue and all those type of things.
“Three third downs on defense where you have penalties that extend drives by four plays, five plays, nine plays, lead to 10 points, that’s shooting yourself in the foot. Talked about the dropped passes, which are totally uncharacteristic of our guys. We had opportunities, we had chances.”