Clyde Christensen talks about the loss of Reggie Wayne and the impact for Andrew Luck, Colts offense
Clyde Christensen is the longest tenured coach of the Colts coaching staff.
Entering his 12th season with the Colts, Christensen was the team’s receivers coach from 2002-2009.
Reggie Wayne was a pupil under Christensen during that stretch and No. 87 earned four straight Pro Bowl appearances.
Christensen, now the Colts quarterbacks coach, knows maybe better than any Colts coach what the loss of Wayne means to the offense.
“You can’t replace Reg,” Christensen said last week. “It’s kind of your security blanket. When all heck is breaking loose, you know where Reg is going to be.”
“I’ve been here 12 years and I’m probably the most shocked of anybody because I’ve never seen him miss a game, very seldom seen him miss a snap of practice. He’s been such a warrior.”
Christensen used an interesting analogy describing the loss of Wayne from Andrew Luck’s standpoint.
“We’ve all had a kid and we’re (now) taking your favorite animal. You’re 13 now. You got to grow up and go,” Christensen said. “So it’s going to have to be the same thing. Some folks are going to have to step up. We have to keep the same level of consistency that (Wayne) brought.”
Over the past dozen years, Christensen has watched Wayne grow into one of the game’s all-time receivers.
Yet, it’s the impact that Wayne has had away from the gridiron that has Christensen ready for the second half of the season.
“You see the effects of being in the room with Reggie (Wayne) and T.Y.’s game and how it’s stepped up and how consistent he’s become and that has to permeate through the whole unit and certainly the receiver room,” Christensen said.
“He gives the team a mentality of how you have to play this game, of how important it is to practice, how important it is to just keep grinding. So now we got to take it and go. Some guys got to step up and we’ve got some good young guys who are going to do that.”