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November 10, 2013

Team performance riled up Pagano

INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano Is usually a pretty even-tempered guy.

He never gets too high or too down. It’s a great trait to have, especially if you are a head coach in a sport.

But in the wake of Sunday afternoon’s 38-8 loss to the St. Louis Rams, the Indianapolis Colts coach was understandably upset. In fact, Pagano’s short and direct answers to media questions brought back memories of former Colts coach Jim Mora.

When asked about Indianapolis’ seeming inability to run or pass block early in the game, he was brutally honest.

“It’s never about competing. (The Colts) are going to compete their ass off until the bitter end. We know that. So it’s never an issue of that. Poor technique, poor fundamentals, communication. That leads to disaster,” Pagano stressed.

“That leads to 2-of-whatever (2-of-12) on third down. That leads to 1-of-5 in the red area (zone), a minus-four turnover margin. You can go on and on.”

As for Indianapolis’ issues with slow starts, he knew the team was precariously close to losing a game at some point. In fact, the problem had been mentioned in the Colts locker room as recently as last week.

“I think one of our players mentioned it, that sooner or later it’s going to catch up. And it caught up (Sunday). Not enough rabbits (feet) in the pocket. And, again, we were playing a good football team that came ready to play,” Pagano said.

“You do the things that we did to ourselves and catch (the Rams) executing and making plays the way they made plays. (We) can’t keep digging ourselves a hole and hoping for another miracle, another comeback. Can’t play football what way.”

Luck: blame me — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw three costly interceptions and also fumbled once.

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