Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano says he believes his team will bounce back from a home loss to the Miami Dolphins. They'll need to since they travel to San Francisco this week.
Here are some thoughts Pagano shared with the media after the Colts' 24-20 loss to Miami on Sunday at Lucas Oil STadium:
Where do you think this game was lost?
“Back and forth. Back and forth. You go in tied at halftime and then I thought field position-wise in the third quarter hurt us. Penalties, kicking game deal. They punted down to us and we get the one penalty called on Sergio (Brown). We'll have to wait and see what the tape shows, but that backed us up. So, from a field position standpoint, they had a couple nice returns in the third quarter, kickoff returns. We kind of just lost the field-position battle there in the third quarter. But again, we have our chances. We throw the pick. We're even in the turnover deal. We got the one empty hand and threw one late. Then we got a chance, first-and-10 at the 35 or whatever and you take a shot, and you just can't convert. On fourth down, it would have been nice to get a couple yards there and get some positive yards and not have the long yards situation where they're going to bring the house on you. We just didn't make enough plays.”
Does that go for the defense too? Not making enough plays?
“Yeah, just up and down. We got to play consistent football for 60 minutes as best as you can. We got some things to clean up. I think they rushed for a little over 100 yards and 3.7 a carry. Some of it, again, they blocked things up well. We've got to do a better job. Then we stiffed and bowed our neck and made some plays and got off on third down. I thought we generated pressure. I think we had five sacks. I think they had three. There were some positives to take away from this. We're going to come in tomorrow, roll up our sleeves, look at the tape, make the corrections. Like I told them, it's the National Football League. It doesn't get any easier. We got to travel out west and play a darn good football team in the 49ers. We'll go back, make the corrections and go back to work.”
What positives can you take from a loss like this? Pat Angerer and LaRon Landry seemed to be all over the field.
“This team is going to fight. We know that. We know that they're going to play for 60 minutes and it doesn't matter what the score is, what the situation is. They're going to play for 60 minutes. If we make a play there at the end of the game there in four-minute offense, we're going to get the ball back with 30, 35, 40 seconds. Again, they made the play and we couldn't get the ball back. It just speaks to the character and resiliency of this group. It gives you a chance in every ball game. If we get some things cleaned up on both sides of the ball and special teams and keep getting better every week, we're going to have a chance to be on the winning side of these tough ball games.”
How were the Dolphins able to get their hands on so many of Andrew Luck's passes?
“Good defense. You saw them in Week 1, get after Cleveland pretty good, six sacks on them and hold them to seven percent on third down. Again, we made some plays. We had 133 yards rushing and over 300 passing. I think we had 450 yards total offense. The stats, you can talk about the stats, what matters is the final score and we were four points short. We got a touchdown called back to (Coby) Fleener, which hurt, changed the momentum there. That was a big deal there, so we're going to have to look at that and see what we can clean up whatever, they called an illegal shift on us. We'll go back and clean that up.”
How did you think T.Y. Hilton played today?
“We knew we had to get him back involved. We made big plays and he made huge plays. The catch he made going over the top of that (defensive back) was in perfect position. He made a heck of a play there. It was good to see him get back and have the number of catches and big plays. He's an explosive guy. Hopefully we can get him going in the return game too. They didn't give us many opportunities. We just had the one opportunity where we got the penalty. It was good to see him make some plays.”
How would you assess the pass protection today?
“At times, it's outstanding. Then there's times where, again, they've got some guys that can rush the passer. They've got a bunch of guys that they can rotate in. At times, it's really good and other times, we have whether it's communication, I've got to go back and watch the tape and see. Again, credit them. They got able rushers and we got to do a better job because there were obviously times where we would like to have Andrew (Luck) had more time sitting in the pocket. As Andrew does, thank God he's big and he's strong and athletic and gives you a chance every time you go out there.”
Was he beating himself up after that interception?
“Yeah. He's the type of guy that'll talk to you and say 'That's on me.' I told the team we win as a team and we lose as a team. We'll go in, we'll make the corrections. We'll put this one behind us. It's a marathon. This ain't no sprint. It's Week 2. We want to win at home. We want to win every ballgame. We're going to compete and prepare to win every ballgame. We'll make the corrections and get guys healthy and get guys back, go back to work on Wednesday in preparation for the 49ers.”