INDIANAPOLIS – There were no comebacks for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck this time around.
Luck has made a career so far of resurrecting the Colts when they've fallen behind, but there was no way to save the day in the Colts' 38-8 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Afterward, Luck talked to the media about the rough day:
When you couldn't get the running game going, did you get the sense it was going to be a tough game?
“Yeah, it's tough when you can't run the ball. Credit to them for forcing us into a one-dimensional attack. Tough when you can't run the ball. Did I have a sense of foreboding because we couldn't? No. But it is tough when they force you into that one-dimensional football and credit to them for doing it.”
How good was that defensive front?
“They did a great job up front. I know our guys fought their butts off all the way to the end. I'm sure we had our snafus here and there. I had my lion's share of mistakes. Some of those sacks are my fault. Those errors are my fault as well. Very good front four. Good football team and they beat us. Not much else to really say about it. They beat us fair and square in every which way they probably could.”
Did you want to be in at the end of the game?
“I did want to stay in the game. I think any competitor is going to want to stay in the game. You understand at the end of the day, Coach Pagano is making the decisions and he's thinking on a much more macro scope of things. Understand his decisions are final. It stinks not to be in there at the end of the game but it's his decision. Move on and start preparing for Tennessee.”
Are you glad to have a short week after that loss?
“Yeah, you want to get back out there and get that taste out of your mouth. We'll prepare. The short weeks are always interesting. I think I learned that last year. We need to get back on the field and right our wrongs. Absolve our sins, if you will.”
How frustrating was it to start the game off with a turnover on offense?
“Yeah, that stunk. Terrible way to start the game with the strip sack and then returning it. Then when you get down, I think I forced a couple balls. They do a good job of playing zone, getting their hands on those balls, tipping them and making plays. It's frustrating. I'm proud of the guys for fighting until the end. I don't think you saw a lack of effort out there by anybody. So I guess that's a half bright spot to it all.”
Did the score factor into some of your decision making?
“Yeah, you do. I think when you get down like that, you have to take chances. I'm not trying to make an excuse for throwing interceptions. They were bad throws, bad decisions. When you can't line up with a fullback and tight end and run the ball and try and do what we pride ourselves on, you get one-dimensional. Again, credit to them for doing it. They forced those turnovers. They did a heck of a job. They beat us. It's tough but we'll move on.”
After the slow start, were you waiting for the tides to turn like they have in the past?
“We've never gone into any game saying 'Alright, we're going to have a slow start and momentum is going to pick up because we're going to have a blocked field goal or hit a huge play.' That's not our modus operandi, how we operate. We just didn't make the play when we needed to. We got off to a terrible start. You realize you can't survive your mistakes in the NFL forever. They jumped up 7-0 like that, 14-0, and we can't answer, then it's tough. Again, I think credit to them. They beat us fair and square. We're excited to come back and work for Tennessee.”