What I think they should be thinking at the headquarters of the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon:
It doesn’t feel good or in any way satisfying to say, “Well, we’re going to have to take our lumps like that at times this season.” But this rebuild is going to be moving in slow motion at times and we have little choice but to accept that. We’re a thin football team, and when we lose someone like Dwight Freeney (ankle) early and get about nothing from his replacement, Jerry Hughes, we’re going to have trouble. When Andrew Luck isn’t well calibrated and throws three picks and loses a fumble, we’re not going to have much of a chance. Chuck Pagano will know how to get us restarted, pulling the best lessons out of the good and the bad from the drubbing at Soldier Field. Regge Wayne had a big day and Coby Fleener made a good contribution, but things will be better when receivers Austin Collie and T.Y. Hilton return from injuries. And the Vikings will be a better gauge of where we are. Chicago is pretty good.