Colts not beating themselves with penalties

September, 24, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – It was a light day at the Indianapolis Colts facility on Monday. Coach Chuck Pagano and left tackle Anthony Castonzo were the only two people to address the media.

Pagano reiterated what he said after the game Sunday, that the team's victory over San Francisco could be a signature one as it makes a run at the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Colts play at Jacksonville this weekend.

One of the reasons the Colts are 2-1 is because they aren’t beating themselves with penalties (outside of the illegal shift call on receiver Reggie Wayne that took away tight end Coby Fleener’s touchdown against Miami). The Colts have only been called for seven penalties this season, which puts them at the top of the league in that category. The 49ers, meanwhile, have been called for 29 penalties on the season.

“Just shows that our coaches are doing an outstanding job and our players are doing a great job of playing with proper fundamentals and technique and playing smart football, playing great situational football,” Pagano said. “We talk about the enemy being in our camp. It’s not necessarily your opponent. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot.”
  • Pagano didn’t know quarterback Andrew Luck was going to keep the ball on his naked bootleg 6-yard touchdown run that sealed the game for the Colts in the fourth quarter.

Luck faked the handoff to running back Ahmad Bradshaw, rolled to his left and went into the end zone untouched.

“All I heard was ‘sucker,’” Pagano said. “Long play call and then I heard ‘sucker’ at the end of it. As soon as I saw him in the end zone and (spiking) the ball, it felt awesome.”

Luck’s touchdown run was effective because the Colts ran the ball with Bradshaw and Trent Richardson on nine of the 11 plays on that drive.
  • Injury news: Safety LaRon Landry is day-to-day with his ankle injury; center Samson Satele is also day-to-day with an elbow injury; the same goes for linebacker Pat Angerer with his knee problem. All three missed Sunday’s game. Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois injured his groin in the second half against the 49ers. He received treatment at the facility Monday and is day to day.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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