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Monday, June 18, 2012
In Indy, chemistry won't trump talent

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

When it comes to deciding if chemistry tends to produce winning or winning tends to produce chemistry, I lean toward the latter.

At least for now, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is going the other way.

On developing chemistry in the team’s first offseason under the new staff, he told Indy reporters:
“It is huge. It is everything. It is a kid’s game, (but) the stakes are high and we are all judged by one thing and one thing only, and that is winning and losing. But they are having fun, they are enjoying each other, they are enjoying being out here and spending time together. We’ve got a great locker room, the chemistry is great, and that is a testament to our coaches, these players and our veteran leadership.”

Coaches have to go in order. So virtually every coach -- especially a new coach -- has to sell winning as a byproduct of chemistry.

Chemistry is something you can influence far more easily and far earlier in the process. A team that gets along and wants to play for each other is important, and those ingredients certainly cannot hurt.

We'll see and hear a lot more about it when the Colts reconvene for camp.