Sunday, September 29, 2013
Colts avoid the mousetrap
By Mike Wells
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano had every intention of running to a local Lowes to purchase enough mousetraps to go in each player’s locker last week.
Pagano joked that he decided not to go because he didn’t want somebody to take a picture of him in the store and put it on any social media sites.
The traps were eventually purchased, because the coach was determined to get his message across that they were not going to have a letdown against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday after they beat the San Francisco 49ers the week prior.
A loss to the Jaguars couldn't happen if they expected to continue to gain momentum and have a chance to win the AFC South.
The Colts were never really threatened in their 37-3 victory against the Jaguars.
“We talked after the 49ers game that human nature is hard to fight,” Pagano said. “You start reading all the nice things, you start patting yourself on the back and you get complacent, then you get your tail kicked. You have to prepare and you have to focus and you have to grind and you have to stick to the process. I’m going to keep beating it and beating it with these guys, that we’re not going to get complacent and we’re going to stay sharp and we’re going to stay focused.”
The win set the stage for next week’s game against the undefeated Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colts are tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South with a 3-1 record.
“It was great that coach did that,” cornerback Greg Toler said. “Don’t buy into the hype, don’t be overly confident. You can be confident, but don’t be cocky.”
The Colts refused to look ahead at the schedule. The only thing they would talk about heading into Sunday was the Jaguars, because they knew there was a possibility they could be beaten.
It didn’t take long to realize they were focused strictly on Jacksonville.
The Colts led 20-3 and limited Jacksonville to 69 yards in the first half. The Jaguars were held to minus-2 yards and trailed 34-3 at the end of the third quarter.
“We are a team that never panics,” receiver Reggie Wayne said. “We just work the process and continue to play ball. We never get too high or too low. Hopefully we can keep riding this wave and keep playing ball. It is exciting, and especially the way we are winning in all three phases of the game, playing pretty good.”