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Friday, November 15, 2013
Colts are done talking about slow starts

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts shied away from using the word “rebuild” when Ryan Grigson was named general manager and Chuck Pagano was named coach almost two years ago.

Now they’re about to stop talking about another subject: slow starts.

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The Colts have been asked about their slow starts on almost a daily basis. And they’ve yet to figure out a way to solve that problem.

“That’s all we’ve talked about,” Pagano said. “Now it’s like I’m to the point where they might as well put 14 on the (scoreboard) before we kick off.”

The Colts have been outscored 66-9 in the first half of their past three games. The Tennessee Titans went no-huddle and used a spread offense to jump on the Colts 14-0 in the first quarter Thursday.

“I was sick to my stomach, I’m sure everybody else was,” Pagano said. “But you have to keep playing, keep fighting. One play at a time, 60 minutes, all you got. I don’t think anybody felt good over there.”

Quarterback Andrew Luck gave an energized speech at halftime to get the Colts going in their 30-27 come-from-behind victory.

Pagano was in a spirited mood when he addressed the media early Friday evening. He joked that he missed Luck's talk because he was in the training room getting his heart checked because he was stressed from them trailing at halftime again.

“Whatever he did, I’m glad he did it,” said Pagano, who was already dressed to go on a date with his wife Friday night. “They had defibs on. Believe me, it won’t be cancer that gets me.”

Pagano, of course, was joking about the training staff having to use defibrillators on him at halftime.