It’s been so long since the Colts missed the playoffs that most players on this year’s team probably only know about that 2001 season from hearing clips of coach Jim Mora’s “Playoffs!?!” rant.
But Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who was a rookie in 2001, says that Peyton Manning has warned his teammates that this year’s squad is in danger of suffering the same fate as that 2001 team.
“Peyton stood up in the offensive meeting and he spoke about the last time this team didn’t make the playoffs,” Wayne said, per John Oehser of FanHouse.com. “It was my rookie year, 2001. He just spoke about having more of a sense of urgency — just refuse to lose — not being that guy or that player who’s at home watching the playoffs on the couch. That’s a bad feeling.”
At 6-5, the Colts are absolutely in danger of being guys who are at home watching the playoffs on the couch. Wayne knows that — and he says the rest of the league wants the Colts to be home for the playoffs as well.
“I don’t care who you are or what you think of us, you don’t want to see us in the playoffs,” Wayne said Friday. “I don’t care what our record is, you know what you’re up against.”