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Chuck Pagano “encouraged” after Sunday night collapse

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts talks to his players during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

There are plenty of words that came to mind while watching the Colts hand back a 14-point lead in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter of their game against the Texans before losing the game in overtime.

For most people, encouraging likely qualified only as a way to describe the Texans’ resiliency after playing poorly for the first 53 minutes of the game. Coach Chuck Pagano zigs where those people zag, however.

During his Monday press conference, Pagano went that route to describe his mindset in the aftermath of the meltdown.

“I’m encouraged,” Pagano said, via the Indianapolis Star. “You guys probably think I’m crazy, but I’m encouraged.”

On Sunday night, Pagano said his players lacked a killer instinct when they got ahead of Houston and stood by all of his coaching decisions on Monday. That included running a play from the shotgun on fourth-and-inches and disputed safety Mike Adams’ read that the team took its foot off the gas by saying the team didn’t get “passive or soft.” Instead, Pagano said the Texans simply executed better.

Pagano’s optimism about his team surely comes from an honest place, but the results haven’t backed it up this season and it hasn’t been just a matter of on-field execution.

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38 Responses to “Chuck Pagano “encouraged” after Sunday night collapse”
  1. nhpats says: Oct 18, 2016 7:44 AM

    I guess Chuck is “encouraged” that he will be golfing early this year again….

  2. jstamper3377 says: Oct 18, 2016 7:51 AM

    It’s “more probable than not” that the Colts are not very good. It’s a shame, since they are such a beacon of integrity for the rest of us yo admire. Who would have thought that tanking a whole season to get the hot young QB wouldn’t work out.

  3. jasons81 says: Oct 18, 2016 7:54 AM

    Ok he’s done. He has no business coaching an NFL team.

  4. jag1959 says: Oct 18, 2016 7:55 AM

    “You guys probably think I’m crazy, but I’m encouraged.”

    No probably about it.

  5. m4hawk says: Oct 18, 2016 7:56 AM

    Soft team. They have always been a soft team. Compare them to ravens and steelers . Smash mouth football makes these guys wilt

  6. hang3xc says: Oct 18, 2016 8:03 AM

    I hope they extend this guys contract until 2075. I want to watch the “Suck for Luck” karma train roll on. Integrity.

  7. afty2001 says: Oct 18, 2016 8:19 AM

    This organization has now accepted losing and accepting mediocrity. It’s pathetic.

  8. dansardo says: Oct 18, 2016 8:21 AM

    He must be “encouraged” that he wasn’t fired immediately. That he wasn’t is an indication of just how bad the colts owner and management is.

    The colt organization started the misery of deflategate and the colts organization and fans will be paying the price for bad decisions like that for years to come

  9. bonitalocal says: Oct 18, 2016 8:29 AM

    If Pagano is encouraged by that…he will be as giddy as a schoolgirl when the Colts end up 4-12 this year!

  10. Indybear says: Oct 18, 2016 8:33 AM

    A soft-as-Charmin team led by an overrated coach, an incompetent GM and a drug-addled owner. Encouraged about what Chuck? Yes, we think you’re crazy.

  11. intrafinesse says: Oct 18, 2016 8:35 AM

    Colt’s fans will be encouraged when Grigson and Pagano are gone.
    And Irsey just extended them, so that’s not likely to happen any time soon.

  12. captainwhodat says: Oct 18, 2016 8:41 AM

    ah, the joys of being a Colt fan…thanks Pagano, thanks Grigson…

  13. abninf says: Oct 18, 2016 8:48 AM

    dansardo says:

    The colt organization started the misery of deflategate
    ===================================

    The Deflator agrees.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 18, 2016 8:50 AM

    Softest team in the league, what a laughingstock

  15. whywerule says: Oct 18, 2016 9:07 AM

    Indybear says:
    Oct 18, 2016 8:33 AM
    A soft-as-Charmin team led by an overrated coach…

    One thing that is interesting is everyone, except maybe Irsay, thinks Pagano sucks as a Head Coach, and yet that is still overrating him as a Head Coach.

  16. nhpats says: Oct 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    Chuck is encouraged because the offense is planning to run the “swinging gate” play again next week!

  17. ragnarthemagnificent says: Oct 18, 2016 9:14 AM

    Pagano is garbage

  18. carloswlassiter says: Oct 18, 2016 9:24 AM

    Look at their schedule and tell me how this team gets to even 6 wins this year.

    Of course 6 wins might be enough to win the AFC South.

  19. weepingjebus says: Oct 18, 2016 9:26 AM

    Possible they keep their jobs just because Irsay sees a completely different game thanks to his little helpers. “You guys really did great scoring runs against those orange powercats.” “Uh, thanks.”

  20. crush22 says: Oct 18, 2016 9:59 AM

    Indybear says:
    Oct 18, 2016 8:33 AM
    A soft-as-Charmin team led by an overrated coach, an incompetent GM and a drug-addled owner. Encouraged about what Chuck? Yes, we think you’re crazy.
    __________
    And yet they still beat your Bears.
    Doesn’t say much for your team, does it……..

  21. chuckshontaspads says: Oct 18, 2016 10:03 AM

    Keep out of Irsay’s stash.

  22. terripet says: Oct 18, 2016 10:09 AM

    Chuck walk away go coach defense again and take grigson with you

  23. maust1013 says: Oct 18, 2016 10:09 AM

    If Grigson can blame his putrid track record on having to pay Luck peanuts for the last 4 years then it is not a stretch for Pagano to be encouraged that his team at least made it to OT.
    Of course as to how any outside observer looks at it Pagano is right, we do think being encouraged by that is crazy. But while there are millions of people that think both Grigson and Pagano should have been flushed in the offseason they only have to be concerned with one and junkie jimmy thinks things are just great. The stuff in his stash must be incredible.

  24. nyjad says: Oct 18, 2016 10:11 AM

    Pagano is clueless and gutless!! 2nd worst hc in NFL after Toilet Bowles of the horrible jets.

  25. hairpie2 says: Oct 18, 2016 10:19 AM

    Couldnt happen to a nicer organization. total lying, cheating frauds.

  26. jag1959 says: Oct 18, 2016 10:28 AM

    Pagano’s staff makes it unlikely any in season replacement would come from within but if Irsay were to come to his senses (insert bemused chuckle here) and want to stop the sunshine and unicorn carousel Coughlin is available. At least he is for now, Khan may pull the trigger and bring him in. He may be old but there’s still fight in that dog and he’s got heck of a chip on his shoulder.

  27. iman62 says: Oct 18, 2016 10:29 AM

    Their plan was to give that game away and they executed it perfectly.

  28. usa98j30t4 says: Oct 18, 2016 10:29 AM

    Let the tank job begin!!!!!!

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 18, 2016 10:37 AM

    “Chuck is encouraged because the offense is planning to run the “swinging gate” play again next week!”

    Actually the Colts version is the “rusty gate”

    Lolz

  30. carloswlassiter says: Oct 18, 2016 10:48 AM

    usa98j30t4 says:
    Oct 18, 2016 10:29 AM

    Let the tank job begin!!!!!!
    ————————————————————
    To do what? Draft another speedy receiver in the 1st round?

  31. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 18, 2016 10:52 AM

    m4hawk says:
    Oct 18, 2016 7:56 AM
    Soft team. They have always been a soft team. Compare them to ravens and steelers . Smash mouth football makes these guys wilt

    —————

    Didn’t the soft Colts beat your team in 2013? BTW, how is that one year dynasty going?

    #dumbestplayinSBhistory
    #seaderall

  32. npadln says: Oct 18, 2016 10:55 AM

    jstamper3377

    It’s “more probable than not” that the Colts are not very good. It’s a shame, since they are such a beacon of integrity for the rest of us yo admire. Who would have thought that tanking a whole season to get the hot young QB wouldn’t work out.
    ********************************************
    An object lesson of what Karma REALLY is. You embrace mediocrity, it embraces you back.

  33. chippys lost binky says: Oct 18, 2016 11:10 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 18, 2016 10:52 AM
    Didn’t the soft Colts beat your team in 2013? BTW, how is that one year dynasty going?

    #dumbestplayinSBhistory
    #seaderall
    ++++++++++++

    And that’s how a Jests fan gets to throw smack, by pretending to be a Pats fan

  34. m4hawk says: Oct 18, 2016 11:32 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    No matter how much u Polish the rings they still have tarnish on them. Please don’t tell me your one up vote was from yourself. Sad just sad

  35. kamthechancellor says: Oct 18, 2016 11:35 AM

    Bruce Arians will be coaching this team next season.

  36. surfinbird1 says: Oct 18, 2016 1:47 PM

    I smell another banner coming.

  37. tonebones says: Oct 18, 2016 4:50 PM

    Ryan Grigson helped build the Rams super bowl winning roster that featured Kurt Warner and the “Greatest Show on Turf”. Chuck Pagano comes from the Ravens, who had a lot of success running the ball and watching Ray Lewis dominate from his MLB spot. This is the problem. Grigson went out and got a great young QB and a fleet of 4.3 WRs. The coaches are taking that $140 million QB and asking him to hand the ball off. Those Rams teams had an average defense, but they scored early and often, never took their foot off the gas pedal, and pressured opposing offenses into making mistakes. Dick Vermeil hired Mike Martz, who wasn’t scared. Pagano hired Bryce Arians who wasn’t scared either. I think the loss of Arians was much bigger than most people realize.

  38. goattoday says: Oct 18, 2016 6:04 PM

    If Pagano is encouraged after losing to a team that played hard for about 10 minutes in the second half, starting in the 4th quarter, Indy is in bigger trouble than we thought. Nothing good came out of that game. Nothing!

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