The script has been the same in all four games that the Colts have played - start slow offensively and then battle back in the second half. He spoke swiftly, and furiously.
It's not quite banner-hanging-quality news, but it's still significant for a team that is 1-3 and sinking. Does he feel the frustration? You have to take life as it comes. Everything is the opposite of OK.
The sleight of hand probably isn't going to work, however, unless Indianapolis figures out a way to compete with Houston at the top of a bad division over the final three-quarters of the season. Is this season destined to spiral southward? There were so many decisions that they made in there and they just missed. For months? For years? It was hard ferreting out anyone Wednesday - from Chuck Pagano to Darius Butler to T.Y. Hilton to Andrew Luck - who would admit to having heard the critical comments the previous evening from franchise icon Reggie Wayne. Pagano's agitation was obvious. In free agency, they got a LaRon Landry and got rid of Antoine Bethea, who was a Pro Bowler.
"But when you're 1-3, hey, what else you going to talk about". Asked about the outside distractions seeping in, Pagano reached into his trusty bucket of clichés.
The 1-3 Colts signed Cromartie on August 22 after it was determined that Pro Bowler Vontae Davis would be out with an ankle injury.
In the Colts' backfield, running back Frank Gore needs 20 rushing yards to surpass Jim Brown (12,312) for No. 9 on the NFL's all-time list.
"Definitely mad", defensive lineman Zach Kerr said. When that happens, especially with a team that has a quarterback like Andrew Luck, the knives come out.
More than one player Wednesday stressed the fact that the Colts are only a handful of plays away. It's the Colts' most effective lineup against the short and intermediate passing game, though it does expose them against a potential run. He doesn't have the most talented of playmakers around him or the best of offensive lines. The Chiefs were torched by the Steelers 43-14 last Sunday, and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 22 of 27 for 300 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
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Sadly, the National Football League is an operation where 31 other teams are building their own monsters, and the monster in Indianapolis is not almost as scary as numerous others, so the attention of 51 Colts was demanded by the sacrifice of two of its underperforming members. The organization is 18-7 in the first game after a loss under coach Chuck Pagano. "We could've easily been 4-0".
"We grind every single day".
"Right now, that's the media's job - try to get in your locker room and try to get in your head". We're anxious about Wednesday and nothing else. "Whatever's called, we just have to execute it better". But while no one was really paying close attention, the de facto rookie by virtue of his 2015 season lost to injury has become the Bears' leading receiver, with 19 catches, followed by Eddie Royal and Zach Miller with 18 each and Alshon Jeffery with 17 grabs. "They've used the money to get free agent guys that didn't do anything". That was a swing and a miss.
Jones returned from a four-game league suspension Monday, and Cole was placed on injured reserve with a back injury last week. "He hasn't given them anything".
The first quarter of the Indianapolis Colts' season was an abject failure.
Hilton seemed unfazed, disappointed but not deterred.
"From the moment he stepped on the field, I knew he was a special player", Freeman said. "It's a long season".
For now, even if Luck isn't paying attention to what people are saying about the Colts, he has a pretty good guess. Maybe it won't. But at this point something needed to be done, and the assumption that things couldn't be worse is reasonable.