Colts Excited for Sunday's Playoff Game
Andrew Luck (WIBC.com file photo: Reed Parker)
Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano says there is energy and excitement at the Colts complex with the NFL's Cinderella team poised for a playoff game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
"Obviously, it's playoff time," said Pagano. "Had great walkthrough. Lotta good focus, all that kinda stuff."
Pagano came to the Colts from Baltimore where he was defensive coordinator, coaching 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis who has announced he's retiring after this season. Pagano calls Lewis a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
"We all know what he's done on and off the football field," he said. "So, it was like everybody else that had an opportunity to be around the guy. And will cherish that for the rest of their lives."
Pagano and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will attack the Ravens defense with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, who started often started slow this season only to stage repeated dramatic comebacks.
"He's unflappable," said Pagano. "Nothing bothers him. Obviously, he's his own worst critic. We've talked about that. But he's able to put everything behind him and come back."
Emerging defensive star Vontae Davis says it's just a part of being a professional. Davis had an up and down year, but he ended the season with two interceptions against Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
"You have to just stay confident." said Davis. "And keep your spirit high."