Colts Coach Chuck Pagano Says He’s at Fault for the Shortcomings of the Team

The hope and optimism that encircled the Indianapolis Colts in July and August, gaining steam as Andrew Luck returned from injury, died on a sun-sprinkled Christmas Eve in Oakland.

Chuck Pagano’s Colts were bounced from the playoffs with a week to play.

Pagano was Pagano on Monday, professing to hear nothing of the simmering firestorm that surrounds his job status, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports.

He smiled. He joked. “Sun came up, key fob worked, door opened, got another day,” he quipped. He was serious, though, when he needed to be serious, unhesitantly hurling the blame on his shoulders for his underachieving football team.

“I take full responsibility for everything,” he declared. “That’s what comes with this job.”

As the minutes passed, though, Pagano did allow a bit of frustration to creep through.

“I don’t hear it, I don’t listen to it, I don’t pay attention to it,” he said of the criticism before acknowledging his family can’t say the same.

“I hate it for them. I can deal with it. I hate it for my wife and kids who have to read it, watch it, whatever. Have to calm them down, tell them to keep their blinders and earmuffs on … they’re passionate, passionate, passionate about this football team, and they’re pissed. Not about that stuff. Because we’re not winning. That’s what they’re pissed at me about. They still love me, but they’re pissed.”

What if the Colts Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Colts will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

Steelers vs Colts NFL Thanksgiving Game Capsule

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  STEELERS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 16-6  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 3-1 Chuck Pagano: 0-2
LAST WEEK W 24-9 at Cleveland W 24-17 vs. Tennessee
LAST GAME 12/6/15: Colts 10 at Steelers 45. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 364 yards & 4 TDs for 126.4 rating. Steelers WR Antonio Brown has 3 total TDs, incl. 71-yard PR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/11: Steelers 23, Colts 20. Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu has 16-yard FR-TD. Steelers K Shaun Suisham converts GW 38-yard FG with 4 seconds remaining.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Pit), 82 (Ind). XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Pit), 82 (Ind).

STATS

PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 228-353-2524-20-7-96.3 Andrew Luck: 236-375-2827-19-8-93.9 OR

Scott Tolzien (Pre.): 41-62-390-2-1-87.4

RUSHING Le’Veon Bell: 128-579-4.5-2 Frank Gore: 163-642-3.9-4
RECEIVING Antonio Brown: 77 (1L)-907-11.8-7 (3L) T.Y. Hilton: 57-888-15.6-5
OFFENSE 364.4 356.6
TAKE/GIVE +2 -3
DEFENSE 363.6 397.6
SACKS Stephon Tuitt: 3.5 Erik Walden: 8
INTs Artie Burns (R): 2 Darius Butler: 2
PUNTING Jordan Berry: 46.3 Pat McAfee: 50.3 (1L)
KICKING Chris Boswell: 58 (22/22 PAT; 12/16 FG) Adam Vinatieri: 87 (27/27 PAT; 20/21 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS: Play 6th Thanksgiving game (1st since 1991)…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 1,250 pass yards (416.7 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 1 INT for 129.1 rating in past 3 vs. Ind…RB LE’VEON BELL had 201 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 55 rec.) & TD last week. Has 4 career games with 200+ scrimmage yards, most in Pit. history. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 203 rush yards (101.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in past 2 meetings…In past 2 vs. Ind., WR ANTONIO BROWN has 18 catches for 251 yards (125.5 per game) & 4 TDs. Fastest in NFL history to 600 catches (96 games)… LB JAMES HARRISON is franchise leader with 77.5 sacks. Has 7 sacks in past 5 meetings. DE STEPHON TUITT had 2.5 sacks last week. Rookie DT JAVON HARGRAVE had sack & FR-TD last week…COLTS: Play 4th Thanksgiving game (1st at home)…In past 6 at home, QB ANDREW LUCK has 1,762 pass yards (293.7 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 100.8 rating. QB SCOTT TOLZIEN has 2 career NFL starts (last on 11/24/13 vs. Min.)…RB FRANK GORE had 121 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 71 rec.) last week. Has 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. Pit. RB ROBERT TURBIN had rush TD last week…WR T.Y. HILTON had 97 rec. yards & TD last week. In past 2 vs. Pit., has 191 rec. yards (95.5 per game) & TD. WR DONTE MONCRIEF aims for 4th in row with rec. TD…LB ERIK WALDEN aims for 5th in row with sack. Is 1 of 4 NFL LBs with 8+ sacks (8) & 2+ FFs (2). LB D’QWELL JACKSON had sack in last meeting. Had sack last week.

Luck in Concussion Protocol; Likely Won’t Be Able to Go Thursday Vs Steelers

Andrew Luck

The Colts are coming off a big win Sunday against the Titans, but may pay a big price for it, as today it was announced that franchise quarterback Andrew Luck is in concussion protocol, and it’s very much up in the air if he’ll play or not on Thanksgiving against the Steelers.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Luck began experiencing symptoms at a later time and was diagnosed after the team got the victory.

The coach said the injury took place at some point in the fourth quarter of the win.

As of now the Colts are planning on 29-year-old backup QB Scott Tolzien starting against the Steelers, a team that has beaten the Colts by a combined 96-44 in their last two matchups.

Tolzien has just two NFL starts in his career, and beyond throwing one pass last season for Green Bay, Tolzien hasn’t seen regular-season action since 2013.

Getting Luck ready for Thursday is a longshot at best at this point.

Colts Fast Start Enough to Hold Off Titans 24-17

Tennessee Titans v Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a big early lead Sunday, and the defense held on in the second half for a 24-17 victory over Tennessee.

Indianapolis (5-5) evened its record by winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

And by earning their 11th straight victory in the series, the Colts climbed into second place in the AFC South.

For Tennessee (5-6) , it was more frustration against an old nemesis.

Luck was 15 of 28 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and one interception as the Colts scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions for a 21-0 lead.

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Titans vs Colts NFL Week 11 Inactives

Titans: WR Tre McBride, RB David Fluellen, DB Curtis Riley, G Sebastian Tretola, TE Jace Amaro, OLB Kevin Dodd, NT Al Woods

Colts: CB Patrick Robinson, CB Christopher Milton, LB Deon King, OL Le’Raven Clark, OL Austin Blythe, WR Devin Street, LB Curt Maggitt

Chiefs vs Colts NFL Week Eight Inactives

Chiefs: RB Jamaal Charles, CB D.J. White, QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, LB Sam Barrington, OL Bryan Witzmann, TE Ross Travis

Colts: TE Dwayne Allen, OL Jack Mewhort, WR Chester Rogers, OT Le’Raven Clark, DE Kendall Langford, OLB Curt Maggitt, DT Henry Anderson

Luck’s Late TD to Doyle Enough as Colts Top Titans 34-26

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with 1:55 left to put Indianapolis ahead to stay, and the Colts rallied to beat the Titans 34-26 Sunday for their 10th straight win against their AFC South rival.

The Colts (3-4) came in having lost two of three, including blowing a 14-point lead in an overtime loss last week at Houston. But Luck has never lost to Tennessee, and he improved to 8-0 against the Titans with yet another comeback win. He finished with 353 yards passing and three TDs, the last after Tennessee went up 23-20.

T.Y. Hilton caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 37-yard TD . The Colts shook off 12 penalties for 131 yards in pulling out their 15th win in 16 games against Tennessee.

The Titans (3-4) saw their two-game winning streak end.

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Colts at Titans NFL Week Seven Inactives

Colts: WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Donte Moncrief, TE Dwayne Allen, OG Jack Mewhort, Jack Mewhort, LB Curt Maggitt, DL Zach Kerr, DE Henry Anderson

Titans:
TE Jace Amaro, LB Aaron Wallace, CB Cody Riggs, DB Curtis Riley, G Sebastian Tretola, WR Harry Douglas, DL Austin Johnson