Colts Pagano: ‘We’ve Looked at a lot of Great Dynasties’


At his Wednesday press conference following the Indianapolis Colts OTA practice, head coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged that his team is following a “dynasty blueprint”, as it relates to trying to win a Super Bowl championship.

Along with General Manager Ryan Grigson, the Colts have researched modern day professional sports dynasties to see what qualities these teams both epitomized and exhibited:

"“You know we looked at a lot of great dynasties,” revealed Pagano. “Ryan [Grigson] had one of his scouts do a project a couple of years ago and looked at all of the great dynasties over the years.”“You can look at the Packers of the 60’s, the Steelers of the 70’s, you can look at the 49ers, the Yankees, you can look at the Celtics, they all had 3 things in common, when you looked at all of them:1. They were all innovative.2. They thought outside the box3. Every one of them checked their ego at the door, meaning it was about the team. It wasn’t about self, it wasn’t about me, and they had one common goal, one common vision, and one common belief.”"

No matter what admirable qualities this Colts team may demonstrate, they already have one thing going for them…

Andrew Luck.

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck (12) prior to the game against the Denver Broncos in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

To win a Super Bowl championship, a team either needs an elite quarterback or a historically great defense. The Colts have the former, it’s now whether they’ve surrounded him with enough talent on both sides of the football.

However, the team has already done itself some huge favors this offseason by bringing in high character veteran players like Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, and Trent Cole. Players that know what it takes to win and will go “all-in” for one last Super Bowl run. If the Colts aren’t hoisting the Lombardi Trophy come next February, it certainly won’t be for a lack of effort.

The ultimate goal was and still is winning an elusive Super Bowl championship though, that’s the Colts ultimate vision and the objective that the team’s top leadership has set for themselves, even by studying dynasties and all:

"“We have that vision, you guys know what our vision is, and what our ultimate goal is, and everybody’s bought into that,” said Pagano. “The guys, and we’re very, very fortunate to have the veteran guys that we still have in our locker room, and that we’ve lost some great ones, but we were able to replace them with the same type of guys.”"

While the Colts may have studied dynasties, they’ll likely have to beat one if they want to become Super Bowl champions by finally getting past their arch-nemesis in the New England Patriots.

A monumental feat indeed.

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