Colts Still Playing Hard for Chuck Pagano
2017 has become a nightmare season for the Indianapolis Colts, but Chuck Pagano has not lost this team.
There’s no doubt that this season has been a disappointing one for Colts fans. At 3-7 heading into the bye week, with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee firmly in control of the AFC South, any chances of a playoff run appear to be lost for Indianapolis.
Though the season appears lost, the team is not. Chuck Pagano, whom many expect to be gone after the season, still has his team playing hard every week.
The Colts continue to play hard and fight for their head coach. This past Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers was no exception as they nearly won as 10-point underdogs. Moral victories do not exist in the NFL, but playing with pride regardless of the team’s circumstances is a testament to this team that has gone through a lot of adversity this season.
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Injuries have hit Indianapolis hard. The Colts have been without Andrew Luck the entire season, and his entire situation has played out like a soap opera. Malik Hooker, the Colts talented first-round draft choice, went down in Week 7 with a severe knee injury and is out for the remainder of the year. And just last week, Henry Anderson, who was returning to form, was placed on injured reserve.
Cornerback Vontae Davis was handed his walking papers last week as Indianapolis waived the eight-year veteran who was dealing with a lingering groin injury.
Second-year quarterback Jacoby Brissett, traded to the Colts in September, was thrust into the starting role and had to learn the playbook on the fly. Not to mention he’s playing behind a patchwork offensive line that gave up 10 sacks to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7.
This past week saw the Cincinnati Bengals, a team on a similar path as the Colts, implode. Their starting linebacker was ejected, the team incurred countless penalties and the head coach threw his injured running back under the bus during a press conference.
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The New York Giants effectively quit on Ben McAdoo yesterday. Defensive players were running away from tackles during the game and McAdoo gave no motivation to his players, saying their paycheck should be motivation enough.
Despite all the struggles the Colts have faced this season, the players are still going out every week and competing for Pagano. Though he may not be back in Indianapolis next season, the Colts are still laying it on the line for their coach.