Chuck Pagano recited scenes from the movie Groundhog Day during his press conference on Monday.
Chuck Pagano was asked during his weekly press conference if the Colts’ inability to hold onto leads in the second half of games is similar to the plot of the movie Groundhog Day.
“Yeah…Did you see the movie? Did you see the movie, Groundhog Day?” Pagano asked the press. “Bill Murray, c’mon.”
The 1993 film directed by Harold Ramis starred Bill Murray as Phil Conners, a Pennsylvania weatherman who continually lived the same day over and over again.
All kidding aside the Colts have blown six second half leads this season, so the comparison isn’t too far removed from the truth. In their most recent loss on Sunday to the Tennessee Titans, the Colts surrendered a 10-point lead in the second half and eventually lost their third straight game at home.
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Later in the press conference Pagano channeled his inner Al Roker and used a weather analogy to describe how the Colts need to avoid second half letdowns.
“There’s a storm in the Atlantic,” Pagano said. “Hurricane whatever-you-want-to-call-it. When’s it going to hit landfall? It’s coming.” Pagano continued, “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy right now.”
The Indianapolis head coach is of course referencing the predictability of the opponent’s likelihood to make a run in the second half and eventually overtake the lead.
While Pagano may have had some strange analogies to describe his team’s second half struggles this season, the general premise is spot on. If the Colts cannot find a way to put together a full 60 minutes of football, they’re going to continue repeat their second half failures over and over and over again, and the blame may be laid solely at the feet of the head coach.