Colts Will be a Tougher Team Under Frank Reich
The Colts have been a soft team in years past, both mentally and physically. But expect that to change under the eye of Frank Reich.
When you think of tough teams in the NFL, the Colts are not a team that come to mind. They are more of a finesse team or a speed team. You don’t necessarily think of the Colts. They have been pushed around in the trenches for the last few years, and typically tough teams are sound in the trenches.
Expect all of that to change now that Frank Reich has come to town. He will instill a toughness that the team desperately needs to have to be successful. He also will be able to hold the team accountable for things they do wrong.
Toughness isn’t just a physical attribute. Mental toughness is needed to execute in late game situations. The Colts lacked in that capacity as well. They didn’t execute well enough in the fourth quarter or in overtime. As a result, they lost a lot of one possession games.
The Colts have already started addressing this issue. Some of their personnel moves have been aimed at increasing their toughness. They need players who will set that expectation with their actions in the locker room. Players who lead by example are extremely valuable.
Reich is someone who has always shown toughness. He did it as a player in Buffalo and has done it as a coach in Philadelphia as well. The players in the locker room will follow his lead. Toughness is the key characteristic of any good team.
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Expect the Colts to work harder next season than they have in years past. Reich will force the team to either work hard, or sit on the bench. Players would be wise to work hard so they can see the field.