Colts’ Reich talks about handling new expectations
The Colts will have very high expectations entering this year. But don’t expect the mindset to change from anyone within the organization.
Last year, the Colts were the surprise team of the league. They were able to shake off their slow start because of their positive, methodical approach to each game. Just focus on that game and only that game, and things will fall your way.
That mindset won’t change this year according to Frank Reich. Talking during the league meetings, he says that he knows this mindset works and so does everyone in the locker room. It would be stupid to change that mindset if they know it will take them where they want to go.
He understands that expectations for them have changed around the league based on everything that has happened. But he won’t alter his approach. That is the mark of a good head coach. He knows what will work for his team, so he won’t change it even if others want him to change.
Those expectations do magnify what happens every step of the way though. If the Colts end up stumbling through the start of the season or falter late, everyone will be talking about it. There will be fingers pointed. But Reich knows this and knows how to handle it.
Not a single game has been played yet though. Reich can talk about how their mindset won’t change all he wants right now because they haven’t taken the field yet. But once games start being played, everything changes. He will have to keep his cool then.
Expectations are a good thing for a team to have, and it looks like the Colts will be ready to face them next season.