INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Forty eight hours later, and the Colts loss to the Patriots still stings.
“When you lose in the playoffs, it is very abrupt. I’m wondering what to do. I feel like a lost puppy in a sense,” said Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck.
As the team cleared out their lockers on Monday morning, disappointment paved way to motivation.
“We came very close. We were one of eight,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Three teams that are playing championship Sunday, if you will, we beat: Denver, San Francisco and Seattle. If we go back to work and everybody gets 1-to-2 percent better at their craft and what they do…the sky is the limit.”
The Colts’ front office has some tough decisions looming. More than two dozen players now become free agents, headlined by Running Back Donald Brown, Kicker Adam Vinatieri, Punter Pat McAfee and Safety Antoine Bethea.
“I’ve had eight great years here in Indy, but coming down the road, just have to play the cards that I’m dealt. I would love to stay here, but if not, got to keep it moving,” said Bethea on his future.
“This past season was almost like an interviewing process,” Brown said. “Now you just wait and see what job offers you get. Just take the one that makes the most sense for me and my family.”
Coach Pagano said they haven’t even begun to discuss the roster, but it will be a collective effort when they do.
The Colts’ coaching staff will get a consolation prize of sorts. They will head to Hawaii to coach one of the team’s in this year’s Pro Bowl.