Colts keep focus on football as Pagano recovers
The Indianapolis Colts are getting back to work.
Two days after learning that coach Chuck Pagano would be out indefinitely with leukemia, the Colts tried to take a routine business-like approach at Wednesday's practice.
Interim coach Bruce Arians says little will change Sunday against Green Bay. He'll still be calling the offensive plays while defensive coordinator Greg Manusky continues to make the defensive calls.
The biggest challenge Arians may face in his first NFL game as a head coach will be keeping players' emotions in check as they try to win one for Pagano.
But that's not what Arians wants, and the longtime NFL assistant insists Pagano doesn't want his players to feel any added pressure to win, either.
There is no place they'd rather be, getting ready for the Packers under the guidance Bruce Arians.
Here's the tricky part. The Colts want to play and win for Chuck Pagano. It's certainly motivating, but that alone can't become all consuming. It's Arians job to guide these guys past the emotions and back to the job at hand.
"We have to be very aware of not getting overexcited, overhyped, to try to do something extra. We don't need to do anything extra. We just need to play and coach every day and prepare like we have and not get caught up with snot bubbles and tears. They don't beat anybody. We all want to win the game for a lot of reasons, but we can't put extra expectations on it because of what has happened," said Arians.
Plain, simple and direct - Bruce Arians at his best.
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