Colts react to Irsay's criticism
Tuesday at training camp at Anderson University, the Colts tried to turn the conversation from the toilet bowl back to working toward the Super Bowl.
The Twitter feed of Colts owner Jim Irsay can be both entertaining and informative. On Monday, Irsay vented publicly on social media after his team's 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the preseason opener Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Irsay tweeted: "Many starters played briefly or were nursing little injuries, but it was a crap performance, my apologies/My commanders got n earful from me!"
"You couldn't ask for a better owner in this league," said Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who only took 10 snaps in the first game. "You can tell his heart is in the Colts 100 percent and his players, at least I do personally, really appreciate how much he cares. If that's the way he felt, then I think more power to him for making those thoughts known."
T.Y. Hilton made a spectacular touchdown catch from backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the preseason opener. But that was the Colts' only offensive touchdown. The Colts allowed a pair of Bills rookie quarterbacks to complete almost 80 percent of their passes for 319 yards and three TD's. The Bills were rarely stopped while piling up 44 points.
"44 points is ugly any way you slice it: season, postseason, regular season," said Colts rush linebacker Robert Mathis. That's something we've got to work on."
The Colts returned to the practice field Tuesday in Anderson to begin the final week of training camp.
"We are disappointed, but not discouraged," said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who says he has not talked to Irsay since the loss Sunday. "We know exactly where we're at. We're going to address the things that need to be addressed. We're back in camp mode. We'll be in camp mode until Friday morning. It's business as usual. We'll stick to the process. There's no need to panic. But certainly, everybody's accountable and everybody understands what they have to do."
Colts tight end Coby Fleener struggled against the Bills, fumbling after a catch. He also dropped a pass in the end zone. Fleener did not practice Tuesday because of a concussion suffered in the game.
"There are too many mental errors on our part, too many things that ultimately can't happen in the regular season," Fleener said after the game Sunday. "Personally, fumbling the ball is not acceptable in any scenario. Hopefully we can look at the film and move forward."
The Colts promise a better performance in their next dress rehearsal Sunday against the Giants. The second preseason game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Colts training camp practices this week: (free admission, $5 parking)
Wednesday 1:50-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 1:50-3:55 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Training camp ends