Colts ready to start anew
September 4, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis is tired of talking about a new era.
Players and coaches are ready to finally start showing off that new look.
With Sunday’s season opener at Chicago looming, players and coaches returned to practice Monday with a refreshingly new regular season approach.
“Electricity is in the air, and guys have a little more bounce in their step,” coach Chuck Pagano said after Monday’s practice. “The attention to detail was better, the meetings were excellent.”
It’s a promising start for a team that had been a playoff regular and perennial Super Bowl contender until Peyton Manning got hurt last season.
Now, the so-called experts believe Indianapolis will be the league’s worst team for the second straight season, projections the Colts are using as motivation.
They proudly point to T-shirts depicting their No. 32 ranking overall and are aware of those one-win predictions even with No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck calling the plays, but are determined to prove them all wrong.