Pagano offers praise, relief following Colts’ season-opening win

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Chuck Pagano was all smiles in the moments following the Colts 21-17 victory over the Raiders Sunday saying he was “very, very proud”

While there were clearly some plays Pagano did not enjoy re-living during his film analysis, he still put forth a positive message during his Monday news conference.

“It’s good to be 1-0. That thing very easily could’ve went the other way. But that speaks to the character and resiliency of this football team. There is no quit and that’s why we always talk about playing 60 minutes,” said Pagano.  

The second-year Colts coach talked at length about the skills of Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor when referencing how the season-opener could’ve gone the other way.  He was not shy in explaining the problems a quarterback like Pryor can present.

“It’s a nightmare. It’s an absolute nightmare. Because you get to the point where you want to come after him, you want to pressure him, and you come off the edge and you’re not high enough and he gives you a little wiggle and you lose contain. Then the guys start trying to mirror and they don’t go as hard. There’s a fine line there. They’re scared to death to not let him outside the pocket, not get too high up over the top of the rush, things like that. It’s a nightmare. Like I said, it’s good to be 1-0 and get out of there with the win.”

Pagano will have to re-live the nightmare two more times in the next month, due to games against Colin Kaepernick’s 49ers and Russell Wilson’s Seahawks, however, the focus inside the locker room right now is on a Week 2 contest against the Dolphins.

“I go through that 24 -hour rule, I’m’ moving on to my next opponent, that is in the past,” said Landry Monday when asked to reflect on the performance.

Landry was one of the players Pagano singled out against the Raiders.  He led the Colts with 10 solo tackles and made a major impact during his first game with the Colts.  He partner in the defensive backfield, Antoine Bethea, made the game-clinching interception.

You see it’s a little bit more upbeat around here today after the win. But like I said, most definitely a good way to and we’re going to build off this,” said Bethea when asked about the benefits of starting the season with a victory, the Colts first in an opener since 2009.

The players will have Tuesday off before returning to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for preparations for the Dolphins Wednesday.

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