By Mike Chappell
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 24, 2015) – Chuck Pagano took exception when T.Y. Hilton criticized the recent conservative play-calling of Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
Pagano mentioned a sign in the locker room: What you see and say here, stays here.
“I don’t think any of us should air our dirty laundry outside this building, to be quite frank with you,’’ Pagano said Thursday. “I’m not going to go into details with how we handle things, but there’s a right way to do stuff and a wrong way.’’
Tuesday, Hilton voiced displeasure with how the receivers are being used.
“You know, Donte (Moncrief), me, Phil (Dorsett), we’re fast guys and we’re not going down the field how we’re supposed to be doing,’’ he said. “They got us running stick routes, chain routes. We can do that, but at some point in time you’ve got to take your shot to get the defense going back.
“The throws have been there, but we just haven’t been calling it. We’ve just got to start taking shots down the field and loosen the defense up some.’’
While Pagano didn’t appreciate Hilton going public with his concerns, he agreed it’s imperative the offense “hit chunk plays.’’
“You’ve got to take your shots down the field every single ballgame. Sometimes it’s easier than others when you’re having success.’’
Last season, the Colts’ passing attack ranked No. 1 in yards per game (305.9) and explosive plays (78), which are completions of at least 20 yards.
With injuries to quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck and inconsistent pass protection this year, the passing game ranks No. 19 (238.3), but No. 31 in yards per attempt (6.4) and has just 43 completions of at least 20 yards.
(BOLD) Roster moves: (END BOLD) The team placed rookie cornerback D’Joun Smith (knee) on the injured reserve list and signed quarterback Stephen Morris to the active roster. Morris had been on Philadelphia’s practice squad.
The addition of Morris won’t have an immediate impact. Matt Hasselbeck will start a sixth straight game at Miami and be backed up by Charlie Whitehurst.
The Colts view Morris as a future consideration.
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