The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

December 27, 2012

Arians back to his old job


INDIANAPOLIS — Less pressure? -- Now that he's not the interim coach, in addition to the duties as offensive coordinator, does the pressure ease up on Arians this week?

No way.

“Not really. Anytime you’re calling plays, there’s a bigger bulls eye on your back, I’ve learned that through the years. The game plan has always been the biggest part of the job. The other part is really kind of easy, but the game planning part takes all the time. Playing a team twice in three weeks is really difficult," Arians explained.

One thing he won't have to worry about the rest of the season is deciding when, or if, to throw the red replay review flag.

“Nope, that’s the biggest thing I’m glad to get rid of," Arians laughed.

Luck earns alternate tag -- Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck was not selected to the Pro Bowl but was selected as a first alternate for the AFC team.

If either Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Matt Schaub are unable to participate in the Pro Bowl, Luck would be the next man up.

“It’s nice. It’s more of a reflection of how well this offense has done this year. It’s nice," he said after Thursday's practice.

Luck set the NFL rookie passing record last week against Kansas City. He has now thrown for 4,183 yards this season.

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne and outside linebacker Robert Mathis were both named as starters for the AFC when rosters were announced Wednesday night.

Wearing down? -- The Colts' No. 1 draft pick admits that he's still getting used to the longer NFL season. Counting pre-season, Luck has played in 19 games this year.

"It has been long. I won’t lie. I’ve felt like all I’ve done my whole life is play this one season of football. That doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t fun or you aren’t fresh. I think the guys in the training room, our coaches know how to keep us fresh, engaged in everything, mentally, physically," he said.

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