INDIANAPOLIS — Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who is perhaps the closest of the Colts' players to Pagano due to their days together as player and assistant coach at the University of Miami, had wanted to see a performance against the Texans that befitted the fight that their coach has shown over the course of the season.
"I think everybody has been focused, as they would have been anyway. Not to take anything away from coach coming back. We are truly happy he is back and we all want to go out there and win. Having him back, we want to continue to play tough at home. We’ve got the team that beat us pretty good a couple of weeks ago that’s a division opponent," Wayne said late last week.
"If you ain’t full of intensity already, than you probably don’t have a heartbeat. Everybody is glued in. Everybody is locked and loaded and hopefully we can go out there and play good ball.”
“I think that’s why we did not want to lose. It’s his first game back in right before the playoffs starting [this weekend]. I know there’s been talk of resting guys. Coach Pagano is not of that school of thought and we’re behind him 100 percent. We’re glad we could go out there and fire on full cylinders, per se. Just to get a win, I think means the world to the players," Luck said.
Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, who may have played his last game in a Colts' uniform at Lucas Oil Stadium, agreed.
"It was great to see Chuck back out there. I’m not going to say that we went out there and played just great just because Chuck was here because Chuck’s presence is always there," Freeney said.