INDIANAPOLIS — "And watching them now, there’s a reason they were able to do what they’ve done because they prepare. They understand the process and they’ve stayed with the process,. [The players] didn’t get ahead of themselves. [They] just worked to get better each and every week. We wanted to play our best football not early in the season but at the end of the year. And I think that’s what they’re doing.”
Hold the emotions in check -- Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne understands that having Pagano back on the sidelines is cause for celebration.
But Wayne also knows that there is a job to be done against the Texans.
"[The Colts' effort] shouldn’t change any. 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," he explained.
"We’ve got the team that beat us pretty good a couple of weeks ago that’s a division opponent. 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.”
Wayne added that most of the emotions that are exhibited Sunday will come from the fans and the team's support staff.
“Hopefully, us in this locker room, all our tears are gone by the time Sunday gets here. Now, for the fans that may be a little different. I think Chuck deserves every cheer he is going to get and then some. Us, hopefully by then, we are dialed in to what we need to do and we can kind of put that behind us a little bit and go out there and win the game for him," he said.