The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

December 3, 2012

Colts not thinking about playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS — The same focus that has gotten the Indianapolis Colts to its current position -- 8-4 overall and in the drivers seat for one of two AFC wild-card playoff berths -- was in evidence Monday as interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians reviewed the team's 35-33 come-from-behind win over Detroit.

"Great team win. I thought we overcame some poor play by our young receivers during the ball game. But they overcame it and settled down and made plays at the end when we had to have it," Arians voiced.

"But throughout the game it was probably the worst execution we've had from our young receivers in about a month as far as where they are supposed to be in reception areas and crossing defenders faces. Technical things that we can get corrected. But it was a great effort by everybody. Big plays coming down the stretch were huge."

The Colts assistant coach also took a hit as he was bowled over on the sidelines during an interception return by Detroit.

"Just a little stiff. But I'm okay. I can take their best shot," Arians joked.

Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck had three passes picked off on the day, the results of poor technique on both ends rather than bad reads.

"Almost always mechanical. One was not his fault. He was right on target but our receiver went behind the defender instead of in front of him. It's a cardinal rule you never go behind a guy on that route. You always cross his face. [Luck] trusted [the receiver] to cross his face and the guy picked it," Arians explained.

"The defender baited both of them into it, basically, and they fell for it. But those things are going to happen. Sometimes you live and die by the big play. This time we lived."

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