Moving on. That's the immediate plans for the Indianapolis Colts as they head into the off season.
Indianapolis saw the 2012 season come to an end with a 24-9 AFC wild-card playoff loss to Baltimore Sunday.
As disappointing as the outcome was, first-year head coach Chuck Pagano likes how far his team has come ever since he took over the reins of the franchise nearly a year ago.
Pagano took over a 2-14 team that didn't make the post-season. The Colts, though, end the year with an 11-6 overall mark and was the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs.
"I'm really, really proud of this football team, this coaching staff, this organization. Everybody involved with what this team was able to accomplish this year. We couldn't have done it without the support of everybody in this organization, from top to bottom. What they overcame from day one. All the turnover. All the change. They said that there was no way that certain things could be achieved," the Indianapolis coach said Monday during his end-of-season press conference.
"From day one to the very last day, this team has overcome and dealt with adversity. What they've done on the football field, what we asked them to do. They never batted a lash. We set our expectations very high. We set our goals high. We were never were going to use the 'r' word [rebuilding]. We talked about re-loading. We talked about next man up. We talked about process. We talked about a lot of things. My hat's off to our veteran leadership. We certainly couldn't have accomplished what we accomplished this season without them. They did a tremendous job."
After a day of reflection, reviewing the loss to the Ravens, the Colts are now looking forward to the 2013 season.