INDIANAPOLIS — "We understand that anytime you make the turnaround that we made and you go 11-5, that the bar has now got to be set even higher. We talked about this is the time of the year to now get away, relax, rest up, re-charge, get with your families. Reunite, so to speak, and then come back to work ready to go," Pagano said.
"We've got to raise the bar and we're going to raise the expectations because we know now that they're going to be, obviously, much higher because of the success that we had this year. Which is fine. That is why we got into this business. That is why we coach and that is why we play. And that is to put ourselves into these type of situations and to give ourselves a chance to reach our ultimate goal. Our goals haven't changed."
Now the question is whether the Colts can repeat or improve on it's 2012 successes.
"We just know that the expectations are going to be higher. We encouraged everybody to get away from it for awhile. But then find one or two things that you can really hone in on in the offseason to get better at. The foundation has been laid. It's a solid foundation and its one that we can build on. I am feel good about the future. I feel like we have a bright, bright future ahead of us for many years to come," the Indianapolis coach said.
Arians hospitalized, coming home -- Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was rushed to a Baltimore-area hospital a few hours before Sunday's game with the Ravens.
While doctors said that Arians is in no danger and that his medical condition is not a serious one, he was not allowed to coach or to be at the game and was kept under observation overnight. He was due to return to Indianapolis via team owner Jim Irsay's private plane sometime Monday evening.