FORT WAYNE – So now its on to the Super Bowl. Clearly.
Forget all those mopes who peered into their muddy crystal balls and saw 2-14, 3-13, 4-12.
A plague on their houses. May they be forced into seclusion, shamed that they didnt see this juggernaut coming, didnt see coach Chuck Pagano turning these starter-kit Colts into something faster than those Flip This House guys turn shacks into mansions.
Isnt that right, coach?
Its great to get a win, Pagano said this week, with Jacksonville coming. Its great to be 1-1. But our whole focus is on Jacksonville and stopping a great running back and a defense that statistically a year ago was very good.
OK, so what about you, Andrew Luck?
You marched the Colts down the field at the end last week like He Who Shall Not Be Named himself.
Surely the NFLs just another afternoon against San Jose State for you now, right?
I dont have (it figured out) by any means, he said. Hopefully, one day Ill get there.
OK, so maybe the Super Bowl talk is premature. Maybe, you simply start here with these 1-1 Colts: They have the absolutely perfect mindset right now.
Weve got guys ready to work, trying to stay even-keeled, Luck said.
Try not to get too excited after a win, too down after a loss. Coach Pagano preaches staying on that steady course. Were just glad to go out and have another week.
And along the way, theyll try not to dwell on the fact that the Jaguars are 0-2 and not exactly the 85 Bears. And that they, too, have a first-year head coach, Mike Mularkey.
They also have one of the leagues best running backs in Maurice Jones-Drew. Which is exactly what the Colts are focusing on, not the 0-2 stuff.
Hes like a rolling ball of butcher knives, Pagano said of MJD.
Hes a couple of bowling balls going down, safety Antoine Bethea said.
Hes got legs like tree trunks. I call them two sequoias, Pagano chimes in again.
And so their work is cut out for them, even as Pagano admits his defense has made quicker strides than he expected.
Nonetheless, it remains, like everything else around here, a work in progress – a phrase you run into a lot these days, and which serves as a constant reminder not to get too far out in front of themselves.
Our job at the end of the day is to get a win, cornerback Jerraud Powers said.
Or, failing that, come a little closer every week.
We are still learning, still getting things together, linebacker Jerrell Freeman said this week, and if he was talking about the defense specifically, it could just as easily apply to everything. Its always going to be a learning experience throughout the whole year.
Im just pleased with getting wins. Whatever I can do. If they want me to serve water, Ill serve water. Im just happy to get these wins.
One by one by one.