The Colts came out on top in week 1 beating the Oakland Raiders
21-17 with the winning touchdown coming on an 19-yard
Andrew Luck run.
Luck doesn't believe running is necessarily one of his strong
suites, but when done right a scramble can be effective.
"I've always been taught, going back to college and even
high school, that if you can get a first down with your legs as a quarterback
that can be a good thing. It can be somewhat demoralizing for a defense," Luck
said at a press availability Monday.
Coach Pagano overall was pleased with
the play of his team and talked about the electricity that Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor brought to the game.
"He was better than advertised," Pagano
said. "He is a nightmare. It's good to be 1-0 and get the win."
Colts running back Vick Ballard earned Pagano's
praise this week. Ballard was "unbelievable at picking up the blitz,"
The team needs to clean up some aspects of their game before they
face the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Pagano
said safety LaRon Landry is setting the tone he'd like to see from the team as a whole.
"He had 15 tackles," Pagano
said. "He raises everybody's level of play, just the speed of his game. He
is a force out there. A presence. Miami will know where #30 is. He is a force
to be reckoned with."
The team looks to increase the number of offensive possessions
this week against the Dolphins. They only managed eight drives and they would
prefer that stat be a dozen or more.
The Colts plan on increasing their possessions by getting the
Dolphins offense off the field on third down and getting the ball back to Luck
and the offense.
Game one is in the rearview now; Pagano
said they are only worried about the Miami Dolphins now. That's a smart move
considering what the Miami defense did to the Cleveland Browns last week
— with three interceptions, six sacks, 27 hurries and knocking down
Cleveland's quarterback 17 times, the Dolphins defense dominated.
The Colts will certainly need more of the "unbelievable"
blitz pick ups from Vick Ballard.