PHOENIX – When Chuck Pagano sat down for his yearly hour-long media session at the NFL’s Annual League Meetings on Tuesday morning, a throng of New England reporters surrounded the Colts head coach.
At first surprised, Pagano quickly realized the Dwayne Allen trade to the Patriots was the reason why the media was flocking to his table.
The Allen-trade talk was just the beginning of a Tuesday morning loaded with Pagano giving his thoughts on the 2017 Colts.
In less than three weeks (Monday, April 17), Pagano will have his players back in the building for the start of the team’s offseason program.
Here are 10 takeaways from Pagano’s time with the media on Tuesday:
1. Ready To “Adapt” If Luck Misses Offseason
The Colts are preparing to adapt this offseason if/when
Like Jim Irsay said on Monday, the Colts are not rushing Luck back anytime soon.
They will be plenty of patience with their $140 million quarterback.
“We expect him to make a full recovery but we just don’t know yet (when he will be ready),” Pagano said on Tuesday. “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t (unsettling). I can’t lie to you. Yeah, you want to have your guy available and you want to have him year around.
“We’ve got to adapt. That’s what great teams and great organizations have to do. You have to adapt and you have to adjust on the fly so we’ll do that.”
“Anytime you have a procedure done there’s some uncertainty that goes with that, but we felt fully confident. There was a lot of dialogue, a lot of conversation that went into that decision. It wasn’t one of those things where we woke up one day and said, ‘Let’s send him out to such and such and go get him fixed.’ We felt like it was the best thing for Andrew moving forward. His preparation from a physical standpoint and a mental standpoint last year was taxing. It’s very, very difficult getting ready…