For as long as Frank Reich has been in the game of football as both a player and coach, he knows you can’t get too high or too low over the course of a long NFL season.
That’s why he and the Indianapolis Colts didn’t panic after the tough Week 1 loss at Jacksonville. And also why they aren’t cocky following the big Thursday Night Football win over the Tennessee Titans. Everything is level headed with Reich.
The Colts head man discussed having that balanced mindset Tuesday on The Dan Dakich Show. Reich told DD that you have to be prepared for anything and everything over the course of 16 weeks.
“There are a lot of highs and lows throughout the season, but our mode has to be one week at a time and getting better,” Reich said. “I do think it’s possible to win a game and not get better, then it’s also possible to lose a game and still find ways that you made improvements as a team. If you allow yourself to get caught up in the emotional highs and lows, it’s a long ride. So you might as well lock down, accept the bad and good, and focus on ways to improve.”
The adjustments Reich has had to make offensively in 2020 have particularly come in the run game. Following the Marlon Mack achilles injury early in the year, the rookie Jonathan Taylor along with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins, have grouped together to follow the “run the damn ball” mentality.
“It has not been the year running the football that I have envisioned nine games in,” Reich admitted. “I take ownership of that. But we have a top notch offensive line and have to run the ball better. And I think we have done that the last few weeks.”
The emergence of Michael Pittman Jr. and Marcus Johnson have also helped the run game improve in November. As the weeks go on though towards the playoffs, everyone has to chip in.
With one of their toughest tests straight ahead in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, it’s put up or shut up time for the Blue and White.
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