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September 27, 2013

Colts get back to work

Pagano glad to see that players are pointing out their own mistakes.

INDIANAPOLIS — Time to move on.

As much as fans and the media want to continue talking about last week’s impressive 27-7 road win over defending NFC champion San Francisco, the Indianapolis Colts — particularly head coach Chuck Pagano, quarterback Andrew Luck and several of the team’s veteran defensive players — know that they can’t dwell on that success.

Not with AFC South rival Jacksonville coming up Sunday at Everbank Stadium. Yes, the Jaguars have yet to win a game this season. But it’s a division game against a franchise that has given the Colts a fair share of difficulty over the years.

And as good as Indianapolis looked against the 49ers, the Jaguars will offer up their own special set of challenges.

“There’s always going to be things to clean up,” Pagano readily admits. “That’s the great thing about our guys. They’ll be the first ones [to admit their mistakes]. We had a long flight home [from San Francisco] and every one of those guys — coaches and players — they get that game pushed to the iPads. The first thing everybody’s doing is they want to go watch the game. And the players are the first ones to come up to you with their coaches and say, ‘I could have did this better. I should have made this block on this run.’

“[But] it’s never going to be perfect. We’re chasing perfection always. We’re trying to get better each week. We got better [against the 49ers] as a football team. We’ll point those things out when they come in [for practice this week]. Like I said, most of those guys have already pointed out a lot of the errors. There wasn’t many, but there’s always going to be something.”

The key this week is to keep their focus intact.

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