“We’re going to enjoy [the San Francisco win]. But we’re going to stick to the process. We’re not worried about our opponent. And that isn’t in a disrespectful manner. It’s not about them. It’s about us,” the Colts coach continued.
“It’s about how we prepare, it’s about how we handle our business. It’s how we practice on Wednesday, it’s how we practice on Thursday, it’s how we handle Friday. It’s how we handle success. But we all understand that it’s a marathon. It’s not a sprint. And it’s week [four]. We have an opponent coming up Sunday.”
The process continues each week. There’s no time to let up in preparation, Pagano stressed.
“Games are really hard to win at this level in the National Football League. You just look across the board and every week, every Sunday, you better prepare. You better go execute. You better go play your fanny off because every [game] is difficult,” he said.
“Every one of them is hard. And it’s hard to win on the road. We’re going to do the things that we have to do to get better week-in and week-out and then go play.”
Facing a Jacksonville team that would like nothing better than to secure it’s first win of the season against Indianapolis is the job at hand right now.
“It’s a big week, a huge week for us. Division game. We know what our ultimate goal is and the easiest way to get into the [playoffs] is to win the division. So our guys understand the importance of this game and this week,” the Colts coach said.
“We’ll go back to work. We’ve got to have a great week of preparation just like last week. If we do that, then we’ll give ourselves a chance to play well down in Jacksonville on Sunday.”