Coach Chuck Pagano understands the importance of making a good first impression.
Although the Indianapolis Colts made a poor one last week, he is confident they’ll make the most of a second chance, of sorts, in Sunday’s home-opener in Lucas Oil Stadium.
In the wake of a 41-21 Week 1 loss at Chicago, the significance of performing well in front of the season’s first home sellout crowd is not lost on the Colts’ first-year head coach.
“It’s huge, because we said coming in ‘you’ve got to win your home games, and you’ve got to play great at home,’” Pagano said of the Week 2 showdown against the Minnesota Vikings (1-0). “We’ve got, bar none, the greatest fans in the entire NFL, and we’ll count on them being our 12th man, if you will.
“What we’ve got to do is, we’ve got to come out and start fast. We’ve to keep (the fans) in the game.”