INDIANAPOLIS -- Chuck Pagano beat the traffic and a blizzard into work Wednesday morning -- all in an effort to beat the Texans.
After spending the last three months fighting leukemia, the inspirational Colts coach arrived early at the team complex. He met briefly with his players to give them a succinct message about this week’s game plan, then stepped onto the practice field for the first time since Sept. 26.
It seemed nothing had changed.
"From Day 1, we set goals for ourselves, and after watching what this team has done over the course of the season, the last 12 weeks, it’s just not in our DNA," Pagano said when asked about resting his starters Sunday against Houston. "Our families deserve it, our fans deserve to see our best game regardless of the circumstances. They’re going to roll the ball out there and our job is to win a ballgame and that’s what we’re going to do."
While Pagano wanted to take a business-as-usual approach into his first regular workday, it certainly wasn’t easy amid all the outside stuff.
Pagano said he arrived at the team complex so early, he had no trouble driving. And though he considered moving up the scheduled afternoon practice so players could return home, Pagano decided against it because forecasters were hopeful the road conditions would improve as the snow tapered off late in the afternoon.