Skidding Colts hold private meeting
Enough was enough for Indianapolis Colts center Jeff
Saturday called the team together Monday, a day after the Colts
dropped to 0-9 for the first time since 1997 with a 31-7 loss to
the Atlanta Falcons – their worst start since going 0-10 in 1997.
It’s a desperate bunch headed into Sunday’s home game against
”I felt like it needed to be said and I said it,” Saturday
said Friday. ”We just need to play better as a team, we need to
get wins and ultimately that’s what it was about.”
Saturday wouldn’t go into detail about his message to the team,
which had been described as a stern talk.
””He did what a veteran should do,” receiver Reggie Wayne
said. ”He steps up and he puts his two cents in and he did a great
job of that. I think everybody understood where he was coming from
and I think we all took it personally and we should.”
Saturday’s message comes down to staying focused on playing the
”He didn’t have to yell, he didn’t have to scream or sound like
a macho man or Randy Savage,” Wayne said. ”Play football, nothing
else. Love football, nothing else. Be a man, nothing else.”
Having these meetings isn’t all that new, though. Saturday said
the fashion is which he did it on Monday was simply because of the
current, dismal circumstances. The Colts have struggled without
Peyton Manning as the quarterback recovers from neck surgery.
”We all kind of have an open policy as far as addressing the
team,” Saturday said. ”It’s just not something that has to happen
very often, but then again, we haven’t been in this position very
Wayne said he’s even stepped up to the plate to talk before.
”Guys talk all the time,” Wayne said. ”You don’t need coaches
to always be the ones to say the words. Sometimes you can tell the
coach to take a seat. I think everybody will listen better coming
from a player than coming from a coach. Sometimes you need