The 12th-year pro has been that, always the most voice on the defense. And he spoke up Wednesday about the team’s 0-2 start.
“Just don’t panic, man,” Redding said of the message to teammates, as they prepared for Sunday’s game at winless Jacksonville. “Continue to just believe, continue to have faith, and continue to work the process. One day at a time, it’s as simple as that.”
The Colts realize the NFL playoff percentages aren’t in their favor, that just 12 percent of 0-2 teams reach the postseason. But the two-time AFC South Division champions are still confident.
But it starts with a win Sunday, where the Colts are favored by almost a touchdown.
“That’s all we’re focusing on, is winning,” said eighth-year running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
A 31-24 loss at Denver was discouraging, but the 30-27 home loss to Philadelphia hurt even more because the Colts led 20-6 in the third quarter and were still in position to close out the Eagles in the fourth quarter but didn’t.
“We just don’t want that feeling anymore,” Bradshaw said. “We want to know what a win feels like.”
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