Chuck Pagano sounds ready for Sunday

Colts coach is focused and direct about playoff challenge.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had on his no-nonsense game face in talking with the media Friday afternoon.

Most of his answers were quick and decisive in an abbreviated session that ended in about three minutes.

He made it clear his focus on the Colts (11-5) playing the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) in Sunday’s AFC Wild Card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Pagano mentioned running back Trent Richardson is questionable due to an illness, but that information is public on the injury report. And he wouldn’t elaborate.

Asked if he felt good about Richardson being able to play, Pagano just repeated, “Questionable.”

He didn’t divulge his starting offensive right tackle in place of Gosder Cherilus, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

When asked if it would be Joe Reitz at right tackle and Lance Louis at right guard, he simply said, “That’s a possibility.”

No-nonsense means not giving an opponent any shred of information as well as not wasting time on any compliments.

When asked about kicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Pat McAfee being named All-Pro, Pagano didn’t gush about how his specialists were worthy after superb seasons. He just said they were looking forward to playing well on Sunday.

Here are excerpts from Pagano’s presser.

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