Colts coach Frank Reich says there’s ‘so much to be excited about’ even after playoff loss to Chiefs
The Indianapolis Colts may have gotten routed by the Kansas City Chiefs in their AFC Divisional Round playoff matchup on Saturday, but Colts head coach Frank Reich is still looking forward to the future.
“It was a tough loss, but we’re excited,” said Reich after the game, according to Stephen Holder of The Athletic. “We have tremendous players. The leadership in our locker room is off the charts. We have the best general manager. Top notch coaching staff. So much be excited about.”
It didn’t seem like the Colts had a whole lot to be excited about early in the season, as Indianapolis actually got off to a miserable 1-5 start and looked primed for another top draft pick before reeling off wins in nine of its final 10 games, slipping up only in a strange 6-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the beginning of December.
The Colts proceeded to beat the Tennessee Titans in a win-or-take-all game in Week 17 to sneak into the playoffs, becoming just the third team since the AFL/NFL merger to make the postseason after starting the season 1-5.
Indianapolis then ended up upsetting the AFC South division-champion Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round last week, thumping the Texans to the tune of a 21-7 score.
Many felt that the Colts would continue their playoff run against a Chiefs team that did not exactly enter the postseason playing its best football, but Kansas City’s defense surprisingly shut down Indianapolis in a 31-13 win, holding the Colts to just one offensive touchdown.