Andrew Luck was done, fed up and beyond frustrated, so he decided to lay into his teammates at halftime on Thursday night, rallying the team with "fire and passion."
That's what tackle Anthony Castonzo told ESPN's Mike Wells, who reports that the normally strong, silent type was far more vociferous after seeing his Indianapolis Colts' sluggish start against the Tennessee Titans.
That's when he gave a motivational speech that Ray Lewis or Matt Foley would be proud to call his own—or so we assume.
You see, we don't have any video or audio at the moment to say with certainty how good Luck is at giving impassioned pleas. We simply have to rely upon his colleagues' words and a second half that the Colts dominated on Thursday night.
Sick about falling behind 14-0 and frustrated with heading into the locker room behind the opposition at the half once again—this time 17-6—Luck felt it was time to try his hand at motivational speaking.
Punter Pat McAfee said of his usually soft-spoken quarterback, "It was to a whole new level. Normally, he has a calming presence, meaning we know what we have to do to win the game. This was a different Andrew."
Cory Redding describes a quarterback that was pretty sick and tired of the sluggish starts for his talented squad:
He had that look in his eye. He basically told the team to jump on his back. He really got caught up today when he was talking to us. He challenged everybody to fight and go out there and win this game. You like to hear that from your leader.
Castonzo said it all when he stated, "He had fire and passion with his talk. He had some powerful words behind it. It's been three weeks in row that we were down at halftime. There was some frustration. He wanted to make sure we came back and won this thing."
That really should have Colts fans saying just one thing: Let's see this speech.
For the moment, you will have to be satisfied with the effects of what might be a turning point in the season.
After the fiery halftime speech, the Colts only needed the third quarter to take the lead and stave off a pesky Titans team. After a Donald Brown touchdown, a Luck touchdown and an Adam Vinatieri field goal, the score was 23-17 in favor of the Colts heading into the fourth quarter.
In the end, the Colts sidestepped back-to-back losses, which would have been a huge stumble that would have left them just one game ahead of the Titans in the AFC South.
Instead, they sit at 7-3 with a nice three-game cushion after a 30-27 win on the road against a division rival.
It's a little ridiculous to credit a victory to one speech, but it's clear that something changed for the Colts at the half.
This was a team that was run clear out of the building against the Rams during the previous week and was in danger of exacerbating things on Thursday night.
Now, we know that Luck can do more than lead an offense, because it seems as though he can move an entire team.
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