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Frustrated Pagano tough on Luck after loss

Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano congratulates quarterback Andrew Luck (12) for his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


The Colts were a mess from the beginning Monday night and were ultimately doomed by five turnovers -- three Andrew Luck interceptions -- in a 20-7 loss to the Jets.

After the game, Colts coach Chuck Pagano didn’t try to hide his frustration with his quarterback and his team as a whole.

“He’s got to take care of the football,” Pagano said in his postgame press conference. “It’s not that hard. It’s not trigonometry.”

The simple math says that the Colts have scored three touchdowns and committed eight turnovers through two games, both losses.

“Can’t turn the damn ball over,” Pagano said.

Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star, who was at the game and at the postgame press conference, wrote that Pagano was “throwing Luck under the bus.”

While the Jets clearly frustrated Luck with a variety of blitzes and sometimes just by simply overpowering them in one-on-one battles in the trenches, Pagano hinted that Luck has to overcome his line’s shortcomings.

"[That has] been the case for three years now, hasn’t it?” Pagano asked. “He should be more than comfortable dealing with it.”