The Indianapolis Colts have gotten the message. Their owner cares how they look in the preseason, and he expects a better showing Sunday night in New York against the Giants.
One day after Jim Irsay apologized to fans on Twitter for what he described as a "crap performance," coach Chuck Pagano promised the starters would play longer and the Colts would perform better.
The message apparently has resonated in the locker room, too.
Defensive tackle Cory Redding acknowledged Tuesday that Irsay's comments "lit a fire" under some of his teammates. And Andrew Luck said the Colts do not want to "disappoint" their owner.
Irsay said he had already expressed his thoughts to his "commanders" when he posted his note Monday.
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