Following a Week 17 winner-bewitch-all victory, the Indianapolis Colts vaulted into the postseason.
After the reemergence of Andrew Good fortune, the upward thrust of an all-of-a-sudden sterling offensive line, the gorgeous debut season of linebacker Darius Leonard and a outing to the AFC Divisional Round, the Colts are trending upward.
Seriously forgotten, then again, is Indianapolis had to steal that closing stylish season game to assemble into the playoffs and with that triumph came a season-ending defeat for the Tennessee Titans.
One steal away from the playoffs, the Titans had been without starting up quarterback Marcus Mariota, but they had been also without defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. Casey was as soon as sidelined with a knee injury, but it truly was as soon as the anxiousness of the loss that lingered.
“It was as soon as for certain laborious — very tricky for me,” Casey acknowledged thru the body of workers web area. “I presumably cried the first couple of nights. I are aware of it wasn’t too snide of a crazy injury, but true to know that I wasn’t in a position to abet my body of workers the following week, may well well perchance no longer participate in one of the most supreme video games of my profession with my teammates, it anxiousness. It anxiousness me snide.
“However at the tip of the day, I must assemble ready for one other season. I must chuck that at the serve of me and assemble ready to scurry.”
Now within the course of an offseason longer than he had hoped for, Casey has been strengthening his knee and also wanting to add weight to his frame.
While Casey disregarded out on the playoffs, he made it to a fourth-straight Pro Bowl as he led his body of workers with seven sacks and 11 tackles for a loss.
Nonetheless, in Casey’s eight-year profession, Tennessee has punched its designate to the postseason true as soon as — in 2017 — and the playoffs dwell the motive force for the inner lineman.
“The supreme thing I’m is making an strive to discover it the playoffs, and making an strive to assemble to the Hall of Fame,” he acknowledged. “I possess been to the playoffs one time since I have been here. Our body of workers has been apt, successful 9 video games three years in a row. However we must bewitch it to one other level. And I must attain my phase to abet assemble us there.
“Now we possess got a coach who understands football and understands how gamers must play. He’s inserting is in grand eventualities, and with two grand defensive minds in [head coach Mike] Vrabel and [defensive coordinator Dean] Pees, we is likely to be unstoppable on defense.”