Tuesday the much awaited first day of hitting for the Indianapolis Colts came and went, but the talk of two of the team’s most important players getting into a scuffle continues to be discussed. This happens every year with nearly every team. Some get out of hand, while some end up like the one with T.Y. Hilton and Vontae Davis.
There were no punches thrown and was pretty much the epitome of a ‘tussle’ between teammates. The worry about either of these two being injured by such an occurrence is valid, especially with the litany of injuries the team has accrued over the past several years. But at the end of the day, they’re football players – it happens.
After practice Chuck Pagano was asked about the dust-up and offered the following:
While Pagano is addressing the obvious here, he also understands that this is something that almost every coach likes to see in camp at some point. Aside from the risks that could come from a brawl, he also understands that this was absolutely not anything close to that.
If we’re looking at it from a standpoint of who was involved, fans don’t want these two being in the same area as a fight. From the coaches standpoint, this is exactly who you want to see get after it. Not two guys who don’t put their all into every play, not two guys who hate each other and not two guys doing it mid-week between games.
It was just the opposite of all of those situations. Two of the hardest workers on the team, two who are close off the field and it happened on the very first day donning full pads on. Naturally this was a topic of discussion in the post practice press conferences and the questions were asked regarding the situation.
Colts second-year guard Joe Haeg provided the following:
Hilton himself echoed Haeg’s sentiments later on and for the most part you can see that it’s nothing more than a family spat that was taken care of soon after. When asked about what happened, Hilton said “Just competing, that’s all. You want to show that dog. [We] showed our dog and at the end of the day, as soon as the period was over we shook hands and talked about it. We’re just trying to get better and competing and just get guys involved.”
This goes back to why coaches like it. It gets all everyone on the field more prideful of what they are attempting to do, gets the tension up and the necessary realization that nobody wants to get embarrassed on the field.
Hilton’s last comment on the day pushes that understanding through even more. When asked about his touchdown on Davis a few plays later, Hilton stated “At the end of the day, I had to let him know that I won today (laughs). No, we’re just having fun. I had to score; I had to make a play.”
In the end it was a simple wrestling match where nobody was hurt and the excitement for the task at hand became real for some first-year players as well as the veterans. The defense was louder, the offense boosted their pride as a result. Each unit increased their desire to win each snap, and ultimately for each unit, it became good ‘competition’.
I feel like we’ve heard that word a time or two the past couple months.