Did the Colts pick up where they left off from last season with a win on Thursday?
Wayne: “It’s just the Colts going to work. That’s what we prepared to do all season. It just came to light during the game.”
What are the Colts doing to keep from getting complacent after winning the Super Bowl?
Wayne: “That (complacent) is not a word around this facility. We’ve fallen in that trap before, and we went somewhere and got destroyed. We know that if we just stay focused and take it one game at a time, things should be alright for us.”
Does either team have an advantage now that the Titans have several past Colts players?
Wayne: “What it all boils down to is that you still have to go out there and make plays, regardless of if he was here or if we played [the Titans] in numerous years. It all boils down to going out there and making plays. It doesn’t matter what the advantage is or what the situation is.”
Has the Titans/Colts rivalry been revamped in the past few years?
Wayne: “It has always been at a high level. Both cities are about four hours apart. [The Titans] are good to. As we used to say, they’re on scholarship, too. You don’t expect them to be down every year. At some point they’re going to catch on and they’re going to start figuring us out. They’re going to start making games tough and they’re going to start winning some games. It’s going to go back and forth. Every time we play them, we expect it to be tight. No matter who it is, all division games are supposed to be like that because you play each other twice throughout the year. You expect more each time.”
How long did it take to develop chemistry with Peyton Manning?
Wayne: “I have no clue. We work every day. Eventually, it catches on. I feel like if you put so many hours in on the practice field, at some point in time he’s going to know how you run this particular route and you’re going to know how he’s going to throw it. It’s just repetition and working at it.”
How does that chemistry show up in games?
Wayne: “Well, when you put points on the board, I guess it’s showing pretty good. Whenever we run into the end zone, something’s working right. It just goes down to repetition and constantly doing it over and over and just making things happen.”
Does Manning have any room for improvement?
Wayne: “That’s a question you’ll have to ask him. He’s working to get better. I feel like everybody has the opportunity to get better no matter what their stature is or what their level is. You have room to improve. I’m sure if you ask him, he would probably say that he does, but that might be a question you might want to ask him.”
Is Manning a perfectionist?
Wayne: “I don’t know. He’s got numerous little records in his vocabulary. He works hard, so I guess you could consider him that. As long as he just continues to win games and stay on top of his game.”
What do you think about the Titans secondary this year?
Wayne: “Looking at them on film, they look like they’re more consistent, as far as making plays. They’re aggressive guys – they like to tackle. They seem like they understand the scheme a little better. But they’re feisty guys. I’ve seen [former Colt] Nick [Harper] for years. I know what he’s capable of doing. He’s a tackler, he’s aggressive, he likes to make plays. The rest of the guys do the same. It seems like they’re a little better. They obviously play better together, and they did a good job against Jacksonville.”