The Indianapolis Colts have been a model franchise over the last decade winning lots and lots of regular season games, appearing in two Super Bowl and keeping their Hall of Fame quarterback off the injury report.
That's why it's so odd to see them expressing frustration after their 2-2 start.
"I think guys are disappointed, frustrated, all normal reactions," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "I think those can be healthy reactions and moods. I think determined is the main thing, to have a really good week of practice this week. That’s where it has to start."
"As much as we’ve won around here, (the frustration) is highly unusual for us, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. "We know we have to be better."
When the Colts and Kansas City Chiefs face off in Indy on Sunday, the frustration level could grow to a near decade high if the Chiefs do what some think they can do -- run the football consistently.
"They’re going to keep on running the ball until we stop them," defensive end Dwight Freeney said.
There are a couple of ways you can respond to frustration. It can take over your mind and prevent you from doing your job. This would be a negative effect. Or you can use that frustration and, as Manning suggests, point it to the practice field and get better for the next week. That historically what the Colts have done.
Some Indianapolis-area columnists are describing this as a "must-win" for the Colts -- wayyyy too early for that, by the way -- so I imagine the Chiefs are going to see a very focused Colts team.