A month ago here at SRI, we checked in with Indianapolis Colts veteran receiver Reggie Wayne to talk about the Colts turnaround this season. It’s mid-December and Indianapolis sits at 9-4 with a few games remaining, two of which are against the AFC South-leading Houston Texans. The Colts appear to be a lock for the AFC Wild Card and it’s hard not to like this team after what head coach Chuck Pagano has gone through.
Here’s another: Colts veteran Dwight Freeney, who has made the transition to linebacker and isn’t surprised at all with the resurgence in I-Town.
Dwight Freeney joined 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis with Dan Dakich to discuss his health status, not being surprised by the Colts’ success this season, his comfort level playing as a linebacker and being energized to learn more at the linebacker position.
How’s your health? How are you feeling?
“I am feeling good man. It’s as good as expected in week whatever we are in? 15 or 16? Whatever we are in at this time now.”
Are you surprised at all by the success of this Colts team?
“Not really, to be honest. We have a lot of players from very successful organizations come here — obviously, Chuck Pagano from the Ravens. Their defense and their team were always rated high in the top five. We have Bruce Arians from the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have won rings and he helped a young Ben Roethlisberger win a championship, so we also had some Colts still around that are used to the winning ways and times of the 2000s, so we knew we had a lot of players that were used to winning. And hats off to the GM and the upper management for really picking those guys and making sure they fit.”
How comfortable are you playing linebacker right now?
“Well, every day we are still going through a process. It’s still learning. It’s still getting used to a position. Obviously, playing defensive end for 10 years and playing all throughout my career in college and now all of a sudden having to stand up is a little bit different. There are similarities and I still learn. I still am learning. I learned something like every day.”
Is that fun for you to learn more at linebacker? Does it energize you?
“I think it energized me a little bit. It has been fun and I think the fun part comes because we are winning. If we were losing, probably not.”