HORSEPLAY: Should Colts coach Chuck Pagano have called the late timeout?

Posted at 12:43 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 12:43:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A lot was made of the timeout Colts coach Chuck Pagano made late in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions in Sunday's loss.

After all, it came at a pretty important moment in the game.

Down six points with 1:15 left, the Colts were 12 yards away from scoring when Pagano used his second timeout, stopping the clock. Using the timeout here meant Detroit didn't have to use any of its timeouts to make sure it got the ball back after a potential Indianapolis touchdown.

Detroit ended up using all three timeouts in its next drive, and won the game on a 43-yard field goal.

Pagano was forced to defend using the timeout to reporters after the game.

"We had some personnel issues," he said, via ESPN. "We wanted to get a few other guys, a different personnel group in there, whatever it was, and decided to call a timeout there and regroup and get back to the line of scrimmage. We felt like it was more important at that time to get back, get gathered, get a call in and get settled because we still needed the touchdown. We felt like they still had to go however far they had to go to get in field-goal range and we can close it out.”

Was it a good use of a timeout? 

RTV6's Dave Furst and Michael Grady debated that exact question on Horseplay, our weekly Colts show. Watch it in the video player above.

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