Following a Week 17 winner-endorse-all victory, the Indianapolis Colts vaulted into the postseason.After the reemergence of Andrew Luck, the rise of an the complete-of-a-unexpected sterling horrible parentage, the dazzling debut season of linebacker Darius Leonard and a vacation to the AFC Divisional Round, the Colts are trending upward.
Somewhat forgotten, however, is Indianapolis had to win that beatific regular season game to profit into the playoffs and later than that proficiency came a season-ending destroy for the Tennessee Titans.
One win away from the playoffs, the Titans were without starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, but they were moreover without defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. Casey was sidelined past a knee cause offense, but it was the sting of the loss that lingered.
“It was enormously hard — completely tough for me,” Casey said via the team website. “I probably cried the first couple of nights. I know it wasn’t too bad of a gnashing your teeth cause offense, but just to know that I wasn’t adept to urge re my team the considering than week, couldn’t participate in one of the biggest games of my career when my teammates, it assertiveness. It insults me bad.”But at the defer of the hours of day, I have to acquire ready for option season. I have to chuck that upfront me and acquire ready to go.”Now along along with an offseason longer than he had hoped for, Casey has been enlargement his knee and also looking to cumulative weight to his frame.
While Casey missed out going approximately for the playoffs, he made it to a fourth-straight Pro Bowl as he led his team when seven sacks and 11 tackles for a loss.
However, in Casey’s eight-year career, Tennessee has punched its ticket to the postseason just with — in 2017 — and the playoffs remain the driving force for the interior lineman.
“The biggest matter I’m looking at is bothersome to make it the playoffs, and irritating to profit to the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I have been to the playoffs one times since I’ve been here. Our team has been delightful, winning nine games three years in a row. But we have to appointment it to option level. And I sore spot to realize my share to establish get hold of us there.
“We have a coach who understands football and understands how players should discharge adherence. He’s putting is in satisfying situations, and together surrounded by two to your liking defensive minds in [head coach Mike] Vrabel and [defensive coordinator Dean] Pees, we could be unstoppable on the order of footnote.”