The Indianapolis Colts know the best Arrowhead Stadium has to offer. In addition to the reputation the venue and amazing fans have earned over the years, the Colts offensive and defensive coordinators both years as a member of the organization.
“It’s the number one outside stadium I’ve ever been in. The only place that was even close, was when I was in Kansas City we went to Buffalo,” Indianapolis interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians told the Colts official site. “Jim Kelly and those guys, we played them on Monday night in Kansas City and beat them, 30-0.”
Arians was the Chiefs running backs coach from 1989-92 and has a chance to clinch a playoff spot in his final game as head coach before Chuck Pagano returns from his cancer treatment.
“Playing there for six years, there are a lot of great memories. We won a lot of games,” the former Chiefs linebacker and current Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. “It was fun playing ball there with the crowd and listening to the end (of the anthem) when they used to say, ‘Chiefs.’ That was cool.”
Colts linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis both also noted how much they liked the atmosphere at Arrowhead, including the national anthem.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, once everyone hears “home of the Chiefs” there won’t be much the rest of the day that lets the Colts feel like they are in enemy territory. Besides the empty seats outnumbering the ‘Sea of Red”, another underwhelming performance from Brady Quinn will make Arrowhead sound more like Lucas Oil Stadium.
The fact that other coaches and players around the league still speak so highly of Arrowhead is a good sign. If things can get turned around with this franchise quickly enough, there’s still a chance to recapture the magic that made visiting players dread having to play in Kansas City.