FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Colts have been schooled on how to be authentic and straightforward. And they are — unless there is something they want hidden.
This is a dance all NFL teams seek to master. To impart truth but also be able to cloak any doubts or secrets. The Colts are better at it than most. If they are fretting over their ability to corral the Saints’ hybrid, piercing offense, they are not showing it. If unsure that they can prevent multiple turnovers against the Saints’ pressure defense, they are not revealing it. If injured defensive end Dwight Freeney cannot go in Super Bowl XLIV, they say, “Next man up,” and tell you they can win it all without him.