Saints' comments aren't riling up Colts
The Colts are trying to keep their mouths shut.
On Friday, Indianapolis players and coaches downplayed the significance of comments made earlier this week by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Williams, familiar with the Colts from his days in Jacksonville, told a Tennessee radio station Tuesday that New Orleans would try to have some "remember-me shots" for quarterback Peyton Manning in next week's Super Bowl.
"We hear it all the time," left guard Ryan Lilja said yesterday. "The teams in our division go out and draft guys for that reason. You hear rumors about bounties and that kind of stuff, so it's nothing new."
The Colts (16-2) say it won't change how they play.
But no offensive line likes hearing that about their quarterback, and the Colts aren't immune, though left tackle Charlie Johnson believes the Colts' response will come next week.
"We'll let our game speak for ourselves," he said.
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