Colts’ notebook: ‘Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way’

INDIANAPOLIS – With so much on the line, Frank Reich received counsel from someone who’s been heavily involved in such situations.

Hello, Tony Dungy. How ya doin’?

Reich occasionally checks in with his former colleague and long-time friend, and that was the case Tuesday. Two days earlier, Reich’s Indianapolis Colts saw a 24-14 third-quarter lead disintegrate and turn into a 38-31 loss. It snapped their three-game winning streak and dropped them to 6-6.

In the end, the Colts didn’t do enough right and did way too much wrong. They suffered a season-high five turnovers that led to 24 Buccaneer points.

It marked the third time in eight games the Colts saw a double-digit lead turn into a loss: the Bucs, against Tennessee in week 8 and at Baltimore in week 5. The latter two came in overtime.

During his seven-year stint as Colts’ head coach, Dungy always stressed the need to consistently do the little things at a high level. Reich listened; he was on Dungy’s staff from 2006-08.

 That message was delivered again Tuesday.

“I talked to coach Dungy yesterday, just kind of a check-in,’’ Reich said. “I usually check in with him once or twice a year just to kind of hear some perspective.

“He just reminded me, ‘Do the ordinary things in an extraordinary way’ . . . just do it consistently. Coaches, players, just keep doing it consistently, keep preparing. We know we’ve played really good…

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