In the dressing room after the Bear slaughter, the Colts were not particularly exuberant.
"They were hurt pretty bad," Shula pointed out. "They had Larry Morris out and a defensive end, then Fortunato and George got hurt during the game. So they won't be that easy next time around, and we know it. But we put everything together today. It has been coming a long time, since the second half of last year. I think we may be on the way now. I sure hope so."
Gino Marchetti, who came out of retirement to strengthen the Colt defensive line, looked very tired. He is a massive man, and he did not report until the exhibition season was nearly over, and in consequence has not had as much conditioning as the rest of the club. Like Andy Robustelli of the Giants, Marchetti is a playing coach. He had spent most of the afternoon in close pursuit of Bill Wade.
"What we are doing this year is beating the clubs that beat us last year," Marchetti said. "That is our plan. Coach Shula has us pointing that way, and we're going for it."
The Bears and the Packers each defeated the Colts twice last season.
"What did you think?" Carroll Rosenbloom asked a dressing-room visitor. "Are we as good as we looked?"
The Colts may be even better than they looked. With so many young football players, the club should improve steadily.
"That was the best game we've played in five years," Lenny Moore said, taking the spatslike white adhesive tape off his shoes. "It won't be the best game for the next five, though."