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Frustrated Luck: 'I'm tired of almost' after latest loss

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A would-be comeback sputtered down the stretch as the Indianapolis Colts fell 30-27 to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

The come-from-behind victory could have been Andrew Luck's third of the season. Instead, his team fell to 1-3, losing two of those contests by fewer than five points.

"We gotta be more professional as players, in a sense, and understand our role, our job and do our job," Luck said, via the Indy Star.

He added: "A lot of almosts, and almosts are never good enough in this league. I'm tired of almost. I want to win. The Colts are a winning culture. We expect wins. And it just doesn't happen if you trot out on the field. It starts at practice, it starts in the work hours, and I think we can go back, improve and make that happen."

It's difficult to read Luck's frustrated words and not consider it an indictment of the coaching staff -- a Chuck Pagano-led band that continues to find the ire of the fan base. In London, the Colts were again a sloppy, mistake-prone group. 

Owner Jim Irsay's kumbaya session with Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson this offseason, in which he gave each a contract extension, now seems lost in the wilderness of ages past.

The Colts are a flawed team with a talent-poor roster that blows plays and lacks consistency on both sides of the ball.

As more losses like Sunday pile up, Irsay might have no choice but to make changes. Otherwise, he risks squandering Luck's prime wallowing in almosts.

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