Colts coach Jim Caldwell didn’t even give his don’t-be-that-guy speech yet and punter Pat McAfee is that guy.
As much as teams enjoy bye weeks, it’s a prime time for players to get in trouble.
Before dismissing players for time off, coaches generally remind them of how the only thing that can ruin it is a guy earning headlines with some sort of off-the-field incident. "Don't be that guy," they'll implore players before setting them free.
The Colts still have practices today and tomorrow before they get Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday off.
And McAfee was arrested early this morning for public intoxication.
Colts president Bill Polian quickly issued this standard statement this morning:
"We are aware that Pat McAfee was arrested this morning and charged with public intoxication. We are in the process of gathering the relevant facts. When that task is complete, we will deal immediately with the issue of club discipline. Until we complete that process, we will have no further comment."
McAfee’s been an excellent punter and kickoff man for the Colts since they drafted him out of West Virginia with a seventh-round pick in 2009.
I can't imagine being in his situation and walking into Polian's office for a talk this morning. It won't be a fun meeting.