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Chris Harris on loss to Colts: ‘Definitely frustrated I didn’t cover T.Y. Hilton’

Denver Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris came away from the Divisional round loss to Indianapolis upset and feeling like he could have done more to help his team, possibly by shadowing someone other than veteran receiver Reggie Wayne the entire game.

“Definitely frustrated I didn’t cover T.Y. Hilton,” Harris told The Jim Rome Show. “I was just on Reggie Wayne and I just felt like he (Andrew Luck) was never looking to Reggie Wayne so I just felt like I could have been on somebody different to be able to make an impact.”

Harris wishes he would have spoken up during the game about covering the Colts top wideout and it’s a lesson he won’t soon forget.

“That’s something, if I’m in that situation again it’s something that I should do next time,” Harris said of saying something to his coaches.

On whether that would have produced a different outcome Sunday, Harris wasn’t sure.

“We still didn’t score enough points. When you can only score 13 points in the playoffs you’re probably going to lose that game,” said Harris.

As for questions about whether his future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, will be back next season, Harris seemed confident.

“I definitely expect Peyton to come back. I definitely don’t think he wants to end his career like that,” said Harris. “I think he will get healthy, having the quad injury, I guess that can really have an effect on how you play as a quarterback, so to get him back healthy and come back next year that will be huge.”

Harris said he didn’t even know Manning was struggling with the injury late in the season. The cornerback said Peyton seemed like the same guy Harris and Aqib Talib had seen all year long in practice.

“I thought he looked great, I thought he had a great week of practice leading up to the game,” said Harris. “But of course, me and Talib always made plays, we’ve always made plays, I’ve always made plays on Peyton since I’ve been there, so I don’t think it was a big difference in practice from other years.”

Harris also said he will always have love for parting head coach, John Fox, and departing defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio. Harris reacted to reports of Del Rio taking over as head coach of division rival Oakland.

“Man, losing Jack, I always loved Jack and how he used me and we’ve had a top 5 defense two years with Jack, so it’s always going to be tough losing a guy like him,” said Harris. “But it’s going to be fun making sure that I can beat him every time when he goes to the Raiders.”

  • Chris Harris
  • Jan 14th 2015

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