Indianapolis Colts: The year of the Colt
Remember in the beginning of the 2012 season when all the “experts” thought the Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne led Indianapolis Colts were nothing better than a four win team? Nobody can blame them for thinking that, can they? Let’s see, Colts have a rookie quarterback, rookie running back, rookie coach, rookie GM, yeah, four wins sounds about right. They’re rebuilding, it’s expected to struggle for a few years.
Hate to break it to you NFL, the Colts are no typical team. The culture in Indianapolis is something that makes even Bill Belichick envious. Oh, by the way, throw in the fact that the head coach was diagnosed with Leukemia. And let’s not forget they just sent one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game packing. Four wins would be considered a good season.
Long story short, the 2012-13 season was truly the year of the Colt. Andrew Luck is in consideration for Rookie of the Year, and may get some MVP votes. Ryan Grigson should run away with GM of the year, and Bruce Arians will be a likely candidate for Coach of the Year. So help me God, if John Elway gets GM of the year. Let’s see. Take a playoff team and then add Peyton Manning. All Elway should win is top recruiter and that’s it. He can be rewarded with some Papa Johns pizza. Rumor is there are some new franchises opening up over there.
Whoever saw 11 wins this season is lying to your face, and they need to be bitch slapped. Andrew Luck has done more with less than anyone I have ever seen. That includes Peyton. Hopefully Colts fans can relax and come to realize that Luck was the correct pick over RGIII. Griffin is exciting, no doubt about that, but injuries are going to play a major role in his career. It’s already begun.
So what does the future hold for the Colts? More of the same with confidence. They will continue to build and add pieces to build another decade of dominance. The offensive line will continue to gel and Andrew will become more Peytonesk, if that’s a word. Most fans already see a little of Peyton in Luck. Colts fan should be proud of their accomplishments this year but not be satisfied. There is work to be done and the process just happened to start a couple of years early. Living in Indianapolis, I have never seen a city embrace a rookie head coach as much as we accepted coach Pagano. His battle has inspired this whole city to live life to the fullest and his fight has been placed in each one of his players. Keep an eye on Indianapolis in the years to come. It’s going to be fun.