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- Category: Sports
- Published on Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:22
As Colts fans let’s face it last season had a “wheels falling off,” feel to it. We were like rich little school girls that just had our credit cards yanked away from us. Everything we had grown accustomed to vanished before our eyes & in a very painful fashion.
So what is expected of us this year as fans? The media is already questioning how long we can get behind a rebuilding team. The rest of the league is calling us on the spoiled fan base about to get what is coming to us.
Enter in new quarterback and face of the franchise Andrew Luck, a blessing emerging from the aftermath of the sucker punch feeling of watching Peyton Manning slip on that Denver Broncos uniform. Enter in the Chuck Pagano era, a welcomed switch from the “Deer in the Headlights” Jim Caldwell era. Enter in the Ryan Grigson administration one with just as tough of shoes to fill as Luck, but one that was even more just the right time for. Our All-Pro defensive ends are now outside linebackers in training & a lot of the players whose jerseys have filled Colts fans closets for the better part of the last decade are now sporting the jerseys of new teams across the NFL. How does that make us feel?
Don’t get me wrong my wife and kids got me a Peyton Manning Broncos jersey for Father’s Day this year to go along with an Andrew Luck one. But that doesn’t make me any less of a Colts fanatic. I wish Peyton the best and hope he wins every Super Bowl that we can’t. And to be honest I wish all the players we watched exit the best with the exception of Joseph Addai who went to the unable to be respected Patriots. That being said I am ready for this new wave of jerseys to pick from. Who do you have your eye on? The obvious choice in Luck, Fleener or Allen our new tight end tandem, is it time for more Angerer jerseys to fill the stands in hopes of him being Pagano’s Ray Lewis of this defense? Will T.Y. Hilton make a splash on special teams making him an instant fan favorite? I mean we have been desperate for better special teams since Aaron Bailey’s days. Is this the guy, finally?
Normally when a team brings in a new quarterback, a new coach, new coordinators & a new GM that translates into a year or two grace period to get the system down and get on the same page. How patient are we going to be with our Colts? How many wins would it take this season to be able to be pleased with the product?
The most glaring holes in this team are at cornerback in which we have 11 on the training camp roster and desperately need a couple of them to blossom and do so quickly. And that is assuming Jerrod Powers can stay healthy which will be much needed. With Freeney, Mathis & even Jerry Hughes moving to outside linebackers our defensive line will be an area of concern too. Sure we have added size, but is it the right mixture of size and run stuffing ability needed in a 3-4 scheme? The patchwork offensive line will be fun to see how it gels, and hopefully will keep Luck on his feet enough of the time as well as open up the occasional running lane for our running back by committee. Our draft pick Ballard seems interesting to me and with Donald Brown being about as durable as private label toilet paper and Delone Carter’s issues hanging on to the ball I have to imagine he and Mewelde Moore will get just as much a chance to carry the load. I have to admit all these concerns are a little exciting to me to see how they play out. But none of them intrigue me like how excited I am to see how Freeney, Mathis and even Hughes are going to look in their new positions. Dwight & Robert coming off the edge with a two step head start from the three-point stance they have created chaos from for over a decade has my attention to the point that I can almost overlook the fact that they may be even worse in pass coverage than Stevie Wonder would be. But I am curious to see how quickly they pick it up and how effectively.
There are a lot of key areas to get behind and try to lift our Colts up and cheer them on through this year. The question is will enough of us be ready to do so from the get go as our Colts arrive in Anderson for training camp this week? Or will too many of us sit back and wait for us to start winning again like we did the last time around? What do you say? Let’s come out to Anderson University and let Andrew Luck know we don’t want him to be the next Peyton Manning, but instead are excited to see who Andrew Luck is going to be. Let’s let Dwight & Robert know we are cheering them on as they learn new positions a collective 21 years into their careers. Let’s let this team know we are behind them and believe they can make a splash even in year one of a rebuilding project.
I am not just overhyping my team out of a biased opinion. Our division is weak. Jacksonville is in a similar situation as us and without an Andrew Luck caliber cornerstone and with a holding out Maurice Jones-Drew. Tennessee is not that good, maybe slightly above average, but beatable. Houston is the division favorite going in but lost their best defensive player and have injury prone key pieces that make things interesting. Add that to a not so tough schedule and I say anything is possible. All of our AFC South rivals have spent the last several years building their teams to beat a Peyton Manning led attack. Maybe this new look, new scheme Colts team is just enough of a mix up from the last decade plus of cupcake defenses and 45-plus pass attempts a game to put them on their heels and surprise some people.
One thing is for sure, if we do, I will not be one that misses it. GO COLTS!
Written and Submitted by: Jeremy Adams