Can the Indianapolis Colts win a Super Bowl? How the hell does a team dump Peyton Manning and the next year somehow come up with a quarterback who’s seen as capable of taking them all the way? Obviously the Colts have been extremely sharp in their draft decisions. Indianapolis suffered through a misreable 2011 and came away looking good in 2012 with an 11-5 overall record and a playoff spot. the fact that they lost to Baltimore in the playoffs did little to take the shine off of a compelling season.
The 2012 Indianapolis Colts are now seen as a team to be watched in many circles. If the pieces can hold together. The architect of much of their success was Bruce Arians, who took over as acting Head Coach when Chuck Pagano became ill. Arians is gone now, becoming an NFL Head Coach in Arizona. The Offensive Coordinator spot was filled with Pep Williams from Stanford. Williams is familiar to Andrew Luck and so is his system, which should feature more controlled passing in 2013. There was some re-alignment of the offensive line but nothing major. Luck has Reggie Williams returning from a Pro Bowl season and Tight End Coby Fleener could help in a more potent short passing attack. The running game? Well, Indianapolis needs to find a reliable ball carrier. Vick Ballard ill be back but he’s not seen as a tremendous threat.
The defensive path is being set and it looks like the Colts will emphasize an aggressive mindset. LaRon Landry comes in, as well as Greg Toler, major upgrades to the secondary. The front of the defense should benefit from the addition of Erik Walden at linebacker. Overall the Indianapolis Colts are evolving into a true 3-4 defense and slowly adding the talent to fit the scheme.
The 2013 Indianapolis Colts should be better on both sides of the ball. Andrew Luck still has upside and efforts have been made to get him more talent. The defense is still a work in progress but the players are being assembled to create a good NFL defense if everyone stays healthy.