The lack of big-name FA’s signing up with our beloved Colts is troubling and I tend to agree with most of the written concerns on S-Blue and other outlets. I also agree that division and non-division rivals alike have used this manic FA period to not only get better but in some cases dramatically change the look of certain position. Houston, obviously, has gotten better in their secondary and their pash rush, although the latter came by way of the draft.
But, I wanted to make an argument for the other side of this whole thing and throw this out there: we might not need to get a whole lot better overall because we’re already pretty good.
Now, hold on, before everyone goes crazy, I understand we are seriously lacking in some areas - corners, back up safeties and others - but aside from a few departures the team that will take the field against the Texans in Week 1 will more or less be the same team that played in Super Bowl 45, at least where it matters.
If ... and its a big IF ... if we can stay healthy, we will have a pretty damn good team. There are questions marks hanging over the health and attitude of the receiving corp, I realize, but last year’s sheer number of injuries was an aberration and I hope that Collie, Clark and Gonzo are happy, healthy and productive. And I think, or hope, that Reggie will put all contract stuff aside and just play some damn football.
And I know there’s a lot of uncertainty right now. I know the questions surrounding Manning’s health are maddening. And I know it seems like the Colts are not trying to get better through the FA market.
But, I think its the craziness surrounding this FA period that is throwing the perspective out of whack and in the end the Colts will be competitive in the division and beyond.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m nervous, too, and I hope they bring in another WR, or maybe make a play for Asante Samuel or someone who could really put them over the top at corner.
But just remember, Colts faithful: All those moves made by the AFC South are an effort to catch us. Not the other way around. And who knows, maybe those moves will finally lead Houston to the promised land, or maybe Hasselbeck redefines the position in Nashville.
But as of now, we are still the gold standard in the division and when the FA wave finally breaks and rolls back a lot of new names will be featured in different jerseys but it doesn’t automatically equate to wins.