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Why the Colts are better than analysts think

All of us Colts fans have heard it, "The Colts are going to suck this season." I don't think that's the case. And for all the fans that are leaving because Peyton is gone, I say "good riddance". Colts fans shouldn't be composed of band-wagoners. We should be built of true die-hard fans. Honestly, I think those fans leaving the ranks of the Colts faithful are leaving at the start of something great. It would be like a 49ers fan leaving after Joe Montana is let go only to miss the Steve Young era. Or a Packers fan leaving after Favre didn't return and missing out the Aaron Rodgers era. In this case though, I think the Andrew Luck era can not only be good, but however impossible it seems I think it can be even better. I'm sure some die hard Peyton Manning fans are probably thinking "NO WAY!", but hear me out before you rush to judgement. I'm a die-hard Peyton Manning fan too.

  1. This is not last year's team. Curtis Painter nor fumble-folly Collins are at quarterback. Andrew Luck is far better than any of the quarterbacks the Colts fielded last year.
  2. Even last year's team was better than it appeared. The Colts nearly defeated the Steelers at home and likely would have if an ill-prepared Collins hadn't played the first half and Painter had instead played the whole game. They also nearly went into Foxboro and knocked off the Patriots with their 4th string quarterback. You can't be all that bad if you go into Foxboro and nearly win against the Patriots, especially when the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl.
  3. The 2012 Colts have a better head coach than the 1998 Colts. Head Coach Pagano is a far better coach than former Head Coach Jim Mora. Mora had spent 10 years with the Saints with really only one winning season to his name. Pagano on the other hand coordinated one of the best defenses in the NFL, motivates players incredibly well, and has been involved with football coaching since childhood.
  4. Andrew Luck is more prepared for the NFL than Peyton was in 1998.
  5. Ding Dong the Tampa 2 is dead. I like how Dungy was able to use the Tampa 2 to help make the Colts a playoff contender every year. But it had out-lived its usefulness for the Colts. The Tampa 2 zone coverage gave quarterbacks like Drew Brees just enough room to complete nearly every pass. And it also made them very vulnerable to the running attack. The new hybrid 3-4 system makes it much harder for QB's to anticipate. We all saw the trouble that Peyton had dealing with a 3-4 system. It also gives less open space for the recievers, puts more pressure on the quarterback, and helps stop the running game. And who better to orchestrate such a system than Chuck Pagano?
  6. Gone are the small wimpy defensive and offensive lines. Have you seen the number of 300+ pound gorrillas that the Colts have added? The new offensive and defensive lines are not to be trifled with. Some may argue, "Well they are 2nd string players from other teams!" Yes, but if they were first string players they wouldn't have been available. Secondly, they came from some of the best offensive and defensive systems in the NFL. Third, each player played a number of years for those teams. A great offensive or defensive team doesn't keep a player around for 3-6 years if they aren't pretty good. Normally, the only reason they are 2nd string in that type of case is just because the 1st string guy is slightly better. And few had a better inside look at the Ravens and Eagles than Pagano and Grigson to know what diamonds in the rough lay there. So these players may be better than we all think. Look at what a diamond in the rough like Pierre Garcon turned out to be. He was a 6th round draftee that had played 1 game the year before and caught only about 3 passes and was known for dropping his passes. Now he's worth $45 million. I love seeing the size that the Colts have added.
  7. The offense is all about speed. Look at how big of an impact Garcon made from being fast. Grigson has gone out and grabbed a bunch of fast receivers. There is Avery, Fleener, Allen, and Hilton. Then there are a few undrafted receivers that they've brought in that are super fast. If the opposing defenses aren't careful they will get burned for some huge yardage. And there is none better than Reggie Wayne to teach these young guys how to be good receivers. He has the right attitude to teach and he's got as sure of hands as any receiver in the NFL.
  8. The Colts FINALLY have a good punt returner. I was tired of seeing punt returns for almost no yardage. The Colts brought in one of the best punt returners the NCAA has ever seen. Can you say "good field position"?
  9. The Colts are building this team to be a balanced team. This will be the HUGE difference maker between the Peyton Manning era and the Andrew Luck era. Everytime Peyton faced a tough team, he had to score nearly every drive to win. Guys like Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Big Ben and Drew Brees didn't have to worry about that. If they messed up, the defense would cover their butt. With the Colts the other team would march right down the field and score every time almost. About the best the defense would typically do is hold them to a field goal or stop them at a point where Peyton was backed up near the end zone and had to drive over 80 yards for a touchdown. If the Colts can build a balanced team where they have a good defense, good special teams and good offense, then they can win multiple Super Bowls like Tom Brady, Big Ben and Eli have. To me, this is the #1 reason why Peyton won only 1 Super Bowl for the Colts, that and the lack of a good running game.
  10. Grigson has more drive, is more thorough, and is more open minded as a GM than Polian was. The longer Polian stayed with the team, the worse he got to the point that he dis-associated himself so far from his job that he handed the reigns over to his son. Grigson on the other had is relentless, working like crazy to find the best guys. He'll look anywhere and everywhere for guys that other teams have missed. He's thorough. He could have gone in and cleaned house without speaking to a one of the Colts coaches. But he took time and sat down with each first and wisely kept some good guys like the RB coach and Christensen. Polian rarely would even touch free agents. Grigson is totally open to whatever helps the team most and he makes sure he keeps the team within budget finding good guys on the cheap.
  11. Getting rid of the veterans they let go wasn't a bad decision. Most of them were either suffering from injuries like Addai, Clark, and Gonzalez. Or they wanted far too much money for the talent they brought to the team like Garcon. And it is better to have young players that grow with the system along with the new QB. Plus, the Colts will have more free cap space than any NFL team next year. Grigson can then go free agent hunting all he wants because he won't be tied down by the big salaries of those injured not-so-useful anymore veterans. Saturday was the 1 true sad loss, but he was super close to retirement anyhow. It's better to have a guy that can be around for several years like Satele.
  12. The AFC South has fallen apart. Gone are the glory days of the Titans and Jaguars. Both teams have new coaches and new QB's. That leaves only the Texans as true contenders for the Colts to beat for the AFC South title.
  13. Not only has the AFC South fallen apart but so has most of the rest of the AFC. The AFC really boiled down to 2 truly good teams: the Patriots and the Ravens. And to me, the Ravens lack a good offense. This leaves the field wide open for the Colts to jump in and do good.
  14. Luck has all of those factors that we just truly admired about Peyton but with more athleticism and the ability to retain things faster. On the mental test he outscored Peyton. He attended Stanford (one of the top schools in the country). He was in one of their hardest programs (architectural engineering). He graduated early (in only 3.5 years). And on top of all of that he had an A average. The dude is super smart and learns super fast. This is a guy that has the ability to learn and pick apart defenses well. And he has incredible drive. Tom Moore said they looked at film footage until their eyes about bled when he worked with him for 4 weeks. And he said if he had asked Luck to stay all night training, he would have happily agreed. Luck is a guy that loves to learn. He goes out of his way to prove himself. And as far as athleticism, the guy basically tied Cam Newton's stats at the NFL Combine. Heck, he even out jumped Newton in the vertical jump. Kurt Warner described Luck as similar to Matt Ryan. No dish to Matt Ryan, he is a good QB, but Luck is going to be far better than Ryan. The only quality Peyton had that I'm anxious as to whether or not Andrew Luck will display is Peyton's ability to drive his team to offensive perfection. Peyton took the rookies and worked with them to make them house-hold names, going over film with them at his home, practicing extra long with them, and being such a perfectionist that even how the ball got returned to the referee was laid out to keep the team moving down the field as fast as possible and give the defense no time to re-coup or switch out players. If Luck can do that, which I think he can do with time with his kind of drive, the Colts will then have something truly marvelous and amazing.
  15. The offensive system the Colts are putting together fits together very well. The two TE system that Arians likes and runs is similar to what Luck ran at Stanford. Add on top of that they drafted the top two TE's in the draft and a super speedy WR in addition to picking up Avery and this offense could have some serious firepower.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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