The one thing that is a shame for Manning during his time here with the Colts is the fact that he never had a defense that could win the games he couldn't. Whenever the conversation comes up about GOAT, the one knock that his critics will always use against him is "He only won one SB in 14 years." Then it never fails when the Boston faithful throw Tom Brady's name into the mix and use his "3" rings vs Manning's one as the determining factor when debating who's the better of the two. In Manning's defense, he never had a top ten defense while Brady on the other hand had top ranked defenses throughout the early parts of his career. When the Pats started putting more emphasis on the offense and neglecting the defense, they stopped winning championships.
Fast forward to the 2012 Colts. The thing I absolutely love about the new regime here is their understanding of how important it is to not put the onus of winning solely on the shoulders of their rookie QB, and that giving him the best chance to win is by giving him a defense that can get you stops when you need them. This is a proven philosophy that has been around since the beginning of football. We have seen teams like the Steelers, Pats, Ravens, and Bengals taste post season play with young, inexperienced QBs at the helm. Some of whom have even been rookies. As a Colts fan we are about to witness something that we haven't seen since the 1994 49ers. Steve Young led the Niners to the 1st SB win of his career. Ironically, it came during the same year the organization went out and bought him a top ten defense.
The Colts don't need to go out and spend boat loads of money the way the Niner's front office did. The coaches and schemes they have implemented will allow them to get the most out of less talent at their disposal. What really has me excited is that Andrew Luck won't have to win games all by himself. He won't have to be "Superman" the way Manning did for so many years here because the team won't have as many holes on defense as it did when he was still a Colt. Mark my words ladies and gentlemen. If the Colts defense gels and cracks the top 15 in ranking this year, this team is going to the SB. I believe our offense will be a Porsche to start the season, but by week six it'll be a Lamborghini. That being said, the previous regime relied way too much on the heroics of Manning's abilities. It's a shame that because of that the one SB he has may be the only one he will ever own when it's all said and done. Hats off to the new regime. They have indeed built "A monster."