I can hardly believe I am saying this one year after pronouncing another year of gloom and doom, but the Indianapolis Colts are a very, very good football team. There is a quarterback on his way to elite status, and his buddies in the Class of 2012 are on the path to excellence with him. There is depth and competition at all positions, and the roster is, to borrow a word from Grigson, "complete." It did not reach its completeness in the manner some wanted, as is the case each year, but it is complete nonetheless. The Colts are in a position to compete for the AFC crown, though it stands to reason that we are still a year or more away. Experience is the final piece of the puzzle, and that takes time.
When free agency ended, it was incredibly easy to identify the three worst starters. Mike McGlynn and Samson Satele collectively played like the doors of a saloon, and Erik Walden was rated by PFF as the worst OLB in football for two consecutive years. There could be an argument for who was the fourth worst starter, but the top three were quite clear.
Despite all Grigson's talk about best player available, I find it no coincidence that our first three picks were outside linebacker with experience playing the left side, a lineman with experience at right guard, and a center. If you listen to the comments in the Grigson/Pagano pressers, it is obvious that they had targeted these three players for a long time. I am not conceding the starting jobs to the rookies, especially with Grigson's combine comments about rookie O-linemen taking time to adjust. But he has sent a clear message to the three worst starters, either accidentally or intentionally. The message: you better bust it in camp this year. You have some young guys hungry for your jobs.