What are some of these 'actions'? Well, the Colts seeked out to improve a poor 2012 oline in Free Agency, by handing a big contract to Gosger Cherilus, a talented pass blocking tackle entering his prime who will be a much needed upgrade over Winston Justice. The Colts then signed Donald Thomas to help fix the interior line, and he too is entering his prime, who too came off his best season thus far. Then, the Colts signed Darrius Heyward-Bey, a high draft pick (he shouldn't of been a first rounder though), who finally gets a someone better than a decent Quarterback to throw to him (he'll get a star QB, in fact). The Colts then signed a serviceable back up QB (if God forbid, something bad happens to Luck) in Matt Hasselbeck who gives Luck a great veteran presence for the next two years. It didn't stop there either, as Colts spent a day 2 and a day 3 draft pick on Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes to finally shore up the trenches and give the Colts their best olinemen corps in years. All before this though, the Colts made the wise move in grabbing Pep Hamilton, which will only benefit Luck. Departed 2012 interim coach Bruce Arians did win coach of the year last, but his scheme was just not a fit for the offense and would he of really won the award if it were for Luck's late game heroic play? Not at all. I think Pep is a better coach for Luck and you only have to look at the Pep and Luck combination at the Stanford Cardinals in the Championship years to see.
Not only have the actions been promising, but the comments. Luck missed part of the offseason last year (and still had a stellar year), and he says he feels much more comfortable this offseason. The reports from OTA drills, where the players finally come together (voluntarily), have been pleasant. Matt Hasselbeck who has been in the league since the 1700s, has commended Luck by saying he is 'off the charts impressive' and I think it is almost impossible for Luck to have a sophomore slump. The receivers have looked good, with Luck commending the size and speed of Heyward- Bey (who is much better than Avery in everything), making him a red zone threat and a guy who is impressing early in the Colts. He is looking like a more-than-solid #2 receiver behind the great (not elite though) Reggie Wayne, who figures to be working hard in his private workouts (like every offseason). Behind these two in the depth chart is TY Hilton, who had a high drop rate, but made up for it with some big 70+ yard receptions and had a productive rookie year overall as he led our receivers in TDs. These guys aren't the only receivers impressing though as big Coby Fleener has made strides this year and he even caught a hail-mary TD pass. I wrote he must improve for us to make the SB and I definitely stand by it because if he can match Dwayne Allen's play (assuming he improves on his fantastic rookie year), then them two will be match-up nightmares for any safety and linebacker.
So with Colts having a star caliber and very intelligent QB in Andrew Luck, the great and tough WR in Reggie Wayne, 2 good WRs in the big, fast outside threat in Darius Heyward-Bey and speedster TY in the slot, as well as two athletic/physically gifted TEs in Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener as well as a revamped offensive line, who will possibly stop this passing attack? The two biggest knock backs last year with our passing attack was a lack of a decent #2 wideout and poor pass blocking. These two issues were addressed in the offseason and were addressed well. It may take time for the big fellows up front to unite, but there is much more talent in the blocking corps than last year with the no-hoper likes of Linkenbach, Justice and McGlynn starting.
With early signs looking good, with the amount of talent on the offense, with the offseason improvements and with the team starting to gel as one, not many teams will be able to stop this attack next season. It'll take a genius defensive coordinator to stop the Colts in the air.