Well I knew this was coming, and I can't say I wasn't caught off guard by it, since I already pretty much knew the criticism we would be receiving from Drew Magary. Continuing with his "Why Your Team Sucks" series, he did his Indianapolis Colts version today. I read his other "Why Your Team Sucks" for the Texans, Titans, and Jaguars, and have to admit they were pretty funny. Here's the main points I disagreed with (other than the silly ripping of the state of Indiana and us Colts fans):
Your 2012 record: 11-5. This is the part where NERDY METRIC NERDS like me tell you that the Colts actually had a net point differential of minus-30 last season—a mediocre team that got some good bounces, in other words.
Well I will admit we did have a few "lucky" moments, but most of our success was rather taken by us, rather than given to us. Luck, our QB not the silly superstition, was without a doubt the main reason we won 11 games, and to discredit his 7 GWDs is quite hard to do.
Chuck Pagano, who will actually have to get out there and COACH this year. No more free rides for you, mister! You can't just go coasting along on #CHUCKSTRENGTH this time around. You get one uplifting cancer season and that's it. America won't tolerate a rerun. It's altogether possible that Chuck Pagano is a terrible head coach and you won't know it for certain until this season. And man, that'll be an awkward moment.
1. Chuck's system was already in place when he left, so I wouldn't say he had a free ride.
2. His story was uplifting, no doubt about that, however our team at times just flat out out-played the opposing team.
3. It's CHUCKSTRONG, not CHUCKSTRENGTH!
No team is a more obvious choice to regress to the mean this season than the Colts, who overachieved in Luck's first year and still have the same problems they had a year ago: bad defense, a shitty line, a habit of turning the ball over, etc.
I think there's a couple other teams more primed for a regression than us, Redskins (RG3's knee is in high question), Vikings (AP's miracle season will be hard to duplicate), and Ravens (lost half of their team, replaced many of them with rookies). While we added some interesting experienced players (DHB, Landry, Bradshaw).
But nonetheless his article is entertaining and I think deserves a look.