One thing that seems to be absent from many Colts fans is an appreciation for the Indianapolis history of the team, and appreciation of former players and coaches. There are multiple former Colts currently in the news as candidates for open NFL positions.
Lake Dawson, WR for the Colts in 1998-99 (though he spent both seasons on IR), is one of the leading candidates for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open GM position. Dawson is presently Vice President of Player Personnel for the Tennessee Titans.
Vic Fangio was the defensive coordinator for Colts from 1999-2001. After a 6-10 season, Bill Polian forced Jim Mora and his entire staff (including Fangio) out. Tony Dungy was the coach that replaced Mora. Vic Fangio also joined former Colt Jim Harbaugh as defensive coordinator for the Stanford Cardinal in 2010. when Harbaugh took the San Fransisco 49ers job, Fangio came with him. Fangio was scheduled to interview for the Redskins job before they hired Jay Gruden.
Jim Caldwell, former Head Coach of the Colts, has been interviewed by the Lions, and is said by some to by the leading candidate for the position. Caldwell became the head coach for Indianapolis when Tony Dungy retired. He followed Peyton Manning and company to a Super Bowl appearance. Sorry, I can't bring myself to say he "led" them there. He was fired, along with almost everyone else, after going 2-14 in 2012.
[UPDATE} Caldwell has been announced as the new head coach.
I know that, as fans, we focus more on the present and the future. But we should also take the time to appreciate our past and the men who wore the horseshoe.
With that in mind, I personally am hoping for a Broncos vs. 49ers Super Bowl. Coach Jim Harbaugh on one side, going against Peyton Manning--the QB who replaced him in Indianapolis.
Don't forget your history.