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Do the Colts have a good roster when you don't factor in the QB?

Anyone following Josh or any of the C.A. writers on twitter has probably already heard some discussion on a recent Rotoworld article by Evan Silva, which ranks the (projected) 2014 NFL rosters. You can read it here, but all you really need to know is that the Colts were ranked #11, behind the Bears and the Chargers. Silva justified this absurd and heinous ranking thusly:

11. Indianapolis Colts


QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Trent Richardson
WR: T.Y. Hilton
WR: Reggie Wayne
WR: Hakeem Nicks*
TE: Dwayne Allen
LT: Anthony Castonzo
LG: Donald Thomas
C: Khaled Holmes
RG: Hugh Thornton
RT: Gosder Cherilus

Offensive Overview: Fairly or unfairly, I weight franchise quarterbacks heavily into my rankings. I see Luck as a top-five real-life signal caller, even if his fantasy performance hasn't quite reached those heights. (Yet.) The Colts' pass-catching corps is commonly viewed as deep, with Wayne going on age 36, Nicks on board, Hilton having broken out, and Da'Rick Rogers and Donte Moncrief in reserve, with a healthy Allen and Coby Fleener at tight end. A question worth asking is whether we'd see that cast as quality "weapons" if Luck wasn't their quarterback. Richardson is 24 with elite talent, but has underachieved through two NFL seasons and can only be viewed as a negative on this offense until (if) he turns it around. The offensive line is shaky with multiple camp battles for starting jobs. I think the Colts are a top-dozen team almost solely because they have Luck. If they had a worse quarterback, I'd probably rank them in the 20s.

RE: Arthur Jones*
LE: Cory Redding
NT: Josh Chapman
ILB: Jerrell Freeman
ILB: D'Qwell Jackson*
OLB: Bjoern Werner
OLB: Erik Walden
RCB: Vontae Davis
LCB: Greg Toler
FS: Mike Adams*
SS: LaRon Landry

Defensive Overview: Indy will be without top defender and 2013 DPOY runner-up Robert Mathis for games against Denver, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, and Tennessee to open the season. Mathis will be replaced by 2013 first-rounder Werner, a huge disappointment as a rookie. Chuck Pagano's defense doesn't look much better than last year's -- and could conceivably be worse -- after finishing 13th against the pass and 26th versus the run. Jackson is going on 31 with a long injury history. The secondary is competent at only two positions. Jones was a strong signing, but team pass rush remains a big concern. It's time for Colts fans to start becoming anxious about GM Ryan Grigson. Since a spectacular 2012 draft, he has struggled to assemble a strong roster."

I disagree with many of his points and particularly the insinuation that our receiving corps only appears to be talented because we have a good quarterback (I could say the same of the Broncos.) But the idea that the Colts owe most of their recent success to Luck is something I agree with. The rosters in 2012 and 2013 probably were bottom ten in the league when you don't include the quarterback. The question is if it will be that way next year, after FA additions like Nicks and Jones, and the possible progression of many of our "question marks."

So how does this roster compare with the other 31 when you don't factor in the quarterback? Choose an answer in the poll and then justify your answer in the comments.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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