DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS MY PERSONAL OPINION ON THE OUTLOOK OF THIS COLTS OFFENSE AND I WROTE THIS BECAUSE I WAS BORED! I hope you enjoy though....
No matter how you look at it, the Colts can only go up from here.
On the offensive side of the ball, we could not get much worse than last season. We were ranked in the bottom 10 or 15 in every stat not involving Andrew Luck. Other than Pep Hamilton trying to ram a square peg into a round hole, we should be able to greatly improve upon last years stats. With the offensive line, we had extreme mediocrity on the inside. We essentially can't get worse than we were last year. The new faces may not immediately impress anyone yet we can at least believe at the beginning of the season that these guys will only get better. I believe Mewhort will show some flashes early on because of his intelligence and run blocking ability. We know we are at least getting a quality starter with Donald Thomas coming back but we have no idea what to expect with Hugh Thornton. Hopefully being in his second year will slow things down for him. One of the pieces most exciting to this offense this year will be the return of Dwayne Allen. His very solid run blocking will help open up holes and should allow us to use many more confusing looks for defenses, unlike our 1st and 2nd down HB draws and try to let Luck bail us out on third.
Trent Richardson, the main topic of many, many conversation threads here on Stampede Blue will be effective. I personally love the guy. There is no way he can be a fantastic running back his whole life and then become nothing. Our run blocking WILL be better this year. We will also not have as many easy to call run plays (last year every Colts fan knew when we were going to run the ball) Plus the whole being in a whole offseason and familiarity with the playbook run of the mill stuff we have heard for a while from Grigson, which I do believe. Call me crazy, but Trent will have 1,200 all purpose yards and 10 TD's.
Now, for the most loaded part of our team, the wide receiver corps. There isn't any position Colts fans can be more excited about than at WR. Reggie should still be effective largely based upon his play not requiring a ton of athleticism but precision and skill. T.Y. should continue the take the top off of any defense and will get solid looks due to him learning every position at wide receiver. Hakeem Nicks, I am personally not a huge fan but I believe he is a major upgrade over DHB from last year. I like that Nicks will have many reasons to compete at a high level though. He is looking to get paid and he will have some very talented competition in Moncrief and Da'rick. Moncrief should get some snaps this season and it's promising that he was able to get some 1st team reps already. Da'rick is a question mark in his ethics and route running but it only helps being in the system for another season. Griff Whalen is a very solid WR to round out the WR corps and will give everything he has. However with Fleener, I am not a huge fan. He can't block and he runs his routes too short. Although I recently read a stat saying Fleener had the best catch percentage out of all TE's. I touched on Dwayne Allen a bit on the offensive line area, but he will be a go to guy. His blocking and pass catching ability is tops in the league. The arrow is pointing up on this guy all the way.
Now, for the reason why the Colts are even relevant: Andrew Luck. He covers up his poor O-line play with his pocket presence and mobility. He has a rocket for an arm, and will now be given more opportunity to change the play at the line. As far as I am concerned, he should be throwing for at least 4,500 yards, 35 TD's and 18 INT's. The only things keeping this from a top 5 offense will be the O-line and injuries.
This is one of the most exciting young teams in the league with a Super Bowl ceiling.
If you guys would like, I can also write a post on the defense.
Also, does anyone know where to get the coaches film that some people use to create GIF's?