Yoo-who! Over here! Hey, remember us? Our team won the Super Bowl. Don't believe me? Well, I got pictures to prove it.
Looks nice, doesn't it. Apparently, most of the expert media forgot that the Colts won the Super Bowl, and in convincing fashion. Their defense stepped up and dominated the opposition. Peyton Manning turned in two of the most memorable playoff performances in NFL history. Joseph Addai established himself as a great young runner. The list goes on. Yet, despite these accomplishments, everyone seems to think the New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers, and even the Baltimore Ravens are better. Just check out the headlines:
Patriots already beating up on Colts
Patriots are clear favorites for XLII
Patriots have dealt themselves into the Super Bowl favorites role with Moss
Good grief! I had no idea we already played the 2007 season. It seems that, in the eyes of the prix fix media, the Patriots are the best team in the NFL even though they did not play in the Super Bowl last year.
Well, I should say everyone in the media is as dense as the morons who wrote the articles I listed above. Yes, even Don Banks has fallen into the realm of the hopelessly stupid, the same Don Banks that picked the Colts to win it all last year. His rationale for picking Indy last year followed his usual criteria, the "Theory of Unfinished Business."
Ah, but wait... Don did not pick the Chargers to win it all this season. He picked the Patriots. Why?
Looks like Don has fallen under the spell known as Daniel Snyder and the Order of the Check Book. It sounds like Don doesn't have the balls to stick with his guns and shoot from the hip like a real man. Instead, he go with the hot pick.
Thankfully, other writers like Pete Prisco (who I've sometimes made fun of) have a pair:
It's the New England Patriots and all their moves.
It's the San Diego Chargers and their coaching changeover.
It's the Baltimore Ravens and their new runner, Willis McGahee.
It's the Denver Broncos and their offseason moves.
Oh, by the way, the Colts are the defending champions.
Yet all you hear about the Colts is how much they've lost this offseason. The skeptics say they've suffered too many hits.
The reality is they are a better team than they were a year ago, which is why they are atop the latest CBS SportsLine.com Power Rankings.
Not really. The two corners, Jason David and Nick Harper, were just OK players who were covered up in their Cover-2 scheme. They will be easily replaced by Marlin Jackson and Tim Jennings or Kelvin Hayden, the player who had the fumble return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Weakside linebacker Cato June was a solid player, but if he was so good why didn't he get a multiyear deal from another team when he hit the market? Here's why? He's just OK.
That can be replaced.
As for the loss of backup running back Dominic Rhodes, that might be felt some but it should mean more carries for Joseph Addai, who is clearly a better runner. The Colts are considering bringing in a veteran backup, but as long as Addai is healthy they will be even better running the ball in 2007 than they were in 2006.
Then there's the addition of first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez. The Colts lacked a slot receiver last year when Brandon Stokley went down with an injury, which is why Gonzalez made sense. He will come in and immediately give Manning a speed threat inside.
In the playoff run they used Dallas Clark flexed wide in a lot of sets, but that won't be a necessity as much with Gonzalez.
So the offense should be better.
The defense might start off slow, but once the young corners get up to snuff that side will be fine, too.
You sound an awful lot like a blogger for the SB Nation blog community that covers the Indianapolis Colts.
You're also saying the off-season acquisitions of Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Kelly Washington, and Donte Stallworth will do nothing to help the Patriots overcome the Colts, who have owned them the last two seasons. Why would you think that, Pete?
Yes, the Patriots have added some nice offensive pieces and a couple of defensive additions that will help, but I still think there are flaws on that defense.
For that reason, the Colts come out of the draft as the team to beat.
After all, they are the Super Bowl champions.
We applaud Pete Prisco for his knowledgeable commentary (and smacking the rest of the media head the head with his brass balls), and say shame to Don Banks for abandoning his principles and going with the Patriots because they are the hot pick of May, proving to many of us that (unlike Pete Prisco) he has no testicles.