One annoying bit of punditry that pops up every off-season is the discussion of the Colts "window." Is it closing? How much longer can it stay open? Have it already closed? Blah. Blah. Blah. I heard Mike Wilbon on PTI say Peyton Manning had only three more years left or his "window" was gone. Per usual, coming from idiot pundits who know jack about sports, the whole notion of a "window" is garbage.
Your "window" starts to close when you do not replace your old, core veteran nucleus with young, up-and-coming talent, or you've spent so much on winning "now" that cap hell is around the corner. Either way, your GM fked up.
However, when Bill Polian is the GM of a team, suggesting anything like a "window" is just a bunch of malarkey. The fact of the matter is like the Giants the Colts have one of the youngest teams in football. They have five key players over 30: Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Jeff Saturday, Anthony "Booger" McFarland, and Adam Vinatieri.
Five, out of a 53 man active roster which sports such under-30 notables as 2007 Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Gary Brackett, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, Tony Ugoh, Joseph Addai, Ed Johnson, and newest Pro Bowler Antoine Bethea. In fact, most of the defense, including the new and very much improved secondary, is very young. So, when I read about "windows closing," I sit back and laugh because the statement sounds more like wishful thinking on the part of the pundit and not based on facts.
Contrast this with a team like the Kansas City Chiefs, an organization that got very old, very fast. They've spent the better part of this decade trying to get themselves a title through free agency, bringing in talent like Ty Law, Priest Holmes, and Trent Green. Obviously, it hasn't worked, and now the Chiefs are turning to the Colts model:
That's what Herm Edwards is talking about building. That's what Gunther Cunningham wants on defense.
They want a Chiefs team that is made of Chiefs.
Using the Colts as a model is a good start, but Carl Peterson is no Bill Polian. Until Peterson is replaced, the Chiefs aren't going anywhere. Also, when it comes to windows, how come no one is discussing the Patriots? Their coach is caught up in a scandal that could cost him his career, and much of their core veteran talent (Moss, Stallworth, Bruschi, Seau, Samuel) could be gone next year. What about their "window?"