The 2015 season was a very rough one for the Indianapolis Colts. Though they entered the year with Super Bowl aspirations, they instead went just 8-8 and missed the playoffs entirely. With speculation swirling regarding the job status of head coach Chuck Pagano and with quarterback Andrew Luck missing nine games, it was a discouraging campaign all around for the players in the locker room.
Tight end Coby Fleener, who signed with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, called the effort of some of those ex-teammates into question.
"I think it's one of those situations where it really reveals character,'' Fleener told New Orleans media on Friday, according to CBS4's Mike Chappell. "The guys that kept fighting through it - knowing that we may not have our quarterback on the field but we still have a chance to win the game - those are the guys you want kind of in your corner. And the other guys, it becomes pretty apparent that they're along for the ride.''
Fleener is right about the fact that you want the players in your locker room who will fight through it even if things aren't going the right way, and it's likely that there were indeed players in the locker room last year who sort of checked out. After three seasons of so much success so quickly after a rebuild, winning became expected in Indianapolis. Dwayne Allen, the tight end the Colts opted to keep, said as much this past week while doing a radio interview on 1070 the Fan, saying that some players had grown so accustomed to winning that 2015 taught them not to take that for granted. When so much winning is expected, some players may just coast when the winning isn't happening and the star quarterback is out indefinitely with a kidney injury. That's not the type of players you want in your locker room and that you want to build a team around, and Coby Fleener called the effort of some of his ex-teammates into question on Friday by saying as much. Still, it's not exactly the classy exit many would have expected from Fleener upon leaving the Colts organization.