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How good will the 2014 team be?



QB- the only question is how much better Luck will be, there is usually significant growth from year #1 to year #2 and Luck was much better year #2,then at some point, soon there after, the breakout year, which will most likely be,this year or next

RB- Is Richardson going to be better-kinda has to he ever going to justify giving up a first rounfd pick? Is he ever going to be elite? Can Bradshaw stay healthy for 16 games? Is Herron good enough to carry the load , if they don't produce and stay healthy?

I think Richardson will be much better, have my doubts if he is ever going to be the elite back he was expected to be and justify that trade, with Bradshaw, it's 50/50, he can be very productive, but his track record would indicate, he is probably not going to be playing in all 16 games and Herron is solid and maybe with more reps...very good

TE- Allen should be a force after missing last year and teams up with Fleener to be one of the best tandems in the league

WR- Can Reggie come back from injury and at 36, still be elite? Is Nicks a consistent playmaker or another in a string of unfullfilled potential ( Avery/Heyward-Bey) Is this Hilton's breakout year? Are Whalen-Rogers and Moncrief solid as backups?

I think Reggie will be as good as ever, like another (ex) Colt- he is on a mission to prove he is healthy and still a big time player. I think Nicks will have a great year, Hilton will make a lot of game changing plays, but with all the weapons and hopefully a balanced attack, not sure any of the receivers will have standout numbers, Moncreif is a star waiting to happen, Whalen isn't flashy, but very dependable and Rogers still has to prove he can be a difference maker and not just a spot player

OL- Where to start? The 2 tackles are steady, everyone would love to see Costonzo take his game to the next level. The interior looks like a rookie (Mewhort) and an (almost) rookie (Holmes) and a player going into year #2 (Thortan) who struggled year #1, that would not seem to be a good sign, the re signing of Shipley was a good move, he played very good when he started in the past

I think it is an almost certainty, the interior will have plenty of growing pains, down the road, they may develope into a solid group, but with that much inexperience at those 3 inside positions, Luck will be running....alot .......and the running game, will probably be better, I doubt it is going to be alot better

DL- So far , so good, this group is poised for a very good year, with the addition of Jones and Chapman being healthy and hopefully a standout in the middle, Redding is on the downside-but still a productive player. Hughes might have more upside than Chapman and Kerr, looked like a playmaker and all of them will get reps, there is alot of upside in this unit

LB- The inside is loaded, with Freemen and Jackson, both have the ability to be pro bowl caliber players and Muamba and McNary are very solid backups who can fill in at any time, with very little dropoff. The outside is more up in the air, Can Werner and Walden take their game up a notch with Mathis out and compliment him, when he returns, can Newsome be a force,as a rookie?

Werner and Walden seem to be playing at a higher level, but time will tell if it is enough. Newsome, along with Studabaker and Johnson , have all shown signs of being able to pressure the QB, when they have gotten reps

CB- Will Davis ever be elite or just a very good CB? Can Toler stay healthy and perform at a high level, for 16 games?

I don't think Davis is ever going to be elite, not sure what is holding him back, he can be as good as any CB in the league, but hasn't taken that next step, Toler is a key, without him in the starting lineup, it weakens the entire defense, Butler is very good and plays a lot , but if he is starting, there is a dropoff when Gordy and/or Purifoy is in there

S- The biggest concern on defense, Landry is 2 years removed from a pro bowl season and 1 year removed from a very unproductive season, with the questions at the other safety position, he needs to be a force, Adams seems to be the guy at the other spot, the hope is he can at least, be solid-but is a big time dropoff from Bethea and the 2 backups ( Anderson-Brown) are not ready for full time reps

Like Davis- not sure what held Landry back last, he did have some injury issues and maybe that was part of it, but except for a few games, wasn't much of a factor

ST- this group is one of the best on the league with Vinitieri-McAfee and Overton, the returners will probably be a rotation of several players, until and if, one of them stands out

Summ: Not many questions on the offense, although the O-line is a huge concern, on defense, several players will be key...Landry-Adams-Toler-Werner-Walden and Chapman

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You can see the talent with TRich but seems like he just can't put it together! Whether it's his problem, O-line, our schemes or the D just waiting for him I don't know but he needs to put it together. If it's schemes or O-line then the team needs to put it together! Well Coach Pagano needs to put it together!

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when he came out, he was considered elite, as in ,one of the best in the NFL and maybe even, the best of an era...he was that highly rated, I know the O-line is part of it, yet Brown and the other backs had success with the same group and I know he came in without camp, etc but this isn't exactly rocket science...hard to figure really, I guess if he eventually shows up, that's great, if he is nothing more than a decent back.................the trade is a HUGE bust!

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I think the trade had to be made but what we gave up too much! On the Marshall Faulk trade many years ago yes Faulk was on his last year of his contract but all we got was a 2nd and think a 6th. Faulk was already an all-pro, TRich isn't/wasn't at the time and we gave a 1st! Again good trade but much too pricy! You have a good one Colts7!

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The colts will make the playoffs and maybe win a game in the playoffs.  But with our coaches or the lack there of and the lack of addressing huge issues with the offensive line in the offseason we will not be able to compete with the Pats, Broncos, or Seahawks.  So no superbowl for us this year but hopefully we can get rid of Grigson and throw some money at one of the Harbaughs and get them to come take us to win the big one.  Theres are a lot of prime coaches out there who would like to have Andrew Luck running their offense.

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