We certainly had a lack of talent and that started to show itself as some of the older talent retired.
But even when we had a bit more talent. I remember getting blown out by a St. Louis Rams team that won like 3 total games that year. We didn't just lose, we got completely destroyed.
Even if you look at those initial 11 win seasons you can look at some of those 5 losses and look at the teams that beat the Colts, often times blew out the Colts and you have to wonder what the heck was going on.
And you can even look at some of the wins, wins where the Colts barely beat a team that won like 4 games or less.
I think that speaks to how well the coach prepared the team. And the answer is not well.