From 2012 to today, can we really say the team as a whole has made progress? About the only thing you can say is that two of our core players in Luck and Hilton have gotten experience, some of it in the playoffs. This is offset by Luck's injury history that has accumulated over the past few seasons and horrible roster management. It was just two years ago that we were thinking the Colts were ready to take the next step after their AFC Championship appearance, but it seems like things have completely unraveled at this point. Most of the players that we had on that AFC Championship team are gone now outside of our core offensive players.
We're only one game into the season, so perhaps this is premature, but after the abomination that was the Rams opener, it is hard not to be pessimistic and say we are no better than we were at the start of the 2012 season. Maybe even worse -- because this defense clearly isn't as good as it was then (not that it was great in '12). Most pundits think the Colts roster, outside of Luck, may be the worst in football -- worse than the tanking Jets. Luck will be on the other side of 30 by the time we are ready to compete for a Super Bowl again it would appear.
If the ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl, it appears that the last five years essentially went nowhere. I hope I am wrong and the defense just had a very bad game in the opener and Luck can come back and salvage this season. It is not too late. I'm just feeling pretty negative along with everyone else after that game on Sunday.