The hype is due to several issues....
First, they were playing their best ball of the season at the end last year. Especially Bortles, so if your young QB is emerging, then the arrows are pointing up.
Second, in addition to a great draft, most on the defensive side of the ball, they're also adding last year's 1st pick, Dante Fowler, who got hurt during rookie training camp.
So, they literally have TWO 1st round defensive picks. They're adding Fowler, Ramsay, Jack just for starters and they have other good defensive draft picks...... so that defense already has more play makers, more difference makers than most, and I'm including our own Indy defense. We'd kill to have their players.
This is why there is so much hype around J'Ville....
We'd be right in line for a top 10 pick next year with that young line up with no good shooters to this point in there careers. We really just need a couple moves to put be in position to make a finals run and chemistry I think
Bell came into the league at 244. HIs first year was a first year. Showed flashes but it quickly became apparent to Bell that he needed to drop some serious tonnage. Not just 5-10 pounds, but some serious weight.
Suddenly he's 224. He's so much quicker, so much more sudden, his ability to make tacklers miss or get a bad angle on him is so impressive. He has quickly re-invented himself.
Bell is the guy I once thought Trent Richardson could be if he lost 20 pounds and played in the teens. Anywhere from 219-213 and I think Trent would have been a completely different football player. But he had no interest in working hard.
If Irvin has lost 20 pounds and is now moving around much better, than the Colts just found a much better linebacker than we anticipated. Good for us!
When I first saw this thread, I thought I was late to the party, but then I saw that this thread has been going since 2012.
I'm still late to the party, but story of my life. I joined in 2015, but have been a Colts fan since I was a kid.
My first Colts memory is getting a hat signed by Quentin Coryatt at training camp, and that same year almost going to the SB.
My favorite Colts memory is beating the Pats to get to the SB in 2006.
1. Peyton Manning
2. Marvin Harrison
3. Reggie Wayne
4. Dallas Clark
5. Brandon Stokely
Needless to say, Peyton (#1) and everyone he threw the ball to (#2-5) won me many, many fantasy football games, and are my guys for eternity.
You might assume from my top 5 Colts that I am a "new-age" "fairweather" fan who only likes offense and points. You are wrong. I am grateful for the offensive Renaissance in Indy, but Defense is my passion. My secret top 5 Colts: Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Cato June, Gary Brackett.
I want Henry Anderson to help lead a Defensive Renaissance in Indy. Luck and TY are great, and I hope the OLine is outstanding, but the D is the Key.
I have been posting for probably a year or so now. I reside in Brazil, IN, which is about 20 minutes East of Terre Haute on I-70. I'm 28 years old and have been a Colts fan since Harbaugh days, but really started following and rooting hard for them after they drafted Manning in 98. I love our team and my family and I make sure we are ready to rock for every game. We always have viewing parties at my father-in-laws or my house and are known to holler and scream at the TV! Hope all is well with all of you, and GO COLTS!