Not to diss on my boy Bill Polian, who I think is one of the great talent evaluators. But it is interesting that Polian could never seem to get big guys or fast guys on the team. Sure, there are a few exceptions. But usually they were smaller, quick players. WRs there had average speed.
In one year, Ryan Grigson gets six enormous D-Lineman, 4 fast WRs, fast DBs, and a fast kick returner. And they aren't half bad. Sure, the DLineman aren't probably average NFL players, but their size and strength helps to eat up space. Kudos to Grigson.
Fast and quick would be samething...
It's hard to get a big tall fast WR. They generally go in the top five picks which Polian had two of the whole time he was here.
Also Garcon was extremely fast and was a Polian find. Stokley was quick as well who Polian brought in. Marvin was also a quick guy and while Polian didn't bring him having Marvin on the roster limited our need to go get one.
Polian had his flaws but we were rarely hurting at the WR poistion under him.
As for defense that's what they spent years doing getting fast undersized guys. Yes it wore down towards the end but the Colts had a lot of speed over the years. The two guys the defense was built around in Freeney and Mathis are as fast as any ends as you are going to find in the NFL.