The Colts still need more talent on defense I think. Give it a year or two and it may be top 10 in some good categories. Wouldn't expect a great year from them but a solid one maybe!
Worried about our CB's a little. Robinson should be an upgrade over Toler but I have heard he can't cover the outside worth anything and neither can Butler.
The pass rush will have to help the CB's this year to be a successful season for the defense.
Where that Indy 500 package is going to be helpful is letting the 3 burners go deep, and sneaking Allen down the middle seam. I think those are the kind of plays we want to run early to set up throwing the ball deep. Roll Luck out, throw underneath the coverage getting the ball out of his hands, will make the Indy 500 package difficult to defend. Pick your poison. I have to say, with what Chud did with Cam in his rookie year, still raw as a QB, was not a gifted accurate passer coming out of college, and tailoring a system to fit him has me excited. He is going to make sure to put Luck in the right positions. Can't wait to see the offense.
Just remember the Denver game and how Chud called that game to perfection. If we can just get Luck to slide or throw the ball away. we are going to score some points. I now have an appreciation as to when Peyton saw guys coming, he just went down. No chance of an injury. Luck's athletic ability will let him escape many times, but I know longer will be angry if he goes down for a loss, if it avoids an injury. Hopefully, the line this year will make such a difference that won't be a worry too much of the time!
To your number 2.....
Manusky always said the exact same thing. So did Pagano. We've always tried to be an attacking defense.
We just haven't succeeded to the degree we'd want....
I think we'll end up roughly in the middle of the pack on defense. Somewhere between 15--20.
Could we end up higher? Sure, it's possible. But I don't think it's likely. Hopefully in 2017.
Also even though the Raptors came up short congrats to the Raptors fans and the team for a hell of a season and a hell of a run. They played hard and would not quit despite just not having the talent to compete with the Cavs over the long haul. Lowery stepped as did Derozan and Beyombo with rebounds. Just to much Lebron, To much Irving and to much Love
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!