Is our beloved team under pressure? Yes, it is. Shock of Manning's departure is gone, now fans are mocking the next season's result. Would it be 2-14 again, or 8-8, or would Luck win SB as a rookie?
After the free agency, that turned out to be quite promising under given cap-circumstances, Fans have growing expectations toward the team, and a good Draft will boost expectations even further.
Last season is a serious burden on the team, as they should make the fans forget it as soon as it is possible. Luck's burden is to reach at least 3 wins (just to prove everyone, that he is at least as good as Manning was). Pagano must prove himself a good HC (not better as Caldwell was, as it isn't a big deal for him, Caldwell was a terrible HC however he is a good QB coach, but this should be an other entry). And the 2012 season, as hole, with team building, free agency, draft, pre-season, regular season is a big exam for Grigson.
Will the team, and coaching staff be able to bear this burden? I don't know, but I really hope they are mentally strong to do it.
We fans should pay our patience for this team, cause we cannot expect a miraculous season, with playoff... A 0.5000 season is very acceptable from this team, as the team isn't a ready product yet. The monster will be only a monster cub for this season. The team will be taking shape in the upcoming 2-3 seasons. Only after that may we expect Conference titles or SB.
I fear, after the first few games, if wont acquire 1-2 wins, voices bashing Irsay, claiming Luck over-hyped, Colts a wacky team, Pagano a lousy HC... That's the pressure the team is under.
Colts' schedule was released, that is 14th toughest in the NFL, not an easy task for a rookie QB, new HC and new team...however "impossible is nothing". Bye-week comes to soon, and Colts will have only one prime-time appearance, that means they will be broadcasted in Hungary only once again. Bad news for Hungarian fans.
The title of this entry is stolen from Queen&David Bowie's great song "Under pressure" (that was devastated by Vanilla Ice in "Ice, Ice baby"). I hope won't need to pay copyrights.