Because they've been to Super Bowl once, and their whole tenure comes into the picture when someone subjectively thinks about ranking them. Now, they lost their OC and DC and that showed the problems in their current coaching staff, but they still led the league for good part of the year and qualified for playoffs.
Steichen was in first year, and lost his promising rookie QB to injury, and still was in play-off contention until last game. But, at the end of the season, they're holding top 15 draft pick, and the article shows lot of optimism that the direction is pointing upwards for Colts.
Would you expect an outsider to be more optimistic than that?
Tier 3 sounds right for the rookie year, missing top 2 performers - Elite RB and QB - for many of the games. Once we all get to see the actual performance with all star players healthy, we can get to see more people buying into the Colts.
Brandon Fiske- DT transfer from Western Michigan to Florida State. Met with the Colts- performed huge at the combine, running a 4.78 40 at just under 300 lbs. met with the Colts- scored a 9.98 RAS (insert Ballard salivating meme). Originally projected 3rd round, now most likely 2nd with potential for sliding at the back end of 1st round.