New here and just wanted to get everyone's opinion on the second part of the OP's question which was how long until the team becomes elite again. I think as fans we at least give Ballard this season, doesn't matter if they lose every game left on the season which they won't. If your franchise quarterback drops out two weeks before the season starts you probably aren't going to do well which is why I haven't been following them this year. But how many future seasons do we give the organization? Is there a maximum amount of time or does it really depend on the season, does your opinion change if the Colts finish 10-6 or 6-10?
I've been very lucky to be a Colts fan only through the last twenty years and having Manning then Luck I always felt the Colts were contenders except for a couple seasons when they were injured. I don't feel this way about this team and I don't even know how the team gets back there. I was just curious how many years you give the organization so I can set my own expectations. I'm mainly asking because I guess I'm what you'd consider a fair weather fan. The only team I really care about in the league is the Colts and so I haven't even seen an NFL game this year. I enjoy following the Colts and the NFL when I think they are elite, I loved seeing Manning and then Luck and it didn't even matter if they won the super bowl or not just that they were fun to see and that I felt the team had a chance. Anyway, I hope the rest of the season goes well.