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Been bored just reading around, and found this interesting article from IndyStar. They’re doing a series ranking all of the Colts teams. Here’s their top 10:

 

10. 2018

9. 1999

8. 2007

7. 2004

6. 2005

5. 1995

4. 2014

3. 2003

2. 2009

1. 2006 

 

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2020/07/10/ranking-every-indianapolis-colts-team-nos-6-10-edgerrin-james-and-playoff-disappointments/5155139002/?utm_source=AMP&utm_medium=UpNext
 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.indystar.com/amp/3023675001
 

 

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IMHO 2005 was the best team of the Manning era, and of the Indy Colts.

 

I'd go 05, 06, 09, 07, and the rest are all interchangeable.   
 

In the “what could have been” category- 05 without the tragedy, 07, without all the injuries, especially Freeney, and 19, if our QB didn’t retire and Vinny wasn’t hurt.  All SB contenders.  

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1 hour ago, RollerColt said:

Been bored just reading around, and found this interesting article from IndyStar. They’re doing a series ranking all of the Colts teams. Here’s their top 10:

 

10. 2018

9. 1999

8. 2007

7. 2004

6. 2005

5. 1995

4. 2014

3. 2003

2. 2009

1. 2006 

 

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2020/07/10/ranking-every-indianapolis-colts-team-nos-6-10-edgerrin-james-and-playoff-disappointments/5155139002/?utm_source=AMP&utm_medium=UpNext
 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.indystar.com/amp/3023675001
 

 

These are my all-time top 10 Indianapolis Colts teams based on greatness:

10. 2018 - I agree

 

9. 1999 - I agree

 

8. 2014 

 

7. 1995 - That team had a better defense and coach compared to the 2014 team. Luck was better than Harbaugh but Harbaugh was very good that one season.

 

6. 2007

 

5. 2003

 

4. 2004 - Peyton 49TD's. The Patriots were just too much for us in the playoffs like in 2003.

 

3. 2009

 

2. 2005 - That team was more talented than the 2009 team.

 

1. 2006 - Has to be #1 because they won the SB. Also that team had better SP Teams with Adam kicking the ball compared to the 2005 team.The 2005 team was loaded but still couldn't figure out how to win in the playoffs.

 

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15 minutes ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

These are my all-time top 10 Indianapolis Colts teams based on greatness:

10. 2018 - I agree

 

9. 1999 - I agree

 

8. 2014 

 

7. 1995 - That team had a better defense and coach compared to the 2014 team. Luck was better than Harbaugh but Harbaugh was very good that one season.

 

6. 2007

 

5. 2003

 

4. 2004 - Peyton 49TD's. The Patriots were just too much for us in the playoffs like in 2003.

 

3. 2009

 

2. 2005 - That team was more talented than the 2009 team.

 

1. 2006 - Has to be #1 because they won the SB. Also that team had better SP Teams with Adam kicking the ball compared to the 2005 team.The 2005 team was loaded but still couldn't figure out how to win in the playoffs.

 

To add to this it is a shame that the 2007 team had so many key injuries such as Dwight Freeney and Marvin Harrison otherwise I would have them higher. Bob won DPOY that season.

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This is a different topic but just based on my favorite seasons to watch would be:

3. 2012 - Luck takes Colts from 2-14 to 11-5 and the playoffs. Almost nobody thought we would win more than 5 games. The comeback wins by Luck that season were incredible. Reggie Wayne was unreal too.

 

2. 1995 - Harbaugh magic. One play away from winning the AFC. REFS cheated us but what else is new when you play at Pitt lmao 

 

1. It would still be 2006 because of the playoff run we had and just finally beating the Patriots and winning it all.

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2 hours ago, Smonroe said:

IMHO 2005 was the best team of the Manning era, and of the Indy Colts.

 

I'd go 05, 06, 09, 07, and the rest are all interchangeable.   
 

In the “what could have been” category- 05 without the tragedy, 07, without all the injuries, especially Freeney, and 19, if our QB didn’t retire and Vinny wasn’t hurt.  All SB contenders.  

I can see how you could say 05 should be #1, that team even started 13-0. I thought we were unbeatable that season myself. I do have it #2. 2006 just knew how to win the big one and having Adam was huge in the playoffs, especially against the Ravens.

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My thoughts:

 

The 2013 Colts might have been better than their 2014 version. Strange to think, but in Luck’s 2nd year they defeated both Super Bowl teams in the Broncos and Seahawks. They beat down the 49ers, and of course famously beat the Chiefs twice: once at their place and again during the amazing comeback game in the playoffs. 
 

The knock against that team of course was the weird blowout losses to the Bengals, Cardinals and Rams. But I stand that they had more fire compared to the 2014 version, despite ‘14 being a deeper playoff run.  
 

‘05 and ‘07 were just friggin’ bad luck... Still can’t believe we went 13-0 before collapsing. 

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2006 and 2009 are the best years because we won and made the SB with Peyton Manning. Nothing else that has happened can beat that as that is the objective of playing football, to make and win the SB. 2014 was great and bad. Great because we made the AFC Championship in Lucks 3rd year, but terrible because we got blown out and it showed how far away we still were from competing with the Patriots at that point in time. I never watched Harbaugh in 95 here (was playing in little league baseball at that time), but almost making the SB is a big deal. Probably the last one I enjoyed was 2018. That was when we thought Luck was back for us, we had Chris Ballard and that amazing 2018 draft class, and the O-Line started to be elite.

 

So in my top 5:

 

1.) 2006

2.) 2009

3.) 2014

4.) 1995

5.) 2018

 

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10 minutes ago, Jared Cisneros said:

2006 and 2009 are the best years because we won and made the SB with Peyton Manning. Nothing else that has happened can beat that as that is the objective of playing football, to make and win the SB. 2014 was great and bad. Great because we made the AFC Championship in Lucks 3rd year, but terrible because we got blown out and it showed how far away we still were from competing with the Patriots at that point in time. I never watched Harbaugh in 95 here (was playing in little league baseball at that time), but almost making the SB is a big deal. Probably the last one I enjoyed was 2018. That was when we thought Luck was back for us, we had Chris Ballard and that amazing 2018 draft class, and the O-Line started to be elite.

 

So in my top 5:

 

1.) 2006

2.) 2009

3.) 2014

4.) 1995

5.) 2018

 

I think the 2005 team was better than the 2009 team. The 05 team just blew it in the playoffs. That team had Marvin Harrison, Edge James, Bob Sanders. on it and a healthy Dwight Freeney. I still had 2009 3rd because I agree with your concept but 05 had more talent.

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Had the 2009 team closed the deal than I would've had them 2nd regardless of talent because of winning the SB. Losing to New Orleans was just as bad as losing to Pitt in 05.

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2005 colts team would beat any colts team. They were a leg stab away from the superbowl 

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10 hours ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

Had the 2009 team closed the deal than I would've had them 2nd regardless of talent because of winning the SB. Losing to New Orleans was just as bad as losing to Pitt in 05.

I think the 2009 team gets a raw deal when people talk about the talent on that roster.  Honestly had it not been for throwing the Jets game and an onside kick in the Super Bowl that team could have been 19-0.  You don’t do that unless you have a crazy amount of talent.

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I just watched the 2008 playoffs against the Chargers and Billy friggin Volek.

  I started to wonder if any of players today would have made any of the Manning teams better:

DeForest Buckner

Darius Leonard

Kenny Moore

 

Add those three guys and you may have had more than one ring (hypothetically of course)

 

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12 hours ago, GoColts8818 said:

I think the 2009 team gets a raw deal when people talk about the talent on that roster.  Honestly had it not been for throwing the Jets game and an onside kick in the Super Bowl that team could have been 19-0.  You don’t do that unless you have a crazy amount of talent.

I was at the Jets game in person. So many of us were upset when Manning left and Curtis freaking Painter walked on the field. Ugh... 

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Everyone says the 05 team was the most talented but we didn't make it past the the divisional round so it doesn't matter. If your ranking the teams based off of what matters in the NFL (Winning Championships), than the 06 team was the best. 09 we likely would have went 16-0 if we didn't sit the entire team for the final 2 weeks as well so theres that.

1- 2006

2- 2009

3- 2005

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3 minutes ago, Nesjan3 said:

Everyone says the 05 team was the most talented but we didn't make it past the the divisional round so it doesn't matter. If your ranking the teams based off of what matters in the NFL (Winning Championships), than the 06 team was the best. 09 we likely would have went 16-0 if we didn't sit the entire team for the final 2 weeks as well so theres that.

1- 2006

2- 2009

3- 2005

I had it:

1 - 2006

2 - 2005

3 - 2009

 

We aren't far off. The 2005 team had Marvin, Edge, Bob, and a healthy Freeney. I get the 2009 team won the AFC but talent wise 2005 was better than that team, JMO. 2006 was pretty equal in talent to 2005 plus we had Adam in 2006 and won the SB so we agree 2006 is the best. In 2006 Addai and Rhodes made up for the loss of Edge.

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On 7/12/2020 at 9:31 PM, runthepost said:

2005 colts team would beat any colts team. They were a leg stab away from the superbowl 

That's what I think. I think the 2005 team would've spanked the 2006 team. Heck I think 2009 team would've beat the 06 team. 2006 was the chargers year, but they blew it and we caught lightning in a bottle. 

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2 minutes ago, Chrisaaron1023 said:

That's what I think. I think the 2005 team would've spanked the 2006 team. Heck I think 2009 team would've beat the 06 team. 2006 was the chargers year, but they blew it and we caught lightning in a bottle. 

2005 and 2006 had almost the same team, except Edge wasn't here but the combo of Addai and Rhodes made up for it. 2006 had a much more clutch kicker in Adam as well. 2006 deserves to be #1. When you compare the 2005 and 2006 teams all the key WR's and TE's were the same = Marvin, Reggie, Dallas, etc. and so was the defense pretty much. Difference is, 2006 closed the deal. 2006 went undefeated at home at 10-0 including the playoffs. They took care of their home field, that is what champions do. The 2005 team lost 2 home games + a playoff game at home to Pitt.

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7 minutes ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

2005 and 2006 had almost the same team, except Edge wasn't here but the combo of Addai and Rhodes made up for it. 2006 had a much more clutch kicker in Adam as well. 2006 deserves to be #1. When you compare the 2005 and 2006 teams all the key WR's and TE's were the same = Marvin, Reggie, Dallas, etc. and so was the defense pretty much. Difference is, 2006 closed the deal. 2006 went undefeated at home at 10-0 including the playoffs. They took care of their home field, that is what champions do. The 2005 team lost 2 home games + a playoff game at home to Pitt.

I look at it this way, in 2006 every game was a nail bitter except for maybe 3 and we got beat down pretty good. In 2005 we smashed everyone we actually tried against except for like the first three weeks. And the the freaking colt killer, Drew Brees.  

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2 minutes ago, Chrisaaron1023 said:

I look at it this way, in 2006 every game was a nail bitter except for maybe 3 and we got beat down pretty good. In 2005 we smashed everyone we actually tried against except for like the first three weeks. And the the freaking colt killer, Drew Brees.  

I had the 2005 team rated #2, they were a monster and really should've won the SB that season. They started 13-0, 2006 started 9-0 before losing. The 2009 team was exceptional as well but wasn't as talented as 05 or 06. Had Marvin and Bob Sanders been on the 2009 team we win the SB easily IMO.

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3 minutes ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

I had the 2005 team rated #2, they were a monster and really should've won the SB that season. They started 13-0, 2006 started 9-0 before losing. The 2009 team was exceptional as well but wasn't as talented as 05 or 06. Had Marvin and Bob Sanders been on the 2009 team we win the SB easily IMO.

2009 was like a perfect mix of 2005 and 2009 I thought they were very talented. Had a few close games. Some massive blowouts. And just couldn't finish the deal, once again the freaking Colt Killer..

 

But I feel the the best version of teams don't always win. I don't necessarily think the 2019 Chiefs were better than 2018

 

Same for:

2004 Steelers >2005 Steelers

2011 Packers > 2010 Packers

2014 Seahawks > 2013 Seahawks

2019 Ravens > 2020 Ravens.. lol they'll probably win this year.

 

But then again this is all just my dumb opinion:lol:. But it's all in good fun lol

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There are different Tiers of greatness when it comes to same core's or the same QB/Coach combo:

 

Level 1 teams are teams that have won 3 or more SB's with close to the same core of players or same QB and Coach

70's Steelers = 1974, 75, 78, 79 (4)

80's 49ers = 1981, 84, 88, 89 (4)

90's Cowboys = 1992, 93, 95 (3)

2000-2019 Patriots = 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018 (6)

 

Level 2 teams - The Colts from 2003-2009 fall into this category. We were a team that won a lot of games (89-23 in that stretch) but only won 1 SB but the 1 SB puts us at Level 2 because of the ton of other wins we had during that 7 year stretch. Another example would be a team like 90's 49ers with Steve Young at QB, they only won 1 SB and won a lot of games too. The 49ers during the 90's was Level 2. The back to back champ Broncos with Elway of 1997/1998 are Level 2 as well, they won a lot of games during the 90's but IMO it takes 3 championship to be a Level 1 team.

 

Level 3 teams - The 90's Bills fall into this category for example. They went to 4 straight SB's from 1990-1993 but never won a SB.

 

Level 4 teams - That would be like the Dolphins in the 80's with Marino. Went to 1 SB and lost but won a lot of games during the 80's with Marino.

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