Aug 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (4) sits on the bench during a game against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Colts have an offense that is likely good enough to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. If the defense manages to finally mesh under Chuck Pagano’s leadership, they could be the best team in the AFC.
The problem is that there are too many “ifs” with this team. If Trent Richardson develops. If the safeties can play. If another pass rusher develops. If the team can stay healthy.
Keep in mind, this team is not rebuilding anymore. They’ve made the playoffs the past two seasons, including the year that was supposed to be the rebuild. If your expectations for a team is a division title and the playoffs, you are not rebuilding. The team shirt this season features a picture of the Lombardi Trophy and that doesn’t exactly scream “rebuilding.”
If everything falls into place, the Colts are a championship caliber team. A more realistic scenario would be the Colts making it to the AFC Championship game.
The worst case scenario involves Luck going down and a repeat of the 2011 season.
Team MVP: Andrew Luck