The Indianapolis Colts have a lot of good things going for them but it’s one stat that’s really good for the team’s chances of winning a Super Bowl.
Last year, there was a point in the NFL season where the Indianapolis Colts looked like one of the best teams in the league. They were stacking together wins and knocking off quality opponents. However, due to a slow start and a disastrous collapse down the stretch, the Colts ultimately missed the playoffs.
They have been at work this offseason to make sure that doesn’t happen this year. Indianapolis has added several talented players to its already talented team. Indy has addressed multiple holes and now it’s ready to contend. It’s safe to say the team is in a Super Bowl window.
While there are a lot of things to point to that explain why Indy can be successful in this window, there’s one stat that will really help Indy’s case.
That stat is the age of the team. Indianapolis is a really young team, which means their Super Bowl window should be kind of wide, and Indy should have multiple chances to bring home a Lombardi.
The Colts have youth on their side
Indianapolis currently only has five players over the age of 30 on its roster and they all were acquired this offseason. Additionally, three of them will likely be backups.
The rest of Indy’s players are young and at the beginning of their prime, especially the stars for the Colts. Jonathan Taylor is 23 and is entering his third year. Michael Pittman Jr. is also entering his third season and is 24 years old.
Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson both are 26 years old and entering year five in the NFL. Kenny Moore is 26 as well but he’s entering year six.
There’s also DeForest Buckner, the newly added Yannick Ngakoue, Ryan Kelly, and Braden Smith who are all under the age of 29. Not to mention all the young talents the Colts have drafted in the last few years.
The NFL as a whole is young, but Indianapolis is one of the youngest teams. At the start of last season, Indy’s average age was 25.83, the ninth-youngest in the NFL.
Of the eight teams younger than the Colts last year, only two made the playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. Those two teams also played in the Super Bowl.
The Colts are hoping their young team can yield the same results in the coming years.