Thanks to the Jaguars, training camp has been different for the Colts this year
The Indianapolis Colts have started this season’s training camp with a never-seen-before level of intensity because they’re ready for change.
The last time the Indianapolis Colts played an official football game, they left the field with disappointed faces after being shockingly embarrassed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 18. The loss forced Indy to miss the playoffs but it also forced the team to really look within and realize that a lot needed to change.
Often, that kind of disappointment stings for a few days or weeks, but then the team goes on offseason vacation and moves on. However, that hasn’t been the case for the Colts. They’ve allowed the gut-wrenching humiliation to linger and have let it impact the way the team approached this offseason.
That started with the various offseason moves that Indianapolis made and it is now manifesting in training camp. With the team back in Westfield, Indiana preparing for the season, it has been noted that they are locked in at a level like never before.
Attending one of Indy’s training camp practices, NFL Network reporter, Stacey Dales, detailed the different level of intensity by stating, “I covered Colts training camp for at least a decade… there’s a different edge, intensity, determination with the team, unlike I’ve ever seen. Primarily because of how they ended last season.”
Dales went on to say that in addition to the Week 18 loss being a motivating factor, Indianapolis is also focusing on the fact that they haven’t won the AFC South since 2014 and only have one playoff win in the last seven seasons. With all these things combined, Indy is focused on being more productive this season.
Colts are motivated to make this season different
Hopefully, this intensity and focus will carry over into the regular season. Much is made of Indy’s horrible collapse, but the team also started last season poorly, going 1-4 through the first five weeks. If they can start the season strong, the Colts won’t have to worry about pulling themselves out of a hole.
Ultimately, excuses are running short for everyone in Indianapolis and they know it. The team brought in a new quarterback that everyone is high on and also made many other moves that make them a clear favorite in the AFC South. There’s no room for another underwhelming season. The Colts must put it all together and become a serious contender this year.