Should Colts fans brace for another slow start to the season?

Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley watches the action on the field Sunday, Jan. 8,
Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley watches the action on the field Sunday, Jan. 8, / Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY

In recent years, the Indianapolis Colts have been slow starters, losing games early. Will the 2023 NFL season be any different for Indy?

Over the last half decade, the Indianapolis Colts have pretty much started every season by dropping games. Indy hasn’t won a season opener since 2013, and the team usually finds itself with a losing record after the first month or so of every season. Some years, the Colts can put together wins and finish the year with a competent record, and other times, Indy can’t overcome the slow start.

Indianapolis has been trying to change this. During last year’s training camp, the Colts were talking about circadian rhythms and trying to program themselves to be better earlier in the season. As we know, it didn’t work, and Indy ultimately had a bad year all together.

Now, Shane Steichen is in charge of preventing a slow start to the 2023 season. Should fans be optimistic or should they start preparing for another slow start? Unfortunately, it may be time to start bracing for more of the same.

Colts will probably start slow in 2023

As great as it would be for Indianapolis to start this new season, and era, strong, the team has a lot working against it. When the season kicks off, the Colts will be led by a first-year head coach and likely a rookie quarterback; additionally, Indy is coming off a season where it went 4-12-1. It would be extremely impressive if Indy starts fast with all of those factors.

Internal factors aside, the Colts open the season against the AFC South Champion Jacksonville Jaguars. Two weeks later, Indianapolis plays the Baltimore Ravens. Those are two very solid teams that Indy must face while it’s still figuring things out.

However, this doesn’t mean that the Colts can’t be good in the first half of next season, it just means they must attack training camp and get ready fast. If Indianapolis is working through any growing pains, the 2023 season could quickly slip away, depending on how long those growing pains last.