The last couple of the seasons for the Indianapolis Colts weren’t filled with ‘luck’. In 2015, Matt Hasselebeck lead the Colts to an 8-8 record which extended to its maximum potential. Then, the following year, they finally had their leader back in the lineup, Andrew Luck. Luck had a fantastic season, but the rest of the team couldn’t pull it all together. The Colts finished 8-8 once again, but the organization is still very positive that success will come with more of skill than of luck.
During an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, reiterated, “I’ve said it before — we’re into plural Lombardis. That’s what our goal is. And I’ll be damned if we don’t get out and get them.” Irsay talks a big game, but he needs to go out and smell the turf.
The AFC South, for awhile, was a joke of a division with the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans. 2017 will be a different story because all of these clubs have advanced their rosters and are coming for the crown. The Houston Texans have one of the best defenses in the league and a quarterback competition brewing for the better. The Jacksonville Jaguars have an great, young upcoming defense with an offense that has their number one receiver, a great young talent in Allen Robinson. Along with a young gunslinger in Blake Bortles that has mastered his throwing motion and mechanics. Finally, The Tennessee Titans finished 2016 with a 9-7 record with their quarterback Marcus Mariota coming into his own playing very well. Along with a great run game with the north/south back, ex-Cowboy DeMarco Murray along with Derrick Henry beside him.
So the Indianapolis Colts have an uphill battle throughout the division. As long as they keep their quarterback upright and take their season one game at a time. They have an equal shot to compete with the other rivals throughout the division. You have to love the confidence of Jim Irsay, however, this team needs to back up their pairs of 8-8 seasons with a stellar 2017 season to be taken more seriously.
Published by: Michael Crocco