Call me crazy, but I think its safe to say we don’t know the 2012 Indianapolis Colts. Unless you are boycotting football, you are aware that Colts owner Jim Irsay has completely changed this team-top to bottom. Many of his moves have been surprising and have caused mixed emotions for many fans. I knew that with a 2-11 record that some things certainly needed to change. But to fire practically everyone seems a bit drastic. That’s the nostalgic, loyal fan in me. However the all-good-things-must-end fan in me understands that Irsay made the best (albeit difficult) decisions he could for the long-term improvement of his franchise. I respect that. Regardless of how anyone feels, it’s official: Peyton Manning is in Denver and the new starting QB (and face of the franchise) of the 2012 Indianapolis Colts is Andrew Luck. Here is more about the 2012 Indianapolis Colts.
Fantasy Football Studs: Wow, let’s see here. It used to be that with the presence of Peyton Manning under center, any Colt skill player could be considered a stud. I remember a few years back when Andre Johnson was a Sunday game time scratch, and I needed a WR to plug-in. I picked up Austin Collie. I had no idea who he was, but because he played for the Colts, I figured it was better than nothing. Two TDs later, Collie was a household name, (at least in my house). Unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. This is a new team, new offense, new quarterback. Collie has a chance to be useful, as well as fellow receiver, Reggie Wayne. Outside of that, there’s not much else. Too early to tell.
Area of Strength: Strength? This is going to be a week to week determination. I suppose one strength that Indy possesses is youth. Andrew Luck was hand-picked to bring glory back to the Colts. They also added a familiar target for Luck, in rookie TE Coby Fleener, who could be a giant sleeper. There’s still WRs Wayne and Collie who could be strengths, but that depends on the development of Luck. I suppose the biggest strength of the team is on defense. The Colts still have Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, who can still wreak havoc coming off those edges. Not much else to speak of when talking about the Indy strengths.
Area of Weakness: Let’s go with inexperience? The Colts have that in spades. But to me, the biggest weakness is in the running game. There was a lot riding on Donald Brown when he came in the league, but he has yet to step up and act like he wants the rock. He has been nothing but inconsistent since coming into the league. I know he had to compete with Joseph Addai the last few years, but if he couldn’t unseat Addai, he’s not the guy. The Colts did add Mewelde Moore but he is a change a pace back at best. A good running game could be a great friend for a rookie quarterback. Unfortunately, the Colts don’t have that luxury.
2012 Marquee Matchups: Andrew Luck will debut against a great Chicago Bears defense on the road at Soldier Field. Right after a Week 4 bye, the Colts host the Green Bay Packers and then head to NJ to play the New York Jets Week 6. Week 11 they head to New England to face you know who! A lot of great challenges for a new team.
All Things Indianapolis Colts: There are a few ways to keep up with the 2012 Indianapolis Colts. Here are a few we like:
Apps: Indianapolis Colts Mobile for iPhone ( by Indianapolis Colts/YinzCam) ; Indianapolis Colts Quiz for iPhone ( by Ryan Le) ; 1070 the fan for iPhone (by Stream the World Inc.)