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. Continue reading
The AFC South is composed of the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans. This is a division had been ruled year after year by the Colts. Since the loss of the great Peyton Manning, Indy struggled to last place and the first pick in this year’s draft. This made way for the Texans to become division champs and recipients of their first playoff appearance in team history. The Jags surprisingly cut fan favorite, David Garrard, and their best player Maurice Jones-Drew played frustrated as his team once again played terribly. The Titans also followed the same path, as All Pro RB Chris Johnson held out and had his worst season. This season brings the arrival for Andrew Luck to the division and the departure of Mario Williams to the Buffalo Bills, and the AFC South may be the worst division in the NFL.
Division Superstars: Maurice Jones-Drew=fantasy football success! Monster WR Andre Johnson is in this division along with teammates Arian Foster. After all of the drama, it will be interesting to see if Andrew Luck keeps Indy on the map. Finally, we all hope Chris Johnson returns to his CJ2K days this season.
Bad Blood in this Division: For years everyone was chasing Peyton Manning and the Colts. Nowadays it seems like the division is up for grabs with Houston leading the way. I will miss the showdowns between Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan and Houston’s Andre Johnson. That fight between them may be the best fight on the field since Deion Sanders and Andre Rison wailed off against each other. But now, this division is boring, with every team (except maybe the Texans)trying to find some sense of identity. Maybe some bad blood will develop as these teams try to carve out a spot in NFL relevancy.
Ranking Last Season: Houston Texans (10-6); Tennessee Titans (9-7); Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11); and Indianapolis Colts (2-14)
2012 Division Showdowns: Week 2 Houston at Jacksonville, Week 3 Jacksonville and Indianapolis, Week 4 Tennessee at Houston, Week 8 Indianapolis at Tennessee, Week 10 Indianapolis at Jacksonville, Week 11 Jacksonville at Houston, Week 12 Tennessee at Jacksonville, Week 13 Houston at Tennessee, Week 14 Tennessee at Indianapolis, Week 15 Indianapolis at Houston, Week 17 Jacksonville at Tennessee AND Houston at Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Colts have gone on record saying Andrew Luck is not a guaranteed Number 1 overall draft pick. Let me go on record saying: That’s fine with me! I’d love RGIII to be a Colt. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. The Colts have a winning tradition and have built a very strong franchise, and even though Robert Irsay acted like a CLASS A jerk for the way he treated Peyton Manning, he does not want to lose. Especially after last year’s dreadful season when they finished with a 2-14 record. Mainly, he wants to show the world that he is smarter than everyone, and can be successful without Manning. I’m not taking anything away from Andrew Luck, but RGIII will bring excitement back to that organization. He will win back the fans that they lost last season and lost during the office season with the Peyton drama. RGIII gives the Colts the best chance of winning now.
2. The NFL is changing. With the success of players like Michael Vick, Cam Newton, and even Tim Tebow, teams are looking for the extra dimension of a quarterback that can take off and run. I’m not implying that the pure pocket passer will become obsolete, but most teams are now looking for a QB that can air it out with accuracy and run for a 40 yard gain. RGIII can give you that. Continue reading
Today our company celebrated the culminating events for its conversion. As a result, I met a guy flying in town from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This morning, he was surprised to hear me listening to the Sports Talk radio. As a result we started talking about football. Since he was from Indiana, I asked him did he love the Indianapolis Colts. His response: “I don’t like the Colts this year”.
Fair or not, I instantly labeled him the worst a fan could be labeled: The dismissive “Fairweather Fan”. Sure it’s easy to love the Colts when Peyton Manning is leading the team to AFC North championship year after year. Now is the test of one’s fanhood and this guy was failing MISERABLY my book. This is a topic I am passionate about! Continue reading