It may be welcomed. It may be past-due. It may be a catalyst for a team on the brink of unprecedented success, but the Indianapolis Colts have named six team captains for the remainder of the season.
This move is unexpected, as the Colts have rotated team captains on a week-by-week basis, throughout this season so far. For one reason or another, the move was made this week, and the team captains will remain for the rest of the season. Six players total, two from offense, two from defense, and two from special teams, were anointed the title of team captain for the upstart Indianapolis Colts.
Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and 12-year veteran wide out Reggie Wayne were named team captains on offense. Linebacker Robert Mathis and defensive end Cory Redding, who are both in their tenth year as a pro, were named as defensive captains. Punter Pat McAffe and safety/kick returner Joe Lefeged have been named as captains on special teams.
Not only is this decision to pick team captains this late in the season a surprise, it is a change for what the Colts have done so far this season. The captains were chosen by teammates. These moves show confidence and solidarity, for a team that has already surpassed expectations, and will continue to push their way back to prominence.