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Are the Indianapolis Colts Getting Overhyped?

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Even before NFL mini-camps begin, predictions about the 2014 season are already rolling in from media outlets around the world. Several of these early predictions are fairly favorable to the Indianapolis Colts. As talented as this team is, it might be time for some of these prognosticators to hold their horses.

The Indianapolis Colts have impressed and improved in both years of the Chuck Pagano/Andrew Luck era. This reloaded regime has made the NFL Playoffs in both of the past two seasons, and have regained the AFC South divisional title. Still, the Colts (and every other team in the league) are one bad move or injury away from derailing a championship run.

Some early 2014 predictions have the Colts continuing to improve, a few of which even expecting an AFC Championship. Not saying that these improvements are erroneous, rather that this team still has several big questions on their roster and holes to fill. Indianapolis has a third offensive line shake-up in three seasons. The team is also keeping their fingers crossed for healthy returns from season-ending injuries to players like WR -Reggie Wayne, TE – Dwayne Allen, and RB’s – Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw. The Colts will also be missing OLB – Robert Mathis to a four-game suspension, all of which could place Indianapolis behind the eight ball early.

The Colts remain a young team on the rise, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them make a deep in into the postseason. Still, there are too many variables around at this early hour, to have the team representing their conference in next year’s Super Bowl.

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  • ndelaplane

    The Colts have been a lot of things over the years. Over-hyped has never been one of them. Best regular season record? Underdog. Best offense in the NFL? Underdog. Peyton Manning vs. Rex Grossman? Underdog. Saying they will win a super bowl is a stretch, but who is really hyping this, honestly? There is probably an article about how the Jaguars or the Raiders could win the super bowl this year. But it’snot being hyped either. At least I hope not. I think the Colts will finally regress this year. Dropping 6 or 7 and next year will have a solid draft, cut loose some injury prone and mediocre FA’s and then be ready to make their run. They are great, they have been incredible to watch and Luck will win superbowls…plural. But the other 21 guys on the field need to be upgraded. This isn’t the NBA. It takes more than one superstar to win a championship.

    • Nate Kenny

      I don’t see them dropping 6 or 7. I see 5 at the absolute most. Now that is if they stay injury free. If they stay injury free, they have the potential to be a top 5 offense in this league and win 12-13 games. And the Colts have been so ridden with injuries over the past two seasons, they deserve to catch a break. With weapons like Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Da’Rick Rogers at the WR position and weapons in Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen at the TE position, Andrew Luck will pretty much have unlimited options to throw to. Then the run game gets upgraded with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard plus Trent Richardson (if he can manage to do anything at all besides suck this year.) As far as defense, yes there will be some inexperience in the secondary that will be built around Greg Toller, Delano Howell, Vontae Davis, LaRon Landry, and Darius Butler but it won’t be terrible. A middle of the pack secondary will be more than enough for the run stuffing defensive line we can boast this season. Arthur Jones is a huge pick up to help apply pressure and stuff opponents run game. Then you also have a good core in Cory Redding, Josh Chapman, Pat Angerer, and Jerrell Freeman. Plus after just four games you get the luxury of throwing Robert Mathis back in the mix. Baring we stay injury free, the only REAL concern I have is the O-Line. If they can hold up DECENTLEY, we could be a legitimate threat to make a run come playoff time. Should still be a cakewalk through our joke of a division though lol even if we do sustain some injuries. Season can’t come soon enough. GO COLTS!!

    • J.M. Nicholas

      True, talent is not an issue with Indianapolis, but it takes more than talent to win a title. The big issue with the Colts is getting the rest of the team to fight with the likes of Luck, Wayne and Mathis. The AFC might be a little light this year, and the Colts should be able to make some noise