Originally written on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 10/24/14
2012 has been quite the roller coaster of hype and expectations for the Indianapolis Colts. Following an off-season that saw a great number of their most prominent veteran players released and a free agency period in which the Colts remained relatively quiet, many analysts had pegged the Colts as one of the worst teams in the league, and a strong candidate to draft #1 overall in back-to-back seasons. These low expectations persisted despite the Colts having what many experts considered to be a very successful draft. As the off-season progressed, however, the expectations and hype surrounding the Colts slowly changed. First came the glowing reports from training camp: the defense was fast and swarming, everyone was buying into Chuck Pagano's new 3-4 schemes, and the offense, oh the offense, led by rookie wunderkind QB Andrew Luck, was sharp, dynamic, and deadly. By the time the Colts had finished their preseason games, a series of factors - Luck's first pass going for a TD, ...
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