Found November 13, 2011 on
The Colts Authority:
This is an ESPN insider piece, but it basically makes the case I've been making for two months now. It's all about Peyton.
The best quarterback switch a team has made after a disaster season is the 2007 Miami Dolphins, who inserted Chad Pennington and went from one win to 11. Think about that: Pennington has been the best upgrade for a league-worst team in the following year for 15 years. With Manning back next year, the Colts would be going from the worst quarterbacking in the league to something close to the best. The win improvement will be dramatic.
In reality, drafting high on occasion has no correlation with sustained success. Ask Detroit or Cincinnati. You don't win because you draft high. You win because you get good quarterbacking and draft well enough.
Moreover, the idea of "blowing up" a roster is laughable in the NFL. Teams turn over an average of about 20 percent of their rosters each year, and injuries just e...
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Following the team's 10th loss of the season, Colts vice chairman Bill Polian took a moment to stress that Indianapolis' franchise quarterback will indeed be with the franchise next season.
Looking back at the tape it's clear there were plenty of opportunities for the Colts to beat the Jaguars. Mike Chappell writes that one very long drive broke the camel's back:
Through the early part of the third quarter, the Colts played some of their best defense of the season. Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert was ineffective (6-of-12, 48 yards, one interception...
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375! Ring a bell? Yep, it's Jags week again and I'm being held behind enemy lines.The locals are frothing for a chance to see their Jags clobber the Manning-less Colts. They and Pro Football Focus believe in history. History says that Maurice Jones-Drew versus the Colts linebackers is a mismatch:
The Jaguars offense always starts with running back Maurice Jones...
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It’s getting easier and easier to see Roger Goodell saying, “With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select…” The Colts lost 17-3 at home to the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon to move to 0-10 and continue to show almost nothing that makes you think they can win a game this…
When Seth Gorman said Sunday could have been the day for the Indianapolis Colts to finally win a football game, it was hard to argue.
The Indianapolis Colts honored former offensive coordinator Tom Moore before Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They should have talked Peyton Manning's longtime guru into putting on a headset.
The Indianapolis Colts defense failed to play a perfect game Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. Too bad for them. Considering the offense's prolonged slump, that's probably what it will take for the Colts to reacquaint themselves with winning football.