These aren’t your father’s Indianapolis Colts. They might not even be your older brother’s. After finishing tied for the worst record in the NFL at 2-14, owner Jim Irsay pretty much blew up the roster that had previously taken the Colts to nine consecutive playoff appearances and two Super Bowls. Irsay had termed the makeover “Building the Monster.” Whether or not the Colts scare their opponents, this is perhaps the biggest roster reshuffling in NFL history.
The most radical and celebrated change is at quarterback, where future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning left with his surgically repaired neck to finish his career in Denver. In his place is Andrew Luck, who the Colts hope can approach Manning’s level of performance.
Irsay loved the symmetry of replacing Manning 14 years later with a virtual clone: a strong-armed, cerebral quarterback who is the son of a former NFL quarterback. To this point, Luck has not disappointed.
In his preseason debut against the St. Louis Rams, Luck ...