Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 5/22/12
Before the 2011 campaign began, fans had high expectations despite the late summer news of Peyton Manning's surgery. The Colts were coming off an admittedly disappointing 10-6 2010 season that was riddled with injuries, poor coaching decisions and another first-round playoff ejection. Most expected the Colts to return to their 2009 form and gain another shot at a Lombardi. Looking back, that expectation now seems surreal. The 2012 Colts are a mere shadow of the once-great team that built Lucas Oil Stadium. The team that had appeared in two of the last four Super Bowls made sweeping changes, replacing names like Manning, Saturday and Polian with Luck, Satele and Grigson along the way. Their string of mild-mannered, conservative coaches were replaced by a firebrand of a man in Chuck Pagano. In short, they changed everything in a matter of mere months. As fans, we know our flawed logic is going to prevent accurate predictions. After all, we expected the 2011 Colts to win it all. So h...
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