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Best Is Yet to Come for the Indianapolis Colts and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On January 7, 2013 @ 7:07 am In Colts News | No Comments
Bill Polian always used to say that the past is prelude.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star  agrees with him and says the end is the beginning for the Colts.
Chuck Pagano talked in his postgame presser about how the Colts had laid a foundation for future success, and that’s undeniable.
Though obviously there are things the team has to do to improve , the Colts have the pieces in place for a dynamic offense for years to come.
Offense is more stable than defense, so if you can assemble a viable attack, particularly if it’s an aggressive passing attack, most of the work of building a long-term winner will be done.
Almost everyone accepts the Colts weren’t nearly as good as their record, but even more universally accepted is that they obviously improved from 2011. Perhaps the biggest thing working against Indy is history itself, however.
Colts fans have grown entitled to making the playoffs and will be expecting an unbroken run of brilliance like what they got from 2002 to 2010. During that stretch, the Colts won double-digit games every season.
That kind of streak is likely impossible so expectations need to be recalibrated. There will be more ups and downs than the franchise experienced in the last decade.
The past after all is prelude, but the future is wide open.
Scott Kacsmar of NBC Sports  looks at three fantastic rookie quarterbacks.
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth  examines all the potential Super Bowl matchups.
Houston Texans 
Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle  says five plays did in the Texans against the Pats.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  asks if higher stakes will matter for the Texans.
McClain says  Matt Schaub is thrilled with the win.
Brian Burke of the New York Times  looks at just how overmatched the Colts were.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star  talked to Ryan Grigson about the season.
Chuck Pagano wrote an open letter to Colts fans in the Indianapolis Star .
Tennessee Titans 
Tom Gower of Total Titans  picks a defensive MVP for the 2012 Titans.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean  thinks the Titans were mostly bad.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  says Steve Keim is a candidate for GM.
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union  believes Mike Mularkey should go.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130106/SPORTS15/301070309/1058/SPORTS03
 things the team has to do to improve: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1473036-whats-next-for-the-colts-after-being-eliminated-from-2013-nfl-playoffs
 NBC Sports: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/50352912/ns/sports-nfl/
 Sports on Earth: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/40833222
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/patriots%E2%80%99-rout-of-texans-turned-on-five-plays/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/texans-return-to-foxborough-with-redemption-on-their-minds/
 McClain says: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/mcclain-schaub-handles-pressure-gets-job-done/
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 New York Times: http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/overrated-colts-and-wild-card-round-probabilities/
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130105/SPORTS03/301050329/1058/SPORTS03
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130106/SPORTS03/301050330/1058/SPORTS03
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/interactive/article/20130106/SPORTS03/130106017/Colts-Anatomy-Play-Ravens-game-turning-touchdown
 Ravens: http://bleacherreport.com/baltimore-ravens
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Total Titans: http://www.totaltitans.com/2013-articles/january/picking-a-2012-tennessee-titans-defensive-mvp.html
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130107/SPORTS01/301070027/Hasselbeck-OK-being-Titans-backup
 Matt Hasselbeck: http://bleacherreport.com/matt-hasselbeck
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130106/SPORTS01/301060079/Analysis-Titans-had-some-good-were-mostly-bad?nclick_check=1
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2013-01-05/story/cardinals-steve-keim-still-jaguars-gm-search
 Florida Times-Union: http://members.jacksonville.com/opinion/premium/blog/401949/gene-frenette/2013-01-04/gene-frenette-shad-khans-best-move-move-mike-mularkey
 Florida Times-Union: http://members.jacksonville.com/sports/premium-sports/2013-01-05/story/nfl-confidential-several-young-qbs-playoffs-history-against
 NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/nfl
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