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The Biggest Media Misconceptions About the Indianapolis Colts

Posted By Brian Goldsmith On July 4, 2012 @ 6:48 pm In Colts News | No Comments

More uncertainty surrounding the Indianapolis Colts [1], I cannot recall.

After the horror show that was the 2-14, 2011 season, the Colts dismantled the organization from top to bottom.

There’s a new front office, a new coaching staff, and…

[gasp]

a new quarterback.

Along with the uncertainty comes misconceptions. 

Below, I’m going to take a look at the two biggest media misconceptions about the 2012 Indianapolis Colts.

 

Peyton Manning [2] had more talent around him during his rookie season than Andrew Luck [3] has around him his rookie season.

By far, the most common misconception I’ve heard about the Colts this offseason is that there was more talent on the 1998 Colts (Peyton Manning’s rookie year) than there was on this year’s Colts (Andrew Luck’s rookie year).

The argument goes something like this (Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star [4]):

Remember, Manning’s Colts were 3-13 his first season and had two losing seasons his first four years. His rookie year, Manning completed just 56.7 percent of his passes, threw 28 interceptions and had a 71.2 quarterback rating. And the argument can be made that Manning’s first team was more talented than this one, populated by guys like Marvin Harrison, Tarik Glenn, Adam Meadows, Marshall Faulk and others.

Check out this quote [5] from former Houston Texans [6] general manager and NFL Network/CBS Sports analyst, Charley Casserly:

When Peyton came in, he had Marvin Harrison, Marshall Faulk, Ken Dilger, Tarik Glenn and Adam Meadows. He started off with a pretty good array of players.

Finally, here’s a quote from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com [7]: “Still, even Manning was 3-13 as a rookie, and he had Marshall Faulk and Marvin Harrison.”

These guys obviously focused on a few good offensive players, and ignored the rest of the roster.

With the help of Pro-Football-Reference.com [8], I put together the following comparison of the starters for the ‘98 Colts and the projected starters for the ‘12 Colts.

Position

Name

Yrs Pro

 

Position

Name

Yrs Pro

QB

Peyton Manning

Rookie

 

QB

Andrew Luck

Rookie

RB

Marshall Faulk

4

 

RB

Donald Brown

4

WR

Marvin Harrison

2

 

WR

Reggie Wayne

12

WR

Jerome Pathon

Rookie

 

WR

Austin Collie

4

TE

Ken Dilger

3

 

TE

Coby Fleener

Rookie

TE

Marcus Pollard

3

 

TE

Dwayne Allen

Rookie

LT

Tarik Glenn

1

 

LT

Anthony Castonzo

1

LG

Steve McKinney

Rookie

 

LG

Joe Reitz

2

C

Jay Leeuwenburg

6

 

C

Samson Satele

6

RG

Tony Mandarich

9

 

RG

Mike McGlynn

5

RT

Adam Meadows

1

 

RT

Winston Justice

7

DE

Bernard Whittington

4

 

DE

Corry Redding

10

DT

Tony McCoy

6

 

DT

Brandon McKinney

7

DT

Ellis Johnson

3

 

DE

Fili Moala

4

DE

Bertrand Berry

1

 

LB

Robert Mathis

10

LB

Steve Morrison

3

 

LB

Pat Angerer

3

LB

Mike Barber

3

 

LB

Kavell Conner

3

LB

Elijah Alexander

6

 

LB

Dwight Freeney

11

CB

Jeff Burris

4

 

CB

Jerraud Powers

4

CB

Tyrone Poole

3

 

CB

Kevin Thomas

3

SS

Robert Blackmon

8

 

SS

Tom Zbikowski

5

FS

Jason Belser

6

 

FS

Antione Bethae

7

One thing the skeptics don’t mention is the defense of the ‘98 Colts.

Why?

Because when you compare it to the defense of the ‘12 Colts (even though they are switching to a 3-4 defense), the ‘98 defense doesn’t even come close.

With names like Freeney, Mathis, Bethae and Angerer, there is much more talent on the ‘12 defense.

The ‘98 defense gave up 27.75 points per game [8] and ranked 29th in the league.

I don’t think the ‘12 defense will be a top ten  defense, but I certainly don’t think they’ll be as bad as the ‘98 defense.

Now, the offense. The ‘98 offense looks better because of one name.

Marshall Faulk.

Faulk was entering his prime at that time.

No combination of running backs on the ‘12 roster can compare to Faulk, but if you compare the rest of those two offenses, they are pretty close.

What puts the rest of the ‘12 offense above the rest of the ‘98 offense is that the ‘12 offense has more overall talent and depth.

As a team, there’s no question the 2012 Colts have more talent than the 1998 Colts.

 

The Colts will pick 1st in the Draft  again next year.

The next misconception of which I’m hearing more and more is that the Colts will, again, pick first in the draft next year.

Check out this column on NFL.com [9] that asked five NFL analysts to pick the team they think will have the worst record in football next year and thus pick No. 1 in the draft.

Two of the five, Charley Casserly and Greg Rossenthal, picked the Colts. Rosenthal said [9],

The easiest answer is the right one. The Colts are the favorites to be picking No. 1 again in 2013 because they are the rare NFL team that has punted on an entire season.

Punted an entire season?

I don’t think so.

Sure they cut a lot of veterans and will have a lot of dead money on their cap next year as a result, but this team has talent (see above).

And how much did guys like Gary Bracket, Dallas Clark, Melvin Bullit and Joseph Addai contribute last year?

Answer: Not Much.

If you’re not convinced by the talent on the roster, just look at the schedule.

Even pessimistic Colts fans should be able to see at least four W’s on that schedule. They have the Vikings [10], Browns [11], Dolphins [12], Jags and Titans [13] at home. It’s reasonable to expect the Colts to win four of those games.

The Colts will pick in the top ten, maybe even the top five, but they won’t be picking No. 1.

 

Follow Brian on Twitter @coldy4goldy [14].

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[1] Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts

[2] Peyton Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/peyton-manning

[3] Andrew Luck: http://bleacherreport.com/andrew-luck

[4] Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20120613/SPORTS/306130005/Bob-Kravitz-Don-t-worry-Colts-fans-Luck-already-command

[5] this quote: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/04/andrew-luck-will-need-luck-to-win-with-colts-in-2012/1

[6] Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans

[7] Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/06/colts-insist-they-arent-rebuilding/

[8] Pro-Football-Reference.com: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/clt/1998.htm

[9] column on NFL.com: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828be6a5/article/2013-nfl-draft-which-team-will-have-the-no-1-pick

[10] Vikings: http://bleacherreport.com/minnesota-vikings

[11] Browns: http://bleacherreport.com/cleveland-browns

[12] Dolphins: http://bleacherreport.com/miami-dolphins

[13] Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans

[14] @coldy4goldy: http://twitter.com/#%21/coldy4goldy

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