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With a win against the Titans, the Colts managed to overcome unprecedented team injuries and their worst five game series since 2002 for a NFL record (tie) ninth consecutive playoff berth, and their seventh AFC South Championship in the last eight years. Peyton Manning was able to get through his toughest stretch of games since his rookie year and somehow Indy has managed to enter January with the three seed in the AFC.
It is extremely important for Colts fans to step back and think about the gravity of this accomplishment. Frankly, this team had no business overcoming all of the adversity it has faced in a sixteen game season. More >
There are too many reasons to watch this game to list in a single story. The Patriots and Colts games have been the best spanning a decade. Their rivalry is matched by no other sports rivalry in professional sports. Why?
When Peyton Manning joined the Indianapolis Colts, the blue faithful in Indianapolis had a collective sigh of relief. Finally their football team was destined for league-wide relevance. The team would go from a commonly mocked, sadly defeated bastion of under-performance and bad luck, to a NFL powerhouse almost over night. More >
Colts Field a Promising Stable of Running Backs
The evolution of the Colts running back position has reached a high point.
When Indianapolis won the Super Bowl in 2006, a lot of questions surrounded the future of the team’s backfield. Joseph Addai showed a lot of promise in his rookie season, surpassing 1,000 yards rushing without starting a single regular season game — the only player to accomplish this in NFL history. Dominic Rhodes served as the team’s unquestioned starter for the first time in his career, when an injury to another ball carrier was not involved.
The Indianapolis Colts have built the most consistent team in NFL history, setting the NFL record for consecutive seasons with 12 or more wins (7). Needless to say, the single biggest reason for the Colts’ rise to NFL greatness is Peyton Manning, who is the unquestioned team-leader and may go down in history as the best quarterback to ever play the game. But no single player can carry a team to the Colts’ level of success, and Indianapolis has developed one of the most talented units in the league.
Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have become the most feared and powerful pass-rushing tandems in the NFL. Bob Sanders won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2007. Antoine Bethea has been selected to two Pro Bowls and has been the most consistent safety on the team. Gary Brackett is one of the best linebackers in football, and has been dangerously close to winning a Pro Bowl bid each of the last three years. Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, and Jeff Saturday are also key offensive facets that have been around for a long time, during the Colts’ run to greatness.
The Myth of the Third Round Curse
Bill Polian has earned a reputation as one of the best executives in NFL history. He has created this perception largely due to having unparalleled success each year in the NFL Draft. No team in the NFL has used the draft and undrafted free agency as successfully as Polian, creating an atmosphere where the Colts system reigns king and where finding players who best function within it is the goal.
Generally, players that enter the NFL are no different than future professionals in the business world; once they are trained to play a certain way and are molded physically to fit in that role, they are more difficult to acclimate to an entirely different system. As a result, the best way for Polian and the Colts to find an endless crop of new talent is to get them early, train them to play the Colts way, and build the strength of the franchise by retaining the best players and not allowing them to leave via free agency. More >