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Colts fans have watched in horror as a team that entered the season as one of the most talented groups Indianapolis has put together in quarterback Peyton Manning’s career has fallen into mediocrity and failed to continue an NFL record streak of consecutive 12-win seasons. Many expected the stretch of games against the Eagles, Patriots, Chargers, and Cowboys would be difficult, but dropping all four games is not something Colts teams have done in the past.
This uncharacteristic run of losses has understandably caused Colts fans to panic. The blame game is in full force, and fans are scrambling to find answers to resolve the issues in Indianapolis before the 2011 season begins. More >
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.
Don’t Forget Kyle DeVan
For years the Colts have been known as having one of the most consistent offensive lines in the NFL. Howard Mudd built his reputation of getting more out of less and finding ways to make low draft picks, waiver acquisitions, and undrafted free agents the envy of the league as pass blockers.
In 2007 the Colts started to see the offensive line Mudd carefully built, the solid starting five of Tarik Glenn, Ryan Lilja, Jeff Saturday, Jake Scott, and Ryan Diem begin to crack. Glenn retired, and the Colts could only afford to retain Lilja or Scott.
The Colts unfortunate injury luck continued as Ryan Lilja, the guard they chose to retain, suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2008, even Saturday missed time to injury. Mudd plugged Charlie Johnson and rookies Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard and made it work. Unfortunately, though, Pollak struggled in his role and 2008 starter Tony Ugoh lost his starting job to Charlie Johson at left tackle in 2009.
Ryan Lilja returned from his knee injury in 2009 but struggled as a run blocker and was released by the Colts. The surprise of the 2009 offensive line had to be Kyle DeVan, an undrafted player who played for the Boise Burn in Arena II football who took over for Mike Pollak.