How many wins will the Colts have this coming season?
How many wins will the Colts have this coming season?
The Colts will never win another game... ever... Meanwhile, the Lombardi trophy will be retired to Denver after that franchise wins the next 25 superbowls. :cool:
I think 3-6 wins will be possible depending on how some things fall... not only in the season but between now and the season's start.
I understood the question fine. I think both Washington and Indy are going to surprise people, and I could easily see each team going 7-9 or 8-8.
The Colts have a lot of work to do, but a few lucky breaks here or there and they could easily be a 10 win team IMO
Not sure about this season, I think we will compete in most games but I could see us winning around 11 next year, with the experience of the young guys, and the vets in the new system, and also the 38 million extra that we will have to use.
I am sticking in that 4-6 range...too many solid players (Wayne, collie, hell even their new TE) to not be able to shoot out a win or two...are you guys saying this colts team is any worse than the Rams team that won 7 games a few years ago? Its pretty close...also the AFC south just isn't very good
3 and that is if they play well. The defense will be awful and the OL is suspect at best combine that with rookie mistakes I don't see them doing much better than 3 wins.
We were painfully close in 6 or 7 games last year. With just average QB play we win several games last year. I know Luck will make NFL rookie mistakes but Painter made freshman in high school mistakes.
3-5 should be expected.
You obviously cannot ignore the 2-14 record, but I think people forget just how close we came to winning some of those games at the beginning of the season even though we had freaking Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter as our QB's. We had an opportunity to win the games against the Browns, Steelers, Bucs, and Chiefs at the beginning of the year, but our QB's just couldn't make plays. Then about midway through October, the losing got to the team and they started getting waxed. But anyone who watched the games can tell you that this team competed at the beginning of the year and would have won more games had they had a QB with even mediocre ability. Unfortunately we had two guys who didn't belong in the NFL: an ancient Kerry Collins and a complete scrub in Curtis Painter.
Luck as a rookie should be significantly better than either of those two, though he will certainly struggle at times like any rookie will. I don't think 5-6 wins is out of the question given how easy our home schedule is. Green Bay is the only good team that comes here aside from Houston, who comes every season.
In a year, I think we are all going to be very excited with the team. Luck and the other rookies will have their first season behind them, we will have more draft picks, and we will have almost 40 million dollars in cap space with all that dead cap coming off of the books. Free agency is largely a foreign concept to Colts fans since the Polians treated it as if it were some sort of rare disease, but I have a feeling that our new GM will make the most of it. I think this team will be contending for the division title in a season.
Everyone says that RG3 is going to have such an easier time than Luck at the beginning of their careers, but I just don't completely buy that. RG3 has to play 6 games a year against Dallas, NYG, and Philadelphia. One of those teams is the Super Bowl champ and the other two are certainly not slouches. Luck on the other hand plays in an extremely weak division with Houston, Tenn, and Jax. Playing 6 games a year against those teams a year certainly beats the hell out of what RG3 is going to have to go up against.
Weak schedule, a renewed hope, no expectations whatsoever, a rookie quarterback who is highly intelligent and will keep mistakes to a minimum...I really think it will be in the 5-7 range, so I veered to the optimistic 6-8 range for this poll's sake.
Even with Stanton we would be lots better than last year. If Orlovsky played the entire season we would have had more than two wins. Painter was such a huge mistake that it was just incompetent to make him the backup. i don't have a number of wins in mind because anything is possible. The running game has me concerned, however, and I would have been happier if that were hugely upgraded.
I will say that I've never been more proud to be a Colts fan. Anyone can be a fan when you're winning 12 games every year, going to Super Bowls, and watching one of the greatest QB's ever put on a show year in and year out. But to stick with it through a 2-14 season, the loss of the aforementioned QB, and the start of a complete rebuilding process...well, that takes some dedication. I tip my hat to every fellow Colt fan who is going to keep closely following the team.
One thing to consider... It's always possible the Colts won't be all that interested in wins this season. They might purposely let players take their lumps and not throw the kitchen sink at any one game and tolerate losses to better position themselves for growth in the future.
That's pretty much what the 98 team did I think. I think we were actually in contention to win several of the games we lost, but our young team with a rookie QB just quite know how to close games out. That all changed the next year with the addition of Edge and the growth of Manning. We improved from 3 wins to 13 wins.
It wouldn't surprise me if that situation somewhat repeats itself. Luck and the team will probably show promise this year, but as a young team with a rookie QB they will likely have trouble closing games out. But they will come back in 2013 with an improved roster and a year of experience and win games that they would have lost in 2012.
Stampedeblue has writeup today talking about how the idea of us winning 7 or so games isn't really that ridiculous:
The people who say "maybe the colts won't be interested in winning" clearly have never been around pro athletes...winning is a definite thing to them...
That had nothing to do with the athletes. The players themselves DESPERATELY wanted to win that game and go for the perfect season. Remember how upset Peyton looked on the sideline when Caldwell didn't let him go back in? I remember reading not too long ago (can't remember where: I think it was in the Star) that Saturday STILL gets irritated when he talks about how the team gave up on that. Also, I'm pretty sure that it was Peyton who had to calm the team after it with a players' only meeting because the players didn't want to hear the BS from Caldwell or Polian.
That decision was 100% on Polian. I was there in person for that game (in great seats), and throwing that game was without question the most offensive thing I have ever witnessed as a sports fan. Then to hear Polian on the radio after the game basically calling the fans idiots was just too much. There is no question in my mind that the Polian-led Colts are the only team in the NFL who would throw a game at home when they are 14-0. Keep in mind that many of the fans in attendance that day spent a lot of money on those tickets as Christmas presents and such.