The next question is what will the Colts do two years from now when they have attendance that has local TV blacked out, Irsay is hemorrhaging money and looking for CIB help? Talk about Indy returning to being a Pacers and basketball town...
Then, what if the Pacers attendance hasn't improved by then, either? Will TPTB in politics conclude that Indy simply doesn't support professional sports anymore, and because of that decide that it might be best to let one or both franchises go elsewhere? Then what? Return to the glorious days of telethons, though with current FB / Twitter / other hot app of that time technology as the platform for the fundraising to keep whichever franchise is considered viable?
The Colts' greatness during the past decade was built through the draft. Peyton (#1), Edgerrin James(#4), and Freeney (#11) were all early draft picks that changed the Colts from a doormat into a powerhouse.
A more recent example is the Detroit Lions. Getting Stafford and Suh changed their team into a playoff contender. The Colts will be really bad this year but in 3 years they should be back in the playoff hunt.
I blame that more on Matt Millen than I do the draft. He was a terrible GM one of the worst I've ever seen. Ask any Detroit Lions fan what they think of Matt Millen as GM. Be prepared for a lot of foul language.
I hope the new Colts GM will fare better.
3 scenarios for the draft, starting with my favorite first:
1. Pacers trade up for Justice Winslow
2. Take WCS or Stanley Johnson (this is the theory of a player falling); Make trades (Hibbert/West/others) for additional picks - George Lucas and Rakeem Christmas are players I'd love to have with a late first/early 2nd round
3. Trey Lyles
I'm sure my opinion will change many times before the draft though.
Not really worried about our offense too much, more worried about our defense, I think they will really help determine how many games we win, I think we will be able to put decent players around Luck and our O will be okay atleast to 20 in the league, I know that is not the best but with a decent defense we should win atleast 6 or more games. Plus with Luck being so good in the red zone I think we should have a chance to do better than that, but again I think it all depends on our defense.
Why so SERIOUS
The problems are the o-line are complicated by the lack of weapons. Right now the Colts have average players at RB, WR, and TE...at best. While I think they can get by with a Donald Brown/Delone Carter combo running the ball those guys are not elite by any means. The WRs and TEs are not elite either. This is going to put more pressure on Luck and the o-line.
Most will probably disagree but I would be totally fine with using the first 3-4 picks on offense mostly to shore up the o-line but also to get another WR. The defense would hurt this year but I would rather sacrifice the defense this year than I would give up putting some quality around Luck on offense.
I think the O-line will improve, I think Ben and Castanzo will really be helped by having a off season. I also think we will get some decent guys through free agency that should help some for this year, next year when we have cap I expect us to make bigger moves. Hopefully some of the young guys that we give a chance this year will really show up and turnout to be contributors to the future.
I know Luck is not our QB yet, but I believe he will do a decent job, and with us running the ball more it should limit the amount of dropbacks he has to take in his first season.
Why so SERIOUS
The line lacks depth but if you want to protect Luck then you go after savy veterans that are on a discount and run ALOT more with 2 TE sets.