They better not, otherwise we might draw the conclusion that all that stuff we heard about how that Colts team last was the worst team ever and how it was evidence that Manning was MVP in absentia was a croc of... something.
You might have a point except that the team playing now is really a shell of its former self.
I agree that they tanked by trotting out that laughable combo of Caldwell/Painter, so of course they're going to improve this year. That doesn't prove that Manning was MVP in absentia though. The Vick Ballards of the world really don't mean that the team around Luck is such a drastic difference than the team last year. They didn't overhaul the team in one year (besides from the QB and HC that they had when they wanted to look worse than they reallt were as a team), but they made a few improvements.
I guess you missed my point. I never suggested nor do I believe they intentionally tanked. but nice try.
Did you hear that Caldwell was promoted yesterday to OC of the Ravens?
As for Manning's MVP chatter from last year, it was just chatter. The facts are that the colts had extensive injuries that might have only netted them 9-10 wins. Manning never would have won MVP with that, although he truly may have been most valuable.
But you are wrong - the team around Luck is significantly different from last year on both sides of the ball.
BTW - their head coach has been away from the team for two months due to cancer. Another nod for Luck's incredible play.
Nah, I didn't miss your point. I know a Colts fan would never admit they tanked. It would probably be really hard to continue to root for a team if you admitted that they tanked on purpose. Just like I'm sure you thought it was awesome when they didn't have the guts to go for perfection a few years back. One man's cowardice is another man's savvy resting of players.
I definitely saw that Caldwell was promoted, and it's hilarious. Great panic move in the opinion of a fan who doesn't like the Ravens. He may be a decent coordinator, though, I don't see him as HC material or a leader which is what he had to be with the Colts.
It was chatter, but it was annoying (which is why I made my original comment). It's pointless to talk about how much of a difference in real wins Manning would have made. No one knows that. I would have to disagree that it is significantly different. Sure they are trying to move away from being so Manning-centric. Upgraded in the two most important spots, yes. Improved in other places yes. But to sit there and say they rebuilt Rome in a day is off. Rome wasn't as bad as they made it out to be when Manning was there and gone and Luck didn't inherit as bad of a team as people make it out to be.
Yeah, they've been without their head coach but they had an experienced coach step in for a guy who was barely there to begin with. Either one is an improvement last year's coach so I consider that an upgrade, just like Luck is an improvement over Painter.