The 2010 season for the Colts was different then the past six or seven seasons. Peyton Manning, no matter how great a quarterback, could only carry the Indianapolis Colts so far this season. With injuries to key players such as Addai, Clark, Collie, Sanders, and a long list that could go on forever, Manning and the Colts fell in the first round of the playoffs.
Many sports analyst and critics have been claiming that this is just the start of the end of Manning and the Colts. Some have said that the Colts have a lot of gaps to fill in order to stay competitive. With all of this talk flying around all I can think about it how the Colts made it to the playoffs in the first place...and that is because of Manning's leadership skills. At one point in the season the Colts were 6-6 and the Jaguars had the division in sight. When it mattered Manning lead the likes of Tammy, White and James down the field to win games. The Colts won the last four games of the season with, let's be honest, practice squad players. You can say what you want but the only reason the Colts aren't going to play the Steelers this weekend is because of injuries.
Now I cannot sit here and deny that the Colts have some holes they must fill and most of them come in the front line. If you look at the Colts statistically they win more games when they have a running game. In order to have a running game you must have good run blocking. Put all of that aside though and let's just appreciate what Manning and "the replacements" accomplished this year. A 10-6 record to win the AFC South Division followed by a tough 17-16 defeat in the final seconds to a team poised to make it to the Superbowl this year. Thanks for a great year Colts and...
Jim - fill the holes
Colts starters - get better
Manning - keep being the rock and show all the critics that the Colts are still a premier team in the NFL.
The Marris Minute