Change is coming
It began at the end of last season. Everything was in flux and no one knew the outcome of the Peyton Manning’s career and nobody saw the writing on the wall. Then the hammer fell. The President/COO, Vice President/General Manager and head coach were all fired as well as most of the assistants.
Names synonymous with the Colts organization, names like Manning, Saturday, Clark, Addiai, Bullet, Garcion, Gonzalez…all were cut, released or waived if they didn’t retire.
Change has arrived.
New Head Coach (and former Ravens Defensive Coordinator) Chuck Pagano agreed to become the 19th Head Coach of the franchise. Soon after, Ryan Grigson signed on as the new GM, Bruce Arians as the new Offensive Coordinator, and Greg Manusky as the new Defensive Coordinator.
Other changes to the team include an emphasis on running the ball more often on offense and switching to a 3-4 scheme on defense. So far those Colts that did remain have bought into all the change.
“It is amazing and it is because (the returning Colts players have) all bought in. They bought into the system. Anytime that you are going to bring in new systems on both sides of the ball and on special teams, the guys have got to be here and they’ve got to be willing (to learn),” the Colts’ first-year head coach said recently. They put the time in and they put the work in. So what we have seen from the process, working the process day-to-day, has been amazing. Leading into training camp, obviously, we are pleased with where we are at.”
Coming off a 2-14 record, there really is no place to go but up.
And let’s not forget the Colts new QB, the #1 pick in the 2012 Draft, Andrew Luck. Luck is just trying to figure it all out while learning how to be in the superstar spotlight.
“Yeah, I can. It depends. Sometimes I can go a whole day and nobody will come up to me and other days, people will say hello. But they do it very discreetly, tell me `good luck,’ or, sort of under their breath, `You better live up to the hype. You have big shoes to fill.’ People have actually been very nice, very cool. They say it half jokingly; of course, there’s some truth behind it. But they’ve been very receptive, very kind. They’ve given me a lot of space to go around and discover the city on my own.”
Whatever happens you can be sure that your Indianapolis Colts will be one team to watch now and in the future so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible!