The Indianapolis Colts had a great run during the 2009-10 NFL season.
They had a 14-0 run and took a rest during the last two games of the season, which caused controversy.
Well, controversy no more!
The Colts made it to the Super Bowl, knocking off the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round and then the New York Jets in the AFC Championship.
They sadly had a bad ending with a loss to the New Orleans, 31-17.
Now the Colts enter a new season with big changes.
So without a further ado, here are my expectations for the Indianapolis Colts as the 2010-11 NFL season comes up.
Can The Running Game Finally Be In Effect?
When Donald Brown was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts as the 31st pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, it did cause a bit of controversy, since Indy had a running back in Joseph Addai.
But they brought him in to compliment number 29.
And it didn’t go so well. Addai improved with his rushing game. Far better than the 2008-09 season.
The Colts did great in the Super Bowl and it brought me to something that the Colts can run the ball coming into the new NFL season.
I guess we’ll see.
But the Colts need to running game to get into effect. They can’t keep passing the ball most of the time. Establish the rushing game and make it strong again!
Is Joseph Addai the Difference?
Joseph Addai proved something these last two years when he couldn’t run the ball well:
He’s an all-around back and showed what else he could do.
He has made some amazing moves and has one of the best hands for a running back in the league. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts would put him at receiver at some points in a game next season.
Addai also blocks well, too.
I like what he is doing. If he can establish the rushing game more, he is on to a bright future.
So far, so good.
Can the O-Line Succeed?
I did not like how the Colts’ offensive line was last year.
I mean, I was fine with how they did on protecting Peyton Manning and working pretty well on the passing offense plays.
But the running plays is where I had a problem.
When Jake Scott left, it really messed things up. They instead re-signed Ryan Lilja, who was later released this off-season.
And Tony Ugoh has been struggling lately and is moving to left guard. That’s a good spot.
Right now, I just want the Colts’ offensive line to succeed in the rushing game. Help gain some yards for Joseph Addai and Donald Brown.
It would be much appreciated.
Is Peyton Still the Man?
Heck yeah he is.
Can Jerry Hughes Make Impact?
I really didn’t see a problem with the Indianapolis Colts drafting TCU defensive end/linebacker Jerry Hughes.
Hughes is going to be a name to remember. Remember it, Colts’ fans.
There’s a bunch of contract issues going on with Robert Mathis and the defensive end attack with Mathis and Freeney won’t last forever.
So it’s best to get Hughes.
Hughes is a fast and physical defensive player and will be an important player for years to come. But can he make impact this year?
I think so.
The Colts should use him a lot around the defense. He will be in a little rotation.
I think he can make impact quickly.
What Is To Do With the Receivers?
The Indianapolis Colts will have a sticky situation with their receivers coming into the new NFL season.
Anthony Gonzalez is returning and what is to do with him? How about Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie?
I have a feeling the Colts might try to deal Gonzalez or move him down in the depth chart as a slot receiver or the number four option.
I think Garcon will be the number two receiver alongside with Reggie Wayne at number one.
Austin Collie and Gonzalez, maybe Sam Giguere, will battle for the slot position.
The Colts can’t give up on Gonzalez just like that and Austin Collie came up big last season. Giguere is expected to be the next Wes Welker, so he could be used well.
I guess we’ll see how things go once training camp and the pre-season comes.
Can Bob Sanders Re-Establish Himself as the Leader?
I guess I wrote it on here a while ago. You can just go back to the previous archives I guess to read more on that.
The season looks to be bright for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2010-11 NFL season. It’s going to be fun.