Colts’ season may be lost before it even begins

AP

Not long ago, the AFC South seemed to be one of the most wide-open divisions in football, with each team capable of winning the crown — and each team capable of landing in the basement. Now, like the kids who squandered their chance to inherit Willie Wonka’s candy empire, some of the candidates already are sliding out of contention.

A week ago, the Jaguars became the Augustus of the AFC South, once it became clear that quarterback Blake Bortles‘ performance would continue to resemble something the same color as the river into which Gloop fell. The Colts now seem to be the next ones to go, thanks directly to the lingering absence of quarterback Andrew Luck.

If, as it seems, Luck will miss one (or two or three or more) regular-season games, a team led by Scott Tolzien already may pile up more losses than it can afford to have, especially since the Colts won’t instantly start winning games once Luck returns. As Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com pointed out on PFT Live (and in his most recent column), the 2008 Colts went through a similar challenge, with Peyton Manning missing most of training camp due to a knee problem and spending seven games catching up. He eventually did, but Manning had a throng of talented players around him. Luck doesn’t.

Coach Chuck Pagano knows it, and he knows he’ll potentially be paying for the deficiencies on the roster with his job. As Kravitz points out, Pagano has called his offense “pitiful,” accused his young players of failing to properly prepare for camp, and openly pleaded for more “grown men” in the locker room.

It’s only going to get worse once the games that count begin, especially with a career journeyman at the helm until Luck can begin the process of trying to play catch up. And while it’s clear that they would be better off if they’d added someone like Colin Kaepernick in March or April, they never considered it.

As Kravitz said, “The Colts don’t have the you-know-whats to sign Colin Kaepernick.”

In the end, what they’ll have plenty of is losses. And they’ll be fighting with the Jaguars for the basement of the AFC South, as the Texans and Titans battle for the division title.

46 responses to “Colts’ season may be lost before it even begins

  1. Another season, another high pick in the next draft. Meet the Colts-The Philadelphia 76ers of the NFL.

  2. Politics aside, the Colts make sense as a team to at least call Kaepernick in for a workout.
    No prolonged pressure as they have an established QB returning after a few weeks. If they signed him and he played reasonably well, they have a trade chip or emergency depth… and there would also be less Scott Tolzien.

  3. Another season, another high pick in the next draft. Meet the Colts-The Philadelphia 76ers of the NFL.
    —-
    The colts have had like 1 top 10 pick in the last 15+ years. What are you talking about??

  4. If your players aren’t prepared or taking things seriously, isn’t that a reflection on their leadership? Pagano always seems to be pointing fingers while preaching accountability.

  5. Time to trade Luck to the Broncos, so we can save his career like we did Elway and Manning. Irsay is one of the worst owners in all sports. Ruined this kid.

  6. Luck a bust? Are you kidding? If anything this shows how good he is that with the worst roster in the NFL he somehow salvaged an 8-8 season last year. Without him, well, check out the starting offense’s preseason stats.

  7. And the karma hits just keep on rolling on in to the Colts.

    This probably wouldn’t have happened if they put him on the injury report last year…cheaters.

  8. The Colts are the Mike Teavee of teams. Every time I see them play on tv, they look smaller.

  9. No no no. I’m sure after what happened when Manning missed the whole season in 2011 the Colts have made sure not to let the same thing happen again. Right. Oh yeah its the Colts were talking about.

  10. He’s not a bust but he’s also not the elite player he’s touted as. POTENTIAL for sure but not actualized. Too many INTs still.

  11. .
    Patriots fans and network TV execs are anxiously awaiting the Colts invasion of Gillette Stadium on opening night 2018.

    The “revenge bowl” sells itself
    .

  12. Kaepernick is just not a good QB anymore.

    For example:

    Bears/49er’s 2016

    49er’s
    Colin Kaepernick 1-5 for 4 yards Passing 5 sacks 6 rushes for 20 yards

    Blaine Gabbert (after Kaepernick was benched) 4 for 10 for 35 yards 1 sack 1 rush for 1 yd

    Bears
    Matt Barkley 11 for 18 for 192 yards

    The Bears won 26-6

    Before you go thinking Kaepernick is absolutely at least the 32nd best QB right now, that was two journeyman back-ups that (although Gabbert was atrocious too) out played Kaepernick. That is a legitimately reason not to sign a player.

  13. “Coach Chuck Pagano knows it, and he knows he’ll potentially be paying for the deficiencies on the roster with his job. As Kravitz points out, Pagano has called his offense “pitiful,” accused his young players of failing to properly prepare for camp, and openly pleaded for more “grown men” in the locker room.”

    Ballard is a talented exec, but it sounds like he’s got his work cut out for him….

  14. Luck may not be a classic “Bust”, but he’s definitely not as good as the media portrayed him to be. He is way over paid for his career accomplishments to date.

  15. boz4commish says:
    August 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    Politics aside, the Colts make sense as a team to at least call Kaepernick in for a workout.
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    I can't disagree with you but it's not going to happen. There is waaaay too much bad blood lingering in fans about Kap that any owner is concerned that fans will turn their backs on the team. That means jersey burnings, dropping season ticket sales, licensing agreements dropped, all the things angry fans could and sometime will do. It's about money. And I don't think too many Indy fans are Irsay fans after his escapades the past few years. He's living proof money can get you out of trouble. He's a druggie.

  16. It’s an organization that lies about almost everything, including their injury reports, so no one should be surprised. A true reflection of Jimmy, the drug-addled owner.

  17. I’m guessing they’ll lose every game until Luck comes back then Luck will have his hip dislocated or something while getting sacked ending his career so they’ll go 0-16 and draft Sam Darnold….

  18. With all the holes on this roster, and the overall lack of talent they have, they still decide to draft 5’11 185lbs Philip dorsett?! I just don’t get this idea that if you draft a QB, you need to get him a we, a TE, a slot etc etc.. NOO! get him some Oline and some RBs to run the ball. What is the point of having all these weapons if you don’t even have time to throw them the ball??!

  19. Bears/49er’s 2016
    Before you go thinking Kaepernick is absolutely at least the 32nd best QB right now, that was two journeyman back-ups that (although Gabbert was atrocious too) out played Kaepernick.

    We can hate Kaepernick for plenty of reasons, but cherry-picking one game is absurd. Last year he had a 3:1 TD:turnover ratio despite playing in a tough defensive division. Also had a bottom-5 defense anchoring their tanking team.

    A below average (or temp) QB simply is not worth the fan backlash. That’s the issue.

  20. The Colts have major offensive line issues, esp along the entire with bad OG play and a horrible Center with Kelly on IR to start the season. The Colts game should be an Easy win for the Cardinals come week 2. With a very good above average O-Line with all 5 O-Linemen back healthy as well as all of Palmer’s top wide receivers back fully healthy Palmer is going to have no problem picking the Colts defense apart as the Colts weak pass rush isn’t much of a threat, and as long as Palmer is kept clean he will destroy that defense, the receivers w/ all of the speed AZ has offensively will have a huge game & IND doesn’t have anyone who can cover & contain Elite All-Pro RB David Johnson when he splits out wide or works out the slot, and as a runner Johnson will run all over that defensive front. Defensively Arizona’s Elite top 5 defense will be all over QB Scott Tolzien consistently hitting him & with an Elite top 5 secondary Tolzien is no threat in the passing game either. Come week 2 it is going to be a very very very very long day for IND.

  21. I hate calling him a bust, to me a bust is someone picked very high in the draft that just blows. Jamarcus Russell is a bust. Luck seems more like a kid who is a victim of draft hype. For every Russell Wilson (3rd pick who becomes a star) there is a Luck (top 5 pick that should have been a 3rd round pick). If Luck and Wilson swapped draft spots no one would think anything of it. Luck simply hasn’t performed as a top 5 pick. That doesn’t mean he sucks. He just hasn’t lived up to the hype. Its clear he has talent. He just isn’t Manning, and its a tall order to expect him to be

  22. How many people thought the Rams were going to win the Super Bowl the year Trent Green got injured and they were forced to go with the unimpressive journeyman guy named Kurt Warner? What about Dallas last year when Romo and the backup got hurt, and they were forced to use their 3rd sting rookie, Dak Prescott? We all think we know a lot more than we know. But I guess that’s part of the fun.

  23. Take it easy on Luck. He gets the hell beat out of him enough as it is. It’s not his fault he has absolutely no depth around him. Pagano and the previous GM threw that kid in front of a bus just to save their own clueless asses. Ballard wants nothing to do with Pagano, and is giving him a long leash in hopes that he hangs himself.
    And enough with the Kaepernick talk already. Does anyone actually think the injection of Collin Kaepernick into that depth chart is suddenly going to push them past 8-8?

  24. Not a Colts or Luck fan but for all those who say he is a bust last year he was the 9th rated quarterback in the NFL. Russell Wilson who I do like was 14th. 31 Touchdowns and 13 interceptions isn’t that bad. Russell has 21 TD and 11 Interceptions. If you look at the stats from last year quite a few big name quarterbacks had more Interceptions. Cam Newton was 19 TD and 14 INT and I would not call him a bust.

  25. firerogergoodellnow says:
    August 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm
    Suck for Luck
    Suck With Luck
    Suck Without Luck
    ___________________
    That wasn’t funny the first time you said it.
    1,000 times later, it still isn’t.

  26. Luck is a great QB. Bad management ruins great talent.

    I would love to be the bookie for anyone who thinks he is a bust. Last time I checked, Luck wasn’t responsible for the failings of their GM, defense, and offensive line. Blaming him for that is like blaming a pitcher for his team’s lack of hitting.

    It’s difficult to tell if the problems stem from the owner, or if it is the executive staff, or both. Time to fire everyone and start over. The roster itself has some pieces, they just need to fix the glaring holes.

  27. And you assume that signing Kaepernick, who can’t run half the offense Luck does and would require almost another playbook entirely to be even half-effective, would instantly save them from damnation? Following your hindsight based logic, should the Colts have not signed Jay Cutler in March, considering his greater experience, better arm, more similar skillset, and just better play (while still average at best)?

  28. If we could predict this seasons outcome it would be no reason to play the games
    I have been bleeding blue since 1988, We will be ok, let the process run it’s course and all you out of work prognosticators need to go in the far corner and have several seats. GO COLTS !!!!!

  29. Considering Luck’s career up to this point statistically is miles ahead of most if not all HOF QB’s stats after their first 5 seasons…..yeah I’d say this future HOFer is a bust!!!!

  30. @burtmustin says:

    Another season, another high pick in the next draft. Meet the Colts-The Philadelphia 76ers of the NFL.
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    More like the Knicks because NYK were dependent upon one superstar that couldn’t deliver. The 76ers had “the process”. LOL

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