There has been a lot of talk this offseason about the Indianapolis Colts and what the expectations are for the franchise, and most of it hasn’t been positive. At best, people seem to think they could win ten (maybe eleven) games, win the AFC South, and make the playoffs. At worst, some think the Colts could wind up with a top ten pick in next year’s draft and a third-place finish in the division. It seems most people lie somewhere in between those two sides, thinking the Colts will be simply average in 2016. That’s a far cry from where they were at this time last year, as the Colts were a very popular Super Bowl pick. The team had gone all-in toward winning a title and quarterback Andrew Luck was coming off of his best season as a pro. Those Super Bowl hopes turned into a miserable 8-8 season in which the Colts missed the playoffs, however, and that has led to a dramatic reversal in narrative this offseason. Now, the Colts aren't expected to be anything special. Depending on who you ask, they might not even be expected to win their division. The Colts don’t care, though. Owner Jim Irsay said earlier this offseason that the Colts don’t consider themselves the team to beat in the AFC South, and last week safety Mike Adams said he actually embraces the underdog role.
Colts embracing underdog role entering 2016 season
Stampede Blue | Jun 15