Indianapolis Colts entered the 2021 season with serious health issues coming out of training camp and limped to a 1-4 start after an overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. That wasn’t enough to completely derail their season, as they pulled off enough quality upsets in the second half of the regular season to position themselves with a realistic chance of securing a spot. wild card. They entered Week 18 with a victory expectation of over 90% and had to emerge victorious as the road favorites with 14.5 points against the worst team in the NFL to secure their place in the playoffs.
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Now everyone knows the result. Indianapolis completely fell apart when it mattered most and found itself outside looking at the playoff photo again.
An epic meltdown leads to more questions than answers, but let’s try to figure out not only what happened to the Colts, but also what their way forward is given the current state of the franchise.
WHY ARE WE HERE?
Any discussion of the current state of the Colts must begin by explaining how they got into this position. Getting the right quarterback position is the one thing that guarantees success year after year in the NFL, and Indianapolis was an enviable position after selection. Andrew Chance first overall in 2012 NFL Draft. They wasted the first few seasons of his career because the Colts never surrounded Luck with the right core to keep him injury-free.
In Frank Reich’s first season as a head coach, the Colts eventually had some success as they scored a surprise wildcard round victory before being knocked out of the divisional round playoffs. of the 2018 season. It seemed like a season to build on, but sadly Luck’s recurring injury cycle forced him to retire prematurely.
The fallout forced Reich to face a revolving door at quarterback – first Jacoby Brisset, then Philippe Rivers and now Carson Wentz.
In 2021, something had to be done at quarterback after Reich found himself with a retired quarterback for the second time in three seasons. His familiarity with Wentz gave the Colts enough confidence to trade a first-round pick for his serves. Some quarterbacks have been successful after switching teams, but the majority have been disappointing in a new environment. Over the past decade, 17 quarterbacks have played 250 snaps in the previous three seasons before switching teams and playing at least 250 snaps for a new team.
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