Colts Given Second Biggest Super Bowl Window In NFL
The 2018 season provided a look into a hopefully bright future for the Colts, and NFL.com agrees.
Here's what he had to say:
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After missing all of 2017 due to shoulder issues, Andrew Luck threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns while pushing Indy to a playoff appearance after a 1-5 start. The Comeback Player of the Year showed exactly what he is in 2018: a star. Indy was so well-coached under Frank Reich in his first year on the job. And defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus coaxed the defense to an 11th-ranked finish, one year after the Colts' D placed 30th in the NFL.
Eberflus demands a lot out of his guys. Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Leonard told me last week on my SiriusXM Radio show that the Colts' defensive practices are tougher than the games. Speaking of Leonard, the second-round pick paced the league with 163 tackles. He and sixth overall pick Quenton Nelson -- part of a reshaped O-line that allowed a league-low 18 sacks, one year after Colts quarterbacks were sacked a league-high 56 times -- had iconic rookie years. Luck is under contract through 2021, while receiver T.Y. Hilton is under contract through 2020. General manager Chris Ballard has brought in high-character guys, and there are surely more to come, given that he's set to work with significant cap room this offseason.
A young franchise quarterback. An offensive mastermind. Two All-Pro rookies. Loads of draft picks.
Yeah, I'd say it's safe to say there's a pretty big window for the Colts to get the job done in the next 5-10 years.