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I think we saw the Colts for what they really were during the 2011 season—a team in desperate need of some other talent besides Peyton Manning.
I once thought that Manning shouldn't have four MVPs in his trophy case, but after watching how bad the Colts were this season, with mostly the same team that won the AFC South in 2010 minus Manning, I think he deserved a fifth without even playing a down.
Unless the Jim Irsay and the Colts front office make some sweeping changes in the offseason, the situation is not going to get much better when Andrew Luck comes into the fold after the draft.
Luck's best weapon will be an aging-but-still-good wide receiver in Reggie Wayne. His second-best option is the oft-injured tight end Dallas Clark.
Luck will have two good running backs in in Joesph Addai and Donald Brown, but with the defense the Colts have, he may be playing from behind a lot and will not be able to fully utilize the talents of Addai and Brown for long stretches of the game.
Outside of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, the Colts defense is pretty bad, ranking 29th against the run and 25th overall during the regular season.
Maybe new head coach Chuck Pagano can get the defense back on track and help Luck and the offense stay in games.
It will take a Manning-like effort to will this team back into contention as it is currently constructed.
Who knows? There is still ample opportunity through the draft and free agency for the Colts to fill some holes.