Peyton Manning was the quarterback.
Tony Dungy was the head coach.
A lot fewer people knew the name Jim Irsay.
The last time the Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl, it was 2007. They had just beaten a questionable Super Bowl opponent in the Rex Grossman-led Chicago Bears but had proven themselves against other quality teams.
They had overcome a 21-3 halftime deficit against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.
They had survived the endurance test of the stout Baltimore Ravens, kicking five field goals to win.
They were everything you want in a champion.
It's been a downhill slide since then.
Despite appearing in the 2009 Super Bowl, the Colts have been declining since winning that Super Bowl after the 2006 season. The running game has been steadily eroding. The receiving corps has been getting old (and injured). The offensive line has withered away.
How can the Colts right the ship?
I'm glad you asked.