While the expectations are going to be elevated for the overall No. 1 draft pick, and we only have Cam Newton's performance from the 2011 season to serve as a reminder for what is possible to achieve, we also need to be reminded of what is the realistic talent level that will be on hand in Indianapolis.
From a new head coach, new general manager, new starting quarterback, new offensive coordinator, new defensive coordinator and a large number of new players, the 2012 NFL season for the Indianapolis Colts is one that should come with a lower set of expectations and results.
The 2012 NFL draft was a start, as the Colts succeeded in finding a few pieces of the puzzle to put in place as support around Luck. But to think that the team has most of the work done would be foolhardy.
Holding the 2012 version of the Colts team to what the local fans have historically been treated to is not only unlikely, but also extremely unfair under the circumstances.
Trying to look at the big picture, we will proceed to analyze what is going with the Indianapolis Colts team for the 2012 season. Once we have that analysis in place, we will then attempt to make some bold predictions of what to expect from Andrew Luck's rookie season and the years that follow.