This one was a bit of a struggle and I almost ended up going with the pair of rookies at tight end, but, barring the team's inevitable move to a 3-4 under new head coach Chuck Pagano, defensive end is really all the Colts have to rely on this coming season.
After the purging of the team this offseason, one of the only things that remains from the Colts "glory days" is their two, Pro Bowl caliber ends.
Although he's well past his prime, Dwight Freeney is still one of the best pass rushers in the game.
Freeney now has accumulated 102.5 sacks in his 10-year career and looks to continue that progress going forward. Although he only managed 8.5 last season, Freeney is still a threat to any quarterback he faces.
His partner in crime over the last nine seasons, Robert Mathis, out-deuled his counter part last season, leading the team with 9.5 sacks and recovering three fumbles.
Indy also spent a first round pick on former TCU end Jerry Hughes who has a ton of talent, but it just hasn't translated on the football field. Hughes has just one sack and 19 tackles in two seasons with the Colts
Mathis and Freeney have combined for 174 sacks since Mathis joined the Colts in 2003, so it will be interesting to see if Pagano keeps to 4-3 for now, or forces the veterans to stand up and play linebacker.
Either way, the Colts need a big season from both players if they want to have any shot it 2012.