Attention all Indianapolis Colts fans:
Who is ready to begin the road to the 2009 season? I sure know I am, and I'm confident that we all have plenty to be excited about this offseason.
No doubt that there have been some major changes but expect to see all of them make an impact as we head into 2009.
A new head coach.
Tony Dungy is out and we have a new head coach in Jim Caldwell. Expect to see a different style of coaching out of him but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I understand that he does not have any positive head coaching experience but I do feel that studying under Dungy has given him massive potential to succeed in the future, especially with the incredible team that we have.
A new defensive coordinator.
We have a new defensive coordinator in Larry Coyer. He's a former assistant head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the former defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Remember when the Broncos got off to that amazing defensive start in 2006? It was Coyer's coaching that played a vital role. I feel that he will provide some much needed change to the Indianapolis defensive game and will hopefully improve the squad enough for the Colts to secure the leads provided by our potent offense.
A new quarterback's coach.
Former Buffalo Bills comeback king Frank Reich has become the new quarterbacks coach for the Colts. Hopefully his knowledge and experience can help contribute to the ever-growing development of Peyton Manning. Perhaps I'm kidding myself here—Manning will probably end up coaching Reich by season's end.
The future of Marvin Harrison.
We also have the unknown future of Marvin Harrison. If he stays another year, who's to say that he doesn't partially regain the form that made him a future Hall of Fame receiver? It would not be the first time we've witnessed a former star receiver make a heroic comeback.
If Harrison does retire, we might very well draft a quality receiver in the first round to replace him. Harrison's retirement would free up plenty of cap-room and we all know that almost any receiver has the opportunity to become a future superstar when playing with Manning.
I'm not sure about everyone else but I'm quite excited for the 2009 season. I feel that the Colts have major potential and things are looking as if we will be a force to be reckoned with yet again next season.
No one likes to lose but if we had to, I'm glad it was in a way like we lost to the Chargers in the wild card game. We could have just as well won the game had we won the coin flip but sometimes things just aren't meant to be.
Does that mean we should not value the amazing 2008 season we had?
Not at all.
We defeated every playoff team we faced at one point or another and that includes an amazing victory against the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
We have all the potential to beat any team on any given Sunday and things will be no different in 2009.
Gear up Colts fans and be ready for another exciting year of Indianapolis Colts football!