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Player: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts made the tough decision to part ways with Peyton Manning, but it was the right move. This franchise knew that Andrew Luck was a great prospect who's capable of having a career similar to Manning's.
The Colts had a complete makeover this offseason based on the potential of Luck.
They focused their draft on adding pieces like Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazil in order to help Luck's development. Indianapolis might have learned what not to do from the St. Louis Rams, who decided not to provide Sam Bradford with great talent. This resulted in a massively disappointing second season.
The decisions surrounding the coaching staff were also made to build around Luck. Bruce Arians was brought in to run the offense. Arians' experience developing Ben Roethlisberger makes him a great asset.
Chuck Pagano has a bright future as a head coach, but his immediate impact will come on the defensive side of the ball. It seems like the Colts want to achieve roster balance as they move towards the future.
As is the case with Cam Newton, Luck already helped this team get through a minor rebuilding process. This time next year we will be talking about the Colts as legitimate playoff contenders.