Barnwell: Colts Not for Real and Other AFC South Must-Reads
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Bill Barnwell of Grantland says the Colts are not for real.
For many of the same kinds of reasons that I declared Indianapolis is "not a good team" this week, Barnwell cobbles together an argument that what the Colts are doing in 2012 is more a function of a weak schedule than it is some inherent quality.
These kinds of statements anger fans, but they shouldn't.
Having a right opinion of the actual talent level of the Colts allows you to truly marvel at what they've accomplished.
If you think the Colts are really a good, high-quality football team, then what they are doing isn't special at all. There's no magic in it. It's only special because "everyone was wrong about them."
Everyone being wrong about something isn't special, and it's only fun in a sadistic kind of way.
If, however, you can embrace how completely ridiculous it is that Indy is 9-4, you can really deeply appreciate the efforts of the men who have made it possible.
The harder you look at the Colts' record the more insane it is, the more inexplicable it is, the more fun it is.
The fact is that this wasn't supposed to happen. The Colts aren't very far off in terms of quality from where most pundits thought they would be. They are just winning a lot more.
The good news for Indianapolis fans is that next year's team will be much improved talent wise. The whole roster will be turned over again this offseason, as it should.
Even with a better roster, however, the Colts might not have the same success they did this year. They could take a step back in terms of wins, but a step closer to the goal of returning to the Super Bowl.
It's a wonderful season in Indianapolis. It's something to be celebrated and embraced.
Cassius Vaughn and Darius Butler, two of the worst corners in football, have been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the Colts this year.
If that's not amazing, I don't know what is.
Seeing things how they really are makes them more special, not less.
The Colts aren't just another good team with a 9-4 record. That happens all the time.
Ask Baltimore if their season is special.
Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report has his guide to Week 15.
Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated looks at the stat guys who are revolutionizing football.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus has an analysis notebook that looks at stunts from a couple of AFC South games.
Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats finishes his look at when to let an opponent score a touchdown.
Tom Gower and Mike Kurtz of the Football Outsiders discuss J.J. Watt and the race for Defensive Player of the Year.
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans are glad to get back to work quickly after an ugly loss.
Ganguli updates who practiced and who didn't.
Kacsmar, writing for Colts Authority, tracks Andrew Luck's passes from last week.
Derek Schultz of Sports Radio 1260 shares an interview with Reggie Wayne.
Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star has a list of Colts whose contracts are up.
D. Reese of Music City Miracles compares the 2011 Titans to the 2012 Colts.
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Shad Khan was appointed to a new NFL committee.
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