2012 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Colts.
It was the first year after a 2-14 collapse without Peyton Manning. It was the first year under a new regime, new coaching staff and overhauled roster. That roster was one that was incredibly underwhelming in terms of overall talent.
But what was unexpected was Andrew Luck's ability to succeed in clutch situations, which allowed the Colts to pull off multiple wins that otherwise would have slipped away, much like they did in 2011.
Add that to a highly emotional and motivated roster, and you have the perfect recipe for a surprising run to the playoffs.
But now the Colts are known, and the rest of the league isn't going to take them lightly in 2013. Can they pull off another playoff run with a roster that still lags behind most of the league?
The answer will depend on multiple factors, questions that continue to linger as the Colts' head into training camp.