Before Reggie Wayne's injury last season, Andrew Luck was playing like a top-five quarterback in the NFL. Besides Peyton Manning, nobody was playing at a higher level in the AFC, the Colts were 6-2 and all was well.
But then Wayne went down, and we began to see the inconsistencies creep back up into Luck's game. The high throws, hurried reads and poor decision-making all worked their way back into the second half of the Colts' season. Certainly the lack of talent around him did not help Luck, as he threw to T.Y. Hilton and not much else.
Going into the 2014 campaign, the Colts did plenty to ensure that lack of weapons would not occur again, bringing in Nicks and Moncrief as well as Mewhort and Louis on the offensive line. There was no particularly "big" move, no proven stars (depending on how you view Hakeem Nicks), but multiple players brought in with potential to contribute.
The Colts will go as Luck goes, and the test for 2014 will depend, once again, on his development. The Colts roster simply isn't good enough to contend for the playoffs, much less a Super Bowl, without stellar quarterback play.
Fortunately, the quarterback they have is more than capable of stellar play. The only question is how often will we see it?