After a long off season and a month of watching the Colts, yet again, post a losing record in the preseason, it's time for the Colts to start playing games...officially.
Time to get the taste of that San Diego playoff loss out of our mouths.
Time to see how all these changes will impact the season.
Time for Coach Jim Caldwell (pictured) to have his first official game.
Time for the weekly Bob Sanders' coin flip (heads he'll play; tails he won't).
So how does this year's roster look? Here's a look at the Colts, position by position, with analysis and grades.
Starter: Peyton Manning (pictured)
Reserves: Jim Sorgi, Curtis Painter
The biggest story is that the Colts decided to keep three quarterbacks. The Colts obviously see some potential in Painter. However, this unit will live or die by No. 18.
Manning, the reigning NFL MVP, will be as consistent as usual and is reason enough to expect a good Colts season.
Starter: Joseph Addai
Reserves: Donald Brown, Chad Simpson
The release of Mike Hart suggests that the Colts feel comfortable going with the combination of Addai and Brown in the backfield. Both have receiving ability and the speed to get to the outside.
However, the Colts struggled running the ball last year, especially between the tackles. The running game should be improved though they'll need to significantly improve their 31st ranking to make a serious playoff run.
Third string Simpson is used primarily in special teams.
Starters: Reggie Wayne (pictured), Anthony Gonzalez
Reserves: Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie
Wayne has shown he's capable of being the Colts' no. 1 receiver the past couple of years as Marvin Harrison's productivity declined. However, can Gonzalez step up to be a legitimate no. 2?
Gonzalez has been somewhat inconsistent in the preseason. He'll need to be better to keep teams from double teaming Wayne.
Garcon and Collie give the Colts one of their deepest receiver lineups since Harrison, Wayne, and Brandon Stokley were together. Collie looks to be a solid third down receiver, and Garcon can play outside allowing Gonzalez move to the slot.
Starters; Dallas Clark (pictured), Gijon Robinson
Reserves: Jacob Tamme, Tom Santi
Since the ace formation is one of the Colts' primary sets, they typically start two tight ends. Clark anchors this unit and should continue to be one of Manning's favorite targets.
Clark's versatility allows him to lineup in the slot or as an H-back as well. Though primarily a blocker, Robinson is capable of getting involved in the passing game. Tamme and Santi provide decent depth.
Both a good receivers, though there blocking could improve.
Starters: Charlie Johnson, Ryan Lilja, Jeff Saturday (pictured - right), Mike Pollak (pictured - left), Ryan Diem
Reserves; Tony Ugoh, Jamey Richard, Kyle Devan, Dan Federkeil
No Colts' unit has more to prove this year than the offensive line. The line was under a lot of scrutiny in 2008 because of the poor rushing performance.
However, there's a lot of reasons to think this line will be in better form in 2009. Lilja and Saturday are healthy. Last year's rookie, Pollak, has more experience. A question remains at left tackle, where Johnson beat out highly drafted Ugoh.
If the left tackle position can be settled and consistent, this will be a solid unit.
Starters: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis (pictured), Antonio Johnson, Ed Johnson
Reserves: Keyunta Dawson, Daniel Muir, Fili Moala, Raheem Brock, Eric Foster
The story of the defense for 2009 is the new found bulk the Colts will have on the interior line. Both Johsons, along with reserves Muir and Moala, boast frames near or above 300 pounds.
This should help bolster what has been a weakness in the Colts defense, stopping the run. The wide bodies should also help the speed rushers on the ends, Mathis and Freeney, get after the QB.
Starters: Philip Wheeler, Gary Brackett, Clint Session (pictured)
Reserves: Freddie Keiaho, Tyjuan Hagler, Jordan Senn, Ramon Humber, Cody Glenn
The linebacking core is the Colts' weakest part of the defense. Brackett is an underrated defensive leader. He comes off his fourth straight year of 100 plus tackles.
On one side, he has Session, a fast, physical player that needs to learn to not overrun plays. With some discipline, Session has some real potential. Opposite him is unproven Wheeler.
Wheeler only had three defensive tackles last year, but has the speed to go sideline to sideline. Last year's leading tackler, Keiaho, has been demoted to reserve duty.
With bigger bodies on the line in front of them, this unit will have the ability to use their speed to make plays. However, until production is seen, only Brackett keeps this unit from a dismal grade.
Starters; Kelvin Hayden (pictured), Marlin Jackson, Bob Sanders, Antoine Bethea
Reserves: T.J. Rushing, Jacob Lacey, Tim Jennings, Jerraud Powers, Melvin Bullit, Jamie Silva
Sanders always seems to be the story of this unit. With Sanders, the Colts' D has a swagger to it. Without Sanders, though, the Colts have a good replacement in Bullit. Bullit may start the season if Sanders isn't ready to go.
Jackson is coming off a knee injury. When he's healthy, the Colts pair him with Hayden to have two solid corners. Bethea remains one of the most underrated players on the defense.
The question with this group isn't the talent, though they did lose some depth when Matt Giordano was released recently to make way for the signing of linebacker Glenn. The question here is the style of play.
The Colts have traditionally played their corners off the receivers. With defensive coordinator Larry Coyer bring the blitz package into the Colts' system, will the corners play up to anticipate the quick release?
Grade: B- without Sanders, B+ with Sanders
Kickers: Adam Vinatieri (pictured), Shane Andrus
Punter: Pat McAfee
KR: Simpson and Rushing
Vinatieri's hip surgery must worry the Colts enough to keep Andrus on the roster. However, don't be surprised if Andrus remains on the team once Vinatieri heals.
Andrus could become the team's kickoff specialist. McAfee is a strong legged rookie that can boom punts.
The weakness here has always been the return game, both in coverage and returns. The Colts brought in Ray Rychleski to coach the special teams.
Coverage should improve, but neither Rushing or Simpson pose a major threat in the return game.