Before the 2009 season began, many expected the Colts' prolific passing game to decline. Marvin Harrison, the franchise's leading receiver and a surefire Hall of Fame candidate, was released and head coach Tony Dungy retired. A few minutes into the first game of the season, Harrison's replacement, Anthony Gonzalez, fell victim to a non-contact injury that would sideline him for the season.
The Colts led the league in passing for most of the season and would have for the entire season had they not clinched their division. Two wide receivers in their first starting season stepped in nicely for Gonzalez, and Dallas Clark had one of the best seasons ever by a tight end.
In 2010, the wide receiving corps looks to be even better with the return of Gonzalez.