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Fans in the AFC South have long hated the Colts' dominance. The most common gripe was, "Without Peyton Manning, the Colts would be nothing." Of course, since Manning had yet to miss a single game before the 2011 season, there had never been a chance to test that theory.
Now that Manning is out, it's become pretty clear that the Colts are nothing without him. They lost yesterday to the Browns. That would be unheard of in most years. This year, it was expected.
It's a shame the Colts didn't do a better job of filling their roster with talented players instead of paying a king's ransom for Peyton Manning and first-round skill players Joseph Addai (who isn't very talented), Anthony Gonzalez (who's constantly injured) and Donald Brown, who couldn't even win the running back job from Addai after being drafted in the first round. If they had spent those picks on defense, the team might not be in the situation it is in now.
All of the Colts' past mistakes are coming back to haunt the team now, and they could easily wind up winless well into the season.