NFL Draft: Why Beating the Texans Could Hurt the Indianapolis Colts for 10 Years

Hugo Olguin@@RealHugoOlguinContributor IIIDecember 27, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As a Connecticut native, I was cheering for Colts QB Dan Orlovsky (from Shelton) as he drove the struggling Indianapolis Colts down the field for a game-winning touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne.

But after the game, I realized that Orlovsky's great performance might have set the Indianapolis Colts back 10 years.

Going into the Thursday-night game against the Houston Texans, the Colts were the front-runners for the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

That means they were in the lead to get the sensational Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Luck, who has been said to be a virtual lock as a successful quarterback of the future, is the target of a few of the worst teams in the NFL, including the Colts.

The Colts have had a horrible 2011 season without QB Peyton Manning, who has dealt with multiple neck surgeries over the last few seasons.

Those neck issues have raised questions about Manning's future in the NFL, since he is 35.  

Indianapolis lost their first 13 games after being a playoff team for so many years. That's 13 losses because Peyton Manning was not on the field.

The Colts need to do something, and fast, to secure the future of the team.  Who knows how many years Manning has left in the NFL?

Andrew Luck was the answer to the Colts' future.

That is, until Dan Orlovsky began starting for Indianapolis.  

Now, winning two games in a row has put the Colts in jeopardy of losing the No. 1 pick and Andrew Luck.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 13:  Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts watches the game action in the Colts 17-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I know players and coaches are going to say winning is the most important thing, but teams are always looking towards the future.

Andrew Luck will be a bright future for whatever team gets to draft him.

The Colts are currently tied with the St. Louis Rams for the worst record in the NFL, but the tiebreaker favors Indianapolis.

In Week 17, the Rams will face the San Francisco 49ers, and will probably lose the game and fall to 2-14.

The Colts will play the Jacksonville Jaguars, which is a game that they can win.

The question is, do the Colts go for the win, or take it easy to secure the No. 1 pick?

I think Indianapolis needs to lose this game to protect their future.

They cannot rely on Peyton Manning. He only has perhaps three years left in his career.

Based on what football experts say, Andrew Luck is the closest lock that the NFL drafts will have for the next 10 years.

I know there's no way to predict the future, but if the odds are so much in Luck's favor to succeed, then the Colts need to make sure they can get him.

Luck would be the best first piece of the rebuiliding puzzle, and the Colts need to rebuild right now.  The team relies too much on Peyton Manning, and the 2011 season has shown that.

For the future of the Indianapolis Colts, they need to "suck for Luck".


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