Indianapolis Colts have been a big player in the NFL for the last couple of seasons.
Andrew Luck has led his Colts to the playoffs in every season he has played in the NFL, but it's only the last couple of seasons that Indianapolis has truly challenged for the Super Bowl title.
Luck played in his first AFC Championship Game in January and it was a day to forget for the signal caller, but after the events of the first official day of the 2015 NFL season, Luck and the Colts will almost certainly be back in the big game soon.
The Colts have reportedly agreed the signings of running back Frank Gore and defensive end Trent Cole today, and the signature of veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson is likely to be announced later today.
There have been some jokes about the potential of those stars helping Indianapolis next season, with Fox Sports blogger Zac Jackson even stating that the team will have the best Madden 09 team in history - a clear shot at the age of the stars that the Colts are said to be bringing in.
But to take a mild-mannered shot at the Colts for these signings is ill-advised, and will almost certainly come back to haunt anybody who tries to make fun of them.
Indianapolis dominated their division and almost the AFC without a running back that could dominate between the tackles last season.
In 2015, they will have Frank Gore. The former San Francisco 49ers tailback might not be the same back that he was on Madden 09, but he is still solid - as his 1,106 yards and 4.3 yards per carry stats show.
All the Colts will ask of Gore is to bash out a few yards here and there, while leaving the more agile work to their talented other back in Ahmad Bradshaw and Dan Herron.
Furthermore, the Colts also managed to go to within one game of the Super Bowl last season without a quality second receiver. T.Y. Hilton was outstanding again for the Colts, but Reggie Wayne was a broken man last season and reportedly signing Andre Johnson will do wonders for the Colts offense.
Even though Johnson isn't the same player as he was on Madden 09, he still caught 80 plus balls, and with more of a sense of direction and a superstar quarterback under center, Johnson will almost certainly regain some of his swagger if not the speed that he had six years ago.
And finally now to Trent Cole. A player who is the perfect man to take the pressure off aging 34-year-old pass rusher Robert Mathis, who struggled with injuries last season and is struggling right now to be fit for training camp.
Cole is the perfect foil for Mathis to wreak some more havoc in what might be his last season. Ever since Dwight Freeney left Colts after the 2012 season, Indianapolis's defensive line has not been quite the same, and the signing of Cole might finally be able to rectify that problem.
Just like his other new teammates, Trent Cole might not be as good now as he was on Madden 09, but he is still a fine player that - with the help of Gore and Johnson - will now make this Colts team the team to beat in the AFC next season.
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