Indianapolis Colts have been flirting with the Super Bowl every season since Andrew Luck took over the quarterback reigns of the franchise in 2012.
The Colts made the brave decision to release an injury-hampered Peyton Manning following the 2011 NFL season which Manning spent on the sidelines with a potentially career-ending neck injury.
Luck was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft and immediately installed as Manning's successor. The former Stanford QB was already earmarked as a once-in-a-generation player, but few could have expected things to go so well.
Plenty of Luck
The Colts have ended the regular season 11-5 and made the playoffs in each of Luck's first three seasons in the NFL, while the 2014 season saw Luck establish personal passing records and take Indianapolis to the AFC Championship Game.
But Indianapolis's AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots was a devastating moment for the Colts, and the organization as a whole has only one goal in 2015. Winning the Super Bowl.
The Colts have brought in plenty of weapons for the upcoming season, with Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and Trent Cole all set to improve the AFC South team. And tight end Dwayne Allen says players new and old only have one goal in mind.
“They want to win, and they want to win now — there is no hiding from that point,” Allen said, via USA Today. “From the owner down to the GM down to the head coach, we know that our time is now.”
Even though the Colts' 45-7 defeat to the Patriots in the AFC title game in January showed how far away from the big time they were last campaign, the 2015 season is a new season and things have dramatically changed across the league.
The Patriots' defense is nowhere near as strong as it was last season following the departures of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Vince Wilfork, while the Colts already have the number of the Denver Broncos.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Colts win the Super Bowl next February, but what do you think? Let us know below.
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