NFL Update: The Indianapolis Colts 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
Can The Colts Win The Super Bowl?
2014 NFL Off-Season
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2013 Recap: The Indianapolis Colts won the AFC South with an 11-5 record and made the playoffs for the second straight year under Andrew Luck. The Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs before getting eliminated by the New England Patriots. While the season was a success for the Colts, they struggled to stop the run and didn’t have much of a running game. A trade for Trent Richardson didn’t exactly pan out. So, while the Colts continue to make strides, there’s still a lot of improving this team can do.
Key Losses: Offensively, the Colts lost their leading rusher in Donald Brown and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. Defensively is where the Colts suffered their biggest loss, as Antoine Bethea left for the San Francisco 49ers. Bethea played his first eight seasons with the Colts and racked up 14 interceptions and 569 tackles in his career.
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Key Additions: The Colts didn’t make any big news in free agency other than the signing of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Nicks played his previous five seasons with the New York Giants and hauled in 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns. Other than that, the Colts spent their money on locking up players who were already on the team such as Vontae Davis, Ahmad Bradshaw and Adam Vinatieri.
Draft: The Colts only had five draft picks and none of them came in the first round. The Colts first pick was used on offensive lineman Jake Mewhort, but the real steal in the draft was wide receiver Donte Moncrief. An above-average speedster with solid ball skills, Moncrief has a chance to make a real impact within the Colts offense and help the team improve immediately.
2014 Outlook, So Far: With Andrew Luck leading the way and a defense that is capable of rising the occasion, there’s no reason the Colts shouldn’t make the playoffs again. How far the Colts can go really depends on if they can stop the run, as you can’t win a Super Bowl with a run defense that ranks at the bottom of the league. If the Colts can just be an average team against the run and Luck continues to prove he’s a top quarterback, the Colts are worth a future bet to win the Super Bowl this season. Yes, the ceiling is that high for this team.
Sept. 7 at Denver Broncos, 8:30
Sept. 15 Philadelphia Eagles (Mon), 8:30
Sept. 21 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Sept. 28 Tennessee Titans, 1
Oct. 5 Baltimore Ravens, 1
Oct. 9 at Houston Texans (Thu), 8:25
Oct. 19 Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Oct. 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25
Nov. 3 at New York Giants (Mon), 8:30
Nov. 9 BYE
Nov. 16 New England Patriots, 8:30*
Nov. 23 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Nov. 30 Washington Redskins, 1
Dec. 7 at Cleveland Browns, 1
Dec. 14 Houston Texans, 1
Dec. 21 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25
Dec. 28 at Tennessee Titans, 1