Indianapolis Colts: why they will be contenders next season

My oh my, what a championship weekend. Looks like everybody’s preseason prediction of the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks has come true.

Anyways, let’s talk about the truly important stuff: the Indianapolis Colts.

This team has the makings of a Super Bowl champion, come 2014. They found a way to get to the divisional round of the playoffs with one of the highest amount of players on IR and they did it with a tough schedule too.

Andrew Luck should be taking a huge leap forward in year 3 of his career. (Photo credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

Andrew Luck should be taking a huge leap forward in year 3 of his career. (Photo credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

And guess what? They’re getting those players back next season.

Dwayne Allen, Reggie Wayne, Vick Ballard, Donald Thomas, Greg Toler and others. Not to mention the fact that they have an excess amount of money to spend on re-signings and free agents.

It’s time for GM Ryan Grigson to step up his game and make up for his lackluster free agent class from last year. Let’s be honest: he didn’t do a great job of bringing in talent, with the money he was blessed with, in 2013. But if he wants this team to compete for years to come, that can’t happen again. Bring in some talented players, and build a complete roster around quarterback Andrew Luck.

This may be a difficult task with the limited draft picks he has this season (which is his own fault) but it is definitely possible and should happen.

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And speaking of Luck, he’s going into his third season and should really be coming into his own, and that is as much on offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton as it is on Luck. He has to let Luck loose, he has to allow him to have control.

The no-huddle offense has to become a prevalent part of this offense, and Luck has to be allowed to adjust to defenses as he sees fit. It will really help in the development of Luck and, in turn, the development of the Colts and their offense.

I fully expect 2014 to be a great season for the Indianapolis Colts, and the Super Bowl is a very real possibility.

Colts fans have a lot to be excited about (including getting to watch Peyton Manning in the super bowl), Go Colts!