The Indianapolis Colts have struggled the past several years, and in 2017 they hit rock bottom. GM Chris Ballard responded to the abysmal season by replacing the coaching staff and signing younger players. With franchise quarterback Andrew Luck expected to return to the field this year, fans expect the Colts to improve. With a new coaching staff in charge, what can we expect from the Colts in 2018?
If the Indianapolis Colts re-establish themselves as contenders, the AFC South could be the most competitive division to follow during the 2018 NFL season. In order for the Colts to regain relevancy, they will need a little bit more than Luck. We all witnessed how poor the 4-12 Colts performed last year on all sides of the ball.
Since football is a team sport, the loss of a starting quarterback should not derail a good team from remaining competitive. Remember, as a backup quarterback, Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history last February. While Andrew Luck’s health will undoubtedly play a major factor since he is the MVP of the franchise, the coaching staff will still need to address some huge holes.
How New Head Coach Frank Reich Became a Colt
After suffering a humiliating 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots in the 2015 AFC Championship Game, former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was unable to lead the Colts to the postseason for three consecutive years. General Manager Chris Ballard’s original pick to replace Pagano was Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. However, after the Colts signed McDaniels’ hand-picked defensive coordinator, Matt Eberflus from the Dallas Cowboys, McDaniels blindsided the Colts by re-signing with the Patriots as their OC.
In response to the betrayal, Ballard announced the rivalry with the Patriots was back on, and then he signed 2018 Super Bowl Champion Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich of the Philadelphia Eagles.
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