How lucky are we as Colts fans?
From 1998 to 2011, we enjoyed 12 seasons of the greatest QB of all time. Now, and in his first season, we're already enjoying Andrew Luck's heroics and games that defy all logic.
It's been unreal. No one expected the new era to be this successful so quickly. After a disastrous 2-14, now the Colts are 8-4 and close to getting to the playoffs.
Yeah, I think we're lucky. So lucky that guys like Chase Stuart from the New York Times' NFL Blog 'The Fifth Down', think it is just unfair:
You’re not supposed to be able to replace a Hall of Fame quarterback with another star. In Indianapolis, the Colts got a taste of what life is often like for a team in the first year after a franchise quarterback’s exit: Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky and Kerry Collins earned every bit of their combined 2-14 record in 2011.
But after the Colts bottomed out, Indianapolis’s fortunes changed dramatically. With the first pick in the 2012 draft, the team selected Stanford’s Andrew Luck, and the Colts appear set to be an annual contender for the next decade. Again.
Stuart is right. Imagine how fans of the Titans or the Texans must be feeling right now. They just watched Peyton Manning dominate the division for years and now they have to worry about facing Luck twice a year. If he's 8-4 with a very young Colts team in his rookie season, what's going to happen in the next few years?
But that doesn't apply to the AFC South alone. A lot of teams take a lot of time (sometimes even decades) to find their franchise QB. Finding one isn't easy. Just ask Oakland. Or Miami. Or Kansas City. Or the New York Jets. Or Buffalo.
The Colts, on the other hand, say goodbye to the greatest QB of all time and then they take Andrew Luck the very next season.
Yup, we're really lucky. So lucky it might be unfair for the rest of the NFL.