Originally Posted by Br0nc0Buster
That team was hot garbage with Manning holding them together
If he was so good why did they look like an expansion team once Manning was out?
It was no secret the Colts would blow without Manning. Irsay knew it, Polian knew it, the coaches knew it, and the fans knew it. The team was built around Manning, and it was a calculated risk EVERY SINGLE YEAR of Peyton's tenure. Prior to 2011, Peyton hadn't missed 1 game in his career. His O-Line was built to protect him, and they did that well.
The surprise wasn't that the 2011 Colts went 2-14. The surprise was how quickly they bounced back in 2012.