Let’s see. By the end of January, Jim Irsay cleaned out the front office and fired the head coach.
By the end of March, Peyton Manning was gone, followed out the door by a parade of veterans, many with Pro Bowl pedigrees.
By the time of the draft, the Colts had a rookie general manager, a rookie head coach and were banking their future on a rookie quarterback and a supporting cast featuring multiple first- and second-year players.
By any definition, that’s rebuilding. With capital letters. Irsay acknowledged it. Fans know it. There’s no masking it. But do the Colts know it? Players? Coaches?
Indianapolis is 2-2. It could be, and probably should be, 3-1. That’s not how the first part of a season is supposed to unfold for a rebuilding team. Especially not one depleted by injuries and whose head coach is fighting for his life in the hospital.
Teams like that are supposed to be 0-4. Maybe 1-3, if they’re really lucky.
If this is rebuilding, what does reloading look like?
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