New era just fine so far for 2-2 Colts: In rebuilding year, Indy seems to be reloading

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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