Facts and figures on the Indianapolis Colts as the opening of training camp approaches.
2016 RECORD: 8-8
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Anderson, Indiana
LAST YEAR: Andrew Luck never looked right and neither did Colts. Luck missed nine games because of injuries, forcing coach Chuck Pagano to survive the worst season of his four-year tenure with five quarterbacks. Instead of contending for a Super Bowl trip, as widely expected, Indy missed the playoffs for only the second time since 2002.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: C Ryan Kelly, CB Patrick Robinson, RB Robert Turbin, QB Scott Tolzien, OL Le’Raven Clark, defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: TE Coby Fleener, LB Jerrell Freeman, S Dwight Lowery, CB Greg Toler, QB Matt Hasselbeck, WR Andre Johnson, C Khaled Holmes, quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.
CAMP NEEDS: The Colts’ top priority hasn’t changed: finding an offensive line combination to reduce the number of hits Luck takes. Adding Kelly in the draft should help. Indy also believes Luck can help himself by taking fewer chances; running less could keep him healthy. Throwing the ball away more frequently should reduce turnovers, too. Monachino will focus on stopping the run. But training camp will be the first time players will see how the philosophies of Monachino and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski really work.
EXPECTATIONS: Though the team’s goal hasn’t changed, nobody is talking Super Bowl this summer. Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson even downplay expectations in the AFC South. If Luck stays healthy, the Colts could again be a championship contender. Indy should make the playoffs and chase their third division title in four years.