With yesterday’s come from behind win against the Oakland Raiders the Indianapolis Colts clinched their fifth consecutive AFC South title, and became the first NFL team ever to win 12 games in five consecutive seasons. This team has won 10 or more games in all six of the seasons Tony Dungy has coached.
In my opinion, this AFC South title and 12 win season is the most satisfactory, and that is because of all the injuries this team has endured. CBS flashed an amazing graphic during yesterday’s contest; the only defensive players on the field from the Super Bowl game were Gary Brackett and Bob Sanders. This defense boasts the best DE tandem in football in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, yet both of those men are out with injuries. Freeney is out for the year.
Marvin Harrison has missed most of the season. The offensive line lost Tarik Glenn to an unexpected retirement right before the year began, and has dealth with injuries to Ryan Diem and Tony Ugoh, Glenn’s rookie replacement.
The Indianapolis Colts are an excellent organization from the top to the bottom. That is the only explanation for the level of consistent excellence this team displays. This year’s divisional title is their most impressive, and even with the injuries they are still in the Super Bowl conversation.