This article is part of our Team Previews series.
State of the Franchise
The arrival of QB Andrew Luck heralded one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, as the Colts went from a league-worst 2-14 in 2011 to an 11-5 playoff team in 2012. But the improvement was even more impressive because head coach Chuck Pagano missed 15 weeks of the season after undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Indy's post Peyton Manning revival was led by Luck, who set an NFL rookie record with 4,374 passing yards along with 23 touchdowns, while adding five rushing scores. Fellow newcomers RB Vick Ballard (814 rushing yards) and WR T.Y. Hilton (eight touchdowns) also made an immediate impact, as new GM Ryan Grigson enjoyed a productive first draft. Veteran wideout Reggie Wayne, who surprisingly decided to return to the team in 2012, thrived amidst the youth movement, recording 1,355 receiving yards, while being the second-most targeted receiver in the NFL.
While most of the team's offensive skill players return, the Colts will have some coaching changes. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians took over as head coach last season while Pagano was away, leading the team to a 9-3 record before Pagano returned for the final game of the regular season and the team's playoff loss at Baltimore. Arians left to become the head coach at Arizona, and the Colts brought in Luck's former offensive coordinator at Stanford, Pep Hamilton, to replace him.
Indy's success came despite a shaky offensive line that had Luck among the most pressured quarterbacks in the league and