The Colts lost their franchise QB before the start of the 2019-2020 season to retirement. Luckily the Colts had a competent backup in Jacoby Brissett. The Colts were still able to contend last year but took a big step back without their pro bowl quarterback, Andrew Luck. The Colts finished last season third in their division with a 7-9 record. This year I predict a huge bounceback year behind veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
The Colts finished last season with a bottom tear Offense and an average defense. That is very different from 2018 where the Colts had an above-average offense and an elite defense. Led by amazing rookie Darius Leonard and second-year pro-Malik Hooker the Colts defense in 2018 had a bright future going forward. Both Hooker and Leonard regressed in 2019, but both were still Pro Bowl-caliber players. Leonard still made the Pro Bowl in 2019. In the off-season, the Colts traded their first-round pick to the 49ers for Deforest Buckner. This was a great move to improve their run defense and pass rush. Buckner helped lead a 49ers team to the Superbowl last season behind a top tier defense. This off-season the Colts made one more great move. They signed free-agent quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers is an 8-time pro bowler and made the Pro Bowl two years ago. Although Rivers is passed his prime he still has the potential to have a top 10 QB season based on his great offensive line and emerging receiving core. The Colts, in my opinion, had a great off-season and they followed that up with a good draft.
The Colts had an above-average draft for a team with no first-round draft pick. With their first pick, they took wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr out of USC. Pittman is an elite route runner. He doesn't have breakaway speed but is an above-average athlete. He has great hands and is very physical when going for the ball. I think he will be very good opposite from Veteran TY Hilton. With the Colts second-round pick they selected running back Jonathan Taylor out of Wisconsin. Taylor is a power back with elite speed. His combine was similar to that of Saquan Barkley. His draft day comparison was Nick Chubb who his playstyle is very similar to. If Taylor could produce similar numbers to Chubb during his rookie season, he would be a great one-two punch with Marlon Mack. In the fourth round, the Colts took Jacob Eason out of Washington. Eason is raw but has massive potential. His arm strength is elite and he has good size. Eason's biggest flaw is accuracy which is something he can learn from veteran quarterback Philip Rivers during his first two years in the NFL. I believe Pittman Jr and Taylor will bring more youth and athleticism to an offense that was mediocre last year.
The Colts have all the pieces for a successful 2020-2021 season. The Colts have a young team with an experienced veteran quarterback and an elite offensive line. The Colts also have great pass rushers. Justin Houston and Deforest Buckner are both capable of having 10+ sack seasons. The Colts also have a bunch of young pass rushers who could break out this season like Ben Banogu and Kemoko Turay. On offense as stated before, the Colts have two new weapons in Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. The Colts also have second-year wideout Paris Campbell and surprising breakout player last year Zack Pascal. Jack Doyle is also a good veteran tight end. When healthy he has put up great seasons and new quarterback Philip Rivers has had a history of highly targeting his tight ends. Last and most importantly the Colts have an experienced coach in Frank Reich who helped lead the Eagles to a Superbowl win and the Colts to an AFC divisional game two years ago. I have faith in this Colts team that they will make the playoffs and possible with the AFC South over the Texans and Titans. I also think the Colts could make a surprise playoff run and make it to the AFC championship game.