Naptown’s Finest is the FanSided Colts blog and J.M. Nicholas is the new lead editor. I asked J.M. five questions about this week’s opponent the Colts and here’s what he had to say:
Q: One week with Andrew Luck is now in the books. What’s your assessment of his debut? How do you feel about the draft pick in light of what RGIII did against New Orleans?
A: Andrew Luck was listed for four turnovers in week one, but not all of those were totally his fault. The offensive line has looked confused since the preseason, and the referees didn’t happen to see a few holding and offsides calls from Da Bears. On top of that, Luck finds himself handcuffed to the career of young Bob Griffin, which could either motivate the rookie signal caller, or be the bane of his existence. Robert Griffin III took over a more veteran team, both in players and coaches. Luck is almost literally starting from scratch, but he has shown the poise to push forward.
Q: The new Colts 3-4 sort of got torn up by the Bears. How is that switch-over coming along and do you think it’s the right move?
A: Any move from the defense of last season is a good one. The Colts came out firing, with a sack on the first play of the game against the Bears. A few plays later, the Colts took an interception back for a touchdown. Soon after, Dwight Freeney went down with an ankle injury. This defense has been battling changes and injuries from the inception of the new scheme. New head coach Chuck Pagano brings a confidence and a fire to the Colts defense that hasnt been seen in a while.
Q: What do you think about the Colts rebuilding effort overall? It must’ve hurt watching the team go 2-14 last year. Have you bought into the approach?
A: The 2-14 season in 2011 was tough to watch and hard to swallow. The loss of one major player happened to expose many holes on the team, that were covered up by the brilliance of Peyton Manning. The franchise seemed to be spoiled by the success, and obviously fell apart without their captain. I believe that drafting Andrew Luck and changing up the coaching staff was the right move, and I believe the Colts are on the right path towards years of success in the future.
Q: How did it feel watching Peyton Manning go all Peyton Manning on the Steelers the other night?
A: Peyton Manning will always have a spot in the hearts of people from Indianapolis. It felt bittersweet to see the best Indianapolis Colt ever being victorious as a Denver Bronco. Peyton Manning has a children’s hospital named after him in downtown Indy. I personally have worked for his charity foundation, giving out over $20,000 worth of food to needy families during the holidays each year. The good things that Peyton has done for the Circle City on and off the football field will never be forgotten. But it would be nice to see him in the playoffs.
Q: Most people around the country think your owner Jim Irsay is a wack-job. What do Indy fans think of the Mad Tweeter?
A: Irsay isn’t quite as wacky as his social media-self may seem. Anyone who follows him on twitter will see that with every mad tweet, he follows up with a prize giveaway for fans who follow him. If anything, I would say that the man is more of a mad genius than a mad tweeter, but only time will tell.