With the offseason officially under way, Around the League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. Today, we look at the Indianapolis Colts.
The 2012 season was the big change for the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Gary Brackett and Joseph Addai each left while Andrew Luck, Vick Ballard, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Samson Satele, Cory Redding and Vontae Davis were brought in. Owner Jim Irsay hired a new general manager and coach.
It usually isn't a good thing to replace a rookie quarterback's coordinator at season's end, but Hamilton coached Luck at Stanford. The change comes with Hamilton's version of the West Coast offense. Arians was more fond of pushing the ball downfield.
Biggest free agents
What the Colts need
The Colts' offense is poised to shine for years with Luck under center. It has to protect him better, and help should come via the draft or free agency. The defense needs to catch up, and that starts with rushing the passer. The Colts ranked No. 23 on the season with 32 sacks. The 3-4 is designed to create havoc up front, but it needs a Clay Matthews/Terrell Suggs/James Harrison/DeMarcus Ware-type linebacker. At the same time, improved cornerback play will allow for more aggression from the front seven.
Offseason crystal ball
The Colts are $43.1 million under the salary cap in 2013, so they have plenty of loot to play with. Freeney probably is gone -- he just doesn't fit into the system. Pass rush and pass protection will get new bodies. They better be the right bodies if general manager Ryan Grigson takes a risk and hands out a lot of cash.