Colts picked by USA TODAY to reach Super Bowl

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck watches the action on the field from the sidelines during the second half of an AFC divisional NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck watches the action on the field from the sidelines during the second half of an AFC divisional NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Andrew Luck led his team to the playoffs his rookie year. In season two, the Colts won a playoff game, and with their off-season additions, there’s no reason to think they can’t climb even higher.

Training camps are still a month away, but USA Today boldly picked the Colts to not only go 13-3, but to reach the Super Bowl. Call it a blessing or a curse, but the guys in the locker room were interested.

“Awesome,” says all-pro linebacker Robert Mathis. Realistic? ‘We feel we have the pieces in place, we just have to put them in.”
Receiver T.Y. Hilton isn’t surprised. “We’re a great group of guys, can’t say nothing bad about us.”

That’s the key. Expectations are obviously high outside the locker room, but it’s no different on the inside. Good or bad, this team knows what it has and where it can take them.

“They said we weren’t going to be good the first year,” added tight end Coby Fleener.

“They said we were going to be ok, that’s fine. It doesn’t matter if they say we’re going to be the best or if they say we’re going to be the worst. It matters in the work that we put in on that field.”

Veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri has four Super Bowl rings, so he’s been through this before.

“For the experts and analysts to say that, fine and dandy, but we’re not buying into that, we’re not believing anything that anyone else says. We know what we have in this locker room and we’re going to stack good days together and hopefully stack a lot of wins together.”

For guys just coming into the fold who’ve been there before? Stacking wins in a championship culture is what it’s all about.

“It’s a whole bunch of guys that want greatness and to win championships and really believe and brought into this program, and that’s one of the main reasons that I’m here,” said new defensive lineman Art Jones, who came over from Baltimore. “To help win and do whatever it takes to get another championship and hoist that trophy again. There’s no better feeling I tell you.”

Good publicity is a positive, no matter when or where, and this team has enough leadership to appreciate what its worth.

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