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@Payton @TheWalkingEye In a way, yes. But it's changing, and I just didn't factor it in, because I'm old(ish). The guys coming in are getting much better coaching in college and HS than previously, and it's been in the last 10-15 years that it's accelerated. Luck had Harbaugh as his HC and ran a pro-style offense and came in to the NFL much more prepared than Peyton did. The individual talent will still separate, but the overall preparedness is getting better and is noticeably different than 10 years ago.
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I'm now completely and legitimately excited about the Colts this year. If a 9-7 record is what it'll take to make the playoffs, I'm fully confident we can do that. And that's just amazing. I didn't have expectations of Luck being this good, but that's probably due to my age and not fully realizing how much more prepared these guys coming out of college are to just 10 years ago. It's amazing how poised, prepared, and functional the QBs are now right out of college. That we have, what 6 or 7 rookie QBs starting right now is incredible and is making all of us reevaluate our assumptions.
P.S. Thank god for Curtis Painter and the magical factor of luck. And that comes from a Purdue grad (in all honesty, I didn't care for him while at Purdue and was actually not happy he was on the Colts at all, let alone in the NFL). Without him, Jim Caldwell, and several other breaks, we wouldn't be where we are.