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Doug Farrar
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Doug Farrar

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Exciting under the radar

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If the Colts are unpopular, it's because they're boring.

Their quarterback is a cyborg. They replaced a relatively quiet, humble coach with another who rarely speaks at all. They've had the same uniforms since the late 1950s. They don't throw each other under the bus, though there were once those issues between Peyton Manning and his kicker and Manning and his offensive line. They are one of the most consistent teams of the modern era, and they plug unheralded-but-overachieving players with others of the same ilk so seamlessly, you barely notice it at all. They don't do soundbites -- in fact, they go out of their way to avoid engaging their opponents through the media.

The Colts are boring to the untrained eye, but look a little closer, and the thrills are there. Watch the way the Colts have integrated blitzing into their defense in the second half of the season, and what a difference it's made. Check out Manning's work with newer receivers like Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. Watch the sheer speed with which Indy's edge defenders get to the ballcarrier over and over. Watch how they use slide protection and double-tight end sets to augment a formerly dismal running game. And most certainly watch Manning put on passing clinics week after week -- when it's all said and done, we may never see anyone better.

Yeah, the Colts are boring in the traditional sense. But if you look under the hood and check out the way that engine really runs, it's a pretty interesting experience.

By Doug Farrar  |  January 27, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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