State of the Franchise
The arrival of QB Andrew Luck heralded one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, as the Colts went from a league-worst 2-14 in 2011 to an 11-5 playoff team in 2012. But the improvement was even more impressive because head coach Chuck Pagano missed 15 weeks of the season after undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Indy’s post Peyton Manning revival was led by Luck, who set an NFL rookie record with 4,374 passing yards along with 23 touchdowns, while adding five rushing scores. Fellow newcomers RB Vick Ballard (814 rushing yards) and WR T.Y. Hilton (eight touchdowns) also made an immediate impact, as new GM Ryan Grigson enjoyed a productive first draft. Veteran wideout Reggie Wayne, who surprisingly decided to return to the team in 2012, thrived amidst the youth movement, recording 1,355 receiving yards, while being the second-most targeted receiver in the NFL. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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