One year: That was your window, Texans, Jaguars and Titans. The 2011 season, withPeyton Manning injured and Andrew Luck a student at Stanford, was your chance.Indianapolis defeated Houston on Sunday, 17-10, to seal its second consecutive AFC South title and Garrett Celek Jersey
12th straight win against a division opponent. Get used to it.MORE: Great moments in Colts history| Luck's place among top QBs| Week 15 scoreboardDynasties in sports are undefined and endle sly debated, but few would object to labeling New England's run of 11 AFC East titles in 13 years as such. The Manning led-Colts experienced a similar run at the same time. Indianapolis just took another step towardestablishing anotherof its own.Consider the landscape: The AFC South, much like the East over the last decade, is atrocious. Tenne see and Houston have no quarterback, the first roster step to long-term succe s in today's NFL. Jacksonville's hope, Blake Bortles, hasn't proved capable of lifting a bad squad to relevance.Consider the roster: Six of the Colts' Joe Montana Jersey
highest rated playersaccording to Pro Football Focus are 26 or younger. They have holes to fill, but the talent foundation is availableto build around.Consider the quarterback: Luck is outpacing Manning throughhis first three years in just about every category, including wins. The 25-year-old's durability appears substantial, and with an improving supporting cast, Luck has no ceiling.Barring injuries or a surge from division competition, expect to stay familiar with the blue horseshoe near the top of those playoff picture graphics.The Colts are a good example of why some teams maintain legitimate Super Bowl aspirations and others remain stationary in mediocrity (at best) leadership and Steve Young Jersey
solidity at the top of the organization.A series of good decisions general managers Bill Polian and Ryan Grigson drafting Manning and Luck respectively, for example isn't difficult to spot. Just ask yourself why the Jets, Redskins and Raiders can't compete.When teams are that bad for that long, you have to look at the top; at the decisions being made. Likewise, when teams are that good for that long, much credit goes to those selecting the working parts and gluing them together.PHOTOS: Must-see Week 15 imagesIn other words, some car builders are only concerned with a ma sive engine. But the best car builders figure out how to maximize the car's potential with a steady transmi sion and a trustworthy suspension that can handle the engine's power.The Redskins are a Dodge Challenger. The Colts are a Porsche 911.Polian for example quickly realized that Manning's ability was a formula for multi-score leads, so he loaded the roster with talented pa s rushers and defensive backs if you think Manning was the reason the Colts won a Super Bowl, re-watch those playoffs.The point is that's smart team building, and the pre sure now rests on Grigson, a third-year GM. Heneeds to prove he's not trying to build a Dodge withthe Trent Richardson trade and a few questionable recent draft picks.But the Texans, Jaguars and Titans have a lot of catching up to do with the Colts, once again the Brian Hoyer Jersey
kings of the AFC Southand a team that appears to be improving.Given that track, I'm gonna takethe Porsche every single time.