Bjoern Werner, with an offensive lineman on his back, sacks Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith. Photo Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Last season, as the Colts headed off to Baltimore for the Wild Card round of the playoffs, it was the end of a wild and emotional ride. On top of that, many of the most important offensive players were rookies getting their first taste of the NFL postseason and all its intensity. It was the end of the longest season they’d ever played, followed by an even longer Ray Lewis tribute video.
This year has a vastly different feel. While certainly not perfect or especially healthy, the Colts, playing at home this time around, have beaten their last three opponents by an average of 19 points, are better than they were in 2012, and they’re a little older and more ready (not that they weren't "ready" for the playoffs before).
“There’s kind of, to a certain degree, levels,” Coby Fleener said yesterday. “There’s the preseason. Then as a rookie, you go into regular season and that’s another eye-opening experience. Then the playoffs is just another step up in that order. So this year I would say that maybe I’m not more comfortable, but I’m better prepared.”