The Indianapolis Colts are one of the greatest stories of the 2012 NFL season. Their overnight rebuild and ability to be competitive immediately has taken the NFL world by surprise.
We are talking about a team in Indianapolis, that had a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Peyton Manning, from 1999 through 2011. Manning technically played his last game for the Colts in the team's 2010 wild-card loss to the Jets. He missed the entire 2011 season, due to four neck surgeries to fix the vertebrae in his neck.
In the one season Manning missed, the team finished 2-14 and owned the league's worst record. At the end of the season, Colts owner, Jim Irsay relieved everyone of their duties, including: general manager Bill Polian, head coach Jim Caldwell, and Peyton Manning.
Irsay hired Ryan Grigson to be the new general manager. Grigson had been with the Philadelphia Eagles most recently as their director of player personnel.
Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano was brought in to be the head coach. He signed Bruce Arians from Pittsburgh, to be the offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky from San Diego, to be the defensive coordinator.
With the front office and coaching staff in place, the team set their sights on the draft and rebuilding this team without Manning. How would a city and a franchise move on from a player that meant so much to both?
They started the process by drafting Stanford's Andrew Luck to be Manning's replacement. So far, Luck has broken nearly everyone of Manning's rookie records with the Colts and they are in position to make the playoffs.
Luck will be only the twelfth rookie quarterback to take their team to the playoffs. Two more rookie quarterbacks; Russell Wilson of Seattle and Robert Griffin III of Washington, each have their teams in position to join Luck in the playoffs.
Even with the quick success the Colts have been experiencing this season, they could always use a few upgrades. I have always been under the assumption that, "If every position isn't filled by a Pro Bowl player, then there is room to improve. If it is filled by a Pro Bowl player, then there is still room for improvement."
Here are the five wishes for the Indianapolis Colts this holiday season.