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Indianapolis Colts: 2014 NFL season key additions

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Indianapolis Colts began their "Boys 2 Men" tour last season. Led by quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts loaded with plenty of young talent finished with a 11-5 record, going 6-0 in the AFC South, all while winning that division convincingly. They had a solid playoff run before losing in the AFC Divisional round to the New England Patriots. As long as Luck is the quarterback the Colts will have a chance to win ball games. They were ranked as one of the best overall offenses and passing teams in 2013. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton who wants to have a good run-pass ratio may have relied to much on ball control at times. When the game is on the line the best place for the ball to be is in Luck's hands. You should never take the ball out of your best playmaker hands.

The offense has the tools to put points up on the board, but last year the defense gave up plenty of points. The front seven of the defense needs an infusion of talented playmakers. If they can find someone else besides star outside linebacker Robert Mathis (19.5 sacks) to pressure the quarterback and become stouter against the run the Colts will be a tough out come playoff time. Look below at new additions to the team that could help them be a Super Bowl contender.

Hakeem Nicks - wide receiver
Hakeem Nicks - wide receiver Al Bello/Getty Images

Hakeem Nicks - wide receiver

Hakeem Nicks  could not come to a contract agreement with his former team the New York Giants, but Indianapolis did. Nicks is a solid talent who had a down year in 2013. He does have a Super Bowl ring showing that he has performed well on the big stage and won. Nicks needs to regain his big play capability that eluded him all of 2013. He had nearly 900 yards receiving, but caught zero touchdowns all season. Playing with Andrew Luck at quarterback and surrounded by other talented receivers Nicks addition makes the pass offense more dangerous than last year's team. 

Arthur Jones - defensive end
Arthur Jones - defensive end Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Arthur Jones - defensive end

Arthur Jones comes over from Baltimore to breath life into a defensive line that needs quality playmakers. The Colts defense was terrible against the run and pass in 2013. Jones will play the five technique defensive end in a familiar 3-4 scheme that he was involved in with Baltimore. Jones offers ton of flexibility position wise. He can line up also in nickel and sub packages at defensive tackle and give a pass rush inside. He can also set the edge against the run in a four man front. His signing should pay dividends immediately once the regular season starts.

D'Qwell Jackson - middle linebacker
D'Qwell Jackson - middle linebacker Peter Aiken/Getty Images

D'Qwell Jackson - middle linebacker

D'Qwell Jackson may have been the Colts best off season signing. He gives the Colts a veteran presence in the middle of their defense which they lacked last season. Indianapolis had a revolving door of average talent at middle linebacker. Jackson brings an aggressive attitude, leadership, and sure tackling to the front seven. The middle linebacker generally makes all of the line adjustments, calls the defensive play, and relays any audible to his teammates. Jackson's experience in this area and getting his teammates lined up properly should make a drastic change for the good. 

Rob Chudzinski - assistant coach
Rob Chudzinski - assistant coach Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Rob Chudzinski - assistant coach

Rob Chudzinski was let go after one season as the Cleveland Browns head coach. He should have had more time to build his team. He has a great offensive mind and has been a quality offensive play caller in the past. His presence should help offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and the offense be more balanced. Head coach Chuck Pagano and Chud are familiar with each other stemming from their college coaching days at "The U" Miami Hurricanes. Coach Pagano had a bout with cancer just a few years ago and if he has to miss any time because of illness Chud should be able to keep things moving until he returns. 


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