It’s hard to imagine what the difference in both the Indianapolis Colts‘ and Washington Redskins‘ trajectories would be had the teams swapped Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III at picks No. 1 and No. 2 in 2012. Either way the consensus is that both franchises hit jackpot in choosing the face of their own respective future.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Colts’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Colts Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Andrew Luck:You replace him with Curtis Painter last year and we might be talking 0-16 instead of wild-card berth. Luck has carried impressive weight for a rookie.
“I knew he was a great player,” Colts veteran backup QB Matt Hasselbeck said recently, via the Indianapolis Star. “I obviously saw him play in college and also last year. “But I really didn’t know what kind of leader he was in the locker room. It just comes real natural to him. He’s got a great sense of when to pull somebody aside, how to deal with coaches, just how he treats everyone around him. “He’s been off-the-charts impressive that way.”
Chuck Pagano: #CHUCKSTRONG galvanized the community and his return as head coach will be great from an Xs and Os standpoint as well.
Reggie Wayne: A symbol of the smooth transition despite the level of roster overturn, is the perfect veteran complement to a young quarterback.
Jim Irsay: The Colts’ owner certainly keeps things interesting on Twitter and in person, and his strength in moving on from Peyton Manning to Luck — no east feat — is commendable.