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And from the capital of the Republic of Standing Pat ... white noise.

Looks the Colts will keep with tradition, hang onto their own and concentrate on signing Peyton Manning. Hope that works for 'em. Hope sitting on their hands won't result in them sitting on the sidelines come January.

Frankly there's not much chance of that, given the pastry tray that comprises most of their schedule. They could go through it blindfolded, barring catastrophic injury (i.e., Peyton going down), win 10 games and win their train-wreck of a division.

I just hope, if that's the case, that I'm wrong about this nagging feeling I've had lately, which is that the Colts look like one of those teams destined to jitter apart all at once.

Their O-line situation looks shakier than ever. They still don't have a running game. They still stack too many chips on Manning -- who's coming off that neck thing, and who knows how that eventually turns out?

They'll make the playoffs again this year because of the schedule and the weakness of the division. Beyond that ... well, we shall see.

Especially because so many others have been willing to take the big chance the Colts avoid like poison. To wit:

  • The Patriots. If they can get Albert Haynesworth to play at all, the might go 15-1. After all, they won 14 games last year with the league's worst third-down "D." And adding Chad Ochocinco will only enhance their already potent offense; unlike Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, Ocho's never been a locker-room cancer, and he's never done anything but answer the bell on Sundays. Sure, he's a self-promoter, but most of his self-promotion has been largely harmless. And kinda fun, actually.
  • The Titans. Don't know if Matt Hasselbeck makes 'em better, given their other issues, but he won't make 'em worse.
  • The Dolphins. Reggie Bush automatically makes them a more versatile offense. And even though the Kyle Orton thing fell through -- who wouldn't have made anyone forget Dan Marino, but who does have 41 touchdown passes vs. 21 picks the last two years, not a bad ratio -- they'll be measurably better than last year, too.

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