Re: Smack from Indy fans
The Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984. Let's use that as their franchise's starting point coming from the viewpoint of their fanbase. Although they were an established team, they were new to the city and its fanbase and that's what we're really getting at isn't it. Bragging rights?
Their record over their first 9 seasons was 55-88 compared to the Texans' 55-89 record. (There were only 15 games played in 1987 due to a strike)
The Colts had only 3 seasons with winning records during their first 9 seasons in Indianapolis, two at 9-7 and one at 9-6(playoff year), compared to the Texans having only 1 winning record at 9-7.
The Colts had 5 seasons with losing records while the Texans had 6.
The Colts had 1 playoff appearance compared to the Texans 0.
I'm not going to get into our first 9 seasons coming off of being an expansion team and AFTER the league changed the rules for expansion teams/drafts. The Colts in Indianapolis didn't start their current road to success until the Peyton Manning Era which was 15 seasons after they started.
No question the Texans have underperformed and have quite frankly not been successful. But fans in Indianapolis need to wait a while before talking too much trash as being such a "dominant" team.
The Indianapolis Colts' 1st season with double-digit wins didn't come until 1999, their 16th season in the city. Since that time they have had 1 season with single-digit wins (6-10 in '01) and have reached the playoffs 11 of the 12 years... winning 1 Super Bowl.