Patience, everyone knows, is the operative word for the Colts.
Fans appear to have it. But for how long, no one knows.
Much depends on how many more outings resemble Sunday’s season-opener.
If what transpired in at Chicago is the blueprint, then maintaining interest throughout the remaining 15 games will require two kinds of fan patience: The kind that tolerates losing, and the kind that is OK with a really bland — OK, a really bad — product.
At the moment, that’s what the Colts are. It’s what teams become in the midst of colossal rebuilding.
Predictably, they lost, and lost handily. Startlingly, they looked bad, really bad, in the process.
From Donald Brown dropping wide-open passes to Adam Vinatieri missing a 37-yard field goal to wretched pass protection to chronic defensive breakdowns, little of what the Colts executed was NFL-caliber. Not that much was expected on that front, but they still managed to under-deliver.
Which brings us to Andrew Luck.