Freeney: The 2005 Colts Were Our Best Team

The 2006 Colts won the Super Bowl, but that wasn't the best Indianapolis team of that era, Dwight Freeney says

The DA Show
October 29, 2019 - 11:36 am
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The Indianapolis Colts were one of the most dominant teams in the NFL in the 2000s, winning 12+ games every year from 2003 to 2009. And, in 2006, they won the Super Bowl.

But that wasn’t the best Colts team of that era.

“I think it was definitely the team that got hot at the right time,” Dwight Freeney said on The DA Show. “Sometimes the best team doesn’t always win it. You think about the year that Randy Moss was on the Patriots and they were going undefeated. That was the best Patriots team I’ve seen in years, but they lost in the Super Bowl. They didn’t win the big one. It was kind of like that for us in 2005. I think that was probably one of the best teams that we had.”

The 2005 team went 14-2 but lost to the Steelers, 21-18, in the divisional round, as Mike Vanderjagt missed a field goal that likely would have forced overtime.

“That was a huge blow to us,” Freeney said. “That year, everything was just firing on all cylinders, and we ended up losing.”

Still, Freeney, the 11th overall pick in 2002, looks back on that era fondly.

“No one understands how hard it is to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “There’s so many great players and great teams over the years, but there’s only a handful of teams who actually are in the Super Bowl, who wins the Super Bowl. It’s not an easy thing to do. So yes, obviously I’m really happy that we did win one and I have one. That being said, there’s also years where you wish you won more. But in the end, I think the one trumps the others.”

Freeney also enjoyed playing for Tony Dungy.

“It was a great, great synergy there,” he said. “He is a defensive guy, and playing for a defensive guy, he understood me and I understood him. I understood the play-calling. He drafted me. We’re connected from that perspective. So playing under a legend like him, especially all the things that he did with Tampa, it was truly a blessing.”