Colts fan from the UK.
@LasEspuelas I like Vontae as a #2 at this point in fairness. It's more the trio as a unit that's the issue. Still not convinced with Vontae's mental aspect.
1 year, 5 months ago on Abridged All-22: Masking Poor Coverage & the Peyton Prism
@ColtsHead_Ben Perhaps. There isn't too much we can learn that's new in that conceptual sense, though. It's merely an application of it on the Colts D.
@Coopman33 I think that's certainly fair to say. Sheppard has been pretty darn poor, but he isn't viewed as a starter like the other two.
1 year, 6 months ago on All-22: Defense, Week 3 vs 49ers.
@bradicus18 I didn't particularly like the pick at the time, though I have to admit he's exceeded my expectations from a tape perspective thus far.
It's so noticeable when he's on the edge as opposed to Walden, and he actually offers something positive in both the run and pass game with his strength/tackling and pass rushing.
It's enjoyable to watch a guy learn and adapt as you say, and considering he's coming along well, I'm content with the pick. Still wanted a corner though.
@dansvirsky Nail on head.
As you say, it's all about the coaching staff recognising it and pulling the guy in question. Too often in previous years we've had consistent underperformers in the lineup on D.
Glad you liked the read.
@WyattL We can yet hope.
@mattshedd @Ben Savage @matt_has @GregC @buymymonkey
If you've read anything I've written, you'll know I'm as down on the acquisitions as anyone. My complaint is the basic nature of the debate - is Grigson a solid GM etc. By my previous responses to his actions and your current responses, we seem to say no, and for me as I say it was clear before this trade that Grigson's view doesn't reconcile with my own (which tends to follow conventional thinking around here). So to me, it seems a pointless debate when it's that clear.
I'm past that, to the point where I view it fatalistically - at least the offense is going to be entertaining, and Grigson could've done a lot worse. After trading for Cassius Vaughn and Vontae, god knows what purgatory he might've had in mind for people who watch this secondary.
1 year, 6 months ago on Trent Richardson Aftermath: the Good and Bad of the Blockbuster Trade
@matt_has @GregC @buymymonkey Honestly, knowing how different QBs (Peyton Manning = examples #1, #2 and #3) can make pass protection, I don't understand why you're all so willing to condemn.
Is 18 games with Brandon Weeden and an atrocious offense enough of a sample size for you? Really? His play at Alabama strongly suggested he'd be an above average pass protector in the league at least.
I'm not seeing any open-mindedness regarding this trade which is the worst thing. It's being used to pursue agendas, which is more what I expect from commenters on a different Colts site.
@Goéland Thankyou, as always.
1 year, 6 months ago on All-22: Defense, Week 2 vs Dolphins.
@buymymonkey He's got the potential to be one of the better blockers league-wide. Hasn't realised it yet, but it was plain for all to see at 'Bama.
That picture made me piss myself.
I had to read at least three times to clarify what the orange spew was, but yeah. Great stuff.
On Richardson: I'm happy enough. Might not've been the positional priority we wanted, but we didn't get that with Werner > Rhodes anyway.
@erhall01 Agree with your thoughts on Davis to an extent. He certainly wasn't perfect by the end of the year, however. With Bethea, it was a C blocking him at the end of the day, and I think I'm resigning myself to the fact that he isn't the same guy as two years ago :(
@Bobman1 Like your thoughts.
I do agree that the patient approach was a different beast to deal with - and given the mediocrity at the QB position league-wide, it perhaps yielded better results than what we have right now. That's of course okay if we build on the transformation and turn into a proper defense which is more than our Cover 2 ever was.
Can't disagree on Werner. Good luck with the mountain climbing, it's something i'm looking to get into myself.
@erhall01 Wasn't suggesting it was a slant - I was suggesting that the play immediately prior to the screen was a slant.
Indeed, he should know as soon as the receiver steps back.
@bradicus18 I admire your optimism :)
As you say, it's at the point where we have to be patient and hope that the signings work out as planned. I hope they work out as well, I don't want us to be right for the sake of the team.
However, having watched this team for years as we have and having watched the conclusion to last year, the only thing we can do is look to the future and project what we've seen onto the schedule and future. We know exactly what that entails.
If we win on Sunday, i'll be so far past confused that I won't know what to do with myself.
@dav Sincere apologies - hasn't happened before.. need to look at what's causing it.
1 year, 6 months ago on All-22: Defense, Week 1.
@Kyle Rodriguez That's a massive pain - I'll be using a different site if that's a photobucket thing.
@ColtsHead_Ben Yeah, I'm just as mystified really.
@MarkOlson It's his first proper game with the Raiders personnel that we saw, and given the blow-up job McKenzie has performed on that roster, I don't consider it to be too much of a stretch.
I looked at the first interception and considered it to be a mediocre to poor throw and thus not really worthy of evaluation. Will bear it in mind moving forward.
Is anyone else getting ads on their frames? Hasn't occurred before, wondering if it's just me.
With you all the way on this.
1 year, 6 months ago on Winning, With Style!
@Poncho Vegas I'll lay out my greater concerns with the offseason direction in a longer post at some point when I feel like elucidating in sufficient depth.. but in the meantime, a condensed list.
- If the philosophy was to build around Luck and afford him protection, why pay Cherilus like that and (admittedly, there was an OL run) wait until the 3rd in the draft? Why reinforce the worst spots on the OL (LG; RG) with only adequate alternatives? To me, there isn't a coherent direction from the FO, and they're all too willing to play into the 'protect Luck' theory being peddled by the media.
- I can't fathom our attitude to the cornerback position, i'll just say in short that we're going to get killed on the back end. At safety, Bethea isn't naive in coverage, but he lacks the range and actual coverage skill to be a true cover safety. Landry on the other hand is naive despite possessing all the tools.
- I'm not particularly happy with the trading of Hughes (will write something on that) or the drafting of Werner.
All in all, I can't think of a great deal of positives. Sure, we obtained bodies - but at a compromising price, and any GM with our cap room could've added bodies.
1 year, 10 months ago on An All-22 Examination of Ricky Jean-Francois
@rogcohen Like everything you've said, we seem to be viewing it from a similar perspective.
@Coltsheadben Yup, it'll be RJF that i'll do then. Most people seem more interested and given the more significant investment, that's understandable.
1 year, 11 months ago on Free Agent Examination - WR Darrius Heyward Bey.
@hankster Quite. Let's hope Reggie can teach him enough to move up a level.
@Kyle Rodriguez Indeedy. The Cherilus deal looks worse by the day, unfortunately. They're going to pay for haste with that one, even if he's only around for a couple of years.
@GoHorse88 Good point well made, another vote for RJF. Seems to be a consensus.
Count me in. Will take the Vikes or Bengals, if that's okay?
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Authority Community Mock Draft
Great stuff, really enjoyed the read.
I love Allen and his body of work, and would hope that he'd be available at #24. Unfortunately, after the Harvin trade, I think the Vikes will try and make a statement at WR. Don't see him reaching us.
Haven't watched as much of Hopkins, though been aware from afar.
2 years ago on Colts Draft Targets: Keenan Allen vs DeAndre Hopkins
@DougEngland Yeah, my bad on bringing that up. Was one of the first plays I ever tried to break down, so it brought back memories for me at least.
Was waiting for someone to pick up on the sneaky dig at the Patriots, haha. Cheers for the comment as always.
2 years ago on Free Agent Examination - S LaRon Landry.
Good pickup.. better than both Locker and Gabbert at this point in time. Ah.. the AFC South.
2 years ago on Luckâs New Backup: Matt Hasselbeck Signs 2-year Deal with the Colts
Interesting look at the signings. AV isn't my favourite, but it at least provides a different perspective to the same stuff we've been hearing.
Good stuff. Hope you continue to write more.
2 years ago on Guest Post: Were the Colts Free Agents Worth the Money?
@SGV If you're willing to judge an article by a typo, then you're clearly an idiot. Grow up and contribute something that you consider to be better if you're that fussed - though the same time limits that allow you to create an account and make a comment will no doubt prevent any progress on that score.
@hankster @DougEngland Think that might've been me writing about it. My hastily devised opinion is that we've missed the most of an opportunity.
No word on the WR yet.
@cwjwl Possibly, and you make a fair point on his injury history apart from those seasons. I don't think the FedEx/RFK/whatever it is turf is good for anyone, perhaps their staff matches the field.
@bradicus18 @cwjwl Irsay needs to realise the power of his own words. If he does and still continues, then he's a bad man indeed.
@MarcusDugan From what I've seen thus far, our guys aren't great in coverage. Hopefully with some close attention from Pagano, that can change.
2 years ago on Free Agent Examination - CB Greg Toler.
@bradicus18 I'll be looking to keep them coming, at least two a week depending on how many signings there are to get through.
Thanks for the kind words, and I'm of course with you on the stop the run thing. It's becoming a more and more present concern.
@bradicus18 @paulcareyjr @Payton I'm with you, bradicus. My view on safety play in general is that it's symbiotic, and he's been chained to garbage for a year or two now.
Do agree that Bethea needs to show it this year, though.
"Am I the only one who thinks the players hit a home run with this CBA?"
Sure hope so, they got absolutely destroyed from my perspective.
Good run down before we begin, now for the excitement.
2 years ago on Final Thoughts as Colts get Set to Dive into Free Agency
Is there a figure around which you'd expect both guys to sign for? Would be instructive to know how damaging either pick-up would be to cap space.
Really good stuff. My only bone of contention is PFF, who I really don't trust :)
2 years ago on Andy Levitre or Louis Vasquez: What's the Difference?
@Colts 87 Moss is an interesting candidate. Seems to have put a lot of the nonsense behind him. I wouldn't see it as a negative were he to be added, just sceptical of what's left given that Jim Harbaugh et al didn't use him terribly frequently. Then again, the same could be said about Vernon Davis for the majority of the year.
2 years ago on Free Agency Developments
@Colts 87 @smonroe Watched a lot of Mathieu over the past couple of years - if we didn't have our return game looking promising then I'd be more for it.
He will have a fair amount to offer in the nickel coverage game and in sub packages - I just feel he'll be overdrafted based on the fact that so many people have seen his talent on the most prominent of stages.
@BuddyLee Gotcha. Assuming that'll be the draft focus. Very deep on DL.
@BuddyLee Questionable on the grounds of standout performance in a contract year, for sure. The weight issue won't ever leave him, but it's obviously a source of his strength as a mauler.
@smonroe Fair enough - I know you know your stuff :)
As I said earlier, completely understand the viewpoint. Just view Luck as the ultimate priority at this point.
@thebluemonster I'm more of a mind to focus on Luck's development at this point in time. Can't disagree with your points and think have truth in them. Filling the receiver positions early - not to mention finding someone to take over seamlessly from Reggie Wayne - will aid Luck long-term as well as short, a net benefit which we won't get from addressing RB.
At OLB, perhaps I rate Robert Mathis too highly, and at the present moment in time I don't see Jerry Hughes as a woeful starter opposite him.
I think my priorities are as such because I see the Colts taking a front 7 player in Round 1 come April, so I'm wary of saying the pass rush desperately needs an infusion from FA. Having watched the every defensive play of the year two or three times, I'm under no illusions about it.
@hankster Kruger of the Ravens? He'll indeed be a UFA, and undoubtedly will be considered by Pagano and the coaching staff. Could certainly do worse, though I feel he'll be overpaid. His production came mainly down the stretch in a contract year - risky proposition.
@unitas19 The problem I have with Cary Williams is the trash-talking part that I referred to. Cheering him on would be pretty difficult.
Agree on Levitre/Vasquez. Either would do.