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@Payton uch. tell me about it. @BlueAndWhite17 - the coaching was really what killed this game. Overly conservative, boring play-calling. Did they forget that Luck knows how to sling the ball??
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Week 6 Report Card: Colts at Chargers
It appears the general consensus of expert opinions is simply: Colts' offseason and draft were not so flashy, and have raised eyebrows, but Grigson proved himself last year, and can be trusted again this year. I felt the same way, so how can I monetize that?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Draft Grade Smackdown
@codrutc yea, and no way they'd let mcafee do all three elements of the Kicking/Punting game...(tho he DOES know how to stick through the uprights - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NfA7Jk5SqE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9pFm8CdaZo
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Updated UDFA List
@naptown_ninja @Kyle Rodriguez my guess is that the Colts will wait to draft Wayne's "replacement" next season. Although there were lots of talented WRs in this draft - I think Woods out of USC would've been great being trained by Reggie Wayne - it appears the Colts will wait til next year. I cannot imagine Hilton as a #1, just due to size. He might always serve as the slot/deep threat, but a damn good one.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Final Draft Summary: Colts Focus on Trenches, Forgo Addressing Skill Positions
@MarcusDugan @Coltsheadben I think Chapman could be a solid addition. Saban trains his team to be quite NFL ready. I never give up on a Tide Alum. Colts may start him slow, but if he proves himself, watch out.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Back in the Saddle
@MarcusDugan @jocre Doug Farrar (@SC_DougFarrar) from Shutdown Corner actually made the comparison to Reggie Wayne - http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-50-usc-wr-robert-woods-170812160--nfl.html
It made me kinda excited abt this pick. Cant say the ankle injury isn't worrying me, but he's a great route runner, has skilled hands. Colts took Wayne late first round back then. There seem to be some similarities there, too.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Recent Colts Draft Prospect Visits: Robert Woods, Jon Bostic, Jarvis Jones, Trevardo Williams
@MayerTheMayor @Payton What do you mean a game manager hasn't won in years. Didn't Joe Flacco just get a ring????
11 months ago on Guest Post- Snubbed: NFL Total Access Ranks Peyton Manning at #3 Quarterback Taken No. 1 Overall
@Shane Curry Ya, it's not the most sensible. Also, Time Warner monopolizes the cable in my area and I cannot get Direct TV (even if I wantedt). So, I happen to have a slingbox, and that way I can catch the games while I'm doing work at home on Sundays, etc. But the picture is not as crisp. So, as you can understand, I look forward to nat'l televised games...
11 months ago on Guest Post: Which 2013 Indianapolis Colts Games Will Be Nationally Televised?
@Shane Curry I am aware of how the NFL arranges their schedule. Here was my thought process:
Last year, Indy has played KC in 2010, 2012 and will again play in 2013. In 2010, they played in Indy, in 2012 they played in Arrowhead, and in 2013 they are playing in Arrowhead. So, from here I see that there is no home-away switch.
So, it's possible there is a different home-away switch depending on whether the game is scheduled due to a "division matchup" or "same-seed matchup." In 2012, KC played in Indy because they shared the same seed. In 2010, they played because in that year AFC West played AFC South. So, it is entirely possible that it works on different tracks. However, I wasn't certain and just alleged that they would "choose" where these games would take place. However, you are probably correct.
@MayerTheMayor Just to clarify - Indeed Manning went 3-7 (TD-INT) during the four game stretch of playoffs in 2006 in which the colts won the SB. His collective playoff numbers are 32-22. He also has a record for a perfect passer rating in the playoffs from 2003 where he tore the Broncos a new one.
And that stat doesnt even tell half the story of that postseason run. He dominated the Chiefs in the wild card game, managed his team against a tough Ravens squad, on the road, in the cold, and pulled through with at late 3rd down conversion to Dallas Clark that is arguably one of his greatest passes. Even Ray Lewis in that video I referenced above said he still doesnt believe it. Peyton scored a rushing TD in the AFC title game, and led the best comeback in any title game, from being down 18 points. Even this past season, where the Niners came back, it was only from 17. In the SB, it was nasty and rainy and Peyton was smart enough to mange the ball by running and short passes to avoid any (more) fumbles. I forgot where i read/saw this, but Peyton Manning has been quoted saying that he could've scored north of 40 points against Bears based on what he saw their D doing...
@bradicus18 I agree, but sadly many of these analysts are voting for accolades, awards, HOF, etc. and their opinion therefore has both a voice and regard. It really does bother me sometimes...
@smonroe While I did mention that NFL Total Access' standards are questionable and suspect, wouldn't you think that an Indianapolis legend should get the defense he deserves. Yes, this not life altering, but I think it was worth mention.
Second - I don't want you to get the impression that Elway should be over Peyton. I merely believe that is less insulting, and there IS some basis to that opinion, even though I personally think it's incorrect. That being said, if Peyton gets one more SB, he will clearly jump to #1. All these analysts rip on him for only getting one SB and "laying eggs" in the postseason. In many of those losses, the coaching (99, SB44, 10), and defense (03, 10, 12) were certainly to blame (at least partially) for those losses. When he gets #2, they will all shut up. And if Elway didnt get an SB, I would expect their order would be: Aikman, Peyton and Elway.
Wow - those are a lot of D-lineman the Colts stand to lose in '14! Kinda makes me really think the colts need to go with a pass-rusher in the draft; or maybe even pursue some FA D-lineman next offseason. But who knows, maybe josh chapman is a stud?
11 months, 1 week ago on Looking into the Future: Long Term Drafting Needs
@DougEngland I agree. I think DHB was signed to "replace" Avery, and because of his speed, Luck will be able to get him a clean ball to catch. I also relish the moment when Luck picks up DHB on a hot -read and he sprints for 20+ YAC. Like, Joe Montana, I predict he will be a success in Indy. I just hope Indianapolis can wash the Oakland thuggery off him.
11 months, 1 week ago on #CATweetbag: Boo Peyton?
@vinylsoundsgood From your mouth to God's ears, my friend...
11 months, 1 week ago on Guest Post: Which 2013 Indianapolis Colts Games Will Be Nationally Televised?
@Colt_Following True, I agree that I relied entirely on my "cycle" theory for the TNF game. I do agree that it's possible NFL scheduled Jax-Ind because it was expected to be a bad game and to kill two pigs with one bird (as the kids say these days). as @ryandaryk suggested via twitter (below) I think Ind-Ari would be a nice TNF game, too.
Another point - Indy will likely get 4pm games for all the West Coast games. They are playing AFC and NFC West so we may end up seeing Indy playing OAK, SDG and ARI (the latter are away games) in that late spot. Not sure that will help me too much out on the east coast...
What about Kevin Walter? Veteran (10 yrs) but is durable, gets separation, has pretty good hands, and can produce solid numbers (45 catches, 600 yrds, 4 TDs). I know its not a FA like DHB or David Nelson who may be able to last a few more yrs. But dammit, the Colts need someone.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Wide Receiver Options: If Not Heyward-Bey, Then Who?
@AJ_ @DougEngland He will not be playing football this season. at least in the NFL...maybe some CFL or Arena Football League. Mans gotta eat...
Just a thought - although the Colts need a WR badly, I think it unnecessary waste the first round draft pick on that position. This year's draft seems light on WR (even Allen has some injury questions) and heavy on both offensive and defensive line, where the Colts need impact players. Indy could sign any WR with talent, speed and durability and be competitive and with a #24 pick in the draft, its unlikely they will see a Calvin Johnson/AJ Green type of WR1 to build around after Wayne retires. For now, a solid WR2 (Nelson, DHB, Lloyd, etc.) will do just fine with budding talent (Allen, Fleener, Hilton) around.
@MarcusDugan @codrutc Ditto on the David Nelson call. He will be inexpensive and although was injured in 2012, he was pretty solid in 2011 61/658/5, in bad system with a below avg QB. He could thrive in Indy.
Stokely is too old to invest in, at this point; Edelman doesnt fit the Colts' needs, but he would certainly re-vamp the ST unit, esp after releasing Karim