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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??
9 months, 1 week 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?
1 year, 2 months 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
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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????
1 year, 3 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...
1 year, 3 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?
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 months ago on #CATweetbag: Boo Peyton?
@vinylsoundsgood From your mouth to God's ears, my friend...
@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.
1 year, 3 months 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
@DougEngland It just feels wrong for Freeney to sign with the Patriots. I felt the same way when it was released that Wayne was being courted by them. I am pushing for the Broncos to make a move.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Free Agency Notebook: Getting to Know Some of the New Guys
Indeed, Colts still need an interior OL. There are a lot of good, first round worthy pick, unclear if they will drop far down enough, though. Not sure if they will go CB early in the draft. They seem to be investing in Butler and Tolen.
@MarcusDugan @smonroe I worry a lot about his past. As long as I can remember the Colts have been a stand-up franchise with little to no shenanigans off-field. Although one does come to mind: Nick Harper stabbed by his wife prior to the 2005 Colts-Steelers divisional game...and we all remember what happened.
@Colts @matt_has When you think of how Edge was a classic Colt, it's sad that he never ended up with a ring in Indy, though Freeney, Harrison, Peyton all got theirs as a unit.
1 year, 4 months ago on Guest Post: What do I do with my Freeney jersey?
@AJ_ Where would you even find a Jeff George Colts jersey? Do they even still exist?
@DougEngland It's true no one truly knows what went down, but in the end, I think it did not end in such acrimony like with so many other players I mentioned above (Clemens, Lebron). Peyton will be cheered when he comes back "home" and will certainly be in the ring of honor. Yet, fans (like me) are really happy with Luck and the direction of the franchise, so it's fine, but that game will be certainly tough.
That being said, I still rooted like crazy and lost my mind during that Ravens/Broncos game. I'm dying to see Peyton get another ring and shut up the "Brady has three rings, and is better" people.
@DougEngland You do realize that the Broncos are playing @ Indy, so it's going to be a media spectacle. Bet your bottom $$ it will be on Sunday Night Football, with scores of interviews and "documentary style" teasers in anticipation. It's going to be nuts, and even for me, it's going to be hard. The fact that Colts didn't end up in Denver in the divisional playoff round makes this all the more tense. The first "matchup" is on our turf, not his "new" turf.
@DougEngland What happens when the Broncos play the Colts? or Freeney is pass-rushing Andrew Luck?
@Kyle Rodriguez @paulcareyjr Guess we saw how that played out. Keeping Moala could be a good move, as long as they didn't pay too much. Still need to find some d-lineman who can stuff the run...
1 year, 4 months ago on The State of the Colts' Defensive Line
@paulcareyjr @mattshedd I agree, and appreciate your comment. Indeed, I have never been high on the "rule" that interior lineman should not be taken in the early round. Any touted G/C that may not fall is worth reaching for. Especially since the Colts (as of now) do not have a 2nd round draft pick. Also, Costanzo is a good T, and they can get any of the solid Tackles off free agency. Further, Colts need to protect their franchise QB, give Luck that extra second or more that he desperately needs, and an aggressive lineman to help out the run-game.
1 year, 5 months ago on First Round Mock Draft Reviews
@Coltsheadben @smonroe @DougEngland Although we didnt really see Brazill so much last season, he appears to be a lot like Hilton., He's only 5'11 and ~190 lbs. Hes not going to grow into anything more than a deep threat receiver, add-on for 4 vertical/hail-mary plays, and maybe returns. Unless Brazill beefs up, colts need a 6'1-6'2, 210 lbs receiver for route running...
1 year, 5 months ago on Five Plays in Free Agency - WR Dwayne Bowe.
@JonathanCaldwell @Ben Savage I agree, Welker is too old, and has too much patriots in him. He's also gonna demand mad $$ for a slot receiver role, when we could fill it with other players.
Colts need a route-runner for 2013. Wayne is a great all-around WR, Hilton will be the key deep threat, but they need a that quick, good-hands receiver. Avery didnt show he has solid hands, and Collie (I'm sure people know at this point how I feel) is a questionable return. I still think receivers like Brian Hartline or Danny Amendola are solid, and wont break the bank.
Also, if the WR coaching team helps Jeremy Kelley, he could be the RZ, large, physical receiver the colts need, to save that money on D-line and O-line which are desperately needed....
It is very true. I always say the Colts are a refined, stand-up franchise. No thuggery, and you rarely see a news story about a player getting arrested or doping.
1 year, 5 months ago on Should the Colts Trade for Percy Harvin?
@silentkman @Kyle Rodriguez @OllyDawes TY Hilton is a pretty good return-man, as is, and much less expensive. Personally, I have never thought it wise to spend too much money on a special teams return man. But your last comment is pretty insightful; i do wonder what kinda numbers he will be able to put up since he never really had the privilege of being targeted by a solid QB...
@Kyle Rodriguez @OllyDawes Agree completely. Also, Harvin's migraine issues and some locker-room behavior might be too much for the Colts (for example, see - http://goo.gl/AFhFc), especially when, in the alternative, they could spend $$ on talented players & veteran leadership. That being said, Harvin IS extremely talented, def would open up a lot of things on offense. I just can't get past his other issues...
I really am sold on Jonathan Cooper. Colts need an interior o-lineman who can both protect Luck (46 sacks, he's the future of our franchise) and help out in the run-game. Maybe he will excel like a former Colts offensive lineman out of UNC, too...
@rogcohen Hey - just saw this article by Andy Conty on Bleacher Report - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1525719-2013-indianapolis-colts-free-agents-pay-em-or-let-em-walk/page/4 - he agrees with you. Pay him minimum wage to come back. While I agree, not worth it to pay him a TON of money, Collie still might be in a position to negotiate for more since other teams may want him...Colts have some money to spare and take a risk...
1 year, 5 months ago on Guest Post: The Future of Austin Collie and the Colts Wide Receiving Core
@paulcareyjr True, very likely a lot of that money goes towards the o-line and d-line. Luck was sacked 46 times, and the Colts had some games where RBs were running all over the field. Not sure how much they'll invest on offense, especially when Colts have some legit playmakers already
@DougEngland True. After reading Brad Wells' article this morning about Wes Welker - http://www.stampedeblue.com/2013/2/11/3976080/wes-welker-likely-gone-in-new-england-should-the-colts-pursue - one cannot help but wonder what kind of quick route-running WR will the Colts invest in. Welker wont take less than 10/mil a year, which is A LOT, and if Collie is healthy, and will play for less, they could produce similar numbers, and save the Colts $$ to use on a lineman...
@paulcareyjr Allen is a SICK prospect for a WR, and could be a huge playmaker, but as of now, the Colts dont have a 2nd round pick. Colts would have to spend a lot of $$ of free agency in order to have that one pick for a WR. Not sure if they'd want to go down that road.
@rogcohen Also, I agree Avery is a dime-a-dozen, I just think Collie is a real special player and - assuming he's healthy enough to go - is worth a team's investment (especially when the Colts have so much cap-space, they could spare to make this kind of gamble).
However, I also don't think GMs should spend top dollar of positions like WRs, where the QB can make all the difference. But b/c Collie has been with Wayne and has a chemistry with Luck, and there are playmakers like Allen and TY Hilton, Collie could get lots of one-on-one matchups and wreak havoc on defenses...just imagine it...
@squirrel Thanks for the link. I was aware about his personal concerns, but I don't think the Jaguars are ready to cut ties with him. And yes, @rogcohen I would be horribly heartbroken if he would get another concussion in a Colts uniform, but I generally feel that football players have the right to make these kinds of choices. If an NFL doctor signs off on it, and the person wants to play and make $$, then that's their choice. The business side of the game is that the Colts pay for talent they want, and doctors to make sure they can be on the field. The players can quit, if they want, but that's their call.
@MarcusDugan Sadly, it's probably true.
@rogcohen Maybe 4 million might be a bit high, but I believe a short-term contract would be ideal (nothing more than 2 years) and make it competitive enough that he will take it over going to a different team. That being said, maybe the Colts could back-end a 7 mil deal for 2 years. If he plays X amt of snaps in '13, give him more in '14.
@smonroe I am glad I have someone on my side. Also, I agree, it's probably not worth paying a big name WR coming in free-agency, so cultivating our own talent/roster seems like smart approach. I trust Luck can "make players around him better" much like our previous star QB...
And another thing - imagine how the Colts playoff run woulda been had Faulk been healthy. wow.
1 year, 5 months ago on Jim Harbaugh: Indianapolis's First âColtâ Hero
It never should've come down to that last drive, and hail-mary pass. Quentin Coryatt had an easy dropped INT that woulda easily been a pick-6 before PIT scored that go-ahead TD.
@Colt_Following @jelewin @DougEngland Yea, those were scary moments. I definitely lost my breath after that Jacksonville game. Before that hit, he was having a SICK game.
1 year, 5 months ago on Team Needs - Offense
@Colt_Following @DougEngland Peyton definitely liked him a lot. Also, Stokley is a FA this year. I could totally see Denver try and scoop him up. Based on the sampling I saw Luck-Collie seemed to have good chemistry, too. Having Wayne & Collie with Hilton as deep/seem threat and two developed TEs could be a dangerous offense.
@smonroe @DougEngland @Colt_Following It's true. His last injury was knee-related. And since he's been out of the game for a year, that was "concussion free" time. I honestly think he may be worth a $7.5-8.5 mil/2 yr deal. Especially with the amount of $$ the Colts are under the cap (and must use). I doubt another team would wanna pay more with his injury record (except for maybe the Redskins, they'll pay for anything bring and/or shiny)
@Kyle Rodriguez @Music Man Sadly, the Colts had Jerome Felton and let him go. Hindsight's 20/20, I guess...
@smonroe If they decide to go for a FA tackle, i would take volmer and make costanzo and volmer fight out for R/L Tackle; they can address interior lineman in the draft, like Jonathan Cooper out of UNC would be a good option. That would be an excellent start for an O-line...
This is all assuming Austin Collie won't be back (he is a free agent) which makes sense, because of his injury record. Still, there are some decent options available. Brian Hartline and Danny Amendola could come at a reasonable price. Denario Alexander (RFA) and Devry Henderson could even come cheaper.
@MarcusDugan @DougEngland Don't know much about him; did watch some standford games in 2011 and noticed a pro-style offense. He probably has a strong rapport with Luck which is crucial for this early development. Also, he may be able to get Fleener more involved. He was kind of a let-down, especially compared to D.Allen.
1 year, 6 months ago on Examining Who Could Replace Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians
@RobertItoh I think that Luck runs the no huddle, 2-minute drill pretty well, my biggest concern is Luck's development in a pro-offense. I just hope they bring someone in who is similar/familiar to Bruce Arians' system so that he can develop a style. Christensen might be the best option. Although rumor has it Stanford's OC is a leading candidate....
@MarcusDugan @DougEngland CC called a good game against the Ravens, with Luck under center, and moving Wayne around, like BA did, he could be more than competent to be the Colts OC. My biggest concern is Luck. He's new, and needs to develop his own style of NFL offense. The new OC should be able to replicate the same elements of BA's system so that Luck can really grow.
I can already predict vs. Broncos will be on SNF, a divisional game (Jax/Hou) on TNF, and vs. Seattle will likely be on primetime. Speaking of vs. Seattle, I'm just glad it's at home and not in Quest...coulda been a scary matchup.
1 year, 6 months ago on Colts opponents for 2013 season.