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@Nate Dunlevy @travismj33
do have to agree with Travis here... I've found that (this season) the
majority of the articles on this site have carried a much more negative
tone, with 3-4 "talking points" that seem to get beaten into the
I have always enjoyed Nate's writing, but I feel
like it's a good bit more mean-spirited and "this is what's right, if
you disagree, you're wrong" than I ever remember it being before. And I
find that Greg Cowan and, at times, Marcus Dugan, have parroted this.
don't necessarily disagree with any of the criticism (especially the
Richardson stuff) as much as the dismissiveness with which it's
presented. For example, I have been frustrated with the "Power Running
Game" as much as everyone else, but I also wonder if that has allowed
the offensive line to be a little more effective in the 2nd half, or if having TY out there for 70% of snaps rather than 100% allows him to use his talents (speed/elusiveness) more effectively than having him block DBs who are bigger than he is. I'm not saying either of these are true... just pointing out an example of a "talking point" where it feels a like pre-determined point of view drives most of the commentary.
Another example: I think that a number of Hamilton's play calls have been brilliant (the
fake bubble screen at the end of the Seahawks game, set up throughout
the game and used only at a critical juncture, comes to mind, but there
are others)... but the majority of the "analysis" has been just a snarky remark about a
FB... or at least that's how it's felt considering we are 6-2.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams
I 100% agree that Grigson hasn't earned our blind trust yet, but I feel he has earned the right to be above the "Grigson just made this trade because he's wrong about something and too proud to admit it" speculations. That kind of nonsense is why I stopped reading other blogs.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts trade C A.Q. Shipley for conditional draft pick
Easy there, Kyle... this article has more than a little bit of Brad Wells in it:
Drawing conclusions based on hypotheticals and small sample sizes? Check. "If it wasn't for a minor knee issue at the end of last season, he should have taken Satele's job from him outright."
Bringing in irrelevant opinions to help support your conclusion? Check. "Shipley... was a fan favorite"
Ignoring other relevant information? Check. (No mention made of the fact that #1. Satele also hurt his knee last year, or #2 the fact that Satele himself was a "Secret Superstar" on P.F.F. a year ago: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/05/30/secret-superstar-samson-satele-c-indianapolis-colts/)
Couching an argument in a Catch-22 format so that the person in question can't help but be wrong? Check. (You basically state that the Colts won't keep 3 Centers, but if he cuts Satele, it's "a mistake, and one that costed the Colts money", if he cuts Holmes, it's " a HUGE mistake"... but he still shouldn't trade the 7th round draft pick and practice squad vet).
In the absence of an actual explanation for an action, allude to character flaws that are impossible to pinpoint or measure? Check. "Although nobody wants to believe this about their GM... pride can get in the way."
A) I like your writing a lot, and I appreciate CA a great deal as a site of level-headed analysis.
B) I recognize that there isn't a lot of football stuff to write about right now.
C) I, too, would have liked to see Shipley get a shot, as I am no fan of Satele.
All that being said, this article was not in line with the quality I've come to expect from you and CA, and I felt the need to say something.
@Kyle Rodriguez That seems fair. Just to clarify, I agree with most/all of your points here, and I generally consider your articles thoughtful and informative.
I can also see the point that there is some need to both a) combat his negative influence, and b) provide a public rebuttal to show that his thoughts don't necessarily reflect the tenor of Colts fans in general. I guess from my perspective, he's just like an 8th-grade class clown... the more you pay attention to his antics, the more it fuels the behavior.
2 years, 2 months ago on The BP Report: Mewelde Moore Is the Subject of Inaccuracies | June
Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but I don't see the point in writing response articles to Wells. Most of us come to Colts Authority to get away from his domineering tone and his poorly-reasoned arguments; I don't need a re-hash of them here. If we all seem to be in general agreement that he posts mostly for page hits and "buzz," then why do we feed into that by linking to his article and spending our free time discussing it?
Marvin was always my favorite, and that game (and that catch) will always be close to my heart.
He was always so calm when scoring a touchdown, and I loved him for that... but I think by 2006, all of us would have loved to spike a ball right in the face of the Patriots.
2 years, 4 months ago on Announcing the Winner of the Haiku Contest | May
@thejoshbaker "The Head and The Heart" reference?
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Haiku: Win an Autographed Andrew Luck Football | May
Tip, turn, snag... drag feet.
Hobbs, Vrabel can only watch:
One lone touchdown spike.
Fletcher, Thorpe, Moorehead,
Kenton Keith, and pouring rain.
News reports: "6 picks!"
Harbaugh lets it fly!
Comes down in forest of arms,
Rolls off Bailey's chest.
Oh, Thirty-Seven -
Flattened by O-Line again...
Chad Cota Pancake.
Well done, Elia. Thanks for sharing.
If you told me in August that these were the topics we'd be discussing in Week 7, I probably would have punched something. This site has helped to keep everything in my house unbroken (so far).
2 years, 10 months ago on Forecasting the Worst
On another note:
Despite being a glass-half-full-kind-of-guy (and being furious that a fake-a** fan like Mark Titus gets to represent me in the national media), I'm worried that things are going to get worse before they get better:
Kerry Collins has been a pro about the whole situation, but this is NOT what he signed on for. When he came to the Colts, he (and all of us) figured it was for 1-4 games of keeping a playoff-bound ship afloat until Peyton came back. I'm sure he thought that he'd play a few games, hold a clipboard for the rest of the season, and maybe have an outside chance at a ring.
Combine that with the fact that he's played more than 7 games only once (!) in the last 6 years, and I think that the people calling for Painter are going to get their wish...
2 years, 12 months ago on Thursday Open Thread
2007 - Beyonce's tribute to Dwight Freeney... "Irreplaceable".
Bonus points to Carrie Underwood's song for Belicheck: "Before He Cheats."
Thanks for yet another level-headed post, Nate. I 100% agree with Matt that I wouldn't want anyone else to represent us as Colts fans.
I have felt, and continue to feel, that Goodell is doing his best to navigate some rough seas. The nature of the Commissioner position (supposedly representing the league as a whole, but being chosen by the owners) puts him in an unenviable position (other than his salary). I'm not saying he's free from blame: I just think that this conversation with you is another example of Goodell making an effort to do whatever small things he can to keep things moving forward.
3 years, 4 months ago on A Conversation with Roger Goodell