Professional squirrel. Closed course. Do not attempt.
@hankster On the TD drive Donald Brown really caught fire. Then at the 4-yard line Brown gets pulled for Richardson, who promptly runs up the middle for no gain. Even from the upper deck I thought Luck looked pissed as he walked toward the sideline and sure enough T-Rich came right back out and Brown in to run 4 yards for the TD.
Luck looked officially sick of this bullshit.
1 week, 3 days ago on Colts come up with the Win 22-14 over Tennessee
@hankster You're always more likely to make mistakes when you're in a hurry. Up-tempo is riskier early on when the defense is fresh. But defenses get tired quicker than offenses, so going up-tempo late to take advantage of a fatigued defense has more advantages than disadvantages. That's how I've heard it explained.
1 month ago on Halftime Adjustments and T.Y. Hilton, plus Players Weigh in on Incognito and Kubiak
@MarcusDugan Probably, yes. But you can't challenge the call or non-call of a penalty. They would have been challenging the "block" (wink-wink) and I'm not sure why they would be able to since the "block" wouldn't have changed the outcome of the play, only the penalty.
It would have been straight-up gaming the challenge rules to fish for a penalty. I'm often in favor of this because the challenge rules suck and deserve to be abused but it was still early in the game and arguably not the best time to pull out that stunt.
I do hope Pagano brought it up when he was chewing out the refs for stealing the fumble recovery. "Hey, I played nice and didn't complain when you missed that penalty, now you're taking this away from me too??" We got some make-up calls in the second half so maybe he did.
1 month, 1 week ago on Colts Show up Late, Storm Back to Beat the Texans 27-24
@smonroe I heard them saying that too but I'm not really sure why it should work. The punt was recovered by the Texans, not the Colts, so it wouldn't make a difference to the outcome of the play if it had been blocked or not. Challenging the "block" would have been only a technicality to go on a fishing expedition for the penalty. Which with these officials might have turned out even worse somehow.
@Candlebox Sam Bradford and Doug Martin are also done for the year. And that was just this week. This is an absolutely brutal year for injuries, even by football standards.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colts Hang on to Beat Denver 39-33
Not sure how Grigson makes a move to replace Reggie. Too many other bidders driving up the price and our first round pick is already gone. My fear is that this win goes to Grigson's or Irsay's head and they just totally mortgage the team's future to chase a deep playoff run.
This was painful to watch. Drops aside, the offense moved with no sense of urgency and telegraphed their plays badly.
Slowing down the tempo is what bad teams do to keep the game close and try to steal a win with fluky turnover. The Colts did not need to do that here. This was absolutely a winnable game and Luck can hang with Rivers shot for shot. As bad as Arians seemed to want to get Luck killed, at least he let Luck try to go win instead of shackling him to a bad run game.
I'm starting to wonder if the stubborn insistence on running comes from the very top. Irsay let Polian hitch the whole team to Peyton and when Peyton's wheels came off, everything else collapsed too. Do Irsay and Pagano think they can reduce the team's dependence on Luck by holding him down?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Tuesday Morning Moaner: Colts at Chargers
I have a sizeable man-crush on Chase Stuart. I'd like to be him when I grow up, kthx.
Reading his work is a good antidote for my sadness over Collie signing with the Patriots. THANKS, OBAMA.
2 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Seahawks
@buymymonkey Tell them they should tank their season, making sure to have the worst point diff in the NFL to secure the #1 pick.
What's that you say? Already in progress? ;)
2 months, 1 week ago on The Colts Steamroll the Jaguars 37-3
@Bobman1 YES. I raged at that FG. It was weak sauce. My friends are like, "eh, they're just being conservative". THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING, GUYS.
The only possible justification I could imagine is that they had gone scoreless through the first quarter and were down 0-3 with the Jags score coming off an pick. So they came away from that drive with no points it would be... really demoralizing? Or something? But the Jags offense had been so laughably ineffective so far, I don't think they had anything to fear.
I was really afraid they were going to let the Jags hang around by settling for FG's instead of TD's. Glad to see I was totally wrong. :D
@RobertItoh @jimfix Conversely, how many of those postseason losses were due to our famously high-octane offense running out of gas at the worst possible moment? I count very few that I blame on defensive collapse.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Trent Richardson Trade: A Closer Look
Knowing now where the Browns were willing to sell Richardson, how would we feel if it had been MJD or CJ with the injury and Richardson going to a division rival?
@DougEngland It could mean that small sample sizes are more likely to yield freaky results.
Or it could mean that Pagano lacks clutchiness! TEACH THE CONTROVERSY.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at 49ers, NFL Week 3
Richardson was also a top receiving back last year. That's significant for a team that just lost its best short-range target for the year.
*sheds single tear for Allen*
I'm going to keep holding hope that this is temporary.
This team just isn't good enough yet to produce many blowouts. They're still learning how to play together, unlike the "old regime" that kept a stunning amount of consistency for a number of years. Stay on individual guys to fix their mistakes but the team as a whole needs to keep their confidence up and "no style points" is as good a mantra as any right now.
It's sad that Mathis has apparently bought into the history rewrite that certain vocal media hacks in Coltsland love to push. As great as Luck is and will be, there's still going to be plenty of sour grapes feeling every time Peyton puts up a great game without a horseshoe on his helmet.
3 months ago on Winning, With Style!
The entire O-line was awful. Luck sacked four times, forced to scramble and bail out the offense with his feet? Holy shit, guys!!! My time machine to 2012 worked!!!
3 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Raiders
This game was a battle to see who could beat themselves. The Colts' O-line went into complete brain lock and our CBs milled around like they were at a convention. Meanwhile Sea Bass shanked a kick that would have won them the game and we learned that Pryor should never attempt a pass longer than 10 yards. Fortunately their screw-ups were worse than ours.
The good news is it wasn't as bad as getting bossed by Chicago in week 1 last year. Once they settle down and find their feet this team still has plenty of great games in it.
Also, you can't spell "ugly win" without WIN.
3 months ago on Recap: Colts Edge Raiders at Home, 21-17
In the second GIF it looks like Cherilus got brainlocked by the combination of Kruger's footwork and the safety blitz heading right for him. In his defense, if he lets Kruger draw him too far outside he leaves a gaping hole for that safety to fly right past Ballard. So it's not that bad of a derp.
But it also looks like Kruger then grabs Cherilus and pulls him to the ground from the side. That's some bullshit right there. Cherilus' "momentum" didn't fling him down onto his right shoulder. That should have been five yards, automatic first down.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on How Winston Justice Got Owned by Paul Kruger, and Injured Anthony Castonzo in the process
@MarcusDugan @smonroe My first thought was for Griff Whalen. Bringing in another KR/WR isn't a vote of confidence in Whalen's ability to secure the #5 WR job.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Trade: Colts Acquire WR/KR David Reed from Baltimore for RB Delone Carter
@unitas19 Championships are built on depth. Looks like Grigs understands that.