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"But Dietrich-Smith was a different beast in the Chicago game than he had been early in the year."

Not to be depressing, but Chicago's run defense was so bad that they made the Ravens look like a good running team. Ray Rice went 25 for 131 yards and a TD, the only game all season where broke 5.0 YPC and one of only two where he broke 4.0.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith

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The Havili snaps don't really count. He was in for the three kneeldowns at the end of the game. He played zero meaningful snaps, which is about what he should be playing. I'm sure he's a wonderful guy and all, and he's not a bad player, but fullback is a defunct position when you have Andrew Luck under center.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Wild Card Week

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@DougEnglandThe thing I'm not sure Pep Hamilton appreciates is that when you have an offensive line that massively out-talents most defensive lines, playing power run is easy.

Seriously, the talent on the Stanford OL is unfair. Peat, Yankey, Wilkes, Danser, and Fleming is just a disgusting collection of talent. Add in the guys they lost after last year - Martin, DeCastro - and the guys who are gearing up to take the place of Yankey and Fleming are pretty damn good themselves. The second string OL has two five-star recruits and a four-star recruit. When you can put eight guys like that on the field ... well, I love passing attacks as much as anyone, but I'm a firm believer in the philosophy that you put the ball in the hands of your best players. Stanford's best players are the OL plus whoever's at running back. No joke - Barry Sanders' kid is a RS freshman RB at Stanford. Kid looks exactly like his dad occasionally.

I'm not sure Pep Hamilton has entirely realized he doesn't have those guys any more. He's calling plays as if he does.

8 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 11

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If it goes like the rest of his career, he'll quickly lose his appeal.

8 months, 1 week ago on NFL Issues Erik Walden a One-Game Suspension, Walden Plans to Appeal

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All I can see in that second picture is Mike McGlynn getting beaten like a drum while Samson Satele stands idly by and watches.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority’s Rookie Watch – Week 5

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@GregC McGlynn and Satele are many things, but "invisible" is not one of them. Intangible, maybe, insofar as pass rushers don't seem to touch them. Inexcusable, as in their level of play. Inexplicable, as in how the fuck do they keep getting on the field. But definitely not invisible, because I see them all the fucking time and I curse whenever I do.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Chargers, NFL Week 6

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Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend went to Stanford. As long as we're turning the Colts into Stanford Midwest, maybe Irsay should see if she can be signed and added to the active roster for this week's game?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Chargers, NFL Week 6

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I disliked the Wildcat plays Stanford ran. They used Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson as their wildcat backs, which would be fine, except the point of the Wildcat is to get your best players on the field at the same time when you have several good backs and a mediocre quarterback. When your best player IS your quarterback (see also: Luck, Andrew), pulling him off the field is just bad tactics IMO. I hope Hamilton leaves the Wildcat stuff behind, because the same will be true with the Colts.

1 year, 3 months ago on MarQueis Gray - Mr. Irrelevant Candidate?

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I'd just like to point out that picture is actually Darren McFadden.

1 year, 3 months ago on The Colts Sign Free Agent Darrius Heyward-Bey to a One-Year Deal

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@smonroe They do. All drafted rookies sign four-year contracts; first-rounders have an option for a fifth year. All undrafted rookies sign three year contracts. However, rookie contracts can be torn up and the player extended after two years for undrafted players, and three for drafted players. So if Luck says "Hey, redo my contract or I'm leaving in free agency," the soonest the Colts could redo his contract would be after the 2014 season.

1 year, 5 months ago on The Colts' unique situation heading into Free Agency

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Rookie contracts can be redone with a year left on them. Luck's could be redone after the 2014 season.

1 year, 5 months ago on The Colts' unique situation heading into Free Agency

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Okay, someone explain to me how to do carriage returns, I'm clearly missing something.

1 year, 6 months ago on Anthony Castonzo: Still the right pick

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Why is moving Castonzo to the right side attractive at all? I can think of three reasons why it's not, and the only reason I can come up with in favor of it is basically wishful thinking. 1. LT and RT are not the same. It's a different skill set and while RT is generally considered easier to play, it's not as simple as just doing everything in reverse. There'd almost certainly be an adjustment period. 2. LTs are more expensive than RTs. This is especially an issue in free agency, where a LT like Branden Albert or Ryan Clady will command more salary than an RT like Andre Smith. Why waste the money when there's a serviceable LT on the roster? Castonzo may not have been perfect, or even great, but he was good, he'll get better, and he's cheap. Why spend extra money on one position when there's a lot of holes that need addressing? 3. I wonder how much of Castonzo's struggles were due to the rest of the line. There were times where he was out on an island and got beaten for sure, but I also wonder how much of that is scheme related. If you have one starter quality lineman, you single him against a rusher and pray the other four can block three. Upgrades at the interior positions could make Castonzo look a lot better.

1 year, 6 months ago on Anthony Castonzo: Still the right pick

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I say go with this one. http://i.imgur.com/6fCnp.jpg

 

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1 year, 6 months ago on Luck Won More than Games this Season

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 @MarcusDugan Sure is! Basically became the A's unofficial dance last season.

1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Notebook: Touchdowns, Expectations, & Eminent Domain

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"Odd end zone gyration"?! That's the Bernie! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJMBmsK5hXc

1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Notebook: Touchdowns, Expectations, & Eminent Domain

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@Ben Savage I mean, I agree with you that the NFL needs to change SOMETHING. But as far as affording it goes - every time I want to go out and drink, part of the question is, "Can I afford it?" A cab is part of that. If a higher-profile player wants to go out and doesn't want a cab, chances are he's one of the millionaires. Yes, something needs to be done about the culture. But part of that is the fraternity mindset of athletes, young guys who've never been bitten in their professional lives, many of whom feel invulnerable because they made it. That's the first place to start, breaking down that mindset of "it can't happen to me." But let's not act like cost is a barrier to entry. The guys that can't afford the more expensive private services are, almost universally, the guys that don't need the confidentiality those private services provide.

1 year, 7 months ago on Drunk Driving & the NFL.

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Practice squad guys like Josh Brent and Jerry Brown aren't going to get TMZ'd for calling a public cab, because TMZ wouldn't give a shit. And that's assuming a cab driver would even recognize them.

1 year, 7 months ago on Drunk Driving & the NFL.

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The chart shows up fine on the site, but doing it as an image means it doesn't show up correctly in the RSS feed.

1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Authority's Week 13 NFL Picks

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If your turkey is dry, you're overcooking it mate.

1 year, 8 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts vs Bills, NFL Week 12

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 @DougEngland  @Kyle Rodriguez "I still think he has the potential to be what Glenn was to Manning."

 

... only hopefully without the false starts.

1 year, 11 months ago on A Few Things to Watch For Against the Steelers | August

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Watching Dwayne Allen absolutely PLASTER Quintin Mikell on the Brown TD was really nice to see. If Allen can play like that on a regular basis and the OL can please please be competent, there could be some big holes for Brown and company.

1 year, 11 months ago on Preseason: Rams 3 at Colts 38 Game Summary | August

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"The more important thing for Luck, and the Colts' future, is that he shows progression throughout the season, making the smart reads and adjustments."This is really the important part. Yeah, Peyton threw 26 TDs and 28 INTs his first year, but 3 and 11 respectively in his first four games. The last 12 he had 23:17. And his completion percentage went from mostly 40s and 50s to mostly high 50s and 60s.

 

So, progress. More important than overall stats for the year.

2 years, 1 month ago on Colts' Mini-Camp 2012: First Impressions of Andrew Luck | June

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I'd put Josh Norman on your board as well.

2 years, 3 months ago on 2012 Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Board | April

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Peyton Manning is "definitely interested" in any team that will sign him. He wants to play in the NFL next year. There are 32 teams on his "definite interest" list. I'm sure there are teams he'd be more interested in playing for, but if the only team to call him is St. Louis, then he'll be "definitely interested" in playing for the Rams.

2 years, 5 months ago on I know a guy who says... | Articles

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@kasey_junk >- You have a crazy owner to deal with.

As eccentric as the owner may be, he has shown a great talent for giving his FO people the money to field a competitive team and then getting out of their way. As a GM, isn't that really what you want? The seeming tension between Irsay and Polian comes from Polian's overwhelming need to control everything coming out of the organization and Irsay's freewheeling attitude towards media relations.

2 years, 6 months ago on Colts to Fire Bill and Chris Polian | January

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@jado825 While true, it's also meaningless. The entire team is constructed around Peyton. It's like saying "A car without an engine is a very below-average mode of transportation" or "A computer without a CPU is a very below-average calculator."

2 years, 7 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Texans

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1984 has to be U2's A Sort of Homecoming. It even came out in 84.

(Completely unrelated to Nate's love for U2, I swear!)

2 years, 10 months ago on Thursday Open Thread

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As someone who grew up nearly trilingual and lost a lot of what I had in both non-English languages, please please make your kids grow up speaking Spanish. I deeply regret not having practiced my Cantonese and Spanish as much as I should have for the last 10 years, and now I have difficulty even understanding, let alone speaking them. They'll thank you for it, maybe not while they are learning it but definitely later in life. ;)

2 years, 11 months ago on 18 Things I Miss About Argentina

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@DougEngland As someone who grew up in the Bay Area watching (and cheering for) the 49ers, I can assure you that Eddie D was NOTHING like Dan Snyder. For starters, he was actually liked, if not beloved, by the community and the team. He also had enough brains to hire smart football people and then stay out of their way, much more like Jim Irsay than Snyder. He also got lucky in that the 49ers dynasty was established well before free agency, which made San Francisco a desirable destination when free agency was established rather than a place to avoid if at all possible.

3 years, 1 month ago on Market Size and Competitive Balance in the MLB and NFL (Part 3)

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Not coincidentally, "Francisco bad, Bethea good" basically sums up the year at safety.

3 years, 1 month ago on Broken tackles: Francisco bad, Bethea good

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