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@mattshedd @JohnTemple1 yep, that was a poor choice of words. No criticism of Kyle intended who does a great job. The point I was trying to make is that it's now at the point where serious consideration needs to be given to how we recover from bad choices. We can all see the problem now but we have to get past the 'I told you so's' and look for the best solutions. That is, the Colt's management needs to acknowledge the deficiencies and get on with the rebuild.
1 year, 5 months ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@hankster @JohnTemple1 Agree they need to work with what they have right now & that means more play action and rolling out as the line can't protect. However, that doesn't preclude upgrading over the next couple of seasons. To do that they need to stockpile some draft choices, quit trading away future #1 picks, and carefully select free agent linemen. There is no reason that they can't have a big, strong line in a couple of years if they make good choices.
You make strong arguments. However, hindsight is always 20-20. Given that your basic premise is correct, and, I tend to agree, the real question is what the Colts do to correct it for next season. They would have to totally collapse (possible) to lose a playoff spot at this point but I don't see them winning even the first playoff game as they are now constructed. Assuming that Irsay stays with Grigson and Pagano, which is probable, what are the Colt's options to start the rebuild that is needed? And where do they start? My own preference is guard and center to protect their long term investment in Luck but is that doable with their draft situation? Is a #1 receiver easier to find? I'd be interested in your thoughts.
@zgs1288 @JohnTemple1 Perhaps, but I don 't see that from anyone else the Colts picked up, including our first round draft pick, Werner, who did little or nothing in the pre-season. besides, All-Pro appears to be easier to come by these days. Landry can't cover receivers but because he's a big hitter, he was annointed All-Pro.
1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Trade Rayford for Conditional Draft Pick (?!), Shuffle Tight Ends
In large part, I have been on the Colt's bandwagon, supporting all the off-season moves to strengthen the team, But the trade of Rayford defies all apparent good sense. The upside for Rayford was huge and, I agree with you, the lack of a pass rush from anyone else in the pre-season, along with his measureables and athleticism argued that he was more than just practice player. I think the Cowboys got a future All-Pro and the Colts gave that up for a conditional pick in 2015. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Did I say Stupid! ?
I would like to see Bradshaw get some reps - just to see what he can do with this line. Not too many, maybe two series. I know they want to protect their investment but he also needs some time to get comfortable with this team before opening day. Practice helps but it's not the same as live action. Same for Thornton. As a rookie trying to break in after an injury layoff through most of the pre-season, he really needs some work. Otherwise, I'll be interested to see who steps up in this one. With Fleener & Allen both out, maybe we'll get a long look at "Mr. Irrelevant".
1 year, 8 months ago on Colts Notebook: Starters’ Final Tune up, Injury Updates, and Vintage Reggie Wayne
My three biggest concerns after yesterday's game were the special teams, the pass rush (or lack thereof) and the O-line. The special teams issues can be fixed by selecting the right players as the pre-season progresses. I'm not ready to believe it will be as bad as yesterday. There were signs the pass rush will get better. Mathis and Werner played very little and Rayford stood out in the second half. More push from the D-line which is still getting it's feet wet will help. But the O-line is a potential disaster. Yes, the starters didn't play much but that just exposed the lack of depth on the 2nd and 3rd teams. When the starters were in for the first couple of series, there was no push in the run blocking and an early collapse of the interior line. I'm not sure what the fix is here. It's hard to believe that there are any solid free agents left on the market but the Colt's front office better be looking hard at the waiver wires. With the proposed backups/potential starters out hurt, they will be too far behind if they get back at all this season. Not to beat a dead horse but I'm going to anyway, McGlynn and Satele have to go - if they start the season, Luck is going to be running for his life far too often and we will have no interior running game again.
1 year, 8 months ago on Initial Reactions: Bills beat Colts 44-20
Not sure why the Colts are working out more wide receiver prospects when the cookie jar seems full. Ditto for bringing in more linebackers. Seems like they should be more concerned about the interior of the O-line. When one DT can take out the entire interior of the O-line as Chapman did this week and drive them back into the backfield, no matter how talented, there is something drastically wrong with Luck's protection.
1 year, 8 months ago on Colts Training Camp Notebook: Ready for Some (Preseason) Football
@Kyle Rodriguez @JohnTemple1 That's true. Still doesn't invalidate my original point. You have to look at the DB's in the context of the whole defense. They will play very differently when the front 7 is forcing the opponent into 3rd & long than they will if we are giving up first downs or allowing them 2nd and short. I agree that injuries can change the whole scheme of your defense and stats can tell you past tendencies of a particular player, but stats can't predict with any accuracy how any one player or group of players who have not played together as a unit will perform. For instance - will Landry's pass defense be better if he is surrounded with other talented DB's and a D-line that puts heavy pressure on the opposing QB. Common sense says yes. All I'm saying is the whole is the sum of its parts and I'm suggesting that we have much better parts this season. Therefore, I'm on the side of your argument that is optomistic. Of course, until we see them play, this is all just idle speculation. Thanks for the interesting article.
1 year, 8 months ago on Irrational Confidence: Making an Argument for and against the Colts' secondary
@Kyle Rodriguez @JohnTemple1 Actually, I said 1st & 2nd and short, not 2nd & 3rd and short. I clearly remember the defense having to face numerous first & short situations, particularly in the games we lost, because we couldn't stop the run. I agree there were fewer 3rd & short situations because we were giving up too many 1st downs. My point was that by focusing on stopping the run, the Colts would find ourselves more often able to tee off on 3rd & long downs.
You can't evaluate the DB's out of context in the overall defense. Last year the DB's were under heavy pressure all season, routinely facing 1st or 2nd & short situations where they had to choose between coverage or run support on a dime. There was no effective run defense or pass rush from the front 7. All that has changed with the overhaul of the D-line and LB's. This year, expect to see the opponent under a heavy rush as the number of 3rd & long situations increase dramatically. This will improve the DB's focus on pass protection and add to the number of interceptions and pass breakups. Go Colts!
@MarcusDugan @JohnTemple1 Woops, guess Brazil just opened up a spot for Kelley or Whalen. I am always amazed at how easily some players throw away their careers.
1 year, 10 months ago on Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers – The Other Six
@jettro @JohnTemple1 So your just another guy who thinks money makes up for ignorance. Guys like you are a dime a dozen.
1 year, 10 months ago on Finding the Colts' Strengths and Weaknesses: Defense
@couchspud441 @SteveBarlow And maybe that's the real point. Whether 1 or 2 don't work out as hoped, this is still a better team for all the work Grigson and Pagano have done. They will be fun to watch.
@jettro Which half a brain do you have? You need to take a course in English writing since you can't spell, use punctuation or write a sentence that makes sense. Beware the "pot calling the kettle black."
@Kyle Rodriguez @JohnTemple1 You may be underestimating RJF. He played as the primary backup for all the DL positions in San Fran and is still young. I don't expect any of them to be All Pro's in 2013 but Chapman, Montori Hughes and possibly RJF have the potential to grow into an All pro. Abuyo Franklin will probably start and be pushed by Montori. We don't need "stars" to be successful,just solid line play.
@DougEngland I liked Arians too - he was a great motivator, but, I don't believe his offense was right for Luck at this point in his career. By that I mean that Luck took too many hits always waiting and waiting for the deep throw and hasn't learned to check down and get rid of the ball quickly when under a heavy rush. Pep's offense should cure that with more emphasis on the short throws and outlets to backs. The balance of run & throw and the bigger use of his tight ends will also keep Luck upright and add to his completion rate and first down totals. Also, I don't believe Pep will eschew the deep ball but will use it more sparingly. I wish Arians all the best. He is a stand up guy and deserved his shot at head coach.
Good article but I think you underrate the defensive line. In my view, Franklin, Chapman, Hughes & Ricky jean all have the potential to turn out All-Pro seasons. Redding is aging but still capable in a solid rotation and the rest provide serious depth that should help limit injuries. With the Colts focusing now on stopping the run first, I think Grigson has done a remarkable job bringing in the right kind of talent. If the Colts can force 3rd & long regularly, I think you'll also see a big improvement in the pass rush.
Can't help it - I hope kelley makes the cut. I dream of a 6'6" wide receiver who can go up and get the fade or cross the middle and bruise the coverage guys after a catch. Training camp will sort it all out but it does look like we have several great options for that 4th spot.
@Tim0619 @JohnTemple1 That's what I'd expect from a Tide fan. Not,"We have a great team but so do you", just arrogance. There a number of teams in the SEC that are marginal or average and would not beat a MWC team - like kentucky. We thumped Georgia in 2011, 38-20, in Atlanta and they went on to be your Eastern conference champion. We play Ole Miss in the opener 2014, again in Atlanta and don't fear them. We don't duck anyone so when Alabama wants to schedule a real non-conference opponent instead of the South Alabama's, etc., give us a call.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Mountain West Preview: Wild things are happening in the mountains
Good review of the MWC as the long wait for the season to start begins. As usual, you get nasty comments from no-nothing commenters (@Tim0619 ) who won't identify themselves or their own team loyalty. I'm guessing either an SEC drone or a disgruntled Idaho fan. As a Boise fan, I have every expectation we'll be BCS busting again this year but should that not happen, there are enough good teams in this conference now to see one of them get the BCS nod. Additionally, as a point of emphasis, big name schools don't try to hire poor coaches from bad schools so the demand for Peterson and the two coaches who moved on is enough to demonstrate the strength of the MWC. Any school which doubts the MWC, should schedule a few games with MWC teams or shut up! Go Broncos!
Someone always beats the odds. This kid has the tools, he just needs hard work. I think there's a strong possibility Hughes is a regular inside by mid season. With Franklin and a healthy Chapman, Indy should have the "beef' it needs to shut down the run for the first time in years.
1 year, 11 months ago on What to Expect 2013: Montori Hughes
I give the Colts credit for continuing to do things to try and upgrade the team. After three non-productive years, it was probably the best move the Colts could make with Jerry Hughes. The handwriting was on the wall in Indy - Jerry would never be anything but a part-timer. At least this way, the Colts are getting something for the investment in him at a minimum expense.
1 year, 12 months ago on Colts trade OLB Jerry Hughes to Buffalo for LB Kelvin Sheppard
I would like to see the Colts trade up for an impact O-lineman or trade down for additional draft picks. There seem to be all sorts of opinions out there on who the Colts might draft but no clear idea of where the Colts preferences are at this point after all the trades and free agent signings. If they stay at #24, my guess is they'll go for "best available".
2 years ago on What Can the Colts Expect from the 2013 Draft
@Payton @JohnTemple1 Perhaps, depth is a stretch. It will take more than one season to be two or three deep at every position. However, last years O-line and defensive secondary were horrendous and they manged to finish in the playoffs. The players they've added in both areas are a definite upgrade ( Thomas, Cherilus, Landry & Toler) . The new backup QB is a step up as well and he can win a game or two if need be - something Stanton couldn't do on his best day. Pairing Mathis with Ricky-Jean, Moala and the new nose tackle is also an upgrade over Johnson, Redding and a host of no names . The Colts should do a lot better stopping the run and giving Luck more offensive opportunities. I see our current weakness is right guard and perhaps a deep receiver, although I expect to see more short and medium passes from Pep's offense than Arian's throw it deep and pray Avery will catch it. Given the state of the AFC South, I don't see any reason the Colt's won't be in the thick of the conference champion race and back in the playoffs. A Superbowl is probably still down the road but I like where Grigson is heading. We'll see what he does in the draft - maybe some depth.
2 years ago on Playing the Market in Free Agency
Everyone has their opinion. I'm guessing that more than dollars went into these signings - like who fit the new system and who really wanted to come to Indy. Surprising it is, but not everyone wants to be a Colt. I like the additions. It has improved the team dramatically and added significant depth at key positions. Sure, a few of these choices may not work out but that's the risk with any free agent signing. Grigson avoided, for the most part, contracts with big dollars up front so the ones that fail can be let go in a year or two without much, if any, cap damage. His recent trade for Filli shows the Colts are far from done yet. I'm one of those Colts fans whose glad Grigson resisted the temptation to spend most of the cap dollars on two or three aging "stars". In large part we have a collection of young and improving players who can grow with the system. Go Colts!