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@MarcusDugan @coltsheadben @buymymonkey Just think if you added Franklin to that package!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes
I think the reason he's here and will see time is the rotation. I think Grigson (and Pagano) like the idea of a guy that can slide from DE to NT based on down and distance. That way you have a guy like Chapman or Franklin in for 1d and 2d. Hughes could then rotate into the NT for pass plays without giving up an 8yd draw play.
@DougEngland my wish list starts with Rhodes too. However, my dream scenario is that someone at the top of the draft (Raiders, Cards, Jets) really want to come back into rd one to get a QB and we could maybe get their 2 this year and another 1 next year.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colts Draft Day Eve: Potential First Round Cornerbacks â Banks, Hayden, Trufant
@masnerj @Kyle Rodriguez yes, but they HAVE to spend. Look at it like this. 45 mil in cap. 15 for rookies, 7 for OT, 6 for OG, 5 for LB 4 each for S DL and WR. That gets you to 30. I honestly think I'm overestimating a bit on everything but perhaps an A level OT.
3 months, 1 week ago on Final Thoughts as Colts get Set to Dive into Free Agency
My wish list by next week. A level tackle (l or r). A level G. A or B level OLB. Upgrades at S, DL, and WR which all could be filled with B level talent. An added bonus would be an A level CB, but only if the price was good. Front load contracts as much as possible to push open cap space down the line and make it easier to cut someone later if necessary.
@MarcusDugan I have always thought that the reason Peyton (and now so many others) did the line calls was so they were sure where the OL weakness would be if the D blitzed. That way they knew where to throw it. Perhaps that was an incorrect assumption.
4 months ago on Colts Offseason Notebook: Pep and the West Coast Offense
Really glad to read the comments about Allen. I had posted in an earlier article that I thought Pep would use him and Fleener as part of a 2 TE 2 WR personel set. The flexibility allows you to run pro-set, power I, 2 TE on the line, 3 WR (Fleener in the slot), 4 WR (with Allen or RB split wide) or even go empty backfield. Just smart use of best people. Can't wait to watch this thing get rolling with Luck calling plays based on the D. (Where have we seen that before?) Now if Grigson can just fix the OL....
@smonroe @Colt_Following and the fact that Avery isn't very good.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Team Needs - Offense
@Kyle Rodriguez excellent point Kyle about using a LB. I wasn't necessarily saying they shouldn't have one on the roster. I guess I just figured a 1 TE with a FB would be a more common West Coast alignment than a 2 TE + a FB. Look at how effective the Pats were when they would shift from 2 TE 1 back to 1 TE 2 backs without changing personnel.
Personally I'd rather not see them get a FB. Here's why. D Allen. He is big and sreong enough of a blocker to pull off the FB roll. With both him and Fleener on the field, you can dictate better match ups to your best players. The only way you get a FB that is a better athlete than Allen is to draft someone higher than they are worth.
@Lvl9LightSpell if someone answers lightspell about carriage returns please let me know as well. I can't get them to go on my ipad to save my life. :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Anthony Castonzo: Still the right pick
I'm actually very excited to see how this offense works out. One of the few issues people brought up about Luck prior to the draft was his ability to throw deep. (Remember his pro day?) Luck has spent the entire year working on that very skill with one of the best teachers of the deep throw there is. Now he gets put back into an offense he knows well with an additional skill and upgraded weapons at WR. If you combine those, with Luck's ability already to call his own plays it should ease the transition for the entire offense into a new system.
If you take a look at the WCO system it can be all "dink and dunk" like you hear many people say. Walsh's system is obviously very timing based and not exclusively, but primarily a YAC system. However, think about that system, with a QB that can also throw deep. You get Brett Farve in Green Bay with Mike Holmgren. Regardless if you like him or not, his size, ability to throw deep, and thrive in a WCO made him a tremendous QB. (Holmgren was also able to rein in his int's) Luck has already shown he doesn't have the ego that Farve did. Luck could be the combination of Farve's arm strenghth and downfield ability, with Montana's or Young's intellect. A VERY attractive combination in my book.
I think this is THE offense that best fits Luck. He can perform in any offense. But a situation where he is allowed to have timing patterns that keep him from taking hits, a run game that can be semi consistent, and the options to read a D and throw deep when the opportunity shows itself (instead of being forced) are going to showcase his skills in a fantastic way.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Thursday Thoughts: PepÃ© Le Offensive Coordinator
@jado825 yes thanks. Of many names in my head.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Cassius Vaughn vs. Darius Butler: Looking into the Future
Solid analysis. I think that we could see Vaughn as a 1 or 2 and a FA 1 or 2, with Powers as a nickel back, I would be more than ok to see one of these guys as a dime. Even seeing them as a Nickle regularly would be scary.
I'm not happy that Arians is gone, but I am happy about bringing in the West coast system. I think it probably fits a bit better with Paganos vision of the team. I know some have voiced concern that Peps offense didn't throw to WR much, but the WR at Stanford were not very good. It's hard to blame home for using the best talent on his team.
What I think will be the lasting legacy of BA here is that he pushed Luck early to go downfield instead of being safe. That skill alone is tough to teach and BA seems to be a master at teaching it. Manning learned from BA and continued to throw downfield even without a canon of an arm. If that is the only lasting skill he taught Luck, it will benifit both Luck and the Colts for the next 15 years
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Colts Monday Musings: Did the Cardinals do the Colts a Favor?
I said in the article about Arians leaving that I hoped Grigson had someone off the radar that would be a good hire. He did. This seems to be a great hire. The guy is already comfortable with Luck. He seems a no nonsense coach. As Kyle said, the Colts at this point don't have the personel to run Stanford's offense. However, it seem clear that he will be bringing a west coast style offense that will fit all of the skill personnel well. Also, he'll likely spend several years here with Luck before he would move on.
The longer Grigson is here, the more he looks like an incredible hire.
5 months ago on Colts hire Stanford's Pep Hamilton as Offensive Coordinator
Of the choices listed, Moore is certainly my favorite choice. However, I think Grigson and Pagano are good enough at what they do, that this hire could come from nowhere.
It wouldn't surprise me at all to see a first time OC get a chance. Someone that they feel has a good, creative mind. Perhaps even a college guy. I just don't see that if I were in the Colts FO I would love any of these choices. I'd go a completely different way.
5 months ago on Examining Who Could Replace Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians
@Colt_Following Bowe is sooo fragile. I would worry about him long term.
5 months ago on Identifying Potential Offseason Targets by Examining the Colts Coaching Connections
You missed the most important one if BA stays. (Looking likely). Mike Wallace. It'll cost a ton, but we would then have a legit #1 to replace Reggie. Ask Jax and Ten how hard it is to find one of those guys. In his last two years with BA he averaged 1200 yards a season. He's young and has a great pro in Reggie to mentor him. (His problems started when Ward left Pit).
Today's defenses are so much more 3 and 4 db than they used to be. While I agree that a 6'1" or taller stud corner would be great as a number one, it is short sighted to dismiss someone with coverage skills simply because they aren't that tall. I think Powers is a legit #3 CB. Paid as such, he'd be a value to the team for certain. The question then is whether Powers wants a shot to start again. If he does, it should be for another team.
5 months ago on Colts Offseason Outlook - Should the Colts re-sign CB Jerraud Powers?