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Music teacher, football fan,
I'm in. Just make his contract front loaded if possible. I believe a good C is the most important piece in the Colts O being much better next year.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Alex Mack
He'll be converted into a S in the NFL. He's awful small for a LB. Likely a strong ST player.
1 month ago on Colts Sign Former CFL Standout Linebacker Henoc Muamba
Overall I feel Better
1. Even with injuries to key offensive pieces (Wayne, Allen, Ballard, Bradshaw, Thomas) the offense was able to adjust and move the ball.
2. The OL is a C away from being a B to B+ group. Interior OL are much easier to find/replace than OT.
3. Andrew Luck proved his year 1 was no fluke.
4. Robert Mathis is just as good of a rush LB as he was DE.
5. The secondary, when healthy, was solid
6. Overall, the Colts aren't deep, but have the pieces in place to run *most* of their scheme.
7. The coaching staff seems able to modivate this team well.
Concerns still left
1. Grigson being able to admit mistakes, and cut people that need cut.
2. Finding someone else that can rush the passer not wearing 98.
3. Depth at all positions
4. Continued development of the defense.
1 month ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority
I a don't want to be a run first team. I'm really not sure if Pep wants to be either. However, I don't mind being a power run team if the Colts will invest in the OL to do so. If you have a great OL, and a Great QB, you can win it all with a few good and one great offensive weapon.
As far as the D goes, I've said it before and I will again. I think that the "stop the run" mentality comes from being able to dictate that your front 7 can stop the run without the 8th or 9th guy up there. If they can, it makes it much easier to force teams into known passing situations which will help you get them off the field.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency
I was at 06 AFCCG. it was just as amazing and just as stunning the next day. So glad you were able to share it with your son.
2 months ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes
Say what you will the Texans d line is pretty good. I liked this OL configuration for pass blocking. Thought they were credible all day. No Indy line has been good at run blocking, buts impossible to dismiss how much better they play as a unit with McGlynn at C
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Leaving No Doubts: Colts 25, Texans 3
Nice write up. I agree this group gets a second shot this week. If they can slow down JJ Watt, then we have a group that is at least functional. I do think there is something to the Reitz Costonzo combo on the left side. If I remember correctly, next to Costonzo was where Reitz showed his potential early in his career that got all of us so excited.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 14
I agree with the sentiment that hopefully the Colts are using this time to figure a few things out. If Brazil and/or Rogers can get open on single coverage, it will change the offense completely. Teams will no longer be able to double or. Bracket both Hilton and Fleener on every play and just sit back. I noticed more multiple recieveing sets in the second half. Perhaps that is a recognition of that. I like the route combinations Better in the second half as well.
They still have several games to right the ship. It can be done, just hope they keep getting better.
3 months ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
Ben, did you chart the difference in overall OL play with McGlynn as the C vs Setelle? Did I miss that?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12
I don't have a problem with running, if it's working. Pep (and Luck) need to do a better job running vs favorable fronts. Please lose the 6 OL plays and run out of sets where there is at least the threat of a pass.
4 months, 1 week ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"
Notice on the TR run that the Colts were in a passing formation. That allowed the OL to take care of the DL and TR just had a LB to beat for the first down. Hopefully we start to see more of TR in passing formations.
5 months ago on GIFtastic: The Colts Beat Seattle and Andrew Luck is Amazing
#8 you obviously preferred Voltron. I'm ok with that.
5 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Seahawks
1. Perhaps a really smart marketing guy realized what the bags would be used for and did it anyway.
5 months, 1 week ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Jaguars
Agree about Clark/Fleener comparisons. Just needs time. One of my greatest hopes with the entire Colts team/org is hopefully the ability to grow for a few years. Was massively important for Peyton as well. We just forget because he's now super-human.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Jaguars
What effect do you think Mathis and his transition from the same situation is having on Werner? It took Mathis almost a season to really find his way as a LB. I would guess he's helping Werner.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rookie Watch - Week 3
@GregC @hankster @Music Man @andreaallennyc I'm not worried about his development yet. It's the entire teams 3rd game in a new offense with an OC that has called 3 pro games and a HC that has less than a full season. I did forget to mention how much I agreed with the down the field routes earlier though.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4
@hankster @GregC @Music Man I guess I wasn't that clear. I think the Colts should be much more "pass first" early. With a ratio that helps them establish a lead. Preferable one that is 3 scores. But I don't see that happening with Pagano. So 2 scores would be better than what happened in SF when they went conservative after the first TD.
Specifically @GregC the clock stopping is what I am referring to. Manning nearly always got the ball to the right guy. However, the receiver can't always catch it. Those incomplete's really add up over a quarter.
@andreaallennyc @DougEngland I agree about Edge, and I haven't forgot. But the Colts only memorable time the Colts did that since Edge left was in the SB. That's a lot of history to erase.
My biggest frustration of the Manning era was the lack of ability to "put games away" by running clock. I sincerely hope that the Colts come out firing (like they did last week) but instead of getting up one score and slowing it down, they wait until they are up 2. In a perfect world, we'd see Luck with 200 yards passing in the first half (with 2 TDs) and 130 yards rushing in the second half. That is real balance in this NFL.
My hope is based on the fact that the play calling and personnel groupings have gotten better every week by Pep, so I simply hope that trend continues.
Thanks for the effort. I'd thought about this too. Nice job working through the draft and roster. Personally, I think they would have required 2 #1s and 2 #2s at least.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on What if...the Colts had traded the #1 pick?