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If he truely can play both G and C then I really like the pickup. The big problem with McGlynn was that he couldn't play guard well (even as a backup) and the Colts wouldn't put him at C (for unknown reasons). Agree that he was likely signed to be a backup.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa

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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.

8 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Alex Mack

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He'll be converted into a S in the NFL. He's awful small for a LB. Likely a strong ST player.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Sign Former CFL Standout Linebacker Henoc Muamba

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Overall I feel Better

Reasons:

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.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority

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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.

9 months, 1 week ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency

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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.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes

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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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Leaving No Doubts: Colts 25, Texans 3

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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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 14

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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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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Ben, did you chart the difference in overall OL play with McGlynn as the C vs Setelle? Did I miss that?

11 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12

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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.

1 year ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"

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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.

1 year ago on GIFtastic: The Colts Beat Seattle and Andrew Luck is Amazing

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#8 you obviously preferred Voltron. I'm ok with that.

1 year ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Seahawks

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1. Perhaps a really smart marketing guy realized what the bags would be used for and did it anyway.

1 year, 1 month ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Jaguars

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Jaguars

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Just curious,

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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Rookie Watch - Week 3

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@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. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4

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@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. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on What if...the Colts had traded the #1 pick?

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I love it.  I agree that this isn't about the trade for Richardson, but a chance to look at the "system" as it effects QB play.  I think that the advanced stats will show much more than the traditional ones. 

Curious if there is a way to look at "Great QB's" and their running games.  For example:  How do guys we know are great passers stats change when they have a good running game or bad one?  Do they not change at all?  When Brady and Manning were younger, they both had better run support.  Did it matter?  What about Rodgers, Brees, Marino, Elway, Young, Montana, Moon?  I've long held that being a great running team isn't necessary.  However, being an efficient running team (over 4.0 ypc) gives your team a much higher margin for error than being a great QB with a poor running game.  I can't wait to see how your research effects that perception.

1 year, 1 month ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I

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@buymymonkey I'll take McGlynn over Satelle.  Considering he was playing out of position with only 3 days warning, I thought he was fine.  Lets give him a few weeks and perhaps he could play at a +/- 0.  I would be happy with that. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Colts Notebook: Talking O-line and Defense after the Win

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@matt_has In the first half, on SF scoring drive, you can watch "Where's Walden" as he continually crashed into an offensive lineman and let Frank Gore run into the secondary like a gazelle.  In the second half, he wasn't terrible (to my eyes).  Unfortunately, the more I watch him, the more I think he's Gilbert Gardner v2.0.  I just hope someone takes his place before the end of the year like Rob Morris.

1 year, 1 month ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers

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Love the sarcasm at the beginning.  Very nice.  Two thoughts

1.  I think the downfield passes will come back as the Colts prove the WILL run it to win.  There were a few times yesterday, where you could see that SF was really playing the run heavy.  It just happened after the Colts had a 2 score lead. That will change soon if the D and run offense can hold up.

2.  I may have to be the first to apologize to McGlylnn.  He did a very credible job, on short notice, at C.  Is there any way possible that Satelle isn't the worst OL?  And can we just switch him out now?

1 year, 1 month ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers

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#4. Worst part of Walden is the contract length. I hope Grigson realizes that mistake, cuts him and takes the cap hit and moves on.

#6. Anytime you can get an obscure Ray Stevens song into a post you're doing it right.

1 year, 1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers

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Interesting question... Would you trade Werner for Richardson?

The reason I bring it up that he is the kind of talent the colts think they'll be drafting in their spot next year. They believe that they will make the playoffs and perhaps even win a game or two. That makes their draft position on where they likely will NOT be in position to draft that one of a kind defender or OL.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Trent Richardson Trade: A Closer Look

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I noticed that as well in #4. Hilton gets destroyed on that play.

1 year, 1 month ago on Top 5 Plays of Week 1

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I really believe that they underestimated the speed of Pryor. Because of that, they had to adjust on the fly with a few of their schemes. Remember that the Colts didn't see a mobile QB last year at all. Hopefully Manusky/Pagano will learn from this and will do better. Otherwise the 49rs are going to go over 50.

1 year, 1 month ago on All-22: Defense, Week 1.

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So.... What your saying is that it is a good play design to create space behind the LB but

MCGLYNN AND SATELLE SUCK.

Got it. Agree 100%.

1 year, 1 month ago on Pulling Guards on Play-Action: a Stanford Staple

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They pulled it out. I just hope improvements can be made.

1 year, 1 month ago on Recap: Colts Edge Raiders at Home, 21-17

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Nice post. Well said.

I was in the keep Manning camp, but harbor no ill will. I'll root for Manning until he retires, as long as he's not playing the Colts.

1 year, 1 month ago on Bittersweet

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Whoo hooo!!!

He writes again!

Seriously, through, congrats on the award, and it is good to read you again. I was with you on the keep Manning debate, but I don't want to bring all of that up. I will say that Manning has a well established history of both fast starts, and owning the Ravens. Couple those things with a Ravens D that lost their leaders in both the front 7 and the secondary and last night doesn't surprise me. I don't necessarily think that puts him on pace for 5+ td in Indy. I'm also hoping that both the run offense and blitz packages have simply been saved for the regular season. (I can dream, right? RIGHT?!?!?)

1 year, 1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Raiders

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@MarcusDugan @coltsheadben @buymymonkey Just think if you added Franklin to that package!

1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes

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@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 year, 6 months ago on Colts Draft Day Eve: Potential First Round Cornerbacks – Banks, Hayden, Trufant

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@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.

1 year, 7 months ago on Final Thoughts as Colts get Set to Dive into Free Agency

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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.

1 year, 7 months ago on Final Thoughts as Colts get Set to Dive into Free Agency

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@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.

1 year, 8 months ago on Colts Offseason Notebook: Pep and the West Coast Offense

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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....

1 year, 8 months ago on Colts Offseason Notebook: Pep and the West Coast Offense

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@smonroe @Colt_Following and the fact that Avery isn't very good.

1 year, 9 months ago on Team Needs - Offense

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@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.

1 year, 9 months ago on Team Needs - Offense

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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.

1 year, 9 months ago on Team Needs - Offense

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@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. :)

1 year, 9 months ago on Anthony Castonzo: Still the right pick

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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.

1 year, 9 months ago on Colts Thursday Thoughts: Pepé Le Offensive Coordinator

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@jado825 yes thanks. Of many names in my head.

1 year, 9 months ago on Cassius Vaughn vs. Darius Butler: Looking into the Future

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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.

1 year, 9 months ago on Cassius Vaughn vs. Darius Butler: Looking into the Future

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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

1 year, 9 months ago on Colts Monday Musings: Did the Cardinals do the Colts a Favor?

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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.

1 year, 9 months ago on Colts hire Stanford's Pep Hamilton as Offensive Coordinator

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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.

1 year, 9 months ago on Examining Who Could Replace Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians

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