No Pierre. No Zombie. No GOAT. No problem.
Also, it's kind of funny/ironic that after all the heat Nate took for supporting Polian over the years, it turns out that the plan Polian wanted for Peyton/Luck is the exact one Nate thought would have wrecked the franchise.
1 year, 1 month ago on Myers: Polian wanted Luck to play under Manning
Interesting that we still don't know if that plan is WHY Irsay fired Polian. Wonder if we'll ever know?
Polian said the Colts “were in the right place at the right time,” to get Luck. “More power to them.”
He revealed that if he knew how serious Manning’s neck injury was at the time of the 2011 draft, he would have taken either Colin Kaepernick or Andy Dalton in the first round.
“We loved them both,” he said.
@Bobman1 It really worries me that they couldn't make those adjustments until *after* they were down by three scores, and even then only during halftime. It seems like at least some of them -- like the run/pass balance or blitzing the rookie QB -- are things that should be adjustable during the game from the sidelines, if the coaching staff is competent and realizes what's happening to their original game plan.
1 year, 3 months ago on Halftime Adjustments and T.Y. Hilton, plus Players Weigh in on Incognito and Kubiak
1 year, 3 months ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts complete comeback versus Houston
Just because it's in The Onion doesn't mean it's not true:
Texans Players Wish They Were Good Enough To Rally For Gary Kubiak
@matt_has I think they mean "Run on first. And on second. Then let Luck try to pick up 3rd & 7." The scary-good thing is how often he does.
@chip_bennett @buymymonkey It seems like going 3WR would give TRich more room for those swing passes out of the backfield, too. One thing I'm impressed by is his YAC when they get him in space, and the way he drives through defenders to finish.
Regarding run/pass, Mike Wells reported this:
"Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has been steadfast all season that the Colts would be a run-first football team. He finally changed his approach in the second half Sunday."
Really? We're supposed to believe that abandoning the run to try to make up an 18 point halftime deficit means that Pep has "finally changed his approach"?
I wish that were true but... Child, please.
"Boy, what a game by Andrew Luck. The first half was horrible for the whole team including him..."
Wondering if Luck was horrible in the first half -- that is, on his own -- or if his horrible performance was more due to the OL not giving him any time or a decent pocket and his receivers dropping passes in volume and at key times? Given how uncharacteristic the first half was for him, I'm more inclined to blame his supporting cast. But then again, I'm in super homer mode for Luck already, so it's hard to be objective.
1 year, 3 months ago on Week 9 Report Card: Colts at Texans
"These Colts aren't happy to be here, they are here to stay."
I have to wonder if this actually is part of the problem; if the roster is still dependent on young/inexperienced guys at enough key spots that they occasionally are just happy to be there (San Diego game)? Or overwhelmed by the circumstances (Denver game)? Or just not veteran enough to know how to handle a bye week yet (Houston game)?
Despite some great veteran leaders, maybe these Colts are just still a little too green to perform like we've come to expect, from the glory years of the Old Regime.
1 year, 3 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Texans
@Payton As much as I'll miss Greg's take on each game, I'm pretty sure they could run a headline and the comments block and the rest of us could take it from there.
@Bobman1 @chip_bennett All I can think is that the coaches see the same facts and stats that we do, but can't integrate them into their view of how things work. When smart people miss the bleeding obvious, usually it's because some preexisting bias is in the way.
The part I still don't understand is why Pagano's so big on run defense, when he was a secondary coach before becoming a DC. Shouldn't he have a better understanding of the relative values of run and pass defense in stopping an offense than a bunch of blog commenters (who live in their moms' basements)?
@Kyle Rodriguez Whew -- glad to hear it! Not sure how I'd go a whole month of the season without it.
@buymymonkey Agree that he's biased. But I think he does the best immediate analysis of what happened on a play, like calling out that defensive call to crash Mathis down on the RB with Angerer spying in on Keenum. Compared to the typical "Well, they really got to him on that play!" bullshit, I'll take CC any day.
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Show up Late, Storm Back to Beat the Texans 27-24
@DougEngland I think they are un-understandable.
@chip_bennett I'd add that Vontae Davis was an inch away from a pick-six in the first half, and a millisecond from breaking up one of those lobs to Andre Johnson in the end zone. The "game of inches" stuff cuts both ways, of course, but this game could have just as easily have been 10-14 at the half.
@MarcusDugan @AJ_ @AJ_ I liked that McAfee quote too; he's as awesome off the field as on it. But the quote of the week, I think, was this one:
“That’s a work of art, what he does,” Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said of Luck. “He does it some kind of way. We don’t have a normal quarterback. We have a winner.”
Attn: Mr. Irsay: That's how it's done. Just like that; nothing more.
@matt_has @chip_bennett I noticed the holds and facemasks on Mathis the most when he was against the right tackle. If the refs are going to call it like that, the Colts should tell Cherilus to just wrap his guy up and sit on him until the play is over.
Maybe he doesn't count that because it lasted longer than ten seconds?
1 year, 4 months ago on Andrew Luck Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week
McAfee is hilarious. "This ten seconds here is the most athletic portion of my life."
I don't understand how Luck can be as impressive off the field as he is on it. A guy his age in these situations just shouldn't be able to pull it off like that. I'm really looking forward to watching him handle all the extra-curricular stuff over the next decade-plus.
Anybody who casually tosses out "to the nth degree" like that is probably going to make some great commercials.
@DougEngland As usual, I'm with you on this. It felt like a game that was poised for the epic, down-to-the-last-second QB battle, but instead it was mainly decided by fumbles and key penalties by role players.
I guess that just underscores what Mathis said in his postgame interview about it being a team game.
If Nate is right, and this is a matchup we'll see again once or twice a year for the next few years, there's little doubt we'll eventually get the game that this one could have been.
1 year, 4 months ago on GIFtastic: The Jim Irsay Revenge Game
@Bobman1 Absolutely. I almost added to my first comment: "That, and his amazing downfield blocking."
On that TD pass to Havili, look who's got two defenders on him cutting across the middle of the field. I think that's what the offense is going to miss as much as anything; the way he opened stuff up for everyone else.
Peyton looking up at the Jumbotron and doing that half-smile was one of the best things of the night to me. Almost like he didn't know who'd hit him until he saw the replay, and then it clicked, "Oh yeah -- of course it was him. He finally got me."
@DougEngland I doubted this team when they traded for Richardson, mostly because I expected the pick to be too high to trade away. I doubted the coaches' ability to let Luck do anything significant this season. I doubted them against San Fran, Seattle and Denver. My inclination, once again, is to doubt that they'll find a way to get past losing Reggie...
Maybe it's time to believe.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Notebook: McAfee’s Big Game, Wayne’s Injury, and Peyton Quotes
@GregC I am more than happy to trust your judgement on this.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Hang on to Beat Denver 39-33
"He's a top-5 QB in the league right now."
So that puts Luck behind only: Peyton, Rodgers, Brees, and that guy Irsay would have preferred from 2001-11? (Sorry; couldn't resist.)
And ahead of guys with *multiple rings* (again, head bob in Irsay's direction): Eli, Rothlisberger. And ahead of also-rans like Romo and Rivers. And pretty clearly ahead of everyone else from his draft era so far: Wilson, Kaepernick, Griffin, Newton.
24 games in, that's pretty damn impressive.
@naptown_ninja I love Luck's willingness to run for those first downs, and his ability to do it is freaking amazing. But I hope they review that shot he took to his right shoulder from Von Miller on film this week and tell him to chill out just a *little* bit.
@matt_has Especially as the Colts' DBs started dropping out, I was almost certain Manning would tie it up.
Another "what if" would be if he'd just kept passing in the red zone instead of handing off to Hillman. That earlier drive that went ~50 yards in two plays was insane.
@matt_has I would wholly endorse that trade, if only so that my Livefyre name would make sense again.
1 year, 4 months ago on Big Win comes with a Big Price: Colts lose WR Reggie Wayne for the Season with Torn ACL
@mattshedd I unexpectedly ended up rooting for both
teams equally. So on every play I wanted opposite things to happen, like some kind of sports schizophrenia. My perspective was flip flopping from Colts fan to Broncos fan about once a minute. And like you, it wasn't a choice -- I've followed both teams so closely for so long that I couldn't turn it off in either direction.
(I lived in Colorado for three years -- including Elway's two Superbowl wins -- before coincidentally moving to Indiana the same year the Colts drafted Manning, so the layering of loyalties is deep and pretty complex.)
Near the end, I seriously wanted it to go to overtime and end in a tie. (Oh, and for Mathis to stop beating the hell out of Peyton.)
That's the most mentally and
emotionally exhausting game I've ever watched, including all those brutal playoff games against the Pats.
If they meet up again in the
playoffs I think my brain will melt.
@matt_has @pierrezombie Well, now that we know Irsay expects at least two rings every 14 years, as long as Grigs only trades away 7 years of draft value to WIN NOW, it should all work out fine. Right?
Yeah, your first point is spot on. It's like we've landed in Colts Bizarro World. Someone gets hurt and the first rational thing to think is "How much is this going to cost us in draft picks?"
@matt_has @Bobman1 The best sign in the stadium was "Sack him gently, Robert".
@hankster @chewie_33 @GregC That fake end around pass to DHB was genius.
@matt_has Can't we just get it over with and trade our entire 2015 draft for AJ Green? :)
More seriously, what do you think ATL would want for Gonzalez? I can't even guess.
As crazy as that game was, this was the craziest, worst part. I couldn't even watch the replays.
Obviously, there's nothing positive to take away from this, but I thought Luck's reaction was remarkable. The way he took the blame for the throw after the game was perfect, even if somewhat unfair to himself. (Even great QBs can't beat the turf monster.) And watching him slap his hands to his helmet was devastating, but it said more about his character and passion and commitment to his team than any soundbite could.
Damn, you beat me to it! I guess I Irsayed my chance to say it first.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts fans talk about Peyton Manning
I love the “light bulb moment.” That's as perfect a description of it as I've heard, and it sums up one of the many nebulous, hard to define, yet vastly significant things that make him my favorite player ever.
THIS: "I'll always be a Colts fan first, but there's no way I can root against Manning".
I can't wait, either, for the book that covers all this in detail, hopefully with extensive access to all the major players. In fact, I hope someone's doing background research and starting those interviews now, while it's still fresh. Although, of course, if the real, messy truth ever comes out it will likely be decades from now, when the key characters have nothing left to lose and when it's only us old timers left that care about it anyways.
Yeah. The contrast between Peyton's apparent sincerity about his years as our QB and Irsay's apparent disregard for them is shocking.
1 year, 4 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Broncos
Perhaps step one of the wake up call will be watching Peyton fly up the field in his genetically encoded starship a dozen times tonight.
Yes! Like you, that's exactly what I wanted to hear from Irsay, if anything.
I think the problem is that his idiocy isn't the sort where he can't string together pleasant sounding words when the mood strikes. He's shown he can do that before. It's the sort where he's not clever enough to conceal his true thoughts when those thoughts really shouldn't be revealed.
He couldn't have said what you wrote above without lying, because even with all his back pedaling and attempts to steer his criticisms away from Peyton and towards Polian, it seems pretty clear to me that his primary feeling is ingratitude, and that he's nowhere near as self aware and humble as your speech would have required him to be.
But hey -- what the hell do I know? I'm just a random person on the Internet psychoanalyzing someone I'll never even meet.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts vs Broncos Notebook
My sincere apologies to GregC , who made the same point on Check it To Authoritarians, in more detail and with a really enjoyable amount of angst. Sorry Greg! I was saving the best for last and just heard it this morning.
Damn Kravitz for making me read him again. But for all the classic Wormtonguing in there, this quote was worth it:
"I asked if he knew where the Lucas Oil Stadium visitor's locker room was located.
He shook his head.
"I'll just follow the arrows," he said with a smile."
Great one, Nate. Love the fact that it was 18 this week.
I think you're exactly right on #5. Did you happen to hear Barnwell's comments on the Grantland NFL podcast this week? To Irsay's criticism that Polian spent too much on offense, Barnwell wondered what the hell he thinks is going to happen when Luck and Richardson's rookie deals expire the same year? (Plus Allen, Hilton and Fleener...)
If Irsay keeps this up, it'll end up being the honorary one-finger salute from the podium at Canton.
Good thing for the Colts that Del Rio is smarter than their entire coaching staff!
Nate, which is more painful? Watching Peyton throw it to Welker, or watching the Colts trying to establish a power running game?