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 month, 3 weeks 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.
4 months ago on Halftime Adjustments and T.Y. Hilton, plus Players Weigh in on Incognito and Kubiak
4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 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?
4 months, 2 weeks 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."