For now, Boston
I spend too much time reading interesting things online
Is it fair to say we feel better and worse? I feel better about the potential of the offense going forward, but man do I feel a lot worse about the overall strategy of the team. I know that they were talking the same talk a year ago about being a run-first team, but I don't think all of us believed it 100%. But now? I think it's pretty clear that Pagano/Grigson/Irsay are all-in on the antiquated team-building concepts of the past. That makes me feel a lot worse.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority
@Goéland @hankster @psvirsky "mathematically irrefutable and empirically sound."
I'm estimating that was an average of 13 letters per word to end your sentence. No wonder coaches won't listen to you nerds!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Broncos
"Remember that 09 MNF game where Miami held it for 45 minutes and lost? That's the script Pagano wants to follow."
I agree. And it's awfully telling that the ideal Pagano script ended with a loss...
"Bludgeon without mercy"
Ouch. I definitely agree, but seeing the words in print makes me ache a bit.
"No one wants to hear me whine"
It's weird how many writers don't get that. You clearly have legitimate complaints, but you only mention them occasionally and at appropriate times. It always bugs me when other writers complain without realizing how silly they look. (and for what it's worth, you're right, and it's crazy they won't credential you)
1 year, 2 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Raiders
This is dumb and the writer should be embarrassed. Even worse, if this is the best wisdom gleaned from Lombardi, he should be really embarrassed. If you are already winning a game, you will likely play conservatively, leading to additional rushing attempts and conservative, completed passes. If you are already losing a game, you are likely to pass more and take risks doing so, leading to less rushes and completions.
I feel bad for Cleveland fans...
1 year, 5 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/The-magic-number-is-50.html
I was feeling pretty good about Boyett until I read this: "Several recent Colts have shown up in this range including Von Hutchins, Al Afalava and Jason Doering"
haha, still a low risk, high reward pick and I definitely like it. But that sentence alone did wonders for tempering my expectations.
1 year, 6 months ago on What to Expect 2013: John Boyett
A touchdown would have been awfully nice
1 year, 10 months ago on Colts-Ravens Open Thread
Hey - if we can win 11 games with a rookie QB, maybe Moore can score a TD?
Gotta love the no-huddle
Very nice tackle from Freeman
Also, my brother is at the game with Colts gear on. If the Colts win, what are the chances he survives?
Haven't done one of these open threads in a while - good to see familiar faces (usernames)
Agreed with everyone else in what we want from the draft - either the next Reed/Sanders/Polamalu or Wilfork/Ngata. I am no college football fan (that's what going to IU will do to you) but I've kept an eye on 2013 mock drafts and it seems like there are consistently two NT's in the top 10 and 1 or 2 more in the first round. Seems like we should have a great shot at getting a game-changing NT. As for safeties, I remember at one time there was a safety projected top 10 but now that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. And although we will have cap space, doesn't seem like there are any especially good free agents.
2 years, 1 month ago on All-22 Analysis - Evaluating the Colts Defense, Week 6. | October
@GregC Thanks, though my lowered commenting dates back nearly a year - she turns one around Thanksgiving. Turns out babies are a lot of extra work for an extended period of time. Still glad you guys are doing what you do here.
2 years, 1 month ago on Accentuate the Positive: Shoutouts to Hughes, Allen, Fleener, Castonzo and Justice | October
Good stuff. I'm not commenting as often as I used to (having a baby will cut down on your online commenting time) but I just wanted to say I'm always happy to read things like this.
I watch and read about sports to feel good. I like feeling good. I don't like feeling angry and upset. If my team sucks, I either want to ignore it completely or try to find bright spots. Sometimes the team sucks and that's fine. But dwelling on it is not good for anyone's health. I really appreciate having a blog that will be honest about when the team sucks but can still find bright spots to highlight. If everyone was like the other blog, I wouldn't be reading blogs at all.
@DougEngland Well put.
2 years, 1 month ago on Problem 1: Run, Run, Stop | October
@DougEngland That's my highlight of the game - fans actually realizing (hopefully) that Donald Brown is good.
Seems unlikely but man I hope to see him come back and contribute. The O-line needs all the help it can get.
2 years, 1 month ago on Phil Richards talks to the ultra-dedicated, rehabbing Ben Ijalana | Articles
Just noticed the Record on the left hand side of the page still says 0-1. Gotta update that while we're still .500!
2 years, 2 months ago on Hype and Expectations for young Colts team entering key week 3 match-up | September
It's really too bad because it does seem like he has the potential to be a very good RB. He really looks like a better blocker - I saw a couple nice blitz pick-ups on Sunday. He's clearly explosive. But those two drops and the fact that he rarely has anywhere to run gives people ammunition to complain about him. I hope the O-line can shore up at some point just so he can show everyone what he's got.
2 years, 2 months ago on Donald Brown's Inconsistent Day, What it Means for Running Game | September
Did anyone on the defense play consistently well? I look forward to your front 7 post later on...
2 years, 2 months ago on The Problem With the 2012 Colts: the Defensive Backfield | September
@Kyle Rodriguez That's fair. I guess really, we shouldn't be surprised if any player on an NFL team misses time in any given season. I'm sure there are some positions that are more durable than others (interesting study? maybe already been done?) but yeah, injuries are the norm when 300 lb guys are banging into each other (interesting porno? maybe already been done?)
2 years, 3 months ago on Players We Watched: OT George Foster | August
- This is a great series. This is what preseason is for and most of us just don't have the time to analyze individual players like this. Much appreciated.
- Nitpicking on one point - "it would surprise nobody if [Castonzo] missed time in 2012". Really? Obviously he dealt with injuries most of last season, but from my quick and unofficial research, it looks like he started every game at BC for 4 years. Is there something about his injury that I'm forgetting about that leads us to think it'll come back or reoccur? I honestly don't remember much about it (last season's memories are repressed). But unless there's more info, personally, I will be surprised if he misses time.
Ugh. For the past year, the only time I've gone to Wells' site is when it's mentioned here and I'm now at the point where I can't even do that. He's just so awful at providing anything useful. I wouldn't mind except that there are legitimate Colts fans looking for their first blog and come across that and assume that all sports blogs are like that. Just awful.
2 years, 4 months ago on Are you Buying what the Colts are Selling? | July
Anyone starting to wonder why the backs had their worst game against the Bucs? Seems unlikely that the Bucs scheme was so clever that it fooled all of them. I wonder if there was some internal news/update on Peyton being out for the year that threw them off. Wild speculation obviously. More likely answer is it's just a coincidence.
2 years, 4 months ago on Running Back Pass Protection: Donald Brown is the Biggest Bust Of All Time | July
@coltsauth_todd @Macko haha, no problem. And no, it's not (though I do love those). First off, it's actually a bass guitar. Secondly, it's a knock-off (I think an epiphone? It's been 10 years). But thirdly, to add back some cool points since I lost them with the knockoff, I de-fretted the bass myself and turned it into a homemade fretless with a really cool sound to it.
2 years, 5 months ago on The great blackout myth | May
@Macko Ugh, I hadn't been to that site in so long I almost forgot about it. Unbelievable how awful of a writer he is. I mean honestly, I really can't believe it. Wow.
This is like the opposite of Nate's annual "What to Expect" series. After the first 4 picks, the chances of any of these guys becoming regular contributors is slim. This is way too optimistic and is the kind of article that raises fans expectations beyond what they should be. You should link Nate's "What to Expect" stuff in this article.
2 years, 6 months ago on Colts GM Grigson Shows Genius in 2012 NFL Draft | May
Great post - I've been trying to convey this to less informed Colts fans for the past 48 hours and now I can just forward this along instead of doing it myself.
2 years, 6 months ago on I Was Wrong | April
"There are simply too many variables involved to make a really insightful conclusion on where the team will end up in 2012." ...but we will continue to blog and predict anyway!
Just teasing. There really is no way to know how it'll shake out. And our expectations will largely determine how we react to it, individually. Personally, I would guess we win 2-3 games against crappy/mediocre teams and have a surprising win or two against decent teams. But really, who knows. It will be by far the most unpredictable season we've had in a long time and that along provides excitement.
2 years, 7 months ago on Don't Be Surprised Part III - Projecting the 2012 Indianapolis Colts | April
@Fondue @DougEngland How about the the "made Jeff Fisher think the only possible way to beat him is to onside kick it EVERY TIME" category?
2 years, 7 months ago on The Clutch Enigma: Peyton Manning, Part II | April
Addai will likely be one of those guys in 20 years that kids have never heard of and us old timers talk about reverently. I absolutely love what that guy did for us.
2 years, 8 months ago on Thanks for the Memories-Joseph Addai | March
@pierrezombie My brother and I were just saying the same thing. Not a ton to judge him on yet but he's passed all tests. Made the tough cuts, not trying to be flashy, etc.
2 years, 8 months ago on Colts Bring In DL Cory Redding, OT Winston Justice | March
@Goéland Ooh good call, I hadn't remembered that catch in a while. What a great way to start a game.
2 years, 8 months ago on Thanks for the Memories-Dallas Clark | March
@NateWalton fair enough, thanks for letting me know. (no way can I bring myself to watch/listen to the press conference as it would shatter my cold heart I've developed over the past few months)
2 years, 8 months ago on The End of the Manning Era | February
Am I the only one who isn't heartbroken and upset about this?
Don't get me wrong, I was heartbroken and upset a couple months ago when it became obvious this would happen. Nate especially has been suggesting with insider knowledge that this would happen for a while. And I would be heartbroken if he had to retire now and couldn't continue his legacy. BUT, we've had tons of time to prepare for this mentally and emotionally. Maybe I'm cold-hearted, but I took the past few months to prepare for this and I'm at peace.
If anything, I'm relieved the decision has been made and we can move on. And next year will be by far the most interesting regular season we've had in nearly a decade. I'm downright excited to see how Luck will do. And I am even more excited to see Peyton setting the league on fire with another team. Though I'd prefer he do it here, I think it'll be cool to see another fanbase learn just how good he is and try to appreciate him like we do. And if he takes an average team to a title, the GOAT argument gets a lot easier. If he breaks QB records with another team, I will still be happy because I'll know we got 13 years with THAT guy.
Honestly, the only thing that would depress me now is his retirement. Ten years from now, everyone will still consider him a Colt, no matter what happens now (like Montana, Rice and Favre). And if he has more MVP's, titles and records, people will consider him the best ever AND primarily a Colt.
I know we won't be as good as we were with him (or could have been this year with him), but the circumstances require it and we might as well enjoy the ride. We get a new franchise QB and two wholly different teams to root for - his new team and whatever the Colts look like. Sorry guys, I'm just not upset today.
[sorry for the length of this, sorry for not being upset, and sorry for not being able to respond to people much today, big project at work]
You could probably post this article every week until September 2013 and it would be a useful read.
The hard thing is we're so used to devouring all news and information about the team b/c they were great and every little tidbit mattered. It's tough to turn that off. But I do feel like most things I read/watch/listen about the team is a total waste of time. My goal is to transition to only reading CA and use my extra time on IUBB and Pacers reading (not that anyone cares about my goals).
2 years, 9 months ago on Drama and Change is Boring | February
@SouthernColt@Nate Dunlevy Since I'm getting all these replies too, can I come in to this, moderate, and end the discussion? What it boils down to (I think) is that Nate thinks Carter is not great. He might be mediocre, average of even a good RB, but he's not great. SC thinks that at the very least, his short yardage running ability is great. You guys disagree and obviously that's okay. Moreover, in a year or two we'll find out more about how good Carter is and maybe by then with extra evidence you guys can come back and agree.
But for now, this thread should probably die. You guys disagree, and that's that.
2 years, 9 months ago on What to Expect: The 2011 Class in Review | February
This is the kind of analysis every single football fan should be exposed to and forced to read so that those of us who already do that can have intelligent discourse on the draft. Nothing earth shattering here Nate but plain and on point as it should be.
@coltsauth_todd Agreed. My small twist on the memory (not worth an entire diary entry) is that my brother was at the game and texted me to say he was nervous we gave Brady too much time. I responded with "take a picture when we win" and a few minutes later he sent me a picture of Marlin with the ball (most of the picture was Colts' fans arms in the air). Of course I wasn't cocky as much as scared shitless and trying to play it cool, but now whenever there's a big game ending like that, we always use that quote.
2 years, 9 months ago on Horseshoe Diaries, Volume 1 | February
@mattshedd You forgot Ryan Diem. And I think Tarik Glenn is still on the roster? Plus, remember when Saturday played guard for a game a few years ago? So he counts as two positions. And for that matter, Diem counts at both slots on the right side. So when you're looking at a line of Glenn, Saturday, Saturday, Diem, Diem, yeah, that's pretty ancient.
2 years, 9 months ago on Is Luck better off elsewhere? | Articles
@theinfelix No, but maybe we can stuff two of our DT's into one jersey? That'd be about Wilfork's size I think.
2 years, 9 months ago on Pagano looks to keep it simple | Articles
@Nate Dunlevy Agreed, the analysis has been good, but like I said, they tend to take many more words to make the same points. Barnwell especially has been long-winded since his move to Grantland. Anyways, nice work.
2 years, 9 months ago on Super Bowl Recap: The Giants Won. The Patriots Lost | February
Nice write-up Nate. Captured the game well without blabbering on, as I'm sure most NFL writers are doing today.
@Ben Savage@feltmadras Sounds reasonable, thanks for answering.
2 years, 9 months ago on Five Plays in Free Agency - Jamaal Anderson Edition | February
@Ben Savage@feltmadras To the above point, that was my first thought too - Anderson looks like a pretty good 3-4 DE.
Ben - you're not the first person to say that Mathis could convert to 3-4 but that Freeney might have trouble. But I haven't heard an explanation for doubting Freeney yet. What's your thought on the subject?
Very excited to see what Ijalana can do, if he earns a starting position. Granted, he played for about a quarter this season, but he looked decent for a raw rookie coming into a game unexpectedly. I'm certainly over-projecting based on scant performance, but it would really be awesome if we had both tackle spots locked up with young talent going forward.
2 years, 9 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.coltsauthority.com/coltzilla-2011-archives/november/preparing-for-the-colts-future-offensive-line.html
@squirrel Agreed. If I had to bet, I still would guess that his career is effectively over (based on an assumption that the Colts decision makers last year couldn't be that bad). But I do really hope to see him back on the team and used effectively. If he, Collie and Garcon can mesh with Luck like they did Manning, we could have a truly explosive offense (taking into account Brown's explosiveness and the improving O-line). All three of those guys can run WR screens effectively, as Arians seems to like. There is a lot to be seen...
2 years, 9 months ago on Judging the Draft: Indianapolis Colts 2007 | January
I guess I don't totally understand the grades. What exactly are we trying to grade? Were it not for injury, the Gonzo pick could have been a great pick. His stats the first two seasons indicate a great talent at a skill position. But the Colts just get a C+? And it's not like he was an injury-prone guy who they knew had some injury risk. Are they being graded based on their ability to predict fluky injuries? If it's based solely on how good a guy is in the NFL, then the grade should be at least a B if not an A. But I'm not saying you're wrong either - his career production to this point warrants no more than a C+, if not lower.
This is the problem with grading drafts. Some things are impossible to predict - can you really punish a front office for that?