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@ScottComstock I love you calling Nate the Belichick of Colts writers. Actually I would go a step farther and call him the Belichick of Sport writers period. Anyway, he is by far my favorite of all sports commentators I read.
I hate the Pats. Gosh, I hate the Pats. But i stand in awe of Belichick. How he can be so much better than everyone else, game after game, season after season blows my mind.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-patriots-45-colts-7.html
Every single point you made is EXACTLY right. (Especially Point #1. Every time that Bill Simmons or some other Boston narcissist starts engaging in revisionist history saying that Polian got the rules changed after this game I revert to my own tortured post traumatic stress crazed self and want to go "American Sniper" on their ass.)
My level of Pats hate is so ingrained that last Saturday night I was rooting for the Ravens (the friggin' Ravens!) like they were the U.S.A. Olympic basktetball team going against the cold war era USSR.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/a-guide-to-being-a-colts-fan-during-patriots-week.html
(1) Even though it was inevitable, I HATE, absolutely HATE that the Colts are playing Peyton in the playoffs.
(2) I LOVE that Luck got #87 a somewhat meaningful first down catch. (Until that point, I was extremely fearful that the great Reggie Wayne would play probably his last home playoff game with one target and no catches.)
(3) It has been an absolute PLEASURE to watch the greatest place kicker of all time. (And into his 40s, with no visual sign at all of decline. Shoot, if anything, he seems to be getting even better.)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-26-bengals-10.html
@Nate Dunlevy @NateWalton This is one of my favorite things you do Nate.
And you are exactly right that 2014 was solid, but far from a home run yet. Were these players so successful their first year because they have true NFL level talent, or was it a lack of overall roster depth as Grigson has squandered the resources afforded him these past few years?
Only time will tell.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-from-the-2014-draft-revisited.html
I think I'm thankful that I don't have more hope of this Colts team making a long playoff run, otherwise this Bengals game would have me a nervous wreck. I mean what a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde team. And Lewis/Dalton have to eventually win a playoff game don't they?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-27-titans-10.html
Regarding #5, while I agree with your basic point, I disagree with the number of QBs you could trade Watt for and the Texans would win 10 games.
I have a feeling that if you take Watt off that defense, it would collapse. Perhaps not like the 2011 Colts offense without Peyton, but it sure isn't holding Indy to 17 points at home.
Peyton, Luck and Rogers get the Texans to 10 wins for sure.
Brady and Big Ben probably.
Without Watt, the Texans defense is basically the Saints, so why would I think Brees could get that team to 10 wins? Ditto Ryan.
Without Watt, what do the Texans do better than the Chargers and I don't see Rivers winning 10 games with them.
Did you see Stafford play against the Bucs yesterday? I know you watched Dalton play all year.
Regarding Wilson and Flacco, they'll have to prove to me they can win without an elite defense.
And Romo... who the hell knows.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-17-texans-10.html
I always enjoy reading you, but because of #6, this was truly a welcomed (and unexpected) ray of sunshine. i don't think I've ever been as depressed after a Colts win as I was yesterday. It was heartbreaking for me to watch the great Reggie Wayne play the way he did. Your explanation makes me feel much better.
But I do disagree about the difficulty of making the decision to sit #87, to try and get him healthy. It has to be done, even if it means resigning Whalen.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-25-browns-24.html
Forgive me if I am mistaken, but I believe in the past you have been a supporter of Dungy's defensive philosophy he had to adopt when he was guiding the Manning led Colts teams. (Bend but don't break, make the other team execute.)
Now after almost three years of Pagano, I'm curious how you think he would have done with those teams. I'm not sure which I find more frustrating, the wide open tight ends and running backs of Pagano, or the opponent 10 minute drives of Dungy.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-49-redskins-27.html
Obviously, the Beckham catch was incredible. But does anyone else recall the "Spider-man" catch Garcon made when he was with the Colts? It wasn't for a TD, but in my very cluttered mind's eye, it was even more spectacular than Beckham's.
(Also, a little ironic that Garcon now plays for the Redskins and I believe he made the catch against the Redskins. Or maybe that is why they ponied up the big bucks for him.)
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-23-jaguars-3.html
Can't we have some "Intersteller" like 5th dimension time warp, and go back to when the Patriots were getting drilled by the Chiefs and looking like the Geno Smith led Jets?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-patriots-42-colts-20.html
I will admit, that as much as I joke about this lineup, if the Texans draft Clowney... I'm all in using it exclusively against them.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
1 Andrew Luck
2 TEs (Allen and Fleener)
1 Tailback (Undrafted Free Agent that beats out Richardson)
1 (at least) Fullback
So by my math, it will be interesting to see between Reggie, Hilton and Nicks who gets the majority of snaps in the base offense.
Also great Clint clip. Well done sir.
At least we get Peyton out of the way early.
A series of three straight home games, before ending the season with 3 of the final 4 on the road.
(And I hate night games.)
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/2014-nfl-schedule-colts-to-visit-denver-on-sunday-night-football-to-open-season.html
But you make up for it with great "intangibles". For instance, I've noticed that you almost never misuse the "caps" key.
At least we have a nice first round draft pick to address either our need at center or safety... oh, wait, we used that already to get Adrian Peterson, er, Trent Richardson. (I mean who can tell them apart.)
Thank goodness we signed all those fullbacks.
Call me a foolish dreamer ("Doug, you're a foolish dreamer") but I really believe that Werner is going to make the Tony Dungy second season leap.
Now about the interior of the O-line... damn, I think I've lost my magic lamp.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-go-back-to-work-four-things-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2014.html
Well, I heard the real reason that the Colts signed Nicks is because he was a wishbone QB in high school. And now these fullbacks... coincedence, I think not.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
It may not be easy, but it sure will make for good viewing every week. Has training camp started yet?
I'm curious why two teams in desperate need of O-line help, would let him go. Why did the Bears, who should know him best, not even give him a chance to recover from his injury? Also, I guess the Dolphins needed immediate help and if Louis wasn't healthy, they couldn't wait on him. But why did they sign him in the first place?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I pray the Texans take anybody but Clowney. JJ Watt is already BY FAR the best defensive player in the league and if you added Clowney how would you have a chance to block them?
This is my worst nightmare that the Colts would have to face those guys twice a year for the next decade. I could play QB for the Texans and with that kind of dominate D-Line, they'd still be a playoff team.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-mock-draft-commences-houston-takes-jadeveon-clowney-with-the-first-overall-pick.html
Thanks for this Kyle. Nicks is just a total mystery to me as to what the Colts are going to get. This post really helps establish some realistic expectations.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-free-agent-profiles-wr-hakeem-nicks.html
@Payton Could not agree more. (In situations like this, I just hope the people who do this for a living know something we don't.)
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Obviously Grigson and Pagano wanted Jackson, so they must see something in him. But this was a real head scratcher for me. Although I have not studied hours of film on him, it still seems obvious that he excelled in a 4-3 scheme, but for the last two years in a 3-4... not so much.
I like it.
I would also like to see a graph listing the percentages of "standing around doing nothing" plays by each lineman. Thus Satele can finally have a visual representation where he has the longest bar and CA can send him off helping him feel a little bit better about himself.
Mind you I have nothing against Whalen and would not mind at all if he made the team. It is just a feeling I have that this current Colts regime values raw athleticism more than intangibles.
Kudos for using Peter Warrick as a weird type verb that is perfectly accurate in the image it conjures up.
With Nicks and hopefully Reggie back, I don't think Whalen survives. While he may be skilled enough as a receiver, I figure the Colts will go with more athletic types as back up receivers that can contrribute more dynamically on special teams.
I say we inform the Browns that we "just" discovered that Richardson failed his physical last year and we need our first round pick back. (Damn doctor had a family emergency and is just getting the results back to us.)
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/olly-dawes-colts-mock-draft.html
Well, I can post again.
COLTS AUTHORITY RED ALERT. DOUG ENGLAND IS BACK! i THOUGHT WE'D GOTTEN RID OF THAT GUY. GO BACK TO THE OLD SYSTEM IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html
Well, there goes my credibility. i don't know what I was remembering, but I had it in my mind that after the struggle the season opener against the Raiders, that the Dolphins came in and chalked us.
Oh well, you guys are right. So does that inadvertantly help my original thought that I would rather the Colts face the Dolphins in the playoffs than the Steelers?
1 year, 1 month ago on Who to Root For: Week 14
True, not only did Miami win in Indy, they made it look frightenly easy.
Still, in the postseason, give me the Ryan "playing his first playoff game" Tannehill led Dolphins, over the storied Steelers. (Even if their story this season reads like a paparazzi's account of a night on the town with Lindsay Lohan.)
That toss sweep play to Brown would have been the absolute PERFECT example of how NOT to run a play, except for one little thing... Brown made a great move to turn what should have been an eight yard loss into only a five yard loss.
Alas, the achievement of total negative perfection ruined.
1 year, 1 month ago on GIFtastic: Colts sweep Titans
Pittsburgh over Miami... on paper maybe. But while the Steeler mystic may just be a myth at this point, I'd still much rather face Tannehill than Big Ben in a playoff game.
Don't you have to at least put Adongo on some special teams and see what "unparalleled savagery" he can unleash?
1 year, 1 month ago on Colts Elevate Daniel Adongo & Xavier Nixon, Send Two Players to IR
So... if the Colts clinch everything they can with two games left, do they start resting players or play to win the last couple of games?
(Stop it Doug! Don't go there, this is a Good News post.)
1 year, 1 month ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts take care of the Titans
The Game That Never Stops Haunting Me...
Personally, the reason I was worried about Mathis without Freeney is the Super Bowl against the Saints. With a hobbled #93, we really needed #98 to make some plays and he never did.
Now with the way Robert is playing, it is surprising that he was so quiet against the Saints. Don't know who it was, but New Orleans right tackle must have played a helluva game.
1 year, 1 month ago on Colts Notebook: Defense to the Rescue
Adam V. is beginning to earn my trust...
My thinking has been that since he is on the team, I'm rooting hard for Richardson to perform. But for several weeks, my "lyin' eyes" have told me he is not playing very well. Many of my fellow Colts commentors seem to be afflicted with the same myopic condtion. Yet, excuses have been made for Richardson. Bad play calling, bad blocking, still learning the offense... even Pagano himself publicly joined the Richardson excuse making choir.
Donald Brown is not Jim Brown, but he is better than Richardson. And this has been clearly evident for some time. So what changed before yesterday's game? I'm not buying that the Coaches just "wised" up. I'm rambling on about this because if it was just the "politics" of this situation that kept this move from being made earlier... that does not speak well for the environment that is created. And is this on Irsay or Grigson?
1 year, 1 month ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Titans, Crowd Sourcing
Are the box sets of "WTF was Samson Satele thinking" going to be available in time for Christmas?
1 year, 2 months ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12
Don't know how the Colts had him rated. Don't know how hard they went after him or what they offered him. Maybe he just wanted to play with Denver.
But IF Grigson did not have him targeted as his #1 free agent, then I am very concerned about his judgement. Vasquez would have immediately become the Colts second most important offensive player (and that is with a healthy Wayne). And this is not 20/20 hindsight. He was a known NFL commodity. Plus, he is everything the Colts say they want... he's tough and a great run blocker. (The fact he is also a great pass blocker I know doesn't interest them, but it is just a little added bonus to those of us who cherish Luck's health.)
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
The use of Brown is mystifying.
I wrote in a previous post, that in wouldn't have mattered if Donald Brown was Jim Brown, the Colts weren't winning against the Cardinals. But to virtually not use him at all after the last game he had, it reeks of something much more... troubling? Like they don't want Brown to upstage Richardson. This would be exceedingly troubling because it would be putting saving face over the good of the team.
The Colts have over achieved for going on two seasons now. (Is that really possible, in my mind it is.)
Part of the reason is that they are an emotional team. It is why they have been able to produce incredible highs and mind numbing lows. But you can't survive on emotian alone and with all the injuries... the Colts are at a breaking point.
That being said, the Colts want to play a certain way. But IMO, they don''t have the players to do it on a consistent basis. There is too much film on the Colts and the coaches don't seem willing or able to make adjustments. Opponents are now going into games against Indy, knowing exactly what they need to take away. There is only so much im porv magic Luck can create on the fly.
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals
I know football is an emotional game, but Jean-Francois sack dance... wow. (Especially compared to the great Robert Mathis.)
Not to jump to conclusions, but I admit I was really questioning what kind of culture have the coaches cultivated that one of their players would do that in that situation.
1 year, 2 months ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11
I obviously do not watch practice. I am also under no delusions that Donald Brown is the modern equivalent of Jim Brown.
But I do know that in the pivotal game of the 2010 regular season against Jacksonville (yes, the Jags) Brown had his best game ever and was a big reason the Colts made the playoffs. Then mysteriously, he virtually never played again that season.
Then last Thursday, he was brilliant. And yesterday, he is MIA. Even if he was Jim Brown, the Colts were not going to win yesterday. But to not use him at all is just mind boggling to me.
I was channel surfing and on the NFL network I came across Jerry Rice mid-interview talking about Marvin Harrison. Granted I didn't hear it from the beginning, but it sure did seem like the interviewer was having a difficult time getting Rice to comment on #88. The interviewer finally says words to the effect of, "we know Harrison is a Hall of Famer, but is he a first ballot hall of famer?"
To which Rice responds, "well, er, well, I dunno if I can say that or not."
Hey, Jerry, no one is disputing that you are the greatest receiver ever. So take a slice of humble pie and acknowledge the greatness of the worthy that came after you.
1 year, 2 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Cardinals
#3 I see what you did there.
Even though I now live in Central Florida, I grew up in Memphis, TN, and to this day I still go with the generic coke. So, I think this must be southern thing. (My sister had a friend who moved away to Ohio and came back to visit and was saying "soda pop" and my sister was mortified.)
In fact, here is how I fear some of my southern bretheren would order in a restaurant:
True Southener: ...and, I'll have a coke with that.
Waitress: Would Pepsi be O.K.?
TS: It most certainly would not. In fact, cancel my food order as well, Yankee Scum.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Notebook: The Cardinals’ Defense, BA, Tom Moore, and Unusual Accents
All last year, I kept wondering why Arians had never had a head coaching opportunity before. Now, I know. That deep south, New Jersey accent was off putting during the interview process.
Oh gosh, it's going to happen isn't it? It's unavoidable, like Wormtongue Kravitz taking a haughty attitude with his writing tone.
The Colts are going to play the Broncos in the playoffs... But I guess there are worse things, like they could be turning over the keys to the "Star Wars" franchise to JJ Abrams... wait, what?
1 year, 2 months ago on Who to Root For: Week 12
This is awesome!!! This can only mean more POWER running formations!!!!!!!!!!
(Hopefully, I was only kidding about the above and the Colts actually see something in Rogers or Reed or Brazil.)
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Cut Griff Whalen, Elevate Justice Cunningham from the Practice Squad
Ben, this is really yeoman's work you are doing here.
Am I the only one who thinks that if Pep did not have to deal with that "Glory" boy Luck, his ideal line-up would be: Castonozo, Thornton, Satele, McGlynn, Cherilus, Lichenbach, Reitz, Doyle, Fleener, Havili and Richardson.
Using this formation, the Colts could just direct snap to Richardson and be assured that regardless of the direction he chose to pursue, he would always run into a wall of humanity. (Pep's former employer Stanford, basically used their version of this formation to beat Oregon. Alas, not so much against USC.)
1 year, 2 months ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 11
You guys in this thread trying to predict what this Colts team will do the rest of the season are... how should I politely word this... bat ass crazy. Honestly, you might as well be trying to guess Alec Baldwin mood swings. As far as I am concerned the whole range from 6-0 to 0-6 is in play.
1 year, 2 months ago on NFL Issues Erik Walden a One-Game Suspension, Walden Plans to Appeal