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For 6.5 million, I want Bethea back.
1 year ago on Free Agency Frenzy Live with Colts Authority Radio
Rob Gronkowski was not on the Pats in 2007, he was 18. Maybe you meant Wilfork?
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Playoff Notebook: Pep Talks
Actually he's managed to miss a couple of open-field tackles. Like his upside.
1 year, 3 months ago on Leaving No Doubts: Colts 25, Texans 3
@naptown_ninja They prefer to be called Asian Americans, thank you.
1 year, 3 months ago on A Colts Authority Christmas Wishlist, Part 1
@hankster I screamed and cried when they passed on Hopkins to draft a project pass rusher.
1 year, 3 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Titans, Crowd Sourcing
Pedantry alert: It's "desiccated". Perhaps you were thinking "desecrated", which would also be OK.
1 year, 4 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Cardinals
I feel like Luck's success rate got much better in the later parts of the season, especially with those skinny posts in the back of the end zone (TY Hilton's grab against the Pats being a good example).
1 year, 10 months ago on 2012 Red Zone Performance: Quarterbacks
Totally agree. Just wanted to point out that from a purely statistical perspective, this rookie class had some things going in their favor. I'm hugely excited to see what they can do as sophomores.
1 year, 10 months ago on T.Y. Hilton and Dwayne Allen look like huge steals after one year
The only part about this that may be a little misleading is that our rookies didn't play because they broke into a roster with entrenched starters. They got reps because we had NOBODY ELSE. Just getting on the field is tough for most rookies, even if they turn out to be really good later. So that's skewing the contribution numbers a bit compared to other rookies.
@DougEngland BRB, forwarding this to Brad Wells.
"DougEngland should lose his job. Yes I know that he doesn't work for the Colts. He should still be fired for saying something so idiotic."
@naptown_ninja Polian called HIMSELF a bad talent evaluator at O-line, and I would have to say he was correct. He rarely picked anyone that stuck for very long, and the o-line was terrible for YEARS.
The great part is that he can throw accurately on the run from either side of the field, unlike a Plummer our Schaub, so rollouts are way harder to defend because they can go to either side of the field.
1 year, 10 months ago on Pep Hamilton's Quotes Misreported, Cause Unnecessary Angst
@squirrel You've gotta find some way to drive pageviews in the dead of the offseason.
Hear hear. A pistol would actually be great, because the qb can play action and read the defense st the same time.
In his senior bowl cutups he makes a nice swim move at the NT position and absolutely buries the tailback in the backfield. Good stuff, hope to see him develop well.
1 year, 10 months ago on All-22 Analysis: Scouting Montori Hughes
@Kyle Rodriguez I would agree.
1 year, 10 months ago on Colts trade C A.Q. Shipley for conditional draft pick
Woof. This is officially a crap trade. Shipping off a proven starter with a rookie as your only depth for a conditional 7th is not a good decision, at all.
I loved our draft haul last year, but most of the other personnel moves Grigson has made, from McGlynn to Walden, have been pretty questionable. I'm really wondering whether he's actually a very good GM. Next season will be big.
I dunno, I still see a center with mediocre technique and limited athleticism.
I don't think grigson was shopping Shipley. Ravens are thin at center and likely came with an offer. Taking the conditional pick means Grigson knows Shipley is good enough to stick with the ravens. And we don't know the terms of the deal yet, if he can manage to recoup the fourth spent on Hughes it may be a good deal.
As Greg said though, you can set your watch by Grigson doing the opposite of what he says. No more cauldron of competition at center.
@couchspud44 Agreed. I have a lot of faith in our organization to get the most out of guys, especially after what we've seen in the past year...definitely don't think that Bruce Arians was the glue holding it all together.
1 year, 10 months ago on What to Expect 2013: John Boyett
I like Boyett but don't have high hopes: his injury is extremely rare and recovery stats are hard to find...the last NFL player with the same injury never made it back to the league. But we'll see, it's nice that he got the surgery mid-season so he'll have about a year of rehab before training camp starts.
Thornton looks like a great pickup all around IMO. He was under the radar but that's often a good thing with linemen; you can pick up tremendous talent later on and on the cheap.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Hugh Thornton and John Boyett - the “Buzz Saw”
@DougEngland My relationship with this draft is pretty much the same as my relationship with the last. One or two picks I'm hyped about and a bunch of head scratchers. Let's hope the payoff is somewhat similar.
1 year, 11 months ago on Recapping Ryan Grigson's Best Moves of 2012
@buymymonkey Goal line D packages?
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes
@RvHauler1 ACL surgery has come leaps and bounds even in the last ten years. As you say though, time will tell.
@MarcusDugan @DougEngland I watched all the stuff I could find on youtube, and he moves like a sub-300 lineman, it's true. He plays kind of high and doesn't seem to have that really low center of gravity, but held up well against double teams in the super bowl and even got occasional pressure up the middle from the nose or 3-tech spot. In college he played all three spots in a 3-4 line. He's not gonna be Haloti Ngata, don't worry, but he seems like a capable clogger if he improves his technique.
In the 7th you''re pretty much just grabbing random guys who have some glimmer of potential. Don't get too worked up about it.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Colts Draft RB Kerwynn Williams and TE Justice Cunningham, Mr. Irrelevant, in the 7th Round
Cant say I like this pick at all. Holmes seems to do a lot of his blocking in the second level, which is not something he can expected to do in the NFL, to put it mildly. When he has to stand his ground against DTs he gets stood up and pushed back VERY easily. Lots of other guys I'd rather have in the 4th round for sure, but maybe they're seeing something I'm not.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Draft Khaled Holmes, Center, USC, with the 24th Pick in the 4th Round
Seems like most of his negatives are limitations at the tackle position. Nice to have the flexibility but let's keep him inside and let him tee up. Castonzo Thomas Shipley Thornton Cherlius is a major upgrade on the line, no mistaking it.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Draft OG Hugh Thornton with the 24th Pick in the 3rd Round
@AJ_ @paulcareyjr None of us will know ANYTHING until training camp, and the first season, and really until season 2. But I CAN see why Grigson grabbed him at 24; I loved hopkins but werner strikes me as a bigger upgrade to the team, and it's all about winning.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Select Bjoern Werner with the 24th Pickin the Draft
@AJ_ @ABlueColt He looked solid but we really, REALLY don't need any more 5-techs right now, it's possibly the most stacked position on the team. Francois, Redding, Nevis, Moala are IMO 4 starter-caliber 5 techs. Another would be a ridiculous luxury.
@paulcareyjr @ABlueColt Loved Hopkins, wanted him so bad, if this keeps Walden from ever seeing the field I call it a major win though.
@paulcareyjr Please tell me you're not buying into hate from a former Pat.
BTW if Willie would bother to watch more than two seconds of tape he'd notice that Werner played OLB quite a bit in FSUs multiple front and did a fair bit of dropping in coverage and held his own containing the edge. Just cause the guy was typecast by the McShays of the world to play in the 4-3 doesn't mean he hasn't already shown the tools to play in a hybrid front.
And I say this as a person who HATED the pick when it was first announced.
@MarcusDugan @paulcareyjr Note my comment above. Don't know if they track pressures at FBS level, but he had a ton of them that Carradine got sacks off. Carradine looked REALLY slow off the ball, Werner was always the one pressing from the edge to disrupt the pocket.
I think this kid is gonna be good, really good. To be fair, pre-Combine he was a top 15 pick, not like he's some random center from Wisconsin.
@ABlueColt He played some standing up. From what I've seen his burst translates to that posture (unlike Dwight, who could still bust from a stance but not from his feet), and he's had some coverage experience as well. FSU ran some hybrid looks with Werner as joker, and I believe he had one or two picks as well.
I was watching film on Tank Carradine, and came away unimpressed because a lot of his sacks were clean-ups of pressures created by some white guy coming off the other edge with great burst, no idea who he was though. When I realized that white guy with great burst is the guy we drafted, I went from pissed to pretty excited.
630 tomorrow is kickoff
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Authority Live Draft Discussion Thread (Radio goes live at 9:30pm ET)
@AJ_ Can hardly call him underrated, saw him as a top-10 pick just a couple months ago. You can tell Grigson believes in him, and I like a lot of what I see on tape. Dunno about the standing up, but again, we play a lot of four-man front still.
Seriously liking Werner more and more. Played a lot of down DE, but Colts multiple front plays so much nickle that he may be a 2-down rusher with Walden in on 3-4 downs to play the run.
FUCK, now I have to watch Hopkins destroy the colts secondary twice a year for the next decade.
I was watching tape of Carradine and noticed Werner was creating sacks that Carradine was cleaning up.
De-An-Dre Hop-Kins. Five syllables is all you need.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Draft Day Notebook 2013
Nice to hear that Chapman is out there working full time; I think if we were still hearing "I'm working hard on rehabbing every day" that would be a bad sign. Sounds like he's a full go.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Notebook: Back in the Saddle
@bradicus18 I literally cannot find any reason why they liked the guy enough to sign long-term. Grades out poorly, bad production, lots of penalties, and got bossed all over the field the only time Grigson would have actually seen him play live. More mystifying than Arians's playcalling.
1 year, 11 months ago on Penalty History of Coltsâ FA signings
Would like to see more breakdowns on RJF. I always noticed him doing good things when watching the niners, but never watched him purposefully.
1 year, 11 months ago on Free Agent Examination - WR Darrius Heyward Bey.
I think if other teams sign your FAs, you get compensated based on playing time.
2 years, 1 month ago on Should the Colts Cut Dwight Freeney?
2 years, 1 month ago on Five Plays in Free Agency - WR Dwayne Bowe.
@smonroe @DougEngland If they really think Brazill is gonna make the leap, I'd be OK with rolling Reggie Hilton Brazill, and use the TEs more. In limited snaps I was pretty impressed with Lavon.
@Colt_Following @codrutc @Ben Savage Good stats, I'd pay big money for the 14th best hands in the league.
2 years, 1 month ago on The Colts' unique situation heading into Free Agency
@Colt_Following @codrutc Yup. Gotta make big moves that count, or sign a lot of fair-to-middling guys with potential and bet a few of them pan out in a big way (a la Jerrell Freeman).
Very insensitive of Reggie to go repping Gillette when he knows Luck is trying to establish the Neard.
I also hope Gillette is giving you guys a big sack of money for this advertorial.
2 years, 1 month ago on Reggie Wayne and Gillette on Facial Hair
@mattshedd Grigson has said encouraging things, like he'd much rather grab under-the-radar guys out from under the noses of their teams than make a "name" signing. That being said, you can't count on that sort of moneyball approach 100 percent, Satele for example was supposed to be "sneaky good" but wound up being just bad.
2 years, 1 month ago on Colts Monday Musings: As Season Ends, Grigson's Challenge Begins