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My offseason wishlist: Stop hiring ex-Browns.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-patriots-45-colts-7.html
If the Colts lose, the worst thing about it will be having Tom Brady break my heart AGAIN. The second worst thing will be no more Eyes in the Backfield.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-24-broncos-13.html
Björn Werner or Bjoern Werner. The second is OK if you have a keyboard with no ö, but from what I understand the first version is the way he actually spells his name. You have to be careful though, because German names can be either or (famous soccer executive and inmate Uli Hoeneß shouldn't be spelled Höneß, for example).
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-5-report-card-colts-vs-ravens.html
@matt_has Why the F was he even in the conversation in the first place?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-titans-at-colts.html
@LovinBlue And Mike Perera had no idea that it was Jacksonville that threw the challenge, even AFTER he was corrected.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-jaguars-17.html
On the fumble Landry takes an angle that is positively Zbikowskian.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/they-did-what-head-scratching-moments-from-the-colts-week-1-loss-to-denver.html
Dwayne Allen. Reggie Wayne. Andrew Luck.
I swear to god I gave up on this game half a dozen times. They STILL found a way to rope me back in. That's Colts football, ladies and gents.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I'm equal parts concerned and unconcerned about Dwayne Allen. He hasn't really had such a big role in the passing game, and his run blocking has been not what we saw in the past. Then again, he caught 3 passes on 3 targets last week, and T.Rich's one really good run against the Giants was behind Allen absolutely OBLITERATING Kiwanuka. So I think he'll round into form.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I don't know what it is about T. Rich. There were a few plays there where the play design made no sense - a run play into a 9-man box with only seven blockers for example. Everyone beat their man but there were still two defenders keeping contain and he got nothing. Our run blocking is just not any good. Period.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html
@Kyle Rodriguez @Fot Bollar IIRC it was Harrison's first play. He popped nicely to the second level and there was a hole off left guard that Richardson flat didn't see.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/quick-hits-five-things-to-watch-in-colts-vs-giants.html
Griff Whalen is in like Flynn. He's their only backup at holder and PR. Rogers is a 5/6 WR bubble guy, but I expect they keep him on too.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/first-unofficial-colts-depth-chart-released.html
Caught the show this morning cause it airs at like 4 am my time. Thanks Greg for the hard work! Kyle, will we get to hear your Barry-White-smooth voice in the season again?
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-radio-is-back.html
Richardson on the sideline for the first week is not encouraging. He needs to be getting reps in the offense, otherwise we're gonna be hearing excuses for another season.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/fantasy-roster-and-real-football-implications-from-vick-ballards-injury.html
TY has become a favorite so quickly. I remember his first "TY" dance, at first I thought it seemed a little bit conceited but then he explained it stands for "Thank You" and I was won over.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
You look at the company he's in, and you can't help but think, wow, this kid has a bright future ahead of him.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Coby Fleener flat routes, all day, EVERY DAY.
11 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-charting-project-colts-and-third-downs.html
The problem with a "The 4th biggest contract in the league for *position x*" stats is that they don't really reflect the inflation of value over time. Will Jones's contract be the 4th biggest five years from now? Certainly not. I imagine three or four contracts will be signed next year that will be bigger, then five or six the year after. Jones's "Three Year Rank Order" on that level would be an average of about 8th. Does he project to be a top 10 second-contract defensive end over the next three years? I think that seems reasonable.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html
I couldn't love this pickup more if it made me a steak dinner.
We get to kick the tires on a big-time talent with something to prove, and if it works out we've got the first bite at signing him to a longer deal. Nicks is only 26 years old, if he pans out he could be a long-term replacement for Reggie, whose deal is up next year and probably won't be signing a big-money contract if he continues on after this season. Plus it takes the heat off Reggie to be stellar from day one and opens things up for TY to do what he does best. Add D-Wayne and Fleener to the mix and Luck is going to have his pick of targets.
Now go get a center so he has time to throw!
1 year, 1 month ago on Colts Sign WR Hakeem Nicks to a 1-Year Deal
God this was a fantastic win. Hilton's second over Browner is the greatest TD pass by a Colt in a long, long time.
1 year, 2 months ago on Taming the Seahawks: How the Colts Fared Better than Anyone Against the League’s Top Defense
A 6-9 tackle? No thanks, edge rushers will eat him for lunch and have leftovers for dinner.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Sign another Intriguing Player you’ve Never Heard of: OT Jack Breckner
I feel better, but not as better as I EXPECTED to feel. So, worse.
1 year, 2 months ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority
At the beginning of the season I was OK with the "Run the ball, stop the run" focus. After all, you should focus on improving your biggest liability, right?After the season, it's the fact that they didn't actually DO it that worries me. I'm concerned about their ability to evaluate talent more than the area of focus. Picking up high-priced busts is what sinks a team, not playing "old-school" football.
1 year, 2 months ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency
I would rather spend some of the free agent money we have to eat Landry's contract and resign Bethea and somehow get Byrd on the field next to him.
1 year, 3 months ago on 2014 Salary Cap Impact for Cutting Notable Colts
I know Rodgers had a rough game, but that sliding catch he made was a nice grab! I felt he showed more than the statline indicated, given what a raw product he is. Josh Gordon-style breakout year in 2014, hopefully.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Authority’s Rookie Watch – Week 15
Oh my goodness. I understand FP is an open forum, but there really ought to be a minimum bar to clear to get published.
"Today, the record is clear. The countries that have followed his advice and increased their deficits (the South European crisis countries), have done far worse in terms of economic growth and employment than the North Europeans and particularly the Baltic countries that honored fiscal responsibility."
This is breathtakingly dishonest. The southern European countries were the ones forced into massive public spending cuts by Aslund's fellow neoliberal travelers. As Krugman (and Delong, and Blythe, and others) correctly predicted, this gutting of public expenditure blew a massive hole in the national economies which wound up INCREASING deficits and WORSENING the fiscal situation. Now that the IMF has issued its mea culpa, it's truly revolting to see the same rats who instigated this human disaster attempting to dump their guilt down the memory hole, all the while trying to pin the crime on the people who were screaming their heads off to try and stop it.
Luckily, while Mr. Aslund apparently has no memory, the Internet never forgets.
1 year, 5 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
What makes the game so great is how fiercely it resists "Moneyball" approaches. It's 40 percent luck, 40 percent plan, 20 percent skill, or some other combination thereof.
1 year, 5 months ago on They Aren't Who We Thought They Were: Why the NFL is So Difficult to Analyze
I didn't think it was possible for me to hate the Richardson trade any more, but after last night, wow do I ever hate it more.
1 year, 6 months ago on Big Win comes with a Big Price: Colts lose WR Reggie Wayne for the Season with Torn ACL
Oh man, another pukadelic display in SD. You can set your watch by this bullshit.
1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Drop One in San Diego, 19-9
Oh man, #11 has me rolling.
1 year, 6 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers
Peyton's year, at age 37, should put to rest forever all these GOAT questions. 18 is #1, period.
But as you say, Luck makes it easy on us. We can root for the Colts and have a puncher's chance against any team in the league while Peyton shreds the record books and FINALLY gets the credit that we were all labeled as homers for heaping upon him when he was in blue and white.
1 year, 6 months ago on Crazy Talk
Isn't this sort of stating what we already know: the most important component of pass defense is pass rush, not coverage in the secondary?
1 year, 6 months ago on Abridged All-22: Masking Poor Coverage & the Peyton Prism
@Ben Savage @bradicus18 Werner does look a lot less lost out there, and he's got the talent, unlike Walden.
1 year, 6 months ago on All-22: Defense, Week 3 vs 49ers.
Such a confusing day. The Colts spent all day doing things to the Niners that I usually only see other teams do to the Colts. I didn't know how to react.
1 year, 6 months ago on GIFtastic: A random collection of great moments in the Colts' win over the 49ers
I would like to see some basic diagnostic statistics on that results table, because it's screaming out to me "no statistically-significant correlation".
1 year, 6 months ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I
McGlynn might actually be a better center than Satele. I can't believe I'm writing these words.
1 year, 7 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers
@thellamajockey He looked better than Walden in every facet of the game. Strong against the run, good instincts, great quicks off the ball. As he matures, our D WILL get better.
1 year, 7 months ago on Surprise! The Colts Throttle San Francisco, 27-7
@Nate Dunlevy @Music Man I think that tells you all you need to know about the front office's mysterious Walden love affair.
1 year, 7 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers
@GregC @squirrel @DougEngland I think he means that without context (how does this stat compare with other coaches in THEIR first six games) an anomalous result is just numbers. It's like when people say "15 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT! THE COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT!" Stats are only meaningful when you can compare apples to apples, rather than just pointing at an apple and saying "Look! An apple! Fire Grigson!"
I'm being facetious, but you get my point.
1 year, 7 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at 49ers, NFL Week 3
@DougEngland I think it means that we're not counting defensive/special teams scores, cause the Colts put up two second-half TDs against Houston last year.
Grigs had better PRAY that their first-rounder is in the 14-22 range, because I have them finishing quite a bit higher in the draft.
And I had dreams of a blockbuster trade to jump up and grab Clowney or Lee...sadface.
1 year, 7 months ago on Trent Richardson Aftermath: the Good and Bad of the Blockbuster Trade
Woof. Colts played well enough to win, but only barely. A tough loss, now they've got to win one game they have no business winning. They need a Green Bay moment. for sure.
1 year, 7 months ago on Film Review: How the Colts failed to gain a yard on their final four plays
Today has been some day. First my bike lock gets cut by some asshole with a gigantic set of boltcutters in broad daylight on the busiest intersection in Berlin, and now this. Man, fuck Friday the 13th.
1 year, 7 months ago on Vick Ballard to Injured Reserve with a torn ACL: What does it mean?
@Bobman1 No flag for contact, Hilton just got mugged.
1 year, 7 months ago on Top 5 Plays of Week 1
Sorry to make this two posts, but what in God's name did Erik Walden think he was doing on that rollout scramble? He's got SEVEN MEN in the box to his right. There's literally nothing he needs to do if the run goes into the line. His ONLY job is to "set the edge"; in fact, this is apparently the only thing he is capable of as a human being, according to the people who gave him 16 million dollars.
Instead he lets himself get sucked inside completely by the fake, despite the fact that he's in a position to do exactly nothing against McFadden. If he does his job AT ALL on the play he collects a huge sack and forces a punt, but instead he tries to...I don't even know WHAT he's trying to do. Run a stunt?
This was a play so dumb that I'm pretty sure Daniel Adongo wouldn't have done it, and he hasn't even touched a football in his entire life. Erik Walden is the rich man's Gilbert Gardener, and Kelvin Sheppard is the poor man's Erik Walden. Hooray for terrible linebackers!
1 year, 7 months ago on All-22: Defense, Week 1.
You didn't even mention the play with Sheppard squaring up on Pryor in the hole and getting juked out of his jockstrap.
Poor, poor performance from the poor players. Walden looked like his usual "Getting Torched by Kapernick" self.
@coltsauth_todd It's not like Pagano was insanely conservative. Going for it on 4th down at midfield was the right call, even though it didn't work out. Allen was more conservative and it cost them big time. The only thing the Colts are guilty of is giving up looong offensive drives to Terrell Pryor. Not an inconsiderable sin, but hardly the problem as diagnosed here.
1 year, 7 months ago on Winning, With Style!
I have to say, in terms of "style points" I give the Colts' scoring drives high marks. Great play design, great throws, great catches...just a ton of fun to watch.
Now, just do that EVERY DRIVE and we'll be OK.
IIRC, the play that Thornton dominated the linebacker he was pulling to the left and sealed like a mofo. Soo....why isn't he starting again?
1 year, 7 months ago on Pulling Guards on Play-Action: a Stanford Staple
When we're tallying up the offensive balance, are we being sure to count sacks and scrambles as pass attempts? I count 20 called runs, out of 57 total snaps. That's a 65/35 run-pass split. Not exactly "taking the ball out of Luck's hands".
The problem with offensive production was pretty simple: too much pressure on luck from a bad offensive line that gave up four sacks, and the defense getting gashed by a running quarterback which chewed up clock. The Colts only got 7 possessions, but I don't think it was because THEY were taking too long on their drives.
I see problems here, but nothing that can't be vastly improved by getting Mike McGlynn and Kelvin Sheppard off the field as soon as humanly possible.
1 year, 7 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Raiders
Worth noting: NFL.com has Terrell Pryor highlights up, but no Andrew Luck highlights.
1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Authority Radio Post Game Wrapup, Colts vs. Raiders