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Ok, if the Colts don't do well this game, maybe **I'll** be the one drunk posting crazy stuff. If you can't make a good showing against the Jags - even if you win anyway - then there are problems that need addressing.


Here's to hoping we don't have to worry about that.

10 hours, 32 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-jaguars.html

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KYLE! That drunk guy's posting again, and he's EFFIN' HILARIOUS!! :D

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html

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@Nate Dunlevy @smonroe @mattshedd

Dungy and Caldwell, right? I thought I remembered Jim Calwell starting out as the QB's coach, or having that role at some point.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@buymymonkey 

True this. While we all would want to be seeing more polish and accomplishment, there's not anything wrong at all with potential. The beautiful thing about that is that no one's using the word "ceiling" for the team, unless they say that with Luck it's sky high. One of the most tragic thing I see in pro teams is when they max out at a mediocre level. Some teams take over a decade to escape that. Little chance of that with this era's Colts.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@MarcusDugan 


Oh. I didn't notice that. Good observation. 


While everyone's comparing Luck to Manning, I see an awful lot of both Big Ben in the scrambles and Favre in the passing game in him. Luck's nowhere near as egregious in his "gunslinging" as Favre was (1) but occasionally he does gun his passes trying to get the completion out of sheer force of will. True, we tend to forget that early career Peyton was also sometimes less than Mentat (2) in the passing game, but from the beginning he was normally methodical enough to avoid the comparison. Luck, though, seems to really embody it at times. 


There's not a whole lot wrong with this, of course, it's just that such a style occasionally manifests in less than optimal passes. It might be that this case is an example of that. 


Anyway, I see the propensity for non-optimal passes coming down with pure experience. I'd also like to see a calmer sort of quarterback's coach - like Jim Calwell's type - be the one to take Luck to the next level, but I don't know if that'll happen. Regardless of coaching, though, sheer experience with his receivers should get him throwing smarter passes that set receivers up to get easy receptions. That, and one of these days better pass protection. 



(1) And his personality, thank God, not to mention his stone age cell phone ensures that there's zero chance of seeing pics of Lil Andrew sent to sideline reporters... thank God, thank God, THANK GOD). 


(2) Yes, your eyes aren't fooling you; that was indeed a Dune reference, not a typo of "mental".

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-24-broncos-31-the-comeback-that-wasnt.html

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@Brad Cronin I can't read this through the tears I'm shedding for the season... :(

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@Platinum Not just speed, but decision-making. That one Bradshaw block to free up a lane for Dwayne Allen's TD was just brilliant on his part. Only an eyeblink's time to think and he did the right thing. Whether instinct or lightning-fast analysis, he did the right thing. 


And there were two blitz pickups I saw that Ahmad just handled great. Not Edgerrin James level, but still "WOW!" level good.


But T-Rich... maybe it's just luck of the situations that present themselves, but I can't recall any downfield brilliance by him when someone else has the ball. Don't get me wrong, it's not like he only carries and doesn't care about anything else - I was heartened by how seriously and well he handled blitz protection - but I haven't seem him finding himself in situations where he's outside the design of the play and making great decisions anyway. Maybe he simply hasn't had the opportunity... but that said, truly excellent players create opportunities. I'm not seeing that out of him.


Look, as long as TRich isn't a liability, I'll be fine with him. But I won't say he's the unquestioned starter, not as long as we see the likes of Bradshaw making plays.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-24-broncos-31-the-comeback-that-wasnt.html

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I hate to be negative, but there's one thing that worries me about the offensive comeback last night. And that's that Denver pretty much allowed it. 


I'd need to watch some replays to be certain, but it seemed to me as though there was far less blitzing and far more "drop-into-coverage" defense from Del Rio. It's something I noticed in the Super Bowl game (the parts of it I was willing to stomach). Denver seemed to accomplish their defensive goals in the first half, then settled for only a moderate pass rush and a ton coverage D with only a 4 man rush after that. Not many blitzes that I noticed. And that is when the Colts came back.


Why does this bother me that the opponent basically went passive? It bugs me because it suggests that a more aggressive defense would've stymied any chance at a comeback. It bugs me because I can very easily see a situation where the Colts don't come back because Luck can't block for himself and gets hit for losses once every 4 downs even late in the game. It bugs me because I worry that the comeback "ability" this team is famous for was in this game at least partially due to the opponent dialing things back, and that we may not see opponents do that for the rest of the season because teams always scout each other. 


It bugs me because it shows the offense still has a LONG way to go. There are some damn good pieces in place - Wayne, Bradshaw, Hitlon, Allen - and some that showed improvement (Richardson wasn't a liability last night, the line did manage to shut down what few blitzes came in the second half - I can't say enough good things about Ahmad's blitz pickup - and the tackles did pretty good, with only a few hiccups). But there's too much that still needs work.


There are myriad things that need addressing, and my worry is that the QB's 3rd and 4th year in the league is not when that should be happening. 


That said, Indy is still in a far better place that many other teams that are supposedly better across the board. Give me a good QB over everything else; as good as a team like, say, the Texans are on defense, I'd still rather have a QB with tons of promise to build around. Indianapolis has so much potential... but too many flaws are getting covered up in amazing comebacks and ridiculously elevated performances. And I don't know how to fix that right now.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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You know, I actually had a problem with that one tipped INT by Fleener, and I actually place a good deal of that on Luck. Yeah, Fleener didn't extend all the way and frankly, it hit him square in the hands anyway so he should've snagged it... but that said, it was a high-sailed pass. In that situation, Fleener shouldn't have had to work for it at all. That one was on both of them; it's not fair at all to place it all on Coby.


And there were other passes that shouldn't have sailed like they did. Luck's still got a few mechanical issues to work through. 


I'll say this, though: The criticism is not denigration; it's merely pointing out one problem needing address in the midst of so much good. Indy's still in a good situation QB-wise. Luck may have had his role in digging the hole, but he was damn well key in helping dig out of it. Reggie, Dwayne, and Ahmad had big roles and helped a ton, but their effort would've been for naught had it not been for Luck. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-24-broncos-31-the-comeback-that-wasnt.html

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@Kyle Rodriguez 

YOU DIDN'T IT WAS THE ALCOHOL TALKING PLEASE SEEK HELP

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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KYLE!! Some drunk dude logged into your CA account and posted an article under your name!!! 


;)

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@MarcusDugan Let's hope they stay smart this week. And this season.


You see, I've often worried about a team going blitz-happy (not that that's what's happening to the Colts; rather, I'm worried about potential propensity). If you only get good but not great, you'll end up rocking lower-skilled quarterbacks regularly, but the Mannings, Bradys, Brees, etc. of the NFL will scorch you. So you risk making your regular season bread-and-butter your postseason weakness: You'll likely not be facing the Gabberts, Sanchezes, or Texans-designated-signalcaller-of-the-season any more than once in the playoffs. 


That's my worry.


That said, if your strength is in the blitz, you'd be stone-cold stupid to not use it. When you reach the playoffs, you don't abandon "what got you there". And a blitzing team doesn't get better by just dropping into coverage; it's not what they're used to doing. So the key to walking that line is to be smart about when you use it. Even the best QBs get taken by a blitz once or twice a game, so if you can do exactly what Marcus said here - be smart about it - you can limit your weakness against those QBs. It's all a matter of the coaching staff recognizing this.


Use what you're best at, but use it wisely

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@NickWalter Amen, man. 


Yeah, his gaunt appearance is shocking. I even remember my mother - not someone who pays that much attention to football ("What about Joe Montana?"... "Mom, he retired back in '95.") - seeing him and being shocked. He just looked like he was missing a good deal of vitality. 


Chronic pain and medication addiction is rough. What it does to people is saddening. I really want to see him beat this damn thing. And I can't think of any Colts fan anywhere who doesn't think the same. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/jim-irsay-is-suspended-6-games-by-the-nfl-sentenced-to-probation-by-hamilton-co-court.html

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Whoa. That doesn't look like a Bloguin platform; you guys hosting Colts Academy on Medium.com or some other platform? It **really** acts like all these new sites with the text scroll over the images and other stuff.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/announcing-colts-academy.html

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@smonroe Well, I could argue that it was either to save Allen from wear, or give Coby a chance to finally "get it" when the games don't count so that there's no pressure (and also, when it won't hurt the team's record if it backfires in the worst possible way). 


If this weren't the preseason, I'd be more worried about the coaching. But given that it was, I'm really not all that concerned. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@mshah9008  A dog?? That more feels like how we in IT get trained. :-S


"Here's the new compliance policy." (SMACK)

"Here's all the info on the new content management and collaboration system." (THWACK)

"Here's the updated PCI info." (BLAM)

"Upper management just bought this product and you need to support it. Here are all 4 volumes, 300 pages apiece, of the operations manual." (WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM)

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@ColtsHead_Ben Yeah, agreed. I think there's a problem there that's too specific to be written off as "rust". But at the same time, coming back from a year off for an injury will be challenging at any level, much less the highest one possible in this sport. So yes, I'm concerned. I'm concerned simply because I always worry about an injury eventually contributing to the derailing of a well liked player's career. But at the same time, I'm not worried because I think Dwayne Allen lost that hypothetical "It" that makes a pro player perform well. I think he's getting back into form and dealing with how different his body is now due to healing from that injury and dealing with how his body is different now due to being in the NFL (as opposed to those 4 years of college play that his body was most used to his rookie year). And dealing with having a year away from the physical and mental reps necessary to make both mind and muscle memory work like it needs to.  


So many and's. But none of them permanent, at least at this time.


Yeah, like Ben here, I'm both concerned and not concerned. It's an odd combo to be sure, but it's not necessarily a contradictory set of stances to take.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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As long as no one says "Bring in Ritchie Incognito", I'll be fine. And so will the team.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Good work. Too few forums and even fewer actual news sites gets into any detailed line blocking analysis. I'd go so far as to say this is needed, as well as informative and interesting.


Now only if we can talk Ben into doing this for the D-line (what, more work? Gaaack!)... ;) 


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BTW, what in heaven's name was up with that one Fleener block up above? I mean, at first I thought it was just supposed to be a chip while Coby ran out into a pattern, but on subsequent looks I noticed that he just pulled up and watched the line action. I'm a Fleener fan, but I'm actually willing to go so far as to call that block half-assed. Was it late in the game or something? It seems so uncharacteristic of him. 


Anyway, agreed: Put Fleener in a route, and mother of GOD please stop asking him to run block!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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All I gotta say is that he's missing a great opportunity to gain renown as a football player by changing his last name to "Crazy". 


"That guy... he's FN Crazy, man!" 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Jokes about people's names gets pretty FN old! (*rimshot*)


What, boos from the readership? Jeez, what an FN tough crowd. (*rimshot*)


Look, let's just be glad his last name isn't Lulz or Dick, okay? (*sad trombone*)

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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"...  the New Jersey Jets, a team struggling to figure out how not to be a high profile train wreck..."


Too late; they've been there for some time now. :p

;)

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-preview-colts-jets.html

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Man... I know it's already the 3rd year of this administration and coaching staff, but it still feels weird seeing a defensive roster with that many linebackers. 


Old habits are hard to break. I was shaking my head thinking "where are all the DE's" for a second there. :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/first-unofficial-colts-depth-chart-released.html

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You know, after reflection, I wonder why we even give their column any notice. I now see that it's obvious clickbait designed to generate argument. ESPN has for far too long been the flag carrier for "Say Something Controversial Just To Stir The Pot", hence the fact Tony Kornheiser gets airtime, Jemele Hill gets column space, and Jason Whitlock used to get work (ironic that they couldn't tolerate it when Whitlock turned that trolling right back onto them). 


This is hot air shaped into HTML. It's blather. It's just the end result of having constant coverage of a sport outside it's actual season. They feel the need to publish something, so the obvious conclusion is, "why not publish something that'll get people riled?". It's why I've lost faith and respect for much of national sports reporting and opinion writing: It long ago discarded the concept of illumination for the concept of lighting fires. And as such, gets the same amount of respect from me that any arsonist would.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html

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@Kyle Rodriguez @nrakic Kyle, maybe I'm reading this wrong, but I think nrakic is mostly agreeing with you. I read that response as saying *if* you subtract context and merely look at them as anyone else does - which would be how a majority of NFL's fandom would, so many of whom couldn't even name Irsay, let alone know what he's done for Indianapolis - then you respond with the "hypocrisy" stance, but you do so from a lack of knowledge. Whereas if you do properly include all the context - the "different social and professional standing" - you properly differentiate. 


In other words, it's what you're saying. I didn't read that about reducing the equation to the basic state of being human beings, I read that as a post saying people should go beyond that to see "WHY the responses are what they are". 


If I'm wrong about this, I'll get corrected in this comments section, but that's the way I took that post. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Ahh, Cthulhu fhtagn... for better use of Luck's skills. 


Ilyaa mglw'nafh Indianapolis uh'e Super Bowl wgah'nagl fhtagn.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html

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@paulcareyjr My guess is that Allen would play that situation more. While I agree that Hilton could get open in short areas, I'd almost rather have him stretching the field while letting Reggie play the shorter routes and Allen and Fleener alternate at taking the punishment in the middle. I know that actually following that would mean that Hilton would have another year of being underutilized on 3rd and shorts, but honestly, with fast defenses routinely pounding pass targets unless they get over the top of the defense, I feel this would be best for both him and the team.


But how do we increase his utility to the team? Well, like Ben R said: Increase utilization of the *entire* passing game. I know that Irsay instructed Grigson who's impressed upon Pagano and Hamilton the desire to be more "balanced", but after 2 years I think it's time to concentrate on being more effective over being "balanced". Doing anything less is leaving capacity and capability unused, and that's a lousy way to do business.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@MarcusDugan That catch was gorgeous. Beautiful, even. Not only was it amazing in that it was truly a one **handed** catch (i.e. not a trap against the chest or even a cradling with the hand and wrist, but genuinely just his fingers and palm), but it showed so, sooo much awareness. He sensed that trying to secure it with his left hand would take him out of bounds without "control" or whatever the criteria for a reception is, so he simply let it stay there while he got his two steps in bounds. Result: Touchdown. And he didn't even two-hand it *after* the play was done! 


So much of what he was as a player and how he performed was distilled down to its essence in that one reception. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/throwback-stats-of-the-day-a-dallas-clark-tribute.html

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Well, if they're going to keep more than one FB - something that's not impossible, despite the fact that the thought irks me - then it might as well be someone who could also back up another position (LB) and provide emergency depth there. That way, the roster doesn't thin out as much elsewhere due to carrying that position.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14421.html

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<blockquote>Pro Football Focus has never assigned a higher grade to a rookie tight end than the +19.1 grade Dwayne Allen received in 2012. Allen was just the 11th tight end in league history, and the first Colt, to have a rookie season of at least 45 catches, 500 yards and three touchdowns.</blockquote>


And to think, we can actually argue that he was underutilized. That actually was my opinion that entire rookie year: <i>"Why aren't they going to Dwayne more often?"</i> I thought that, and he *still* set records. 


Future is bright for at least that one position on the roster. Equaled only by the rest of the receiving corps, and surpassed only by the QB position. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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It's the injuries. When he fell in that draft and Indy picked him up, I fully thought he could be a force **if he could stay on the field**. It's why I ignored NTs in the last couple of drafts: Indy already has their line anchor. It's also why I feel more concerned about the defensive backfield than the front line itself: If he's there, he's a force that can do much towards making the defense look good.


But he's got to stay healthy. 2012 was such a bad a washout for him. Which essentially made last year his rookie year.


There's a reason he fell in the draft, and it was precisely because of that injury history. Guys of his skill level don't fall beyond the 3rd round unless there's some sort of concern, and his was his knee. It happens. Part of the reason football and the draft is such a crapshoot is because there are entire swaths of players who could rock the field save for those injury problems. Indianapolis's Anthony Gonzales back in the day was one of them. And Bob Sanders was, too, but to a far greater degree; he practically epitomizes this trope (my GOD, who here thinks he would've been a Hall of Famer had he not had so many injuries? I do. When he was on the field, he was a God-honest game changer). 


If Chapman's legs can stay healthy, he has the potential to have one heck of a season at some point. That strength and skill is there. It's just a matter of hoping the injuries don't derail that. And that, unfortunately, is all too possible a derailment. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Ha! You and I both had him rated as a 3rd round or below prospect! 


One of these days I'm going to get a handle on what this front office looks for, but until then, my predictions on their actions will be seriously off at times. 

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/analyzing-colts-second-round-pick-jack-mewhort.html

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That's so weird... it double posted one incomplete and one complete post of mine for a minute there. Strange. :-S

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-authority-day-2-target-board.html

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Well... Nix might be a pretty good rotational fit, but if Chapnado is healthy, it'd be a wasted pick. 


And I know so little about the edge rushers available that I can't tell who'd be good fits with Indy. It's clear the Colts need one, though, so I hope one is available and works out.


Some folks on the 'net have been hoping for a wide receiver. In my mind, I'd rather wait until we had a first round pick before drafting that position. Indy can make due with what they got, and they can always sub in 2 tight end formations and increase Dwayne Allen's receptions to be effective. I'd almost rather have 2 TE no fullback formations myself to maximize good targets for Luck, but this is the Pagano/Pep era, so I'm not holding my breath... :(

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-authority-day-2-target-board.html

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@MarcusDugan  Well, on the one hand, if the TEs are legit receiving options - and I'd call both Fleener and Allen completely legit ones - then this isn't so bad to me. Although it'd suck for the receivers on the wrong end of the logjam.


But let's also recall that Pep's been a little more liberal with package adjustments than Caldwell and Dungy were; on many 2nd and 3rd downs, I could see them going 3 or even 4 wide as opposed to sticking with the base package and throwing different plays out of them at the opponent. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Ok, look, I wasn't expecting much out of Costa... but I was expecting more than THIS. :-/

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-go-back-to-work-four-things-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2014.html

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Meh. I think it's stupid to use such an outdated position myself, but let's be real: Stuff done outside the season doesn't mean jack. 


Now if they both make the final 53 roster cut this fall along with Havili, I'll be mad. That'll be a stupid move. But until then, this doesn't mean anything.

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@bradicus18  I've always felt that Twitter users are quite properly called "Twits", but the problem is I'd be dissing myself with that... :-S

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html

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Another weird thing: For those of us who still have RSS feed readers (OMG, AJ_, drop the past and come into the present! Do you still use a 486??), old story links republished as if they were published today. I ended up with the "Colts sign Carson Wiggs...", "Hot Takes on Jim Irsay", "Carlie Irsay-Gordon...", "ICYMI:", and "Draft Order Finalized" stories show up again with today's date. 


This, by the way, is not a big deal, and I don't expect it to be treated as such. It's probably just an unexpected artifact of the migration. But I figured I'd point it out to illustrate to folks that there might be unexpected behavior for a day or so, and they shouldn't worry too much about it.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html

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Look, I love the guy 'cause he wears the horseshoe, but still... I just wanna know why it takes Castonzo a half hour to grate a block of Romano. I mean... I know it's a slow, boring task, and dammit, it's messy to boot, but 30 minutes?? :)

5 months, 4 weeks ago on ICYMI: Jim Irsay Arrested and Colts sign K Carson Wiggs

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This is one of those cases to where it's not even worth our time to pay attention to what pundits outside of Indiana - the self-congratulatory, holier-than-thou amen chorus at that KSK story definitely included - are saying over this. To them, Irsay's not a person and this isn't a narrative about addiction. To them, it's an excuse to soapbox, and are they ever taking advantage of the chance to bloviate. 


I'm not even giving them the opportunity to waste my time. They'll all have moved on to some other topic du jour well before Irsay even completes his rehab stint. And will have found something else to be exhaustingly supercilious about.  

6 months ago on Hot Takes on Jim Irsay

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And yes, this is sad. I'm just glad it's not turned into a tawdry insult-fest, even from other fans (Yes, there are folks out there cracking jokes, but I'm thankful it's standard, transient humor on the 'net, not maliciously intended insult). 


To digress a bit: I'm actually impressed by the general reaction I've seen so far. No one's made excuses, no one's invoked any double standard, and no one's even thought about laughing this off as just a guy who partied too hard one night and got busted. Instead, everyone's properly serious about the extent of the violation yet not hyperbolic in what they think should happen. Just about everyone I've read and heard from has said "get help" rather than "rot in jail". And that reflects well on Irsay because he's not a figure for hate. In a case like this for other public figures, people with axes to grind come out in droves. But that's simply not happened here. And I believe its because he's generally well respected. 


That speaks well of Irsay and also speaks well of the Colts fanbase. 
Yes, this is sad, but thankfully he's in a position to get the help he needs.

6 months ago on Update: Jim Irsay Charged with Four Felony Counts of Possession

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@MarcusDugan  Eh, don't worry about it. It's the innerwebz. As long as you make occasional nods towards grammatic propriety, you'll be ahead of 3/4ths of the rest of the 'net. :)

6 months ago on Update: Jim Irsay Charged with Four Felony Counts of Possession

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Yeah, the 2016 cap year is going to be the most interesting one in accounting terms. I don't envy any GM's task at having to manage that. 

6 months ago on Breaking Down the Colts' Free Agent Contract Structures

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Ahhh, Kravitz. Tweet from him this morning:


"For years, the Colts have been trying to get Irsay back into rehab. At the very least, tried to talk him into getting a driver. No luck."


He'd better hope the Colts don't contradict him and deny that, or there will be hell to pay for that Tweet.


That said, I actually believe it's plausible that the organization would do that. They seem to work to take care of their own. But again: If the Colts issue a rebuttal, Kravitz is going to catch hell from fans. For his own sake, he'd better be able to back that statement.

6 months ago on Jim Irsay Arrested on DUI and Drug Possession Charges

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@Bobman @thellamajockey  I would pay money to hear Grigson go "What's my name?? F*** YOU, THAT'S MY NAME!"

6 months, 1 week ago on Colts to Meet with WR Hakeem Nicks, Plus the Case for another Receiver

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Reading what Vinatieri wrote hammers home the point I've made in various forums about locker room "intangibles": While no one discounts on-field productivity, the things that go into making a team be a team in the fullest sense happen in places the public doesn't see. And Vinatieri's a definite leader at that. He's already doing his part on the field (and doing it damn well, one of the best in fact), but given that the NFL considers kickers to be somewhat fungible, the huge team benefit comes in what he does outside of Sundays. That's illustrated here. And that's why I'm glad to see him back, even though I'd normally consider that position ripe for release when the veteran paycheck starts climbing above the league mean. For most other kickers, I'd have said "Thanks for the memories", but not Vinny. He's worth the contract.

6 months, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: Free Agency with Vontae and Vinny

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I don't know if I would've paid him that; I thought he'd pull up to $12 mil/yr from someone else. 


Oh well... I can't disagree with Marcus here. Cheaper than other FAs (my God, what would Revis have commanded?), expensive compared to what the Colts should pay, but as long as there aren't too many of these contracts, it's tolerable.

6 months, 1 week ago on Colts Re-Sign Vontae Davis

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I know, I know... teams aren't supposed to invest big numbers in kickers and punters. The conventional wisdom is that money is best spent elsewhere on the roster. But in my mind, I'm saying "so what?". I <i>like</i> Vinnie and Swimmer. That part of special teams is solidly in place and can be counted on. And they deliver more than just the extra points, field goals, and punts: Vinnie gives all that experience, Pat Mac gives that special teams tackling, both give continuity, and both represent the team in the community very well. I don't feel like being a hard-assed bean counter where these two are concerned. I'm glad both are back.

6 months, 1 week ago on Welcome Back, Adam Vinatieri

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Revis? Let's not start going the Snyder-in-Washington route and start throwing money at free agents just because they have a recognizable name. That way is the road to ruin.


I'd like Davis to stay, but he's not *so* important he's worth a large sum of money. If he gets paid elsewhere, well, it's been a nice ride and thanks for the memories, but let's not get anguished over it.

6 months, 1 week ago on Guest Post: Vontae It Ain't So

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