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“I don’t want to say it was ugly, but it was an interesting situation last offseason."
9 hours, 31 minutes ago on Colts Notebook: Boomstick Edition
Crap... part of the problem is that i have a reflexive dislike of signing high priced free agents. I'd rather they draft and develop.
Drafting and development takes time, whereas Luck's already been in the league 2 seasons. I don't want to waste two more before having a solid offense that's got a chance to make real noise in the playoffs.
Part of me thinks "Just once", and the other part of me thinks "Don't violate principle". I'm genuinely torn on this matter.
2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Alex Mack
@mshah9008 People keep talking about the spaceship. Me, I'm fine with just shooting some out of a cannon...
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Handling their Own: Discussing the Colts' Impending UFAs and Bubble Players
Well, I don't know if I'd agree that Marvin was heavily dependent on speed; I always thought his best attribute was that insanely sharp route running combined with an unnatural cunning (that time he hit the deck between those two Denver DBs, then got up when they thought the play was over and ran in for a touchdown is one of my most favorite sports moments). But I don't want or intend to start an argument; rather, I'm just trying to round out what we're all saying about him. I'll agree that Marv was a frighteningly quick and fast sonuvagun, and even go so far as to say that speed was an underrated part of his game.
As an aside, I still miss him to this day.
I'll further agree heartily that Wayne's best attributes were those fundamentals and intelligence too. Lots of receivers have physical skill, but the way Reggie employs his is amazing. Hard work without understanding of football - routes, coverages, what a DB is thinking, etc. - doesn't make you a football player, it makes you a drone. And no drone is ever any good; ants repeat tasks over and over, but do you see them learning from it? Reggie did, and more. He's was never any drone; he understood that hard work was more than the physical, that it required mental reps and development as well. And he never shied away from that either. Just as one small example: Who can forget all those times he sat right next to and above Peyton looking at the same field snapshots? How many other receivers even bothered to do that? Reggie did.He hasconsistently shown this totally awesome ability to take his physical skills and enhance them with his ever growing game knowledge, all the while working hard and going about that business as blue-collar, I'm-here-to-work as he possibly could. THAT is what makes him so damn awesome.
I just hope that Reggie is on the uppermost part of that recovery curve. I'd hate to think that this recently ended one would've been his last healthy season.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Taming the Seahawks: How the Colts Fared Better than Anyone Against the League’s Top Defense
1: "...where Sherman is getting away with freaking murder"
I distinctly remember screaming my head off at the TV at one instance of this. That might be that play.
As an aside - isn't it funny that we can be rational and logical in all other moments, but the instant something happens during a sports viewing we act as though the refs will hear us **if we just yell loud enough at the TV**? ;)
2. "As good as a corner Sherman is – and he is arguably the best – Wayne shows how deadly a perfect route can be."
This also shows why there's a need for both a burner WR - as Hilton showed up above - AND a polished route runner.It's also why a calculation needs to be done when a receiver gets older and starts to lose a step: Is he savvy enough to compensate, or will he simply decline? Reggie is more than savvy enough to compensate. Waaaaaay more.
What I think about Hasselbeck as opposed to what I believe will actually happen:I love the guy. Players have no reason to value someone who never sees the field, and if even just a handful of them are talking him up, there's something there we're not seeing. When the talk feels genuine, there's definitely chemistry and respect there. Problem is, there's a salary cap. And a limited roster. While the Colts have cap room now, the worst thing a team can do is over-mortgage the future to feel comfortable in the present. That's a sure prescription for screwing yourself. A GM must manage a team wisely and not stock luxuries simply because the cap room exists; the cap room must be used to improve the team's production on the field. The only reason to stock a luxury is if you need to get above the NFL salary floor AND you have all other needs addressed. That is not the case with Indianapolis. The cap room may exist, but it's better spent on improvements. And parting with Hasselbeck helps by allowing even more improvement elsewhere.Unfortunately, Hasselbeck is a luxury. He's a fine player, a terrific leader, and a great repository of experience. I hate advocating for his release. But the fact remains that he adds no yards to the offense and no points to the board in most games. I have to conclude that he should be let go. It's just business.
That's what I think. But what do I believe?
I believe he'll be kept.
Why? Because I don't believe Irsay - and therefore the front office when he made his desires clear - views him as a luxury. Why is that? Because I get the distinct impression that Irsay feels burnt by the Curtis Painter debacle. And to him - and by extension Grigson and Pagano - Hasselbeck is a seat belt. He's safety "equipment". He's insurance. He's the hedge against a 2-14 season. Despite my argument above, I'll bet that the front office views a suitable backup as being so important that they'll pay whatever it takes to keep one. And to hell with the salary cap; that can be managed elsewhere.
Do I agree with that? No. But do I think it's the reality? Yes. There's no way to know that for certain, of course, but it's what's been indicated by all of the above in the press ever since Hasselbeck was signed. So in the end, I don't see him being let go. Despite the fact I think that would be for the best.Should he stay? I reluctantly vote "No". Will he? I believe so.
Oh, before debate starts, keep in mind I'm not disagreeing with the statement that Indy is thin at receiver. I actually agree with that assessment. It's just that I think Indy can scrape by with tight ends in receiving roles until the right prospect comes along. It's all about not settling for mediocre candidates simply because a need exists.
1 month ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Wide Receiver
@ColtsHead_BenDepends on the rusher. On the one hand, Freeney definitely ran circles around Jonathan Ogden (he was like 6'8", right?). On the other hand, Ogden managed to stonewall a whole bunch of other edge rushers, which made him worth having.
If a player could successfully block 90% of the talent that's out there, that's good enough. It just depends on whether Breckner here is that player or not. I don't know if he is.
1 month ago on Colts Sign another Intriguing Player you’ve Never Heard of: OT Jack Breckner
To heck with looking for someone with spectacular big-play ability this year. As long as Indy has Reggie back and T.Y. still on the roster, the front office can bide its time, grab a serviceable possession receiver, and wait until it's got a good first round pick again before looking for a true downfield-threat sort of wideout.
Heck, Indy may not even need a possession guy if Dwayne Allen comes back and Coby Fleenor continues to develop. Neither of them are the same as having a genuine wideout on the roster, but both of them function well enough in the role to where it can outright negate the necessity of finding one in the upcoming draft.
Keep in mind I'm not opposed to drafting a receiver this year. In fact, I think the trigger <i>should</i> be pulled on a good-hands possession guy if one becomes available. I won't even care if he's not the most gifted or speediest physical specimen, I just want a crisp route runner with enough hands to move the chains (the very definition of a "possession receiver"). It's just that I think there's enough there for Indy to be patient *if* Reggie and Dwayne (as a catching TE) come back next season.
@MarcusDugan @paulcareyjrMan, Fezzik as a lineman... that'd be the best trash-talking lineman ever!
"Fezzik: [pretending to be the Dread Pirate Roberts] My men are here! I am here! But soon *you* will not be here!"
... and with just a bit of effort, he can become the worlds biggest rapper:
"Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can *fuss*. Fezzik: Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at *us*. Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no *harm*. Fezzik: He's really very short on *charm*. Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme. Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time. Vizzini: Enough of that. Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead? Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead. Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it. Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut? Vizzini: DYEEAAHHHHHH.
It's always going to be this way because there will always be people who isolate QB play in situations where the other 21 people on the field matter as much if not more. Sports makes some people stupid. I hate saying this, but there's just too much evidence for me to ignore.
1 month ago on Luck vs. Wlison: does the ring change anything?
No rivalry between schools today, only sorrow. My condolences, prayers, and thoughts to Purdue fans, staff, and faculty. I wish no one ever had to suffer a tragedy like this.
Please stay strong.
-IU Fan in Bloomington
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sad Day on Campus
@MarcusDugan Good point. I'm not about to say good 3-4 NTs are paragons of athleticism, but at least they can walk to a sideline without getting winded. I swear, I've seen fat cart driving shoppers getting winded **just standing up to reach something**. When it's that bad, OMG...
Plus, build. It's bad enough seeing some pro caliber linemen in those tight pants and stuff. Wal Mart shoppers... good God, someone lobotomize me and kill the mental picture!...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. This all needed to be said.
I do want to temper things with the note that NCAA basketball doesn't necessarily erase any of those toxic conference fanbase tendencies you wrote about. But I agree, in basketball I can ignore it or escape it with relatively little trouble. In football I feel like I'm thumped on the head with it before I even know which person/online poster is pulling for what team. I only know they disdain teams X, Y, and Z along with all of their fanbases.
Anyway, bravo. Every bit of this article needed to be said.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Fueling the toxicity of college football fandom is a science
Jokes aside, Marcus is right about what Grigs said. Fans always complain about off season, non-draft, or emergency in-season acquisitions (I have to be honest and admit I'm one of them) but we always forget that availability dictates all. I don't recall a whole bunch of centers being around when Indy signed Satele. And how many running backs were available when they picked up Richardson? I'm not making excuses, but I *do* have to point out that it's not like Grigs could've gone to the local player swap meet ;), said "Screw cost, we need an MVP caliber (fill-in-the-blank)" and expect one to just pop into his shopping cart. The list of free agents is never consistent with all teams needs, and neither is the draft. So the mark of making the draft plus free agency balancing act work is the mark of a good GM.
But admittedly, sometimes you just get screwed availability-wise. Look at the last few years of Polian's reign when offensive line talent was needed so badly.
It's precisely the difficulty in finding what you need and what fits right that makes the draft so valuable: It's a big list, the talent is moldable, and due to rookie contract rules they're affordable. It aggravates me when fans talk about how the first rounder paid for Richardson doesn't really hurt the team all *that* much due to rookie contract restrictions. That misses the point; a first rounder is more often than not going to turn into a legitimate starter than a later round pick will, so it's more than money that dictates a draft slot's worth. That's why you treat them like currency and watch what you spend them on.
Well, anyway... yeah, it's right to note that there's no magical bottomless pit of talent that GMs can mine when their rosters fall short. While I'm as critical of a lot of the FA signings as anyone, I at least hope I temper that with the understanding that there's only so much a team can do when there are only so man players out there to sign.
I dunno about you, Marcus, but I've seen people at Target I think could play nose tackle... if they'd lose about 150 lbs...
Yes, the obvious joke is about Wal Mart shoppers, but they'd have to lose more weight, plus I'd have trouble believing they'd be able to handle the intellectural rigors of football. A single-gap assignment would throw then numerically; I'd hate to make them process a stunt. I mean, you go beyond the 5 gap and suddenly those guys'd have to lift their down hands to count any further. :-S
@bengundyThanks. Reading that both played the other spots before in their career is heartening; it might actually make the experiment work. Lost in the post's info above is that some players *can* make the switch, and these two might actually be a couple who would be able to. I just wanted to warn against the automatic assumption many people make that it can be done with any lineman at any time.
Really, I wouldn't mind seeing the experiment happen. I just wouldn't want it continued if it didn't work.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Divisional Round
@chip_bennettWhat Chip said. Too many times, the line play is ignored for what the skill players do. But those skill players are constrained by what the lines give them, so understanding what happened on a play must include what happened on the lines.
This is not only good, it's **necessary** to understanding a game. I hope to see this continued next season.
"Wouldn’t switching them take better advantage of their strengths?"
I've wondered this myself, but I've been warned to presume that guards and tackles can switch sides cleanly. You'd **hope** that a professional caliber player can mirror their techniques easily, but I'm told it's not only not guaranteed, but that it's actually way harder than it first seems.
Sam Monson from Football Outsiders said the following:
"The entire shift in footwork is something that takes getting used to for a lineman. Everything is mirrored physically, and applying that mentally is not as easy as most people assume.
If it was that easy, most baseball players would be switch hitters. While switching sides on the line may not be as drastic as flipping your batting stance, it’s still pretty tough. The muscle memory that’s developed over thousands of practice repetitions along with the comfort in the sequence of motion is completely thrown off if you’re thrown to the other side, it takes a little time getting used to.
That makes sense when you think about it. How many soccer players are almost entirely one-footed? Guys who are great on their right, but hopeless if shown onto their left foot. Imagine asking a surfer or snowboarder to change their lead leg and be as good...
... The bottom line is that we tend to take mechanics for granted when it comes to football. We might notice when a player uses sloppy technique, but few people consider the fundamentals when players move position or even change sides of the line. The Dallas Cowboys looked at their offensive tackles and thought that they were naturally suited for the opposite sides, but the pair have both struggled with the fundamental change in footwork and mechanics. The only question that remains now for the Cowboys and their fans is whether they will work through the transition, or whether both players are simply more comfortable with the technique on the opposite side of the line."
It's partially about reps, but not all about it. Basketball players are taught from their elementary school days to drive both left and right, but while many develop the ability to do both, many still have a preference that manifests as a tendency to choose driving one way or the other. And that's for players who get that fundamental drilled into them when they're still in single-digit age years. Imagine football players who've been right- or left-side lienmen since their Pop Warner days? That's an entire history of reps that's simply not going to be undone in a training camp.
I wouldn't have a problem if the coaches tested a switch in camp. But I wouldn't blame them if they bailed out of the experiment fast. I'd simply trust that they saw a failure coming down the road and made sure to avoid it.
@thejoshbakerI fully agree with Greg on this. This is why I had no problem with Curtis Painter on the bench way back when.
The problem is, I don't see that changing for a LONG time. And it's because we all experienced Curtis Painter on the field. The principle of once bitten/twice shy is fully at play here, and that's why I don't see Irsay allowing Grigson to find a cheaper alternative to Hasslebeck for a while now. Even after his contract is up, I can easily see the ownership and front office looking for a high level backup simply because of The Bad Year. I may not agree with it, but I don't see it changing anytime soon.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season