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@Nate Dunlevy @AJ_ Yes, there is that benefit. :D
5 hours, 2 minutes ago on Support Colts Authority With Your Own Spider Three Y Banana Shirt
On the first day after Christmas, my true love and I had a fight
So I chopped down that pear tree and burned it, just for spite
Then with one single cartridge
I shot that (bleep bleep) partridge.
My true love
My true love and me
6 hours, 10 minutes ago on A Colts Authority Christmas Wishlist, Part 1
I still maintain there should be one spider and three "y"s. ;)What I would've liked is a shirt with Gruden's head on the front, and that graphic plasted all over the front and back over and over again... like his interview. :D
6 hours, 14 minutes ago on Support Colts Authority With Your Own Spider Three Y Banana Shirt
Good grief. That's it. That's my limit. When you're dropping a 300lb nose tackle back in coverage - a tackle who's job schematically is to stand up linemen, which doesn't require that much lateral mobility - then you're being too "clever" for your own good. Manusky is being too clever for his and the team's own good.
There's thinking outside the box, and there's abusing the notion of being different. I've officially had it with a defense who even once thinks it's okay to make a damn 3-4 fireplug of a nose tackle cover. That's just plain stupid. It's second only to wildcat formations splitting the QB out wide as a receiver, and has one aspect that's worse: At least a QB isn't as mobility limited as a 0-tech.
I know many are sick of hearing about the "good ole days", but Dungy had one thing right: Execution is paramount. When the coach is complicating things with idiotic details <i>like dropping a nose tackle into coverage</i>, he's spending too much time on gadgetry and not enough on fundamental execution. A nose tackle should never, ever have the word "coverage" in his list of assignments. That's what the entire freakin' defensive backfield is for.
No one wants a coach so rigid he can't so something unusual. But no one thinks a coach is clever when he does novelty for the sake of novelty. Unconventional thinking must meet one criteria: It must work. Someone explain to me how Chapman in coverage works. Because I don't see it. And it threatens to be indicative of a bad way of thinking and coaching.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
FYI, Livefyre's comment boxes are **really** screwing up in Chrome. I don't know who to report that too, so if someone can tell me, I can forward off a problem report.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
Wait... someone on Twitter complained about a play where the Colts dropped Josh Chapman back in coverage. I don't recall that, but, did that really happen once? I find it hard to believe, but not so hard that I'm automatically dismissing it. And if it's true: OMG. Someone please tell me it didn't happen.
2 days, 18 hours ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
@hankster @Kyle Rodriguez **I'm** against it. I know he's good on his feet, but I STILL don't want Luck taking off on a carry by design.
I want Luck to be playing for the next 12 to 15 years at least. Nevermind whether they run or just get sacked, but QBs who get hit more often for whatever reason - like Byron Leftwich, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick - end up looking like walking shambles, and you start to doubt their longevity in the league.
About the only reason I'd allow Luck to run is because he was going to get hit anyway, but when you have QB carries, he gets hit **by design**. And to me, that's insane; at least he can throw the ball away when he's in the pocket.
I know Luck's got good wheels, but I don't want 2 some years of spectacular QB rushes, then a final contract year or two of a guy so broken he's a shadow of his former self. That's why I'd be scared to make him run by design.
5 days, 23 hours ago on CA Radio: Inside the Writer's Block- Week 13 and We're Back Edition
@WyattL I find it a bit hard to believe Indy will have a second gear without Reggie around, but I sure as heck wouldn't be sad if I were proven wrong.
Also: Yes, agreed on that characterization of the Ravens' season. People were praising them all to high heaven when all it proved was that the NFL playoffs are a crapshoot with high variance. You wouldn't change it for the world, but at the same time you can't say that the Super Bowl run shows who's truly the best team in the league.
I don't know why Nate's so down on the Houston v Jacksonville game. Don't you all like watching train wrecks?
I'd call that the Pyromania Bowl, since it'd be a meeting of two dumpster fires.
Jokes aside, I feel bad for Jags and Texan fans right now. When their own fanbases are calling that a meteor game (i.e. "Which team are you rooting for?" "The meteor"), you KNOW it's a bad season.
Funny thing is, you'd think Jacksonville'd be used to it by now.
6 days ago on Who to Root For: Week 14
<blockquote>"For shame Moise Fokou, for shame. You got clowned by a fullback."</blockquote>
While I agree (and love the idea of a fullback headfake-beclowning any defender weighing less than 300 pounds; good for Stanley!), I do have to say this: I feel that, if you take away the halfback/tailback/fullback distinctions, Havili's probably our second best *running back*. He can carry, he can catch out of the backfield, he can get yardage (well, footage...) after contact. Just in term of not-boner plays alone he's right up there.
If nothing else, despite my dislike of the concept of a blocking fullback, he's shown better value than a certain other back on the roster.
6 days ago on GIFtastic: Colts sweep Titans
@chip_bennett Pfff... and lemme guess: If Richardson would've thrown a hissy fit, the column would've been on how he should've been more professional.
Seriously, too many columnists write merely to agitate and instigate, not to inform. Not all, not even the majority of them do that. But that small minority is enough.
Light, not heat. For some odd reason, that standard has been thrown out the window by too many.
1 week, 1 day ago on Colts Notebook: Defense to the Rescue
@glwilliams4 @chip_bennett Could easily be referring to Bob Kravitz too.
@Payton Then you haven't explored enough of the internet yet. ;)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@matt_has Naw, I just subscribe to your Twitter account and see all the Instagram selfies. :D ;)
@matt_has Look, you: Not being "talented" enough to be Brad Pitt's body double doesn't mean you have to go and try to be Helena Bonham-Carter's instead. Lose the dress and the goth makeup, for cryin' out loud!
@indycrombie I don't mean to pile on, but your post doesn't refute Kyle's premise. If anything it supports it. it wasn't until Mora was gone and Dungy put in - 4 years after Peyton was drafted - and the offense was finally turned into what we now know as the Manning type of gameplay that the Colts really got rolling.
It does take time. Time **plus the correct style suitable for the roster**. Kyle's point still stands: There's a fundamental flaw here that's being overlooked. Yes, they were able to overcome those flaws in 7 games, but that doesn't mean they don't exist or are irrelevant.
@hankster Re: Wrong coach - yes and no.
Yes because Arians *does* better recognize the value of letting the QB actually play his game.
No because he would've gotten Luck killed behind this O-line. Forget last year, remember how consistenly banged up Ben Roethlisberger got when he was their OC?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11
@naptown_ninja Heh, yeah. It's almost like defenses just run rampant all over our blockers, suddenly get gassed, hit a wall, and finally give Luck time to execute plays.
Wouldn't that be atrocious? That Andrew Luck's 4th quarter comebacks might be due to defenses wearing themselves out with success? Gah...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Cardinals
My only burning question: Could it be that Stansly Maponga the ancestor of 23rd century Vulcan-trained specialist Dr. M'Benga?
Damn straight about the citizen part. I won't stand for these Colts turning into the old, thug-life Pacers (although it'd take more than one player to do that... still, though: The line is drawn).
3 weeks ago on Colts Sign Free Agent RB/KR Chris Rainey