Assistant Editor for Colts Authority,
Former Editor and Founder of Coltsider,
B/R Featured Columnist for the Colts
@erhall01 I'll have a short snippet up here tomorrow, as well as a longer piece on Bleacher Report.
5 hours, 35 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-place-donald-thomas-on-ir-for-2nd-straight-year-sign-udfa-eric-pike.html
5 hours, 36 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@ColtsHead_Ben The plan is to attempt to continue CA Radio in some shape or form, but exactly how hasn't been nailed down yet. We've been so busy with the Annual and the new site that CAR has been pushed to the backburner a bit.
But, we will be doing somesort of podcast/radio/audiosomething. I'll give more details as soon as I have them.
5 hours, 37 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-radio-is-back.html
@ECB To me, it's either four tight ends or four backs. With the injury issues/history at RB, four backs seems necessary.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/fantasy-roster-and-real-football-implications-from-vick-ballards-injury.html
@mshah9008 There are so many positions available!
1 day, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-radio-is-back.html
@mshah9008 We backkkkkk
1 day, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-radio-is-back.html
@ScottComstock @Kyle Rodriguez Thanks for letting us know Scott. If you could email me -> firstname.lastname@example.org that would be great.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@bradicus18 @Kyle Rodriguez No, I actually went back and added it after you asked, thanks for the reminder!
@ScottComstock Yes, Nate wrote the AFC South preview, a feature on Jim Irsay and a reflection on the Colts' playoff win over Kansas City.
@bradicus18 Yes! https://dashboard.tinypass.com/gift?giftId=OFXN1tmf
@bradicus18 I don't know about Ben, but I would say absolutely. Butler excels inside, while Gordy's physical play works well in Pagano's scheme outside.
HOWEVER, I'm not ready to say that Gordy is straight-up better than Butler, so on 2-CB sets Butler still makes more sense on the field.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Heracleitus I don't think that Grigson doesn't deserve some heat, it's the extremity of it all that is interesting to me. You all know that I've been critical of his last two offseasons. I think his work is going to hold back the team more than anything else.
But the worst drafters in the league? After ONE rookie season? I'm not gonna go there.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html
@xxxxKylexxxx I completely disagree.
@ABlueColt @Kyle Rodriguez @TheFunkyMonkey The Colts list him at 240, but he's probably closer to 235. He was 220 when he started in the CFL, he's put on some weight since then. Bowman/Willis were at the combine at 242, probably have put on a few pounds since.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/jerrell-freeman-an-impact-tackler.html
@TheFunkyMonkey The simplest difference between the Colts' defense and a traditional 3-4 is the alignment of the DL/LBs, Instead of a 0-tech and two five techs, the Colts usually play a five tech, a one tech and a three tech. Explained here: http://coltsauthority.com/2013-articles/explaining-the-colts-3-4-defensive-line.html
One of the reasons people talk about 3-4 linebackers being bigger is because they have to take on blockers more often. But by using a hybrid that is almost more like a 4-3, you allow your MIKE to avoid more wear and tear in the middle.
Often times Freeman, instead of sitting in the gap between the NT/DE, will "stack" right behind a DE/DT when the play is snapped and avoid attacking. He'll sit back and wait for the play to develop, sitting behind a lineman and timing his move toward the runner to best avoid a guard or center detaching and coming for the second-level block. It's great for him, because he's a smaller ILB, and wouldn't hold up as well taking on linemen at the second level.
Yeah, I might do a quick writeup later this week, since we're on the subject of media criticism.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html
@AJ_ @Kyle Rodriguez @nrakic I could be taking the original context of the comment wrong, but I read "human beings" as inferring that each deserves certain treatment as human beings.
I fundamentally don't agree with that. The Colts don't owe Brazill anything. If they choose to help him, great.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@nrakic It's not about being a human being. It's about how much context you wish to look at the situation with.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@smonroe Fair enough. Yes, he's apparently going to be given up to 3x as much control at the line as he did last year.
I don't think that that alone would lead to a monumental shift in the offensive style though.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html
@Jayjaybe @Kyle Rodriguez Again, Luck had two options at the line of scrimmage last year. He'll have more this season.
You can say "he had considerable sanction" all you want. It's a vague phrase that really doesn't mean a whole lot. Is Luck really smart? Yes. Is he given some pre-snap freedom that other quarterbacks aren't? Sure.
Is he Peyton F. Manning before the snap? Hell no.
@Candid One Nah. The differences between last year and this year were night and day. It's an offensive system that relies on shorter drops and quicker plays. Luck had two options at the line this season, not the whole playbook.
It's a common myth, for some reason, to assume that Luck can just choose whatever play he wants at the line, although that's not anywhere near true.
@smonroe I think you missed the point.
@Guest Oh, he absolutely was better on short passes with Reggie (+1.0 vs. -5.7 without), and that makes sense. He SHOULD be better with Reggie than without. But that's the whole point. Without Reggie, the gameplan of utilizing such a quick-hit style didn't really work.
And I have no doubt that Luck CAN be a good WC quarterback. He can be good in any style if he has support around him, he's that talented. But that doesn't mean it's the best utilization of his skill set.
Again, thanks for the post, Ben. A little discussion is always good for the soul.
My response hinges on several things. First, I would absolutely agree that the passing game as a whole wasn't given enough "green light." I don't think any of our readers really would argue that point. I don't, however think that necessarily needs to be separated from Hilton's perspective. For Hilton, who should have been the No. 1 receiver and target for 11 games this season at the very worst, to land at 47 among all receivers in snaps taken is a perplexing. Hilton's size really shouldn't matter. He should have been on the field for every critical snap unless he was injured. The fact that his size plays into this at all is the whole reason why I got frustrated with Pep last season.
As far as method goes, I don't think that target percentage has much to do with Pep at all. It has much more to do with Luck (who is reading the defense pre-snap and during the play) and the receivers (who is getting open and who isn't). Sure, Pep is calling some plays that are pre-determined who gets the ball, but given how much leeway Luck is given at the line, I don't think it puts much dent into the numbers in the end. Hilton had like 15 screen plays last year. For a receiver on a team that had absolutely nothing else, he SHOULD have high target percentages, and that has little to do with Pep.
The second part of my under utilized point rides on the fact that I've been harping on all offseason: Pep both underutilized and POORLY utilized Hilton in the first half of the season, but improved that tremendously in the second half. First, he was underutilized. Here is a list of players who played more snaps than Hilton in single games in those first seven games: Vick Ballard, Coby Fleener, Darius Heyward-Bey, Dwayne Allen, Stanley Havili, Trent Richardson and, of course, Reggie Wayne. REGGIE WAYNE IS THE ONLY SKILL PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE PLAYING MORE THAN HILTON (and even that's debatable at this point). Hilton was never the most-played skill player, or even the second most-played skill player, in those first seven games. Hell, DHB played over him in all but one game. Hilton saw the field the most in the Denver game, in which he played just 73% of the snaps.
Then there's the poorly utilized thing too. Best way to illustrate this numerically is big plays. Hilton had two over-the-top targets that netted 30+ yards in the first half of the season. He had eight in the second half. Pep learned over the course of the season (and was forced to due to injuries), but I don't think there's any question that Hilton was completely mis-used in the weeks leading up to the bye week.
TL;DR i hate pep
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@kray007 Catch % doesn't necessarily mean he's the best "catcher." It's not drop percentage, for example. Fleener runs a lot more short routes than deep, so it's inherently an easier completion to make.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-charting-project-receiving-on-third-down.html
@LeuenbergerGreg I'd expect them to keep six receivers, but you never know with this FO. If forced to pick, I'd say Rogers/Whalen, but it'll be close between the three (assuming Moncrief gets a spot).
Receivers can definitely be coached up in terms of hands. Off the top of my head, I don't have a specific example, but one of the things with Moncrief is that he's only 20 years old. He's a blank canvas, essentially.
@AJ_ I love Allen. Most of my excitement of Pep coming was how he'd use Allen/Fleener. One reason why I'm optimistic on Hamilton's growth as an OC in 2014.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Fot Bollar Unfortunately, I have zero confidence that this will be better in 2014 :(
@TheGreatMisdirect @AJ_ I'd say Collie had a greater chance to be a high-impact player than Gonzo did, although Gonzo did have his merits. Watching Peyton-to-Collie in 2010 before his injury was football bliss.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@ECB The 2012 Colts were slightly better than the 2013 Colts at passing on third downs of three or less yards to go. It's not significantly better, but they were better.
I'd have to chart it to be sure, but based off my recollections, I don't think the defensive fronts they faced were much different.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/cacp-third-down-series-running-the-ball-on-third-down.html
@FootballFanatic1 I'll keep that in mind for the rest of this series. Completely understand the confusion.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-charting-project-colts-and-third-downs.html
@mattshedd Basically it's supposed to introduce rookies to the NFL, how to stay out of trouble, the different assets at their disposal, etc.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@WyattL This was Olly's, not mine. I mistakenly posted under my name last night... don't drink and blo- ah never mind.
We're going to do an offseason podcast soon, but we've had some scheduling issues. We're working on it though!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/analyzing-the-colts-third-round-pick-donte-moncrief.html
@ScooterinSpo I like this year's draft a lot better than last year's draft. I don't know what Brad's logic is.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-undrafted-free-agent-tracker.html
@unitas19 Tony Washington
@hankster I think this calls for a Crystal Ball mailbag.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html
@FootballFanatic1 @Kyle Rodriguez Name one offensive tackle in the NFL right now that had tutelage under Meyer. Where they went to school means nothing. Every player is different.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-draft-day-2-ryan-grigson-giveth-and-ryan-grigson-taketh-away.html
@hankster See, and if they want to protect Luck, I'm all for that. But Mewhort has never been a pass protecting guru, so IDK.
@FootballFanatic1 @Kyle Rodriguez There are so many things wrong with this.
@FootballFanatic1 @Kyle Rodriguez Where they went to school means absolutely nothing to me.
@FootballFanatic1 @Kyle Rodriguez @rogcohen I have zero confidence that Mewhort can be a left tackle in the NFL.
@rogcohen Yay for being second in rushing yards! I hope the Colts run for so many yards. Andrew Luck is most effective when handing off, that's what I always say.
EDIT: Also, sorry if I'm being an ass. I'm running on two hours of sleep and think trying to run the ball around Andrew Luck is incredibly inefficient.
@paulcareyjr I just saw these and they all make me very happy.
That being said I'm so meh on Huff.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@bradicus18 I think all three of these guys could potentially go before the fifth, but I'm hoping they don't.
@hankster @bradicus18 @Kyle Rodriguez Don't tempt fate.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html
Caraun Reid is a really interesting mid/late-round guy who can pass rush from the DL.
@hankster Read that this morning. Sad panda.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@BDiddy I <3 night games. But, I am a zombie, so...
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/2014-nfl-schedule-colts-to-visit-denver-on-sunday-night-football-to-open-season.html
@hankster Double the chances of a Super Bowl!
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@paulcareyjr Yeah, it definitely is. Took us at least a week and a half to get through the first round last year.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-mock-draft-commences-houston-takes-jadeveon-clowney-with-the-first-overall-pick.html