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Former Editor and Founder of Coltsider,
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@metal_militia11 @Kyle Rodriguez I think Butler is far more replaceable than Toler, honestly. And I really like Butler. Toler got beat by some incredible individual plays on Sunday, both by Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger. I didn't think he was particularly bad.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-steelers-51-colts-34.html
@metal_militia11 Toler is fine in man coverage as a second corner. When he's your first guy, look out. And Gordy is a big drop off in one-on-one. Needs a lot of safety help.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-steelers-51-colts-34.html
Luck gets a bit too much credit for a few of these, IMO. Like the one where he got hit as he threw against the Ravens. It's a little unlucky, sure, but he shouldn't be throwing that ball while getting hit. Get it out early or take the sack. Throwing while getting hit is a bad idea all around.
And while it's unlucky to have a tipped ball be picked, it's also a fact you have to deal with. If his throws weren't high against DEN, they don't get tipped up and picked (granted, Fleener should have caught that one), if he doesn't try to force it to Bradshaw against the Ravens, it doesn't get picked.
Every quarterback gets unlucky on interceptions, I don't think we have any basis to say Luck's been more/less lucky than most QBs when it comes to picks. I'd lean more toward the numbers argument. Luck's interception percentage itself isn't that high: 2.7% this year, which is right around Peyton's career numbers. You'd like to see it be lower, for sure, but it's not a big problem.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ross-andrew-luck-does-not-have-an-interception-problem.html
@Lvl9LightSpell Ahh, Donnie Avery. Good times *gun to head*
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/how-t-y-hilton-has-dominated-the-houston-texans.html
@hankster Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-radio-media-blitz-and-inside-the-writers-block-week-4-edition.html
@John D This is an NFL-centric podcast, and the Colts' game meant relatively little to the league as a whole.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-radio-inside-the-writers-block-week-3.html
@hankster One positive note on T.Y.: Ben Gundy and I made a point to watch him on film this week. The dude is getting open a LOT. But, with the offensive system, Luck often looks a the short route as the first read, and never even looks in Hilton's direction.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/bloggers-of-the-roundtable-surprisingdisappointing-colts-players.html
@Bobman I think "really off" is unfair for Luck, honestly. His ball placement on about four throws in the first half was not good, but for most of the game he was playing really well, I think. I probably would have graded Luck a C- after the initial watch, but when going back through the tape, It'd be more like a B or B-, not stellar, but not as poor as the perception seemed to be.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/guest-post-dink-n-dunk-statistically-analyzing-the-colts-passing-game.html
@Macko Pagano is a good coach in many aspects. I'm sure Pep has his strengths as well. But the conservatism just KILLS them on the field.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html
@Nate Dunlevy @flindt From what I've seen, he's ok in zone coverage, but man is a struggle.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/bloggers-of-the-round-table-week-1-in-review.html
They booed Santa and threw snowballs at him LIKE ANIMALS. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Philadelphia_Eagles_season
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html
@OllyDawes @Kyle Rodriguez Thank you, sir. Appreciate it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-radio-media-blitz-and-inside-the-writers-block.html
I'm so exciiiiteed
@smonroe I don't, but I didn't think they were going to win against SF, SEA, DEN last year either so...
This team is weird (in a good way) like that.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
HOW DID I FORGET RODNEY HARRISON
I'm so excited!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltsauthorityradionflpreview.html
@Fot Bollar @Kyle Rodriguez I never understood people saying he was lazy during training camp. Didn't see that at all during the week that I was there. I think a part of it is his long stride, and the way his gait is naturally when running. It's very smooth, doesn't look like he's "churning."
But then you realize he's two steps past the corner.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@AJ_ We are actually self-hosting it, thanks to the help of a Colts fan who helped us create the server. Presents a few more difficulties, but it's also more flexible for us.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/announcing-colts-academy.html
@mrpenney Great suggestion, and yes, we will cross-link the two as much as possible.
Thanks for bringing up that route on the touchdown, Andrew. You can see the defender's hips turn outside, likely thinking he was going to run a fade, before turning back inside when Rogers cuts. Rogers ran another impressive slant route on his one-handed, diving catch earlier in the drive, actually turned the DB around completely.
It's another reason why I resented the "lazy" comments after The Kick during that game. Rogers was running good routes in the fourth quarter of a preseason game in which the play calling didn't attempt to feature him all game. The penalty was dumb, but attacking his character that was not related to that penalty was over the top.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@erhall01 Per passing play includes sacks.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-7-bengals-35.html
The only guy (besides Tipton) to produce on offense and he has to go ruin it with a punt.
@TrueBlue Agree on both counts.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/players-still-fighting-who-to-watch-in-colts-vs-bengals.html
@NickWalter EVERYBODY should be excited. He's going to blow up this season.
@bradicus18 I'll plan on looking at the OLBs in the Cincinnati game. Depends on how much time I have with the launch of the new site, but it's on my list.
@naptown_ninja Oh, I did! I forgot to add it in, I will now!
@AJ_ @ColtsHead_Ben This is a great comment.
@mshah9008 Yeah, it's tough to tell on that without the All-22.
The one thing that I did notice against NO is that they ran a lot of 2TE sets with one receiver running a short, dump-off route. When Luck did have time, he seemed to be looking downfield, but he rarely could find somebody open and ended up dumping it off.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-rising-and-falling-preseason-week-3.html
I have at least one spot open, for anyone who wants it.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-fantasy-leagues.html
@mshah9008 I BELIEVE this is the last spot in the Yahoo leagues, but not every invite has been accepted yet. Regardless, invite sent!
@paulcareyjr Invite sent.
We weren't sure exactly how much interest we were going to get this season, but I'm hoping to build a bit more consistent of a fantasy system.
@ChrisShepherd I don't know, I feel like with this line, there are definitely cutback lanes available often, and worth hitting.
I get what you're saying, and I agree to an extent. On this play, I agree. In principle, cut backs are going to be necessary with this OL.
But I'm pretty sure you weren't saying that they are bad in general, so I'm probably just rambling on about something that doesn't matter.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@bengundy @bradicus18 Noticed that too, a surprisingly absent power line. Perhaps they're learning!!!
Great stuff, Marcus.
I like what Whalen brings when he plays with Luck too. There is very good chemistry there that doesn't show with other QBs. Would hate to see any of these guys get cut.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-rising-and-falling-preseason-week-2.html
@smonroe Sorry for the misunderstanding: Herron is a back, who is small, rather than a small back, if that make's sense. He's right on average in terms of halfbacks, but on this play his vision is absolutely obscured by the much, much larger offensive linemen in front of him. I wasn't comparing Herron to other running backs, but to the other players in the play at question. My fault for the poor wording.
But regarding his blocking, we don't have any evidence that he'll be good at it in the NFL, at least that I've seen. (Granted, we don't have a ton that says he'd be bad at it either)
Jamarcus Russell was pretty good in college too, but that doesn't mean anything to me.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@ColtsHead_Ben @Kyle Rodriguez @Fot Bollar *Lucy voice* THAT'S IT!
It was only one play, I'm not panicking or anything. Every back misses things. The question is how often will it happen.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/quick-hits-five-things-to-watch-in-colts-vs-giants.html
@Fot Bollar The Richardson play I'm referring to are when he ran into Jack Mewhort's ass intstead of cutting left between Mewhort and Anthony Castonzo and gained nothing (backside CB tackled him while he was stationary behind Mewhort).
The center in the GIF above is Jeff Saturday, and the quarterback is Curtis Painter. I'll leave it up to you to decide who had the timing wrong. Either way, slow-motion botched snaps are always hilarious.
@smonroe There were a few plays where he was a bit slow (physically and mentally) to react, but most came in coverage where he seemed to be a bit unsure of his role, IMO. It'll be interesting to see if that improves over the next few games.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/players-we-watched-ilb-henoc-muamba.html
Last year I tried to do 2 per week in the PS. I'm going to attempt the same this year; although it'll be busy. If you have suggestions/requests let me know!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@smonroe ALL THE FILM REVIEWS
are coming this week :D
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html
@erhall01 We're going to need a really good nickname to live up to "Dubstep" .... I PROPOSE A CONTEST
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltscamp-musings-players-are-people-too.html
@Colts Fan Like Matt said, no disrespect was meant at all. From what I remember, I thought it was a teenager, but most of my attention was on the players. Thanks for the information.
@ABlueColt Thank you, ABC. I really appreciate that. I love getting to write about things like this, rather than pure analysis-type of pieces because it forces me to be a bit more creative with my writing, so the compliment means a lot.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltscamp-musings-passing-the-torch.html
@ColtsHead_Ben They should keep both. Based on how I saw them used at camp, they have plans to use both in unique ways. But we'll see.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/first-unofficial-colts-depth-chart-released.html
@JoshBoeke The staff wasn't completely overhauled. A lot of the training staff changed, but not all. The team doctors (Methodist Sports Medicine) have been the same since the team moved to Indy in '84.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@erhall01 I'll have a short snippet up here tomorrow, as well as a longer piece on Bleacher Report.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-place-donald-thomas-on-ir-for-2nd-straight-year-sign-udfa-eric-pike.html
@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.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-radio-is-back.html