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Former Editor and Founder of Coltsider,
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The only guy (besides Tipton) to produce on offense and he has to go ruin it with a punt.
57 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-7-bengals-35.html
@TrueBlue Agree on both counts.
7 hours, 4 minutes 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.
9 hours, 17 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@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.
10 hours, 29 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@naptown_ninja Oh, I did! I forgot to add it in, I will now!
10 hours, 30 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@AJ_ @ColtsHead_Ben This is a great comment.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@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.
3 days, 1 hour 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.
6 days, 6 hours 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!
6 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-fantasy-leagues.html
@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.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-fantasy-leagues.html
@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.
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.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
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.
1 week, 3 days 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.
1 week, 5 days 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.
1 week, 6 days 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@smonroe ALL THE FILM REVIEWS
are coming this week :D
2 weeks, 3 days 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
3 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-place-donald-thomas-on-ir-for-2nd-straight-year-sign-udfa-eric-pike.html
4 weeks 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.
4 weeks 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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-radio-is-back.html
@mshah9008 We backkkkkk
@ScottComstock @Kyle Rodriguez Thanks for letting us know Scott. If you could email me -> firstname.lastname@example.org that would be great.
1 month 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 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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, 4 weeks 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.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html
@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
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/