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@Rex @Colt_Following You can take it to a printer. There are also online shops that will do it and ship it to you for a bit less. I'm not sure how the CA people would want to go forward with or handle that.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I bought it last year and followed suit again this year. From a cost perspective, it's a no brainer. Everything is well-researched and polished. The thing I appreciate the most is the balance of homerism, quality writing, and personality shown by the writers. I've only delved a bit into this year's version (came out 15 minutes ago), but I definitely put this on a must-purchase list with FO Almanac.
@MarcusDugan @Payton This might actually be the one I was thinking of. Apparently Clark is even more badass than I thought.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/throwback-stats-of-the-day-a-dallas-clark-tribute.html
My favorite catch, also against Cinci I think, was a TD catch where he was clearly worried about the ref thinking he might not keep possession, so he caught it one-handed and ran up to the ref holding it with only that hand the entire time.
Looks like the Cowboys just resigned Anthony Spencer, so there goes that pipe dream.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@MarcusDugan His name was Robert Pau.... I mean Phil Costa
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-go-back-to-work-four-things-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2014.html
@hankster If Richardson is still getting the most carries of any RB by the end of the season, I will be very surprised.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
For what we have invested, I like the move. I just think that counting on him to do anything, even depth, is a stretch at this point.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@DougEngland I was very surprised when it seemed like the colts didn't go after Daryl Smith. He was a very similar player in a system that is a copy of what he played in Baltimore. He's a bit older but much cheaper, and the front-loaded contract makes it seem like Grigson wanted Jackson as a stop-gap measure anyway.
The real question is why we didn't go after Dansby. Location, winning, and coach history have nothing to Dansby going to Cleveland. Indy is no worse than Cleveland, the Browns are not a winning team, and he's never played for any of the Browns' coaches. He just wanted a bit more money. Why not pony up a bit more for someone who is competent (or better) in both phases of defense and fits the system? His contract was structured almost identically, so his inevitable slide wont hurt when we need to resign all the skills players coming up in a few years.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@ECB Here's a dirty little secret: The 2009 SB team wasn't actually that good.
Robinson was a starter in name only. The Colts hardly ever used 2 TE sets, and Gijon was only on the field for 293 snaps. The Colts used Collie, Garcon, and Wayne as the majority formation. Tamme, Santi, and Robinson combined accounted for fewer snaps than any of those WRs.The offensive line was pretty average or worse. It has been every year since 2007. The DBs were injury racked and half of them were IRed or missed half of the games.
Don't confuse team success with not having tons of holes. Those Colts did better because the conference was relatively weak AND their offense was great. This offense is nowhere near that, and even the injuries they had last year were nothing that the 2009/2010 Colts didn't have to deal with. PFM and the playcalling were just that much better than what we are working with right now. They didn't get blown out of games they tried to win. The Colts have had more losses of 14+ points in the two years with Luck than they did in the last 4 years of healthy Manning. The offense last year could be outstanding at times. Other times they were awful. They were league average in PPG, and that precludes being "outstanding" by any rational definition.
As much as we've spent the last few years, I'm not really seeing much reason to expect more from the defense. They look like they might be better at run defense, but the pass defense doesn't seem to have any improvement. It's the same DBs minus Bethea, and we have no replacement for him. We need to get one somewhere, and FA is just as likely as the draft.
The Colts don't need a ton of big name replacements. Getting a competent FS and C will go a long way to smoothing over the rough spots. Barring horrible things, there is no reason why they shouldn't make the playoffs. By that narrow definition, they are definitely contenders. However until the offense can be more consistent and the defense can show up against good offenses, there is no way the Colts can be considered better than the 3rd in the AFC (Broncos, Pats) and probably no higher than 7th in the NFL (SF, SEA, GB, NOLA/CARO).
6 months ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Grading Grigson's Shopping Spree
Any word on his contract value?
6 months, 1 week ago on Colts Bring RB Ahmad Bradshaw back for Another Year
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Goodbye, Samson Satele
I find this acceptable news of the highest order. Our special teams tackling would have been even more atrocious without Pat.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Re-Sign Pat McAfee
@thellamajockey If Mcglynn were going to be re-signed, he probably would have been by now. Colts are the only team that can sign him before March 11. His contract expired. The Colts didn't cut him. Holmes has to be the starter for the time being.
There are too many question marks and underperformance on his part to do anything but kick the tires in TC. For a backup OT, he'd bring a lot of baggage
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Could-Jonathan-Martin-end-up-in-Indy.html
@mshah9008 Cleveland slapped the transition tag on him. I like Mack and think he would be awesome for the line. I don't think he'd be worth what the Colts would have to pay. Might be able to scratch a bit off the transition tag, but I'd think it definitely be north of 8.5 million a year.
@MarcusDugan @Payton I'm sneaky. I have the FOA 2010-2013. They have individual profiles of most players going back 3 years though too.
2009: 49% run stopping - ranked 108th, 35% pass stopping - unranked
2010: DNP- 2 pectoral tears
2011: 53% run stoppin - ranked 100th, 42% pass stopping, ranked 64th
2012: 69% run stopping - ranked 36th, 59% pass stopping ranked 16th
Browns played a 3-4 in 2009, 2010, and 2012 and a 4-3 in 2011. Don't have his grades for 2013 yet, but they are probably not going to look very good given that the PFF and FO grades generally line up.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign ILB D'Qwell Jackson
Neither FO or PFF were high on him at all, so I would love to hear about the rationale behind this. He's not good at stopping the run, and his pass coverage skills seem to be just as lacking. Even if it's a 2 year deal, I don't know if he's worth 5.5 million
Another few things to note with Talib:
1) Like Shields, never played a full 16 game season
2) Had more than one run-in with the law
3) Was suspended for violation of NFL drug policy (adderall)*
4) At 28, he's older than everyone else by at least 2 years
*Can't remember if the first test flags for suspension or 2nd positive test does
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Free Agency PFF Spotlight Part 2: The Cornerback Contingency Plan
@thellamajockey @Payton Not as far as I know, but he's had bouts of depression since middle school. He also was thinking about suicide. However the mental issues were part bullying, part performance-related. The performance related ones probably aren't going to go away without a significant amount of rehabilitative coaching and maybe therapy. His asking price will be non-existent. There's not really much to lose by kicking the tires, but the potential payout and risk of him just leaving a la Quinn Pitcock don't make signing him, doubly so for trading for him, worth it in my eyes.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on ICYMI: Andrew Luck Speaks Out and Colts on Twitter
@thellamajockey He was pretty bad at LT and RT for the dolphins. Heck the Dolphins actively traded for Bryant "Never met a sandwich I didn't like" McKinnie because Martin was doing so poorly at LT, and McKinnie was doing poorly himself in Baltimore.
He might be able to transition to OG. It's not unheard of by any means, but it doesn't guarantee success. Diem did a passable job at guard after he started sucking at RT, but that was only for one season. Linkenbach started out as a swing tackle, and he's been pretty bad at guard. Then again he wasn't very good at tackle either. CJ actually started out as a tackle as well. He started a few times for Diem his rookie year, and covered Ugoh and Diem the next. He's been much better at guard than LT, but he's also surrounded with much more talent in MN (Khalil, Sullivan) than he was here.
Frankly I don't even think it's worth pursuing. It reminds me way too much of the Ugoh situation, and I doubt the most realistic payoff (quality backup/borderline starter) is worth the effort. Why bother trying to convert someone when you can sign/draft a guard with minimal investment and no mental issues or media circus train?
There's really only one way to settle the Satele/de la Puente debate. We need a WTFiSST vs. WTFiBdlPT tourney bracket.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Brian de la Puente
I wouldn't mind seeing Grigson throw Jonathan Goodwin a line. He's older but he also has a cap of of ~3 million the last few years. He could be a decent stopgap.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on A Sticky Situation
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Free Agency Frenzy
I'd be willing to spend some good money on Alex Mack. He does have a secret world after all. We did pay out good money to Jeff Saturday, albeit it not as much, so spending money on a C isn't unheard of for the Colts.Additionally it's so Weeden to throw a ball that just stops mid-air. It's like the GIF knows he isn't worth it.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Alex Mack
7 months ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Season in Review
So it's safe to say he got too much credit from his collegiate playing days?
7 months, 1 week ago on Colts Sign Former Eagles Safety David Sims
7 months, 1 week ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Wide Receiver
Quoting George Spelvin from Archer: That's unbelievable. No I just don't believe you.
7 months, 1 week ago on Myers: Polian wanted Luck to play under Manning
8 months ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season
8 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Radio's Inside the Writer's Block: Week 17 and a Playoff Preview
9 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chiefs
9 months ago on Week 15 Report Card: Colts vs Texans
I don't want to sound too much like a Debby Downer, but I think a 'B' is a bit generous. Outside of the two TD drives, the Colts had a lot of trouble moving the ball. I mean the one INT put us at the TX 30 and the other was around their 40ish. Whalen's PR set the team around the 30 as well. Going 0/10 on 3rd down conversions after the 1st quarter is pretty brutal as well.
I only watched snippets of the game and listened to most of it on the radio, so I haven't seen it in depth. I will have to sit down and watch the rest of it. Nate seemed pretty down on the performance when I checked Twitter this morning.
9 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Texans
@rogcohen I loved seeing the Colts try to get some RB screens and dump offsin the mix, even if a bunch were batted down or throw in (relative) garbage time. That was probably my biggest objection to Arians' offense. I was less than thrilled to see Richardson run down by Carlos Dunlap from behind. Dunlap is fast for a DL but he's not exactly Freeney or Jevon Kearse.
9 months, 1 week ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing
@Heracleitus The intentional grounding non-call really ground my gears. That was so blatantly thrown from inside the pocket, it made me check the date, opposing team, and QB to make sure we weren't playing the '99 Dolphins again.
9 months, 1 week ago on Week 14 Report Card: Colts at Bengals
@glwilliams4 I assume the All-22 has it, but in the DVR recording I have it showed a view from the endzone. There was no hole until almost right before DB would have run into Thornton. Thornton disengaged from a double team to take on the MLB. DB still had to fight through tackles by the MLB and DT to get to the endzone, and the "hole" was about as wide as his body. It was pretty impressive.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on GIFtastic: Colts sweep Titans
@MarcusDugan @matt_has @Payton At this rate, I'm expecting the Colts to re-sign Dom Rhodes and have him and Richardson get carries over Brown. I still can't believe it took this long for Brown to get the feature role
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts come up with the Win 22-14 over Tennessee
@naptown_ninja McGlynn got benched for Link, and I agree that Link is not the the best backup OG we have.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Titans, Crowd Sourcing
@MarcusDugan Went back and watched the last drive for funsies:
1) Guard dids pull. Link pulled on the second 14 yard run by Brown. He engage poorly and from the wrong side (probably a hold), but it helped keep the hole open. Doyle pulled on that play as well but didn't make it out wide. Thornton pulled on the next play and did a good job.
2) Link is just as bad as McGlynn, at least at run blocking. He routinely got pushed back 4-5 yards deep on run blocking plays.
3) Liberal use of play-action. Loved the play-action bootleg/option.
4) The playcall for Richardson (goal line set with pulling guards and no WRs) was moronic AND poorly executed, but his hesitation in the backfield played into being hit behind the line of scrimmage. Thornton pulled and got a nice block going, but there were Titans on either side of him unblocked.
5) Brown's TD run looked like a similar playcall, and there was barely a hole for him to run through. He dragged two Titans (DT and MLB) into the EZ as well.
@MarcusDugan @Payton Not unless the backups we've been hiding on the inactive list are secretly being groomed for the playoffs.
@BrianKlass @MarcusDugan You know what's funny? I specifically remember several articles noting that DHB is the first one to the JUGS machine every practice and puts in a ton of time.
Has anyone said "Hey dipshit. Try catching the ball *during games* with your hands?"
Subtle reminders like 10 miles of wind sprints after practice or playing QB in practice with no red penny on might help jog his memory.
@smonroe This would be a perfect extension of the offensive line series by Ben. Break down what the Colts did on the last drives against the Titans versus the rest of them. I'm interested to see if it's a schematic change or a matter of execution. If it's execution, I'm going to be pretty pissed.
You know what I find most frustrating about this year's team. I don't even think it's the worst group of offensive linemen in the past 5 years, but this has easily been the most ineffective offense in that stretch, when we've had a QB worth the jersey he's wearing.
Sure our interior oline is a dumpster fire, but at least we have 2 decent tackles. Having Saturday was nice and probably helped mask a lot of deficiencies by being able to call out blocking assignments, even though Manning did it, but he was routinely the only good lineman we had. Lining up CJ at LT and a revolving door of Pollak/Reitz/Devan at OG isn't a recipe for success.
@matt_has @Payton I am unaware of a job where one can work as a body double for Brad Pitt.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@matt_has @Payton Out of what?
@indycrombie There is so much off with this post I am going to have to think about how I want to deconstruct it for awhile before I actually respond.
@matt_has The first rule about being Brad Pitt's body double(s) is "We do not talk about being Brad Pitt's body double(s)."
@chip_bennett Havili was out for the game. Had he been there, he'd have been open
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11