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I think I figured out what is wrong with Pagano besides him being too conservative, he's too nice. If you saw the post game he just seems like he's in denial, and he doesn't want to be the mean coach who tells his players that they had better shape up. He probably in the locker room said how proud he was of the guys fighting back. When he should be telling them that all these slow starts are not acceptable and right the ship. Getting blown out is never acceptable or OK, but he makes it seem like this was some big moral victory. Denver was a moral victory, this wa s a bad loss. He's too conservative, and seems too delusional t o see that his team can't start games correctly or the defense sucks. He just seems like he wants to be their friend more than their coach. Which is a huge problem
3 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing
I can't really remember being more depressed after a game. Probably the 06 Jags game, the Saints game in 2011 was bad but we had no expectations anyway. I get it that the coaching staff is young and so is the team, but you have Greg Manusky who has been in the NFL for awhile, same with Pagano. They should know how to prepare for games. And not to get giant egos and ignore a team just because of their record. We should've done to them what we did to Jacksonville and stomped them and stayed agressive. Instead the offense was the worst we have seen it in the Luck era.
And the D while made some big stops, and who knows what would've happened if they were off the field for more than 5 minutes, but how can you get torched by Austin like that? Especially after the first time? He's one of their best receivers and that isn't even saying a lot. Until this point he's been horrible. And seriously, he stole TY's dance and did a TA after he scored a TD. The punt was lazy coverage, his long TD's were lazy coverage and they should've had a deep safety after we got burned the first time. But no.
And seriously? A FB draw on 3rd and 10? It's sad that Havili was one of our biggest offensive weapons that game. I haven't been in the fire Pep camp but I don't even know if we could. How would Luck react to that? We fired his coach that he wanted and was the reason the guy got the job? I don't think he'd be happy, but hopefully he'd understand. Not saying we should fire him, but just thinking of the consequences afterwards
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Rams, Crowd Sourcing
@authorbeard @ColtsHead_Ben I hate to say it I'm starting to not like TR as much. I liked him at first and thought we gave up too much but we got a good player. He still shows flashes, but now he has a fumbling problem he's never had before, and he isn't AP or Barry Sanders, so he can't live with a bad line. If you give him the Patriots line, he might end up being a halfway decent back. But now I'm down on him. Ugh.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Big Win comes with a Big Price: Colts lose WR Reggie Wayne for the Season with Torn ACL
It's confirmed by Schefter. Wayne torn his ACL.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Hang on to Beat Denver 39-33
This is how Harrison's career was ended, a freak knee injury when he was older and he was never the same afterwards. He was doing so well. And Colts doctors initially diagnosed him with an ACL tear. Their tests aren't 100%, but they said they are looking for a miracle. I would be heartbroken. Reggie and Mathis are the 2 last symbols from the Manning era that are still performing at a high level, and this is the last way his career should end. We'll have to wait for the MRI. But it's not good, and they don't sound optimistic.
@gizzardfanny @Candlebox For the last 5 games besides this though the Colts have put points up. If people held onto the ball then the offense looks more efficient, or if Pagano grows some balls then it looks better. 4 drives alone were killed by crucial drops, who knows what happens if they dropped the ball on a play that wasn't as important or not at all how many points we would've scored.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Morning Moaner: Colts at Chargers
@GregC @Candlebox I agree with the coaching criticism which is what I forgot to mention. It was gutless and relied on a crappy D instead of a star in the making at QB. Drops for the most part (outside DHB) are random and they'll happen, and they just happened to kill drives. I'd put coaching #1 of why we lost, and drops 2nd. Pagano has been agressive at times, but most of the time he's been conservative which seems to be the case for most NFL coaches nowadays.
I do disagree that the drops change things. If DHB catches that and goes for a long TD the whole game changes from that point. Field position, what plays they'll call, and who knows what would happen from that point. Judging from how the D was playing I'm guessing we still would've lost but there's no way to know for sure.
I hate to say it but I disagree with parts of this article. The biggest plays were the drops. If DHB catches that pass it's likely a TD and the whole game changes. That drive was killed by him, then Fleener killed a drive by his drop and settled for a FG. TR also killed a drive with his drop, and if they do not have those drops the whole game changes, and we have no idea what happens if any of those things change. The situation changes, we can speculate, but the whole game changes from that point.
I agree they aren't using Luck enough, but we aren't a yards team. We're a very efficient offense that usually doesn't turn the ball over, and either goes 3 and out or makes a scoring drive. So we aren't going to get tons of yards but we'll get points. There is no argument anymore for DHB over Hilton anymore. The offense while wasn't where it was when we played Seattle, it would have worked if receivers caught the ball. They dropped on crucial plays, 4 drive killing drops will derail any offense. It wasn't poor in my opinion, it wasn't our night and we had bad breaks and bad drops. Completely fixable though, atleast as far as the drops go.
And I was rather impressed with TRich, he had a good game. He was good in pass protection besides one play, and he just has some crazy runs, and that 12 yard pass was one of the most impressive 12 yard passes was just crazy. His OL is holding him back, but he is getting better and you can't say he doesn't show crazy potential at times. He can break tackles like non other at times, and we haven't had anything like that since Edge. You can disagree with how much we paid to got him, which I do, but I do think we got a good player in return.
The D performance was unacceptable, but they held up in the redzone and considering how often they were on the field plus the injuries. Toler should not be starting anymore though. I'm curious how Butler would do in that #2 spot.
@hankster DHB might be out*
5 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Seahawks
@hankster @Candlebox I'm curious about Lavon's development and maybe he can turn into a decent #3 receiver, DHB is out this year and Hilton to the #2, and hopefully a drafted WR in the 2nd who will turn into a good possesion receiver Luck can trust.
@hankster @Candlebox Which would be like if we drafted Lynch next year in the draft if that's how you want to think of it, which I can live with if 1) he turns into Lynch, and 2) Pep gets his head out of his butt to stop with the power running formations that gain 2 yards or lose 3 and use him like an actual RB and be creative with runs. I would love to see a draw or a trap run with TR more often.
@hankster @Candlebox I agree with that, and I don't think he was worth a 1st. But considering the way this team is heading it's going to be a late round 1st, and not sure if we can get the kind of potential TR has with that kind of pick is the only reason I can think of to justify it. The potential is there and he can just bounce off tackles, and he does a decent job in pass protection. I can see him as a Marshawn Lynch type player, not fast or shifty enough to be AP. And if he becomes that I can be happy with the trade.
I also think he does better in passing sets, and when he isn't getting hit by 3 people right as he gets the ball.
Atleast he isn't completely lost and he shows promise. Which for right now, I can live with.
I might be the minority here but I liked what I saw from TR yesterday, and I realized something. The numbers aren't really his fault. Whenever Brown is in, we actually get creative and do trap runs and draws that work a lot of the time. With TR it's the same 2 TE 1 FB formation and an attempt at a power run. They believe our OL is able to run consistently when it's not. TR is breaking tackles, but when he gets hit 3 yards in the backfield every other play I don't blame him.
While I don't agree with giving up a 1st, and while some other people are determined not to like him, I feel that we got a very solid RB who can make some very awesome runs. We aren't using him right though. Too many times it's just way too obvious when he runs the ball or he runs into a wall of 3 defenders. Maybe part of that is he just knows the basic plays and he's starting to get to the more advanced stuff, but when we are in passing formations he has much more success. We got a good player, you can debate his vision and how much we paid to get him, but IMO we aren't using him right and if we used him more like how we are using Brown he'd have much more success. You never see Brown running out of that stupid power run formation.
@pierrezombie @Candlebox Agreed, but they're almost being used the same. Luck has almost been used as like a game manager, and asked to not do too much but hand it off and don't do something stupid.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers
@GregC @Candlebox @AJ_ They have the personal to be a great passing team, and have two great deep threat WR's yet we insist on short passes. Agreed on the gameplan, and they thought they could over power the 49ers and I can't disagree with the results.
Why aren't we seeing more gameplans like when we played the Giants in the preseason? And just passed it and were real aggressive in the air?
Couldn't agree more with the lead point, they think a FG is insurmountable and that's when you should stop being aggressive.
But I just have that nagging feeling. Why spend a #1 pick on the best QB prospect in forever and utilize him this way? It doesn't make sense. Both the OAK and this game the plan was to just run it down their throats. I almost feel like our success through the run is almost pure persistence than actually dominance. We literatly just run it down their throats, and that's how we get our yards.
@AJ_ @Candlebox That's my issue, is that we aren't even ranked that high. We're like what 20th right now in passing yards? They're very efficient yards, but still I would like to see some more downfield shots and Luck throwing more than 200 yards, which he hasn't for 2/3 games so far. I liked the Miami game plan approach a lot better, there was a lot of passing and running was used to supplement it. I would love a balanced offense, which is what everyone was wanting when Manning was here, but by balanced I mean slightly more passing than running. Not an almost 2:3 ratio on Passes to Runs.
It was a great day to be a Colts fan. And this morning isn't too half bad either, but I still just have this nagging feeling while an elite run game is great we are turning into the 08-09 Jets. Trade away top picks, elite run game and great D. They were a great team, but come December and January when they needed to pass the ball they were screwed. And we know how they end up right now. Not that we can't pass the ball if we wanted to, but if we just coddle Luck and don't give him any opportunities to be that great QB and instead use him as a hand off machine I'm worried that will hurt his development. I just wish we'd pass more and it was a 2nd/3rd rounder for TR. Then I'd be happy and more comfortable with the Colts heading forward.
@MarcusDugan @Candlebox I thought he looked better when we ran outside. Plays that he was in were very predictable, since usually they were a run up the gut. But he made some nice plays in space and showed flashes which is what we want. I guess if we are wanting to be this power running team we better get an elite RB or at least a prospect who might be one, and try and develop him.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Surprise! The Colts Throttle San Francisco, 27-7
Also, I hate to be the one to be negative after a win like this, but at times I hate the play calling and how much we run. I remember saying pass the ball way too much or throw it down field and called it when they were going to run it. I mean having a running game is great, especially a top 5 one which is weird because we're the Colts.
I also feel like we are vastly using Luck and his abilities at times. He is likely already a top 10 QB, yet we're 20th in passing. It's like when we do pass it's dink and dunks, and outside the Miami game we've rarely taken shots down field. And I'm surprised we haven't taken a few deep shots with DHB considering how great he's doing. I mean we could have an elite passing game, but we choose to have an elite running game. With a QB like Luck, you would think they'd choose the passing game over the running.
I'm just starting to take issue with our philosophy, and how we're becoming the 49ers. Which while isn't a bad thing, look at teams who have won the Super Bowl recently. Teams who won by passing. I mean we are winning and just pulled a major upset, but I still just have a nagging feeling that I don't like how much we run and how little we pass.
I thought T Rich did pretty well today, considering all things. He defiantly had some nice runs and some nice blitz pick ups, but didn't seem quite sure of things at times. I don't necessarily agree with the trade anymore considering the way Bradshaw played, but he defiantly doesn't seem like a bad player. I'm just trying to figure out how we justify taking Bradshaw out for him, or while Bradshaw is the home run savy vet and Rich becomes the power house for short yardage. Thoughts on how he played?