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@thellamajockey I totally, totally agree. Brown was actually SECOND in yards per carry in the league ... and (I was looking this up), if they'd have given him the average number of carries the top 10 RBs got (289ish?), Brown would have eclisped 1500 yards.The chargers got a steal, and Indy's counting on a) a guy coming back from a major injury
b) a majorly injury prone back, and
c) a major disappointment. So far.... sigh.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Bring RB Ahmad Bradshaw back for Another Year
@AJ_ But ... finally having a decent corner ... and Greg Toler was so exceptionally bad last year ... sigh. This is how NOT to build a defense: by letting important players leave as soon as they ask for money.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Guest Post: Vontae It Ain't So
@ECB I understand the concern, which is why I personally think they should offer Brown a small, one-year deal (or you know, cut Greg Toler and use the money they save to resign Brown). Ballard's the future of this running game, if he can rebound.
6 months ago on Bowen: how the heck did Indy beat Seattle?
@Pied Sigh ... I hate when people who point out my mistakes are right.
I'm a bit confused about all the push for a wide receiver. Of all Indy's problems, trying to add depth to their receiving core isn't one of them ... I get that Wayne's getting old, but having Hilton and two very good receiving tight ends should force their interests elsewhere.I still agree with Kyle's sentiment - unless you're looking at a specific guy, drafting linemen early instead of late doesn't really matter as much as it would with other positions - but Indy needs help on defense much more than on offense. Put it this way:Luck suffered a bit without Wayne; he threw for more attempts, completions, and yards per game, but with fewer touchdowns, more interceptions, and a lower QBR per game. They also played an easier schedule on the back half.Then again, their cornerbacks at the moment are Davis (good), Toler (unwatchably terrible), Butler (off more than he is on), and Cassius Vaughn (Cassius Vaughn). Maybe Josh Gordy is an option, but he's started once in two seasons. With Bethea on the way out (possibly), and the Colts ranking 26th against the run, Indy needs defense - period.
6 months ago on Defending Crazy: Why I don't want the Colts to draft OL early
6 months ago on Brooke: 6 late-round steals Indy should be looking at
6 months, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday: The Last Edition
6 months, 1 week ago on Vernon Davis, free agent watch
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Hayes: Free agent questions for Indy
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Patriots
You might also add that, of teams with more than 8 wins, the Colts have the fewest players going to the pro bowl (one - Mathis). The only other playoff team with less is Green Bay (0), who went 8-7-1. In other words, the Colts were 'elite' despite playing with only one 'top tier' player ... and uniquely so.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Why I Voted Robert Mathis for DPOY
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts Stun Chiefs with Historic Comeback
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday (Wednesday) Infographic: Colts blast the Texans
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Send LB Pat Angerer to IR, Sign RB Shaun Draughn
@DougEngland Memories of the Jets at home still haunt my dreams. If Chuck throws the last two games, he'll be no better than Jim Caldwell.... well. Never mind. It'd take a lot more to make me say that.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts take care of the Titans
All true. Still, a lot of these problems plagued Manning for years - an inconsistent defense and a shotty run game, for example. After the superbowl, the o-line broke down and hasn't recovered.
Out of curiosity, why did Indy hide Donald Brown last game, as if they were embarrased? Three touches all game? REALLY? Of all the things that went wrong last week, it hurts that, after one player finally went beyond anyone's expectations, the same guy was basically benched the following game.Just another reason to hate the coaching this year.
8 months, 1 week ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@Payton @Bobman1 Now that Wayne's gone for the season, Luck needs a reliable option; Fleener and Hilton have been up and down (productivity-wise) this season, and he really doesn't have another underneath option.Richardson might not be good, but he's good for Luck.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts comeback (again) to win in Tennessee
@Bobman1 Not saying I called this, but I totally called this.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Pagano, Like Everyone Else, Wonders Where the Run Game Went
@Payton @Lou Pin @DougEngland Don't get me wrong - Indy can't run the ball at all. First down on the one line yard last week, and Indy didn't even think about running the ball.
It's just, I never realized that Indy's ground game was that good early on. To be running like they are and still averaging that?
I miss Vick Ballard.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts lose to the Rams
@DougEngland The Colts are still averaging like, 110 yards on the ground ... strangely. And their secondary wasn't terrible. Vontae Davis was terrible. Didn't go full out on the kickoff, let those two long touchdowns go - basically a 21 point difference if he plays well.
@paulcareyjr @pierrezombie I could be wrong, but I think Wells was an NBA guy before this ... if I remember, from the offseason, he was supposed to be helping Mike Chappell at the Star this year. Not sure what panned out, but I'm starting to miss Kuharsky.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts complete comeback versus Houston
@buymymonkey It's a shame; he broke a seven yard run earlier in the game against Houston, and they proceeded to run him up the gut three plays in a row, killing the drive. No idea why.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts complete comeback versus Houston
@Bobman1 See, I think the Colts actually have a much better chance against Kansas City than Cincy. The strange thing about KC's offense: on average, they score about a point less than the team's average points against average (10.9 points less over eight games).Indy's averaging 18.7 points against; going by their average, KC would be on line to score about 16.3 points against them. Indy's only fallen below 20 points once this season.The best offensive performance KC's put up was against Tennessee, in which they scored 26 points on a team that generally allows 21. If KC duplicated that effort, they would have 24 points against Indy.On average, Indy does 3.9 points better than the opposing defense's average - largely due to defensive scoring. Still, that would put their 'probable' score at 16.1 - 0.2 points lower than Kansas City. The teams are even from that perspective, except:Indy has, against top-tier offenses (Denver, San Fran, and Seattle - first, sixth, and ninth respectively) played exceptionally well, limiting them to 9.2 points below their season average. If that held true in KC, the Chiefs would be in line for 13.8 points.Kansas City has played ONE top-tier offense (Dallas), and limited them t0 16 points. Impressive, except that Dallas is 1-3 on the road and barely averages over 20 points. Hypothetically, however, were they to repeat that effort against Indy, the Colts would be in line for 21.7 points.IN SHORT: the Colts in Kansas City looks like a close game. If their opponents were all of the same caliber, their expected scores would be 16.3 vs. 16.1. Still, when factoring schedule strength, the Colts look like a possible 21.7-13.8 point favourite. Almost eight points.I could see a 22-14 Colt victory myself, actually.
9 months ago on The AFC Midseason Blackout Shindig
@hankster A lot of this depends on how good Kansas City really is - because no one knows. They look good - usually. They have a great defense - against bad teams. More importantly, early wins against the NFC East are less impressive every week.
ESPN has them power-ranked first, but I think they're the third, maybe fourth, best team in the AFC alone.
@Bobman1 I like the analogy at the end, works perfectly.
9 months ago on Is Trent Richardson to Blame for Indy's Rushing Woes?
@hankster That's the point - he's been brutal so far, helped the run game very little ... and yet, on Monday, he had a pretty solid game (and a pretty solid catch-and-run).I'm more than happy to credit improvement :)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Positive Side of the Colts' loss to San Diego
@Payton The Colts weren't good at bringing the runner down yesterday, yet Harvey went for 9 solo tackles. After watching players sluggishly perform through the second half yesterday, I was mostly impressed with his hustle.
They're going to need another running back, right? The way they've been dropping, only having two seems a bit dangerous to me.Bloody conditioning staff.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Roster Updates, Odds and Ends from Bethea, Freeman, & Pagano
@mrpenney After watching Indy collapse against San Diego periodically over the last ten years, I get your concern. They seem to play Indy very well regardless.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts upset the Seahawks
@Bobman1 He's let them down on blocking twice this year - in huge situations (the first, against Miami) - but his running ability is there. Dunno why they had him on the punting unit to be honest.I'll be surprised if he's still on it in San Diego.
@DougEngland I dunno. After Ballard and Allen went out, I think Indy's management saw a team in disarray, needing some sort of momentum; by signing Richardson, they totally changed their team's attitude. It went from 'we're losing players left and right' to 'holy christ, look who we just picked up!'If signing Richardson allows Indy to get momentum (check) and keep momentum (we'll see on Sunday), that trade - despite everything attached to it, and the loss of a draft pick - helped convert Indy's season. Without that trade, Indy looked like a sinking ship; with it, they look like a team ready to make a push this year. And hey, two touchdowns later ... I like it.
10 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts vs Seahawks, NFL Week 5
Hm. Indy went 7-1 at home last season despite hosting the Vikings, Packers, and Texans; Seattle went 3-5 on the road last year, and almost suffered losses to Carolina and Houston this year. Were the game in Seattle, I'd call it a wash, but ... I dunno. I'm feeling Indy on this one.
KNOCK. ON. WOOD.
@bradicus18 @MarcusDugan My secret! No, but that's exactly what I did. Kudos ... and thanks.
10 months, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts beat 49ers
@DougEngland To be fair, Nate's a better writer than some of the guys who DO get press credentials. Just saying.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Dunlevy: Worst week one win? ... probably.
@couchspud44 Personally? I want to see them march in to San Fran, and in the press conference before the game, make the following announcement:"So we've heard this Kaepernick guy can run pretty fast. In response, we'll be starting Daniel Adongo at DE, where he'll be assigned to Kaep for the duration of the game. Enjoy."
1 year ago on Adongo, Shocked but Excited
@hankster Ha, thanks.
1 year ago on Coordinated Bedlam: Is the No-Huddle Worth It?
@Payton Actually, after watching some of Brown's play last year ... he was good, better than I'd ever seen him. I'll be disappointed if he gets cut after training camp.
@WaynewideopenTD He'll get playing time for sure - especially if Indy can force teams into passing situations - but as a starting cornerback, he'll become a target for opposing quarterbacks. With that much pressure, he's sure to make mistakes.
1 year ago on Indy Cornerbacks: Positional Preview
@Colt_Following @TroyS The last thing you said - about the gifs looping constantly - could not be more correct. I'll take this format over that one any day.
1 year ago on Andrew Luck's 5 Best Throws of 2012
You justified why the Donnie Avery TD wasn't one of Luck's 5 best - to which I agree - but it will probably go down as one of the most memorable plays I've ever seen. Also, you're bang on about the #Chuckstrong game. Like the AFC Championship in '06-'07, I will never tire of it.
@paulcareyjr I deluded myself into trying Madden 13 again - which, in all respects, could not be worse - and Lefeged happens to be returning kickoffs for Indy. Wouldn't that be a fun twist (though I've heard he's not great at running/avoiding ...)
1 year ago on On the Bubble: Which players are perceived as bubble players?
@stpetejohnny Luck was hit behind the line 114 times last year, leading the league by over 20 hits (next closest is Philly). I think, even with a solid o-line, Luck has reason to worry.
@DougEngland The sad thing is, most of the frustration was at Brown's inability to fill in for Addai, even if the latter was constantly injured and eventually unable to get out of the backfield. I was even starting to warm to the idea of Brown last year, but it seems like they've given up on him.
The more I think about it, the less I see Donald Brown seriously contributing next year, and as a fifth year running back, you have to think that his career is winding down a bit. Not that I think he will be cut; just, if he is, I won't be terribly surprised.And - even after all of that - I'm pretty sure he only has one year left on his contract anyhow.
@MarcusDugan Thanks, Marcus; sorry for posting right after your article. We need to better co-ordinate our efforts, I think.
1 year ago on External Locus of Control