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I believe both Chapman and Montori Hughes could be a darn fine tandem to alternate at the nose position. Both are unbelievably strong, but both could stand to cut back on the biscuits. If each guy could shed about 20 lbs. their stamina and agility would improve quite a bit without any appreciable loss of stoutness in the middle. I believe Chapman is motivated to be great, but have heard some negatives about Hughes' work ethic.
Oh well, if Hughes flames out, UDFA Zack Kerr might hustle his way onto the 53-man. In any event, our front seven looks to be pretty stout this year (I hope).
Thanks for the great work !
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Newsome might develop into a good player, but for the first 4 games I'd look at Josh McNary to fill in for Robert Mathis. He's been in the system for a year, and was an excellent pass rusher at West Point. He's also stouter than Newsome and plays the run well.
11 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-colts-fifth-round-pick-jonathan-newsome.html
Sorry if I mis-attributed credit. Blame it on oldetimers. (sigh). Still a very nice write-up.
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/analyzing-the-colts-third-round-pick-donte-moncrief.html
Good analysis, Kyle. I really like this kid's attitude and willingness to put in the hard work to get better at his craft. With pro coaching and the mentoring he can get from #87, we may just have something here. Now, if Da'Rick will keep HIS nose to the grindstone and max his potential, our receiving corps starts looking pretty formidable. Wayne, Nicks, TY, Da'Rick, Donta . . . . (Brazill, Whalen ?) . . . NICE !
P.S.- Where is Greg and when are you guys going to get back to doing podcasts ? I really miss "Check it to Pancakes" !! I would've thought you'd have put at least one together around the draft/CFA signings.
Great job, Ben ! Terrific read . This reinforces my view that linebacker is an area of strength for this Colts team as the Monster is almost built ! Thank you, sir !
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Of the five games, four are at home. I wouldn't mind, but the schedule maker might have an issue with that.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I hope Pep opts to utilize Chud's knowledge in order to better facilitate his own absorbance of the pro game. Chud and Clyde are invaluable assets for Pep, and if he's half as smart as I believe that he is he'll relax and seek their counsel.
Two possible outcomes - 1) The offense ascends to elite levels ; 2) Pep is even more hotly pursued for head coaching vacancies. In which case, Pagano has his insurance policy already on board to ensure offensive continuity (or at least some degree of familiarity).
Part of me wonders if secretly Pags and Grigsy weren't hoping Pep would take the Vanderbilt job. Just a thought.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Hire Former Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski as a Special Assistant
Nice article, Greg -
Free Agency - I agree that Grigsy should think quality, not quantity. Alex Mack, a decent guard and a DE that can rush the passer as well as play the run. Maybe a CB if the money is there.
Draft- I would wait to draft a WR until 2015 when, hopefully, we have a 1st rounder. This year I'd totally go after defense, especially secondary help.Getting Allen and Reggie back, plus the development of the young WR's should be fine for 2014.
Our own FA's - I agree with most of your ideas, although I doubt Brown or Bradshaw are in a Colts uniform again.
I think you're quite right in that Grigson really needs to knock this offseason out of the park.
1 year, 3 months ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season
@naptown_ninja@WyattL I have many times. Get "Blog talk radio" then nothing. what browser are you using? I'm using Firefox/Mozilla.
1 year, 3 months ago on Reviewing the 2013 Regular Season and Previewing Colts/Chiefs Wild Card Showdown with Colts Authority Radio, live 9pm ET
@naptown_ninjacan you guys hear the show ?
@GregC@WyattLA shame. Was really looking forward to this show. Darn !
repeats BTR several times on media player . . . . but no Greg or Kyle yet.
Am I the only one with connectivity issues . . . can't hear you guys .
I'm ready for some fuzzy Colts thoughts and feelings ! This Saturday's game is going to be a knock down drag out epic heavyweight WAR !!
I don't know how far this team will go in these playoffs, but they're as hot as any team going in. Gotta like our chances !
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Finish in Style, 30-10 over Jacksonville
Despite the loss Cincy, there were signs of an offensive pulse. The young threesome of wide receivers has me hopeful of good things to come. The coaches have the next three weeks to solidify new found chemistry between them and Luck
The O-line actually looked half decent. Reitz at left guard is a move I've screamed loudly for. Luck actually had some time to set up and throw. Thornton is going to be good, but he needs to play on the right side where he is more comfortable.
Josh McNary deserves more playing time. I think he's Pat Angerer's successor, and his athleticism far outshines Pat's.
Anyway, let's use these last three games to regroup/reload on the run and get ready for a playoff run. Glass half full !
1 year, 4 months ago on A Colts Authority Christmas Wishlist, Part 1
Necessity is the mother of invention. This injury-ravaged squad is at a critical point if they're going to make any noise whatsoever in the playoffs. The next four games are the chance for the next wave of Colts to seize opportunity by the throat, or gag trying.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Authority’s Rookie Watch – Week 13
Daniel is at the top of my list of young guys I am intrigued by. How he handles himself hitting and being hit. 270 lbs. moving as fast as he moves can be explosive I can't wait .
Da'Rick Rogers comes next in my mind. With the physical skills he possesses, how well does he step up to become a reliable target for Andrew ? Can he help minimize the sting of losing Reggie.
Third on my list is Josh McNary. He's already flashing athleticism that's much needed on this defense, especially in the passing game.
I hope it's not unfair to have high hopes that these three guys can make a difference and give this team a boost . But, they will be watched closely by Colts fans Sunday looking for a spark.
1 year, 4 months ago on A bit more on Adongo, via the Indy Star
@BlueRidgeColtFan @WyattL Da'Rick will be a go to guy for Luck this week and the rest of the year . Makes Hilton's life smoother .
1 year, 4 months ago on CA Radio: Inside the Writer's Block- Week 13 and We're Back Edition
@BlueRidgeColtFan @WyattL Wow ! That's STRONG !
@BlueRidgeColtFan I dunno. Kinda like Philly and how they're playing right now.
Ravens stumbled, bumbled and fumbled their way into the playoffs last year, then turned it on and ran the table.
Not out of the question for Indy to do the same. Lotsa interesting late season roster additions that could conceivably kickstart the Colts for a run.
@BlueRidgeColtFan No doubt, Blue. Harvin's late season addition is like a bonus 1st round pick plugged into their offense. They were tough as hell as it was. Add in Harvin and it's almost not even fair.
@Kyle Rodriguez @WyattL Gotcha. Just not too many fans of other teams listening. But, regardless, we do love you guys !
Just a random thought . . .maybe less discussion of the rest of the NFL teams, and spend majority of time on the Colts. After all, that is the reason for being here in the first place.
Which rookie offers the better story line this week ?
Da'Rick Rogers with increased reps and hopefully easing the pain of losing Reggie. . . . or, Daniel Adongo, a rugby player, getting a first taste of live NFL action ?
@hankster @WyattL If the weather is wintry/snowy, who has the edge ? Home team or our prodigal quarterback ? Me . . . I take 12 in blue and white.
Shootout at the Cincy corral. The silver lining from all our injuries may just be the unexpected preview into Colts future with all the new faces - McNary , Adongo ; Rogers; Nixon etc.
Rash of season ending injuries have accelerated a look into the Colts' future :
Da'Rick - McNary - Thornton - Adongo - Nixon - Richardson - Hughes - Rainey, and on and on . . .
Young lads . . . opportunity is knocking. Who will answer ?
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Elevate Daniel Adongo & Xavier Nixon, Send Two Players to IR
For a team in just its second year of total overhauling, being 8-4 and one win away from clinching the division (and at least the 4th seed), and trying to reload on the fly after losing FIVE starters . . . . .the glass is at least half FULL !
I just hope the coaches can take advantage of the next four weeks to integrate Da'Rick Rogers and Josh McNary into the lineups. Many lessons to be learned from this year, and no matter how far they go in this year's playoffs, the future is BRIGHT !
1 year, 4 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Titans, Crowd Sourcing
As far as Da'Rick Rogers' success this week is concerned, I'm reminded of what Peyton would say - " I throw . . . you catch . . . it's really not that hard ! "
He'll have an elite young quarterback throwing him the ball. Run good routes, then catch the damn ball when it's thrown your way. Simple, really. A child's game.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Notebook: Thanksgiving Edition 2013
Even though Chris Rainey is listed as a running back, his lack of size coupled with elite speed suggests to me he may fit better at wide receiver, in addition to kick returns. Half a dozen touches at receiver, plus kick/punt returns puts his skillset to its best use, all the while acting as a fifth wide receiver. He's got the hands for it.
BTW- as things stand right now, there are only three safeties on the 53-man. Bethea, Landry, Sergio Brown. Could we be looking to re-sign Larry Asante ?
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Cut David Reed, Justice Cunningham, Elevate Josh McNary, & Place Delano Howell on IR
Count me among the legions calling for some playing time for Da'Rick Rogers. I'm bumfuzzled as to why the heck he hasn't been given a shot so far.
I'd also be interested in seeing Chris Rainey tried as a slot receiver in addition to kick return duties. I think he has decent hands to go along with his 4.3 speed. Hilton, Rogers and Rainey might make a better wide receiver group than what we have now.
1 year, 4 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals
@chip_bennett I just wonder how much different this team would be if , instead of Pagano awaiting them on the sidelines, it was someone the likes of Parcells or Shula ? Maybe it's unfair to look at Chuck in that light, since I can't possibly know how he is when not under public scrutiny.
Neither of those old school guys was considered a "player's coach", to my knowledge. Just legendarily successful.
I agree with your "No more lip service". It's past time for decisive measures. The status quo isn't working.
@DougEngland Good points. We do lack overall talent, but coaches could certainly do better jobs of scheming and adjusting. Take a critical look at what opponents are doing to them.
This must be the week of taking stock of themselves, then making some changes to shake things up. Both approaches and personnel.
I've been on the Da'Rick bandwagon for quite awhile now, so I'm very happy to see the coaching staff sufficiently confident in him to give him a shot.
I hope he spends time with R-Way like he does with C-Dub. Then perhaps he'll get plenty of time with A-Luc.
1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Notebook: Rogers Earns His Chance
What a STINKER !! Would kind of like to see a few things get shaken up this week, and not more of same old same old !
i.e. - cut Reed. Promote Da'Rick Rogers. Try Boom Herron as kick returner. Get Khaled Holmes on the field (and Satele off it).
1 year, 5 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Rams, Crowd Sourcing
Lovely article, Greg.
My heart was broken when Peyton was let go, too. But, I am a long-time Colts fan, and a short-time Peyton fan. He will always occupy a special place in my heart, but he is no longer a Colt . As you said, Andrew is now King Colt ! Long live the King !
Maybe , after Denver's players saw the Colts lay a huge egg in San Diego, they will be ripe for their own "trap" game. Although, I truly believe that our Colts are good enough to put a beat-down on Denver similar to what they did in Frisco.
Don't hurt Peyton . . . just kick his ass ! :-)
1 year, 6 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to What Peyton Manning Means to Me
I should think that this would be another moment for Jim Irsay to give his "Lieutenants" an earful. Hopefully in private this time, but an earful nonetheless.
Instead of shackling Andrew and limiting Trent to a role of "body puncher", go ahead and hand the keys to Andrew and more intelligently incorporate the talents Trent possesses into the game plan.
1 year, 6 months ago on Week 6 Report Card: Colts at Chargers
Great stuff, Kyle ! I, believe it or not, have been saying the same since half way thru 2012. Peyton only has one SB ring, and I attribute that to consistently deficient squads around him, and key players curling up and disappearing in the post season when play got really physical.
This era of Colts football, at Jim Irsay's insistence, features a balanced roster with talent in all three phases. In other words, this team is built to make a playoff run. This year !
But, as you wrote, Andrew is the fulcrum. The absolute driving force, but he doesn't have to do it all alone. I wonder what the weather will be like in New Jersey in early February 2014 ?
1 year, 6 months ago on Crazy Talk
Have missed you, Laura ! I share your faint optimism that we may still reap the benefits of Bradshaw's power running style by the time we play a game next February in New Jersey !
I hope this article signifies your return to regular appearances on this site.
1 year, 6 months ago on Examining Ahmad Bradshaw's injury situation
Wont even be close. Colts enjoy some home cookin' and the 12th man cranks up the decibal level when Seattle has the ball.
Colts roll . . . . .31-16.
BTW, Greg - GREAT write up !
1 year, 6 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts vs Seahawks, NFL Week 5
Good to finally see Reed return a couple kicks. Now, with Brazill's suspension being lifted tomorrow, who gets cut ? or, does Brazill get traded ?
Bradshaw runs "angrier" than T-Rick . . . at least so far. That could change. But we need 44 next week.
1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Authority Radio Post Game Wrapup, Colts at Jaguars, Week 4
O-line's blocking efforts were nowhere near as strong as 49ers game. Even with Joe Reitz in as 6th lineman acting as a tight end. Pass pro up the middle was less than stellar, as usual.
Hopefully, Colts running back coach (David Walker?) will get T-Rich up to speed in time for Seattle. Still just unsure enough of the blocking to not take advantage of his blockers' efforts.
You guys are a good threesome . Nice show !
1 year, 6 months ago on Breaking down the Colts' Big Win at San Fransciso and Previewing Colts at Jaguars Week 3 with Colts Authority Radio, Live at 8pm ET
@GregC @WyattL Howell should replace Landry once Landry's contract runs out. Antoine , as you said, needs to retire as a Colt. Landry is just a mercenary . But Howell is a Colt in the way he handles himself !
Love me some Fili ! :-)
Hey, he's a legit 2nd rounder !
Delano Howell should replace Landry . . . not Antoine. Landry can take his injury-prone self elsewhere. Give me dependable Bethea and Howell every single day !
@GregC @WyattL I harken back to the days of Tom Moore "suggesting" plays to Peyton . . .not necessarily calling them Andrew is every bit as smart as Peyton, if not more so, and I see the day coming where Pep entrusts Andrew with their offense and unleashes the Kracken .