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@Bobman Whoops, spoke too soon. Looks like Mack is probably out of the picture. Sigh.
5 days, 19 hours ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Brian de la Puente
@Bobman @bengundy He never showed up on the injury report, but yeah, I do wonder if something was going on. Even at his best this year, I don't think he'd be much of an upgrade. I'm hoping Dietrich-Smith wows me (I'll be looking at him next week) and either he or Mack takes a reasonable deal. I'm starting to resign myself to another year of Satele, though.
@paulcareyjr Which part, letting the market sort itself out? I agree, but I think the strategy was sound up until they signed Landry. As I recall, Bernard Pollard got cut shortly before Landry signed. He's a better player than Landry and would have come much cheaper.
1 week, 3 days ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Free Agency Frenzy
@AJ_ This is how I feel, too. As we saw last year, and as we've seen many times in the past, dropping big bucks on free agents rarely ends up being a good idea. But Mack sure would help. The guy can really play.
1 week, 5 days ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Alex Mack
@IndyBob Glad you liked it. I see what you mean about Thomas, but guys have injuries like his pretty frequently, and he should be young enough to bounce back, particularly since it happened early in the year. And if he's close to what he was, he should be a big help. They do still need more work, though.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Season in Review
@LovinBlue You are welcome. It was fun to research and write, though my wife is happy to see the end of it.
@mshah9008 Nicely done.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Handling their Own: Discussing the Colts' Impending UFAs and Bubble Players
Heartily agreed on all counts. I'm terrified that they're going to bring back Satele for another year, though.
1 month, 1 week ago on Defending Crazy: Why I don't want the Colts to draft OL early
@smonroe Kyle and I are discussing some possibilities for my offseason work, including charting other teams. Stay tuned.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Divisional Round
@hankster Hm, I posted a lengthy response here earlier, but it doesn't seem to have gone through. Here's the short version: axe Satele, let McGlynn and Link walk, and pile up as many versatile, cheap, mid-tier interior linemen as possible. If a top center or guard will come for a decent price, do it, but don't break the bank for one. Depth is most important at this point.
@AJ_ Excellent points. If I'm not mistaken, when they were at Boston College, Cherilus played left tackle, and Castonzo was a right tackle at least as a freshman, so there's that. It would be asking a lot of them to switch at this point in their careers, though, and like I said, there's basically no chance that it will happen. But as a pundit with no sway who would experience no repercussions from wasting a handful of practice reps, giving it a go sure seems like a good idea to me.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Divisional Round
@Kyle Rodriguez@GregC Is it definitely due this year? Since that trade happened before the Shipley trade, doesn't that rule out that it could be that pick? Conditional draft picks make my head hurt.Somehow, I would feel much better if they still had their 6th rounder this year. Though based on Grigson's history, it'll probably be some prick from Auburn who fires a shotgun at a toilet in a nightclub or something.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season
Ah, you're right! I was confused about that, because I didn't remember him playing and I knew he didn't have any blocks, but I figured I had forgotten a few routes or something and would defer to FO. And I basically agree. While he's useful in limited duty, the offense works better when he doesn't play much.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Wild Card Week
@smonroe I really want Reitz's coconut to get better. I miss that guy. I don't think Link is any better than McGlynn. It'll probably be the same line as last week tomorrow, unless Reitz feels good and they want to make a change.Good news on Rogers: he's most definitely a good blocker. He might be the best blocking WR on the team. TY and Griff try hard, but they're too small. DHB is wildly erratic and Brazill is nondescript. It helps that Rogers is huge and has really long arms. The whole undrafted free agent/practice squad thing seems to have lit a fire under his butt, because he's been working really hard in blocking from what I've observed.
Not that I've seen. He almost always takes the guy clean off his feet. It's my favorite part of his game. We can forgive him for being a little overzealous every once in a while, right?
2 months ago on Colts Notebook in Pictures: Two Key Scoring Plays
Thornton help slam! I love those. He's usually good for three or four a game.
Thank you! (And thanks to everyone else for commenting as well!) That's sort of what I'm shooting for. While I try to be as consistent as I can, I realize the percentages are somewhat meaningless by themselves. But they do provide a nice quantitative guideline for the more qualitative commentary.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 15
Sadly, I don't think there's much more to say about Holmes. They don't think he's good or they would have given him a go by now. I thought he looked all right during preseason. Best case scenario, he's a late bloomer, but everything screams "wasted pick" at the moment. It's really a shame, because Thornton has promise, Thomas looked good before he got hurt, Castonzo is fine and Cherilus is passable. If everything breaks right (admittedly a big if, considering how far Thornton has to go), they could be a center away from having a decent line next year.
True true, but at the very least, at some point they should have noticed that the last man one of them could conceivably block was heading outside and maybe tried to get in his way a little.
@MarcusDugan@naptown_ninja That's a really interesting idea, Marcus. I'll try to keep an eye on it while I'm charting. There haven't been a ton of unblocked rushers in Satele games, but there have been a few, and the communication on stunts has often been lacking.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Defense and O-line Seeking Late Season Momentum