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Thanks Ben. I really am going to miss your WTFiSST. Still, maybe he'll be a starter somewhere else next year, and after a disastrous first game you can fan post a breakdown for them! Great write up of Evan.
10 hours, 12 minutes ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith
I don't think he's a game changer, but he is most likely an upgrade at a position of need and at a fairly low salary. Like the signing.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Colts Sign ILB D'Qwell Jackson
Just bought my whiskey!
5 days, 6 hours ago on Goodbye, Samson Satele
@paulcareyjr still the second best taken from a production standpoint last year, and he had the injury. There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about Werner.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Three keys to the 2014 NFL Draft for the Indianapolis Colts
I still hold out a lot of hope for Bjoern. He was the second best DE/OLB taken in last years draft, outplaying numerous players taken ahead of him, and he was more of a project to begin with, and he missed significant time due to injury. Not to mention he plays a position that is notorious for taking time to develop. I completely agree about pressure up the middle. Our front 3 just isn't good enough (either at collapsing the pocket against the pass or stopping the run). They would also be helped by a good MLB and by moving Landry back up closer to the box and having another safety playing more of the coverage (I'm not sure if I'm crazy, but it seemed like Landry was the deep safety a lot last year. didn't work for him.)\
Like these except for Spikes. Don't want him at all. The guy can't cover and was helped by some good talent around him. Also don't want Mack, but I think he's excellent. I just don't think that much money at center would really upgrade the team. Center is the least important position on the o-line (in terms of blocking talent). I agree about Decker. Huge NNNOOOOOOOOO.
1 week ago on Colts Top Five Free Agent Targets
What really got me about the refs this game is the timing of the bad calls. we were down by 7 when the refs decided not to call a blatant hold, followed by the awful PI call that was thrown 15 feet short. Then when down 7 the miss the obvious trip call and that essentially sealed the game. Mike Pereira said the Colts Pats game was the one poorly ref'd game, and all the calls went against the Colts.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on DIVISIONAL ROUND REPORT CARD: COLTS AT PATRIOTS
We've got some pretty special players on this team. Also full respect to Pagano, who's in game adjustments made Reid look like a high school coach. One of the greatest games ever. Made me feel ill by then end due to the emotional roller coaster.
2 months ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes
@apom95@Nate Dunlevy@rogcohenStill disagree about Werner. I think he was drafted as a rush end who would see time this year backing up Walden but is Mathis' direct replacement a couple years down the line. Also, he's had much better year than Dion Jordan and on a par with Mingo, and probably better than datone and jarvis jones. Ziggy is the only DE/LB from the first round that played better. Without injury Werner would be considered one of the best DE/OLB after the first year.
2 months, 1 week ago on What to Expect 2013 Draft Revisited
I find the Werner assessment really harsh. 30 tackles is just enormous for a rush end part time starter. Hell, Freeney found it hard to crack 30 as a full time player from that position, and he's considered borderline hall of fame. Werner also missed essentially four games at the start of the season due to injury, which really slowed him down. He also had more passes defended that Landry of Angerer (and also tied the most Freeney ever had in a year, for reference). For a rookie DE who was purely played limited minutes and was slowed by injury he did pretty well.
As always one of the Colts articles I look forward to most each week!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 14
You should never defend Triplette. This guy has been the laughing stock of NFL refs for years. Being a Vet doesn't guarantee someone is a good person, smart person, good at their jobs, not gambling on the NFL etc...
3 months ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
4 RBs on IR. It's like the drummer for Spinal Tap!
3 months ago on Colts Place RB/KR Chris Rainey on IR, Sign RB Tashard Choice
Thought the O line looked much better. Luck is having some serious timing / accuracy issues. Richardson still looks really slow and I'm amazed that someone that big can't even fall forward when tackled one on one. Triplette proves again he is the worst ref EVER! Our d-coordinators need to start being more creative with blitzes / stunts as we are not getting nearly enough pressure on opposing QBs. Apparently I didn't know what "out of the pocket" means for intentional grounding (I thought it meant outside the pocket.... my bad) and WTF happened to our secondary? Do you remember when Bethea was good, Davis could cover and Butler would get burned but also sometimes make great reads and jumps on the ball?!
3 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing
Thanks! I love that Link block. It almost looks as if he thinks it's a pass play. As always, love the analysis.
3 months ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts Offensive Line, Week 13
@bengundy @rogcohen Ah life, why do you keep us so busy! Maybe you could also incorporate the Linkenblock "so bad it's good (tm)" highlight of the game too! That last drive was just odd. All day long our o-line seemed to be getting pushed back, then all of a sudden, when we needed it most, we seemed to start dominating the line of scrimage. Maybe that's the plan. Let the other team run free for 3.7 quarters so they get so tired they can't stop us at crunch time.
3 months ago on GIFtastic: Colts sweep Titans
Always good, thanks! Also, could you grab Ben and tell him I need my Satele WTF (tr) moment of the game!
@Bobman1 @rogcohen Two things to say to this:
1.) WTFiSST® love it
2.) Lumosity! Perfect sponsor. They could show Satele's WTF moment "If only he used Lumosity!"
3 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12
I love your "WTF is Samson Satele Thinking®" moment of the game. Question, since the line was bad but not awful, does this put more of the offensive stagnation on Luck under performing?
@Platinum @rogcohen I find it really funny that everyone misses Arians, but last year everyone couldn't wait for him to leave. Our oline was awful, and Arians throw long system was going to get Luck Killed and any idiot could see it wasn't working, and why was he starting Satele? And the Colts haven't really been a run first team. Yeah there was all the lip service, but in reality the Colts are 23rd in rush attempts. Oddly enough, our passing is below average in just about every measurable category, including YPA, completion percentage and passer rating. In fact the only offensive category we're doing decently in at all in Rush Yards per attempt (which is completely screwed by Luck's rushes).
The really bad part right now is that we appear to be the same team as last year, and with all the free agent money to spend, we all thought we'd be better. Having said that, last year we were the worst 11 win team ever, and this year we've lost a huge amount of talent to injuries.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on WEEK 12 REPORT CARD: COLTS AT CARDINALS