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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...
16 hours, 19 minutes ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
4 RBs on IR. It's like the drummer for Spinal Tap!
16 hours, 21 minutes 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?!
16 hours, 25 minutes 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.
2 days, 11 hours 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.
4 days, 12 hours 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!
4 days, 16 hours ago on GIFtastic: Colts sweep Titans
@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!"
1 week, 5 days 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.
2 weeks ago on WEEK 12 REPORT CARD: COLTS AT CARDINALS
@buymymonkey Can a team be said to be non-dimensional?
2 weeks ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11
@Platinum Luck is a huge part of the problem right now. For the last four weeks (and just about the first half of every game) he has had accuracy and decision making problems. To be fair, when your oline is awful and your starting RB is a joke, bad things will happen, but it's impossible now to look at the coaches as holding Luck back when Luck isn't capitalizing on opportunities.
Ugh. We have the known deficiencies on this team, especially along that offensive line, but watching Luck he looks out of sync to me. You hear the phrase sometimes about QBs throwing receivers open. Luck seems to have lost the confidence to throw passes on timing patterns, and is instead waiting for the receivers to get open. With the horrible O-line we have right now, that's not going to work. I still think Luck is a great QB, but to me he has definitely been a large part of our problems lately (along with many other parts of this football team.)
2 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals
@Bobman1 @rogcohen I find it funny you bring up the baseball analogy. Always felt that way too.
Considering we are a 6-3 team with some excellent wins, I decided that last week was not the norm, but the perfect storm of awfulness. However, if things go horribly wrong again tonight, then I'll start to panic a bit more. I think back to the panic after a very mediocre Jacksonville team spanked the Colts 44-17 in 2006. Much worse game than this one, and they rebounded immediately to win the SB.
I'll also defend my list above for the following reasons:
1.) Miami and Tennessee both played winless teams and lost, and both teams needed the win to stay relevant in playoff races.
2.) Washington lost to a really bad team and both Washington and San Fran are finding they have some issues with their franchise QBs.
3.) Dallas just got destroyed. They won the turnover battle, but still lost by 32 points, were outgained by 428 yards (428!!! That is insane!) and went 0-9 on third downs.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 10
Great article. I've been dismayed by the doom and gloom after the last game (and the irrational damnation of coaches.) It was a bad game, but I think your analysis reveals that the game was a blowout more due to odd plays (sack fumble TD, punt return TD, Davis doing something), and Luck just having a stinker of a game.
I posted this elsewhere, but I think there were five worse losses last week than the Colts loss:
1.) Redskins Losing to Vikings2.) Titans Losing to Jaguars3.) 49ers Losing to Panthers4.) Cowboys Losing to Saints5.) Dolphins Losing to Buccaneers
Some arguments can be made against 49ers to Panthers, but I'd rather lose like we did with odd plays (and one awful pick up of a PI flag) than the 49ers did (151 total yards, franchise QB making you wish you'd kept Alex Smith.)
There were also some glimmers of hope last game, especially in the play calling. We did more max protect (which doesn't matter if Costanzo can't even touch a rusher, ugh) and more screens and quick passes than in previous games. With our line, I think both of these things are necessary to help Luck and to hopefully allow for some success in the run game.
Last note, I hope Trent is more focused on tonight's game than he is on his budding porn star career.
Great article, watching these Gifs got me all excited again. The only thing I didn't like was the last gif, seeing Reggie healthy in the middle of the screen. Reminded me of how much we are going to miss him for the rest of the season.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on GIFtastic: The Jim Irsay Revenge Game
Five offensive starters out for the year, but Reggie is by far the worst. So glad it's a bye week so we can hopefully rest up some banged up players and give the front office time to pull a WR out of a hat (it's magic!)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Colts Place Reggie Wayne in IR, Sign CB Jalil Brown
In answer to number 1: They thought Publix was a good name for a grocery store.
As for number 2: I thought it was the Touch Down club, a frequent flier promotion...
2 months, 1 week ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Jaguars
@Kyle Rodriguez @rogcohen Oh man you hit on something that has been a sore point for me as a Colts fan for years. We've had one of the most efficient offenses since 2000, yet one of the lowest possessions per a game. In large part its cause the defense has been awful and didn't take risk. I'd love to combine a high efficiency offense with an aggressive defense.
End of the day though, I'm feeling better about this win now than yesterday. It still counts as a win, and looking over the first day scores, a lot of "good" teams struggled. Pitt go completely shut out, and Seattle only scored 12 points on 9 possession. Also, there were a lot of boneheaded plays that costs teams the game (see Cincinnati and Tampa), and the Colts played a clean game.
3 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Raiders
Thanks for the article. I liked that you backed up your "Moan" with facts and stats from the game. Something though that bothers me about the criticism of the offense is it is overlooking the most basic analysis. It Worked. The Colts averaged an adjusted 3 points per possession yesterday. I believe that was second best for the week in the NFL, and to put it in perspective, New England was first last year with 2.82 points per drive (adjusted as per football outsiders). I agree with you on the formations. I really agree with you on the TE usage, and that fourth down and one call was so bad I think I turned red while screaming at the Colts not to get cute. There is room for improvement, but Sunday was one of the most efficient offensive outings you will see all year. It should also be noted that Oakland had three drives of 6 minutes and two of 5 minutes. Cause the defense stunk.
Only cut that made me sad was Nevis, but if we are honest, only one of Nevis, Ricardo and Guy were going to make the team, and all three played well in pre-season. No idea why people though Ijalana would make the team. I think the Colts want him on the practice squad to get another year of practice and of getting healthy.
Wouldn't be surprised to see the Colts try and get Fernando Velasco as he would provide some guard and center depth (or possibly a starter)
3 months, 1 week ago on 19 Players Cut, 3 Waived-Injured as Colts Whittle their Roster to 53