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I just watched the game on TV so I didn't have an eagle eye view to watch the plays develop, but the Eagles offense seems to have some really well designed plays.  I also thought it could be translated to other teams (ie the colts) pretty easily.  Any thoughts to why it hasn't been copied more throughout the league?


Bradshaw would be a good RB in the scheme, and Luck would be better than Foles in just about every category.  We have TEs who can get downfield, and some very quick receivers.  Also thought it would cover up the sins of our O-line some.  

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html

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I think that's just about right.  Luck's fourth quarter heroics last year made us forget that he frequently played like a very average QB, and losing these first two games have reminded us.  Especially in the first half of games he has some serious accuracy issues.


As for TRich, it was his best game as a Colt, but he still couldn't average 4ypc, he fumbled twice and probably cost us the game, and he was by far the worst of the four RBs featured in the game, two of which are older, free-agent RBs.


Foles was surprisingly blah, and his receivers dropped a lot of balls too.


Last thing, there were numerous times last night where I thought Mathis would have just destroyed that Eagles line.  


Ah well, tough loss, but many more games to come, thanks for the write-up.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html

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Thanks Ben, really enjoy these articles.


2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Thank you for a rational article.  To further elaborate the point, Jim Irsay did not violate a set standard drug-policy of the NFL, therefore his punishment is not set in stone.  It goes through review and some sort of punishment will be decided upon.  This is exactly the same way that  Aldon Smith or Kenny Britt were treated by the league, as well as coaches such as Andy Moeller or Travis Jones.  


The league banned substance policy is a set-in-stone policy.  There really isn't any wiggle room (unless you are Richard Sherman and you use the cup within a cup BS).  Not to mention a year suspension means that Brazil had already failed numerous tests.  By failing the first test he went to stage 1, which means he can be tested a lot (and outside of the agreed upon regular testing a set forth in the collective bargaining agreement).  He then continued to fail tests over a long period of time to get to this point.  There really isn't a comparison of that to a DWI (or DUI, I can't remember).  

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Great headline!  Also, I agree with ECB.  It used to be that elite RBs were actually elite.  Now it seems that elite RBs are based more on system and the line they are running behind (with about 1 exception).  Obviously some people are still worse (TRich springs to mind last year), but in general if you have a good O-Line you can find RBs who will pick up yardage.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14364.html

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Quick question.


Werner is credited with 3 passes defended on both PFF and ESPN (ahead of such esteemed defenders as Angerer and Landry) and you've got him only getting 1.  Any idea on the discrepancy?


Also I'll say this for Werner, he outplayed higher draft picks Dion Jordan, potentially Mingo, and Jarvis Jones.  (not all apples to apples, but at least fruit to fruit!)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Nice list.  I like that we've gone for a lot of small school, under the radar type players.  At this stage I'd much rather bring in small school players that were really good at that level and see if they can transfer their skills against much better opponents than big school players who weren't that good.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-undrafted-free-agent-tracker.html

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@Nate Dunlevy @mattshedd  Good article, except Holmes is a C.  I definitely think the Colts brought Mewhort in to start, I feel 12 games started is a bit steep, depending on his playing arc throughout the season.  Oh, and I also feel PFF tends to make crap up for their grades (especially for Oline).  


I don't think he's been brought in to play center. 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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I don't understand the hate for this pick.  Supposed to be a good player, was excellent at the senior day (which has been just about the best indicator of future success in the NFL over the last few years) and can play two positions both of which were probably just about our biggest needs going into the draft.  Everyone bitched and moaned about our awful Oline, then when  we address it, they bitch and moan cause they liked some other random players more.  We needed OL help more than anything else going into this draft.  Great, we got some.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14126.html

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@hankster @codrutc  We was the only guy on the team who shut down Kalil Mack.  Does that count?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14126.html

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Physically very gifted.  I've heard he has a problem with dropping the ball though, which has been a bit of an epidemic on the Colts squad the last 2 years.  One of our biggest problems last year was 3rd down drops (We led the league...)  But I receiver is needed and this guy has some amazing measurables.  Hope he learns from Reggie and turns into a beast paired with TY for years to come.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html

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Apparently you and I value completely different things!  To me the offensive line is undervalued, with WR, TE and RBs being overvalued.  With a good QB and OL, then the skill position players become fairly interchangeable.  There didn't seem to be any game changing S and CBs in the 2nd round when we picked, which is why I loved the addition of an Olineman.  Also, I think you're looking at it wrong.  This guy wasn't picked because of versatility (though the media definitely played that up looking for an angle).  He was picked on talent and attitude.  The Colts have had an issue with the Oline playing soft as a group, and this is a guy who is known for physical, rough, maybe even slightly dirty play.  He's known for being by far the best O lineman and the leader of the Oline on a team that was second in rushing yards in the NCAA.  IMO, the Colts picked him because they think he can be a day one start and future leader of this line, and can help to change the attitude of our Oline as a unit.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-draft-day-2-ryan-grigson-giveth-and-ryan-grigson-taketh-away.html

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Kyle, very well put.  Really enjoyed your take.


I'm very interested to see what Roger Goodell will do.  It's interesting to me because I'm sure he knew about some of the issues and that this arrest will come as no surprise.  It will be interesting to see if he issues a severe punishment to something he knew was going on, and if he had wanted to, could have addressed before it got to this point. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Jim Irsay Arrested on DUI and Drug Possession Charges

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I'd love to see drc. Paired with Vontae would be a great duo.

7 months, 1 week ago on Colts Sign WR Hakeem Nicks to a 1-Year Deal

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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.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith

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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. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign ILB D'Qwell Jackson

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Just bought my whiskey! 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Goodbye, Samson Satele

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@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.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Three keys to the 2014 NFL Draft for the Indianapolis Colts

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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.)\



7 months, 3 weeks ago on Three keys to the 2014 NFL Draft for the Indianapolis Colts

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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. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Top Five Free Agent Targets

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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. 

9 months, 1 week ago on DIVISIONAL ROUND REPORT CARD: COLTS AT PATRIOTS

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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.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes

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@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.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on What to Expect 2013 Draft Revisited

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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.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on What to Expect 2013 Draft Revisited

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As always one of the Colts articles I look forward to most each week!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 14

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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...

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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4 RBs on IR.  It's like the drummer for Spinal Tap!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Place RB/KR Chris Rainey on IR, Sign RB Tashard Choice

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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?! 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing

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Thanks!  I love that Link block.  It almost looks as if he thinks it's a pass play.  As always, love the analysis.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts Offensive Line, Week 13

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on GIFtastic: Colts sweep Titans

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Always good, thanks!  Also, could you grab Ben and tell him I need my Satele WTF (tr) moment of the game!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on GIFtastic: Colts sweep Titans

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@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!"

11 months ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12

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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?

11 months ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12

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@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.

11 months ago on WEEK 12 REPORT CARD: COLTS AT CARDINALS

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@buymymonkey Can a team be said to be non-dimensional?

11 months ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11

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@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.


11 months ago on WEEK 12 REPORT CARD: COLTS AT CARDINALS

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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.)

11 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals

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@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.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 10

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Ben,

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 Vikings
2.) Titans Losing to Jaguars
3.) 49ers Losing to Panthers
4.) Cowboys Losing to Saints
5.) 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.  

11 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 10

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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 year ago on GIFtastic: The Jim Irsay Revenge Game

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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 year ago on Colts Place Reggie Wayne in IR, Sign CB Jalil Brown

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@matt_has @coltsauth_todd 

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...


1 year ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Jaguars

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Raiders

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Raiders

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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)

1 year, 1 month ago on 19 Players Cut, 3 Waived-Injured as Colts Whittle their Roster to 53

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@ColtsHead_Ben @buymymonkey @thellamajockey Nevis was on injured reserve for both years he has played with the Colts.

1 year, 1 month ago on 19 Players Cut, 3 Waived-Injured as Colts Whittle their Roster to 53

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@Kyle Rodriguez @rogcohen

That makes sense.  He doesn't seem to have a good center of gravity in the above clips, which is disturbing.  I guess my only consolation is the line can't be worse than last year!

As for holding the official NFL (I believe) is: A defensive player may not tackle or hold an opponent other than a runner. Otherwise, he may use his hands, arms, or body only:

When he grabs the jersey to throw him down it is technically a foul.

1 year, 1 month ago on How Winston Justice Got Owned by Paul Kruger, and Injured Anthony Castonzo in the process

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I'm a little confused by the above.  Cherilus got burnt in the first video (so did Costanzo btw).  In the second video , Cherilus is obviously grabbed by the jersey and thrown down, which is officially illegal. and in the last one he goes down, but Luck has tons of time and space.  I don't see these as being that bad...  And whoever is playing left tackle in the second video get's abused (is it Reitz?)

1 year, 1 month ago on How Winston Justice Got Owned by Paul Kruger, and Injured Anthony Castonzo in the process

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