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@AJ_ @TheGreatMisdirect Right, that's the real variable here that we need to consider. The pass rush against the Eagles was pretty terrible, and yet we still almost (arguably should have) won that game. Even after just a month, it'd be interesting to play the Broncos again, even in Denver, as I think the complexion of that game totally changes now that the offense, and defense to an extent, seem to be clicking (obviously less on the defensive side).
The other critical factor is Bjoern Werner's development. That's two games in a row with at least one sack, and he even added the forced fumble to end the game last night. It felt like a coverage sack, as the linebackers showed blitz at the beginning of the play, then backed off into coverage, but he still got it done (even though Fitz really just dropped the ball). He definitely needs to work on more of the patented Mathis Swat move we've become accustomed to seeing.
If we can get home field advantage in the playoffs, that would be absolutely huge, as our defense would need that boost to make any extended push, I believe. Beating Denver for 1st place would be difficult, but I don't think it's out of reach for this team. The first two losses may very well be their only two, but we'll see what happens!
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-texans.html
After five weeks, I thought that would be enough time to really watch and learn how good this team actually is. Yet I'm still shocked that our pass rush has been so effective and I still don't really know why! How much of it is scheme and how much of it is a combination of players creating pressure, like Redding and Werner have done together the past two games? I'm obviously not disappointed, but I was with everyone else when I thought pass rush was our #1 problem going into the season, especially after Mathis was out for the suspension, then for the year with his injury... But as of now, the Colts average 3.4 sacks/game, sacked Flacco four times last week against the #2 offensive line in the league, according to PFF, and sacked Fitzmagic five times last night!
I'm with Nate, though: something about this team feels really special, beyond just having Luck as our QB. Pagano's coaching really well, our special teams are fantastic, our defense is overachieving, and our offense is top 3 in the NFL. I can't wait to see how they do the next four weeks, all with games against winning teams. Should be fun!
@mattshedd I don't have a source right now, but I read somewhere that Pagano WAS asked, but refused to answer the question. Take that how you will :/.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-20-ravens-13.html
Haha, love the Archer references. Also, great writing in general!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-ravens-at-colts.html
@ECB One of the few strengths of the Titans is that their d-line is still pretty good (Jurrell Casey just signed a huge contract). I would say the o-line was at least partially having issues because the Colts couldn't run the ball at all and Luck was forced to pass all day (not that I hate him having to do that). I thought they still mixed the run and pass pretty well, but a lot of that has to do Luck being able to distribute the ball, too, so the secondary couldn't focus on any one player.
At one point, Luck was 12/20, then missed only four more the rest of the game. It'll be interesting to see the line grades from Ben Gundy on www.coltsacademy.com later in the week.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-4-report-card-colts-vs-titans.html
While we haven't seen Moncrief much, I'm liking the glimpses he's been getting. Looks like he could be a great deep threat/speed guy, but with size to match. That catch on the sideline at the goal line was excellent. Nice jumps, great hands and power, and awareness to keep the feet in bounds, too.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html
@AJ_ Bob Sanders was the MAN when he was healthy, as 2007 proved. One of two DPOY-type performances the Colts have enjoyed since, geez, proly before 2000 (the other being Mathis' year last year). Makes me think about Austin Collie, too, and the year he was having in 2010 up until he got hurt in Philly (one of the worst moments in sports I've seen). Praying we have a healthy year this year for once.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Holmes is listed on the website as being C/G, by the way.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Lebo From what I've read and the highlight reels I watched above, nobody ever caught him running away from them. Kid is lightning fast.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html
I'm excited to see how well Nicks does in the Colts offense. If there's anything Pagano does well, it's motivating his players to put their best foot forward every game. Add Wayne's mentorship and he could be just what the doctor ordered.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-free-agent-profiles-wr-hakeem-nicks.html
Greg, the salary cap is going up, and with the current market, Davis actually got paid very similar to Shields and is considerably better, per PFF and other sources. I'm happy with the signing.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Free Agency Frenzy Live with Colts Authority Radio
@thellamajockey @TheGreatMisdirect I don't think it's necessarily a vote of no confidence in Holmes if they sign Dietrich-Smith. He played, what, like 12 snaps last year? Not signing some sort of center would be a big risk, even if they thought Holmes could be a full-time starter. He already has an injury history.
I agree about McGlynn re-signing, but only in the capacity to backup Holmes or be extra depth. Just don't really know why Holmes was never given a shot.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Center
@thellamajockey McGlynn's contract is up, so he won't be a Colt past Tuesday unless he re-signs with us (which I don't really see that happening). There has to be some plan in place, hopefully for either Mack, who would be pricey, but is a very good player, or Dietrich-Smith, who has also played well, but would come significantly cheaper.
Great article, Kyle.
What seems weird about all of this is going back to the 2012 draft. We already had Pagano and Grigson both preaching about running the ball and stopping the run, but then the draft happened and Grigson picked almost exclusively offensive players who have nothing to do with running the ball! QB, TE, TE, WR, DT, RB, DE, QB. And that draft, so far, has been one of the best drafts in recent years!
With the success of that draft, and the offensive philosophy we had last season, we thought Pagano and Grigson were just pulling our chain. They didn't really practiced what they preached, yet the team was wildly successful, especially for being 2-14 the previous year. Not even that success running systems that were the complete opposite of their supposed philosophy was could deter them from continuing down that road. It's mind-boggling.
What's most disturbing, though, is the fact that the defense has been so bad. Sure, they had good halves, and some decent games, but even being relatively healthy, they just gave up 33 points to the same offense they practiced against all year last year!
On top of all that, Pagano is a defensive backs coach whose philosophy is to stop the run. Isn't that kind of an oxymoron?
I just can't help but think what a shame it is that this team is being so hamstrung to follow such an outdated philosophy, especially with a superstar stud QB like Luck. The first rule of coaching football should be 'know thyself'. I can understand them gradually wanting to shift to their philosophy of running the ball and stopping the run over time (years), but stubbornly refusing to change and adapt to the current strengths of your team is asinine.
11 months ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@Fot Bollar We at least still had Reggie during those wins (partially for the Broncos win). But now, with this team, we'd get absolutely crushed in rematches with probably any of those teams, especially if it's in their house. I just wish we had all of our players on IR back. It's hard to really judge how good a team is when most of your major building blocks are out. The defense is still relatively healthy, though, and they've been the causes of most of the problems with these first half leads. Sometimes they respond in the 2nd half, but not lately.
11 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals
This team is making me go crazy. As long as we don't get behind by more than 21 points before the 2nd half, we pretty much always have a shot. Not just that, but we always seem to win whenever that happens.
I thought Pep actually called a pretty great game tonight, and the 2nd half was his best play-calling by far so far this year. It helped that the coaches didn't feel they had to justify the Richardson trade by running him into a brick wall over and over, too, and that Brown kept earning more and more carries. I think many of us here at CA have been waiting for Brown to be 'the man' (outside of 2011) for a while, and tonight, he might've done it. What an excellent game from him, minus I believe only one bad play in pass protection. He showed patience, burst, and vision throughout the game, breaking tackles and plowing through tiny holes to daylight, like on his 2nd touchdown run. I sincerely hope we re-sign him after this offseason. I think he could still be had for pretty cheap, but I'm concerned Grigson will be all-in with TRich after spending so much for him (and Vick Ballard will still be in the mix, too). But I'm convinced we NEED a speed back like Brown to be able to be the fastball to TRich's/Ballard's change up.
Beyond that, glad to see Fleener really stepping up tonight, too. I thought he was gonna take that one sideline pass to the house before I saw the safety fly in. He showed his wheels on that play, and has really become a solid possession TE, too. As long as either Hilton or Fleener (and in the future, Allen) can have 100+ yards in any given game, I think we'll be okay.
One more thing: Andrew Luck's amazing pump-fake TD GIF
11 months, 1 week ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge
At least the Titans lost to the Jaguars?
I didn't watch the game, but it obviously was a crappy, crappy loss. I just wish there was something we could do to convince Pagano/Hamilton/et al to let Luck loose, and to stop thinking that we have SF's offensive line. We don't! Makes me wish we had the guts to hire someone like Trestman instead of Pagano. I love Pagano as a person, but let's be honest: if he didn't have Luck to bail him out so often, he'd be worrying about his job.
Also, the fact that we have a defensive head coach and our defense was so horrendous against an offense that's struggled to score even 16 points, regardless of their QB, is disturbing.
That being said, the Colts are still in the lead in the division and have a good shot to take it. Hopefully this game was the equivalent of the Jaguars debacle in 2006.
K, rant over. Sorry :(.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Fall Hard Against St Louis 38-8
@mattshedd @hankster They threw in Linkenbach quite a bit in the second half solely as a blocker. They also ran max protection with two RBs, too. The extra protection gave Luck the time to make the throws he needed to.
Also, that bomb to Hilton was one of the best throws I've ever seen. A fraction of a second after he released he got crushed by Watt, too. Awesome.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Halftime Adjustments and T.Y. Hilton, plus Players Weigh in on Incognito and Kubiak
One of the reasons I love our Colts, beyond just Peyton Manning and how good they've been the past decade plus, has been their 'class' (for lack of a better term). That word's a bit overused today, but I just love the fact that our team respects each other, and our community, as much as they do. There's no drama, or extra B.S. from bad people/players on the team, and if there were, they would be cut pretty much instantly (I believe... minus all of the PED stuff). Makes rooting for our team that much easier. If I were a Dolphins fan, I'd be pissed.
Either way, it was a great win on Sunday night. Also glad I have T.Y. and Luck on my fantasy team, haha.
Man, what a good game.
Kinda interesting that after DHB went out was when Hilton went off. Makes you wonder just how beneficial DHB is to the team (that long PI call certainly helped, even if they couldn't punch it in for six). Whalen seemed a little nervous, but settled in later in the game. The receiving corps in general is still really young, but it's all about Luck. Houston had four sacks in the first half, then zero in the second half. That's what allowed Luck the opportunities to make plays down the field.
Also, from an efficiency standpoint, the Colts had zero turnovers (along with zero takeaways, minus the refs botching the fumble call). I'm really impressed with Luck's overall decision-making this year compared to last. So far he has 13 passing TDs, 3 rushing TDs, and 3 INTs. Play mistake-free football, and you keep your team in the game. Really excited to see how Hilton continues to improve as the #1 WR (I know he's #2 on the chart, but come on).
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Show up Late, Storm Back to Beat the Texans 27-24
An interesting stat that I didn't know is that the Colts are 1st in turnovers given up, with six total (that includes three Luck picks, three fumbles: one from TRich (Broncos), one from Luck (Seahawks), and one from Erik Walden (Seahawks) after the Mathis strip sack). They also have 13 takeaways.
Contrast that to last year, where the Colts had 27 giveaways. They're on pace for 13.7 giveaways, and 29.7 takeaways, for a turnover differential of +16. Kansas City currently leads the NFL with +12. And to think people thought the Colts were getting 'lucky' with their wins last year. Right.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9
@DougEngland This is the one good thing about living on the West Coast. Sunday night games start at 5:30PM, end around 9PM. Perfect.
I actually thought Wilson ran a bit TOO much. Yes, he extended drives often with his running, but he also gave up on a lot of potential plays downfield had he pulled a Romo instead of taking off.
1 year ago on The Colts Win a Wild One over the Seahawks, 34-28
@hankster Richardson has 12 runs in the 2nd half at 4.5 YPC. They ran more shotgun runs, which helped out. He's getting there, and once he does and gets the whole package, I think he'll be extremely destructive.
If TY gets involved in the offense more consistently, this Colts offense could be absolutely dominant. Not Broncos-type dominant, but very, very good.
Hopefully Pep learns that lesson today: TY Hilton is pretty freaking good. You should use him more.
1 year ago on Colts Authority Radio Post Game Wrapup, Colts vs Seahawks, Week 5
Awesome, haha. Very well done, sir!
1 year ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts beat 49ers
It seems like the Colts have done a really good job so far at playing to the level of their opponent... except in this game. They underwhelmed against the Raiders, but still won. They were sloppy against the Dolphins, though the refs didn't really help in that game. And in this game, they smashed the 49ers in a slugfest, and beat them at their own game. Do you guys realize we beat the 49ers by more points than any other win last year? Our greatest point differential was the Thursday night Jacksonville game, where we won by 17 points. We just beat the 9ers by 20 in their own house!
I'm hoping that this game is the jumpstart to an even better season than last year. Our coach is healthy and our defense looks to be improving. Our offense has the potential to have the best QB/RB combo in the league. If our o-line plays as well as they did yesterday, getting consistent push in the running game, and giving Luck enough time in the passing game, this could really be an elite offense that can beat you in a myriad of different ways. In the time I've really been watching the Colts (2005-06), that'd be a first.
Also, living in CA, this was the first time I could watch the Colts live. What a game to start out with!
1 year ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers
@Payton @TheGreatMisdirect @hankster @BDiddy @Candlebox
That's what I'm hopin' for, haha.
1 year, 1 month ago on Surprise! The Colts Throttle San Francisco, 27-7
@hankster @BDiddy @TheGreatMisdirect @Candlebox
Pray we find the next Victor Cruz...
@CandleboxAlso, I'm thinking the Colts were probably aiming for an RB in 2014's 1st round just based on the current contract situations with existing players (Bradshaw, Brown). Is it safe to say that TRich is a better RB than any RB prospects that may be picked in the 15-25 range?
@Candlebox I think the TRich trade was definitely more of a future investment than a quick return. Bradshaw's contract is only for one year and Brown's contract is also up at the end of the season. TRich fits their offensive scheme, and could more easily be extended once his contract is up, as long as he performs like we think he will. We may regret the decision, depending on how high the Colts' pick is in next years' draft, but hopefully he's worth it. He's only 22, and was obviously a highly coveted running back to have gone higher than even Adrian Peterson did in the draft.
That said, I won't make any judgments on how well he played in his first game with the team. It's all about how he can help this offense going forward, once he actually learns the playbook and can pick up blitzes. I think SF's defense just figured it was gonna be a run play whenever he was in, which hurt his YPC.
This is interesting. While I obviously don't like the Colts losing a 1st rounder, watching Luck and TRich in the same offense is going to be pretty awesome. Even if the o-line isn't that great, the defense will have to respect TRich's ability to break tackles and catch out of the backfield, too. It could open up the passing lanes for Luck quite a bit...
BUT, there goes our 1st rounder, who could've potentially been a good o-lineman, WR, or OLB, and plenty of good RBs can be found in the later rounds. Sigh...
1 year, 1 month ago on BREAKING NEWS: Colts acquire RB Trent Richardson while simultaneously mortgaging future!!!
@ColtsHead_Ben I honestly wonder how much Pep is going to have a say on playcalling during 2-minute drills. He knows Luck knows his stuff, it's just a matter of the rest of the team not lagging behind him.
1 year, 1 month ago on Preseason Recap: Colts 27, Browns 6
Toler is impressing the hell out of me. While he does gamble sometimes, he's extremely feisty and is constantly fighting for the ball. That strip was super impressive, especially on a guy quite a bit bigger than him. I really can't wait to see how improved the Colts secondary is this year, as long as they stay healthy. Just having Bethea back at FS with at least a semi-competent SS with him should be awesome. The secondary made several good tackles in the running game and short passes, too.
Thornton looked pretty great, especially for his first game. Cleveland has a pretty good D-line, too, yet he held in there and made some great blocks.
Rayford and Harvey were both very impressive. It'll be exciting to see how Rayford improves once he makes the team and gets coached up some more (if he gets cut, I'm gonna be pissed).
If Thornton takes over for McGlynn, I think the o-line could actually be serviceable. Not elite by any means, but not as bad as last year, for sure. The Colts were able to get some good runs in the 3rd quarter, but I'm not sure if those were against the Browns' 1st or 2nd squads. Lack of pass rush is still a major concern, so we'll see how they fare against QBs not named Weeden, Locker, or Gabbert.
1 year, 1 month ago on Quick Reaction: Colts beat the Browns in Week 3 of the preseason
Luck on Corey Redding growing tired of him running in practice drills: “(Laughs) Cory’s old. He’ll probably beat me up now. Please don’t print that. No, I’m just kidding. He’s great."
Haha, glad you kept that in there, that's great. He definitely seems much more relaxed and confident than training camp last year. Man, so ready for this season to start.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Training Camp Notebook
Oh man, somehow during this stupid offseason (seriously, I will never get over how long offseasons are), I forgot how amazingly beautiful some of Luck's throws are. I could honestly watch these GIFs all day. I said it before and I'll say it again, that 3rd and 23 throw to Hilton is one of the best throws I've ever seen. Just phenomenal.
1 year, 3 months ago on Andrew Luck's 5 Best Throws of 2012
@Jake @TheGreatMisdirect @cgtmouse If Thornton can't win the starting job from McGlynn in camp, I'll eat my shoe. Not really, but that would be a horrible scenario. Let's hope that doesn't happen.
1 year, 5 months ago on Colts trade C A.Q. Shipley for conditional draft pick
@Jake @cgtmouseThere's no feasible way McGlynn is starting this year barring injury. He was the worst guard on ANY team last year according to PFF, plus there's a reason we drafted Thornton in the 3rd this year. I would think their projected starting o-line from LT to RT is Castonzo, D. Thomas, Satele (maybe Holmes, if he performs well in camp), Thornton, Cherilus.
@colt nasty @TheGreatMisdirect @Coltsheadben Ah, thanks for the clarification.
1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Hugh Thornton and John Boyett - the “Buzz Saw”
@Coltsheadben Collie had the same injury that ended his season (and probably career) last year... Hard to be optimistic about a player coming back from that injury occurring in both knees, but if he can, he should be pretty good.
@paulcareyjr @MarcusDugan If he's our Suggs-type player, then he'll rarely drop back into coverage. I want to say Suggs drops into coverage less than 5% of the time (or somewhere around there).
1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Select Bjoern Werner with the 24th Pickin the Draft
@DougEngland The more I thought about it, the more concerned I was with our pass rush. I mean, literally, we have just Mathis on one side, then Hughes and Walden (yuck). A pass rusher makes much more sense than another cornerback (not that I didn't want Rhodes, but OLB/pass rusher was a higher priority).
@paulcareyjr @rogcohen @TheGreatMisdirect Well, at least Werner did what he was supposed to do against weaker competition: dominate.
I watched a few videos on YouTube and his first step is ridiculously fast, which is very impressive. I also checked out a few pre-combine mock drafts and he was projected as being a top-5, top-10 pick before his measurables at the combine underwhelmed scouts. I know he's probably not gonna be a Dion Jordan-type player, but I'm excited to see how well he does. He's willing to work hard and seems to be extremely intelligent, too. His reel against Oklahoma (and against Lane Johnson, who was taken #4 overall) is also very impressive. If he can get a few sacks in a game against Lane Johnson, then he'll probably be pretty good in the NFL.
@AJ_ @paulcareyjr @Coltsheadben I was curious and looked up a bunch of pre-combine mock drafts. Werner was never out of the top-10 of the few that I looked at.
1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Authority Live Draft Discussion Thread (Radio goes live at 9:30pm ET)
@OllyDawes @Ben Savage Minnesota has a pick directly before and after us, though. Wonder what their 2nd 1st round pick is going to be.
1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Draft Targets: Keenan Allen vs DeAndre Hopkins
@dansvirsky The more I think about it, the more I really appreciate Grigson's approach to free agency this year. Instead of investing most of your cap in 1-3 big name guys (like Levitre/Wallace/etc.), you're better off investing your money in 5-10 mid-range guys, especially since we have so many holes. If 1-3 of those guys don't work out, but the rest do, then you can cut the ones that don't and move on without too much of a cap hit. Meanwhile, if Wallace, for example, tears his ACL in the first game of the season, he's still due his money and you can't really cut him later without a severe cap hit. It's a much bigger gamble than you only want to take on guys you REALLY know (like Luck, Wayne, Mathis, etc.) that are probably more home-grown.
1 year, 7 months ago on Guest Post: Were the Colts Free Agents Worth the Money?
@cwjwl Thanks for providing that insightful injury history on Landry, good to know!
Honestly, as long as Grigson doesn't make one of those ridiculous $8M+/year signings like the Dolphins or the Redskins of yesteryear, I don't see it as that much of a waste of money if one or more of these players don't work out. Their cap hits aren't enormous, so it's not too big of a deal to cut 'em, imo.
1 year, 7 months ago on Free Agent Examination - S LaRon Landry.
@GregC @hankster @cwjwl @bradicus18 Oh yeah, I'm not disagreeing with you. I was hoping, just like everyone else, we could land either Vasquez or Levitre. But we don't know, maybe Thomas will end up as good as those guys, or slightly worse. I'm just happy we got some kind of upgrades on the line (though it may not have been as much as I wanted, or the people I wanted).
1 year, 7 months ago on Patience and Restraint Mark Opening of Free Agency for Colts