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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I just can't help but think what a shame it is that this team is being so hamstrung to follow such an outdated philosophy, especially with a superstar stud QB like Luck.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.
2 weeks, 2 days 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.
2 weeks, 3 days 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
4 weeks 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 :(.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week 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).
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Colts Authority Radio Post Game Wrapup, Colts vs Seahawks, Week 5
Awesome, haha. Very well done, sir!
2 months, 2 weeks 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!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers
@Payton @TheGreatMisdirect @hankster @BDiddy @Candlebox
That's what I'm hopin' for, haha.
2 months, 3 weeks 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...
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Preseason Recap: Colts 27, Browns 6