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Good Surprise: Greg Toler. He has not been perfect, but the pass defense is doing well against the main WR targets.
Disappointment: Bjoern Werner. Second year and the guy still doesn't seem to have the ability to get to the QB. You don't draft a guy in the first round unless he is going to be productive during the rookie deal, and he is just not doing it.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/bloggers-of-the-roundtable-surprisingdisappointing-colts-players.html
A few things I've noticed over the past three weeks:
First, our defense is really good...at doing something that really doesn't matter. We built a team that stops the run. And we give up 30 points a game.
Second, our coaches understand what wins in the NFL on offense, but they trick themselves out of doing it. I think the first half of the PHI game was not what this team plans to do week in/week out, but they felt they needed to slow the game down. The "team specific" game planning is an important thing for NFL coaches to do, but not if you field a top end team (like the Colts O).
Third, the Jaguars suck. Bad.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-jaguars-17.html
A-Brad? I am not sure that is a nickname I can get behind. It lacks a certain CA quality that Chapnado and Kerricane possess.
Other than that, it is good to see you back Lou! I think we pull the win on Monday, and I don't think it will be close.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Nate, correct me if I'm wrong with this, but Luck reminds me a LOT of Manning even in his third year. One thing I noticed was Luck's attempting to force the ball to receivers downfield, often into clear coverage. It was not until Manning's 5th-6th year that he really fully adopted the "take what the defense gives you" mentality that forced teams to pick their poison. Luck seems to avoid dump off throws unless it is a clearly designed play. I saw a few times he tried to throw deep to TY when there were two guys clearly bracketing him. Am I seeing things, or does this seem accurate?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr I agree, it was one of several examples of Luck sailing throws high throughout the night.
I'll be watching to see if they let Pat kick any FG's late in the game, and I'll probably be watching the ILB situation behind the starters.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-preview-colts-jets.html
@Colts Fan Thank you for the information that most of us didn't know! I think that is super cool! I know Kyle well enough to know that he meant no disrespect--he is about the most respectful writer I have found in sports!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltscamp-musings-players-are-people-too.html
Awesome job Marcus! Just out of curiosity, what will go on at the rookie symposium? That is a term I've never picked up within the off-season schedule before this season.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Nate Dunlevy @mattshedd Thanks again for the great series of articles!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html
But if it is so random, how do some teams always seem to build the best programs? No team picks perfect, but is there a clear way to measure success?
@Kyle Rodriguez @hanksterYES! And can we please include the level headed Kyle responses followed by the crazy blogger Greg responses?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html
We know have reasonable baselines with which to judge each players performance. Here is my question: in what way should we use this data to judge the job that Grigson does? If players hit right at this baseline, does that make him a good GM, or merely an average one? Is there significant difference in the frequency of "hits" by some GM's over others?
This is my favorite series of the offseason for years now (although Kyle's game tape stuff is a new favorite!), but I am always left wondering how we should nuance our understanding when applying this to our understanding of Grigson's ability.
Do you find any value in looking at first year pff grades of lineman drafted at similar position?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I'm hoping for Jordan Matthews or a edge rusher to drop to us, personally. I really like Matthews tape
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-authority-day-2-target-board.html
Best writer in sports, and it isn't close. Thank you for bleeding blue
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes
The interesting thing is how we are good. Running behind our tackles. Everywhere else we are bad...
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Coordinators Seek Improvement against the Texans
Do you think part of Irsay's insane abandonement of Polian and his ranting after a preseason game is him being worried about his legacy? Is he dearate to win another SB or two to try to ensure his place as an all time great owner. Is this your line of thinking as well?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Texans
I was about to argue the point about this team being close to being one of the most talented teams out there. But then I thought:
1. If Luck takes a step forward and...
2. If Manning decides to retire and...
3. Our coach abandons his outdated system about running and stopping the run
then yes, we would be.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Silver Linings in Colts Late Season Slide
I am still not convinced that Caldwell was inept. I think he and his crew took the blame for a gear in which we had the worst QB not named Gabbart ever. I think the coaches and Polish wanted it to be a bad year, to try to retool with a top pick or two, but public opinion turned and Irsay did what he did. I know Caldwell was awful at in game decisions, but those teams always showed up prepared and ddisciplined.
10 months ago on Colts Notebook: Thanksgiving Edition 2013
This may sound weird, but with how our team has played, I would almost rather play a great O with a mediocre D than a great D. I just don't trust our offense at all...
10 months, 1 week ago on Who to Root For: Week 13
@bengundy @chip_bennett Interesting that two of the three names typically associated with Polian's downfall--Brown and Hughes--are playing at a very high level. Polian wasn't the problem.
10 months, 1 week ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@JohnTemple1 This wasn't hindsight, Kyle has been saying these things since the offseason.
To be fair, we are not down on this team--we have loved this team. Luck, Wayne, Hilton, Davis, Angerer, Freeman, Mathis, etc. What we are down on is the front office and the philosophical approach that is actually making things harder on those players.
This is the greatest comment section ever
10 months, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: The Cardinals’ Defense, BA, Tom Moore, and Unusual Accents
Don't say that!
10 months, 1 week ago on Who to Root For: Week 12
Vick Ballard was a good pick up. And you didn't mention to signing last year of Tom Zbikowski...
10 months, 1 week ago on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Ryan Grigson
What tier does Blaine Gabbart go to? Have they made one that low yet?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Wilson, Newton, Luck and Kaepernick: Do Teams Still Need an Elite Quarterback to Win the Super Bowl?
Thanks for this. Fire McGlynn!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 10
I love the idea of putting Richardson and Brown in together. Maybe the old "Pro Set" that lends itself to lots of unique trap plays.
I would add a fourth suggestion: They need to run most of their routes to 10+ yards. When your number 2 receiver is only catching the ball at 47% of the time, going short will not necessarily help us move the ball. I would love to see us bring back a few of the route combo's from last year, give Luck the chance to move the ball in chunks at a time.
Also, I think they need to design plays aimed at putting Fleener as a central player. Let him be our big third down guy.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Examining the Colts Mid-Season Struggles
What type of formations do the Titans use to run the ball? What formations do they find the most success? The least?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Behind Enemy Lines: Tom Gower of Total Titans and the Football Outsiders
@hankster I would question whether the tempo change was what really impacted the team, or whether it was the playcalling and formations that made things work better.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Halftime Adjustments and T.Y. Hilton, plus Players Weigh in on Incognito and Kubiak
I know that a coach can't give too much away, but I still fear that Pagano believes what he says at the podium. When he talks about needing to look at the tape to "clean up" communication and technique, that tells me that he just doesn't get that it is scheme and playcalling that need cleaned up. The second half was what it was because they abandoned the power running approach. I hope he is just speaking coach talk, but I fear that this is truly what he believes about how to win games.
@naptown_ninja @mattshedd @matt_has To be clear, I do not want to return to the Arians offense any more than I want to stay in the Pep offense. But, I think that we can find a middle ground that allows for aggressive shots down the field, while having shorter routes and misdirection as well.
11 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9
@hankster @mattshedd @matt_has and why are we convinced that playing more aggressive football is relying on one player and not the team? I would argue that aggressive football is playing to the teams strengths, and helping to hide their weaknesses.
#HaviliTime The FB in the five wide set is the future of the NFL!
@matt_has It's just crazy because he wasn't given training wheels during his rookie year, but we are insisting on using them (especially in the first half) in his second year. Makes no sense.
@thejoshbaker This comment sent me on a fifteen minute twitter exploration at work, only to realize that I am supposed to be working...so thanks for that!
11 months ago on Things I would Tweet if I were a Tweeter
Can we start a Sports Guy style over/under on how many days until Cowan can't control himself anymore, goes on a 14 hour binge tweeting rampage in which he single-handedly causes #HaviliTime to trend worldwide on Twitter?
@DougEngland crap! I thought I was dealing with one of those guys from those other blogs (like ESPN) that sometimes find their way over here. Now I feel stupid...
11 months ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"
@rd2 I would say it is hurting actually. Look at Luck's offensive game last year to this year--he has improved this year, but was more successful last year.
@bradicus18 He feels very much like an "established" guy who doesn't want to listen to the "new" guys out there.
@Fondue Great reference!
Then you refuse to look at the facts. Be a better fan than that.
Have to get permission from my wife to purchase Rewind. If I can, I am in!
11 months, 1 week ago on Colts Authority Game Charting Project- Calling for Volunteers!
That was one of the best football games I have watched in a long time. It just felt important.
11 months, 1 week ago on GIFtastic: The Jim Irsay Revenge Game
@colts254fan @Bobman1 He didn't punch the knee, a Colt player pushed him down onto Satele.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Hang on to Beat Denver 39-33
I couldn't do it.
I planned on rooting for Manning over the Colts, I argued for why I was doing it, and I prepared my mind to root for a different horse this one time. I had my reasons.
I was watching the game with a couple friends from my church, and they knew my plan. They knew my frustration with Irsay, my love-affair with Manning, and they understood that I was protesting last night.
It felt weird trying, and internally I felt myself happy with every Colts tackle, found myself complaining when we started the game in Havili formation, found myself unhappy when Denver jumped ahead early.
Then lightning in the form of Robert Mathis struck. The sack/fumble/safety had me pumping my fist and cheering the horseshoe--and my friends just stared at me.
I learned something about myself today. I can't mentally decide to not cheer for my team--the heart runs deeper. Manning, oddly enough, felt like the enemy (a familiar one that I still love and appreciate). When the comeback started, I felt for the first time what countless teams have felt like against him when he starts making comebacks like that.
I will never love Irsay the way I love Manning, but as it turns out you can't stop a heart that bleeds blue.
@gizzardfanny @TrueBlue87 @mattshedd I understand the sentiment, and I know that I am an oddball on this, but for me, loyalty matters in situations like this. I don't think it would be nearly as bad if they had handled it better, but the totality of the situation leaves me feeling that Manning was mistreated.
I will continue to be a Colts fan, but this Sunday is my week of protest which I have planned from the day he signed with Denver. This one game is my way of saying "I disapprove."
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to What Peyton Manning Means to Me
@TrueBlue87 Except he isn't. Manning is, and it was wrong to do what we did to him. That is the point I am making.
@TrueBlue87 You are right. It is a slap in the face--which is exactly why I am doing it. I want the Ownership to know that I disagree, that I am hurt and angry. I am still a fan or I wouldn't be so upset about it, but I am a wounded fan.