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As I see it, we will end up playing at home in the Wildcard round against either Pitt, SD, or MIA (please let it be MIA!), and we will follow that up with another trip to Foxboro.  If Pitt or SD make it to the 6th seed, I see us having to face three top tier QB's to reach the Super Bowl.  I don't like those odds.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-14-2.html

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Nate, I love these articles!  Thank you for bringing back the snark and attitude that first brought me to 18to88 (and then showed me the way to so many other wonderful sites that paved the way for this one).  Attitude and intelligence is a wonderful combination!


Also, I can't root against Pey Pey.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-14-2.html

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I am really hoping that the playoffs bounce Indy's way and they can find their way to the Super Bowl.  My fear is that getting there would convince the management that our defense has been well built.


Nate, any thoughts on Reggie?  Do you get the feeling this will be his last season?  Does he still have the 6-7 catch games in him for another season, or is he down to being a 3 catch a game guy?  Is his production down because of his age, or because the growth of the talent around him?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-49-redskins-27.html

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Awesome write up Nate, a couple questions:


1. Are you in favor of replacing Pep from within or outside when that time comes?


2. With Sergio Brown playing so well that Landry shouldn't be back at S, would it make sense to try him out at ILB to help in pass protection against TE's? He is not good, but an improvement and faster than Jackson. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-40-giants-24.html

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@AJ_ When Luck does what he can do, he is as good as anybody.  He just needs to develop that consistency.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-6-report-card-colts-at-texans.html

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Am I the only person that thought Davis' pass interference call was bogus?  The flag came 3 seconds after the play was over, and only after A.J. complained.  That one was just weak in my book.


I was very impressed with the gameplan overall.  I am incredibly shocked by the turnaround this year by Walden.  I would love to see a piece on what he is doing differently this year, because he has went from laughingstock to a competent starter.  I didn't see it coming.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-6-report-card-colts-at-texans.html

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Colts 21-3. Nicks has a big game!

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

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Great job Nate!


Regarding Shipley, why is nobody in the media asking Pagano why he would bench someone that was clearly playing well.  It would be one thing for Holmes to return and Pagano to bench Shipley because "nobody loses their starting job due to injury," but this is not that at all.  It seems to me that this team has a few players that it does not want to use regardless of how much it makes sense to use them (#freeReitz).


Also, what a day for Peyton Manning!  I still hate that I'm seeing him do this in another teams jersey...

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-20-ravens-13.html

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/bloggers-of-the-roundtable-surprisingdisappointing-colts-players.html

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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.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-jaguars-17.html

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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.

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

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

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@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr I agree, it was one of several examples of Luck sailing throws high throughout the night.

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

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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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-preview-colts-jets.html

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@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!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltscamp-musings-players-are-people-too.html

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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.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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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?

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html

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@Kyle Rodriguez @hanksterYES!  And can we please include the level headed Kyle responses followed by the crazy blogger Greg responses?

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html

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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.

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html

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Do you find any value in looking at first year pff grades of lineman drafted at similar position?

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

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I'm hoping for Jordan Matthews or a edge rusher to drop to us, personally. I really like Matthews tape

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-authority-day-2-target-board.html

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Best writer in sports, and it isn't close. Thank you for bleeding blue

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes

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The interesting thing is how we are good. Running behind our tackles. Everywhere else we are bad...

1 year ago on Colts Notebook: Coordinators Seek Improvement against the Texans

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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?

1 year ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Texans

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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.

1 year ago on Silver Linings in Colts Late Season Slide

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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.

1 year ago on Colts Notebook: Thanksgiving Edition 2013

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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...

1 year ago on Who to Root For: Week 13

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@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.

1 year ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective

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@JohnTemple1 This wasn't hindsight, Kyle has been saying these things since the offseason.

1 year ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective

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@indycrombie @AJ_  

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.

1 year ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective

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This is the greatest comment section ever

1 year ago on Colts Notebook: The Cardinals’ Defense, BA, Tom Moore, and Unusual Accents

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Don't say that!

1 year ago on Who to Root For: Week 12

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Vick Ballard was a good pick up.  And you didn't mention to signing last year of Tom Zbikowski...

1 year ago on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Ryan Grigson

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What tier does Blaine Gabbart go to?  Have they made one that low yet?

1 year, 1 month ago on Wilson, Newton, Luck and Kaepernick: Do Teams Still Need an Elite Quarterback to Win the Super Bowl?

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Thanks for this. Fire McGlynn!

1 year, 1 month ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 10

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Examining the Colts Mid-Season Struggles

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What type of formations do the Titans use to run the ball?  What formations do they find the most success?  The least?

1 year, 1 month ago on Behind Enemy Lines: Tom Gower of Total Titans and the Football Outsiders

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Halftime Adjustments and T.Y. Hilton, plus Players Weigh in on Incognito and Kubiak

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Halftime Adjustments and T.Y. Hilton, plus Players Weigh in on Incognito and Kubiak

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9

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#HaviliTime  The FB in the five wide set is the future of the NFL!

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9

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@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!

1 year, 1 month ago on Things I would Tweet if I were a Tweeter

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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?

1 year, 1 month ago on Things I would Tweet if I were a Tweeter

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@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...

1 year, 1 month ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"

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@bradicus18 He feels very much like an "established" guy who doesn't want to listen to the "new" guys out there.

1 year, 1 month ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"

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