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I personally thought the PI and Unnecessary Roughness calls were bad.
I was at the game, so I didn't get the benefit of replay on the PI, but it happened right in front of me and it didn't look like any part of Davis was even within 2 feet of the receiver. Even the Bengals fans around me were like "I don't think that was PI..."
As for the unnecessary roughness, the flag was apparently thrown because the dude's helmet came off, but it definitely looked like Landry grabbed him by the shoulders to throw him down and the helmet came off after contact with the ground, which is...
Not that it excuses the Colts' poor play in the first half for the past billion games, but, combined with the TD that wasn't, I feel it could have been a different game with better officiating.
5 hours, 54 minutes ago on Week 14 Report Card: Colts at Bengals
I went to the game and, honestly, although the final score was ugly, I don't think it was quite as bad as all that.
Maybe it's because, after Reggie's injury (compounded with all the others), I've lost all expectations for this year's Colts team (it would be awesome if they became this year's Ravens, but I'm not holding my breath), I didn't leave Paul Brown feeling discouraged.
The offense couldn't click in the first half and the defense had some serious issues in the second half, but...
The Bengals are a good team, playing at home and while Dalton is inconsistent, when he's good (as he was yesterday), he can be great. In between the 4th down stop that got called a touchdown and the Bengals drive early in the third that was extended by the phantom PI and questionable unnecessary roughness calls, the refs damn near gifted the Bengals two TDs, And while you got to get over it, I have no doubt that had a demoralizing effect on the defense (not to mention the other third down stop overturned by the taunting call) and...
Outside of the complete inability of the defense to generate QB pressure and/or turnovers, the offense looked a lot better. Da'Rick Rodgers has great size and made some great plays and, if he keeps it up, I might get over the fact that we could have traded for Josh Gordon instead of Richardson. Hell, even Hayward-Bey caught 2 of the 3 passes thrown his way and I'm not sure the third pass was catchable.
The Colts are in the playoffs, where anything can happen, we get a chance to see whether Rodgers, McNary and Odongo are actually diamonds in the rough and - despite frittering away our first round pick next year for an under-producing running back - there's a good chance we come back even better next year.
Things could be worse...
7 hours, 38 minutes ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing
You neglected to mention that McAfee was on his punting game... :)
6 days, 7 hours ago on Week 13 Report Card: Colts vs Titans
Wayne's injury did the Colts offense in. Since the ability of the O-line to buy receivers time to get open is very questionable at best, Wayne's reliability was what kept the chains moving. Now their only hope is big plays (that aren't dropped), Donald Brown and Luck scrambles. Not exactly the recipe for success.
Still, the Colts basically have the AFC South locked up and there is no reason they couldn't get lucky during playoffs (see, e.g., Ravens, Giants).
We could have traded for Josh Gordon...
1 week ago on Colts come up with the Win 22-14 over Tennessee
@DougEngland It could just be strategy. If the suspension gets delayed a week, he's suspended for a home game rather than an away game.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on NFL Issues Erik Walden a One-Game Suspension, Walden Plans to Appeal
I really liked the wave effect on the still in the highlight reel. It's that kind of iMovie pinache that really makes highlights pop.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Colts Place Reggie Wayne in IR, Sign CB Jalil Brown
@Nate Dunlevy @Heracleitus
I sort of lumped the decision to ax Polian with the decision to go with Luck over Manning in my mind, though I suppose it may very well have happened anyway (much to Brad Wells' delight). I guess I'll grant (this time) that your assumption in this scenario is somewhat less speculative than mine.
And I was fairly certain that you had, but like I was going to pass up an opportunity to make the thought explicit. :)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Eight Myths Surrounding Peyton Manning's Departure from the Colts
Pointing out Freeney's production in the 3-4, which they might not have switched to if they kept Manning, seems kind of unfair, but that hardly makes a dent in the overall argument, especially since it's possible Freeney would have accepted a significant pay cut in return for a new contract (since he would likely have been cut otherwise and would probably have to accept less from another team anyway).
Trading the greatest boob ever for a bigger boob that is almost as good? I can't tell if you didn't think that through or if you definitely thought that through. :)
@7IHd @AJ_ You've inspired me to develop a "like times infinity" button for blogs and other social media. I'll remember to credit 7lHd after I make my first billion.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers
This Nate Dunlevy, I call him the Stock Ticker because he's always spitting out numbers.
@MarcusDugan No worries. I was just like, "Damn, is Tannehill really averaging ten carries a game?" :)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Pocket Passers Pose New Challenge for Jerrell Freeman & the Defense
Just FYI, Tannehill's rushing numbers are from last year while the others are current...
He's 17 for 65 (3.8YPA) this year.
2 months ago on Colts Notebook: Pocket Passers Pose New Challenge for Jerrell Freeman & the Defense
@Johnny_Socko @MarcusDugan Well... he was presumably on the practice squad and not on the active roster for a reason. I think the hope is that he doesn't have to do much.
2 months ago on Colts Sign RB Daniel Herron and LB Andy Studebaker
Hope the good games and the block help him land somewhere!
2 months ago on Colts Activate WR LaVon Brazill, Waive Defensive End Lawrence Guy
@hankster @mrpenney I like both of your optimistic interpretations of what's going on.
While utilizing Luck a la 2003 Tom Brady is likely wasting some of his talent, I could live with it (in the interest of keeping him alive) for the time being.
2 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Jaguars
I was being a wee bit facetious, but it was interesting and I always appreciate when other people do the footwork to uncover things I find interesting. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I
But if I happen to draw certain conclusions about the Richardson trade from this article, that's okay, right?
Sims can be the Peter King of broadcasting (or is King featured enough that he's considered a broadcaster too?).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers
If I could only go back in time and tell my ten year-old self that one day I would be quoted in a Colts blog, he would say...
"What's a blog?"
"Despite the popularity of Orange is the New Black, people think the pornstache looks silly."
Ten year-old me was hella precocious.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Trent Richardson Aftermath: the Good and Bad of the Blockbuster Trade
The more I think about it, the more it seems like Grigson and Co. are trying to pattern the team around what SF and Seattle are doing, which, in a copycat sort of way, obviously isn't the worst idea in the world. Except for it seems like they are focusing on the wrong element. Sure, those teams have good backs in Gore and Lynch, but their identity is in the O-Line and Defense (and a dynamic young QB, I suppose). The Colts don't have that. Getting a RB now - even a potentially elite one - for a first rounder is putting the cart before the horse.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on BREAKING NEWS: Colts acquire RB Trent Richardson while simultaneously mortgaging future!!!