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Superb post, Ben. Very clear and informative. The first gif, with the Castonzo-to-Reitz-to-Satele handling of the stunt is an absolute thing of beauty.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 14
Coaches with a clue? First halves that don´t rival NE for mediocrity?
2 months, 4 weeks ago on A Colts Authority Christmas Wishlist, Part 1
If you were to ask me, "in a vaccum, what team between Miami, Cincy, Baltimore, NE, KC and Denver would be the most favorable matchup for the Colts this year?", no doubt I´d reply KC, for all the reasons AJ_outlined above. But I´ve stopped trying to project how playoffs games will go. Sure, given the structural constraints (as in Pagano´s headspace) placed on this team, the ideal scenario is one where the Colts are losing by 10 midway through the 3rd quarter, so that the other team sacrifices some of its efficiency, while Pep puts the game in Luck´s hands. But the postseason is just too much of an inebriated creature to root for that scenario, already unpredictable to begin with.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Who to Root For: Week 15
Apparently Hamilton has been given 3 mandates by Pagano. Protect Luck, run the ball and get TDs. It´s a recipe for disaster to constrain the passing game like that. I´m no fan of Hamilton, but isn´t it clear to everyone by now that Grigson and Pagano believe in their run-first philosophy?
3 months ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
If only Grigson had hung up immediately upon hearing the name Trent Richardson, you mean. It´s clear the Browns knew perfectly well what they were doing, and that they fleeced the Colts.
AJ_, he not only dropped back in coverage, but it was while covering Giovani Bernard.
@authorbeard Irsay is now a verb.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts fans talk about Peyton Manning
@authorbeard Loved this. All of it.
@Fondue @Goéland @DougEngland Outstanding comment, Fondue. This a thousand times.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to What Peyton Manning Means to Me
@pierrezombie I wish I could like (intensely deplore) your comment two hundred times.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Broncos
@GarrisonCarr @Lell87 There should definitely a book dedicated to the Peyton Manning-shaped feelings of Colts fans. I´m serious. If it´s a foregone conclusion that books will be written about Cleveland in the aftermath of the "taking my talents" debacle, it´s even more natural to want to see all everything about this situation compiled. The way this happened (no bitterness whatsoever on the part of the fans, the health uncertainty, the Luck factor, the 2012-2013 Peyton Manning Owns the NFL Tour, the fact that as you detailed there was no chance for a goodbye on the field) is pretty much unprecedented in sports. I´m pretty much certain there´s enough material for a book with only the CA writers and regulars to begin with.
Thanks, Greg, for giving voice to these 3 fans, and thanks to the 3 of them for sharing such intimate feelings with all of us. Nate, I was so touched by your words about that one moment when you truly, truly realize it could be much, much worse, and you can´t ever forget afterwards, and the way it changes everything; you then carry it with you, close and pained. Jared, reading about you screaming stubbornly at those kids who taunted you with the "Count on losing this sunday" almost brought tears to my eyes, because as a kid these things hurt so damn much, and now, who would ever say that about the Colts? It´s thanks to Peyton Manning that no kid from Indy has had to cry this way in a long, long time. And Garrison, your whole piece resonated so much with me (ah, the entire litany of Peyton Manning moments, that are so singularly distinguishable each and all, and etched upon our hearts), and I´ll cherish it for a long time. Thanks so much to all of you.
It´s great to see an article of yours, Brett. I happen not to share your point of view, but bradicus18 has already stated perfectly well most of what I think (except I´m personally not sold on Richardson´s abilities at all).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on In Football, the Best Team Identity is a Flexible One
@pierrezombie I can´t even like your reply, pierrezombie, because it hurts too much to even imagine it. Only thing that consoles me is that in his press conference on Wednesday, Peyton (in full possession of the knowledge of what Irsay had said) reiterated that he had enjoyed being OUR quarterback when asked about whether he had a message for Colts fans.
@pierrezombie And there´s also the fact that defense has proved to be more variable year to year, whereas with a great offense, you maintain more continuity in performance. All in all, it looks like the wake-up call is poised to be brutal.
@pierrezombie Perfectly said, and seeing it couched like that, even more devastating.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Coveting the Result, Overlooking the Journey
@pierrezombie Given that Nate thinks the presence of Marvin and Edge means there is indeed an intent to destabilize Peyton, then, we´re thinking that not only did Irsay disparage 14 years of Manning with the Colts in order to win 1 game, but that he also had no idea of how transparent his thought process would become because he doesn´t think thoroughly before he speaks? Great.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts vs Broncos Notebook
@Fullbacks Win Championships Oh, I completely agree. I´m loving Gase´s work a lot this season, between the rapid-fire pace, the variations with personnel, formations and plays, and the end-zone creativity. Add to that Foxy, and maybe this will be the year Peyton isn´t hampered by his coaching staff´s conservatism (I´m salivating thinking about it).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Breaking down the Colts-Broncos, Barnum and Bailey Circus Week With Derek Schultz, live tonight at 8pm
@pierrezombie One? What you think, I do too, so make that two votes.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Machines Are Homeless, Peyton Is Not: The Complicated Tale of a City Gone Sideways
Oh, and if you haven´t read Mike Tanier ´s Game Riffs this week, check it out. The Bills at Dolphins paragraph is eerily reminiscent of the Richardson situation. An extract (about FA signing Mike Wallace):
Rationalization. "He is forcing safeties to play deep, which is totally
opening things up for Charles Clay. That's what you really want from
your highly-paid deep-threat receiver, after all: opportunities for your