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We don't need no stinking safeties!!!
Oh well somebody got to stop Clowney and Watt.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-take-guardtacklecenter-john-ulrick-in-the-seventh-round.html
4.90 40 ? Isn't that bad for an ILB? Slow Hickory anyone?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-take-wku-linebacker-andrew-jackson-with-the-203rd-overall-pick.html
@Kyle Rodriguez @thellamajockeyAfter today's news about Kaepernick , perhaps the ideal situation for Houston would be for other teams to get cold feet about Manziel the way the NFL did over Marino in 1983. If Manziel hangs around till very late in 1st round, Houston could trade up for him using the rest of their picks.
Manziel's persona is the anti-Manning, anti-Luck. That could work for Houston.
For some reason I just see Houston having a hard time not picking up Johnny Football, especially if Jacksonville does not take him.
Houston's problem has been being stuck in underachieving mediocrity without a big time QB.
Draft, Clowney and they will likely be a great defense, held back by a weak QB. Stuck in the mid to late rounds in future drafts, the Texans will never break out as an elite team.
Not that any of us would mind the Texans underachieving. Just trying to look at things from their shoes.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-mock-draft-commences-houston-takes-jadeveon-clowney-with-the-first-overall-pick.html
Clowney looks like a no brainer, but is he really a good scheme fit for Houston? Will Clowney really complement JJ Watt enough. Couldn't Houston trade down get DL starter and still have a shot at drafting a QB later in the first round or early second.
What is Houston going to do for a QB, Case Keenum Ryan Fitzpatrick or T J. Yates?
If the Jaguars pick Manziel and he plays well, GHWB will be pissed as will most of Houston. Manziel is not going to be another Vince Young, you can just place on the pay no mind list. Perhaps not an future elite QB but not a bust either.
@DougEngland How is Reggie doing in his rehab? I wonder if it might be smart for the Colts to put Wayne on the preseason or regular season PUP list for first 6 games. That would give the Colts plenty of time to develop Brazil, Rodgers and Whalen. And have a fully Wayne for the post season. I could see a possible trade for any of those 3 prior to the week 8 deadline.
Whalen is more valuable ST player than Brazil and Rodgers, think he will stick.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@smonroe Forgot about Martin being the #1 prospect at Center. His projected draft position. is 55, short of Colts 2nd round position at 59. Still hate to see the Colts have to draft a Center in 2nd round with their highest pick when it is unlikely Martin will start at center in 2014.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Draft Prospect Interest Tracker
C Marcus Martin, USC (Pro Day)!!!!!!!
What does this say about how the Colts view Khalid Holmes' future at center, that they are working out his backup at his Alma Mater???
In a draft said to be short on interior lineman and with the Colts' needs I would have hoped for more Guards and Centers on the list.
@MarcusDugan I do remember driving late at night listening to the old Adam Corolla/Jimmy Kimmel/Drew Pinsky version of Loveline. The otherwise bubbleheaded pornstar guest poignantly commented that the fact that most male "talent" in her industry was decidedly veteran was due to, just as with rookie field goal kickers, any display of anxiety because of inexperience or nerves being contagious and more often than not catastrophic if not at least a mood killer and to say the least powerfully "de-tumescent" .
I really wonder if this is the major issue in football. Unless a young kicker has a huge leg, flawless accuracy, lots of locker room charisma, and brass balls, you are going to go with the veteran in spite of the size of his gut and chunk of the salary cap.
Anxious kickers are a in short a huge mood killer for the whole organization.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign Kicker Carson Wiggs, Cut Guard Zach Allen
Outside of perhaps the "firing" or Bill Polian which with hindsight looks increasing like a case "of all good things come to an end" or "won't can't go on for ever won't", is their any decision during the Jim Irsay era Colts that fans can really get upset about?? The resting of the starters in 2009 and drafting Luck and releasing Manning, were solid risk analysis based decisions. The stadium deal Irsay got was not the worst case other NFL cities have faced and the RCA/Hoosier had clearly seen its day. Irsay got Indy its Superbowl and will land another in the future.
Ok, I believe that in Irsay's heart of heart he wants to field a 3-4 defense and have a balanced offense that has elements of an old school power running attack. You can argue whether that is the kind of team you as a fan want to see. And yes I truly believe Irsay agonized over the decision to release Manning and fire Polian that may have played a contributing factor in his relapse.
But otherwise, Irsay tenure as owner has been relatively free of head slapping WTF were they thinking moments that the Jets, Washington, Browns, Jaguars, Titans, Denver(Think Tebow), Tampa Bay..... etc fans go through every couple of years.
Yes, having a Manning followed by Luck makes life better for the fans, but Irsay has helmed the ship and played his role.
I was major relieved that what was something we all knew was coming, involved a well below the speed limit pull over while intoxicated and possession charges than something far worse.
Fans should and overwhelmingly do want Jim Irsay to find recovery and enjoy many more years as owner.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Hot Takes on Jim Irsay
How the Colts manage prospective kickers seems to be the the norm nowadays across the NFL. Question, how long does it take for a standout college kicker to land a lasting NFL roster spot? It does not seem to me that many field goal kickers make an NFL squad right out of college anymore. Am I wrong that the same goes for an increasing number of punters with Patty Mac being a except? Take a look at Matt Overton's wiki page, and it seems like it is an especially long road for long snappers.
@AJ_ Never been a Kravitz fan, that said, I think Kravitz is probably on the mark here. Colts fans in the know have worried about Jim Irsay's well being and have been aware of some troubling signs for sometime. Nobody has a bigger heart for the community than Jim Irsay. It would be a huge loss for Indy to loose him too soon. Irsay's issues have long stopped being funny.
I hope it's more than just the Colt's organization that insists on Irsay getting well and professional help. The NFL ownership and commissioner’s office have to get involved.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Jim Irsay Arrested on DUI and Drug Possession Charges
I agree with the Reggie bit. I hope
that Reggie is ready to go first day of training camp. I hear he is
making great progress. But still if the Colts could give Reggie extra
time to heal by putting him even on the PUP list because he is an older
player who could/should benefit from extra time, then I would consider
it a wise move. I would hate to see Wayne go down with another injury because he was rushed.
is a slightly larger version (by 1 inch, 8 pounds) version of Wayne with
out Wayne's route running expertise. A year or more under the tutelage
of the master could boost his career.
Nicks allows the Colts the option of giving Wayne more time, he
would also give the Colts more time to decide which of the 3 capable young
receivers in Whalen, Brazill and Da'Rick Rodgers to keep. They all
have their strengths but are most likely no more than decent number 3 depth players. I
would like the Colts to keep all three but that is unlikely because the
Colts will be unable to get any of them to clear waivers to the PS. But with a bit
more playing time any of the three could offer definite trade value.
I am assuming the Colts will not be opposed to drafting another BPA WR in rounds 2-4.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign WR Hakeem Nicks to a 1-Year Deal
@MarcusDugan Nicks > DHB + Avery + Hands. ABC!!!! Baby. Good to see Grigson close the deal. It looks like the Colts still have enough money to possibly sign Mack but it looks like a long shot.
Colts need a safety and a Center of course. But the FA pickings are few.
How about a CB instead? There are some decent options. If that does not sound good, hell how about considering Champ Bailey's offer to try out as a FS.
The Bucs announced that they have agreed to terms with former Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. A person who has seen the contract tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport it is worth $14.25 million over four years.
That sounds like a lot more than the Colts wanted to spend for Dietrich-Smith. Mack still look like major long shot. Hopefully the Colts can land Nicks today.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa
We know that Grigson has a soft spot for once promising receivers who fell on hard times, think Donnie Avery and DHB, looking for a one year deal getting balls thrown to them by a top QB. Nicks just might prefer the Colts and if he plays well cash in for a better long term deal with a different team. But at Carolina Nicks may think he has a shot at being a #1 receiver or at least a #2.
Nicks = (Avery | DHB) + Hands.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts to Meet with WR Hakeem Nicks, Plus the Case for another Receiver
Well I am sold. No more DHB unless he morphs into a DB. I say time for Grigson to bust out his best Alec Baldwin impersonation. ABC!!! But at the same time I think it will be a long shot if Nicks visits North Carolina.
Sounds like long odds at signing Mack or Evan Dietrich-Smith. We know that despite McGlynn's deficiencies, he did a decent job at calling out pre-snap adjustments. How was Costa at that? Costa was a better run blocker than Satelle so he might help TR. Would Costa be an upgrade over McGlynn or is he just another mediocre bass player ie training camp fodder??
This mean Bye Bye McGlynn?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Meet With Free Agent Center Phil Costa, Kavell Conner Signs with San Diego
@Lou Pin @thellamajockeyLou, I think given the high tax rate and cost of living, especially real estate in SoCal the Colts could have had Brown for between 9.5 and 10 million. Brown just went from one the cheapest markets to live to just about the most expensive.
I hope Vick Ballard is looking awesome, because I think Bradshaw would be a great RB to have for the playoffs. But, can see burning him out early in the season, because I doubt he is capable of lasting all season.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Bring RB Ahmad Bradshaw back for Another Year
I don't understand this move. Nothing against Bradshaw, he has two SB rings after all. But l lets be honest, is it likely that Bradshaw plays in 8 or more games next year given his age and injury history? Is Vick Ballard's return from ACL injury a sure thing? Donald Brown signed a reported 3-year, $10.5 million deal with $4 million guaranteed with the Chargers. That is hardly a cap busting deal..
@AJ_ "He may have been overdrafted" Good point, but again we are talking a Pollian era pick here. Grigson has no personal attachment here. Not that I would necessarily accuse Grigson of "my guy" bias. I am sure keeping Fili is a case of sober evaluation.
Hopefully Fili is enjoying a spate of good health because he has spent a good part of his career playing dinged up. Still I think he will be on the bubble to make the 53.
Any interior D-Linemen taken later in Fili's draft class that stand out? Surely there were busts take above Moala? By the way what website can you use to answer these questions.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Re-Sign DT Fili Moala
Ok please tell me what are the duties of a quality control coach??
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Sign LB Justin Hickman to an Extension, Promote Brad White to Asst. Linebackers Coach
Caption: "Wanna come up and see my etchings?"
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Re-Sign Pat McAfee
@TheGreatMisdirect @thellamajockeyDietrich-Smith I believe is a converted guard mentored by Jeff Saturday in 2012. So while I have said that is a good thing, it is not like he is a true vet center.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Center
@paulcareyjr The top center in draft Marcus Martin, an underclassmen, is ranked in the low 50s overall. If he is available the Colts could take him. But the rest of the top 3 Centers would be a clear reach with 2nd round pick.
Question is would any rookie center make the Colts a SB contender in 2014 or 2015? Irsay wants to win SB with Lucky on his rookie contract.
Boomstick is a pretty good athlete. I keep hoping they will let him attempt a fake punt someday.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Colts Re-Sign Pat McAfee
@TheGreatMisdirect @thellamajockey Doubt Colts sign Mack for mega Center bucks. Is Dietrich-Smith an UDFA really likely to be a long term starter over Holmes and worth the money? Signing Dietrich-Smith would be a big vote of no confidence in Holmes. Would almost be a huge admission by Grigson he made a mistake with Holmes.
Does McGlynn have a future as just a guard in the NFL? To me his only future is as backup utility interior linemen. I doubt McGlynn with his limitations at guard will have that many options with other teams. His advantage with the Colts is that he knows the offense and can make O-Line adjustment calls. And I expect the Colts will be able to resign McGlynn for cheap.
McGlynn seems serviceable until Holmes is ready to be the starter at center or until another Draftee or UDFA is developed.
Jeff Saturday: Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 295 lb (134 kg)
Of the three above I would not over empathize size and strength. I would look for technique and ability to make o-line calls. Linsley as a late rounder or even an UDFA might be as good a bet as the others.
@smonroe On the NFL Network this morning, Charlie Casserly was saying Center and Guard are the weakest positions in free agency.
Alex Mack's services could be bid high, and Cleveland will still have the option of raising the ante.
Any guess as to the current and projected roster depth at center going in to training camp??
Right now I would guess 1). McGlynn, 2). Holmes 3). Draftee
am not at all hopeful the Colts will land Alex Mack or should, or will find a FA
substantially better at calling o-line adjustments than McGlynn, or
with better potential talent than Holmes.
So looks like no
center draftees worth considering with the Colts' 2nd round pick.
Almost looks like no draft pick likely to start in 2014
Looks like no center draftees worth considering with the Colts' 2nd round pick. Almost looks like no draft pick likely to start in 2014
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Goodbye, Samson Satele
I am not at all hopeful the Colts will land Alex Mack, or find a FA substantially better at calling o-line adjustments than McGlynn, or with better potential talent than Holmes.
Any draft picks worth considering with the Colts' 2nd round pick.
Oh Canada anyone?????
Cost estimate for Evan Dietrich-Smith??? Didn't Jeff Saturday mentor him in his transition to a center? Could be a good fit for Colts if he is familiar what Colts have looked for in a center in the past.
Decker's price will be too high for a Colts team with so many promising young receivers with so much yet to be realized potential competing for targets. Lots depends on how Wayne is doing in his recovery. I hear great. Unless Decker will be Colts' clear #1 receiver you can not justify the price. Still Colts need a big receiver in Red Zone, they're counting on Da'Rick Rodgers developing. That is what I have against Golden Tate. Colts already have two good undersized YAC WRs in Hilton and Brazill.
Keep Patty Mac, Bob Lamey will retire someday.
6 months ago on Colts Top Five Free Agent Targets
@Payton @thellamajockey I am sure the Colts will insist on a complete psychological workup being done prior to any signing. Lots of teenagers have depression issue that resolve themselves as adults. It is partly called hormones. Lots and lots of NFL players have issues.
Martin's under performance is the 10ton elephant in the room. It begs the question of what went wrong with a highly touted 2nd rounder, pick #42.
But seriously the only team likely to compete with Colts for Martin's services will be the 49ers. GMs just don't get that kind of leverage very often. Can not see how having Martin in training camp would be a problem.
6 months ago on ICYMI: Andrew Luck Speaks Out and Colts on Twitter
Anybody catch Patty Mac on the NFL network this morning? He was very good. Compared his ST tackles to Terrell Davis's.
Don't start putting the "For Sale" signs in Satele's front yard just yet, Cleveland put the Transition Tag on Alex Mack. Colts would have to bid at least 10 mil a year to get him.
6 months ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Brian de la Puente
@Payton @thellamajockeyDid Martin have any mental health issues at Stanford?? None that I heard of. Incognito is the one with the history of some sort of manic/bullying disorder and just announced once again is seeking treatment.
I say work Martin out. If he looks good, I am sure Grigson can structure a low cost, low risk deal. Get him into camp, if he does not work out, He is gone. I doubt Martin will be that highly bid for.
@Bobman @thellamajockey The center / bassist analogy works because they are both relatively unglamorous members but essential for a tight well functioning team/band.
Last year I would say the Colts went thru RBs like Spinal Tap goes thru drummers. Besides good RBs like drummers need to be a bit animalistic , have a sense of timing, be unafraid to hit the hole. Which begs the question who died in a bizarre garden accident best left unsolved, who choked on whose vomit, and who spontaneously combusted, who exploded on stage...
By the way "Big Bottom" makes for an awesome ring tone as long as the other half is either clueless or has an exceptional sense of humor.
The Colts need another sub standard center the way Spinal Tap needs another bass player.
Assuming Jonathan Martin's looker room and off field issues are behind him or not a problem. Purely as an OT what do think of him becoming a Colt. Can he realistically be converted to a utility OL men and play guard as well as tackle?
I am will to give him a serious look see if not a shot.
@Kyle Rodriguez @thellamajockeyOops thought WR Patterson hurt his ACL, but was confused with another player probably CB Tryann Mathews who got hurt late in the season. Both were on a list of pre draft touted rookies whose seasons were being reviewed on NFL network. Still doubt that Patterson was a clear better choice over Werner. Was there an available OLB who was a better scheme fit and would not have in one way or another been a project?
The clearly standout rookie WR was Keenan Allen. If the Colts had a 2nd round pick, Allen would have been a no brainer. But lots of other team too passed because Allen had injury issues. But with the rest of WR class I am willing to wait to see how Da'Rick Rodgers develops before passing judgment.
Again doubt DRC wanted to sign with Colts. Colts got Toler for 3 years, they can cut him for $600,000 dead cap this year. Colts gambled on his health and came up short, can back out with out too much damage.
6 months ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Free Agency Frenzy
@Kyle Rodriguez @thellamajockey
Where is the Center??? Did Vasquez want to come to the Colts? DRC only signed a one year deal, he may have been tough to get long term. Maybe DRC thought like Vasquez he as sure to win an SB ring with the Broncos. Toler's deal was more favorable.
The Colts needed a OLB pass rusher and Werner was rated high and fell to the Colts. Would taken some balls to pass on Werner.
Can you really say Grigson screwed up the first round. Patterson has already blown his ACL. Da'Rick Rogers may have as much/more potential than Hopkins and Colts got him for nothing.
Not sold at all on your arguments that Grigson could have done better.
Kyle, your post points out the folly of assuming that there are viable options that on further analysis are illusory or even more risky. So it begs the question, going back to 2012 what other options than signing Satele did Grigson have that with 20/20 hindsight would have been better decisions.
6 months ago on A Sticky Situation
Breaking News!!! NFL Network is reporting that the Colts are very interested in Eric Decker. Perhaps not exactly unexpected to this blog, nonetheless would if true removes one key area of concern that needs to be address by Free Agency and the draft.
Perhaps it would be worth while for the ColtsAuthority to write an accounting of how with 20/20 hindsight Grigson could have done better with last year's Free Agency cash bonanza and Draft.
I have heard lots of criticism but no obvious concrete cases of missed opportunities. Be very interested into hearing what you guys have to say.
@AJ_ Yes, and the AFC is relatively weak. The Colts have a legitimate shot at a SB birth. But without a good center Colts have no chance against 49ers or Seahawks.
6 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Alex Mack
Given that the Colts have so many Stanford alumni, any thoughts on how a Martin could possibly fit in with the Colts?
6 months, 1 week ago on ICYMI: Colts release players, Richardson has surgery, Fleener supports Jonathan Martin and Colts on Twitter
Kyle, Your analysis is interesting but still limited. While it is somewhat enlightening to view players in terms of their value/ROI against salary cap ratio, it worth noting that unlike investing in the stock market or swampland, one does not have the option of not risking or preserving one's capital / salary cap. At the end of the trading day and certainly training camp you still have to fill out your roster and field a team.
Therefore, I do not think you are done with your analysis. You need to continue on in a couple of steps that any good investment team would make in judging past portfolio/roster management decisions.
In regards to players like DHB, McGlynn and Satelle, they were chosen despite obvious flaws that one hoped could be improved or else mitigated. That proved to be too hopeful. The question was were there better alternatives on a cost basis to these players that were simply overlooked? Mutual Fund managers have problem that because of the demands of diversification and sales requirements they have to make investments in market sectors where it appears there are really are not any good value based options. The good options if available are wildly overpriced or beyond one's budget. But just as a mutual fund today has to have a flashy tech stock or two, the Colts have to have a starting center. Still, one of the biggest mistakes investors/GMs make is going with the familiar instead of digging deeper. While Grigson has gained the reputation as a GM who will leave no stone unturned, is it possible that the Colts front office and coaching staff has a weakness for the familiar?
Next is what about players like Angerer, Landry and Toler. One question portfolio managers have to continually ask themselves is has my once promising pick simply "jumped the shark". Talented and motivated players who can not stay healthy and the coaches who back them have to be asked that question. Some of the worse player personnel / investment decisions happen when management is blinded by love founded on past performance. Happened to the great Bill Polian over Bob Sanders. Question is whether one is dealing with a turnaround opportunity, a good knee surgeon like a new CEO can do wonders for a flagging investment, or it is a simply a case of irreversible, inevitable atrophy which is a natural condition of most businesses and all NFL careers. In regards to Landry, it seems increasingly like moving a healthy and proven Bethea to SS and cutting one's losses is a no brainer. Angerer even when he was on the field and playing reasonably well looked like he was in pain. Time to end the agony?
Last, continuing the investment analogy, is to the review the necessity of all hedge plays. Let's face it, while last year Hasselbeck did offer some direct value/utility to the Colts, he was mostly a hedge play. Hasselbeck knew the ins and outs of the west coast offense at the NFL level and could prove a help to both Luck and Harnish in learning the ropes and provide constructive feedback to Pep Hamilton in his debut as a NFL OC saving Luck the frustration of doing this on his own. In his third year, Luck will not need a mentor and may be hampered at the thought. But last year if Luck had to miss a game or two due to injury, an immobile Hasselbeck, given the horrid Colts interior OL, could only have filled in effectively against a weak opponent with a limited pass rush and perhaps saved the Colts' chances of making the playoffs. So, last year from a risk management perspective, yes, Hasselbeck had some value. But in 2014 if Hasselbeck is better backup option than Harnish, then we need perhaps TWO new reserve QBs. Question is whether Hasselbeck has any trade value therefore justifying keeping him around till training camp, given that there are 3-4 teams with veteran QBs coming off serious knee injuries who could use a Hasselbeck to run the practices and perhaps start some preseason if not early regular season games.
Love the work that you do Kyle, like to see more of it.
6 months, 1 week ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts were the least-efficient uses of the cap in 2013?
Any idea on how much Donald Brown might cost if resigned? I would like to see the Colts keep Brown. There is just too much uncertainty with Ballard coming off an ACL tear, Bradshaw having neck surgery, and TR still learning the offense.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts Were the Biggest Bargain in 2013?
Ok, I know I am uncertain about all the ins and outs of off season Free Agency/Roster management. But, does not Hasselbeck have some trade value? Assuming Harnish has some potential as a backup and Hasselbeck is expendable and given that there are 3 teams(Browns, Rams & Titans) that had a starting QB go down with ACL injuries and who are likely to be questionable for training camp and/or may need to draft future starters anyway, is there not some real trade potential? Won't some of these teams need a QB leader just to help them get through OTAs?
Otherwise, "Patty Mac" is an excellent punter and by far the best tackling/Out of Bounds pushing kicker in the league. Also do you really want to see dozens of young female Colts fans go on suicide watch? Honestly I am afraid of bad karma if we don't resign Vinatieri. Besides Vinatieri was just plain good.
It would take some serious sack for Grigson/Pagano to let go of Landry and keep Bethea but it would be the correct move. Keep Davis, I am sure Pagano believes he can make him better.
Bye Bye Satelle, Toler. Can McGlynn play backup center?
Krazy Ass idea, See if DHB wants to take a flyer as a DB, because I think nobody would want him as a receiver. DHB is fast, athletic and would be a good special teamer. But he sure as hell can not catch a cold.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Handling their Own: Discussing the Colts' Impending UFAs and Bubble Players
If the Colts are not overwhelmed with the injury bug on offense like this year, they should put up impressive numbers in 2014. Pep is bound to get some plum head coaching offers in the college ranks. Like this move a insurance that Luck will not have to break in an entirely new coach as OC in his critical fourth contract year. Downside is any potential clash between Pep and Chud. Let Chud oversee getting the maximum potential out of so many young players on offense.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Hire Former Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski as a Special Assistant