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Beat dem Bengals, then spend the last three games trying out the youngsters. Activate the other Mr Irrelevant named Harnish if possible. See if Harnish is worth anything. If he has not progressed then we need to get another backup QB.
Perhaps the most valuable trading asset we have is Hasselbeck. He is under contract through next year. I am sure teams like the Rams or Browns would love to have him since their starters are out with ACLs and won't be ready for next year's training camp.
If Harnish is a viable backup QB, then I say unload Hasselbeck for some draft picks.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Colts Elevate Daniel Adongo & Xavier Nixon, Send Two Players to IR
Would love to see our defense destroy Andy Dalton's confidence. To me Dalton lacks the imperturbability to be a top QB. Otherwise I would say that this game is hopeless with all of our current offense struggles. Brazill, Rodgers, Thorton, Holmes, Doyle.... somebody has to step up.
Still, if the Colts could somehow beat the Bengals, I think the Bengals would be luck to scrape by and win just one or two more of their last 3 and make the playoffs as a wild card. That would be awesome because I would much rather see the Colts host the Bengals in a wildcard game, then play the Ravens.
4 days, 21 hours ago on Colts Notebook: Defense to the Rescue
Crazy ass idea. Pats cut Austin Collie a month ago when he knee acted up on him. Still Collie played in one came and helped Brady make two critical completions in a late 4th quarter TD drive against the Saints.
I say start Brazill and Rodgers against the Bengals. If DHB comes off the bench and is unable to contribute, I say bring in Collie and at least take a look. Collie can at least run the kind of short routes that move the sticks and he catches the ball.
With how bad the interior OL is right now we don't have a deep passing game. That is the only area where DHB can really help. Brazill, Hilton and Rodgers can run the deep routes. We need help filling Reggie's role.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Colts come up with the Win 22-14 over Tennessee
DHB's one drop, the one that sailed past his upright palms and hit him squarely on the numbers before bouncing to the ground, was not just bad, it was textbook how not to catch a football. But heck we have already seen a dozen just like it so far this year. So, pretending things are going to change, is definition of insanity.
Please, do not start DHB against Cincy, let Brazill and Rogers carry the load. The kids got learn one way or the other, sooner or later.
Reactivate Justice Cunningham. At least when you throw to MR. Irrelevant he makes a effort to catch the ball with his hands and succeeds half the time. See if vote of confidence and playing time spurs improvement.
The Colts started the season hoping to run lots of two TE formations and throwing to both. Lets see if any of the backup TE can help make that happen. Has Jack Doyle even had a target yet? You will likely have to the use them next year until Allen absolutely is 100%. You got 4 games with the division all but locked up to start the process.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Colts come up with the Win 22-14 over Tennessee
Does this mean Havili will be ready to play on Sunday? Cunningham back to PS? The Colts have to let Rodgers and Rainey play if for no other reason then to see what they have to offer.
Too bad about Delano Howell, he had couple of good game. Hope he comes back next year.
I can't see much downside to letting Rodgers play. DHB and Brazill need some competition for the 2 & 3 WR spots.
Now, if we could see Khalid Holmes fill in for Mckinney and let Mckinney play center. Colts are not going to get a bye. Instead use the 2+ game division lead to develop future players.
1 week, 4 days ago on Colts Cut David Reed, Justice Cunningham, Elevate Josh McNary, & Place Delano Howell on IR
Gee for a second there I was worried Rainey was guilty of a serious crime. You know like repeatedly attempting to return kicks from the -19.
Soft spot for second chances. Still the Colts seem to be granting a number of them Hope the good judgement calls holds up. Law of percentages offers reasons to doubt. Oh well can't have a whole team of Stanford grads.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Colts Sign Free Agent RB/KR Chris Rainey
Both Whalen and Saunders caught a ball last game and also committed unforgivable drops of balls that hit them right on the hands. Still I would say both demonstrated better ball catching and perhaps short route running technique than DHB. DHB is a really sad for being in the league so long.
Give Whalen another shot to develop on the PS. But more importantly take advantage of our 3 game lead in the division lead and tie for the second seed in the AFC to try out some talent.
Bring on DA'RICK!
As for the Whalen vs Welker, comparison. Whalen shows little of Welker's elusive running skills that made a valuable special teamer. But, Welker took time to develop as a receiver. There may still be hope for Griff.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Colts Cut Griff Whalen, Elevate Justice Cunningham from the Practice Squad
Beyond the report card awarding of grades, the game held out hope that Fleener will be able to assist Hilton in taking on the receiving burden now that Reggie is out. Whalen, Saunders, Brazill and who knows Da'rick Rogers still have a lot to show. DHB is looking like he will continue to disappoint. Love to see TRich bust a big after catch run like Donald Brown.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Week 11 Report Card: Colts at Titans
@MarcusDugan @thellamajockey You're right about DHB, great visual description too. Even worse than Donnie Avery, DHB comes out of his breaks and begins looking back for the ball with hands down around his sides. Then he attempts to jerk the hands up to make the catch. Not a recipe for "soft hands". The best receivers make a seamless transition from the route running to the catch phase of the reception. During the last phase they are looking back at the QB with their palms and fingers vertical to the flight of the ball and with their visual focus passing through the "Ten Ring" for maximum concentration. The best literally "paint the target" with their hands and fingers. Good receivers to me resemble a movie director working out the camera composition for a shot. They make the silly looking virtual frame with their thumb and index fingers as they move around pretending they are the camera view finder.
3 weeks ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge
Most telling stat, Luck was 23/36 while throwing completions to EIGHT different receivers. There were some notable drops by Whalen, Saunders and DHB. All three were hit in the hands. Will forgive Whalen and Saunder's drops due to combination of hot route balls and nerves explained by relative inexperience. After all Fleener had his struggles.
DHB, though still exhibits poor catching fundamentals. I hope he comes around. But it may to much to expect DHB to over come years of inferior coaching and development combined with his own sloppy technique.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge
Vertical Plane not Plain. Football terminology is so convoluted anyways. They say vertical when they mean length or depth all the time as if we live in two dimensions..
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Colts Notebook: Rogers Earns His Chance
What Luck could really use is a receiver who can stretch the field in the vertical plain like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Brandon Marshall. Yeah, that is saying a lot.
But Rogers seems to have the height and v-leap. Being able to out jump DBs for the ball would help when you can not count on Luck having the time to allow his receivers to get open down field. A quick 7-10 yards and out route would do wonders to negate the blitz.
Have not seen Luck make those type of throws, but if Kurt Warner and Mr Surly Jay Cutler can do it I assume Luck can.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Colts Notebook: Rogers Earns His Chance
@MarcusDugan Makes you wander just what David Reeds has on Pagano stashed away on a digital camera.
@MarcusDugan I agree that Whalen has not shown much so far. But unlike DHB, I am willing to consider his faults so far as possibly due lack of playing time nerves and inexperience. DHB has been in the league too long. One does simply unlearn years of obviously poor technique and perhaps bad coaching, DHB most likely is what he is. If DHB can not improve Rodger could take his spot.
One way or another, without somebody stepping into Wayne's role as a burn them if they blitz safety valve, Lucks going to be scrambling in order to get any shots down field. Third and longs are going to get ugly.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Colts Elevate WR Da’Rick Rogers to Active Roster, Waive S Larry Asante
If Da'Rick Rogers is active for a game who will sit? David Reed I would hope. But then who will return kicks? Cassius Vaughn? If Rogers lines up outside, does that mean DHB sits.
Because I doubt DHB is in anyway a good replacement for Reggie Wayne. I am expecting the Titans to blitz like mad on Thursday forcing Luck to run or risk throwing interception to inexperienced or less capable receivers who can not adjust their routes effectively when Luck audibles for blitz help. I would rather see Whalen fill in as the "hot" route receiver when Luck is blitzed. DHB with his weak catching fundamentals is a liability if the defense decides to blitz on almost every down. Whalen does not have much to offer in yards after the catch potential but he more likely to at least catch the ball for a few yards and not bobble it causing an interception.
IMHO DHB is not the receiver to step into Reggie's role. On a blitz, Reggie breaks off his route with his hands ready in the classic thumbs and index finger "picture frame" position. It screams "I am ready, send the ball in hard and fast" you can count on me.
DHB just is not a sound enough player to be the hot route man. His arms and hands are all over the place. Luck has to worry that throw the ball too hard and it will only bounce off DHB's body or sail through his arms for a pick six. If Luck holds back zinging the ball, DBs will jump the route.
Rather see Whalen get a shot. He does not have Austin Collie's speed but like him he seems tp have the better ball catching fundamentals. It is more important that Luck trusts his hot route man.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Colts Fall Hard Against St Louis 38-8
How about trading Matt Hasselbeck to St, Louis? The Rams desperately need a veteran QB. Bradford is still under contract thru 2015, now with an ACL tear he may not be ready for the start of next year. Bradford is way behind in his career development and could use a strong mentor more than Luck.
What more could Hasselbeck teach Luck, that Luck has not already learned? With a 3 game lead on the Texans and 2 game on the Titans who still must play the Broncos, the only way the Colts do not make the playoffs is if Luck is injured for 3 or more games. If that happened who thinks Hasselbeck will carry the Colts to deep in the playoffs?
Trade Hasselbeck for a third round or higher pick. Right now the Rams are screwed with out a veteran QB.
1 month, 1 week ago on Colts Authority’s Rookie Watch – Week 7
Is Lawrence Guy PS eligible? David Reed better show something this weekend. Like to see Brazill get a shot at kick returns.
4 WR set anyone?
2 months ago on Colts Activate WR LaVon Brazill, Waive Defensive End Lawrence Guy
Nothing against DHB, his pick up as a good move and value, and yes he is clearly the #3 receiver. But Donnie Avery is turning out very respectable numbers for the Chiefs as a #2 receiver.
2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Seahawks