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I read somewhere the Colts have the second easiest schedule?

4 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/a-preview-of-the-2015-colts-schedule.html

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@KenFrey Well you certainly did a good job endorsing why the Patriots are disliked so much other than in Boston.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ball-gate-patriots-under-investigation-for-cheating-again.html

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If found to be true, I say award Colts with the game!  Here we come, SB!!  :)

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ball-gate-patriots-under-investigation-for-cheating-again.html

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Good article, Nate. I can't beleive I was so angry last night, knowing that the game would likely go that way. Reading your article helps. Now it's a SuperBowl where I hate both teams. Come to think of it, I'm still angry.

Thanks for sticking to the writing. Always something to look forward to.

One question: are the pats that good that they locked down all of our receivers the whole game? I mean they did but why could no one get open?

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-patriots-45-colts-7.html

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Nailed it, Kyle.  My wife, who has been with me for 20 years, still doesn't get it.  (She's a Giants fan but likes Peyton).  When the Pats beat the Ravens last week, I yelled F**k like 50 times (my daughter was not around).  She kept saying "why are you so angry" - and I really couldn't explain this deep deep seated hatred I have for those guys.  Just hate hate them.  F***k!! Here I go again!!


Brady had some recent interview where he teared up and said he really wanted to be with the Pats the rest of his life and it's his family and such.  She saw it and now thinks he's a wonderfully sensitive guy.  Gah!!!!!


If the Colts lose Sunday, I actually can deal with it because they're on the road to be one heck of a threat next year.  But if they win, I believe I will pass out.


Actually, if they DO beat the Pats, that sends a strong message to the Pats that, hey, this is the team you have to reckon with going forward.


...Great article!

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/a-guide-to-being-a-colts-fan-during-patriots-week.html

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Wow!! Very nice analysis.  Thanks for all the hard work.

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

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It's certainly great but bittersweet.  Hate to profit on Manning's decline. 


My worry is that I can't invite anyone over for the game next week.  When Brady went ahead against the Ravens, I let 100 F-bombs fly.  I never though I'd hate a team as much as that.  Sure hope we looks good against them.


Can you imagine if the Ravens had won?? A home AFC Champ game??


In any case, we made progress this year.  That's is good.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15960.html

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Amen brother.  I feel very much the same way, and will cherish my Manning jersey.  When Manning played, I told my daughter to watch because he wouldn't be around forever.  Being a teenager, she said "oh sure, yeah".  Then he left and she was really upset.  Now she watches Luck and pays close attention, for the same reason - but also cheers for Manning as well.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/guest-post-wearing-the-dusty-jersey.html

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This may sound odd but while I'm a Colts fan and would prefer the Colts to win, I also would be okay with Manning winning and taking it to a SuperBowl trophy.  It's good to have two teams that I could reasonably cheer for, but again Colts primarily.  Heck, for some reason, I don't hate the Ravens - probably because I have so many loud-mouthed Steelers fans as friends who remind of the "SIX Lombardies" (going back to 1873).


It will be fun watching this game.  I think there's a chance, but not much unless, as you said, something is awry.  It could be Manning is suffering a bit this year.  I dunno.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-26-bengals-10.html

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Well that was satisfying.  Let's keep it close in Denver, and hope the Ravens can knock off the Pats.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-get-the-wild-card-win-26-10-over-cincinnati.html

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@AJ_ @Macko I'm with you - I'd love to be the team that people say "they are scary.  they COULD beat anyone at this point".  Sort of like the Steelers, I guess?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-27-titans-10.html

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@AJ_ Dance Fever or Solid Gold?  My mind is boggled.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-27-titans-10.html

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I'd love to see the Colts at least beat the Bengals, soundly.  Maybe AJ won't play this time.  And then hopefully on to the Ravens, since I really hate Mike Tomlin (cheating, arrogant SOB). 


On the Luck vs. Manning, there was  something different about Manning.  He had a certain sarcastic wit, and more competitive stance, something different about him that made him strive for better.  He openly showed his frustration with his oLine and receivers, which is not necessarily a great thing, but I think relieved some steam for all of us.  He maybe even had more of a finesse that Luck doesn't seem to have at this point.  Don't get me wrong, I like Andy Luck - his aw shucks is sort of nice to see - and he's definitely competitive - but he seems more brute force, get it done, try harder and harder.  Externally he appears to "forget" previous picks and such, but I think he internalizes that frustration on himself. He holds on to the ball too long, tries to force plays, etc.  Maybe if he didn't do that as much, and tried a little more patience he might improve even more? Or maybe if he showed some frustration with his team mates, it might spur them on?  I dunno what I'm talking about.  


On the other hand, I still remember in that 2004 (?) Colts vs Steelers AFCC game, when "the Bus" fumbled the ball on the 2 yard line and Cato June took it back to within striking distance.  Manning threw three incomplete passes in a row for the end zone, gained no further yards, giving Vanderjagt a very long field goal attempt. (the current team would have probably handed off to TRich three times for no gain).  Had he checked down a few times he might have gotten a first down instead, or even just a little closer for the FG attempt.  So maybe Manning was also a bit too aggressive.  That game still haunts me.  We would have beaten the Seahawks soundly.


And look at Aaron Rodgers, who I truly dislike because of his arrogance.  But there's a bit of lighter spirit when he plays that I thinks makes him more effective.  But then again, it may be because he has a solid oLine where he stands for minutes scanning his reads.


So maybe it's just a maturity/confidence thing?  Or maybe it's the fear of being crushed behind his o-line that is finally starting to wear on Luck?  Do you guys know what I'm talking about when we compare the two?


You're welcome for this completely nebulous post.  Happy New Year!

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-27-titans-10.html

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Hey Marco, there's no way to get to this page from the main page since there is no heading on the article.  Nate was kind enough to send me a link.  Agree with the article.  Just terrible.  Let's hope Pagano was was just experimenting. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15881.html

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@Nate Dunlevy Could you let Marco know his article he posted, for some reason, doesn't appear to have a title, and thus there's no way to get to the article?  I guess it could be my browser but it doesn't appear as so.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-cowboys-42-colts-7.html

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Thanks Nathaniel - whenever bad things happen to the Colts, I sit and wait for you to write a reasonable, cogent article.  Reading some of the other articles just makes me as irritated as the actual Colts loss.  


And this repeated call for clearing the coaching staff is just nuts.  I don't think Pagano is a genius, nor Pep, but they have their moments and there are certainly worse coaches. I think the coach's job is to put the player in the best position to be successful and the rest is up to the player.  When players drop passes, like Allen, this isn't high school - they don't put Allen on a bunch of passing drills.  They *know* he can catch - so they just get back on the horse and run their normal drills, I'm sure.


I have the game recorded - is it worth watching it?  I started to watch it, saw the taunting penalty and then had to run some errands - but I thought - okay, they *can* get a stop if they want to, and that's good.  But then I picked up my phone maybe 15 mins later and it was 28 to zero!!


I ran into another Colts fan here in Orlando who helped share the grief.  We both had our Colts shirts on and had a reasonable conversation much like you wrote up top.


If you get a chance to respond to my post, there are some obvious good pieces in place with Luck, Moncrief, TY Hilton, Fleener, Allen, Vontae and a few others.  I'm thinking key would be offensive line personnel, another cornerback, a decent quick linebacker -- ?  Do we need a running back?  What do you guys think?


2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-cowboys-42-colts-7.html

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Good write-up.  So frustrating watching this game - an example of our travails over the last few weeks.  My wife wanted me to get the groceries before we headed out last evening.  I said "I'll watch until half-time and we should be up enough so that I can leave".  Then "well, let me get through the third quarter and..."  and then "well, let's see if we can score again in the fourth".  I ended up watching the whole game, a little worried.


Teams tighten up on our receivers and dare us to run, and we do and get 2 yards x 3 and punt.  TRich needs to sit.  Too bad Zurlon has not had some carries.  And TRich will not get hurt given he mainly bounces off the line and falls down (after pooping in his pants a little).


For Dallas, it's obvious to say we need to lock down Witten, Murray and Bryant.  If we do that (stop the run, put Vontae on Bryant, and hold someone back to handle Witten), we at least have a chance.  A few sacks on Romo and he gets shaken up.  So there's a chance.


But I expect us to lose this game with our defense getting torched, and conservative play plus some more Luck inaccuracies.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-17-texans-10.html

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Is it trope-ish or tropeley?  Or perhaps troperiffic?  Iso-trope?



2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-15-2.html

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We're now, what, thin on offensive lineman?  Or down to our last?


This was a horribly stressful game to watch.  Thank God Hoyer is so bad.  We'll get torched by a better team.  


Was Luck worse than usual because of good coverage, or pressure on Luck, or?


When Luck's head went back when he tried to take it in (and he almost fumbled) I got a sick feeling in my stomach.


Thanks for showing Krug conducting.


Unless there's a miracle, this sort of performance will not take them deep into the playoffs.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/stubborn-colts-storm-back-25-24-over-cleveland.html

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Anyone else think that seeing Montcrief speed down the field to spring Fleener with a block near the goal line was amazing.  To have the energy (after running a route) and wherewithal to get down field is smart football.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-49-redskins-27.html

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There's something about Nathaniel...something indescribable.  Peppermint?


I will always be a 100% Colts fan.  But I am always a 100% Patriots disliker.  I'd rather have the Patriots NOT win the SuperBowl than the Colts win it.   That's not totally true, but close.  Someone needs to knock those guys out, and I'm not willing to take a chance with the Pats losing IN the SuperBowl.  Ravens seem to be our only hope as Manning seems to have taken the Colts curse with him to Denver.


Side story - I went to visit a customer up in Rhode Island, which is neither a road nor an.., and when I arrived (around lunch time) he asked where I wanted to go. There was two of them, a lifetime Dolphins fan (living in NE??) and a Pats fan.  They both know I"m a ridiculous Colts fan.  Anyhoo - I said "surprise me".  


They drove me to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  So that was okay cool since I like football a lot.  Nice stadium.   Huge.  We walked around.  I said nice things about the... urp...Pats.  But that wasn't enough.  He paid for us to go thru the Pats Hall Of Fame.  Three Lombardi's on display.  There's a "kick like Vinatieri simulator" that's cool.  You can time how fast you jump up and engage an offensive lineman from a three point stance, there's a huddle with famous Patriots dummies dressed up in full NFL attire (Brady, Moss, etc.) and you can pretend to listen to plays or just Brady talking about stuff he'd seen from secret video tapes.


Oh but that wasn't enough.  He paid for us to sit through a 17 minute video of the history of the Patriots.  Even my Dolphin buddy there was like "oh grief".  It's Patriots this and hardworking that.  Reminders of the terrible seasons the Patriots had in the early 80's and such (I giggled quietly).


Then Bellichick, Bledsoe, then Brady... they talked about the 16-0 season but glossed over the ensuing SuperBowl. There were the multiple shots of the Patriots beating the Colts in various playoff games, Manning struggling and being intercepted.  Just fantastic.


So on the one hand, I appreciate the overall football history and such.  But I had to take a long hot shower afterwards, and scrub myself until I bled. I kept mumbling 2006 AFC Playoffs... 


The End.



3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-13-2.html

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@AJ_ @buymymonkey Makes sense.  I guess for the next few games we're playing very solid teams (Bengals, Steelers, etc.) - will be nice to see what happens.  Don't want to relinquish that first place in the AFC South, and I REALLY want that last game against the Texans to be meaningless overall.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15443.html

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Yeeehaw!  Nothing like reading an inspirational piece like this in the morning.  Thanks Nathaniel!   Or rather, Mr. Dunlevy!

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

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I was out tonight and could only watch it via ESPN gamecast on my phone.  Did they just slow down in the second half?  Or did the defense change their scheme (Colts) and so the Texans took advantage?  I mean, what exactly happened - because it sure started to look like a blow out.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15443.html

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And the prediction is....?


Colts 31 Texans 30


There you go. Take that one to the bank.  And well, present it to the clerk on a small piece of paper and then just point at your hip pocket and wait for the magic to happen!

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

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Unrelated post:  Is Chris Collinsworth aware of what a total kiss-up he is to the Patriots?  I mean, the whole game he just loved loved loved every player on the team.  Even Gronk when he was acting (as expected) like a total jackass.  I was thinking "Chris - just run down and kiss Brady.  You know you want to, and no one would be surprised!"  Sheesh.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-20-ravens-13.html

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I gasped when Luck laid there for a second or two.  I think the defender fell on him.   I later saw a similar play with Rivers, as a defender fell on him, and Rivers stood up but could not catch his breath.  He, like Luck, played the rest of the game.  He's going to have to be a bit more careful.  I know he likes to get that "first hit" in the game, but he's way too important at this young age to get beat to hell.  


I noticed Luck had pretty good time to throw.  The line held up very well with two solid pass rushers from the Ravens.   Note that except for the couple of fumble mistakes, this game would have been put away fairly early.


Luck did sail a couple of simple passes... not sure the deal.


But they're starting to settle in, and Werner may be getting into his groove.  We'll find out Thursday.


Is it me, or do you get giddy when I see them in man-to-man coverage?  I used to get stressed and wonder why such a large cushion, and not it's press coverage and it means a blitz is coming - and different than past years - I expect either an incomplete pass or a sack.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-20-ravens-13.html

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Great game - the defense still gives me the willy-nillys.  Our D should have shut the Titans down completely the whole game, but when Whitehurst's backup came in (whatever his name was), there were some wide open receptions down the middle.  Now maybe the Colts were in a soft cover 2 or cover 3 due to the lead, but again - that's makes me worry.


On the other hand, the offense looks solid.  So many options for Luck.  This team has a heck of a lot of potential this year.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15326.html

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The other concern watching the game is that Bortles, though he made some mistakes, WAS able to move the ball on the Colts.  I chalked it up to us playing soft (with a 30+ point lead) and some second stringers being in there.


I sure hope that's the case.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html

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I was at the game and I noted:


1. Chanting for Bortles pretty much starting with Henne's first three and out

2. Colts talent drops off quickly once they pulled some of the starters

3. Luck still had some odd throws into the dirt when he didn't have much pressure on him

4. TY took quite the spill and limped off. Worrisome.  I watched him with binoculars and he nursed it quite a while.

5. This is the second game I've been to (Colts @ Jags) and the second blowout.  I'll keep going to these games.

6. First string Colts were very good - but Jags D was terrible.

7. Pretty decent play calling.

8. Hackim Nicks doesn't socialize much with TY and Reggie.  Kind of stands by himself.

9. Moncrief is a beast - great routes - solid hands.

10. Coby Fleener - what the hell man?  Wide open, TD.  Dropped.  Starting to be a problem.

11. Some Jags fan tried to trip be (seriously) as I was leaving the game (in my Luck jersey).  She hooked my leg and pulled on it - and then ran off.  Classy.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html

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Your columns literally make me laugh out loud.  Oh dear.


I'll be at the game, and like I posted elsewhere, if Pep tries his shenanigans, I'm stripping off my clothes and running down to the sidelines to send a message.  I'm writing Pep on my rear end, P on each buttock, ...and a lowercase e...


You're welcome.


It's rainy rainy humid hot all weekend in Florida.  Going to be miserable tomorrow.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-jaguars.html

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@Pied Ya it's frustrating. I"m pulling for the little fellar.  He looked very sad on the sideline after the second fumble, with players coming up and trying to cheer him up.  I dunno, there may be some hope for him yet.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-2-report-card-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Great article.  As a non-sequitir - @Kyle Rodriguez  did you get my emails with the charting stuff?  I sent it last night.  I think last time it fell into your spam folder or something?  Sorry about including references to Viagra, a Nigerian Prince, and working from home making $150K/week!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Check the typo: "THERE IS VIRTUALLY THERE IS NO WAY CAN THE COLTS PLAY 4 QUARTERS OF GOOD DEFENSE AGAINST THE EAGLES!"


I dunno.  To me it seems like it will be a game of extremes.  Either the Colts will own the Eagles, or we'll get blasted by a high scoring offense.  I don't see this as a close one.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/throwdown-thursday-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Fantastic, funny and some other f word that means very well done?

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

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I went ahead and watched the game. When we were clicking we looked good. All sorts of potential.

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

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Welcome back, Nate!  Glad to see you writing Colts articles on this blog.  I was in transit to Vegas for a conference (which is where I am now).  As I landed it was late in the 4th Q and I stopped to watch the Dwayne Allen TD run.  He runs like a Mack truck!


If you were me, would you rewatch the whole game, or is it too heartbreaking to watch?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@ColtsHead_Ben I agree.  Honestly, I watched the game on reply and they cut something out because they went to commercial at 10 mins left in the second quarter and came back with 2 mins left and Hasselbeck under center.  Not sure what happened -


But TRich had a couple of good runs.  He's not great, mind you, but he made some cuts and took some for 9 yards.  Maybe there are some plays I missed?  But he is running more aggressively.  He's no Dominic Rhodes (gosh I miss that guy).

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html

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Things definitely started to drop off after the first-stringers left, but the defense overall looked good.  Sure hope Holmes just has a sprained ankle for now.  He seemed pretty upset at the time, but did walk off the bench by himself.  Muamba is a best, and our corners looked pretty good too.  Good that we played Michael Vick because it will help us be ready for other running QB's.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html

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I sure hope they hand the offense over to Luck, to make plays and adjustments based on Pep's guidance, on the fly. 

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-gap-discipline-and-opening-up-peps-offense.html

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Oh thank goodness the season is about to start... even pre-season is a welcome sight.  Good write up!

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-offensive-optimism-and-guys-who-like-training-camp.html

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