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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.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15326.html
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.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html
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.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html
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...
It's rainy rainy humid hot all weekend in Florida. Going to be miserable tomorrow.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-jaguars.html
@hankster Hush your mouth, son!
@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.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-2-report-card-colts-vs-eagles.html
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!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html
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.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/throwdown-thursday-colts-vs-eagles.html
Fantastic, funny and some other f word that means very well done?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I went ahead and watched the game. When we were clicking we looked good. All sorts of potential.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
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?
@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).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html
I sure hope they hand the offense over to Luck, to make plays and adjustments based on Pep's guidance, on the fly.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-gap-discipline-and-opening-up-peps-offense.html
Oh thank goodness the season is about to start... even pre-season is a welcome sight. Good write up!
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-offensive-optimism-and-guys-who-like-training-camp.html
Another interesting stat would be how often a defensive player tackles his offensive opponent when contact is made. That's probably (in general) a good stat on how good a tackler someone is.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/jerrell-freeman-an-impact-tackler.html
Is it unfair to think this team is getting into more trouble than it did under Dungy?
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/lavon-brazill-suspended-for-the-season.html
It is sort of odd, you grow out of the need for some pinnacle of perfection to one where you want to really enjoy each and every game, for the specific ups and downs. My admiration for Luck is a separate thing than my admiration for Manning. Seeing Manning on Letterman recently just again reinforced what a heck of a guy he is. Luck is a heck of a guy, but different. Competitive but self effacing. Humble and positive. Angry at himself but never outwardly angry at his teammates.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@BDiddy The NFL night games are legitimate reasons to come in late the next morning. Trust me.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/2014-nfl-schedule-colts-to-visit-denver-on-sunday-night-football-to-open-season.html
Seems like a good kid I still like that the Colts, generally, try to stay away from things. Here's hoping D'arick Rogers stays clean and improves, too.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Sign Former CFL Standout Linebacker Henoc Muamba
Well written. Great job! I like "Whalened" and Slammed... Nice!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Wild Card Week
GREAT article! Brought a tear to my eye. It does all go way too fast. One of my better friends who left Philly and went to live in Alabama just passed away a few days ago. Crazy. 44 years old. Lifetime Eagles fan. We were JUST chatting on facebook about an Eagles/Colts SB possibility (until last night).
Unlike 2006 AFC game, I didn't give up this time. I paced and gritted my teeth, but kept my jersey on and patiently waited.
Worse thing is I want it to happen again! It's like today I don't know what to do with myself. I'm all stoked and excited, but there's nothing really going on. I read every account of the game, watched all the highlights again. Not enough.
Just saw that we're playing the Patriots in NE. Could we win that? I hope so. My biggest fear is that we win that, and Peyton beats Rivers (who's such a total jerk, I might add) and we face the Colts in the AFC Championship game. I won't know what to do with myself. I want Manning to have one more ring so people leave him alone, but I'm a Colts fan. But Manning only has a few years left. But SB runs are rare.
Not sure what to do. I guess take it one day at a time, and rewatch the game (maybe only the second half) from the DVR).
Anyway - thank goodness for this site. Best Colts site, hands down. Great writing and analysis.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes
@smonroeI had the same feeling. Clearly if the team COULD run well, it should and would. So once they had the lead, I think they experimented with running the ball again. It took time off the clock and gave them a chance (I believe) to see the O-line's run blocking on tape. Had they passed and run the shotgun all game, they would have no game tape on improvements needed for the run game with this set of linemen.
9 months ago on Week 17 Report Cards: Colts vs Jaguars
Okay, so at the end of the year, compile all of these into a single PDF/Book and put it out there for $5 or whatever as a nice memory of the season. Well done!!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday (Wednesday) Infographic: Colts blast the Texans
@mrpenneyWhew! I found him, too!
Gentlemen, I applaud your fine ode to Spinal Tap! Songs about or team would be on the Smell the Glove album, aka the Black album. "It's like, 'how much more black could this be?' and the answer is 'None. None more black.'"
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Place RB/KR Chris Rainey on IR, Sign RB Tashard Choice
Well, let's look at this way. Let's ignore the seeding. Hopefully the Colts use the remaining games heading into the playoffs to establish something, just something on offense and defense. It's sort of a toss up each game, whether defense or offense will be a dud. Often, one feeds the other. What good is a stop by the D if the Offense just goes three and out. Sometimes today it reminded me of Curtain Painter days when our D would actually a stop, and Painter would step up and throw three incompletes. Frustrating.
Pardon me for comparing Luck to Painter, but sometimes the productivity is similar. :(
On D, I just don't know what to think. What has changed? Toler?
Looking forward to Da'Rick who, good Lord, looks like 3 feet taller than any other defender. DHB missed a simple pass (surprise!) and then caught one, and then got injured.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28
I know people disparage the titans but I think they are a pretty good team. Especially their dline. It was good to see the Colts keep it close via okay play by both D and O.
10 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Titans, Crowd Sourcing
NICE work. Sure seems like it all needs to come together at some point. Maybe Satele is not as bad as people think? But that wouldn't be saying much, eh?
10 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12
@DougEngland Good for a chortle!! Thanks, I'm giving thanks you see. To you!
Looks like 5:22 pm? Here's the post (pardon the bad pasting)...
10 months, 1 week ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11
@MarcusDugan I'd have to go back to SB to see where that was posted. I don't recall exactly. Someone posted something like "Did you see Luck roll his eyes as he walked by Pep"? I'll take a quick peek to see if I can find it.
@Payton A nickel to anyone who looks up that song! Picture the Lombardi trophy slowly floating up out of reach with Pep jumping fruitlessly (no fruit?) at it, calling out "eh eh! eh eh!"
While watching the game, it was posted that Luck rolled his eyes at Pep, coming off the field. I wasn't watching the game that closely. Did anyone else notice something like that?
Why does Chris Collingsworth love the Patriots to the point of embarrassment?
@hankster Don't watch it. No reason to. Terrible game all around. Will just make you sad.
@Payton @buymymonkey The fifth dimenson! Up up and away!
I'm an optimist and yes, I see this is one game, but we're looking very VERY bad. One dimensional. I don't see us going far in the playoffs if something doesn't change. And frankly, the way it's going, I'm not sure we can beat the Titans at home. Or even the newly upstart Jags.
Really scary time for the Colts this year.
I posted this as a response to the article on SB by Brad where he "hates this Colts team" Great way (though cheesy) to get people to post and read his blog. I posted this reply (below) and thought it was okay so I'm re-posting here.
I appreciate the stable and intelligent discussions and articles on this site, guys. Also if you get chance, watch the video link I posted below. Good interview of Pagano two weeks ago. Like him a lot.
There are things that frustrate me about the Colts as well.
And there are times when I wonder if we’re wandering away from the “win
the right way” that Dungy brought us. No one wants to win dirty. Well,
other than Rodney Harrison.
The Broncos game was one where it all came together and showed us a
glimpse of what could be. What has changed since then? Well, the
obvious is Wayne gone. But Chapman is hurt. Toler is hurt. Griff is
playing more and dropping passes. This team has given us glimpses of
what we could be, and we’re close to it. Banging on the back door. If
we do manage to get back to that, this is one hell of a team.
Just think of all the folks who have improved recently: Fleener, wow
man! Walden – amateur move this week, but really setting the edge.
Brown – holy heck! What an improvement in running. He’s the go to guy
now. Hilton – better and better. Griffy – getting there slowly. Luck –
smarter with the ball. Freeman – getting better and better. Vontae
Davis – sure some mistakes, but when he’s hot, he’s fantastic. I
could go on – but it’s clear we’re getting better.
This year may not be a SB run, but we’re slowly getting the pieces in
place. Look at all the other teams who have to continually start over –
and still are years away from being competitive. Look at the poor (yes
poor, for the fans) Texans. Will they ever put together a season of
As for Pagano, man I don’t get Brad. Did you see the shots of how
Pagano treated Luck during the game. Hugs – pats in the chest . They
way he treats the team. How upset he gets when they are not doing well.
He is a smart guy, who had a “life adjusting” experience. A good
manager doesn’t also have to be the “fire” on the team. A good manager
let’s the emotional leaders of the team take that lead and fire the team
up. How selfish would it be for Pagano to see that Luck is the
stand-up, fire-spouting emotional heart of this team and then force
himself to take control from Luck just to take the limelight. That’s
something maybe Brad envisions because of how Hollywood depicts it, I
guess. But that’s not fair to say about Brad.
Watch this video: http://www.nfl.com/videos/indianapolis-colts/0ap2000000281695/Pagano-on-missing-WR-Wayne
Two weeks ago it was. You can see it in his eyes. I like this guy.
He’s grounded and intelligent and caring about his players. He wants
to win and gets what it means to be a leader. He seems like a guy I’d
want as a friend in life. We’re damned lucky to have that. He’s
engaged (look at how he watches each play), he’s supportive (look how he
thanks players when they get back to the sideline after a good play),
he shows emotion (remember Caldwell’s stone face?), he challenges well.
Could he improve? Yes!! His team loves their coach. You must have
that. Fear can work (Bellichick) but it breeds no dedication.
But geez, talk about complaining that your new Lamborghini doesn’t get good gas mileage.
Brad’s articles are to evoke anger and get posts, not to win
supporters. It’s editorial. It’s not the “report on the games” that we
get on a regular basis. I don’t like his articles because they make me
feel like a fish who keeps biting the hook&bait. But that’s okay.
Heck I’m posting a response.
It feels like the Colts are getting it together. If not this year,
then next. Big thing is to keep Luck healthy and make sure we play in a
sportsmanlike way. Let’s all worry about the things that are not good,
but let’s not forget to celebrate the positive!
Moving right along…
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Friday Edition
@Bobman1 Here is it: http://www.nfl.com/videos/indianapolis-colts/0ap2000000281773/Fleener-talks-about-career-day
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge
Man when you string these together, it's impressive. Enjoy!
Did you see the Fleener postgame on field interview?
The reporter said "the Colts got off to a slow start, what was the game plan?" and Fleener said with a straight face "yes, that was our game plan." and then when the reporter looked confused he cracked up. Those weren't the exact words but something close to it. Pretty funny guy!
Nice writeup! Tonight is a good chance to either become very angry (or sad), or say "meh, Rams were an aberration".
(shhhh...some typos in the article...)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Examining the Colts Mid-Season Struggles
@chip_bennett I'm with you - we need feel good stories. We also need Luck to feel good after a game, and not borderline concussed.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Rogers Earns His Chance
Color me bad, but I'm not sure the units all deserved F's. They lost emphatically but it seems like the Linebackers did okay. The run game for the Rams did not do well. Fleener had no drops that I could remember (nothing obvious). A few of the receivers got open and Luck overthrew them, but they were open. Whalen got hit hard but held onto the ball and jogged off the field. Brown had a couple of strong, nasty runs.
No question there were a ton of bad things but some bright spots as well.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on WEEK 10 REPORT CARD: COLTS VS RAMS
If David Reed were gay, we'd know it right away because he would come out over and over and over again, even when not appropriate.
(not that there's anything wrong with that)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Rams, Crowd Sourcing
@thellamajockey Well and DHB continues to have the same problem with a ball thrown by Luck with "pepper". DHB tries to catch it in his chest, and it promptly bounces off his chest and into the ground. He needs to hold his hands out to catch the ball.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Fall Hard Against St Louis 38-8
@paulcareyjr Not sure it was just bad breaks. But i get your point. And I'm a bit worried because I think all the hits on Luck are starting to affect him.
Having watched the game it was really the first total loss I've seen them experience. By that I mean, it's not like Luck couldn't score quickly enough to cover for a bad defense (allowing the opponent to score). It's not that the Offense couldn't score and so the D stepped up and kept the opponent from scoring (so that Vinatieri could kick field goals to win). It wasn't that the short game was working and not the long game. Or just that special teams were terrible.
It sure seemed like everything went bad. Dumb decisions to run the ball out of the end zone, Luck getting really clobbered again and again (he looked dazed toward the end of the game), no running lanes, passes dropped, Hilton falling down in the middle of the field. Just terrible. Luck wasn't even angry at the end. He just looked sad. Some inexplicable bad throws from him, likely due to being in the cross-hairs of someone about to sack him each time he threw.
Only bright spots were, like you said, Donald Brown running really hard and Mathis.
I saw the Rams play the Titans last week and thought "these guys are really really good!" - so I worried that they would put up quite the fight but that we would top them, especially at home.
I'm not sure about firing everyone, but something has got to change or, like the announcers said, we're either not going to make it to the playoffs, or we're going to be one and done again. I had not heard the crowd boo like this in a long long time. I hope the coaches and players heard it. And God bless Redding for being so angry.
(by the way, it's spelled "rout" not "route") :)
Here's a little insider info. TY Hilton often adds something to his T-Y-T-Y motion. In this case, he sort of sweeps the ground. I showed my daughter and she said "I know what that is!" - and showed me this VINE that went viral called Terio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JwVbZoDDUM It's the second dance he does.
Note that we've seen TY do the Bernie after a TD - and I suspect we'll see other inside jokes. When you see him do something along with motion TYTY, I bet it's something he saw on Vine or Youtube.
Word to your mother...
10 months, 4 weeks ago on GIFtastic: The Colts complete comeback in Houston