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A good move would be to trade the 5 for Mike Williams from Tampa Bay. Would make a great deal of sense. Would be a GREAT fit right now.
4 weeks ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Wide Receiver
I trust Grigson. I think one has to look at the whole picture of a GMs tenure, rather than through a small scope lens. I believe he has been right on more players (Hilton, Brazill, Allen, Ballard, Freeman, Cherilus) and picks than he has been wrong. With that being said, I believe those times he has been wrong he's been wrong BIG (RJF, Landry, Toler, Richardson). This is a massive offseason, and the Colts have some gaps to fill. I don't want to see them use this money bringing back Donald Brown on a Brown friendly contract, but rather bring in a veteran off the scrap heap (Ronnie Brown, Mendenhall, Bradshaw for another year) who will cost far less. At WR, I believe the solutions are internal, but wouldn't be opposed to competition. Getting Allen backs moves Fleener back out into a swing/slot TE position, which he was supposed to initially be used this year. If you recall, before the Allen injury, all that was being talked about with FLeener was that he would be moved and play like a WR, which I think he could be very useful, assuming he continues to develop and catch the ball more consistently. On the O line, that is where the money needs to be spent, so I don't have much of a problem breaking the bank here. Luck can hide deficiencies at WR, and Rogers, Brazill, Whalen, and Hilton having a full offseason being around Wayne can only help, and I believe it will help. I believe for the right price Boldin, Golden Tate, or Riley Cooper could be a good fit, given that they all play a pretty physical brand of football at the WR position, and they all are pretty solid possession receivers. At QB, colts should cut hasselbeck and look to bring someone in who will be far more cap friendly (say Kellen Clemens, Rex Grossman or David Garrard)On the defensive side, if Antonio Cromartie hits the market, which he should given how subpar he was this year, and how he could be motivated to prove he's not washed up, I would take a gamble on him. A player like him doesn't forget how to be a top cover and man corner overnight. I would rather spend on him or Verner rather than Davis personally. Cromartie has more upside, and don't believe he is as bad as his past season statistically showed. At safety, Landry should be cut, Bethea should be retained if the price remains reasonable (draft his replacement in this or next years draft), and the Colts should look into Donte Whitner or Bernard Pollard to play SS. The Colts have the money to make moves like this. I stick with Walden, give him and Werner another year in the system, hoping that Werner makes a bit more of an impact than in 2013. I think Karlos Dansby is a VERY interesting player to put beside Freeman in the middle. On the line, I think drafting a 3-4 DE is a good move, but possibly bringing in a Brett Keisel would be a good short term stopgap while figuring out who the future is at that position.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season
Hakeem Nicks would fit the need perfectly right now. Cost would be little to nothing with Giants almost dead to rights in the NFC East. He is a FA at the close of this year, and would cost nothing more than picking up the bill for him and possibly a conditional late draft pick. On the other end GMen would likely let him go, as he has already been a headache for them, and they appear to be committed to Cruz in the long run. I don't see how this isn't a win-win for the Colts. Other option would be Kenny Britt, but I doubt Titans will trade to a team within the division. I don't like the Brandon Lloyd selection, as he had less burst than Trent Richardson (which is difficult to do). Really out of the box move would be to see if a team like the Rams would part with one of their 1000 possession receivers in return for possibly Matt Hasselbeck, given their sudden need for a QB, but once again, that is out of the box and a clear stretch IMO.
Only positive to standing pat and not making a move would be TY Hilton comes onto the field full time, and could show that he can be the player the Colts need him to be given the opportunity to play a more consistent number of snaps. Would like to see Da'Rick Rogers get the call. Kid can flat out play, and if the Colts can find a way to keep him out of trouble, he could be a special player.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Big Win comes with a Big Price: Colts lose WR Reggie Wayne for the Season with Torn ACL
Colts win if
Trent carries the ball 20 times, and can move the chains. I'm not a believer that the YPC matter, but he needs to continue to show the ability to get 6 when we need 5 or get 3 when we need 2. He needs to be able to move the chains, and keep the Colts offense on the field.
Colts carry the ball 25-30 times and limit Peyton's possessions.
Greg Toler shows up. Gonna need to be able to play man against the Broncos to blitz Peyton and make him force decisions. Toler has been terrible as of late, and has been the subject of every OC's gameplanning. Peyton will see that, and will test him early and often.
Let Luck play. Let the guy use his ability to make plays.
Lastly, Colts need to win the turnover battle and win TOP.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Broncos
@GregC @chewie_33 @hankster Patriots are not a great drafting team. http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/football/patriots/christopher-price/2013/04/24/worst-draft-picks-bill-belichick-era
Don't dispute that they have found great picks in their draft, but have arguably reached for bad players way too many times. Just like Colts. #18 and #12 bail out team following bad picks
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Breaking down Colts/Chargers with Tom James tonight Live at 8pm ET on Colts Authority Radio
ugh. PLEASE dont talk about Jim Irsay. he is an embarassment. love his enthusiasm and how much he wants to be involved, but he needs to learn when to shut up.
I would have liked to see Toler earn his money, like how Darius Butler had to last year. That's how you find diamonds in the rough.
Toler is being exploited by every OC in football.
Wondering at what point do Colts start using T Rich is more open spread passing concepts.....Open the field up more and allow defenses not to confuse Luck.....Gruden kept talking about defense "walking around and confusing the quarterback"....it is more than overdue that the Colts adjust to the fact that the burst he had at Alabama simply ISNT THERE ANYMORE and force teams to show their coverages and exploit matchups, rather than being predictable and trying to force things that arent there. Let Luck be the field general he needs to be to bring this Offense to the next level.
@codrutc @steveb19 Regardless of how good Brown was in Pass Pro prior to that game, he was the third ranked running back on the depth chart this time last week, and in a must win game, we have the BEST Pass Pro running back in the game sitting on the bench at that time. I understand others beat the blocks as well, but if you look at the play, Brown completely misses the ILB blitz and that player is the one who gets to #12
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Dolphins
Here is what baffles me,
1. Why Ahmad Bradshaw was so heavily misused. On the first drive the guy cuts off two 9 yard runs and the O line is moving mountains, but a "power running" team can't take a gamble and go for it on the first drive on 4th and 1? Also, why is Donald Brown on the field to get pummeled by an ILB blitz on 4th and 10 the last play of the game? Isn' t that a key reason WHY we have Bradshaw, top pass blocking running back in football. It would be a bit more excusable had the running back even had a route drawn into the play, but it was clear he was in to block. Plus, it was after a timeout, so the opportunity to make that adjustment was there.
2. The illegal shift/motion call on Reggie Wayne was beyond terrible. Between that along with the no calls on some of the plays listed above completely confused me.
3. Antoine Bethea. Had to have been one of his worst games in a Colts Uniform. Just looked lost all day long.
4. How the Colts can play NOT to lose with a 3 point lead, rather than putting a game away at home. Look around the league at players like Peyton, Brady, or Brees, and those guys have coaches that are putting them into a position to take a 10 point lead and not have the weight of the world on their shoulders to have to come back because their defense can't stop a mediocre offense.