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That was awesome @MarcusDugan! Just plain awesome. I love the non-reference to the fact that Baltimore refuses to call the Colts the "Colts" when they play in Baltimore.
By the way, I prefer to be referred to as "Hoosier-in-exile."
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@buymymonkey We noted that the Colts linebackers are horrible in coverage. Tight ends and slot receivers should have their way with this defense. As @MarcusDugan and I surmised: Ken Whisenhunt must not read our work--we told him how to attack the defense.
Or perhaps @NateDunlevy was right: Whisenhunt had no interest in actually winning.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15326.html
@hankster Let's see next week. They face incredible pressure from the Ravens pass rush.
For our readers you need to take Nate up on #11 if you can get to Zionsville. If you haven't read Nate's books you're in for a treat. First, he speaks in an authentic Hoosier voice--this is going to register if you're from Indiana or love the state. Second, Invincible is set in a time many of us recall intimately: the mid-to-late 90s when we lost the single class tournament. It's a great book and you should definitely go meet Nate.
Also, love the note about the 2006 season. Hadn't considered that approach but it sure makes sense.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-titans-17.html
@Kyle Rodriguez @hankster That's a tough pill to swallow given how much we all love Luck. Hamilton prefers a full progression read offense. Guess we need to know the progression Luck is given before we read too much into this.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/bloggers-of-the-roundtable-surprisingdisappointing-colts-players.html
I have a feeling I'm going to owe Marcus a goat. I did say the scenario was unlikely right? Impossible? No...but definitely unlikely.
We need a broat meter/counter for this feature.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Great job Nate.
Bortles, as bad as he was, was better than Henne in one regard: he's got bigger upside. Henne's reached his limit. I think they play the kid, let him make the kind of mistakes he made yesterday and learn. Henne has been awful and he's not going to get better.
Interesting point you made on yesterday's stomping. The old Colts struggled to get to that FO definition of a stomp. It's a good sign that the team got a stomp. Needed to gut out a win against Denver or Philly to really impress us but getting a stomp in a division game is a good sign.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-jaguars-17.html
It's so bad in Jax that fans erupt when they gain a first down. I saw Lions fans console Jags fans a few years back--even gave up their bag to embarrassed Jags fans.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-jaguars.html
@chip_bennett @JoshBoeke It's definitely about the results. If the team can win championships this way I'll be quiet. Statistics historically show that championships are about passer rating differential not running the ball and stopping the run.
In the case of the Eagles game the Colts decided to try to buck history. They ran when they should have been passing. Situationally they shouldn't be testing the #2 run defense when they could be torching the #13 passing defense.
The Jaguars are in the bottom third in both measures. Let's see what they do against a weaker opponent.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
There's nothing realistic about my argument! But arguing is certainly fun.
I just don't see a scenario playing out that doesn't involve the defense panting and wishing they had twice the depth they've got. The Eagles even lost the turnover battle against Jacksonville and they wore that defense out. They just narrowly won time of possession and the Jaguars were doubled up. I think the Eagles have the distinct ability to pour it on offensively and that means there are going to be mistakes.
Mike Wells at ESPN thinks the Colts can get to Foles. He's right but only if the team schemes it. If I'm wrong it's because the blitz packages work. I just don't see this defense dictating terms for four quarters to the Eagles.
Like you Marcus, I don't think they have to do so to win either. I think the Colts offense can put the big hurt on teams too. Still believe this is a tough game but utterly within reach of the Colts. If the Eagles play no better than they did last week Colts win big. Otherwise it could be a close, tough game.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/throwdown-thursday-colts-vs-eagles.html
Great job Marco!
Davis coming up big again against the Broncos was huge. That's a key point. Were it not for a hideous performance in TE coverage it would have been a different game. The linebackers were horribly mismatched against Julius Thomas and the safety help on him was non-existent in many cases.
That translates into problems this week when the Eagles bring Zach Ertz and Brent Celek into play. Ertz is much more dangerous as a receiving target but both are red zone nightmares. The Colts have to find a way to limit TE catches.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-1-report-card-colts-at-broncos.html
@MarcusDugan That should be the game plan and it's possible if they get good play from the NT and DTs. Manning threw for more than 350 and 3 TDs last time. If they can simply make that 2 TDs and a pick the game is much more comfortable.
I also noted in that PFF article the Colts weren't incredibly effective when blitzing--middle of the pack given their propensity to blitz. They were even worse at getting to the QB when not blitzing. That says they blitzed because they had to do so.
What does it mean this week? Pray they don't blitz and can still get pressure. It was an anomaly last year but could happen again.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Brad Cronin I agree that Werner looks better but it's preseason work we've seen. I'm optimistic and skeptical at the same time. The bigger question for me is Erik Walden. He absolutely has to perform in order for the Colts to have a shot.
Loved @MarcusDugan pointing out the Colts didn't blitz Manning as much as they would other QBs last year. In one way it was a function of better play from the secondary last year--Vontae Davis and Darrius Butler were awesome in that game as I recall. In my book, they looked awesome due to the pass rush (yeah, we're going to miss Robert Mathis). Let's see if Walden and Werner can replicate that and let the corners and safeties.
Nice work Kyle. I've noticed Mike Wells over at ESPN, Kravitz at the Star and others are writing just this today as well. Seems you aren't alone in your assessment.
1 year, 2 months ago on Crazy Talk
@GregC @coltsauth_todd Pleasant? I'll take the under on that one and not because of the Colts record either.
I think we should change your title to "Curmudgeon-in-chief."
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Seahawks
I truly love this column. The officiating part was spot-on. The rest was just cranky enough to be signature Greg Cowan.
Good work Kyle. Now if we can get the elusive Greg Cowan on film we'd be in business. Or at least we'd confirm the existence of Bigfoot.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Authority Video Breakdown: Luck's Big Day vs. Jacksonville
@GregC @bradicus18 And the coin toss results in the quarter standing on the edge?
I'm not sold that Seattle is one of the two best. Denver clearly is in that discussion. I love what the Saints are doing and it's hard to argue with New England. KC isn't worthy of the discussion yet.
1 year, 2 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts vs Seahawks, NFL Week 5
@erhall01 Nice eye.
1 year, 2 months ago on AFC South State of the Division - Week 4
@thellamajockey Let's see how the middle part of the schedule goes for these teams. The Colts have a very rough stretch ahead.
@smonroe It's the "better than the Texans" part that shocks me. That defense isn't that good but they're playing well.
@thellamajockey There aren't many other feasible wins out there.
Yesterday the seats were never filled. Sadly, between the 40 yard lines where the Jaguars most hearty season ticket holders have seats in the Touchdown Club there was about 50% teal seatbacks showing where fans should be.
I saw bags--plenty of brown paper bags. This year the Jaguars got a sponsorship from Publix, a large supermarket chain who promptly printed up lots of brown paper bags emblazoned with the words, "Go Jaguars!" on each side. Fans put them to good use Sunday. Some had painted owner Shad Khan's famous mustache on their bag.
I talked to one fan who planned on taking his bag with him for the Jags next road game.
The most common word heard in Everbank Field yesterday? Bridgewater. Even the worst cans didn't scream for Tebow--they wouldn't wish this kind of nightmare on him.
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Jaguars
This is the game that Pep Hamilton should stretch the field. The Jaguars are the worst passing defense in the league and features three rookie starters. The Colts should break out of their power run mode here and go vertical to attack this weakness. I'd love to see the power game should they establish dominance through the air.
Defensively the Colts should be able to get to the QB as the Jaguars offensive line may be switching from zone blocking to man to help the run game. This transition is going to leave the Jags scratching their head. That confusion/transition should open the door for situational blitzing on passing downs.
1 year, 2 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4
It was a great day...the defense really stood out to me as well. Backing down because of injury would be understandable but they really did a nice job on perimeter contain and aside from Gore's wild romp in the first half they were awesome. They only gave up 12 rushing yards in the second half. That's amazing.
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers
I'm not in love with the trade because first round running backs aren't worth it. That's not good value.
I've said it before: NFL = Need Fresh Legs.
Richardson had little tread left entering the league and I seriously doubt he's got 10,000 yards to give. That's not going to be a good trade.
1 year, 3 months ago on The Trent Richardson Trade: A Closer Look
Now there's a classic Greg rant!
The Pagano era will likely be filled with this kind of victory to be blunt. Anyone remember the Ravens teams he helped coach win in blowout fashion regularly? Nope. The fact is this team grinds and will grind.
That said, you've got some legitimate complaints about offensive fluidity. There's no reason this offense should telegraph run and pass plays they way they do with formations. Pep Hamilton is going to have to run out of 1 TE/3 WR sets and pass in the Kings formation. If they're going to be a fullback team they need to get used to the bubble screen and fullback swing pass. That's going to be a factor.
1 year, 3 months ago on Winning, With Style!
@smonroe Whalen is interesting. Shades of Blair White. Let's see if he sticks.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Offseason Outlook: Should the Colts re-sign WR Donnie Avery?
@matt_has It was Avery's best season as a pro. That said, this was also my best season as a writer--not saying much is it?
Seriously, given the cost Avery was a viable receiver. They got their money for him. Rather than pay him more I'd test the waters.
@BlueAndWhite17 If there's value I think Grigson pulls the trigger. Amendola would be my preference over Welker, who had his drop issues at points. Greg Jennings, while aging, also offers tremendous value. I doubt any of those guys become a Colt.
What's more likely is an under-the-radar type. Grigson grinds tape and can uncover those guys who are likely to explode. Let's face it, despite his issues Avery was a tremendous value this year when cap space was tight. The guy didn't play much over the last two years yet Grigson saw enough to sign him. It worked out well in my opinion given the cap problem. Grigson's approach of grinding tape was validated with Avery and likely won't change just because there's more cap space.
I'd agree with your assessment of the Colts Shane. It's clearly a miraculous run and a harbinger of things to come, but they're not ready to hang with the best yet. Next year could be very interesting depending on how the roster gets refined with their abundance of cap space.
2 years ago on Wildcard teams; contenders or pretenders?
@dmstorm22 @GregC @DougEngland It's a good argument. My hesitance about Denver is their previous tendencies to meltdown late. Let's see how this Fox/Manning/Del Rio incarnation handles that though.
Chicago is very good but they need to recover after Houston beat them in the elements at home.
2 years, 1 month ago on Colts Authority's Week 11 NFL Power Rankings
I don't see emotion carrying the day but you're right, if they can protect Luck and shake up Rodgers they have a swinging chance. Cobb could be a game-changer.
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts Face Packers, Emotions, in their Week 5 Match-up | October
I noted a couple of the same things that you did Kyle. Wayne is on track for his best season ever as is Robert Mathis. And while the Colts can't generally run the ball it's only effective behind Castonzo. The right side of the line has given up more negative plays and has been entirely ineffective.
2 years, 2 months ago on Offense Pre-Bye Review: What Went Wrong, What Worked, and What's in Store | September
Bruce Arians is horrible. I'd much prefer Clyde Christensen.
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Post Game Show: Colts vs Jaguars | September
I feel like calling just to heckle Greg.
They should have won this one.
@Nate Dunlevy @matt_has You've done so well by cutting back to writing 29 hours each week for free! J/K
2 years, 3 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Jaguars | September
@Nate Dunlevy @codrutc Ah the dangers of writing late at night and on deadline!
Reitz will be missed.
I believe north of the border quarterbacks say, "Salmon."
2 years, 3 months ago on Colts Authority Radio: Thursday Night Match-up Show 9-20-2012 | September
Not only is the empty backfield bad but I'd much prefer to see more 3-step drops too.
@GregC That secondary is pretty beat up. No depth on DL either. That makes each week a coin-toss.
Zbikowski needs to be in the box all day. Need another big day from Redding.
This is a trap game.
@Andrew Aziz Greg, Laura and Rohan.
On the PUP.
2 years, 3 months ago on Colts Authority Radio: Thursday Night Match-up Show 9-13-2012 | September
Here's hoping sparks fly...just saying.
@LovinBlue I'm afraid this is the worst offensive line in football.
Toast! Sorry...Rocky Horror reference there.