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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.
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."
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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts vs Seahawks, NFL Week 5
@erhall01 Nice eye.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months ago on Winning, With Style!
@smonroe Whalen is interesting. Shades of Blair White. Let's see if he sticks.
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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Face Packers, Emotions, in their Week 5 Match-up | October