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You're right; we should all be upset that our front office made a move to upgrade over the fan-favorite and DVOA Ring-of-Honor inductee Donald Brown with what is still regarded as a supremely talented back, who is also a noted good guy and hard worker. We all know that those first round picks are locked for greatness, as Joseph Addai, Anthony Gonzalez, D. Brown, and Jerry Hughes can attest. After all, we are one of the worst teams in the league, warranting the disappointment of Colts fans across the nation.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams
I stopped reading StampedeBlue due to an exorbitant level of passive negativity directed at the Colts, and decided to set up shop here. I really enjoy CA's write-ups and analysis, but ever since the T-Rich trade, I feel like it's been more negative than positive. I could understand some concerns if our team was 1) losing, or 2) not set up with an EXTREMELY bright future with young, talented players, but neither of those is the case with this Colts squad.
Let's all be excited, and ROOT for these guys to do well, not just reference some vague DVOA and feel validated when they don't play to expectations. I think that's more of less the textbook definition of being a fan.
I really think we're being a little overly critical of the secondary here. While they certainly have given up a play here and there, they have been fairly solid, being more aggressive than the secondaries of prior years, while still holding on to the "bend but don't break" mantra of the Dungy era. Saying you're "an avowed hater of Butler/Toler/Davis" is hardly warranted from a fan's perspective.
Let's also not forget that 4 of the 5 games we have played so far have been against moderate to elite caliber quarterbacks from a purely scrambling perspective, which makes it extremely difficult for CBs to cover. Even the Rod Streaters and Michael Bowies of the world are going to get open after an extended period of scrambling from an NFL quarterback.
We're two years removed from being the single WORST team in the NFL, and have by far surpassed expectations in each of the following two seasons (no one legitimately expected wins against SF and SEA); let's keep the positivity train rolling. This is, after all, a fan blog.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Abridged All-22: Masking Poor Coverage & the Peyton Prism