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@bengundy @Fot Bollar 

Thanks again and I think you're correct about most of those points. 

Good QBs definitely make their line better, virtually always true, and again, maybe that's part of why our line numbers look better than they feel.


The Pats seem to do some different things than we do, especially with the run game, so that might not be the best comparison.


Frustrating as hell that this was supposed to be the year NE had difficulty with their line. Somebody over there sold their soul. Oops, I guess that's impossible, for obvious reasons...


You're correct again about the chemistry-thing. Maybe just more time will help. We'll see.


The running game might be more important here. Even NE, though they don't have yards, seem to be able to run when they want/need to, just like GB. We're the opposite. Even with Herron and far too often with Bradshaw. Just like last year with Brown, most "good" or "successful" runs we have seem to be just great individual effort and certainly NOT part of the plan, and that's NOT a running game you can count on. Obviously. Sorry about the caps-for-emphasis thing.


Thanks again Ben, great work. Looking forward to the Houston OLine analysis!






 

3 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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LOVE this segment, thanks Ben!


One thing, and its just speculation: To me far too often the Colts OLine doesn't pass the "eye test." 

Admittedly, the homer in me wants Luck to get hit zero times and lanes wide enough for even Trent to run through, but even so it seems Luck is often running for his life or dodging pressure and every decent run we have seems to be a great run with several broken tackles and great reads. I'm also comparing or rather contrasting us with Green Bay's line or Pats line. I watch every Pack game and even though Rodgers takes a lot of sacks he very often seems to sit back there like Brady having a cup of coffee reading the paper until he finally decides to find someone for 20 yards as a kind of afterthought. Then Lacy or Starks walk through a hole for 10 before being touched. Ok, ok, I exaggerate, but even though I root for the Pack it seems their line is light years ahead of ours, same with many other teams including Seattle, Pats, Philly, Cow shaggers, even Denver.


Is this wrong? Maybe. Do I expect too much? Definately. But there is a valid point here. I think so. Why?


1) Luck makes the line look better than they are. Are you tired of the "Andrew Luck makes ____ look better" meme? Get used to it. Because its true. Dude is elite, maybe only second to Rodgers in moving in the pocket to avoid pressure. Thus many plays that would be sacks, pressures, etc by regular NFL QBs look like good protection for Colts OLine, but Luck still has to move and spend part of his brain power on this pressure resulting in a higher likelihood of errors and broken plays, this can be seen in game film. I would also challenge the idea that Luck holds onto the ball too long, but that's another story.


2) This one would have to be looked into but I'm wondering if the percentages of completed blocks themselves can be misleading. Like I said, I don't know but think about it this way, if the total line blocking percentage is 90%, (sounds pretty good) this means that, statistically at least, Luck is getting hit, pressured or sacked every other time he drops back to throw. Even on 3 step drops, shotgun, everything. That's a lot. Now, if you have 2 or 3 linemen screwing up on one play you may then go 5,6,7 plays without a problem, again, statically.


3) All missed blocks are not created equally. Gosder decides to take the play off when Luck is rolling out to the left, for example, he completely blows his block but it doesn't really matter even if Luck gets some pressure late in the play. By the same token, if its a quick drop and Luck is immediately pressured because Thornton and Harrison mix up a stunt read, then there's a problem, the play is completely blown because the patterns were designed to get open quickly and Luck is busy trying to not get killed. One could think of many, many examples of this kind of thing. Maybe the Colt's missed blocks are more serious than the Pats missed blocks. Sure seems that way.



This is NOT to dis Ben's work at all, which I love and look forward to reading every week, but just to try and understand why it just doesn't FEEL like our line is as good as the numbers would suggest. Thanks again for the great effort and here's to keeping Luck alive and healthy for the next decade. (And maybe running the ball every once in a while too, but that's a distant second. Or maybe its part of the first? I think so.)








6 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Great work as always Nate.


Somebody should pay you for this. Then not only could you riff on Colts football, but you'd be getting paid for it, best job ever.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-14-2.html

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@Nate Dunlevy @Fot Bollar Not exactly what the nanny state usually does. It bends over for the ones with the bad debts. That's the way it works in this country anyway, probably in North Korea its different. Nanny state doesn't work that way, more like my corporate boss who "suggests" what I do with my time, and he can economically break my legs too. Now we're on to something!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-12-2.html

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So like the nanny state will you bail me out for my bad gambling debts?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-12-2.html

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Vontae could, but that would be a problem on the outside. I'd take that chance though. Belichik is going to find a way to win, within or without the rules.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-40-giants-24.html

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"No, Indy doesn’t run the ball well, but that has more to do with the running back than his blockers."

Not true at all.

Otherwise, great article.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-texans.html

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Admitting you have a problem is the first step Kyle.

Try not to admit anything till after the season though...

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Yep, in person it was even more obvious. Deception, missed call likely the only way Whalen runs one back, hope it happens.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Was at the game, great seats so I can only agree about Ahmad and Reggie, especially Reggie. If he was out this game might have got ugly, and not just because of his pass catching skills.

And seriously with Whalen? We came away with quite the opposite view. The punts were very high by both punters and there was alot of room to run and nothing ever seemed to happen. I was sitting right in front of that "would be touchdown" and everybody just stopped when his knee hit the ground. Even being a Colts fan it was amazing the refs almost missed it, it was obvious. Too bad for us but that was the reason it seemed like a good return. The best thing, and its not small, is at least he doesn't fumble. Purifoy might be a better option but he is probably more likely to fumble too.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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"Every ex-patriot is the worst, in all honestly."

Don't forget Rodney Harrison. He's a top shelf asshat.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@AJ_ Yes, but it kicked ass. Keep pouring!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@Kyle Rodriguez @Fot Bollar 

Interesting, exactly what I saw, good to know it wasn't just me. Did you see him and Hasselbeck have a mixup on (I think) an out route, at first Rogers thought Matt misread the play, then he realized it was him and apologized to Matt. It was just a little thing but still a mature move by a very young player fighting for a job. 

Maybe people see him as Whalen's "competition" and because of the crazy Whalen-love choose to dislike Rogers. I think they'll complement each other well in future years and see them, TY and Moncrief, plus the TEs, as part of the NFL's best offense in 2-3 years. Provided the O-line gets fixed.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@Kyle Rodriguez 

Over at SB there is/was a "cut Da'Rick" campaign going on, it was a bit ridiculous. I was at 5 days of training camp and the guy worked his ass off, worked well with the coaches and his teammates (even if he was a bit "excitable") and alot of the time just couldn't be covered by anybody the Colts had.


Also, people forget Nicks had a stupid taunting penalty against the Giants and, rightly, nobody suggested we cut him for that. But after the stupid punt many, many people just assumed he should be gone. I really don't get why so many Colts fans seem to despise the guy even though he's been, thus far, a decent and valuable member of the team. Who knows if he'll hold it together or not, but the dislike for him is just irrational. 


Plus, if he can continue to improve, we'll need him in a year or two. A receiving corps of Whalen, TY and Moncrief will need some help. And really, we don't know what will happen with Moncrief. Its not preordained that he will become the new Reggie.


3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Hope Lutz makes the FN practice squad. This may seem strange, but he really does have potential, just needs to get stronger. I know someone who follows ISU football (yes, there are such people) and he told me Lutz was the best FN O-lineman they've ever had there, which admittedly is not saying much. But he's pretty quick, has good feet, does a great job with line calls and was a big reason Shakir Bell was so good (plus Shakir Bell was just good.) Anyway, hope he gets a shot somewhere. Our center situation is pretty FN different from last year and the future is bright. (I'm personally skeptical Holmes will stay healthy through an entire NFL season. How many times do you think he'll have someone fall on those ankles? 100? 1000?)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Disagree with Trent missing cutbacks, at least as far as one case I've heard repeatedly, the play when they were inside the 20 and he was stopped for little or no gain, I'd have to look it up. On air Jim Sorgi said he missed a cutback and I've heard it mentioned several time since then. But the lane he was referring to just wasn't there, end zone view would have shown it I'm sure, LB and safety were flowing toward the lane and easily would have closed it. The other one I don't know about. I actually thought he looked pretty good, given what was available. We'll see in coming weeks.


And while Painter did suck, on the gif above the center snapped it early, similar to what Harrison did this past week. The Panthers INT was more illustrative of what we were dealing with that year.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/quick-hits-five-things-to-watch-in-colts-vs-giants.html

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Not FN bad.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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There was a Cubs game in the early 90s that Bill Clinton was at and the camera showed him. 

Harry said "Arne (Harris the producer) says I mistook him for some bartender from Rockford, but I would never mistake him for a bartender from Rockford! Come on Arne, I CERTAINLY recognize the President of the United States!" 

Steve Stone chimes in, "not to mention all the bartenders in Rockford..."


6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/harry-carays-drinking-diary-is-legendary.html

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God our line sucked. I swear every throw Luck had in those highlights he was just about to get crushed but just managed to get the ball to Dwayne. Imagine how well those two might do if Luck had 2 or even 1.5 more seconds each throw.

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@hankster Speaking as one who's done 9 years of postgraduate education I can absolutely see where the TRich quote is coming from. Its quite possible to plod along for months and all the sudden, in a very short time, everything just comes together, it all makes sense, etc. That's the way it works for me anyway. That may have been what he was talking about, it seems so anyway. Of course its possible he was just saying the first thing that came into his head for the cameras. I guess I'm just giving him the benefit of the doubt too.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html

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Look at Landry on that Rams video, that says it all... the first Texans one wasn't much better. 


Hughes seems like a good NT or DT prospect, at least with his physical tools. Is anyone else concerned about the Colts' defensive coaching and their ability, or lack thereof, to get the most out of their players and system?

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Dregs of the Roster: Montori Hughes Film Review

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@ColtsHead_Ben 

Agree with this. How many times this year did we telegraph a run right up the middle for 1.5 yards? And then do it again? Those were really just wasted plays. Kind of like the fade to Fleener or Whalen we saw fairly often. That scheme, with the players we have, just leaves too many plays on the field. Not trying to simplify things too much, I mean, I get trying to "set up" something with a lame play call and the fact that incomplete fades look really bad and completions look really good, its just seems like the whole scheme is utterly uncreative and relies always on someone making an incredible play rather than the scheme using innovation, cleverness and deception to create mismatches that can be exploited even if you don't have an all-world offensive line and physical freaks in play-making positions. I know its easier said than done, but still its not impossible. Just sayin'.


10 months, 4 weeks ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency

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@Kyle Rodriguez@chip_bennett 

234 to 69 yards, not to mention the conversion rate, etc., that you mentioned makes it difficult to win, especially when you add in all the turnovers. But the question is, does our "philosophy" and "scheme" limit or promote our chance to win?

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency

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Would love for Vontae, Brown and DHB to be back. Also the kickers.


Likely one of the kickers will be gone and one back, unless they decide to just start over (with bottom end contracts.) 


Also keeping DHB and Sergio would be good for special teams and emergency duties, but only if the price is right. They're good teammates and as Colts fans are seemingly forgetting, special teams are really important. (Remember all those years of simply blowing off special teams and the ridiculously bad position that put us in virtually every game?)


Donald Brown broke alot of tackles this year, and if used the right way can be very valuable, he's just not an every-down back. IF Bradshaw wants to give it another try, and IF the team thinks he can stay reasonably healthy (doubt it, myself) then DB will probably be gone. A backfield of Vick, DB and Richardson is likely, along with Boom for special teams and backup.

11 months, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: "Like Last Day of School"

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I don't necessarily think so. I've run that play (as a receiver) many times, and if the blockers really are outside the first level defenders its often a matter of speed (which Rogers definitely has) and making one or two guys miss, which he can also do, and you're in the end zone. In the NFL you see TDs like that quite often. On the other hand, if one of those first level blocks goes bad, or the defenders do a good job with outside contain, it can look ugly, and look like "the guy should have followed his blockers" thing one hears so often. It's not that easy sometimes. Good job pointing out the bizarre decision of the pulling linemen though, speaking of not that easy!

12 months ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 15

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@bjg 

Given how good Watt is, and how bad the interior of our line is, I consider it a victory for A Luck to have walked off the field. 

They handled one of the best in the NFL with scheme! Amazing. Maybe the coaching staff is learning. Hopefully the passing game and defense can make similar strides, regarding scheme. I've felt the ability to come up with an effective game plan which takes away the opposing team's strength and accentuates ours has been one of the major reasons why we've been blown out several times and lost several games with very poor efforts this year. With our injured players returning, if the coaches can do anything like this level of scheme and game plan in the other areas of the game, our team will be VERY difficult to beat next year.

12 months ago on How the Colts Shut Down J.J. Watt (Hint: double teams)

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What does Triplette being a vet have to do with anything??? Should we have some sympathy for the horrible job he regularly does because of this? 


"Andrew Luck in the first half: 10/20, 96 yds.  Certainly, no one should blame that all on the play calling."

-Many people are irritated with this offense not just because of the "play calling" its also the play DESIGN. This has been brought up elsewhere so I won't go into it, but that's the way it is.

1 year ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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@TheGreatMisdirect @Fot Bollar  

Ahh, yes, amazingly I already forgot about losing Reggie, even though he may be the most or second most important offensive piece. After Reggie went down, we had beaten Denver and many in the Colts camp had us winning the SB and I wrote on Stampede Blue about how this may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Losing Thomas, Allen, Ballard, etc., and now Reggie. I actually thought we'd implode. (I was taken to the cross for that one. ALOT of stay-the-course types over there that can't see with their own eyes, but, oh well.) 

Then we managed to beat Houston and I thought, we'll, they looked like shit but they're just figuring things out. Maybe they'll figure it out, make adjustments. Now with St. Louis, a mostly bad game against Tenn, and now this... I'm afraid "WE ARE WHO I THOUGHT WE WERE!" (Done in the Dennis Green voice for comical effect.) P.S. I hope not.




1 year ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals

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Rec for the Emperor Palpatine reference. And the magic came from Luck, he's bailed out poor coaching and a very bad O line for much of the season. When he doesn't play unconsciously amazing, which he has more than anyone has a right to expect, the result is what we see in our losses, and those bad halves. In other words, without Luck, the Colts are the Colts without Manning a few yrs ago, or the Jags. It doesn't mean they don't try or aren't good people, it's just that when Luck doesn't play brilliantly or they have some other QB, that's who they are.

Maybe I'm missing something but it sure looks like, without Luck, TY and Mathis, they suck. Other professional teams don't find it difficult to gameplan for three players, especially when they have a pretty good idea what those three players are going to do and how their scheme, such as it exists, works. Combination of mostly crummy players and mediocre to poor coaching and you get what you get.

We shouldn't forget that on those big Colts victories the stars pretty much aligned perfectly. Almost everything worked in the Colts favor from key turnovers to big calls to all kinds of unforeseen eventualities. Not that they weren't good wins, it's just that in a best of ten, I think the Colts would be hard pressed to win 3/10 over the Seahawks, Niners and Broncos. After those wins many of us started thinking the Colts were better than they actually were and the rebuilding process still has quite a ways to go.

1 year ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals

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