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@smonroe I'd say disarray. I have no idea how we've won as many games as we have. Wayne was a huge part of this team, but it's hard to believe we are this lost w/o him. I'm not badmouthing the Colts, but I don't feel confident that we're the same playoff contender as we were with Reggie. Luck just doesn't seem to have the same confidence in his receivers and w/o that sure thing, we seem to have lost identity as a team.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Bengals
@hankster Grigson has his first draft to hang his hat on (Luck was a freebie, but Allen and TY were huge successes and Fleen is still an incomplete). While this year's draft was....not great, at best, he has some leeway from his first year's success. He was ballsy and aggressive in FA, which had mixed success, but it was exciting and if not for numerous key injuries, this could be a much better team as assembled.
@authorbeard Too bad there's no "love" button.
I'm fine with being 7-4, but it has been rooooough watching the past too many (4 or so?) weeks. The slow starts are both the fault of our coaching (pushing to establish "our game" when it's not a strength and failing to gameplan for the opponent as well as letting things get out of hand before adjusting) and the players (you have to step up and be ready to PLAY).
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals
@MarcusDugan I watched plenty of UF games (albeit just on TV) and saw plenty of Chris. I also saw some of the plays he made at the pro level. There's no denying that he's an athletic freak, and he's nearly as fast as Demps was (at one point, the Gators' RB depth was Harvin, Demps/Rainey, imagine THAT speed) and Urban Meyer said that Rainey actually outran Demps in a 40 yd dash (Demps being an olympic track star). I think that Demps is faster, but that's no slight as Demps was considered the fastest player in college football at one point, and Rainey is the stronger of the two and able to bounce off of contact even at full speed.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Colts Sign Free Agent RB/KR Chris Rainey
@Nate Dunlevy @7IHd You better knock on a sequoia! Don't even breathe word of that, Nate!
On top of SoV, it's always better for your division foes to just miss the playoffs every year for standing mediocrity and poorer draft picks. I see your point for clinching the division, but just didn't think it should be in "easy calls."
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Who to Root For: Week 12
Unless I'm a bit confused, wouldn't it be better to root for the Titans to win? We get the SOV/SOS boost doubly (assuming we can pull off the win at home). If we can't close out this division with a 3 game lead at this point in the season with the nearest team being one missing its starting QB, there's probably a bigger problem than just potentially missing the playoffs. Plus, I'd rather close out the division with a win and keep the pressure on us to keep playing well.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Who to Root For: Week 12
@hankster HA! I thought the same thing watching Cam scramble. "Hey, I've seen Luck do this same thing on many a third down."
My roommate senior year of college was friends with Chris. Rainey might not be the smartest or most straight-laced, but he is a freak athlete, and I don't believe him to be a bad guy or lost cause. I hope he's matured and is ready to use his natural gifts to help out our team as well as advance his own career. I'll be rooting for him, and unless he can't hold onto the football, it can't be much worse than watching Reed flounder around back there.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Colts Sign Free Agent RB/KR Chris Rainey
First game in awhile I haven't been able to watch the whole game. I watched all of the texans game, but changed this at every miserable turn. We better about-face for the Titans game.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on WEEK 10 REPORT CARD: COLTS VS RAMS
I take full credit for the win. After putting on my Colts hat and pouring some Johnny Walker, the Colts went on a 21-0 run. You're welcome everyone.
A couple things: Fleen's catch on that 2 pt conversion was amazing. I couldn't even believe it.
The decision to go for two early could have cost us that game. Thankfully, Fleen's aforementioned catch, and Bulluck's ineptitude at kicking from long distance (55 is a long way, but the others were makeable). There's no reason to go for 2 when you're down 12 with a full quarter to play. You can always go for two on the next TD, and there are too many variables where it can come back and bite you in the ass. Thankfully, the conversion on the next attempt canceled out the poor decision and proved why it never should have been attempted in the first place.
Even Chris Collinsworth could spot the terrible calls and two replay overturns that should not have been. That's how you know it's bad. It's obvious that we got screwed on the fumble recovery, and I know you have to complete the catch to the ground, but that overturn on the Andre catch was ridiculous as well.
I'm just glad we found a way to win this after an abysmal first half/three quarters. Luck setting a record for most GW fourth quarter drives in the first two seasons. I swear he's some sort of 4th quarter superhero.
1 month ago on Colts Show up Late, Storm Back to Beat the Texans 27-24
@Bobman1 I'm a long ways away from contemplating HFA. Looking forward more to winning the division for the first time since Manning led us there. All we need to do is kick that off with beating our division foes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Week 7 Report Card: Colts vs Broncos
@DougEngland I am still depressed about Reggie. I feel absolutely horrible for him. It's such a helpless feeling being laid up with an injury and only able to watch your team, especially for a workman like Reggie. As a person who's always put in the maximum effort for the team, it's gonna be incredibly frustrating for him to not be able to go out there and compete with his teammates. As a fan, I'm going to miss seeing him out there making plays.
The only possible good thing out of this is that it gives Luck the chance to take even more of a leadership role out there on the field and may help him grow even more as a QB. I think the world of 12, and if there's anyone who can get us through this, it's gotta be Mr. Luck. It's just such a downer that Reggie's freak injury tarnishes our outstanding win going into the bye.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: McAfee’s Big Game, Wayne’s Injury, and Peyton Quotes
@Nate Dunlevy @7IHd @AJ_
Glad you enjoyed even a bit as much as I enjoy your columns. Followed you here from 18to88 (it's not stalking if I'm just in it for the Colts info!).
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers
@AJ_ @7IHd There's always money in the spider 3 Y banana stand.
2 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers
If you spider when you should have banana'ed, you're gonna have a bad time.
@hankster @7IHd I scroll down to the bottom of the page after typing this and discover "How One More Super Bowl QB Win Changes a Legacy" hahaha
2 months ago on The Colts Win a Wild One over the Seahawks, 34-28
@hankster @7IHd Yeah, that's always really annoying about the Pats D. However, it was their offense that lost them the first game this year! And someone was trying to say that what Brady's done with his receivers is as impressive as Manning's year... What's that? Throw for fewer than 200 yards and under 50% against the only real defenses he's played thus far? I know he's playing with no receivers, but it's not like he's really helped them out either.
Manning is having the best year by any QB ever to this point and has an unfair offense. No one has been as impressive as him so far, and that includes Mr. Luck, who's been phenomenal for us in an understated way. (Just to be clear, I'm not in any way bringing up a Luck/Manning argument as I am fervently behind them both except in any game wherein the Colts play Peyton, in which I just pray neither gets hurt and Colts win.) If Colts don't win this year, I hope the Broncs do so I can tell Pats fans where to go stick their "Brady's better because he has more championships." 3 championships to 2 isn't that convincing if one QB has clearly superior stats/arm strength/field command. Pardon my rant.
@MarcusDugan I'm not certain I said "aroused." Though with as much roids as are in their systems, you probably wouldn't be able to tell except on an HD zoom-in.
Well, it wasn't exactly pretty, but isn't it more fun that way? This team is good at keeping the blood pressure high, but the poise to come back in this one is not something you should under-appreciate. Great win for this young team against the most roided defense in the league.