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Shocked we got him this late. Really like this pick
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html
@DougEngland Good lord, this new layout is worse than we feared!
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html
We should draft a safety with a lot of talent toward the end of the draft who might have fallen due to character issues....
6 months, 1 week ago on The Dregs of the Roster: Delano Howell Film Review
This is definitely reasonably good news. Maybe he'll get more time to prove himself this year.
6 months, 1 week ago on Dregs of the Roster: Montori Hughes Film Review
Nice piece! Fun read.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Free Agency with Vontae and Vinny
@apom95 @7IHd Yeah, I was looking down the FA board and he seemed like the one we should most go after of those remaining. The good thing is that he's a league average safety and should command significantly less than trying to lock up one of the top safeties that were going for ridiculous money. A league average deep safety would be an upgrade in scheme over having two of the same safety in different bodies... I'm also a bit concerned about finding a replacement center. I'm not sure if we're thinking that Holmes will be ready to start for us and just need depth? Either way, I'm not sure there's "that guy" out there for us in FA at a price we'd meet, but whatever we do can't honestly be any worse than running Satele out there every down.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Re-Sign Vontae Davis
@chip_bennett I really expect TRich to look a lot better this year. I don't think I can stress enough how cobbled together our line was with a big old piece of poop clogging up the center... Combine that with the severe indecisiveness of a young player trying to acclimate to new environs and never really getting that positive traction and quite a few poor rushing schemes that ran him right into the defense, and you have TRich last year... NOT PRETTY. But this young man has too much talent to give up on for one down....horrible year. I'll be rooting for him, and we have plenty of depth to start the year (knock on wood).
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Bring RB Ahmad Bradshaw back for Another Year
I didn't know much about this signing until reading a bit about him following the buzz that we were likely to sign him. He seems like a good complement to the pass rusher extraordinaire Mathis (gotta love 'im). This doesn't seem like a tremendous overpay and depending on how he fits into the scheme, could even end up seeming like a bit of a deal if he can continue to improve and produce like he did last year.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts' First Move of Free Agency: DE Arthur Jones
This is a big move forward and allows us to focus on other concerns in FA without having broken the bank. I realize it's easy to balk at the size of the deal, but look at the kind of guaranteed money Talib got from Denver. (It's a smart move by them to screw the Pats out of yet another big-time FA. Though the contract might look bad toward the end of it, the short-term is their concern w/ Peyton having a limited window.) This was a smart signing early in FA to lock up one of our biggest needs. Letting Bethea go was another great move, as he doesn't fit what we need next to Landry.
Don't ask me to decide which move I liked better: SS's drop or McAfee's re-signing.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Colts Re-Sign Pat McAfee
Man, the things Jordan Matthews does really remind me of Eric Decker. I'm certain his number lends to the comparison, but he's that rangy, tall receiver who's quicker and tougher than he looks at first glance. I watched him torch the Gators D, and that's no easy feat (even with how decimated by injuries the Gators were last season).
7 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Wide Receiver
I'm hoping for a nice big outside WR prospect to fall into our laps second round, personally (or maybe just one that can catch a ball or something wild like that). Then some defense and linemen.
8 months ago on Defending Crazy: Why I don't want the Colts to draft OL early
Plus, the Moala Bear is the cuddliest lineman in the league...until he rips the opposing QB's face off (figuratively speaking, of course)!!!
8 months ago on Kill-Date-Marry: Indianapolis Colts 2014 Free Agents
I agree on the sentiments. I can also, however, understand venting one's frustration through deprecation. But it's certainly a shame that Trent has to be piled on by fans of his team no matter how bad the trade might seem right now.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead
I live in New England now (displaced fan syndrome!), so I'm super nervous about this game. I'd still rather be playing the Pats than the Broncos, but both are tough for entirely different reasons! The good news is (for the NFL) that no matter who wins this game, there's a compelling story line as long as the Broncos take care of business (don't give up a ridiculous late TD in a game that's already sealed up).
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Patriots
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Patriots, AFC Divisional Round
Not at all! Gives us loser fans something to waste our time on rather than going out and being social!
Sorry to nipick, but it's Kenbrell Thompkins, not Thompson (injury report).
He seems to be something more of a Victor Cruz type receiver, which is who he's most compared to given his speed and draft position as a slot receiver. He's been a third round steal to this point in his career.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes
Yeah, Luck is built like Roethlisberger and has the playmaking of Rodgers and the intelligence of Peyton. Not a bad combo...
So, new nickname....Luck Skywalker? And you might need a 12to13 styling ;-)But what I really wanted to say about the article is how important it is for Colts fandom to be able to share those kinds of moments with their progenies (as well as for families to have that kind of bonding experience). A lot of people get onto Braves and Colts fans for not being as passionate (numerous?) as some of the older franchises fans. This certainly has a lot to do with a lot of the older generation not growing up with these teams even in their area. I know that neither team is exactly "new," but the Colts moved to Indy around the time I was born and the Braves moved to ATL when my dad was already a teenager. From a generational perspective, they're just now taking root and it's moments like those that will sink the roots in deep. Go Colts!
No need to be upset with any of that given the W! That's what's great about winning. Still a bit pissed at Richardson (not gonna stylize as T-Rich until he does something worthwhile), though. All he's done is fail in any meaningful moments. He had a couple decent games that we were dominating anyway. Hope he gets his head in it eventually...
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Colts Advance after a Wild Comeback, 45-44 over the Chiefs
He had a big part in selling the 4th down conversion fake that Luck kept. Because of our tendency to run T-Rich on short to go downs, everyone bit hard on the dive and left Luck wiiiide open for the keeper. Great play call by Pep to capitalize on his own tendencies.
9 months ago on Colts Advance after a Wild Comeback, 45-44 over the Chiefs
Already did down below! But it was in response to someone else. Two TD passes he got hooked as he was beating his man to give Smith that extra half second to avoid the sack
I think we run the same offense, but hope the defense gets off to a better start. Neither of their defenses is any better than KC, but they may control the game better with offensive pacing. I doubt the game will play out like this one, though. This was a unique game, to say the least!
Yeah, I noticed that, too. I think the DT nearly falls down because of it haha.
I wasn't referring only to your article. The game announcers kind of brushed right over it themselves. There are events in any game that get overlooked, like the hooks every time Mathis was coming free to give Smith that extra half second. He was a split second late on two TD passes because of the extra hold after beating his man (one was that step up flip pass by Smith).
I'm just glad Luck is such a big dude. He's built like a linebacker himself.
Appreciate the name, haha. I wondered the same thing reading the article. Knew it didn't sound right the pass being on 3rd down.
Nobody's mentioned the heinous misuse of timeouts by KC, most notably calling a timeout coming off the 2 minute warning (it's like a long timeout, itself!) on 4th and 11. This meant that after the incompletion, the Colts could just kneel it out rather than having to actually gain a first to seal the game.
Yeah, I noted that too. Not as intense as his fumble-forcing tackle at Stanford, though.
It's amazing how well we do when we're not forcing a stone-age offense.... Though the progression of these young receivers has been huge, too. Also, Fleener remembered he has hands. Seriously young team on offense. Do we have any skill players not drafted in 2012?
9 months ago on Colts Finish in Style, 30-10 over Jacksonville
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Silver Linings in Colts Late Season Slide
@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.
9 months, 4 weeks 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).
10 months, 1 week 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.
10 months, 1 week 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."
10 months, 1 week 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.
10 months, 2 weeks 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.
10 months, 2 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
11 months 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.
11 months, 1 week 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.
11 months, 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!).
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers
@AJ_ @7IHd There's always money in the spider 3 Y banana stand.