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@Nate Dunlevy That's why I think we would have a better opinion of the draft if, say, you add a second round DB or even pass rusher to the mix. Even though you can't exactly discount that completely , i think it skews our impression of this draft. A third and fourth rounder spent on Oline is hardly putting a "priority" on the position-- unless, of course, they didn't choose BPA or they deferred to lineman over equivalent DB/ Pass Rusher/RB types.
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@Nate Dunlevy I agree somewhat. I think I would have liked the Thornton pick better if we would have had a 2nd rounder. Not overly logical, but true. I think Thornton becomes a solid-to-good starting RG for 3.5 seasons, Holmes provides a good depth option and takes 10-15 starts over the life of this contract.
This draft will look GREAT if Hughes turns into a top 5 NT (his absolute ceiling) and/or if Boyett is a good successor to Bethea. Since its more likely that they are good rotational/depth options, the biggest problem with this draft is that the most likely path to its being a great draft is through Werner, and the odds right now point to a solid career for him, it appears as though the best this draft could do is "Solid". Which is ok, but not ideal.
Dollars to donuts this draft produces 2 starters and a couple rotational/depth/part-time starter players. That is a good draft.
I don't agree with that ranking... Vontae is probably a top thirty-two Cornerback if he's focused and doesn't have a giant douche for a head coach. Last year, I'll admit that he was pretty bad, but he's young and was good (again, not great) the year before that.
Having said that, a 2nd rounder? A 3rd rounder seems more reasonable, and a fourth rounder would have been more fair. I like the deal (in terms of the player) but not the cost (what will probably be a high second rounder)?
1 year, 11 months ago on Vontae Davis to the Colts | Articles
@Thecolthardtruth Well, it's circular. On one hand, yes, he should produce tons more content. on the other hand, why would you want to read it if he doesn't have a unique perspective? The solution: FIRE HIM. I really wish they would just hire John Osher. That dude can generate readable content in high volume, and now he's pretty familiar with two separate franchises (albiet on that is much different than when he covered it).
2 years, 1 month ago on The Silliness of Mainstream Media Perspectives Regarding Colts Offensive Questions | June
@Atti46 I don't think he's dumb. I just think that he's a writer of average competence without a unique perspective and distinctive disdain for his readers. The latter quality wore well on Howard Cosell, but not on him.
@coltsauth_todd I would think that Avery would make the roster well before Johnson. Also, I think Fenelus doesn't make it. Other than that, this seems like a reasonable list.
2 years, 1 month ago on First crack at 53 man roster and Practice Squad | Articles
@Kyle Rodriguez I know we have Justice (whom I am more than happy to have starting since his name isn't "Jeff Linkenbach", but I think Reitz would make a good RT. Of course, maybe I am giving him too much credit re: foot speed, but I still would love to see him at least tried there. Of course, just plugging him into LG is probably a better option.
@Nate Dunlevy @Ubeor There are only two ways an O-lineman can affect the game: A really terrible player can be a negative and a really good pulling guard is a major positive. Again, though, if a pulling guard is worth a high end pick for you, you probably need to rebuild because you waisted a first round pick on Tim Tebow.
2 years, 2 months ago on I Was Wrong | April
Wow.... I just spent some time watching Anderson.... A certifiable Tackle... really good feet, explodes off the snap... can slide and mirror even against much smaller and athletic players.... watched him against LSU and South Carolina (and some other tape) and he never seemed to get beat off the outside.... good punch and once he locks on, the player is done... both patient and constantly active... awareness not excellent but good enough... run blocking a weakness, and spends a lot of time on the ground because his hips are a little too stiff which keeps his pad level high... when he is beat, he is beat to the inside; largely because his momentum off the snap (with his size) made his recovery time back toward the middle a step slow.... Looked much more like a mid round pic to my eyes and fired off the line much faster than Glenn ever did.
2 years, 2 months ago on Post Draft Thoughts | Articles
Yes, though certainly not a top-flight corner. He's young and pretty solid when healthy. I would compare him to a younger Sheldon Brown in terms of quality.
2 years, 2 months ago on The secondary needs help | Articles
Just a question for you guys: would anyone be upset if we swung a deal for Mike Jenkins (assuming he is actually available)?
@AJ_ I agree, but unless Anderson is better than most seem to think (not outside the realm of possibility), I do wish we had spent one more pick on an o-lineman at least. Right now, the depth chart is McGlynn, Shipley/Kirkpatrick, Linkenbach, and Anderson (Note: Seth Olsen is not that good.... uh, well, not as good as those above). One of those getting in at a time is OK. Multiples of these guys at the same time will be wretch worthy. I would love if the colts took a flyer on Eric Steinbach.
Also: I know you really want Ijalana to be the starting RT, but that spot is Justice's through next season at least.
@rogcohen I am not sure; all I know is that I always feel like one expecting him to say something intelligent.
@Kyle Rodriguez Well, I understand your concerns a bit. However, I have made it a rule to never care about 7th round picks because the returns are essentially random. Having said that, I liked the Fugger pick after talking to a friend of mine. The Lavon Brazill pick was a good one. One of the picks I questioned-- and still do-- was the Ballard pick, but I see him as a solid third down back in that he's OK in pass pro and has good open field speed and hands. The other pick was Anderson, but like I said: If he makes the roster and sticks for three years and doesn't embarrass himself, then it will be a positive. So I would agree, it wasn't great, but its hard to know anyway.
@AJ_ @UKColt I watched tape of Ta'amu, and while I agree that he was probably over-rated by being the best of a bad lot, he's a big strong guy with good stamina. I think he needs development, and he makes a whole lot more sense for a team that can take the time to develop him than it does for us. He's better than you give him credit for.
@NateWalton "Griff Whalen" sounds more like an inappropriate action than a real name. So yes, I am rooting for him. "Its time for some Griff Whalen.... if you know what I mean."
@Coltsheadben Nope. You ARE the only person in the world who doesn't have a close emotional and intellectual connection to T.Y. Hilton.
On second thought: I more than like Galippo and see some potential as an outside LB in this scheme....
Nate, I would like to disagree: this team is at least a 10 win team because all of the players will be break out players and not I won't listen to "rational" reasons why this roster is still pretty terrible.
On a serious note, that was a proper reaction and a well written article. More writers should be willing to write pieces like this. I hope that you will be issuing another "I was wrong" when the colts actually do win ten games and make the playoffs! (Hey, I can dream... literally, just had a dream in which Joe Lefeged won defensive player of the year).
@UKColt Also, saying that CB's and pass rushers are premium positions probably points to why the colts didn't draft them: they didn't have the premium picks to spend on them. Net year, when the colts will be able to maneuver themselves into a couple more first and second rounders, look for them to load up on those very same positions.
@UKColt I think Dwayne Allen is going to be the type of player that will be much better in a year than he is now. Essentially his upside is somewhere between Marcus Pollard and Brody Eldridge. As a #2, in-line TE, thats pretty good.
Also, an NT is not overblow in this defense. You need someone who can occupy a couple of blockers because while it is a passing league, having a giant in the middle frees up line backers and helps create mismatches on the outside. Also, Saying a player only matters on first and second downs isn't really a good point: Not only do they matter even more on third and short, but first and second downs make up a vast majority of plays.
@rogcohen Schein: "My voice has become a caricature of itself and I am only the second most idiotic sounding guy on this stage. The Colts got a prized QB and some weapons for him to use. Good Draft."
Peter Schrager: " WHY DIDN"T THE COLTS DRAFT FIVE HALL OF FAMERS ON EACH SIDE OF THE BALL Gaaaaa!"
@Nate Dunlevy @EdHay Just like I said: there is coach speak, and there is actual actions. If you remember (and I doubt you do, since, like, you are a productive member of society) I learned my lesson from the Michigan coaching staff last year-- I think its good if teams talk about run defense and running the ball (and even acquiring a few players to that end) as long as they do something quite different. And the connection to the Michigan coaching staff is notable, too, since Michigan's current D-Coordinator, Greg Mattison, was Pagano's predecessor in Baltimore.
2 years, 2 months ago on Truth Telling and The Eternal Optimist | April
I don't know, man: a gymnast? Lets just say that while direct hotness goes to Mrs. Tannehill, there is something to be said for a flexible brainy woman.
2 years, 2 months ago on Luck's girlfriend...in case you needed to know | Articles
If you count Pellerin, I nailed three picks! I might have nailed a fourth if I actually thought Fleener would make it there. Also Pleased with how close I came to nailing the value of Washington and Acho. This is no suprise, but I thought the FO did much better than my mock had them doing....
2 years, 2 months ago on My Fearless Colt's Mock W/ Commentary. | Articles
Yikes, this place is tough. He's a Rich guy giving away a car and you guys simply say "F HIM HE IS A MESS LOL".
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts giving away a car | Articles
I hate to start out the comments like this, especially since this is pretty good other than the problems I am going to mention, but the second pick I don't like a whole lot and there is no way Kendricks or Jenkins are there at those picks.
2 years, 2 months ago on Last Mock Draft: Potential Colts Picks vs. My Picks | Articles
@paulcareyjr @AJ_ The last good TE taken in the first? I think you might be forgetting a certain 24th overall pick out of Iowa... his point was that you shouldn't take one very high, not that you shouldn't take one in the first round AT ALL.
2 years, 2 months ago on 2012 Colts Authority Mock Draft Board 2.0 - FINAL with Player Visits | April
@blessedwhiteeyes @rogcohen And, yes: I murdered the goddess Grammer at her own alter. Thats what I get for correcting misconceptions about grammar after two healthy glasses of Balvenie.
2 years, 3 months ago on Truth Telling and The Eternal Optimist | April
@blessedwhiteeyes @rogcohen RE: grammar
It depends mostly on preference and specific use. The most common usage of "data" is to treat it as a mass noun, such as "furniture." Some really want it to exist ONLY as a plural because it is a neuter plural noun in latin, which isn't always the case; really, people should "datum" if they want to be consistant with this but usually say "data point". The reason is that trying to force latin plurals on english is usually pretty strange when it doesn't just add the final "e/es" sound. It is especially since "data" in latin just means "given" making this dedication to the grammar a bit weird anyway. I would argue that if people are making broad statements like "the data speaks for itself", they are probably using it correctly since they mean the total effect.
The issue is, of course, that this is really an unreal question. Grammarians can argue all they want about what it should be, but the fact is that usage determines what language is. Data is becoming the norm, so that is the more "acceptable" usage.* A pretty good analoge would be the word "bacteria", which really should be "bacterium" in the singular and is almost never used because it is not really the accepted usage any more.
* Speaking of "not understanding" how certain things work, calling a usage you disagree with "improper" grammer is better than calling it "poor", but it is probably better to think of it as "acceptable" or "unacceptable". A small semantic difference, to be sure, but since I have already ridden the hobby horse to long anyway, right?
@UKColt @kc6624 @Jake @TrueBlue87 YES! Obviously, we all hope that the best player available is at a position of need. But if its not, than oh well-- take them anyway (except QB after the first). Remember, Rietz and Justice are FA after the season-- its not like we couldn't use at least a depth guy.
2 years, 3 months ago on Analyzing the Colts Pre-Draft Offensive Line | April
@Goéland @pierrezombie @squirrel @gbearrin If this were the NBA, you would be right. But given the fact that revenue is shared, combined with the fact that ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX paid a whole lot of money for TV rights, they have to have games that include stars, quality teams, and have a high probability for quality games. So thinking that the league should act all high and mighty might be "good" but it would be irresponsible. Not to mention: wouldn't you be angry if the league tried to hide the saints in 1pm games? They are going to have every angle of that story discussed ad nauseum. I for one would rather have leagues not hide their warts-- and that goes for 'roids users in the Baseball HOF.
Also, this: if the Colts look like they could take on a quality team later in the season, they will get flexed to a better time. But slice it any way you want it, many people assume the colts will have the leagues worst roster, and until that opinion changes, they will stay out of the limelight.
2 years, 3 months ago on The fallout: one prime time game | Articles
@coltsauthority Lets be clear here: Glenn and Martin absolutely would start over Olsen, McGlynn, Tepper, and probably Justice (a pretty good battle) and maybe (probably not) Reitz. This roster isn't good enough to turn down the best player available, and if that happens to be O-Line, so be it. Right now, for players who expect to go in that range, I would put Fleener , Wright, Hightower, Brockers, Hill, Perry, Branch, Reyes, Worthy and Janoris Jenkins above Glenn and Martin (pretty similar in terms of value, which moves the hierarchy to "need") and Ruben Randall, Dwayne Allen right below that. I think there is all too good of a chance that that first group is gone.
@squirrel Ok, yes, that was to disagree.
@squirrel Not too dissagree, but come on: this team will probably be pretty awful, and if not then they will get flexed to a later time. This has nothing to do with "following the rules" and expecting it to be so makes YOU the ass clown. Good teams and teams with big names get good games, its as simple as that.
@TrueBlue87 @UKColt @Jake I second that emotion.
@kc6624 I would say no. While I am not opposed to adding a center, there is just too great a need at other positions-- not even just TE and WR, but a G/T prospect, again if the right one falls-- that makes a second round center worth the trouble. I am not convinced that Konz is one or two rounds better than David Molk, for example.
I also wanted to add that you make a great point (even if you got it from Nate) that the O-line is usually only an issue if the QB is immobile and there is an absolute Sieve at one of the positons, especially Tackle. A couple of good players plus a couple of average players and some talented depth is plenty good enough and that's pretty much what we have-- and we will probably add, especially later in the draft.
I will say it over and over: if a bonafide first round o lineman, he almost has to be the pick especially if Wright and Fleener are off the board-- and that is if if Jon Martin or Cordy Glenn are there. Other than that, I like me some Reuben Randall or even a trade down (only about ten spots) to see if Randall is still there, go after one of the other TE's, or even to take Ta'amu if you think he's good enough.
One question: Does anyone think Reitz could be an option at RT?
@Goéland @kasey_junk @rogcohen One more point about DVOA, which is important, and reflects what is easily the most intelligent thing I think that I have heard Bill Polian say, which is no small feat: Statistical analysis in football might be a semi- usefull as a team metric ( I am not sure how much better it is than Pythagorean wins) but football games have so many different situations, formations, coverages, and techniques which don't ever have enough data points from a specific season, to the point that statistics are almost useless as an evaluative tool for players except in the vague, broad generalizations that people like KC Joyner use.
@Goéland @kasey_junk @rogcohen gaaa.... First of, DVOA isn't really as great of a stat as people like to think, though it is still pretty good-- it really doesn't offer as much "context" as people think it does. Secondly, I probably should have used a few other teams like the Steelers, Texans, Falcons, and Lions as examples.
@kasey_junk @rogcohen Here's the issue. There is favoring certain phases of the game, and there is completely ignoring significant needs. Take the Pats, who have let defense slide quite a bit: they still give themselves a chance by having a good player (Wilfork, Mayo, Chung, McCourty) at every level of the D and by making attempts to add free agents. The Colts didn't commit enough resources to the Middle of their defense until it was too late. When they did commit major draft picks to certain positions, they were largely failures or at least weren't much better than average (Ugoh, Moala are prime examples).
The reason why run defense was such an issue in the post season was because it rarely rose to the standard of average. its one thing to think run defense is less important, but to turn it into a major exploitable weakness-- and pass blocking was an issue here to, RE: 3-4 defenses with good OLB's-- is a failure.
@flores_salicis @AJ_ @WilliamTerryClogston Um... It takes about three years to fully turn a roster as bad as this one into a good one. In NFL years, thats a "while.P:
@rogcohen Boom. I don't go as far as you did, but you make a lot of points that are pretty good. I think the biggest thing is that he seems to make the logic misstep that being good at one thing precludes being good at another. Part of that, I think, is that the Colts chose to be good at a few things and were terrible at others-- Passing and rushing offense early, passing and passing defense later. Other teams are able to be good at multiple things.
@gizzardfanny @naptown_ninja Firstly, no, the current roster shape, even with the cuts, says other wise. Secondly, you want a contender in a season from now? Thats being unreasonable. There is a minimum of two more offseasons needed to rebuild this roster.
@gizzardfanny @naptown_ninja When the HOF GM stops acting HOF and leaves a hollow roster too long supported by a HOF QB and you have the opportunity to rebuild around a superstar prospect. You can think that the plan is flawed, but it isn't random.
@heavywoody I think more to your point is this: having a weakness isn't a good thing.
@gizzardfanny @naptown_ninja I guess thats a big part of what I have been trying to say. Just because a team has been a consistant contender doesn't mean they will stay so forever-- especially when since one of these years Manning will begin his decline. Why does hiring new leadership--which seems to have a good pedigree-- mean change for the sake of change?
@gizzardfanny @naptown_ninja Arians and the Steeler offense. The Eagles and their roster construction. Luck being better than anything the Ravens have ever had at QB.
@gizzardfanny @naptown_ninja The mass of evidence compiled by a solid hundred years of Coach speak?
@gizzardfanny @Nate Dunlevy My point is that acquiring a great quarterback doesn't absolve Polian for not getting doing more to make a better team around him. While I admit the results might have been the same, the returns began to diminish in 2010, and they would have begun a sharper decline as Manning got older. I, too, thought the Colts should have stayed with manning, but I totally understand getting rid of Polian. And its also not a given that one player going down brings down a team. That only happens if the roster is bad and there is not viable backup. There are plenty of examples of a QB going down and teams not being as bad as the Colts were last year, the patriots being the best example.
@thejoshbaker @Nate Dunlevy you forgot "for elite QB's like manning." And its unimportant up to a point; just about every QB will become very mortal if they are getting smaked around... like Brady against the Giants.
@gizzardfanny @Nate Dunlevy Ok, but extending Dunlevy's argument that 2013 will be on Grigson, than aren't 2011 and 12 on Polian? I guess my point is that the last couple of year the Colts haven't even had the Polian of old. It was clearly his time to go. The Colts had a hugh roster deficit at O-line and in the defensive backfield, and in the absence of Manning, this team paid for it dearly. Sure, the Colts have had big time talent at QB and pass rush, which are the most important. Take away the QB and this team was very very terrible. I am not sure how defendable that is. In other words, just because the team was good with manning doesn't mean that it couldn't have been better.
@thejoshbaker @Nate Dunlevy Ok, that was a litte rash. But it's clear now that even that team wasn't nearly as talented as we thought (except manning, of course). By 2010, that began to creep up on the team. By 2011, it was an untenable situation. The offensive line-- pretty important in terms of passing offenses-- was pretty terrible even then.
@Nate Dunlevy Because if you want to do what the Colts did, you need Manning and Polian. Thats the only way it works.There is no doubt about it that Polian has left the team in tatters, and for the past couple of years this team was Manning and a whole lot of scrubs. This will work better if Luck is good and Grigson is better than Polian has been for the last three years. Like it or not, that isn't all that high of a bar to clear. While I agree with you that the drafts have been pretty good, that hasn't been enough to cover losses, injuries and age.
Also, My argument that if you give the Ravens a good QB and a half decent receiving corps, they would be good. In fact, they would be the Steelers. Being good at one thing doesn't preclude being good at other things.
@AJ_ @DougEngland Isn't this what the Colts did when they hired Dungy? Also, couldn't this be a product of major programs (Alabama, USC, and now Michigan and Tennessee) are running 3-4 type schemes?
@Nate Dunlevy That seems like a reach at least. Take Michigan, for example. Last year, the coaches were talking about the the virtues of the I-form and tough football, which caused much panic among the fan base. When it came down to it, though, the offense did a few I-form things, but stuck to the shotgun-style spread. I learned an important lesson: I don't care what coaches are saying. At all. A few minor transactions aren't going to change my mind. Coaches want to talk about Running and stopping the run because of the ancillary benefits: gap discipline and tackling, sure, but also less tangible things like being tough and cultivating a culture of tough defense.
If they do end up emphasizing the run next year, it won't be due to a fundamental misunderstanding of what works, but on the idea that this team needs to take as much pressure off of luck. I guess my point is that what you are saying might be right, but there won't be enough data in terms of player acquisition for another two or three off seasons.
Also, this: I was a hugh Polian fan myself, but given that Peyton (and for that matter Luck) was WAAAAAYYY better than anything else the Ravens have had at QB, can we really say that Polians teams were much better (in terms of player quality) than the Ravens? For the last four seasons or so, I would have swapped Defense, Offensive line, and special teams with the Ravens. The difference was that we had Wayne, Harrison, and especially Manning. Look at the last five years: the ravens were knocked out by the steelers and patriots twice and the colts once. Its not like they were getting blown out by terrible teams.
Just playing devils advocate, but aren't the colts really trying to become the steelers?
Can anyone fill me in-- what is this places obsession with Chase Minnifield? He's good, but I don't know that he's appreciably better than Jayron Horsley or about 5-6 others on the board.
Also, um, Poe has a whole lot of talent. There are a whole lot of guys who would disappear in college who turned out to be OK. Also, having watched some of his tape, reports of his absence are greatly exaggerated. Sure, he's not super dominant all the time, but its not like he's a push over from whistle to whistle. I think a lot his issues have to deal with conditioning (which, well, comes with the territory) and plain old gap discipline. It looks to me like he thinks he has two options, both of which are bad: either full on sprint forward or a tentative hold on to my guy (s) until the runner comes my way. Top fifteen is a little high, but not having him on your board is a bit ridiculous.
2 years, 3 months ago on MockingTheDraft live mock draft results | Articles
I like this draft pretty well, though I don't have any idea why Joe Looney falls out of the draft. I also think we go NT a bit higher than that, though I guess if you miss out on the big three/four than there isn't much separation between the rest. This is the best colts mock I've seen posted on this site (except for mine, of course ;-)
2 years, 3 months ago on Mtd 253 pick live mock results | Articles
@GhostofEdgerrinJames Heck-- me too! Like I said, I really wish that we had the flexibility to add a few more players this off season, especially on the offensive line and at Nose Tackle. I just think that it will be better to spend this offseason trying to make three very important areas (QB, O-line, and defensive front seven) into real strengths then trying to become mediocre all over.
2 years, 3 months ago on My Fearless Colt's Mock W/ Commentary. | Articles
@paulcareyjr Not necessarily, though I don't think either is really a super great awesome Casey Hampton level player. Chapman is pretty darn good, though. I do think that both Chapman and McKinney would be improved by having one another to give a breather to. Also, Don't be surprised if the three NT's above Chapman-- Poe, Ta'amu, and Thompson--are all gone by that time. Cowboys, Steelers, Broncos, Chiefs ALL have a significant need for a run stuffer of some kind. It just occurred to me that Brockers could be tempting if he happened to fall out of the first-- he could be the type that start out at NT and moves to 3-4 DE, Personally, I was hoping the Colts would have gotten another player at NT-- Sammie Lee Hill and/or Pat Simms were my hopes. I guess Hill could still be had.
Also, and not to be an ass, but isn't the goal of every position in the draft to get the "best combination of floor/ceiling?"
Yikes-- Sorry for all the typos! I guess I should have had one more cup of coffee.
Not to invade this post, but a couple of players I would add: TE Kevin Koger (7th round), DE Jaye Howard (4th-5th), DE Malik Jackson (6th-7th).
2 years, 3 months ago on 2012 Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Board | April
Plus, I really like Adcock as a late round guy. Not an elite starter or anything, but he just seems like the kind of guy who sticks at least as a backup who can play 3 positions and ends up with 3-5 starts a year. There is a chance that he is a solid RT or OG as well.
The more I think about it, the more I wonder if the top needs aren't something like "TE-WR-G" after the first round; I think at every point in the draft, we take the best at these three positions. I know CB is a HUGE need-- probably second after TE-- but I also think that protecting and providing for luck is priority #1. Also, I don't think that this front office would be dumb enough to not pick a CB or NT who was clearly superior to the talent at those three positions. But I think we could see rounds 5-7 include at least one interior lineman and probably a WR and TE even if we already have drafted at those positions.
And no, I don't have any evidence to support this other than a vague feeling I had after last preseason games.
2 years, 3 months ago on Hughes on the hot seat | Articles
I think he's a solid back up this year. I am calling 6-7 sacks, 40 tackles with a few of them for loss. And yes, I know this is a bit delusional, but I think he's a solid OLB in the 3-4,I really do.
@paulcareyjr I also think his route running is very over rated. He's so smooth he's "smooove" but I don't think he's very sharp-- he doesn't sink his hips at all on many of his "breaks"--really, he just kinda hunches over-- he got away with it quite a bit because he's sudden, and has super quick feet. Just watch him vs. Purdue; I am pretty sure the scheme and Scheelhaase made him look like the best WR in the B1G.
2 years, 3 months ago on Andy's Colts Mock Draft 4.0 | Articles
@paulcareyjr @gbearrin Not impressed with his size or his speed-- I think his combine 40 was way faster than he plays. I don't think that he will ever be more that a #2/ possible slot guy in the NFL-- which is fine. I think early third round is an OK spot for him, but I just don't think that I want the Colts to draft him.
This is very unrealistic. Jayron Horsely isn't going anywhere close to that high, Brandon Brooks will be LONG gone by that time, as will Owusu. Jenkins is pretty over-rated, though that might be about where he goes. Egnew is the only guy I both like and think will ge where this draft puts him (other than Luck, of course). Hicks might be worth the gamble, and for a rebuilding team the colts have a whole lot of leadership.
I don't really care what he says; I wouldn't be surprised to see him sign a week to a couple of days before the draft. If anything, he probably just doesn't want one of the big two to feel left out of the negotiations.
2 years, 3 months ago on Nuggets from Grigson press conference | Articles
19>18 (excellent name, btw), I kind of agree with you; if in three years, Luck and Manning have 11-5 teams, heading toward the playoffs, then its will be hard to say who mad the right/wrong decision. However, I would think that in five years, The Colts will look a whole lot better.
2 years, 4 months ago on Did Irsay pull the chute too soon? | Articles
@19>18 Well, your concerns were right.... kind of. I remembered what I was thinking before. I happened to talk toa friend who is a Raiders fan who told me that Satele was a good anchor, fairly quick and reactive, but bad in space.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts add center Samson Satele | Articles
@19>18 I don't think thats true... I am pretty sure he's finesse guy, but to be honest thats probably wrong and my internet connection is to slow to even want to bother. If I am wrong, I am sorry, but I think Satele has been thought of as a strong run blocker because of his heritage.. again, this might be a misremembering on my part.
@Nate Dunlevy @Dr.T
First of all, from his ESPN scouting report: "McGlynn has good initial quickness to snap and step to gain leverage at the line of scrimmage. He flashes active hands to stay connected as a run blocker and appears to have a good feel for angles on combination blocks."
The reason why I read articles by other people is so that I don't have to "do the research myself"; a good writer (my favorite is John Hollinger) presents relevant information, puts into context, and interprets it intelligently. Good writing makes me want to do research because it offers a new way of interpreting facts. Honestly, you have done that consistently ever since I have read your stuff, especially your stuff about the draft and about Harrison and the hall of fame. But you offered almost hint of relevant information or context other than "he was cut by two teams" (which logically also means he was signed by two teams, or rather three now) and jumped to a conclusion that said "Everyone in the colts is doing everything wrong." I know that's not what you meant; but since 1) you didn't offer any reason to think any other way and 2) you didn't guard your language, you looked like you thought that Grigson is incompetent. You could have said, "If this is his only option at center, then that is a bad sign" and have been totally OK. Saying "This strategy of run blocking seemingly at the cost of pass blocking is generally a bad trend that I hope doesn't hold" is also a prefectly fine thing to say.
And now I am done nit picking on the first piece of writing-- and a really minor one-- tthat you have written which also made me respond like this. Your other stuff has been so good that I don't want to lecture you on writing or give you the impression that I don't like your writing. In fact, having started to write a column myself, I know how hard it can be to churn out "perfect writing" all the time. You do it at a much higher rate than I do!
2 years, 4 months ago on Dunlevy looks at McGlynn | Articles
@Nate Dunlevy @Dr.T I don't know why I am entering the fray, but I am. Ok, so you did "a ton of research" and "read scouting reports." THats great. But if you don't cite your sources, don't offer any specific reasons why he isn't good (in other words, show that you did a lot of research) and you make a fairly obvious "typo" (if thats what it can be called) than you should expect to be critcized. I ALWAYS liked your writing, but your response to what really amounts to the the first bit of bad writing I can remember was a little surprising. All you have to do is tell us why you think its a bad move specifically and show a little balance (even say something like, "I dissagree but its also a low-risk gamble" or even "hopefully Grigson knows what he's doing") and you can bash the move all day long; its Rhetoric 101.
@omahacolt @Fondue But I also don't think Manning "chose" to leave independently.
2 years, 4 months ago on The unstoppable force meets the immovable object | Articles
I got to say, Peyton on the Cowboys would have to be the worst. Cowboys fans are the worst, ESPN coverage would be worst-er, and their owner would almost make me not to watch football. Honestly, Cowboys fans are the NFL equivalent of Ohio State fans to me. I used to watch the Steve Young 49ers, so I would totally be OK with them being there.
Yikes! I like "Zi-BRO-ski" as a nick name though.
I like this signing-- at worst, we got an OK return man, a good special teams player and back up. I have an unholy obsession for Joe Lefeged's potential, and I hope that he starts because he takes the next step. Still, I really like this move.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Sign Former Ravens' Safety Tom Zibrowski | March
I think he really surprised people with just how slow he was. I don't think anyone expected a 4.3 40 or anything, but I think they expected it to be a lot closer to 4.5. There was some talk about him going even in the late first (which was ridiculous), but now I don't know how you don't draft someone like Junior Hemmingway above him (though Sanu is a pretty smooth athlete).
2 years, 4 months ago on NFL Draft Profile: Mohamad Sanu | March
If you have the power, please delete. Sorry; I got all messed up.
2 years, 4 months ago on Tom Zbikowski a Colt | Articles
@Nate Dunlevy @Scratch and Sniff I agree with the sentiments of others: I don't care at all about what they say on a player who isn't going to make much and is probably a decent back up. Now, if the contract is huge, thats one thing. If these are the only O-linemen they are going to add, thats one thing. But a trade for a decent RT and a cheap back up guard/center isn't worth getting worked up for.
@buymymonkey That wouldn't make ANY sense. Dollars to donuts, he just took a small gamble on a player he is familiar with. I am pretty sure if he is a sieve he will be cut. I am pretty sure if he ends up being a quality starter, it will be lauded as a smart gamble. If he is just ok, I am pretty sure that makes him like the other 100 similar players that are signed and cut every year in the NFL.
* "They are..."
Yeah, unless this deal is super huge, this is just a move for a guy the GM kinda likes. I don't think that's a bad thing. Is he worse than Olsen as a backup? Well, no one knows. Hopefully it won't matter. I really like Dunleavy, but man that article was really unfair. "hey are rebuilding in the wrong way" was a bad throw away line at best.
I really like colts auhtority and hope it goes places. Hopefully the podcast will become listenable with more practice.
2 years, 4 months ago on Check it to Pancakes Podcast Open Thread - 3/14/2012 | March
The longer the colts wait, the more I think they are targeting in order NT, TE, CB in order with their second and third round pick. Thompson makes alot of sense at that Second pick.
2 years, 4 months ago on 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 | Articles
If Fleener or Charles are on the board at 34, the Colts turn in their draft card pretty quickly. I think Minnefield is good, but that is about half a round above his value.
I don't know if I like this unless one of two things are true: 1) they are going to lower that cap number by about half; 2) the colts are currently near the upper under end of their salary cap estimations (ie 18-20 million). As far as talent, there might be a sneaky steal here if Justice can move to guard where his good run blocking can shine.
2 years, 4 months ago on New OT? | Articles
@mattshedd There is NOTHING more important that protecting Luck this year. We aren't competing, and its probably going to be a couple of offseasons before the defense is built.
2 years, 4 months ago on Reggie Wayne Re-Signs On 3-Year Deal | March
@Kyle Rodriguez If the colts re-sign Evan mathis, I will begin to believe that Grigson has a microphone in my house. If we go after Kendall Langford or Luis Castillo at some point, I will sweep my house for bugs.
Now, please Grigson: go get Luck some protection!
Now: Carlos Rogers signs 4 year deal with 49ers.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Re-Sign Wayne | Articles
Also: Cortland Finnegan signs with Rams
3 Years, 17.5 Million, per LaCanfora.
I jumped up and down when I heard this. Its awesome to at least have Wayne and Mathis.
Now, Cory Redding, John Carlson, Evan Mathis, and Jason Allen come on Down!
@pierrezombie Meh... I think were about three years away from REALLY competing anyway, so I don't know if that really makes much of a difference.
2 years, 4 months ago on The Purge | March
While resigning one of the two colts players is possible, I think it is more likely that we sign two players like Steve Smith and Robert Meachem.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Teams Needs: Wide Receiver | Articles
Any hope we get Evan Mathis?
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts cap situation | Articles
@Payton Agreed. This isn't very realistic-- and I will gladly admit if I am wrong.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Team Needs: Cornerbacks | Articles
@ManiacallySteve The more I see of Grigson, the more I think he will be apt to add low-risk players that he likes-- That seems to be the main impetus for signing Vittatoe, Hickman, and Fayson. If this pays off once, I think it will be a good strategy.
@vishal_07 Not to make sh!t smell like roses, but I am pretty sure that Irsay made a move he DIDN"T want to make-- I am pretty sure he would have rather had a healthy Manning and a lower pic in the first round this year.
@ManiacallySteve An undrafted FA out of last years draft from UTEP. Lots of records at a low-level of competition.
The link above just made me Puke. I know that Luck will make it look a little better, but yuk.
If the colts are going to pony up for a FA corner, I for one would much rather they go for Cortland Finnegan (but I've always really liked him) or Jason Allen, who might be cheaper than both of those options.
@7IHd @19>18 I am pretty sure Diem is a FA-- I might be wrong, though. I really hope Linkenbach isn't "penciled" in as a starter. I just really hope that Link and Reitz are depth players. I also would like a depth center (unless Kirkpatrick is the answer).
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts release of 5 players | Articles
I'll say it a million times The best case scenario for this next season is that we make it through with a healthy Luck. Lock down two free agent O-linemen, a WR (doesn't have to be a #1), and then see what you have left for a NT and a DB. Then in the draft, get more O-linemen and a TE or WR. Worry about the defense nest year; just keep luck healthy by beefing up the O-line and giving him even average weapons to get the ball to.
@7IHd I don't think Diem is back, and I am pretty sure if Pollak is back its at Center. I would love it if the Colts could get at least two interior linemen, and a WR-- that is, infact, what I hope they get with their first three non-Luck picks
I am pretty sure these moves were coming either way-- its just a shame that the real cap benefits won't come till next season. Is anyone else hoping our non-draft shopping list is OLine, Oline, WR and then what ever pieces we can afford for the Defense? This team just needs to protect Andrew Luck next year and make sure he has at least one WR to get the ball too.
@horseshoe19 We couldn't have traded Mathis because he was a free agent. Plus, he fits better at OLB (for a smaller price) than does Freeney. I think Freeney could do it, but he is most valuable at RE in a 4-3 Defense.
2 years, 4 months ago on Freeney Trade Scenarios | Articles
@Milkboneunderwear I sincerely doubt that the colts would just drop him-- cap space will only have a minimal affect on the ability of the colts to compete. I think its more likely that the price drops or just holding on rather than the Colts just letting him go now
I know that most people woke up this morning really depressed, but I have seen this coming for weeks-- I have filled my "football" time with ideas about how the colts could get better, all the while covering up the manning mess with some crazy thought that I would wake up and the First round pick would be traded for a package of players that would allow the Manning train to keel rollin'.
In a lot of ways, this is like cleaning up a back yard full of junk. You can smell the stench of a rotting corpse the whole time you clean, and you tell yourself that the stench will go away once the mess is cleaned up and you wear nose plugs and truck along-- untill one day you find that the family dog you had just "run away" was sitting under a tarp, suppling the smell of rotting flesh. In on sense, its hard to look at, but at the same time you realize you knew all along and the only thing you can do is bury it.
2 years, 4 months ago on The End of the Manning Era | February
The issue isn't that Luck wouldn't benefit, its that the combination of cap space and commitment of a #1/rd.1 pick wouldn't help manning. Essentially, the cost of carrying both wouldn't lead to a better team next year. Not to mention, many people think Luck is the most pro ready prospect in a while, which means that for one (or two or three) seasons, you'd have wasted to make the team better on the field.
2 years, 4 months ago on What happens to Luck if he sits behind Manning? | Articles
I agree with this list, except to put Saturday a little higher.
2 years, 4 months ago on Five Plays in Free Agency - Roundup of the Rest & Conclusions | Articles
I don't disagree with this plan so much as I don't understand the point-- "The colts need to clear up cap space by cutting bad players and restructuring deals with the good ones" isn't really all that great of a plan-- in fact, its pretty obvious.
2 years, 4 months ago on If Kuharsky ran the Colts | Articles
As far as I am concerned, they have two... where are you getting the other four? I am being a bit glib, but I am talking about proven, 7 or more sacks a season type guys. While I think there is a great chance Jerry Hughes can come close to that with some 34 OLB snaps, saying we have "six guys" at the position is not saying much at all-- unless, of course, you are including some people I am completely forgetting.
2 years, 4 months ago on Bart Scott or Jarrett Johnson | Articles
I wonder-- if we really lose Garcon and Wayne, what do we do at receiver? Do we look at a guy like Meachem who doesn't have consistant stats but might cost a bit less, or do we go all in with someone like Mike Wallace and add another WR in the Draft?
2 years, 4 months ago on King: Wayne/Garçon/Manning package deal? | Articles
I don't know that I like either pick. The more I think about it, I like a second MLB to be picked in the third round. I also think we go D-line/pass rusher with the second pick. I know, I know, "stop the pass and win" and all that. It just seems to me that we need another pass rusher (depending on what happens with Dwight-- I think there is a real chance he is traded) and that we don't have the LB's to make even a part time 3-4 work correctly.
I have never read a sports piece and had no reaction because it was most like reviewing notes I had taken for a test more than a revelation. Well done.
2 years, 4 months ago on Stealing the Thorny Crown | February
I have a question: just because another team would loose draft picks for tampering, does that mean the Colts would get the draft picks they lost?
2 years, 4 months ago on Report: Chiefs have talked to Manning's agent | Articles
What a Jackass. I came here just to say that. Other journalists tend to report things like "Person x will stay, person y will go" because they here it from a source. Being really vocal about what you think can, will, and SHOULD happen does tend to pull your reputation into question. There's a difference between being wrong for the right reasons and right for the wrong reasons.
2 years, 5 months ago on Kravitz: I'll say I'm wrong | Articles
If Saturday wants it, it just feels like he could become a GM, work in the commissioners office, or work with the Union. He just feels like the kind of guy who could be in charge of a team, a league, or a union and actually not make people want to rend their garments.
2 years, 5 months ago on Schefter: Saturday offered front-office job | Articles
Indy is a surprisingly great place to take a vacation.
2 years, 5 months ago on Rosenthal: Indy went above and beyond | Articles
I think a reworked deal-- for, say, 4 years, 60?-- with significantly less guaranteed would be a pretty fair compromise.
2 years, 5 months ago on Irsay: Peyton can stay | Articles
I thought Frank Reich was let go?
2 years, 5 months ago on Lessons Learned from Manning: A Guide to Being the Colts QB | January
" if their going in that direction." Typo police on the job.
PS. I am not proud that this distracted me to the point where I had to relive the psychical weight by commenting on it.
2 years, 5 months ago on Preparing for the Colts Future: Tight Ends Dropping Like Flies | November
Phil B, this is why you are my favorite colts beat writer. Well, that and the fact that you are not Kravitz.
2 years, 5 months ago on Colts and character | Articles
@GregC Are you kidding? Other than not taking into account that the colts played much closer to a 4 win team, that Manning is worth a MINIMUM of 6-7 wins over Orlovsky/Painter, that the defense showed signs early and late of being much closer to "average" than normal (especially when the Colts Defensive scheme rose above the level of "flustercuck"), that the Run blocking was actually, you know, good, and that the offensive line is a few less injuries (and better QB play) from being a real strength, this is the best article I've ever read.
2 years, 5 months ago on La Canfora: Colts not even close | Articles
@Nate Dunlevy It seems like a really good combination. I think Jackson did a great job with Flacco (when he had them) and with the Raiders. Plus, I think Spagnoulo is a great Defensive minded guy. I wouldn't want Jackson as the head coach (even with Spags as the DC) with all the drama that seems to have gone on with him, but these are two guys who can coach the defense and offense with the best of them.
2 years, 6 months ago on Change is Hard | January
I would love Spagnoulo as the Head coach, with Hue Jackson as the Offensive co-ordinator.