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@Bobman1 @ECB Just to clarify, I think Brown was allowed to leave with little apparent effort to keep him because he never showed himself to be a premier running back. Even last year he was a good guy to have around, but no one was talking about him for the pro bowl, or even as a guy the Colts should keep around as their long term starter. If he had come back, it'd have been as a change of pace guy. Nice to have, but not worth a first round pick.
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Trent Richardson needs more than a Donald Brown-type resurgence. Brown had a decent career with the Colts, but never reached the kind of quality you'd like to see from a first round pick - which was why the Colts decided not to bring him back. It'd be nice if Richardson at least reached a Brown-type level, but he was brought in to be much better than that.
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@Stuebers_Inn @ECBThanks, that makes sense. Figured someone around here would know the answer.
1 month ago on Colts 2014 Draft Order Finalized
What happened to the other 7th round pick? I recall we traded one to SF for Cam Johnson, but I thought we'd gotten one from Dallas for Caesar Rayford.
I wonder if he is the reason we haven't signed a free agent NT to replace Aubrayo Franklin. I recall Pagano initially talking about him as a DE, but he has the size for NT and seems to have had his best performance there so far.
1 month ago on Dregs of the Roster: Montori Hughes Film Review
@GeorgeCostanzaIII @ECBPass protection could certainly be better, and I suspect it will be with Thomas and Allen plus a more experienced Thornton. But any NFL team will have some weak spots, and those can be compensated for in various ways. My point is that you don't have to be solid at every position, and in fact can't be.
1 month, 1 week ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Grading Grigson's Shopping Spree
@Payton @ECBI largely agree with your analysis of the 2009 team, and that is basically my point - you can't be stocked at every position, and you don't need to be to have a lot of success. In the salary cap era, the key is being able to compensate for those holes elsewhere. And even if a position starts out as a strength, it can become a liability due to injuries - consider corners in 2009 or receivers last year. The Colts are coming off a year in which they won their division and a playoff game, and beat both Super Bowl teams plus another team that barely lost the league championship. And they did it despite some serious injury losses.
I'm hoping they do add another veteran guard or center, and expect that they will. But probably not a stud. But their line will likely be much better anyway because Thomas and Allen will be back, Thornton will have a year of experience, and Holmes/Costa/mystery pickup can't be much worse than Satele at center.
I'm not getting this "team full of holes" meme. Look back at the Colts' roster from when they actually went to the Super Bowl in 2009. Their offensive line was Jeff Saturday and four stop-gap to average players. Gijon Robinson was a starter. Defensive tackles were a collection of guys we'd grabbed off other teams' practice squads. Jacob Lacey was a key member of the secondary. But they came heartbreakingly close to both a Super Bowl win and an undefeated season because they played well together and had Peyton Manning and some other great players.
Colts don't need to bring in a big name free agent at center, safety, or anywhere else to be a Super Bowl contender. They're contenders because of Andrew Luck and a great corp of receivers and Robert Mathis. The D should be much better this year because they'll have had more time to gell after all of last year's additions. And the O was outstanding despite missing two pro bowl-quality receivers most of the year.
Interesting that they are loading up the cap hit next year instead of this year. That allows them to make another big signing or so this year, but taking the hit this year would let them make another signing or two next year.
1 month, 1 week ago on Breaking Down the Colts' Free Agent Contract Structures