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@therapyneeded@Nate Dunlevy Ah, the true fan. I don't know if you ever listen to Colin Cowherd, but he did an interesting show once on True Fan versus Smart Fan. If you are so inclined as to read it, I've inserted a link to a short quotation of the main idea here: http://8thmaxim.com/site/forum/showthread.php?t=8819. I used to be a True Fan of the Cowboys growing up. Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, all that. When they dumped Landry and Jerry Jones took over, I stayed for a while. I was a True Fan. But after Switzer, and all the string of subpar talent, coaching, and well, General Management, quite frankly, I'd had enough. The Cowboys and the lack of a real effort to field a great team lost me after 20 years of True Fandom. I moved to Indy and have followed the Colts for over a decade. Smart Fan doesn't put up with a regime that won't put out a good product (or at least really try to put out a good product). If I'm going to spend money on jerseys, pajama pants, beer mugs, and coffee cups with team logos on them, the least the team can do is work on putting out a good product. And, part of that is knowing someone is out there providing the contrary opinion - if no one does, some owners won't care - after all, they still will make money off the True Fans.Sports blogs, like Colts Authority, are great because they offer the alternative opinion, as well as the popular one, occasionally. I think they help keep the process honest. And that doesn't mean people that write for these blogs aren't real fans, although I suspect it does make them Smart Fans. They provide analysis that is different, and is fun to think about and consider. What's so wrong questioning the building of the Colts team (and the supposed run first focus) given all the information out there showing the evolution of the league to a pass-first approach? At least the Colts FO knows there are people out there questioning them and hopefully not giving them a totally free pass.Despite what I said about Smart Fans and the role of sports blogs in keeping pro teams honest, there is an alternate approach you could take to being dissatisfied with the writing here - you could just not read it. If you don't like Colts Authority, or Stampede Blue, there is always Colts.com. They only talk about how great the Colts are. There is also the Bob Lamey / Chuck Pagano show on 1070 The Fan, in Indy. Every Monday night at 6 PM. They probably even stream on the internet if you don't live local. I can assure you that even if the Colts get blown out by 40 points, that show will search only for positives and not mention anything negative whatsoever. It is a True Fan show. It's not hard to just tune out if you don't like what you read here.I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season. I've enjoyed Colts Authority even though I don't always agree with everything written here!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chiefs
Nate, did you mean dhb was negative 26.2? If so, that is truly amazing. Do you happen to know the worst Dvoa all time for a WR ?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chiefs
Does this analysis on Cherilus hold true for many of the other games, or just this one? Curious as I believe he is our most expensive lineman?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 11
@Nate Dunlevy @DougEngland Do players that were with multiple teams still "choose" which team they go into the Hall of Fame representing? Or does that not happen at all? The one thing that would kill me is Irsay ticking him off to the point of entering the HOF as a Bronco. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Broncos
When the Colts hired Pep, I read a lot of great things about him, and how he would be a head coach in just a few years. Well, he won't be if he sticks to his guns. Instead, he might need to morph his offensive strategy. My question is, how many OCs have adapted and changed away from their core approach? If you look at innovators, like Bill Walsh, for instance, did he "morph" away from a running background and come up with that himself? Wondered how many examples there are of OCs that have changed versus tweaking their "training" that came from early years. Lots of the west coast offense guys came from west coast lineages. Wondered how many people have truly adapted and changed to fit the need and whether or not, based on that, we would expect Pep to be able to change direction.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Seifert: Let Luck Loose, Already
You know, that's an interesting analogy to the 2003 Brady. And if the Colts get the squad to allow Luck to pass more without being sacked 60 times a year, he could later be the Brady that broke Peyton's TD/year record. I hope the coaching staff is an malleable as Belichick's was (gasp, choke, said his name....) and can flex this offense over time to fit the overall pieces. But, I have a feeling Chuck is going to be #Runstrong his whole tenure regardless.
5 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Jaguars
@GregC Blaine's World! Excellent! Party Time! That was awesome. Thanks for posting.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking down the Colts' Big Win at San Fransciso and Previewing Colts at Jaguars Week 3 with Colts Authority Radio, Live at 8pm ET
@Colt_Following OK. I'll come out of the darkness, quit being a vampire, and live in the sunshine of the victory... Good point about franchise QB's and them not usually leaving over offensive scheme... It was indeed fun yesterday to see them stuff someone like that defensively...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers
As for Luck's legacy being reduced by our perception of where things are headed - that depends on one thing - that Luck actually wants to stay past his rookie contract. I guess they could tag him and prolong it, but eventually, if he wanted out, he could do it. If he was going to become the next Aikman, maybe you stay to win 3 rings like Troy did. But if you don't see that in the club's future, I'd say you make like Peyton and choose the team that has the best overall prospects. I hope the fear of a still young Luck leaving due to displeasure with the direction of the club would shock the FO into some sort of change. Perhaps in that manner, there is a check and balance in the future.
It is insane that I actually think about this as much as I do!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers
You have now officially convinced me of my fear that last year was solely a product of Arians, not Chuck. How Irsay buys that running theory, though, after a decade plus of Peyton is even more confusing.
@hankster @Nate Dunlevy Going back to Pagano's hiring, he talked about running and stopping the run. Of course, Grigson seems to support that, as does Hamilton. Has anyone ever seen an interview of any type with Pagano or Grigson (from last year or this year) where a question of the following nature is asked: "Given that most successful teams in the NFL today are good at passing, and rushing the passer, why would you favor 'run and stop the run' as your strategy?" I don't recall ever hearing this. I've seen them talk about running, but I've never heard any media member ask why you would build on that principle. I'd love to know if a) they think run/stop run is indeed a viable strategy still, even with acknowledged understanding that it is a passing league, or b) they don't buy into the concept that pass/stop pass is the modern NFL. I'm honestly baffled that they wouldn't know the same statistics that people like Nate have put up over the years that clearly show this trend. I'd like to get some insight as to what they are thinking with this approach. Maybe I'm just trying to convince myself that this running thing can work!!!
Nate, this is really fun. How many "Worst" categories can you expand into? Certainly, there are opportunities for Worst Coaching Moment each week. But, for sure we need a category for Mark Sanchez and his hair barette, or whatever that thing is in his hair. It's freaking me out!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on The Worst of Week One
@zgs1288 I was at the Jax game where he laid on the field motionless for 5 minutes or so. I was honestly afraid he was dead (as were many of us) and yet some idiot Jaguar fan behind me kept yelling "Yeah! That's how we roll in Jacksonville!"
1 year ago on Then and Now: Colts Part Ways with Freeney and Collie
"Should have chosen 'D.' " The Rosencopter memory is an awesome one. Thanks for putting up that link!
@mshah9008 We might take a step down next year just due to schedule strength, assuming it isn't as easy as this year's schedule. That won't bother me too much.
With regard to the WC offense Pep will bring in - aren't there wide variations in the WC approach? I think Green Bay would be regarded as running a variant of the WC. They have a tremendous receiving corp and certainly don't just dink and dunk it. The original WC offense of Walsh had Jerry Rice and they didn't rely solely on short passes. So, I hope that the overall abilities of our squad will result in Pep giving us a WC variation that incorporates some of the higher efficiency passing, as well as preserving a less frequent vertical approach.
Can't wait to see!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Colts Monday Musings: Did the Cardinals do the Colts a Favor?
Scary game, this one. I hope Luck can still walk when it is over and doesn't have Clay Matthews jersey number imprinted onto his chest. Packers D isn't great, but the interior OL potential of Link-Shipley-McGlynn is scary.
And I DO think Freeney is dogging it.
1 year, 5 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Packers | October
What's your opinion on the long-term impact of multiple sacks per game on Luck's development? Lots of people would attribute David Carr's stunted growth to the beating he took early in his career. I'm not talking about the physical effect of all those sacks as much as the mental. Hoping Luck is pretty tough. I'll be watching the "rotting interior" this weekend to see if they've gotten any better.
1 year, 5 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Vikings | September
@pierrezombie @DougEngland I was thinking about the same - it's better than what we had. When they brought in Justice, they re-did his contract and took him down to about $1MM a year if I recall correctly. If that's right, Grigson knows that's about all he is worth, and didn't over value him. That figure is not too bad. i'm guessing that they didn't have the cap room to get a proven FA. That would cost significantly more than what they are paying Justice. Once the cap room frees up after this year, I would hope they get a couple of decent FAs on the line. They'll be able to pay then, and the draft slots maybe go to defense instead.
1 year, 6 months ago on Regular Season Week 1, Quick Recap: Colts 21 at Bears 41 | September
I like your analysis tool, Kyle. Statistics aren't the perfect way to evaluate things, but they take the emotion out of it, at least. Jaws and most other analysts seem to have an emotional attachment or two to certain players. I can't figure out how Rivers was that high in his ranking. He blew chunks last year. And I agree - nobody wants to place Stafford in that upper group, but if he is healthy, he is the real deal. Flacco is another guy the analysts want to love no matter what he does. Hey, just like the QBR was an improvement over passer rating, maybe the TURD will gain some love...
1 year, 7 months ago on The Ultimate Statistical Quarterback Ranking | July
@SpencerFGray Oh, yeah, and if the Colts aren't on TV, fans will watch Peyton every week instead. That would just be ducky...
1 year, 8 months ago on The Colts will Teach you for not Buying Season Tickets | July