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It is evident the Colts plan on finishing with a terrible record again next year, try to trade the big pick they will receive (probably 1-3), and try to start building a team the next year. if they do nothing else, they had better shore up the offensive line big time immediately, or Luck will not last until next year.
As they say, "You play to win the game." Or in the Colts case, maybe not.
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The more I look at the Mathis signing, the more confused I get You do not sign a guy like Mathis to this kind of a contract if you are rebuilding. Either this front office is totally in disarray or they have a plan that includes winning in 2012. And coincidentially, winning does not include starting a rookie QB.
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The Colts had better be sure Mathis can fill the role of a stand up OLB, because on a 4-3 he is a real liability aganst the run, and teams will run at him in the 3-4 too.
Agree and disagree. The Colts will contend this next year if Manning is healthy, signs a renegotiated contract, the Colts do the same with Freeney, allowing Wayne and Garcon to return, and the Colts are able to improve the defense. Manning has proved for years that he does not need a great offensive line. If Manning, Wayne and Garcon are here, the Colts will have a top rated offense. Can the Colts improve the defense a little bit?
The biggest problem I see with the Colts bringing back Manning is the Manning offense. I don't know if there is a QB alive that can run this offense effectively but Manning. What are the Colts going to do about the offense? Rely on Manning to be healthy until he retires, and then change the offense to a conventional, offensive coordinator controlled one?
3 years ago on The Mythology of Manning | March
Nate, to me the infomation of the last couple of days, the video and Bob Kravitz revelations, serves to substantiate the reporting of Mortensen the last several weeks, in addition to lending credence to the credibility of Bill Polian, who Bob K stated was a "liar" concerning the late December Manning throwing sessions. Evidenty, the "Manning camp" was leakig the truth. Comments?
3 years ago on Video Released of Manning Throwing | March
If you watch, you can see Manning immediately reach to his upper right arm, near the shoulder area. Maybe feeling some numbness or burning.
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Nate, I have yet to see your take on Mortensen's latest, which is that Manning is throwing very well, and coinciding with his report, Kravitz saying that he has heard from multiple sources, none from the Manning camp, that Manning is throwing "much, much, better.
3 years ago on Covering the AFC South | March
This offense would be near the bottom of the NFL. Maybe the Colts expect the defense to keep them in games?
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In five years, Irsay may turn out to be a genuis. But right now, this organization has turned into a train wreck. Are any offensive free agents going to want to come here for a while, unless the Colts significantly outbid other teams? If Manning is gone, is any receiver going to want to work with a rookie QB and have no opportunity to win or get stats?
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There is a misnomer about stopping the pass vs stopping the run A defense has to be able to do one or the other, or at least be able to slow down one if needed. The Colts have been reputed to be a top team against the pass in recent years, but that was false. They were so bad against the run tnat team did not pass a lot against them. They really were not good against the pass, either, letting teams convert third down after third down.
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No doubt the Colts are going to rebuild. But they have the rare opportunity to win while doing it, with keeping Manning at a cheaper rate and drafting Luck. They could also rebuild while being mediocre, which will be letting Manning go, and starting Luck from day one. Haven't we heard, "hello, you play to win the game." What will Irsay's choice be? To win or to lose?
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@Nate Dunlevy The fallacy about this is, you are using the fact that Mortensen and Shefter reporting this as "new" news as a basis to belittle their reports about Manning's arm strength returning. These guys have many, many more sources than you have ever dreamed of. They wouldn't take something that Manning's people say just at "face value." They would check it out. These guys have reputation's at stake. This is their living. They don't make things up, and don't say things just because a single source tells something to them. What they are saying is consistent with Polian's statements, with Addai's, and with Vinateiri's. Are all of these people not being truthful? Time will tell.
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@Nate Dunlevy @Payton You say a healthy Manning does not exist any more. What are your credentials for making such a claim six or seven months before the season starts? Where did you play your college ball? Were you good at throwing the out? It is your opinion, and worth just a much as my dog's. It may end up right, but just as likely may not.
@Nate Dunlevy Sorry, but you are wrong. He was shut down in December the day after the workout because the Colts training staff did not think his neck was strong enough, the muscles had not built up enough. Check it out. Dr. Fuer said in December the neck had atrophied due to inactivity and there was not a full range of motion. The most recent report stated that he could play, if he had sufficient arm strength. He can take a hit now, he could not in December. The same Dr. Fuer stated this time, "If you were my son, I would tell you to play." Therefore, the reports are different, as Dr. Fuer stated he could not play in December because of the neck, and he can play now. You are wrong about this. All that Manning is waiting for now is for the arm to regain sufficient strength. He can take a hit now, he could not in December. Please read the SI article again, and you will see your error.
And also, the latest release was "new" news. 18to88 is using the fact that Chris Mortensen reported is a news to question Mortensen's credibility. After the December workout, Drs (Colts trainders and Drs) stated Manning could not play. The latest report stated he could play. Totally different, and totally new.
@Nate Dunlevy @Payton Was it true that Manning was going to retire the afternoon of Rob Lowe's tweet? To me, that is what started all of the "politics," and was an underhanded trick by Irsay. And the latest release, that Manning had a "fourth procedure" was another underhanded trick that had no meaning at all. The truth, doctors have released Manning to PLAY football, physically. Whether he can throw the football like the Manning of old is another thing, and he really has several months for the arm to continue to get stronger. As Chris Wienke said, he suffered the same problems Manning did after the fusion. He had zero arm strength, he had to "teach himself to throw all over again, " and he did. That is a journeyman QB who did that, not arguably the best QB of all time. Manning may not make it back, but his history says he will.
@Nate Dunlevy @Payton Irsay released this info just in another attempt to do what it is indeed doing: casting douts on whether Manning will be able to play, and making it more obvious to all that the Colts should release him. What would be something would be a release, followed by a taped throwing session in mid-March, and a full scale bidding war like we have not seen ever. Seeing Manning carry on somewhere else, breaking all the NFL career passing records in another uniform, and the Colts beginning another run, this one of several years of mediocre play will do wonders for us all. By the way, I am sure that the latest article about the doctors releasing Manning was in response to Irsay and the media (Kravitz) daily planting rumors about Manning's demise: Rob Lowe, etc. Irsay and his minions were in the process of putting the dirt over Manning's grave, and Manning had to make some response.
@Nate Dunlevy I am not mad at the Colts. I am mad a Irsay for all his schneggians. There is no way I would pay the 28 million, but I would have done all in my power to sign a player who has increased the value of this franchise tremendously all by himself, and made me tens of millions of dollars. Irsay sent the first broadside thru his buddy, Rob Lowe, and other subtle references have followed, all in a public relations attempt. I have lost all respect for Irsay, and that won't return no matter what happens. However, I doubt he is worrying about it.
You really want me, but you want me only if I cut my salary. You really want me, but you want to gut the team so I can't help us win. You really want me, but you are going to bring in my replacement. No thanks!
@Nate Dunlevy The Colts franchised Manning, so they were in "hock" to him for $23 million before the 2-4th procedures. Injuries happen, so the Colts paid him as all NFL teams do to players who get injured. They Colts did not do Manning any favors by signing him to the contract as it was written, as they had the out this March. They owed him $23 million anyway. People who say the Colts made a good will move to Manning by signing him don't know what they are talking about.
@Nate Dunlevy I agree that, unless Manning is able to throw at 75% and is definitely improving by the first couple of weeks of March, Irsay should not pay the bonus, but even if Manning is not at 75% and is definitely progressing, Irsay should make a good faith attempt to sign him, and not the scherade that we have seen, which has all been an attempt by Irsay and his minions to do nothing but sway public opinion. Manning deserves better than what he has got from this organization, and no matter what you think, this will haunt Irsay more than trading away John Unitas did to his father. In this ne age of communication, people will not forget, and NFL free agents will not, either.
The only people on record who have actually seen Manning throw, Polian, Joe Addai, and Adam Vinateiri, have been very positive about Manning's rehab. I fail to believe that all three of them are not being truthful, as not one of them seems to have any agenda. I do believe that Irsay has an agenda, and that agenda is to convince Manning to retire, ether because he is truly concerned about Manning's long term health, or truly wants Manning to retire so he (Irsay) does not have realease him and face the fan rebellion that will undoubtably occur.
@Nate Dunlevy When Polian was on ESPN and comments about Manning throwing well, being accurate, and making throws from one hash to the other, he was not referring to the workout as mentioned in SI. He was talking about a workout a few weeks later. Was Kraviz calling Polian a liar talking about that, later workout, or about the early workout?
@Nate Dunlevy Do you have any idea how Manning was throwing in September, prior to the fusion, and in December, after the surgery. Polian said it was 100% better. Do your sources say it was better or essentially the same?
The Colts have never been able to consistently run the ball, or stop the run on defense. I remember the Patriots running the ball down the Colts throat in the second half of one of the early 2000 games, the Saints dominating the second and third quarters of the Super Bowl in time of possession, and the Jets dominating both lines of scrimmage in the last playoff loss. The Colts have just not been a tough enough team at the point of attack to either control the football or get the ball back. Has Manning's performance been all world? No, but he has played better than most in the playoffs, and better than a lot of QBs who have great playoff records. The Colts philosophy has just been one of not being physical, and it has cost them when playing against good teams.
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@Nate Dunlevy My question to you. Do you have credible sources that are telling you Manning still cannot throw the football and is not demonstrating improvement in arm strength?
@Nate Dunlevy So I take it, you are in the Kraviz camp? Manning is essentially the same today as he was in September, with little improvement. You are also selling your credibility.
@Nate Dunlevy Do you think Mortensen and Shefter would be risking their own credibility by stating that Manning is showing improvement, when that is not the case? Their credibility is all they have.
@Nate Dunlevy If htere is anyone who has an agenda in this situation, and has had one since November, it is Kraviz. I believe he had direct communication with Irsay, is acting as a spokesman of Irsay, and we know what Irsay's agenda is.
I think i is pertinent to view Polian's continued comments. After the mid-December workout, Polian stated that Manning was throwig 20-25 yards, and was throwing with "good' velocity, and was throwing100% better than in Sepember. That story seems to check out, as 80% of his normal velocity should be considered at a "good" level Then, a few weeks later, Polian sees another workout that seems to validate Mortnsen's claim that Manning is showing continued improvemet. Polian said Mannng was throwing accurately, with passes that were not wobbly (he stated wth good spiral), and was throwing from hash to hash (the most difficult throw QBs make), and was throwing across his body, to both sides of the field, and was throwing "well." Polian, of all people, has no reason not to tell the truth. If nothing else, it does demonstrate that the nerve is regeneratng, and his arm strength has already came a long way.