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I hated running the same counter play we'd been running all night right before that pass. Yeah, it had worked well--but by that point the Eagles were ready for it. As they lined up, I was saying, "please don't run the exact same counter again." It had seemed like a mostly beautifully called game; why not do play-action, or run anything but the same play they'd run out of that formation something like 15 times already?
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/opportunity-lost-colts-27-eagles-30.html
This is great. And it makes me feel a lot better about the FO. Not quite, "okay, enough of this run to win bullshit," better, but definitely better.
9 months ago on Breaking Down the Colts' Free Agent Contract Structures
@thellamajockey @AJ_ Yeah, I was hearing things last fall, after the "15 years" tweet, from my people in Indy. Hope he gets it sorted. I went through the pre-St. Peyton years, so Jim's got my loyalty more or less locked up.
9 months, 1 week ago on Jim Irsay Arrested on DUI and Drug Possession Charges
I reacted yesterday to what sounded like the Colts deciding to go with Costa over Mack. That's one interpretation of Mike Wells's statement that this signing ends the Mack thing, in all likelihood. That sounded like the Colts were either a) handing the starting gig to Costa, b) paying him too much to leave room for Mack, c) both (Walden/Landry signings have me gun-shy). Even knowing that the Mack situation isn't entirely in the Colts' control, and that there's a lot we don't know there, I just didn't get this move. It doesn't seem like we're getting 75% of Mack and 10% of the price, which I could live with.
But it doesn't look like that's what happened (choosing Costa over Mack). I still don't get the urgency, since Costa seems like just a guy, and there are always plenty of those, but I'm inclined to see this as a possible reason for hope. For one thing, it's cheap. But mainly, my impression has always been that, for all but the most elite players, O-line development takes a few years. Looks like the guy had bad luck with an injury, and like Frederick was just so good that he would have been picked anyway (this is pure speculation). Problem is, I don't know where that impression on O-line development comes from, so I don't trust it.
Still really curious what's up with Holmes. Bottom line, though, is that this doesn't matter, because of my Madden franchise: Holmes quickly became a Pro Bowl fixture, so Costa is relatively cheap insurance. Meanwhile, Vick Ballard's gonna pick up 28 rushing TDs cleaning up drives that Dwayne Allen was too slow and Coby Fleener too weak to finish. Get it tattooed on you: it's happening.
9 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa
Fair enough. I want that anyway. didn't mean my comment to sound snarky. Was referring to the comment that pass rush is only Mathis.
9 months, 1 week ago on Free Agency Frenzy Live with Colts Authority Radio
Are we totally giving up on Werner, then?
re: Toler: Is it just crazy wishful thinking to hope Polian's right and it takes a year to settle in, so he'll be much better this year for his 7-8 games?
I bought my gf a TV so I could keep The Bachelor out of my NFL. Now yer getting chocolate in my peanut butter.
"wrong side of 30" is subjective. #cougarlife
@MarcusDugan Given what he's probably looking for, contract-wise, I think I'll feel the same way. At least until Jonteddy Bridgefootballwartles drops 500 yds/game on us as Greg Toler just throws his now-fallen-off leg at passes in lieu of defense.
9 months, 1 week ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Feelings Heading into Free Agency
In 12 hours, Trent Richardson will be installed at QB for $47 million guaranteed, Andrew Luck will be playing WR and FS, and Erik Walden will be playing all of the rest of the positions and I'll be setting myself on fire.
You asked for nightmare scenarios, right? I didn't really read the post very closely.
I mean this, it's not snark: Does this mean we're paying north of $5mil for at least 2yrs for a guy who plays the same position as the guy we traded Jerry Hughes for? And still have major pass rush issues? I mean, I'm not carrying a torch for Jerry, it's just hard to get as excited about this as, given that Robert Mathis himself approves, I'd lik to.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign ILB D'Qwell Jackson
It's a great photo. Really good work!
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Advance after a Wild Comeback, 45-44 over the Chiefs
Not to mention obvious offensive PO on an early pick play or tbr personal fouls (facemask, blindsiding TY), which snuff out whatever sympathy that Grantland article about KC sports agony mighta stirred up in me.
I'm really sick of declining push notifications (iPad app used to be bad about displaying the comments, so I deleted it) and the GIFs are always trouble, but in general it's been fine for me. Only persistent issue is how long it takes for comments to load on iPad 2 and iPhone 5, but they aren't fatal flaws or anything. For what it's worth, I guess; not complaining about my favorite site, which is free. Just in case you wanted some feedback.
I've been calling for Pagano's head for awhile (I still blame his Jedi mind powers for the Richardson trade, and anyway, I don't like goattees), but Pep's been getting better all season. Serious kudos to both of them for being willing to make adjustments and toss their stubbornness out the window for the win. BTW, thank you for noting that nobody left when it was 38-10. Got a friend in Miami I need to start baiting again. Didn't want to wait for the NBA playoffs, and it's no fun anymore hassling my buddy the Knicks fan.
Best sports article I've read in a very long time. Thank you.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes
Dear Chuckstrong, these are some things you don't have to do: 1) run the ball; 2) live like a refugee
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts/Chiefs Post game show, Live at 8pm
Speaking of refs, every time I used to hear that stat about Duane Brown not being called for holding in like 5 years, a part of me died a little bit. DFree shoulda had at least 20 more sacks but for uncalled holding against the Texans alone.
You just made me realize that I know the correct spelling of this name, and that makes me feel ... very confused about how closely. i follow the Colts.
If they'd only signed Josh Scobee, this would be a different postgame show.
I think I pulled my ACL and definitely gave myself cirrhosis.
So much like.
Colts secondary: http://youtu.be/R0LzAEn3yZ4
I think the key to the game was my official GF discovering that she has a crush on DBrown and renewing hers on Fleener. I texted her a pic of Werner hoping for a sack, but I think these things take time. I dunno; gotta ask my gri-gri consultant.
That was some rugby s**t right there.
Did I just hear that Avery tried to grudgef***k the Colts? This is really my kinda show.
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!! I'm buying a t-shirt for everyone I know for xmas. Then I'm keeping all teh shirts. And getting "Run the Ball" tattooed across my chest in gothic script, then--Bam!--"Stop the Run" across my shoulders, on my back. Coltstrong4eva
1 year ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Bengals
Josh Gordon. That is all.
1 year ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals
You know, reading this and the article on the NFLization of other leagues, I thought about that proposal to add 2 more games to the schedule. And while I think it's a bad idea for the game as it is, I'd really like to see a lot more football, but in a way that doesn't chew up bodies the way the NFL does. Maybe the point is to make the game less violent so the season can be longer. You know those guys who complain it's turning into flag football? Well, I'm not sanctimonious here—my favorite player to watch used to be Steve Atwater (mainly because Ronnie Lott was a Niner and my brother liked them so I had to hate them)—but maybe there's something there. Restructure the game somehow to make injuries less common and extended recovery time a bit less necessary. I don't know what that would mean. But Rugby's still a pretty hard-assed sport without the spectacular violence, and it has fewer stops in the action as well. Maybe the answer is reducing the padding, instead of increasingly legalistic and fine divisions of what hits are acceptable and when, which nobody really seems to understand (I mean, extremes like James Harrison and Brandon Merriweather are easy to see, but that's in the nature of extremes). Of course, if this resulted in moar Dan Dierdorf, I'd have to give up the game altogether, but it would be fun to watch Mark Schlereth's head explode and see if that actually managed to make him less articulate and coherent. We know it wouldn't affect Merril Hoge.
1 year, 1 month ago on They Aren't Who We Thought They Were: Why the NFL is So Difficult to Analyze
Just opened the Star and saw mention of the trade deadline looming. I didn't keep reading because I was afraid they'd lead with what I think is going on in Grigson's head: "Oh crap I still got all these draft picks I'ma lose if I don't use them by the deadline!! I will hide them in my goatee and use them next season. Yes, goatees are my strategic advantage. I will never trade you, goatee."
1 year, 1 month ago on Talking Colts Broncos and Reggie Wayne's Injury, Live Tonight at 8pm ET
@ColtsHead_Ben I keep thinking if I just hate it hard enough, he'll either turn into Jim Brown or the football gods will give us our pick back. Too bad Gene Smith ain't still in Jax; I bet Grigzszszy could fool him into bailing the Colts out ... you know, the way the Browns did to the Colts.
1 year, 1 month ago on Big Win comes with a Big Price: Colts lose WR Reggie Wayne for the Season with Torn ACL
Really sorry this sounds so drunk. I should have known better than to expect anything to work properly on my iPad now that iOS 7 is here to Irsay my Apple products.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts fans talk about Peyton Manning
So I missed a lot of the St Peyton era because I left the country for awhile. I remember the Tampa Bay comeback mainly because I found a bar in the outer reaches of Seoul where the bartender would turn on AFN on Tuesdays once I proved I'd buy enough gin & tonics to justify her breaking policy and not requiring a brother to buy a whole bottle at $300 a pop. And I was there working through the bottle and couldn't take it, so I headed home--only to frantically start calling and texting the dozen or so people I knew in the entire country at the time, when i got home and pulled up the Star because, for reasons I've given up trying to fathom, I soak up as much Colts stuff as I can stomach. That means there's a blog I no longer ever check. But it means I watched every second of the 2011 season, even though I knew it was over as soon as I heard the words "Kerry Collins." I was in Indy, taking my girl to her first-ever NFL game, when Reggie caught that ball to beat the Texans. Bought my Jeff Saturday jersey that night, just outside the union Station tunnel, from a guy who, if memory serves, turned into a whirlwind of mist once the deal was done. But what do I know? I was too busy bellowing "Reeeeeegggiiiieeeeeee!!!!" into the sky to notice. I assumed he was gone. I was glad the boys kept the streak against Hou alive. I'd gotten used to suffering on Sundays, since I started liking football in 1985, around about the time our family moved from Terre Haute to a town so small there's two of them in Indiana and I didn't know until 11 years later, en route to a college visit. I watched the Colts every Sunday. I still hate the Browns almost exclusively because of what they did to grade school me in the playoffs in the Dickerson years. My dad took us to the airport to see the team come back and I think I got Albert Bentley's autograph, but I lost it. I still got the glove Barry Larkin signed for me during a rehab stint with the Nashville Sounders (?) when they played the Indians (Chris Sabo amd Paul O'Neill were also there that night), but I lost this one.Anyway. I was a Duane Bickett and Jeff Herrod guy anyway. And Bill Bentley. And Jason Belser. And I guess even Dean Biasucci, why not?Anyway, so fast forward to February 2007. I'm still in Seoul; spent the previous six months telling errbody I was flying toMiami if the Colts made the Super Bowl. I'd spent 4 years just about sweating blood (and literally surviving SARS, complete with ICU stay). What good is money if it can't be traded for experiences that cannot be repossessed? But I'd been coughing up blood for a week. Forget Miami; I might not even be able to see the game. They prolly had DVRs in Koreathen, but I didn't have one, so I had a very serious dilemma. I wound up spending the week learning things I didn't think I would about how the innawebsand my computer worked, amd setting up VLC player as a kind of ad hoc DVR. Watched a bit of the game.Saw Hester do his thing. Saw Thomas Jones break off the longest ru. he'd had since Pop Warner. Saw St Peyton--I swear this is true--be engulfed by no fewer than 27 Chicago Bears, 3 real bears, and a tsunami and still deliver a 50-yard TD in stride. Then I headed to the hospital. I was only worried about the SB. X-rays showed scarring on my lungs, the loogieculture came back negative, then I just shoved money into the face ofa cabbie until he drove like He was getting Mary to the manger on time. When Kelvin did his thing, I began leaping around like you do and called my parents, forgtti g that it was about 4a Indiana. time. I don't believe I said any actual words, I just sort of gabe a double-lunged "woooooo" for about 20 mins. We were all so happy, the time didn't matter any more than the wonder of my hhaving such functional lungs.So it's April 2012 and a friend of mine wants to go see the draft, seeing as how we both live i. NYC. We're up in one of the Radio City balconies, and I find a seat a few rows back from the booth where Mort, Schefty and The Bill The Polian are set up. I'm barely paying attention, because it'll be 3 yrs, minimum, before we know how this draft went, right? But at some point I'm coming back from the bathroom in my aforementione Jeff Saturday jersey and here co es Bill up the stairs. I wNted to gush and hug bum and thank him for giving us all of that, especially give what we'd gone through before (including when trigger-thumbs Jimmy was running the personnel), but I just froze. Given what Colts nation seemed to have done to him, I didn't know what to say.My girl, thnnking she was being ice, bought one of those t-shirts with the team logo on thefro t and the p,ayer name and number o. the back, right after St Peyton signed with the Broncos. Well, I had the Saturday jersey, and so it's been good for some jokes I won't make here. Last xmas, my brother got a Luck jersey that dodn't fit, so he gave it to me. He also gaveme a Marv jerseya few years back. I'm wearing the Broncos T and the Luck jersey over it on Su day, and all Iwant is for the game to be over. It's all just too much. Nate's right, there were two correct answers to the Luck Manning thing, It could be worse (Hogeboom vs forfeiting the season), but it still means that whatever decision they made, the Colts were leaving a grwat option on the table. Jimmy prolly guaranteed St Peyton's gonna make up for the 3 atrocities Denver has experienced in Indy (his playoff bloodbaths, the first MNF game in indy, right after the adickerso. trade). He should. I'll always be a Colts fan first, but there's no way I can root against Manning. The last week has left me just desperately hoping Jim the Obscure isn't tryna be Jerry Jones, and Chuckstrong can insyead be chucksmart, because they're already flirting with the types of things that could end my fanhood. Sunday's gonna be a bloodbath. Luck can save us, long-term, but Jimmy, Chuckstubborn and Pep are currently obstacles.I've never been this much of a wreck in all 28 years of my Colts fandom. I know this is all over the map. So am I. I might go back to smoking cigarettes. This is why I get thoughts I know I shouldn't every time someone here in Brooklyn tells me the Colts are the luckiest franchise in history.And this is also why I think I either need to replace football or just move back to I dy and jump into the fire.Go Colts. Go Peyton.
So I missed a lot of the St Peyton era because I left the country for awhile. I remember the Tampa Bay comeback mainly because I found a bar in the outer reaches of Seoul where the bartender would turn on AFN on Tuesdays once I proved I'd buy enough gin & tonics to justify her breaking policy and not requiring a brother to buy a whole bottle at $300 a pop. And I was there working through the bottle and couldn't take it, so I headed home--only to frantically start calling and texting the dozen or so people I knew in the entire country at the time, when i got home and pulled up the Star because, for reasons I've given up trying to fathom, I soak up as much Colts stuff as I can stomach. That means there's a blog I no longer ever check. But it means I watched every second of the 2011 season, even though I knew it was over as soon as I heard the words "Kerry Collins." I was in Indy, taking my girl to her first-ever NFL game, when Reggie caught that ball to beat the Texans. Bought my Jeff Saturday jersey that night, just outside the union Station tunnel, from a guy who, if memory serves, turned into a whirlwind of mist once the deal was done. But what do I know? I was too busy bellowing "Reeeeeegggiiiieeeeeee!!!!" into the sky to notice. I assumed he was gone. I was glad the boys kept the streak against Hou alive.
I'd gotten used to suffering on Sundays, since I started liking football in 1985, around about the time our family moved from Terre Haute to a town so small there's two of them in Indiana and I didn't know until 11 years later, en route to a college visit. I watched the Colts every Sunday. I still hate the Browns almost exclusively because of what they did to grade school me in the playoffs in the Dickerson years.
I posted that before I heard the Lefeged news. The Adongo comment was about te Lefeged thing.
1 year, 2 months ago on Previewing Colts vs Seahawks live tonight at 8pm ET on Colts Authority Radio
They read that article on MMQB and Adongo's playing!!!
Do you think getting Brazill back changes anything in the play-calling?
Sounded more like what Kravitz did with Polian, actually.
1 year, 2 months ago on Talking Colts/Jaguars, the First Quarter of the Season and More with IndyStar's Phil B.
Awesome stuff, Phil!
Hey, can Hughes rush the passer? Maybe kill two birds with one stone, and trade the rest of our draft for AJ Jenkins and Mike Pollack.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Release WR Griff Whalen to Sign FB Robert Hughes, Bjoern Werner Possibly out 4-6 Weeks
If we don't have enough for a 0 WR, 5 FB set, then yes. We need another fullback. They 're also great for being the second layer of a pyramid for pep rallies and spirit day, with O- line as the base. Of course, McGlynn tends to drop his guy, and Satele's forever trying to build a trapezoid, but still: MOAR FULLBACKS.
I was surprised that they kept trying to run wide to the right. Castonzo's been great on those kinds of plays. Maybe I wasn't watching closely enough, but they didn't seem to set up TRich well on those runs by going right instead of left. That's the only pass I can give him. Not impressed at all yet.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Colts Steamroll the Jaguars 37-3
I feel like there hasn't been much discussion of the anatomy of the Colts' leading playmakers of late.
1 year, 2 months ago on CA Radio: Inside the Writer's Block- Week 3 and ENORMOUS UPSET EDITION
@codrutc I would like to watch our line attack *Nsync. Can't stand those guys.
1 year, 2 months ago on GIFtastic: A random collection of great moments in the Colts' win over the 49ers
Let's flip TRich, Walden and Satele to the Giants for JPP and an autographed pic of Ahmad Bradshaw! !!! I promised, if the Colts won, to have Andrew's face tattooed over my face ... hoping if I dye my neckbeard black and do an Andre the Giant impression, nobody will call me on it. Anybody want a peanut?
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at 49ers
So I just read something where Grigson basically tosses statistics out the window and says either you can go with the numbers or you can go with the eye test. So I officially give up on him. This is a disaster.
1 year, 3 months ago on The Trent Richardson Trade: A Closer Look
ESPN is reporting that everyone in Cleveland is pissed off about this, but I was reading their SB Nation blog last night, and people sounded pretty okay with it, really. Don't seem to trust Lombardi or Chudzinski, but one of them called it a "mulligan" on that pick. Considering how bad that draft is now looking for them, getting one of those picks back this quickly, in a draft errbody says is better than last year's for quarterbacks, looks like a major win for them.
@BDiddy @authorbeard hahahahahahaha. Puppy blood. It's what the monster they're building probably eats.
1 year, 3 months ago on BREAKING NEWS: Colts acquire RB Trent Richardson while simultaneously mortgaging future!!!
@GregC @authorbeard Oh, I know the difference. It's why I completely gave up on that site, despite the couple of good writers they had, two years ago. And this whole liking the wheeling/dealing thing seems like a guy who believes the way you actually get rich is by taking every check to Vegas and going all-in when your gut tells you to. I don't even want to watch this weekend, let alone go to the Seattle game, but I bet I can't even scalp my tix for face value. It's like the day they signed Kerry Collins, only if they'd done so because St. Peyton had the flu.