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@DougEngland @smonroe To take that one step forward, would you rather see a pass rusher like Kruger or Revis. To me Kruger makes all the secondary seem to play better. Less time to have to cover.
Or do you just try to target a single upgrade for Vaughn or Butler (keep the other, my preference is butler) and then find a pass rusher. I wonder if there is any statistical evidence to back up the feeling i have that it takes 3-4 yrs for a CB to really come into their own as a player. It always seemed like we bailed on CBs and then had them turn into good players on other teams.
2 years, 1 month ago on Breaking down the Cap: Defense and Special Teams
@Colt_Following @paulcareyjr @Kyle Rodriguez @AJ_ @DougEngland @smonroe @unitas19 I have watched both play Chapman always seemed to be the more disruptive force. Williams is outstanding as well. There is a reason why Saban played both together in 2011 one in a NT and one as DE. If each one takes up 2 blockers then your linebackers suddenly get much cleaner looks at RBs. If the offense decides not to double them then suddenly your d-line gets a lot of push into the backfield. He did the same thing with Marcel Darieus and Terrence Cody. I will also add that the knock on Williams being behind Chapman had more to do with wanting the best players on the field and less to do with talent.
I think they would both help solidify our D-line. Together they would be what Henderson and Stroud were for the Jags of the early 2000's, only in a 3-4. Personally I would prefer to see a versatile o-lineman that is from UA as well. Maybe then i can get my friends down here to cheer for the colts. They really carry a grudge for those loses to Tennessee and Auburn.
2 years, 2 months ago on Examining Mocks on the Colts 1st Round Pick
@paulcareyjr @smonroe Just one final comment, doesn't he just seem like the kind of person the colts would want in the locker room and on the field. The high energy, high intelligence, and high character kind of guy you always want to root for.
@paulcareyjr @smonroe I can understand that concern but you also have to look at the talent he has played/practiced against. Look at just the guys that he has practiced against the last 4 years: Terrence Cody, Donta Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, Rolando McClain, Jesse Williams, Josh Chapman, and Marcel Dareus. Then you add in other guys he played out of SEC that are drafted or draft-able talent (LSU's defense has produced some monsters). It is hard to find fault if it looks like he holds his ground in pass protection against that kind of NFL grade talent. I would love to see our linemen hold their ground. I feel like you can't hold it against him that he played in system that often saw him double teaming a nose tackle to open up the inside run game. Power run is always dependent on getting guys that work together to open up the point of attack, often through good double team work. I think he would fit any kind of interior blocking scheme.
Give him 2 years of NFL level strength and conditioning and he will be a beast. He has the fundamentals and the mentality already to excel, which is far better then most of the linemen we have drafted in the last 4 years. He won't be a liability in either aspect.
Strength is teachable at this level. Mentality isn't. That is just my opinion though.
@paulcareyjr What limitations did you notice? I am not trying to be sarcastic. but i can't debate the limitations without knowing what you are talking about. You have to take into account that he was rated as arguably top 10 player at 3 different positions 3 years in a row (outland watchlist 2010, outland winner 2011, outland finalist 2012). Saban compares him to Bruce Matthews, i will take 10-15 years of someone like Bruce Mathews playing for the colts for a first. Saban doesn't idly compare people, he coached with the oilers while Matthews was playing. Read his bio it might make you change your mind, the man has a phenomenal body of work.
@paulcareyjr @smonroe As a colts fan in Alabama, I have watched Jones for years. You don't win the Rimington and Outland at 2 different potions and then finish top 3 in the Outland voting another year, if you can't play ball. On top of that he is a tough consistently healthy player.
@Nate Dunlevy @silentkmantab @Kyle Rodriguez @smonroe I am very much a realist. I know the colts defense has not played well, the team overall has only played marginally. The thing is, the only thing that matters is the score at the end of the game. Now the stats you mention show how much is luck/fluke/big plays versus solid consistent play. Honestly, I really don't want to consider how much the current colts season reminds me of the eagles from a couple of years ago. Heavily dependent on getting big plays on either offense or defense.
I guess in my viewpoint a realist can accept the facts when they are presented, a pessimist looks at the facts and then tries to twist them with a negative spin. My personal motto that i live by is "prepare for the worst and hope for the best".
Side Note: I have seen a similar mindset in Alabama fans this year. Most clearly during the LSU game. Alabama got outplayed all game but somehow pulled out the win. I couldn't believe how quickly a fan can change from believing to complete doubt of their team's abilities.
Winning is fun. I went to 2 games last year. Tampa Bay on monday night and the Texans at Indianapolis. The Texans game was one of the best and most fun football games i have been to. I live in Alabama so i mostly see Bama games.
Go Colts and Roll Tide
Sorry, I can't root for Notre Dame when they play Bama.
2 years, 3 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chiefs
@silentkmantab @Nate Dunlevy @Kyle Rodriguez @smonroe I think you guys are looking at this all wrong. We had a team that was bad top to bottom last year. This year we have a team that has outplayed expectations and all i hear is how bad we really are. When you should just be excited by how well we are playing. All those stats mean diddly as long as you win games. If i wanted to constantly read negative articles i would have gone to stampedeblue.
Bigger than going from 10-6 to 2-14. I think that going the defensive route allows you to smooth some of the turbulence that comes with getting hit by the Injury Bug. Building a defense means building 11 people that can play. When one of them goes down you don't lose as much capability overall. Same goes with a run game, you build the line so that any back could have success, then even if 1 or 2 guys go down you still haven't completely lost that capability.
It makes your organization slightly more stable, the downside is that when you lose your best players you go from contention to average instead of bottom of the barrel. You don't lose enough production to get a draft slot that would give you that player that puts you over the top.
I think one of the biggest flaws with the Ravens right now is that Ray Rice is their best offensive player. You can shut down a running back, which seems to coincide with the Raven's losses last year. It is a lot harder to shut down a high quality QB. When is the last time you heard of a top 10 QB being completely shutdown.
2 years, 11 months ago on Truth Telling and The Eternal Optimist | April
@Peyton for President @Nate Dunlevy And it was my first comment on a thread. At least I pick a good/bad one to jump in on.
3 years ago on The Purge | March
@squirrel @Goéland You are forgetting he turned down a 100 million GUARANTEED money contract. So just keep that in perspective when you keep talking about a pitiful 28 million bonus.