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@Kyle Rodriguez Well, that makes so much sense I should've worked it out myself.
Do you have any idea how Grigson's previous free agent contracts have been structured? I get the feeling that they probably were structured very similarly, so allow the Colts to drop player that don't perform (i.e. most of the free agent signings) without much cap penalty.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2015-archives/the-true-value-of-the-colts-free-agent-contracts.html
Hey mate, nice analysis. Can you please explain the Dead Cap column? I'm not sure what it means. Cheers
Isn't Michael Crabtree an UFA this off-season? Have heard no rumours about him, but would he not be a better option than Johnson? I feel that Crabtree would lessen the need to draft additional WRs this year.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/andre-johnson-frank-gore-dominate-mondays-colts-free-agency-rumors.html
Is Hayes Pullard fast enough to play safety? Sounds like a promising strong safety, based on that description.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/mocking-the-mocks-a-colts-draft-from-mycoltsaccount.html
"We could just list the whole depth chart, take out quarterback, tight end and the specialists and tell the Colts to go purely BPA in the draft. I wouldn’t hate this strategy."
I get the feeling that Grigson does this deliberately. I believe that Grigson wants the depth and strength of the roster to be roughly even across all position groups so that he can go best-player-available in the draft, thus maximising the value of his draft picks.
I think that this is the reason why he hasn't gone after expensive, big-name free agent signings like Mike Wallace: it's difficult to justify drafting a WR in the first round if you just spent $60m on a free agent WR. And I think it's also the reason why he appears to over-pay for some free agents, like Eric Walden - he knows that he doesn't need to save the money for a big-name signing. In addition, Grigson also looks for free agents from a variety of unconventional sources (CFL, rugby, injury rehab) in the hope of finding cheap players who can contribute (just like draft picks).
Personally, I quite like this approach. It allows Grigson to develop the roster primarily through the draft and low risk / high reward free agents, while using mid-tier veteran free agents to patch up the roster so as to remain competitive in the short term.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-offseason-primer-positions-of-need.html
@BDiddy @rogcohen I also quite like it. Especially given the front seven defensive players the Texans just drafted.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14126.html
"Perhaps the only thing standing in Moncrief’s way of becoming the first “skill-position” player from Mississippi to earn a first round draft selection since Eli Manning (No. 1 overall, 2004) is the question about his straight-line speed."
That seems absurd. Watching a brief highlight video on ESPN I noted that Moncrief did not appear to be running all that fast. I felt this indicated that either (a) Moncrief is not that fast, or (b) Moncrief is one of those guys who is so ridiculously fast that he appears to be pedestrian. A combine 40 time of 4.34 would support theory b, so I can't believe he lasted until the 3rd round. What a steal.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html
I agree. And I think that last sentiment applies to every position. The Colts are thin everywhere, but no one position group is in desperate need for a starter. I haven't agreed with all of Grigson's moves, but in this respect I think he's positioned the roster very well.
1 year, 2 months ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Wide Receiver
When I saw the headline I was like "Nooooooo!".
But the I foolishly thought, "Hey, maybe we only gave up a third. That wouldn't be so bad."
And then I read the article and I was like "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"
1 year, 7 months ago on BREAKING NEWS: Colts acquire RB Trent Richardson while simultaneously mortgaging future!!!
@Kyle Rodriguez Thanks for clarifying, bro.
1 year, 7 months ago on Pulling Guards on Play-Action: a Stanford Staple
With the last play, had the DE rushed would not have Thomas (and possibly the RB) been in position to block? To me, from the above images at least, it seems that the imbalanced line with Thomas pulling might be a solid play.
Only 100 times more likely? I'd throw a few extra zeros on the end of that.
1 year, 7 months ago on Key Matchups for the Colts' Opener Against Oakland
Is there some way to buy this even if we don't live in the United States? (I'm in England.)
1 year, 8 months ago on The 2013 Colts Authority Annual
@indyjoshmo Agreed. The Colts have enough holes in the roster already without creating another by cutting Brown. (Unless they think he's too much of an injury risk.)
2 years, 3 months ago on Colts Offseason Outlook: Should the Colts release RB Donald Brown?
@DougEngland In response to your first question: No.
RG3 benefited from a good supporting cast, weak opponent, and really good play-calling. Whereas Andrew Luck had none of those benefits. Of course, that won't stop national media trying to stir up a controversy / story.
There's a good analysis of the Redskins-Saints game over at Football Outsiders (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/any-given-sunday/2012/any-given-sunday-redskins-over-saints).
2 years, 7 months ago on Questioning Colts OC Bruce Arians: does he Understand his Offensive Personnel? | September
Quarterback named Luck
Team with a horseshoe logo
It was meant to be
2 years, 11 months ago on Colts Haiku: Win an Autographed Andrew Luck Football | May
@Nate Dunlevy Thanks for your response, Nate. Although perhaps the parameters of your article could be more clear? To quote from your fifth paragraph "This study will compare players on the 1999 roster who were present at the end of 1997 with the players on the Colts roster through the start of free agency this year."
Perhaps a 2012 Wild Card run is a pipe dream. (I imagine most people would hold that opinion.) But I am a fan; and fans dream.
Thanks again, bro.
3 years, 1 month ago on Did the 1998 Colts Have More Talent than the 2012 Colts? | March
@Nate Dunlevy @rogcohen I respectfully disagree, Nate. Comparing the entire 2012 roster to the subset of the 1999 roster that was also present at the end of 1997 is not a fair comparison. I believe that the starting point for any comparison should be the rosters that Manning and (presumably) Luck inherit(ed) as rookies (i.e - 1998 vs. 2012). That, after all, is what the premise of this article is about.
Comparing the entire 2012 roster to the subset of the 1999 roster that was also present in 1997 makes the comparison biased in favour of the 2012 roster. (More players = more talent.)
Personally, I think that the Colts have a more talented roster than most people are giving them credit. How that stacks up against the 1998 roster, I don't know. However, with Costanzo, Ijalana, and the recent FA signings, I believe that they will have an adequate O-Line. They don't have a plethora of Pro-Bowl skill position players; but with Wayne, Collie, Brown, and (I'm guessing) and mid-round rookie TE they should have enough weapons for their quarterback to throw to. And I think that the defense will benefit from the change in coaching philosophy, FAs signings like Zbikowski, and the retention of both Freeney and Mathis (fingers crossed on that last one). After the recent success of rookie quarterbacks like (especially Newton and Dalton) I'm hopeful for a wildcard run this year.