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You talking to me? The only stand I took was against nastiness and ridicule. So guess you think that is a really helpful strategy? And, by doing so, you are going to improve the Colts team? Grigson is going to say, "oh wow, I never thought of that. George really taught me something! "
1 month, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead
I have no problem with criticism and thought I said that. I just think there are better and worse ways to criticize people. Feedback about mistakes is different than vitriol. And research does show that harsh criticism is pretty much invariably destructive ... Most of this research concerns school or the workplace. Fan and blogosphere criticism is, I hope, less harmful, but I'm sure it is harmful.
I don't have a strong opinion on the Trent trade one way or the other at this point, but even if it turns out after another season to be a really bad trade, I'm not going to get as angry about it as it seems some fans are. Yes, first round picks ARE valuable. But GMs make some bad decisions, their judgment is not going to be perfect, that is inevitable. It will certainly be important for Grigson to know he made a bad decision and to try to figure out why so he doesn't make that same type of mistake again. People pointing out that he made a bad decision is one thing, the tone and manner if the criticisms of Trent and Grigson and others (and the repetitiveness) is what I take issue with. I do not take issue with stating that you think it was a bad decision and pointing out why. Much of the criticism I read seems to me to cross the line into ridicule and an attack on the person; it goes beyond what I think is reasonable.
I do feel protective of athletes. That is, in part, simply consistent with what made me become a psychologist. But I also taught on the college level (Division I) and had many athletes in my classes (probably because I gave lectures on sex, but that is another story). I was astounded with the criticism these guys had to put up with and be gracious about. They handled it very well, and I have great admiration of that. But is was very painful for them and harmful. It was never helpful. I thought much of it was cruel and unnecessary ... Some reporters managed to do their job and point out deficiencies without being harmful, others did not. I don't know why, but that is something I really think is totally unnecessary and terribly destructive..
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead
Well, I do think it's fine for people to have their own opinions and to talk about what they want. I chose to talk about how boring I find repeated trashing of the Trent trade and that I don't like all the criticism of Trent. Actually not all that contrary. Just because I think people have a right to their opinion doesn't mean I give up my right to disagree or criticize!
Trent is only a liability on the roster (well, I wouldn't use that word, but whatever), if the Colts could find a better or cheaper player to replace him. As it is, we'll get to see him next year and then people can go on and on about how the critics were right or wrong. I hope they're wrong, because that would be better for the Colts and Trent.
I do not at all like most of the criticism of GMs, coaches or players. In general these are hard working, good people who are trying their best. I have no problem criticizing management or coaching DECISIONS or pointing out that players aren't good at certain things, or made a bad throw or decision or whatever. But so much of the criticism seems like vitriol about them as people, treating them like they are stupid, horrible people. It is one thing to criticize players who don't try or don't work hard, but some players, like DHB, work their butts off and are great people and get blasted very cruelly.
As a psychologist, let me tell you that research on catharsis shows that it is overrated ... If it is venting anger, it actually leads to more anger, really. Think about it. And cruel criticism may be what is going to keep Trent and DHB from playing their best. Clearly they are pressing and their confidence is shot. Yeah, it's football and the guys should be tough, but no one is immune to the kind of criticism these guys have gotten.
Off my soapbox, for now.
Since you addressed me, let me point out that the comments that I replied to seemed to be implying that Trent was a liability. That's the point that I was addressing and I stand by my comments.
If he is worth a first place pick or not is actually another issue.
However, in either case, the tone and manner in which people are discussing Trent is, I think, unnecessary and unhelpful. That's just my take and you are welcome to disagree.
I am also totally bored with the conversation about whether or not it was a good trade. In my opinion, there is nothing left to say or discuss at this point. I wish there could at least be a moratorium until the draft. At which point I would accept additional discussion of who was available at that point for the Colts to draft if only they hadn't traded for Trent. At least that would be a new discussion.
But if you really enjoy this sort of repetitive discussion, go for it. Obviously you didn't like the discussion I was interested in having, but we're both entitled to indulge our own preferences and discuss what we want.
That's not even amusing. What benefit do you get from insulting players? Everyone, including Trent, knows he had a bad year rushing. But everyone should also know he had a good year as a blocker and a receiver. Disappointing for a first round pick/trade? Absolutely! Was he a liability on the field? I think that would be an amazingly unreasonable conclusion. Who else could they have gotten or put in who would have been better this season? Given his struggles rushing, could the coaches have called better plays? Probably. But why some fans and the Colts blogosphere keep going on and on trash talking Trent amazes me. Very sad. For everyone.
In public they talk about it as a problem of confidence and of familiarity with the players and playbook. I assume they are working on that in private and in practice. Not sure what you think the problem is ... What they should be working on that you think they wouldn't be working on?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead
Fair comment. Since he was OC coordinator for all of Harbaugh's tenure, he deserves some credit or blame for those years. I agree that his play calling is sometimes disturbing, though that is probably true of any coach. He tends not to take blame ... remember him defending the decision to go for the field goal at the end of regulation in the Fiesta Bowl. Also tends to support rather than blame his players, such as the kicker in the same Fiesta Bowl. I find the former irritating, the latter wonderful.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on CBR's 'Way Too Early" 2014 Top 10: No. 10 Stanford Cardinal
4 straight BCS bowl game births.
I love the great route running ... Last year I would have celebrated some of the young receivers just getting in the neighborhood of where they're supposed to be ... too many times the young receivers didn't even manage to get where they were supposed to be. I think it was Brazill who just stopped running, looked like he decided Luck wasn't going to throw to him but he did ... And Brazill was loping along leisurely yards from the spot.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Difference a Good Route Makes
Good draft, but San Francisco is where Stanford players go to die. So I'd pick someone else there ...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on A Look Ahead: Who Should the 49ers Draft in 2014?
Sorry, but calling for more passes in the first half, when the OL was so porous, the receivers couldn't get open, and passes were being dropped or sailing over the receivers heads just seems, well, totally unrealistic, at best. To be clear, it's fine to call for more passing if you like it and think it would be more fun to watch. But, of seemed to me that both the offensive and defensive plans were really off and, luckily, they were able to adjust at halftime. But it's not like passing more in the first half would have solved the problem ... They changed a lot more than the proportion of runs vs passing.
4 months ago on Week 9 Report Card: Colts at Texans
sober, gentle, and sedate.
"stories which would have outraged their douce minds"
4 months, 1 week ago on Who to Root For: Week 9
I believe you meant chock full.
4 months, 1 week ago on They Aren't Who We Thought They Were: Why the NFL is So Difficult to Analyze
But, I didn't disagree with the bit about TRich's relative success out of the different formations or about TRich vs Brown ...
Try not to be so frustrated. I think it may work out fine over time ... TRich and the coaches seem to think things are progressing ... I think the coaches are really smart and will figure something out. And if it does or doesn't ... it won't help your health or the situation to get so frustrated. Why not give it a few more weeks at least.
Have a nice day ...
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Crazy Talk
You aren't exactly correct, aren't responding to what I actually said and/are contradicting what you said ... Depending on which point (yes, some of what you said responds to some of what I said, but out of the context of the other things I said, eye.). Feel free to argue if it makes you happy ... But you just seem to be tying to argue rather than actually have a discussion, so I'm not interested ... And I was responding to buymymonkey's comments, not yours .... Which might be why the comments aren't meshing.
Well, I'm sure they all see what is happening with each formation. Pep is calling those plays, not Pagano, and it really does make me crazy, really. I try to keep in mind that part of the philosophy is that body blows pay off down the line ... You may get a yard or two in the first quarter, but by the 4th quarter, the same plays are getting 4 or 5 or more. Plus if you seem to be telegraphing plays, then you can really fool teams when you don't do the obvious. So, it makes me crazy too ... But I try to believe they know what they are doing ... And based on the SEA game in particular, it seems like they might.
Yup ... Luck is amazing ... Has been for years! He was under hyped coming into the NFL. Glad to have so much company on this bandwagon.
But one really great thing about this franchise at this time is that they are building a solid team around him, defense, running game, special teams ... It's not just a QB and receivers. That's wonderful for everyone ....
To my surprise, some people seem to remember my comments ... and those folks know I'm a Stanford fan. I was also a Colts fan before many of you were born ... From Ted Marchibroda's first term as head coach in Baltimore. So ... I'm thrilled the Colts got Andrew ... And thrilled with how they are building a great team and a complete team around him ...
5 months ago on Crazy Talk
Wow! What a negative take on Bradshaw ... I think you are totally off base ...
5 months ago on Examining Ahmad Bradshaw's injury situation
I don't have a theoretical or emotional problem with the power run concept. I've seen it work and think it can be exciting, effective, whatever (Stanford, the 49ers, thought not Sunday!). I'm not convinced that it will or won't work for the Colts because they may not have the personnel to make it work. For their level (college not NFL), Stanford is a much bigger, tougher team than the Colts (both lines, especially). For decades Stanford was a finesse QB driven team ... that was fine too though not consistently successful for them. I'm all for winning and am OK with whatever works. Like many of you, I do go nuts when calls get conservative...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4
Talk to Kyle R ... He thinks the Colts actually stopped it.