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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.
1 month ago on Week 9 Report Card: Colts at Texans
sober, gentle, and sedate.
"stories which would have outraged their douce minds"
1 month ago on Who to Root For: Week 9
I believe you meant chock full.
1 month 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 ...
1 month, 3 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 ...
Wow! What a negative take on Bradshaw ... I think you are totally off base ...
1 month, 4 weeks 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...
2 months, 1 week ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Jaguars, NFL Week 4
Talk to Kyle R ... He thinks the Colts actually stopped it.
Well, to state the obvious, this is exactly the type of offense Luck led in college with great success. I would like Luck to have options at the line ... To be set free in that sense (if he isn't). When he did in college, he'd run or pass depending on how he read the defense ... And he often picked the run. My guess is that there won't be another game with as high a % of runs as the SF game. I think the Colts will vary between 45-55% for each, depending the needs of the specific game ... I'm cool with that. My only concern about this offense is that they don't have the OL that he had in college ... So we'll have to see if they can succeed with their power runs ....
The cumulative impact is really important to keep in mind.
starting FBs at Stanford during Pep's years:
2010 Owen Marecic - also starting ILB
2011 Ryan Hewett
2012 Ryan Hewett - still at Stanford (5th year Sr)
@GregC Interesting take ... I'd make a list of all the insults/ad hominum attacks on me that I perceived, but I'm not that obsessive and don't have the time. I think it's ALWAYS valuable to hear how I am perceived by others ... so it's a good thing for me to hear what others have written about me here ... whether I agree or not, that is certainly what others are seeing. However, the notion that you and others weren't writing insults seems a bit indefensible, in my opinion. But, like I said, we're not going to agree with each others comments ... so that's that ...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Raiders
Umm ... Absolutely did say embarrassed, unsophisticated ... and 'fessed up to some of that right off ... And absolutely am a Stanford fan. But really didn't call anyone stupid and didn't defend Arians for 100% telegraphing plays because it protects Luck. Sorry if I've tried to correct misunderstandings ... I prefer being criticized for things I actually did ... And there are plenty of opportunities for that. I certainly will stop trying to set the record straight after this last attempt.
Amazing how bent out of shape some of you get ... amazing how insulting people here can be while criticizing someone, a bit but not entirely in/correctly, for being insulting. If it makes you feel better, go for it ...
Great analysis and explanation. I hope you can follow up on this after more games. I'd be interested in seeing how the Colts adjust after this game. Do they just keep it up and sacrifice Luck (cringe), do they somehow patch things up so the protection is better, do they do it less, whatever?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Pulling Guards on Play-Action: a Stanford Staple
Again, I didn 't call YOU stupid and, similarly but more egregiously, you are misquoting or misunderstanding what I wrote last year. How would 100% telegraphing plays protect Luck? If a sportswriter says something like that, I will think it's not accurate and he or she missed something. I would be much less likely to comment on if it's about a coach I'm not interested in, so there you are correct. If you are following my comments, which I'm sure you aren't (I'm just not that important), you'd also know that I openly opposed the hiring of Pep when his name came up because he didn't call the plays at Stanford so I didn't think he was ready. There is certainly no way we are going to agree on your comments or mine ...
Let's just skip to agreement on mutual disrespect.
Well, I seem to be totally unclear today. I didn't call anyone stupid. I accused the author of basically calling Pep Hamilton stupid. Yes, I think he was ridiculing him ... So if that passes for the intelligent discussions on this site that you refer to ... I am not impressed. But you can continue to be if you like.
Oops too continue, I have been following Stanford football since Jim Plunkett which mean: I'm old, have seen a few great QBs and a lot of really bad football. And am not loathe to criticize coaches, including Stanford coaches for various things (I do think Shaw lost the Fiesta bowl). Anyway, yes, I do have pretty thick skin ... And you threw a lot more insults than I did ... And I thought there was some substance to my comments ... OK if you didn't ...
Sorry you were so offended. The embarrassed comment was meant to be funny, so I obviously missed on tht. The stupid comment was not aimed at you, I was characterizing the opinion you seemed to be expressing ... So I missed on that too. But I do stand by my comments. If I read a sportswriter who is characterizing a coach as doing something as stupid as totally 100% telegraphing the plays, I'm not too likely to believe it. I suspect that coaches in general, and Pep in particular, are not that stupid and that there is more going on than the sportswriter realizes. If you were using hyperbole, sorry, but I don't think riling up fans against a coach that way is very useful. Yes, I've