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I think following Reggie's injury last season, Pep learnt that if we are going to pass, we need TY on the field. As far as I can tell, this was not an issue towards the end of the season (and shouldn't be going forward).
If you want to debate Pep's mistakes re. TY in the early part of last season then fair enough, but it seems as though these issues were largely solved by the seasons end.
Going forward, as Ben says, the main issue is for Pep to pass earlier and more often! For me, this should be the key discussion. Should this happen, I am sure TY will see the field regularly.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Wow, the general lack of production in Year 2 for running backs is alarming. Maybe an indication for why GM's/teams avoid the position. Such unreliable and fluctuating production. I know injuries play a part, but that's the point!
It would be interesting to see if this plays out across other positions.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14364.html
A question I haven't seen raised is why does he need to take this supplement??
Is it possible that this deficiency is due to past steroid use??
I love Mathis and echo all the the other comments, I just haven't seen any investigation on this point, it's seems rare that such a supplement would be needed.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/robert-mathis-faces-4-game-p-e-d-suspension-possibly-over-fertility-treatments.html
6 months, 1 week ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency
I'll begin by saying I agree with you, putting the offense in Lucks hands is quite clearly the way forward.However, the sample size in the playoffs is simply too small and this is why I feel that this debate will never be satisfactorily concluded.For me, I totally agree that a passing philosophy is the best way to make the playoffs. Then its a case of hoping that enough aspects of your team click (ideally passing) to allow you to go on a successful run. Over a 3/4 game stretch there are too many variables that can disprove an overarching theory.Re your second/third point, Luck's future contract really is the elephant in the room. Surely management recognise the points you've highlighted. As fans we can only hope our personnel will be in decent shape come that time, but the FA acquisitions and the shedding of draft picks really is concerning.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Coping with Conflict
I love how Kaepernick tries the pump fake on Bethea who doesn't buy it all, he just closes on him like a maniac!!
Also, I swear I was calling for that bootleg on Luck's TD run, even for the 2nd down play!
10 months, 1 week ago on GIFtastic: A random collection of great moments in the Colts' win over the 49ers
@andreaallennyc Just to confuse matters further, this is actually the definition of distain- http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Distain
I think we can all agree this is neither prevalent in football or in Lucks non-verbal cues!
1 year ago on Game Charting: Andrew Luck Outside the Pocket
@Colt_Following I can only guess that media guys love shoehorning players into specific characteristics, it seems that the early years of Manning and Brady's careers have defined the media discourse that surrounds them. It looks like something similar is happening with Rodgers, as he won a ring early on.
I also fear that the obsession with running QBs is going to shape the debate in regard to Luck and RGIII..
1 year, 1 month ago on A Few Comments on the NFL 100 List- AFC South Style
What really gets me is that Peyton/Brady debate.. The emphasis on rings is sooo annoying, especially since Peyton's win was more recent! how is this debate still shaped by events pre-2005!!?
@smonroe For me, their defining moment was when discussing Luck and Griffin a month or so ago.. Sapp was singing Griffins praises, spewing out the usual stats for and against both guys, then I think Evans pointed out that Luck had no O-line or running game.. Sapp's reply was that that's irrelevant because they were discussing individuals, not their teams... Frustrating!!
Tangent I know, credit to sites like this for keeping Colts fans sane!
1 year, 1 month ago on Finding the Colts' Strengths and Weaknesses: Defense
Really great article. Love the concept of success rate, demonstrates the extent to which teams rely on their qb in the redzone. With this in mind I wonder if it would be beneficial to include what percentage of plays were qb runs/passes or penalties.
1 year, 2 months ago on 2012 Red Zone Performance: Quarterbacks
@MarcusDugan Thanks for your reply! I just remember thinking the guy was similar to Garcon, based totally off highlights on NFL Redzone though! With Jimmy Raye the knowledge is there, but I guess there's rarely much value in RFA's. Nelson sounds like an interesting prospect too, I wasn't aware of him until now.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Wide Receiver Options: If Not Heyward-Bey, Then Who?
What is Danario Alexanders situation? I thinks he's been given an original round tender, any idea how much he would likely demand, or is he even worth the trouble? Seemed to feature positively for the Chargers late last year.
Seems sure that it won't happen, just wondering why not?
Doesn't sound promising! Also I don't see an upgrade coming through the draft, pass rush is a major concern this year.
By the way, am I right in thinking that the only benefit of cutting him next offseason would be to free up a roster space? If he's going to account for roughly the same cap space regardless, surely its worth keeping him through 2014 also?
1 year, 4 months ago on Free Agency Review: Erik Walden Versus the Colts
@GregC @Davina Walton My take on Irsay is that he was trying to create a situation where Manning could exit appropriately, both for his own PR benefit and also Manning. He wanted to avoid doing it through a press release or interview etc., hence all the lies and BS.. Maybe my memory's hazed, but does that fit!?
1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Authority
@Kyle Rodriguez Interesting, either way, as you said Wayne's not an issue and Hilton gets a pass, but Avery... Its a concern and as free agency closes in, solutions seem less apparent.
On Garcon, am I correct in saying his drop rate was 7.69% this year? If so, backs up your thoughts on him, though he did see limited action this year. Really wish the Redskins hadn't come in with crazy money for him. I know it wasn't on the cards, but in hindsight, if we could have somehow held onto him and Wayne, WR would be set!
1 year, 5 months ago on Five Years of Drop Rate: How the Colts have fared
My response is based on impression and not fact, but would BA's 'chunk play approach have impacted on this? I'm aware this is accounted for by PFF's 'catchable balls', but I would imagine things like focus and footwork have an impact when attempting to reel in a 30+ yard throws. Or does PFF account for this too?
I'm not advocating resigning Avery by the way, far from it!!
@thellammajockey @smonroe You're probably right about the approach Grigson will take. I would just love to see another solid receiver added, I feel that would complete our receiving corps and buy us time in finding our next no. 1 guy. Other than Wayne you can't say any other receiver is reliable, the closest is probably Allen.
Not sure if Jennings is that guy though, his injury problems are concerning. I wouldn't be confident in committing any more than $5m/yr, and I can't see that being enough.
Also, this draft is supposedly filled with offensive and defensive linemen.
1 year, 5 months ago on Five Plays in Free Agency - WR Greg Jennings.
@Payton I agree that the line wont be great, but I don't see that as being imperative. Upgrades at both guard positions and probably a right tackle would suffice for me. Unfortunately Satele is being paid quite a bit so I reckon he'll be staying. If he's cut this off season, I think the saving is negligible, so I'd be waiting until next off season to address that! In all though, a near adequate line with Luck and a good set of receivers is fine by me!
1 year, 5 months ago on Replacing Dwight Freeney
@Payton You referring to WR or O-line?
A couple of adequate guys is all I'd like in the O-line, if guys out of the draft could contribute, I think that unit could be near acceptable, I think that's all we'd need.
At WR I was thinking of a guy like Hartline, young guy with potential to grow. Something like $15-20m over 4 years, with the contract front loaded.
I would say $35-40m over 4 years, roughly $20-25m guaranteed. I think its acceptable given our cap space.
Then if we put around $10-12m towards the secondary $5m towards a solid WR, $5m towards the o-line, then $10-12m for draft (D-line or whatever!) and our own FA's. That's the dream!
@Duster72 well I think we would have been targeting a CB early in the draft, its hard to argue that the prospective pick would have been an upgrade on Davis. He does need to improve alright, but I'm content with Powers and Davis as starting CBs going forward, depth is needed there though and I do expect an upgrade on the position during the offseason.
1 year, 9 months ago on All-22 Analysis - Evaluating the Colts Defense, Week 6. | October
I think we need a high impact player in the D, in any position, with the exception of maybe ILB. It seems to me that the nature of this scheme can get your playmakers into good positions. Though a quality NT is key in getting our D to function, maybe Chapman's the answer there.
It would be interesting to see what guys are available in free agency this coming offseason. That will go a long way to dictating our draft choices.
Of that list I would say Eli and Roethlisberger are considered great because they won superbowls..not the other way around..
2 years, 3 months ago on Quarterbacks must be great | Articles
Surely we stand a solid chance of beating the Vikings, Browns, Chiefs, Dolphins, and maybe a couple more divisional games. If we achieve even half of that its an improvement, with the possibility of bigger scalps also! It could easily be as bad, or worse than last season, but it could be far better. The only justification for forthright doom and gloom scenarios is to taper excitement in my opinion!
2 years, 3 months ago on Don't Be Surprised Part III - Projecting the 2012 Indianapolis Colts | April