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I now have deep, deep concerns about Chuck Pagano, and I also have reason to believe that he very much meant what he said about 'run the ball and stop the run'. At first I thought it was coach speak, but he said it again the other day and it made me cringe.
I was never worried about Ryan Grigson, as he came from the Philadelphia Eagles. Andy Reid was way ahead of his time. Back in the day, people questioned why the Eagles threw the ball more than they ran it.
I just hope that Pagano uses these offensive pieces correctly. I have visions of the movie Moneyball, where old curmudgeon coach Art Howe and new age GM Billy Beane weren't on the same wave length. The hiring of Bruce Arians gives me hope, but Pagano is going to have some influence on the offensive game plans.
2 years, 12 months ago on I Was Wrong | April
@gbearrin My point is, in a passing league we are seeing teams run the ball less and less on first and second down. I don't believe a one dimensional player like Alameda Ta'amu is worthy of a high draft pick. Some Colts fans wanted to draft him as high as the second round. Haloti Ngata is a totally different animal.
@gbearrin I agree. Rome wasn't built in a day. I think that Grigson will address those premium positions in next year's draft. I wasn't heartbroken to hear that the Colts missed out on Casey Hayward. I think it's fair to say that the defense was in better shape than the offense heading into the draft. This year is more about developing Andrew Luck than wins and losses. I believe that the Rams stunted Sam Bradford's growth by not surrounding him with weapons. I share Nate's enthusiasm about the identity of the offense.
In an ideal world, I think that Grigson would have preferred to draft Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward. I'm a bit concerned about Dwayne Allen's ability to block. Don't get me wrong, I love two tight end sets. Aaron Hernandez can't block for crap, but Rob Gronkowski is an exceptional blocker.
I think the whole nose tackle thing was way overblown. A nose tackle impacts the game on first and second down, but as you keep correctly pointing out it's a passing league now. Teams throw on first and second down. For me, the biggest position of need on defense was cornerback. Pass-rushers and cornerbacks are premium positions.
@TroyS That's fair enough. I can see the logic behind Irsay's decision, but I can't categorically say Irsay made the right decision until Luck proves himself worthy of the hype.
3 years ago on Revisiting "Old Manning' | April
@DougEngland @TrueBlue87 I totally agree. I believe that Peyton would still be a Colt if the team had the eighth pick in the draft. It would have been really interesting to see what happened if the Colts had the second pick in the draft. Luck has always been the apple of Irsay's eye. I would have seriously considered trading the pick.
@TroyS Despite mortgaging the future for short-term success, Irsay has landed on his feet with a once-in-a-generation franchise quarterback. We're in salary cap hell right now, but we'll be in salary cap heaven next year. It worked out pretty well if you ask me.
@DougEngland @TroyS Even if Peyton is going to be Peyton for another five years, if I was Jim Irsay I would take Luck for fifteen years. Is it the right decision? Only time will tell. I hate to say this, but Luck is going to have to win a Super Bowl and get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to justify the decision.
@TroyS Irsay put aside the sentimental reasons for keeping Manning and made a decision based on what's best for the team in the long term. In my opinion if you can put sentimentality aside, it's really a no brainer. Luck is 14 years younger than Manning. If you believe the Luck hype, you can't afford to pass up this once in a generation opportunity.
@Nathan Haza @Kyle Rodriguez @strandedincarolina @kasey_junk I agree that it's roulette once you get into the dance. This isn't the NBA, the best team doesn't always win because there are no best-of-seven series's. I think it's fair to say that Tom Brady isn't afraid to fail, but even the great ones have bad days. Sure, there is a lot of luck involved. The Ravens would have been playing in the Super Bowl if Lee Evans had just squeezed the ball. Besides excelling in pass offense and defense, the best way to increase your roulette odds is to qualify for the dance year in, year out.
3 years ago on Andrew Luck Will be the Colts First Round Draft Choice | April
@rebuild2012 RG III unquestionably has the better supporting cast, but the Redskins schedule looks brutal at first glance. I think the Texans will be very good for the forseeable future, but the Titans and Jaguars don't scare me. I can see Luck winning more games than RG III this year.
I know this is kind of a random comment, but is anybody else concerned about Ben Roethlisberger comments last season lobbying for the no-huddle offense. There is a school of thought that Bruce Arians resisted the no-huddle because it takes play-calling duties away from him. I ask this question because I was reading about the Broncos switching to the no-huddle offense and I like the idea of Luck running a no-huddle offense in the future to take advantage of his football brain.
@kasey_junk @strandedincarolina There's more than one way to skin a cat. The Steelers are the most balanced team in football despite the salary cap. I agree with strandedincarolina, there is also a big difference between regular season football and postseason football. I believe that the Colts relied too heavily on Peyton. It's hard to throw 3/4 straight gems against quality opposition in the postseason. The run offense and defense has lightened Big Ben's load in the postseason. The Patriots are an elite team, but they were winning Super Bowls in the early 2000's with a more balanced team.
@kc6624 @UKColt @Jake @TrueBlue87 It's a bit premature for torches and pitchforks. Experts say you need to wait 3 years before you grade a draft class. I'd rather be a draft winner in 3 years time than in April. The Colts were 2-14 last season, it's not like we're one piece away from being a Super Bowl caliber team. Grigson should draft the best available system-specific players.
3 years ago on Analyzing the Colts Pre-Draft Offensive Line | April
@Jake @TrueBlue87 I agree that OT and RB isn't a high priority, but I don't think anyone will be complaining if Martin turns into a stud and Orson Charles turns into a JAG (just another guy). We need an infusion of talent in this draft.
@Jake @TrueBlue87 What if you can't trade the pick and Mitchell Schwartz is the best player available? I hope that Grigson doesn't reach for positions of need. That sounds like a recipe for disaster. You'll only end up drafting the same positions of need next year. I wouldn't rule out drafting Boise State running back Doug Martin at 34.
@Jake I like your dream draft. I hope Fleener falls to us in round two because there appears to be depth at wide receiver in this draft. I wouldn't mind trading down in round two if Fleener is off the board.
@Jake I think that Justice is better suited to be a backup OT. He is serviceable, but he's not going to be the longterm answer at RT. We could do with adding another quality OT/OG, but we have more glaring needs on the offensive side of the ball.
@Sinn0331 @mshah9008 I wonder if Ryan Grigson will spread out the wealth to give his team a ton of depth. $15-17 million for one great player (with the potential to get injured), or for 7 good players? Easy decision.
3 years ago on Truth Telling and The Eternal Optimist | April
@gizzardfanny @gbearrin @naptown_ninja It's change for the sake of long term success. Peyton Manning is on the back nine of his career. Andrew Luck has the make-up to be the leader of the Colts and an elite QB for the next 15 years.
So let him have a 6-10 season playing ambitious football, putting up fantasy numbers regardless of the result and learning for the future. Who cares? The Colts know they have an out and out star in Luck, and if they build a team around him they will compete sooner rather than later. @dmstorm22 @jamred
@heavywoody Right now, the Patriots are too dependent on Tom Brady, they lean on him too much. Sound familiar? I would like to see the Colts present a ton of challenges in all three phases of the game. The prospect of surrounding a rock-star quarterback with a Ravens-esque defense is mouth watering.
Long time reader, first time poster. I can see why you think the Colts are being remade into the image of the Baltimore Ravens after Pagano made a dreaded reference to ''run the football and stop the run''. I also believe in passing offense first. Cam Cameron's run up the middle twice and throw an out on third down offense gives me nightmares. The hiring of Bruce Arians gives me hope for our offense. Arians was ousted because Art Rooney II wants Pittsburgh to return to it's run-heavy smash mouth identity on offense. Arian's offense became more about spread formations and multi-receiver sets.