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Nate, I am in agreement with you around most of your article. You called out most of the same things I was crying about during the game. I was so very, very unhappy when we kicked that field goal, no matter how nice it is for Vinnie. We clearly had no answer on D. The only way a Field goal is a legitimate choice is if they were going to try the surprise onsides kick.
Previously, I have disagreed with you about the colts, D, particularly on our capability to maintain a winning team with Mathis as our only pass rush (last year). But, without him, against a team/QB who is capable, that 2nd half was ugly.
It did remind me of the playoff game, except the 2nd have we had more of a chance in the playoff game. What it actually reminded me of was the Giants/Colts game (I was at) on Monday night. Except the Colts were the Giants and the Pats were the Colts.
One question....Why wouldn't the Colts go after Ben Tate? or Blount? Is there no space? I realize D is the biggest hole, but there's never availability this late in the season for D. I have loved Bradshaw all year long and would love for someone to come in with any kind of resemblance of a real RB.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-patriots-42-colts-20.html
The main point being left out here about Marvin was that perfect route running aka. timing was all Peyton needed/wanted. A great QB (one I think Luck can be) and a great WR who are on the same page don't actually need amazing DB falling down type moves, don't even need separation...just precision and timing. Marvin was great because Peyton knew exactly where he was going to be in 2.5 seconds. Don't get me wrong, the big plays came because of a lot more...but the much needed 3rd down conversion came because Marvin was right where he was supposed to be, toes just inside the line, horizontal to the ground, arms outstretched, never a doubt hands on the ball.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Difference a Good Route Makes
Nate, great article. Personally though, I think you kind of repeated yourself on #4 & #5. The big plays are likely to go to Floyd. I understand you're talking up the Arizona receiver in 5 and down the Indy D in 4...but still, same thing. I agree 100% that we've been giving up way to many yards to quick, downfield receivers (i.e. Wallace, Allen, Johnson, Austin, etc.). BUT, we do have one thing going for us, Carson Palmer. Let's turn on the pass rush and let the interceptions rain down on a sunny Arizona day. I believe that we have a great chance for the D to turn things around early and let us get our Offense some early confidence.
1 year, 4 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Cardinals
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And so, what's wrong with our D stepping up and getting the Arizona offense to kill themselves in our favor and get a couple turnovers where Luck and crew get to start in AZ territory?
Very funny...if only I could say that my day didn't go exactly like that too...except I started my first big rage at the delay of game penalty before the missed field goal. What in the hell were they waiting on? You're down by 2 to a terrible offense, you kick, always, no questions.
2 years, 6 months ago on 1 Part Joy, 2 Parts Agony; Mix Thoroughly With Fresh Tears and Serve Over Ice. | September
@pierrezombie @Music Man I wouldn't necessarily say that was good. Brown made some good runs in the game. That first TD drive was mostly Brown. After that though, the run game was abandoned. I have a hard time seeing the Colts being successful on Offense with Luck throwing the ball over 40 times and Brown running the ball less than 10. That ratio and the poor line play is going to get Luck sacked early and often.
2 years, 7 months ago on Regular Season Week 1, Quick Recap: Colts 21 at Bears 41 | September
@Platinum Are you saying that Luck had identical stats as the Bronco's QB with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and a QB rating of 129? Or are you comparing first ever starts with the Colts? There's a big difference there...not that Luck was the only one at fault, he did not have great stats.
While I agree that reading about Peyton doing well with another team does hurt at first...those colors on that familiar number...18, makes it difficult. I can understand how difficult it would have been for us to continue to post on a site where neither 18 nor 88 are still on the team. I am doing my best to ignore the news right now, as a fan who puts any emotion in to their team and the players on that team (and one of the greatest, most respectable anywhere, ever) would find it difficult to see their ex out and having fun with another.
Yet, I'll come around, and when it comes to it, I am a Peyton fan too. The Colts, of course, will be far and away my favorite team. And when they happen to play Denver and Peyton is playing, I'll hope to the highest that our defense finds a way to stop him. But, if he does well against our D, which he most likely will, I'll hope that our offense was able to find a way to outplay the Denver D. In either case, there will be no doubt in my mind though, I will be applauding Peyton for a strong performance for the rest of his career, much in the same way I did throughout his career thus far.
I don't want to relate this too much, but it's really hard not to find the similarity in my life as a sports fan. Many Colts fans out there are also Hoosier fans. In other words, I've been through this before. We lost a leader of that program that did want leave. He was as important to the Hoosier legacy and program, arguably more so than even Peyton has been to the Colts. Well, this could be a whole separate post. The point is, I regularly watched the Texas Tech games and hoped that they could win a few more games and even win the NCAA tourney. In fact, I still have a picture of Coach Knight in my house. Why not, what's so wrong with that??
If you revere, respect, even grow to love a person and neither of you really wanted them to leave or ever showed any lack of loyalty to you or your team, why must you hate them and not want them to continue to succeed? Is that "true" loyalty?? Not for me, in fact, not wanting that that person to do well is a failure in loyalty. As long as Peyton continues be the same kind of person and QB we all respected him for, I will continue to support him in whatever he does. And I hope you will too.
2 years, 10 months ago on He's Just Gone | June