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You hit on some really good stuff here, especially the point about training camp reports, it's almost as bad as draft hype in terms of the tiniest things that people look at to make sweeping statements about player performance/potential. I'm not sure I agree with some of the implied negligence being thrown around at the Colts handling of injuries (I don't just mean here, but I've seen this a lot on Twitter as well/Will Carroll's piece about "soft tissue" being a challenge to players, etc), I mean they did a complete staff overhaul 2 years ago and it hasn't seemed to change much in terms of their injury problems, as they say in psych research, just cause it looks like Y on the surface doesn't mean there isn't a Z somewhere (in this case Z could just be bad luck).
I liked your top 5 a lot. For me I'd probably add our OT position as a positive. Maybe it's because they have played next to one of the worst interiors the world has ever seen, but for the most part you don't worry too much about Cherilus and Castonzo on the outside.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@matt_has you're welcome.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Rex @Colt_Following unfortunately one does not exist at this point, don't have the budget for it. You could take the PDF to a printer though - might run you $20 but it should be doable.
@Rex I am totally with you.
I didn't buy it last year, but I did help make it. It's very good if I may say so myself. You won't believe how good it is honestly, pretty sure Kyle slipped on his keyboard when inputting the price.
@chip_bennett For me it wasn't so much about the plays, but the photos themselves. That play happened to result in some of the best photos. If I was doing the best plays from last year this list would have looked quite a lot different. I can see what you're saying, but unless someone provides the context for the photo you wouldn't even know what play it was.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Fot Bollar @hankster I like people who give the benefit of the doubt, I also like people who learn things. Basically, I like you.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html
@LeuenbergerGreg To be fair, some of Hilton's best games last year were near the beginning of the season - so it wasn't like he didn't see the field.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-free-agent-profiles-wr-hakeem-nicks.html
Man, football is a hard game to analyze (though you do as good a job as anyone IMHO, these player profiles are awesome). So many interconnected variables, so many unknowns, so much to weigh and consider, and then after all that it's still almost impossible to know anything for certain. I suppose that's a large part of what makes it so interesting as a fan and such fertile ground as an analyst, though for me personally, a man who needs every ounce of information I can get before coming to any kind of conclusion on anything, it is also of particular frustration.
I've always been a big Hakeem Nicks fan, and I really hope we get his best this season, though it's never a great sign when a guy lets circumstances impact his professional integrity. I do expect the positive culture surrounding this team (and the presence of Reggie Wayne) to do good things for him in that respect at least.
What bothers me most about this story is how many national news organizations are reporting it as drunk driving. I understand the difference is a subtle one but Irsay has had pill addictions for years that he's been very open about while denying drinking alcohol. The national media is painting him as a giant hypocrite for claiming he doesn't drink and then being pulled over for drunk driving. If I had a dollar for every time I've seen his "I haven't had a sip of alcohol in 15 years" tweet shown in a news story about this well I'd have like $4 or $5 at least (which I could use right now, btw). ESPN even claiming the Colts should lose draft picks as a statement of the severity of alcohol abuse.
This is obviously a serious crime, and even if it was some weird reaction to combining pills he didn't intend to or whatever, the fact remains that he should be and will be punished for it, but it definitely irks me that so many media outlets just want to laugh and point as if it's just another example of a rich hypocrite claiming one thing and doing another. Kissing Suzy Kolber used the headline "The Jim Irsay Drunk Diving Story We All Knew Was Coming." The most cursory reading of the court documents or even perusing the local news reports would show them the inaccuracy of what they're writing, you know, basic journalism stuff. Don't let facts get in the way of a good story I guess.
(now watch it come out that he was also drunk, then I'll look like the asshole)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Update: Jim Irsay Charged with Four Felony Counts of Possession
@MarcusDugan I like you.
Really enjoyed this, nice job as always Marcus!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Free Agency with Vontae and Vinny
@hankster @Colt_Following You too. Make something good.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Radio: Week 10/11 Mashup Show: Try to Forget St. Louis in preparation for Tennessee
@hankster Yeah, I don't pretend to be half the film watcher that Kyle is, so I'll take his word on that, but whatever the case they need to do something to get the ball out faster.
@hankster From a scoring efficiency stand point it actually was quite good to start the season. Scoring efficiently is the most important thing, regardless of how you achieve it. That said, I don't know if the drop off is caused by injuries or not (certainly can't help), but there definitely has been a drop off.
@hankster @Colt_Following Don't get me wrong, I want a pass first offense as much as everyone else, though I'm not convinced they aren't, but I also see that without being able to block we can't really tell if this offense is effective or not. When our RBs can't get out of the backfield, and Luck can't complete a pass without taking a hit and he's rattled by the middle of the 1st quarter in just about every game any offense is going to look bad.
@hankster I can find a few.
@hankster @Colt_Following at the tackle positions it is yes, but guards are cheap relative to most other positions. They already have good tackles, granted they will need to resign AC, but Cherilus is locked down. Holmes at center is very cheap, assuming he isn't bad, we don't know yet. Donald Thomas is also pretty damn cheap, assuming again that he can come back as good as he was.
Really they are only a guard and center away from being a good line next year. If Holmes is that center they just need a good starting guard. Thornton hasn't shown much but he's a rookie. Still might turn it around.
We'll have lots of cap space again this off season.
@hankster @Colt_Following Well they very well could. Donald Thomas was quite good. If Khaled Holmes proves good and they can sign another guard (and why wouldn't they? they aren't exactly hard to find) I think they could have a decent line. They have good to great players at LT and RT which is the harder position to address generally speaking. Just need to shore up the interior.
@Kyle Rodriguez @Colt_Following I know. I'm the best.
Yeah, the fullback draw on 3rd and 10 was asinine. I won't defend it.
Great stuff guys. I'll check back in later, back to work.
I absolutely agree with that, but we're talking about a team essentially playing with half an offense. I'm not sure they have a lot of great options.
I understand lamenting the run first approach, but it does seem a little odd following a game that saw them throw 52 times and run 14 and only managed 8 points.
The entire offense is pretty ineffective right now.
@DougEngland Thanks man. Glad you enjoyed it. I watched that Saban interview as well, seems like a pretty tough taskmaster but I can see why his teams are so successful.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on They Aren't Who We Thought They Were: Why the NFL is So Difficult to Analyze
@MarcusDugan Thank you sir, likely to change just about nothing but at least I got my thoughts on the subject out there, some of them anyway.
10 months ago on They Aren't Who We Thought They Were: Why the NFL is So Difficult to Analyze
@andreaallennyc thanks, yes I did.
@ColtsHead_Ben I might flip the luck and skill in that equation but it's something close to that to be sure.
@smonroe Maybe not "anything" exactly, probably better summed up, "Nobody knows as much as they think they do or would have us believe that they do." That's not quite as pithy though, so probably wouldn't work as a Family Guy skit.
@codrutc Well thank you, how kind of you to say so.
@Payton He will, much more effective in fact. Take that to the bank (my predictions are worth actual currency in some countries).
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Crazy Talk
@EconolineVan It is insane, yes. That would be nearly unprecedented as far as I can recall. Certainly draft picks have refused to play for certain teams who had proven to be shit organizations, but I can't recall a franchise QB refusing to resign with a team because he didn't like the direction of the offense, in the end football players need routine and leaving teams is a major disruption. Maybe demand a new OC behind the scenes (but given that Pep was brought in BECAUSE he was Luck's OC I can't see that being an issue).
Anyway, these kind of pie in the sky overreactions worrying about what is going to happen 3 years from now (4 if the Colts pick up the team option), is definitely a little insane. Things look a lot rosier in the light of a 27-7 road win over the 49ers I'd imagine. Come out of the darkness. I'm sure you saw the look on Luck's face after that win today, I don't think he worried about the fact that we ran the ball 39 times and he "only" had 170 passing yards.
11 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers
@buymymonkey @Colt_Following @Bobman1 Seems like that's just the way some guys play, not sure it's something you want to curb just because that may be what they need to get amped up and mentally focused. I don't know, it could just be stupid "look at me" type theatrics but having played sports most of my life (not to say you haven't of course), I knew some guys who celebrated from a place of excitement and not so much show-boating.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Top 5 Plays of Week 1
@buymymonkey I think the defense definitely got tired chasing Pryor around, they said as much after the game, but I don't know how the o-line could have been given how little they were on the field. I just think there were some breakdowns in communication and also a bit of Luck being more willing to take a sack instead of throwing into coverage as he might have done last season (the sack on 4th and 1 we all know was a facemask that wasn't called, but he was going to be sacked either way I think), Luck's pressure to sack % was a lot higher in this game than it was last year, obviously the sample size is quite small but it's something to watch going forward.
@DougEngland How can you not feel for the guy a little when you consider the magnitude of the decision he was faced moving on from Peyton Manning, a guy who meant a lot to this community (and Irsay himself if you believe him) and has done nothing but play better than ever since he left.
I can't even imagine the investment one must feel in owning an NFL franchise, heck, I'm absurdly invested and I have no connection to the team whatsoever. Irsay's defensiveness could also be a result of the seriously negative reaction from both fans and media following what was a won game last week, justified or not. People don't like the run first mentality (and rightfully so perhaps), and the offensive line has been bitched about for 2 solid years now (longer even if you go back to 2010), so it's something he has to be losing patience with.
Whether he should be voicing his displeasure in public is obviously a legitimate question to ask, but we both know it doesn't matter one lick what we think he should do, Irsay is going to do what he's going to do.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts vs. Dolphins, NFL Week 2
@Bobman1 haha, yeah, he left Denarius Moore looking pretty silly, though Moore did get some revenge by scoring a TD on Toler later in the game. I do like Toler's aggressiveness and obviously we can't see what he saw, offensive personnel aren't the best tacklers usually (no surprise there I suppose) so it's never a bad idea to try and break a long return on them, but in that situation it seemed like he was taking a pretty big risk. Now, to be fair, if not for the penalty he would have netted the Colts an extra yard since he returned it to the 21, and of course if he HAD returned it for a TD it would have been the play of the game.
To your second point, I don't believe there was a penalty no, or if there was the broadcast skipped over it since it would have been declined anyway.
@naptown_ninja @ColtsHead_Ben Tune in for my afternoon column... that play might make the cut (spoiler: it does).
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Winning, With Style!
@matt_has @gizzardfanny @DougEngland Other than the Irsay "disappointment" comment (which could be taken a few different ways IMO, it was certainly disappointing to win 1 Super Bowl for a team that set the record for most wins in a decade, that to me is hard to argue, though the owner probably shouldn't be the one saying it), I can't recall anything specific from the current administration that could be seen as a direct attack on previous Colts teams, perhaps I'm just forgetting them.
Maybe it's just a general impression that making such a dramatic change in philosophy is itself a tacit indictment of the previous philosophy, but that can't really be held against the current management. It's their vision now, for better or worse.
Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this, I maybe am just blocking it out of my memory.
@MarcusDugan well he was serviceable for the one half, but that's preseason and I do shudder to think of him starting week 1. Thankfully it's Oakland, so the Colts should win regardless, but in a way that kind of make the stakes even higher, lose week 1 to Oakland the the season is off to a resoundingly bad start. The only thing I can see causing that to happen is if half these guys are unable to play (especially Castonzo).
12 months ago on Colts Notebook: DHB Takes the High Road, plus Injury Updates
LOVE IT. The NFL season is officially upon us. Couldn't be more excited. Really hope Castonzo is a go, Reitz at left tackle sounds like something nightmares are made of.
1 year ago on The 2013 Colts Authority Annual
I'm excited! You guys are going to love it! ... I hope.
1 year ago on Announcing the Colts Authority Annual
Yikes. Adderall as a performance enhancing drug is kind of crazy. What's the policy if they have a prescription? It's not like it's particularly hard to get. These guys are costing themselves hundreds of thousands, if not millions, from these adderall suspensions. Just stop. I don't understand it.
1 year, 1 month ago on Weslye Saunders Suspended Eight Games for PED Abuse
@coltboy12 Thanks for the comment, but you must not have read the text below the picture. The image was taken from the broadcast directly following him breaking the record in the Kansas City game (when the pass I was referencing was actually thrown), it does not include week 17 against Houston. I did mention several times that his total yardage was close to 4,400 (I believe 4,371 off the top of my head).
New edition should be coming soon.
1 year, 1 month ago on Andrew Luck's 5 Best Throws of 2012
@TheGreatMisdirect By all means, please do.
@codrutc @Colt_Following I've already decided I was going to give more instructions next go round (in case you were wanting to take credit for it, I'm joking of course). We could do a gchat or something if you want, email@example.com is my email address. Twitter's 140 character limit would become very annoying.
Just let me know when a good time would be for you.
The only software I'm using that costs money is Photoshop, so you would need that, but beyond that it's simple. I could do some screen captures of the process too, that wouldn't be too much trouble.
@hankster @Colt_Following @Bobman1 That would be above my pay grade but I'd personally be happy to join in.
@hankster @Colt_Following I'm on the same page with Scott there, bulk statistics are almost never a great way to measure success (obviously Stafford threw for nearly 5,000 years and Detroit won 4 games), but what Luck did last year was perhaps the exception that proved the rule, managing to do what he did, throwing 35 times a game, and still winning 11 times.
Luck really does throw a nice looking ball. I love Peyton Manning even more than most but he certainly wouldn't be accused of throwing the prettiest spiral in sports. Luck has some serious rotation on this rockets, maybe not Vick but not that far behind him.
@Lou Pin To be clear, first part of that statement was a reference to the Green Bay game, my comment was really unclear.