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"Blow the doors off" is certainly a good way to describe that game. It's too bad that they weren't playing the Jacksonville Chevettes, though. Maybe something along the lines of: "shaved the spots off the sickly, non-native Florida kitties." Ok, that's a little clunky but I think you can work with it.
Seriously, good read and good observations, Marcus. I'm sorry I missed Hughes squishing someone.
8 hours, 10 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html
Watching Coby Fleener attempt to catch that TD pass and then drop it was painful. Going from memory, it looked like he tries to catch that one with both of his hands out like a net. Maybe that's not how it happened but if he's right-handed, that seems very awkward to me given the direction he was running. I know that this is easier said than done (especially at the NFL level), but it would seem to me that if he could just get used to reaching out and plucking the ball out of the air, a la Reggie Wayne, he might have more success.
Also, the "soft" label is really strange and especially so coming from a fan. It's like contrasting one team with another team by using the "finesse" and "smashmouth" labels. What do those terms mean and how does one go about determining which is which? I have a hard time calling a football player "soft." Soft is a term that best describes what it feels like to poke at my midsection.
Good stuff as always, Nate. Onward to another beat down!
8 hours, 23 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-jaguars-17.html
1. The Jaguars are bad. Like, really, really bad.
Seriously, I like this stuff.
3 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-jaguars.html
@Kyle Rodriguez @Macko Kyle, I'm just going to comment on your excellent B/R article here because I just have no interest in commenting alongside the other meatballs on B/R.
I was really expecting the Colts to air it out on Philly as well. I was as happy as anyone that the Colts were able to run the ball in the first half but everyone knows that second half adjustments are part of what separates the good coaches from the rest. The Eagles adjusted their game plan; the Colts kept doing the same thing well beyond the point it was obviously not working.
I also really liked the idea you brought up in the article: If the Colts are having trouble getting open downfield, bring in Moncrief and Rogers. I like Whalen plenty. But Wayne, Allen, Fleener, and Nicks can do what he does. Make Whalen inactive, activate Rogers, and use Purifoy on punt returns. They were one of the few teams last year that could threaten the Seahawks because they could beat them deep with T.Y. and Andrew's ability to get the ball to him. Now, T.Y. could use some help opening up the offense for himself and the underneath game.
Kyle's article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2201607-colts-fail-to-test-the-eagles-secondary-in-monday-night-loss
5 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html
@Nate Dunlevy @bjg I remember a lot of those posts. I also remember thinking, "Damn, Nate really seems pretty negative." At the same time, I knew that everything you were saying was right.
I always wanted to believe that Pagano and the rest of the coaching staff would see the light and walk away from their "oldschool" football approach. We were even starting to believe it was happening when Luck would unleash a big comeback. Alas, it was all a mirage. Pagano and Hamilton only abandoned their philosophies temporarily because they had no other choice while secretly thinking, "Ah, we'll get it right next time." Well, now they're getting it right and it is only more obvious that they are actually getting it wrong.
Curious to see how Quarles works out. At one point, he was projected to be a third round pick. Obviously, he wasn't worth such a high selection but if he can help out, the Colts can use it.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/roster-moves-colts-sign-dt-kelcy-quarles-release-rb-dion-lewis-shuffle-practice-squad.html
Damn, Nate. I think you covered everything. I think I will go back to bed and cry myself back to sleep.
Number six on your list is really baffling me today. Lots of fans are saying the same thing and completely ignoring how quickly Philly was obliterating the Colts' defense. Their longest scoring drive was 3:45. They had one drive that moved the ball 80 yards in 2:11 and another that was 76 yards in 1:43. Conservative, run-first play calling with the incredibly obvious, overused heavy run personnel groupings were not going to get it done. It was obvious to everyone but the Colts' coaching staff. Mike Wells does not surprise me when he says that stuff because...well, he should just go back to covering the Pacers. I'll leave it at that.
The scary thing is that everyone will believe that the blown calls were the most defining aspect of the game. They were terrible, but the problem is far bigger and unlikely to be corrected as long as the F.O. and coaching staff look the same.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html
"Next thing you know, Chip Kelly’s going to be coaching in Indianapolis." -Yeah, don't tease me like that.
Really lovin' this side of CA, Kyle. Fantastic!
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html
Great to see this back, Lou! Will "Creepy Chuck" make an appearance?
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
On another note, what were they thinking with Landry lined up over two receivers? WTF? That play was destined for a 1st down. If Caldwell made a better block on Landry, Freeman probably doesn't have that angle to Thomas and Mike Adams gets dragged to the end zone.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/they-did-what-head-scratching-moments-from-the-colts-week-1-loss-to-denver.html
I haven't wanted to talk about the game because of a lot of these plays. As much as I want to watch this team and as much as I want to watch so many of my favorite players, the coaching decisions/philosophy and the front office decisions/philosophy continue to hold this team back and make me want to pry my eyes out of their sockets. I keep holding out hope that they are learning and they have shown signs of doing that, but it's not coming fast enough. There are only 16 games in a season.
That all being said, I will be doing the same thing next weekend as I did this weekend: watching my team, screaming loud enough for the neighbors to hear me, and hoping that light bulbs start coming on in the coaches' heads.
Dark news today: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/08/robert-mathis-tears-achilles-tendon/
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
You know what? Now that I have thought about it, this article has far too few insults and you guys are just too amicable. I thought this was THROWDOWN THURSDAYDAYDAYDAY!!!!!!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@coltsauth_todd @Brad Cronin @MarcusDugan Todd, you are right. We should expect more from Walden. I have just given up on him offering anything in the pass rush and that kinda amounts to a "free pass" from criticism because I don't expect him to perform. As you said, the defense needs him to be more than a complete non factor in that department.
Great conversation, guys. The pass rush is what I have been worried about most during the offseason and without Mathis, I don't have high hopes. It seems to me the difference will have to be pressure up the middle from Redding and/or Jones. If the Colts can't get some pressure from those guys, I feel sorry for the secondary.
I'm just going to go ahead and say how I feel about Werner: he looks better, but I'm not sure I've seen enough from him in the preseason to suggest he will be a difference maker. I hope he is able to do some things in the regular season that he was unable to do in the preseason, but I don't think he will be Robert's replacement for this stretch or in the future.
Werner certainly looks less overwhelmed on the field and he is able to make plays in the backfield but getting around OTs and getting the sack still looks difficult for him. Mathis is a speed rusher who not only can beat his man to the edge, but can then bend down and shoot inside for the sack. Werner can't get that bend and rounds the edge too much. He can be forced wide of the QB far easier than Mathis. Maybe he can force himself inside the tackle or knock some passes down at the line of scrimmage. That would be great. He would make a great compliment to Mathis with those abilities but a replacement he is not.
Once again, I think Werner looks better but I think if we are expecting him to break out and get 8-10 sacks this year, we might be asking too much. I was very excited to hear how he looked in training camp but I am trying to temper my expectations.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/bloggers-of-the-round-table-colts-vs-broncos-preview.html
Yeah, I see the Colts...and a bunch of 6-8 win teams. I don't think I'm delusional (no promises). The Colts are deeply flawed but I see no reason to suggest any of the other three teams will win the division barring some sort of significant event. I just can't see the Colts winning fewer than nine games.
QB play will decide the day. Locker shows flashes but remains a question mark. The Jags will wait too long to play Bortles. The Texans don't have a QB.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/afc-south-preview-blogger-discussion.html
Great look at Da'Rick, Andrew! I definitely feel better knowing that the Colts decided to keep him and Whalen. For the future, and as insurance in case the unmentionable happens this year (I refuse to mention it), keeping both Rogers and Whalen was a good decision.
I also would like to mention something as far as how Rogers compares to Green. Rogers is just so much bigger than Green. It's impressive that he has such size and still is measurably more athletic than Green. Rogers is listed at 215lbs but I bet he is 5-10 pounds heavier - similar to Terrell Owens in stature. Green is listed at 207lbs and that seems like it applies only to when he is wearing a wet uniform. Another tidbit is that Rogers is 23 and Green is 26 (same age as Hakeem Nicks).
Rogers has great potential. I hope he continues to develop and the Colts continue to trust him this season.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Kyle Rodriguez Yeah, that was pretty boneheaded.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-7-bengals-35.html
Thanks for doing this on Kerr, Kyle! Great look! I hope Kerr turns out to be a great rotational addition to the D-line.
Are you planning on doing any more of these before the season starts? If so, do the Colts have any OLBs worth looking at? Are my concerns about Werner unfounded? The first four weeks without Mathis have me very worried.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@MarcusDugan @bradicus18 Go figure. Thanks, Marcus!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-preseason-dress-rehearsal-the-search-for-a-starting-safety.html
@MarcusDugan @bradicus18 That's interesting. To me, he seems to play poorly when asked to play deep. In some cases he seems to be in poor position to make a play or takes a poor angle to chase down a play. And yes, as you mentioned, his propensity to launch himself at a ball carrier ends up in a missed tackle. Perhaps he plays well when asked to cover tight ends or slot receivers at the LOS? I'm curious now.
I will say this: he looks plenty fast. He is certainly faster than his size would suggest. Maybe I have the guy wrong but I think he plays poorly when asked to play the deep, open field. It would be cool to see some film review.
Thanks for looking those PFF numbers up, Marcus.
@bengundy @bradicus18 I was so hoping that would be your answer!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
As always, this stuff is great, Ben! Thank you!
I should be watching this a bit more, but do you know how many times or even if the Colts have used six linemen to block so far in the preseason?
New Orleans certainly feels like a Super Bowl team again. They've made some good personnel moves over the past two years...that and they still have Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. I hope the game is competitive. I really want to see how the secondary holds up.
Speaking of the secondary, I understand the theory behind the interchangeable safety system, but the Colts cannot make it work in practice with the people they have. Landry is clearly not a FS as much as Grigson/Pagano/Manusky want to believe he is. He is a weak link when playing coverage. Did the Jets not use him more as a traditional SS? His Pro Bowl year?
I hope Delano's still able to continue his NFL career, but I certainly would not want to see him get seriously hurt out there.
Thanks for the updates, Marcus!
@Kyle Rodriguez Very much agree. It would be hard to see Rogers or Whalen get cut. Neither would make it to the practice squad, eligible or not.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-rising-and-falling-preseason-week-2.html
It was great to see some of those guys stand out. It's interesting seeing guys that didn't make names for themselves in camp making plays during games. McDonald and Kerr are two of those guys.
As far as the CBs go, I have no idea who will make that 5th spot. Burley has looked pretty good during the games, has received attention for his performance during camp and seems to be listed highly enough on the current depth chart to think he has a good chance. Purifoy definitely helped his case against the Giants. Though, maybe the coaches should just keep the guy who gets the fewest flags tossed at him during the preseason. That might be the most important performance metric for the coming season.
I think Rogers is making a case for the fourth WR position. I also like the way Moncrief looks on the field and believe that he will continue to get better but Rogers has delivered more during the preseason so far. That being said, I love the whole WR group this year. I hope the coaches decide to keep six.
@Kyle Rodriguez Great! I could probably name too many. Andy Studebaker, Jonathan Newsome, and Sheldon Price are a few that interest me. Not sure what anyone else thinks, though. It seemed like Studebaker and Newsome got a good number of snaps. Judging by when the coaches put Price in the game, I think he has a decent shot at the last CB spot.
Those guys look like they could make the final 53 or, in Newsome's case, contribute at a position of need.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/players-we-watched-ilb-henoc-muamba.html
Muamba definitely drew some attention in that first game. I loved that stop on the goal line. When I saw that, I immediately was asking, "Who the heck was that?"
This will be a fun series! Thanks, Kyle! How many of these do you guys plan on doing?
Thanks for doing this, Ben! So if Walker makes the team, does that mean Louis is the guy on the block? Although, I'm expecting the Colts to only keep nine O-linemen. Do you think the Colts keep ten, now?
Great work! I love seeing this stuff!
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@MarcusDugan @buymymonkey Vick is still pretty fast. I'm sure Newsome and some other edge defenders were saying the same after the game.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html
Watching Holmes go down was so scary and disappointing. I hate seeing that happen to a guy who has battled injuries in the past and had to be excited to go in there and prove to everyone what he can do. I hope he can recover quickly. The team needs him badly.
Watching Muamba perform like he did was great. It makes me think that we are one step closer to waving goodbye to Kelvin Sheppard. I was also impressed with Studebaker. Correct me if I'm wrong but it looked like he played a little bit of ILB and OLB. He made some plays from both positions and that could make him valuable. Before finding out about his injury, I was starting to think Adongo may not make the 53. Seeing Studebaker play well and Adongo injure his bicep (hoping it's not serious) makes me think he might end up on the practice squad again.
But hey, it's only the first preseason game, right? The first team offense was great to watch as well as the first team D-line. Football's back!
@erhall01 I miss good nicknames in general. Now all nicknames are some sort of play on a player's name (TRich) or conglomeration of a player's name or initials and jersey number (CP3).
There used to be some awesome nicknames, Dominique Wilkins' being my favorite (The Human Highlight Reel). I loved William "Refrigerator" Perry as well.
I used to shake my head when John Gruden called Peyton "The Sheriff" but now I have come to appreciate it a bit because it somewhat captures the level of command Peyton has of the offense and the respect his teammates and opponents have for him. At least it's not "PMan18" or something like that.
It would be fun to come up with nicknames for the players.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltscamp-musings-players-are-people-too.html
"The guy loves football." - Yeah, coach. I would hope so. I mean, how many players out there are like, "Really? You want me to run out there and catch this ball again?" or "C'mon, coach. Can't you just put me on IR and say I broke my leg?" Good ol' coach-speak.
Ok, the injuries are just depressing. I cannot imagine how Vick and Donald feel right now.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Notice to anyone who bought one as a gift: have the recipient check his/her spam filter. My friend's pass didn't make it past hers. So, if you are hoping to surprise someone, he/she may not get it at all if it doesn't make it to the inbox. My friend uses gmail, fyi.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Kyle Rodriguez @bradicus18 Whoops! Apparently I missed that in the article. Thanks, Kyle.
Is there a way to buy one as a gift?
Would it make more sense for Gordy to replace Toler if (when) he gets injured? Is my memory correct in remembering Butler getting abused pretty badly when he was asked to line up against big outside receivers? I thought Gordy had some pretty good moments last year as the season wore on.
Great review, Ben!
@AJ_ This is what the market responds to in the 24/7 information age. Look at cable news (if you can call it that). Same deal. ESPN is giving the people what they want. I try not to take it too seriously, but sometimes they manage to suck me in...especially during baseball season. Sports are a form of entertainment. Now, so is sports analysis.
"Are you not entertained!?!" - some Spaniard dude
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html
@ShannonJames @bradicus18 I see only two teams in the AFC that are clearly better: Patriots and Broncos. That's it. I can see only the Chargers, Chiefs, Steelers, Bengals, and Dolphins being in the ballpark. I would still pick the Colts to be better over the next three years. Yeah, I agree that the AFC South has been as rigid as toilet paper, but the Colts are a legitimate playoff team with Andrew Luck. I don't see any justification for the Colts being the 20th ranked team for the next three years.
I was a little baffled by the ranking as well. I get the front office and roster criticism. I would somewhat agree with that. But, as you said, having Andrew Luck means this team will never finish that low. It just won't happen.
For the ESPN sports generalists, I would have to ask one question: Do you think the Colts will finish with the 20th best record in the NFL at any point over the next three years? If yes, you're either a liar or an idiot. If no, maybe you should rethink your methodology. And if you're just trying to order your favorite organizations, just say so and don't try to call it a "future ranking."
As you also said, Kyle, this is just something to do in the offseason. I don't care either. I hate baseball and I'm just ready for football season to start.
Have you thought about going over PFF's depth charts? It's another offseason time-filler.
All I want is for the Colts to be able to run out of passing sets. When the Colts have their best personnel on the field, they look like they will pass. Even when the defense knows they are going to pass, the passing game will be hard to defend with all those weapons. This will make defenses defend the pass first and allow the Colts to sneak the runs in.
When they brought in the extra OL and FB, everyone knew what was coming. While there was usually one WR on the field and Havili is a decent pass catcher, it was easier to take away the passing game in those sets because it was such a gamble for the offense. Sure, Havili did catch a short TD pass in one of those sets but more often than not, personnel groupings that utilize the Colts' best weapons will open up the most options and bring more success.
DAMNIT, PEP! JUST USE YOUR TOYS THE WAY THEY ARE MEANT TO BE USED!!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html
Could keeping Harvey as a FB/ILB mean keeping six receivers? Hmm.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14421.html
Kyle, thank you for putting his performance in perspective. It's weird how his first two years have been a bit "under the radar" considering how amazing those numbers are. I like watching that guy and I hope he stays around.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Can he play FB? No? Well, he's useless! :)
Be careful with that machete. I lose more TVs that way...
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-charting-project-colts-and-third-downs.html
Holy freakin' neckbeard! Is it draft day yet!?!
I really like thinking of the Colts getting Caraun Reid in the 5th. I'm afraid his draft stock is gaining too much momentum, though. I think he goes before the Colts' pick. And they should certainly not stretch to get him earlier. Too many bigger needs. But I would like to see the Colts develop some sort of inside pass rush.
I wonder if Abbrederis will be available as well. Is it crazy to think that trading away a fourth round pick for the privilege of trading up to get Montori Hughes (correct me if I'm wrong) was a bad idea?
Also, does anyone think the Colts feel like they are set at OLB? Do we think Adongo will step in and get some snaps? Could the Colts look at someone like Adrian Hubbard late as well?
I miss football.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Kyle Rodriguez Yup, I would love to see the Colts grab him. He has moved up in projections, though. If Colts don't grab him in the third, he'll be gone before their next pick.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html
The Colts needed DL help badly. I was originally hoping the Colts would target a pass-rushing DT in the second round of the draft but no one other than Aaron Donald looked like an option. When he shot up the board and I realized no one else was worth that pick, my hope was dashed.
Getting Jones in FA was probably the next best thing, in my opinion, and he probably was what the Colts were looking for anyways. I hope he can help in all situations.
Great review, Kyle! Thanks for looking into his performance.
Great review, Ben! I really want to see what McNary can do next year. I think you nailed it on pointing out how natural he looks on the field. I am somewhat optimistic that he can become a solid option to start if Jackson or Freeman deal with injuries (likely, right?).
Do you think the Colts will consider giving him some time at OLB? If Walden, Werner, or (cringe) Mathis get injured? I was surprised to see him used at ILB but he obviously looked promising there.
Thanks for the great write-up, Ben!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/