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@Kyle Rodriguez Yeah, that was pretty boneheaded.
1 day, 8 hours 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.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@MarcusDugan @bradicus18 Go figure. Thanks, Marcus!
1 week, 1 day 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 week, 2 days 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!
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-preseason-dress-rehearsal-the-search-for-a-starting-safety.html
@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 week, 4 days 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.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-rising-and-falling-preseason-week-2.html
@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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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!
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 1 day 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.
3 weeks, 2 days 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 ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
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1 month, 1 week 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
1 month, 2 weeks 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 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 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...
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 3 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 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 ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Damn! We gotta speed this thing up! A Colts player has already retired before the team can make its first pick!
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-mock-draft-second-round-begins.html
@Kyle Rodriguez Windows 7. All it took was going into the zoom settings. Of course, I had another tab open for Bleacher Report and it was not zoomed. Weird.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html
Dregs of the Roster: Moala? Sheppard? Too many snaps?
How about a "Where are They Now?" feature? Caesar Rayford, Mario Addison, A.Q. Shipley, Jerry Hughes (LOL! I kid. I kid. Sheppard is way, way better.) Ok, maybe not.
5 months ago on 2014 Indianapolis Colts Offseason Film Reviews
For some really strange reason, Chrome was blowing up the site to 400% zoom. I have no idea why. I had to check the zoom settings and for some reason, it was at 400%.
@AJ_ Don't feel bad. I do the same thing. I refuse to use that Tweeter thing.
Does this signing seem to say more about what the Colts have planned for Khaled Holmes than what they think of Phil Costa? It seems to me they are hoping to see what Holmes can do in camp or possibly what he looks like by the end of next season in order for him to become Luck's center for his career.
I admit, I was worried about signing an expensive FA Center given Cherilus' big contract, Thomas' contract and Castonzo's pending re-signing. That could make for an expensive OL. We'll need that money to re-sign Hilton, Allen, Fleener, etc.
All that said, Ben, I love these OL reviews. I don't care that it's not a perfect science. Good O-line play is very hard to determine and I appreciate the work you put into these.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa
I go back and forth on what the Colts need. I guess that's because they really need starter caliber talent at nearly every position other than QB, OT, TE and RB. I still lean towards a 3-4 DE. Redding is old, RJF is mediocre and the Colts really need an interior pass-rush threat.
6 months ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Free Agency Frenzy
7 months, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday: The Last Edition
Great job, Lou! I hope you keep up the work! I always like to check out your Tuesday pieces and this one is a good cap on the season.
I find that the only way this is readable is to cut it down to 25% of the original image's size.
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8 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: A Special Teams Ace and Other Bright Spots
Kyle, this piece is a direct hit. I have been thinking about this very subject for the last couple of days. "Perspective, people!" is exactly what I was expecting to hear. That works if you are only focused on the short term. Once you zoom out and look at the big picture, you begin to be more worried.
This week, I don't even want to talk about football. I'm tired of arguing the points and getting into specifics. I hope this team does something soon to make me want to talk about it next week.
9 months, 1 week ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@Roofio Good call!
9 months, 1 week ago on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Ryan Grigson
For the most part, I agree with you, Olly. However, I would add that Hughes played very well last year and even PFF took notice. I'm disappointed that the Colts did not recognize what they had. Now, he is a major piece in Buffalo. I think calling RJF "solid" is probably accurate. I'm just not sure the Colts are in a better position with him versus keeping Nevis for a lot less money.
I was also baffled by the Colts drafting Allen but what an awesome pick! Wish he was still around.
I would like to mention one deal I, personally, would add:
The Good: Signing Cory Redding. He is the only Colt who can bring consistent pressure on the inside but his leadership and energy are probably his most important qualities.
Oh, and I see you Creepy Chuck!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts comeback (again) to win in Tennessee
Great job, Lou! These keep getting better!
Arizona worries me. That defensive front is dangerous. Peterson won't have to be stuck to Reggie Wayne all game and you can bet that Powers will play with a chip on his shoulder.
The Colts will need to break this small interception drought and take the ball away from Palmer.
@MarcusDugan @bradicus18 That's fantastic...as long as he doesn't start cutting off the sleeves.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge
@MarcusDugan @hankster Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett will be tough assignments when we play the Cardinals as well. John Abraham has also improved as the season has progressed. Throw in Patrick Peterson and Daryl Washington and sleeping on the Cards' D could be dangerous.