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"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.

17 hours, 7 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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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.

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@Kyle Rodriguez @bradicus18 Whoops!  Apparently I missed that in the article.  Thanks, Kyle.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Is there a way to buy one as a gift?

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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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!

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@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 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html

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@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.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html

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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.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html

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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!!

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html

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Could keeping Harvey as a FB/ILB mean keeping six receivers?  Hmm.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14421.html

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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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Can he play FB?  No?  Well, he's useless!  :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Be careful with that machete.  I lose more TVs that way...

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-charting-project-colts-and-third-downs.html

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html

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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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html

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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!

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Damn!  We gotta speed this thing up!  A Colts player has already retired before the team can make its first pick!

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-mock-draft-second-round-begins.html

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@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.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html

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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.

4 months ago on 2014 Indianapolis Colts Offseason Film Reviews

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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%.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html

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@AJ_  Don't feel bad.  I do the same thing.  I refuse to use that Tweeter thing.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html

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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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa

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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.


I had originally thought the Colts could pick up Aaron Donald in the draft.  After the Senior Bowl and the Combine, he's surely gone before the end of the first round now.  Too bad we don't have that 1st round pick at about the spot he will probably go.  As far as what will be available in FA, I think the Colts should be able to pick up a good safety.  We haven't seen good safety play in a few years now and it has cost the Colts dearly.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up but one impact player is not too much to ask for, Grigson.

5 months ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Free Agency Frenzy

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@bradicus18 Good tip!  Better than what I did!

6 months, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday: The Last Edition

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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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday: The Last Edition

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I find that the only way this is readable is to cut it down to 25% of the original image's size.

6 months, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday: The Last Edition

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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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective

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@Roofio Good call!

8 months, 1 week ago on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Ryan Grigson

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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.

8 months, 1 week ago on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Ryan Grigson

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Oh, and I see you Creepy Chuck!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts comeback (again) to win in Tennessee

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts comeback (again) to win in Tennessee

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@MarcusDugan @bradicus18 That's fantastic...as long as he doesn't start cutting off the sleeves.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge

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@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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge

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Damnit!  Wish I got to see this one.  :(

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Beat the Titans 30-27 with Another Second Half Surge

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Thanks for doing this, Ben!  Great information and analysis!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 10

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Jacksonville stepped up BIG for the Colts last Sunday!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts lose to the Rams

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I'm just gonna pretend that the coaching staff and Andrew needed a game like this.  I can't imagine that Irsay hasn't completely gone apeshit on Twitter...although, maybe like me, he is just sober enough this morning.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Rams, Crowd Sourcing

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@chip_bennett @Nate Dunlevy @bradicus18 I'm sorry, Chip.  Please proceed.  Unfortunately, I will have to find a new way to make an ass of myself.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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@chip_bennett @bradicus18 I think the play-calling and personnel package issues have been well-covered on this site.  I'm not as down on Richardson as Nate is but I'm not just going to dismiss his points.

As for "haters gonna hate" arguments, that's what I expect to see on ESPN and also why I refuse to take part in any discussions there.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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@chip_bennett @bradicus18 My issue is not with your disagreement with Nate regarding Trent Richardson.  My issue is with your choice of language which, to me, is attempting to marginalize Nate's opinion and analysis with a simple, dismissive statement.  Would you not find that disrespectful?

I think most of us are rooting for the players we have to do well. I haven't given up on DHB, though I probably should.  Unfortunately, we have to be honest with ourselves on the deal Grigson made to get Richardson.  I think that is where Nate's criticism is coming from.  The lesson in this is not that we should dislike Richardson but that we should be afraid of how Grigson will manage the team going forward.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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I was absolutely surprised to see how well St. Louis' defense is getting after the QB.  I had always thought KC had the best pass rush.  As you said, at least their pass rush comes from the outside and will primarily face our OTs.  It will be interesting to see if they try to take advantage of the weak interior OL to improve their odds of getting Andrew.  Unfortunately for us, he can hold onto the ball too long sometimes and if receivers struggle to get open, Andrew could take some more hits.

But as you said, Luck vs Clemens at home.  I like the odds.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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@chip_bennett Haters gonna hate?  Really?

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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@travismj33 Bah!  If you want gratuitous positivity, Colts.com is the website for you.  Why should accurate, insightful analysis be sacrificed at the altar of fandom.  At least here you don't have to deal with the soap opera non-stories.

Some day, you and many other fans will have to come to terms with the Richardson trade and finally be honest with yourselves.  He could become a decent back, but he will never be worth his draft pick (either of them).

I have not seen anyone not rooting for this team on this site.  To me, well-reasoned and honest analysis is more valuable than trying to spin everything into a positive.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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Kyle, I'm so glad you put this together.  Please do it for the Thursday night game.  Since I can't watch it, this would help to console me.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on GIFtastic: The Colts complete comeback in Houston

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@chip_bennett @bradicus18 If not looking like he did at the beginning of the season constitutes playing well, I agree.  This week, he actually looked good in my opinion - covering relatively well and contributing to the pass rush when it seemed no one else was able to do so.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts complete comeback versus Houston

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Good stuff, Lou!  I love the pic of Walden and Redding at the bottom with peak-a-boo Chuck looking on!  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that Walden actually looked good in this game.  I guess every overpaid linebacker has his day?  Angerer was also very good Sunday night.

I will second (or third) the suggestion from the user trying to sell his primate with a tail.  Perhaps a PDF with the page-flippy feature?  Excellent work as always, Lou!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts complete comeback versus Houston

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@Bobman1 @mattshedd 5 FBs in an "I" formation.  All 5 of them.

9 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9

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@mattshedd @bradicus18 I'll admit that I know nothing about Wells or his level of football knowledge prior to covering it for ESPN.  But it just seems like he switched from covering the Pacers and got his football advice from Mike Ditka.  And now he just seems interested in throwing bones out to his old colleagues at the Star.  He should educate himself here!  :)

9 months ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"

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