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Maybe because Brown managed to get 100 + yards and it took Addai almost Three... count it three years to get a 100 plus yard game. Oh and that game came against the Redskins in which they didn't even start 1 defensive linemen. They flat out told the Colts, "Go ahead and run. We don't care."
Brown just had a great game against a solid Jags run defense. The guy has the breakaway speed ability that Addai lost in 2007 and has never gotten back. And Addai is good at pass blocking, but really I haven't noticed any drop off since Addai left.
Brown is the future. The kid is hot so let him run with it.
3 years, 8 months ago on Friday Injury Report: Colts v. Raiders
Addai just get hurt period! How sad is it that we are talking about babying our running back by using him as more of a WR?
Brown is getting hot. Lets use him and Hart because they are the better RB's. If Addai wants to go play WR then so be it, but I think that speaks volumes to his Running abilities.
Its so important that the Colts be able to run the ball. For almost 3 years now every team we face just dares us to run it. They play their safeties back to defend against the pass. There is no excuse that the Colts should not be able to run the ball.
When the Colts run the ball it takes pressure off the passing game. It makes play action passing valuable again and it keeps defenses honest.
3 years, 8 months ago on Quick Reaction: Colts 34, Jags 24
I've been shouting this from the mountain tops for years. The 2006 Colts just had a good O-line. They could pass protect and run block. That's what good O-Lines do.
its not a zero sum game; you don't have to have one at the expense of the other. Dumb comment by Polian.
3 years, 8 months ago on Colts' GM Bill Polian Talks More Offensive Line Philosophy
If Garcon would just learn to catch better... *sigh*
3 years, 10 months ago on Colts Receiver Anthony Gonzalez Participates in Walk-Through Practice
Another thing about the D that we need to recognize is that Matt Cassel was terrible and that may have disgused some issues with this defense. Can you imagine if there was someone good throwing that took pressure off of Jamal Charles?
3 years, 10 months ago on After Review: Chiefs v. Colts (Week 5)
Not sure about 40 time speed, but Hart looked faster. Seemed to have more burst. Sure having a 4.3 40 time RB is great, but heck just having a good second gear (like Hart showed) can work almost as well.
Addai has the same average running ability this year as he has had the past 3 seasons. Clearly the Colts want an upgrade because they drafted Brown.
If you actually look at the team the two biggest needs are O-line and running back.
3 years, 10 months ago on Quick Thoughts - Chiefs v. Colts
I was really impressed with Mike Hart yesterday. He showed a nice burst and ran with a punishing style that we just don't see out of Addai. Admittedly I doubt that Hart is an every down kind of back.
And come on man another "great game" comment for Addai? I guess anything short of fumbling 3 times is considered a "great" game for him. I say it again, Addai is a nice utility back. He catches the ball very well and pass blocks, but he is a below average runner. 2.9 YPC yesterday just won't cut it and is not "great" by any rational standard. He is basically the Colts version of Kevin Faulk so why don't we acknowledge that because the longer the Colts wait on this the more and more we lean on Manning until we become Dan Marino's Dolphins.
I realize Addai doesn't have the best O-line (it sucks actually), but hell Hart ran fine behind it yesterday and had a 4.5 YPC average. In fact, Hart had the same number of yards as Addai (50) and he did it on 6 fewer carries. Matt Forte of the Bears has probably the worst line in the league with Todd freaking Collins as his QB and he had 166 rushing yards yesterday! I know we are all homors, but its amazing to have seen Rob Morris take shit from Colts fans for years and Addai to get a pass time and time again.
Maybe Hart and Brown (if he can get healthy) are the answer to a more powerful explosive running game, but then again maybe they aren't. Colts might have to draft another RB this offseason in rds 2-4.
And yes Ryan Diem was terrible yesterday. The Colts line is that rare combination of old and slow (Diem) and young and dumb (Pollak). You can also add in soon to be retired (Saturday). The line really, really needs a big upgrade.
On a positive note we saw some real physical play from the defense!
More reliable than Wayne and Collie?! I agree Addai can catch, but the guy catches check downs because everyone else is busy covering the receivers. Again, if Addai is so good why don't teams spend at least 5 minutes of practice time talking about how they are going to "stop" him? Simple because they know the guy has Zero burst. That he will never, ever defeat them and therefore it puts tremendous pressure on Manning and the passing game.
You put Frank Gore on the Colts (a guy who can run, has burst, can catch and pass protect) and the guy might just average 6.0 YPC which would force teams to stop playing Nickel defense against us every damn play.
3 years, 10 months ago on Final Injury Report: Chiefs v Colts
I fail to see how Addai's 3.9 YPC average and 2 td's (which came in one game) constitute "great" play. Again, if you watch the way teams play the Colts they give ZERO respect to the running game so Addai is only gaining 3.9 YPC under very favorable circumstances.
The guy, as a runner, is average at best. He's a good blocker and a good pass catcher, but man do the Colts needs somebody with some more explosiveness. Addai is like a Ford Focus and we need a Porche! Something fast and reliable.
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What is sad is that Manning has 11 TD's and 1 Int and the Colts are only 2-2. Just pathetic.
The lack of a good running game, an O-line and a defense totally handicap this team. We have an amazing QB and great WR's but it all is for naught because the other area are totally lacking. Teams don't even try and stop Addai/Brown/Hart. They have no respect for the running game and the defense is to undisciplined.
3 years, 10 months ago on After Review: Colts v. Jaguars (Week 4)
Colts are always at their best when they run when the team comes out thinking pass and they do that enough to open up play action.
They are terrible when they just throw, throw and throw.
3 years, 11 months ago on Quick Thoughts: Giants 38, Colts 14
Also, let me add that its about freaking time the Colts ran the ball! The Giants started out playing a DIME package on first down! A freaking Dime package. That's 6 DB's and only 1 LB. If you don't run against that and run well against it you are crazy.
Teams have zero respect towards Addai/Brown and until we keep burning them they will keep focusing everything on stopping Peyton.
I was never greatly concerned about the D. I knew they would get their act together. What I was worried about was the offense in particular the O-Line and the run game.
The O-line played good. It wasn't great. They didn't blow the Giants off the ball, but they played certainly above average. It was a drastic improvement from last week.
Addai and Brown both played well and it was great to see Brown get some playing time. Addai, at times, runs good, but the issue is that he can't put a string of games together. Its been since 2007 since his last 100+ yard game. I just see him more as a complimentary back whereas Brown has the potential to be a bigger impact kind of RB. He has that speed and burst to take it 50+ yards.
As much as I liked the D I will say this... when they get in control they stay in control. The issue is when they get smacked around early in the game they seem to have a tough time recovering. Anyone else notice this?
Thanks for the post Spazmo!
In regards to Brown, I think the Colts should give him a chance. He's not great at pass blocking, but he isn't terrible at it either. At some point the Colts need a guy that can run the ball. Addai just kinda reminds me of Reggie Bush. He can catch and pass block, but I just don't see the running ability. Ever since he got hurt in 2008, he has never been the same.
Honestly, I think the offenses problems go much deeper then just O-line and RB. I think its about philosophy. The Colts really think they can win just with Peyton and, just like Miami's Dolphins they will be proven dead wrong. You said it yourself, Peyton played a near perfect game again Houston and the team still got crushed. I think the Colts will win games this year, but I don't see this team going deep in the playoffs. Talent is just missing in key areas and the Colts need to update their offense. Its tired and predictable. Just ask Tracy Porter (Pick 6 in the Super Bowl)!
As I said before, the Saints do it best. Awesome precision passing game and power running. Keep your opponent guessing and there is little chance they have of stopping you.
3 years, 11 months ago on Quick Thoughts: Colts 24, Texans 34
That's true. I think Richards was drafted in the 6th round so really not too much of a loss. It just seems that the Colts suddenly can't draft O-linemen.
In the past, Polian was money with the Diem and DeMulling picks. It just doesn't make sense.
3 years, 11 months ago on Colts Fans: Be Angry but Remain Calm
Addai did do a good job as pass protection and catching the ball. We've always known that he can do this. The issue is the running ability. I just don't see someone that opposing defenses really fear. He doesn't have breakaway speed or push the pile ability. His vision is good, but not excellent. The Colts don't even try to go play action anymore because teams have zero fear of Addai/Brown.
The O-line... man I knew this was going to be a problem going into this year because it was bad last year. They are nieghter physical nor quick. They are that rare, crappy combination of slow and weak. Man as good as Polian is he has had some horrible O-line picks in Ugoh, Richards and Pollak.
The defense I think will improve substantially. I am not sure we can call the secondaries performance particularly good considering that Houston just stuck to pounding the ball straight out us. Hey if its working why stop doing it?! I do however, agree that the Colts have a lot of talent in this area.
Its really not the defense that concerns me its the offense and it starts with the O-line. The Colts need to invest some good picks to get this unit up to speed because right now they just won't cut it. No amount of coaching can squeeze much blood from this rock.
I think the Colts have just, sadly, moved away from the philosophy of running the ball. No team out there respects the Colts running backs or the Colts running game. The play action pass is dead for the Colts because no one fear our ground game in the slightest. This force Manning to do, literally, everything on offense and one player can only do so much.
The Colts need to get bigger and stronger on offense. Its just way too light to be truly effective. I like the way the Saints run their offense. They have great precision passing, but when they need to, they can also run it straight at you. It gives them a level of diversity that the Colts just lack.
3 years, 11 months ago on Five Things I Think I Know: Not Pressing the Panic Button Yet Edition
The other thing is I get upset sometimes about all this talk of getting receivrs and big play guys. The Colts have done this time and time again and now the O-Line is a rotten shell of its former self.
So much of football comes down to 2 things... O-line and D-line. If you can be good there you will have a good team. Now, naturally, you need other areas, but is all steams from the point of attack; the O-Line and the D-Line.
Sadly, the thing that I took out of this game is that the Colts looked really, really soft. The O-Line is putrid which is the result of players (aka Diem, Saturday) getting old and not being replaced by quality draft picks. Pollak is just terrible at the guard spot, in fact he's probably one of the worst guards in the league right now.
The Colts are also clueless as to how to run the ball. They rely wayyyyy too much on Manning to get the job done and consequently he has to carry the team time and time again.
Did Polian not learn from the 2006 Super Bowl season? Because the lesson I got from that year was that Manning, like any other player, needs help in order to win. When Manning struggled in the post-season the defense and the running game were there for the Colts. Eventually, Manning will get his TD's but he needs a team in order to be great.
The Colts are starting to remind me of Dan Marino's Dolphins. Way too much emphasis on one player. It takes a team people!