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DHB - You know the old saying:  Defensivebacks are just wide receivers who can't catch.  Maybe a look on the defensive side of the ball is in order...

1 year, 2 months ago on Depth Chart Updates and Thoughts

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Grigson is obviously looking anywhere and everywhere for talent.  I love the move.  Not much to lose here, but possibly could wind up with a diamond in the rough.  Lets not forget how some teams went looking for college basketball players to play TE (Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham).  This dude is cut and strong as an ox (saw pix of him lugging two barbells with what appears to be two 100 lb. plates on each).  Also watched some YouTube video of him playing rugby.  He's definitely not shy about contact.  Could see him making the practice squad this year.

1 year, 2 months ago on Adongo, Shocked but Excited

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Big deal.  I know a women who could kick most NBA players butts in a free-throw shooting contest (of course it doesn't hurt she's a former NCAA 3-point shooting champion.  She even beat the male winner head-to-head and had one round where she hit 14 3-pointers in a row).  When we use to play pickup games you didn't dare treat her like some dainty little girl or she'd kick your butt.  You treated her like one of the guys.  In case you're wondering:  Amy Waugh - Head Women's Basketball Coach at Xavier.

1 year, 4 months ago on Dwight Howard loses free throw shooting contest to housewife, and doesn't care what you think

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Luck should do just fine.  One BIG plus is that he should finally have an offensive line that can run and pass block.  With Hamilton's offense his completion percentage should go up.  With better blocking his INT's will go down.

1 year, 5 months ago on The Sophomore Slump: Fact or Fiction?

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Last year's draft was golden.  All of the following draftee's contributed in some way last year;  

1 - Luck

2 - Fleener

3 - Allen & Hilton

5 - Ballard - (Chapman was injured last year, but has a good chance to see significant playing time at NT this year).

6 - Brazill

When you hit money on all of your picks from the 1st thru 6th rounds, that is an A to A+ draft.  This year's draft could be more of the same (love Hughes in the 5th and Boyett in the 6th - good calculated risks).

1 year, 5 months ago on T.Y. Hilton and Dwayne Allen look like huge steals after one year

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@jtp142007- When you read the bio on this guy you come away with a sense that he's something special.  Too much is made of height, weight, 40 yd dash time, etc.  I work in IT and am a self professed stats freak, so I know that stats are often overrated.  I think three better questions are:  (1).  Does he have heart?  (2).  Is he willing to work hard to improve? and (3).  Does he have the brains to learn?  The bio on Boyett answers all three with an emphatic "yes"!  If this guy can come back from his injuries, I have very little doubt he will make the team.  Even though his injuries were serious, everything I read about Boyett tells me not to bet against him.

1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Hugh Thornton and John Boyett - the “Buzz Saw”

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I'm interested to see all of the Colt draft picks from rounds 1 thru 6.  I think all of them have potential.  Look at what the Colts did in last year's draft:

Rd1 - Luck

Rd2 - Fleener

Rd3 - Allen & Hilton

Rd5 - Chapman & Ballard

Rd6 - Brazill

Not only did they all make the team.  With the exception of Chapman (who was injured), they all made significant contributions to the team.  That was an EXTREMELY successful draft class.  I think this group could be another VERY good draft class.  

Hope Hughes and Boyett overcome their issues and make the team.  Think they both could be steals if they do that.

1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Offseason Notebook: The Rookies

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I really like this pick and the Colt's fifth round (Hughes).  Are both a gamble?  Yes.  Boyett has a lot of heart.  If he can fight thru the injuries, I think this will be a great pick.  Same with Hughes and his off field issues.  If he truly has matured, he has a lot more talent than your average 5th rounder.  Pagano has a knack for getting the best out of players so I think both of these picks have major potential.

1 year, 5 months ago on What to Expect 2013: John Boyett

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Will miss Megan Meador being on the squad this year.  She's a definite class act (she was one of the two cheerleaders who had her head shaved last year in support of Pagano).

1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Authority

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Seems to me the last time the Colts took a safety in the 6th round it worked out very well.  We ended up with one of the best (and most underrated) safeties in the NFL:  Antoine Bethea.  Hope Boyett turns out the same way.

1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Hugh Thornton and John Boyett - the “Buzz Saw”

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@MarcusDuganLook forward to it.  

I'm wondering if the Colts are looking at moving Boston College tackle Emmett Cleary to guard and have him compete for the right guard position (or at least as a backup)?

I could also see the Colts looking at Denodus O'Bryant as a possible return man.  Pagano and Grigson have put much more emphasis on having a good return game (some that's been overlooked by the Colts for far too long).  Don't think he's big enough to play a major role at runningback.

1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes

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There are several intriguing pick in this year's Colts draft.  I agree that Boyett and Thornton could make the squad and contribute.  There are a few free agents the Colts picked up after the draft that I think have a good shot of making the team.

1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes

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You take a few calculated gambles in the later rounds.  If he has truly matured, this pick could be an absolute steal.

1 year, 5 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes

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The run game will be better because the O-line will be better.  Our offensive line has been terrible for years.  They couldn't run block and last year proved what I said all along:  They couldn't pass block either.  Manning hid that deficiency by getting rid of the ball quickly.  The group we have in camp now is an upgrade over last year, even though they haven't played together.

2 years, 3 months ago on State of the Franchise: Indianapolis Colts Summer 2012 RBs | June

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This group will be an improvement over our previous O-lines.  That unit began to decline when Tarik Glenn retired.  The last several years they were pathetic.  The couldn't run block and contrary to what the so-called experts believed, they couldn't pass block either.  Manning covered their pass blocking deficiency by getting rid of the ball quickly.  Rosenthal and Kuharsky should go back to the game tapes of Manning's 2010 season and put a stopwatch on how much time he had to throw (then do the same for Tom Brady).  We will have enough of a running game this year to keep teams more honest.  That being said, Luck won't be expected to carry this team all by himself.  Probably looking at 5-6 wins this year.  If we can ungrade the secondary and add a little more depth, maybe even 7 wins.

2 years, 4 months ago on The Silliness of Mainstream Media Perspectives Regarding Colts Offensive Questions | June

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No sense reaching for a safety in the draft if it's not there. It would just be a waste of a pick. I would still look at using the 1st round pick on an OL. Our offensive line isn't very good. Manning makes them look better at pass blocking than they really are. If you doubt what I'm saying, watch a game with special attention to how fast Manning makes his read and gets rid of the ball. Also, we stuggle in short yardage situations. We've had a ton of drives stall because we couldn't convert a 3 and 1. Wish we had moved up and gotten Pouncey last year. He'll be solid for 10+ years. The bottom line is, if our offensive line doesn't protect Manning, we could be in for a long season. Does anyone really believe the Colts could win 4 games all season with Painter at QB? I don't. That's why LT is the 2nd highest paid position: You're looking to protect your QB. I would look at using two picks (maybe the 2nd round and another pick) for drafting safeties. Try to address the problem with quantity and hope your scouts and coaches can hit on one of the two picks. Some real gems have been found in middle and late round picks. Bethea was a sixth round pick and he's very underrated. He is solid every year and deserving of more serious consideration for all-pro honors. Make DT your 3rd priority. Whether we like it or not, I think the Colts need to supplement their draft this year with at least one or two quality free agent pickups (not the cast-offs they usually go after).

3 years, 7 months ago on Secondary is Primary Concern

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Really good article. I believe the bigger DT's was definitely a step in the right direction for the Colts. I would prefer to see the Colts revamp the defense to always have two space-eaters in the middle and the rest of the defense predicated on speed. On running downs this would force other teams to bounce their running attacks more to the outside, which would play more to the Colts strength (speed). On passing downs they could help push the pocket back into the opponent's QB, preventing him from stepping up. I'd like to see the Colts play Angerer in place of Wheeler. Angerer's been a very disruptive force when given the chance to play. Angerer and Session at the outside backer spots would give the Colts defense a new toughness that would be a welcomed sight. I think before its all said and done, Angerer is going to prove to all of the so-called experts that the Colts didn't reach to pick him in the 2nd round.

4 years, 1 month ago on The Role of Defensive Tackles in the Colts Defense

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