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Great write up, it makes me feel better about our CB depth. I just watched the KC game again, well, the second half, and It still surprised me how much the coaches trusted him. Especially on the last pass. Everyone had to know the were going to Bowe.
Will we carry 5 or 6 CBs? It's going to be fun to see who makes it.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully Moncrief will motivate Roger's competitiveness and make him work harder.
BTW, great job Ben (as usual). I still don't like the title, but love your in depth analysis.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
IMO, with Wayne getting up there and Nicks on a try out contract, I think they'll carry 6. Whalen for PR and Rogers for his potential.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/lavon-brazill-suspended-for-the-season.html
Not bored at all. Training camp and preseason is like it's own game. Team scores or wins don't count. The competition is by the position with winners, losers, elation and heartbreak. If people can get excited about a game where there's no score for 90 plus minutes every four years, how could they not love this? Way more exciting.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/training-camp-preview-the-battle-at-safety.html
I think I got the point (except "BEARD OF CTHULHU"?). I was just commenting on your opening statement. Your analyses are usually spot on. Supposedly, AL is going to have more control over the O this year, right? His development and decisions should be easy to chart this season.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html
To be blunt, you guys spent more time whining about the Colts being a run first offense in your podcasts than the Colts dedicated to actually doing it. For all the reasons you stated. As others have pointed out, with a decent OLine and the threat of a running game, this offense could be special. So, last season we 'threatened' but didn't have the tools to pull it off. Hopefully we will this year.
Excellent analysis, as always. I'm not crazy about the FB sets, but it does make the opposing teams have to prepare for it. Which reduces their prep work for our downfield game.
Not sure if Havili is a "good" FB either, or is he adequate? Can he really be replaced by a LB which then saves us a roster spot? Are his ST skills that good to help secure his job? Are his receiving skills what separate him from that LB? I'm rambling, but just trying to point out that there a lot more to consider than these stats, right?
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
The Oline HAS to be better, right? The IRed starters ARE BACK, right? But, just like you, I'm also cautiously optimistic. The D still concerns me with so many question marks, and not just with the DBs. I'd love to have a season where the opposing D is reacting to our O, as in concerned they have to get a stop to win the game. Rather than our O reacting to their D, as in worried that if we don't have the ball last we'll lose because our D hasn't stopped them all day.
How about a "Score More than They Do" offense?
I don't know why people think Ballard is a lock to make the team. I wouldn't be surprised if he starts the season on PuP. If Bradshaw does the same thing as last year and they both don't play in the preseason, it's going to mean a lot of snaps for Boom and Rainey. Either one could beat him out.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-notebook-ballard-nicks-whalen-working-through-different-challenges.html
I'm not counting on Thomas at the start of the season, and we really didn't have him last season so it's not like we'll miss him. So, we're counting on unknowns to improve the line play. I think we'll have three decent backs, but unless those unknowns come through we'll be in the same boat as last year. I want to believe that Holmes and whoever is playing the G positions can't be worse than Satele and McGlynn (and Thornton wasn't exactly stellar either), but I'm not there just yet.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/cacp-third-down-series-running-the-ball-on-third-down.html
Well, that was depressing... Very good analysis as usual Ben. If we knew what we know now going into the 13 draft, who would have been a better option at that position. Or maybe a different position of need. (I know that's not fair, and that Bjoern may work out. I'm just curious)
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@BrianKlass I assume you mean - if Swoope can block. That's what I was wondering too. Apparently he's a very strong kid, but that doesn't mean he knows how to block. Tackling on ST plays? Yeah, that too. I know they were worried about Adongo being blindsided last year since he didn't understand that part of the game.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Olly, I like how you're breaking the analysis down into different components. Everyone has strenghts and weaknesses. There are a bunch of other traits that could be added, like quality of competition, etc. but this is a good list. Nice job.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/analyzing-the-colts-third-round-pick-donte-moncrief.html
When a guy 'should' have been taken, or what round grade they deserved is meaningless after the draft. I'm pretty sure the first pick in the 2013 draft would have a different rating this year. I watched him at OSU and agree that he's no NFL LT. We won't know if he's an NFL G until we see him play. I always liked his attitude, I hope he carries that feistiness into the pros.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/analyzing-colts-second-round-pick-jack-mewhort.html
I think you nailed it. The hope is that the first two get spot situational play, then more time as the season goes on. If John makes the roster it may be because he looked decent in the preseason and we don't think he can hide on the PS. I'll be surprised if he's ever active on gameday.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html
I guess they're serious about taking versatile linemen. Any idea how many linemen we'll keep?
AC, GC, Thomas (assuming healthy), Thornton, Holmes, all should be locks. Reitz and Louis. Mewhort.
I liked Nixon. John makes 10. Is that one too many?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-take-guardtacklecenter-john-ulrick-in-the-seventh-round.html
Love the pick. Interesting song with the first highlight film. You may want to turn the volume down if there are kids around.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html
@paulcareyjr Good to know. A 'decent backup' isn't such a bad thing for a thrid round pick.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/camock-final-results.html
Interesting Colts picks. I could live with that. Although I'd rather have a FS, I'd take Vereen. I think our 2nd and 3rd rounders may be the only guys from the draft to make the team. Grigs has to hit on those guys.
I think Abbrederis is going to be available way late in the draft. His injury concerns are going to hurt him. In a way he reminds me of Michael Sam, in that he's an over achiever who did great in college but just doesn't seem like a pro prospect. For both of their sakes, I hope I'm wrong. Reid and Aikens are both interesting. My question, for anyone we draft on the third day or UDFAs, is can they really be better than someone we have on the roster now? Barring injury, I don't see how more than three or four rookies make the team.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Great analysis! I'm really pulling for this guy to be more than a feel good story.
I've said it before, love the articles, hate the title. I'd prefer "Backbones of the Roster" because the guys will all contribute.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I'm sure this was posted, but can you tell me what our pass/run percentage was with a FB in the game? Also, percentage of snaps with a FB? Thanks.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Thanks for the info. Also not crazy about using a FB, but if we're going to then we need the camp bodies. You never know, Havili could get hurt in the preseason and one of these guys could make the team. I'm a little dubious about Campbell doing a 4.4, but if true that's impressive. Long shots for sure. Hey, no one thought a D3 guy from the CFL could make the team, much less start.
Excellent (and realistic) analysis, as usual. Worst case, it appears the Oline depth has improved. What concerns me about Louis, and all of the internal linemen is health.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Smart picks so far. Probably smarter than the teams real one. Someone is going to take Manziel too early, probably the Browns.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-mock-draft-commences-houston-takes-jadeveon-clowney-with-the-first-overall-pick.html
Great article. I didn't expect any more from him than what you predict. As you pointed out, we don't know how he'll be used, but is he an upgrade? Does he make our roster better? Yes, we may have gone with someone else but he's on the roster, so I think the answer to both of my questions is Yes.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I'd take it! Prefer a G in the third, we probably have more question marks on the O line than at CB.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/olly-dawes-colts-mock-draft.html
Love these articles. Hate the title.
4 months ago on The Dregs of the Roster: Delano Howell Film Review
I remember one of the preseason games where they pulled him because he was injured on a play. He was lobbying the coaches to get back in the game. That told me something, he has the desire. He has the natural talent. Now it's a matter of coaching and seeing if he can learn the positions. Well worth a late round pick.
Looking forward to more of these 'dregs' articles. Nice job Ben.
4 months ago on Dregs of the Roster: Montori Hughes Film Review
Martin should be the first center drafted. Is he an upgrade over Holmes? I'm not crazy about having an inexperienced player between a 330lb NT and our franchise. I wonder if the Colts really tried to put a poison pill type of offer to Mack.
4 months, 1 week ago on Colts Draft Prospect Interest Tracker
Well said, er, written.
4 months, 1 week ago on Hot Takes on Jim Irsay
Great job, I even understood it! I know we're all holding our breath for Mack, but is there really much talent left that we want besides him? FS seems to be our biggest need, other than interior line.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking Down the Colts' Free Agent Contract Structures
Great job, as usual. From what I read on a Cowboy's forum, the fans pretty much agree with your assessment. It's really a crap shoot on how he'll play after being on the sidelines for so long, but it's certainly worth what we're paying him to find out. Please, let's have no WWCT (What was Costa Thinking) moments!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa
PFT is reporting that the Panthers have shown no interest in signing Nicks. Maybe the other story was an offer for Stevie Nicks?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts to Meet with WR Hakeem Nicks, Plus the Case for another Receiver
I read the reference article. I have to wonder where the "reportedly" made an offer came from. His agent? Hopefully, that won't change Grigs decision. No need for a bidding war, too many good WRs in the draft if we really need one.
I don't think this changes the Mack discussion. I do think you're right, he competes for a job in camp. This is a good signing in that respect.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Meet With Free Agent Center Phil Costa, Kavell Conner Signs with San Diego
Kind of sad seeing Antoine leave, but it makes sense. Somewhat the same for Brown, both players were always classy. I'm glad Vinny is going to end his career here. Also, it's nice to know that Davis isn't the baffoon they made him out to be on Hard Knocks.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Free Agency with Vontae and Vinny
"When he's health". Key words. This is a great move if you consider how inexpensive our RBs are as a group. I know this means Brown is gone. Personally, I'd really like to see Boom get a chance. But he's another "when he's healthy" guy.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Bring RB Ahmad Bradshaw back for Another Year
Great job (as usual) Ben. I won't feel bad missing out on Mack if we sign D-Smith.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith
After watching him on the NFL Network today, I'm not sure if he'd rather be acting than kicking. Glad to have him, great for the team on and off the field.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Re-Sign Pat McAfee
Austin still on the roster, he's a backup at best. I'm not totally closing the book on Mack. The Browns, in another one of their idiotic moves, could have just tagged him for another $1M, if I understand it correctly. Then they could have worked on a long term deal. Instead they use a transition tag which at best saves them the money but IMO doesn't show much respect for the player. They're saying, "we don't think you're worth LT money. Unless someone else does. Then we'll talk". They could now lose him with no compensation.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Center
Ben should do a WWST (what was Samson thinking) now. I also wish him well, someone will pick him up. What would be interesting is if he flourishes somewhere else ala Jennings.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Goodbye, Samson Satele
Nice job. Couple nit picks - no one is really an "every down" lineman anymore. And since we run as much 4-3 as 3-4 (guess on my part) can any player really not fit our scheme? Bottom line, you are right, we need pass rushers. Especially with Mathis getting older.
5 months ago on Free Agency under the PFF Microscope Part 1: The Front Seven
I don't care if we make him the highest paid C in the league, he's worth it. The Browns won't franchise him, they want the long term deal too. Hopefully Chud can be our in with him. Now find us another G!
5 months ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Alex Mack
I try not to get too caught up in how much a player is paid, over or under. But I like your formula. I guess we should also consider how much an equal or better replacement would be. Angerer and Satele should be let go, but are McGlynn and Link even worthwhile backups?
5 months, 1 week ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts were the least-efficient uses of the cap in 2013?
Tremendous work! Holmes is still a question mark, Thomas is "incomplete", Reitz is always injured. I can only hope that Grigs sees the same thing as we do and opens the checkbook for interior linemen.
5 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Season in Review
How would you rate any of those guys against McNary?
5 months, 1 week ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Inside Linebacker
Personally, I think it's the biggest factor. No matter how good and how cheap, a player isn't a bargain if he can't play. He's costing you another salary to do his job when he's out too.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts Were the Biggest Bargain in 2013?
Nice. Some availability has to be added to the formula. Bradshaw and Thomas were extremly productive, but not available due to injuries. If you only apply your formula to when players are not on IR, then maybe add in how often they were out. Fo example, Reitz seems to be injured more than he's available. His bargain value should be diminished.