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KO return numbers are deceptive. If you take the ball from 9 deep and return it to the 18, it just doesn't sound right that you get credit for a 27 yard return. The stat should be "You just cost your team 2 yard, and risked fumble and injury." Hmmm, maybe it shows that I'm not real thrilled with Cribbs since the first week?
2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-15-report-card-colts-vs-texans-2.html
Sort of off topic, but did we also see Cribbs disappear? Unless they can use him as a backup WR in case someone goes down, it's looking like demoting Griff was a wash at best.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-17-texans-10.html
As always, excellent work. I was waiting to get your opinion on Holmes. It's hard to tell without the All 22, but he looked pretty good to me.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I loved the Colts game plan. "Okay guys, we're going to let Cleveland have the lead for 59:30. There's no way they replaces their QB when they're winning, no matter how bad he plays!"
Give Hoyer a game ball.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-25-browns-24.html
Browns. Such a racist name... And they have the ugliest uniforms in pro football, just beating out the Ravens.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-browns.html
Rafi! Love it. I wonder if that guy thinks that Belichick has wasted the last ten years of Brady's career? Great article, but I had no clue what you were talking about with the Pokemon stuff. Thank God.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@MarcusDugan I've been saying that for years. Pat Kirwan has been lobbying to make the active roster 53. It just doesn't make sense to have healthy players sitting on the bench.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-outpace-washington-49-27.html
The Browns have as good as or more talent than we do at just about every position except QB.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-23-jaguars-3.html
Nice analysis. I disagree about coaching, mainly the Oline schemes. But also (non) adjustments. Why did it take three sacks and I don't know how many hurries before the assignments were adjusted. It was clear Reitz was overmatched and being picked on.
As far as the talent, don't you think our line is as talented as the Packers? Not the stats, the personnel. I mention them because of the similar QB style. They run the ball effectively, getting the most from personnel no more talented than ours.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-23-jaguars-3.html
Nice write up! Love the gifs. Personally, I hate those kinds of game where you think it's going to be a blow out. I was relaxed and waiting to see my man Boom get some 4th Q carries. Then the next thing you know, it's stomach wrenching time!
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/head-scratching-and-top-plays-from-colts-texans.html
Obviously you didn't watch any of the NFL Channel or ESPN after game coverage or you would have had point 13: JJ Watt singlehandedly won the game. He may be late for their next game because he has to stop in Canton to pick up his yellow jacket.
Nice write up Nate.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-texans.html
I'd love for you to tell me "told you so!" in four weeks. BTW, "firm ceiling", perfect phrase.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html
Nice article (as always). Other than everything you wrote, the only thing that concerns me is thinking the Texans and Titans will be easy games. I know you didn't say that, but others are chalking up those as wins.
Nate, you can spin #3 any way you want. But the D gave up 7 points in the second half. Period. No asterisk next to it. I get your point being that we shouldn't take comfort in thinking the D is that good. My point all along is that they don't have to be great, or even very good. Obviously they need to be better than that first half showing, but if they're as good as they were in the second half the rest of the year, we're in great shape.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@mattshedd Not meaning to answer for Nate, but I think you're correct. TBH I can't really remember exactly when Peyton turned the corner from very good to great, but it could be around year 5. They both have that almost Aspergers approach to playing QB, but I have a feeling Andrew will be great sooner.
I was thinking the same thing, but I didn't want to write it. It took me a second to realize how wonderfully satirical this was. Great job Kyle. But, seriously, do you really think we'll win?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Mathews was featured a bit on Hard Knocks. Ryan said the kid has a great arm, but they kind of implied he was having problems with the verbiage. Ivy League guy should do fine with time. I still expect to see another OT on the 53 and Tipton going to the PS. Like rust, Grigs never sleeps.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-add-a-q-shipley-and-sign-10-players-to-the-practice-squad.html
I wouldn't be too upset if they released Reitz for someone who can stay healthy more than a quarter. Our backup OTs need their own MASH unit.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/the-colts-53-man-roster-for-now.html
I'd say Tipton and Austin aren't on the 53 come Monday.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/the-colts-53-man-roster-for-now.html
Buckeyes know Dane Sanzenbacher! Also anyone who watched Hard Knocks. He's their Griff Whalen. I thought the Bengals kept a pro player, Margus Hunt, in the game against guys who won't be pros soon in order to build his confidence. It was kind of cheap IMHO. Not that the line could block anyone at that point. God was that ugly.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-7-bengals-35.html
Great work, as usual. You make a really good point when you talked about Fleener missing the block on the play that got TRich stuffed. Put that one on the coaches. Which makes me wonder, how many bad plays are on the coaches, not the Oline. Simply put, they should know the guys well enough to know if they can handle the assignment, right? Why run a play that's destined to fail. Anyway, thanks for the hard work.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Those 6 should be locks, but I thought Nevis was a lock last year. At this point, there are a bunch of guys that we know will be cut who I want on our PS. Swoope, Tipton, John, and of course FN!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-make-cuts-plus-6-players-who-look-safe-for-now.html
The D scheme was vanilla, not that it's an excuse for poor tackling. It was nowhere near as inventive as in the first two games. Could be on purpose, but let's face it, we're not going to hide anything that Denver doesn't already know about. I thought the O line played well at times, and then just plain bad. Can't wait to read Ben's analysis. Andrew was off, there's no denying that. Hopefully it's another learning experience. And yes, the Saints are very good. Thanks for the writeup.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-17-saints-23.html
Great job Ben, love this series. Lutz HAS to make this team! We haven't nearly exhausted all the ways we can use his first name.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
You blow a 26 point lead in the fourth quarter when the guys they have, that will be gym teachers in September, are better than the guys we have, who will be bagging groceries in August.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html
Luck: "Hey Eli, didn't you used to be a starting QB?"
Eli: "Two rings kid."
Got it, that did make sense. Of course you're right about college meaning nothing at the next level. I thought he was clearly the best RB for a good OSU team. In my mind, that puts him in the same company as a starting RB for Bama. The comeback to that logic is one word - Beanie.
Boom is a 'small back, so his vision is limited'? Okay, I may be a bit defensive for my fellow Buckeye, but Boom is as tall as any RB on the roster. He was a pretty good blocker at THE OSU, he'll be okay.
At first I thought the guy had a great game. When I re-watched, I wasn't too sure. It seemed like he should have made a few plays a lot sooner than he did. Probably just still learning the position. After reading your piece, I'm thinking he's going to be good depth.
BTW, I happened to be in Quebec on business a few weeks ago. Between the poutine and the BeaverTails, they really do need that health care.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/players-we-watched-ilb-henoc-muamba.html
Okay, I'm a nerd because I love these articles! Hope you continue them throughout the season.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
It's so hard to tell without the All 22 type of video, but from what I could see on the replay Price looked pretty good. Colt had a couple nice plays. Over all, they all did pretty well. Again, they're not playing against 1s either.
I'd love it if Ben or one of the guys here could give us grades. I know it's a lot to ask considering it's a preseason game.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html
It's pretty obvious that we have to come up with a backup center. I know they've been preaching that half the line is interchangeable, and it sounds good on paper. I'm going to assume Harrison gets all the first team snaps this week and then has an audition in the next game. Even if he's decent I expect Grigs to pick up a vet that gets cut as a backup.
Overall, we look like we have at least 53 good players. Maybe a few extra at LB?
This was a really nice piece, it humanizes the players beyond the numbers. Also good to know that Rogers takes his misses seriously.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltscamp-musings-players-are-people-too.html
The glass half full attitude concerning the interior line is that it's very young and inexpensive for a few more years. They can meld as a unit and maybe we have something good for years to come. The half empty side is that there's no veteran leadership and hardly any experience protecting the franchise. It's a good thing we have a mobile QB. Peyton had some bad lines at the end but none this green.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
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.
5 months 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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?
6 months 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.
6 months, 2 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.
6 months, 3 weeks 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)
6 months, 3 weeks 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.
7 months 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.
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html