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@ECB @smonroe Can't argue with any of that.  My point was that the statistics aren't relevant to how they affect a team.  Every team is going to have players banged up, it's when you lose an impact player that your team can be devastated.  As an engineer, I always say stats don't lie, but statisticians do.  Besides, would anyone want to be like the #2 team on that list?

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

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2014 was mild compared to 13 when it comes to impact injuries. You could make a case that the only "missed" player was Mathis. Ballard and Thomas weren't there in 13, we couldn't count on them making an impact after that. I think most of us had the over/under on Bradshaw at 9 games so he was a pleasant surprise. I guess what I'm saying is that, yes, we had a lot on injuries, but mostly to easily replaceable players.

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

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My only complaint would be taking a RB. Let's face it, unless he's first round talent that you expect to start, you might as well wait for an UDFA. A guy drafted that late main job is going to be STs. His skill set would be pass blocking, receiving, and then running, in that order. Those guys can be found without wasting a draft pick, IMHO.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/mocking-the-mocks-a-colts-draft-from-mycoltsaccount.html

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I just can't see us taking a WR that early. I like the first pick!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/guest-post-another-mock-draft-from-mycoltsaccount.html

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I'm still not sure what Chud does. I hope he's not involved in mid game adjustments (or lack there of).

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/a-deeper-look-at-this-weeks-colts-news-duron-carter-rob-chudzinski-david-walker-trent-richardson.html

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Nice write up Nate. It's taken some time for me to read anything about this game. Good, honest, article. No calling for heads, no doom and gloom. Good season. Heck, great season!

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-patriots-45-colts-7.html

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We also saw Jerrell play like a madman.  Maybe his best game this year.  And the guy you called "arguably the worst player on the team" didn't look too bad either.  Adams was outstanding and Landry was the polar opposite.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-26-bengals-10.html

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@Nate Dunlevy @smonroe What I was trying to lay out was that personnel has been upgraded (D. Jackson, Jones, Nicks, Mewhort and any O linemen not named McGlynn or Satele, etc.)...  Yet, I don't see it on the field, and I'm not talking about wins/loses.  I'm talking O line performance in the run game, front 7 D against the better run teams, for example.


In short, I'm saying the coaching hasn't progressed even though the personnel has gotten better.  Not specifically Pagano or even Pep.  But the position coaching, and maybe expecting guys to do things they're not capable of, like pulling the guards.


Anyway, it's a moot at this point.  I've accepted that we're a good team, not a great one.  If we go any farther than our first playoff game it will be surprising.  But Baltimore surprised people a few years ago with a mediocre team, so anything is possible.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-from-the-2014-draft-revisited.html

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@Nate Dunlevy @smonroe Agree with Mathis, but that may be the only spot.  IMHO, I think Adams has played as well as Bethea did last year.  I'm looking at the entire roster, not just staters, and I think we've improved the personnel by far since 2012.  So, we have a difference of opinion. 


I respect yours, even though you're wrong.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-from-the-2014-draft-revisited.html

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Nate, this is a great series on your part.  It's as much about the accountability of the writer than it is about the team.  Way too often sports writers will spew out controversial pieces, mainly to get visibility.  But they never go back and revisit them or admit that maybe they didn't know what the heck they were talking about.


It was a solid draft, as far as we can tell so far.  My problem with the Colts management isn't with them always improving the roster.  I think Grigs is always doing that.  My concern is that if this personnel is so much better than 2012, why hasn't the team improved?

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-from-the-2014-draft-revisited.html

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Great piece, as usual.  And now my minor complaint...  "Dan Heron?" as if he came from nowhere.  He was the featured back for THE Ohio State and would probably have had as many yards at TRich in college (if he didn't trade his personal property for chicken wings and tattoos, but that's neither here nor there).  As a Buckeye living in Bama, I have to get all of my digs in before Thursday.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-27-titans-10.html

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Tennessee couldn't even win the first pick by losing.  I'm guessing TB takes Winston (I would), and the Titans take Mariota.  IMHO, that's a light version of Luck, RG3 going 1-2.  I haven't seen enough of Mariota to say he's even as good as RG3 but if it turns out that way it bodes well for us in our division for years to come.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-go-to-the-bench-but-win-anyway-27-10-over-tennessee.html

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I'm thinking about going to the Titans game.  How much do you think they'll offer me to take a ticket?


I'd like someone with a calm head (obviously not me) to write a piece on the progress of the Colts defense under Manusky.  I'll agree that we've improved the talent since 2012, but has the play improved at all?  The last four games of 12 the D gave up 1 TD/game.  It looked like it was going in the right direction.  That progress never carried over into 13.  If it weren't for Mathis, we may not have even made the playoffs.


Simply put, the D is good against bad teams.  Sometimes good against decent teams.  But almost always plain horrible against a good team.  Simple, I know, but true?

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/dallas-shell-shocks-colts-42-7.html

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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?

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-15-report-card-colts-vs-texans-2.html

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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 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-17-texans-10.html

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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.

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

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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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-25-browns-24.html

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Browns. Such a racist name... And they have the ugliest uniforms in pro football, just beating out the Ravens.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-browns.html

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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.

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

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@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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-outpace-washington-49-27.html

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The Browns have as good as or more talent than we do at just about every position except QB.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-23-jaguars-3.html

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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.

Just MHO.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-23-jaguars-3.html

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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!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/head-scratching-and-top-plays-from-colts-texans.html

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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.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-texans.html

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I'd love for you to tell me "told you so!" in four weeks. BTW, "firm ceiling", perfect phrase.

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html

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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.

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html

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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.

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

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@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.  

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

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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?

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

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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.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-add-a-q-shipley-and-sign-10-players-to-the-practice-squad.html

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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.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/the-colts-53-man-roster-for-now.html

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I'd say Tipton and Austin aren't on the 53 come Monday.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/the-colts-53-man-roster-for-now.html

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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.

8 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-7-bengals-35.html

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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.

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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!

8 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-make-cuts-plus-6-players-who-look-safe-for-now.html

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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.

8 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-17-saints-23.html

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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.

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

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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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html

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Caption:

Luck: "Hey Eli, didn't you used to be a starting QB?"

Eli: "Two rings kid."

8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/players-we-watched-ilb-henoc-muamba.html

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Okay, I'm a nerd because I love these articles!  Hope you continue them throughout the season.

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

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html

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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?

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html

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This was a really nice piece, it humanizes the players beyond the numbers. Also good to know that Rogers takes his misses seriously.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltscamp-musings-players-are-people-too.html

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