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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.  

3 weeks, 1 day 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?

3 weeks, 4 days 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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

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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!

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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."

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 3 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?

1 month, 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/lavon-brazill-suspended-for-the-season.html

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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.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/training-camp-preview-the-battle-at-safety.html

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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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html

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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.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html

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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?

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

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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.

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

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How about a "Score More than They Do" offense?

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

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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.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-notebook-ballard-nicks-whalen-working-through-different-challenges.html

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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.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/cacp-third-down-series-running-the-ball-on-third-down.html

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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)

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

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@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.

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

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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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/analyzing-the-colts-third-round-pick-donte-moncrief.html

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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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/analyzing-colts-second-round-pick-jack-mewhort.html

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html

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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?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-take-guardtacklecenter-john-ulrick-in-the-seventh-round.html

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Love the pick. Interesting song with the first highlight film. You may want to turn the volume down if there are kids around.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html

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@paulcareyjr Good to know.  A 'decent backup' isn't such a bad thing for a thrid round pick.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/camock-final-results.html

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/camock-final-results.html

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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.

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

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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.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Smart picks so far. Probably smarter than the teams real one. Someone is going to take Manziel too early, probably the Browns.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-mock-draft-commences-houston-takes-jadeveon-clowney-with-the-first-overall-pick.html

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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.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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