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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.
19 hours, 18 minutes 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.
20 hours, 49 minutes 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.
1 day, 13 hours 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.
1 week, 2 days 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!
1 week, 4 days 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?
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Season in Review
How would you rate any of those guys against McNary?
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 2 days 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.
The Browns owe him $10M, he doesn't need much helping out. I really think you're right, he's "Pep insurance".
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Colts Hire Former Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski as a Special Assistant
@ECB I agree. A drafted WR isn't going to start, and probably won't see much time his first year. There may not be a need to debate what the Colts biggest need it, but I think we can all agree that it's not WR. Not this year anyway.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on CA Draft Position Overviews: Wide Receiver
Personally, I feel just the opposite. I think we need to find a good FA center and pay the price. That's the anchor for years to come. Then draft the best O lineman available with our first pick, even though I know that's frowned upon. Do we really know if Thomas can play 16 games when he's never started more than 12 in his career? Reitz can't be considered depth if he's injured constantly. And McGlynn and Satele should be playing arena ball. Yes, we could use an inside LB but we're not desperate. Maybe do another article on who goes if we draft a WR, and how much playing time he'll get.
1 month ago on Defending Crazy: Why I don't want the Colts to draft OL early
Okay, all good points. Look at it this way, the "Patriot Way" is sustainable. They concentrate on getting the best O Line possible. I think one of their highest paid players is an O Lineman. With a great O line, and a great QB, you can survive not having great receivers. And when you have those great receivers your O is almost unstoppable. Yes, they haven't won the big one in ten years but they're very good every year. My point (on offense) is that your philosophy doesn't matter if your O line is great. You can run or pass, depending on your other pieces that year. If I were Grigs, I'd throw all that cap money on O Linemen. It's going to be a lot easier to make the hard choices (TY, Coby, Allen, etc.) during Free Agency if your core is strong.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead
As others have said, this may be my favorite article and I look forward to it every week. Before we close out the season, could you do one more thing? I'd love it if you'd chart the Patriots blocking for that game. It's pretty obvious that when you have an O line imposing their will, you can do pretty much whatever you want to the other team. That's an interesting thought about switching the OTs.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Divisional Round
Great article, I'll have to read it again to properly digest it. But I have to agree with ECB's comment below. The only thing I want to add is that the Patriots prove it works, and to a lesser extent, so do the Chargers. I will agree that until we have the players to pull it off it's basically a passive aggressive mantra. I think we all can agree that if we fix the line our offense will roll. I don't understand why Grigs didn't do that last year.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season
Kyle, I think you've been hanging around Greg too long. It can't be that bad, can it?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2014 Salary Cap Impact for Cutting Notable Colts
@MarcusDugan Once he tests the waters, he may accept a lot less. If teams didn't learn from the Texans signing Reed, then they deserve what they get.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: "Like Last Day of School"
Yeah. Not going to open the TRich wound again. As good as he was in 12, he was that bad in 13. I just hope he's on the phone to Mack's agent as soon as he's allowed.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on AFC Divisional Round Recap: Patriots 43, Colts 22