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Before everyone else notices: the Giants were shut out by the Eagles as well this year, a game I forgot about until early Wednesday morning. Just sayin'.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/good-news-wednesday-infographic-colts-decimate-the-bengals.html
Looking back, this is one of the funniest postseason articles written so far ...
2 years, 3 months ago on Colts Authority
@paulcareyjr You make a good point ... as long as he's right about that, I'm not too picky about the rest of it.
@zgs1288 ... yes, yes it is. My bad. Thanks for the heads up.
2 years, 3 months ago on Kuharsky: Will Lewis's News Impact the Colts?
@zgs1288 Thanks ;)
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts in Kansas City: A Complete Autopsy
@jlandz09 I think your scenario would be funny (three North teams end up 9-7, Chicago goes 10-6 and misses a playoff spot). Point being, the Colts need one win or tie, OR Pittsburgh to lose a game, OR Cincy to lose in week 17 against Baltimore, so - according to www.playoffstatus.com/nfl/afcstandings - Indy has a 1% chance of missing the playoffs this year. I'll take those odds.
2 years, 4 months ago on Chappell: Pagano Almost Back, Colts can Clinch
@jpz2 I guess you have to ask whether a player should be judged on their ability or their performance.
2 years, 4 months ago on Dunlevy: Brown on IR, Future with Indy in Doubt?
@Bobman @LouPin @RobertItoh Addai was hurt last year. I agree, certainly - comparing Johnson and Brown is unfair - but CJ won the starting job from LenDale White in '08. White was only a year older, had a great season the year before (over 1000 yards), and vanished as soon as Johnson started lighting up. Brown didn't even come close to challenging Addai.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Authority
@RobertItoh Brown (drafted 27th overall, '09), in four seasons has started 15 games, had two games of over 100 yards, a total of 1840 yards, and 10 touchdowns. To compare, in one season, Chris Johnson (drafted 24th overall, '08) started 16 games, had 12 games of over 100 yards, a total of 2006 yards, and 14 touchdowns. Just sayin'.
On a funny side note, here's another view of the Luck-to-Avery throw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o54u1XNXP6k
2 years, 4 months ago on Keefer: Breaking Down the Final Play
When are we going to admit that the Eagles are the worst team in the league? I mean, if they were to play Jacksonville today, I'd pick the Jaguars. I'd even pick the Chiefs if it was in Kansas City. Over the last eight games they've been the absolute worst football team I can remember watching, and I follow the CFL. Seriously.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Authority's Week 14 NFL Power Rankings
@AJ_ If you never change your profile picture, this post becomes even funnier.
@smonroe The SEC reference is priceless ... but in truth, the only people who wouldn't move the Colts up are Colts fans themselves. We saw how bad they truly looked through 56 minutes ... I mean, I'm not going to knock them down a peg over a terrific win, but they didn't do much to deserve higher than 10th.
@zgs1288 I agree, especially with Mathis; with him in the lineup, Freeney becomes a presence as well.
2 years, 5 months ago on Dunlevy: Luck and Colts, Actually Good? | Articles
@buymymonkey The Colts went into Jacksonville really banged up; no Fleener, Avery playing sore, ditto with Brown. They only had three of their usual five O-line - you could really tell. With a ten day rest, they should have Matthis back, Freeney rested, the secondary back ... and their issues on offense should be fixed.
I agree - it should have been a bigger blowout - but given that the Colts were able to execute a road win on four days of rest, I think they can be effective against New England. The rookies haven't operated on short weeks before; yesterday, Indy started quite a few on offense.I just hope their injuries heal, and they can fight the Pats at full strength next week.
2 years, 5 months ago on Bowen: Butler Takes Matters Into His Own Hands, Forces Three Turnovers | Articles
@Colt_Following In their three losses, Indy's D has given up 19, 14, and 17 points in the last two quarters; in their wins, the D's given up a combined 33 second half points (14, 6, 7, 3, and 3). It's weird, but the second half defense might be the reason Indy wins games.Also, Andrew Luck.
2 years, 5 months ago on Richards: Colts Defense, With the Win | Articles
@andreaallennyc The Colts should have pressured the league to ban Collie and other players from playing, after their second concussion. As for Fleener ... all I'm saying is that most teams would take him out for a week, and then get him practicing again. Basically, 'out for 1-2 weeks'. By declaring him out for 2 weeks, the Colts are taking him out of games against Miami and Jacksonville so he can come back against New England. Does that seem smart to you? Actually, don't answer that - I'm done here. Have a nice day :)
2 years, 5 months ago on Richards: Colts Injury Report, Mixed Feelings | Articles
@andreaallennyc Hm. Long term health of players like Austin Collie?
@andreaallennyc I think it's ridiculous, that's all. Two weeks? Either they're playing up the time he'll be out, or they're just being too cautious ... but next week's NOT a good week to miss.
After Ballard's 360 at the end (or whatever that was), I didn't even pause to appreciate Arian's playcalling ... and yet, it was the most not-Jim-Caldwell thing he could have done. For that alone, I give him credit. Good call with the link.
2 years, 5 months ago on 1070 The Fan: Ballard’s Spin-to-Win Rewards Arians’ Aggressiveness | Articles
@zgs1288 @Colt_Following Hear that, Josh? I'm deleting ALL of your comments! (evil laugh)... no, but seriously. That's hilarious.
2 years, 6 months ago on Wells: Jerraud Powers's Play Overlooked | Articles
@Coltsheadben That's a good point; defenses are becoming very spread out against the Colts. Still, against Cleveland, Luck was 1 for 9 on deep balls and 15 of 20 for short throws. Out of those 15 short completions, 11 were to wide receivers; they're really clicking at that range. Maybe it's in reverse - they're keeping it close to set up the launch, once in a while.
2 years, 6 months ago on Kravitz: Luck's Pressure over Griffin's Stats | Articles
@DougEngland That really bugged me too ... I always thought Manning was a better quarterback, especially after his absence caused a decent team to tank, while the Pats went 11-5 without Brady. Why anyone, especially a Colts writer, would argue against that is beyond me.
@Colt_Following I like the DC villans way better, mainly; they're a lot more developed, and a lot is put into their backstories. Villans in Marvel seem to be throwaway ideas with no real definition.
@codrutc Also, the title of this article has a double meaning if we keep ignoring it ...
@bradicus18 Regardless of how much time he had, the Colts pass rush on Sunday was almost non-existant. No sacks, for a second straight game? In their defense (see what I did there?), the Colts were specifically bent on stopping the run - so there were fewer blitzes than usual - and they succeeded at halting the Brown's ground game, so the D-line can somewhat be excused.
@codrutc Good point; it won the game for the Colts. If only he could play like that on a more consistant basis ... sigh.
In response to Josh ...Powers's play hasn't been that good this year; he's really only had one good game, against Minnesota. Against Chicago, he was matched up against Brandon Marshall; Marshall put up 119 yards. The game against Jacksonville was epic: Powers had one tackle in the first three quarters (and needed another defender to help), and was credited for tackling Jones-Drew in the fourth quarter after MJD fumbled at the line of scrimmage, and then fell on the ball.
Same thing against New York. Despite playing the entire game, Powers had only one tackle - in the first quarter - and then nothing. Bethea had eight tackles, Zibi had five, and Vaughn had three. In other words, against run-first teams, Powers can't reach the play fast enough to make a stop.
Against Green Bay, Powers didn't record a single tackle in the first half of play; again, his ability to locate the play isn't very good. To his credit, he DID get a pick (hey! Turnover!) ... but that doesn't excuse his shoddy play earlier, when he blew his coverage on Cobb, allowing the Packers receiver to walk into the endzone almost uncontested. Also, in the fourth quarter? Rodgers's touchdown pass to Jones was against - you guessed it - Powers.
Against Cleveland, Powers allowed one of two Cleveland touchdowns on a misstep, but on Cleveland's first drive, played horrendously. He didn't bother pursuing Weeden on a third and long run; he gave Cooper a huge cushion on 2nd and 8, which lead to first down, and knocked down a ball Bethea was about to intercept.
Powers can't make open-field tackles, gives up a lot of touchdowns, and doesn't pursue plays as quickly as he should; he's entirely pointless against the run; and he was turned inside out by a rookie last week. As for Brad Wells ... yeah, I should have seen that one coming.
As a slight update to this, Luck passed to five receivers against Cleveland: Wayne, Avery, Allen, Fleener, and Hilton. No more, no less. Colts won 17-13.
2 years, 6 months ago on Week 7: Five Reasons Luck Should Pass | Articles
@paulcareyjr Adams was cut after playing in three games; he recorded his only two catches in the Chicago blowout. Brazill caught one pass against Chicago and one pass against New York, leaving him with two so far. Collie had one against Jacksonville, Palmer had on against New York, Jones had one against Chicago.
@bradicus18 Richards just fixed it on the link I set up; it was Freeney who didn't practice today, not Freeman. I was surprised too when I heard, but this makes a lot more sense.
2 years, 6 months ago on Richards: Davis, Angerer, Reitz Could Play | Articles
I keep hoping the defense will get healthy, but every time one person comes back, another few leave. Mathis, unlike Freeney, is a big factor in their ground defense ... he needs to come back. Vontae Davis needs to come back. Moala and Angerer need to come back. This team is decent at 100%; any less, and they fall apart.
2 years, 6 months ago on Almost Instant Recap: Colts 9, Jets 35 | October
@zgs1288 @RobertItoh I don't know if it's a HUGE blow, though it will definitely hurt their hurry-up offense. Still, the Colts have been getting a lot smarter. One of the best articles I read going into the Packers was Nate Dunlevy's "Drawing up a Gameplan", in which he says the Colts should run it left against the Packer's D - I watched for it, and the Colts took advantage of the left side like it was going out of style. As long as the Colts stay smart on offense, Ballard should be able to hold his own.
2 years, 6 months ago on Colts Injury Update: Brown Out | Articles
@MarcusDugan It would have been okay if it paid off, but if I was Irsay, I would have told him that his coaching job was tied to the decision. It was a letdown for fans, and then a further letdown when he botched a lot of the calls in the Superbowl.
2 years, 6 months ago on Kelley/Bowen: A Bit of Modern History | Articles
@Colt_Following Okay - for the sake of argument - you forgot to include that the Colts clearly have the football gods on their side. Wayne's one handed catch? The field goal at the end, somehow curving worse than Vanderjagt's cut against Pittsburgh in the '05 divisional round? Supernatural, clearly.
2 years, 6 months ago on 5 Reasons Why the Colts Can Make the Playoffs | October
I saw the title last night, but it was unpublished so I couldn't view it - hence, it was the #1 article I was looking forward to today, and did not disappoint ... also, look at ESPN's power rankings. We're playing 6 of the 8 'Worst Teams in the League' during the remainder of the season.
@zgs1288 To be honest, I think New York's a good matchup; the Jets have a banged up receiving squad, a dysfunctional offense, and they're coming off a short week. The only problem is Tim Tebow; his style of play could be a problem for the Colts ... they seem to forget the quarterback can run sometimes.Not a given - you're absolutely right - but possible.
2 years, 6 months ago on Smith: Who Really Won on Sunday? | Articles
@MarcusDugan @Blue@Heart @Heart I doubt he'll be getting any help this week, what with the Colts's O-line injuries.
2 years, 6 months ago on Positional matchups in Week 5 | Articles