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@MarcusDugan @Darksteel0509 I agree with Marcus. I don't know why some are so high on Jackson. He was injured much of the preseason and when he was in he showed me very little. I believe his cover skills are a serious question mark.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/the-colts-53-man-roster-for-now.html
@smonroe I agree. I think Thomas Austin is a place holder for an OL that has been cut by another team. He's a good place holder because our top two centers, Holmes, Harrison, are injured and if Mewhort were to be used at center, the entire interior of the line would be weakened.
If Dewey McDonald shows strong special teams contributions, I believe he has a good chance to beat out Colt Anderson for a roster spot. I believe McDonald has a better skill set to become a 1st string safety at some point.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/players-still-fighting-who-to-watch-in-colts-vs-bengals.html
At 6'2" and 220 lbs, Dewey is a beast! When he blitzes from the safety position, he takes no prisoners.
I was entirely impressed with the game film available for him when the Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent. I am very happy to hear of him doing so well. He clearly has excellent physical skills. His game film from the little college he went to makes me think that he also has a good football IQ. Every time he intercepted a pass, there was no keeping him from dodging all of the opposition and taking it to the house. If you have a chance, dig up some of the college game film on him and marvel at his interception returns.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-rising-and-falling-preseason-week-2.html
So, is Lance Louis the real deal?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I watched plenty of tape on this man. What I saw was that he consistently got separation from his defender and on his touchdown runs no one ever was able to close on him. The only negative I saw was that, unlike Reggie Wayne, he caught balls using his chest rather than in his hands a lot. Heck, given a year with Reggie's coaching, this man will become a BEAST!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html
I watched a lot of tape of Mewhort. He looked silly against speed rushers because his lateral movement literally sucks. I truly don't believe he can even be a RT in the NFL as bad as I saw him defend the outside rushers on film. I see him as a guard only prospect. Are there any centers close to 6' 6" in the NFL? I don't know, but I don't think so.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14126.html
OK. How many NFL centers have been 6'6" for a historical statistic?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I watched both of the embedded videos. I was disappointed with what I saw of Mewhort. He didn't look very physical at all to me. He might be OK as a pass blocking guard, but anytime he was more than four yards beyond the line of scrimmage run blocking, he seemed lost and couldn't engage a defender. A couple of times he just fell to the ground with no contact. But, those are just two games. Maybe he was suffering from the flu bug.
@Idiot Kicker I'll eat my hat too. It will NEVER happen in real life.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-mock-draft-second-round-begins.html
I agree 100%
8 months, 1 week ago on Hot Takes on Jim Irsay
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Why-Andrew-Luck-is-the-most-untradeable-player-in-the-NFL.html
Even though we (the Colts) didn't win the Super Bowl last year, it was one of my all time favorite Colts' seasons. Kinda' like the movie Rudy or Hoosiers. I am a Lehigh University alum. When Lehigh (15th seed) beat Duke (2 seed) during March Madness leaving Coach K speechless, that was my all time favorite BB game. Similarly, when Lehigh (64th overall seed) hung close the entire game and was not blown out by Georgetown (overall #1 seed) in Patrick Ewing's senior year with Lehigh's center a non- full scholarship, non-athletic 6' 5" guy who couldn't jump, that was my second favorite all time college BB game.
1 year, 1 month ago on Coveting the Result, Overlooking the Journey
How is Jerry Hughes doing in Buffalo? Better than Kelvin Sheppard has done for Indy? I honestly don't know.
Montori Hughes clearly has the physical skills, but he must not yet be up to speed with how to use them.... a project.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rookie Watch - Week 3
I complimented you on your article. Now my email is filling up with your back and forth rants with your tormentor. Get over it and ignore it. Let her get the last word. You will be greater for it.
I will appreciate it!
1 year, 2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Raiders
I certainly hope that Thornton is healthy and earning his way toward replacing McGlynn!
Angerer and Conner are both ahead of Sheppard when they are healthy.
Excellent observations, Greg. I hope Pep Hamilton isn't too rigid with his plans and can adapt.
Regarding the TE shuffle.. Jack Doyle is a blocking TE in the ilk of Cunningham. While Cunningham was a pleasant surprise with his hands and catching the ball, he was a disappointment blocking in the preseason. Apparently, the Colts' brass think that Doyle may be better in that regard.
Dominique Jones offers insurance at both TE and FB, something that Cunningham does not.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Trade Rayford for Conditional Draft Pick (?!), Shuffle Tight Ends
That is good news on Thornton. I hope he is able to outperform McGlynn to the point that he becomes the starter sometime this season. The power running game needs bruisers in the OL. Satele and McGlynn aren't bruisers.
1 year, 3 months ago on Quick Reaction: Colts beat the Browns in Week 3 of the preseason
Marcus... Donald Brown took advantage of the "improved blocking" of Samson Satele??? Are you kidding me??? He only comes alive when Brown is running???
I actually believe that Brown is a good bit better than Ballard and way better than Williams. Bradshaw is the best of the lot. Pep's offense can better utilize Brown's talent by getting short passes to him with a little open space. That is Brown's strength... he can turn on the jets to split a seam for major yardage.
1 year, 3 months ago on Preseason Recap: Colts 27, Browns 6
From a purely mathematical standpoint (I know, I know...lol) the sample size is too small to say that a 1 TD deviation is meaningful.
1 year, 4 months ago on Why Didn't Wayne Score Touchdowns?
@Payton I agree with everything you say and I'm by no means an apologist. If I were in a car with a driver who owned an illegal firearm and he decided to drive the car to avoid the police at a traffic stop and he got out of the car and ran, would I be inclined to run too? Perhaps? Being in a car with a bottle of vodka plus orange juice is a little too obvious to ignore. Cleary, he was with people he was ill advised to be with. Who was responsible for exactly what is much less clear since three were involved.
1 year, 4 months ago on Colts Safety Joe Lefeged Arrested on Gun Charges, Fleeing Police
I enjoyed the analysis, Kyle. I agree that this defense is a LOT more exciting to watch than the very predictable Dungy/Caldwell Tampa 2. It far less predictable and can be far more aggressive. Now, with true NT's and not an undersized Mookie, we will likely see more of the benefits of the scheme. I hope Chapman proves to be the beast in the middle that we have been waiting for.
1 year, 4 months ago on Explaining the Colts Nickel Defensive Line
I enjoyed your analysis. I was always skeptical of the sophomore slump idea. I kept hearing coaches say that the greatest growth (in general, not for QBs singled out as a position) comes between the rookie season and season two. The scouts have singled out Luck as a once in a decade talent. With a season behind him, better pass protection, (hopefully) a better running game due to better blocking and more growth by Hilton, Allen and Fleener, I have no reason to expect anything but better offensive results. I am SO very impressed with Luck's composure late in games. That is why we made the playoffs. No doubt.
1 year, 6 months ago on The Sophomore Slump: Fact or Fiction?
I agree with you on most points and I do agree that QBs have the most control over sacks. However, if our interior line is the weakest link to QB pressure (as opposed to coming from the LT side) that is a BIG problem. If your guaurds and center can't hold against inferior pass rushers, the pocket collapses very quickly and bad tyhings happen. Add J.J. Watt for two games every season and I know why Jim Irsay is telling Ryan Grigson to do whatever it takes to protect my franchise.
Actually, after reading the scouting reports, I am feel very good about the Thornton pick. He is a nasty, one-on-one blocker, who will help the running game. I agree with you on Holmes. He is depicted as a blocker best suited to a zone blocking scheme and, as a center, was often pushed back into the pocket.
1 year, 6 months ago on What to Expect 2013: Hough Thornton and Khaled Holmes
Stars of past are gone
but Luck is in the future
Go Build the Monster
2 years, 6 months ago on Colts Haiku: Win an Autographed Andrew Luck Football | May
Luck. Both are very talented. Luck has demonstrated excellence over a longer timeframe. I think Luck may hold up better to NFL pounding.
2 years, 7 months ago on Who do you prefer: Luck or RG3? | Articles
So far every hire from the GM down is a promotion from the previous responsibilities on another team. Roberts being the exception. To some extent I'm concerned about the Peter Principle kickinbg in with so many promotions in one year. You know, promoted to their level of incompetance. Dick LeBeau is an awesome DC but wasn't a good HC and there are many, many other examples that we all know. I sure hope the Colts new hires don't end up with this type of flop. We won't know until we know.If that happens, I sure hope that Pagono and the front office aren't reluctant to quickly identify and correct areas with shortcomings.
2 years, 9 months ago on Colts Continue Filling Coaching Staff | February
Excellent analysis, Brett. I wouldn't be surprised to see the new stff use a 4-3 this year but start the process to evolve to a 3-4 next year. The Texans had a better fit personnel-wise with Conner Barwin, etc.
2 years, 9 months ago on Preparing for the Colts Future: Defensive Tackle | December
Well, it doesn't sound very encouraging. Perhaps, though, there is another view. Clearly, Pagano had to face Ariens' offense at least twice a year in recent years as a coordinator and DB coach. He must have seen something he liked about the steelers offensive design or I doubt Ariens would have been hired.
2 years, 10 months ago on The Steelers View of Bruce Arians | January
One possible problem with hiring an up and comer who has a single year of experience as a DC might be more limited DC and OC candidate options. Coordinators with more experience than Pagano has had might view it as a step backward to work under an head coach with such a limited resume. Just human nature, you know.
That said, he may very well know of assistants with excellent coordinator potential. At some point, though, you need to have some veteran experience in the coaching staff...a first time GM, a first time HC, followed by a first time DC and a first time OC??? You see where I'm going with this. Not the kiss of death necessarily, just a concern.
2 years, 10 months ago on Can Pagano Coach? | January
I don't get much of a read on Pagano from the Raven's bio on him. He's been with the Ravens for 4 years. Their D and seconadary were great before Pagano got there and they continued with him there. Ed Reed was an All Pro before Pagano got there and continued with him there. He's been the DC for one year. I guess Ravens' fans would have to chime in on how good he really is.
2 years, 10 months ago on Report: Ravens' DC Chuck Pagano to Interview for Colts' HC Position | January
I'm not saying all the top tier NFLers weren't good enough academically to go to the likes of ND, Stanford or Vanderbilt. Heck, some have been Rhodes scholars. However, it's a matter of numbers. ND can't really go after the Maurice Clarett's of the world. Their recruiting pool is markedly smaller. I hear Big 10 supporters make that same point versus the Big 12 schools all the time. And while ND has had a smattering of top tier talent, they never have it throughout their lineup like OSU.
I wouldn't say that Florida has had better recruiting classes than Alabama recently. I would say that Nick Saban out recruited Florida at LSU and Alabama. Auburn's Cam Newton class was certainly quite strong especially on defense and probably had more top talent than Florida.
Given the absolute miserable bowl records of the Big 10 teams over the last how many seasons, I have a strong argument that the Big 10 teams are not nearly as strong you give them credit for.
Maybe the Colts should go after the Purdue coaches then. OSU has gotten 5 and 4 star high school talent consistently. Have Tressel et al, developed the likes of Terrel Prior, Beanie Wells, Maurice Clarett, Santonio Holmes, Nick Mangold, Ted Ginn, Jr., and A.J. Hawk to the extent Purdue would have? Who knows. But they were certainly starting out with some of the best talent in the country.
2 years, 10 months ago on Hayes: Tressel knows how to win | Articles
@paulcareyjr I'll give you USC. They have had a talent edge in their conference and should have done much better. Florida plays against Alabama, LSU, Auburn, etc. a bunch of recent national champions and a top to bottom solid conference. Much, much tougher to go through the season with less than 2 losses. Nuff said. Texas plays in a tougher conference than the Big 10 and has done well, but again it's tougher to get through the Big 12 with less than 2 losses than the Big 10. I disagree altogether that ND has had top talent. How many recent ND players have been top tier NFL picks? Not that many. ND can't get the same athletes as the others you mention because of academics. I put them in a different category altogether.
Part of the reason was, again, player talent. The Ohio and western Pennsylvania areas are a hotbed for 1AA football talent. He out talented most of his competition. I'm not saying he isn't a persuasive recruiter and very capable program manager. I just haven't seen from him the type coaching skills that would translate to the NFL.
Granted, it does require more than simply recruiting. However, his overall winning percentage was greatly influenced by the fact that he had more talent on the field than his opponents in the vast majority of the games. With the single exception of Troy Smith i didn't see evidence of exceptional QB development at OSU. The other QBs developed about as you would expect in any decent program. No doubt OSU's football budget enabled Tressel to hire top notch assistants at top notch salaries. Net, I'm not so impressed with his coaching ability, but I will grant you that he's a very capable, if not inspiring, manager.
I like your thinking!
2 years, 10 months ago on Could Chip Kelly Be in Colts Coaching Mix?
Tressel won in college primarily by out recruiting his Big 10 rivals, not outcoaching them. Just look at the number of 1st round NFL draft picks OSU had vs. the rest of the Big 10. He wouldn't have that going for him in the NFL.The OSU offenses under Tressel were stodgy and unimaginative. His defenses were quite good though. I'd take Chip Kelly over Tressel in a heartbeat. Kelly knows how to coach, period.
I completely agree
2 years, 10 months ago on How does Luck compare to other college QBs? | Articles
The Lions' Cover-2 defense works just as well as the Colts' Cover-2 against the Saints too!!!
2 years, 10 months ago on Claim chowder: Lions are the new Colts | Articles
Eli is hardly the greater Manning!!!
2 years, 10 months ago on Eli the greater Manning? | Articles
The lack of a reasonable offensive game plan adjustment for the loss of 18 is on the coaching staff, particularly Caldwell. I doubt that the Polians were highly involved in the game plan or play selection. I agree with you the coaching staff probably pissed away a few winnable games with their lack of adjustment and overly conservative play calling.
2 years, 10 months ago on The BP Watch: Bill Polian Fired Edition | January
Ask Donald Trump about using hyperbole. It has served him well, indeed. LOL
Look...good scouting is a prerequisite for both free agents and the draft. The Colts passed on Ryan Leaf and Rickey Williams but a few picks later another team was not so fortunate with their scouting. Sticking with only your own free agents isn't necessarily a winner either...Kelvin Hayden. I'm not proposing that the Colts be like the Skins and try to build their entire team through free agency. Just utilize it more at this particular time when much of their salary cap is tied up in aging veterans, many of which they should consider parting ways with if they truly view the need to rebuild as opposed to swing for the fences the next year or two.
If the new regime wants to stick entirely with the draft, it would be a very lengthly and painful process to change offensive or, especially, defensive philosophies. Maybe Jim Irsay likes the idea of sticking with the base Tampa 2 with fast, undersized players. Maybe he'll impose that restriction on the new GM/coach. I see defensive schemes that I like better than the Tampa 2 but require different player skill sets. Changing over would require many, many painful (tweener) years without the use of free agency to speed it along.
So, you have come off of your first position that: "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TALENTED YOUNGER FREE AGENTS". Good for you. Will you now come off of your second position that "the reason the Colts haven't gone after high end free agents isn't that they didn't have the cap space for it"? How in the world would you know that??? Do you have lunch with one of the Polians on a regular basis? They have said from time to time that they were putting a priority on signing their own free agents, which they have to some lucrative contracts. Doing that, they have always been short of cap space to go for top tier free agents. All I am saying is they should expand their horizons more and look at the free agent pool as a whole with Garcon and Mathis thrown into the mix. I believe l that the best free agents aren't always the Colt free agents.
I beg to differ. Johnathan Joseph, Paul Posluszny and Tyson Clabo are among the examples from last year. Marshon Lynch, DeSean Jackson, and Carl Nicks are among free agents this year. Many test free agency after their rookie contracts expire. Sure, they aren't 23, but many are still in their playing prime with 4+ very good years remaining. Lack of cap space prevented the Colts from pursuing the highest value free agents in the past. They should have more opportunity this year IF they part with some of their long-in-the-tooth veterans.
Aside from McAfee, Vinatieri and Snow as individuals, special teams were a true disgrace this past year.
2 years, 10 months ago on Colts release Rychleski | Articles
I am firmly behind keeping the first pick and taking Luck. He is a unique talent like Manning and Elway. I don't believe the Colts are as awful personnel-wise as others seem to think. With Powers, Nevis, and Ijalana among others back from IR, the Colts have good overall talent. Letting oldsters like Wayne, Brackett, and Saturday go along with Peyton will open up substantial cap space to sign talented, younger free agents. All is not doom and gloom my fellow Colts fans.
A press conference is scheduled for 5 pm today!
2 years, 10 months ago on BREAKING: Kravitz says Polians out | Articles