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1 month 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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!
6 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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 weeks 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.
10 months, 2 weeks 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
1 year, 10 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.
1 year, 11 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago on The Steelers View of Bruce Arians | January