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@Platinum @MarcusDugan @zgs1288 Way too harsh on Richardon. He is still a young player with a lot of upside. Richardson will be a Colt through at least the end of his rookie deal. Thinking otherwise is foolish.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-24-broncos-31-the-comeback-that-wasnt.html
@gaiter27 Really? You're really going to call the 2014 draft a disaster after 1 game? That is the most insane comment I've seen about this game, and I read he entire post-game board at StampedeBlue. Mewhort has played well for a rookie and looks to be at least an above average guard with some positional flexibility. Moncrief was always a project reciever, that's why he's 4th on the depth chart. He doesn' have to make plays! Moncrief was a pick for the future, when Nicks and Reggie aren't around. He was a good value in a deep reciever class, rather than reaching for an inferior player in a shallow safety class.
@hankster Or they like Howell an see him as a solid starter. Personally, I think they didn't like the safety class out of the top 4 and decided to patch things this year and find a long-term solution next.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-undrafted-free-agent-tracker.html
@mattshedd @TrueBlue87 Has Jim Irsay been a bit dumb? Yeah. Personally, I think his shots were more at Polian than at Manning since, as Kravitz pointed out, he said something similar abck in July. But I will NEVER root against my team. You spoke about being faithful, but in my view, chosing a former player over the current team is far more egregious than the inverse.
11 months, 1 week ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to What Peyton Manning Means to Me
@mattshedd @TrueBlue87 Then we simply have a fundamental disagreement. What the Colts did with Manning wasn't wrong. It was smart. Manning wasn't going to be successfull in Indianapolis anymore. He knew it , we knew it, Irsay knew it.
Andrew Luck has the potential to be the greatest ever, greater even than Manning. Pining for something which can never be again is disrespectful to 12.
@mattshedd In my opinion, it's easy. Andrew Luck is your quarterback, not Peyton Manning. I apprecaite everything Manning did for the Colts, but the moment he was release, he was no longer my quarterback.
I have no problem with people wanting to see Manning do well (even if I personally loathe the Broncos and want to see them lose, I understand why people would root for them). I get that. I really do. That being said, the one thing I absoutley cannot countenance is rooting for the Colts to lose Sunday's game.
Are you kidding
me!?!?!?! You NEVER root against the Colts. Period. Wishing a former player to
do well is fine, but NEVER at the expense of the horseshoe and ESPECIALLY when
the team is fighting for control of the division and playoff positioning!
Just as importantly, rooting for the Broncos Sunday disrespects Andrew Luck! This guy is going to be amazing. He is an elite quarterback in year two and has all the tools to be an even better player than Manning. That's right I said it and I stand by it! I loved Peyton Manning, but Andrew Luck can be even better! (Assuming the coaches poor scheme doesn't hold him back).
It's fine to miss Manning and even fine to cheer for him when he doesn't play the Colts. But to cheer for him AGAINST the Colts? That is a slap in the face. No player, not even Manning, transcends the team.
Greg, nice article. A fitting eulogy.
Sadly, because Cleveland and Dallas have gone to overtime, CBS has not started the game for those of us outside the Indianapolis market. Thank God for Bob Lamey and internet radio!
1 year, 10 months ago on Merry Chapmas! Sunday Open Thread
Best. Poem. Ever. I literally laughed out loud.
Mingo hasn't been that spectacular. He was manhandeled by Joekel and Matthews when LSU lost to A&M.
Personally, I like Jones and Damonte Moore from Texas A&M. Moore doesn't have an elite first step, but he's VERY good in every other aspect you want from a 3-4 OLB. His teammate Sean Porter would be an option in the third round.
1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Monday Musings: I love it when a plan comes together | October
A lot of people wanted the Colts to draft Janoris Jenkins with the second round pick this year. I'd much rather have Vontae Davis. Hopefully Pagano motivates him to play to his potential and we're able to resign him to a reasonable contract with Powers in two years.
2 years ago on A risk worth taking | Articles
And a missed taunting on Antonio Brown for vaulting into the end zone.
2 years, 1 month ago on Preseason Week 2: Colts 24 at Steelers 26 Post Game Summary | August
I think Hughes looks like the best bet. Hopefully the Eagles log-jam at DB works in Indy's favor and the Eagles give him walking papers!
2 years, 1 month ago on Players We Watched (Who Aren't on the Roster Yet) | Articles
@smonroe I think Hilton and Brazill are keepers. The latter really impressed me today. Unless Avery can get on the field, it looks like it might be Crosby who sticks as the 5th wide out.
2 years, 1 month ago on Preseason: Rams 3 at Colts 38 Game Summary | August
@Hogue Disagree about Hughes. Freeney and Mathis make getting to the quarterback seem easy. and we've been spoiled.
I thought Hughes played quite well. He frequently pushed the tackle back into the pocket and made the quarterback uncomfortable. He flew to the ball on running plays and got his hands up in the passing lanes. Is he as good as Freeney or Mathis? No. But few are.
Collie doesn't have exceptional straight-line take-the-top-off-the-defense speed, but he has exceptional quickness which lets him get open. Collie has played outside before and was successful and I think he'll be successful again this year.
2 years, 2 months ago on State of the Franchise: Indianapolis Colts Summer 2012 WRs | July
To be fair to StampedeBlue, myself and most of the other reasonable people on the site go there for the other writers, who are quite good, and for the fanposts.
Wells is a joke on his own website. His stories often have a ton of comments, but that's because people are ripping them to shreds.
In summary, StampedeBlue as a site is fine. Wells as the site editor is a moron.
2 years, 2 months ago on The BP Report: Mewelde Moore Is the Subject of Inaccuracies | June
Pardon me, I meant who from the UDFAs sticks
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts Authority Radio Open Thread 5/2/2012 | May
So, I'm a huge draft nerd and I do a lot of scouting and actually knew everyone the Colts drafted except for Anderson and I missed the show last night because I had to get up early this morning for a meeting, so I'm going to belatedly post some of my analysis and counterpoints to the fine Check It To Pancakes crew
TY Hilton and LaVon Brazill are not solely slot receiver just because they are under 6'. Remember, Marvin wasn't that big either. Brazill will probably be the 5th receiver on the depth chart and eventually take over the PR/KR duties. TY Hilton is one of the big sleepers of the draft. I honestly expect him to go outside opposite Reggie Wayne while Collie stays in the slot. Because of Hilton's size I wouldn't want to send him over the middle. I think Hilton is a lot like Wallce or Jackson.
I also think the analysis of Vick Ballard was off. Despite being similar size they are actually very different runners. Carter is a straight through the hole short yardage back. Ballard is one of the big sleepers of the draft for running backs. He's a one-cut runner with the ability to outrun linebackers. Ballard actually reminds me of Addai and should make a solid compliment to Carter and Brown.
Fugger and Harnish were good value picks. Fugger is a high motor high character guy who should convert to OLB. He should stick as depth and a special teamer. I think the Colts carry three quarterbacks on roster this year to make sure Harnish doesn't get sniped from the practice squad.
As far as you question about who from the practice squad sticks, I think there are several candidates. Gallipo was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school who was hampered by injuries. Pellerin is a developmental CB but I think he has a strong shot. Ditto for Chism. Matt Merletti the SS from UNC has had injury problems but could displace David Caldwell as third safety on the depth chart.
My personal favorite is Chigbo Aununoby. I love this guy's motor and instincts. I think he's the best developmental nose tackle in the class. The benefit of having McKinney, who is not a bad player, is that Chapman and Anunoby can be brought along slowly. If both these guys pan out, the Colts have solved their NT problems for years.
My pick from the UDFA list is Chigbo Anunoby, the Nose Tackle from Morehouse College. If Chapman can stay healthy he and Anunoby will make a fearsome NT duo once McKinney moves on
2 years, 4 months ago on Post Draft Thoughts | Articles
@dmstorm22 Grigson has said they had some defensive players targeted at 64 but they were taken before they got back around. I think that means Casey Heyward, the corner from Vandy to who went to Green Bay two picks earlier. Chapman is a better fit as a NT than Thompson, who looks better in the 4-3.
I think the Allen pick is a great pick. He reminds me a lot of Ken Dilger. It'll be nice to see two strong tight ends in the dome again.
2 years, 4 months ago on I Was Wrong | April
@Kyle Rodriguez Ballard is being listed as one of the major sleepers in the draft (just like Hilton). He's a strong runner who has the speed to get back linebackers. He hasn't been worn down by overuse in college and looks like a strong one-cut runner between the tackles. He's not a burner on the outside, but that's Don Brown's role. If Ballard learns to utilize that big 5'10 frame of his and learns to run behind his pads a bit more (easily accomplished with a little coaching) then he could turn out to be a real find essentially in the sixth round. I've gone back and looked at the wide receivers and defensive backs taken in the 10 to 15 picks after Ballard, and none of them offer the same upside he does. I was a little confused at first, but the more I think about it the more I like the pick.
@mattshedd @7IHd @buymymonkey This is a fallacy based on the NBA. You don't need a top draft pick to get franchise-changing talent. Look at teams like Cleveland or Oakland who constantly picked in the top ten. Heck, look at the Colts before Bob Irsay died. It's no coincidence the Colts didn't improve until ownership and the front office improved.
You build a strong team by drafting smart and getting a solid and non-risky prospect when picking in the top 15 or so. You don't need a top 10 pick two years in a row to get back to the playoffs.
Just a note about why the Colts traded up to get Hilton. There were multiple teams who wanted him and Tampa was getting ready to move up and get him, so the Colts struck first.
2 years, 4 months ago on Colts' Day Two Draft: It's All About Luck | April
Sanu or Marvin Jones of Cal
2 years, 4 months ago on Second and Third Round Open Thread | April
@TroyS You know, the more I think about the whole release situation, the more I begin to think that is was Peyton who wanted out. I think there is a strong possibility that Peyton didn't want to be part of the two-three year rebuild and/or didn't want to have an entirely new coaching staff. I think it's possible, even probable, Peyton chose to leave rather than stay.
Everyone seems to want to blame Irsay for releasing Peyton, but I think Peyton is the one who chose to leave.
2 years, 5 months ago on Revisiting "Old Manning' | April
@rebuild2012 I agree with you about O-line (though disagree about Reitz and Ijalana, I liked what I saw from them a lot) but disagree about RB. The average shelf life of a RB is three years. There is really no reason to draft a RB this year because the backs best years would be spent on a rebuilding team 2-3 years away from a serious playoff run.
2 years, 5 months ago on Analyzing the Colts Pre-Draft Offensive Line | April
@Jake @UKColt Broyles isn't lasting until the last pick of the 5th round. If the Colts want him they'll have to take him in fourth. Also, you're overdrafting Fangupo. He'll be there at the bottom of the fifth. And I don't think Asa Jackson lasts until 7. He's another guy who probably goes in the fifth.
@UKColt @Jake I'm telling you, if Mitchell Schwartz is there for pick 64, I'd be shocked if they didn't pull the trigger. He's got the potential to be an All-Pro RT
@ColtBlooded Well, you're correct about the Sammy Brown entry. That's a typo on me. But that was at the end of about 3 hours of drafting followed by a good half hour of writing.
Jenkins went in the first round, but even if he were there at 34 I wouldn't have touched him. He's a bonehead and that's not gonna go away. Talent doesn't trump character. I'm not gonna discount a guy for something minor, like a pot bust or a drunk in public (provided he didn't drive). But you get kicked off your team for repeated arrests/violations and have 4 children with 3 women then that indicates a pattern of behavior that's not going to change. This is a critical draft and the Colts need all their draft picks to stick. Jenkins, even if he somehow manages not to flame out, is always going to be a headcase and a lockerroom problem.
2 years, 5 months ago on Mtd 253 pick live mock results | Articles
@paulcareyjr Jazen Jackson went in the 5th at pick 159 to Kansas City. Brown went undrafted but was picked up as a UDFA
@Kyle Rodriguez Thanks for the kind words. It seems like people are either open to the idea of passing on Chapman at 64 because he wasn't a value at that spot and getting another ILB for the 3-4 or they call me an idiot for believing McKinney can start at NT and that we had to get a long-term answer right away.
This mock draft is old, from way back in february. Ignore it.@gbearrin
2 years, 5 months ago on MockingTheDraft live mock draft results | Articles
@LovinBlue I think the hybrid 3-4/4-3 will be our permanent D, since that's what is run in Baltimore.
2 years, 5 months ago on Don't Be Surprised Part III - Projecting the 2012 Indianapolis Colts | April
@rogcohen When I refer to cherry picking I'm referring to people who claim the '98 team, specifically the O-line, was better because of Tarik Glenn when in fact Glenn was in almost the same position then as Costanzo is now.
I also disagree that this is a great draft for tight ends. Outside of Fleener and Allen there really isn't anyone who is anything special. Fleener is probably gone at pick 34. Drafting Allen at that spot is a bit of an overdraft but he's not there at pick 65.
I also wouldn't undersell McKinney. I live in DC and talked to a number of Raven's fans and they said they only saw good things from him when he's on the field. Plus, NTs tend to be overvalued. There are none worth an early pick and only Chapman is worth a pick in the middle rounds. Otherwise you're better off with someone like Fangupo, Hicks, Harrison or Anouby for a late round developmental pick.
@heavywoody I think it goes beyond just those four. Marvin had been in the league for two years. He looked like a good receiver, but we didn't know that he would be a Hall of Famer. Tarik Glenn had just completed his rookie year and was about to play left tackle for the first time in the NFL. We didn't know he would be the All-Pro he became. Manning was a rookie who we didn't know anything about. Faulk was the only established player on the team.
People are overvaluing the 1998 team by cherry-picking from a decade later and playing down the young up-and-comers with the argument that they're not All-Pros. There is no historical context in that argument.
@Westhoff But you can't just draft for need, you have to draft value. This is a bad tight end class outside of Fleener and Allen. But, this is a good class for guards, wide receivers and cornerbacks. It's also pretty decent for tackles through the first three rounds.
While I think Ijalana CAN play right tackle, I also think you don't shy away from one in the draft. Like I mentioned above, I love Mitchell Schwartz. Absolutely dominant during Senior Bowl week and had no problem with the best rushers in the class. He played LT for Cal but has the potential to be an All-Star RT in the NFL and should be there at pick 65.
2 years, 5 months ago on 2012 Indianapolis Colts Mock Draft Board | April
@Westhoff It depends on how you interpret the moves. McGlynn and Justice aren't starting caliber players, they're depth. Only Satale is a starter. Improvements can still be made.
I'm a little surprised by the lack of O-linemen on the list. I wouldn't be surprised to see a mid-round guard. There is also a tackle I particularly like, Mitchell Schwartz from Cal. He played left tackle for the Golden Bears, but has the potential to be a GREAT right tackle in the NFL. He had a fantastic Senior Bowl and really shined in the one-on-one drills. Right now, he's project early third round.
Oh, and I keep saying it and I will continue to say it: I'm not wild about Poe or Ta'amu. I think there are better developmental NT prospects in the late rounds.
Not big on this draft at all. I wouldn't touch Owusu because of his concussions. 34 is a reach for Hosely. I don't like Egnew because there are huge questions about his drive. Jenkins is ok in the third, but I doubt Brooks lasts until the 5th. I do like all the seventh round selections thought.
2 years, 5 months ago on Andy's Colts Mock Draft 4.0 | Articles
@coltsauth_todd @LovinBlue I think it's a reach because he's not gonna pan out. If they're forced to reach for a 3rd round nose, I'd rather them take Chapman too early. Otherwise, wait until the 5th or 6th and take one of the project NTs like Fangupo or Hicks and then get a stop-gap guy in free agency.
2 years, 5 months ago on Dunlevy's mock draft | Articles
Speaking of irrational fans, I am going to actively root against Denver and don't want them to win any Super Bowls. I don't have any ill will toward Manning, but if he takes the Broncos to a Super Bowl then Indianapolis has to share Manning's legacy with Denver and I don't want that.
2 years, 6 months ago on On Manning, Pride, and Legacies | March
@NateDunlevy I think we need to consider Addai for the Classic Colts. I don't think he'll ever make the Ring of Honor, but he was definitely an integral part of the team and a good player.
2 years, 6 months ago on Thanks for the Memories-Joseph Addai | March
I like Sanu a lot and wouldn't be upset if they took at him 34.
2 years, 6 months ago on NFL Draft Profile: Mohamad Sanu | March
@gbearrin I could get on board with Fleener, Minnifield or Thompson (who I think can play nose, since he's better at eating blocks than rushing the passer and has the same build as Josh Chapman). But not Orson Charles. His stock is plummeting based on effort at the combine and his pro day. 34 is WAY too early for him.
Besides there are some intriguing mid and late round tight end prospects like Kevin Koger out of Michigan, David Paulson from Oregon, or Nick Provo from Syracuse
2 years, 6 months ago on 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 | Articles
@Peyton for President Alex Smith in his first year under Harbaugh was pretty damn good.
2 years, 6 months ago on NFL Draft Profile: Andrew Luck | March
@AJ_ @chad72 I'm one of the most vocal members on MtD and StampedeBlue against Dontari Poe. I just look at a guy who was held in check by lines in Conference USA and who was dominated by Mississippi State. That doesn't bode well for an NFL career. Looking great in shorts is one thing, but last time I check football is still played in pads.
2 years, 6 months ago on What They Need: Defense 2012 | March
@chad72 The Only things I'd change would be Chapman for Ta'amu and Broyles for Jones. I think Ta'amu's skillset is actually more suited for a 4-3 1 tech than a 3-4 nose. Plus, Chapman is just a straight up football player. Broyles is being severely underrated because of his size and ACL tear, but will be a beast in the NFL and a steal in the fourth.
Next top priorities: Jamaal Anderson to be a 3-4 DE and Jacob Tamme as a filler tight end
2 years, 6 months ago on Robert Mathis Re-Signed to Long Term Deal | February