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@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.
4 months, 3 weeks 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, 3 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, 4 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.
1 year, 6 months ago on A risk worth taking | Articles
And a missed taunting on Antonio Brown for vaulting into the end zone.
1 year, 6 months 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!
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 7 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.
1 year, 8 months ago on The BP Report: Mewelde Moore Is the Subject of Inaccuracies | June
Pardon me, I meant who from the UDFAs sticks
1 year, 10 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
1 year, 10 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.
1 year, 10 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.