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@MarcusDugan An Inanimate carbon rod from an old Simpsons episode? It ably replaced Homer once....
3 days, 20 hours ago on Goodbye, Samson Satele
@MarcusDugan Marcus, an upgrade you say? I say that you, bound head-to-toe in duct tape, with your feet in cement and a jester hat on your head (not entirely sure why) would be an upgrade. A scarecrow with halitosis would be an upgrade. Hyperbole? Perhaps. I'll draw the line at a 56 year-old Ray Donaldson.. No... no, I won't. Ray, the door's open. Bring your cane.
@Lou Pin @Stuebers_Inn I'm stunned! Did not recall that.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday: The Last Edition
@Lou Pin Nice work, Lou, you sunny optimist, you. I love it that your Colts glass is always half full (or more!). My only "complaint" (much too strong a word) would be to ask that you somehow eliminate the Satele images. Or superimpose Alex Mack's or Evan Dietrich-Smith's face....?
@ikcl You are WRONG!, he explained. (there, that wind you up enough?) Wouldn't want you to get bored in the off-season.... It's almost funny that the two areas where they said "This is most important" their efforts came to naught, and the reasons for our success were the other stuff. It's like if I said to my wife and publicly declared, having a beautiful lawn is the most important thing. I'll spend a ton on supplies, equipment, seed, fertilizer, irrigation and in the end, it sucks. She decides I am incompetent and hires a gardener. Our front office is not incompetent and will not be replaced, but they fell far short of their stated goals... what will thy do next year? More of the same? Clone Erik Walden, RJF, and Trent Richardson? Yikes! will that make us any better? No. Let's hope they learn and are adaptable or they will waste Luck's prime.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency
@NelsOlson That is true to some extent--a healthy receiving corps + Luck should be very good. I cannot wait to see Allen and Reggie back, and a refined seasoned, and mature Rogers as well. But the things the "run philosophy" can do to LIMIT the passing game includes things like the Richardson trade which reduces our draft picks in 2014, reducing our ability to get bargain-priced top talent. That hurts the whole team. (If they valued running less, they could have signed any available back for $1M, gotten similar production, and kept the draft choice. Their RUN ideology drove that deal, not merely the injuries.) They can focus on signing OL who are better run blockers than pass blockers, again diminishing the pass game and maybe Luck's health. They can sign run-stoppers at the expense of signing pass rushers and cover CB and Safeties. That ignores league-wide trends and reduces any competitive advantage Luck and the receiving corps give us, if your D cannot compete in the league in 2014 because it is built to play football circa 1975.
@chip_bennett Yep. I thought Blount was pretty pedestrian, until he kneed us all in the privates (thanks to a fine defensive effort). 1 score game, on the road in the playoffs, with Luck, in the 4th quarter? Can't ask much more than that. Those damn turnovers and field position.
@zgs1288 And it paid off with the NFCCG win.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Vernon Davis, free agent watch
Lou, you mean Vernon's brother, Vontae. My first thought was "another TE? We have two good ones!" Then I realized the mistake.
@MarcusDugan @Brent_Dragoo Ricky Williams has/had a somewhat debilitating social disorder and after a few disappointing seasons (and a lot of medicinal drugs) managed an 1,800 yard season. What concerned me is the suggestion that he's having problems at practice, where you are in a safe, controlled environment. Jeez, if he can't even hit a hole hard in practice...? Don't want to think about it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead
@MarcusDugan @AJ_ Ouch, ouch, ouch. I really shouldn't be laughing at this stuff. But I am. Maybe they're using the carts so they don't injure themselves. Their jobs probably require it. Just like football players can't ski or sky-dive, these BMI-enhanced folks have stringent limitations on what they are allowed to do lest they pull a hammy, pile-drive their shin-bones into the ground, or unbalance the earth in its orbit.
Someone needs to teach Grigs the definitions of "fact" and "opinion." THAT, my friends, is a fact.
Thinking back to the skeptical articles written when these guys were signed, I have to say #1 , hey, you guys are pretty sharp. Toler's injury history was not a mirage (as predicted). TRich is... TRich (as predicted). Walden, glad to say, was not as bad as feared. Not special, just not horrid (which was speculated). RJF's biggest asset, when signed, was supposed to be versatility on the DL in a 3-4 (any position if needed). Not sure we've reaped the rewards of that, but we may need that some day. Werner might make a leap in year 2 (or at least be healthy), which could plaster over a lot of cracks in the D. More pressure on QBs makes it easier for DBs to cover receivers. Grigson, please keep that in mind if that does happen next year, the DBs didn't suddenly get good (i.e. let's not extend them!). It was hard for him to go wrong with Luck as the first pick. Grigs also did a fine job with other draft picks, Fleener, Allen, TY, etc. But this surely will be the year when a GM earns his salary--no first rounder, a lot of needs, and a bit of cap room, but not too much, with that looming Luck extension a few years distant.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2014 Salary Cap Impact for Cutting Notable Colts
@Colts365 @ColtsAuth_Kyle @Coltsfanwilson Can't Luck just snap it to himself? We used to do that all the time playing in the street.... and he's WAY better than my brother.
@smonroe @MarcusDugan All it takes is one fool with a checkbook. I'd like 41 back, but not as a full time starter, an not for a lot of money. $1.5M per year for two years? I think the pass-rushers saw how the market treats 30 year old guys at a highly valued spot--Abraham, Freeney, and Co were surprised, to say the least, at how little they could command. But if somebody's starting S blows out a knee in June and there's no clear replacement, AND they think they're one or two players away, 41 might get his money.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: "Like Last Day of School"
IIRC Rogers was targeted 4-5 times and had at least 3 drops. Maybe they were contested but we've seen him mike those catches before. A bit disappointing. The D had a nice run in the 2nd/3rd quarters I believe, holding the Pats to 4 3-and-outs in five possessions. That's when the O has to capitalize on it and build momentum and go for the jugular. Didn't quite wok, and after holding the Pats barely in check for that time, the am burst in the 4th Q. Ah, well, it just wasn't there. I still wonder why some of those other teams didn't run on us more, regardless of score. Good move, BB. I'm pretty hopeful for next year. On top of it all, Dierdorf was not horrible. Sure they missed Mathis's strip sack with the "Dan's Retiring" tear-jerker-attempt, but for the first 55 minutes of gametime he was at least average and his most annoying problem was harping over and over on the Pats run count. Dude, we heard it the first time, find something else to provide "insight" about.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on DIVISIONAL ROUND REPORT CARD: COLTS AT PATRIOTS
@MarcusDugan Barnwell's preview on Grantland ended with basically, eh, it's a tossup. A lot of people will se one narrative or another (emotional momentum, or emotional exhaustion) but for me, I'll go with turnovers. He was right. It was a close, one-score game but for the picks on our side and recovered fumbles for the Pats. Mathis finally got his strip sack (better late than never) but nobody had a clue where the ball went until #70 fell on it. That stung. Literally every bounce of the ball went the Pats' way, from the missed tackles, ref no-calls, good coaching decisions, Havili's bobbled INT, the Punt that could have been a TD then ended up being just a safety (net 5 pt loss). And Rogers dropping every one of his targets. Dayum. Seriously, if three unusual plays went the other way its a tie game--not one that we should have won, but a much closer contest: Havili hanging on to the ball, The safety being a TD, and somebody tripping Blount on the 73 yarder. Their run game was steady and not bad, but until that point, they averaged under 4.0 YPC and gained maybe 120 yards total--good but not blowout good. As I told my sons, we didn't play well enough to win, but the final score was galling. Pats are 3-1 over Colts in playoffs, with the home team winning each time. Let's see how the 4-4 road team does in Denver next week.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on AFC Divisional Round Recap: Patriots 43, Colts 22
@MarcusDugan @matt_has @hankster Message, schmessage. It's surely a wasted opportunity. Always hated that from the Manning Colts, especially when our opponents, in that situation, would take advantage of D weakness and succeed with 30 seconds left about 1/4 of the time. But when you kneel on the ball, you succeed 0% of the time.
@mdunn919 @NateDunlevy Rogers and a double move might = DPI or D holding. I think his first target was a long DPI this year. A defender has to be concerned bout this big fast guy blasting by him, or juking him regardless of his rout refinement. Safer to grab than to risk him catching a timing pass. Now... will it be called? Odds are against it. Good article on DPI playoff penalties, and the Seahawks today in the Wall Street Journal.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Patriots
@Nate Dunlevy @hankster 30's? Eh maybe, but it came out my sr year of college, when I had lots of time to watch god movies. And I hit 50 next year. It's timeless and ageless. And the book is even better, but not much.