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@ScottComstock Scott, don't be silly!  The whole point of a successful run game is to continue the successful run game. Play-action passes are trickery, and therefore unsportsmanlike. Only a cad would resort to such low shenanigans.

Actually, didn't the first run on that last series get the 5 yards? Probably because the Eagles were assuming play action as the only smart move and momentarily ignored the runner. On the 2nd play, their defensive call was "Man, are these guys stupid. I bet they run AGAIN!"

15 hours, 15 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/top-plays-and-head-scratchers-from-colts-eagles.html

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Nicely done and depressing. Luck really looked off vs the Eagles, so I am not sure this is all on Pep (at least for that game).  If four or five misses were catches and we won as a result, I am not sure this column would have even been written. 

But it was and it's not misleading. It's like Pep had Doyle on his fantasy team or something....  Remember how we all blamed Arians's bombs-away offense for Luck getting hammered so much as a rookie? Well, that turned out to be slightly off target since he's still getting crushed with all these short passes. Maybe Pep is trying to protect the Ferrari with short passing game behind a porous OL? Grasping at straws, I know.

15 hours, 24 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/guest-post-dink-n-dunk-statistically-analyzing-the-colts-passing-game.html

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That was a very inconsistent article, and by that I mean it varied from logical and "right on, brother" on one end of the spectrum to hilarious on the other, and sometimes the two converged. 

My viewing tonight will be interrupted by my son's football practice unless I can scam another dad into driving him.  Man, I hope I don't miss anything good.  Usually I love the west coast time-bending that allows me to finish a prime time Colts game before the kids have to go to bed; I spent too many years as an east coast youth up past midnight watching MNF and napping through math class the next day. Go Colts!

3 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Well, while we can't replicate all the good things from last year, I think there's at least a 50/50 chance that safety should have ended up a TD for us, or a 5-pt swing.  44-33 sounds like a much more convincing victory.

But lordy, it will be a lot tougher this year--altitude, injuries, missing players.... I think last year I'd have been content with a 7 pt loss.  My expectations are higher this year for the team as a whole, but I can't say I'd bet on doing better than a 7 pt loss to Den in Mile High.  (I AM a conservative gambler. I can see Indy winning; I just wouldn't put money on it.)

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-vs-broncos-as-the-sheriffs-offense-dies-so-does-the-broncos.html

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I think this game proved what we all knew already:  When Curtis Painter takes snaps in Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts' opponent wins.  Every time.

Otherwise, it's pretty much an ideal preseason game with good O and D performances, a lot of new guys getting looks, and no injuries. A win is nice, but like with my 9year-old's team, purely icing on the cake and not really the main point. Seeing the OL or TRich dominate would have been nice, or Werner racking up five sacks.... 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html

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Come on, kid, get it over with. I'm not really enjoying myself here.


Okay, hold still Eli  A bet's a bet: I'll just bite your ear gently.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html

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Well... after seeing the word "dregs" in the header, I was concerned, but for a late round pick to grade out as NFL average in his first year (admittedly, limited snaps) that's pretty decent news, really. If only our whole D graded out as average! (and all got paid like 5th round rookies....)  Nice work, Ben.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Dregs of the Roster: Montori Hughes Film Review

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@bengundy  A fine analysis and write-up that should get a few fans off the ledge. Looks like a good value-signing. The kind that does not make headlines in March, but pays modest dividends in November.

6 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing Phil Costa

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@thellamajockey So when Nicks drops in for a cup of coffee, Pagano tells him "No. Coffee is only for closers"? 

6 months, 1 week ago on Colts to Meet with WR Hakeem Nicks, Plus the Case for another Receiver

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@bengundy   As far as I am concerned, all we need to now about EDS can be seen in the stills of Rodgers's crazy game-winning pass week 17 to get into the playoffs this last year. His QB was desperate for another half-second to get the last-second pass off to win the game, and EDS complied with an arm wrapped around the neck of his opponent. I looking at the photos 2 months ago, that is the first thing I noticed; he was smart enough to pull it off in the right circumstances, strong enough to pull it off, and smart enough to know what was needed. Without him on that play--4th and 8, 45 seconds left and 48 yards for the win, that game is lost. Just wasted some time looking for it; can't find a still of he chaotic pocket. But I recall thinking, "hey, I like this guy."

6 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith

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@bengundy  Ben, thanks for the good, if depressing work.  What the hell do we do NOW!?!?  I wonder why he dropped off so steeply from 12 to 13 and if he improve as 13 went along, maybe there was an early, undisclosed injury.... The contract figures you suggest are not daunting, but hell, we need an upgrade, not a lateral move. Jeff Saturday have any kids old enough yet?

6 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Brian de la Puente

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@thellamajockey Or a drummer.  We could just get another anonymous one each year.  Be interesting to see what Vegas does with the over/under for players choking on vomit...not their own.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Reviewing free agent C Brian de la Puente

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Well, as a Colts fan living in Seattle, I see a lot of Wilson (even his first training camp), and have always been impressed.  Seriously, I took my sons to training camp 16 months ago and remember saying, "Who the hell is #3 at QB? He's the only guy who can hit the side of a barn and these are just drills!" (The other guys wee THAT bad.)     I'm thrilled we have Luck, but honestly, I'd be happy with either. And I'd highlight his positives over the other guy all day long to support my bias.  It's what fans do. Not what analysts/the media should do.      And for the record, Indy has always asked Luck to do more than any other QB not named Manning, Rodgers, or Brady (2013). I HOPE that is not the case for his whole career but the young man has stepped up the plate admirably. Now if he'd just shave....

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Luck vs. Wlison: does the ring change anything?

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That photo of Vick Ballard's..."leg" is disturbing.  It is his leg, right? He and Trent aren't thinking of making any movies together, are they?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on ICYMI: Colts release players, Richardson has surgery, Fleener supports Jonathan Martin and Colts on Twitter

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@chip_bennett  Division game is right.  Even in the best of Manning years, it seemed like what should have been a cakewalk ended up being a 3-7 pt division win (usually on the road).  And don't forget JJ Watt, who might just decide to mutilate, roast, and eat alive the whole OL for lunch. I'm through predicting anything (like SD wining in Denver last night?!).  Yeah, we should win pretty comfortably, but yeah, it could look like last week as well. No idea.  Some weeks I am glad I can't get the games on TV.

9 months, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: Coordinators Seek Improvement against the Texans

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@Bobman testing... just lost a long comment...

9 months, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: Coordinators Seek Improvement against the Texans

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"Texans DB coach and interim defensive play caller, on facing the Colts offense: 'It’s challenge. It’s a multiple offense. They run the ball well...'"   Okay, was he just TRYING to not put up bulletin board material, or can he be that stupid? Who, exactly, runs the ball well?  Brown is competent, but is not doing "well." ("Okay" might be more accurate.) Luck is great, but 4 runs a game for 8 YPC hardly  make a good running team.   He should have been honest: "Right now, what they excel at is screwing up third down conversions. They're what, 70% at that recently...?"

9 months, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: Coordinators Seek Improvement against the Texans

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@chip_bennett @Nate Dunlevy  Yeah, I am thinking Nate must have had an unusually good night's sleep to come up with THAT rationale.

9 months, 1 week ago on Who to Root For: Week 15

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@AJ_   You know that last year everyone was crowing about how Balt was the perfect matchup for us in the playoffs. We were a flawed team but Flacco was a boom/bust interception machine and Ray Lewis/Ed Reed were fossils and they seemed to be stumbling drunkenly to the finish line. All of which was true, but did not matter.  I agree it's all about matchups--that's exactly what KC said when they drew Indy in the first round of the 2006 playoffs.  "Man, Imma run all over them" said Priest Holmes, who maybe topped 40 yards that afternoon.  And we matched up better vs NE than SD that year (Thanks for your fumble, Marlon McCree)       What I mean to say is, on paper you appear to be right, but I have no idea what team will win, or even show up. KC works for me, but I am concerned that the braintrust will throw the exact game plan at them in week 18 as they did in week 16. Alex Smith's feet are a concern for me--I've seen a few of their games and he has shown a propensity to take off on a good 15 yarder when things break down. Also, he's careful with the ball. And they have good return teams. Sergio Brown, time to put your tacking skills to the test in addition to your ballet-like downing a punt on the one skills.

9 months, 1 week ago on Who to Root For: Week 15

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SCENARIO:   Peyton Manning and Phil Rivers have abducted and trussed up Mike Scifres and Darren Sproles, stuffed them in burlap sacks, and (using Michael Turner's unconscious body as a step stool) hung them from their heels in  an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Kiev.  Manning is throwing fist-sized chunks of ice at them from 50 yards, every once in a while eliciting a pained yelp from the disoriented, hapless hostages.  Phil Rivers, on the other hand, just found a gassed-up and ready-to-roll turbo tennis ball serving machine loaded with tiny, rabid porcupines. It has a laser scope and an infinite supply of porkies.  It is not clear why he is intent on abusing his current and former teammate, but he has blood lust in his eyes. (and when he's done, Manning will take out his ACL with a 34 inch Vladivostok Slugger and give him a wedgie with a specially designed fork lift). Advantage Rivers; I will root for him on that day, for a couple hours until the burlap sacks are so full of quills and blood and whimpers that Ukranian National Police actually knock on the door to ask if everything is alright in there.  "Oh, We're just fine, comrade" Manning replies as he pulls out the baseball bat.       That is the day I root, briefly, for  Rivers.

9 months, 1 week ago on Who to Root For: Week 15

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Brett, Thanks for the sunny side of things.  Luck and all those WRs should progress (given the right O system, etc) but they will need time for him to make throws. The OL must protect better. Our OTs seem pretty set, and one guard is, in theory good (albeit recovering from injury) so that leaves the C and LG position to address. And either Dl or OLB because we sure as hell need to bring more pressure. It's like the opposite of what Pagano has preached--we need to protect the passer and rush the passer, as opposed to run and stop the run.....

9 months, 1 week ago on Silver Linings in Colts Late Season Slide

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 @LouPin  @RobertItoh Clearly those three draft slots are of enormous import!

 

It's like having to choose betwen a box with a birthday cake and a box with a time bomb. The top choce is quite nice. The second choice is a big step down. 

 

Keep in mind that we already had a #1 back with a couple 1,000 yard seasons under his belt when Brown was drafted, which certainly curtailed his touches the first two years or so. Schemaically Johnson (who is much better, of course, than a box of birhday cake) was set up for success--to be their offensive bread and butter (with little QB help). Tenn rode him hard because they had to.  Even if DB was our only guy, we'd still have been a pass-first team with Mannng (and are once again). Last year was DB's best and not coincidentally was the first without 18 or 29 (not sure about Addai--was he injured or gone last yea?). Add in injuries to DB, the mental lapses (Goddammit Donald!) and yeah, his production was wll below expected but not really because he was a dud. Oh, and sucktastic OL.

1 year, 9 months ago on Colts Authority

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This is really nicely done and helps fans in distant lands (Seattle) who can only "watch" via computer eep tabs on the players. Hopefully some more national games in the coming years.

1 year, 9 months ago on Three Up, Three Down: Six Players who powered the Colts' win over Tennessee

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 @smonroe I thknk we just skip the OL entirely, except for a center, which NFL rules apparently "require" and put Luck in a suit or armor behind his one lineman. 3 FBs to buy him time, and six receivers. Unconventional, but that just means nobody has tape to study! With Balt faltering and looking like a #4 seed, I am getting REALLY psyched because I think that's the one playoff team we have a decent chance at.

1 year, 9 months ago on Full Recap: Colts 27 Titans 23 - Clutch Plays Lead to 9-4 Record

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Doesn't look like a concern now with Pitt, Balt, and CIncy all losing. What a trifecta.We win one more (KC, I'm looking at you) and we're in no matter what. Houston rolling over in Week 17 would be gravy, but I wouldn't bank on it.

1 year, 9 months ago on Full Recap: Colts 27 Titans 23 - Clutch Plays Lead to 9-4 Record

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Kyle, this took a lot of work and it shows. Nicely researched and great presentation. It doesn't hurt that it's good news, too ;-)

1 year, 9 months ago on Quarterbacks on Third Down: Andrew Luck is a Magician

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 @bradicus18  @matt_has If I had to pick between the neck beard and the Donna-Summer-hot-pink-compression-sleeve, I'd uh, definitely look for Option #3. Maybe an Aaron Rodgers porn stache. At least Luck admits the neard isn't atractive--it'just lazy.In a few years he may look like vintage Fouts, or, God forbit, Brett Kiesel.

1 year, 9 months ago on Quarterbacks on Third Down: Andrew Luck is a Magician

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 @Colt_Following  @Music Man  Denver's D looks very intimidating-very enjoyable to watch, and either team's key is their QB--we would need an incredibe amount of luck (pun intended) to derail Manning or Brady, but clearly, it has happened before. Mike Scifres, anybody? Freeney's bum ankle?

 

Maybe you could view those analyses through a filter of where are the cracks in their games we could capitalize on with good luck? I think NE's secondary is one. DEN's run game, missing McGahee?

1 year, 9 months ago on Josh Boeke Breaks Down Potential Colts’ Playoff Matchups - Colts vs. Ravens

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Nice job and thanks for the insight into how PFF aggregates individuals, even guys IRed in week 4, to come to a whole team conclusion.  In a lot of ways, it forms an average blended picture of the team over the course of time, but no "snapshot" (With CIncy and WASH coming on strong the past few weeks, I suspect they are currently better than their PFF rating, whereas HOU and maybe ATL are worse). Do they trend/weight their data so th past few weeks count more than weeks 1-3?  Just curious.

 

I like the anlysis and the efforts to be honest and objective, as well as the acknowledgemet that you can not quite pull off the objectve thing.

 

Among the most amazing things ths season is our record coupled with our poor turnover erformane on D, and poor luck recovering fumbles. Holy cow, what happens if we're just average, and luck swings our way?  Time for things to "normalize" stil this season, or next. But can you imagine how people will cry that we lucked into a win if we recover four fumble in a rainy playoff game vs Balt?!?! No, luck would have not yet turned in our favor until we recovered the next ten in a row! If we have a four fumble recovery day, we'll still be unlucky on the whole, just getting cxloer to neutral.(which gies GREAT hope for next year!) Do you realize RGIII has had two of his fumbles recovered by teammates for TDs thisyear?  Insane.

 

Also, you left out (or I missed) Balt's track record at home and ours on the road--not a pretty picture.

 

It puts me in mind of the 95 playoffs--if you looked closely you would realize that the teams were closer than most people thought, but if you looked at the whole season stats, you'dsay "no way" when he Colts went into Arrowhead for the win, and almost pulled it of in Three RIvers as well. We COULD win it, but it sure would be a long shot.  MIght beat Pitt as well, and MABE HOU, which seems to be stumbling a bit. I'd consider a win in Mile High or Gillette as improbable as a CD of Manning audibles winning a Grammy, or the Brady kids growing up ugly and humble.

1 year, 9 months ago on Josh Boeke Breaks Down Potential Colts’ Playoff Matchups - Colts vs. Ravens

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I hesitate to give any credence to CHFF but on the surface this makes sense. These guys are making from $300,000 to $8M a year. They are fighting on every play fortheir team, for their career, legacy, next contract, etc.  There are no patsies in the NFL, no soft players. So why would an extra $1,000 motivate them to do smething they KNOW is wrong (in terms injuring a guy)?  Bragging rights and highlight reel shots probably motivate these guys as much as the $1,000.

 

I'm not saying it isn't loathesome, and I had to convince my wife that even if they didn't succeed in injuring a bunch of guys, the bounty system unfairly tipped the competitive balance. (in other words, if a MLB steroid-taker only hits 10 HRs, is he innocent? He's still a cheat, just not an effective one.)

 

So the CHFF crude sampling certainly passes the sniff test for me--it may have provided a slight competitive advantage, just as the payouts provided a slight financial advantage. I'm sure that comforts Favre.  Stll despicable. And wrong. And I hope they are immolated for it.  And I take back my 2009 laments from SB and 18to88 that went something like "He was available--why couldn't WE have hired Williams!!!"

2 years, 6 months ago on CHFF: Gregg Williams average at best | Articles

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@silentkman Sorry I didn't see your reply before countering Nate, but I agree. All he said was it's overrated, which may be true. But it is certainly NOT unimportant. Based on drive stats from Football Outsiders, I'd say the Colts typical negative net delta in yardage based on FP is about 5 per drive--2.5 for each O and D. While it doesn't sound like much, keep in mind that the average drive across th whole NFL season is about 40 yards. At 8-10 possessions a game, that 5 yards adds up. Basically gives the other team one+ extra drives worth of yardage. Not all in one lump, but if they end up just five yards closer on a drive where they boot a 50- or 60-yarder (Scobee???), it could mean the game. Hopw about the Jets final kick return in last year's playoff game--from memory alone, they started their drive about the 40? What if it was at the 25? The Colts probably win that game.

2 years, 7 months ago on Super Bowl Recap: The Giants Won. The Patriots Lost | February

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@Nate Dunlevy Nate, Mike Scifres, Norvall Turner, and Darren Sproles have the counter-argument on Line One.

Given roughly equivalent talent, as many playoff games have, field position can be a big deal. Not saying the punt was the right call--I detst punts-- but I'm backwards-bitching about a dozen years of crappy field position for us and good FP for our opponents. Yes, the Colts had the best record over that time, but with a slight improvement, would likely have done better (esp in post season).

2 years, 7 months ago on Super Bowl Recap: The Giants Won. The Patriots Lost | February

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Nice interview. Envoius envious envious. I liked that he referred to it as a class organization, because right now it seems a little disfunctional and bitter. Transition phase, I hope. 87 said all the right things and seems like a particularly centered, level-headed guy. (Note to self... maybe he can help me file my income taxes ina couple months....) Touching, really, that he said 88's Ring of Honor induction was Reggie's best day as a Colt. Especially since he's previously said 88 was not much of a take-you-under-his-wing teacher. Nate, did you give him a copy of Blue Blood?

2 years, 7 months ago on Interview with Reggie Wayne | January

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Based on the back-and-forths between Irsay and Manning, I would not be surprised if SportsCenter opened tomorrow night with footage of a hair-pulling, eye-scratching, roll-in-the-mud cat fight between the two. Silly, demeaning, frustrating, disappointing... not sure where to stop. I never, NEVER expected something like this. Both of you go to your rooms right now! There. Settled. (...yeah, doesn't work with my kids, either....)

2 years, 7 months ago on Peyton Manning Deserves Better | January

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Just want to say that is an awesome, and painfully true, screen name. Excelt when Marcus McNeil is face-masking him in the SD playoff game--that wasn't holding.

2 years, 7 months ago on Judging the Draft: Indianapolis Colts 2006 | January

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As I recall, the post-draft CW on Hayden and Jackson was that they were bigger than our current guys and hard tacklers--converted safeties... we wanted to get away from a finesse stigma, and these were the boys to do it. Along with Sanders and Bethea, I'd say it worked damn well in 2007.

2 years, 7 months ago on Judging the Draft: Indianapolis Colts 2005 | January

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W...H...E..W!!!

Who's Cowan? Some Cal Bears retread? (kidding...)

2 years, 7 months ago on In the Training Room: Colts OT Anthony Castonzo | Articles

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Much as I love 93, and admire the breadth of his technique, it seems to me that he only truly becomes great after 1978--when teams started passing more and more. Put him in 1950 or 1970 and he'd be known as one of those guys who batters and sacks QBs and forces fumbles when the opportunity arises (20 drop-backs a game?), but in those days of two-back sets, they'd just run at him with a lead FB and neutralize his speed and penetation. On passing downs, he might well own the other team because those other eras are also before the advent of the giant balletic blind side protectors. He would race by those strong old fatties with vapor trails behind him. I think he'd have been viewed as a quality DE who could change the game with one big play, but who had some obvious holes in his game back then. Heck, a lot of detractors feel he has big holes even now, though I suspect that's system-based and overblown. Now a clever DC in 1960 might stack a DE/LB tweener behind him at OLB to keep the other team from running at his side all the time, and he'd be seen as much more effective suddenly....

2 years, 7 months ago on Could Freeney play in any era? | Articles

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I'm a ittle lower on the optimism line graph than Nate. Pagano, fine scion of Italy though he may be, is a bit of a cypher as a HC--and we all know that Cypher tried to kill Neo and Morpheus. Cypher = bad. Cypher also played Guido the Killer Pimp in Risky Business, therefore, Cypher = funny.

Kidding aside, I am concerned about his lack of track record--it's entirely possible that with Reed, Suggs, Ngata, Lewis etc I could coach that Ravens D to a top-5 scoring rank. And it's not just on-field talent--those guys are seasoned leaders off the field as well--Locker room strife--It's okay, coach, Ray will handle it. Two HOFers among them, and maybe more. So don't go expecting a massive turnaround on D based soley on Pagano. (And if it comes, it may well be related to fewer injuries...), Can he manage a large and complex organization? In-game decisions? I guess we'll find out. Is there NO WAY to get Tom Moore back? What a giant set of unknowns we face right now. I'm not down on the hiring, just uncertain.

2 years, 7 months ago on Can Pagano Coach? | January

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Not too broke up about Caldwell (though I had always prized our continuity the past 14 years), but I sure hope the next announcement involves the names Howard Mudd and Tom Moore and thre phrase "lifetime employment."

2 years, 8 months ago on BREAKING NEWS: Colts Release Head Coach Jim Caldwell | January

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Kyle, Looking at this draft and your comments, I wonder if THIS is where Manning's presence may have hurt the team overall. Not in a dollars sense, as a lot of Pats fans wrongly laud Brady for taking less and excoriate Manning for squeezing too much money from Indy, but in the sense that the team had needs elsewhere but tied their fortunes to the GOAT, and felt that they had to keep feeding the beast. Hard to blame Manning for this but the Polians may have been giving their favorite son too many toys at Christmas and leaving their other kids' stockings empty. (The Clark and Gonzo picks struck me this way too--love the players, but wonder about the global approach to improving the team.) Picking more D instead of some of these O guys may have reduced O production for the next few years, but might also have produced a more balanced team, where the D (like in the 2006 playoffs) could support and even lead when O production faltered.... Awesome, awesome, awesome series. Thanks.

2 years, 8 months ago on Judging the Draft: Indianapolis Colts 2001 | January

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Can you imagine, a new GM in Indianapolis, and he never once said Peyton Manning's name?

That is totally weird. Maybe he didn't remember he was on the roster.... ;p

In other news, perhaps his time in Philly has made him the type of GM who is looking for a HC or OC who will lean heavily toward calling 45 passes and 15 runs a game. Sheesh, yeah, that's just what we need..... I agree with what Nate said about Reid's game management. In a lot of ways, Philly seems to have won despite him. Maybe he's an awesome practice/prep coach and not so much game-day... not sure. Maybe the organization was so well put together (drafts, roster, asst coaches) that Reid couldn't inflict that much damage on game days... which makes me optimistic about RG's tenure.

2 years, 8 months ago on Jim Irsay Gets His Man | January

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Kyle, this is a great series and I love the writeup, but something that I may have missed has been nagging me: Do you address the UDFAs at all, and compare them to other UDFAs who made teams and played? Just wondering, as in my mind this contributes to our draft class depth without actually being part of the draft. Dom Rhodes. Jeff Saturday is not techincally one, I guess. Neither was Raheem Brock, whom Philly cut pre-season his rookie year, right? All of whom contributed pretty damn well. Maybe Rhodes is the only one who technically was a UDFA, and that year is coming up, isn't it.... (he was 2001, right?)

2 years, 8 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.coltsauthority.com/coltsider-2011-archives/october/judging-the-draft-indianapolis-colts-2000.html

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In, um, Grigson we trust certainly has a different ring to it.

I am moderately haunted by the Jeeves and Wooster series, in which Bertie's domineering Aunt Agatha was referred to by Jeeves as Mrs. Gregson (or Gregorson) if I recall.

2 years, 8 months ago on Colts Schedule Press Conference for Grigson Signing | January

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I just want to keep out of Art Schlichter, Heath Shuler, Rick Mirer, Akili Smith, Dan McGwire territory. NO... that's not true, I want Peyton version 2.0. And much like after Elway's or Marino's departure, hard to even contemplate. Even getting somebody like Jake Plummer or Matt Hasselbeck or Chad Pennington would probably provide a handful of playoff games and pro bowls, but would still be a disappointment. I may get over being spoiled, but I don't wanna....

A big mystery for me is whatever happened to Anthony Gonzalez? He was just a stud for two years, got hurt, and seemed to be back healthy, but can hardly break the lineup. His WR AV his first two years was at least average for a 1st round WR, probably higher. But for a whole career... he's a mystery, wrapped in a riddle, wearing a blue horseshoe.

2 years, 8 months ago on 'Judging the Draft' Series Opener: 1998 | September

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Nicely put. Manning ALWAYS screws up Football outsiders' computer projections--there's just no way to measure his impact. Even among other A+ players. He is the iceberg, the rest of us can only HOPE to be the titanic. I have no idea what that means, but it sounded good....

2 years, 8 months ago on 'Judging the Draft' Series Opener: 1998 | September

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Man, as a Washington alum, I am appalled how badly the Huskies have done for the Colts. Emtman (1st round) good but too injured, Pathon (2nd Rd okay, but nothing special, Triplett (2nd round, okay, but nothing special--minor revival under Dungy). Makes me hesitate to advise drafting RB Chris Polk in the 2nd round. A starter from day 1, three 1,000+ yard seasons, good catching passes. Oh, wait, he's a Husky. Bad history there, no thanks. Bummer. I liked Pathon, but LOVED McKinney.

2 years, 8 months ago on 'Judging the Draft' Series Opener: 1998 | September

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BTW, if my sarcasm in the first graf above is not clear, allow me to point it out. I am ridiculing the "these guys just win big games" folks and trying to point out that it's a team game. I love Manning, but am much more comfortable when the Colts run/pass splits are closer to 50/50--play-action works better then and my QB gets hammered less often--and when our D is getting some headlines of its own. Despite lots of wins, I'd fear going back to the early 2000s model when Manning HAD TO throw for 300 yds and 2 TDs every game just to keep us in it, because the D or ST were so porous. No lead was big enough back then, but lucky for us fans, that worked both ways.

2 years, 8 months ago on Colts pave the way for today's champs | Articles

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The thing I like most about today's Steelers loss is what it wil look like on paper in a dozen years. We've all heard so much about Brady's 10-1 record in the playoffs to start his playoff career, his 3 SBs in three tries, to start. And of course how superior he was. The bottom line is winning and he was a winner in the biggest games. Similar for Ben, who won a SB early (two? aye caramba!) and went to a third in his first six seasons. He must be better than Manning! The truth is, when those guys won SBs, they were on defensively-led teams. As their D crumbled, the Pats have not won a playoff game in a while--can it be four years now?. We'll see how this year plays out for them. The Steelers D is still solid but old and dinged up. But nobody will remember that, just as they won't remember us missing Brackett or Mathis/Freeney for the two close SD playoff losses (but the Manning can't beat a 3-4 meme was out in full force). Can't believe how bitter I still am about this.

Back to the team model concept, we DID win our SB when our D played very well in the playoffs. (and didn't despite having two much better regular season D squads in 05 and 07--go figure. It's all timing.) So let's not pretend D is meaningless. Kind of curious about next week in GB--Little Peyton has been very good lately and his OL and D are better than GBs, IMO. Could there be a second Ravens/Giants SB?

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