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@GregC I think some people would feel the need to put their team first, but others wouldn't. In a situation where players got to pick their teams...well, I can imagine Manning going right for the receivers and O-line first and foremost, picking other QB's at the very very end, just so he could go out and put up crazy numbers, regardless of anything else.
I think Luck would feel more of a need to pick his own teammates first, as a point of honor and respect.
Brady would likely try to just pick the best player he thought was there at any given time. At the end of the day, he wants to rub that he won in everyone's face, though one would imagine his first picks would be offense, so he could claim to be the hero, and the cameraman.
Lots of strategies could develop, and that would probably be part of the fun.
1 year, 1 month ago on Fixing the Pro Bowl
@hankster Based on nothing but my memory, I think the pressure was on top of him much more this game. Even with him seeing pressure a lower percentage of the time, when it did come (and the 3% difference is almost negligible anyway), it seemed to be right on top of him a lot more often.
There's a big difference between getting 1.5 seconds 40% of the time and getting 0.2 seconds as the defense skips though your O line as if they were a field of flowers full of rainbows and bunnies.
1 year, 2 months ago on Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 14 vs. Tennessee Titans
Victory Monday with a Texans loss as well. I'm torn, mind you, because I never want to see the Pats win, but that they did, the Colts are in control of the division, and the way in which that defense has been shredded recently...well, I have them in fantasy and I'm finding another defense for the playoffs.
Luck can do unspeakable things to defenses with cracks, and Houston is cracking, but we, as Colts fans, should all know the Texans can never finish out a season.
The defense, without a doubt, has been improving. They won't strike fear in the hearts of Mannings, but they can tighten up at the right time. The fact they turn it on in the second half speaks well for their making adjustments. Even against the Pats, the defense actually only gave up 10 first half points, and they were put in awful, terrible, unimaginably bad positions all day, leading to them looking simply bad, whereas most of us expected terrible.
The defense has stepped up at the right time during games, and they are stepping up at the right time in the season. MacGyver couldn't do more with less.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts Notebook Tuesday: The "Smoke and Mirrors" Edition
@7IHd @Bobman @smonroe I'm in favor of just getting some sumo wrestlers. They don't even have to move, just make it so the other team has to run around the line to get to Luck. At least forcing them to come around a line 5 people wide would be an improvement to the protection we see now.
1 year, 2 months ago on Full Recap: Colts 27 Titans 23 - Clutch Plays Lead to 9-4 Record
Bengals lose, Steelers going to lose, Colts win...about the perfect Sunday.
1 year, 2 months ago on Colts-Titans Open thread
Just need a little help from Dallas now...looking...well, close there.
@BDiddy @AJ_ But no nice runs that have a chance of going anywhere...how do you feel about draw plays?
@BDiddy I've seen too many AFC South kickers stick a dagger in us in the last second to feel bad about it though, and Bironas is one of the best...much better to make Locker win than let him have a shot.
@zgs1288 Well, I won't complain if it starts today, so long as this is just a start.
@AJ_ How terrible the line is most plays makes me wonder exactly how good Ballard is...he is running behind that...as a rookie.
@BDiddy I just hope it doesn't stop the Colts from being on the couch with them.
@BDiddy Bring back the replacements, I don't care how much you have to pay them, just do it!
@AJ_ Though he needs to be the highest paid punter...ever. He does things you just don't see and covers up a heck of a lot of problems.
@BDiddy The fact they've won as much as they have almost without turnovers...imagine what might happen if they suddenly come in bunches starting in January...
@CrizzleColts The Steelers and Bengals still play against each other, and the Bengals also get the Ravens. The Texans could win their next 3, but all of those games are also potential losses, though they'd be unlikely to drop more than one.
Things may fall well from the other end too. Maybe the Colts will have nothing to play for in the last week and be able to rest starters, with the division out of reach and the Bengals and Steelers unable to catch up.
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Monday Musings: These Colts Aren't Playoff Worthy
@hankster BA's play calling bothers me. I like him, and I think he's doing a good job with all the young guys, but his in game decisions are questionable sometimes, at best, and that's more than just the play calls that never work or calling the defensive coordinator on the other side of the field to tell him what the play is going to be (it's so painfully obvious when we're going to run and pass that you can see it from the parking lot). He's terrible managing the clock unless the Colts just flat out need to score ASAP, both from the standpoint of timeouts and situational play calls.
I can't, for the life of me, figure out why some people seem to think he's going to be a head coach next year. He makes me think of Sorgi, someone that can hold the fort, does a lot of good things, but someone you wouldn't want to hand the franchise to.
@GregC @dmstorm22 I have to agree that at some point, this stopped being the young team with an outside shot of 6+ wins and became a team I feel I should respect enough to demand more.
I'm not going to be terribly disappointed if they get to the playoffs and lose their first game, but, by now, I'm expecting more from this group than "just" a playoff berth, because anything less than believing this group has a fighting chance against anyone just isn't giving them the respect they've earned.
They believe...they have no choice. A whole fan base believes in every second of every game. Manning has made a career out of never giving up, and Harbaugh before him got a spot on the ring of honor by toughing out some close ones.
It's a fan base that also rooted for those magical Butler runs, during which you could see, though outmatched, outscored, against more talented teams, they never doubted, let alone gave up.
They represent the city where Reggie Miller played. A city that knew better than to give up on it's star in any situation, immune to ever thinking a game is over until the last seconds tick off the clock.
They are from the state where the legends tell of underdog high schools toppling the bigger neighbors, where, any game, any sport, anyone could win, even before the divisions intruded on the fun.
These Colts are never allowed to stop believing. Every fan...all of us, have grown accustomed to believing, always, unconditionally, no matter what the stats say, and no matter how dark things get. They must believe, every one of them, because so do we, every one of us.
1 year, 3 months ago on For the Win! Full Recap: Colts 35 Lions 33
What amazes me is simply that a game with more than 60 combined points, it was boring...BORING for a good 55 minutes.
That was one of those that you shouldn't win, but you do anyway. Remember that feeling? It's not something we've experienced in a little while.
1 year, 3 months ago on Instant Reaction: WHAT? Colts Beat the Lions on the Last Play
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts-Lions Open Thread