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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, 12 months 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.
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 1 month ago on Instant Reaction: WHAT? Colts Beat the Lions on the Last Play
2 years, 1 month ago on Colts-Lions Open Thread
I'm unfamiliar with this sort of defensive play...it seems vaguely familiar but...
Dang colts fans. For better than a decade all you hear was Peyton Manning. How can the whole fan base disrespect Jim Harbaugh like that? The fact you people love your Manning is proof that you are all fair weather fans!
Now, on a serious note, I've said it before and will say it again, Luck needs to become a game manager, just as Peyton did. The Manning of 2004 was NOT as good as the Manning of 2005 or even the Manning of today. The reason is simple, a QB with so much talent, who is so good and finds things so easy, doesn't need to try to manage a game to do well.
Luck on his bad days puts up numbers several teams wish they could get. I've seen him blasted for "yet another sub 300 yard game" as if he didn't already have tons of them! But he has no idea how to manage a game yet. Last week was actually a step in the right direction I think, since he never tried to force anything. Nothing came, but at least he didn't try to push it.
Peyton in 2004...remember that? He'd sit half the game after throwing 400 yards and 4 TD passes in the first half. The Colts could be up by 3 scores in the first quarter. The offense was a juggernaut of unrivaled proportions. I very much doubt I will ever live to see anything like that, in any sport. Defenses crumbled under the arm of 18.
That wasn't him at his best, though. Doing that, he put a lot of pressure on the defense, putting them on the field too much throughout the game and the season. The offense was predictable, which wasn't so bad 99% of the time, because it worked regardless, but RB's need to get into rhythm too, but it never happened. The receivers also had to run down the field a lot more, and back. Over the course of a season, that adds up to a lot of extra effort.
Only when he learned to be a game manager did he go from elite to all time great. The real great ones can turn it on when needed but simply manage the game when it isn't. Luck isn't a game manager, but I hope he becomes one.
I want that guy that's going to touch the ball on every play for the next 15 years to be a game manager. Gunslingers tend to get shot sometimes, no matter how good they are. Managers will protect their team, and good ones will be able to turn it on and still beat the Dolphins after a laughably one sided time of possession game.
2 years, 1 month ago on Troll Hunting: Megatroll Chris Baldwin Is In the Cross Hair
You forgot high school games.
Yeah, we're mostly talking outside of the city, but there's plenty of it in IPS schools too. HIGH SCHOOL basketball games are MORE IMPORTANT in Indiana that the pro teams in other cities/states. There are few better places for sports than Indiana, and, of course, Indianapolis is the center of it all.
But, yeah, that Butler team that ran to the NCAA Championship game with like...2 people outside of the state (against Duke) totally happened because Indy hates sports. Miracle that you can find that many people that play basketball at such a level in an area that hates sports and their stars so much.
I love how RG3 has a flawed Redskins team (you know, a team that only needed a QB to win a Super Bowl as of last year) on his back, working so hard, so hard to keep them afloat, without any help at all.
Luck gets ALL the credit even though the defense is fielding such MASSIVE names as Butler and Vaughn, even behind the godlike entity of Powers now on IR. Never mind is rock solid offensive line, all 5 of which are likely going to the pro bowl, and his running game...wow, Brown makes AP look like a child.
Luck isn't a game manager though. In fact, it's one of his faults. Manning only started to become a legendary QB around 2005, when he started to manage the game instead of throw up billions of points. I HOPE Luck becomes a game manager as Manning did, because the true greats do manage the game, not just put up eye popping stats. That game management thing that people love to hate is the big reason Brees isn't mentioned in the same breath as some of the real greats...he puts up amazing numbers, but he doesn't MANAGE the game.
We should also tear down the new stadium. It wasn't built for these young guys, it was built because of Manning. If Manning isn't going to play there now, it's better if we just rip it down. We can't very well let another QB go there, especially the likes of Luck. I mean, it's not like the other guy got hundreds of millions of dollars for playing the game and endorsement deals, thousands, if not millions, of fans giving him their support (keeping in mind that doesn't mean wanting him to thrash the home team Colts if they meet in the playoffs) even after he goes somewhere else, etc. as his reward. ALL HE GOT was a stadium in which an unproven rookie now plays.
Manning...he was never an unproven rookie. Some people even thought the Colts shouldn't take Luck with the #1 pick. It's not like ANYONE considered that Manning might be the second best QB of his draft class...never an unproven rookie.
2 years, 1 month ago on Roy Hobbson Goes All FJM on The Worst Article Ever Written
@AJ_ Linemen get away with a lot against Freeney, but not normally quite that much.
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts-Bills Open Thread
This game is the one that will tell us how good or bad the defense really is, I think. he Bills have a good offense, but they aren't juggernauts, and they're smart. Spiller gets yards because he knows when to wait and where to strike when a hole opens up, and Fitzpatrick's brain covers up a real lack of...everything else.
They can consistently put up 30 points against mediocre to bad defenses, and looking at their scores, you can almost rank defenses by how many points they put up. If the Colts want a gauge of where they are defensively, and I don't think it's the worst in the NFL, this is it. They've scored a ton against a lot of teams, but 4 teams (with pretty good defenses) have held them to under 20 points.
I doubt it'll happen, but it would be nice to see the Colts join the we-held-the-Bills-to-under-20 club. It would be a very good sign going forward.
2 years, 2 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Bills
Ravens and Chargers is a tough one to choose, and I think it goes with who you want to win when the Texans play too.
If you want the Texans to lose, still holding hope for the division, you should be for the Ravens to narrow down teams trying for a wildcard spot.
If you want the Texans to win in hopes they sit in week 17, you want the Chargers to beat the Ravens, giving the Texans more of a cushion, since gaining a gift game on everyone would be worth seeing the Chargers win this week.
2 years, 2 months ago on Standings Checkup, A look at the Colts, Where they Stand and who to Root for, Week 12
@MarcusDugan This actually reminded me a lot of the 2002 season and the 41-0 game against the Jets...not to bring up more bad memories when this one is so fresh...
But it was a game in which the defense wasn't so hot, special teams didn't help at all, and the offense felt the need to score every single time. I suppose that this reminds me of a game played in 2003 (and against a worse opponent) is a good sign that the Colts are well ahead of schedule in rebuilding.
A young team should learn a lot from this, including hopefully Luck learning not to try to be Superman (just as Manning did, though it took him several years to learn to manage bad situations instead of trying to turn them around), and they gain something else to play for...to avoid this feeling again.
Luck is already scary good, but he'll get twice as good once he figures out how to deal with broken plays, but it'll be hard because I've never seen someone make something from nothing like him, but he has to learn that sometimes it's better just to throw it away or even take a sack rather than make a bad throw.
ST was bad, but I'll take it as a blip. Defense was bad, but it was about what we expected against the Pats. 21 points weren't on them and they were put in terrible situations most of the game.
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts Notebook 11/19: After the Blowout, Colts Look to Move on
It was bad, and it got pretty unwatchable at the end, but it's not as bad as the final score might indicate. Luck had a rookie game, and given it's maybe the 3rd time he's slipped, it's ok. Special teams was terrible, and while they're never amazing, they don't normally look that bad.
The defense gave up "only" 38 points, which I think many people would have found an accurate prediction if you said offense and special teams did their jobs, and even taking away the scores they gave up, they did not.
The defense needs to sit back a bit more against good QB's. The young offense needs more tape like this to study so they can hopefully avoid stupid mistakes. We're all more than used to bad surprise games for special teams.
It's better for them to shoot themselves in the foot now, in a game they were expected to lose and didn't need to win, than to watch it all fall apart in the playoffs when they face some stiff competition. They must limit self inflicted wounds to stand a chance against playoff teams.
Outside of it seeming that the defense gave up in the end, I was actually quite encouraged by this game. Take away the mistakes, and you probably had a really close game. Luck threw some bad ones, and I think he'll study and learn.
The wheels really came off, but at least they all came off on the same game. Better like this than Luck having a bad game this week and special teams screwing up against the Bills.
What struck me is that the defense wasn't really so bad. It wasn't a masterful performance, but they were put in more than one bad spot.
Anyone think it's absolutely hilarious that Gronk broke his arm during the process of running up the score? I mean, I don't like to see anyone get hurt (even a patriot), but from a karma point of view...
Well, I hope 4-6 weeks is worth showing up a team you had beat, Shady Brady and Bill Belicheat
2 years, 2 months ago on Too Much Tom Brady: Colts Routed by Patriots 59-24
@BDiddy I don't even think Pats fans like Brady...they hate everything after all.
2 years, 2 months ago on Merry Chapmas! Sunday Open Thread
@Sandtiger So long as the Pats need help against opposing QB's and the culture is one of anything to win, the fake injuries will continue.
Don't expect it to end any time in the near future.
@Payton Cheap cigars don't burn so well, eh?
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts Monday Musings: Playoffs? Playoffs?! We're talking about Playoffs, Man | November
Watching this Texans/Jags game, I'm smiling to myself, because I knew this was going to be a good one.
No, my claim that the Texans might drop this one was not a joke, and they are certainly not smoking the Jags as expected.
Lots of time left though, obviously. Go...Jags...if I must....
Miami - I must admit, I didn't see the Bills coming
Cleveland - And I won't even remotely consider it an upset if the Browns win
Houston - I've said the Texans might drop one here, but I'm not that confident they slip this week
2 years, 2 months ago on The Colts Authority Week 11 NFL Picks Challenge | November | 2012 Archives
I still can't imagine this being a shootout, just because it looks so much like one. When two great offenses meet two terrible defenses the outcome is all too often a 13-17 score.
There is one important thing about the Colts this season, and that is, throw out all the numbers and trust your eyes. Brady SHOULD put up 70+ points on our defense, but the defense has been able to frustrate opposing QB's and RB's the past several weeks.
Luck SHOULD NOT be the best #12 playing, a rookie going against a long time starter who has learned to play pretty well even without the cameras, but he's out-dueled Rodgers, put up insane numbers against the best 3rd down defense in the NFL, and managed to almost match the whole Jets offense in yards though a 60 minute disaster.
The Colts SHOULD lose by several touchdowns, like they should have no chance at getting into the playoffs and should have a worse record than the Pats, but if the Colts are down by 7 points or less at the end...well, I'm developing a trust in this Luck kid that I haven't had in a QB in nearly 2 years.
2 years, 2 months ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Patriots, NFL Week 11
@MarcusDugan When the offense takes care of the ball, the defense seems to have done everything decently. It's not a juggernaut, but...
10 points to Jax is their lowest point total since they played the Bears (which was the last time MJD played meaningful time).
The Titans scored 26 against Pit and 36 against the Bills in the two weeks before the Colts played them.
13 allowed to the Browns is their second lowest point total of the season.
27 is pretty average for the Packers.
It's not been the train wreck on defense most people seem to imagine. Looking both at the teams and the pedestrian rankings in both points and yards per game.
The shocking thing is that they can look so average even without causing turnovers.
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts Notebook 11/13/2012: Renewing the Rivalry
This game has all the makings of a shootout, which means it won't be. The Colts defense has been doing decently, admittedly against bad offenses in general. In the Jets game there were 2 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles, and against the Bears, 3 interceptions and 2 fumbles, leading the defense obvious problems.
Outside of those two games, the defense has given up about 17 points per game. That includes holding the Vikings to 20 points during their 4-1 start, tired for their lowest point total in those 5 games (they scored 23 on SF the week after).
It's not a great defense, but if the offense takes care of the ball, the defense seems to take care of the offense pretty well.
@Payton @smonroe Division games are tough, crazy things happen. Hapless Oakland has a win over the Steelers, and two of the three Eagles wins came against the Giants and Ravens.
The Texans will slip, somewhere, to a team they should beat. Depending on how the tiebreakers look (and assuming the Broncos keep winning), it's possible that only one loss matters.
The Jags have generally kept it decently close with the Texans (and Colts), so I feel it's one possibility of a loss.
The point, regardless, is that the Texans very well may be playing for something come week 17, rather that be a first round bye or just making sure Manning the Texan Slayer has to go to Houston in an eventual matchup...and this is all assuming the Ravens are likely to drop a game or two as well.
They Texans can win by 100 next week, but I'll still say the Colts aren't going to get a gift in week 17.
@smonroeWhen I looked at the Texans schedule, I'm not so sure they'll have a week to sit at the end of the year. I can see them dropping one next week to the Jags, Tennessee looks like a potential trap game for them (though I think Foster will, alone, pound the Pats into submission on a snowy December day), and the Vikings aren't a pushover and come at a time when they may be under a lot of pressure to win to clinch the first overall.
Meanwhile the Broncos have a cakewalk schedule to finish, having to play only one good team (the Ravens), and I hear they have a pretty good QB over there that can win the close ones. If the Texans drop 2 games somewhere along the way, don't expect to get the backups.
It's more likely the Colts will have nothing to play for, with wildcard secured and no other team able to take them out of the playoffs, than for the Texans to have nothing to play for in week 17.
I don't think the Colts are even going to need all that much help from the chasers. Earlier I was even looking at their chances of winning the division...slim certainly, but...heck, they still control their own fate, which says a lot.
If the Pats defense looks like it did yesterday against Luck, he'll put up 500 yards. A Colts win would be an upset, but at this point, looking at the two teams, it wouldn't be shocking, just unexpected. I've also seen the Texans fall apart, both at the ends of seasons and against the Colts too often to think they can sweep us (though I don't hold much hope we can get a sweep either). To offset the chance of a win next week, they'll almost certainly drop one of their winnable games, and I'd say the Titans are the most obvious one to worry about.
Almost everything I saw of the Colts also suggested they might have 1 win at this point in the year but end up playing spoiler as everyone started to get used to playing together, then end up with a 4 or 5 win season after catching fire at the end. If they just play at their current level, they'll get a playoff spot, so we jsut have to hope there's no letdown from a young team...
@MarcusDugan @matt_has I think Luck has a bit of an issue with always looking to pass...always. He gets the ball out of his hands after being chased a lot, and he almost always gives his receivers a chance at it even under heavy pressure, but when the pressure gets to him too quickly, it feels like he still wants to throw when he should be securing the ball.
2 years, 2 months ago on No Letdown Here: Colts Dominate Jags 27-10 Full Recap | November
Luck says he thinks C is average likely because he's rarely been called average. He didn't go to a big state college for general studies and he's amazing on the field, smart and athletic.
Seriously he probably got it about right though. He went 2 straight games without a TD pass and looked awful against the Bears. As a rookie, he gets an A without a doubt, but it's unfair to how he is playing and to other rookies this year to grade him on that curve. Graded against all QB's playing though the first half of the year, I'd give him a solid B, but considering the difference he no doubt feels going from playing against college to NFL defenses, I can understand perfectly why he would say C.
I don't think he's grading himself as a rookie, after all.
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts Notebook, November 6th, 2012 | November
@zgs1288 Besides the fact that the guy is funny, he's some sort of mutant for surviving a swim in the canal, and his leg IS the Boomstick. He covers up as many problems on special teams as Wayne and Luck cover up on offense.
2 years, 2 months ago on Colts Monday Musings: Handing out Midterm Grades | November
Let's be fair to Vinatieri...when he missed the first FG against Miami, I jumped up and yelled "COLTS WIN!" When my wife asked why, I told her that Vinatieri just doesn't lose games, not on his foot. And look what happened, they won!
I think the Colts need to think about kickers for the near future, but I'm not ready to run off clutch for accuracy just yet, particularly with a kicker that, as far as I can recall, has had two hands get on his kicks but still manages to come though in the end. The last thing we need is an "accurate" kicker that vanderjagts every kick that matters.
The defense locking down the other team after halftime is becoming a trend.
If Luck is really that good...keeping in mind that the Dolphins are bad defending the pass but good at ending drives, and if the defense can keep coming up big in the 2nd half, I don't know where this train might stop. This is not the same team that played the Bears week 1, and the talk of lack of talent but a scrappy team pulling off miracle wins reminds me of the 2010 Butler team (and both seem to have charmed the country with the never-give-up attitude).
Looking at the games to come, I even found myself pausing when I got to the game against the Pats. I dare not consider the possibility that Brady ends up looking like Rodgers or that the 22nd ranked pass defense may look a lot like the 24th ranked.
I'm not sure any game this season will be quite as memorable as this one, but given how Tannehill looked, the Dolphins are going to provide us with an interesting rivalry over the next decade-plus.
2 years, 2 months ago on CA Conversations: Recapping the Colts' win over the Jets | November