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@JoshBoeke so the Colts post winning seasons, and make the playoffs. Just as with Manning, with Luck that should be a given. The problem is, the current coaching/scheme philosophy is turning a potential Super Bowl contender into perennial Bengals (or Braves).


I'm not okay with that.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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It's difficult for Luck to display GWD heroics when Pep keeps dialing up Run-Run-Pass every time the Colts have the ball in the fourth quarter. Gutless, play-not-to-lose playcalling.


And the NFL needs some accountability for the inexcusably poor officiating. The Colts are a flawed team; they don't need any help letting other teams hang around in games. Last week. the refs swallowed a flag on an obvious DPI that Wayne should have drawn on fourth and ballgame that cost the Colts a chance to tie the game. But that no-flag on the blatant DPI that Hilton should have drawn might rank higher than the Jeff Triplette phantom TD against the Bengals last season, in the pantheon of game-changing bad calls.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html

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If you're going to use two photos of TY (and given the season he had: why not?), I would have recommended not using two from the same play, but one from the comeback clincher, and the second one of Hilton burning a certain loudmouth cornerback:

https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=643&q=ty+hilton+sherman+ware

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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The problem wasn't "run first", per se; rather, it was the insistence of *power run*, and the situational pass-vs-run play-calling.


The Colts offense absolutely sucked last year when Luck was under center, especially when they showed their "power run" hand. (I-formation run off-tackle twice, screen pass to Havili, punt. Wash, rinse, repeat.) Also: as you mentioned in the article, it wasn't necessarily the *quantity* of pass plays called, but rather the *quality*.


But when Luck was in shotgun: a) draw plays to Brown were more successful, and b) pass plays were more successful. At least, that's what my lying eyes and probably-faulty memory tell me.


Also: Hamilton made an obvious shift late in the season, and the Colts became far more pass-heavy. That has to factor into/skew the aggregate pass-vs-run playcalling numbers.


I think the real problem was Pep's insistence, for most of the season, to force the Stanford-offense square peg into the Colts-offense round hole. Basically, everyone outside of Luck, Wayne, and Hilton wasn't good enough to implement that type of offense against NFL defenses.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/were-the-colts-really-run-first-in-2013.html

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The Griffer isn't flashy, but he fits a very specific need/role, and plays it very well. With Wayne back and healthy, that role may be redundant (Whalen, more than anyone, filled in for perhaps the biggest deficiency left by Wayne's absence: the third-down safety blanket), and if Brazill shows enough improvement this year, it may cost Whalen a roster spot. That said, with Hilton, Rogers, and Moncrief in the stable, I'd rather keep a reliable, known-commodity Whalen than another unproven-potential Brazill.


As for Fleener: what my lying eyes told me last season was that the scheme was absolutely horrible for him. I'm sure some of it must have been deficient route-running (stopping 1-2 yards short of the first down); but most of it seemed to be poorly designed routes. I'd love to see a breakdown on that. 


Also on Fleener: it may have changed, but the last time I compared them, he had put up better production in his first two years than Dallas Clark put up in his first two years. (And keep in mind: Clark had the benefit of a pass-heavy, 2-TE scheme in the heyday of the Triplets era, while Fleener spent the past year being a "Power Run" outlet valve.)


Fleener: 78rec, 889yds (11.4yds/rec), 6TD

Clark: 54rec, 763yds (14.1yds/rec), 6TD


So, I don't think we have too much to worry about Fleener at this point.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-charting-project-receiving-on-third-down.html

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I'll take it. To win in the NFL, you must pass the ball and stop the pass. Of those two factors, the Colts are clearly most deficient at stopping the pass. Talent/depth in the defensive secondary is far more important than O-Line. Manning adapted to a sub-par O-Line, and so can Luck.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/olly-dawes-colts-mock-draft.html

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Anything that prevents the gun from going "bang" immediately and precisely when I need it to - i.e. when I squeeze the trigger - is inherently unsafe. Oh, and the person squeezing the trigger could legitimately and legally be me, my wife, or - when they are old enough - my children.


Shall. Not. Be. Infringed.

6 months ago on Are “Smart Guns” Safer?

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Good signing. Nice backfield for the Colts. I hate to see DBrown go, but I still think that TRich can fill that role. (Yeah, I know; I'm in the extreme minority.)

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Bring RB Ahmad Bradshaw back for Another Year

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It is a shame that the practice of tarring and feathering is no longer in vogue. Cretins such as Kelly Cassidy who do not understand the plain meaning of "shall not be infringed" are utterly unfit to hold public office.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Firearms Registration in Illinois?

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@Kyle Rodriguez@NelsOlson ...as if having Link and Havili on the field in a Jumbo package keeps a talented receiver like Hilton or Rogers or Whalen off the field? Oh, wait... (*Sigh* just imagine if it had been a receiver, instead of Havili, running that one particular route against the Pats.)

8 months, 1 week ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency

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The Colts didn't lose to the Patriots due to some major inability to stop the run. The game was within one score when the Pats ran off a 73-yard back-breaker (due to a missed tackle by a Marquee offseason Free Agent signing). 
At one point, Blount was something like 9 carries for 23 yards and 3 TDs. That's not a failure of the run defense; that's the result of giving the opponent short fields (turnovers) and an inability to get off the field on 3rd down (often due to the inability to stop screen passes and crossing routes).
But, hey: who wants a Manning-era offensive philosophy? Looks like he took that philosophy with him to Denver, where he threw for 400 yards in the conference championship. (I'm sure it was the 120-or-whatever rushing yards that resulted in their complete, offensive domination in that game, though.)

8 months, 1 week ago on Franchise Building: It's All About Efficiency

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Thanks again, Ben. The Charting Project quickly became perhaps my favorite weekly feature here at CA. I look forward to more next year, along with whatever else the editors find to keep you busy with during the off-season. :)

8 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Divisional Round

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When factoring in the cap hit for Toler on/off the roster, don't you have to include the salary cost for the players we sign to the active roster for the 3/4th of the season that Toler spends unable to get onto the field due to injury?
Said another way: surely the Colts can find a reliable, healthy, solid-if-not-spectacular #2 CB for $4MM.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Salary Cap Impact for Cutting Notable Colts

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@MarcusDugan

Neither Brazill nor Rodgers appeared to have seen any game film of Patriots DBs (hey: maybe watch the 2004 AFCCG, perhaps?), or otherwise to be prepared in any way for their physicality. Against the Pats, you'd better be ready to fight for every target. They weren't ready. Brazill caught the two passes because he managed to beat the deep coverage.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on DIVISIONAL ROUND REPORT CARD: COLTS AT PATRIOTS

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@MarcusDugan

The better team on the field Saturday night won the game. Any Colts fan should be able to concede that point. But to say that the officials didn't have a meaningful impact? First, the officials extend a Patriots drive on a phantom DPI call that turns a FG attempt into a TD+2PT conversion. (5-point swing). Next, the officials failed to call an obvious trip that would have extended a Colts drive. That particular drive? After the second-down trip, the Colts fail to convert third-and-long and then punt. The Pats' first play from scrimmage is the 73-yd backbreaker TD run. The refs had a significant impact on the game at a time when it was still within one score.


Having said all that: even as someone who has complained vociferously all season about atrocious officiating (#NFLRefsSuck!), even I can say that, while the refs impacted the game, the Colts lost because of terrible game-planning on offense and defense, bad execution on offense and defense, and horrendously gutless in-game coaching. That punt will haunt me until the Colts' next playoff game.





8 months, 3 weeks ago on AFC Divisional Round Recap: Patriots 43, Colts 22

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Silly Kyle: didn't you know that "marquee" games must include either New England or someone from the NFC East? The pretentious writers in the northeast tell us so!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Why I Voted Robert Mathis for DPOY

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@ZD87 @chip_bennett @Jim P.  Wait: so do I have that backward? Is it Ohio that's currently denying reciprocity due to other States not having the same level of certification required to obtain the CCW? I still occasionally get some state-specific details confused, going from one state's CCW (Missouri) now to a different state (Ohio).


If that's the case, then I have no problem with the changes to the law, provided that Ohio still actually issues a permit (for reciprocity purposes - I think Alaska does something similar, as you said?).


Assuming that reciprocity is not an issue, I have no problem with the proposed legislation. I am adamantly opposed to a demonstration of proficiency as a prerequisite to the exercise of a basic human right protected against infringement by the Constitution. Negligent firearm use by untrained people exercising their second-amendment rights is a Bogeyman unsupported by fact or statistics.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Constitutional Carry in Ohio?

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@Jim P. @chip_bennett It's not reciprocity from Ohio's end that is at issue; rather, it is the States that will *rescind* their reciprocity with Ohio - which I'm fairly sure they will do, if Ohio removes its certification requirements. 


That means that when I travel to Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, etc. - all States to which I will travel in the near future - I will no longer legally be able to carry concealed.


That's why the fight for federal reciprocity is far more important than the fight for intra-State constitutional carry.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Constitutional Carry in Ohio?

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@YoTeach92 @protias @Z0mb3hHunt3r  actually, that depends on the State. Only about 25 states have "stop and identify" laws that compel a citizen to produce identification, even during a Terry stop (reasonable-suspicion detention).


But in all States, if I'm not mistaken, a police officer must have reasonable suspicion (of the commission, witnessing, information about, etc. a crime) in order to detain someone, including compelling that person to produce identification. Refer to Terry and Hilbel (SCOTUS decisions).

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Constitutional Carry in Ohio?

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@CliffWeston  "Should anyone in Ohio, or the country, be allowed to carry guns without being required to have some competency and responsibility, there will be more incidents of neglectful gun use that our opponents can use against us."


The statistics bear the speciousness of such attempts. Incidents of neglectful gun use by lawful CCW holders are statistically insignificant.


Perhaps second-amendment proponents need to get better at messaging, and at arguing from a position of fact, to counter our opponents' emotion and sensationalism.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Constitutional Carry in Ohio?

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@GolferWithGuns proper firearms training is a responsibility of one who chooses to exercise the right to bear arms (and there are and should be real, and severe, consequences for irresponsible firearms handling and use), but as a *requirement*, firearms training/competency runs afoul of the second amendment. "Shall not be infringed" means exactly that.


I thought the OH CCW course was very good. Though, as you and I both know: it only provides bare-minimum competency in actually *using* a firearm. The biggest concern with requiring a certain level of proficiency/competency is the slippery slope.  (Just look at Illinois, for example.)


(And hello from Cincinnati. My Colts pulled it out this weekend, but the locals are mourning.)

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Constitutional Carry in Ohio?

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Hi Destinee,


Long-time listener, first-time caller (or something like that).


I'm an Ohio CCW holder. I wouldn't want to change our current system for one reason: reciprocity. As it is currently, with my Ohio CCW, I can exercise my second-amendment rights in over 30 states. If Ohio changes to constitutional carry, that number will drop drastically, because the state will likely lose its reciprocity with all the states that base reciprocity on equivalent certification requirements.


In my ideal world, reciprocity would exist at the federal level: the same reciprocity that driver's licenses enjoy (for an activity that isn't even enshrined in the Bill of Rights). But, we're not there, and I've not heard much of anyone even pushing for federal reciprocity. Until then, given the number of States to which I travel, I would rather not see my ability to exercise my second amendment rights lessened while outside of Ohio. (Yes, I can get a Utah or Florida non-resident license; but doesn't that somewhat defeat the purpose of the proposed bill?)


Also, I think that states have the concept of "constitutional" carry backward with respect to open versus concealed carry. I would like to see concealed carry considered as "constitutional" carry, and open carry require a permit - instead of the other way around as it is currently. 


Yes, I think both open and concealed carry require nothing more than the imprimatur of the Second Amendment. But in the world we currently live in, many States will let residents openly carry a firearm, but consider it a criminal act to carry that same firearm concealed without a permit. I think that policy is exactly backward. 


"Concealed is concealed", and statistics show that CCW carriers are the most law-abiding citizens of anyone. So, nobody will now a CCW holder is carrying (and thus a CCW holder is not going to cause a commotion among the irrationally fearful), and that CCW holder isn't going to commit a crime. Setting aside the more antagonistic faction of the open-carry proponents, open-carry carriers are no more prone to commit a crime and no more prone explicitly or implicitly to cause any commotions. But there are people who (irrationally though it is) are fearful of seeing an openly carried firearm, and I don't have a huge problem with the State ensuring that those who choose to exercise that right understand its implications and their responsibilities.


(Personally, I think concealed carry is a far more tactically sound practice than open carry; but we should each be free to make that choice.)


By the way: I was a Missouri CCW holder before I moved to Ohio. I found the Ohio requirements to be marginally more strict, but the process to be far easier.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Constitutional Carry in Ohio?

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@AJ_@Bobman1Jedi Wookie?

*cough* Master Tyvokka *cough*

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes

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Bravo! On all accounts: bravo!
Sorry you ran into such unfortunate Chiefs fans. Your experience with them is exactly opposite of my experience with any I've ever encountered.
I can't wait to take my girls to a game.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes

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@MarcusDugan I don't think Whalen is practice squad eligible anymore (he's played more than six games); but you're right: there's no way he would clear waivers - or avoid getting plucked from the PS - even if he were eligible. And good for him! I'm a fan. 

Can you just imagine the potential of this offense next year? Wayne, Hilton, Rogers, Whalen, Fleener, and Allen: That's like Harrison-Wayne-Stokley-Clark, only maybe even better overall.

9 months, 1 week ago on Christmas Comes Early for Indy: Colts 23, Chiefs 7

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This game feels like a two-score win, too. Of course, that assumes that the O-line plays the way it did last week, and that Rogers and Brazill continue to make plays. But this is a division game against a wounded opponent, so anything is possible.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Coordinators Seek Improvement against the Texans

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@Nate Dunlevy @chip_bennett hey - *I'm* the optimist around these parts. You're supposed to be the realist, and say: "sure, the Colts technically have a shot at the 1 seed, but it's not happening. So root for Denver to clinch and for San Diego to be eliminated."

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Who to Root For: Week 15

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Why is Broncos vs Chargers a "tough call"? The more Denver wins, the less hope the Chiefs have to reclaim the AFC West. A demoralized KC is better for the Colts next week. Also: the Chargers aren't yet out of the Wild Card hunt. I don't want San Diego anywhere near the playoffs.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Who to Root For: Week 15

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9 months, 3 weeks ago on Store Plugin Settings As Single Option

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A thought that I had today, while thinking how idiotic people sound when they say that the Colts "backed in" to the division win (as if being 4-0 in the division, including a road sweep and a home-away sweep of the second-place team, as well as winning non-divisional games against the three best teams in the league represents "backing in" to anything) - how about a thought experiment?
Before the season, many people predicted the Colts to finish anywhere from 8-8 to 11-5, and either first or second in the AFC South. Many of those people made game-by-game predictions to come up with their win-loss record predictions. I wonder how many of them had the Colts at 8-5 after week 14?
Would those making the predictions be disappointed with 8-5, as compared to their predictions?
Further: we know that the Colts have over-achieved in some games, and under-achieved in other games. But in the end: they are thus-far undefeated in the division, and have victories over Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. Did anyone predict those wins before the season started? Let's swap those wins with the losses to Miami, Arizona, and St. Louis, leaving the Colts the same 8-5, but with an overall much more-mediocre performance.
Would those making the predictions be disappointed with 8-5, as compared to their predictions?
Seriously: the Colts may be a very flawed team, but they've also shown flashes of brilliance. If the Colts had beaten Miami, St. Louis, and Arizona - but lost to San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver? Would we *really* be happier with a mediocre team that performed mediocre overall - versus a team that is flawed but has potential, and that has shown flashes of brilliance along with its flashes of awfulness?
Me? I'll take the team with potential, that shows its flaws but that is also capable of overcoming them. THAT team has a chance to do something in the playoffs, even if only hold serve at home. That theoretical team? One-and-done, without question.
I love these Cardiac Kids!
What I want for Christmas? Less-spoiled fans who can enjoy what our team has accomplished, and who can hold out hope that there's still room for improvement, this year and in the coming years.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on A Colts Authority Christmas Wishlist, Part 1

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@Nate Dunlevy @AJ_ actually, I was going to voice the same thing - but then I figured that the three spiders and one "Y" were artistic license and the smiley face the intended outcome. Don't ruin it by telling me that it was merely coincidence!

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Support Colts Authority With Your Own Spider Three Y Banana Shirt

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How about a RB/FB screen on FIRST and 10, instead of on THIRD and 10?
How about a 2WR/TE/2 RB set, with Hilton, Da'Rick, Fleener, Richardson, and Brown, just for funsies?

How about Josh Chapman never, ever, ever again in his entire life dropping back into coverage?
How about putting our only healthy cover corner (even if he's not playing the greatest, he's still better than our 3/4 CBs) always staying on the other team's #1 WR - especially when that #1 WR is the other team's only receiving threat?
How about Greg Toler and Kavell Conner, on the field, at some point this season?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on A Colts Authority Christmas Wishlist, Part 1

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Done! One vintage-feel, navy Spider 3 Y Banana shirt ordered.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Support Colts Authority With Your Own Spider Three Y Banana Shirt

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Something that has been bothering me this season - perhaps coinciding with the post-Denver game malaise - is the lack of discipline, especially on defense. I would be really interested to see just how many drives have been extended by our defense committing utterly inexcusable personal fouls. I can think of several examples off the top of my head: the SD game; the Titans headbutt game; yesterday's helmet rip (and a second one, taunting). That nonsense isn't Indianapolis Colts football, and if anyone in the front office disagrees, then they need to go. Those aren't the players we want. And they have had an adverse impact on our team's performance this year. Is it personnel? Is it coaching? Whatever it is: it needs to end.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing

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 @thellamajockey the system at fault here? Nonsense. The standard is "irrefutable visual evidence". The call on the field was "down by contact". The ball carrier clearly hit the ground. The replay review needed to prove - with INDISPUTABLE VISUAL EVIDENCE - two things: 1) what caused the ball carrier to lose his footing, and 2) that said cause was not contact by a defender. Failing that, the call on the field should have stood. Period.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing

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@MarcusDugan speaking of running plays that don't work in the first half: yet another screen to a back on third and 10. *Sigh*

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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I've vacillated all season regarding whom is to blame for the offensive ineptitude, especially in the first half. I'm currently leaning toward Pagano being responsible, compounded by Hamilton's obvious NCAA-to-NFL growing pains. I believe Hamilton said something this past week regarding running the ball being some sort of "mandate" from Pagano.



Each week, I'm less and less of a fan of Pagano as a Head Coach. Maybe he'll turn it around, but he certainly seems stuck in his obsolete, run-and-stop-the-run ways. The problem is: I don't see him going anywhere. Manusky probably falls on the sword after this season, and in my nightmare scenario, Pep Hamilton bolts for an NCAA DI head coaching job, and Andrew Luck gets the Sam Bradford treatment with three Offensive Coordinators in three seasons.

@mshah9008

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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@Bobman1 @thellamajockey agreed. We are essentially locked into the #4 seed now, with a date set with KC in the WC round. As much as it will make my eyes bleed, we need to do to them what we did to Denver in 2003: play utter vanilla in the regular season game, and unleash the hounds in the playoffs. I'll be happy to see Brown and TRich running 1 yard and a cloud of dust into 9-man fronts in two weeks.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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@hankster in my case, the problem was the ridiculous, auto-play flash ads. I just blocked flash on the site, and now I can read and comment again. (Sorry guys; I'm not trying to deny ad impressions, but Bloguin's approach made the site unusable for me (and auto-play ads need to die in a fire.)

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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You list Hilton, Fleener, Brazill, and Brown; don't forget that, when used correctly, Havili is actually another viable option and potentially potent threat for the Colts offense. Normally, I wouldn't be very high on a fullback for whom his best asset is as a receiver, but with the Colts' decimated receiving corps and the atrociousness that is the Colts' offensive line, Luck can use all the targets he can get.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Bengals Preview

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@AJ_ @glwilliams4 @chip_bennett one of the two of them may have written an analogous article on Trent Richardson yesterday, claiming that TRich had no heart because he accepted the role-change like a professional, instead of throwing a hissy fit.

10 months ago on Colts Notebook: Defense to the Rescue

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"Donald Brown on what it meant to him to start on Sunday: “Honestly, not much...."

Cue the Grinch writing an article about how Donald Brown has no heart because he doesn't think that being the starter means much.

10 months ago on Colts Notebook: Defense to the Rescue

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Coaches: A

I think it deserves to be said: the coaching staff showed a willingness to make changes when the status quo clearly wasn't working, Hamilton used some creative playcalling instead of relying on power-run (run, run, pass, punt), and for the first time in a month and a half, the entire team looked ready to play at kickoff. 

Kudos to the coaches this week!

10 months ago on Week 13 Report Card: Colts vs Titans

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I've been heavily critical of the coaching the past several weeks, and I'm happy to give them deserved credit and kudos this week. The team came out ready to play. After being outscored 93-12 in the opening half the past four weeks (with a total of 4 scoring drives in that period), the Colts left the first half with a 12-7 lead, and matched the four scoring drives of the previous four weeks combined.

Pep Hamilton demonstrated far more creative play-calling this week, and appeared to have a gameplan designed to work with the strengths of our offense. 

Now for the moaners:

1) The offensive line. Seriously? A false start on the second play of the game? Five sacks surrendered? A "blocking" Tight End who failed miserably on a couple huge plays?

2) Clifford Franklin and his merry band of brick-hands.

3) The defense's inability to stop mobile quarterbacks

4) This sequence by the Keystone Kops posing as an officiating crew: a) phantom OPI on DHB, b) missed facemask of TY Hilton on the ensuing play, c) missed facemask of Luck on the ensuing play, d) missed block in the back on the ensuing punt, that was returned for about 35 yards after the unflagged illegal block. Thank the heavens for Robert Mathis and his uncanny strip-sack skills.

10 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Titans, Crowd Sourcing

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@smonroe likewise: this is one of my favorite weekly analyses. I've learned so much, just learning what to watch for.

As for "WTS Was Satele Thinking?" - at least we can laugh, which is better than crying. Maybe @bengundy could do a spinoff "WWSD" bracelet campaign?

10 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12

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@bengundy @chip_bennett "I have no problem with the approach."

I do. Look at the most dominant teams of the past couple decades: which of them built primarily through free agency, rather than building through the draft?

I won't say that I've *never* seen it work, but the examples are the exceptions that prove the rule. Trying to "win now" through free agency is a fool's errand: high-risk and extremely low probability.

10 months, 1 week ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective

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@bengundy the thing about the last decade was that the Polian method *worked*: build through the draft, don't overpay for veterans (either your own or free agents), unless they are franchise-quality players. All that method did was make the Colts the winningest team of the decade, setting a record number of wins and a record run of consecutive, 12-win seasons.

The Playoffs are fickle; rarely does the best team win it all. I fear that Irsay has fallen under the misconception that the Colts' unbalance was their undoing, when the exact opposite is true: the Colts' unbalance allowed them to accentuate their single, greatest strength (Manning), and ride him to unbelievable success that would not have otherwise been possible.

I fear that Irsay has eschewed a working philosophy for the fool's errand pursued by perennial failures like the Eagles and Redskins - teams that tried to build by overreaching in free agency, and who were repaid for their efforts with nothing but playoffs failures and salary cap hell.

10 months, 1 week ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective

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@MarkSappenfield except that: the Colts draft pick was always likely to be low-mid 20s. Before the season, they were considered a bubble playoffs team, with a record near 10-6.

That changed briefly, when the Colts looked like they might compete for a first-round Playoffs bye - which at best would have moved their projected first-round draft pick from low-mid 20s to mid 20s. Anything higher than that would always have required a Super Bowl run that has always been a crapshoot, even before the decimating injuries to our offense.

As it is now: worst-case scenario is that the Colts win their division, and end up with a pick no worse than low 20s. And they would still have even odds to win a home playoff game as the #3 seed (the AFC North champion will almost certainly have a worse record than the Colts).

So as breathlessly as that article read: absolutely nothing has changed.

10 months, 1 week ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective

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The Colts have not started a game looking prepared since the Jacksonville game. Every game since -Seattle, San Diego, Denver, Houston, St. Louis, Tennessee, and now Arizona - the Colts have started the game by digging themselves a hole. In every one of those games, the Colts looked like they had no discernible gameplan to hide their own weaknesses, accentuate their own strengths, exploit the other team's weaknesses, or mitigate the other team's strengths.

That's seven straight games coming out flat, with no gameplan. That's on the coaches.

The past four game, the Colts have been outscored 93-12 in the first half. That's 23 points per game given up in the first half alone. The Colts head coach? A defensive backs specialist.

Now, we suddenly have an environment where some defensive veterans find it acceptable to headbutt opponents, or to showboat with a dance after a sack, while down three scores. That's culture, and culture derives from the coaches.

The talent level of the players isn't going to change in-season. The only thing that can change is how that talent is used, and how that talent is prepared at kickoff.

No more lip service and platitudes, Pagano. Right your ship. Now.

10 months, 1 week ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Cardinals

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