Fan of the Colts and beautiful offensive football everywhere.
@ColtsHead_Ben "Thank you"? Really? I always assumed it was for TY.
3 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@ScottComstock @hankster You're right. I am nitpicking a little. But that's my prerogative as a fan.
My problem is that the Colts are really not a team. They are a hand full of good to great players and a lot of replacement level talent. One guy got almost all their sacks on defense last year and if Luck gets hurt the Colts are back to getting one of the top five draft picks again....but maybe that sort of feast or famine approach it the way to go. At least it means the Colts aren't mired in the mediocrity that seems to the the lot of the Titans and so many other teams.
4 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@ScottComstock @hankster I think the reason Grigson gets, less credit for the good results he had achieved is that Luck is sooooo obviously caring the team. One good pick does not a successful GM make. When one guy making $5mil provides that much value, I think most people would like to see more talent around him so the team could reasonably challenge for the SB. I would even happily settle for a team without gaping holes.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Just bought my CA Annual. Looking good guys. I like the piece on Grigson. The talking head consensus is that this is his year to show he actually knows what he's doing and isn't just riding the best young QB in the league. I rarely agree with talking heads, but this time they may be right.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Yay! The Colts set and example for the rest of the NFL. Wait, it's an example of what not to do? D'oh!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14364.html
Yikes! I think the NFL could run one heck of a paranoid police state if it wasn't too busy bullying players.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/robert-mathis-faces-4-game-p-e-d-suspension-possibly-over-fertility-treatments.html
@mattshedd I donno. My understanding is that draft success is pretty random. At least that is what all the data says. Anecdotally, most people would point to the Patriots, but look how many times they tried to find a CB and failed.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html
So...with the draft in the books I say its crystal ball time.
Nate, Kyle, Greg do you feel more or less confident about the Colts 2014 season after the draft?
Is this the year the Colts finally backslide or does the best QB in the division pave the way to the playoffs once again?
Do Pep and Pagano learn from their late season successes and actually put receivers on the field to catch the ball rather than block?
Does Luck throw for 4k yards? And if so is that a function of a crummy defense or a more explosive offense?
Ahhhh! I feel the cold water shrinking my expectations as I sit here. :o)
Personally I'd really like to see Rogers develop a little a well. Hopefully one of those to guys can turn into a future starter.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-donte-moncrief.html
Well obviously the Colts plan to find their starting FS in Free Agency. I'm pretty sure that's always the best strategy.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-undrafted-free-agent-tracker.html
A day one starer eh? So this mean either one of Thomas or Thorton will not play much or Holmes its working out and one of the guards needs to slide in at center.
Looking at that list of OL picks, it makes you wonder if the Colts are horrible at picking OL.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Yeah, I can't figure out Grigison either.
I swear it's because Irsay walked in a asked what they were going to do to protect Luck. At least they seem to want to give him some guys to throw to as well.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-draft-day-2-ryan-grigson-giveth-and-ryan-grigson-taketh-away.html
Sounds like a steal to me. I don't get it though, have the Colts just given up on defense? They weren't great there last year and they lost their best safety.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-snag-wr-donte-moncrief-with-the-90th-overall-pick.html
@codrutc Could he block Clowney? If so then I'll get on board.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14126.html
I don't get it. What sort of backwards approach is this where the GM's first priority is to protect Luck, but the coach and the OC's priority is to craft an offence that doesn't rely on him.
@AJ_ I would love to see more TEs on the field and less FBs. It does seem unlikely though.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-authority-day-2-target-board.html
@RobertItoh As much as a WR would be awesome, I really think this draft has to be mostly about defense. Even if Nick is a bust and Wayne is done (which seems unlikely) Colts have some receivers to work with and develop. The secondary on the other hand is cheese. The cupboard is pretty bare a pass rusher too.
Thanks for this Kyle. How 'bout that Safty Brock Veeren out of minisota? He was pretty productive and sounds like he would have both covering and tackling ability. Or do you think he will be off the board by the time the Colts pick?
@bradicus18 "I miss football". Me too buddy me too. The MLS just doesn't cut it.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Good Work Kyle.
I like the sound of Aikens (except for the thievery part). Is't Pagano supposed to be great with CB development? All I know id that the Colts need all the help they can get on the back end at this point.
@bradicus18 @Kyle Rodriguez A CB/FS or a pass rusher would be great. Other than that the Colt's aren't stacked, but they have reasonable starters.
I say that because I don't think - knocking wood - anyone can be much worse than Satele.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/free-agent-profiles-de-arthur-jones.html
Nice job Kyle. He sounds like a very useful guy. Now if the Colts can just get a free safety or another pass rusher they might have all the parts of a pretty good defense.
On a different note did you that PFT piece on Trent? Trent Richardson: "I learned more about offense in last week than I did last year" Soooo Ummm what the heck were you doing last year? I really want to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but it's really hard.
Going fishing. Sounds like a plan.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/report-colts-talking-with-troy-qb-corey-robinson.html
Apropos nothing. Have you guys seen Barnwell's draft value analysis? I really like his columns, but everything he writes about the Colts makes me sad and angry (at the Colts, not Barnwell).
His take on Grigson's approach to draft picks: "This is a really risky way to run a football team, but Andrew Luck cures a lot of ills"
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@MarcusDugan I'd start writing those tweets now. May as well get them brushed up and ready to go.
Fullbacks win championships. The Seahawks played with a fullback. The Ravens played with a fullback. The Giants had a fullback. The Packers had a fullback. In fact, for a while Kuhn was they're leading rusher not called Rodgers. Obviously fullbacks are the key ingredient of Superbowl success in today's NFL. I'm thinking we need two!
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@mshah9008 What? You mean after he signed with the Colts? Hmmm. Shouldn't the FO have known about this?
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-go-back-to-work-four-things-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2014.html
I know it doesn't determine anything, but darn it I was really hoping not to see a useless fullback bobble passes or lead Trich for a 2 yard "body shot". I guess I should have known better.
Hmmm. Pretty tough schedule. I wonder if this is the year all those people predicting regression are right.
I say it will all come down to Pep and Richardson.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@thellamajockey @Kyle Rodriguez I donno, an elite defense can take an average QB really far. Just ask Joe Flacco.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-mock-draft-commences-houston-takes-jadeveon-clowney-with-the-first-overall-pick.html
Man if the Texans really do take Clowney, I'm going to have a heart attack twice every season.
Out of curiosity, how many picks from last year received special attention from Grigson or Pagano?
4 months, 1 week ago on Colts Draft Prospect Interest Tracker
Good Work, Grigson. Keep making moves like this I might start to forget an unnamed RB acquired last year.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign WR Hakeem Nicks to a 1-Year Deal
You say want to know what I would really like to read this offseason? Thanks for Asking I'll tell you. I want read an article telling all of us that Rogers is camped out a Wayne's house and Wayne is teaching him how to run routs like a real pro. That's what I want to read about.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Move to Retain CB Josh Gordy, OL Joe Reitz, and OLB Cam Johnson
@JeremyBlakely @MyColtsAccount @MarcusDugan Toronto! Bahhhh! Vancouver all the way! ;o)
Woo hoo! My faith in Grigson might come back with more moves like this.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Goodbye, Samson Satele
No. Losing a Wiff Bro is the important thing. The sooner that happens the better.
5 months, 1 week ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts were the least-efficient uses of the cap in 2013?
True, but McGlynn was actually better than Satele at center. Or at least it meant only one of the Wiff Bros was on the field which improved the line significantly.
I really want to know what sort of dirt Satele and McGlynn have on the Grigson and the Colts organization. Did they witness Irsay murdering puppies while screaming "I hate the Hoosiers" or something? I have no other explanation for why they are both still on the team.
So Kyle, were you and Bill Barnwell separated at birth? :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts Were the Biggest Bargain in 2013?
As a Canadian who watches the odd CFL game, I certainly noticed Mumaba when the Lions played the Bombers. Not the most skilled, but a fast sideline to sideline sort of guy. The CFL is all about passing and using space (wider and longer field) so I would expect his coverage skills to be decent too.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign Former CFL Standout Linebacker Henoc Muamba
I wonder, what does Pep think of all this? Is Chud waiting in the wings to take over if the offense has problems? The FO seemed pretty down on Pep for a first year guy (and who, at least to me, acquitted himself better than Manusky or Grigson last year).
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Hire Former Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski as a Special Assistant
re:running. It is useful. What I really liked about the last few weeks of the season and the first playoff game is that the Colts came out aggressively throwing and running out of the no-huddle to build a lead and then ran a lot to salt the game away. To me that is the best approach.
As for Luck running. I'd like to see that more too. Maybe not too many designed runs, but definitely more role outs and options to scramble. As you rightly pointed out that played a big part in the offense's effectiveness.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority
Yeah. This is year Grigson proves he either has the chops of be a GM or should be let go. I'm pretty happy Pep and Pagano, but I still don't really know what to think about Grigson or trush his ability to build a team.
I feel pretty conflicted. If I knew what sort of offense the Colts were going to run my feelings would be much less conflicted. If, for instance, if they run the offense from the last couple weeks of the season, I think they have a shot at being a dominant team with only minor improvements. If the go back to conservative play calls and 2 yard runs well...To me the defense is the real problem. If the Colts actually just let Luck fling it and made aggressive calls (which they will do as a last resort) the team could have a very good offense.
The defense, however, needs a lot more talent. Outside of Mathis there are simply no really good players on the side of the ball. That needs to change if the Colts want to be dominant. I don't mind Pagano's scheme or his defensive approach, but I don't think he is a guy who can consistently field a great defense with such limited talent. If Grigson goes out and actually gets two or three really talented guys for the defense then I'll believe the Colts have a short at a playoff run.
I think the point is that the Colts shouldn't be serious about running. Every stat in the book shows that pass defense and throwing the ball wins both games and championships. Better have a great defense, particularly one that hits the QB and forces turnovers, than a great running game. Running all the time just isn't necessary to win. The Colts won their division and a playoff game with almost no running game. Throw it a better defense and they could have made the SB.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Defending Crazy: Why I don't want the Colts to draft OL early
The draft is probably the best way to fix the D, but I also love to Grigson actually spend good money on a guy that actually has talent rather than some random oft injured prospect. That Hardy guy in Carloina, for instance, has been a beast against the run and disrupts passing sets. He wouldn't be cheap, but a dude with real talent could make a world of difference on Indy's defense. Mathis is pretty exposed there all by himself.
I know! They should trade Luck for all of the picks! It's not like they want to build around a star QB. Send him to St Louis or some other place with for two first round picks and a few later round picks. Then Grigson could draft Clowy and really build up a good defense while being mired in mediocrity for a few years. It's pretty much the only way to build up that balanced team Irsay wants so badly.
6 months ago on Defending Crazy: Why I don't want the Colts to draft OL early
that is one rocken' avatar.
6 months ago on Kill-Date-Marry: Indianapolis Colts 2014 Free Agents
Right. If Trent isn't there they might have won 13. ...sorry I just had to.
6 months, 1 week ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead