Fan of the Colts and beautiful offensive football everywhere.
Excellent piece Nate. I too am very glad to see the coaches vindicated. Whatever happens next Sunday I hope they are all back next year to complete the "Monster" they have been building.
One other thing, I know football is won by efficiency, but at its best it is still supposed to be entertaining, event artistic. Thinking of aesthetics, has anyone produced as many beautiful throws as Luck? I haven't watched football consistently for that long, but I don't remember many others jumping off the screen quite that way.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-24-broncos-13.html
Nice work once again Nate. I'm hoping for high winds and lots of cognitive dissonance for Manning. Either way, it should be a much better to watch than another trip to Foxbrough.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-26-bengals-10.html
@EricDutil I donno. I used to be down on Manusky, but if you look at what he and Pagano have done on defense with so little talent you have to respect the effort. I'd like to see them given another year with some talent through the draft or free agents that are actually good.
I'm more suspicious of the offence. With the talent at QB and WR/TE and an average offensive line I think the Colts should have been more consistent. I just don't know the wide variance in play is caused by Pagano's defensive mindedness or Pep's play calling. Either way, I would rather see a new OC then a new DC. Maybe they would do a better job of standing up to Pagano's defensive mindedness or really make the Colts into the top offence they could be be.
Overall though, I think coaches and general manager should get one more year to really see what they can do as the team gradually gets more talent.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-27-titans-10.html
@Fot Bollar I don't really remember Manning's third year, but I'd say Luck has some pretty good talent around him. The big exception is TPoor, but then when the Colts were looking dominant earlier this year they had Bradshaw, who was rated as one of the best RBs in the league.
That said, I do think, that some of Luck's ability (scrambling ect) are not as well captured by his stats and I personally like his style of play more then Manning's. When I comes to efficiency though, Manning is clearly better and probably always will be. Few if any players will ever top Manning there.
I'm thinking of the Colts roster and trying to come up with a list of players who are above NFL average to good.
This is what I have so far:
Defence: Vontae Davis, MAYBE Jerrell Freeman, Maybe Cory Redding. I'd say everyone else is NFL average or below.
Offence: Luck, TY Hilton, Ahmad Bradshaw (IR) Dwayne Allen (although he is hurt way too much), Coby Fleener, Reggie Wayne, Maybe Anthony Castonzo. That seems like a decent core on offence, although Wayne is nearly out the door.
I don't really know what to make of this, I guess it's pretty good for being three years into a rebuilding project. But the team still doesn't seem to know what it's actually good at sometimes.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-cowboys-42-colts-7.html
Wow! That was horrendous. ...nice pic though. Ron Burgundy nailed it.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/dallas-shell-shocks-colts-42-7.html
Both informative and interesting. Props on the hard work Ben!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
That was a stressful game. I didn't expect Cleveland's defence to be that good. They're pass defence honestly looked as good and New England's. Although, Wayne's injuries really helped them out.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-25-browns-24.html
T-Poor is coming for you Cleveland! You'd better watch out!
...why do I hear snickering?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-browns.html
@ScottComstock I'm with Kyle on this. When they tried to squeeze these players into a run first offence I was all for getting rid of them. Now that they seem to have learned better, I'm hanging up my torch and pitchfork.
Now my only real grip is that the FA signings have mostly been horrible. But since free agency is a giant crap shoot, I can't get too upset about it. Grigson's drafting has been pretty reasonable, given a few more drafts and far less forays into free agency, I can see him putting together a good team. With some actual talent on defence I think Pagano and Manusky will field a solid, if not elite defence to go with our now elite offence.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
"T-poor"! I like it. ...but it might get a little confusing. However, as and insider joke on CA it's the bees knees.
"Jet-powered rainbow of awesomeness." This is one of the best strings of adjectives ever! I plan to apply it indiscriminatingly.
My favourite state? Luck, Y/A: 13.7. Almost 14 yards PER attempt! I'm pretty sure that's farther than Alex Smith can even throw a football!
We don't have the defence to be a champion yet, but Kudos to the Colts for building a new offensive monster in only three years. I'm loving the star wars numbers. They're a heck of a lot to fun to watch.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-outpace-washington-49-27.html
Re: Accusations in the comments section. As great man once said "Internet courage is like a cover-2 corner. You got a safety over the top and you feel better about yourself."
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-13-2.html
@metal_militia11 @hankster I agree. Mixing college schemes is the name of the game.Your initial post suggested that college concepts don't work in the NFL. This is something that fans who talk about time of possession and how important fullbacks are say quite a bit. That sort of simplistic thinking is something I have a hard time putting up with.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-23-jaguars-3.html
@metal_militia11 I donno. I don't the RGIII is good, but the read option is far from dead. The Seahawks are doing well with it as are a few other teams. I disagree even more about the air raid/college spread. They are the foundation of what Chip Kelly does and it works like a hot damn. Give Kelly a better QB then Mr. Butt Fumble and the Eagles will be superbowl contenders.
I really think point five is an important one. I've been down on coaches, particularly Manusky, in the past, but when you have only a couple above average players on a unit anything approaching mediocrity is worth praising. Hopefully the draft and free agency will bring some actual defensive talent this spring. It would be interesting to see what Pagano could do with some guys who can actually play.
@GeorgeCostanzaIII I think everyone knows that. The offence is good (despite Trent Richardson) and Pep has been better with the play calling. The utter lack of talent on the defence is the problem. Given the lack of talent, the coaches have done ok. At this point Grgison needs to deliver some actual defensive talent or get out of town.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-jaguars-at-colts.html
@Nate Dunlevy @hankster You're right. I saw more of that game. He's probably a bit better than Fitz, but that is about it.
That widereceiver he hit for his first TD, looks pretty good though.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-patriots-42-colts-20.html
This clip pretty much captures everyone brought in to "build a monster" on defence. https://vine.co/v/O5UOL5aA9Yb
Note carefully Mr Jackson's attempt to tackle Gronk up around the solder pads. A veteran move if I ever saw one.
"...a ball caring attachment for the rooba that would find more holes than Richardson." I now have a mental image of spirited roomba being shepherded on 50 yard runs by Costonzo and Mewhort. How can you down something with no knees?
Also kudos for hitting Snark level 12 on the 10 point scale.
A broken foot and a high ankle sprain. Uggh. I wish we could have just forfeited that game.
While I being depressing, the Texans seem to have found a QB with more upside and are only a game back now.
I believe we will win because of the Neard. It's all about the Neard.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-patriots-at-colts.html
So the slogan is, "Come for the analysis, stay for the Snark"?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-11-2.html
I don't mind Brady. Belichick is different. I root against Sith Lords on principle.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-10-2.html
Ahhh, the many faces of Eli Manning.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-giants.html
Good Stuff! I love your channelling of Grigson.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-steelers.html
@Longin4Reagan You may be right. But I'm going to blame Richardson on principle.
Speaking of Richardson, did anyone else think Herron looked pretty explosive out there? He certainly looked like he could get more than 3.5 yards a carry (Richardson's season average).
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-shut-out-the-bengals-27-0.html
Great work as usual Nate.
Although, most of the Colt's performances are great to see it's Pagano's I happiest about. Hearing him talk about the importance of attacking deep and consistently playing aggressively is great to see. On the radio they have taken to calling him, Riverboat Pagano. It's a derivative, but seems to really capture the transformation in his coaching.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-texans.html
So has anyone figured out why Shiply disappeared from the OL after playing well?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-preparing-for-watt-foster-fitzpatricks-epic-beard.html
I saw that Kyle is a Prophet. The Colts defence played lights out, like he said. Average Joe is not a good as Bad Andrew, like he said. The Raven Offensive line was a sham, like he said.
If he starts talking about the apocalypse, I'm taking far more seriously than anything the Mayans say.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-20-ravens-13.html
"Baltimore once lost track of the entire Colts’ team," Oohh that's a low blow. I like it! Any shot taken at the thuggish Ravens is a good one.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-ravens-at-colts.html
Good work Kyle, always enjoy listening!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-radio-media-blitz-and-inside-the-writers-block-week-4-edition.html
#9. That was a brilliant play. Sooo smart. And 5 to 20 yards a game from just yelling, well you gotta love it.
One quibble, I know it was the Titans and I know it's hard to take any team the starts Whitehurst seriously. But they were the 4th ranked pass defence before yesterday. Utterly dismantling them bodes well even for non-AFC South teams.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-titans-17.html
After two inspiring beat downs, I'm really curious what the Colts can go against a respectable NFL defence.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15326.html
@Kyle Rodriguez @hankster That makes sense. He didn't really take off last year until the Colts opened up the playbook late in the season. Pagano and Pep seem like really good guys, but they are soooooo conservative it's frustrating.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/bloggers-of-the-roundtable-surprisingdisappointing-colts-players.html
The Good. Bradshaw. I knew he was a pretty good back, but man he just looks dynamic in every phase of the game out there. I hate seeing Richardson touch the ball, but if the rest keeps Bradshaw healthy I'll take it.
The Bad. TY. I know TY has actually been playing ok, but I really expected to see him explode and clime into the top tier of wide receivers. That doesn't seem to be happening.
The Ugly. Pep/Pagano. What the freaking heck were they thinking in that Philly game?! I know Luck is not going to complete 80% of his passes for 370 and 4 TDs every week, but doesn't even the possibility of some thing close to that suggest that you should put the game in his hands every week? I'll think the guy who tied Johnny U's record should get the ball over a first round bust every time.
Nice write up, and nice to see domination.
I still don't get why they didn't turn Luck lose on the Eagles. I know they are much better than the Jags, but the points they gave up to the 'Skins really suggest that there was the possibility of a huge day for TY if the Colt's had gone for it.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-jaguars-17.html
The Jags are bad. Can't really say more than that.
I have to say though, I'm sort of starting to hope the Colts have a really bad season and replace everyone from Grigson down. Pagano seems like a really great guy, but neither he or anyone else on his staff give any indication of being particularly good at using the players on the Colts team very well or responding to what is going on around them in the NFL.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-jaguars.html
@Brad Cronin @Nate Dunlevy @bjg Well said. In the second half I just kept thinking of how much better the Colts offence would be if it ran Chips screen. We don't have a Sproles, but could you imagine Luck and TY?
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-eagles-30-colts-27.html
@Kyle Rodriguez @Macko I'm worried because they ran the ball and stopped the run (and stopped the run last week) in the first two game and lost both.
If you are doing what you said you needed to to to win and you lose, don't you think its time to change? I know personnel is part of the problem, but to a large extent those personnel decisions are shaped by a desire to stop the run and run the ball.
At this point either the FO is pursuing their goals incorrectly or their goals themselves are wrong. Either way I don't think they are part of the solution,
@chip_bennett Yeah, I was hoping that go for it call on fourth and goal prefigured aggressive play calling. Sadly I was mistaken.
I agree with point one. As much and I love the kid, he hasn't look great out there. The throw to Hylton that ended it should not have been made regardless of the missed penalty. He also sailed a ball on Wayne and threw behind his guys a couple of times.
Point seven is spot on two. That was best Richardson has looked in a Colts jersey. And he fumbled TWICE! (Thank you Wayne for that recovery) I really saw it coming too. The way he spins and thrashes around its going to happen. Just before the first fumble I turned to my wife and said he better watch it or the Colts are going to go belly up on the drive. When will the FO see this reality and lean on Bradshaw and Herron?
I'll tell you what I'll be thinking the whole game on Monday. If Luck was running Chip Kelly's offence they would win a Superbowl. It wouldn't even be a close. And it wouldn't matter what the defence was like.
Sighhh. Oh well. To be a fan is to dream.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html
I’m just not sure if Philadelphia can recover from Grigson fleecing them for the last three years. - Hilarious!
@TJ I donnon. Kyle... care to enlighten us.
So now that Mathis is out, will Grigson make another big trade? What do you think? Maybe he can send Hasselback to the Rams for someone. They have more pass rushers than they know what to do with.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Nate Dunlevy @mattshedd Yeah, there was a lot to that. With Richardson wasting plays and now Mathis gone I don't see that changing.
Yay! Eyes in the Backfield is back.
I concur with the analysis of Richardson and Bradshaw. 44 looked sooooo much more dynamic out there. I'm glad to see the Colts have realized that Bradshaw it the one to lean on and aren't forcing Richardson on the offence as much.
I was disappointed with TY. I thought he could break out an really establish himself as a clear number one. Maybe he will, but being shut out last night was not a good way to start.
Yay! glad to see you guys back.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/coltsauthorityradionflpreview.html
Thanks Ben. Hopefully getting rid of Satele and McGlynn will be enough to put the line over the top. My theory is that Reitz is outspoken communist who keeps trying to stage locker room revolutions and eats puppies for breakfast. Nothing else explains his absence from the starting line up.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/