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Yep.  You described exactly my general reaction to the draft.  I'm, perhaps, less worried about Pagano than you.  Bruce Arians had to deal with the same "run the ball" mantra while at the Steelers and he pretty much did it his way and passed the ball (56/44 in 2009, 51/49 in 2010 Ben was out 4 games, 55/45 in 2011).  I hope I'm right in thinking Pagano's going to be minimally involved in offensive planning.

2 years, 2 months ago on I Was Wrong | April

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Jeez. He's getting cut. His chances of playing 3 seasons are low. Luck's chances of taking us to the tournament many timea over the next 15 years is high.

2 years, 4 months ago on Video Released of Manning Throwing | March

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Good for you, Nate.  You're a great writer with excellent philosophies, except when they're different than mine.  Well deserved gig.  I was wondering why it took so long.

2 years, 4 months ago on Covering the AFC South | March

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I think all Colt fans need to come to terms with the fact he's getting cut and you will likely see him throwing touchdowns in another uniform for several more years. Andrew Luck is our new QB and let's just hope the new Admin does a nice job and we're in the playoffs again in 3 years. Irsay is focused on the dozen years of 2014 - 2025, rather than the three years of 2012-2014.

2 years, 5 months ago on An Alternative Perspective: Trading Away the Franchise | February

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"take very aggressive steps to make sure it remains safe". Please. Football never has been and never will be a safe game. Everyone needs to just accept the fact that it shortens lives. If you feel bad about it then quit watching it and spending money on it, or start a political movement to ban the game entirely. There's little, if any, middle ground.

2 years, 5 months ago on De Smith on Player Safety: Actions Speak Louder than Words | February

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Nice piece, Nate. Dead on.

2 years, 7 months ago on The Colts Must Relax Their Media Policy

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Tony's delusional. Manning's number one habit is playing/winning football games.

2 years, 7 months ago on Dungy: Manning a Colt or retired

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I took the Colts plus 7.5 and Redskins plus 4.5. I'm a glutton for punishment.

Someone slip a few HGH mickeys into Peyton's orange juice, please.

2 years, 8 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield -Falcons

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"Jim Caldwell committed professional malpractice at the end of the first half."

This is something that has really surprised me with Caldwell. Given his penchant for studying "and things of that nature", I would have expected him to study clock and game management. These are things that can be learned and he's not learned anything. I guess he must think he's doing a good job in that regard.

2 years, 9 months ago on Broken Record

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Good God. Are there that many stupid fans. Fire the front office? They just picked two offensive lineman who got off to good starts before injury. Nevis is a keeper. Angerer, Powers, Collie, Garcon are solid. I actually think Rietz could turn out to be decent. Hughes looks to be turning a corner and will be a contributor (not a pro bowler but not a bust). I just don't get it.

2 years, 9 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Bengals

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Jeff Saturday's beard is exactly the kind of humor that I love and when I tell my wife she'll just look at me like I'm an alien. Still with you on Painter. Those of us who see clearly are just hoping to see him improve a little bit each week. We might need him next year if Peyton (or Luck) gets nicked up.

2 years, 9 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Chiefs

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Squarely in your camp, DZ. It's a psychology thing, everyone had high expectations of Kerry because Polian & Co. had set the narrative that way. "He can learn the offense in 2 weeks". et al. When Collins began with handing Houston an immediate insurmountable lead, people's bubbles were burst. Now they're looking for Painter to be a messianic QB. Any glimpse of a miracle. There's just no way it's going to happen. I mean, Manning threw 3 TDs and 11 INTs in his first 4 games. Best case scenario is Painter develops into a nice backup, which it appears he's capable of doing.

2 years, 9 months ago on Has Curtis Painter Outplayed Kerry Collins?

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@AJ_@mattshedd

Advanced NFL Stats has their pass defense 24th with future opponents Carolina and New England being worse. They're 29th w/ FO. Let's just say Tampa Bay's pass defense is bad but not bad enough to make the definitive statement that they are the worst we'll see.

2 years, 9 months ago on Has Curtis Painter Outplayed Kerry Collins?

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As you know, DZ, I was firmly in your camp regarding Bullitt and the need for safety help - just wasn't anything there. I guess the upside is we get a chance to see if Caldwell or Lefeged can develop into anything decent.

Too bad for Brackett. Great guy and fun player to watch. And, I don't feel any better about Bob Sanders. I wanted him to play all season and have a good year.

2 years, 9 months ago on Thursday Open Thread-Farewell Gary Brackett

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One thing to note. When we beat Pittsburgh on the road a few years ago, Freeney sacked Roethlisberger on one of those weird looping stunts. I'm guessing they thought it might work again.

Couldn't agree with you more regarding the defense. They are playing really hard and look fast again. You can make some statements regarding the offense - specifically the line. At least to my eyeballs, the increased size seems to have allowed them to actually get some push.

2 years, 9 months ago on Tape Study: Bringing the Blitz

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Brady Quinn was terrible and will never be a decent QB in the NFL. In between his "tiny flashes of solid play" were lots of really bad decisions. He just doesn't have it from the neck up or isn't willing to put the time in.

2 years, 9 months ago on Should the Colts Have Traded for Brady Quinn?

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Fantastic point regarding the tickets. The Steelers always travel well and this year is a perfect storm in Indianapolis. I will be disappointed if I hear Irsay, Polian, others bash the fans for it - "spoiled".

2 years, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Steelers

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Sounds about right to me.

2 years, 10 months ago on How many wins is 18 worth?

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My friends and I must live in a bubble because I haven't heard any whining. We all knew the Colts would suck and were expecting a 30 point loss. I agree with DZ, in that, they actually played better than I expected. I was happy with the line play and think Castonzo looks to have the makings of a good solid tackle - he plays really hard. Nevis is a good find too.

Couldn't agree more with your position on Coyer. He's had his 2+ years and it's not working.

I'll be thrilled if we win 7 or 8 games this year.

2 years, 10 months ago on Time to Grow Up

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As the only unofficial Blair White defender on 18to88, I'm happy to see him make the team. I like keeping Gonzo, too. I'll give Pierre 8 games but I don't believe Garcon looks like he will become a high end receiver even with the best QB in history throwing him the ball. His health is a big reason he's really kept his job the prior 2 years. He's in his 4th year and should be making people pay for double teaming Wayne and Clark - not just occasionally but consistently.

2 years, 10 months ago on Colts Announce 'Final' Roster

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@Merr
Whoops. Couln't care less.

2 years, 10 months ago on People Really Hate Jim Tressel

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I'm firmly in the could care less camp.

2 years, 10 months ago on People Really Hate Jim Tressel

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@jorgel

Sanders does dislike him but many at the NFL Network like him - Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Moose Johnson and Mooch to name a few.

2 years, 10 months ago on Why All the Hate

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@matt_has@WestsideRob@FromIndy

I've never heard a Colt fan that dislikes Manning. I guess I must be lucky.

2 years, 10 months ago on Why All the Hate

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It's funny how the guys that really know the division pick the Colts, and the rest of the media mostly picks the Texans. I don't get it.

2 years, 10 months ago on Indy still the pick in the South

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It's similar to people who hate rich people. I guess it basically boils down to jealousy. Jealous he works so hard, has a funny disposition, is so good.

I get the same sense with my brother about Brady and Belichik. He comes up with off the wall stuff to hate those guys.

2 years, 10 months ago on Why All the Hate

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I'm starting to get the feeling that we're going to beat Houston down. I think our front seven will be tougher for the Texans to handle than most "experts" realize.

2 years, 10 months ago on Gruden and Jaws love on Houston

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I'm incredibly tired of lists and rankings. Are the frequency of these things progressing geometrically?

2 years, 10 months ago on Clayton's QB rankings

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Very funny. It is really tiring to hear all these conclusions being drawn from meaningless games. It's really lazy.

2 years, 11 months ago on Don't jump to conclusions

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@WillyDuer@Nate Dunlevy

Could be some of it but he's a really good pass rusher even when they know he's coming off the edge.

2 years, 11 months ago on Green Bay Got Lucky

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@Nate Dunlevy

I'm saying he looks to be an elite pass rusher, not just defensive player. I know QB is even harder but an elite pass rusher that late carries a lot of luck.

2 years, 11 months ago on Green Bay Got Lucky

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They also got lucky drafting what appears to be the best pass rusher to come out of the draft in recent years - Mathews (26th pick).

2 years, 11 months ago on Green Bay Got Lucky

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I love Freeney.

2 years, 11 months ago on Defense up to task?

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I also noticed Macey referred to our offense dropping to 6th and indicating that this is just evidence that Peyton is starting to degrade. I'm surprised. I thought our 2010 offense was humming along nicely until Clark, Collie and Addai were hurt. Not to mention Gonzo's early exit. I'm of the opinion we would have been a top 3 offense last year had we not lost such a volume of players - receivers, in particular.

2 years, 11 months ago on Are the Colts Becoming the Late 90s Dolphins?

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@colt44

Yes. I watched it on DVR this a.m. since it wasn't broadcast in Fort Wayne by my cable provider. Frankly, I was pretty happy when I watched it. After reading a few reviews of the game I thought it would be a disaster.

1) Our defense held them nicely after being put in bad situations then the Rams number 1s scored a TD against our number 2s. Remember we didn't game plan and probably would have squeezed them more underneath since they don't have much of a downfield threat. Plus, we had them in a few 3rd down situations on the 1s vs. 2s drive. 2)Painters 2nd drive was a nice drive.

3)The line was different on almost every possession which adds to the difficulty for those guys.

Good and typical preseason game for the Colts. Getting to 53 players seems to be more about first eliminating the guys that have no chance. That's what the Colts do, in my opinion. Remember there are usually several cut days. I bet we are more prepared for the first cut than Spags will be because we know more about who can't play.

2 years, 11 months ago on The Fraud that is Preseason Football

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@Nate Dunlevy@Johnny_Socko

Totally agree. I don't believe slot receivers are more likely to be injured I do agree that he could learn from Reggie (who I think learned from Marvin) - they generally hit the deck when big hits were coming but still took big hits when they had to. I personally believe he's got a good chance of making it through this year with limited injuries.

2 years, 11 months ago on The Fraud that is Preseason Football

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@carl.mckinley
I hope so. He's not very good.

2 years, 11 months ago on More Thoughts on the Colts Preseason Game Against the Rams

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Finally, someone who agrees with me regarding Blair White.

2 years, 11 months ago on Rumor: TJ Houshmandzadeh in Downtown Indianapolis

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He certainly has the tools to beat out Garcon at some point. His speed is equal to Garcon. Garcon's bigger. However, Gonzo's hands are much better than Pierre's. Even though I don't wish for it to happen, it seems likely that either Wayne, Garcon or Collie will go down with injury at some point this year and Gonzo will get his chance. Very interesting year for the Colts receivers considering they all have something to prove this year:

1. Reggie on last year of contract and getting old

2. Garcon inconsistent and playing for a big contract if he comes up big this year

3. Collie coming off multiple concussion season

4. Gonzo coming off back to back early season ending injuries

2 years, 11 months ago on Something to Prove: Wide Receiver Anthony Gonzalez

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@Nate Dunlevy

Very nice. Shake, you are Bulitt. I retract my original comment.

2 years, 11 months ago on A Multi-media Extravaganza

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This blog has Francisco as its backup. Keep up the good work and don't get injured.

2 years, 11 months ago on A Multi-media Extravaganza

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You ever notice people cheer for the offense at Training Camp.

2 years, 11 months ago on Photos from Wednesday Night's Practice

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Yep. If we just get one of the two DLine guys to work into the rotation and Sims as a solid back-up or nickel linebacker then I'd be real happy. Any contribution beyond that would be a huge bonus.

2 years, 11 months ago on Bringing in veterans

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Right on the money regarding the OLine. I like the pick-ups too. All former early 1st round picks. It should be noted that Sims and Harris both played a lot in our defensive system and should have virtually zero learning curve.

2 years, 11 months ago on Catching Up on Colts Moves

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Nice public pressure on Pierre to produce. I like it.

2 years, 11 months ago on Wayne, Mathis must wait

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Ah, the cynics. What's Peyton supposed to think/say, "I'm glad I can play with the Colts until my skills/health deteriorate to the point where management is uncomfortable having me on the team and wishes that I'd retire."

2 years, 11 months ago on Florio hatchets Manning

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@DougEngland @Nate Dunlevy

Kind of reminds me of the media in lockstep about how great the Patriots acquisitions were. Warren Sapp tried to bring up some of the problems on NFL Network and was pretty much drowned out by Eisen, Irvin and Dukes. I'm fascinated that nearly everyone thinks the moves were genius.

2 years, 11 months ago on Kravitz and I Completely Agree

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@Nate Dunlevy @BMS
Totally agree. Guys like Suh and Hiloti are few and far between. Gerald McCoy struggled as a rookie and he was a top 5 pick.

2 years, 11 months ago on Kravitz and I Completely Agree

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Caldwell's answers often make my head spin.

2 years, 11 months ago on On Reich/Turner

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The safety, Lefeged was projected around 6th round and ran low 4.4 forty. Plus returned kicks for Rutgers. Let's hope we catch another undrafted gem from Rutgers.

2 years, 11 months ago on Indy UDFA signings

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@Johnny_Socko

Brees is the exception to the rule and was a risky move given the severity of his injury. The vast majority of free agent moves backfire. Here's a great article from Advanced NFL Stats which explains why (aptly named) why free agent signings turn out so disappointing http://www.advancednflstats.com/2010/04/why-free-agent-signings-turn-out-so.html

2 years, 11 months ago on Myths Abound About Free Agency

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@psvirsky

I'm finding myself being more optimistic as we near real football season. Probably just my emotions getting the better of me. I imagine Moala pushing the pocket back right into Freeney and Mathis 4 or 5 times per game. Powers, Tryon (et al) developing into a hard nosed secondary. A deep receiver corps making it difficult for defenses to double up on Clark and Reggie exclusively.

Then, reality usually smacks me in the face when someone like Reggie or Bethea go down.

2 years, 11 months ago on Myths Abound About Free Agency

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@Nate Dunlevy

By the way, speaking of blissfully unaware, what ever happened to Bob M. Seems I haven't seen his hilarious posts in a long time.

2 years, 11 months ago on Myths Abound About Free Agency

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@Nate Dunlevy@DougEngland

I'm guessing they offered Joe a somewhat small and short contract and he's waiting to see if there's anything better.

2 years, 11 months ago on Myths Abound About Free Agency

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@JomaChameleon

That's why the only Colt site I read is 18to88 (unless a daily link hooks me into Coltzilla). I'm blissfully unaware that other people are griping about the Colts doing what they always do.

2 years, 11 months ago on Myths Abound About Free Agency

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@DougEngland

That still may happen but I'm not seeing any free agents that are "reasonably priced".

2 years, 11 months ago on Myths Abound About Free Agency

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Funny. I was looking at Ochocinco's football reference page last night and noticed he was nearly a year older than Reggie Wayne.

2 years, 11 months ago on Pats want greatness in 2007

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One other point regarding this year's free agency in particular. The new cap floor is creating a situation where there are a lot of dollars available to chase a few starter quality players; therefore, the prices are a little inflated. So, even if the Colts would want to "go after" a player, you'd almost certainly be overpaying.

Great read, again, DZ.

2 years, 11 months ago on Myths Abound About Free Agency

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@JC

He gets hurt a lot and he's at the age where you need to work really hard on keeping fit - not his strong suit. Probably doesn't work out but worse case scenario, you guys cut him before the season starts and you're only out the 5th round pick. You're not on the hook for any bonus money.

2 years, 12 months ago on Haynesworth to the Patriots

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Great points. Their hit rate is excellent w/ 2nd contracts.

2 years, 12 months ago on The Second Contract

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My brothers and I played the hell out of Statis Pro Baseball and Basketball. Absolutely loved them. My mom still has them in a basement closet and we'll occasionally break them out on holidays.

2 years, 12 months ago on On Statis Pro Baseball

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Yep. Needed to keep Bullitt given the market and cap restrictions. Hope we find a diamond in the rough somewhere among the young group of safeties at camp. Session staying would be a nice bonus too.

2 years, 12 months ago on Colts Re-sign Bullitt and Vinatieri

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@MitchIsaacs @kasey_junk @Nate Dunlevy

We also got shredded by Brees with him playing safety. Flacco & Sanchez weren't very formidable in 2009. Pass defense is the 2nd most important phase of the game and Bullitt plays an extremely important position in our pass defense.

2 years, 12 months ago on Quick Hits

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@MitchIsaacs @RyanCrinnigan

He missed on almost 1 out 5 tackle attempts in 2009. He may have had more volume but his percentage of broken tackles allowed were horrible. He may be all we got but no matter how you slice it he's, at best, an average safety. I think he's a good backup.

2 years, 12 months ago on Quick Hits

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@Nate Dunlevy @Payton

Fair enough. We see him differently. We'll see how it turns out. I'm hopeful we are able to carry the same group of receivers all year for once.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.18to88.com/201107268365/links/archives/white-among-top-prospects.html

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@MitchIsaacs @kasey_junk @Nate Dunlevy

Yes. And Bullitt looks and plays like a guy who's a good back-up. We need a starting quality safety.

2 years, 12 months ago on Quick Hits

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@MitchIsaacs @RyanCrinnigan

Sorry. 2009. He was 3rd from the bottom in the league with 14 blown tackles.

2 years, 12 months ago on Quick Hits

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@RyanCrinnigan

He can't cover very well (speed) and missed a lot of tackles last year.

2 years, 12 months ago on Quick Hits

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Good write-up. If we don't get (or discover) a safety then we're in real trouble. I hope the coaching staff knows something about the current roster that we don't. Bethea staying healthy forever is an unrealistic expectation. Kind of disagree about the draft but we've been through that before - I never have expectation of significant rookie impact outside of special teams and perhaps running back.

2 years, 12 months ago on Quick Hits

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@Nate Dunlevy @Payton

That's terrible evidence supporting your case. A slant through the middle in preseason where he makes several cuts. He gained 50 yards for goodness sake. I know he's not a Marvin-like burner but he's fast for a guy that's almost 6'3, and quicker than most shorter guys. You jumped to a similar conclusion last year on Collie when you stated he was slow based on one play - he couldn't get separation on Vilma in the Super Bowl.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.18to88.com/201107268365/links/archives/white-among-top-prospects.html

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Very cool. Geez, Hartline is Sorgi-like thin 6'6 206.

2 years, 12 months ago on Coltzilla on UDFAs (with videos)

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@Payton @Nate Dunlevy

He also had one the best 3 cone drills in the past 2 years. The guy is a legitimate athlete. He just needs to learn the position more. I think he may be a little slower learner than Collie but he may be a better athlete.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.18to88.com/201107268365/links/archives/white-among-top-prospects.html

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@Nate Dunlevy @Payton

White was one of the most athletic receivers tested prior to the '10 draft. I think he slipped through the cracks. Rookies always look slower on the field because they're still thinking rather than just playing. Granted, he'll be majorly hurt by the lack of offseason work with Manning - unlike Collie and Garcon last year. However, you guys are making a common mistake when eyeballing rookies. They always look slower because they're unsure, their techniques for clearing the line of scrimmage and creating space just isn't there yet.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.18to88.com/201107268365/links/archives/white-among-top-prospects.html

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Even as a non-Red fan, I liked Concepcion. I always thought he was underrated. When he was young, he could really cover a lot ground defensively with OK speed and super long arms (length) for a shortstop.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.18to88.com/201107268364/links/archives/a-case-for-concepcion.html

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FO kind of hedges their bets with the commentary. They put him on the list and then lowball him similar to the way they did Collie last year. He's going to be more than a decent wide receiver (insert injury disclaimer here). Along with good size he has decent hands, excellent quickness (his 3 cone was off the charts) and not bad top end speed (under 4.5). The guy was forced to play several positions as a rookie wide receiver in Peyton Manning's offense. Rookie wide receivers are notoriously poor producers. They are crazy if they don't think he's going to be in the mix to start this year.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.18to88.com/201107268365/links/archives/white-among-top-prospects.html

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Interesting and complex thing. I wonder if there's another type of pressure on him? The legacy pressure. Being compared to John Elway and Tom Brady, who clearly both could have, at times, negotiated bigger contracts.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://18to88.com/2011-archives/july/manning-under-pressure.html

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@Nate Dunlevy @ScottKacsmar

I've heard this from players repeatedly in interviews. Pride/respect to them, is illustrated by the size of the contract.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://18to88.com/2011-archives/july/manning-under-pressure.html

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@Nate Dunlevy

I guess that's my point. To me, an average of $8mm per year is a bit too much. That money could go a long way toward resigning Freeney in a few years. Something around $20mm per year seems fair to me but I get it that others may think $23mm or so.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://18to88.com/2011-archives/july/manning-under-pressure.html

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I think the fact that Brady signed a 5 year deal for $80mm is also a factor. Particularly when you consider Brady's performance last year. I, obviously, think Peyton is better than Brady but not to the tune of $40mm over a 5 year period.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://18to88.com/2011-archives/july/manning-under-pressure.html

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@DougEngland

I remember Greene being very disruptive and versatile, and certainly Smith caused lots of problems for teams. Freeney's eyeball test as a pass rusher, I agree, but not as a run defender. He's OK against the run but nowhere near elite. Therefore, I think he needs to compile an eye popping number of sacks as DZ suggests.

2 years, 12 months ago on On Freeney and the Hall

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@Nate Dunlevy @GarrisonCarr
Tend to agree. The series of events necessary for our defense to be good is deflating. We need a lot of the following to occur:
- Hayden and Powers healthy and focused
- Conner and Angerer to get nice 2nd year jumps
- Hughes to get a huge 2nd year bump
- Moala to continue his growth no flatlining
- A safety to magically appear that can cover
- Abnormally low injury year
- Cornerback development (nickel dime)

Otherwise I think we'll be terrific.

3 years ago on Pompei: Castonzo Might Not Start

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Just read through these two pieces and couldn't agree more. I have to admit, though, that I can't recall anyone identifying him as a future Hall of Famer. Anyone who is saying that isn't looking at it logically as Sharpe didn't make it in his first year of eligibiliy and he was head and shoulders better than anyone in his era. Maybe if we won 2 or 3 Lombardis in the next few years teamed with great production then he'd have a chance but the odds on that happening are staggeringly low.

3 years ago on Clark and the HoF, Part 2

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@McAfee_No_1 @theinfelix

Right. I wasn't speaking to DZ's analysis but rather Nat's.

3 years ago on Comparing Manning and Unitas

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@theinfelix

You were misunderstanding. I was referring to "Nat", not Nate. Nat's framework for comparison was ridiculous as DZ pointed out.

3 years ago on Comparing Manning and Unitas

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Somewhat interesting read, except Nat ended up illustrating that he was the real fanboy by grasping to an irrational framework for comparison in order to make Unitas appear superior. I imagine most readers, like me, got a laugh out of a guy that claims the 16th best QB in a 16 team league is the equal to the 16th best QB in a 32 team league 40-50 years later! What if, 1000 years from now, a future QB plays in a galaxy-wide league with 1000 teams, does that mean we still have to use the top 16 out of 1000 in order to find out how well Unitas stacks up?

3 years ago on Comparing Manning and Unitas

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He's awesome. I want to see just one injury free receiver year where his top 3 preseason options are still his top 3 postseason options. When was the last time he had his top 3 options healthy for an entire season? '05?

3 years ago on 2010 QB efficiency stats

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@DougEngland

I wonder if he's setting up the sale to the players. Openly discussing 6 year free agency now makes 4 or 5 years an easier sale.

3 years ago on Smith tempers optimism

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I saw the Reds/Cubs this year and have watched 10-15 innings of Reds games and I'm impressed with Cincinnati's team. It would be cool to have a Red Sox versus Reds throwback world series. Tickets were reasonable and easy to get too - bonus.

3 years ago on Neyer sort of believes in the Reds

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Really good, except making me relive the frustrating plays from the Super Bowl.

3 years ago on Dunlevy on The Sportscasters

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I'm not a big Bullit fan either. He's too slow for the type of defense we play.

3 years ago on Free agent safeties

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@Nate Dunlevy @Merr @convert2linux Possibly. Definitely not socialist.

3 years ago on The NFL is Not Socialist

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I heard that Irish guy saying the other day that the US travel squad junior system doesn't work well because it makes the sport too expensive for most middle and lower socio-economic groups. In turn, this eliminates a huge portion of the potential population pool. You soccer experts think this is true?

3 years ago on Hard lessons for USMNT

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@convert2linux A cartel is close. I think it's more of a joint-venture competing in the entertainment world but DZ nails how it's nowhere near socialism.

3 years ago on The NFL is Not Socialist

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Montana or Mao? I just had vision of Goodell face down in a pile of cocaine as the walls come crumbling down.

3 years ago on The NFL is Not Socialist

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Agreed. I knew we were pretty much finished when Freeney went down. @RobertItoh

3 years, 1 month ago on Most disappointing playoff teams

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Funny to see a lot of the NFL media stressing out over the players' choices for the top 100.

3 years, 1 month ago on Does Wayne stand on his own?

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Actually, I disagree with his assertion that "many assert that teams should stay away...". I actually hear most people assert that if you see your QB in the first round then go get him.

3 years, 1 month ago on Take your QB early

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Nice article, Ajit. I, too, personally believe the left tackle is overvalued at this point. 10-15 years ago, when you had a lot more 1 on 1 (RDE vs. LT), it made sense. Today, offenses more often slide protections, chip, etc. and many defenses try to exploit the weakest link- which could be any position in the protection scheme. Certainly, left tackle is the most important part of the scheme but I don't think it's THAT much more important than the other members.

3 years, 2 months ago on Fighting the Conventional Wisdom about the Draft

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Good opinion piece, Nate. It's so hard to tell what's really important, especially in the NFL, when injuries can drop your probabilities of winning down to almost zero. I personally think Colts management made the obvious decision - Charlie Johnson and Ryan Diem need to be replaced over the next 1-3 years. Remember that good teams draft for 2-3 years out. Last year was a huge defensive focus with Hughes, Angerer, Thomas, Conner, Mathews, etc...which SHOULD pay dividends this year and next. I trust the Polians and think 99% of the time they are way ahead of us amateurs.

3 years, 2 months ago on The Wrong Lesson?

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It's a close call. Jennings performed worse but Ugoh's price tag was higher. Either way, they both played for a few years so I don't feel too bad about it. By the way, all the people clamoring about Polian losing his touch as evidenced by not having a pro-bowl pick from any of the last 4 draft classes are nuts. I think Powers, Collie, Session, Moala, Conner, Angerer, McAfee, and Tamme were all great picks. Even Gonzo has been effective when he plays. If anything, injuries are the cause.

3 years, 4 months ago on Best and Worst picks

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I never did see or don't remember what pick we traded for Tryon. I remember at the time that it was an undisclosed pick. Can someone help me out?

3 years, 4 months ago on Two Colts Do Well in FO CB Rankings

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Title shouldn't be so definitive. Conyers is just "introducing" legislation which, since he's part of the minority party and not the Judicial Chairperson anymore, could mean it never sees the light of day. Maybe the heading should be "Conyers wants to challenge NFL".

3 years, 4 months ago on House to challenge NFL on TV

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The answer to the open books question is pretty simple. They can't open the books because it's a no win situation for the owners. Trust me, I dig in other people's/businesses finances a lot in my business and you can always twist the numbers to make your point whichever side of the argument you're on. They'd have been better off making the statement "in retrospect, we don't like our old deal and want a new one because we want to make more money. Let's renegotiate." The players already offered less which tells me the players know Upshaw put the screws to Tags last time. The owners should just take the deal the players are offering, and be happy they got some back.

3 years, 4 months ago on Deadline Day

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That's good. Everyone should want the fans mad at the owners (even the owners should want that) because the league sells the players - not the owners.

3 years, 4 months ago on Fans backing players now?

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After I heard a radio show host claim that it's better to have a few dominant teams (80s 49ers, 70s Steelers), I asked this question to a lot of people and found that it's a fairly even split. I really boils down to who you root for, doesn't it? Small/Mid market loyalists tend to prefer the more levelized playing field approach whereas big market lovers prefer their teams maintain an advantage. I guess I'm more of a small market guy so I understand my prejudice toward measures that tend levelize (except in baseball where I'm a Red Sox fan!).

3 years, 4 months ago on Parity or greatness (must read)

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Also, from what I heard this a.m. Newton did not perform well in the interviews.

3 years, 4 months ago on Post Combine Reactions

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You mean the union will likely decertify.

3 years, 4 months ago on Post Combine Reactions

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Man. A bunch of injuries and a 6-6 start, people are ready to give up on the Colts as an organization. Incredible. You know the Steelers missed the playoffs twice in 5 years and won 2 Super Bowls. Fans need to relax. It is hard to win in the NFL. Everyone's darling this year (The Patriots) were 10-6 last year and got their butts handed to them at home in the playoffs. The Cardinals went to the Super Bowl in 08 and lost 3 games by 20+ points after Thanksgiving.

3 years, 7 months ago on Is Staying in Indy Peyton Manning's Best Move?

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