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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.
1 year, 10 months ago on I Was Wrong | April
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 ago on Video Released of Manning Throwing | March
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 ago on Covering the AFC South | March
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 ago on An Alternative Perspective: Trading Away the Franchise | February
"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 ago on De Smith on Player Safety: Actions Speak Louder than Words | February
2 years, 1 month ago on Manning won't be a cap casualty | Articles
Nice piece, Nate. Dead on.
2 years, 3 months ago on The Colts Must Relax Their Media Policy
Tony's delusional. Manning's number one habit is playing/winning football games.
2 years, 3 months ago on Dungy: Manning a Colt or retired
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, 4 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield -Falcons
"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, 4 months ago on Broken Record
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, 4 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Bengals
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, 5 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Chiefs
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, 5 months ago on Has Curtis Painter Outplayed Kerry Collins?
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.
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, 5 months ago on Thursday Open Thread-Farewell Gary Brackett
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, 5 months ago on Tape Study: Bringing the Blitz
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, 5 months ago on Should the Colts Have Traded for Brady Quinn?
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, 5 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Steelers
Sounds about right to me.
2 years, 5 months ago on How many wins is 18 worth?
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, 5 months ago on Time to Grow Up