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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, 6 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 10 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, 11 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, 12 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.

3 years 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.

3 years 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.

3 years 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.

3 years 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.

3 years 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.

3 years, 1 month 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.

3 years, 1 month 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.

3 years, 1 month 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".

3 years, 1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Steelers

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Sounds about right to me.

3 years, 1 month 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.

3 years, 1 month 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.

3 years, 1 month ago on Colts Announce 'Final' Roster

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@Merr
Whoops. Couln't care less.

3 years, 1 month ago on People Really Hate Jim Tressel

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I'm firmly in the could care less camp.

3 years, 1 month 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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?

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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).

3 years, 2 months ago on Green Bay Got Lucky

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I love Freeney.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

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

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

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

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

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

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 2 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.

3 years, 3 months ago on Catching Up on Colts Moves

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

3 years, 3 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."

3 years, 3 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.

3 years, 3 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.

3 years, 3 months ago on Kravitz and I Completely Agree

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Caldwell's answers often make my head spin.

3 years, 3 months ago on On Reich/Turner

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