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If the network is going to let them say nonsense it's only a matter of time before somebody breaks out a Key & Peele name.Pot Roast Knighton should be L'Carpetron Dookmarriott since they share the same alma mater.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Panthers DE Greg Hardy is from Hogwarts
We've gotten into [pretty stupid semantics] arguments and you don't like me. And neither of us cares how the other is doing...
But I'm coming out of exile to say well done, sir.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to What Peyton Manning Means to Me
I do not like Arians very much at all. I think the multiple formations are unnecessary and make me think he's just outsmarting himself and creating unnecessary extra work for the players. This may be part of what is keeping Fleener back (though mostly it's that he's not working hard enough).
But credit where credit is due: That TY Hilton TD catch, not to take anything away from the throw, was 100% on the play design. It wasn't even a well-run route. It was just a great play design for the defense the Jags were showing.
1 year, 5 months ago on Regular Season Week 2, Quick Recap: Jaguars 22 v Colts 17 | September
I'm not that worried about it. Ijalana wasn't in Grigson's plans anyway and while I like the kid, Edds is just roster filler. I hate that it took all of one day to start piling up freak injuries again, though... that's what really concerns me. I was really optimistic about the Torine to Marandinho transition. Not that you can judge that by this or even one full year, but still... was hoping maybe just once they'd get lucky. With a bit of injury luck for the Colts and bad luck for Houston (again) it's not totally unreasonable to think they could sneak into the hunt for a title in a weak division.
1 year, 7 months ago on Ijalana and Edds Out for the Season; What it Means for the 2011 Colts | July
@Westhoff Agree with both this post and the silly putty line.
This is one of those "well now we don't HAVE to use draft picks on an interior lineman in 2012" moves. If he works out, great. If not, he's better than Pollak and can serve for a year. They've only got seven picks this year and there are 40 slots to fill before this team contends again. There's not a ton of money to go around in FA in 2012, nor is this the year to make big moves anyway. Signings like this one are just a way of bringing in someone better than a UDFA that can be counted on to help keep the new QB alive. Now they can stick to BPA in the draft and not worry if there isn't a primo interior lineman at any of their spots.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dunlevy looks at McGlynn | Articles
@Atti46 Yep, just saw that. Don't entirely agree with it (since they were technically within the rules), but free space is free space.
1 year, 12 months ago on Colts cap situation | Articles
There's no guarantee that any of PFT's numbers are right, but it's worth noting that between 2/28 and now they got Mathis signed.
@LovinBlue The "official" figure will change depending on how you classify Manning ($16m dead against a cap with a 5.6m credit, or 10.4). Functionally it's the same, but people should make a habit of defining that when they list their figures. By my count, using 10.4, your number is just a tad high; I believe that's all from the Clark contract, which has too high a DM figure here.
It's good policy to eat as much dead cap as they can this year, and they will, but what's annoying is that there's still a big fat $5.4m charge sitting there from cutting Kelvin Hayden last year after June 1. That sucks. That alone is more than some teams (like the Eagles) carried total in dead money last year.
Clark and Brackett's contracts are good candidates to be designated as June 1 cuts if necessary; Doing so with Brackett would free up $4.8m this year by pushing it into the 2013.
If value can be signed by adding players at positions of need *that can be counted on to be peaking in 2013-15* they should absolutely spend money now. Otherwise it makes sense to just suck it up and eat the dead money now.
Just take a look at last year's contracts; they'll be about the same. (Spotrac is often wrong, but there's no real reason to doubt what they have for the slotted deals.) So Cam Newton, Ras-I Dowling, then after that it's really insignificant. Depending on how the bonuses and guarantees work out, Luck could fall anywhere from 4-6m, probably mid 5s, against the cap.
Anyone who hammers the agenda is either uninformed, ignorant, or stupid.
Florio is the only popular writer who has hinted at understanding this, but people are starting to come around... there is a reason the Polians were fired. It's because their long-standing strategy blew up in their face this year.
Not to dip to a play on words, but we're really really friggin lucky that the timing worked out this well.
1 year, 12 months ago on The Purge | March
Even incomplete, they should've beaten the Jets.
The last we saw of him in a Colts uniform was him leaving the field with a lead and a minute to play, then throwing his arms up in disgust at his coach for calling one of the most idiotic timeouts in football history.
2 years ago on Peyton is Gone. | March
I interpreted it as a moment of silence.
Well, if Mathis stands up they can reduce the number of hits he takes, which makes him a better investment over the long haul if they give him a third contract. And at his size and with his athleticism he really is a good tweener pass rusher. Just because he was good in the 4-3 doesn't mean that's the best situation for him.
Freeney is another story. I don't see him as a great fit, and he's aging and starting to slow down. If his contract was friendlier, yes, I'd keep him, but I see very little reason to soak up an extra 14 million in cap space for a one year pass rusher on a bad team. It's not as if he's going to be the piece that puts them over the top.
2 years ago on Teams Must Think Differently About Football | February
"The West Coast Offense, Air Coryell, The Blur, The Zone Blitz, and the Tampa 2 were all championed by guys who didn't answer in cliche's."
Other than the extra apostrophe (heh), this might be my favorite sentence ever on any Colts site.
This fear is very justified. It's more expensive to find and keep ideal 3-4 talent, especially if your defense also wants to have corners that can reliably play man. And as more teams switch over, there is more demand on the few freaks of nature that fit.
That said, so far we've seen plenty of evidence that the transition won't be to a straight 3-4, that there will still be some place for one-gappers like Nevis, and that they're maybe one special player away (Baltimore had Ngata, who I believe is more important than Suggs and probably even Reed at this point).
The advantage that hybrids and 3-4s have is that coaching can create a real edge. I think a decade ago when the Pats were winning and Manning was "struggling" against the best teams (that happened to run 3-4), a lot of coaches switched over to it just because it gave them a chance to be more creative, creativity is fun, and they wanted to prove just how smart they were... but coaches like that are mostly out of the game at this point. The good ones have survived, and it's a defense I can get behind.
But yes, it's more expensive.
That said, this team needs to get better at stopping the run if only because it will get them more possessions. There's nothing untrue about what Pagano said; it's just that that should be third and fourth on the list, not first and second. We'll see how it develops. It surely won't hurt to have a better run game by DVOA, especially during Luck's first couple of years. Even though I think he could do it, I'd rather not ask him to throw 45 times a game. Yet.
Believe it or not, I disagree with you.
I think Luck represents a big QB upgrade, so the O will improve. The D won't be good, but they might do something cool here and there in the new scheme. Call that a wash. Special Teams can't get any worse, so that'll be a plus, and we upgraded at coach. Hell, he might even try a few things like not punting as often, knowing that he has a pass for the year.
The schedule is tough enough that 8-8 is out of reach, but I see no reason they can't win 6 games next year.
2 years ago on Drama and Change is Boring | February
Yeah. I don't care what DVOA says. The Packer D didn't show up for that Arizona playoff game. The Jets D was ferocious in 09. Peyton still destroyed them. It was better than Denver in 04, Warner's Packer game, Brees's Lions game, or anything else. Simply dominant.
2 years ago on Five Plays & Cap Casualties - Peyton Manning. | February
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Brandt's numbers about the cap hit are correct; The 28m option bonus is prorated over all 5 years at 5.6 per, though, Kyle. So it's a 16-17-18-19-20 structure overall if the full $90 is paid, and if he's cut they get a 5.6 credit back so it's effectively $10.4 next year, not 16.
"Ultimately, I could've chosen hundreds of plays to display the brilliance of Peyton Manning."
Yep. The fact that he has at least five brilliant plays PER GAME is making me very sad to go through this and see some of the memorable games of the past...
(Oh, btw - in #3, 33 is Eric Smith. Leonhard wears 36 and started that play high over Wayne. Smith on Collie is even more of a mismatch. Smith sucks.)
That previous throw to Collie is one of the best I've ever seen.
Kravitz is a columnist, not a journalist. The same rules don't apply because he's allowed/encouraged to interject with opinions.
That said, he has gotten quite a few primo scoops on all this lately, which makes him sort of a reporter as well.
Dare I say I've even enjoyed reading him since Polian was fired? His mood and voice are noticeably different.
2 years ago on Kravitz: I'll say I'm wrong | Articles
Same coordinator, even (for a year).
But the Chargers defense also sucked last year.
2 years ago on What to Expect: The 2011 Class in Review | February