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I remember Grigson saying after he was hired that cap mgmt wasn't his forte. It seems like the salary cap is in good hands with Bluem. One thing's certain: when the Colts move to sign the 2012 class, there's going to be a whole lot of cuttin' going on. Adios Walden, Landry and a host of others who've gotten huge $$ for middling (or worse) production - and it won't even sting. I'm actually looking forward to some of those "tough calls."

5 months ago on Breaking Down the Colts' Free Agent Contract Structures

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After reading this I don't want the Colts to pay any of these jokers the $ they're surely going to be offered in a couple weeks. The Captain seems intriguing, but does he have the size to be a real #1?  Vontae, all day. It would be a real blow to a already-iffy defense if the Colts couldn't re-sign Davis. 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Free Agency PFF Spotlight Part 2: The Cornerback Contingency Plan

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@MarcusDugan PFF is perfect for citing when it's obvious and simultaneously  perfect for slagging when their grades are weird. They should hire Ben Gundy and pay him handsomely.  I have learned (from y'all) not to  trust my eyeballs so much, but sometimes grades don't add up


 So as long as I'm left with my impressions...


While RJF was alright and Redding was better than I expected, I wasn't that impressed with Chapman/ Franklin rotation. For an 800 lb safe, Chapman didn't absorb as many double teams as I thought he would. Nate described him as  average, but didn't express  much of an opinion beyond that. Maybe it's a development thing? 


I know Chapman's young: like Fili Moala a couple years ago, he needs another year to finish growing and really get strong. I figured Franklin was a stopgap player, like Satele, so I didn't have huge expectations. I'd like to see M. Hughes make Franklin expendable at some point... as long as we're wishing. They could totally stand to get better at nose, but can they without spending a shit-ton of money?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Free Agency under the PFF Microscope Part 1: The Front Seven

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I bet Holmes wins  back up C  over McGlynn this year.  Holmes will come in Stronger, with 2 good ankles, with a full training camp and finally do what he was drafted to do: back up and eventually supplant Satele.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on A Sticky Situation

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Good stuff, Marcus. I really think if the Colts managed to add one playmaker this off season on the D line, the whole defense could see an improvement.  I like Arthur Jones, fwiw. Can stuff, can rush, might not break the bank

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Free Agency under the PFF Microscope Part 1: The Front Seven

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I think a DE with some pass rushing chops or a FS should be a priority over every other hole on the roster, even over the center position. The offense was good enough last year to put up points against some of the better defenses, and if the Colts  get a couple guys back healthy there should be some improvement, especially in the 2nd year of Pep's system. If I had to choose just one high profile signing I think it would be DE, because it looks like this year's draft class has a handful of promising DBs that should be available where the Colts are picking (hat tip to Kyle for profiling some of them). 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Free Agency Frenzy

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@smonroe  McGlynn and Link both play multiple positions on the line, for what it's worth. I'm not advocating they keep these guys, but versatility must add some value, right?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts were the least-efficient uses of the cap in 2013?

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undrafted guys and rookies are the most efficient, duh. 

6 months, 1 week ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts Were the Biggest Bargain in 2013?

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I was surprised not to see Donald Brown in the top 10. Also "Van Whalen" is a winner. Awesome nick name

6 months, 1 week ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts Were the Biggest Bargain in 2013?

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Browner totally flopped on that 2pt conversion. Haha 

6 months, 1 week ago on Taming the Seahawks: How the Colts Fared Better than Anyone Against the League’s Top Defense

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@hankster  I still like Pep Hamilton's big picture. 


How could anyone watch the superbowl and not see that if the Broncos could have run the ball more effectively they could have slowed the pass rush and  loosened up Seattle's press coverage a little? 

In the Colts v. Seattle game it was the threat of the Colts to run (Brown, yes,but mainly Luck) that allowed TY and Reggie to get  open against Sherman and Browner. I believe Hamilton's offensive scheme and personnel (including mobile qb) are a better match-up against  the Seahawks' aggressive defense than the Broncos'.


 Just want to get my 2 cents in on the inevitable "philosophy" discussion


I agree on the defense. More talent on the line, another CB (with a functioning groin), a safety. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority

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I feel a little worse about Grigson because  last years draft class just stank in the immediate impact department.  Werner, Hughes, Holmes and Thorton could redeem him, but man, he's got to do better in the draft and guard his picks more closely. Free agency was a mixed bag. Betting on unproven guys to break out didn't go so well. The lesson I would've learned, in his shoes, is that if you're going to over pay anyway, over pay for someone with  can't-miss talent. Seeing Avril have the season he did, from afar, really got me thinking. And seeing Laron Landry's season, first hand, really got me drinking.


I feel alright about Pagano mainly because what he lacks, I believe, is balanced out by Pep, who proved to be more flexible and creative as the year went on. 


I feel great about the offense. I think with injured players coming back, and in the 2nd year of the offense, the Colts are poised to drops bombs on opposing defenses.


I feel less great about the defense just because it's still missing pieces. The Franklin, Chapman, Huhges rotation wasn't really getting the job done in run defense or pass rush. Some inside pass rush is up there on my amazon wishlist along with a bigger badder more vicious Bjorn Werner.


Basically, I'm less optimistic than I was a year ago, because the 2013 draft hadn't happened yet and I think my expectations were way too  high: I was sure we'd win 11 and the South and win a playoff game, at least. The Trade really devastated my confidence in Grigson's team building chops. I hope he bounces back. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority

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@matt_has

Special teams and garbage time, mostly. Im thinking the only reason Trich isn't benched in his favor is for blitz pick up reasons

7 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Patriots

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 #10. What shocks me about Rogers is how few targets he gets vs. how often coverage gets rolled to him. It's enabled TY and Whalen to get wide open and drawn DPI calls almost every week he's been in the lineup. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Patriots

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Patriots fans are so shitty. And ESPN is so shitty and they're all so loud this week.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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The patriots no longer have linebackers

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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Thats one of the worst signings by Grigson. He'll never stay healthy. Powers was more durable!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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Healthy Toler can keep up with Avery, tho 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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Davis was getting better as the game went on. That gives me hope. His groin might be healed

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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They don't linebackers now, either

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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  The Colts could  beat either. Andrew Luck can can do shootout. It's a thing now. Mile High's a harder environment bc of the altitude, IMO. More scared of the shitty chargers

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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Griff Whalens are cheap. They go undrafted

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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Brazill's gonna be awesome too! Mark my words!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET

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go horse!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts/Chiefs Post game show, Live at 8pm

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reggie's shift

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts/Chiefs Post game show, Live at 8pm

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The effing dolphins game

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts/Chiefs Post game show, Live at 8pm

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I n  the age of hi-def - especially - no excuse for the bad officiating this year

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts/Chiefs Post game show, Live at 8pm

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They didn't call any offernsive holding either. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts/Chiefs Post game show, Live at 8pm

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The touchdown shots made for lively  2nd half! I was sure this would be a lower scoring game. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts/Chiefs Post game show, Live at 8pm

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Hughes, Holmes and Thornton earning starting spots next year would go a long way, for me, towards redeeming this draft. i know he's not a rookie but I'm curious for your take on Josh Chapman's development. He's gotten more work as the season has gone on. Attrition at work or is he getting the hang of it? 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on What to Expect 2013 Draft Revisited

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2nd matchup, you'd think defenses would be better. Lower score. 21-18 Colts

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Reviewing the 2013 Regular Season and Previewing Colts/Chiefs Wild Card Showdown with Colts Authority Radio, live 9pm ET

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We're on the playground picking teams... Richardson or Havili? Go!

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Reviewing the 2013 Regular Season and Previewing Colts/Chiefs Wild Card Showdown with Colts Authority Radio, live 9pm ET

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The new guy, Jeris Pendleton, looked pretty good. Chapman is coimng on a little. The line is getting better.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Reviewing the 2013 Regular Season and Previewing Colts/Chiefs Wild Card Showdown with Colts Authority Radio, live 9pm ET

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@MarcusDugan@naptown_ninja

and we have shit for draft picks so we're not likely to do much better than Doyle/Saunders-level talent. How many roster spots? 53? 13 TEs should do the trick

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Finish in Style, 30-10 over Jacksonville

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Every time a pass bounces off oif Stanley Havili or Weslye Saunders, I have to tell myself to take it easy: Dwayne Allen. Just Dwayne Allen. Next year, Dwayne Allen 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Finish in Style, 30-10 over Jacksonville

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 #3 If the Jags are so close to being contenders, the Texans must be close too. Although, Houston does need an HC+staff. They are pretty stacked with talent, though. If either of those teams get QBs, the division could get a lot meaner. I wonder if Houston makes the same mistake giving Keenum another shot next year. That guy's like Curtis Painter on roller skates.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Jaguars

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Encouraging news about Khaled Holmes. Nobody expected to find THAT under the tree this year!

7 months, 3 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 16

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