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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.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Free Agency PFF Spotlight Part 2: The Cornerback Contingency Plan
@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?
1 week, 1 day ago on Free Agency under the PFF Microscope Part 1: The Front Seven
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.
1 week, 1 day ago on A Sticky Situation
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
1 week, 2 days ago on Free Agency under the PFF Microscope Part 1: The Front Seven
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).
1 week, 2 days ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Free Agency Frenzy
@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?
1 week, 4 days ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts were the least-efficient uses of the cap in 2013?
undrafted guys and rookies are the most efficient, duh.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Cost-Benefit Analysis: Which Colts Were the Biggest Bargain in 2013?
I was surprised not to see Donald Brown in the top 10. Also "Van Whalen" is a winner. Awesome nick name
Browner totally flopped on that 2pt conversion. Haha
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Taming the Seahawks: How the Colts Fared Better than Anyone Against the League’s Top Defense
@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.
1 month ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority
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.
Special teams and garbage time, mostly. Im thinking the only reason Trich isn't benched in his favor is for blitz pick up reasons
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Patriots
#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.
Patriots fans are so shitty. And ESPN is so shitty and they're all so loud this week.
2 months ago on Colts Authority Radio: Playoff Edition - Chiefs review, Patriots Preview, live at 9pm ET
The patriots no longer have linebackers
Thats one of the worst signings by Grigson. He'll never stay healthy. Powers was more durable!
Healthy Toler can keep up with Avery, tho
he's been hurt some this year