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  1. I've been coming to this forum for years anytime I wanted to find out the latest news, associate with fellow Colts and NFL fans, and express happiness or frustrations with the Colts and NFL. So I thought I'd say props...props to the moderators, props to all the forum members, and props to everyone who posts thoughtful and insightful media for many of us to enjoy...and props to the regulars who are always in the discussion mix!
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  2. For once, I intend to get behind management's decision to keep Pagano and Grigson. I have been vocal about my displeasure as well about both, but for this year, 2017, I intend to give them the benefit of doubt. I am not for once doubting anyone's fandom or telling you not to voice your displeasure, it is all part of being a fan. Just that I am going to trust them that they will learn from their mistakes and pleasantly surprise us all by winning the AFC South and at least making the 2017 Season AFCCG. I know, it is a big leap of faith as far as the results go from where we are but I have to believe in their collective wisdom for now. Just something positive to go with instead of all these threads beating each of ourselves down. If the Colts are like family, they need us the most when they are down, not only when everything is going well. Go Colts!!!
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  3. I have three situations that illustrate my problems with the Colts passing offense. Pardon my rudimentary screenshots and whatnot, and pardon the lack of All 22 in these shots. You'll still get the point, though. #1: Raiders, 4th quarter. Derek Carr is still in the game, he goes out on the next possession. They just punted, giving the Colts the ball on their own 4 yard line. There's just over 13 minutes left in the game. On first down, the Raiders come out in nickel against the Colts 3WR set, and as you can see, they play off on the right side. The corner is 8 yards off the line of scrimmage, and the defense is heavy in the middle of the field. The QB has to have the freedom and the presence to sight adjust that receiver to what they call a "smoke" route. Just stand there and take the quick completion, should be good for at least 4 yards, and if you make the corner miss, it's a huge gain, maybe 6 points. If the defense was playing up on the line or gave a single high look, you might adjust to a slant and give the receiver a chance to beat his man, but here, on 1st and 10, you take the easy completion and the short pickup, and get ready for 2nd and manageable. The Colts don't throw the quick smoke, they don't run a slant (which would have worked since the Raiders played Man 1 and doubled the receiver at the top), and they don't get a completion. Luck stays on the 2 receiver combo on the left side, no one gets open, Luck gets pressured and throws a dangerous pass across the middle that either could have been picked or been called for grounding. This is bad offense, and that play probably cost the team a nice drive starter. Second down, they get a similar look -- even softer, but same principle -- and throw the smoke to the left side, Robert Turbin is out wide and takes it for 8 yards. I don't care who you blame for this, coaching, the QB, whoever, but a good, efficient offense makes that easy play on first down, and it forces the defense to stay close to your receivers at the snap. The Colts get beat on these easy hitch throws all the time.
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  4. I hope we go 2-0, play well and finish on a high. We are not getting into the post season, but I hope we finish strong. Road wins at Tennessee, NYJ, Minnesota, Green Bay and Oakland would convince me we are not without talent. I do not want an extra place or two up in the draft, I want to finish above .500. Merry Christmas one and all, no matter what you wish for with this team. It's only a game.
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  5. 1. First let's discuss Luck's "billing" when coming into the league. He was touted as the best prospect to come out since Manning or Elway. Please note that he was not Manning or Elway in their prime, as many fans were expecting. Most fans compare a young Andrew Luck to a polished, experienced, veteran Manning or Elway, which is just unfair. Neither Manning nor Elway had won a Super Bowl within their first 5 years. 2. What would it look like if Luck was as good as advertised? Would it include throwing for the most yards ever by a rookie, in 2012? Throwing for the most yards in a single game as a rookie ( 2012 vs. Dolphins). Or winning 11 games three years in a row, while leading the team to the playoffs, and reaching the AFC Championship game? Leading the league in TD passes in 2014? Or throwing for the second most TDs of any QB in NFL history, within their first 60 games (only behind Marino)? 3. The thing is, Luck is doing all that he is supposed to do...as advertised. How about the team? Is the defense playing well? NOPE --not the entire time Luck has been a Colt. How about the O-line? Are they playing well? NOPE-- not the entire time Luck has been a Colt. How has the coaching been? Average, below average? As fans, we expect Luck to rise above all of this, regardless of the challenges placed in front of him. He is a hell of a quarterback, not a miracle worker.
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  6. #2: Same drive, 3rd and 2. Another 3WR set, now the Raiders are in dime. You'll see Hilton come across the formation in motion to join a bunch formation on the left side. The Raiders went dime presumably to cover wide, but now they have 7 defenders in the box and 2 more inside the numbers, less than 10 yards off the line. They are now susceptible on the outside, and they basically scatter when the ball is snapped. This is a great way to stress a defense, especially horizontally in short yardage, because the last thing they want is to get beat deep. The DBs at the bottom of the screen are backed off to give their defense depth, but they are essentially going to surrender the middle of the field. The weakside LB is going to cover the back in the flat, but everyone else in the middle drops into a zone. This is the Promised Land. The middle of the field is W I D E open. Dorsett is running a quick hitter underneath, and Luck has a throwing lane right up the alley to put the ball on Dorsett, with room to run and only the safety to stop him. This play is probably a 10 yard gain before Dorsett is even touched. Luck never looked at him, and my heart broke. I was at this game, sitting behind this end zone, watching Dorsett come open across the middle. This is the concept I've been asking for all year (more like since 2012). And we blew it. Luck gets stuck on Hilton, who also comes open. Luck fires, but Hilton stumbles coming out of his break, and the pass is incomplete. This is not a bad decision by Luck, but it's clearly the WRONG decision, and it wiped out a great opportunity to get another score. This, again, is before Carr went down. This game could have been within two scores before the Raiders even got the ball back, but we couldn't even get this drive started due to two missed opportunities. I give Chud credit for this play call. It's perfect on 3rd and 2, and the Raiders wanted no part of trying to cover the middle on this play. Luck missed it, and this falls directly on him.
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  8. Pagano. Coaching is the reason this team isn't in the playoffs. That's not to say the roster is good because it's full of holes, but good coaching would have this team at 12 wins right now. Lions loss -- poor clock management hurt the team's chances of winning Broncos loss -- poor play calling hurt the team's chances of winning (not just at the end, but blocking Miller with a TE is a great example Jags loss -- poor game planning First Texans loss -- inability to adjust to their counter scheme in the second half Second Texans loss -- terrible game planning The roster building hit a reset last offseason. Grigson made plenty of mistakes and missed lots of picks, and he should probably be held accountable for that, also. But what's holding this team back right now is poor coaching, so if I had to choose, it's not even a difficult choice for me.
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  9. Its completely baffling to me how much loyalty Irsay has to Grigson. Literally anybody who knows anything about football knows how terrible of a GM Grigson is (if you disagree go argue with your sink).
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  10. It would be cool if he got half a sack against the jags. He and Freeney would each have 122.5 career sacks.
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  11. If this is true, he still needs to move on from people he clearly doesn't believe in.
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  12. Gruden spotted in Indy today...expected to meet with Irsay.
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  13. #3: Vikings game, the game where the offense was great and we dominated wire to wire and everything is awesome and "why can't we play like this every week," right? Yeah, actually, the Vikings played awful defense; not as awful as the Jets, but awful nonetheless. I don't mean to take credit away from the offense, but they were disjointed at times, missed chances, etc. Of course, they did a lot to protect the rookie RT in his first start, but there are still flaws in their concepts. This is early in the game. first drive, so it's possible they were still trying to feel out the Vikings defense, but I hate this play. Third and 10. Bottom of the screen, two receivers, one in the slot, one out wide. Both DBs are playing off, but there's a nickel lined up at the edge. They also have 7 defenders on the line of scrimmage, showing a blitz look. You don't run a smoke route because it's third and long, and there's depth to the defense. The DB at the top is slightly shaded to the inside, so you probably won't get a clean release on a slant. Here's what Tom Moore would call, more or less: This is the old Indy concept, Levels. Double ins, with a vertical route on the other side. Moore would probably have the TE on the left side of the formation running a skinny post, but the primary read are the in breaking routes. The idea is the corner would release to the inside defenders and drop back, the nickel would drop back to the middle over the short in, but you're reading the safety to see if he also breaks on the short route. If so, the deep in from the slot receiver is open. If not, you have a dumpoff to the back. Here's what Chud called: He ran the two receiver right into the deep coverage, they never broke across the middle before they crossed the marker, so why is Luck looking that way at the snap??? Is that the first read, really? No hot? The nickel actually blitzed and the ILB dropped, which is a good scheme, but it plays into the Levels concept because the ILB is more likely to play a short in, and with him being further to the inside the safety is more likely to crash down to cover it, leaving the deep in open. Instead, we ran "Get Open" with a 7 man protection. This the result. Where are the receivers??? Oh, there's Hilton up at the top corner, just barely visible, with hardly any room after his break to fit in a throw before he gets to the sideline. No one else across the middle? Luck winds up scrambling for an 8 yard gain, but understand that he's actually 18 yards away from the marker by the time the pressure forces him to leave the pocket, and he's not beating that linebacker. He slides 2 yards short, and we kick a FG. This is a scheme issue. There's no reason to run your receivers directly into off coverage on 3rd and long. There's no reason to have double deep reads on the same side of the field, especially when there's a blitz look on. There's no hot receiver, and even with a 7 man protection against a 5 man rush, Luck leaves the pocket because no one is going to come open on this play.
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  14. He has nothing to apologize for. Nice to see us have a running game ty frank!
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  16. Imagine if he said he took no responsibility? I mean, what's he supposed to say?
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  17. How awesome has Walden been this year? 10 sacks, with 2 games to go. Ha, I remember when people ripped Grigson over signing Walden. Hes arguably the most consistent player on defense, with the highest motor.
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  18. Colts: Get eliminated from playoffs; Play like world beaters, Win out on the year, and move back 4 spots in the draft. I understand you want to win every game and don't want to have a "losing culture" but it's the same story every year. Pagono and Grigson try and save their jobs the last 2 or 3 games and the Colts lose precious draft pick spots.
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  19. Twfish half naked Colt lady, Confirmed -Brian Bondus @BrianBondus Jan 12th 2017
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  21. Maybe its emotional fans with no real knowledge of how an NFL franchise is run. (Us)
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  23. Since we won the last game of the season we gonna lose the coin flip you know we can't win nothing back to back
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  24. Who the bleep is Brian Bondus? Edit: NVM, just checked him out. (not like that...)
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  25. Does anyone have a gif of him running down the sidelines pumping his fist(I guess that's what you call it lol)? In a season that totally disappointed it was one of my favorite things that happened this year. I dunno he just looked extremely goofy running down the field full speed pumping his fist like we won the super bowl. Luck is such a goofy guy but he's our goofy guy and I wouldn't change him except for some of his decision on field but that's a different matter. What did you guys think? Did it make you chuckle like it made me? I like seeing some fire and excitement from our qb. We need more of it. *
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  26. Not everyone. I think I have a pretty good understanding of football and I have no problem with keeping Pagano. You can't make a gourmet meal if you don't have the ingredients.
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  28. I would hate it. Peyton Manning has zero experience running a team, or a business, or making any kind of organizational decisions. Make a role for him in the front office, let him learn the business, and maybe he'll be GM material in the future.
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  29. Really? That was why you wanted Irsay to hang this on his fridge? I thought you wanted him to put it up as a reminder to get a damn defense!
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  30. really getting tired of all the cry baby posts saying the same damn thing. Everybody and their momma knows there's a lot who dont want them back. Problem is they'll be here.
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  31. no thanks lets get lbers that can play lber and safeties that can play safety.
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  32. Reggie would have been better than Andre Johnson
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  34. Go away and find another team. That was why sport was invented. What a finish.
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  35. Had Tom Brady or Joe Montana played with this defense and surrounding team for their entire careers, had they played under Chuck instead of Belichick and Walsh, they would have zero rings between them.
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  36. i just have one question..... where the (beep) has this game plan been all year long?
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  37. I am sick of talking about the future of this team's leadership, so as a change of pace lets talk about needs.What positions do the Colts need to return to being a winning franchise in 2017? As I see it, our top 5 is; 1. Edge Rusher For the last 4 seasons this has been a top 3 need. With nearly all our edge players gone this offseason, they need to invest heavily here. I am happy with Akeem Ayers on the strong side. I feel we should address this need early in the draft. Garrett or Barnett are the dream but I don't want to set myself up for disappointment. 2. Linebacker Tackling wasn't good enough for most of last season. They still struggle to cover tight ends and running backs. Our run defense has been pathetic. 3. Cornerback Colts need more talent at corner. Most can't stay on the field. Vontae hasn't played like a #1 the past 2 seasons. 4. Running back Gore is very old, he could fall off a cliff at any time. Our offense in 2014 was bolstered by Bradshaw's blocking and recieving in the backfield. A weapon here could make the O more potent than ever. 5. Nose tackle. Can't. Stop. The. Run. OL is a need too, but wasn't in my top 5 after heavy investment last season. Hoping they can develop some. I still feel like edge rusher is a need above all else.
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  38. Well, you say that, and I'm not entirely disagreeing with you...he definitely should do his due diligence and all, but at the same time, if he's going to make a change then that new HC is going to need to be able to put together a coaching staff under him and it'd be nice if he had a chance to do that before all of the good candidates are already signed. I'm not saying he should rush, but if I were him I would expedite the process as much as possible.
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  40. 1) I don't like "unnamed sources." 2) They should have said this during the season, when it might have mattered. 3) I'm not dismissing it, despite the previous two points. This team had more unforced errors this season than it has in previous years, and left a lot of yards and points on the field as a result. 4) This isn't a good sign for a coach that's always had the players on his side, including very vocal support from the veteran leaders on the team. Pagano still has that, but if players are starting to voice their frustrations, even in this weak manner, it may mean a leak has busted.
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  41. He was definitely happy. I think he was letting out some frustration with that celebration.
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  42. I know a good 90% of us on this forum love beating up Grigson, but looking at this season thus far...... he might have knocked this past draft out the park. Still a lot of time left though so we'll see
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  43. Colts with Le'Raven Clark starting: Undefeated Colts without Le'Raven Clark starting: 6-7 Le'Raven "MVP" Clark
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  44. Shows that Irsay wants to win more than anything though.. I do like that. He wants the Colts to be relevant.
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  46. What a joke of an owner Irsay has become if he is keeping his fans out of the loop and all along intended to bring these two back. He deserves another mediocre season if no changes are made.
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  47. I wish this Colts team was as good as some posters on here like to think they were.
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  48. Really glad the Colts didn't have to make the decision. I will definitely miss watching him play.
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  49. You win and lose at the line of scrimmage. Win that battle and more times than not, you'll win the game. So, our OL, which has played so well in the 2nd half of the season, must continue to IMPROVE! They can't be as good as they are now. They must get better. The big area of concern is on the other side of the ball. We need a huge infusion of talent. The '17 draft is not all that great. But the three weakest spots are all on offense: QB, WR, OT. The strength of the draft is on defense. We need to get as many quality defensive players as we can. We have to get younger, faster, more skilled, more play makers, more difference makers. We don't have anyone on that side of the ball who is a play maker or difference maker. No one would give an opposing offensive coordinator a moments worry. No OC is going to lose sleep going up against our defense. If we don't start the process of building a quality defense then we're looking at winning and losing shoot-outs in our near future. That's not the way to win in the NFL.
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  50. Sorry to break the spirit of the thread, but Melvin is not good.
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