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  1. As fans, we wanted to believe all the hype and optimism. As reasonable, thinking and intelligent people who follow NFL football (most all teams), we can analyze the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the Colts team - players, coaches and FO - along with how difficult it is to consistently win in the league. The problem, as I see it, is that any reasoned criticism put forward is personally attacked with vitriol. So I will expand - it's not just analysis of the Colts players, coaches and front office that is under the microscope, but also the nature of many of the fans as well that are tiresome. Some of us (potentially ex-fans) are not impressed with the product as much as we used to be. I hope things turn around. Hope, however, won't even buy a cup of coffee
  2. Multiple Lombardi trophies? Seems I've heard that talk before ... about 4 years ago. THAT's the problem. It can't just be talk. There needs to be some achievement and performance. Is it possible to be hopeful and suspicious at the same time? That's the plight of a Colt's fan.
  3. Negative, no. Critical, yes. I never said Pagano was a bad coach. But, Pagano has had 5 years to develop better strategies (granted in concert with the other coaches and players Grigson and the FO provided). I suppose some would try to put all the failures on Grigson, but in my experience with teambuilding, that (the failure of one person) is almost never the case. In fact, I would speculate that, for whatever reason, the lack of a coherent strategic vision for the team resulted in players "trying too hard", getting hurt, and ultimately coming up short of their potential. Part of that under-performance is the lack of development of the mental aspects of the game. Slow starts, mis-matched playcalling, poor clock management are indicators of strategic mental lapses.
  4. In any career, it helps to know your limitations, as well as your strengths. Once most of these limitations are known, you have to make some decisions about whether you can overcome those limitations, nor not. The problems happen when you fail to realize what your limitations are, and for Chuck Pagano, who is pretty good as far as football tactics go, it seems he's not fully aware of his lack of strategic development. Retirement may be the best option, because these skills take great mentors (strategic thinkers) and a very long time to learn.
  5. Often, it's not the sport but in some of the psychos that play it. There's a lesson to be learned in there, somewhere.
  6. I agree with this as the worst coaching decision. Why? It shows that Pagano did not have confidence in the Colts as a team to be able to win the game, believing he needed a "trick play" to compete with the Patriots (particularly Belichick). The game was close at that point. It went downhill fast.
  7. This is a big part of "the football flu" that has infected the Colts for the past several years. It has been very frustrating for some of us fans - to the point that it isn't fun to watch anymore. I wonder if it is coaching, alone, or something larger - benign neglect by the ownership and FO? I can't tell. But something has to change to get the hearts and minds of past fans re-engaged. Ballard seems to have an excellent start down that path. We'll see.
  8. It's difficult to separate individual performance(s) from the team performance. The team consists of more than just players on the field, however, and that seems to be the cause of "underachievement". Fans may never know what the problems are (or were), but there are (or were) problems to be overcome. I'm not sure that it is possible to "overachieve" (like giving 110% day in and day out). Yes, there are intangibles, but they are always present.
  9. Yes to proving it on the field. No to we know what's coming. While I very much like the player personnel and some of the staff additions, putting in all together and performing is a completely different thing.
  10. For the past couple of years, the Colts have been too tactically focused, but extremely weak on strategy. Don't know if Decker will help, but we'll see.
  11. Does Luck have Peyton Manning's work ethic? Does he prepare like Peyton did? Luck has the talent of a Peyton Manning, but this is a team sport. His relationship with all the players on offense - esp. all the wide receivers and TEs - and confidence in the overall team performance doesn't seem to "be there". Until that improves, bridle your expectations.
  12. The Colts have a lot to prove. That can only be done in the game, on the field.
  13. Regarding Chuck Pagano, we'll wait and see.
  14. It can be accomplished. I see the existing O-line capable, but I have no confidence in the scheme - yet - so it probably won't be accomplished. We can't ignore the elephant in the room.
  15. Maybe. All the charts, models and stats are merely trends - they don't necessarily apply to the team fit of individual players - and this may have been Grigson's problem. Each team probably runs many simulations of their "integration models" - how particular individuals become a team (or not). Or, it could be that most folks (even GMs) just don't understand statistics very well. IOW, it's complicated, and most people tend to go with simple scenarios.

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