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  1. Hankins Released

    Surprised by this. Some think it is because of the switch to 4-3 but I don't believe it. Hankins can play in the 4-3. Plus, Ballard is the one who signed him last year. I believe, even though there is no way to prove it, that Ballard has wanted to switch to the 4-3 from the start. I think there is something else to this besides a scheme change.
  2. Colts need talent upgrade all over the roster and this trade gives them the flexibility to do it. I still really want a difference maker for the front seven. I know you should get focused on position groups but I’m hoping the Colts take Edmunds at 6. Im also thinking the Colts must not be as high on Chubb of Barkley. One could fall to 6 but if the Colts really wanted them they would stay at 3.
  3. Colts FA - no news is good news

    History is easily forgotten. People expect a quick turnaround and to be at the top of the AFC South like they were in the 2000s. However, Bill Polian inherited Marshall Faulk, Tarik Glenn, Marvin Harrison, and drafted Peyton Manning in his first year in Indy. Ballard inherited an injured Andrew Luck and TY Hilton. Polian didn't build good teams by signing expensive free agents. He did it by building around great players that the team drafted. Grigson was agressive in free agency. Some of the players brought in did help but it didn't set the team up for long-term success and his poor drafting left this team with a lot of holes. We have seen the right way to build a team for long-term success and the wrong way. Ballard is on the right track. We all know the Colts have a lot of cap space, and he almost has to spend some of it, but just because he doesn't sign the most expensive free agents doesn't mean the guys he will sign are bad. The real key is the draft. This team needs to start drafting well so that they have players worth giving second contracts to and not ending up with a bunch of cap space.
  4. Take me in the mind of a Jarvis Landry.

    From a football standpoint I would actually be optimistic if I was Landry. John Dorsey has proven to be a good GM. He also brought in Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith both are highly regarded. They have a ton of resources to improve the team. I don't think the Browns are going to continue being the laughing stock of the league much longer. Off the field i'm not happy about going from Miami to Cleveland and playing on the franchise tag.
  5. The Colts are in a position where they can overpay for a free agent or two this year and still have cap flexibility in future years. They don't have many, if any, players that they need to worry about signing to a large extension soon. They can sign a couple good free agents while building for the future and preserving cap flexibility.
  6. The Colts New Offensive Approach

    Just because the Colts are going back to systems similar to what they ran in the previous era does not mean they don’t need to bring in quality defensive players. Changing their defensive system will change the traits they look at, it should allow young players to contribute quicker, but it does not diminish the need for talented defensive players. When it comes to the draft...when you are picking third overall you are almost always looking at players who can play in any system. I have no doubt the Colts will take BPA regardless of almost any position. This team has areas throughout the roster they need to improve. The systems they run offensively and defensively will not make these areas less of a priority to improve.
  7. Colts hire Frank Reich [Merge]

    Yeah I have been thinking the same thing. Reich is my preference for HC among the three candidates. Getting Bevell as OC would make me feel a whole lot better about the situation. I know the Giants are also rumored to be interested in Bevell but i'm hoping the connection to Ballard and Dodds can get him to Indy. Hopefully Reich and Ballard can put together a strong staff. That is really the most important thing regardless of the HC. Getting Bevell would be a huge win in this situation.
  8. McDaniels rejects Colts.

    Not sure how reliable this guy is but the Colts might have been preparing for this to some extent.
  9. McDaniels rejects Colts.

    I feel bad for the assistant coaches and their families. Some actually signed contracts I think? Now Ballard has to fix this. This is the risk you run when you have to wait on a coach. Time for Ballard to really earn his pay. I was getting pretty excited for McDaniels. The timing in all of this sucks because it becomes harder to put a staff together. Maybe the Colts get Dave Toub or Frank Reich. I'm still going to be excited.
  10. McDaniels Co-Ordinators Lined Up

    Here is an article I found from 2013. It is when the Cowboys switched from the 3-4 to 4-3. Eberflus has ties to the 4-3 during his time at Missouri (article mentions speaking with Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy during the 2000s) but also has ties to the 3-4. He began in the NFL working under Rob Ryan with the Browns and then Dallas. Here is an article about Peetz from last year. I think someone posted this in another thread too. .
  11. I was just thinking the same thing. Although, I still will remain a little unsure until he actually signs but I certainly felt good to go to and see this as breaking news.
  12. New Orleans (+5) at Minnesota (1-15-18)

    I think Colin Cowherd summed things up perfectly. Not only about the last play in the Vikings-Saints game but also the importance of coaching. These playoffs are another reminder to all of us that it is not always about having the best QB in the playoffs.
  13. He was told that they were going to waive him before the Bulls game but it wasn’t official until today. He was waived because his contract would soon become guaranteed for the season. It seems like a cheap move. I hesitate to use that word but his contract is cheap by NBA standards. He seemed like he was a great fit on this team (nickname is Wisdom) and the perfect end of roster guy. You need a couple veterans like Damien especially on a young team.
  14. Matt Nagy to interview with Colts on Sunday

    Regardless of who was calling the plays that second half did not make Nagy look good. However, Kyle Shanahan didn't have a great second half as a player caller during the Super Bowl last year and he still landed a head coaching job. Granted, the job was probably lined up before the Super Bowl (I can't remember for sure) but he has still been regarded as one of the bright offensive minds in football. I don't think this game will have an impact on Nagy's head coaching opportunities.