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    Collector Muscle Cars 1955-1972. Coin Collections.The Kentucky State Police & The Fraternal Order of Police.
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  1. Hope all is well with you dude. Haven't seen you on here in a while.

    1. southwest1


      I agree RTB. I hope CR is doing okay too & that he will resurface soon as well. 


      I miss his insights on things. He's 1 smart dude. 

  2. Agreed, CC1. With a couple of defensive & OL moves, this team becomes much more formidable. If the Colts can obtain these critical players from this draft & on, the franchise really isn't that far away as some would think.
  3. RR7, didn't know you played LB. Us, "mean-old ex-linebackers need to stick together". Include me in that ex-LB corps. The only thing I don't miss are those 275lb. OLs & tenacious RBs that hit like Mack trucks.
  4. You're welcome!
  5. Welcome, WG21! Was a long time contributor to the MailBag myself. Kevin Bowen is a great guy. Looking forward to conversing. Thanks for your introduction. C'ya around.
  6. New coaches mold their defensive/offensive players (whether current or future) to a scheme & mindset through various abilities of each that benefits the system chosen as a whole. Pretty much a given that the Colts have struggled & sometimes mightily in the past with defense. Monachino should change that along with Williams & Pagano. That's pretty much what everyone wants to see and hope for. Good chance this might be the corrective recipe for that.
  7. Cannot express enough what good reasoning by LCF, SatAD, & Smonroe have stated here so far. There's no doubt in this fan's mind as to why these new coaches are here. And, that is to change the course & direction on both sides of the ball. Each of these coaches have been selected for direct links they've had via experience in the NFL. Very good experience, I might add. I firmly believe that one of the biggest targets to excel in is defense. And yes, it's not going to be an overnight fix by any means. But, the foundation through these coaches has been laid in cement, at least for the foreseeable future. A very good foundation IMO. That's what it takes to start a formidable team. I'm very optimistic that these guys are going to impress quite a few once the ball gets rolling after the draft, free-agency, OTAs, pre-season, and the regular start. The starting point of good NFL coaches is pivitol to any franchise that wants to win, and win consistently. I think Indy has already achieved that by their staggering "11" newly appointed positions.
  8. Agreed. MLB/ILB/OLB are the starting point focus to building a formidable defense. Out of the 10 Defensive Super Bowl MVPs selected over the years, "4" have been LBs. Two of them within the last 3 years. Malcolm Smith/Seattle & Von Miller/Denver. The LB position & their core set the tone for the entire defense. The vast versatility & responsibility required by them both physically & mentality is beyond reproach by the rest of the defensive players. They are, in essence, the QBs of the defense. It's quite a well known fact that the QB of the offense is so very critical to it's success. Same goes for the flip side of the coin on defense as it relates to the LBs. They are the field generals. The decision makers & playcallers. The captains. I'll take a great LB/and or corps to develop a very good to great defense without any hesitation at all. The nucleus of any past/present/future great defensive teams.
  9. Exactly. And I really thought all of what you've stated here was a given by most fans. Guess I was wrong. Old school jocks like myself have a tendency to do that nowadays.
  10. DEs do not run the defensive calls or sets. The LB position is much more pivitol to a team defense than another position by the mere fact of making more money.
  11. All I can do to respond is shake my head. Wow.
  12. What? Besides coaching, are you talking about the LBs as not being the core starting point for a great defense?
  13. To tell the truth of it all, I wouldn't mind a bit if the Colts chose Billings. I prefer Ragland at LB as opposed to the NT position Billings. Ragland, IMO, has the capacity and tools to become a very good to great LB in the NFL. That's the target of any good defensive group; their LB corps. Always has been. So, the starting point begins there. Why would anyone be opposed to that?
  14. Thank you, Gramz! I certainly missed quite a few of our members as well, including you. Glad to be back. And, thanks again.
  15. As I read this entire thread still grieving from the 3 losses of family members in the last 6 months, I am reminded what came to me while praying the Lord's Prayer one evening. Nothing good ever dies. For how can it? It's eternal home has snatched it from the grasp of evil. For if we live without hope, we are doomed from the start. My sincerest condolences to the members who have lost loved ones, and my very best well wishes for those who are enduring hardships. Our prayers are with you all.

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