DaveA1102

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    Things I love (and hate) about the NFL

    OK, I am going to stop discussing this with you as we have derailed this, rather good, thread and topic. Apologies for this to others. Admin, feel free to delete the posts in relation to whether Scotland is a country. Maybe a Google will help those unclear.
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    Kind words from Gil Brandt about Malik Hooker

    The availability is not an issue, it was you who raised it as a negative on geathers which I thought was unfair. I am glad he is making improvements and genuinely hope he contributes for us. I just like the potential fit with hooker and geathers better but 2018 will bring the results I guess.
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    Things I love (and hate) about the NFL

    It makes no difference what your definition of a country is my friend.
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    Things I love (and hate) about the NFL

    Don't get me wrong, if I meet an English person on the street I am not going to immediately throw insults at him and look for a fight, but that doesn't make Scotland any less of a country.
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    Things I love (and hate) about the NFL

    I think you may have won the Understatement of the Year award with your "I guess there is some history there" line (Braveheart anyone?). I also am not keen on the "pretend you are different countries" line either. If I had never been to a country, I would not be as forward to make presumptions over their allegiances and makeup. I am Scottish, and am similar to the English the way you are similar to Canadians. We compete at Olympics as Team GB due to history of having to compete as a sovereign state (or something along those lines), hence why there was a Team GB soccer team in the London Olympics. All those points aside, a UK football team would likely have no Scottish players in it anyway!
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    Kind words from Gil Brandt about Malik Hooker

    Well, firstly, we don't know what the injury was, it may be minor and just keeping him off the field until OTA's as a precaution. He was healthy enough after his neck surgery to play at the end of last year and so I don't think it will be that (hopefully). As a 3rd year player, those OTA reps are less meaningful and so I will reserve judgement until training camp to see if he suits up. Secondly, 15 games in his rookie year is pretty darn good! Then 2016 and 2017 games missed are linked to the same neck injury (or at least most of those missed games are). You can't call someone injury prone when they missed one game their rookie year and then miss others due to a serious neck injury which he has returned from, even people on here wouldn't go that far! Thirdly, in respect of what does Geathers too more than Green? Simple answer for starters....tackle! Important to remember that his injury came from a game-winning thumper of a tackle against the Titans. He put his all into stopping the opposition and it cost him a large chunk of his football life. Green has shown very little football-wise to back up his strong athletic measurables, which have not converted to much else.
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    Things I love (and hate) about the NFL

    Yeah its a bit of a nightmare but only for the late games. Most games are on at 6pm on Sunday's over here, then another batch at 9.30ish so not too bad. Late games and Superbowl are into the early hours for starting. Luckily the Colts are rubbish and so most of our games are Sunday 6pm this year! It was a fairly random process to pick the Colts to be honest, I am a Glasgow Rangers fan and, since they play in blue, I decided to stick to that colour scheme and I am a big fan of Parks and Recreation and they had an episode at Lucas Oil Stadium and so I just went with my gut and went for that! Have never looked back! I think when it comes to picking a team a lot of it comes down to gut instinct. If I was to try and pick an NFL team from logic I would probably end up with the Packers due to their history, legacy of Lombardi, etc but I just never felt like they were right for me. There are a lot of good EPL teams who are on the cusp of being really good (Spurs being a good example) that you could go with and follow or go for a less "sexy" team like West Ham and do something different. As I say, it usually comes down to gut feel. As a Scotland fan, I feel your pain on the WC. Watching teams like Saudi Arabia and Panama get waxed while our teams sit at home is frustrating, but fair play to those teams....they qualified and we didn't, more power to them. At least when the WC comes to the US in 2026 it will be 48 teams, will be near impossible NOT to quaiify!
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    Kind words from Gil Brandt about Malik Hooker

    Geathers was injured during OTA's wasn't he? They didn't disclose what the injury was (since they don't have to) but I am sure he missed due to injury. No way TJ Green stays on the roster and Geathers is cut IMO.
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    Grigson Lands a Job in Seattle

    How does this guy keep getting work? http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000937015/article/former-colts-gm-ryan-grigson-lands-with-seahawks
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    Things I love (and hate) about the NFL

    Great topic @coltsfeva. Enjoyed thinking about this. Love: The coverage. As a football (soccer) fan, there is no equivalent to Redzone and that is such a brilliant way to watch the games. Also an easy way to get friends/family involved in watching as they struggle to watch a full game on its own from an outside perspective. The detail. You could spend hours analysing one play, with the amount of people involved in key areas. So much substance in everything that happens on the field (well expect that fake punt thing Pagano ran!) Tony Romo. He brings so much to the table in terms of entertainment and knowledge, makes every game he commentates on more interesting and hopefully more like him enter the booth in the coming years. Playing in all conditions. Some of the snow games can be brutal to watch (perfect example was the Bills game) but they are such a great spectacle. The parity. Again, linking back to soccer, teams can buy their way to the top but the salary cap gives all teams hope for the future with draft stock. The only risk IMO is the ever increasing salary cap limit. Hate: Over the top analysts. People who just have hot takes to get their names out there on twitter. The off-season. Why does it have to be so long! I am not sure what the answer is as more games means more likely injuries before post-season, but this time of year is so dull! Maybe more games and more bye-weeks to compensate? The Patriots. Because, well, you know.
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    Things I love (and hate) about the NFL

    Try being across the pond! Games ending at 4am are not good if you plan on being productive the next day!
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    Colts Recap

    One thing I have found interesting is the lack of coverage on Quenton Nelson. For him being such a high profile pick (in terms of perceived positional value vs draft spot), there has been hardly anything on any platform, local or national. IMO, this can only be a good thing. I know the pads are not on and that the real analysis will begin when training camp kicks off, but the fact we have heard nothing can only be good when he has been LG for the 1's this whole period. The only thing I did hear was (from memory) Frank Reich talking about him realising how tough it is going to be in this league. He mentioned about how he went against a double team on the D-Line and Reich said something like "and he just didn't move an inch. He is used to pushing through people, including double teams, but he just went nowhere". Reich described it as a eureka type of moment for the jump in talent he will face, and that those are great for rookies.
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    Kind words from Gil Brandt about Malik Hooker

    I would love to see a long term partnership with Geathers and Hooker. Both, in my opinion, very strong at their position and skill sets that really compliment each other. I would say we are a bit shallow in terms of depth, which is why I was a bit surprised we haven't brought in one of the free agents we had visiting, but still time I guess. I am encouraged by Hooker but I found it hard to truly evaluate him last year as I never had faith in the system/coaching and so this is an encouraging read.
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    Take The Colts Out Of The Picture For This

    I agree James, very exciting times for the AFC South. All four teams have a high ceiling, and I would say (barring injuries) Titans have the lowest floor as I am just not sure about Vrabel.
  15. When we are at this point of the year (man, time is dragging on!), there is so little to go on, but I do always quite like to take a punt on "under the radar" players who I think will be a surprise impact player for us in the coming season. I am not talking about high round draft picks or even returning players who we know are good (ie Kelly), but people who you might think could potentially not even make the 53 at this point, but who you fancy to end up being an important part of the roster. This year, my pick is Ross Travis. He wasn't involved a huge amount last year after being brought in from KC later in the season but his two catches against Denver went for 33 yards during a game where we struggled for momentum and those plays really caught the eye (although maybe due to color rush! ). He is 6-7, 235lbs and only 25 years old. Reich coming in and looking to employ the tight ends more than we have seen in previous regimes means I think he gets a real shot at linking up with Luck. Ebron and Doyle start ahead of him in the race for those starting spots, and Swoope is well thought of in the building, but I just see something in this guy that I think he might end up being a great chess piece for us, especially if we want to utilise 13 personnel every now and then. Anyone else that likes any of the "under the radar" guys on the roster? I did think about looking at Skai Moore, but think he may be an obvious one.
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    Take The Colts Out Of The Picture For This

    Jags have to be favorites here, no doubt for me. Watson looked great last year but opposition teams now have tape on him and a lot of his game was mobility and we don't know how much that has been affected with the injury. Biggest issue for me, that O-line might be the worst in the nfl.
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    Top 10 Current Colts

    It's a really interesting question and one that would be great to revisit come the end of the season, or even week 8, and see where we stand in terms of opinions at that point. In terms of your list, it's a really solid attempt and I can't find much fault in what is there (although it's obviously all opinions based). I would perhaps take out Sanchez and have Sheard sneak into the top 10 but I think this list could change significantly week to week next year. Would potentially swap Doyle and Kelly too but, aside from that, I like it.
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    Rodney Harrison on nbc sports radio

    It's maybe my pessimistic side but I think the division could be really strong this year, or at a minimum, 2 out of 3 teams being very strong. I actually don't see games where we will be big underdogs outwith the div aside from pats and eagles. Only issue I have is 5 of first 8 games on the road and so might be tough creating momentum before we played 5 of 6 division games in 2nd half of the schedule. I am definitely excited for this year though, real prospect of an improved team, not that we could be much worse!
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    The Colts running game

    I actually think Turbin could be a big part also. Has been highly talked about by Reich and I think they see him as more than just a 3rd down back. Exciting times.
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    Rodney Harrison on nbc sports radio

    With Luck back, I see 6 wins as our floor.
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    Post OTAs 53 man roster

    Also Krishawn Hogan. A good problem to have I guess in terms of trying to fit guys we want into the roster.
  22. Really good shout. A few people mentioning Mack being overlooked but Turbin falls into that category more than Mack for me and he seems to be liked by the coaching staff and getting most of the reps:
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    Ed Dodds named Assistant General Manager

    Didn't know much about Dodds but seems like a highly thought of person in the industry. The more quality people we have at important positions the better.
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    Sanchez makes All-Under 25 Team (NFL.com)

    Also interesting to think what Ballard/Reich would say they want the identity to be going forward. Based on acquisitions and drafting would likely be something like "Young and Fast". Seems every position is predicated on speed and don't think we have a single position group that you wouldn't describe as having most of their career ahead.
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    Sanchez makes All-Under 25 Team (NFL.com)

    That is some team! Only potential weak link for me is Goff (Wentz only turned 25 in December and he would be a lock otherwise). Hard to tell but I really wonder how Goff would have played in 2017 without McVay in his ear before every play.