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  1. Colts now at top of Salary Cap list

    We know we’re playing the long game. My hope is the we surround Luck with enough talent to include him in it.
  2. Hankins Released

    Look, I'm not one of those guys who thinks Irsay is a liar, in this case I think he's echoing Ballard. Hankins EXCELLED in the 4-3 at OSU, well enough to be a high second rounder. He EXCELLED in the 4-3 with the Giants, even as a pass rusher until he got hurt. He played the 3 technique for them and for us, which is an easy fit for a 4-3. So, I'm sorry, but if one more person parrots "scheme", I'm going to ... calm myself down. @NewColtsFan, you're a bright guy, so tell me, what specifically is the 'scheme' issue with him? If they said they were releasing Woods because of scheme, I'd have no problem. @Four2itus Usually I agree with your posts, but that Manning analogy made no sense. First of all, I never said anything about records. I fully understand that it's not an overnight process. Manning obviously improved the team. Who is going to replace Hankins and improve the team? It's not money, it's not scheme, it's not a locker room issue. I'm a Ballard fan, but this one stumped me. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. There has to be more to this than 'scheme'.
  3. Hankins Released

    I'm not going to go back and read 9 pages of complaints or justifications, so I'll just add mine. Hankins played in a 4-3 most of his career, so scheme was not the issue. It's been reported that he's not a pass rush threat. But he is a known proven run stopper that clogs and pushes the middle. That allows for pressure from the outside. And we all know QBs hate the pressure up the middle more than anything. Bottom line - every move by Ballard should be to improve the team. I just don't see how replacing him with an unproven player improves the team. Even if we draft an interior lineman in the first round, it's a wash at that position IMO, and costs us a draft pick. Sorry for the rant, I just don't get it.
  4. Here is my crazy..bold prediction:

    NOOO! Us Buckeyes want Jimmy H to stay right where he’s at.
  5. I don’t think so. Vea, or any DT we draft, is not going to be noticeably better than Hankins, if at all. A wash, most likely. So, we’d use a draft pick to save money and not really improve the team. And there’s plenty of cap that will eventually have to be used. Makes no sense.
  6. The 2nd Rounders

    Agreed, but... Guice over Michel or Chubb please.
  7. No offense, but that’s kind of meaningless. The only way we ‘win’ the trade is if the three 2nd founders become real contributors. Ballard definitely increased the odds of getting better players with the additional 2s, while only very slightly decreasing the odds of our #1 works out. Nevermind, after typing this I realized that’s what you’re saying with the points. So, I’ll delete this post... oops...
  8. CB Phillip Gaines to visit Colts

    Right. We need Chip and Joanna Gaines to help with this overhaul. Good call,
  9. Chris Ballard’s Moneyball (BallardBall)

    Haven’t the Browns played moneyball the last few years? So here’s a simplistic analysis: You get mid tier players who you hope are gems to improve the entire team. If it works out the guys who become stars move on to bigger contracts. But it’s more likely the outcome is Browns rather than Patriots. OR you get proven play makers that immediately improve your team. Pay them well. Win now. Cap space continues to go up, so when they leave you get the next group of playmakers. Bottom line, I trust in Ballard to get players that will improve the team. I don’t think he intentionally plays moneyball. But if he doesn’t improve the Oline because he wants to save money, then I’ll start to doubt his judgment.
  10. I wonder if some people here realize that Norwell was an UDFA? There are guys who can play if given the chance and with good coaching. And a QB with a quick release makes any Oline look good.
  11. "The Chicago Bears traded up one spot in the draft with the San Francisco 49ers to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Chicago dealt the No. 3 pick, their third round pick (No. 67), one of their fourth round picks (No. 111) and a 2018 third-round pick to move up and take Trubisky, considered one of the draft’s top quarterbacks." I'd take that all day long.
  12. What happen to the expectations ?

    1 1/2 seasons, if you count his entire career. With all of his 'shoulder problems', he had arguably his best season in 16, when he missed one game.
  13. What happen to the expectations ?

    Wait, you mean "French Press" isn't what the Olympic basketball team from Paris uses at the end of their games? Shame on you. This IS supposed to be a football thread after all.
  14. What happen to the expectations ?

    Quit trying to derail this thread. ”Under Deep Fryer” WAS a great song by Queen and Bowie. I don’t care what anyone says!