Peterk2011

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  1. Vienna is cca 40 mins drive from my house, it's close, even in European measures. Yeah, soccer is popular at every level over here. And unlike US major sports, soccer is an around the clock thing, it's off for only 3-4 weeks a year. The 2017 season already started, teams already playing either league or cup, or international games. Once you're in, you're in all year. Wife loves it lol I like what Wenger does with the Gunners, they're always fun to watch. It's not him, but the way soccer business works, hold them back from winning more. I think football will see it's own cap system to keep it competitive. Not in a year or two, but eventually.
  2. Well, I live mostly in Hungary, when not in Germany / Switzerland due to business. (I was born and raised as hungarian, then moved to England for cca a decade to work there - i'm an IT guy -, then moved back to Hungary to start my own business.) I still go to England few times a year. Chelsea is my team over there, I usually watch their games when i'm there. But I'm not picky, I watch any London team depending on which game fits my schedule. Here in Hungary, there's a local team I kinda follow. It's not a major franchise, so you might never heard of it's name (Ferencvaros). And of course I watch Champions League. MLS is out of my sight, there's too many soccer already to watch over here. I kinda watched last year's MLS playoff though. There was a hungarian guy (Krisztian Nemeth) playing for Kansas City, who I knew personally. He moved back to Europe, so not much MLS for me since.
  3. I born, raised and live in Europe, so for me, soccer is the favourite teamsport, even ahead of football. (Actually, "football" means soccer over here, and we call US football "american football". So I guess I'm just a football fan after all )
  4. Wow, I coulnd't imagine I will ever read such a comment from a fan. Football is a game, not war. And it is for a reason. In my book, in football, if you are good enough, you should be able to do your job without playing dirty. If you can't block your opponent without wanting him hurt, you are just not good enough. You don't belong there. Whenever a lineman looses a battle to a rusher, I don't want him to think "gosh, I can't block this guy, so I have to hurt him", because that's the mindset of a looser. I want him to think "gosh, I can't block this guy, so I have to go back and work even more on my footwork, technic, conditioning, whatever". Push yourself to or even beyond your limits, that's the mindset of a sportsman.
  5. I'm curious what, in your opinion Brees did that Luck didn't? The Saints went below .500 four times in the last five years. If thats a "step up to make up for the defenses deficiencies", then Luck did more... Brees is a first ballot HOF, a seasoned veteran, he played well, while his team sucked, but could not save his team. Brees's numbers were similar to Luck's 2014 and 2016 numbers. Brees threw a few hundred more yards and he had a bit better overall QBR, but nothing eye popping. Brees's TD/INT ratio was in the same ballpark as Lucks. And Luck had more game winning drives, more rushing yards and TD's than Brees. Honestly, I don't see what was your point with this....
  6. There is a huge difference between "winning the division is not unrealistic", and "setting it as the minimum expectation". I think the last thing Irsay (and not Ballard, it wont be Ballard's decision imo) will do is to make decisions based purely on record. He won't, and he shouldn't. Ballard did a great job turning things the right direction, but as far as roster quality, honestly, the Colts are still at least a step behind everyone else in the division.
  7. There are many players nearing or over 30 who are starting. Jonathan Joseph, DRC, Kareem Jackson, Aquib Talib, Amukamara, Jason McCarthy, Jimmy Smith, Maxwell, Sherman, etc. Davis won't get a 4+ years, guaranteed contract any more. But it doesn't really matter, because most contracts nowadays are - no matter how long - practically structured as 1 (2) year(s) guaranteed + X years non-guaranteed contracts. Assuming, that Davis can play 2 more years at his current level (well, his 2015 level), I see low risk in giving him a new contract, structured that way.
  8. The Colts roster is still in the making, Ballard does not have the luxury to let players go just because their market price is high or they are "old". If the Colts had a complete, deep roster, full with young, developing players who could step up and take the starting role, that would be a different story. But that's not the case. Ballard will need next years draft to address already existing needs: a premier pass rusher, a stud off ball LB, probably a (strong) safety, if Geathers neck won't recover. And then we will need another TE, an RB, a depth OL even if Mewhort stays, another CB even if Davis stays, etc. Thats already more than a full draft can provide. So, assuming they will play well, I think all 3 guys will stay. Actually, I think there will be 1 or 2 of them, who will resign before the end of the season. That's what both sides are interested in. The player gets his contract, and the franchise can lock him up a bit below market price.
  9. I think Ballard does not have the leverage to decide the faith of Pagano. Neither did Grigson ... otherwise he would have fired Pagano last year, I have not doubt about that. Polian did have full control, so I assume Irsay changed his mind in 2011, and keeps some control over personal decisions ever since. So, whatever will happen to Pagano next year, it will be Irsay who will make the decision. And, I think Ballard is OK with that. He'd never have taken the job if he wasn't. Regarding 2018 cap space, I think it will be significantly more than 48 million. We don't know how much the cap will increase, but a safe assumption is it will increase at least 5 percent (8-10 millions at least), and there will be some notable cap rollover from this year, because we are well under the cap atm.
  10. Imo, the WR corp is set, I don't see anyone sneak in. It will be T.Y, Moncrief as #1 and #2 and then Aiken, Rogers and Dorsett in #3 to #5 in no particular order, then Bray as PR/KR. Dorsett is an underarchiever as a first rounder, but he's never been higher than #3 on the depth chart. And 500 yards - his last year production - is OK from a #3, #4 receiver to secure his job. Will he get a 2nd contract from the Colts? I doubt so, but this year, he stays imo. T.J Green, hmm... If Geathers was healthy, I might said Green was in the roster bubble. But Geathers being injured, I say his spot is safe too.
  11. Man, a 5 INT's are a pro-bowl season for a CB.... (Malcolm Butler, Richard Sherman had 4, Patrick Peterson, Aquib Talib had 3...) I'd of couse love to see him picking opponent QB's 5 times, but I don't think it's reasonable to expect that many. Anyway, I need to see him first to have an opinion on him. What I see from tape and his measurables is that he is a prototypical press man corner, which is a perfect fit for our system. However, while his speed is fine for his position - Marcus Peters, Sherman has similar speed -, he is not quick enough to recover by only foot when he's loosing. Rookies tend to use their hands too much in these situations, which projects penalties. Maybe plenty Anyway, even if he'll have a rough first year, I still love this pick. He is a proof for me that the front office (Ballard and Pagano) is in synch now. They know who they are looking for, and get the guy who is perfect for the system. (Compare this pick to D'Joun Smith, who was more of an off-man corner. That pick had "I'm Grigson, I am the GM, I decide who I see fit" feeling all around him.)
  12. Does anyone have stats about holdings vs stalled drives? I don't, but I have a gut feeling that those +10 yard holding penalties play a large role in stalled drives. So I'm not that forgiving. False starts may hurt less, but still, one of the most important thing is to keep penalty rates as low as possible. And, imo, third and shorts are key to the success, and also, key to protect Andrew's health. The more obvious a pass situation is and the more time a play needs to develop, the bigger the chance that the defense will get to Luck. Third and shorts are the best weapon against that.
  13. Castonzo is a valuable assett for the oline. He's always been a bit better at run blocking than pass blocking, but he does both quite well. He had better and so-so years, but overall he was a fine NFL left tackle ever since he's been drafted. He's been a 6 year starter, he's still under 30, so he still has a lots of snaps in his tank left. And he missed only 3 games so far in his entire carreer (knock-knock). This is huge. "Your best ability is availability". It's a cliche, but still so true.
  14. This. Having a great oline coach can make a world of difference. Joe Philbin is not the one you might want to have as your team's head coach, but he seem to be a terrific positional coach. Last season the Colts had a) an extremely young an inexperienced group of players to start with (including 3 rookies), then b) had a fair share of injuries during the season holding them back, but despite all of their issues, the line showed massive improvement during the course of the season. Both as a group and individually as well. Actually, I can't name a single guy there who had a downward trend in his production. Every single one of the youngsters showed noticable improvement, and the "veterans" (Mewhort, lol, being a veteran with 2 years under his belt) played fine. That's a sign of excellent coaching. I'm very optimistic regarding this young group. They are still a work in progress, but I expect a much improved overall performance from this unit in 2017.
  15. Something like this, assuming, that: 1. Luck will be available from week 1 2. Deshaun Watson wont be 2017-s Dak Prescott. 3. Blake Bortles mechanics are broken for good. 4. Marcus Mariota will stay healthy for all 16 games

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