You missed my point re Houston. So why did such an awful team beat us if it was not due to travel? And whatever your reason is, could it not be the same reason as why we lost to Jacksonville? I.E. nothing to do with the venue/travel/jet lag/funny weather/weird English folk/fans of 32 teams watching.....
I want to see how this season plays out. We really don't know the details of how players are being coached. All I know is that the players (who want to win a championship as much, if not more than we want them to win one) respect Pagano and believe he is the coach who can get them there.
As far as Grigson, yeah, he has "struck out" in both the draft and FA. NO GM in the league hits on all decisions. He's made some good choices as well, but fans look past that.
I would argue that the talent is there, but the Colts have beaten themselves at times. And the players have to take responsibility for that.
Also, the team has yet to get completely healthy. Because of that, inexperience has played a role in this year's record and we've seen a lot of mental errors.
People think you can wave a "magic wand" and bring in someone new to make the Colts able to compete for a championship. (Don't forget Belichick had some rough years in Cleveland, before he was successful).
Here's my question to all who want them gone: Should the Colts win the championship before their contracts expire, would you have the objectivity to admit you were wrong? Just sayin.....
Positive. At the time, drafting the best pass rusher available at pick 24 was the smart decision. While drafting for need is not the preferred route, Freeny's contract and Mathis' age made OLB an exceptional need, especially since neither could play the run in the new 34 scheme we were installing.
Taking Rhodes would have meant we would have either put him on the bench behind Toler, or play him and cut Toler with some salary cap dead money. And before people start squawking about Toler, a the time, the Colts were switching to a press man CB scheme away from the zone, and Toler was a pretty good press man CB, who displayed that until his injury bug continued (when signed, Toler's play was not questioned, it was his knee injury and injury history)
At the time, if Rhodes was drafted, we would have had three good CBs, with #1, #2 draft picks and good money devoted to the position, but only the ability to play 2....with virtually no OLB on the roster. Too many CBs and not enough OLBs.
Picking Rhodes would have been an extremely stupid decision at the time. But now, hindsight makes it look the opposite.
Which is why I support Grigson. I have never faulted any decision he has made at the time, given the circumstances at the time (except TR trade). Whether or not they work out...well....to quote Polian....A GM is right about first round picks about 60% of the time.
1) The "QB getting so much" just happened 6 month ago. It in no way has any bearing on the current state of the roster. Or, very little bearing. The cause of the "roster being in shambles" is due to the bone head moves by the GM. Period
2) Luck being a "problem" on a list of any problems is ridiculous. When you compare his numbers to Peyton Manning's numbers up to this point in their careers there is only one stat that Manning has total dominance over Luck and that is the number of times he has been sacked! I'll be so bold as to say if Peyton Manning had to play behind the lines that Luck has had to play behind Manning would have never made it to where he ended up in his career. You can say all you want about his contract the fact of the matter is theres probably 27 other teams in the league who would have given Luck that money if they'd had the chance.
Atleast Bill Polian was savvy enough to put a decent line in front of Manning and had the foresight to understand that in Dungy's defense that having two defensive ends who could rush the passer was a formula for success. We can argue all day about how that forumula wasn't perfect but it was tremendously successful. I don't even have any idea up to this point what Grigson's vision is other than using duct tape and bubble gum to assemble a roster.