Really like what I heard from media day from everyone. Hopefully what they have said rings true and this can be a special team this year. Some notes I took were:
- Nate McMillan defended his coaching ability by saying it was different league when he coached for the Blazers. He had a very young team and it wasn't just yet the small ball of today. He slowed the pace with his Blazers to get the effectiveness out of each player. He knows that he will need to use small ball and a fast pace with this type of team.
-I like that this roster can really match up with anybody. If they go big we have Thaddeus, Myles, and AJ to shift around the 4 or 5. And if they go small, we can put CJ Miles or PG at power forward for a period.
- Hopefully we get the best of Teague and Ellis this year. Teague played with an injury last year and says he feels 10 times better he did last season. Ellis said he dealt with things on and off the court specifically with his knees. He recently told PG that he felt as good as he did since he was with Golden State and has been in Indy working since August. That shows me he is really working on improving his game.
At this stage of the game, it's too late to move Good back to RT. Haeg is probably physically better suited to play tackle, eventually. Clark will probably take a lot more time to develop. But I've been saying for years that Reitz is a journeyman lineman at best, and not well suited to play tackle without substantial TE support - injured or not. So I'd put Reitz at RG until Good heals, and Haeg at RT, with Blythe backing up RG. The coaching brain trust saw it differently during preseason, so we'll see how this plays out.
None of this bodes well for Andrew Luck, however.