HAHA! Wow, sorry for wasting so much of your precious time guys.
I guess, thanks for keeping your responses so short? At least you only wasted 5 sec of my time as opposed to the 30 sec I apparently wasted of yours...
I'll try to be more like BOTT from now on and just post 1-2 sentence insults when I don't agree with someone.
First of all this is difficult to grade before we know who is even on the roster. That being said I'm not sure how looking at the options CB isn't the biggest area of concern on the team right there with S. Compared to those two spots OLB isn't so bad and TE.is good.
TE- Allen is a solid all around starter and Doyle a solid back up. We will have a young guy with a lot of potential sitting 3rd on the depth chart. That will be whoever wins what should be a good 3 way camp battle Griswold Swoope or Miller. Gone are the 2 TE sets. I don't see tight as a huge concern. If need be we can add a 3rd stringer during cuts.
Compared to the back end we aren't so bad at OLB. We have proven starters Cole/Mathis and Walden. We don't know what we have behind them. We may not have anyone behind Walden or Okine maybe Thompson emerge. If Maggitt can get healthy he could help. Bates will be in the mix. A lot of questions at OLB after the starters. The back end we get to questions before we get past the starters.
S we have Adams a solid starter but age and injury concerns have to be high. Geathers is unproven. It has yet to be seen how he will handle the full time job. We don't know what's behind them. Green and Southward both have the measurables to be very good. McClure showed flashes at Cal. We know Guy his value is mainly on ST's. Lots of questions at S.
CB IMO is worse. Davis when healthy we know has the goods. Robinson during his career has been very inconsistent on the outside. Last year he was one of the best CB's in the league in the slot. We brought him to play outside. Butler was as bad in the slot last year as he is when asked to play outside. When targeted in the slot he gave up a 118 passer rating. We have one guy who can play outside a guy who can play the slot and Butler who looked shot last year. Behind those 3 are only questions.
We have Smith we hope. He's hasn't even shown he can play on Sunday's. Brown who had a terrific camp and preseason last year. He came off the tracks when it got real and ended up on the IR by week 4. Maybe another off season with Pagano and he can carry his preseason play to Sunday. Beyond that Mitchel and Glover-Wright have good size but no experience both have been in the league for a year. Then we have UDFA's. The 2 I like are Milton and Wright. It would not be surprised if one found their way on to the team but that is more about who's in front of them than anything Both are good candidates for the PS.
The back end to me is the biggest question mark on the team. It's not even close.
What's your definition of a quisling or a traitor to the natl. security of the United States? What's your definition of a First Amendment advocate? Can both definitions apply to the same individual? Where does protection begin & privacy end? These are all fundamental questions tackled in the picture that won Best Documentary at the 2015 Academy Of Motion Pictures Awards. I have now watched "CitizenFour" twice over the extended vacation weekend directed by Laura Poitras. It runs just under 2 hours in length coming in at 1 hour & 50 minutes. Who is "CitizenFour you ask? Edward Snowden. Now, before I go any further, I realize this is a politically sensitive subject that I promise to handle appropriately. Translation: It's not my job to blame any Presidential Administration, intelligence community agency either in North America or overseas, or condemn any senator or dept. head by name. My only objective here is to chronicle for my audience the director's vision or direction & whether I subscribe to that approach or not as a finished cinematic piece.
Plotline: After 911, the Department of Homeland Security was developed & the President was tasked with keeping her nation's citizens safe & secure from any other terrorist attacks on her soil. Various intelligence agencies thru "The Patriot Act" were permitted to monitor & track the activities of suspicious people who might be up to no good meaning crippling our economy & instilling fear in our country's population thru more violent & sustained attacks via sleeper cells who remain dormant until they are motivated to make their presence known. Let me rephrase that, surveillance used to require approval thru the FISA court before any person could be wiretapped over their landline, cell phone, web browser searches, & Amazon purchases we routinely make online from our computer laptops. But now, the world is different & different doesn't necessarily mean better or safer.
In June of 2013, both the director of this film Laura Poitras & a reporter working for the Guardian newspaper named Glenn Greenwald are contacted by Edward Snowden anonymously via an encrypted email. Edward worked for a military contractor on loan from the NSA [National Security Agency] stationed in Hawaii. Edward wasn't comfortable with what the federal government was doing in the name of natl. security. His clearance gave his access to drone strikes footage & billions & billions of digital data capturing internet traffic & phone records on all it's citizens without their knowledge, permission, or approval. In other words, data is being accumulated on every person in the US treating them like common criminals before any form of probable cause to monitor them has been legally established to warrant "Big Brother" watching you in the first place. Who watches the watchers in the intelligence community thru the NSA to ensure that no civil right abuses take place? Hmmm...
James R. Clapper, the former head of NSA, even promises senators on the Armed Services Committee behind closed doors that the intelligence community would never illegally tap her own citizens without going thru legal FISA court protocol first. Edward Snowden disagrees with that Clapper claim since he himself used 2 programs called PRISM & Tempora almost daily to track US citizens without their permission. Both Prism & Tempora are like metadata trojan horses where firewalls are penetrated & digital confidential records are intercepted, duplicated, copied, & re-routed back to NSA faculties such as 1 in Utah where countless NSA officials comb thru reams of data looking for any form of communication that might indicate harm against the US either as a target with a high rate of human causalities is imminent or cutting off a terrorist group's revenue steam. Edward went on to tell Laura & Glenn that the federal government via the NSA is accumulating billions of data on every citizen innocent or not without asking them. The NSA often demands that companies like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Google, Yahoo, FaceBook, You Tube, & Hotmail turn over all their customer correspondence with no questions asked under the umbrella of Natl. security & safety or the NSA will put in technology in Brazil to steal information on world leaders they can't obtain legally thru the justice system or a foreign court.
Even if we ignore the privacy violations for just a moment, how would the NSA be able to shift thru mountains of data on every person state side & abroad? How would any intelligence agency the FBI, or the CIA be able to determine a legitimate threat from an imagined one or some crazy person just talking a good game but would never do anything life threatening to anyone? Too much information is just as catastrophic as barely any actionable intelligence. Also, what's to stop say an NSA agent who just got dumped by his girlfriend from falsely classifying her a terrorist on the no fly list & thereby denying her access to a mortgage for a new house, a loan for a new car, & a lousy credit score getting her fired from her job & being passed over for a promotion she wants & deserves? Answer: Nothing. Think about that for a second. It's scary & bone chilling.
Jacob Applebaum, a civil rights advocate, talked at length about how all data is linked now from debit cards, to credit cards, to Metro passes, to bank records, to fingerprint & retina databases, to online purchases. When your Amazon webpage says welcome back Steve & gives you recommendations, it's tracking you. Couple that google earth & GPS pinpoint accuracy on your cell phone & it hits you that with delivery updates on items you're waiting for that a person can only remain off the grid & under the NSA radar for so long. With social security numbers & multiple access points to confidential information, there's really no where to run longterm. Mr. Snowden knows this.
Edward meets Laura & Glenn in NY City & then they all fly to Hong Kong, China. Once we meet Edward, he's not all that imposing. Just a tall skinny guy in a white t-shirt with blond hair & wearing glasses. He tells Glenn the reason for whistle-blowing on the NSA. In his view, the federal government is supposed to observe a system of checks & balances where no agency can illegally listen, record, & watch it's native population with no provocation or oversight whatsoever simply because 9/11 took place. A landmark event even a tragedy shouldn't give the NSA to do whatever the hades it wants because security now warrants a suspension of civil liberties on a massive scale. In addition, back door access to online communications is never a good idea because if illegal surveillance becomes commonplace among nations what safety & security does any citizen really have to express themselves freely without stern retaliation by those intelligence agencies upset that their secret monitoring program has been exposed & brought to light?
Over the course of 8 days in June, we sit in a Hong Kong hotel room with Edward as he shows Laura & Glenn various NSA documents revealing the depth & magnitude of America's spying on her own citizens to foil another terrorist attack. However, it's like locking up Japanese American citizens after Pearl Harbor during the Second World War who did nothing to warrant the internment treatment they received. Citizenship doesn't mean a darn thing if high ranking officials can randomly decide at the drop of a hat who is an enemy without any proof or evidence at all. Plus, secret surveillance of a person's entire phone, e-mail, & internet traffic on a massive scale is hardly fostering an atmosphere of trust between it's population & elected public servants supposedly working on behalf of the collective public good.
It's interesting to hear Edward Snowden talk out loud about what his decision to be a whistle blower has done to his girlfriend Lindsay Mills. She doesn't hate him or anything like that. It's more of what the feds & NSA are doing to her financially--interfering with Snowden's ability to pay his monthly rent, tearing their place apart trying to ascertain his whereabouts, & making her life unpleasant just to upset him & ruffle his feathers emotionally. Edward knew what the risks were & what disclosing classified information after he signed a non-disclosure act really entails. He knew he might never see his parents alive again & face criminal prosecution under a WWI Espionage Act designed to label spies enemy agents of the state not entitled to Constitutional protections if he was arrested by the feds prior to gaining political asylum in another country with no extradition treaty in place that is fully enforced. There's a scene in the film where Ed removes a computer chip from the hotel phone, tells Glenn how modern phones can be switched on & transformed into instant listening devices with no bureaucratic tape to file or cut, & is nervous about an unexpected fire alarm going off in the hotel just hours before Glenn is about to publish his 1st feature column in the Guardian disclosing the existence of the PRISM program & the NSA's firm persuasion tactics designed to convince telecom & online companies to share billions of client traffic bypassing legal channels thru the courts just to preserve natl. security without a customer's awareness or even approval.
There's another fascinating sequence where ED informs Glenn that he needs to reveal his true identity & not hide in the shadows anymore. CNN & all the major news networks now have a name to go with a face. CitizenFour was Snowden's username & call sign in all his encrypted correspondence with Laura & Glenn from the very beginning BTW. ED knows he can't lay low very long from either the President or the intelligence community via the NSA. Glenn is worried that being shown on screen & not being under the radar anymore that it will help the US Government find him faster & lead to his eventual longterm incarceration. Snowden however belies that by showing the world who he is & what he stands for that he almost becomes a martyr impossible to kill & throw away the key now. Discredit & humiliate socially sure, but permanently eliminate no.
Julian Assange, the Founder of Wiki-Leaks, gets Snowden safely out of China, but the US Government red flags his passport, but not before Vladimir Putin, the President Of Russia, grants him asylum in Moscow for 1 yr first. Lindsay Mills is reunited with Edward shortly thereafter in the Kremlin. I still think Putin did that to antagonize our Commander-In-Chief but I have no way to confirm or verify that fact personally of course. It does make you wonder what Putin will do going forward though. Renew Snowden's refugee status in a foreign land, revoke it, or fly him on a diplomatic plane that no American official can board to a country where Edward can never be brought back to the US by force or international treaty. A huge question mark.
Whether you view Mr. Snowden a traitor for distributing NSA documents documenting spying on all American citizens violating 1st Amendment rights or see him as a brave crusader against government tyranny calling for an end to privacy with no transparency or legal approved remedies is up to my audience on a reader by reader basis. All we know for sure is this: If you royally tick off Uncle Sam, the whole intelligence community is going rein down on the whistle blower like a ton of bricks. There will be blood, backlash, & hades to pay for the rest of that person's life. No escaping that quagmire no matter what Mr. Snowden does.
Given the significance of surveillance & how crucially disturbing confidential in the wrong hands can be, let's bestow an A+ on this film since there are no easy solutions to keeping a nation's demographic population intact & free from harm.
Always asking yourself: Who watches the watchers in the intelligence community?
PS: It's worthing noting that Mr. Snowden didn't divulge the identity of any NSA agents or military operations in the files he handed over to Laura & Glenn. Only matters that dealt with an invasion of personal privacy via illegal wiretapping was released to the general public on a closely vetted pattern without putting an armed forces life at risk.
Yea now that I think about it, Bud Adams back then was willing to give Peyton practically ANYTHING to come play. The lifetime contract, a coaching gig, and I think someone was offering him a key to the city, or something. Tennessee was basically on their hands and knees. It was pathetic imo.
"I want him to be with me the rest of his working period of his life," Adams said, "even when he doesn't want to play anymore." Yuck, Bud Adams and his man crush. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/titans/story/2012-03-11/bud-adams-peyton-manning/53489158/1
Hello my Name is Robin. And i'm from Denmark. even though i've been member on this forum for a long time, and the old one as well. I would like to Introduce myself. I became a Colts fan in 2007, when I watched my first NFL game. My brother introduced me to NFL, the superbowl between Colts & Bears, And as we all know the Bears scored first, so I had to rude for the "underdogs".. and from that day on I was hooked. I've watched every game since, even the primetime games, that starts 2:30 in Denmark, it's a long day working with no sleep but damn its worth it. Can't wait for my next big Colts adventure, when I get to see them playing in London
I have been a fan since 1984 when I became an early teen and really started to understand the game. Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984 and eventhough we stunk for a while, things obviously got better. We traded for Dickerson in 1987 and won the Division, then we had Harbaugh's magical season in 1995, the Peyton ERA where winning 12 games was a piece of cake + winning a SB in 2006, now the Andrew ERA where we have already had 3 11 win seasons and a deep Playoff run.