highest rating:#4 (Athlon) average rating: #10
3 year starter
Illinois record 168 receptions and 2nd in all-time all purpose yds
leading rusher for East in East/West gm.
very good receiver-best hands in draft (RB)
highest rating: #40 ( NFL.com) average rating: #52
highest rating: #40 ( O
#1 rated C by Mike Mayock-NFL.com-CBS
3 yr. starter
Remington and Jacob award winner
USA Today All-american
highest rating: #2 (Fox sports) average rating: #6
2nd fastest DB in draft
raw, with great size/speed ratio
3/82- Le'Raven Clark-T-6'6-316-Texas Tech-5.0
highest rating: #4 (NFL.com) average
Losing Jones for the year was a big blow and has had trouble staying on the field, but should be a big factor going forward. Anderson was playing at a very high level early on, then his production slipped to some degree, before getting hurt. Parry was solid in the middle, but still have my doubts he has the size to be a dominant NT that a 3-4 needs. Langford had a really good year. the rest of the group all showed flashes and McG
Luck will be back as prob one the richest players in the NFL and I don't think to much needs to be made from this performance this year, other than he has learned the hard way....slide. Hasselbeck and Whitehurst are free agents. I think the time has come to move on from Hasselbeck and look for a younger backup. Freeman and Lindley played ok, Freeman has had some really quality years as a starting NFL QB. Morris is more of a down the road option. Freema
It was fun while it lasted, I mentioned in my last blog how this game would be a challenge to win, especially with our backup QB. The next 4 games are very winnable and with a win yesterday we could have finished with an 8 game win streak...back to reality. To expect that probably wasn't realistic, to expect to go undefeated with our back up QB probably wasn't either. Hasselbeck who has played beyond expectations for 4 games, also came back to reality, he did not play well or look sharp. The ste
Coach Pagano has made mention of bingo night in his post game speeches, noting the production from the elder statesmen on the team. Hasselbeck as we all know has been amazing, I for one did not expect this kind of production from a 40 year old QB, who really looked ...done....in the pre season. It is well documented how his health was in his first go-round filling in for Luck, how he sucked it up and led the team to a win, he has played very well in all 4 games, we are 4-0 in those games, but vs
We always hear this team is gritty, resiliant, that was for sure that type of game...was not pretty, but in the end, we had 3 more points than they did, the broncos were not at full strength last week, but the bottom line is this team has won 2 games now vs very good teams and regardless of the circumstance...that is a positive. The schedule the rest of the way is filled with win-able games.
Defense: wanted to start with the defense this week, because they were the difference in the game, ma
DL: Langford has had a really good year and his addition has been huge, due to the inexperience of this group and injuries. Anderson was playing at a very high level early on , but his production has dropped off and is now out, Parry has been solid in the middle. Winn has looked good, Kerr is a capable backup, but depth is almost non existent. Jones missing the year was a big blow. Grade: D
LB: Mathis is slowly getting back to his previous form, Walden has had a good year, Jackson has exce
QB: Luck has not played well, the inconsistent O-line play, less than steller play by the receivers and injuries haven't helped, but his judgement, reads, accuracy and overall production is more like a journeyman backup, than an elite player. Hasselbeck has exceded expectations, even moreso considering his poor showing in the pre season and his performance vs the texans was one for the ages, with Luck out his production down the stretch is critical. grade:D
RB: Gore has been one of the few
If we could bottle it up and sell it...we would be rich!!! How a team can look so pathetic vs lower rated teams, then look totally different vs elite teams...I have seen this many times, over the years, it really defies logic, it sometimes appears that guys are just going through the motions, then just start focusing????? I guess that is why this sport is so crazy popular. Bad games happen and sometimes happen vs teams you are supossed to beat, but in the big picture, what really matters is when
If you look at the game stats, the totals for each team, were almost indentical, rushing yards, total yards, turnovers, return yards, 3rd down ratio...so what was the difference? This team for whatever reason, starts out slow, always have, they dig a hole, sometimes huge and then fight and claw to get back in the game. The panthers are arguably the hottest team in the NFL and in the end, we had a chance and prob should have won the game....first crack in overtime and even the 2nd time, but again
I guess it's still a matter of perspective.....half full or half empty. Half empty: The 1st 3 quarters it was almost totally team wide unproductive....half full: never gave up and with a very productive 4th quarter , had a real chance to win. Inconsistent is the key word, great in spurts, other times (most of the time) can't accomplish....anything? That is not good football, that is NOT winning football. Something is missing, not sure what it is and not sure if it can be fixed (this year) but to
I have heard it said and even said it myself, more than once, this team cannot beat the big boys, we beat up on our lowly division foes and struggle vs the rest of the league, then I thought ....we have won some of those games, so I did some research, these are the results, each year vs teams that made the playoffs-that year:
2012: beat the vikings 23-20 beat the packers 30-27 lost to new england 59-24 lost to houston 29-17 beat houston 28-16 Colts:122- opp:151
The question everybody wanted to know was , are the Colts good enough to compete with the big boys? Yes and no...before I get into that, I want to back track...this was 5 straight losses to the p***'s and the first one that was competetive, in those previous 4 blowouts, it was not a result of a team with superior talent, beating up on a lower level team. The p***'s have refined and adjusted their game plan over many years to the tune of , you have to almost play a perfect game to beat them, they
A look at the draft classes:
2012- 1. Luck 2. Fleener 3. Allen 3. Hilton 5. Chapman 5. Ballard 6. Brazil 7. Anderson 7. Fugger 7. Harnish Getting Luck has been well documented and has more to do with the success of this era, than anything. One of the greatest drafts stats-wise in NFL history, Fleener has been very good, Allen was actually suppossed to be the better all around TE, but has not been able to stay on the field, trading up to get Hilton
I did 2 blogs about Grigson in the offseason and wanted to do an updated version with all the talk about is he or isn't he..............and as much as I have really tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, it's getting harder and harder...... A look at the free agent signings during his era ( some were aquired via trade) I have broke it down into 3 categories....Good-Ok-Not good
2012: Good: Redding Butler Freeman Overton V. Davis
Not good: Zbikowski Avery McKinney Sate
I think it's very ironic that the players who were the difference in the game were primarily the players who had a big part in the sluggish start to the season. Starting with our 40 year old backup (plan B) QB, Hasselback (18-29-213-2 TD's) had a first roster cut type of pre season, did not look like an NFL quality QB. Having a plan B, can be huge as we learned years ago, when #18 couldn't play, but with this team, it's just a plan B ( not expected to play). Last week, he did play and play well
I know it's only 4 games and there is time to get things fixed and there is still a very good shot at making the playoffs (due to playing in the weakest division in the NFL) and anything can happen, but just don't see any reason to feel very confident about this team, after the first quarter, to think that they are capable of going deep into the postseason and the be quite blunt, even the playoffs as things stand right now, are far from certain.... it's not a few things that aren't working, ther
A win is a win... there was some slight improvements (not near enough).....we started out strong, had a 14-0 lead , then watched as the titans scored 27 unanswered points, a very strong 4th quarter turned the game around and kept what looked like an almost certain 0-3 start and who knows what might have happened had that been the case, from taking place.
Offense: Luck was again up and down, forcing balls that turned into turnovers, but rebounded with a great 4th quarter, which did offer a gl
Before I get into the game, I am sure by now everybody has heard about Pagano's post game press conference, his mentality-*! That's expected, but he was *! Never seen him like that, we have looked bad before, lost before, lost 2 in a row before, but this was different-very different! His comments-Very telling!! When asked if Luck seems to be trying to speed up his throws because of lack of protection, his answer was.... it's been that way for 3 years, he should be used to it by now. I was about
I am going to try not to over-react after 1 game, but that was pretty much a total domination of all 3 phases and a very sloppy and lack luster effort, which like the pre season is kinda hard to understand, with all of the off season programs and pre season to get ready for this game and look like they were not ready to play a football game.
Offense: Is Luck ready to be in the elite group? Not based on that performance, did not show good judgement or display very good accuracy, for most of t
QB-Luck/Luck: continues to fine tune his game RB-Richardson/Gore: significant upgrade TE-Fleener/Allen: better all around talent, IF he can stay on the field (which he hasn't been able to do yet) WR-Hilton/Hilton-should excell with a more talented group WR-Wayne/Johnson: Reggie was not healthy or productive- significant upgrade WR-Moncrief/Moncrief- breakout year? T- Castonzo/Castonzo-underated rock G-Mewhort/Louis-even C-Rotation/Holmes- stability leads to upgrade G-Thortan/Herreman-slight upgr
QB- no surprises here, Hasselbeck has looked better in the last 2 games, but still don't feel too confident, if ......
RB- Really glad to see Ballard and Varga both made the roster, although that might have something to do with Herron's status
WR- also glad to see Whalen made it, but..............Carter- I know potential is an overused phrase, but guys with his measurables don't come around everyday and I know that training camp is not a game, but he was one of the stars of camp.