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Why The Colts Should Keep Robert Mathis

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CPearison45

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As many Colts fans are aware of, Robert Mathis just concluded his final year of his current contract with our beloved team. There has been support via Twitter, Facebook and message boards from fans wanting the Colts Organization to re-sign Mathis and give him a new, worthy contract. Let me break this down for you, our team NEEDS Robert Mathis. Our fans WANT Robert Mathis back. Robert Mathis more than deserves to stay in Indianapolis.

Mathis was selected 138th overall in the NFL Draft, and the 18th overall Defensive End. Of those 17 DE’s taken ahead of Mathis, how does he measure up? We’ll just break down some numbers and find out.

The highest Defensive End taken in the 2003 NFL Draft was Kevin Williams. He was selected 9th overall by the Minnesota Vikings and has remained with the Vikings since. Of his 9 years in the league, his career statistics per season are as follows: 44.88 tackles, 6.05 sacks, .78 forced fumbles. Let’s just add those numbers up and give him a rating of 51.71. Not too shabby. Next was Ty Warren, selected by the New England Patriots. He stayed with the Patriots until 2009 and then went to Denver in 2011. He did not have a team in 2010 and did not start a single game in 2011. So his overall stats would be: 53.29 tackles, 2.93 sacks, .57 forced fumbles with a rating of 56.79. Other defensive ends drafted this year are as follows with their career stats:

3rd: Michael Haynes 20.33 tackles, 1.83 sacks, .67 forced fumbles = 22.83

4th: Jerome McDougle 9.25 tackles, .75 sacks, .50 forced fumbles = 10.50

5th: Calvin Pace 48.88 tackles, 4.33 sacks, 1.89 forced fumbles = 55.10

6th: Tyler Brayton 34.33 tackles, 1.94 sacks, .56 forced fumbles = 36.83

7th: Chris Kelsay 47.33 tackles, 3.39 sacks, 0.88 forced fumbles = 51.6

8th: Osi Umenyiora 37.00 tackles, 7.67 sacks, 3.33 forced fumbles = 48.00

9th: Dewayne White 29.00 tackles, 3.84 sacks, 1.57 forced fumbles = 34.41

10th: Cory Redding 34.00 tackles, 2.83 sacks, 0.44 forced fumbles = 37.27

11th: Kenny Peterson 16.71 tackles, 1.14 sacks, .57 forced fumbles = 18.42

12th: Sam Williams 14.33 tackles, .11 sacks, .11 forced fumbles = 14.55

13th: Andrew Williams 6 tackles, 1 sack, 0 forced fumbles = 7.00

14th: Jarret Johnson 42.44 tackles, 2.22 sacks, 1.0 forced fumbles = 45.66

15th: Bryant McNeal 0 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles = 0.00

16th: Shurron Pierson 5.0 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles = 5.00

17th: Jamall Green 0.5 tackles, 0.25 sacks, 0.0 forced fumbles = 0.75

18th: Robert Mathis 43.89 tackles, 9.28 sacks, 4.33 forced fumbles = 57.50

Based on these NFL career statistics, Robert Mathis should have been the first defensive end selected in the 2003 draft. His stats are higher than those of Calvin Pace and Osi Umenyiora. And to think that the Colts could possibly trade or release him this year! That would be an utter disaster for our defensive line. So please, Mr. Irsay, Mr. Grigson and the rest of the Colts organization, do not make the mistake of letting Mathis go!

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So I see my blog has gotten a lot of talk going on Facebook. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to keep Wayne and Manning for the obvious reasons, but Offensive stars seem to get more of the spotlight shed on them so fans are more aware of their contributions to the team. I am just the type of football fan that sees the team as a whole and who contributes the most in their repsective positions and just wanted to point out some things that perhaps people haven't realized with Robert Mathis. He really is a vital part of our defense and I think without him Freeney isn't as effective as usual.

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For me, Mathis is - besides Bethea - our best defensive player. And he has the right work ethic. He's a MUST KEEP!

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I'm going to cry if Jim let Peyton go....yes I would love to have Luck and Peyton just like Bret and Aaron, but please keep Peyton if we're going to have any luck

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I get paid $18 an hour I will be willing to pay Peyton some of my little money Jim if would help. I love this guy he's our quarterback no doubt

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Wow, that is quite a statistical arsenal of empirical evidence you have accumulated on DE Robert Mathis.

With concrete proof like that, even GM Ryan Grigson & Owner Jim Irsay should think long & hard about keeping Mathis in INDY for future longterm success. Nicely done CPearl45!!!

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Wow, that is quite a statistical arsenal of empirical evidence you have accumulated on DE Robert Mathis.With concrete proof like that, even GM Ryan Grigson & Owner Jim Irsay should think long & hard about keeping Mathis in INDY for future longterm success. Nicely done CPearl45!!!

What can I say, I'm a geek with numbers and a Colts fanatic

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