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  2. boo2202

    Some Random Sunday thoughts

    I would be stunned if Ballard doesn’t take a TE before round 4. Like a poster stated earlier Ballard and Reich love TE’s. I also wouldn’t be surprised at all if we draft Hockenson if he’s available in the first. He’s one of the very few 1st round offensive players I grade as a pro bowl type player. He’d come into the league as already one of the best blocking TE’s in the league.
  3. NannyMcafee

    Chris Ballard on the fan

    Yeah he/she told me I misunderstood
  4. DougDew

    Chris Ballard on the fan

    double post.
  5. Chloe6124

    Some Random Sunday thoughts

    I don’t think you can underestimate the importance of Ballard and Reich being on the same page
  6. I agree with most of this. I do think the sample is too small to make any definitive statements about his tendencies, yet. And I do agree that CB is more important than what fans here seem to be giving it credit for.
  7. Smonroe

    Some Random Sunday thoughts

    The only thing that would surprise me is if he drafts a QB in the first 6 rounds. Other than that, I thought the 17 draft was pretty good. Three starters, two regular contributors, couple misses. If we do that well again, that’s a successful draft.
  8. No you’re correct Stitches. I was quoting the narratives that posters on this board usually say. Hence the quotation marks lol. That lack of reading comprehension is part of the reason I have NCF on my ignore list. But to expand upon my original post, I think people are discrediting the importance of elite corners. Ballard hasn’t said he doesn’t think you need elite corners in this defense. And he only has 2 drafts under his belt, so there’s not even a large enough sample size to really gauge where he likes to draft corners. Now he’s stated he does have a size and skill preference for CBs, but nothing more than that. It’s just there are way too many unwritten rules that people have created about how Ballard drafts. The idea that he doesn’t need elite corners is one. The idea that he’d never draft a WR in the 1st round is another. And I think it’s silly because while Ballard has expressed the type of traits he looks for in players and his overall belief about drafting, he hasn’t yet shown a clear drafting tendency. At least not enough to make claims about where he’ll draft certain positions.
  9. Chloe6124

    Are we well positioned?

    I would have to go look but I believe I remember a tweet and he was very good.
  10. aaron11

    Chris Ballard on the fan

    the comment you are responding too was talking about landon collins, a first round pick
  11. DougDew

    Chris Ballard on the fan

    You brought up the notion of how the Colts offense will perform, by saying "Ebron's targets were consistent with Reich's previous O's". No way would I have ever talked about the Eagles WRs without that context, because using that flawed universe of data as an underpinning of an opinion lacks common sense. One had TY Hilton. The other had WR turnover from 15-17, as has been pointed out. And with that stat, nobody really needs to know the exact amount of turnover, because we all know why and how that data point was created, in part, no TY. Processing the datapoint into an opinion is simply being proud of the fact that we have the ability to process irrelevant minutia. Hello digital age. I understand your use of the word lazy, it becomes a separation word between those who do and those who don't use stats. I get it. Did you know that tech companies purposely use the word "smart" in nearly all of their advertising. smart phone, smart TV, smart camera? It makes the user feel smart if they use their products, and a smarter person in general if they use "smart" techniques. Welcome to marketing the gullable in the digital age.
  12. Legend of Luck

    Some Random Sunday thoughts

    I like Campbell, but I think his draft stock is blowing up way too much due to his combine performance. He didn't have the production or the tape in college to justify a 1st round selection, yet he's getting that type of hype. In the 3rd round? Maybe. 1st round? Absolutely not. And yea the drops can be a problem for Butler, I think with improved quarterback play and a chance to develop in an NFL system, our staff can help him get passed that. He's similar to Funchess in that he has good hands, but has a lot of concentration drops. But overall I love him as a prospect.
  13. MikeCurtis

    Some Random Sunday thoughts

    Thanks for compiling....... as I said in another thread...... Chris Ballard LOVES the TE position....... LOVES IT If the DL (or other spots.... SS please) isnt available at the right pick ........ TE could VERY WELL BE THE PICK From your WR list I am MOST interested in Andy Isabella Miles Boykin (The ND fans should weigh in...... he could be there in round 3) Hakeem Butler (The drops should concern EVERYONE..... someone found a 17% drop rate :0) Its interesting on a list of WRs that you dont have Campbell on your list....... are you not considering?
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  15. HE'S the one reading too much into a quote? You consistently take quotes that are based around several philosophy and create the most rigid opinion possible.
  16. Legend of Luck

    Some Random Sunday thoughts

    Sitting around on a Sunday morning and had a couple things on my mind. 1. I was thinking about the differences between the 2017 and the 2018 drafts under Ballard. I'm a Ballard Truther if there ever was one, but everyone can agree that the '18 class was a franchise altering success, while the '17 class has been good, but not on that same level. In projecting how the 2019 class will turn out, I was trying to determine perhaps why the 2 drafts were different, and I found 2 potential causes. A. Pagano- Pagano and his staff likely advocated for certain players, and, perhaps reluctantly, Ballard agreed, in order to give him every opportunity to succeed on his own merits. That could also explain the success of the '18 class, perhaps Ballard and Reich/Reich's Staff are just better in sync and have a similar evaluation of talent? B. Scouting Staff Changes- Last year, Ballard reworked the Scouting department and brought some new guys in, while keeping the guys he trusted in the building. Ballard after last years awesome draft, gave credit to his staff for big hits like Leonard, so he's made it very obvious that he really relies on and trusts his staff. Maybe he used that approach in 2017, saw the results weren't where he wanted them to be, then decided he needed to make changes? I know there are a few (and I literally will never understand it) Ballard doubters out there that try to use '17 to paint Ballard out to be "lucky" in '18. But I think when you sit and think about it, there are definitely some underlying possibilities that could have influenced his draft selections. '19 is gonna be further proof of his draft prowess. 2. I've been doing mock drafts and kinda seeing where certain players fall, and... I know it's not a huge need (especially in Win-Now mode like we are in), but I wouldn't be shocked or necessarily upset if we drafted TE's TJ Hockensen or Noah Fant with our 1st or 2nd selection. Ebron and Doyle are both in contract years. Doyle is a great blocker with good receiving skills. Ebron is a below average blocker (I'm really hoping that's something he's working on and developing this offseason), and a fantastic receiver. TJ may be the next coming of Rob Gronkowski, and Noah is a supreme athletic mismatch at TE, who is continually making strides as a blocker. They are much more complete TE's than Doyle and Ebron. Will it happen? Idk. But if we ended up with one of those "total package" tight ends, I wouldn't be upset. 3. IF the Colts are truly working on those rumored extensions for AC, Kelly, Moore, and Rigo, I would absolutely love it. Reward these guys for their great play, and get them locked in to our team and maintain our continuity for 3-4 years. Front load those contracts a bit since we have astronomical cap space this year and next, and let's maintain this monster team we're building. 4. For those who haven't done a lot of research into this years WR class, I've got a bunch of guys I'm really interested in. Hakeem Butler JJ Arcega-Whiteside AJ Brown N'Keal Harry Terry McLaurin Miles Boykin Andy Isabella If you get bored and want to look into some prospects, those are some of my favorites.
  17. the option price for kelly is about 10 million. we dont save any money due to him being a center, its like the franchise tag and is for oline in general they can add team options to nfl contracts too. they mostly do it for older veterans
  18. Now, if he was from the University of Mars (like Oakland DL Otis Sistrunk), that would be another story.
  19. Gramz

    Robert Kraft Charged in Prostitution Probe

    He's sorry he got caught. That's all. The police were wrong, but he wasnt?
  20. Gramz

    Robert Kraft Charged in Prostitution Probe

    Sorry he got caught
  21. NannyMcafee

    Chris Ballard on the fan

    Just because you didnt understand something doesn't mean they're on drugs. Stop being so offensive. My apologies for misunderstanding.
  22. Hoose

    The Mathis-Turay connection

    The fact that Mathis sees something special in him, and that the kid is working his tail off this year, ought to send all Colts fans into a happy dance. This is precisely what you want to have happen; a genuine but raw talent tutored by an all time great who learns what it takes to become a succcessful Pro. All we need now is to see the results of the hard work. The talent is already there. I’m excited.
  23. It could be argued that all 4 of them have earned it... especially Kelly and Moore.
  24. Thinking out loud here, but could we be trying to front load very heavily those guys NOW while we have all this extra cap to avoid bidding wars later should they want to test the market. Plus, we don’t really know what the 2020 CBA and Cap will be so if we can put a LOT of guaranteed money up front on those guys such as Kelly and AC, puts us in a much much better spot than down the road. Just a thought.
  25. He’s not been the only one saying that. They’ve been talking about how the QB, WR and RB groups for the draft this year fall short of being anywhere close to the last several years. One guy, I forget his name at the money, said way back last fall that this class offensively looks a lot like the 2013 draft, which was the worse draft class in the last decade statistically speaking. That’s why I’ve been saying I don’t think a QB will go number 1 overall and I don’t think you’ll see one taken in the top 5, maybe even top 10.
  26. 2006Coltsbestever

    Most ridiculous Luck take I have ever seen

    So far if I had to rank Andrew Luck's career on a scale of good, very good, or great, I would say it has been very good. He has had 4 seasons of 10 or more wins and has 4 playoff wins in his career already. He also had a season where he threw for 40 TD's (2014), he also had 39 TD's last season. In all of his playoff losses he was a huge underdog, so when one is a huge underdog and you lose, it is not a choke. In order to be considered great, he does need to win at least 1 SB though. It will be disappointing if he doesn't. Everytime someone brings up Dan Marino, they say he is great BUT they say he never won the big one.
  27. LJpalmbeacher2

    The Mathis-Turay connection

    Turay is in good hands with Mathis.
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