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  1. 49 points
    Hey guys, want to thank everyone for your input on the Colts, I have learned a lot from your input on moving forward good or bad LOL At my age it's time to past the torch to more inquisitive minds to see what the future holds for our organization. I only wish the best for us as fans and hope you will too. I am a old timer who knows my time is growing shorter. I hope I will be around longer, but, if not I hope you guys keep the faith and the dream longer. In this busy world that we live in , time marches on , and my only wish is that we can all agree that. no matter what our differences is that we can form a bond that we are galvanized to the betterment of our franchise. So in retrospect , just remember we are all Colts fans and give your fellow fans, the respect regardless if you agree with them, that in the end it's about us as a team.
  2. 39 points
    As you might know, there's a Purdue fan who is dying... Tyler Trent has terminal cancer. And he wanted to go to the bowl game tonight that Purdue was playing in. Jim Irsay made it happen. Gave his family the use of his private jet. Here's the ESPN story with a picture... Well done, Jim! http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25619573/indianapolis-colts-fly-tyler-trent-purdue-boilermakers-bowl-game These are the kind of gesture's Irsay does that make me like him.... he's a part of the community in ways that some NFL owners never are....
  3. 33 points
    https://www.stl.news/ap-all-pro-team-has-kansas-city-accent/238886/ HUGE honor for these guys!
  4. 31 points
  5. 31 points
    Got to give some love to Desir. He's quietly been playing at a very high level. He has shut down some of the league's top receivers (Hopkins, Amari Cooper) and was matched up against Hopkins again today. Before the game, Hopkins promised that he would not be shut down like last time. He emphatically stated that it would not happen again. Desir (and Deshaun Watson) held Hopkins to 5 receptions for 37 yards, again.
  6. 31 points
    It's about 7 on Christmas Eve and every year the thought occurs to me. God has blessed so very much and I offer a prayer to all those that are less fortunate, alone, hungry, in pain or any other type of distress. Precious savior in your unlimited wisdom and Grace we pray for the people that need the help the most. Please find a way out for the desperate. Bringing families back together and help them find the provisions they need. Thank you Jesus
  7. 28 points
    Thanks for creating a thread for this. I was having a hard time finding whether or not anyone was disappponted with free agency so far. This was much needed.
  8. 26 points
    On that list they have Deshaun Watson ahead of Luck
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  11. 25 points
    Funny I came to this website specifically to post about the draft after seeing the two All Pro selections today and I saw this thread has been revisited. I have to give a lot of credit to Ballard. His draft really came on the second part of the year. I will gladly eat crow and say I was wrong in this case. Gladly. Good luck Colts this weekend.
  12. 25 points
    Holders latest Stampede Blue podcast talks about how close this team is. He’s been covering the NFL for 14 years, he’s in the locker room, and he said he’s never seen anything like it. He said Luck and Walker are best buds, Sheard has taken Lewis under his wing and the D and O players all get along. No matter the outcome Sunday, or the rest of the season, Ballard and Reich have done an incredible job building a winning culture that we can all be proud of.
  13. 24 points
    https://www.albertbridgecapital.com/drew-views/2019/6/17/stay-in-the-game Yeah, must read.
  14. 24 points
    Im wondering if that's the reason for the calf strain in the offseason?
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    According to the PFF folks there have been series of stories about Quenton Nelson and his participation in the combine last year. You can hear the stories here(go to 47:25): Story 1: Quenton was interviewing with the 49ers and they showed him the tape of him blowing the safety away coming from the other side of the formation from the game vs Georgia. So they ask him "what did you see, how did you see the safety blitz? Talk us through this" and Quenton answered the regular stuff "I've studied tape, I saw the formation and picked up the blitz, etc."... then he looked straight at John Lynch and added "I would have done the same thing if it was you" Story 2: Quenton and his trainers had decided to not do one of the drills at the combine and some team told him "if you don't run that drill we are not going to draft you" and he was like "Look, all I do is bury people into the dirt every single play and if you cannot work that out from the tape then I can't help you"
  18. 24 points
    So, everyone has been starting a thread to share their viewpoint... I was mostly (but not entirely quiet yesterday) But it feels like I should offer my two cents now... those of you who are not fans/friends of mine, well, here is your chance to rip me. Take your best shot. Here we go.... 1. Not surprised we lost, but WAS surprised the game was so lopsided. But it was from the very first play/series. 2. In my judgement we lost badly and the "game plan" looked so poor basically because we got whipped badly at the LOS on both sides of the ball. Their D-line outplayed our O-line. Their O-line had their way with our D-line. When you lose the battle at the line of scrimmage, there aren't many game plans that succeed. I think all the comments about what "a terrible game plan" are badly overstated. Lose the Line of Scrimmage, lose the game. I don't know WHY we got beat so badly there, but we clearly did. Reich's comment about being outcoached and outplayed were the exact right things to say. You don't throw any one, or any group under the bus. But inside the franchise, there ARE answers to be found. The coaches WILL KNOW what happened. So will Chris Ballard. 3. I don't believe we gave up on the run too early as many here do. I believe the Chiefs took the run away from us. There's a difference. When you can't win with your bread and butter, then you become one dimensional and easier to defend and defeat. 4. I'm not the least bit down on Frank Reich and can't understand why many here have lost faith in him over one loss. After such an incredible season, you jump ship over one game? Sorry, but that says much more about you than it does about him. And what it says is not good. If you're one who wonders if we can do better at the HC position, then I hope you're cooling off after blowing off some steam for a day. Frank Reich coached a not very good team and got every last ounce of talent out of them. Most coaches would not have turned this team into 10-6 and a playoff win in their first year. Major props to Frank. Glad he's our coach. 5. I don't know why, but Luck was dreadful yesterday. Seriously dreadful. I think his first 3 or 4 passes were either batted down at the line of scrimmage, or batted down by LB's or DB's... and it looked like he lost a LOT off his fast ball. Was it weather related? Don't know? Was his arm tired after a long season? Don't know? But he was clearly off his game. He looked like the Andrew from the first 6 weeks of the season. I'm still hopeful that after an off-season of rest and rebuilding we will see an even BETTER Andrew Luck in 2019. His arm got stronger and better during the season. Should be even better next season. 6. Still curious if the success of this season will accelerate Ballard's 3-year plan of rebuilding? It might, but I have no gut instinct for it. I think there are arguments both for and against it. Ballard and Reich will probably have an end of the season meeting with the media tomorrow. Really looking forward to hearing/reading what they have to say. If not tomorrow, then Tuesday or Wednesday. Would recommend everyone pay close attention to it. Both are pretty transparent if you kow how to read between the lines. 7. Been a football fan for more than 50 years and this season was one of the most enjoyable I've ever expereinced. I suspect it's the same for many of you. Nothing that happened yesterday changes anything for me. I've been referencing the expression we're playing with House Money for months and that's the way I feel. We had everything to gain and nothing to lose. I kept posting about letting the young players play and learn on the job, even if it meant some losses. We did that and we will be a better team for it. I'm glad we didn't trade for all the big name players around the trade deadline. I'm not expecting a major trade this off-season either. Not for Antonio Brown or LeVeon Bell or anyone else. We might move up or down in the draft to get who we want, but that's standard for Ballard. But he's not trading for an expensive player. Not happening. I'm probably forgetting some things... over looking some things. Perhaps what you respond with will trigger some other thoughts. But I welcome hearing from you. Even if you want to tell me that I'm full of... well... you know. Bring it! The 2019 off-season has begun! Let the fun begin!!
  19. 24 points
    Funny how we can win 10 out of 11 games, then lose to what is likely a Super Bowl team, and all of a sudden "we're just not that good" or "our schedule was weak" or we played lousy QB's." We are good. Better than most of the teams in the league. We're just not in the top echelon of the league, which only includes 4 teams (Chiefs, Patriots, Rams, Saints). We're every bit on the same level or better than the next tier of teams (Ravens, Cowboys, Texans, Eagles, Bears, Steelers, Chargers, Seahawks, Titans). Are you watching the Chargers getting embarrassed by the Patriots? It happens. When a top team plays their "A" game and a 2nd tier team plays like garbage, it's s blowout. We're simply not at the top level yet, but we took a giant leap towards that level this season. Another good draft, a couple key signings, and rookies with this year of experience (including coaches), and I'm confident we will be in that top echelon next season.
  20. 24 points
    Its Gameday! And I just got engaged last night! Now let's pick up this W today and make my weekend complete!
  21. 24 points
    Ballard is impressing me far more than this thread is...
  22. 23 points
    Just a humble request from those like me watching the NFL Draft live on ESPN, at least for Day 1 and Day 2, please do not post the draft picks a few seconds in advance from twitter. Thanks!!! Don't be a spoiler!!!
  23. 23 points
    Look, I know there are a lot of upset people about how free agency has played out, but I wanted to take a deeper look into Ballard's process and maybe relax some people's anxiety. 2 of Ballard's core philosophies are.. 1. Take care of your own players. 2. He wants the Colts to be the best team in the league at developing talent. I think we can all agree that FA has been full of huge contracts payed out to (outside of Earl Thomas and a few others) good, but not elite players. Ballard's view is likely that he'd prefer to spend our cap room on resigning OUR guys and keeping our core together, rather than let our stars go and try to find their replacements. Next year, we have a ton of big name free agents. AC, Kelly, Ebron, Moore, Sheard... just to name a few. Then TY is the year after. So, the question is, where is all this money we have gonna go? Its gonna go right there, to OUR guys. Now, I have seen many people say, "It doesn't matter what they spend, if we want to win a Superbowl we need better talent." If you are of that belief, you're not wrong.. What is wrong is assuming Ballard doesnt believe that too. He knows it. The difference is how he chooses to find that jump in talent. Instead of bringing new faces into the building on big expensive contracts, he is putting all his resources into developing the talent we have. Taking good players and making them great. Let's look at pass rush for example. (I'm gonna use Madden like terminology just because it's easy to digest) Let's say, on a scale of 0-100, Kemoko Turay was at a 75 last year. Maybe Preston Smith was an 84. Ballard drafted Turay with the belief that, (and again, I'm just thinking hypothetically here) with time/reps/the right coaching, Turay could be a 90. So, in his mind, his answer for the pass rush is already on the roster. Instead of REPLACING a 75 with an 84, he wants to UPGRADE his 75 to that same level and hopefully beyond. It's more affordable on the cap, and it establishes a culture of progression. When players think, "Man, the Colts can help me get the best out of myself. They can help make me the best version of me." then not only do they want to come here and stay here, but they also trust the coaches and lean into them. They work harder knowing that the team has a proven track record of success developing players. They become better players, we win more games, they earn their more money for their next contract. The entire system is symbiotic. It takes time, and I know that's frustrating when we as fans can't look on paper and just already know the team is definitively better than it was last year. But Ballard has proven that he can do this. Just look at last year... Ebron went from ridiculed bust to leading the league in touchdowns. Glow went from obscurity to incredibly impressive starting RG and earned a nice contract. Kenny Moore and Pierre Desir, even Quincy Wilson were mocked and called "the weakest position group on the team"... and look how well they played as they got better and better throughout the season. Ryan Kelly went from a solid Center to arguably the best center in the NFL. So, yes, its easy to be upset. Theres nothing wrong with wanting impact players to come to the Colts. But Ballard is banking on himself, and trusting that they're already here. He's earned the right to have this season go HIS way and on HIS terms, where he can prove to all of us that he can make that process work.
  24. 23 points
    Here it is official: https://www.colts.com/news/colts-bring-back-howard-mudd-to-staff-klayton-adams-named-assistant-offensive-li
  25. 23 points
    What a great guy. We need to bring him back. He could have even a better season if he had a entire off season with Luck.
  26. 23 points
    A injury free Andrew Luck in his prime. Think about that for a second. No more rehabbing the shoulder, no mental block of worrying about getting hurt, no more answering questions if he can ever play again. This is going to be his first off-season in years where he can focus on his craft and not about getting better injury wise. To throw 4600 yards and 39 tds with basically just Hilton and Ebron to throw to is another scary thought. There is no doubt in my mind Ballard will get Andrew and Reich the weapons they need to really make this offense prolific. I can't wait for September already. GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!! Side note, I just might be going to the chargers game next season. Crossing fingers
  27. 23 points
    Some plays he remembers like Oher in The Blind Side trucking his opponent to the other end of the field
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  29. 22 points
    "Indianapolis Colts: A Top needs: Wide receiver, edge rush, cornerback How about the job Chris Ballard has done as general manager of the Colts? He absolutely crushed the 2018 draft, finding stars and helping catapult Indy to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth after going 4-12 in 2017. This roster has a ton of young talent. Ballard also landed an extra second-rounder from the Jets in the Sam Darnold trade last year, and that pick ended up at the very top of Round 2 in 2019. That's good team-building, and the Colts had some very specific needs to fill this weekend. How did Ballard do? I love this class from top to bottom. Ballard moved out of Round 1, picking up an extra 2020 second-rounder in going from No. 26 to No. 46, which meant Indy had three second-round picks. And I really liked all four of Indy's Day 2 picks. I was surprised that cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (No. 34) made it out of the first round, but only one corner went in the first 32 picks. He is a little raw, but I think he'll start immediately. Wide receiver Parris Campbell (No. 59) is a burner, but he also caught 90 passes last season and improved every year. He'll play some slot and also scorch corners out wide. Bobby Okereke (No. 89) was my fourth-ranked inside linebacker, and he could compete with Anthony Walker for that starting spot. Defensive end Ben Banogu (No. 49) is a really good to fit in Matt Eberflus' 4-3 scheme. That's all three needs filled on Day 2. There were also some intriguing additions on Day 3, particularly in safety Khari Willis (No. 109), who I ranked as my No. 50 overall prospect. He broke up 10 passes last season and will be an impact special-teams contributor. Safety Marvell Tell III (No. 144) is a good athlete with a 6-foot-2 frame. Javon Patterson(No. 246) made 39 college starts at guard but will likely move to center. Ballard & Co. have done it again -- this is my favorite draft class."
  30. 22 points
    By far, our biggest mistake of the draft was not trading back into the 3rd round so we can hear Pat McAfee announce more picks
  31. 22 points
    ....after it was discovered Pierre Desir had DeAndre Hopkins in his pocket.
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    So.... I'm sitting in my car this morning listening to NFL Network radio, and on comes a promo.... it's Polian on a recent NFL Network radio appearance and he's talking about Darius... Now, I'm going to quote him, but I'm sure I won't get every word right. But pretty darn close. You'll get the idea pretty quick.... And he says.... "Derrick Brooks made the Hall of Fame playing this Tampa 2 defense and Darius Leonard is going to be better than Derrick Brooks, MARK MY WORDS! In the years to come, when the Colts are the featured Nationally televised game of the week, and everyone sees just how great Darius Leonord is, they're going to realize he's a future Hall of Famer." There might be a little more, and I might be a word off here and there, but this was the gist of it... Darius Leonard --- Future Hall of Famer! Thanks, Bill! The Colts can't buy that kind of advertising. We'll take it!
  34. 22 points
    So proud of this team. Its been a long four years, but now the journey begins. Next stop, houston
  35. 22 points
    This has been an incredible season. The fact that we have a chance at 10 wins and a playoff game is amazing after starting 1-5. I really think we have something special with Ballard and Reich leading this team. Can't wait to see what else the future brings.
  36. 21 points
    Who the hell is Mel Kiper?? If this is his favorite class then that’s not a good sign...
  37. 21 points
    Don’t know if you all saw this. Darius Leonard and his wife had a baby girl named Mia a couple of weeks ago.
  38. 21 points
    There is one good result from the Chiefs game... What a relief to finally have some leg room now that all the fair-weather fans have jumped off the bandwagon!
  39. 21 points
    ***EMERGENCY*** **SEVERE WEATHER ALERT** NOTICE to all fans , players , andcoaches of the Kansas City Chiefs and located in and around Arrowhead Stadium. A powerful, fast-moving STORM has ARRIVED. This storm has moved progressively and left a trail of destruction thru the Tennessee valley and into Houston, where after 3 hours, turned northeast toward Kansas City. All people dressed in RED are advised to stay indoors, pteferably in the basement, until the danger is over at approximately 7:30 pm Saturday evening. ***This has been a civil service announcement ***
  40. 21 points
    Colts can't protect andrew luck. Hes always hurt and he'll never be the same again -Least sacked team in the league -39 tds and 4600 yards. 2nd and 3rd in the league respectively Colts can't run the ball. Their a soft team that can't win upfront -Ran for 200 yards on the top run defense - 900 yard rusher in just 12 games - 5 100 yard rushing games including playoffs Colts defense is a bunch of no name players. There isn't a single play maker on that defense -Leonard will for all accounts be DROY -Number one scoring defense since week 7 allowing only 16 points a game -Did not allow a single 100 yard rusher all season -38 sacks on the season without a single double digit sacker We have always wanted to know what would the colts look like if Andrew had what russel wilson had for most of his career or Bortles last year and honestly this team will only get better which is the scary part about all of this. Regardless what happens on saturday, this team will be a threat in the NFL for years to come.
  41. 21 points
    Great video. Did anyone else know Clark was a farmer. This video cracks me up. Looks like he lives a very simple life for being a big football star.
  42. 20 points
    You seem like an individual who could win the $20 million lottery but then complain that there were 2 winners and you only received $10 million each.
  43. 20 points
    I wonder if part of it has to do with the Denzelle Good incident.
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  46. 20 points
    I'm not gonna pile on him. His brother was murdered, and that's a hard thing to deal with. Wish him well with his new team. Do good, Good.
  47. 20 points
    Anyone that thinks we're gonna walk out of nashville with an easy dub is in a rude awakening. This is gonna be a dog fight
  48. 19 points
    In episode 5 they show parts of the draft and parts of the pre-draft process talking about the players they wanted. The eay they talked they acted as if Rock, Banogu, Parris and Okereke were stacked in order and they were supremely excited when their plan fell into place.... Additionally, they seemed to have specifically targeted Speed, Green and Willis as well prior to the draft. I find this uncanny that they were specific targets and they landed with us perfectly. On top of that, the video is pretty cool too! Irsay had this to say as well.... "Chris Ballard has done an incredible job, as usual,” Irsay said following the draft. “You can see it in every fiber of his body that he knows these guys. He knows what he’s doing. He’s not overconfident, but he is extremely talented, almost to the level of a savant in the draft room.” Ballard does treat draft weekend as a scientist. He accounts for every variable and every potential outcome in order to be best prepared for whatever the three-day event throws at him and his executives. Uncanny......Savant......good words to describe what he's done in 2 years time!
  49. 19 points
    Nah, you have 18 years to be with her. Saturdays are for the boys!
  50. 19 points
    I'm embarrassed with my post about Leanard. I was wrong and eating crow because the guy is looking real good.
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