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  1. 63 points
    After almost four weeks 4 hospital visits, two hospital stays, I have finally beaten covid 19 now colts lets kick butt this year!
  2. 50 points
    We just got a 25-year-old All-Pro at a crucial position on the defense.
  3. 44 points
    I will start by saying there are some great people on youtube. They split the games so you can see every play by a QB in an entire game in 8-15 minutes. And this past weekend my wife got sick, so as I was hanging around to take care of her, I watched every game available of the four QBs. I did not review Burrow, Tua, Herbert or Hurts, the first 3 because I think they will be gone by pick 13 and Hurts because I think the idea that he has a future as an NFL Qb is media hype because he seems like a hard working, likeable kid but he just does not seem like a QB to me. I will say upfront, some strengths or weaknesses cannot be seen on game film, such as leadership, work ethic, ability and desire to improve, etc. Anthony Gordon. Positives - He has great field vision. People talk about he's a product of the system, etc, etc. And it's true, in another system he would not have thrown for 5500+ yards and 48 TDs. On the flip side though, there are not many QBs would have have thrown for 5500+ yards and 48 TDs in Leach's system especially not 1st year starters. I believe he would have been successful in many other systems as well. Yes his receivers were wide open but when you watch multiple games those receivers were not always the first read (like some other Qbs I reviewed), he scans the field quickly, makes a decision and pulls the trigger. Which leads me to his next positive his release. The beauty of a quick release is that is does not give defenders time to react. Tied in with his field vision is he seems to not only see the entire field very quickly but he processes that information quickly. Many times I saw him scan the field then come back to his 1st read again, he was able to spot him instantly and throw the ball. Lastly, his anticipation is top notch. because of his ability to see the field and process the information, not only does he do an excellent job of anticipating where his receivers will be but also he does a great job of anticipating what the defenders will do, so because of that he is able to throw his receivers open on many occasions or put the ball where only his receiver can make a play on it. One last point on his receivers being wide open, for Love people like to blame the talent of his receivers... Gordon did not have any real talented receivers/TEs/Rbs either. they were open a lot because of the offensive system and because Gordon threw them open. Weaknesses - Has not footwork... at all. The coaches did him a disservice by not working on his throwing fundamentals. I don't mean his throwing motion but how to drop back and move while keeping the proper foot spacing and balance so the body can be in the correct position to throw. Mobility is lacking. He can move around in the pocket ok but that is about it, he seems to trip over his own feet when he tries to scramble. No feel in the pocket. He has good peripheral vision so he move when he sees the rush but he doesn't sense with the rush is coming. That was evident on several occasions when he was sacked standing flat footed. He makes some boneheaded decisions but whether they are bone headed decisions or lack of experience decisions I do not know. Overall, I think Gordon is an excellent pro prospect but he is at least a year away from being ready to play an NFL game and probably two years from being counted on as a starter. And that is assuming that A QB coach can work with him and he takes to coaching and is able to apply what he learns. That, combined with his 1 year as a starter in a college system that QBs have not transitioned well in the NFL, his slight stature at 6'2 199lbs, Gordon will probably not be drafted before the 5th round. Jacob Eason At first glance you wonder why Eason is not considered in the top with Burrow, Tua and Herbert but as you watch entire games it becomes obvious. Positives: IMO, Eason is the best QB in the draft at operating under center. I wish I would have kept stats but he looked incredible when operating under center... his drop backs were smooth and consistent, he scanned the field well while dropping back, he made a decision, planted his back foot and then had near perfect form in his throwing motion.... every time. His arm. Not just his arm strength but his throwing motion is nice and fluid and consistent, combined with his strong arm he can place the ball exactly where he wants, anywhere on the field, consistently. His mobility... yeas, I now a lot of people with disagree but he is a fluid, natural runner who can pick up yards with his legs when he needs to but he only has adequate speed. Plus he's a big, strong QB who will plow into the line to pick up a first down on 3rd/4th and short. negatives: He does not do a good job of handling pressure. His first move when the rush was coming was to spin backwards and roll left. In the first couple of games of the season that worked but it was obvious teams learned that was his move and really shut it down in the later games in the season. Since that seemed to be his only move to combat the rush, he will not get away with that in the NFL. And, even when he did escape the rush he was not good throwing while running to his left. His decision making. Several times you could see he had two receivers at two levels, the closer receiver would be very open, the receiver at the deeper level would be well covered, rather than throwing to the short receiver for a good gain, he would try to force the ball into the deeper receiver with very mixed results. Overall: I think Eason will be the 4th QB taken in the draft after Burrow, Tua (assuming he passes his physical) and Herbert. Eason, though reminds me a lot of Jeff George... all the tools and ability in the world it just seems something is lacking between the ears. I will be surprised if he stays in the NFL past his rookie contract. Jordan Love: This one is going to get me the most hate mail because a lot of people on this forum have bought the hype that he is Patrick Mahomes esqe and his poor play is a product of his team and coaches. And it is somewhat true but not totally. Positives: He is a smooth athlete with a good combination of touch and and power and accuracy on a lot of his throws. He is at his best when he's rolling to his right and throwing on the run. He seems to have good pocket awareness and can feel the rush around him even if he doesn't see it. Does not seem to panic under pressure. Has some escapability in him to extend plays when the pass protection breaks down. He seemed to have good control of the offense. Seems to be very competitive negatives: He cannot throw left. When you watch Love throw ahead or to the right, he has pretty good form (he relies on his arm too much but overall his form is fine) but when he throws to his his mechanics break down and his throw accuracy and velocity drop considerably. He is not good at presnap reads. Several of his interceptions were not because his receivers couldn't get open or because they had not separation, they were because his misread things at the LOS and threw the ball immediately after the snap. The rest of his INTs (not counting a couple that were in the desperation time towards the end of the game) were because he has a blind spot to underneath coverage. He stares down his receiver and the underneath coverage slides over and he is unaware of it. I'm not basing this on just the Wake Forest game but if you want to see multiple examples of this watch that game. He had was appears to be an impressive stat line with over 400 yards and 3 TDs but he also threw 3 INTs (2 of them were all because of Love, not the receivers, 1 was with 17 seconds left in the game and they were trailing) and could have easily had 2 more INTs if the defenders had not dropped the easy INTs. Overall, I do want to point out that even though the negative paragraph is longer than the positive paragraph, if you read closely, I do list more positives than negatives. Love definitely has some tools to work with but he does not work to be ready for the NFL. And personally I think his ceiling is about a Dak Prescott level.. someone who, if he's with a talented team will have some impressive wins but won't be the type of QB to win games when everything is on the line and he needs to outplay and out think the defense. It's funny after watching these games films Friday night and Saturday morning, I think watched the XFL on Saturday. So I'm watching the Houston Roughnecks and out trots, Indy's own practice squad king, P Walker as the starting QB, so I'm watching him play and he's doing well but I keep think that he reminds me of someone... then it hit me, Love plays just like Walker, same pocket movement, same throwing motion/style (Love does not pat the ball like Walker which is why Love may be able to make a career in the NFL), same arm strength, same running style and oddly enough same break down of mechanics when throwing left. Personally I think Love is a 3rd round talent that will be drafted higher and may sneak into the 1st round when team trades up to pick him towards the end of the round. Jake Fromm: Positives: Since I saw a lot of the positives from Fromm that have been discussed... accuracy, touch, anticipation on his throws, understanding of the offense, head for the game, etc. I won't go into great detail about that. Some of the positives I saw that don't seem to get talked about much. His competitiveness, to me this really popped out in watching his games and it's one of his best attributes. One of the ways I think this came through was on 3rd and long (6 yards or greater). All the Qbs above on 3rd and long, the majority of their throws were little 2 or 3 yard dump passes hoping the receiver makes a play. The majority of Fromm's passes on 3rd and long were near or past the sticks. That is someone that wants to keep the drive going not just playing it safe or being a game manager. His does not have scrambling ability like Wilson or Prescott or Watson, but he chooses to run at smart times and has enough speed to make positive yards and first downs when the team needs it. He can make accurate throws from different arm angles. Negatives: His arm strength is not elite but I would classify it is above average and I think it could move into the good category with proper mechanics. He does not consistently engage his hips and core when throwing, he's more of a step and lean thrower. But he made multiple 20-25 yard outs throws from the far hash both to the left and right side while fitting the ball into a tight window. He has enough arm strength for the NFL. The only other real negative I see in his game is if one rusher is pressing the pocket he can handle it well, if two are pressuring the pocket, he doesn't seem to know what to do and he is not the type to run around until he figures it out. Overall: I think Fromm is the most NFL ready QB in this group of 4, and IMO, even more NFL ready than Tue. People say he has a limited ceiling but I don't believe that to be the case (remember people said that about both Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning) but the ceiling is determined by how well he can read and recall defenses which is how all QBs who have long careers in the NFL keep improving and playing well year after year after year. and from all reports that is one of Fromm's greatest strengths. Since he is not ready to be a day one starter because of his throwing mechanics and lack of an elite arm, he could slip to the 2nd round but I could see either the Raiders drafting him at 19 or the Patriots drafting him at 23 if he's available. Which means, if the Colts want him, they will probably have to draft him at 13. 2 Side notes: If you want to see a game to convince yourself that Fromm is an NFL QB, watch the Georgia Notre Dame game, Georgia won that game because of Fromm and his competitiveness and toughness. Also, if you want to see another potential Colts pick watch the Georgia South Carolina game and you will see why Kinlaw would be a great 3T in the Colts D.
  4. 39 points
    This goes out to all my colt brothers and sisters to be safe during this time. We all bleed blue and in all honesty you guys are like a second family to me and I truly mean that. God bless.
  5. 37 points
    2 words - HELL NO.
  6. 30 points
    Are you trying to play victim before the thread even gets started? Baffling thread... What? Did you watch the SB? Besides a few splash plays like that bomb from Mahomes to Hill, that was a RBs game. NFCCG? SF RBs won that game. How did the Titans go into Foxborough and beat NE? RBs. RBs are definitely important in todays' NFL.
  7. 30 points
    Colts don't spend... We're losers.. Colts spend... Spent on Wrong guy... Colts trade... Don't like the trade. Can't win with our fanbase.. Lol
  8. 29 points
    Delete this while you still have time.
  9. 28 points
    For God sakes I really don't understand why Chad Kelly has such a following.
  10. 28 points
    Life to return to normal so that there is football. Of course, more importantly, so people stop dying.
  11. 27 points
    Your right... Doyle can run block and catch the ball unlike Ebron.
  12. 27 points
    Let's hope he doesn't... flatten the curve... I will show myself out.
  13. 26 points
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  15. 25 points
    Nice. Now everybody shut up about receivers lol.
  16. 24 points
    I think self isolation is getting to you.
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  18. 24 points
    I like it a lot. I was wanting a DT at 13 anyway. Now we have a young pro bowl caliber DT. Plus we wont be taking Jordan Love Lol.
  19. 23 points
    OT - Re-signed Anthony Castonzo. QB - Signed Philip Rivers. DT - Traded for DeForest Buckner and signed Sheldon Day. CB - Signed Xavier Rhodes and TJ Carrie. TE - Signed Trey Burton FB - Signed Roosevelt Nix Drafts Michael Pittman at WR and Jonathan Taylor at RB. Ballard has done a good job so far. He found answers for the biggest question marks, addressed the biggest weaknesses on the team, and drafted guys that can contribute right away.
  20. 23 points
    Finally an all pro difference maker at DT and only 25 yrs old. What's not to like? Or take a chance on a rookie with the 13th pick who has yet to play a down in the NFL. I'll take Buckner. Expecting a QB signing now.
  21. 23 points
    Couple thoughts on this: 1. This clearly signals that Colts will sign Phillip Rivers and/or draft a QB at 34. 2. Buckner was named an All-Pro last year at DT. He's a great player and still relatively young at 25.
  22. 22 points
    To all forum administrators and members, a quick note of appreciation for helping a fan pass the time during this atypical off-season. Reading topics and comments from all has helped make the days go by and educate this older Colts follower.
  23. 21 points
  24. 21 points
    I watched alot of clips on Phillip Rivers over the years, both on the field and off. Personally, I resonate with his leadership style and personality. In my opinion he will represent the "horseshoe" super well. He is REAL, meaning that he shows his emotion and is an expressive, entertaining character. He is honest and no nonsense. Bottomline, he is very comfortable in his skin. He knows his football and will be a fantastic coach when he decides to leave football. I am rooting for him 1000%.
  25. 21 points
    No offense, but I feel more like the fan base is just....meh. Ballard freaking rules. If I ever get to meet Jim Irsay, I'm high fiving him on this hire.
  26. 20 points
    After reading this article, I am even more excited to have Buckner. I loved the acquisition, but after hearing Bosa talk about all the things Buckner did for that SF line, I just had to smile. He was their D-Line play caller, and the guy who gave they pregame hype speeches. What an addition to the team! Buckner will become one of the instant emotional leaders on this team. Reads very much like he is the Quentin Nelson of the Defensive Line with his play. Quick read, and well worth it! http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001112951/article/nick-bosa-says-49ers-d-has-to-step-up-without-buckner
  27. 20 points
    It’s pretty clear the Ballard regime puts a heavy emphasis on leadership and football character. About 75% of the Colts draft picks over the last two years were team captains. With that in mind, here’s a list of 2020 draft prospects that are also team captains that I thought might be worth sharing. A couple of quick points: in addition to captaincy (C), I’ve also noted Senior Bowl players (SB), the position-adjusted SPARQ percentile of players that worked out at the combine, and arm length for positions that the Colts probably have a threshold for (OL, DL, and CB). I left out probable first rounders, since the Colts aren’t scheduled to pick until #34, and limited my focus to combine invitees. Also, this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. Tracking down team captains isn’t as easy as it might seem — particularly for schools that nominate individual game captains. QB Jalen Hurts (C, SB) Jake Fromm (C) Cole McDonald (C) James Morgan (C) Steven Montez (C, SB) Nate Stanley (C) Jake Luton (C) Brian Lewerke (C) Tyler Huntley (C) RB Jonathan Taylor (C, 96%) D’Andre Swift (C, 63%) JK Dobbins (C) Eno Benjamin (C, SB, 62%) Antonio Gibson (C, SB, 89%) WR Michael Pittman Jr. (C, SB, 85%) Devin Duvernay (C, SB, 93%) Bryan Edwards (C) KJ Osborne (C, 79%) Jauan Jennings (C, SB, 13%) Marquez Calloway (C, 58%) Aaron Parker (C, 4%) KJ Hill (C, SB, 32%) Tyler Johnson (C) Antonio Gandy-Golden (C, SB, 67%) Chris Finke (C, 17%) Freddie Swain (C, 53%) Lynn Bowden (C) Collin Johnson (C) James Proche (C) IOL John Simpson (C, SB, 45%, 34 1/8) Matt Hennessy (C, SB, 70%, 32 1/4) Tyler Biadasz (C, SB, 32 1/4) Nick Harris (C, SB, 83%, 32 1/8) Lloyd Cushenberry (C, SB, 59%, 34 1/8) Hakeem Adeniji (C, SB, 54%, 33 3/4) Danny Pinter (C, 94%, 31 7/8) Ben Bredeson (C, SB, 31 1/8) Shane Lemieux (C, SB, 52%, 32 1/4) Cohl Cabral (C, 32 1/4) Kevin Dotson (C) Logan Stenberg (C, SB, 18%, 32 1/2) Cameron Clark (C, 34 1/8) Jonah Jackson (C - Rutgers, SB, 12%, 33 1/2) Kyle Murphy (C, 33 7/8) Calvin Throckmorton (C, 32 1/2) Simon Stepaniak (C, 32) Colton McKivitz (C, SB, 27%, 33 3/4) OT Prince Tega Wanogho (C, 33 1/2) Josh Jones (C, SB, 60%, 33 7/8) Ben Bartch (C, SB, 32 7/8) Matt Peart (C, SB, 96%, 36 5/8) Lucas Niang (C, SB, 34 1/4) Terence Steele (C, SB, 82%, 35 1/8) Charlie Heck (C, SB, 80%, 34 1/8) TE Adam Trautman (C, SB, 73%) Colby Parkinson (C, 70%) Brycen Hopkins (C, SB, 36%) Dalton Keene (C, 54%) Josiah Deguara (C, SB, 20%) Charlie Taumoepeau (C, SB, 65%) EDGE Josh Uche (C, SB, 33 5/8) Zack Baun (C, SB, 60%, 32 3/4) Bradlee Anae (C, SB, 13%, 32 1/8) Darrell Taylor (C, 33) DJ Wonnum (C, SB, 69%, 33 1/8) Curtis Weaver (C, 68%, 32 3/8) Casey Toohill (C, 89%, 33 1/2) Alex Highsmith (C, 68%, 33 1/8) Derek Tuzuka (C, 71%, 31 3/8) James Smith WIlliams (C, 83%, 33 3/4) Kenny Willekes (C, SB, 33%, 31 1/4) Anfernee Jennings (C, SB, 32 7/8) Jonathan Greenard (C - Louisville, SB, 32%, 34 7/8) Khalid Kareem (C, 34 3/8) Tipa Galaei (C, 33 5/8) LaDarius Hamilton (C, 9%, 32 1/8) Kendall Coleman (C, 7%, 31 3/4) Cam Gill (C) DT Leki Fotu (C, SB, 93%, 34 1/4) Ross Blacklock (C, 21%, 32 3/8) Jordan Elliott (C, 65%, 32 3/8, 63%) Rashard Lawrence (C, 32%, 34 1/8) Jason Strowbridge (C, SB, 20%, 32 3/8) Neville Gallimore (C, SB, 69%, 32 3/4) Marlon Davidson (C, SB, 33%, 33) Broderick Washington (C, 32 1/2) McTelvin Agim (C, SB, 89%, 33 1/2) Raequan Williams (C, 31%, 33 3/8) Teair Tart (C) Malcolm Roach (C, 93%, 31 7/8) Darrion Daniels (C, 51%, 33 1/4) S Jeremy Chinn (C, SB, 99%) Kyle Dugger (C, SB, 99%) Tanner Muse (C, 94%) Brandon Jones (C) K’Von Wallace (C, SB, 97%) Daniel Thomas (C, 91%) L’Jarius Snead (C, 98%, 31 3/8) Alohi Gilman (C, SB, 34%) JR Reed (C, 66) Geno Stone (C, 26%) Xavier McKinney (C, 20%) Jalen Elliot (C, SB, 28%) CB Bryce Hall (C, 32 1/4) Dane Jackson (C, SB, 7%, 30 3/8) Kindle Vildor (C, SB, 60%, 32 1/4) Brian Cole (C, SB, 87%, 31 3/8) Michael Ojemuda (C, SB, 66%, 32 1/4) Jeff Gladney (C, 27%, 31 7/8) AJ Green (C, SB, 43%, 30 7/8) Essang Bassey (C, SB, 56%, 31) Demarkus Acy (C, 31 1/8) Bopete Keyes (C, 32 5/8)
  28. 19 points
    “I can’t sit here and remain silent, because that’s exactly what we’ve done every time our black community screams and yells for help,” Ballard said. "We have to end social injustice and racial inequality. We have to end the police violence against our black communities. Black lives matter. I don’t understand why that’s so freaking hard for the white community to say. Black lives matter.” https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2020/06/04/colts-gm-chris-ballard-admits-hes-been-ignorant-racism-black-lives-matter/3143666001/ https://www.indystar.com/videos/sports/nfl/colts/colts-insider/2020/06/04/chris-ballard-we-cant-go-back-into-our-bubble/3143599001/ Ballard admitted that he’s been naïve, that he didn’t fully realize the everyday racism experienced by the black players and coaches and friends in his life, and that he has made some mistakes, including that he didn’t listen enough to former Colts safety Darius Butler in 2017 when a dozen Colts kneeled during the national anthem before a game against the Cleveland Browns. Honestly, beyond football acumen. Chris Ballard is one of the greatest General Managers in sports.
  29. 19 points
    Not everyone here is on board with this this viewpoint of what Ballard has done. But the team Ballard inherited was mostly staffed by players who were not all that talented, or all that skilled, or athletic, or quick or fast. This was a complete re-build. And 4-5 years from now, I suspect many of the faces we're looking at will be long gone too. Ballard is going to continuously turn over the roster. Churn the roster. Always looking to upgrade. Get younger, faster, more skilled --- everywhere. It's going to be fascinating to watch.....
  30. 19 points
    Sometimes all a player needs is a change of scenery. Hope it works out.
  31. 19 points
    Who is Kent Sterling and why should we care what he says? Never heard of him. Was it racism that caused the Colts to trade for JB? Was it racism that caused the Colts to publicly call Brissett a top-20 QB? Was it racism that had Ballard say he wouldn’t trade Brissett unless he was overwhelmed by an offer? Was it racism that made Ballard say JB has ELITE leadership skills? Was it racism that had Ballard make Brissett the starter after Luck retired? We could have traded for someone. Was it racism that drove Ballard to give Brissett a two year contract worth $30 mill when JB was already signed to a contract? The Colts were under no obligation. Was it racism that now made Ballard keep JB as the highest paid backup in the NFL? The Colts could’ve cut him and saved good money. Look.... a nobody has a blog. But he doesn’t have the brains to back it up. Very disappointing. He’s clueless and he’s wrong.
  32. 19 points
  33. 18 points
    Dear Jim, Please be safe. Avoid people as much as possible. At your age, and with some of the underlying conditions i believe you have, i am very worried about you. I feel you have done much to bring me happiness thru a great product you have put together. It would break my heart if you got this virus and suffered, or worse. I consider you a friend even tho i never met you and this team and i , for that matter, need you leading this ship. Caringly, A devoted fan.
  34. 18 points
    Just announced. AC will play!
  35. 18 points
    Rivers said the oline was an important factor in his choice to play here.....which Ballard made a priority and in one year turned it into a championship caliber line. I saw this little nugget the other day and it kinda drummed up some thoughts about how our oline was constructed and some other tidbits. Perhaps because he played in the MAC nobody cared, but, he played well in his all-star game, blew up the combine and was rated as the 2nd best tackle in the country last year. 2 years removed from being a TE.... Pinter was rated a 91.2 Quentin Nelson was a no brainer draft pick with the 2nd highest rating coming out of college ever at 95.1. Braden Smith, another no name guy that Ballard snagged was rated 3rd behind Nelson and Will Hernandez at 88.1 the same draft year. Kelly was a holdover, but rated as the number one Center the year Grigson FINALLY invested in the oline. Castonzo is Mr. Reliable and was also a 1st Round pick in his day. Glowinski came in and plugged a huge hole at RG, but he regressed a bit last year and will likely lose his job to Pinter very soon. Then there were last years draftees, of course Barton was snagged off of our PS and went on to win a SB while Patterson suffered his first injury ever in TC. Skip past the overall grades and look strictly at the pass protection grades. For 7th Round picks they were extremely good at pass pro (only 2 sacks allowed in 1000+ snaps), just needed development on run blocking - which is technique and attitude based - which we have plenty of! Anyways, Nelson, Smith, Patterson, Barton and now Pinter all have similar traits in common......hustle, play thru the whistle, athletic, intelligent and pass protect very well. Patterson (C/G) and Pinter (G/T) will likely be our interior oline depth this year with Clark as the swing tackle. Perhaps the Canadian Kid squeaks in as a backup T as well (see below)? I still won't count the USC kid against him as that was his Oline coach pounding the drum for him - even though he's still in the NFL. Lastly, there is the highly sought after Canadian in Carter O'Donnell, who seems like another athletic olineman and not a lumbering blob.....here is his Pro Day tape since his cancelled. This is nice to see: Tempering excitement and pressure is fine, but this kid is going to be a solid NFL starter with a few tweaks and some knowledge. Still say his Freshman tape at Georgia was far better than his Washington tape (after the two year hiatus)! Also, awesome to see him throwing with his two 6'4" & 225 lbs rookie wideouts.... One last thing, we have a 22 or 23 year streak of an UDFA making the opening 53. I think I have a dark horse candidate for this year.......outside of Carter O'Donnell of course. It is the safety from Georgia Southern Donald Rutledge. We are thin at Safety, especially in that box safety role and this guy fits the mold at 6'1" & 215lbs with 4.62 speed and 22 reps at 225. He is big, fast and strong. And even at his size his 7.18 3-Cone drill isn't bad. https://relativeathleticscores.com/2020/03/21/donald-rutledge-jr-ras/ Just a few rando thoughts to stimulate group conversation this Sunday morning!
  36. 18 points
    What people aren't talking about that I think should be mentioned more is that Day and our new prize defender Deforest Buckner played (and even started some) side-by-side last year with SF. These two already know each other's games, and that should really help them both with consistency and comfort on defense! Great add!!
  37. 18 points
    Last year was an anomaly year for Philip. I have watched every game he's played for our team and though I love him as a player I try to watch with a very clear eye. 1. This year was a freaky year for the Chargers. We had terrible injuries to the O-Line (that wasn't exactly top rated to begin with). I believe we had 20+ different configurations. The last bad interception year Philip had the O-line injuries were even worse. His biggest fault is trying to put the whole team on his back and make it happen. I'm guessing, but something like 6 interceptions were in the last few games. They were last minute in games where we were so far behind we had no chance, but he darn near pulled it off. 2. Melvin Gordon's useless, ill-advised hold out never let our running game get rolling. Rivers can throw the heck out of the ball, but really shines in a balanced offense where the D has to respect both sides of the ball. He never complains or makes excuses. He never throws a team mate under the bus or grumbles. He NEVER QUITS. If anything goes right he spreads the praise to everyone but himself. When it goes wrong he puts it on his own shoulders. 3. His arm is still good. He threw for 4615 yards last season, 4308 in 2018 and 4515 in 2017. Protect him and give him anyone with talent to throw to and he'll figure them out very quickly. His life time completion rate has always been around 65% and he won't hesitate to throw the ball away when he needs to. His interceptions have almost always been trying to make the game winning plays. 4. His best years have always come after really tough years. He went from 21 interceptions in 2015 down to 10. That's because he spends a lot of time in the film room after the season tearing apart his own game. You'll get the benefit of that dedication and ruthless self evaluation. I wish him the best, and that he finally get the ring he's been denied thus far.
  38. 18 points
    Meanwhile .... “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released their estimates for the influenza season from October 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020. During that period, an estimated 34 to 49 million people have been sickened with the flu, with 350,000 to 620,000 hospitalized. The estimated deaths from the flu is between 20,000 and 52,000 people.” The panic over corona is relatively just so out of hand.
  39. 18 points
    Big name veteran FA. Box checked. Ballard is done.
  40. 17 points
    If Rock Ya-Sin and Xavier Rhodes are our starting CB duo, and ball out this year, I have a suggestion for a nickname... Rocky Rhodes Throw Kenny in there for Moore Rocky Rhodes!
  41. 17 points
    The divorce of the Chargers and Rivers had multiple layers. It was not simply a case of "He's not good anymore, so we're moving on". The LA move, Lynn's philosophy, and Rivers' growing frustration with management (ignoring the OL disaster for over a decade) all played a part in what was described by both parties as a mutual decision. I fully expect Rivers to "rejuvenate" his career in Indy, and I think many Colts fans will end up loving the guy.
  42. 17 points
    You are no doubt the dumbest poster on this board. Maybe dumber than anyone on the internet. Please do us a favor ... either find a new team or keep your stupid opinions to yourself.
  43. 17 points
    What do you guys think of the Packers draft? It is funny their 2 QBs now are A-Rod and J-Lo.
  44. 17 points
  45. 17 points
    Love it on 2 fronts 1. Player at a position of need 2. ends the QB talk
  46. 17 points
  47. 16 points
  48. 16 points
    I was reading a lot of your guys post on Rhodes. I was hoping I could shed some light on his play the last 2 seasons. The Vikes run a very complicated Double A scheme. In 2017 it was super effective when paired with a lot of blitzes and **Press Man**. In 2018, more teams started running the double A due to our success (it is a copycat league after all). As a result, many offenses were prepared for the double a scheme and we saw a lot of schematic counters to the defense. What Zimmer then did to counter this was to blitz less, send more corner blitzes instead of sending our Lbs and switch our CBs to a weird fusion of off man and cover 3. Both corners are press corners. They excel by putting immediate hands on a WR and then running with them. Rhodes, unfortunately, has been banged up and has continue to add one muscle to his already large frame. He looks almost like a strong safety at this point. He is too big and off man already was a weakness of his. His previous injuries have robbed him of some foot quickness and change of direction ability. When paired with being heavier, it is a recipe for disaster. He really needs to get lighter and leaner. Not sure if he added on the pounds to be more stout in run support but it has been detrimental to his ability to shadow. The good news is, not all is lost. He is still one of the best press corners in the league, when allowed to press. If you DC puts him in a press role, he will improve and if he decides to shed all of that excess weight, he will return close to his old form. These are all big ifs though. If your scheme is off man or a lot of cover 3's/clouds, it is going to be Roads Open.
  49. 16 points
    Hello everyone, first time here. I've followed Rivers ever since his freshman year at NC State. Became a Chargers fan in 04 when he was drafted, and now I'm here. Hope you all have room for me. Just wanted to say that the man can absolutely still play, and he has never had an OL as highly touted as this Colts team. I don't know the Colts as well as all of you, but if they are a QB away from being legit contenders, then you should be very excited. Rivers' below-average stats last season had nothing to do with age or deteriorating physical skill. His play style requires good OL play. The Chargers have had a bottom 5 OL for a decade (see PFF ratings), and this past season had no speed at WR. Couple that with a record-breaking bad running game, and you get 20 turnovers and a losing season. If Rivers has time to throw and/or a pocket to step up in, he can and will shred any defense apart. I understand the skepticism from those who have not watched him play or don't know anything about the Chargers' awful franchise, but some of you are going to be pleasantly surprised with the player you just got.
  50. 16 points
    I was planning for this one to be a less aggressive mock but Ballard's recent statement that the locker room is ready for big name free agents emboldened me to go wild again This is mostly for fun, so I wouldn't be surprised if Ballard still doesn't spend a ton. But for the time being enjoy this one: I'm using Overthecap's Colts page for salary numbers. I'm using this article for Colts' own free agents. I will be using spotrac's free agency tracker to find other teams' free agents and if there is market value figure listed, I will try to be close to it, unless I deem it unreasonable for one reason or another. For the draft I will be using The Draft Network's mock draft machine. I will run it with their predictive board, but I will try to take players based on how I feel about the players without trying to cheat the system(for example if a player I have ranked no. 8 is there on the board at 13 and is BPA, but is ranked 44 on their board I will NOT pass on him because I know I can draft him in later rounds, I would consider this cheating the system because I have information that in the real world GMs don't really have). Starting Team Cap Space: $86,162,964 Own Free Agents: Unrestricted FAs Josh Andrews OC 1 year 2M, reliable backup, secure him as our backup C for next year Anthony Castonzo OT 1 year 16M ... We heard AC will be back but we still don't have the contract. From what Ballard is saying it looks like it will be year-to-year contract so... 1 year contract here. Devin Funchess, WR 1 year 5M... Ballard left me with the impression that they are actually happy with the way Funchess handled himself in his recovery behind the scenes. Give him one more year to prove himself. Joe Haeg OT/OG 2 years 7M (4.5M guaranteed, 3.5M cap hit for 2020) He's our most universal OLineman and has done good job filling holes throughout the whole line. Deserves to be paid Jabaal Sheard DE - 2 years 12M (7M guaranteed, 6M caphit), solid lineman. Ballard stated he regretted not retaining some more vets to help the young guys. IMO it's possible Sheard becomes one of his learned lessons and he gives him a solid contract to stay and mentor the youth Jonathan Williams, RB 1 year 1M Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB 1 year 1M Marcus Johnson, WR 1 year 1M Le'Raven Clark OT Eric Ebron, TE Clayton Geathers S Adam Vinatieri K Dontrelle Inman WR Chester Rodgers WR Restricted FAs Trevon Coley DT Exclusive Rights FAs Daurice Fountain, WR $525,000 Rolan Milligan, S/CB $495,000 Cuts: Bryan Hoyer (3M cap savings) Margus Hunt(4M cap savings) ---Total Spent on Own FAs: $29,520,000 ||| Remaining Cap Space: $56,642,964 Other Teams' FAs: Phillip Rivers, 2 years 40M, 25M guaranteed(20M fully guaranteed year 1) - The Colts get their upgrade at the starting QB position who can also serve as a bridge QB and mentor to a future of the franchise at the position that is going to be picked in the draft. Rivers has been one of the best QBs in the league over the last dozen or so years but has lately suffered decline in his mobility which paired with his horrible OLine in LA resulted in his worst season in the league. He still is one of the premier processors and masters of the mental game of football and hopefully with better protection from our OLine he will have a better season or two with the Colts. Javon Hargrave, DT 4 years 55M(30M guaranteed, 14M guaranteed 1st year) - this is our big time FA signing. One of the best interior pass-rushers in the league and he's young(27). He played in an uneven front and still managed to record the highest pressure rate from all interior players in the NFL last year. This is something we desperately need and something I feel like Ballard might actually splurge on. He's an explosive athlete who beats opponents with quickness and leverage thanks to low center of gravity. Ballard emphasized again in the exit interview/press-conference that the 3T is extremely important for our scheme... well... lets see what we can do with a player who IMO might be even more successful in our system than in the one he was playing thus far in PIT. Daryl Worley, CB 3 years 21M (12M guaranteed, 7M guaranteed year 1) Worley is versatile cornerback who can play all over the defensive backfield and he fits the length component that Ballard and co value - 33 1/4" arms. He is also only 25 and still has room for improvement. We suffered a lot once we lost Kenny Moore last year. This addition will serve as an injury insurance and 'swing DB"/swiss army knife for us. Sean Davis, FS 1 year 1M - reclamation project/depth at safety. A safety with great athleticism and ability to hit, but very inconsistent Jason Spriggs, OT - 1 year, 1M this is a reclamation project for the Colts with athletic upside. He was drafted in R2 by the Packers but injuries and great competition at the position leaves him with a lot to prove and not much to show for in his early career - he started only 9 games in his career so far. ---Total Spent on Other Teams' FAs: $43M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $13,642,964 Trades: Quincy Wilson for a 7th round pick(#202 from Oakland on draft day($1,251,309 savings) Jacoby Brissett for a 4th round pick(#115) from New England (9M savings) ---Savings in trades: $10,251,309 ||| Remaining Cap Space: $23,894,273 And here comes the draft... Draft (trade) Colts trade up from #13 to #11 using the pick acquired from the Jacoby Brissett trade to get in front of Oakland and secure the future franchise QB for the team: Round 1. Pick 11 Jordan Love, QB, Utah State - my love for Love is not a secret around here, so I'm not sure I have to write much of a justification for this pick. IMO Love has the highest upside of all the QBs in this year's draft. He has high level QB traits and attributes. He already has some of the things I most value in a QB - pocket presence(one of the best in the class) and ability to make plays out of structure and on the move. He has one of the strongest arms in the draft and he has pretty much all the throws in his arsenal - he can throw bullets, he can throw with touch over defenders, he can throw the deep out, he can throw the seam, he can sidearm it to create different angle, he can throw with anticipation and timing. With that said, I expect him to need a year because his decision making needs to improve and makes some very weird mistakes with his reads + he needs to learn to run a pro offense without constantly looking to the sideline for instructions(Rivers will be good for him to learn from here). This is as much a bet on him as a prospect as it is on Frank Reich and the rest of the coaching staff to develop him. So here we go... Indy, meet your franchise QB of the future - Jordan Love. Round 2. Pick 34 Justin Madubuike, IDL Colts get one of the most explosive and agile defensive tackles in the draft. He fits perfectly in our scheme - can burst through gaps with his first step quickness, but also has the lateral agility to be able to execute some of the stunts and twists Eberflus likes to employ from time to time. Round 2. Pick 44 Denzel Mims - Not sure he will last until this point, but in this mock he did. I would love to pair him with TY Hilton and Parris Campbell. This will be some serious speed on the field. Mims is an explosive athlete who plays physical brand of football, but also has the long speed to punish defenders with double moves. His release off the LOS is very sudden and forceful and he creates advantage immediately on his routes. Great hands, great in the air. There were questions about the variability of his route tree early in the process because Baylor didn't make him run a lot of routes, but he answered those emphatically at the senior bowl where he was arguably the best receiver at the event. I would have been happy to get him at 34 too, but decided to go with Madubuike and he was still here for me to pick at 44. Round 3, pick 75 Matthew Peart, OT, UConn - here's a developmental OT with look for the future. 4 year starter in college. He's a bit raw but he has the physical and athletic traits to be a starting tackle in the league. He has nimble feet for his size and great length(36 5/8” !!! arms). Tons of athletic potential. He lacks refinement with his hands and gets overpowered by opponents, but hopefully a year with an NFL coaching and strength and conditioning program will do him good. Round 4, pick 112 Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri - he was the winner at the combine... has the potential to be good versatile TE - he's not only a good pass catcher, but shows some flashes of ability to do the job as a run blocker. He had a great freshman year in Missouri with 11 TDs but he never really took off after that. Injuries have stunted his development. Still, his movement skill and speed will get him drafted relatively high. Will be great complement to Doyle and Alie-Cox Round 5, pick 142 Harrison Hand, CB, Temple - Yep... another CB from Temple. This will make it 3 in the last 4 years. He's a big corner with the toughness and physicality that Ballard likes, willing tackler, good in zone coverage. He did very well at the combine acing the explosiveness drills and he also measured with long arms (31 3/4”). Round 6, pick 173 Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska - another explosive defensive tackle with developmental upside. Very quick for his size, but short arms might limit his ceiling. Might be situational inside rusher. Round 7, pick 204 Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee - very competitive and tough receiver... but his slow speed will limit him to being a big slot type of receiver. Still, he shows some ability to break tackles after the catch and gain additional yards. Round 7, pick 206 Keith Ismael, IOL, San Diego State - developmental interior lineman, he did well in the Senior Bowl against Kinlaw. Get him on the roster and lets see if he can make his way on the 53 man roster. ---Total Spent on Draftees: ~$10M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $13,894,273 Depth chart: Offense: QB: Phillip Rivers, Jordan Love, Chad Kelly RB: Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Johnathan Williams, Bruce Anderson, Darius Jackson WR1: TY Hilton, Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Daurice Fountain, Steve Ishmael WR2: Denzel Mims, Devin Funchess, Ashton Dulin, Malik Henry Slot: Parris Campbell, Jauan Jennings, Chad Williams TE1: Jack Doyle, Billy Brown, Cedrick Lang, Ian Bunting TE2: Albert Okwuegbunam, Mo Alie-Cox, Matt Lengel, Xavier Grimble, LT: Anthony Castonzo, Matthew Peart, Chaz Green LG: Quenton Nelson, Jake Eldrenkamp, Keith Ismael OC: Ryan Kelly, Josh Andrews, Javon Patterson RG: Mark Glowinski, Joe Haeg, Andrew Donnal RT: Braden Smith, Jason Spriggs, Travis Vornkahl Deffense: LDE: Jabaal Sheard, Ben Banogu, Al-Quadin Muhammad DT: Grover Stewart, Justin Madebuike, Iseoluwapo Jegede 3T: Javon Hargrave, Denico Autry, Khalil Davis, Tyquan Lewis RDE: Justin Houston, Kemoko Turay, Gerri Green WILL: Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed MIKE: Anthony Walker Jr., Skai Moore SAM: Bobby Okereke, Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin SS: Khari Willis, George Odum, FS: Malik Hooker, Sean Davis, Rolan Milligan RCB: Pierre Desir, Harrison Hand, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Lafayette Pitts LCB: Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell III, Jackson Porter Slot: Kenny Moore II, Daryl Worley, Picasso Nelson Special teams: LS: Luke Rhodes P: Rigoberto Sanchez K: Chase McLaughlin *names in green are rookies **names in blue are new FAs Final thoughts: - I did the full replacement of the QB room in this one. I'm not exactly sure how likely this is and how likely Rivers is to come if he knew we are planning to use a 1st round pick on a QB instead of on players that will help him compete? But does he have leverage? I kind of feel like we are offering him more than most other suitors will with or without the 1st rounder being spent on a win-now piece. - I really like our offensive weapons. That group of receivers can be pretty good and I feel like it is very complementary in variety of ways. You can have big possession X(Funchess) or big explosive field stretching X(Mims), you can put in small blazing fast slot(Campbell) or a big possession slot(Funchess?/Jennings?)... and TY complements all of them from the Z or slot. You have a great OLine and very solid stable of backs with varying skillsets. You have the solid versatile vet TE Doyle and Albert O who can go wild on mismatches. I feel like Rivers will be real good with this type of supporting cast. - Hargrave + Madebuike are a bit of an awkward fit together on run downs(both are best at 3T). That's why I put Grover still as a nominal 'starter' in base defense. But make no mistakes - on majority of snaps Hargrave and Madebuike will both be unleashed to pursue the passer. I still like the rotation a lot. I decided against spending money on EDGE players and I don't think the draft is particularly strong on the EDGE, so I decided to bring back Sheard and allow Turay and Banagu to show what they can do as rotational pass-rushers. - the defensive backfield is still a work in progress, but I tried to give it a bit of depth with a versatile piece like Worley who can play multiple positions. He's not a world beater but he's a solid corner who fits what Ballard likes in CBs. I feel like this is the year Rock. Tell and Desir have to show what they can do. This is a sneaky position of need going forward if Desir can't cut it and Marvel is either not ready or not good. In my mock draft I had the chance to draft a CB like Diggs in the second. What do you guys think? Would he have been better pick at 34 than Madebuike? Maybe if we do get a premier 3T FA(like I did), we should skip that position in the draft(or at least not pick this high)? What do you guys think? - I tried to balance the present and the future with this one. I spent a 1st and a 3d on what is clearly investments for the future rather than for the now(QB and OT), but I feel like I brought enough reinforcements in FA and with other picks to think this is an improved roster that can compete for playoff berth this coming season. Any thoughts and critique are welcome. Cheers everybody (Disclaimer: I used the blueprint from my last mock so it's possible there are some mistakes/leftovers from it. Please don't hesitate to point out any glaring errors or things you think are overly unrealistic.)
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