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  1. 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.
  2. 24 points
    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"
  3. 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!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 23 points
    Here it is official: https://www.colts.com/news/colts-bring-back-howard-mudd-to-staff-klayton-adams-named-assistant-offensive-li
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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 ***
  12. 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.
  13. 20 points
    I wonder if part of it has to do with the Denzelle Good incident.
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  16. 19 points
    Ballard's line about... "we're not building a team to match up with others, we're building a team for them to match up with us." Was brilliant.
  17. 19 points
    . The average age of the current roster: 25.2 Average experience of current roster: 3.2 Without AV's 46 years and 23 years.... Age: 24.8 & Experience: 2.9 For an 10-6 and 1-1 team with Rookie HC and coordinators and a 2nd year GM that is pretty spectacular. ****************************************** Carroll Phillips and Jihad Ward both played at Illinois and were coached by Phair ****************************************** Carroll Phillips and Ahmad Thomas won state football championships together in Miami in High School ****************************************** Antonio Garcia, after being a 3rd Round Pick (with lots of accolades) of the Patriots, was released after being diagnosed with blood cl.ots in his lungs and dropping 40 pounds. Fully healthy now he COULD be the hier apparent to Castonzo. ****************************************** Al-Quadin Muhammad was a 4 star recruit at Miami and was suspended with then teammate Jermaine Grace (former Colt) and missed 2 years of college ball due to another suspension where he was falsley accused of an domestic altercation with a roomate - he was still drafted in the 6th round by the Saints on pure talent - redshirted even though he tore up the preseason twice - and Ballard scooped him up at cut down day. Theoretically he would now have his 4 years of college experience and I believe he will breakout candidate this year! ****************************************** Deon Cain and Marcus Johnson both started their college careers as quarterbacks until transitioning to wide receivers. We will reap those benefits. ****************************************** Jihad Ward is my other breakout candidate on the defensive line. He was always better suited for the UT position, and Eberflus surely saw that when he coached him at the Senior Bowl and with Dallas briefly, as does Phair his old college line coach. Now that he is in a position to use his natural abilities with us, I see 5-10 sack potential in him and he will be my second breakout candidate of the year. ****************************************** We have 6 tightends on the current roster, only one of which was drafted. Additionally, 2 were college bball players (Travis & Alie-Cox) and one was a wide receiver (Billy Brown). Very interesting and diverse backgrounds for the deepest TE room in the league. ****************************************** Lastly, while I will not have Cain or Fountain as breakout candidates (yet), but, I will say that they will contribute this year in the offense. Likely at the expense of Pascal and/or Rogers.
  18. 19 points
    Here my first attempt(it's going to be an aggressive one... more of a what I want to happen than what I think Ballard would do). It is NOT going to be perfect and I probably will make some mistakes with free agency designations(RFAs vs UFAs etc.), assumptions about the price of players etc.. If you see egregious mistakes please don't hesitate to point them out. 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 ridiculous for one reason or another. For the draft I will be using fanspeak's mock system. I will run it with Matt Millers 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. 20 is there on the board at 26 and is BPA, but is ranked 77 on Miller's 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: $117,374,480 Own Free Agents: Unrestricted FAs Pierre Desir, CB 3 years 17M (9M guaranteed, 6 fully guaranteed first year) Clayton Geathers, SS 1 year 3.5M Margus Hunt, DL - 1 year 3M guaranteed Dontrelle Inman, WR 1 year 5M guaranteed Mike Mitchell. SS 1 year 2.5M guaranteed Matt Slauson, OG 1 year 2.0M guaranteed Adam Vinatieri, K 1 year 3.5M guaranteed Mark Glowinski, OG - I want to sign him, but IMO he's going to get more than I'm willing to give him so I will let him go Najee Goode, LB Ryan Grant, WR Geneo Grissom, DE Ryan Hewitt, TE J'Marcus Webb, OT JJ Wilcox, SS Al Woods, DT Restricted FAs Evan Boehm OC/OG - original-round tender(1 year/2.05M) Mathias Farley, S - original round tender(1 year/2.05M) Chester Rogers, WR - original round tender (1 year/2.05M) Chris Milton -no tender Corey Moore - no tender Ross Travis - no tender Exclusive rights FAs Marcus Johnson, WR 1 year 660K Luke Rhodes, LB/LS/ST 1 year 660K ----------------------Total Spent on Own FAs: $32.97M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $84,404,480 Other Teams' FAs: Preston Smith, DE, 26 years old. 4 years 48M(28M guaranteed, 12M fully guaranteed in the first year) - here's a young free agent coming off his rookie contract. Ex-2nd round pick. A player who's been improving every year and has shown some exciting things athletically. He is an athletic freak who will fit seamlessly into our aggressive attacking scheme(eventual replacement for Sheard) Tyrell Williams, WR 27 years old, 3 years 30M(16M guaranteed, 10M fully guaranteed 1st year). 10M a year might seem a bit excessive but IMO he is the best WR on the board and he will get paid because of an overall underwhelming class. He has experience with both Sirianni and Reich and I can see them pushing for him. We need a reliable big receiver who can track and catch the ball in contested situations. We don't really have this type fo receiver right now. He also has some speed which helps him get separation. As you can see I'm targeting young players throughout this mock - he is still only 26 years old too(will turn 27 in couple of weeks). Mike Iupati, OG 31 years old - 1 year 4M - multiple times pro-bowler and all-pro, Iupati has finished two consecutive years on IR and is getting up there in age, this is why I'm giving him a smaller contract than one might assume for the level of player he is when at 100%. This year he started very shaky after missing almost the full 2017 season, but was gaining steam by week 13 when he suffered an MCL sprain and was placed on IR. I will be willing to take a chance on him returning to his high end play from before his injuries(2017 bicep injury, 2018 MCL - so I don't think they are related). He will be starter/competition for the RG spot on our roster. Grady Jarrett, DT, 26 years old - 5 years/75M (46M guaranteed, 15M guaranteed 1st year) This is the crown jewel of our free agency. I'm not sure Atlanta will let him hit free agency, but if they do, we need to jump on it. He is an elite interior lineman and just had his best season, ranking no. 6 on PFFs interior linemen ranking and a lot of it was due to his exceptional 3d down pass-rush productivity - according to PFF he was ranked 3d in win %(21.8) and 2nd in pass-rush grade (90.1) on 3d downs. Yes, he is undersized but come on. That's the reason he was underdrafted too... at some point his play has to matter more than his 6'0 height. He is one of the better interior linemen and better interior pass-rushers in the league right now and again - he's still just 26! Put him in our either at the nose or at 3tech and unleash him onto opponents. I believe he can even improve his pass-rush productivity when given the license to just go and be aggressive. Cam Fleming, OT, 26 years old, 1 year/4M - a solid swing tackle/spot starter/depth Justin Coleman, CB 26years old - 2years 8M (5M guaranteed, 4M 1st year) - solid CB for competition/depth... Again... he's still young too, comes from Seattle, just like Desir. Those are the main FA acquisitions. I will give allowance of about 10M more for filling out the roster with several more depth/competition pieces. And with that said... ----------------------Total Spent on Other Teams' FAs: $59M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $25,404,480 And here comes the draft... Round 1. Pick 26 Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson... here we go. We put together a Clemson interior linemen combo of Grady Jarret and Christian Wilkins. Both of them can rush the passer, both of them can stop the run. This is the off-season we get set at interior DL. Round 2. Pick 34 N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Regulars here know that I'm not Harry's biggest fan but if he falls to the second round, I think the value is solid and I think he provides exactly what we need as a after the catch threat. He's extremely explosive with the ball in his hands - he can make people miss and he can truck over them when needed to get an extra yard or two for a first down. He's very physical at the catch point on contested catches. He completes our receiving core very well. Round 2. Pick 58 Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware - very physical and aggressive safety, with great technical tackling skills and good in coverage. He is extremely versatile and can play both in the box and single high. Will fit great in our system and will be great complement to Hooker. He might be this year's small school gem, ala Darius Leonard. Round 3, pick 89 Dalton Risner, OT/OG, Kansas State - one of PFF's favorites. Reports are that NFL teams are not as crazy about him as people assumed early in the process. Matt Miller has him pretty low on his board too, but I have to take him here. I'm willing to draft him as a depth/competition/developmental prospect with versatility to play both RT and and guard. He's got a physical and nasty streak in the run game and has good anchor in pass pro. Needs work with his pass set in pass-protection, but overall I think he would be a steal at this point of the draft. He might even push for starting spot sometime during his rookie season. Round 4, pick 128 Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma If he was healthy he would go much higher, but a RB with a current ACL injury is likely to fall(and he did in this simulation mock too). He has in spades what Mack is missing the most- contact balance. He has good size and plays with force and power in addition to having a great burst through even the smallest holes. I think he can be a great complement to our stable of young RBs and possibly be even more if he manages to stay healthy. Round 4, pick 135 Chase Hansen, LB Utah. He's a converted LB(from safety) and he's a playmaker. Flies all over the field, very rangy. Had impressive 22 tackles for loss and 5 sacks this last year as his first time LB. Comes from zone defense so he will fit well in our Tampa 2. Has to work on getting off blocks better, but that's why you get him in the late 4th. Round 5, pick 165 Jamel Dean, CB Auburn. Had somewhat of a down year but I still like his physical profile. He is huge and physical! If he gets his hands on you at the LOS and jam you, you are not getting much separation. Might be better fit for man-press scheme, but oh well... at this point of the draft I'm good drafting physical and athletic profile and coaching him up to do what is required in our scheme Round 6, pick 200 Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson - great hands, good router runner. Slot receiver in our rotation. Round 7, pick 242 Joe Dineen, LB, Kansas ----------------------Total Spent on Draftees: $10M ||| Remaining Cap Space: $15,404,480 Depth chart: Offense: QB: Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Phillip Walker RB: Marlon Mack, Rodney Anderson, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins WR1: TY Hilton, N'Keal Harry, Zach Pascal, Daurice Fountain, Steve Ishmael WR2: Tyrell Williams, Deon Cain, Marcus Johnson, Krishawn Hogan Slot: Dontrelle Inman, Chester Rogers, Hunter Renfrow, James Wright, Jordan Veasy TE1: Jack Doyle, Mo Alie-Cox TE2: Eric Ebron, Billy Brown LT: Anthony Castonzo, Cam Fleming, Le'Raven Clark, Antonio Garcia LG: Quenton Nelson, Joe Haeg OC: Ryan Kelly, Evan Boehm RG: Mike Iupati, Matt Slauson RT: Braden Smith, Dalton Risner, De'Ondre Wesley Deffense: LDE: Jabaal Sheart, Denico Autry, Jihad Ward, Al-Quadin Muhammad DT: Christian Wilkins, Hassan Ridgeway, Grover Stewart 3T: Grady Jarrett, Margus Hunt, Tyquan Lewis, DeShawn Williams RDE: Preston Smith, Kemoko Turay, Carroll Phillips WILL: Darius Leonard, Chase Hansen, Anthony Winbush MIKE: Anthony Walker Jr., Skai Moore, Joe Dineen SAM: Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin SS: Clayton Geathers, Mike Mitchell, Isaiah Johnson, Ahmad Thomas FS: Malik Hooker, Nasir Adderley, Mathias Farley, George Odum, Rolan Milligan RCB: Quincy Wilson, Jalen Collins, Jamel Dean LCB: Pierre Desir, Justin Coleman, D.J. Killings Slot: Kenny Moore II, Nate Hairston Special teams: LS: Luke Rhodes P: Rigoberto Sanchez K: Adam Vinatieri *names in green are rookies **names in red are new FAs Any thoughts and critique are welcome.
  19. 18 points
    The Colts will probably be linked to half of the free agents on the market this week. There will be a lot of smoke, there probably won't be much actual fire.
  20. 18 points
    I know one thing.... the Rams O-line should take that shiny new “O-line of the Year” trophy and FedEx it up to Indianapolis.
  21. 18 points
    Initial contract details: Update: Ian Rapoport also reported that it includes a $4.2 million signing bonus.
  22. 17 points
    But let's talk about how awful Jim Irsay is...
  23. 17 points
    https://m.facebook.com/ScottHawthorneInk/photos/a.560222567366476/2028240807231304/?type=3 10 hours over 2 sessions. $1400. Totally worth it.
  24. 17 points
    He's one of the few who came to play today. Thought many on defense didn't bring the intensity today. Moore played hard all day.
  25. 16 points
    It's so quiet around here that even the trolls and Negativians are nowhere to be found. I'd even be happy with people making stuff up at this point. I guess its good tho for us to catch our breath and let the skin grow back on our fingertips. Soon enough, we'll be back to name-calling, backstabbing, and slander. Yes, Colt fans, its draft time.....enjoy.
  26. 16 points
  27. 16 points
    Lmao... there's the door. Don't let it hit you on the way out.
  28. 16 points
    1. Get a new good LT 2. Get a new good LG 3. Get a new good C 4. Get a new good RG 5. Get a new good RT 6. Build a new stadium that is not owned by TY Hilton 7. Try not to call TY Hilton a clown, a scrub or anything of the sort the week before the games.
  29. 16 points
    The moment no one was waiting for... Pre-combine, based on limited film viewing and research (although I've watched at least a little of every draft pick shown below). I plan to do another one after the combine, before free agency starts, but who knows if I'll have watched enough more film to do anything meaningful. I'm adding some players in free agency to address some needs and upgrade some positions, and I'm letting some guys walk because I'm adding a different player that I like better. Geathers and Inman are gone; I'm re-signing Desir and I get the feeling some will think my contract projection for him isn't reasonable, but my mock can survive without him. Trying to get two-deep across the board. I think the thinnest spot winds up being OL. Numbers from OTC and Spotrac: Colts cap standing: 2019 projected cap of $189m (7% increase from 2018), rollover of $49m from 2018 = adjusted cap of ~$239m. As of now, including the Glowinski and AV contracts, the Colts have $131.4m committed in 2019, cap space of $107.7m (committed $88m in 2020, projected cap of $200m). Releases: none Colts free agents: Glowinski, three years, $16.2m, cap hits $3.5m, $6.15m, $6.65m Vinatieri, one year, $3.875m Desir, two years, $9m, cap hits $4m, $5m Hunt, one year, $3m Webb, one year, $1.5m Grissom, one year, $805k Rhodes, ERFA tender, one year, $645k Hewitt, one year, $805k Moore, one year, $900k Boehm, tender, $2.035m Milton, one year, $900k Farley, tender, $2.035m Travis, one year, $900k Rogers, tender, $2.035m Martin, tender, $645k Johnson, tender, $645k Geathers -- FA Inman -- FA Grant -- FA Woods -- FA Mitchell -- FA Wilcox -- FA Slauson -- retired > Added $20.2m to 2019 cap (approx $9.5m guaranteed), added $10m to 2020 cap (none guaranteed) >> New cap position in 2019 -- $144m committed, remaining cap space of approx $95m Free agent additions: Adrian Phillips, four years, $27.5m, $10m guaranteed (none in year 2), cap hits of $6.25m, 6.25m, 7.25m, 7.75m; starting SS, plays well in the box, nickel pass coverage, can play man, good tackler/run support, instinctive, good range on the back end Trey Flowers, five years, $87m ($17.4m/year), $50m guaranteed, $16.4m, 17.4m, 17.4m, 17.4m, 18.4m; edge rusher who lines up and plays effectively everywhere, gets a ton of QB pressures, only 26 next season so conceivably has more to show, just as good in run defense; paying a premium for a player I think is the best fit at a premium position Steven Nelson, three years, $24m, $9m guaranteed, cap hits of $7m, $8m, $9m; starting CB who can play man and zone, better in zone, feisty and competitive, good in run support, has enough quickness to play inside if necessary Cameron Fleming, two years, $7m, $1m guaranteed, cap hits $3.5m each; swing tackle, competition, depth, upside Adam Humphries, four years, $37m, 11.5m guaranteed, cap hits of $8.5m, $9m, $9.5m, $10m; starting wide receiver, good YAC receiver, gets separation quickly, makes tacklers miss Bryce Hager, one year, $1.2m; depth LB with range and quickness, decent tackler, special teamer Draft pool, approx $8m in 2019 > Added $51.9m to 2019 cap, approx $49m to 2020 cap (approx $20m guaranteed, including draft pool) >> New cap position in 2019 -- $196m committed (total), remaining cap space approx $48m >>> Committed $146m in 2020, rolling approx $35-40m from 2019, estimated cap space $88m Draft (conflicting info on the actual draft spots, especially past the third round, so I might be off by one here and there): 1/26 -- Deionte Thompson, Alabama, safety/dime defender, rangy, ball skills, aggressive tackler, capable in single high or in the box against TEs, allows for versatile usage of Hooker and other safeties, high ceiling prospect who probably slides out of the top 20 due to a recent, minor injury 2/34 -- Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State, DT, three tech, versatility and athleticism to play multiple spots, mostly an interior rusher who needs work to become an every down player, but can have an immediate impact if used in the right packages 2/59 -- Riley Ridley, Georgia, WR, good ball catcher, strong route runner, good after catch, good size and enough speed to make, can be new possession receiver and scoring threat 3-90 -- Vosean Joseph, Florida, ILB, rangy, athletic, can hit, needs refinement in all areas but has the tools and shows ability to perform on tape, easy fit for our defense 4/129 -- Josh Oliver, San Jose State, TE, good route runner, athletic pass catcher, capable blocker, I feel like he would be a second rounder in another draft, but this draft is loaded with TEs and I view him as a steal with the potential to be a high level player in the NFL 4/135 -- Elijah Holyfield, Georgia, RB, prototypical prospect for every down back in the NFL, big, strong, has athleticism to get to the second level, finishes well, needs work as a receiver and blocker 5/165 -- Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, edge, good production with 10 sacks as a junior, two serious injuries in the past but was solid in 2018, has good traits as a versatile defender with athleticism and length, needs technical work but has the tools to be a good DE 6/198 -- Derrick Baity, Kentucky, CB, long, decent athlete, plays the ball and makes plays in zone coverage 7/241 -- Garrett Brumfield, G, LSU, good movement and range as an interior blocker, feisty and eager to finish, refinement needed with hands and balance, but fits the new Colts OL mindset Depth chart (draft picks in bold, FA additions in italics, injury returns underlined) QB -- Luck, Brissett, Walker RB -- Mack, Hines, Wilkins, Holyfield WR -- Hilton, Humphries, Rogers, Cain, Ridley, Fountain, Pascal TE -- Doyle, Ebron, Oliver, Hewitt, Cox, Travis LT -- AC, Fleming, Garcia LG -- Nelson, Brumfield C -- Kelly, Boehm, Andrews RG -- Glowinski, Haeg RT -- Smith, Webb, Clark DT -- Autry, Hunt, Jones, Ridgeway, Stewart, Ward DE -- Flowers, Sheard, Lewis, Turay, Muhammed, Brailford, Grissom LB -- Leonard, Walker, Joseph, Franklin, Adams, Hager, S. Moore, Thomas CB -- Desir, Nelson, Wilson, K. Moore, Collins, Baity, Milton, Hairston S -- Hooker, Phillips, Thompson, Farley, Odum, Milligan K -- Vinatieri P -- Sanchez LS -- Rhodes Whatchu think?? GO COLTS!
  30. 16 points
    Watching Dontrelle Inman on Fair Game with Kristine Leahy. He said Andrew Luck has a dad voice in the huddle. Andrew says things like, “Shut up. Don’t talk in my huddle.” When asked if he (Inman) will be back next year. He says that he wants to be a Colt. Says he passed up several opportunities to sign with other teams early in the season, but he waited to find the right fit. He says he bet on himself.
  31. 16 points
    https://www.wthr.com/article/boy-wins-science-fair-tom-brady-cheater-project I just thought it was hilarious!!!
  32. 16 points
    Am i the only one not on the Bell train?
  33. 16 points
    What a season! I know it didn't end the way we all wanted, but the journey was better than most of us expected. THANK YOU to everyone that made this season enjoyable! I'm extremely optimistic about the future of the Colts. We're in good hands. Let's have a good off-season and keep getting better!
  34. 15 points
    How the heck does this guy keep things so quiet
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    Fans and media get enamored with free agency, but those experienced and shrewd in the business of making such team decisions on free agents have some basic rules dictated by their experience. I'm fortunate to have access to them and thoughts about them from some. (it is even edited for forum brevity) ******************************************** 80-85% of the time an FA is a bad value because a team has decided that a players projected production will no longer match the price his contract demands. 15-20% of the time, players can be on the market simply because teams are being squeezed by the cap. (too many good players to keep). These have higher value, but the scarcity drives up the price, so it still is not great value. Rarely do true difference makers hit FA, and they will be exceptionally expensive. Because of the salary cap impingement, a free agent must be productive (600+ plays per year) and have longevity. More mistakes are made in free agency at the cornerback position than any other. Never sign a player 27 or older to a 5 year deal, nor a 4 year deal for a player 28 and older. Never sign any high risk injury player to long term deal. You must evaluate the player, establish the schematic fit and establish the right price. Never, ever sign a player and change his technique or schematic fit. It just doesn’t work. Be cautious of the player who's production dramatically increases in their contract year. Teams are more likely to be paying for the production of that contract year while getting the lower production from those non contract years. The team needs to carry at least $6 million in cap resources (preferably $10 million) into the season for replacement(s) for injured players. This is after off season- FA signings Spending $6- 8 million for rookie draft pool Spending $1 million of cap space allocated for practice squad players Stick to your budget. If the team spends recklessly, there will inevitably come a time when there's a need for the money that you no longer have. Spending Tier I money on a Tier II player only inflates what you have to pay your own Tier I player when it is time. The salary cap eventually penalizes severely for overpaying players relative to what their production value is. Player must be at least a good or great 3rd down player. Any high priced FA must be on the field and productive for those critical downs. Do not sign a player for more than the team leader or your best player at that position. This about rewarding loyalty and maintaining a balanced cost structure within your team because otherwise it creates bad locker room chemistry. Players know. They do. Never believe that your locker room culture will change a person’s behavior. This is rarely the case and when it does work it is only on a minimum salary short deal. Giving a large money or long term deal in this situation RARELY works if ever. You're never 'one player away' from a Super Bowl because there is a 100% injury rate in this sport. Ignore the outside noise. A segment of the fan base will be unhappy. The local media will be unhappy, the agents will be unhappy and you are sure to hear that you are not trying to win. ** STAY FOCUSED—REMEMBER THE MISSION** Every one looks out for their own interest. You have to look out for the best interest for the team and stay focused on that. Set a price that is fair and if that price escalates, walk away. You are not in a church auction. You run a football team. If you do so, your cap will be well managed which is absolutely essential for sustained success and you will have the ability to sign your own free agents first. They are the priority when you are a good team, and you are a good team because you draft well. Always remember that the free agent you lose hurts you more than he helps his new team. This is why historical trends show that it takes a free agent changing teams and systems almost a year to fit and become really efficient. *********************************************************** I didn't write these excerpts, but written by one has been there and did the job before they penned a very long list. I trimmed it down slightly for the forum.
  37. 15 points
    I THINK that I am reasonably a smart guy......... (My wife of 25 years, may does think differently During FA last year........ I was clamoring for FA A, or FA B............ Ballard said "I will wait for value in FA" Result - He picked up an egg or two, but we brought in a few needed players..... he dumped the "eggs" HE WAS RIGHT....... I WAS WRONG During the draft last year, I was clamoring for a sexy pick...... Not a GUARD!!!! Ballard SAID........ "I will build the lines FIRST" Result - Believed to be the best single draft of last year. Of 32 Teams..... thats special Its a LONG way from now......... but there is a decent, not THAT remote, if the player can stay healthy, CHANCE that his top 2 picks MAY wear a yellow jacket some day HE WAS RIGHT........ I WAS WRONG This year........ I am hoping for a specific FA pick or two that I think we need....... If we dont get MY choice..... I am not going to wet my pants I think you have to give benefit of the doubt to CB https://www.stampedeblue.com/2019/3/12/18261988/does-spending-big-in-free-agency-translate-to-success Quote from Article The raw data shows that just 37% (9/24) of the 6 biggest spenders in Free-Agency made the Playoffs the following year. As the success of a football team depends on a lot of different factors other than free-agency spending, take the data with a grain of salt. Injuries happen, and a player a franchise considered a sure-bet ends up failing. Something to consider.....
  38. 15 points
    If the Colts are having trouble reaching the 89% mark, I will happily sacrifice myself and sign a 1 year, $XX mil deal to help them out.
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  41. 15 points
    At this time of year and fans start thinking about future members of their favorite team, this is a good thing to remember. Fans see what a college player IS. Scouts, front office personnel, and coaches are trying to see what a player CAN BECOME. And that's a big, BIG difference. You'll often see posts from fans here wondering why we took that guy? Or why did another team take this guy? And they wonder because the guy they like is still on the board and that's who they think their favorite team should've taken. Because, whatever he IS, teams think they can make him better. That the player has a higher ceiling. Also.... fans have little way of knowing if the player has been taken off a team's board for a variety of reasons. Health. Character. Locker room issues. Family and other personal issues. Lots of things we'll never know about. Sometimes we do. We all wondered why Darrice Guice kept falling last year. Turns out he had enough red flags to launch a big sail boat. And that eventually leaked out. We also wondered about Hurst. We knew he had a health issue, but we were surprised so many teams passed on him as long as they did. But typically, that type of info doesn't get out. Sometimes the decision doesn't come down to the GM. It can come down to the owner. Especially when it comes to character. Some owners don't want to handle the heat out in public. And sometimes a player is given a thumbs down by the medical staff. There's just no way to know.... One last thought.... Remember the highlight reals on YouTube and elsewhere are typically highlights. The best of a player. It's rare to see a collection of plays that represent the WORST of a player. So judging a player only by the highlights can be misleading. And if we saw the worst of a player, we might all have another viewpoint.
  42. 14 points
    A few things on Kindred: 1) He was pretty damn good in 2017. He didn't play well last year and got hammered for it. But his 2017 season was great. I think he had a PFF Grade of 82.0 then for those that like to hammer home on PFF 2) His contract was set to be $720K this year based on his 4th round drafting. Why is everyone continuously reporting his $2M figure? Because he played well enough in 2017 and enough snaps in 2018 to bump his salary up to $2.025M through the proven performance escalator system. 3) We paid Chris Milton $1.5M for his contributions as depth and special teams. Kindred is the same type of player at the S position. He can contribute on both coverage units and he is a very solid backup S who can play in the box. And he costs slightly more than Milton. And less than Geathers and Farley. 4) We are paying him as a 4th Safety and special teams contributor and we are paying him around 50th-60th best S money. Sure he makes around what Adrian Phillips got which some of our board wanted. But he also comes in around the cost of guys like Chris Banjo, Blake Countess, Jordan Lucas, etc 5) He has a decent amount of starting experience. Which will prove valuable if/when our S position takes a hit health-wise and he is thrown into the fire 6) He is still only 25 years old. He is a solid guy to get and evaluate and see if he earns a follow on contract. He is the quintessential low risk grab. He's a one year deal w a chance to be a diamond in the rough or be gone if not needed. Since his contract is only salary with Cleveland eating the rest of his pro-rated signing bonus, I don't even know if he would hurt us cap-wise if he is cut before the season and doesn't make the final 53. Even if he does count there it will be small potatoes. I like the move personally.
  43. 14 points
    You all are extra busy this time of year. Just a quick thanks for keeping things moving here.
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  45. 14 points
    hey look, the Patriots being caught on video again doing something illegal.
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    I’m kinda tired of the whole celebration thing, including the “group snapshot”, coreographed nonsense and players separating themselves after a tackle and pounding their chest. The Autry thing was just foolish. Nothing wrong with high fives or showing emotions but this other stuff is reminiscent of WWE.
  48. 14 points
    Sigh. Do we have to make snarky posts and then self-righteously defend ourselves in every thread?
  49. 14 points
    Actually I do not agree with our schedule being weak. Our Division was the best it's ever been since I can remember. Texans were 11-5, Colts 10-6, Titans 9-7, Jacks were the only bad team at 5-11 and they even had a great defense. Our Division had a combined record of 35-29 which is good. The Division games weren't gimmes like in years past. We also played the Pats, Eagles, and Cowboys outside the Division = all Playoff teams. When we played the Giants they were even playing well.
  50. 14 points
    Be here but nobody has told our young and talented team that. So when the game kicks off tomorrow let’s hollar for our colts. Win or lose we’ve came a long way this year. Let’s keep the motto going tomorrow 1-0. Our boys believe, so should we. Either way we should all be proud of our team. Lets to go colts lets go colts
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