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  1. So we play Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston twice, Titans twice, Green Bay, Chicago, and Minnesota and that’s the easiest schedule in the league? I’m not buying that load of crock for one minute.
    12 points
  2. 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.
    7 points
  3. I can still hear the echoes of some Colts fans saying that taking a OG with the 6th selection was stupid.
    6 points
  4. I definitely would have hit Hooker with the option. I stated all the reasons earlier, but the biggest one is that the value was for half of what top tier safeties are making in FA right now. And it's only guaranteed for injury. Hooker can be a big playmaker. I think between his injuries, the scheme change, and the Colts having a so-so pass rush, his ability to impact the game has been seriously hampered. Even if you don't want to make a long term commitment to him -- which is totally understandable -- just securing one more low-to-moderate- risk season seemed like a really good dec
    6 points
  5. I think odds are they let him walk after 2020. The fifth year option wasn't very expensive, I think it was about $7m, which is very reasonable. And it's not fully guaranteed, only for injury. I will say though, maybe his injury history made them think it was too risky to exercise the option, because if he's injured at the end of the season his option would be guaranteed. If he has a great year and they have to tag him, it would be over $11m. And then that's your starting point for an extension. I think this signals that they're ready to let him go. They could still cha
    6 points
  6. I still believe this year is kind of a one-off all in kind of deal. I could see us making a playoff run, potentially developing into outside SB contenders... but after the season we let most of these 1 year deal additions walk and try to rake in 2022 comp picks for when Eason or a QB-to-be-named-later takes over. Resigning our core pieces over the next 2 offseasons will take a very good chunk of cap space and it just looks like, to me, a good time to try and load up on future picks while maintaining the young core. I'm sure I'm missing something that drags this theory to the ground
    5 points
  7. You taught me a new word today, thank you!
    5 points
  8. They always say that we have one of the top-3 easiest schedules EVERY year. Doesn't really make sense when you think about how our division fared, and who we face next season.
    4 points
  9. The Jets will be all over Malik when he becomes available.
    4 points
  10. Let me first say, Don Shula was a great coach. His record was 71-23-4 with the Baltimore Colts over seven seasons. One interesting story is that Shula went to Carroll Rosenbloom for a raise after the Colts had lost Super Bowl 3 to the Jets . Despite winning the NFL Championship in 1968, Rosenbloom was still enraged over the Jet’s loss. He told Shula he wouldn’t give a raise to a coach who lost to a coach he had fired, Weeb Eubank . This sent Shula on the road to Miami, and the rest is history.
    3 points
  11. Gonna be interesting to see if Ballard does the Belichek thing and let several higher priced FA's hit the market at the same time to get back those 3rd and 4th rd comp picks. When you feel very strongly about your vetting of prospects, those higher comp picks have to sound really good. Pinter will be worked at center too i bet. That is an interesting young man.
    3 points
  12. Meh, Reich said they "expect big things from Hooker" 2 hours before they refused his option. I will take with a grain of salt whatever Reich is saying on his players. It's only natural for him to praise his players. I value Smith more than Kelly. But I agree on Glowinski.
    3 points
  13. Reich has heaped praise on Kelly, calling him the best center in the league. Hyperbole, for sure, but the new regime likes him. If he stays healthy this year, I definitely value him over Smith or Glowinski.
    3 points
  14. Yea back when I had Twitter I unfollowed him pretty pretty quick. If I want politics I’ll put it on politics. Plus as someone else mentioned some people you can tell they are a Colts fan even if it’s their job to write and talk about the Colts. The content is much better with those people such as Kevin. With Holder I don’t get that vibe. He’s here for a paycheck.
    3 points
  15. Yup. That 'Ed Reed' potential was always that mirage that pulled fans and admin in. Hooker has range, that's it. We hoped he'd grow, he hasn't (for several valid reasons) but in retrospect, it should have been obvious. Ed Reed was a DOG, it wasn't just range and the ability to bait QBs the OG had. That heart, the aggression, the range, the leadership, the tackling, the willingness to engage in the run game. Hooker may become that Ed Reed elsewhere but somehow I doubt it, young safeties like Jamal Adams came in from day 1 and instantly showed what they were about. Hooker's range meant he
    3 points
  16. If you listen or read our scouts take on him, this guy doesn’t need to add weight or anything or do anything else special. . His skill set and body type is plug and play. He played against N FL quality linemen in college and consistently penetrated and disrupted running plays. It sounds like they expect him to make the cut and play now.
    3 points
  17. I don't like the decision to be honest. Think this one will come back to bite Ballard. Of course I would be happy to be proven wrong but have a feeling he will ball out somewhere else in 20/21 and all we would have done is leave ourselves with no depth in a key position of our D. I would also argue that the whole secondary played pretty awful last season so is that not more a coaching issue? The durability issue is a weak argument as outside of the ACL he has only missed a handful of games. The scheme fit? Well why draft him then? And don't give me this rubbish that Ballard
    3 points
  18. yeah definitely. I feel Rivers will have one of the best years of his career this season. And possibly one of the best runs of his career over the next couple seasons. He’s gonna have probably the best OL he’s ever had. He had a terrible OL the last couple years with the chargers. He gets rid of the ball quick anyway. Playing behind this OL which is possibly the best in the NFL he’s gonna have a field day. Then you give him a pair of RB’s like we have in Mack and Taylor, and an all around weapon in Hines, TE’s like Doyle and Burton, and a receiving corps of Pittman, TY, Campbell, Pascall, and
    3 points
  19. Yeah but if you go out and suck your not going to get a new team either.
    3 points
  20. Addai/Rhodes should have been co-mvp for the SB instead of Peyton. Not complaining, it was still glorious
    3 points
  21. I watched a Mr Joe Addai and a Mr Dom Rhodes beat NE in the AFC Chanpionship last night and was thinking the same thing. Addai hop-skipping past people and Dom hitting the whole before the D was ready. Just a beautiful thing.
    3 points
  22. Why is this so hard to fathom? He is a solid player, who has struggled some to stay on the field. By declining the option, he now has to prove that he can be available. If he does, and truly balls out, we might already have his replacement on the team, and get compensation for a first round pick if he goes elsewhere. I like the way the team is handling this.
    3 points
  23. Looks like Biff Tannen from Back to the Future movies, LOL.
    3 points
  24. As we know the Colts have a great deal of players becoming free agents at the end of this season.....are there any that you think Ballard will extend this off-season realistically? The obvious one that jumps out to me I guess is Ryan Kelly....would be nice to secure him long-term as the o line is such a strength and it probably wouldn't cost much more on his cap hit this year which is £10 mill.
    2 points
  25. I'm really not sure where all the concern comes from. We're in great cap shape, we don't have a a QB who is going to be resetting the market anytime soon, and we have a bunch of young guys on rookie contracts who are playing major roles, on both sides of the ball. Also, the cap is getting ready to start bumping up pretty strongly in the next year or two. Of course we can't keep everyone. And truth be told, we don't want to keep everyone. Probably aren't re-signing Mack or Hooker, right? AC might retire soon. Kelly, Autry, Houston, all kind of 50/50 depending on how 2020
    2 points
  26. If he gets 8M we will get around 5th. He needs to get 10-11M for us to get a 4th and about 13-15M to get a 3d. With the scheme we are playing even if he plays very well, he probably won't go to the elite level payday... On the second part - yes - that's the other part of my point - if he plays well you could have had him for less than 7M.
    2 points
  27. The only thing that would keep Kelly from being re-signed, is injury.
    2 points
  28. No problem with it. In fact, as good as he is, I'm surprised he was ranked that high. Ya know, guards don't mean that much.......or so I'm told.
    2 points
  29. Kelly is one of the best centers in the league. Are you crazy. Ballard values trenches so much I can see him putting the money into the oline.
    2 points
  30. We are projected to have 123 million in cap space next year. If Mack has a good injury free season and the two heads monster is effective I don’t see why they wouldn’t pay him 6 million a year. Wilkins is good but if Taylor goes down we lose our running game punch. There is a lot of value to having both Mack and Taylor. Not even sure Wilkins makes the team this year.
    2 points
  31. He's a bit of a Johnny-one-note. Plays single high. Plays only FS. Blackmon may not have the range Hooker does on the deep ball, but he's already a better tackler and can play nickel corner in a pinch. I think you and many others are overvaluing what Hooker brings. Hooker's value is diminished by his inability to do anything very well other than to play one role in one S position. That is a limited market, and limited marketability always drives the price down. As some have mentioned, he doesn't seem to make it look like the QB is throwing into double coverage, an
    2 points
  32. ballard has often said that the locker room is watching on who is given big contracts. Maybe part of this is his sticking to his mantra and in the long run a hope that players know it doesn't matter where you are selected and that you have to prove yourself every year. The right players will respond to that.
    2 points
  33. Kelly is a remnant from the previous regime, so I wouldn't be completely shocked if they just let him walk after this year. There is just so much resources you can pour into the OLine. AC is expensive, Quenton and Braden will be expensive soon enough, I can see a situation where they let him walk for the compensatory pick and trying to find replacement in the draft.
    2 points
  34. Agree with this. I hate to see a Buckeye not working out, but Ballard and the coaches know the players a lot better than we ever will. They have to take into account their health, future contracts and how that will affect the team's salary cap, etc. I'm also not a fan of the Eberflus scheme. It seems like decent QBs tear it apart most times. I always hated 'bend don't brake' defenses, especially when they give so much cushion on 3rd down. But I have to believe he's playing the scheme to fit the personnel. Hooker's abilities (when he's healthy) are not used to the
    2 points
  35. Strength of schedule? Different year, means exactly zero.
    2 points
  36. Not mention Bethea was maybe the most underrated safety in the league.
    2 points
  37. I agree that there are options. The only option that went away is the one they declined. Just seems like that decision is a really strong indicator as to what they intend to do. And the last time I said 'odds are the Colts do X,' was right before the second day of the draft, when I said I thought it was probable that they would trade down from one of their second round picks. They traded up. So I don't know anything.
    2 points
  38. I swear I could see us coming out and going like 13-3 man. We’re gonna have a great year IMO.
    2 points
  39. Thursday night Texans Sunday night Ravens Monday night Packers
    2 points
  40. Of course he'll be motivated. Otherwise hes not gonna get a big contract from us, or anyone else for that matter.
    2 points
  41. Why isn’t this in the Colts thread??? He was the head coach of some legendary Colts teams. That 68 Colts that lost to the Jets in Super Bowl III was perhaps the greatest Colts team ever. RIP Coach Shuler.
    2 points
  42. Sorry, but I don't accept this this is the "only reasonable conclusion." I think they are trying to light a fire under Hooker. Players typically play their best ball in a contract year. If Hooker achieves his potentional, we get a great season from our FS. At that point, we either re-sign him or we let him go elsewhere and get the comp pick. I think you're reading too much into this at this point...
    2 points
  43. Everyone can complain but I stick to what I said before. This defense was better when he missed the three games with a knee injury. Let’s not forget there is FA and another draft next season.
    2 points
  44. DougDew...probably deserves an apology from more than a few people.
    2 points
  45. Was not a fan of the pick. After listening to him talk, hes a worker with a high motor. Hes a better pass rusher than you think watching tape. Doesn't give up and pushs the pocket. Hard guy to not root for. I just got a feeling that this guys going to be a solid pick. Time will tell.
    2 points
  46. What an amazingly decrepit take on this. His girlfriend was nothing but supportive. His little bro, an up and coming talent as a WR at Oregon, was thrilled for his big bro. I’m excited to have this guy as a Colt. And sorry to have to read takes like Jmac’s. Wow.
    2 points
  47. Just seems to me, that when Hooker has been out due to injury, the backup players (many of which are undrafted types) mostly do just as well, with little drop-off. and sometimes there is actually an improvement in tackling from the backups.
    2 points
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