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  1. Congratulations and hats off to you guys on your win. This loss stings I have to admit. I admit those holding calls were pretty Bad that pushed you out of FG range. We were up 14 and blew it. We really didn’t deserve to win this game. You guys won the turnover battle including the most crucial one that MVS fumbled away. I think we will lose in the 1st round of the playoffs again if we get there. This game is totally reminiscent to the 2012 game in Indy against you guys. Anyway there was some bad holding calls on you guys but you deserved the win anyway. You never gave up down 14 and I could feel the momentum shift in the 2nd half. Best wishes to you guys on the rest of your season. You Colt fans from this interaction and the one 4 years ago are good people.
    43 points
  2. We need a more balanced fan base.
    42 points
  3. Rivers appreciation post An incredibly entertaining year A phenomenal playoff performance Stabilizing the QB spot Proving just about everyone wrong 3rd highest scoring offense in Colts history Holding our breath on every deep ball I quite enjoyed the year of Rivers, and if it is to be his last, thank you, Philip!
    41 points
  4. Apologies in advance, this will be long. Can't be helped. Since he retired, I have publicly stated I thought Andrew Luck mishandled his own retirement about as badly as possible. His need for privacy led to him mishandle the end of his career. So any hate that has boiled up I figure he brought upon himself. When there are anti-Luck threads, I mostly stay out of them. And when I do join in, it's to make one post to set the record straight on some issue, and then I leave the discussion. But in the past week or so, a new school of thought has surfaced that has caught my attention. That Andrew Luck is soft, weak, lacked toughness, was privileged, didn't work hard enough, wasn't a good teammate, and that he was a millionaire before he became a Colt so he had little incentive to stay in the game. One of the things you learn as you get older is all people see the same thing differently. What's obvious to one person is a mystery to another. That's life. But these new views that have surfaced, are, IMO, so false, so misinformed, so 180 degrees opposite of reality, that I thought I'd come here and nip them in the bud before they have a chance to grow and become accepted wisdom. For starters: About Luck's so-called lack of toughness.... anyone remember that for the first 4-5 years of his career, Andrew Luck was the most hit quarterback in the entire NFL? We used to talk about it here all the time. The combination of sacks and hits was the highest for Luck, and I don't think there was a close second in that time. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing Luck getting blasted. He typically got right back up and congratulated the defender on a good hit. Anyone remember Luck being on the sidelines of the game in Tennessee in 2015, when he got patted on the chest by a teammate and Luck winced badly in pain? Shoulder injury. Later, the same year Luck suffered a torn abdominal muscle and kidney on a tough hit vs. Denver. He was peeing blood. He missed half the season. The hits were beginning to take a toll. Anyone remember in 2016 when he played a good portion of that year with a sleeve on his left wrist? More playing in pain. He underwent surgery after that season for the shoulder injury from the previous season. The guy played in bad pain for his team for years. Do people remember the effort that Luck put in to trying to re-learn how to throw with his newly constructed shoulder? In 2017, he tried every approach, conventional and unconventional, including going to California to work with a baseball throwing coach, and to Europe to work with a shoulder specialist. And for good measure, that was when the rumors started here about Luck and drugs which never turned into anything. If you knew Luck at all, you'd know how funny that idea really is. He really is a Boy Scout. Do people remember Luck playing the 2018 season, where at the start he clearly wasn't close to 100 percent. He played and risked humiliating himself for the good of the team. He played his way into better throwing condition. He couldn't throw a Hail Mary early in the season on the last play vs. Philly in wk3, but his arm got stronger during the course of the season and we went to the playoffs in Frank's first year. Turned into Luck's best year. Again, he's not even close to 100 percent, but he plays for the good of the team. And the idea that Luck was a millionaire before he was a Colt is supported by nothing. His father was a career backup during the years when those guys weren't making millions. Where did this money come from? He wound earning roughly $100 Million in his career. I don't think Daddy's money was ever an issue. The moment Luck signed his rookie contract, he was financially set for Life. When he signed his second contract, he was set for several lifetimes. Luck earned his own money, he doesn't need anyone else's. As for his retirement, did it ever occur to anyone that Luck might've been ready to retire long before he did? The first 6-7 months of 2019? That perhaps the team encouraged him to take his time and see if his latest injury -- a mysterious lower leg injury, would get better? People complain that Luck quit on the team right before the season started and how unforgivable that is. Luck as a QB and a person, is driven to do the right thing. He did few commercial endorsements in his career, turning most of them down. He formed his own book club for adults AND kids. This is the guy who still has a flip-phone. A guy who drives a Honda Accord. A guy who bikes around Indy and lives in a downtown condo. He gladly signs autographs to all who ask. He's not a guy who's living the millionaire lifestyle. Luck not only doesn't throw teammates under the bus, he takes the hits, the bullets, the bad publicity when the team does poorly. He was a model teammate. He's still friendly with all his teammates. Luck was a first in, last out type of guy. Never criticized by teammates or coaches or front office. So, it strikes me as not inconceivable that the team knew all year long what was going on with Luck, encouraged him to take his time knowing that if Luck retired, they were going to go with Brissett. That doesn't seem unreasonable to consider. A model teammate does not quit on his team just before the season. Unless there's more to the story. The idea that Luck is soft, lacked toughness, wasn't devoted to the game, or was privileged is just wildly off base and has no actual evidence to support it. At his retirement announcement, Luck said he had been in pain for four straight years. Four. Straight. Years. And more than just the normal football wear and tear. Terrible debilitating pain. That's why a Future Hall of Famer walks away early. Not because of some wrongly perceived lack of any quality. Apologies this post is so long. But there's a great deal of misinformation out there to correct. Thanks for reading.
    40 points
  5. Carson Wentz came out, in primetime, while everyone was watching, and balled out!! He's finally settling in, getting healthy, and the offense is vibing. I think Carson proved tonight that he can be that guy to any Colts fan that was still on the edge about him. It only gets better from here on out. Once we get our oline whole, TY healthy, and even more chemistry this is going to be a very dangerous offense. Idk about y'all but I can't wait to see the growth.
    35 points
  6. You know... The “Delete” function works for 30 minutes once you make a post. So you have about 25 left. You’re talking about trading our coach?!? Oh Dear God!
    35 points
  7. The disrespect Luck gets from fans is awful. He did a lot with the garbage around him and some fans act betrayed. The man made a choice choosing his health and family over a game. I have no hatred towards Luck. The timing was shocking but I understand it in the long run.
    32 points
  8. This is the upside of drafting and maintaining a high character team. The players and Ballard an Reich have come to an agreement that satisfies both sides. Win-win. The roughly 10 teams who have opted OUT of OTA’s because of a lack of an agreement between management and players likely wish they could trade places with the Colts. We have leaders not followers. We are trying to protect all the players not just veterans. When you opt out of practice the guys hurt the most are the young players trying for a roster spot. Injured players who are trying to reclaim their previous form. Today, it’s good to be a Colts fan. Our organization sees the Big Picture. Hopefully this leads to better days ahead.
    31 points
  9. Very much a no brainer. One of the GMs in football gets a well-deserved extension.
    31 points
  10. The grass is always greener on the other side, folks. Philip may not be perfect, he may make a few decisions that may cost a game or two over the season but he is still the best option for the Colts, that will get better with time. His history of picking up steam in November and December will continue and he will have us fighting with TN for the division contender title. Even Brian Hoyer looked good in relief, so folks wanted to anoint Andy Dalton after a brief cameo. Once they made Cam Newton a passer, his inaccuracy loomed large. There is a reason why Peyton, who could not outrun a grandma (agree, it is a bit over the top, but you get the jist ) in his final years, could still be effective. That is the same reason Philip will also be effective for us because he goes through his reads fast and can still hit folks in stride. Anyone else with me?
    29 points
  11. It’s always a great game when we play you guys. We usually come out on the losing end though. I hope it’s a great game with no injuries. I believe you guys beat us the last 2 times and the last one I think you beat us in our house. The Colts are a classy team. I hope you guys stay safe and healthy too from Covid.
    29 points
  12. Colts starters returning to practice! Wentz, Nelson, Kelly!!!
    28 points
  13. For those interested in the detail on Philly last year....... take a read.... There's very little subjective info or opinion below. But there is some sarcasm in the "honest questions" section. Anyway, there's lots of reason to expect Wentz to be better in Indy. In short, every single aspect (OL, pass catching, D, and coaching) was a dumpster fire last year. Saying it was "a mess" really doesn't do it justice. Perhaps, a mess, in a dumpster, and on fire... OL - lets start here... In summary, in terms of starters Assumed starters played only 37% of snaps LT - gone for the year - played 0% of snaps LG - missed about half the year - played 52% of snaps C - was the only constant - played 99.56% of snaps RG - gone for the year - played 0% of snaps RT - missed over half the year - played only 35.75% of snaps Just for perspective, we thought the sky was falling when AC went out (he still played 69% of snaps)..... Our starting OL was 100% (MG), 99% (QN), 92% (RK), 86% (nonsense) and 69% (AC)... On average 89%.... vs Philly's 37%... Let that set in. detail.... Had a different starting lineup almost every single week. 11 different OL had 50 or more snaps. Lost starting LT (Dillard) and RG (Brooks, one of the best RGs in the NFL) for the season, before the season started. Arguably their best OL, RT (Johnson), missed a total of 9 games, on 4 different occasions (in and out), hobbled all year, and had career worst grades. Starting LG (Seumalo), was injured early week 2 and missed 7 weeks Only OC (Kelce) played the whole season, really the only bright spot.... Pass catchers TE Summary TE1 (Ertz) played only 56% of snaps (and a lot of that gimpy), down from 80% the prior year TE2 (Goedert) played only 53% of snaps, down from 66% in 2019. And the 53% is a bit misleading due to his missed games, and the fact he was playing as TE1 a lot (detail below) and hogging snaps while Ertz was out (and still only 53%) Detail... Both starters played only 54% of snaps, down from 73% the prior year.... Ertz, their leading receiver (WR and TE) for several years and TE #1, was injured in week 6, missed 5 games altogether, and wasn't back to normal snaps until week 17 Goedert, their TE#2, was injured early in the game week 3, and missed more or less 6 games total, including one late in the year. WR Summary - not one of their projected 6 deep played more than 45% of snaps..... to start, it's worth mentioning that their #1 snap WR (Nelson Agholor) was gone for 2020 (with LVR) assumed WR1 (Jeffery) - played less than 18% of snaps assumed WR2 (Reagor) - played only 45% of snaps (and was a rook) assumed WR3 (Jackson) - played less than 16% of snaps.... assumed WR4 (Acega Whiteside) - played only 12% of snaps assumed WR5 (Goodwin) - played 0% of snaps.... assumed WR6 (Hightower) - played only 31% of snaps Their two leading WRs in terms of snaps were Fulgham, WHO? (who wasn't even on the roster - first snap was week 4) and Ward (another "who?") Philly/Wentz had the 4th highest drop % of any QB starting 12 or more games Detail Jeffries (assumed starter) didn't play till week 10, and only had more than 50% of snaps in 2 games. So in short, and assumed starter, started 2 games..... rook Reager (assumed starter and also rookie) was injured in week 2, missed 5 games, and was hobbled most of the 2nd half of the season... Deshaun Jackson (assumed starter) was injured week 3, only played in 5 games, and never had more than 50% of snaps after week 2..... Their assumed 2-deep depth to start the season..., Goodwin (opted out), Acega Whiteside (injured and out 8 games), and Hightower (missed 3 games, hobbled 6 more), and rook Watkins (only played 5 games) were in and out too...... Running game and play calling Philly was good at running.... 9th in YPG Philly was 3rd in AVG.... Philly's run % was only 25th..... WHAT THE XXXX..... Defense.... Philly went from being the 10th best D (YPG) in 2019, to being the 19th best D.... PPG wise, they went from 22.1 to 26.1 So, clearly more pressure on the offense.... Fanbase, and just the fact that sheet happens..... Philly fanbase is, well, Philly fanbase... Wentz has an elite 2017, is #1 in QBR, and what happens before the 2018 season... Foles gets a statue, and fans are calling for Foles to be the starter... nice kick in the grapes to your new QB.... might that impact a guy's attitude? Wentz is a MW guys, more MW than most MW guys lol... Indy is simply a better fit for a Dakota guy. Honest questions... If our starting OL was Chaz Green, Elderkamp, Kelly, Pinter, and Le'Raven Clark, for most of the year, how many sacks would we have had? Would Rivers have been top 10ish? PS.... Philly had a harder schedule than we did... If Hilton, Pittman, Pascal, and Campbell only played roughly 23% of snaps , would Rivers have been #11 in passing yards. Would any QB be top 20 with the Eagles type of injures not only to 76% of their top 4 WRs, but also with 24% drop to their #1 TE (the one who has been their leading pass catcher for a few years)???? Talking heads have said Wentz hung on to the ball to long... His time to throw in 2019 was 10th best (2.71) and increased to 2.91 (6th worst)..... Might that have anything to do with the decimation of his WR and TE units? Just maybe lol... Again, his leading WR was a guy who wasn't even on the roster and playing till week 4..... If your OL is decimated, your WR and TE units are decimated, and you have a good running game, why are you passing 8th most in the league? Total coaching failure..... And might it be because, maybe, just maybe, you're playing from behind too much... Perhaps your D took a big step back..... lol Ten place drop in YPG (defense), and giving up 4 more full points..... that's a big drop... So perhaps playing from behind, or hero ball, was kind of normal?
    28 points
  14. Got his first 100 yard game with 122 yards total. Kid shined today when we really needed someone to step up.
    28 points
  15. Or they do and everyone here is just flying off the handle 2 games into the season......
    27 points
  16. I am going to respond....and it's going to be a bit lengthy, but it is not directed at you. More, it is directed at the line of thought that you shared....which is shared by many fans. Jim Irsay is far and away, the most unique owner in the NFL. This begins with the fact that he is FIRST....a fan. NFL owners are billionaires. Jim is far from your average NFL owner. Most billionaires fly their jets to Nova Scotia, or maybe even to their own private island. They are private. They almost never speak in public. This may be the type of owner that some fans want. It makes me think...how sad. Jim was a young boy in the locker room when Johnny Unitas was in the Colts locker room. Jim got to witness the private side of both NFL ownership...and NFL lockers rooms.......across decades! I could be wrong, but it would be my assumption that he has seen and experienced a greater swath of reality about the NFL, than any owner ever has. He is extremely unique in this. He has seen stuff that most owners have not. When Jim says, "You never know when you have the next Brady or Montana", then by god, he actually has the right to say that.....because he has lived it. Tell me folks. This season we are getting videos of coaches and players after days in camp! After a preseason joint practice! How freaking cool is that? Jim signed off on this. You know why? Because first and foremost, he is a fan. even when fans degrade him, he smiles, and still believes with all his heart. God freaking bless him. Hell, he even made an appearance on Patty Macs no rules program. I am confident that no owner other than Jim would be that frank in public. What does Jim do with his billionaire caesh? He buys freaking cool guitars and pianos, and writes checks for whatever his team needs. He uses his jet to fly sick people to hospitals, He flies former players to HOF inductions. He gives, and he gives, and he gives, and he gives. But down deep? He just wants to see the Colts win.....for everyone. So for me, if there was a mount Rushmore of NFL owners....Jim is on it. He epitomizes everything that an NFL owner should be. Enjoy him while he is still with us. Colts fans are very fortunate to get the real Jim....whether they realize it or not.
    27 points
  17. I will be there today and will try and share anything I see of interest
    27 points
  18. Bad play calling. Bad decisions in the RZ. Bad use of time outs which kept us from running any real offense in that last drive....
    27 points
  19. Nice to have an undefeated preseason. First one in 27 years I believe. Now...bring on the regular season! Hopefully Carson will be good to go week one. I've been away from these boards for awhile. I became a first time father in May and have been falling head over heels with my new baby girl devoting most of my time to her. Lol. I will try to post more often now that the regular season is here. Good to be back! Go Colts!
    26 points
  20. It actually makes feel productive and I am doing something when I do this. When your disabled and don’t work and it’s hard to get out and do things I think doing stuff like this is fun.
    26 points
  21. Every year come draft time the media and fans tend to show their horns and bash certain picks and praise others all with very little knowledge of the individual player and the reason they were selected. Just like last year you HAVE to factor in Carson Wentz as your 3rd Round Pick just like Buckner last year.....otherwise you are not giving justice to the full draft. Ballard and Company's draft track record should give critics pause when bashing XYZ player/pick. Since 2017 43 of his 45 draft picks are on an NFL roster and contributing. The lone 2, Malik Hooker and Reece Fountain - by the time the season begins they will likely be signed by someone. Additionally, 34 of his 45 picks are still on the Colts roster. To deny that level of excellence is just plain ignorant. Additionally, going into this draft, our "perceived" needs were LT, DE, TE, WR, DB. While it is obvious that no LT was drafted he fulfilled pretty much everything else. DE - Paye and Odeyingbo add depth/competition to Lewis, Banogu, Turay, Muhammad and Rochell. TE - We all wanted a "move" TE and though everyone had their flavor, we should all agree that Granson turns into a RB after the catch and can be a useful 3rd TE. WR - Again, we all had our flavors of choice but its obvious Ballard is drafting certain body types these days - Tall, long and with huge catch radius. Even Tarik Black and Tyler Vaughns as UDFA fall into that category. Waiting until the 7th tells me they are confident in Pittman becoming a 1 and further development of Campbell and Patmon. DB - They re-signed Rhodes and Carrie and get Tell back from Covid. Add that to Moore, Ya Sin and Rodgers that gives us a solid set of DB's. Sprinkle in Rod Teamer who was a stud his rookie year before sitting last year due to a suspension and you basically added two talented players without using draft capital between he and Tell. Thus we added a CFer who has some ball skills and can thump on the back end to add to Blackmon, Odum, Davis and Willis. Which brings me to LT.....our starter is already on the roster (unless they sign Eric Fisher) in Sam Tevi. Go ahead and laugh or scream or get ready to angry type me, but hear me out. Castonzo in 2020 724 snaps in pass pro 36 pressures 2 sacks Tevi in 2020 1024 snaps in pass pro 33 pressures 2 sacks Let that TRULY sink in for a minute. Tevi is not as accomplished a run blocker as Castonzo is, hence Castonzo's PFF Rating was 20 points higher. But in Pass Pro Tevi held up better, over a full season mind you, than AC did WITH a rookie QB at the helm. Again, let that sink in. Perhaps, just perhaps he can deal with speed rushers better on the left side than he did power rushers on the right side? Or, perhaps the light finally came on and he learned how to play better at the NFL level? Any way you slice it his stats say he performed on par or better than AC in Pass Pro. So our draft netted us quality starters and at least 4 that will likely contribute on a roster with 3 spots open.....LT, RDE and 3rd TE. Everything else is spoken for. 1 - Paye - likely starting RDE 2- Odeyingbo - likely starting LDE (When healthy) 3 - Wentz - a Franchise type QB 4 - Granson - a move TE very specific to our scheme 5 - Davis - a backend CFer and thumper 6 - Ehlinger - an accomplished QB who's skillset is closer to Wentz while Easons is closer to Rivers 7 - a beast of a WR at 6'5" that runs a 4.42 7 - a swing lineman capable of playing every spot on the oline Then in UDFA Jackson - a 6' 220 RB that runs a 4.32 and has good hands Vaughns - prototypical 3rd down precise route runner 3rd on USC'S reception list - also 6'2" Black - 6'3" 215 possession receiver with bad qb play at Michigan And linebackers who aren't athletic enough to beat out who we already have - in my humble opinion I know this is unpopular due to my optimism and trust in our decision makers to find the right players for what they want in our schemes PLUS Sam Tevi as the starter..... Sidenote: how cool is it that Ehlinger and Granson played HS ball together and get drafted by the same team in the same draft!??!
    26 points
  22. Like all radical draft fans, I scour the internet daily for interesting tidbits about the upcoming draft...especially where it pertains to my Colts. I have my theories, which are sometimes different from my guesses, just like all of you might have. Here is a list of things I think I think. Rampant assumptions that are often falsehoods: 1) The Colts didn't do enough in FA. First of all, Free agency is neither won nor lost before the season has been executed to determine the success or failure of lost/acquired/or not acquired players. Let's take Mack for example. Some felt it was not money well spent to re-sign him. Goodness forbid... if Taylor went down and Mack saves the season for the RB position, it will look like a pretty astute signing. Right now, a lot of fans are feeling like the Colts did not address the pass rush in FA. This of course, ignores young players and their expected development. It also ignores what I will address in the next point.... 2) Free Agency is done and over. The front office is working on FA 365 days a year. When the period opens for teams to (openly) sign the players they want, fans salivate over big names. First of all, the percentage of success on big name FA's is not so good. However, the percentage of success on value for big name FA's is down right horrid. I LOVE Ballard's seemingly relaxed approach to FA, even though in reality....it is not. It is calculated, cool blooded, and precise. He appears to have a great patience to only pay for players that will be a good value, while developing the players he has selected in the draft process. To further my comment in point #1, this season is quite unique. Because of Covid, the cap was much lower than earlier predictions, and there are teams that will have to make hard decisions both prior, during, and right after the draft. I'll bet CB has a target and a $$$/value on every single player that might get let go/cut here in the close future. The Colts may be done acquiring players other than the draft.......and they may not. 3) The Colts will take an olineman or pass rush with their first pick. They might. They might not. If you have been paying attention to what Ballard has said, and to what he has done, it's seems quite clear to me. He has put the team in a position to take the BPA. In my 4 decades of following the NFL, I have never seen a GM who is more transparent as to what he will do. First of all, he loves picks. He likes to trade picks for more picks. If there is a way he can create more with value...I expect he will. Next, he will not draft for need/now. He drafts BPA with the future in mind. Of course, I think we would all love seeing a top OT or Edge player fall, but I am not expecting it. QB, OT, and pass rush are what all teams want. That very well might push a quality WR, TE, CB, LB, or S to us at 21.
    26 points
  23. 26 points
  24. The final Bill Polian holdover. Congrats to AC on an excellent career. He will be missed.
    25 points
  25. Not too bad for a team with a GM who doesn’t know what he’s doing, a coach who can’t coach, a QB who had a noodle arm and can’t throw, a Number one WR who can’t play anymore, and an oline that isn’t good...
    25 points
  26. Colts fans arguing about Eason/Elhlinger!
    24 points
  27. This sounds like the most anti-Ballard move possible
    24 points
  28. A surprise to some? Not sure if he had much of a market with the Achilles tear injury.
    24 points
  29. Sorry - but Reich will be the coach in 2021. Does every wildly random thought that pops into your head get posted here?
    24 points
  30. I swear that looked almost identical to Marlon Jackson in the AFC Championship. I could almost hear the Bob Lamey voice saying. "Brady throws and its intercepted by Marlon Jackson. Colts win. Colts win!" "Were going to the Super Bowl!" LOL
    24 points
  31. It's a fair point but I don't think to many of the complaints come down to Paye and Dayo. It's the lack of delayed gratification from Campbell, Banogo, Okereke, Willis, Stewart, Turay, Lewis, etc, etc. It's the players that we were told to be patient in but who don't seem to be getting any better or in some cases actually regressing that is causing the issue. We're no longer talking about a small sample size with these guys any more, to an extent they are what they are. Add into this some possible regression from our established players (I'm thinking Kelly and Doyle mainly) plus perpetual injuries to others and I'd say that the 2021 picks were the least of our concerns.
    23 points
  32. In case anyone (like me) missed it.
    23 points
  33. Jim's suffered from depression over the years and lost, perhaps the love of his life, a few years back, right before his arrest. His push for the Colts organization to work hard to de-stigmatize mental illness is impressive. Too many are lost to suicide when they cannot admit their affliction and get some help. This is a worthy effort. Note: lots of Colts greats are featured in the video
    23 points
  34. 23 points
  35. About doggone time... TY is one of my all time favorite Colts. I'm very happy he's staying. Not only do I think he can still play -- he's not TY of 2014, but he can still be effective -- it's awesome to have a legacy player continue with the team that drafted him.
    23 points
  36. Sure is a lot of talking down on a guy who is averaging 4.1ypc, against said stacked boxes. While catching 16/17 pass attempts his way. People must forget Mack averaging 3.8ypc his rookie season. Tomlinson averaged 3.6ypc his rookie year, 4.3ypc for career. Emmitt Smith 3.9ypc rookie season, 4.2ypc for his career Walter Payton 3.5ypc rookie season Curtis Martin 4.0ypc rookie year, 4.0ypc for career Jerome Bettis 3.9ypc for his career Marshall Faulk 4.1ypc rookie year, 4.3ypc for career Half of the top 12 rushers of all time above. Good thing their teams didn't give up on them after 6 games(5 1/2). Some people complain about anything.
    23 points
  37. How about? LT (draft or FA) - Q - Kelly - CR - Smith
    22 points
  38. He has only been responsible for 2% of the pressures he has faced this season, which is #1 among all 34 qualifying QBs. Per PFF. He’s not running into pressure, he’s not holding the ball too long, etc. It’s the protection - or lack thereof. And I say protection because the OL, TEs, RBs, and coaching staff all have some blame here.
    22 points
  39. I just re-watched the game. And I saw most of the saw our quarterback being harassed all day. The flip pass at the goal line was not his fault Donald made an exceptional play. Carson avoided at least 6 sacks but managed to escape. When he had time he was sharp and on target. Who knows what may have happened in the last 2 minutes but that loss is squarely on our under achieving offensive line and the lack of a pass rush.
    22 points
  40. Lol......it's like reading the National Enquirer in here.
    22 points
  41. This is crazy. All the players have gone home from OTA. Rookies are still working this week. Carson is out there today working with the rookies. If that doesn’t say hard work I don’t know what does. This is from pictures today the colts put up.
    22 points
  42. Long time Eagles fan, here is my rundown on Carson Wentz. I'll start with Wentz the person/teammate. Through 2018 he was widely considered a great guy, great teammate, hard worker. Then out of the blue in 2019 a local Philadelphia writer Joe Santoliquito put out a piece on Wentz that wasn't very positive. It had a lot of damning stuff in there from anonymous teammates and people in the organization who labeled him entitled and selfish. The city was very angry at this article and dubbed Joe as an attention-seeker and putting out a smear piece. Joe's home was vandalized for putting out the piece, which is wrong and awful, but it happened. Since then there has been back and forth with some players coming out in defense of him. Mainly long-term veterans like Jason Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Lane Johnson. Guys widely regarded as the most prominent leaders and classiest guys on the team. However, leaks continued to come out. I want to be clear, no leaks ever said Wentz is a bad human being. No one has said he's a bad person. But stuff seems to come out about him just being a little immature, not in a childish way, but blaming other aspects of the recent shortcomings for his problems. Making excuses during film study, things like that. Not putting the onus on him. What is true and what isn't remains a question of everyone in Philly. It's been kind of a whirlwind since that piece came out in early 2019. At the very least I think there's enough smoke there to say at least some of the gossip is true. Wentz the player: Wentz was impressive in 2016 and was just tremendous in 2017. His improvisational skills were off the charts, he was decisive, he had full command of the offense, he was elusive and knew when to take off and run and use his athleticism to run for first downs or buy time. Since he tore his ACL and then the year after hurt his back, the athleticism has declined. He just doesn't have that same explosiveness or elusiveness he displayed in 2017. In 2020 it was more alarming and it's odd because while he did get a concussion in the playoff game vs Seattle, he stayed healthy through the whole season in terms of his joints and such. But something about this season he looked slow and sluggish when he moved. He wasn't able to show any of that escapability he still displayed in 2019 even after the multiple injuries he suffered. In 2019 he was inconsistent through much of the season, but had a tremendous last month, playing with essentially practice squad players because of injuries. Granted, they didn't play the best of competition, but he still finished really strong nonetheless. He looked poised, confident, accurate, and decisive in December 2019. His accuracy fell off a cliff in 2020, and Wentz's strongest attribute was never his accuracy. His mechanics are sloppy. He isn't naturally accurate to where he can deliver passes in stride off his back feet like other QBs can. If he gets the small things wrong, his accuracy suffers drastically. He often sails screen passes over a receiver's head by 10 yards. Overthrowns deep balls by a mile. But when he's out of the pocket he's very good. There's still some debate in Philly as to whether it's all physical or mental. How can he be that much better on the move and out of the pocket even when there's a defender in his face? Does him moving around cause him to stop overthinking things and just use his natural ability? Wentz has always had a strong arm. When he's on target he can fire balls into tight windows with the best of em. He's made some amazing throws. When he looks agile and elusive he can make some highlight reel plays. The question is, how much of his decline in 2020 was health, how much of it was the coaching, and how much of it was he just didn't want to be here? As I mentioned, Wentz never quite matched his 2017 play again, but something after that season just never looked right. Not even just physically. He'd made decisions he didn't use to make, and it all came to ahead in 2020 where he just completely went off the rails there, as he had always been a QB up to this point, who erred on the side of caution instead of making risky passes. Some speculate Foles winning the Super Bowl and taking over his team just bothered him mentally and he's been trying to overcompensate ever since. Some think the injuries caught up with him and he just isn't the same. Some think he just needs a fresh situation and to get away from this situation for him to put whatever is bothering him behind him and he can get back to when he was at his best. I wish I could give you an honest opinion on if it's the right gamble or not for both teams. It may seem like a cop out, but this is truly one of the oddest situations I have ever covered being an Eagles fan for over 30 years. A guy who looks like he's ready to take the NFL by storm, suffers a major injury, watches a QB who's largely mediocre take over, play the best football of his life and win a Super Bowl, then get the job back and never quite look the same. Other odd things have gone on in the organization as well in terms of the front office, so it's not the best situation right now to succeed in. If anyone can get the best out of him, I believe Frank Reich can. I think Wentz is at his best out of the pocket, some RPO, getting him on the move, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of scheme Reich tailors to Wentz. I have no ill will toward Carson, I wish him the best of luck in 2021! If he succeeds, it'll work for both teams, as the Eagles will get a 1st round pick and the Colts will have their new QB. That's what I'm hoping for. I will post some links to some of our local guys who will be covering the trade later so you can listen in if you're interested. If not, no big deal.
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  43. As I was eating my oatmeal this morning I was wondering "What does Mecole Hardman think the Colts should do at QB next season?" Now I know!
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  44. Fortunately, the Colts may make the playoffs.
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