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  1. On January 24, 2017, the Colts Forum lost a treasured member of its family, @Gavin Brandon Lee Marshall, known as Gavin to us, was a long-time member (Senior Member and Hall of Famer). A diehard Colts, Cubs, and Pacers fan, he was active on the forum nearly every day, sharing his thoughts and insights. He had over 25,000 posts and more than 7000 likes. He made us laugh. We learned so much from him; his contributions will be missed. We are not aware of the cause of death, but regardless of the cause, he was taken from us too soon and we'll miss him. So glad Gavin (Brandon) got to see the Cubs win the World Series. And he shared his joy with us. Now he can celebrate with Harry Caray and all other Cubs greats. RIP Gavin. We miss you. Please use this space to share your remembrances of our brother Gavin. Visitation and Funeral services: Tuesday, 1/31/17 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory -- Lahm Chapel 211 East State Street, Pendleton, IN Visitation: 12 to 2pm Funeral service: 2pm Donations can be made to: Spin Bifida Association of Indiana https://www.sbain.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.general Additional information can be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/brandon-marshall-obituary?pid=1000000183728942 Many thanks to \m/colts\m/ and Nadine for their assistance with writing this.
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  2. From the album: Colts 2013

    I've got 5 of these to give away! To enter to win, just click the like button for the photo Winners will be randomly chosen from all those that 'like' the schedule by Monday April 29, 2013 Winners will be contacted by personal message here on the Coltstrong forum. Winners must reply to the message within 1 week or an alternate winner will be chosen Update: 4/29/13 Congrats to these folks who won one of these schedules! Please respond to the message I sent you giving me your name and address so that I can mail this to you If you do not respond by May 6, 2013, another winner will be chosen Thanks for your prompt reply! Silenthill yellscreamgocolts shecolt jerrykokomo bodaciousbryce
    51 points
  3. We just got a 25-year-old All-Pro at a crucial position on the defense.
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  4. Hey guys, want to thank everyone for your input on the Colts, I have learned a lot from your input on moving forward good or bad LOL At my age it's time to past the torch to more inquisitive minds to see what the future holds for our organization. I only wish the best for us as fans and hope you will too. I am a old timer who knows my time is growing shorter. I hope I will be around longer, but, if not I hope you guys keep the faith and the dream longer. In this busy world that we live in , time marches on , and my only wish is that we can all agree that. no matter what our differences is that we can form a bond that we are galvanized to the betterment of our franchise. So in retrospect , just remember we are all Colts fans and give your fellow fans, the respect regardless if you agree with them, that in the end it's about us as a team.
    49 points
  5. I will start by saying there are some great people on youtube. They split the games so you can see every play by a QB in an entire game in 8-15 minutes. And this past weekend my wife got sick, so as I was hanging around to take care of her, I watched every game available of the four QBs. I did not review Burrow, Tua, Herbert or Hurts, the first 3 because I think they will be gone by pick 13 and Hurts because I think the idea that he has a future as an NFL Qb is media hype because he seems like a hard working, likeable kid but he just does not seem like a QB to me. I will say upfront, some strengths or weaknesses cannot be seen on game film, such as leadership, work ethic, ability and desire to improve, etc. Anthony Gordon. Positives - He has great field vision. People talk about he's a product of the system, etc, etc. And it's true, in another system he would not have thrown for 5500+ yards and 48 TDs. On the flip side though, there are not many QBs would have have thrown for 5500+ yards and 48 TDs in Leach's system especially not 1st year starters. I believe he would have been successful in many other systems as well. Yes his receivers were wide open but when you watch multiple games those receivers were not always the first read (like some other Qbs I reviewed), he scans the field quickly, makes a decision and pulls the trigger. Which leads me to his next positive his release. The beauty of a quick release is that is does not give defenders time to react. Tied in with his field vision is he seems to not only see the entire field very quickly but he processes that information quickly. Many times I saw him scan the field then come back to his 1st read again, he was able to spot him instantly and throw the ball. Lastly, his anticipation is top notch. because of his ability to see the field and process the information, not only does he do an excellent job of anticipating where his receivers will be but also he does a great job of anticipating what the defenders will do, so because of that he is able to throw his receivers open on many occasions or put the ball where only his receiver can make a play on it. One last point on his receivers being wide open, for Love people like to blame the talent of his receivers... Gordon did not have any real talented receivers/TEs/Rbs either. they were open a lot because of the offensive system and because Gordon threw them open. Weaknesses - Has not footwork... at all. The coaches did him a disservice by not working on his throwing fundamentals. I don't mean his throwing motion but how to drop back and move while keeping the proper foot spacing and balance so the body can be in the correct position to throw. Mobility is lacking. He can move around in the pocket ok but that is about it, he seems to trip over his own feet when he tries to scramble. No feel in the pocket. He has good peripheral vision so he move when he sees the rush but he doesn't sense with the rush is coming. That was evident on several occasions when he was sacked standing flat footed. He makes some boneheaded decisions but whether they are bone headed decisions or lack of experience decisions I do not know. Overall, I think Gordon is an excellent pro prospect but he is at least a year away from being ready to play an NFL game and probably two years from being counted on as a starter. And that is assuming that A QB coach can work with him and he takes to coaching and is able to apply what he learns. That, combined with his 1 year as a starter in a college system that QBs have not transitioned well in the NFL, his slight stature at 6'2 199lbs, Gordon will probably not be drafted before the 5th round. Jacob Eason At first glance you wonder why Eason is not considered in the top with Burrow, Tua and Herbert but as you watch entire games it becomes obvious. Positives: IMO, Eason is the best QB in the draft at operating under center. I wish I would have kept stats but he looked incredible when operating under center... his drop backs were smooth and consistent, he scanned the field well while dropping back, he made a decision, planted his back foot and then had near perfect form in his throwing motion.... every time. His arm. Not just his arm strength but his throwing motion is nice and fluid and consistent, combined with his strong arm he can place the ball exactly where he wants, anywhere on the field, consistently. His mobility... yeas, I now a lot of people with disagree but he is a fluid, natural runner who can pick up yards with his legs when he needs to but he only has adequate speed. Plus he's a big, strong QB who will plow into the line to pick up a first down on 3rd/4th and short. negatives: He does not do a good job of handling pressure. His first move when the rush was coming was to spin backwards and roll left. In the first couple of games of the season that worked but it was obvious teams learned that was his move and really shut it down in the later games in the season. Since that seemed to be his only move to combat the rush, he will not get away with that in the NFL. And, even when he did escape the rush he was not good throwing while running to his left. His decision making. Several times you could see he had two receivers at two levels, the closer receiver would be very open, the receiver at the deeper level would be well covered, rather than throwing to the short receiver for a good gain, he would try to force the ball into the deeper receiver with very mixed results. Overall: I think Eason will be the 4th QB taken in the draft after Burrow, Tua (assuming he passes his physical) and Herbert. Eason, though reminds me a lot of Jeff George... all the tools and ability in the world it just seems something is lacking between the ears. I will be surprised if he stays in the NFL past his rookie contract. Jordan Love: This one is going to get me the most hate mail because a lot of people on this forum have bought the hype that he is Patrick Mahomes esqe and his poor play is a product of his team and coaches. And it is somewhat true but not totally. Positives: He is a smooth athlete with a good combination of touch and and power and accuracy on a lot of his throws. He is at his best when he's rolling to his right and throwing on the run. He seems to have good pocket awareness and can feel the rush around him even if he doesn't see it. Does not seem to panic under pressure. Has some escapability in him to extend plays when the pass protection breaks down. He seemed to have good control of the offense. Seems to be very competitive negatives: He cannot throw left. When you watch Love throw ahead or to the right, he has pretty good form (he relies on his arm too much but overall his form is fine) but when he throws to his his mechanics break down and his throw accuracy and velocity drop considerably. He is not good at presnap reads. Several of his interceptions were not because his receivers couldn't get open or because they had not separation, they were because his misread things at the LOS and threw the ball immediately after the snap. The rest of his INTs (not counting a couple that were in the desperation time towards the end of the game) were because he has a blind spot to underneath coverage. He stares down his receiver and the underneath coverage slides over and he is unaware of it. I'm not basing this on just the Wake Forest game but if you want to see multiple examples of this watch that game. He had was appears to be an impressive stat line with over 400 yards and 3 TDs but he also threw 3 INTs (2 of them were all because of Love, not the receivers, 1 was with 17 seconds left in the game and they were trailing) and could have easily had 2 more INTs if the defenders had not dropped the easy INTs. Overall, I do want to point out that even though the negative paragraph is longer than the positive paragraph, if you read closely, I do list more positives than negatives. Love definitely has some tools to work with but he does not work to be ready for the NFL. And personally I think his ceiling is about a Dak Prescott level.. someone who, if he's with a talented team will have some impressive wins but won't be the type of QB to win games when everything is on the line and he needs to outplay and out think the defense. It's funny after watching these games films Friday night and Saturday morning, I think watched the XFL on Saturday. So I'm watching the Houston Roughnecks and out trots, Indy's own practice squad king, P Walker as the starting QB, so I'm watching him play and he's doing well but I keep think that he reminds me of someone... then it hit me, Love plays just like Walker, same pocket movement, same throwing motion/style (Love does not pat the ball like Walker which is why Love may be able to make a career in the NFL), same arm strength, same running style and oddly enough same break down of mechanics when throwing left. Personally I think Love is a 3rd round talent that will be drafted higher and may sneak into the 1st round when team trades up to pick him towards the end of the round. Jake Fromm: Positives: Since I saw a lot of the positives from Fromm that have been discussed... accuracy, touch, anticipation on his throws, understanding of the offense, head for the game, etc. I won't go into great detail about that. Some of the positives I saw that don't seem to get talked about much. His competitiveness, to me this really popped out in watching his games and it's one of his best attributes. One of the ways I think this came through was on 3rd and long (6 yards or greater). All the Qbs above on 3rd and long, the majority of their throws were little 2 or 3 yard dump passes hoping the receiver makes a play. The majority of Fromm's passes on 3rd and long were near or past the sticks. That is someone that wants to keep the drive going not just playing it safe or being a game manager. His does not have scrambling ability like Wilson or Prescott or Watson, but he chooses to run at smart times and has enough speed to make positive yards and first downs when the team needs it. He can make accurate throws from different arm angles. Negatives: His arm strength is not elite but I would classify it is above average and I think it could move into the good category with proper mechanics. He does not consistently engage his hips and core when throwing, he's more of a step and lean thrower. But he made multiple 20-25 yard outs throws from the far hash both to the left and right side while fitting the ball into a tight window. He has enough arm strength for the NFL. The only other real negative I see in his game is if one rusher is pressing the pocket he can handle it well, if two are pressuring the pocket, he doesn't seem to know what to do and he is not the type to run around until he figures it out. Overall: I think Fromm is the most NFL ready QB in this group of 4, and IMO, even more NFL ready than Tue. People say he has a limited ceiling but I don't believe that to be the case (remember people said that about both Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning) but the ceiling is determined by how well he can read and recall defenses which is how all QBs who have long careers in the NFL keep improving and playing well year after year after year. and from all reports that is one of Fromm's greatest strengths. Since he is not ready to be a day one starter because of his throwing mechanics and lack of an elite arm, he could slip to the 2nd round but I could see either the Raiders drafting him at 19 or the Patriots drafting him at 23 if he's available. Which means, if the Colts want him, they will probably have to draft him at 13. 2 Side notes: If you want to see a game to convince yourself that Fromm is an NFL QB, watch the Georgia Notre Dame game, Georgia won that game because of Fromm and his competitiveness and toughness. Also, if you want to see another potential Colts pick watch the Georgia South Carolina game and you will see why Kinlaw would be a great 3T in the Colts D.
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  6. My deepest sympathy to Brandon's family. He was smart, opinionated, passionate, funny, and kind. The forum will miss him terribly. He was an important part of this band of very talkative Colts fans, our Colts family. RIP Gavin, we wish you were still here.
    44 points
  7. 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
  8. We need a more balanced fan base.
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  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. As you might know, there's a Purdue fan who is dying... Tyler Trent has terminal cancer. And he wanted to go to the bowl game tonight that Purdue was playing in. Jim Irsay made it happen. Gave his family the use of his private jet. Here's the ESPN story with a picture... Well done, Jim! http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25619573/indianapolis-colts-fly-tyler-trent-purdue-boilermakers-bowl-game These are the kind of gesture's Irsay does that make me like him.... he's a part of the community in ways that some NFL owners never are....
    39 points
  12. We can go on and on about the moves Ballard hasn't made , but because we truly aren't privy to what he's attempted to do , let's take a look at what can be judged : what he has done 2017: Released D'Qwell Jackson - good move, not in league anymore. Old and overpaid. Re-signed Jack Doyle - good move Traded Dwayne Allen +6th to Patriots for 4th -- smart trade , rid himself of a high salary for an average player. Is just a blocker in New England Released Patrick Robinson-- eh, debatable , but he wasn't that good for us Signed John Simon- good move Signed Jabaal Sheard-- really good move Signed Barkevious Mingo-- good move Signed Margus Hunt -- fantastic value signing Signed Al Woods-- tremendous value signing Signed Sean Spence-- didn't work out , no harm/no foul because of the contract Ballard gave him Signed Kamar Aiken-- didn't work out , only a 1 year deal though, so again , no harm/no foul Released Arthur Jones- good move , isn't even in the league atm Signed Jonathan Hankins-- good move Signed Jon Bostic -- solid move Signed Mo-Ali Cox-- TBD *Note* the 2017 draft was conducted with Grigson's scouting staff and for an entirely different coaching staff. Doesn't mean Ballard gets a complete pass , but it should be considered at the very least. Drafted Hooker 15th overall -- I really liked this pick , some may disagree. Still only 22 years old with tons of potential, imo. Drafted Wilson 46th overall-- due to injuries/Pagano etc hasn't been ideal. Still, Corners take time to develop, by no means am I writing him off yet. Drafted Basham 80th overall - Bust , no other way to put it. Still has no counter moves. Wish him well in New York. Drafted Banner 137th overall- Bust Drafted Mack 143rd overall- I think this is an outstanding pick. Time will tell , but the potential is obvious. Drafted Stewart 144th overall- Decent rotation piece right now in a new scheme. Solid pick with some upside. Drafted Hairston 158th overall-- really good rookie season , hasn't had the same impact in the new scheme. Good value pick, imo. Drafted Walker 161st overall -- brilliant pick and likely our starting Mike for some time. Signed Rigoberto Sanchez -- terrific UDFA signing. Found our longterm starting punter instantly after Pat's retirement. Signed Christine Michael - meh Released Kendall Langford -- good move , is still a FA to this day. Traded Phillip Dorsett for Jacoby Brissett- outstanding trade. Provided a starting 2017 QB and our best backup in ages. Will be flipped for picks eventually. To get an asset worth good draft capital for a bust of a WR is just brilliant. Cannot understate how good of a move this was. Claimed off Waivers, Desir- outstanding move. to get a CB capable of starting off waivers is brilliant work. Claimed off Waivers, Kenny Moore II-- terrific pickup. Has been playing solid considering how we acquired him. Still young and improving. Released Vontae Davis-- I mean.... yeah, thank god. Good move. Claimed off Waivers, Ross Travis-- good move Claimed off Waivers, Glowinski-- solid move 2016 Cap Space: 8 million and the 4th oldest team in the league 2017 Cap Space: 18 million and the 9th youngest team in the league 2018: Signed Vinatieri to an extension -- no brainer Signed Denico Autry-- good move , great contract Traded 3rd overall pick for 6th overall pick , 37th, 49th, 2019 2nd round pick -- Terrific trade. Released Hankins-- controversial , but I think it was the right thing to do. Speaks volumes that he couldn't find a team until recently and hasn't made much of an impact. Signed Ebron- great move. Absolutely outstanding. Signed Ryan Grant- solid risk-free 1 year deal. No harm/no foul. Won't be here next season most likely. Good value for cost. Signed Slauson -- outstanding move and unfortunate injury. Unbelievable value for cost. Extended Desir-- solid move. Getting a waiver claim worth a second deal is just quality. Re-signed Mewhort-- unfortunate , and I wish him the best. Signed Goode- decent cheap deal. No harm/no foul. Won't be here next season and the SAM is becoming less important. Signed Acker - no harm/no foul Drafted Nelson 6th overall -- Some may disagree due to positional value, but I think it was a great selection. Changed the complexion of our offense from Day 1 and will only get better. Drafted Leonard 36th overall-- I mean.... wow. What can I say? Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this. Drafted Smith 37th overall -- Dude looks good. Like , really good. Super impressed and excited to see what he becomes. Quality starting OL. Drafted Turay 52nd overall- too soon to really say, but he's getting better week-by-week. At worst a rotational pass-rusher, imo. I think he'll be more. Drafted Lewis 64th overall- no idea , but he looked good in camp. TBD Drafted Hines 104th overall- exactly as advertised , good pick , and will be a weapon for years. Drafted Fountain 159th overall - TBD. Not giving up on him by any means. I'd love it if he could crack the roster this season, but it's a massive jump to the NFL coming from where he came from. Drafted Wilkins 169th overall-- love this kid. good pick Drafted Cain 185th overall-- Like Lewis , he looked good in camp. TBD , but I have a hunch he'll be a really good pick. Drafted Adams 221st overall-- getting any contribution from a 7th rounder is great , and he's doing just that. Really nice pick Drafted Franklin 235th overall- see above So, yes, it's too early to really make any definitive conclusions about the 2018 draft (or even 2017) , but from what I'm seeing, if Cain and Lewis become anything close to what I think they can and Turay can continue down this path.... I mean, this draft class goes from outstanding to special. We're talking about possibly 5 starters , 2 rotational RB's, 2 depth LB's, and whatever Fountain becomes. That is just crazy. Signed UDFA Moore-- good move Signed UDFA Odum- good move Signed Howard--- just flat-out didn't work. Ballard did the smart thing and gave him a no harm/no foul contract, though. Claimed Pascal -- meh , I doubt he'll be here next season , but to get anything from a waiver claim is solid. To be clear, I don't want him here, though. Traded Darrell Daniels for Marcus Johnson -- I thought Johnson showed flashes , unfortunate injury. Good trade. Released TJ Green-- thank god Claimed Corey Moore -- good move Claimed Muhammad- good move , provides some upside/depth. Released John Simon-- again like Hankins, this was controversial. But, I think it was the right move. Turay and (eventually Lewis) need the playing time and he wasn't a good scheme fit. Signed Jihad Ward-- Definitely premature on my part , but I think this was a great signing. Tons of upside. Signed Boehm-- no idea Signed Mike Mitchell -- looks pretty fantastic so far. Not a big Geathers fan, myself. So this is a nice change. Signed Inman -- no idea. We'll find out. 2018 Cap space: 52 million , 4th youngest team So yeah, for those who love to complain about Ballard not spending money , look at what he's actually done. He inherited an old , average (at best) , expensive roster going nowhere. In under 2 years, he's taken the 4th oldest team , turned it into the 4th youngest, and cleaned our books up substantially. I have no idea how people can't like what he's doing. Truly. We've been in every game this season ; Luck looks outstanding ; our O-Line finally seems to be coming together ; our young players are all improving ; we'll have another draft to stack on top this one and tons of cap flexibility. The plan is clearly working. Ballard looks like he's an elite evaluator so far with a disciplined approach. His hitting % is insane. His worst moves are 3rd/4th round picks (with Grigson's scouts) and a couple dudes on 1 year no harm/no foul contracts that he eventually cut. Oh, and I guess Simon and Hankins if you like complaining about guys he signed in the first place. I mean, @threeflight , I just don't get you bro.
    39 points
  13. @TKnight24 not sure if anyone's thanked you lately, but I know that for those of us who aren't active on Twitter, we really appreciate the consistent updates! So thank you!!! Go Colts!
    39 points
  14. 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.
    37 points
  15. I was given tickets to the game yesterday as a very nice Birthday gift. I went into Lucas feeling pretty confident that we would easily beat this this team, and that the Trap game stuff I read on here was just crazy talk. After the first Field goal miss and as our offense began to struggle against a very good Broncos Defense, I started to get nervous. When they scored after halftime I really started to get a bad feeling. The last 3-4 games I’ve been to, they’ve lost, really was starting to get a complex, lol. By the middle of the fourth, some fans were starting to lose faith and shuffle out to beat traffic. The thought never crossed my mind to leave early, but I was having a hard time staying positive and cheering for the team and making noise while the Broncos offense was on the field. Then I looked over at my 9 yr old son. He never lost faith, was screaming off the top of his lungs and saying, “WIN FOR DADDY, WIN FOR DADDY,” lol! That was awesome and got me fired up, then Brissett shrugs off Miller and makes the amazing throw to TY!!! Not going to lie, I shut my eyes when Vinny was kicking the eventual game winner, so glad he redeemed himself with that kick!!!! What a emotional roller coaster of a birthday gift, but thanks Colts!!!!!! Moral of my rant, NEVER LOSE FAITH, at least during a close game!!!!! GO COLTS!!!!
    37 points
  16. Jim Irsay isn't perfect. His drug/addiction issues are well chronicled. He's had some messiness in his personal life. He used to tweet too much, and sometimes seemed less than coherent. He's a poor public speaker. But the man is a great NFL owner. He gives his football people whatever they ask for, whatever they need, he doesn't meddle, and he doesn't stand behind them looking over their shoulder, calling them out about all their mistakes. He spends money, he empowers his people, he supports them, he's patient with them, and every decision he makes about his football team appears to be well considered, not rushed, and not influenced by popular opinion. I'm tired of people calling him impetuous, impatient and impulsive. He's actually been the opposite.
    37 points
  17. I've seen some stats tossed around about "building" a team that can compete for a Super Bowl. I think some of what has been tossed out is "convenient" cherry picking, so decided to finish a little drill down that I started a few months ago. Anyway, just the facts below. In short, I've looked at Super Bowl teams since 2000, and listed their unit and total ranks. I've also added QBR rank. Below is a summary of some key takeaways and conclusions. Below that, is an easy summary of total and unit tiers, and farther below is the raw data capsules of each team. I've used tiers rather than averages as I think the distribution if far more educational than a simple average (which will hide/blend outliers). I also don't discriminate in W or L in the SB, only that they made it to the SB. Warning: The factual information contained below might be too much for some. If you think stats are unimportant, please ignore this thread. Key Takeaways in general on SB contender data: 1. Having a QB with a Tier 1 QBR is by far the biggest commonality of Super Bowl contenders. 30 of 38 teams had Tier 1 (top 10) QBRs. QBR is far more important than passing YPG, rushing YPG, or any D total or unit stat. 2. Balance in O and D is best, but O is significantly more important. 33 of 38 teams where above the median in Total O, while only 24 of 38 were above the median in Total D. 3. Passing O vs Rushing O was very similar, but Passing O had a slight edge in importance. 4. Passing D vs Rushing D was similar compared to the median, but T1 Rushing Ds were far more prevelant. Colts Current Rank and Contender Comparison: 1. Zero teams have played in a SB with our current Total O and Pass O rank 2. Only 2 of 38 (5%) teams have played in a SB with our current QBR rank or lower. Those QBs were Peyton and Big Ben. 3. Our Rush O is as good or equal to 63% of SB contenders 4. Our Total D is as good or equal to 39% of SB contenders and T2 5. Our Pass D is as good or equal to 24% of SB contenders and T4 6. Our Run D is as good as or equal to 53% of SB contenders and T1 Conclusion / Recommendation 1. QB is by far the most important thing to address (draft or FA) based on our current rank in QBR and Passing 0. 2. Passing D is the second biggest need although almost a quarter of SB teams had the same or worse Tier rank. DT please. 3. Total D while slightly below the SB contender median, was still T2 (current year) 3, Our Rush O and Rush D are both Tier 1, and well within SB contender performance (50+%). Tier Definition Tier 1: 1-10 Good/Great Tier 2: 11-16 AMA (Above Median / Average) Tier 3: 17-22 BMA (Below Median / Average) Tier 4: 23-32 Bad/Horrible Distribution of 38 SB team rankings from 2000-2018 Total O/Pass O/Rush O/Total D/Pass D/Rush D/ QBR T1: 21 / 19 / 18 / 22 / 11 / 23 / 30 T2: 12 / 9 / 7 / 2 / 12 / 4 / 2 T3: 4 / 5 / 5 / 8 / 6 / 8 / 4 T4: 1 / 5 / 8 / 6 / 9 / 3 / 2 Colts Current Rank / Tier / # SB Contenders equal to or below / % of SB teams equal to or worse Total O: 25th / T4 / 0 / 0% Pass O: 30th / T4 / 0 / 0% Rush O: 7th / T1 / 24 / 63% Total D: 16th / T2 / 15 / 39% Pass D: 23rd / T4 / 9 / 24% Rush D: 7th / T1 / 20 / 53% QBR: 20th / T3 / 2 / 5% Team specific data. TO=Total Offense, PO=Pass Offense, RO=Rush Offense, TD=Total Defense, PD=Pass Defense, RD=Rush Offense TO, PO, RO, TD, PD, and RD are all team/unit ranks 1-32. QBR is an individual rank (1-32) with the exception of two years when a team had 2 QBs play 6+ games each (in which case QBR is averaged). 2018W (NE) TO 5 (PO 8/RO 5), TD 21 (PD 22/RD 11), QBR 9 2018L (LAR) TO 2 (PO 5/RO 3), TD 19 (PD 14/RD 23), QBR 10 2017W (PH) TO 7 (PO 13/RO 3), TD 4 (PD 17/RD 1), QBR 1 2017L (NE) TO 1 (PO 2/RO 10), TD 29 (PD 30/RD 20), QBR 3 2016W (NE ) TO 4 (PO 4/RO 7), TD 8 (PD 12/RD 4), QBR 2 2016L (ATL) TO 2 (PO 3/RO 5), TD 25 (PD 28/RD 17), QBR 1 2015W (DEN) TO 16 (PO 14/RO 17), TD 1 (PD 1/RD 3), QBR 25 2015L (CAR) TO 11 (PO 24/RO 2), TD 6 (PD 11/RD 4), QBR 9 2014W (NE) TO 11 (PO 9/RO 18), TD 13 (PD 17/RD 9), QBR 3 2014L (SEA) TO 9 (PO 27/RO 1), TD 1 (PD 1/RD 3), QBR 6 2013W (SEA) TO 17 (PO 1/RO 4), TD 1 (PD 1/RD 8), QBR 7 2013L (DEN) TO 1 (PO 26/RO 15), TD 19 (PD 27/RD 7), QBR 2 2012W (BAL) TO 16 (PO 15/RO 11), TD 17 (PD 17/RD 20), QBR 18 2012L (SF) TO 11 (PO 23/RO 4), TD 3 (PD 4/RD 4), QBR 8* 2011W (NYG) TO 8 (PO 5/RO 32), TD 27 (PD 29/RD 19), QBR 9 2011L (NE) TO 2 (PO 2/RO 20), TD 31 (PD 31/RD 17), QBR 3 2010W (GB) TO 9 (PO 5/RO 24), TD 5 (PD 5/RD 18), QBR 6 2010L (PIT) TO 14 (PO 14/RO 11), TD 2 (PD 12/RD 1), QBR 7 2009W (NO) TO 1 (PO 2/RO 6), TD 25 (PD 26/RD 21), QBR 1 2009L (IN) TO 9 (PO 4/RO 32), TD 18 (PD 14/RD 24), QBR 2 2008W (PIT) TO 22 (PO 17/RO 23), TD 1 (PD 1/RD 2), QBR 26 2008L (AZ) TO 4 (PO 2/RO 32), TD 19 (PD 22/RD 16), QBR 3 2007W (NYG) TO 16 (PO 21/RO 4), TD 7 (PD 11/RD 8), QBR 18 2007L (NE) TO 1 (PO 1/RO 13), TD 4 (PD 6/RD 10), QBR 1 2006W (IN) TO 3 (PO 2/RO 18), TD 21 (PD 2/RD 32), QBR 1 2006L (CHI) TO 15 (PO 14/RO 15), TD 5 (PD 11/RD 6), QBR 19 2005W (PIT) TO 15 (PO 24/RO 5), TD 4 (PD 16/RD 3), QB-R 3 2005L (SEA) TO 2 (PO 13/RO 3), TD 17 (PD 25/RD 5), QB-R 4 2004W (NE) TO 7 (PO 11/RO 7), TD 9 (PD 17/RD 6), QB-R 9 2004L (PH) TO 9 (PO 7/RO 24), TD 10 (PD 12/RD 16), QB-R 4 2003W (NE) TO 17 (PO 9/RO 27), TD 7 (PD 15/RD 4), QB-R 10 2003L (CAR) TO 16 (PO 18/RO 7), TD 8 (PD 9/RD 11), QB-R 14 2002W (TB) TO 24 (PO 15/RO 27), TD 1 (PD 1/RD 6), QB-R 3 2002L (OAK) TO 1 (PO 1/RO 18), TD 11 (PD 23/RD 3), QB-R 2 2001W (NE) TO 19 (PO 22/RO 13), TD 24 (PD 24/RD 19), QB-R 6 2001L (LAR) TO 1 (PO 1/RO 5), TD 3 (PD 11/RD 3), QB-R 1 2000W (BAL) TO 16 (PO 22/RO 5), TD 2 (PD 8/RD 1), QB-R 20 2000L (NYG) TO 13 (PO 13/RO 11), TD 5 (PD 16/RD 2), QB-R 12 Note, "QB Rating" was used in place of QBR for years prior to 2006 (ESPN created QBR in advance of the 2006 season) Note2, I did those over a few sittings, and eyeballs going cross towards the end.... so, let me know if you find any errors or have any questions.
    36 points
  18. Over 2 minutes of analysis for you all to enjoy. Love Baldy's twitter and even better when it's one of our own in focus. He has done a few on Leonard too.
    36 points
  19. 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
  20. It has been said here recently that Ballard and Dodds have not drafted well and that they have failed to provide us fans a solid team from 1-63 on the roster. It is widely considered among NFL GM's and pundits that if you draft and develop 2-3 starters/contributors in every draft then you are doing well. This is not even getting into the rest of roster construction through savvy trades, shrewd free agent signings and good scouting on waiver wire pick-ups. 2017 NFL Draft (Drafting for a Lame Duck Coach) Starters: Hooker (Rated as 5th best Safety in NFL), Mack, Walker Contributors: Wilson (Spot Starter/Nickel/Dime), Stewart (Starting this year) Out of the NFL: None Not on the Roster: Basham and Hairston with Jets, Banner with Steelers Impact Player: Hooker (Rated as 5th best Safety in NFL after 2018 Season) and Mack is on the verge of being that true bellcow back UDFA's of Note: Kenny Moore II (CB - Rated Number 2 Nickelback in NFL after 2018 season), Rigoberto Sanchez 1/15 - Malik Hooker, FS. Ohio State 2/46 - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida 3/80 - Tarell Basham, OLB - Ohio University - With NY Jets 4/137 - Zach, Banner, OT, USC - With Pittsburgh Steelers 4/143 - Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida 4/144 - Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State 5/158 - Nate Hairston, CB, Temple - Traded to NY Jets for 2020 sixth-round pick 5/161 - Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: 49ers receive: » 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 121): Joe Williams, RB, Utah Colts receive: » 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 143): Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida » 2017 fifth-round pick (No. 161): Anthony Walker Jr., LB, Northwestern Colts receive: » 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 137): Zach Banner, OT, USC Patriots receive: » 2017 sixth-round pick (No. 200): Traded to Titans » Dwayne Allen, TE (Cutting ties with 4.5 Million owed) 2018 NFL Draft (Drafting for his preferred 4-3 Defense and his preferred Offensive minded coach) Starters: Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard, Braden Smith Contributors: All but Daurice Fountain so far (So 7 total) Out of the NFL: 0 Not on Roster: 0 Impact Player: Quenton Nelson (All-Pro), Darius Leonard (All-Pro) UDFA's of Note: George Odum, Mo Ali-Cox 1/6 - Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame 2/36 - Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State 2/37 - Braden Smith, OG, Auburn 2/52 - Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers 2/64 - Lewis, Tyquan, DE, Ohio State 4/104 - Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State 5/159 - Daurice Fountain, WR, UNI 6/169 - Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss 6/185 - Deon Cain, WR, Clemson 7/221 - Matthew Adams, LB, Houston 7/235 - Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: Jets receive: » 2018 first-round pick (No. 3) -- Sam Darnold, QB, USC Colts receive: » 2018 first-round pick (No. 6) -- Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame » 2018 second-round pick (No. 37) -- Braden Smith, G, Auburn » 2018 second-round pick (No. 49) -- traded to Philadelphia » 2019 second-round pick (No. 34) -- Rock Ya Sin, CB, Temple Eagles receive: » 2018 second-round pick (No. 49) -- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St. Colts receive: » 2018 second-round pick (No. 52) -- Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers » 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 169) -- Jordan Wilkins, RB, Mississippi Colts receive: » 2018 second-round pick (No. 64) -- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State Browns receive: » 2018 third-round pick (No. 67) -- Chad Thomas, DE, Miami » 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 178) -- traded to Patriots Colts receive: » 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 235) -- Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse Jets receive: » Henry Anderson, DE Raiders receive: » 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 140) -- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan Colts receive: » 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 159) -- Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa » 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 185) -- Deon Cain, WR, Clemson 2019 NFL Draft (Drafting for Depth): Keep in mind we are 5 games into these players first season as Rookies Starters: Rock Ya Sin, Khari Willis Contributors: Ben Banogu, Parris Campbell, Bobby Okereke, Marvell Tell, E.J. Speed ****(Green and Barton are on the PS & Patterson is IR'd) Out of the NFL: 0 Not on the Roster: 0 Impact Player: None UDFA's of Note: None 2/34 - Rock Ya Sin, CB, Temple 2/49 - Ben Banogu, DE, TCU 2/59 - Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State 3/89 - Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford 4/109 - Khari Willis, SS, Michigan State 5/144 - Marvell Tell III, DB, USC 5/164 - E.J. Speed, LB, Tarleton State 6/199 - Gerri Green, DE, Mississippi State 7/240 - Jackson Barton, OT, Utah 7/246 - Javon Patterson, C, Ole Miss Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: Redskins receive: » 2019 first-round pick (No. 26; select Edge Montez Sweat) Colts receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 46; trade to Browns) » 2020 second-round pick Browns receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 46; select Greedy Williams) Colts receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 49; select LB Ben Banogu) » 2019 fifth-round pick (No. 144; select S Marvell Tell III) Colts receive: » 2019 fourth-round (No. 109; select S Khari Willis) Raiders receive: » 2019 fourth-round (No. 129; select CB Isaiah Johnson) » 2019 fourth-round (No. 135; trade to Atlanta) Eagles receive: » Hassan Ridgeway, DT Colts receive: » 2019 seventh-round (No. 246; select G Javon Patterson) 2020 NFL Draft (Ballard has added 2 extra picks and a conditional trade moving up draft spots in the 7th) 1 2 (From Washington) 2 3 4 5 6 (From N.Y. Jets) 6 7 Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: Redskins receive: » 2019 first-round pick (No. 26; select Edge Montez Sweat) Colts receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 46; trade to Browns for No. 49) » 2019 second-round pick (No. 49; select DE Ben Banogu) » 2020 second-round pick Colts receive: » 2020 sixth-round pick Jets receive: » Nate Hairston Colts receive: » 2020 conditional 6th or 7th round pick Dolphins receive: » Evan Boehm Overall Draft Stats thru three drafts as Colts GM: Draft Picks: 29 Still With Team: 26 <-------- 90% still on the roster Out of the NFL: 0 <-------- This is huge for any GM On another Team: 3 Starters: 8 <-------- Averaging over 2.5 per draft (So far) Impact Players: 4.5 <-------- Hooker, Moore, Leonard, Nelson and I gave a half for Mack because he's becoming that bellcow back we needed Contributors: 14 IR or PS: 4 UDFA Starters: 2 UDFA Contributors: 2 For those that think his drafts have been unsuccessful, the stats play out differently at this point - and we're only 5 games into the 3rd Draft. If Brissett (which was a savvy trade in and of itself) can lead this team of mostly draft picks to a winning record this year then even the overall success of the team will spell out he has drafted well.
    35 points
  21. Boom. There you have it. Is Chris Ballard awesome again?
    34 points
  22. https://www.stl.news/ap-all-pro-team-has-kansas-city-accent/238886/ HUGE honor for these guys!
    33 points
  23. Can we please put the Le'Veon Bell to Indy rumor's out of their misery? That dog don't hunt and frankly never did. Mack looks to have the makings of a feature back and is complemented very nicely by Hines and Wilkins. 200+ yards in two straight games by a younger and far cheaper group. Why would they ever consider giving up the asset or dollars required to get Bell?
    33 points
  24. NCF does a yearly apology thread for when he makes people mad with his posts on this forum. I want to do one here and explain why I act the way I do at times to people who have no idea, or just think I'm completely crazy or a troll. I have Bipolar. That means I'm going to be at both extremes when it comes to anything happening on the Colts, good or bad. When good news happens and we are successful, I'm the most optimistic person on the forum and will actually overreact in a positive way because I'm so excited something good is happening. I'm the person who was telling my mom about Darius Leonard and his week 2 game three different times when I visited my dad and her to watch wrestling on Monday the next night. I was talking to my best friend at midnight 10 hours later because I still was giddy like a schoolgirl over what he did. Likewise, when someone like Luck struggles, it brings me down to a certain depression, and makes me question him, my love for football, and all sorts of thoughts go through my head whether he'll ever play at a decent level again. I see a game like last night with Cousins and Goff putting on an incredible performance and wish Luck could do that. I'm 31 right now, and I've never been in a position from a football team standpoint where I've had my team's QB be a bust besides the 2011 season. I'm still adjusting to it personally and it's very depressing for me. However, I want to apologize to all the posters who I drive crazy with my posts. I don't hate this team, I don't want to spread negativity on this forum or start arguments. That's not my intentions. It's very difficult to control my emotions when I see Luck play like this, then we have to wait another week to see if he improves his game. When a team is doing well, we enjoy the week, when they are suffering, it seems like eternity til that next game to try and get your rhythm back. I'm not the most patient guy (though I've gotten better at it), and I understand Luck is rusty and trying to recover, it just puts me in a depression to see him this way. I salute all of you who can genuinely believe he will recover. I wish I had the same mindset as you. In my mind, he's the QB, so he is the team, and we can't win without him (though the defense is better now). So in closing, I'm very sorry for driving everyone here crazy on a daily basis. As much as you all may hate me for bashing Luck or spreading negativity, it hurts myself more than anyone. I love being positive for this team and want to be a happy person on here 100% of the time and talk about how great Ballard and Reich are doing, and how we are going to win the SB. It's very fun for me and it keeps me up at night in a good way when it happens. All I can say is, thanks for putting up with me if you do. Sometimes I don't deserve it and I genuinely want to be the best poster possible, I'm also the most extreme poster possible from both ends and it can be good or bad. I hope you can forgive me if I upset you in the past, and this helps you see how I view football from my viewpoint. Thanks!
    33 points
  25. 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
  26. Free Agency is far from over and the NFL Draft is still more than a month away. We are installing a zone coverage 43 based defense, and our new offense will have a heavy influence from the West Coast offense. Get used to a lot of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, and 3 WRs). With that said, let’s break down the Colts current roster. Quarterback We can feel confident that Andrew Luck will be back as all signs are pointing upwards. We know that he will have some rust. The good news is that he should have the entire offseason to re-acclimate himself and the year off was good for his body to heal up. He should be in great shape. With Jacoby Brissett, we should feel good about our backup situation. We brought in Brad Kaaya who could be a good addition. I have no idea why Phillip Walker is still with this team. Running Back As it stands today, Marlin Mack is the starting running back. Matt Jones and Robert Turbin are the thumpers. Christine Michael, Josh Ferguson, and George Winn round out the group. Running back is certainly an area to target in the upcoming draft. There are a lot of good young backs in this draft and I think we need someone to compliment Mack. I could see us using a running back by committee approach with Mack, Jones, and a draft pick. Jones is 239 pounds and Mack is 210. I believe the compliment is somewhere in between (220-230). Obviously Saquon Barkley would be an excellent draft pick, but he will likely be off the board before the 6th overall pick. Both Georgia backs fit the profile (Nick Chubb and Sony Michel). At least one of them are likely to be on the board at 36/37. If we look deeper into the early third round, then possibly Rashaad Penny will be available. If we look even deeper, then Josh Adams might be a good fit. Wide Receiver Outside of T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, and Ryan Grant, the Colts receiver corps has a lot of question marks. This team needs more personnel to utilize a base set consisting of three wide receivers. Let’s face it Kolby Listenbee, K.J. Brent, Justice Liggins, Krishawn Hogan, Dres Anderson, DeAndre Smelter, James Wright, Rodney Adams, Seantavius Jones are not what we want to walk into training camp with. T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Grant will probably play an interchangeable combination of outside and inside. I believe the Colts need to find another lengthy outside receiver in this draft. Michael Gallup and Courtland Sutton are possible options at 36/37/49. If we look in the third round, then we might find Dante Pettis, Equanimeous St. Brown, or DaeSean Hamilton on the board. Even deeper we could find Cedrick Wilson, J'Mon Moore, Allen Lazard, Jester Weah, Simmie Cobbs Jr., Javon Wims, and so on. Tight Ends I think we are in a decent situation with Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, and Erik Swoope. Doyle is the multifaceted tight end of the group while Ebron and Swoope are predominantly pass catchers. Darrell Daniels, Ross Travis, Jason Vander Laan, and Mo Alie-Cox round out the tight end group. There will probably be a logjam of talented tight ends in the second round. While it is not a need for the Colts, we cannot rule out a BPA pick in the second or third round. For example, it might be too hard to pass on a Mike Gesicki at 49 overall. Offensive Line I think we should start by reviewing where the Colts offensive line finished in 2017. In the final game of the season, the starting line from left to right was as follows; Anthony Castonzo, Jeremy Vujnovich, Mike Person, Le'Raven Clark, and Joe Haeg. Through some miracle, all five finished the game in the same positions. Castonzo, Vujnovich, Clark, and Haeg are all returning in 2018, while Person is no longer on the team. Anthony Castonzo has been our rock since 2011 and Ryan Kelly should return from injury to provide much needed stability at center. Everything else is up-for-grabs. Newcomer Matt Slauson is likely to find a guard position to hold down. He was a captain last year with the Chargers before a bicep ended his season early. The 32-year-old journeyman is going into his 10th season, and he can play guard or center. Joe Haeg finished the season at right tackle, so I will pencil him in the same spot, for the moment. The remaining starting guard position is a toss-up between Denzelle Good, Le'Raven Clark, Jeremy Vujnovich, Deyshawn Bond, and Jack Mewhort. I think Mewhort’s one-year deal confirms what we all already thought. I think we can assume from the structure of the contract that both sides (the team and him) are uncertain about his football future. Rounding out the offensive line is Anthony Fabiano, Isaiah Williams, Mark Glowinski, and Tyreek Burwell. It would shock everyone if Ballard and company did not select at least one offensive lineman in the upcoming draft. We have a left tackle, a center, and one guard. At the very least, we need a guard in this draft and possibly an upgrade at right tackle (if one presents itself). Quenton Nelson is the best offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL draft and he could be there at 6 overall. Plugging him into our lineup would be a tremendous upgrade at either guard position. There will likely be a logjam of excellent interior offensive lineman in the second round. Isaiah Wynn, Billy Price, or James Daniels could be options at 36/37/49. If we look in the third round then we might find Frank Ragnow, Braden Smith, or Austin Corbett. There might not be an elite tackle in this draft, but there are several very good prospects. Mike McGlinchey will probably be off the board before the second round. However, there is a chance for Kolton Miller, Connor Williams, or Tyrell Crosby to be available at 36/37/49. Other Day 2 possibilities are Brian O'Neill, Geron Christian, Martinas Rankin, Desmond Harrison, Jamarco Jones, and Chukwuma Okorafor. Defensive Line The Colts are moving from a 34-base defense to a 43-base defense. If the season started today then, Henry Anderson, Al Woods, Hassan Ridgeway, and Grover Stewart would man the inside of the line. Denico Autry, Jabaal Sheard, John Simon, and Tarell Basham would man the outside. I am not sure where Margus Hunt would have a role. If he makes the team then it’s possible he could play a situational role along with his massive special team’s abilities. Rounding out the rest of the defensive line is Anthony Johnson, Johnathan Calvin, Caraun Reid, Joey Mbu, Josh Perry, and Arthur Miley. We will absolutely look to improve the pass rush through the draft. Bradley Chubb would be the big name at number 6 overall. However, the Colts might find value in the second round with Arden Key, Sam Hubbard, or Lorenzo Carter at 36/37/49. Possible 3rd and 4th round candidates are Josh Sweat, Rasheem Green, Duke Ejiofor, Kemoko Turay, Chad Thomas, Tyquan Lewis, Hercules Mata'afa, Jalyn Holmes, and Kylie Fitts. Linebackers We desperately need 43 base off-ball linebackers. I don’t think Antonio Morrison is a good fit for a 43 zone defense. He is a two-down thumper and it just doesn't make any sense for him to be on this roster. Best case scenario he plays SAM. I just don’t see it though. If the season started today then I think Anthony Walker would be our MIKE, Jeremiah George would be our WILL, and Darnell Sankey would be our SAM. We have little-to-no depth. Jermaine Grace and Tyrell Adams round out the linebacking corps. While Anthony Walker is a possible mainstay, I believe a discussion could be made to upgrade any of the three linebacking positions. This draft certainly fits the linebacker needs of the Colts. I currently have 8 off-ball linebackers ranked in the top 63, and that is far from the normal. Tremaine Edmunds is in the discussion at 6 overall. Leighton Vander Esch, Rashaan Evans, Uchenna Nwosu, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Darius Leonard, and Malik Jefferson are all in the discussion at 36/37/49. Cornerbacks Nate Hairston predominantly played inside in last year’s 34-man scheme, but I think he will flourish outside in the new zone coverage defense. Quincy Wilson and Hairston will man the outside. Chris Milton, Pierre Desir, D.J. White, Kenny Moore II round out the current corners on the roster. It is likely for the Colts to look at corner in the upcoming draft. Possible fits for the new scheme include (but not limited to) Jaire Alexander, Duke Dawson, M.J. Stewart and J.C. Jackson. Safety If healthy then Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker are the starters. Matthias Farley and T.J. Green will provide good depth with Ronald Martin the final safety on the current roster. It is not likely for the Colts to draft a safety, but if the right player falls then anything is possible.
    32 points
  27. 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
  28. Very much a no brainer. One of the GMs in football gets a well-deserved extension.
    31 points
  29. When I see some of the garbage going on with AB, Jalen Ramsey, Zeke, etc. I’m just really glad the Colts emphasize character. No one is perfect and I can see a little diva in Ebron at times, but for the most part, the current team is a band of “team first” guys and I’ll take that anyday over guys primarily concerned about their “brand”. I heard Rick Venturi say the Colts are overemphasizing character and making the point that “you don’t have to game plan for character”, but character was a big reason the Colts won 9 out of 10. Character is what keeps guys from pointing fingers, when adversity comes. Give me TY over AB, Mack over Zeke and Desir over Ramsey. Humility + talent > arrogance + talent. Human beings are at their best when they become a part of something bigger than themselves, be it a marriage, band, family, church or team.
    31 points
  30. Got to give some love to Desir. He's quietly been playing at a very high level. He has shut down some of the league's top receivers (Hopkins, Amari Cooper) and was matched up against Hopkins again today. Before the game, Hopkins promised that he would not be shut down like last time. He emphatically stated that it would not happen again. Desir (and Deshaun Watson) held Hopkins to 5 receptions for 37 yards, again.
    31 points
  31. It's about 7 on Christmas Eve and every year the thought occurs to me. God has blessed so very much and I offer a prayer to all those that are less fortunate, alone, hungry, in pain or any other type of distress. Precious savior in your unlimited wisdom and Grace we pray for the people that need the help the most. Please find a way out for the desperate. Bringing families back together and help them find the provisions they need. Thank you Jesus
    31 points
  32. I just finished watching Ballard and Frank's press conference... how many of you complaining watched it? They make a lot of interesting points and comments on this draft. First and foremost, Ballard is 100% confident that this league is won up front, especially in December and January when it matters most. That is so important to me as a Colts fan as it has been neglected time and time again. He commented that he "dreamt of the day when he drafted o-line and dline." He feels that strongly, and I tend to agree. They both talked about the division and how important the trenches are against our division opponents... Jacksonville damn near won a superbowl last year because of consistent focus on the fronts. And they have retooled for this season by snagging Norwell. These first two rounds are HUGE for the Indianapolis Colts and the health of this franchise going forward for that reason alone. We are facing 2 formidable defensive fronts in Houston with a healthy JJ Watt and Co. & Jacksonville with Campbell and Co. 4 games next year could put Andrew Luck into retirement if we fielded an o-line like we did last year. Ballard simply said we picked plauers off the street last year because of no depth and he refuses to do it again. KUDOS to you my friend. They talked about Leonard and how quickly he would have been picked up had they not taken him. He was #5 linebacker on their board and 4 were off, so they felt good. He's fast and they preached the importance of speed for this defense and team overall. Most important they talked in depth about the defensive line and its importance to this defense. They play on running 7 to 9 guys consistently and what he considers in "rotational waves" which lead to them placing high importance on Turay and Lewis. Ballard thinks highly of them both, especially Turay who is "long, explosive and has great bend." He mentioned Von Miller carefully and laughed as the media told them Turay's comment about Miller. They will be key pieces in this defense from the start, make no mistake. In other points, Reich talked about the wide receiver depth which was questioned multiple times by the media. He said the mini camp showed that we have plenty of talented receivers that are explosive off the ball, catch well and are understanding the new offense. New England has won many superbowls with underrated receivers that fit that mold... plenty of opportunities to find talent there in rounds 4, 5 and 7. Ballard said last year he was frustrated with the fronts getting beat so badly. There was little depth in the draft which is why they spent money in FA on the defensive line especially and focused on skilled players in the draft. I'm confident this team improved drastically the past two nights.
    31 points
  33. His 9 INTs are the most of any linebacker since he entered the league. He has forced double digit fumbles in his career. He has forced five fumbles in the last four games. He’s a playmaker. That’s why.
    30 points
  34. Colts don't spend... We're losers.. Colts spend... Spent on Wrong guy... Colts trade... Don't like the trade. Can't win with our fanbase.. Lol
    30 points
  35. Because we'd be 13-0 likely if we had Luck. I'm not a Ballard worshiper, but this isn't on him. He's upgraded or made solid attempts to upgrade every unit after inheriting what was mostly a dumpster fire in terms of depth and talent. Even the JB fan club knows this boils down to the change of QB. Not saying we don't need upgrades in several areas, but who here thinks we're not at least at 11-2 had Luck not left and playing for a 1 seed right now, even with all the injuries.
    30 points
  36. Tonight I watched the Colts drop to 1-4 but even after taking another loss to the Patriots, I came away from the game happier and a lot more positive than I normally would after suffering a loss. Andrew Luck is phenomenal. Tom Brady's team won the game tonight, but Andrew Luck was not only the better Quarterback tonight, I believe he's all around better than Brady right now, period. Tom Brady's team was actually able to run the ball and he's been playing in the same system for nearly his entire career. He's always had the same head coach, and he's still surrounded by guys he's played years with, and was playing at home. Tom Brady basically had all day and night to throw the ball unlike Andrew Luck. The Colts couldn't run the ball and were playing from behind the entire game. Andrew Luck was forced to drop back and throw the ball 59 times! and completed 38 of them. There were countless balls dropped tonight that should've been easy catches which killed scoring drives. Luck's second interception was all on Pascal, not Luck. Despite not having his starting LT,RT,RB,TE, and WR. Andrew Luck looked flawless out there tonight and kept the Colts alive in every game this season. When Andrew Luck gets to play with a healthy offense and gains more experience in Reich's offense as they continue to build around him, I believe our offense can be special in another year or two if everything falls into place. Frank Reich and Andrew Luck is the perfect marriage and thank you Chris Ballard AND Josh McDaniels for allowing Luck to finally get the coach he deserves. Matt Eberlus, are you even human? I have no idea how Eberlus was able to take a handful of rookies, free agent signings, who are playing together for the first time, as well as introducing a completely different scheme into the fold, and be this competitive during games? This guy literally makes the correct adjustments during the game and literally has this defense balling right now. Could you imagine what this guy is capable of once he's able to bring in more talent while continuing to grow the guys we already have here. If he's able to get this much production out of this group, could you imagine what he'd do if the Colts drafted some monsters or even a few free agents? I noticed that every single person on this defense gives a 110% on every single play. I love how these guys are playing together and as one. I'm starting to understand this whole Horseshoe guy philosophy Chris Ballard's been preaching about. These guys all seem to be very mature and all about the team. There's no negative distractions that I was able to see and everyone seems to have each other's backs on every single play. People who don't think coaching is that important should look at the past seven years here in Indianapolis. You can have all the talent in the world, but guys like Frank Reich and Matt Eberlus know how to make proper adjustments while putting our guys in position to make plays on every single down. Look at Eric Ebron for example and the way he was able to create havoc and manipulate the Patriot's defense. Everyone talks about Gronkowski, but Eric Ebron was the best TE on the field tonight and he's the Colts number two option behind Jack Doyle who didn't play. I seriously love the direction this team is headed in and truly believe the Colts will make the playoffs in 2019. I believe another year after that they can easily be a top 5 football team and win it all, as long as they have a healthy Andrew Luck and continue to build around him. Tonight was the last time the Patriots are beating Andrew Luck for a very long time. Sorry for the rant, but I'm feeling a lot of positive vibes and wanted to share them with you all. #ColtsNation
    30 points
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Man talk about difference maker. That O-Line was dominant. Him coming back was so major. I admittedly slept on him but he killed it!! Big Kudos to him
    29 points
  40. Am I the only one who feels like this team is much better coached?
    29 points
  41. Hello Colts fans I just got my Colts tattoo finished and would like to show it to you guys and ladies So, the story behind my tattoo or symbolic of it, is that as a former soldier ind the danish army and with multiple tours to Iraq and Kosovo, I have been diagnosed with PTSD. A condition that many formers vets have been diagnosed with both in the US and in Denmark. But as a huge Colts fan and sports fan, what better way than combine those two things in a tattoo and create something unique thats tell me and those who see it, that my PTSD shall not hold me back or let it ruin me and my dreams. Most of you remember when Pat McAfee delivered one hell of a hit to Trindon Holliday, if not, then go watch it. I thought that hit should be incorporated in my tattoo and be the inspiration to idea behind it. So the colts player hitting the PTSD (the soldier in my tattoo) is supposed to be Pat McAfee. Again I would just show my tattoo with you guys and hopefully you like it as much as I do. Go Colts Peace and Love from Denmark
    29 points
  42. 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.
    28 points
  43. I won't be on the forum much, if at all, after today until after the end of the year (I know, I know, most of you are happy about that.) For those that celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and happy New Year and I hope you get to spend the time how you want, whether that be with friends and family or alone or traveling to exotic locations. For that that do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a fun and safe holiday season. Just remember, just because you don't celebrate Christmas does not mean you can't enjoy all the good food. :). Take care everyone. --Coffeedrinker
    28 points
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