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  1. 49 points
    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.
  2. 25 points
  3. 24 points
    https://www.albertbridgecapital.com/drew-views/2019/6/17/stay-in-the-game Yeah, must read.
  4. 23 points
    Just a humble request from those like me watching the NFL Draft live on ESPN, at least for Day 1 and Day 2, please do not post the draft picks a few seconds in advance from twitter. Thanks!!! Don't be a spoiler!!!
  5. 22 points
    By far, our biggest mistake of the draft was not trading back into the 3rd round so we can hear Pat McAfee announce more picks
  6. 21 points
    Who the hell is Mel Kiper?? If this is his favorite class then that’s not a good sign...
  7. 21 points
    Don’t know if you all saw this. Darius Leonard and his wife had a baby girl named Mia a couple of weeks ago.
  8. 20 points
    Chris Ballard is the guest writer this week filling in for Peter King, and pens a great read on Football Morning in America called "Scouting and the power of Sundays." He goes through how they scout, what they look for, and provides a lot of special stories about players, fans and how it all comes together on Sundays. A long article, but really a good read. If you want to get to know more about Ballard, and his approach to football and life, take the time and read it. We are very lucky to have him as our GM! Link Below: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/07/08/chris-ballard-colts-scouting-draft-nfl-fmia-peter-king/
  9. 20 points
    You seem like an individual who could win the $20 million lottery but then complain that there were 2 winners and you only received $10 million each.
  10. 19 points
    He told me he would be off line for a while to deal with some health issues. Hoped to be back here for the start of the regular season
  11. 19 points
    In episode 5 they show parts of the draft and parts of the pre-draft process talking about the players they wanted. The eay they talked they acted as if Rock, Banogu, Parris and Okereke were stacked in order and they were supremely excited when their plan fell into place.... Additionally, they seemed to have specifically targeted Speed, Green and Willis as well prior to the draft. I find this uncanny that they were specific targets and they landed with us perfectly. On top of that, the video is pretty cool too! Irsay had this to say as well.... "Chris Ballard has done an incredible job, as usual,” Irsay said following the draft. “You can see it in every fiber of his body that he knows these guys. He knows what he’s doing. He’s not overconfident, but he is extremely talented, almost to the level of a savant in the draft room.” Ballard does treat draft weekend as a scientist. He accounts for every variable and every potential outcome in order to be best prepared for whatever the three-day event throws at him and his executives. Uncanny......Savant......good words to describe what he's done in 2 years time!
  12. 18 points
    Actually, I think Colts fans are long accustomed to not winning in the preseason. To the point where when we do win people are like 'wow, we won one of those'
  13. 18 points
    First off, the Colts' "standard" uniforms are hands-down some of the best in the league. The all-white road uniforms are *the* best road unis in the league (in my humble opinion). All that said, the blue-on-blue look is also fantastic. They look great on TV. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing these again at some point this year. Blue on Blue by Andrew R., on Flickr
  14. 17 points
    THIS is one of the most outdated views on the draft. There is nothing value-wise that should make a future pick worth less than a current year's pick. If I were a GM I'd abuse old time GMs who think future picks are worth less than current year picks. I'd always pick future 2nd over current year 3d. Over the long-term this is a GOLD MINE of value. It is only worth less for GMs who have no job-security, because they might be getting good value for the next guy. We don't have that problem, Ballard has good job security and is making the good decisions for the long term success of the team. This trade was a great value by any chart you can find out there. I LOVE it... if we didn't love Sweat or Tillery that is...
  15. 16 points
    I am opinionated. And so what? Are you making a point? It's ironic that you'd say I'm going out of my way to defend Luck. I'm not defending him, because he doesn't need defending. I'm simply calling out your ridiculous take, because I'm tired of seeing it spammed in every thread. You're not tougher than Andrew Luck because you bowled a 220 with a sore back, or because you played hockey, or because you rushed for four TDs for Polk High in the city championship game. It doesn't matter what injuries you've endured or played through, because you are not in the NFL. What you appear to be is resentful of professional athletes who make a bunch of money, driven by biases and unreasonable expectations. You appear to be the kind of poster who shows up and states a bunch of baseless and unfounded nonsense when things look rough, then disappears when you're proven wrong. You appear to be trolling, posting outrageous drivel, then slinking away when it blows up in your face. You're becoming (have become?) a caricature, a typical naysayer who points fingers when the team loses, then disappears when the team wins. Be better. You have knowledge, but you dismiss anything that doesn't support your already determined viewpoint, and you refuse to acknowledge when you're wrong, even when it's painfully obvious to everyone else. So yes, I am opinionated, and in my opinion, your way of posting lowers the quality of this board. And that's a shame because you could very easily be way more credible than you are, and with your supposed experience and background, that would be a great asset to this place (especially on this topic). Instead, you're obsessed with taking potshots and harping on everything the team does that you disagree with. And it's beyond tiresome at this point. Again, be better.
  16. 16 points
    The beauty of this draft is nobody HAS to start right away..... They just need to contribute and make more and more plays as the season wears on.
  17. 16 points
  18. 16 points
    The moment no one was waiting for... Pre-combine, based on limited film viewing and research (although I've watched at least a little of every draft pick shown below). I plan to do another one after the combine, before free agency starts, but who knows if I'll have watched enough more film to do anything meaningful. I'm adding some players in free agency to address some needs and upgrade some positions, and I'm letting some guys walk because I'm adding a different player that I like better. Geathers and Inman are gone; I'm re-signing Desir and I get the feeling some will think my contract projection for him isn't reasonable, but my mock can survive without him. Trying to get two-deep across the board. I think the thinnest spot winds up being OL. Numbers from OTC and Spotrac: Colts cap standing: 2019 projected cap of $189m (7% increase from 2018), rollover of $49m from 2018 = adjusted cap of ~$239m. As of now, including the Glowinski and AV contracts, the Colts have $131.4m committed in 2019, cap space of $107.7m (committed $88m in 2020, projected cap of $200m). Releases: none Colts free agents: Glowinski, three years, $16.2m, cap hits $3.5m, $6.15m, $6.65m Vinatieri, one year, $3.875m Desir, two years, $9m, cap hits $4m, $5m Hunt, one year, $3m Webb, one year, $1.5m Grissom, one year, $805k Rhodes, ERFA tender, one year, $645k Hewitt, one year, $805k Moore, one year, $900k Boehm, tender, $2.035m Milton, one year, $900k Farley, tender, $2.035m Travis, one year, $900k Rogers, tender, $2.035m Martin, tender, $645k Johnson, tender, $645k Geathers -- FA Inman -- FA Grant -- FA Woods -- FA Mitchell -- FA Wilcox -- FA Slauson -- retired > Added $20.2m to 2019 cap (approx $9.5m guaranteed), added $10m to 2020 cap (none guaranteed) >> New cap position in 2019 -- $144m committed, remaining cap space of approx $95m Free agent additions: Adrian Phillips, four years, $27.5m, $10m guaranteed (none in year 2), cap hits of $6.25m, 6.25m, 7.25m, 7.75m; starting SS, plays well in the box, nickel pass coverage, can play man, good tackler/run support, instinctive, good range on the back end Trey Flowers, five years, $87m ($17.4m/year), $50m guaranteed, $16.4m, 17.4m, 17.4m, 17.4m, 18.4m; edge rusher who lines up and plays effectively everywhere, gets a ton of QB pressures, only 26 next season so conceivably has more to show, just as good in run defense; paying a premium for a player I think is the best fit at a premium position Steven Nelson, three years, $24m, $9m guaranteed, cap hits of $7m, $8m, $9m; starting CB who can play man and zone, better in zone, feisty and competitive, good in run support, has enough quickness to play inside if necessary Cameron Fleming, two years, $7m, $1m guaranteed, cap hits $3.5m each; swing tackle, competition, depth, upside Adam Humphries, four years, $37m, 11.5m guaranteed, cap hits of $8.5m, $9m, $9.5m, $10m; starting wide receiver, good YAC receiver, gets separation quickly, makes tacklers miss Bryce Hager, one year, $1.2m; depth LB with range and quickness, decent tackler, special teamer Draft pool, approx $8m in 2019 > Added $51.9m to 2019 cap, approx $49m to 2020 cap (approx $20m guaranteed, including draft pool) >> New cap position in 2019 -- $196m committed (total), remaining cap space approx $48m >>> Committed $146m in 2020, rolling approx $35-40m from 2019, estimated cap space $88m Draft (conflicting info on the actual draft spots, especially past the third round, so I might be off by one here and there): 1/26 -- Deionte Thompson, Alabama, safety/dime defender, rangy, ball skills, aggressive tackler, capable in single high or in the box against TEs, allows for versatile usage of Hooker and other safeties, high ceiling prospect who probably slides out of the top 20 due to a recent, minor injury 2/34 -- Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State, DT, three tech, versatility and athleticism to play multiple spots, mostly an interior rusher who needs work to become an every down player, but can have an immediate impact if used in the right packages 2/59 -- Riley Ridley, Georgia, WR, good ball catcher, strong route runner, good after catch, good size and enough speed to make, can be new possession receiver and scoring threat 3-90 -- Vosean Joseph, Florida, ILB, rangy, athletic, can hit, needs refinement in all areas but has the tools and shows ability to perform on tape, easy fit for our defense 4/129 -- Josh Oliver, San Jose State, TE, good route runner, athletic pass catcher, capable blocker, I feel like he would be a second rounder in another draft, but this draft is loaded with TEs and I view him as a steal with the potential to be a high level player in the NFL 4/135 -- Elijah Holyfield, Georgia, RB, prototypical prospect for every down back in the NFL, big, strong, has athleticism to get to the second level, finishes well, needs work as a receiver and blocker 5/165 -- Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, edge, good production with 10 sacks as a junior, two serious injuries in the past but was solid in 2018, has good traits as a versatile defender with athleticism and length, needs technical work but has the tools to be a good DE 6/198 -- Derrick Baity, Kentucky, CB, long, decent athlete, plays the ball and makes plays in zone coverage 7/241 -- Garrett Brumfield, G, LSU, good movement and range as an interior blocker, feisty and eager to finish, refinement needed with hands and balance, but fits the new Colts OL mindset Depth chart (draft picks in bold, FA additions in italics, injury returns underlined) QB -- Luck, Brissett, Walker RB -- Mack, Hines, Wilkins, Holyfield WR -- Hilton, Humphries, Rogers, Cain, Ridley, Fountain, Pascal TE -- Doyle, Ebron, Oliver, Hewitt, Cox, Travis LT -- AC, Fleming, Garcia LG -- Nelson, Brumfield C -- Kelly, Boehm, Andrews RG -- Glowinski, Haeg RT -- Smith, Webb, Clark DT -- Autry, Hunt, Jones, Ridgeway, Stewart, Ward DE -- Flowers, Sheard, Lewis, Turay, Muhammed, Brailford, Grissom LB -- Leonard, Walker, Joseph, Franklin, Adams, Hager, S. Moore, Thomas CB -- Desir, Nelson, Wilson, K. Moore, Collins, Baity, Milton, Hairston S -- Hooker, Phillips, Thompson, Farley, Odum, Milligan K -- Vinatieri P -- Sanchez LS -- Rhodes Whatchu think?? GO COLTS!
  19. 15 points
    I saved 15% by switching to Geico
  20. 15 points
    Getting Reich instead of McDaniels is probably the best thing that could have happened for the Colts.
  21. 15 points
    Fans and media get enamored with free agency, but those experienced and shrewd in the business of making such team decisions on free agents have some basic rules dictated by their experience. I'm fortunate to have access to them and thoughts about them from some. (it is even edited for forum brevity) ******************************************** 80-85% of the time an FA is a bad value because a team has decided that a players projected production will no longer match the price his contract demands. 15-20% of the time, players can be on the market simply because teams are being squeezed by the cap. (too many good players to keep). These have higher value, but the scarcity drives up the price, so it still is not great value. Rarely do true difference makers hit FA, and they will be exceptionally expensive. Because of the salary cap impingement, a free agent must be productive (600+ plays per year) and have longevity. More mistakes are made in free agency at the cornerback position than any other. Never sign a player 27 or older to a 5 year deal, nor a 4 year deal for a player 28 and older. Never sign any high risk injury player to long term deal. You must evaluate the player, establish the schematic fit and establish the right price. Never, ever sign a player and change his technique or schematic fit. It just doesn’t work. Be cautious of the player who's production dramatically increases in their contract year. Teams are more likely to be paying for the production of that contract year while getting the lower production from those non contract years. The team needs to carry at least $6 million in cap resources (preferably $10 million) into the season for replacement(s) for injured players. This is after off season- FA signings Spending $6- 8 million for rookie draft pool Spending $1 million of cap space allocated for practice squad players Stick to your budget. If the team spends recklessly, there will inevitably come a time when there's a need for the money that you no longer have. Spending Tier I money on a Tier II player only inflates what you have to pay your own Tier I player when it is time. The salary cap eventually penalizes severely for overpaying players relative to what their production value is. Player must be at least a good or great 3rd down player. Any high priced FA must be on the field and productive for those critical downs. Do not sign a player for more than the team leader or your best player at that position. This about rewarding loyalty and maintaining a balanced cost structure within your team because otherwise it creates bad locker room chemistry. Players know. They do. Never believe that your locker room culture will change a person’s behavior. This is rarely the case and when it does work it is only on a minimum salary short deal. Giving a large money or long term deal in this situation RARELY works if ever. You're never 'one player away' from a Super Bowl because there is a 100% injury rate in this sport. Ignore the outside noise. A segment of the fan base will be unhappy. The local media will be unhappy, the agents will be unhappy and you are sure to hear that you are not trying to win. ** STAY FOCUSED—REMEMBER THE MISSION** Every one looks out for their own interest. You have to look out for the best interest for the team and stay focused on that. Set a price that is fair and if that price escalates, walk away. You are not in a church auction. You run a football team. If you do so, your cap will be well managed which is absolutely essential for sustained success and you will have the ability to sign your own free agents first. They are the priority when you are a good team, and you are a good team because you draft well. Always remember that the free agent you lose hurts you more than he helps his new team. This is why historical trends show that it takes a free agent changing teams and systems almost a year to fit and become really efficient. *********************************************************** I didn't write these excerpts, but written by one has been there and did the job before they penned a very long list. I trimmed it down slightly for the forum.
  22. 15 points
    I THINK that I am reasonably a smart guy......... (My wife of 25 years, may does think differently During FA last year........ I was clamoring for FA A, or FA B............ Ballard said "I will wait for value in FA" Result - He picked up an egg or two, but we brought in a few needed players..... he dumped the "eggs" HE WAS RIGHT....... I WAS WRONG During the draft last year, I was clamoring for a sexy pick...... Not a GUARD!!!! Ballard SAID........ "I will build the lines FIRST" Result - Believed to be the best single draft of last year. Of 32 Teams..... thats special Its a LONG way from now......... but there is a decent, not THAT remote, if the player can stay healthy, CHANCE that his top 2 picks MAY wear a yellow jacket some day HE WAS RIGHT........ I WAS WRONG This year........ I am hoping for a specific FA pick or two that I think we need....... If we dont get MY choice..... I am not going to wet my pants I think you have to give benefit of the doubt to CB https://www.stampedeblue.com/2019/3/12/18261988/does-spending-big-in-free-agency-translate-to-success Quote from Article The raw data shows that just 37% (9/24) of the 6 biggest spenders in Free-Agency made the Playoffs the following year. As the success of a football team depends on a lot of different factors other than free-agency spending, take the data with a grain of salt. Injuries happen, and a player a franchise considered a sure-bet ends up failing. Something to consider.....
  23. 15 points
  24. 14 points
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  26. 14 points
    As far as LBs go, how quickly they read and react is what will determine their success. I know we all get enamored with the RAS scores but I felt that Ballard put more stock into those mainly with his skill position players and OL/DL more than anything else, not across the board. If you looked at Darius Leonard's RAS score, it was by no means a good one amongst the 2018 draft class: https://relativeathleticscores.com/2018/03/06/2018-nfl-draft-class-ras-relative-athletic-scores/ It was his intelligence and instincts that propelled him to where he is now. That is why Bobby Okereke and E J Speed were drafted, their instincts and the ceiling Ballard and the coaches felt each of them had. When they play Kelce with the Chiefs, Keenan Allen with the Chargers, Michael Thomas with the Saints, McCaffrey with the Panthers etc., guys who relish those underneath zones, that is when we will find out if we have taken a step forward.
  27. 14 points
    Love Ballard's tease at the end. "I'll see you all Thursday... or maybe not, maybe Friday".
  28. 14 points
    hey look, the Patriots being caught on video again doing something illegal.
  29. 13 points
    He looks like a bum. Let's get rid of him, I think we could get Kirk Cousins for him.
  30. 13 points
    Genuinely feel terrible for Reece. I was following him on social media, he had a crazy year last year. I think he had a daughter, lost a close member of family, all the time trying to acclimatize to being a pro. Look we all know he found his rookie season tough, he would be the first to admit that, but thats common for alot of rookies. I honestly believe the true character of a person is learning from the tough times in your life and coming back stronger and better. And he truely did that and was playing brilliantly during training camp to the point where he was going to make the 53 with the form he was in, when most of us wrote him off from the start. Honestly it breaks my heart hearing about this. People on social media will know there wasn't a day going by when there was a photo of him during the offseason working out, to being the best he could be. Seeing all the teammates go over to him, they knew, everyone knew, just hard hard he was working. Life is tough man.
  31. 13 points
    Lets take a look at the current 90 man roster as training camp looms QB- Luck, Brissett, Walker, Kelly 2019 is a critical year for Andrew mostly because this is the first year where he has a complete team imo. This needs to be a MVP campaign for Luck to finally establish himself as the best QB in the league and to bring indy a title. Brissett is an interesting case as he is under his final year and I can't see him re-signing to be a backup. It wouldn't surprised me to see a potential trade at the deadline for a team where their starting QB is either under performing or gets hurt especially if we can get something better then a late 3rd which is basically guaranteed. My best guess would be the bucs especially if Winston continues to struggle. Arians does not seem like a patient guy. As for Walker and Kelly, its gonna be an interesting pre-season seeing these two compete. Not sure Kelly can beat Walker, but I don't think its out of the question. RB-Mack, Ware, Hines, Wilkins, Williams Im expecting big things for Mack especially if he can stay healthy. I don't think 1300 yards and 10 tds is out of the question. Ware will get us the hard yards and do the dirty work on third down. Hines will continue to be our change of pace back. Im actually really interested to see him and campbell on the field at the same time. Wilkins is important depth especially if something happens to Mack or Ware. Williams seems locked for the PS unless someone gets hurt. WR-Hilton, Funchess, Campbell, Cain, Rogers, Pascal, Johnson, Fountain, Ishamel, Hogan, Hart, Dulin, Veasy This could be a big year for Hilton because defenses can't just focus on him especially with all the speed (Mack, Campbell, Hines) and size (Funchess, Ebron) we'll have the on the field and then you have a wildcard in Cain. Funchess could be the eagles version of Jeffery in this offense. My concern is that our past luck with one year rental WRs haven't panned out. Im really excited what Campbell brings to our offense especially in the YAC game. If he has a hilton rookie year type of production, hilton can have a career year. As for everyone after that, its an open competition. I know a lot of people are excited for Cain, but I need to see him in a real game. Him, Rogers, and Pascal will most likely be the WRs trying to make the roster. As for the rest of the wrs on the roster, Fountain and Ishamel have the most to prove for even with all the issues at WR last year, they couldn't even crack the rotation and we needed a wr off the street to help our offense. TE- Ebron, Doyle, Allie-Cox, Travis, Hentges, Brown, Holmes The biggest impact imo will be the return of Doyle. Don't get me wrong, Ebron was great last year, but Doyle is still the top option at TE with his all around game being an intricate part of our offense. Im not saying we would have beat the chiefs with Doyle, but his sure hands would have made a difference in a game with that weather. Ebron will still be a monster for this offense, but I think his role is mostly gonna be on third down and in the red zone. I see us using Doyle and Allie-cox more just because of how better they are in the run game and that is what Reich wants to do more of. Travis and Hentges have the best chance of making the roster if we tend to keep 4 TEs and I think we will. I think Hentges can beat out Travis just because he can block, but can be an option in the passing game as well. Alabama just never used him in that type of role. OL-AC, Nelson, Kelly, Glowinski, Smith, Webb, Haeg, Boehm, Poehls, Garcia, Clark, Siragusa, Andrews, Eldrenkamp, Barton This oline is by far the best oline of the Luck era in terms of talent and depth. AC is a stalwart on the line. Nelson brings a nasty presences to the line that has been infused to the rest of the line. Kelly is a top 5 talent at center. Glowinski is a mauler and as Luck called him a tough son of a b..... Smith is a people mover with Nelson-like strength. Haeg is a swish army knife that can play anywhere in the line. Boehm is solid at center and can even play Guard if needed. My only issues I have is regression from Glowinski or Smith and the lack of depth at LT. For this line to continue their success, Glowinski and Smith need to continue to show their progression. As for the LT depth, Webb, Garcia, and Clark do not give me much confidence in case AC goes down. Haeg stepped in when AC got hurt, but you can see the line was not playing at the same level until AC returned. DL-Sheard, Autry, Hunt, Houston, Turay, Lewis, Stewart, Muhammad, Benogu, Ward, Reid, Phillips, Gwacham, Green, Shippy, Nicolas This can be the most depth we've had at our dline ever. While there is plenty of potential at pass rush, the biggest strength was in the run game which is surprising considering the lack of size on the dline. Their ability to penetrate and get into the back field make up for the lack of size. The pass rush does have several players that can get after the QB, but the question is how well the pass rush will be consistently. Houston and Sheard should be the main pass rush along with Autry, but the rush will only be as good if Turay, Lewis, benogu are able to contribute as well along with key depth in Ward and Muhammad. LB-Leonard, Walker, Okereke, Adams, Speed, Franklin, Moore, Thomas, T.Thomas Leonard and Walker have the potential to be our Bobby Wagner and K.J Wright. Both bring speed, toughness, and tackling ability. Their the leaders of the defense imo. The depth has potential, but it is also very unproven. Adams is a fierce hitter so I see him playing at SAM more often then Benogu. Okereke can be a good LBer to match against TEs and RBs, but I do not see him playing on run downs. Speed will most likely make the team depending on how he does in STs. CB-Desir, Moore, Wilson, Ya-Sin, Hairston, Collins, Milton, Tell, Taylor Perhaps the group with the most potential. All of our corners are lengthy, physical, and sure hitters. No one is a shut down corner, but in this defense, that is more of a luxury. Desir, Moore, and Wilson are the best trio of corners we have had in a long time along with Ya-sin in the wing to groom who imo has shut down corner upside. Hairston and Collins will be a battle at TC with Milton perhaps having the upper hand with his ability on STs. I am excited to see how the colts tend to use Tell. He has the length, but probably the least physical of our corners. S-Geathers, Hooker, Farley, Odum, Willis, Kindred, Milligan, Johnson Geathers is the most unappreciated player on the team imo. Geathers provides the back bone to our defense with his tackling and his Bob Sanders like closing speed. Hooker has pro bowl talent as his roaming ability was getting back to his rookie year by the end of the season. It was evident how much the defense is effected when he is out of the line up in the chiefs game. As soon as Hooker learns to bait QBs, he will be creating a lot of turnovers. Farley, Odum, and Willis I see all playing a role in the mid-range coverage with Willis playing more matchup based coverages.
  32. 13 points
    People are going to be wondering how he fell to us and got paired up with Luck.
  33. 13 points
    Not to mention luck and manning both being 30.
  34. 13 points
  35. 13 points
    Concur. I will say his strategy is very sound and works well for us. It also is something that I think should make players happy. He is basically making an offer and if they think they can do better he is saying "hey we want you back but if you want to see what's out there, please do what's best for you and your family. go shop around and then come back to us. if it works and we can match then great. if not, at least you did what is best for you and no hard feelings." I would love that of an employer. It doesn't work for everyone (think R.Melvin who seemed angry and then allegedly took less to leave us), but for most people this would be a culture you would embrace and want to be a part of.
  36. 13 points
    Quick notes: - Talks about combine interview questions that the Colts ask. He says that they watch tape with a lot of players and put good and bad plays on there. They want the player to explain the play and make them understand why they did what they did and if they understand what all of the other players are doing. They also want to see if the players are going to place blame on the other players for their mistakes or own up to them. -Ballard is very down to earth and actually lets out a couple F bombs and some other adult words” lol -Says “F***” that” in what others think about their picks and those who complain and worry about unknown players. States they are going to keep drafting players that aren’t always known because “That’s what they do!” -Says that he doesn’t go crazy over combine grades. Says team focuses what player shows on tape. -Ballard says team can learn almost 50%-70% more about a players health at combine because college teams keep pretty quiet about it. -Colts REALLY care about drafting and building within the organization. Ballard says he will continue to be very “strategic” when signing FA. Says money will mainly be used to sign own guys but not oblivious that only drafting would take forever. Still wants to focus on building locker room. -Talks about a bit of his FA signing and that he is totally fine letting players leave if they feel they can make better money elsewhere. He said sometimes players get upset about that. -Also states that it is important for players to find their spot and roll on the team. Uses Chester Rogers as an example. Not trying to be #1 but being reliable. -States that his draft strategy is best player available. -Will always put O-Line and D-Line before other positions. Firmly believes those positions win games.
  37. 12 points
    Hey friends. I am live at grand park today. Going to take some diligent notes and write up everything I see today and post it after practice.
  38. 12 points
    If TY keeps it up I feel good about his chances of making the team.
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  40. 12 points
    He's the only draft pick that was announced as a future Hall of Famer. He wants to be compensated accordingly.
  41. 12 points
    We've noticed more outreach from the Colts media department. This is evidently the reason why. https://www.colts.com/news/colts-productions-is-changing-the-way-you-see-your-team
  42. 12 points
  43. 12 points
    Colts Fans, Man, I just couldn't take anymore of the talk about Funchess, his drops, his speed, he's not a legit number two receiver etc. I do live in NFC South country so I do see a lot of Panther games and always thought highly of Funchess so I went to all the video I could find and here are my humble conclusions on the guy. 1. He catches almost everything with his hands, he let's very few balls get in on him and when he does that's when he has some trouble but this guy has very strong hands! 2. He catches the ball in traffic extraordinarily well, I would go so far as to say 4.5/5. 2a. You could make the case he lacks separation speed but that's not necessarily what the tape shows. More what the tape shows is a lot of designed throws to Funchess no matter the coverage and Newton seemed to throw to him in traffic without hesitation, that to me speaks volumes. The throws in traffic could be the reason for the drops, frankly, what I saw I would rate him well above the likes of Pierre Garcon as an example we can relate to. 3. He can and will run every route. 4. He plays faster than his 40. 5. He high points the ball very well. 6. I see a guys who's every bit of a number two receiver, in fact, he appears to be closer to a one than a three. 7. He plays to his size (a lot of big WR's don't). I would be very excited about Hilton, Funchess, Inman combo. Ok to call me crazy. I've been wrong before...I'll be wrong again!
  44. 12 points
    Can you be more pacific?
  45. 11 points
    Is it too late to get him his helmet?
  46. 11 points
  47. 11 points
    A part of Brandt's criteria is that the Eagles have significant, proven contributors under contract well into the future. A lot of those guys are top five at their position -- Cox, Ertz, Kelce, who he named. Even Wentz, while not top five overall, had an MVP caliber season a couple years ago. I also think Colts fans overrate some players on our roster. I like where the OL is headed, but the Eagles have had a top five OL for three or four years now. Ebron had a productive year, but in a specific role; Doyle is a nice utility player who is dependable (when healthy); Ertz is better than both of them. Our secondary and receiver corps are almost entirely unproven. I think 10-ish is appropriate for the Colts. I don't see that ranking as a diss at all. After all, just a couple seasons ago, people had the Colts as a bottom five roster. One good season doesn't take us to the top of the league.
  48. 11 points
    1. Never dismiss a rape allegation. They should always be taken seriously. 2. This report is from 1 website. Wait for other outlets to confirm. As of the time I'm posting this, it's the only website to mention Okereke involved in this. Google "Bobby Okereke rape". The reddit thread is the only one that came up. 3. There are serious issues with the Title IX process over the past few years. 4. "Innocent until proven guilty" and "Take every rape allegation seriously" are not mutually exclusive.
  49. 11 points
    Ebron has done all the things you want when you sign a free agent. He has played at a high level, been good in the locker room, and has endeared himself to the fan base. I admit when they first signed Ebron I was nervous, but he has quickly become one of my favorite Colts.
  50. 11 points
    I'm done. Collins goes for $14 million and we sign a garbage receiver in Funchess for $13 million. F Ballard. Can't take this anymore.
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