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  1. Even if we had our choice of FA QBs, or QBs in the Draft, with our schedule next year, a .500 record would be EPIC. I think with Brissett we might win 5 or 6. (If you haven't seen our home/away schedule I had to have us win all 3 home division games and Cincy just to find 4 home wins and 4 road wins was no easy feat either). If we go 7-9 or worse with anything other than a promising rookie I think Ballard will be on the hottest of seats and in listening to this interview I think he knows it. He has to roll the dice on a rookie. He has the luxury of sitting him behind Brissett for a year and that buys him another year to debut and succeed against FAR easier competition the next year. I think they'd have to be sniffing the playoffs at that point or we'll have all new coaches and GM and a failing 3rd year QB which could set us back to a place we haven't been since the darkest days. Many forget or are too young to recall but prior to Manning we had Jim Harbaugh Capt. Comeback, so it's going back to the Jeff George/Eric Dickerson Jack Trudeau Mike Pagel etc. Losing dog years. We are a Ballard solution/pick from becoming a basketball city again. DD could have asked him about that but didn't. Instead he tossed up softball conspiracy theories that even if true weren't going to be answered in any case so it was a missed opportunity. Our tiny market has been blessed by great success of our two Pro Sports teams. But the risk of becoming irrelevant because FAs don't want to come here without a real chance to win it all is real. That could spiral in a lot of ways. It all rests in Ballard's hands along with some luck. I like his chances, not that it matters, nor can we do anything about it anyway.
  2. I agree, I would be fine with Osweiler for a year AND Walker/Kelly at the same time. Our 53rd player is usually never suited up.. having options all season at QB seems a better use of spot 53.
  3. Chad has been playing against 3rd and 4th team players mostly. Even in the Chicago game it was 2nd team and lower. We haven't seen him play #1 talent. I hope we don't get a chance because Jacoby plays so well. Leaders don't let "Denver" happen. We have leaders on Offense across the line, TE'S and Hilton. Maybe that would be enough.. I agree he looked the best during PreSeason, just no apples to apples comparisons talent wise. SD was going to be a longshot to win with Luck. Any idea our hopes now? I am more concerned week 2 against TN. That will be key.
  4. Here's an article about Brissett that some might have missed: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001044263/article/jacoby-brissett-set-up-to-succeed-after-andrew-lucks-retirement?icampaign=trendingNews
  5. That's because from about 10 on down there is very little difference. I don't see him as worse than 10 other starting QB's. And I see very little difference outside of team personnel and coaching past the top half. Do you think there's much difference? Since some are challenging me to name even 1 worse starting QB, I will ask you, do you think we are getting the #1 pick next year? I don't think we'll be anywhere near it. With a completely dysfunctional team/coach/gm and zero prep Jacoby still finished above 2 other teams. Luck was top 3, the drop off after about 8 is tremendous.. after 15 is enormous and I see little to no difference between his talent and bottom half QBs. I only see differences in the other team personnel and coaching/GMs. Guess we'll soon see. I only saw Luck winning 9-10 games with this schedule (as did Vegas). So if Jacoby can keep us from losing 11 games he's met or exceeded expectations by the league. I think he can keep us around .500, not more than 2 games off of Luck. Our schedule was easy last year and we won 10. This year our division has the toughest road. If he could win 8 I think that would be impressive. 9 could win us the division or wildcard if the AFC South beat each other up. 10 would be like Luck played. 6+ would beat Vegas expectations. Now more than ever this is a team record, not a top tier QB achievement.
  6. But's and if's... does it matter anymore? Luck seems to have gotten hurt doing something other than football this time around for sure. We know 100% that no one on the Colts caused it. There is plenty of reason to speculate if the shoulder was football related as well. In which case this is all solely on Luck. Additionally, people keep saying "he had a kidney laceration that he played through" but that isn't the story. Sure, he got hit and it got lacerated. I have had a kidney laceration as well. Guess what? It doesn't hurt. Yes, it is dangerous and damaged and had to heal, but he finished the game unaware until later it was damaged. Every player in the NFL that plays is playing hurt after game one. By the end of the season they are often very banged up and in pain game after game. College players experience the same things. So it isn't unusual that he played through it. The O Line sucked like about half of them do. This is an obvious league wide problem. Kids in college don't often play pro style against top tier opponents so they either dominate their opponents easily 8 of 11 games, or the schemes are such that they don't have to maintain blocks as long so they never learn how to play properly. If they played against top talent 90% of the time like the NFL, they'd learn. And if they had to practice twice as much and twice as long as they once did, at least early in their career, they'd be more prepared. But they keep negotiating less practice and now teams like the Rams barely practice at all. But Luck is a memory and Brissett is the now. If he sucks, bringing in guys like Osweiler, who have their own issues, is the best we can do because let's face facts.. Luck screwed everyone waiting til now, fans, team, coaches, GM etc. So we take what we can get, be glad our back up isn't much much worse as in past years, and see if the rest of the team can come through. I'd be happy with a competitive team that is in games all season. A winning record would be wonderful. Sniffing or getting in the playoffs is a lot to expect but if Brissett exceeds expectations, we may yet have something to look forward to on Sundays around here. If not, the Pacers start in October. Miami... you asked for one, I gave you one.
  7. I don't get why people aren't excited that we "lucked out" (great pun for this) having Jacoby on the Roster because it is likely he would have/will get signed as a starter by another team next year. We already have him, have a history and a whole year audition with a playoff caliber team. If he gets us in or even close to the playoffs with this schedule, he's our guy. And THAT would be a great result from a terrible situation. Sure, we need a better back up for 2 games.. I think Osweiler would be perfect. I would even keep BOTH on the roster as long as possible to see them compare to each other. One might be our long term back up and imagine if Jacoby could help us to a winning season and we also had another top tier backup? Brissett is getting massive short shrift by media and fans alike. I am on vacation in Wisconsin and I've worn a Colts cap and had over a dozen people stop me to talk about Luck and 100% of them followed the question with "Brissett just isn't good enough to fill in" to which I said, "we are so lucky to have a top tier back up already in house, it could be so much worse and it might be surprisingly good in the end." I think the only place Jacoby might not be up to muster is processing speed of trouble spots. Luck was a great improviser and Jacoby seems fairly vanilla. But if the right plays are called, the right preparation is done, he can physically match :Luck. His arm is slightly stronger and he's big and tough and healthy. He may not be as quick, but we don't want him running anyway unless it is wide open. Hopefully he learned last year from Luck to get down and get rid of the ball, something it took Luck sitting out a season to learn. I think things could be so much worse. I figure Brissett is in the 15-22 range of QB's in the league. If Ballard and Reich have built the way they say they are building, that might be enough to win. The Colts only win with strong defense and a run game, whether it was Manning or Harbaugh or Luck (which is why Luck's era had no real chance of making it all the way until this year). Which would shock you more? We finish 5-11 this year or we play in and win a playoff game? I'd be more shocked if we lost 11 games. And if Brissett pulled that off, he's held up to Luck's productivity for any given season but one. And if he keeps his INTs down, his likely smaller TD rate won't harm us as much.
  8. Well, apparently Irsay disagrees with you, but then you're JVan and he'a a nobody. I don't see Crocket or the defenders on the ring.. how could Irsay be so clueless you say?
  9. I agree... no point in ever saying his name again... he is elsewhere doing other things he'd rather do in life. I do feel bad for all those kids (and anyone else frankly) who got stuck with useless #12/Luck jerseys. I wonder if they will buy all that stuff back like the long snapper offered to buy season tickets back? I am guessing... not so much.
  10. Rather than admit your mistake, you deflect. That's a weak move. But alas... The point is that Luck collapsed in the playoffs all 4 times having poor games. Harbaugh playing very hurt got us a single play in the endzone from the Super Bowl Luck never got remotely close. Harbaugh had a weaker team and Faulk, their best player was out. Luck had Hilton and some other solid players during his run compared to that team. Harbaugh did not quit on the team but rather played through his serious injury and tried to get the Colts to the Super Bowl, then he was sent packing to Baltimore. He clearly deserved a spot on the ring. If Luck had at least retired after the season pre-Free Agency and draft, that would have given the team a shot at a QB this year and/or at least prepped them better to be ready to move on. Luck's accomplishments were solid, no question, but there have been a LOT of excellent position players over the years who will never get a whiff of the ring. I think well after Hilton and Vinateri are up there and perhaps Constanzo if he has a few more productive seasons, then it makes sense to consider him. But who else is on a ring of honor that retired in their 20's without ever being All Pro, MVP or playing in a Super Bowl or championship? Aside from someone who died early etc. I can only think of a tiny number of players from the modern era who might fit that, and they may have been more decorated in their careers. But make no mistake, he WILL be in the ring.. that is 100% assured. Whether he deserves to be among the HOFers and ALL Time Colts, that another issue. He had 4 good seasons as a Colt. He led the league in TD passes one time and made the Pro-Bowl 4 times. There are a lot of guys in the Colts history who had really good runs during 4 years at their position. They won't get in, but Luck will because of his name and peoples infatuation with recency and popularity.
  11. Read much? LUCK got beat by KC, the RAVENS and the PATRIOTS. I stopped reading after that since you're not even aware of what you are replying to.
  12. Yup.. a tipped ball away from being the greatest play in teams history. Or, a blown refs call. Plus, the Colts played KC at home and should have won that game. Those Colts probably shouldn't have made the playoffs, certainly didn't have anyone on the team close to Luck or Hilton or any of the other good players the Colts had in the KC game. So Luck brought back a favored team that was clearly under performing in that game. Definitely impressive to bring it back to where it should have been in the first place. Those 95 Colts were more impressive as a team in my view. And they never got blown out by the Patriots or shut down by Baltimore or KC like Luck did each time. Is Luck worthy for the Ring of Honor? Jury is out. His only "achievement" was bring a bad team to the playoffs. 3 times. Now he's bailed out and we'll always wonder what if. Harbaugh played seriously hurt in that game. Luck didn't want to play on a hurt ankle any longer. Tough call.
  13. It was not nothing as you seem to imply by this dismissal. https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2016/01/21/1995-indianapolis-colts-jim-harbaugh-aaron-bailey-afc-championship-game-ted-marchibroda/78291676/
  14. Myles, I think it really depends on Oladipo. How soon and how good is he when he comes back., If he's the old Victor, I think they could challenge for 3-5th. If he's just not the same, we'll be 6-8th and likely out in Round 1 again. And with little cap space going forward, it will be tough to do better than 4th-8th if the current team can't crack the top 3. On the other hand, if Vic comes back in December and plays well, we'll have the best defensive backcourt in the league. It might all come down to if Sabonis can defend a Power Forward out to the line and coexist effectually on Offense. They pretty much have to switch on O and D. Sabonis plays the 4 on Defense and the 5 on Offense and vice versa. To be honest, I am now way more excited about the Pacers than the Colts now.
  15. I never argued that.. and yet he clearly took a super mediocre team and got us a jump ball from the Super Bowl. Luck had a series of collapses in each playoff ending game. The Pats blew us out each time we played. Don't you remember "Captain Comeback" and his heroics? They rivaled Luck's KC playoff comeback. You might be too young?
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