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  1. Grant failed a physical for Baltimore, which is why that deal didn't go down. Totally missing the point of my post -- he was set to make $7.25 mil/year over 4 years... we got him on a 1 year $5 mil deal. I don't really think he's disappointed. He's playing at the same level as the best year of his 5 year career. The point was, we signed Grant to a low-risk (potentially high-reward) contract to fill a major need on this year's team. When we signed DHB, Andre Johnson, and Hakeem Nicks, it seemed as though the front office and ownership were declaring them as big time receivers who would take this team over the top. None of them played any better than Grant in playing, and Grant wasn't hyped up like any of the others.... he was signed to fill a need to a contract which put the team at no risk.
  2. He was offered 4 years/$29 mil ($7.25 mil/year) by Baltimore. He took 1 year/$5 mil from Indy. I really don't think we were expecting him to be more than a 'low level #2.' Maybe some hope he could emerge as a higher tier #2, but I think we really just needed some WR depth. In contrast, we let Moncrief walk and the Jags signed him to 1 year/$9.6 mil. He has 33 catches, 488 yards, 3 TDs in 10 games, compared to Grant with 29 catches, 291 yards, 1 TD in 8 games. The market often dictates what players can sign for. We saved $4.6 mil by signing Grant over Moncrief and he's producing at a very similar level (with 2 more games played, I think he'd probably have the same amount or more catches, maybe a few less yards and about the same amount of TDs). I think it was a low-risk/high-reward signing to fill an area of desperate need for one year. Irsay wasn't blowing up twitter/social media about it like we were expecting him to be a big game-changer... we're still in very good cap shape, and the coaches/FO can address the WR group more this off-season if they see fit.
  3. I wouldn't compare Grant to DHB, Nicks or Johnson. We expected all 3 of them to come in and be very productive for us, but none of them wore (Nicks and Johnson had too much wear on their tires and DHB just wasn't good for us). Grant came in to be a role player and, IMO, didn't have near the same expectations placed on him as the other guys. Also, keep in mind -- Grant was brought into compete for snaps in this offense. DHB, Nicks and Johnson were all expected to be sure-fire #1 or #2 WRs and expected to produce at high levels. They were all overpaid, as well. Grant was brought in to fill a small role on this team, and he's doing basically what was expected of him. Grant's best year (last year) he had 45 receptions, 573 yards and 4 TDs. This year he's on pace for 46 receptions, 460+ yards and 2+ TDs. Basically producing at the level he was brought in to produce at and similar to what we could expect of him at his ceiling. A. Johnson came into Indy coming off years of 112, 109, and 85 catches and he had 41 for us. Grigson overpaid a guy who had near nothing left in his tank. Despite coming off injury, I think we all expected Nicks to be a ~1,000 yard WR for us.. he got us 405 yards. I think many expected DHB to be a ~1,000 yard WR for us (especially after all Irsay's hype/tweeting) and he had 309 for us... They were all major busts... Grant's doing more or less what was expected of him coming into Indy.
  4. Haeg has gotten stronger each year. I really don't think that's much of an issue anymore.... if Good was a good as gone, he wouldn't have made the roster this year... Clark seems to have the most upside out of the 3 and would be ideal if he could adjust to the NFL as a RT and move Smith inside. I'm not really sure what you mean by 'elite bla bla bla...' If Glowinski is going to be looking for top dollar after having his first good/above average season in 4 years, we have guys in house that likely can perform at a very similar level without breaking the bank.
  5. Even without Slauson back, we have Joe Haeg, Le'Raven Clark and Denzelle Good (and potentially J'Marcus Webb). I'm really liking what Glowinski's been doing, but if he's demanding a lot of dollars, you would hope Haeg, Clark or Good have developed enough to be able to play either RG or RT and allow for Braden Smith to continue to excel at the other. Or, perhaps, J'Marcus Webb or Slauson will be healthy enough. Haeg's big knock coming out of school was his lack of strength, but he's addressed that and seems versatile enough to play well (probably not great) anywhere on this OL. Good's knock was he was from such a small school and still very raw. He seems to have all the physical traits and as our coaching staff improves along with the talent around him, I still have some hope he can play in this league. Clark's knock was he played at Texas Tech who doesn't require their linemen to play pro-style. Here's from his NFL.com scouting report: "He's going to end up being big time in our league. He's got elite foot quickness, he's long and he's smart. He'll keep getting better once he gets to a pro offense and away from that stuff Texas Tech does and he'll become one of the top five tackles in our league." -- NFC personnel director Long-story short.... I think Glowinski is doing a fine job, but don't think he's an elite OL by any means. Often times, however, you see guys have a good season and demand elite money (and plenty of teams will be spending, probably overspending $ to boost their OL this offseason). If Glowinski demands elite money, I think we're probably just fine with what we have in house.
  6. I think we could easily be 5-3 with wins over PHI, HOU and CIN. You're correct, the 32 point margin against BUF skews a bit.... but, we were ready to tie or go ahead on CIN and Doyle's fumble which was returned for a TD very late in game takes it from being a win, tie, or 1 score loss to a 2 score loss.
  7. Out of the 15 teams in the NFL with losing records, only the Colts (+18) and Cowboys (+17) have positive point differentials. Obviously, I'd rather have a winning record than a positive point differential, but IMO, this shows we're not as bad as our record reflects.
  8. It doesn't mean Ballard didn't see any value in the trade market. It means he didn't see any short term fix available players worth giving up our future for (e.g., a lot of rumors we were talking to OAK about Amari Cooper, but likely Ballard didn't see him as worthy of throwing away a first rounder on like Cowboys did). Brissett is one of the best back-up QBs in the league. Irsay said before the season that it'd basically be impossible for another team to lure him from us this season with Andrew still untested. Or perhaps Ballard and Co. realize we're 2 games out of being first place in the division at the halfway point and if we can string together a few more wins we've got a legitimate shot at contending for the AFC South title. Luck has looked great, but if we need to win a game with Luck on the bench later in the year, Brissett gives us that opportunity moreso than any other available QB.
  9. We were in great position to win the Cincy and Philadelphia games.... we lost by a FG in overtime after a failed 4th down conversion against Houston and lost by 1 score to NYJ (IMO, our worst loss). We also were gaining momentum against NE before Pascal dropped a ball that hit him right in the hands for a first down and wound up getting picked. We're a young team, so we need to learn how to win and get used to winning. Hopefully these last 2 weeks helped with that. And HOU just got Demaryius Thomas... they're going to be a tough team to defend.
  10. Only $50 mil in cap space.... is a lot to be under the cap. This is why some have criticized Ballard for not going after a few big name/high profile guys in FA because we have the cap to do it, he's just not wasting money on it. @hoosierhawk hit the nail on the head... Grigs didn't say it............... but he went out and overpaid Ricky Jean-Francois, Laron Landry, Samson Satele, Tom Zbikowski, Greg Toler, Donald Thomas, Darius Heyward-Bey, Arthur Jones, Hakeem Nicks, Andre Johnson, Trent Cole, Todd Herremans.... to name a few... and wasted a first-round draft pick on Trent Richardson, etc..... he also made Gosder Cherilus the highest paid RT in the NFL (Cherilus' career got cut short by injuries he had prior to becoming a Colt, so I wasn't sure if I should put him in the list above). See the list above.
  11. Barkley is an absolute stud. Darnold may be a franchise QB, but I get the sense the Giants' brass didn't think he'd pan out and it seems like they were very high on Lauletta.... they also had Davis Webb on their roster (a 2017 3rd round pick) that they may have been high on even though he didn't pan out (don't forget, he was brought in under an old coaching regime). Probably a reason why there are people who make 100's of thousands of dollars who get to make decisions for NFL teams and why other people like you and I post on message boards.... Barkley, behind a cruddy OL, is 2nd in the NFL in all-purpose yards, only behind Todd Gurley.... imagine what he'll do when they give him a line to run behind.
  12. Barkley's one of the best RBs in the league and probably the best player on the G-men right now... that team has a lot of holes across the board.. sure, they need line help, etc.. but Barkley is a once in a generation player and he looks very good so far.
  13. I agree it's tough between Reggie and Edge for what they did on the field. My thought with Edge was that he really was a bell cow and, IMO, one of the 2 best RBs in the league for the majority of his career. Reggie was the 2nd best WR on our team for most of his career, and even though he was here for 14 years, he only had 4 years with 100+ catches and only had a very good season when he was our #1 WR in Luck's rookie year. Edge was exceptional for us from day 1 aside from when he got hurt. Dungy I put on there because he led this team to the most wins by any team in a decade in NFL history, which is very impressive. Jim Mora didn't seem to be able to get it done with Peyton and Co. Dungy is a HOFer and he built that team, helped us win a superbowl and was a class act all the way. Even though Caldwell took us to a SB after Dungy left, that was still Dungy's team (IMO). Of course, having Peyton helped tremendously, but Dungy did the same thing in TB... he built a team that was on the brink of the SB and the year he left Gruden took them there... then, like Indy, the 2nd season Dungy was away in TB the teams kind of fell apart. The way I look at it is... for the Indy-era Colts.... is we have 4 100% sure fire HOFers: Tony Dungy (already in) Marvin Harrison (already in) Peyton Manning (first-ballot, no doubt) Adam Vinatieri (though, he did quite a bit with the Pats and is a K) I think Edge, Freeney, Wayne all get in, though none are locks or first/second ballot guys (maybe Freeney, but doubt it).... I think Mathis is going to be on the bubble, but think his late-career PED suspension is going to look bad to voters... and then Saturday will be on the ballot, but I don't think he ever gets in. I think it's pretty hard to justify a K on 'Mount Rushmore'... there's my logic for keeping Dungy, Manning and Marvin... then I guess it'd be a toss-up between Edge, Freeney and Wayne. I choose Edge.
  14. Good thing voting for HOF isn't based on off-field issues (I'm sure it is to some extent) or Marv probably would have had to wait longer. I think he should have been first-ballot, based on what he did on the field. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Harrison Look at these records from Marv: Most receptions in a single season with 143, set in 2002 Most receptions in a 7 season period (731), 1999–2005; 8 season period (826), 1999–2006; 9 season period (885), 1998–2006; 10 season period (958), 1997–2006; 11 season period (1,022), 1996–2006 Most games in a career with at least 8 receptions (51), 9 receptions (32), 11 receptions (12), 12 receptions (8) Most consecutive games with at least 6 receptions (16) and 9 receptions (6) Most consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdowns (11) – shared with Jerry Rice, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Terrell Owens, Frank Gore Most consecutive seasons with at least 6 touchdowns (11) – shared with Terrell Owens, Jerry Rice, Don Hutson Most consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdown receptions (11) – shared with Jerry Rice, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Terrell Owens Most consecutive seasons with at least 6 touchdown receptions (11) – shared with Jerry Rice, Don Hutson Most consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdown receptions (8) Most consecutive seasons with at least 11 touchdown receptions (4)-tied with Lance Alworth, Art Powell Most consecutive seasons with at least 14 touchdown receptions (2)-tied with Jerry Rice Consecutive seasons with 1,400+ receiving yards (4); 1999–2002 Consecutive seasons with 82+ receptions (8); 1999–2006 Most games in a single season (2002) with at least 6 receptions (15), 7 receptions (12)-broken by Antonio Brown, 8 receptions (12), 9 receptions (10)-tied by Julio Jones, 11 receptions (5) Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the NFL record for most completions between a Wide Receiver and Quarterback with 953. Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the NFL record for passing touchdowns between a WR and QB with 112. Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the NFL record for passing yards between a WR and QB with 12,756. Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the NFL record for completions in a season between a WR and QB with 143 in 2002. First player to record 2 seasons of 1,600 yards receiving in NFL history, (1999 & 2002). (Torry Holt became the 2nd, (2000 & 2003), Antonio Brown became the 3rd (2014 & 2015)). First player to have 50+ receptions in his first 11 seasons in NFL history. (Torry Holt became the 2nd on December 27, 2009) Most consecutive seasons of 1,000+ all-purpose yards and 10+ touchdown receptions (8), 1999–2006 On December 18, 2006, Marvin Harrison and Indianapolis Colt teammate Reggie Wayne became the only NFL wide receiver tandem to catch 75 receptions and 1,000 yards in 3 straight seasons. The game was on Monday Night and was played against the Cincinnati Bengals. On November 17, 2002, made his 600th career reception against the Dallas Cowboys On October 12, 2003, made his 700th career reception against the Carolina Panthers. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 114 games On November 8, 2004, made his 800th career reception against the Minnesota Vikings. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 131 games On November 20, 2005, made his 900th career reception against the Cincinnati Bengals. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 149 career games On December 10, 2006, made his 1000th reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 167 career games On December 28, 2008, made his 1,100th career reception against the Tennessee Titans in his last regular season game and his last game in Indianapolis. He is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 190 career games. Most receptions over first 7 seasons (665), 8 seasons (759), 9 seasons (845), 10 seasons (927), 11 seasons (1,022) and 13 seasons (1,102) of career of any NFL receiver Most consecutive games with a reception to start a career (190) Most average receptions per game in a career (5.8) – 1996–2008 Most consecutive games with 8+ receiving yards (190), (206 if counting playoffs) – every game Most consecutive games with a 6+ yard reception (190), (206 if counting playoffs) – every game Most consecutive games with an 8+ yard reception (177), (192 if counting playoffs)
  15. Indy alone I think I'd go with: Peyton, Marvin, Edge, Dungy (HM: Reggie, Freeney, Mathis) Although Edge only played for 7 years in Indy (and was injured for a little over half a season), he was a key part of 'the triplets,' which was one of the most dominant offenses in NFL history. Edge, along with LT, represent the 2000-2010 'all-decade' team for the NFL as a whole. Edge, IMO, was the most complete back in the NFL prior to his injury and regained form his last 2 seasons in Indy (He had over 9,200 rushing yards in 7 seasons in Indy, that is 1,300+ yards/season average and he was injured for over half a season and took a season to regain his form). Dungy was the coach of the most winning team in a single decade in NFL history and the first African American to win a SB in the head coach position. Dungy is a HOFer and helped put the Indy Colts on the map as a classy and successful organization. Peyton and Marv I think are obvious. Both HOFers and arguably (maybe with only 1 or 2 other QB/WR tandems in history) the best QB/WR duo in NFL history. I think Edge, Reggie and Freeney all get into the HOF, just will have to wait a little longer than Peyton, Marv and Dungy did. Mathis, I think is deserving, but failing for PEDs after a career year so late in his career I believe will turn some voters away. You're correct, Freeney was a game changer as a pass-rusher.... he (IMO) owes a lot of his career success to Peyton and Co. as they allowed for him to be a one-dimensional DE who could pin his ears back and fly after the QB moreso than almost any other DE of his era. Freeney was not very good (near terrible, actually) against the run and I don't think he'd have had the same success in the league had he wound up on a team without such a potent offense. I think Reggie's biggest argument to be on there is his durability and his leadership as we transitioned from the Peyton era to the Luck era. However, for most of his career he was Marvin's sidekick and he was never as dominant a player as Edge was in his prime. Mathis' argument is the same as Reggie's, he stuck around when times got tough and was a leader of this team during a major transition.
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