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  1. COLTS7

    A look at the UFA's

    RB: Josh Ferguson-5'10-198-Illinois-4.4 highest rating:#4 (Athlon) average rating: #10 3 year starter team captain OFF P.O.Y. Illinois record 168 receptions and 2nd in all-time all purpose yds leading rusher for East in East/West gm. very good receiver-best hands in draft (RB) WR: Tevaun Smith-6-205-Iowa-4.4 highest rating: #40 ( NFL.com) average rating: #52 Danny Anthop-6-192-Purdue-4.3 highest rating: #40 ( Our lads) average rating: #59 very fast slot receiver 2 year starter 5-120,93 TD in East/West gm. Chester Rogers-6'1-180-Grambling St. punt returner Marcus Leak-6-210-Maryland McKale McKay-6'5-207-Cincinnati-4.4 highest rating: #33 ( Pro football draft guide) average rating: #45 #12 rated WR, previous year outstanding size/speed ratio TE: Darrren Griswold-6'5-265-Arkansas St.-4.8 highest rating: #7 ( USA Today draft guide) average rating: #11 3 year starter H-back former QB Played in East/West gm. Raw, with upside Mike Miller-6'6-255-Taylor former QB G: Adam Redmond-6'5-301-Harvard All-Ivy (2015) DE: Sterling Bailey-6'4-285-Georgia highest rating: #26 (NFL.com) average rating: #30 team captain DL: Delvin Simmons-6'5-295-USC-5.1 highest rating: #28 ( Athlon) average rating: #31 #11 DE, previous yr. All Pac12 OLB/DE: Ron Thompson-6'3-255-Syracuse-4.8 #17 DE (Fox sports) average rating: #21 2 year starter OLB: Curt Maggitt-6'4-255-Tennesee-4.7 highest rating: #18 (Pro football draft guide) average rating: #24 #4 as a JR 11 sacks as a JR missed SR year with injury CB: Daniel Davie-6-190-Nebraska #56 (CBS) Chris Milton-5'10-187-Georgia Tech #46 (CBS) Darious White-6-180-Cal #95 (CBS) S: Andrew Williamson-6'1-212-Vanderbilt-4.4 #22 (NFL draft guide) SS: Stefan McClure-5'11-203-Cal 3 year team captain Summary: everybody is talking about Ferguson who had as high as a 4th Rd. grade, has a very good skill set and shocked everyone by not being drafted. Anthop has very good speed and McKay has big time physical tools and had a high rating the previous year. Griswold has all the tools and could develope. Simmons and Maggitt both had very high ratings the previous year. Williamson has the physical tools to compete for a spot. Some really good looking prospects in this group, there are always a few that will make their mark
  2. Draft: 1/18-Ryan Kelly-C-6'4"-311-Alabama-5.0 #1 rated C by Mike Mayock-NFL.com-CBS 3 yr. starter Remington and Jacob award winner USA Today All-american All SEC 2/57-T.J.Green-FS-6'2-209-Clemson-4.3 highest rating: #2 (Fox sports) average rating: #6 former WR 2nd fastest DB in draft Possible CB raw, with great size/speed ratio 3/82- Le'Raven Clark-T-6'6-316-Texas Tech-5.0 highest rating: #4 (NFL.com) average rating: #7 longest arms in the draft: 36" 4 year starter (1RT-3 LT) All big 12 (3 years) has major upside-Pro bowl potential 4/116-Hassan Ridgeway-DT-6'3-320-Texas-5.0 highest rating: #8 (NFL.com) average rating:12 DE/DT 2 year starter likely 1st rounder if he played another season 4/125-Antonio Morrison-ILB-6'1-235-Florida-4.7 highest rating: #5 (Pro football draft guide) average rating: #10 possible OLB 100+ tackles Jr. and Sr. season 3 year starter 2 time team captain All SEC (Jr) 5/155-Joe Haeg-T-6'6-307-North Dakota St.-5.1 highest rating: #8 (Fox sports) average rating: #12 former TE 2 time All-American 4 year National champ. 4 year starter (2 LT-2 RT) raw, with Pro bowl potential 7/239-Trevor Bates-LB-6'2-245-Maine highest rating: #19 ( NFL.com) average rating: #42 7/248-Austin Blythe-C-6'2-298-Iowa-5.3 highest rating: #5 (NFL.com) average rating: #10 4 year starter C/G 3 time wrestling champ. summary: lineman don't make a draft look overly sexy, but we all know that;s where the games are won (or lost). Kelly is a big time anchor in the critical middle of the O-line and should be Pro Bowl caliber, sooner, than later. Green is raw,but has the measurables to be a force. Clark and Ridgeway are big time talents that could could easily be viewed as having first round grades. Morrison is an undersized,yet productive enforcer type. Haeg has the makings of a good prospect, will need to get acclimated to the NFL-coming from a small college. Bates also comes from a school, that doesn't produce NFL talent, has what it takes physically. Blythe should be a compentent depth type player and comes from a program with a long history of quality NFL O-lineman. Very solid draft, filling the biggest need area ( for many years), as a whole, many of the players are gambles, who may develope into decent players and may not develope, at all. Plenty of potential and looks good on paper, time will tell.
  3. COLTS7

    Who won the draft?

    Any rating is pure speculation...it takes 2-3 years to really rate a draft class......but for now..... 1. Baltimore Ravens: 1st-Stanley-T 2nd-Correa-LB 3rd-Kaufasi-DE 4th-Young-CB 4th-Moore-WR 4th-Lewis-T 4th-Henry-DT 4th-Dixon-RB 5th-Judon-DE 6th-Reynolds-RB 7th-Canady-CB 2. Tennesee Titans: 1st-Conklin-T 2nd-Dodd-DE 2nd-Johnson-DT 2nd-Henry-RB 3rd-Byard-S 5th-Sharpe-WR 5th-Sims-CB 6th-Tretola-G 7th-Wallace-OLB 7th-Reed-CB 3. Detroit Lions: 1st-Decker-T 2nd-Robinson-DT 3rd-Glasgow-C 4th-Killebrew-S 5th-Dahl-T 5th-Williams-OLB 6th-Rudock-QB 6th-Zettel-DE 6th-Landes-LS 7th-Washington-RB and for the record...the bottom 3: 1. New England *s: 1st-deflated 2nd-Jones-CB 3rd-Brissett-QB 3rd-Valentine-DT 4th-Mitchell-WR 6th-Kamu Grugler-Hill-OLB 6th-Roberts-ILB 6th-Karras-G 7th-Lucien-WR 2. Carolina Panthers: 1st-Butler-DT 2nd-Bradberry-CB 3rd-Worley-CB 5th-Sanchez-CB 7th-Sandland-TE 3. Arizona Cardinals: 1st-Nkemdiche-DE 3rd-Williams-CB 4th-Boehm-C 5th-Christian-S 5th-Toner-T 6th-Miller-CB
  4. My top 40: 1. Bosa-DE 2. Ramsey-CB/S 3. Tunsil-T 4. Jack-OLB/ILB 5. Buckner-DE/DT 6. Goff-QB 7. Hargreaves-CB 8. Elliott-RB 9. Wentz-QB 10. Stanley-T 11. Decker-T 12. Robinson-DT 13. Treadwell-WR 14. Floyd-OLB 15. Conklin-T 16. Lee-OLB 17. Ragland-ILB 18. Lawson-DE 19. Rankins-DT 20. Nkemdiche-DE 21. Reed-DT 22. Coleman-WR 23. Doctson-WR 24. Apple-CB 25. Jackson-CB 26. Hunter-TE 27. Lynch-QB 28. Ogbah-DE 29. Fuller-WR 30. Billings-DT 31. Dodd-DE 32. Kelly-C 33. Alexander-CB 34. Spence-DE/OLB 35. Henry-RB 36. Bell-S 37. Smith-OLB 38. Joseph-S 39. Whitehair-G 40. Jones-DT Predictions: 1. LA: Goff-QB 2. PH: Wentz-QB 3. SD: Stanley-T 4. DA: Bosa-DE 5. JK: Ramsey-CB 6. BA: Tunsil-T 7. SF: Buckner-DE 8. CL: Jack-OLB 9. TB: Hargreaves-CB 10. NYG: Floyd-OLB 11. CH: Lawson-DE 12. NO-Rankins-DT 13. MI: Elliot-RB 14. OK: Robinson-DT 15. TN: Conklin-T 16. DT: Decker-T 17. AT: Lee-OLB 18. COLTS: Ragland-ILB 19. BF: Treadwell-WR 20. NYJ: Lynch-QB 21. WA: Apple-CB 22. HO: Coleman-WR 23. MN: Doctson-WR 24. CN: Fuller-WR 25. PT: Jackson-CB 26. SE: Reed-DT 27. GB: Hunter-TE 28. KC: Bell-S 29. AZ: Alexander-CB 30. CR: Dodd-DE 31. DN: Nkemdiche-DE
  5. DL: Jones-Anderson-Parry-Langford-McGill-Kerr-Okine-Quarles-Winn Losing Jones for the year was a big blow and has had trouble staying on the field, but should be a big factor going forward. Anderson was playing at a very high level early on, then his production slipped to some degree, before getting hurt. Parry was solid in the middle, but still have my doubts he has the size to be a dominant NT that a 3-4 needs. Langford had a really good year. the rest of the group all showed flashes and McGill stood out, late in the year. Winn is a free agent Draft: If Jones returns, this really isn't a major need area, would like to see a bigger NT , to rotate with Parry, the depth is ok, could use an upgrade there LB: Mathis-Jackson-Freeman-Walden-Cole-Newsome-Herrera-McNary-Moore-Irving-Werner-Studabaker-Sylvestre Mathis was brought along slowly and is still a very good player, but is not the elite player he had been. Walden has played well. Jackson and Freeman both had really good years, Jackson has been one of the better ILB's the past few years and Freeman was lights out down the stretch. Cole wasn't a big factor, but played better at the end of the year. Newsome was a bit of a mystery after a very good rookie year, wasn't much of a factor. McNary-Irving and Moore all had their moments when given reps. Werner has been a decent backup, but doesn't look like is is going to fullfill his potential as a 1st rd. pick. Freeman and Studabaker are free agent's and Freeman should be a priority to bring back. Draft: the defense NEEDS difference makers/pass rushers, whether that be from the DE's, OLB's or a hybrid type player, this is priority #2. maybe #3 and #4. ILB looks to be in good shape, although if there is a good looking player in the middle rounds, would be nice to add some quality youth there. Mathis isn't getting any younger, could use several more players to be put in the mix at OLB , if Newsome takes his game up, that would be ideal. I think the Colts are going to try to get younger and some of the higher priced older players won't be brought back-like Cole. DB: Davis-Toler-Butler-Smith-Adams-Lowery-Geathers-Guy-Anderson-Brown Davis had a good year, but not elite. Toler has not played well for several years and has missed too many games, Butler is a valuable slot cover guy, it's to early to tell if Smith can be the answer. Brown has played well when given reps. Lowery and Adams have both been great additions and have helped solidify the secondary. Geathers looks like he could be a really good player, down the road. Anderson held his own when filling in and him and Guy are two of the better special teams players. Anderson,Lowery and Toler are free agents. Draft: Toler most likely won't be returning, Smith could get the first shot and replacing him, unless a better option is found, either in free agency or the draft, CB is a major need area. Safety is a need area and will be for the next few years, with Adams and Lowery both nearing the end, if Lowery doesn't return, it will be a major need area ST: Adam-McAfee-Overton-Bray Adam had a great year and has shown no signs of slipping. McAfee, if not the best pure punter, is without a doubt, the best all around punter in the NFL...CANNOT believe he was not selected to the Pro Bowl. Overton is one of the best at what he does and Bray looked really good returning. Adam is a free agent and along with Freeman should be at the top of the priority list for next year. Summary: This year was a mess from the first game, inconsisent offense- Luck missing alot of time and not playing very well-when he did play, the O-line's continued struggles, play calling........2 rookie starters on the D-line, players not playing up to their potential....as always-injuries. Despite the 8-8 record and missing the playoffs for only the 3rd time in the past 17 years, this team has a lot of piecies in place. Major need areas: C-OLB-CB need areas: G-T-NT-S
  6. QB:Luck-Hasselbeck-Freeman-Lindley-Morris Luck will be back as prob one the richest players in the NFL and I don't think to much needs to be made from this performance this year, other than he has learned the hard way....slide. Hasselbeck and Whitehurst are free agents. I think the time has come to move on from Hasselbeck and look for a younger backup. Freeman and Lindley played ok, Freeman has had some really quality years as a starting NFL QB. Morris is more of a down the road option. Freeman would be a nice backup, unless there are some more consistent options available, if he could regain the form he had before, that would be a great scenario. Lindley seems like he would be an adequate backup. Draft: not a need area RB: Gore-Herron-Varga-Williams-Bradshaw Gore finished the season just shy of another 1,000 yd season and looked good. Herron has played well when given reps. Herron and Bradshaw are free agents. Varga looked good in limited reps and could develop into a very capable backup. Williams showed speed and burst, also in limited reps and would be a nice change of pace option. Bradshaw will always be an insurance plan, familiar with the system and a nice option, for the several games, he can stay healthy Draft: at some point, a replacement for Gore will need to be drafted, no need to look that far down the road this year. Not a major need area TE: Fleener-Allen-Doyle-Swoope. Fleener, Allen and Doyle are free agents. Fleener has played very well, although this year the TE's as a group were not utilized much, he has improved as a blocker and does have the occasional dropsies, but is a matchup nightmare. Allen has never lived up to his potential and has trouble staying on the field, he has the skill set to one of the better all around TE's in the league-if utilized and is on the field. Doyle is a nice backup and is very versatile. Swoope has the measurables to be very good , but lacks experience. Draft: Don't really think both Fleener and Allen will be brought back, maybe neither. If one of them returns, this will not be a need area. WR: Hilton-Moncreif-Dorsett-Johnson-Whalen-Bray Hilton had a very good year, but did not put up the elite numbers that were expected. Moncrief had a really good year and should continue to elevate his game. Dorsett didn't play much but has the skill set to be a major factor. Johnson wasn't much of a factor and is not likely to return. Whalen looked really good down the stretch and Bray excelled as a returner. The inconsistent offense really affected this group, it was expected to be one of the strengths of the team and should be, next year. Draft: not a need area OL: Castonzo-Mewhort-Harrison-Thortan-Reitz-Good-Holmes-Louis Castonzo is a good LT, but had a down year. Mewhort has gotten better each year and is going to be a very good player at LG.Reitz filled in ok at RT and the Colts seem to be high on Good, who played late in the year. Neither Harrison or Holmes appear to be the answer at C and at RG, Thortan is adequate. Louis is a free agent and not likely to return. Draft: this has been an ongoing weak link on the team and is priority #1 in this years draft. Would like to see Castonzo moved to RT at some point. But there are too many other pressing holes to address that this year. It's really to early to tell if Good is the answer at RT. There HAS to be upgrades at C and RG and possibly RT.
  7. It was fun while it lasted, I mentioned in my last blog how this game would be a challenge to win, especially with our backup QB. The next 4 games are very winnable and with a win yesterday we could have finished with an 8 game win streak...back to reality. To expect that probably wasn't realistic, to expect to go undefeated with our back up QB probably wasn't either. Hasselbeck who has played beyond expectations for 4 games, also came back to reality, he did not play well or look sharp. The steelers are arguably one of the best teams in the league and showed it and showed it in dominating fashion. Not even sure it was as close as the score indicated. Offense: back to the pre-Chud days and back to reality. Hasselbeck ( 16-26-169-TD) looked like he did in the pre season- like a guy hanging on and threw 2 costly interceptions. The running game was ok, but like the early season games, not much of a factor when playing from so far behind. Gore and Herron combined for 15-53 and Gore was also the leading receiver (3-49-TD). The O-line did so-so, considering the patchwork group that was playing, with all 5 guys being new to the spot they played. The stats: 11 first downs....4/17 on 3/4 downs....240 total yards....3 turnovers and just a complete lack of production vs a team that is not one of the better defenses around. Would have to say the worst overall performance of the year. Defense: even worse, just like last years blowout, didn't have any answers, the steelers moved the ball at will, via the pass or run. The pass rush which was at it's best last week, also reverted back to reality, with little to no pressure and finished with ZERO sacks. The CB's have been blasted for lack of performance and although they are not playing at their previous levels, alot of that can attributed to the lack of a pass rush, any QB can thrive when given time, elite QB's will carve you up. Jackson and Adams led the way with 11 tackles and Adams added a forced fumble. Irving and in a lesser role Moore filled in very well for Freeman, with Irving also adding a forced fumble. The stats: 24 first downs....8/13 on 3rd downs...522 total yds....158 rushing yds. Special teams: mostly good, Adam was 1-1 and is now at 17 in a row, McAfee's numbers weren't great , but did a great job of pinning them deep. Bray had his best game to date, including a 60 yd return and the coverage units gave up a TD return (gotta play 60 minutes) Summary: even elite teams have games like this...some times...although it doesn't look good, it does happen...one of those games, you just kind of bury and forget about and move on. There are obvious holes in the roster, lack of difference makers and depth. But still have alot of pieces in place. 4 more games to finish out the year, Luck is expected back in 2 weeks, 10-6 sounds good, 9-7 , more likely and a trip to the postseason, also likely. The hope is Luck comes back and plays like he has played in the past and not how he was played, most of this year. We can still compete with the bad teams, the average teams, even the good teams, but as of now...don't see much reason to believe we can compete with the big boys...this year.
  8. Coach Pagano has made mention of bingo night in his post game speeches, noting the production from the elder statesmen on the team. Hasselbeck as we all know has been amazing, I for one did not expect this kind of production from a 40 year old QB, who really looked ...done....in the pre season. It is well documented how his health was in his first go-round filling in for Luck, how he sucked it up and led the team to a win, he has played very well in all 4 games, we are 4-0 in those games, but vs the bucs, he was outstanding (26-42-315-2 TD's) and the most important stat-0 interceptions! Adam has been outstanding as well, now on a 16 in a row streak! Mathis has been the most consistent pass rusher, which really isn't saying much. Offense: The production was way too one sided, the bucs have one of the better run defenses, but Gore and Bradshaw combined for 23-30-ouch! Bradshaw is now out (again) for the year, talk about bad luck, he just cannot stay healthy, he always brings a lot to the table when he has been healthy and will be missed. Hasselbeck as mentioned played a great game and seemed like the passing game was more aggressive, with more down the field throws, the dink and dunk game plan works, it is the offense brady and new england has primarily used most of his career, it has worked when Hasselbeck has played and I am sure that will continue, when Luck returns. Moncrief (8-114) led the way and has had a great season, Hilton added 6-95-2 TD's, Hasselback also does a great job of spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved. The patchwork O-line struggled, as expected, but that has been a year long issue, regardless of who has been in the lineup. Good starting his first NFL game, had his share of hiccups , but the Colts liked what they saw and think he has a bright future. The tight ends have become more involved since Chud took over, but still need to be featured more. Defense: very good overall effort....344 total yards vs a team that just came off a huge offensive output. The linebacker play has been solid all year, the past few games has also been lights out. Jackson led the way with 11 tackles and a sack and is really playing at a high level, Freeman has stepped up his game and looks more like the player he was a few years ago, more consistent, making more plays, Walden added 2 sacks and backup Irving added another. One of the biggest issues has been the lack of a pass rush, the best performance this year, with consistent pressure and finishing with 5 sacks-Cole even had a sack-wow!! Lowery had another quality game, including an interception and Geathers has really played well, filling in for Adams, as many predicted, he is star waiting to happen. Grigson has taken a beating for some of his decisions and rightfully so, but it has to be noted as well....adding Adams-Lowery-Jackson and Langford,along with drafting Anderson-Parry-Geathers and Smith have all paid off. Just like the team-overall, what he lacks is consistency, every year, has to be a good year and avoid those critical decisions, that takes the team....backwards. Special teams: Adam was 4-4 on field goals, not sure what to say that hasn't t been said about the level McAfee has been playing the past few years, but he is DOMINANT!! coverage units-very good, Bray-adequate. A prime time game this week vs the steelers, before finishing the year vs 4 teams that should result in wins. Taking the half full approach, getting a big win this week will be a challenge, but an 8 game win streak to finish out the year would sure change some people's perspective on a lot of things, getting Luck back and heading into the postseason on a big time roll....it could be worse.
  9. Thanks EDCB...I try to be realistic as well and that would seem to indicate there isn't much of a chance to go deep in the post season , based on what we have seen...yet....it happens every year...if we can fix a few things, get on a roll.....anything can happen. But I think the overwhelming majority feel, that this team will not get where we all want it to go, with the current leader (s)
  10. We always hear this team is gritty, resiliant, that was for sure that type of game...was not pretty, but in the end, we had 3 more points than they did, the broncos were not at full strength last week, but the bottom line is this team has won 2 games now vs very good teams and regardless of the circumstance...that is a positive. The schedule the rest of the way is filled with win-able games. Defense: wanted to start with the defense this week, because they were the difference in the game, maybe not great, not dominant, but a very impressive effort-across the board. Starting with D.Jackson who had a monster game....7 tackles...with a big time pick six and sack in crunch time....awesome game!!! The LB's group as a whole really played well-Freemen led the way with 10 tackles, Walden added 4 along with a forced fumble.....the patchwork D-line held up......the DB's were good, Geathers ( 8 tackles) had a nice game filling in for Adams. The pass rush has been a tad better, but really needs to be much better, going forward. With more of the same....short fields, key players out, they really stepped up........and played a very solid game...the big key, as usual.............4 turnovers. Offense: really didn't do much stat wise...efficiant comes to mind. Hasselback was 23-32-213-2 TD's and 2 int.., Gore and Bradshaw combined for 23-66 rushing...... Gore added 5-46 as the top receiver and Bradshaw added 2 TD's. 276 total yds and 3 turnovers. The O-line, like the rest of this group....adequate Special teams: another very good game for the kickers...Adam has now hit his last 12 field goals, including the game winner and McAfee (copy and paste) excelled. Bray has looked very good, had big return called back Summary: that was a very good team we faced today, they didn't play their A-game......with the way things have gone this year, you take them anyway you can get them and just try to keep piling up wins, just need to keep playing gritty and keep finding ways to win games. There is still plenty of room for improvement, plenty of time to try to get things better.......in the last 5 games we have a 7 point loss to new england....6 point loss to the saints....3 point loss to the panthers and back to back 3 point wins over the broncos and falcons.... we are not there...but it does seem like we are trending up.
  11. COLTS7

    1st half grades-defense

    it's not a true C grade...... as mentioned, Jones has missed the entire year, we were playing with our #4 and #5 CB's, at times, other guys have missed time, which is part of the bussiness, and with the offense being so bad, short fields, not sustaining drives, the defense is on the field way too much and put in bad situations, way too much, I think they have done a decent job , considering all of those factors....just my opinion, appreciate yours as well
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    1st half grades-defense

    I really believe that some fans miss the fact that every team in the league has holes, to me the biggest difference between levels is how many difference makers you have and right now, our overall roster is good, just lack those impact players...thanks KK Luck and Hilton on offense have both not had played up to their expectations or previous production Mathis and Davis on defense, the same, that's not enough elite players and they have all had down seasons.
  13. DL: Langford has had a really good year and his addition has been huge, due to the inexperience of this group and injuries. Anderson was playing at a very high level early on , but his production has dropped off and is now out, Parry has been solid in the middle. Winn has looked good, Kerr is a capable backup, but depth is almost non existent. Jones missing the year was a big blow. Grade: D LB: Mathis is slowly getting back to his previous form, Walden has had a good year, Jackson has excelled inside and is leading the league in tackles, Freeman has been decent and ranks 7th in the AFC for tackles ( LB) Newsome has not shown much, after a very promising rookie season. Cole has been next to invisible and really should be spending most of his time, on the bench. The backups haven't been very overly productive when given reps. Grade: D+ DB: Davis has not played at the elite level he has shown the past few years, Toler has struggled, all year, Butler has played well. The CB position has been hit hard by injuries and there is very little depth. Smith's return should help in the second half. Adams has continued his great play and is tied for the league lead with 5 int. Lowery has been solid, Anderson has played better than expected, filling in for Adams, very little depth at safety as well. Grade: C ST: Adam has had a good year and has now hit 11 in a row, after an 0-2 start, including 3-4 of 50+. McAfee has been a major weapon all year and his impact in games can't be under estimated. The return game is mostly non-productive, although Bray, in limited reps appears to be an upgrade. The coverage units have played well, for the most part, but with McAfee's leg, aren't really much of a factor. Grade: B Summary: the defense has been decent, maybe even good , considering the offense doesn't sustain drives often and puts them in short fields, with turnovers and with Jones missing the year and the injury situation at CB. They have done well with what they have had to work with. Grade: C Overall: the defense at it's best would probably be average, the injuries have not helped, but it is part of the game and there really wasn't much depth going into the year anyways. The special teams have done their part, other than a few big plays and some questionable coaching decisions. The offense overall and primarily Luck's production has been poor. With the talent level on that side of the ball, even with Hamilton in charge, it is 100% unaceptable. Grade: D Second half: the defense will continue to fight for 60 minutes, with an undermanned group, with very little depth. The offense really just needs to play a 60 minute game and not continually shot themselves in the foot, with turnovers and penalties. Hasselbacks play , until Luck's return is the key. It will not likely live up the hype, but with consistent play, Gore becomes more of a factor and there are enough playmakers to be productive. A trip to the postseason is highly likely, due to the weak division, to be a factor, will take nothing less than an almost perfect game from the entire team.....not likely.
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    1st half grades-offense

    thanks KK...enjoy your meal
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    1st half grades-offense

    The strange thing about Grigson is you would think he would get better, each year, learn as he goes and it seems like just the oppisite, each year, he seems to get worse. Hard to forecast what irsay is thinking, he seems to like Grigson, he has some tough decisions to make and the future of this era, depends on what those are.
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    1st half grades-offense

    thanks , as always, appreciate the input EDCB....the more I think about it, the more I would like to see Pagano stay on, he does lack some of those elite coaching skills, but is still learning and I think the fact that the players love him and would run through a brick wall for him, more than makes for that lack of intangibles...Grigson is also learning and maybe someday will be that guy, but as of now, he is the problem
  17. QB: Luck has not played well, the inconsistent O-line play, less than steller play by the receivers and injuries haven't helped, but his judgement, reads, accuracy and overall production is more like a journeyman backup, than an elite player. Hasselbeck has exceded expectations, even moreso considering his poor showing in the pre season and his performance vs the texans was one for the ages, with Luck out his production down the stretch is critical. grade:D RB: Gore has been one of the few pluses in this years offense, is having a great year, despite being held back by the overall lack of consistency in the offense which has led to playing from behind. He is currently 44 yds from being the #1 rusher in the AFC. Varga-Robinson and Tipton have been non-factors. The recently signed Bradshaw has been an upgrade. Grade:A TE: In today's NFL, the TE position is a huge key for sucess in most of the elite teams game plans and despite the fact we have 2 that are both very good, this position's production has been noticably absent in the first half. Fleener has been decent, but the big plays have not been as frequent and Allen has a total of 9 catches...............very puzzling!!! Grade: F WR: Hilton's overall production has been very good, he is currently 50 yds from being #3 in the AFC, despite several games where he was shutdown. Moncrief has had a very good year and has been huge for the offense due to the lack of production from the rest of the group, with a great finish could even come close to a 1,000 yd season and leads the team with 5 TD's. Johnson has been a major disapointment, Dorsett has not been used much, is now hurt and Whalen has made big plays the last few weeks. Grade: C O-L: Castonzo is the player that most people think is the best of the group, has had maybe the worst year to date and has struggled big time. Mewhort did not play well at RT , but has been solid , back at G. Reitz-Thortan and Holmes are all average, at best. Harrison has filled in for Holmes and there has not been a noticable dropoff. The backups are nothing to get excited about and an injury to one of the starters could be fatal. The overall production has been better since the tweaking, but this is still a group that needs significant upgrading.Grade: D Summary: Take away Gore's and Moncrief's production and we are looking at maybe one of the least productive offenses in the entire league, from what was supossed to be potentially one of the best!! Hamilton did play a part in the lack of production, but players still need to make plays. Luck's overall play has been just as big, he is the offense and if he is playing poorly, it's not going to be productive. Grade: D
  18. If we could bottle it up and sell it...we would be rich!!! How a team can look so pathetic vs lower rated teams, then look totally different vs elite teams...I have seen this many times, over the years, it really defies logic, it sometimes appears that guys are just going through the motions, then just start focusing????? I guess that is why this sport is so crazy popular. Bad games happen and sometimes happen vs teams you are supossed to beat, but in the big picture, what really matters is when you are facing an elite team, can you compete...in the 3 games vs new england-carolina and denver, this team showed they can and I will repeat....there is a big difference between competing and winning, this time.....the result was a win. I have said that this team has the talent to compete, still not real confident they are good enough to win..in crunch time-the postseason, if they produce and play like they did last night, they can, but I also believe some other teams have a better chance in those type of games. For us to win, we have to play near perfect, very little room for error, but that can happen Offense: Have to start with the obvious, the game plan seemed to be night and day different with Chud calling the plays vs Hamilton, the sluggish start is not 100% on Hamilton, he doesn't drop the ball, or throw the interceptions, or fumble, or make penalties or not make the right reads,etc....but I do believe he was a big part of the problem. To be brutally honest, Luck's play , for the most part, this year, if he was named........Painter and not luck, would have probably resulted in a benching.....he was that bad, then just like the overall team's production...somebody apparantly flipped a switch and he looked like he did his first 3 years.....how does that happen?.... you play like crap for 6 games and then......? Stats-wise it was a solid game-not great (21-36-252-2 TD's) with the biggest stat being............ZERO interceptions!!! Gore (28-83-TD) was effective and the running game was a bigger part of the game plan, which had a lot to do with the great start as opposed to the frequent slow starts in the previous games. Hilton (5-82) showed up this week, Whalen (5-73) has played a big role the past 2 weeks and has earned more playing time vs another player (high priced free agent) who has had 1 good game this year. The O-line was again....adequate-with much room for improvement. Must be noted that although the stats weren't great, they were playing the best defense in the league. Another plus was time of possesion, we held a 40-20 edge, which is always the blueprint for sucess vs great QB's Defense: the stats were very impressive, again considering the opponent, although Manning hasn't been consistently playing like the elite Manning, he is still one of the best, the rushing totals looked great (14-35) but denver was dealt the hand we have been dealt, all year, when you get that far behind, the game plan goes out the window and the running game-an afterthought. Butler and Adams had interceptions. The pass rush-again-adequate and finished with 1 sack (Langford), early in the season Anderson seemed to be the best of the group, but overall Langford has played at a higher level (leading the way with 6 tackles) while Anderson, who is now done for the year, has not be as effective, which will make the somewhat less than stellar group, even more suspect. Special teams: probably their worst overall game of the year, Adam (2-2) was good, McAfee was good (not great) but the 83 yd return, at the time, looked like a back breaker. Although Bray has been an upgrade, it's too early to tell how much. Summary: Who are they? Inconsistent.....on a roll...up and coming.....fortunate....who knows, it does give hope to play good vs elite teams and you can somewhat overlook the sluggish start-it happens....reality: this is a good team, who can compete vs elite teams, whether they can improve enough to beat those teams, down the road...............we will see.............this was for sure , a step in the right direction.
  19. thats new englands depth chart, not trying to be argumentative, but show me how they are signifcantly more talented....my opinion, our starting 22 , is better than there 22 and even if somebody doesn't agree with that, its definatly not much better, than ours.....I believe the difference is what you do with that what you...with schemes, coaching,etc......I believe we have enough talent to compete, is the intangibles where this team has failed appreciate the input
  20. If you look at the game stats, the totals for each team, were almost indentical, rushing yards, total yards, turnovers, return yards, 3rd down ratio...so what was the difference? This team for whatever reason, starts out slow, always have, they dig a hole, sometimes huge and then fight and claw to get back in the game. The panthers are arguably the hottest team in the NFL and in the end, we had a chance and prob should have won the game....first crack in overtime and even the 2nd time, but again, came up short. The new england game and this game, shows this team can compete with the big boys, but there is a big difference between competing ....and winning. Starting out slow has become a very problematic issue, getting behind takes us out of a normal game plan, Gore has been very effective, but is a non factor in too many games (late) because of the deficit, its called complimentary football, everything working together. We see stretches of really good football, but they are few and far between....IF this team came out and played a 60 minute football game and played smart and didn't shoot themselves in the foot, they can be successfull, but for many reasons, they have not done that and each week, its going to get harder, players trying too hard..trying to win the game by themselves,etc.....the schedule has been brutal , with no end in sight. Things can turn around quickly in this league and since I really believe there is enough talent to compete (compete-meaning play with the big boys, but don't think this team as it stands now, can beat them) there is still hope for at least some degree of a respectable season. But each week, that becomes harder and harder and we are now at the halfway point in the season and there has been little to no progress made from game #1 to now, it's the same issues , game after game. And for the record, everyone is to blame, from the owner, down to the the players, nobody is doing an acceptable job. Offense: Luck (23-47-231-2 TD's-3 INT) seems to be playing hurt, there are an endless amount of opinions on how a franchise QB, for his first 3 years can look elite, then look like he has no clue. The stats appear decent, but almost all of them came in the furious 4th quarter comeback and overtime. Don't really think he is hurt, but I do believe he is not 100%, great coaching,great plays from the supporting cast can help, but has not happened. Weak O-line, not great game planning, new players trying to fit in, turnovers, penalties, playing from behind.....it's ugly. Luck is pressing-too many variables all not working-together. The O-line play has been better, but is still nowhere close to being good enough. Hilton has not been the playmaker he has been been, if he is being targeted by the defense, then others should be open, that hasn't been the case. There has been much said about how Hilton and Moncrief have celebrated after scores, when the team is not even in the game, leading some to see this as a team without enough quality-veteran leadership, there are some high quality veteran leaders on this team, but does make you think about those comments and the mindset of the players and even moreso when you see games, when they really look unprepared and/or motivated to play a 60 minute game. Allen, once viewed as the next-great TE, has been a non factor, the rest of the supporting cast, shows up at times and ...........? Way too many high quality weapons on this team to be completly shut down, game after game. Johnson showed up this week (4-81-TD, Whalen (5-48) made plays down the stretch, Fleener was targeted often (7- 43-TD), Hilton-Moncrief and Allen combined for 4-37 yds. Gore (22-70) had another nice game, with him and Bradshaw (7-31) rotating , that duo could excell in a balanced offense, in an evenly played game and factoring in Luck's ability to run, should be a major plus. Defense: played decent-on a curve, they did what they had to do, to keep the team in the game. It is not a dominating defense, far from it, but there are some talented players, the safeties have played well, Jackson has excelled, Mathis is slowly becoming more of a factor...others are solid, but what this team really lacks, is difference makers, you have to have them on defense to really compete, the more you have, the more dominating you can be....but you need them!! Jackson (13) again was the leading tackler and teamed up with Freemen for 25 stops, Mathis added 2 sacks. Davis doesn't appear to be playing at the same level, he has the past few seasons, but maybe that's more a result of the lack of pressure. The D-line also does not appear to be as stout as it was early on, they seemed to be playing better-early on and the thought was that they would improve, as the year went on and the results seem to indicate....that has not been the case. Special teams: Adam had a great game going 4-4, including the game tieing field goal, as time expired. McAfee kicked great. Coverage units were good and Bray showed some explosiveness Summary: somebody has got to figure out how to get this team to come out fast, play smart and play a 60 minute football game, this team has the talent to compete, the coaching may not be great, the leadership may not be great, but there is enough in place to be a solid football team, that can beat lesser teams and at least be competitive against the big boys and maybe be somewhat of a factor in the postseason.......................after the season, I think major changes need to be made, so that this era can reach it's potential- the hardest piece is in place...a franchise QB-he will be again and there are alot of solid and several very good players.....this team doesn't need to add a lot of new players..............just a handfull of difference makers. The blueprint is not working, the coaching needs to improve, some of the players need to step up.
  21. I guess it's still a matter of perspective.....half full or half empty. Half empty: The 1st 3 quarters it was almost totally team wide unproductive....half full: never gave up and with a very productive 4th quarter , had a real chance to win. Inconsistent is the key word, great in spurts, other times (most of the time) can't accomplish....anything? That is not good football, that is NOT winning football. Something is missing, not sure what it is and not sure if it can be fixed (this year) but to this point in the season, there doesn't seem to much improvement in the issue areas, it's almost like the plug one hole, another leak shows up scenario. Offense: Luck (23-44-333-3 TD's) had a decent game-stats wise, but still does not look sharp and fell back into the turnover machine with 2 more interceptions. Gore was very effective, until the game got very one sided (very early) and has been the case all year, a non-factor, afterwards. Hilton's (4-150-2 TD's) stats were great, but a little misleading with 131 of those yards coming on the 2 TD's when the DB fell down. Moncrief added a TD. The O-line, pretty much the same result. Could pretty much copy and paste this, for each game this year, very little has been improved on and these are the same issues, all year. Defense: the somewhat good feeling about the D-line and the run defense playing better, reverted back to last years production, which is.............not very good....449 total yds and 183 rushing yds is NOT winning football. The pass rush-MAYBE a tad better, which isn't saying much, finishing with 2 sacks (Mathis-Langford). Freeman led the way with 12 tackles and even though Jackson didn't lead the team, this week, he was all over the field and one of the few players who has really excelled, finished with 8. I mentioned the lack of production last week from Henry Anderson, I know the stat line is not always a good indicator of production, but has been a non-factor , compared to the first few games of the year and if today's overall production is any indication, the D-line may not be the hope for the future unit, it appeared to be , early on. Special teams: another copy and paste- Adam, not needed...McAfee-excelled...coverage units-good....the only difference was Whalen, who actually had some good returns, then fumbled once and almost another. The schedule coming up has been well documented and brutal- panthers-broncos-falcons and steelers all coming up and although, the on any given sunday scenario is always relevant, performances like todays and really, every game this year, with the POSSIBLE exception of the new england game will not get this team many wins, with the exception of the remaining games vs the division foes. Still trying to figure out how a team who knows their back is against the wall, maybe playing for their coaches job, can come out vs a team they are expected to beat and look flat, for 3 quarters and how when the we CANNOT keep shooting ourselves in the foot message has been sent out..time after time, it keeps showing up. I am not stating this team doesn't care, but it would not take alot of imagination to see it that way, it's almost like most of the players are just going through the motions?????????? The it's a long season and we have a lot of football left to play is becoming quickly, week by week, closer to being obselete.
  22. I have heard it said and even said it myself, more than once, this team cannot beat the big boys, we beat up on our lowly division foes and struggle vs the rest of the league, then I thought ....we have won some of those games, so I did some research, these are the results, each year vs teams that made the playoffs-that year: 2012: beat the vikings 23-20 beat the packers 30-27 lost to new england 59-24 lost to houston 29-17 beat houston 28-16 Colts:122- opp:151 Luck's rookie year and a very stripped down team- beating anybody would be considered a plus, we started out beating the first 2 playoff teams we played, had our annual rout vs the p***'s, then split with houston....pretty good start, even more impressive considering the state of the roster. The point differential was a bit one sided, but the new england game had a lot to do with that. 2013: lost to the dolphins 24-20 beat san fran 27-7 beat seattle 34-28 beat the broncos 39-33 beat the chiefs 23-7 Colts:143-opp:99 Luck's second year, more was expected and delivered, a close loss the dolphins, then a very impressive stretch vs 3 of the best teams in the league and several games weren't even close games. The point diff. was heavily in our favor 2014: lost to the broncos 31-24 beat the ravens 20-13 beat the bengals 27-0 lost to the steelers 51-34 lost to new england 42-20 lost to dallas 42-7 Colts:132-Opp-179 (last 3: 61-135) Luck's 3rd year, even more was expected and it started out good, a close loss to the broncos and then 2 more wins.................this is when it started going backwards, 3 straight routs and we have yet to recover. The point differential was heavily against us and even moreso, in those routs. I really don't know if it really means we have regressed, but it sure seems that way. From the start-up to those 3 routs our record was 9-4, take away the new england loss and then one vs houston, we were 7-2, with those 2 losses by a total of 10 points...pretty stout, in my opinion, then.....? It really doesn't make much sense, to come out of the gates, with a depleted roster, full of rookies and free agents and have that much sucess, follow that by an even better year #2, then follow that by starting out year #3, on a roll, then just lose it! The play this year has somewhat magnified that trend, by a slow start. Many have opinions on what's wrong, but if Pagano is the problem, we would have struggled every year, he has been here since the beginning. If it's Hamilton and/or Manusky, again, we would have struggled , each year. We have had sucess with all of those pieces in the mix (Hamilton came in year #2). It does appear, that the probable cause is the roster talent and the decisions made by Grigson have sent this team backwards, I did 2 blogs highlighting Grigson's drafts and free agent signings, the year #2 draft was almost non existent on a talent level and even year #3, wasn't that good. It does appear that those weak drafts and lack of enough significant free agents making an impact has made the overall talent level weaker...not better. I also know there are plenty of ways to view this and it could be any of several factors...but in my opinion, it does look like Grigson has not made the team better, that is his job, he has made it worse and the results do seem to indicate that. The draft is the best way to improve your roster, with the yearly additions to the talent level and then hitting on some key free agents, without those additions, the overall talent takes a hit and if the free agents, don't pan out.......you are in trouble. I mentioned a few times recently that we are only a few really good players away from competing with the big boys (again) I know it's hindsight, but what if...... We pick an impact player in the first round, instead of Werner in 2013 We don't trade for Richardson and get an impact player in the first round 2014 We get an impact player in the first round in 2015 and not another WR Do you think the talent level would be better? Very much so Do you think the team would still be struggling? Maybe-prob not..........................
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