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  1. I wish I knew what was going on with Campbell and Cain. During the Houston game, Cain played 37 snaps and wasn't targeted one time. That is stunning! The following week he was deactivated. Paschal and Rodgers shouldn't be good enough to keep Campbell and Cain from even being remote factors in the Colts passing game. Something's up.
  2. Broncos Defense/Net Passing Yards Against 2019 Opponent/Yards (Ranked from most to least) Raiders 259 Packers 235 Chargers 211 Colts 191 Chiefs 191 Jaguars 186 Titans 165 Bears 120 The Broncos have an excellent pass defense. They have yet to give up 300 net yards passing to any team this season. The Broncos have given up less than 200 net yards passing for their last 3 games. This information was sent to NFL reporters by the Colts after yesterday's game to help them provide proper context with regard to the opponent they were playing. The Colt offense had a ton of issues Sunday. But as the numbers show, they were playing an opponent that defensively is much better than the general public realizes. In fact only 3 offenses have moved the ball through the air against the Broncos better than the Colts. And those three top teams all played the Broncos early in the season.
  3. Jacoby Brissett is perfect for the Colts future. The Colts are in a great situation. The reason why is cost. Here are the Super Bowl winning quarterbacks this decade. 2010-Aaron Rodgers-Franchise QB on his 1st negotiated contract. 2011-Eli Manning- Second tier QB in talent and salary in 2011 2012-Joe Flacco-Second tier QB who won Super Bowl before his crippling franchise QB deal 2013-Russell Wilson- Franchise QB on his rookie deal 2014-Tom Brady-Franchise QB who gives his team a substantial discount 2015-Peyton Manning-Now a Second Tier QB not being paid top franchise QB money by Denver 2016-Tom Brady-Franchise QB who gives his team a substantial discount 2017-Nick Foles-Second tier back up QB not making any money. Wentz was on his rookie deal. 2018- Tom Brady-Franchise QB who gives his team a substantial discount Notice a trend? No team in this era has won a Super Bowl with a franchise quarterback making franchise quarterback money. The franchise QB salary just takes up to much of the salary cap to compete. Teams win Super Bowls with franchise quarterbacks on their rookie deal. Or they win with second tier quarterbacks who are paid slightly less, and thus allow money for players in other positions. In fact, franchise quarterback salaries can frequently kill a teams Super Bowl chances. The Seahawks for instance, were built with a great defense. The team fell apart not because of age or skill, but because when Russell Wilson signed his franchise quarterback deal, the team had to make cuts elsewhere. The team got worse while Wilson got richer. He is not alone. The Ravens took a step back after Flacco signed his franchise quarterback deal following the Ravens Super Bowl win. The Ravens haven't been back since. The highest paid quarterbacks get a lot of headlines, but they do not win Super Bowls. The year the Packers won the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers was only the 7th highest paid player on the team. The lone exception to this “franchise quarterback” rule is Tom Brady. But Brady has never been among the highest paid quarterbacks in football. This allows the Patriots to fill their roster with talented players “the average Joe” has never heard of, at positions that win champions (offensive line and defensive back for example.) They can do this while still benefiting from tier one QB play. Its the #1 secret to the Patriot dynasty. If Tom Brady were being paid at the market rate (like Kurt Cousins) for example, there is no way he would have that great defense backing him up. Matt Ryan and, Matt Stafford are among the highest paid quarterbacks in football. How are their teams doing? You wonder why the Falcons' defense is so bad? Look at Matt Ryan's ridiculous salary. Do you know what's harder to find than a franchise quarterback?; Finding a quarterback who is good enough to win without breaking the salary cap!! Jacoby Brissett is not the most talented quarterback in the NFL. But he will not be the most expensive either. The data is clear. To build a championship team, you need quality quarterback play at limited cost. 35 million dollar quarterbacks do not win Super Bowls. Building this team around Jacoby Brissett is the smartest move this organization can make.
  4. I said I would update the numbers for Week 7 as soon as I could. 2019 15/25 201 8.1 0/0 Rating 85.88 2018 17/23 156 6.8 4/0 Rating 131.5 I will add them to the general total every 3 weeks.
  5. Top 3: TY Hilton Zach Paschal Chester Rogers Missing in Action: Deon Caine Paris Campbell
  6. Through the first 6 games of 2018 the Colts scored a total of 152 points. Through the first 6 games of 2019 the Colts scored a total of 143 points The difference is just 9 points on a more "apples to apples" point comparison. If Vinatieri had been up to his usual standards during the first few games, the Colts would have scored more points through the first 6 games. The Colts have played a very respectable schedule for the first 6 games of 2019. It will be interesting to see where the Colts scoring number is once we make our way through the "softer" part of our schedule. Most of the teams that led the league in offense during the first part of the year were able to pad their stats against the Dolphins. See the Ravens and Cowboys as examples. The 2019 Colts haven't had any "pad the stats" games yet.
  7. Neither did I. I was shocked. The only real difference through 6 games is the yardage. But this is because last year we threw the ball way more often. Through 6 games in 2019 we are averaging more yards per attempt than through 6 games in 2018. Numbers vs. perception is always interesting.
  8. t-rex

    Sound familiar?

    I often wonder what coach Pagano would have done if he had not been tied to Grigson. Coach Dungy was great, but he had Polian who is in the Hall of Fame in his own right as a GM. Riech is good. But he too is tied to great GM. I understand its subjective, but I blame most of the Colts prior problems on Grigson and not Pagano.
  9. I'm not a big fan of the color rush uniforms for any team. It looks like they are playing in pajamas or something.
  10. GAME 1 39/53 329 2/1 Pts. 23 21/27 190 2/0 Pts. 24 GAME 2 21/31 179 2/2 Pts. 21 17/28 146 3/1 Pts. 19 GAME 3 25/40 163 1/0 Pts. 16 28/37 310 3/0 Pts. 27 GAME 4 40/64 464 4/0 Pts. 34 24/46 265 3/1 Pts. 24 GAME 5 38/59 365 3/2 Pts. 24 18/29 151 0/1 Pts. 19 GAME 6 23/43 301 4/3 Pts. 34 26/39 326 4/0 Pts. 30 Jacoby Brissett: 134/206 1388 65% 6.73 14/3 Rating 100.98 Points per game: 143/23.83 Andrew Luck: 186/290 1801 64% 6.21 16/8 Rating 88.3 Points per game: 152/25.33. Observations: Through the first 6 games, the 2019 offense has scored just 9 fewer points compared to 2018. If Adam Vinatieri had just been average for the first few weeks, the 2019 offense actually would have been more productive. The 2019 passing game is currently averaging more yards per pass play than we did through 6 games in 2018 (6.73 vs. 6.21). And we are on pace to nearly equal the mark for the 2018 season (6.7 vs. 7.2). The passer rating is higher through 6 games than it was through 6 games last year. The passer rating is currently on pace to finish slightly higher for the season than it was in 2018 (100.98 vs. 98.7). The completion percentage is comparable across the board. Through 6 games last year it was 64% vs. 65% this year. The 2018 Colts finished the season with a 67% completion percentage. The 2018 team threw the ball far more often. The production in yards is based on volume. Not efficiency. The 2018 team threw a lot more interceptions through the first 6 games (8 vs. 3). The interception rate was not due to the increased passing volume. In 2018 through 6 games our interception rate was 2.75%. In 2019 it is just 1.45%. Note: Sports Reporter Stephen Holder pointed out on twitter that Jacoby Brissett has less career starts than Mitchell Trubisky, Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson. He's still very young at the position. I find this topic endlessly fascinating. The numbers are from me sitting at my computer with a calculator. If there are any mistakes or typos please let me know and I will correct them. This is why I posted the game by game numbers. More eyes are always better. We play tomorrow. I will update as we move forward.
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