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Everything posted by austriancolt

  1. OT Fisher is an aging veteran and besides Braden Smith Colts have no depth. Drafting a potential successor for Fisher and carrying a reliable third Option that can take over in a few years makes a lot of sense. CB There is Rhodes and Kenny Moore and not much else. Rock Ya-Sin is a disappointment so far and Colts need a starter opposite of Rhodes. WR TY Hilton is aging and deals with injuries and Parris Campbell just can't stay healthy. Both could be gone next season and Colts need a reliable option to pair with Pittman, Paschal and Strachan. LB Okereke is struggling. How great it would be to have another weapon next to Leonard.
  2. Starting Hundley would be a strange decision. You spent a draft pick on Eason, let him sit and learn a whole year and now you start a guy who you signed just a few weeks ago? I say start Eason let him gain some experience and see what he can do in a whole game it's not like we would be a sure winner with Hundley under Center. With all respect to him I don't see him winning us the game.
  3. Davenport, Tevi and signing injured and aging Eric Fisher only late in the offseason instead of draft a guy or getting after some better free agents. They gambled and tried to fix the hole Castonzo left with some cast offs from other teams. Same mistake as Grigson did.
  4. I don't see that. This problem will be an issue for the whole season and depending on an aging veteran LT thats comes back from a serious injury (that is rushed back into the starting lineup too fast) isn't something you should feel comfortable and Colts have no depth behind them. It was a bad gamble by Ballard and it already cost them with Wentz injury.
  5. Hate to say it but that was something I and other predicted right after the draft. The way the Colts handled the loss of their franchise LT was a big mistake. Trying to find cheap solutions on your OL gets your QB killed.
  6. Ballard simply needs to take some blame. Yes injuries are one reason but if you lose your franchise LT and you try to plug that huge hole with some cheap players and rely on an injured Eric Fisher (that you signed late in of season while sitting on your hands early) to come back and play like a pro bowler was a big gamble that's not working right now. Castonzos retirement wasn't a surprise, not drafting a successor within the last two years a big mistake.
  7. If you can't protect your QB he will get hurt. Happend with Luck, happens with Wentz now. Colts repeating same mistakes. Of course injuries are a problem, but lacking depth and doing nothing this offseason and just put a lot of good hope in guys like Tevi was trouble from the beginning.
  8. Great Job Ballard! I called it right after the draft not drafting an OT and relying on guys like Davenport, Tevi and an injured Fisher was a huge mistake. Now you have your QB injured.
  9. Well... not drafting an OT, signing guys like Tevi and Davenport and hoping they turn into pro bowlers and relying on an injured Eric Fisher was a mistake many here called right after the draft.
  10. takeaways: - Wentz looked good, like his mobility and performance after missing most of training camp. - Offensive Line was terrible. Davenport sucks but that was to be expected, Smith and Kellys performance after getting paid was just pathetic. - Frank Reich wth? Could've been Chuck Pagano out there. - CB and OT are high priority in next years draft.
  11. Take the FG instead of the 4th, make a better play call at 2 point conversations and you would still have a shot at a tie. This is why you take the points
  12. Wentz getting killed and thats why you have to do more to improve your Offensive Line and not relying on guys like Davenport or Tevi. If Fisher can't get back to his old performances or get's injured again Wentz will end on IR.
  13. run after run it's like hammering your head against a wall again and again.
  14. "injured guy" who do you think I meant with that?
  15. Why not signing someone in free agency? Not everyone was overpaid, a lot of reasonable contracts were handed out, but Colts once more went for some cheap guys and an injured guy late in offseason and yes Colts could have reacted one or two years ago it was pretty clear that Castonzo was retiring soon.
  16. Not drafting an OT and relying on guys like Holde, Tevi, Davenport and an injurey Eric Fisher was a mistake and some guys here called it on draft day. Looks like its biting Ballard in the * right now.
  17. To be fair Ehlinger is a rookie that has now played what? 3 or 4 quarters at NFL level and joined the Colts 5 months ago while Eason is in his second year and has the advantage of a full season, knowing the system, knowing most of the players etc. So don't be too harsh to Sam, who is playing like you expect a rookie to play that was chosen in round 6.
  18. Well all these interviews are just PR. Not much you can take away from them beside that every pick seems to be a homerun, thats what they always say. Every * season. You won't hear a GM or team owner admitting "Oh we totaly screwed up this pick and panicked on that pick and we just take a gamble with that one.... " And it's always the best team they ever had blablabla.
  19. I mentioned it in another thread. I hope everything turns out great for the Colts but if Wentz get hurt or the Offensive Line starts to struggle because they did nothing with the Tackle position this will blow up in Ballards face. And rightly so. I think its a risk relying on guys like Davenport or Tevi to make a huge step forward or some other project to pan out.
  20. I disagree and think it is a mistake not adressing the LT spot adequately in free agency or the draft. Reminds me a lot of the Grigson days, where the Colts tried to protect their young franchise QB with some cheap backups and a lot of hope that some projects turn into pro bowlers. We all know how that ended. Tevi and Davenport with all respect are backups that you can throw in for a snap or two but you don't want them to be your starter. And the other options out there? Eric Fisher had a serious injury. Okung only played in 13 games over the past two years thank to injuries. And we missed out on every good Tackle in the draft. Even if you think most of them are just RT it would have allowed us to put Smith on the LT spot and play the rookie at RT and leave Nelson on the LG spot that worked out well so far. By the way invest some high draft picks in OL turned a bad Colts Offensive Line in an elite one. Nelson (1st), Kelly (1st), Smith (2nd) are the reason things changed. And it changed because the Colts were willing to invest high picks in their Line. Not doing much in free agency, doing nothing so far in the draft while your franchise LT Castonzo retired is a risky move that could blow up in Ballards face if Wentz get hurt or the Offensive Line struggles.
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