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  1. I beg to differ. If there is a match for a FS, Mack is a great trade piece. The Niners are decimated at RB. So are the Ravens, while the Panthers have had a setback with McCaffrey and need another guy. In the right situation, Mack is far more valuable than a late draft pick.
  2. I like Blackmon at SS and a free agent FS if a good one is available. Willis can be a solid backup and dime player.
  3. Hoose

    Injuries

    Not this much stuff. He’s officially injury prone and as sad as it is to say, his being constantly unavailable makes him very replaceable.
  4. Yup. On top of his great running ability, Edge was a phenomenal receiver and blocker. Before his injury, he was in rarefied air as a RB. As good as I’ve seen. I love JT. But it’s just way, way too soon to compare him to the Edge.
  5. Good takes by both of you. This guy making the team was a serious long shot. The fact that he did speaks of how highly the Colts brass thinks of him. He needs time to hone his craft but the raw skills are there. Give him time. He might just surprise everyone and turn out to be something special.
  6. The Colts need an immediate upgrade of talent on the D. Free Agency is the source for that upgrade. They can’t get the players they need in free agency unless they find some cap relief. Moving Q to LT and putting Reed in at LG will get them that relief. Look no further than the great Larry Allen to see that this can be done successfully. Allen played every position along the O line for the Cowboys except Center. He was a pro bowler at both LG and RG, and a pro bowler at LT. Why can’t the Colts do this with Q? They can, and given the personnel situation they now face, it’s foolish not to give it a try.
  7. I have to agree that this entire “shuffle the O-Line” discussion is premature, but it’s not foolish to believe it could eventually happen. But first: 1. Let’s agree that Q stays a Colt and gets paid. 2. Fisher needs a full season of work under his belt to show if he can handle the LT job moving forward. It’s too soon to know. 2. Reed needs to be evaluated on a full season of work as well. He is the key to any discussion about moving Q to LT. 3. The Colts DO need to upgrade talent at other positions, chief among them CB, LB, S, and TE. Some of these upgrades will need to be free agents. 4. Paying Q AND a LT is going to severely pinch the Colts cap. Which is why a move to LT by Q may make sense at the end of the day, given the other team needs that require an outlay of cash. 5. In a perfect world, you don’t move Q. But my guess is, in the end, this season will be disappointing, and a more significant talent upgrade will be required to be competitive, especially on D. That means, despite Ballard’s preference to build through the draft, a few FA’s will be signed, and the cost of that may require Q to move to LT in order to afford the additional talent needed. Even IF Fisher regains his mojo.
  8. The criticism of Frank as I read it and see it is this: You are moving the ball well by being creative last night. You know your kicker is hurt. You know you have a huge problem stopping the other team because your entire defensive backfield is injured. So to win you have to keep scoring TDs because, again, your kicker is hurt and you can’t count on him. So what do you do? You act as if none of the above exists and go ultra conservative, playing to bleed the clock and set up the field goal. Frank, for whatever reason, ignored the obvious and followed the same sad playbook he always seems to fall back upon at the end of the day: run it up the middle and play not to lose. That’s the reason for the criticism.
  9. Yup. That was a “nothing burger”moment by Doyle and he was rewarded by a bone headed move by the DB. I’m sure there was a lot of verbal back and forth all game. A non issue except it gave the Colts a chance to win.
  10. Keep Mack for now….Let’s see how the next few games go. Because Mack is the key RB insurance should anything happen to JT. If the season spirals down over the next few weeks, getting a decent draft pick, if offered, would make sense. But not yet.
  11. Emphasize that part about “foolish coaching decisions” and you can isolate the main problem right there. Frank turning back into Frank occurred at the worst possible time. Hot Rod was hurt; the defensive secondary was reduced to a bunch of scrap just pulled off the heap; and Frank goes ultra conservative as if none of the above exists and plays for a FG. After having called a pretty darn good game for three quarters. And Eberflus’ scheme…… can we all agree it’s just awful, with or without any DB talent? This team, banged up as it was, should have been able to easily win that game last night. The fact that they didn’t hangs on two people: Reich and Eberflus. One for incredibly poor play calling judgement, once again, in crunch time; the other for failing to adapt his D to the same plays the Ravens ran over and over and over again in the 4th qtr. I feel badly for the players; they are being consistently let down by the coaching leaders on this team.
  12. It’s true about Campbell. But Blankenship kicked it low also. Perfect storm.
  13. Honestly, I could see Blackman at SS. And Willis on the bench.
  14. Not even close.
  15. Well said. Nelson stays and gets paid. He's the best in the NFL at his position, and when fully healthy, makes the LT playing next to him better. He is the heart and soul of the O-line. He's staying. Fisher is rusty and still physically recovering from the Achilles injury. Give him the season to see how he progresses; I suspect, barring injury, that most will want him back by the end of the year.
  16. Agree. An upgrade is clearly needed there. CB has become the Achilles heel position for the Colts. And they could sure use a true FS.
  17. I will miss him. A truly great Colt. But its also time to assess what's left in the cupboard WR-wise; and maybe get creative. When you look at the squad, one guy pops out to me: Hines. I'd love to see the Colts expand his playbook and see what he could do out wide.
  18. I agree. Time to forgive this guy who had such a positive impact on the team and it’s fans through the years. Whether he goes in the ring doesn’t matter to me; recognizing his importance to the Indy Colts does matter though. Racism is never acceptable; but recognizing he has paid a severe price for a lone mistake and moving forward in a positive way is the right thing to do. Somehow, some way, give this guy his due and at the same time, forgive him.
  19. I might add The Sandlot and Tin Cup to that list. And Downhill Racer.
  20. First things first. NCF, thanks for the post. Hopefully it continues to generate some thoughtful comments. Second, BALLARD can draft all the talent in the world; if it isn't being used properly, then this team will continue to flounder. I believe the biggest problem lies in coaching. This is where Ballard has erred, and where he must work to fix things. Eberflus first: his scheme is not working to maximize the talent on the field. And I don't see this changing unless there IS some intervention from above. I don't want to see the GM trying to coach either; but there has to be a change in the use of the personnel on defense or the definition of insanity kicks in here. The best D's get pressure on the QB. Look around the league; this is a simple fact. If you can't generate it up front with the current personnel, then you have to manufacture it. And...... if you continue to leave a huge cushion in the secondary for every single QB in the league to exploit, you are never going to stop these pass happy O's of the modern NFL. And Frank Reich just cannot get out of his own way with his play calls. He is, IMO, hurting the team with his predictable and ineffective calls in the red zone. I won't belabor all the concerns with Frank and the O. The talent may be lacking at WR and TE compared to other teams, but there IS talent there and its not being exploited. Nor are our stellar RBs. Frank HAS to change things up with his play calls. Ballard and Irsay may have to put their collective feet down to make it happen, but SOMETHING has to change. Ballard isn't perfect; no GM is, but he's pretty darn good at his job. His coaches and their schemes are letting the team down. THAT is where Ballard will need to figure things out. And intervene, if necessary. Otherwise, the definition of insanity prevails on this team, and disappointment will continue.
  21. I agree with the chickenMan here. Wentz is not the problem. He's banged up because the O-line is banged up, and he paid a price because Aaron Donald was living in the backfield in the Rams game. He is truly injured and probably should not be suiting up at the moment. Give Wentz a little time to truly heal and surround him with a healthier offense and things will get better. A bit. The true problem IMO is poor coaching. THAT is a challenge that ownership will have to address. First the O: Frank is a great guy, a QB guru, and a fine leader of men. He is NOT any good at calling plays. And Reich is ignoring the use of his obvious playmakers. Look at Green Bay last night: who did they go to over and over again? Adams and Jones. They get their playmakers the ball. Not Frank. JT and Hines are being criminally underutilized. And the awful red zone play calls are now the norm rather than an exception. And then there is the bend don't break D: the total lack of a pass rush is killing the Colts once again. And when they blitz, its either picked up or the play is checked down to a wide open receiver filling the blitzer's coverage area. Which means its predictable, like everything else the Colt's D tries. Combine this situation with an obviously banged up Leonard, whose health is far too critical for the D's success, and things look bleak. Is the answer to blitz early and often? A Blitzburg approach? Something has to improve here, because the personnel isn't changing any time soon. But will the coaches change ANYTHING? My guess is not without an intervention from above. Ballard and Irsay will have to do something soon or it won't just be the season that is lost; let these coaching issues fester long term, and the players will lose confidence in the schemes and the team's leadership/direction. My hope: the Colt's brass lays down the law with Frank and tells him to either change his approach to play calling or to yield to his O coordinator. My prediction: The team execs aren't going to undermine their head coach in the middle of the season, so Frank continues to call plays the rest of the year and "tweaks" his approach. But not enough to change the awful decision making. At which point, Irsay will have to push for genuine changes. My hope: the Colts' brass lays down the law with Eberflus and tells him to turn up the heat and stop the overall vanilla approach to coverage and blitzing. My prediction: Flus turns up the heat, and the Colts finally get some pressure via some new blitzing schemes. Which improves the pass D. Not enough to make up for an anemic offense should things not change,, but enough to keep the Colts competitive in most of their remaining games. I love the Colts, but they are hard to watch right now without feeling some genuine despair about their future. If the coaches get a swift kick in the *, things may change. Lets hope that the team's executives are willing to put on their steel toed boots and do that.
  22. Yup. Could have done that too. My guess is Ballard rolled the dice on that option as well and thought the OT would be there.
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