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Lawrence Owen

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  1. Cowboys aren't in cap hell due to going out and 'buying' players. They just have a ton of resources in their offensive line, and Defensive front 7. This is the exact same thing Ballard is trying to do. Only, I hope he is able to work finances a little better over the long term stretch. He has cap room ATM he can use to help with that, by extending certain players this year and next.
  2. I'll let Robert Mathis know this, next time I talk with him,....lol
  3. I've been on the A.J. Brown bandwagon since the off-season began. I think he is the #1 wr for Indy. Will he be the best in the NFL of this class when all said and done? I'm not sure. But I think of everyone in this class, A.J. has the best shot of being tops for production in Indy.
  4. What was broke was the lack of commitment to the run game after Mack returned week 7 Vrs the Jets. At that time Indy had their starting O-line set, and Mack was back. After that He ran really well. The Problem at this time was not our stable, it was (as Reich said himself) the commitment to the run game. Any time Mack carried the ball 15+times, our run game benefited. It softened the opposing defense's with bruising run blocks throughout the game, and Mack got better and better as each game went on. Mack averaged 5+ YPC and 120+ YPG anytime he carried the ball 15+ times. The Only exception to this was week 7 vrs the Jets ,where Mack carried 12 times for 89 yards. was getting his carries but Our defense was not able to stop the passing game at the time, and Indy fell behind and Reich turned to the passing game. Reich's biggest problem last year was he went to the pass way too much earlier in the season. And If Indy fell behind in a game (Sans the K.C. game) he would give up on the run game entirely. After Mack got back from his hamstring issue from preseason, he was fine, finishing out the final 9 games plus 2 play-off games. I don't think injuries is an issue for him. He was pulled from that first game because of re-aggravating the same hamstring, same thing happened to A.C. . Colts just tried to get their players on the field too fast. I think we will see a more steadfast Reich when it comes to the run game this coming year. Learning from last year, that even if your first 4-5 run's don't go for 4+ yards, does not mean you should go away from it. Sometimes a run game takes a full quarter or 2 to really start going and establish a rhythm. Plus, this will be Mack's 3rd year, His 2nd year was a massive leap in his total RB abilities. Same could happen for Hines and Wilkins. Plus a young O-line learning and developing together. As the year wore on they worked much better together as they got to know each other, and the RB got to know them as well. This Running game will be top 10 next year, and Indy doesn't even need to add any pieces, just what we have. As long as Reich stays committed to it each and every game.
  5. He's been doing #TheGRIDIRONGANG for months now. I've been following it, and he's been doing a lot of hard work honing young players.
  6. This offseason just started. No need to worry about what hasn't happened, when we still have tons of time. Kelly and Heag can be extended right now if Ballard wants to. And next year Hooker, Wilson, Mack, Hairston, and Walker can all be extended if he chooses. There are places to spend the excess cap spend min to help get to the 89% average. But Ballard will get guys like he did last year. Scheme fit guys that are locker room friendly, but not going to break the bank.It's about building something that can be nearly completely refreshed with future drafts, as we loose players, not filling holes for now. It is a system that is proven to work with teams that draft well. Ballard does that. He's not changing his system just because there is excess $$. It's not being cheap, it's being smart within the system.
  7. Why you say Desire? He was a Free agent. Not a Colts pick. Kelly, Heag, can be extended now. Hooker, Wilson, Mack, Hairston and Walker next year. Some of those aren't huge stars right now, but they've shown to be good enough players to keep. And depending on the play, sometimes it takes 3 years to get into your groove.
  8. 1st: Wow. Gratz for the Browns. It is a steep price, but probably worth it in the long run since they have all those guys for the next 3-4 years under contract. And his 'deva' antics are misconstrued. His sideline exploits have almost always been him upset with himself. He's been a stand-out guy when it comes to the media/locker room talking/defending his team-mates and coaches. 2nd: Ballard hasn't necessarily been conservative. Everyone I've seen go, that I thought he might go after has went for WAY to much. 3rd: I hope Ballard does what he did last year with a bunch of 2nd/3rd tier guys that come in as scheme players and bring this team up the next level ...again. 4th: Sounds like to me between this year and next, Ballard will have the $$ to extend/resign everyone on their last leg of their contracts, or 3rd years of rookie deals. 5th: All My Opinion (for the most part)
  9. I think Funchess will be better with Luck's touch than Superman's Laser's. And He did go after people, But when the opposing teams start mortgaging their houses for above average players, it is just time to fold your cards and walk away. I am for one VERY happy Ballard has the self control to do that when it is needed.
  10. I have no issue finding a Safety to add to depth and fight with other's in that area, especially if they have tools to cover TE's. I think Leonard could, if given a chance, and not in zone, But his abilities could also be used elsewhere. I see no issue signing Collins, who is a proven box safety, and drafting another safety for those purposes and letting them fight it out. Would actually be a decent idea anyhow when Colts are in sub formations.
  11. To be fair, not many can adequately cover elite TE's in this league. Kittle, Kelce, Ertz, Gronk.
  12. Yes. I have a funny feeling Eberflus would be really happy with 9 catches for 83 yards. His entire mantra is keep everything in front of you, and tackle well. Sounds to me like that is what happened. Anyone with 9 catches, and averages about 9 yards/catch is really low. Especially Kittle. But also, The biggest thing is, we need a key player for our pass rush. IF (big if here) we can get on or two good pass rushers, that fit Eberflus' scheme, then Collins/Hooker combo is perfect. QB's would be forced to throw quicker, and Collins could then use his athleticism and size to his advantage. The Giants were the 2nd worst team in the NFL in sacks last year. Meaning the DB's had to play coverage forever. No help from the front 7. Even though we could use a premiere pass rusher, we were not nearly as bad off as the Giants.
  13. This. Frankly, Collins had too much on his plate in N.Y. He second guessed himself a lot because he knew the guys around him was bad. On this defense, the secondary is pretty disciplined. And with Hooker back there, he can be let loose to make plays, and not worry about whether or not this CB, or that safety , can handle his job. Collins play's press coverage against TE's very well. But he's not a CB, he doesn't belong 1-1 with top WR's. He's play's in the box, and either plays the run, or cover's TE's. And he does both very well.
  14. My biggest takeaway from this re-signing is him saying : “The locker room that’s here and the people that Chris and coach has brought in, and the chemistry that we have now, it was something I didn’t want to change out for anything else." This makes me think what the coaches have been saying is very much real and tangible. Might be a player selling tool to other free agents like Collins. Hooker is good friends with him, so maybe we really have a shot with him. Hunt was a very solid piece to the D-line. was top 20 in NFL in TFL's also.
  15. Believe it or not, them and Kevin Bowen are the reason I decided to go into that field. I also enjoy this guys youtube vids...he does a great job doing highlights. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZe57Y8RridU6EkWXidnOdw
  16. I just don't think it'll happen. Ballard let go of Frank, he is solid short yardage though. I just don't think Ballard would go there, even on a deal on the cheap. But I do like Peterson, and think he could still be a viable help to a team.
  17. Wilkins' problem is he doesn't consistently carry high and tight. A lot of times his forearm drops, and the nose of the ball comes down away from his body as he is running, giving an open space for defenders to get their hands on the ball and wedge it out of his grasp. Until he learns to protect the football better with his fundamentals, his roles will be limited. As a runner, he is absolutely fabulous. He has some of the smoothest cuts I've ever seen. But you are a bit right that he doesn't carry his weight and size the way most his size do. But neither did Eric Dickerson. Very similar running styles for bigger backs. (NOT saying Wilkins is in any way as good as Dickerson was).
  18. Thank you. But I'm not allowed to talk about it on forums.
  19. That's fine. We all like different things. Is why it is a discussion. But thanks for your support! I'm always up for debates, as long as they are kept intellectual, and don't get so heated someone pop's off and says something that attacks the other person's character because they don't agree. There are people everywhere like that.
  20. Oh, and sorry I'm not on here as much. My new career keeps me busy. But from time to time, I promise to visit, and make my presence known with a tidbit here and there for everyone Miss you all,....keep up the great convo's!
  21. Both PFF and Football Outsiders ranked Marlon Mack as on of the best RB's in the NFL at Yards after Contact. I think what a lot of people do not see is how Mack makes just sleight moves to avoid full contact and run through arm tackles at or near the line of scrimmage. What most of us see is when he is hit full force, and Mack is stopped in his tracks. Even then though, he does fall forward the majority of the time. Mack's physical size and statue requires him to be elusive. And if you watch his tape closely, he does so ever so slightly when he's about to make contact with someone, especially running through a hole at the line of scrimmage. Also we saw a lot of him trying that same move in the open field against DB's, and it didn't work against them because they are normally nimble enough to make those sleight corrections, where linebackers and linemen have a harder time. He Discovered much later in the season, and into the playoff's he had to make more drastic cuts vrs those type of defenders. With that knowledge and growth, I fully expect an even better 2019 season from Mack. Hopefully Mudd can also work with Rathman some, and get Mack better at catching a screen pass. This was something the Colts did very well when Mudd was the O-line coach rhe first time around.
  22. IMO, this is not quantifiable. Different positions, different times. It's like saying, who was better, Barry Sanders or Joe Montana?
  23. I disagree. Many Texans fans honestly think they will own the division for years to come because of their few superstar's they have. Most of them honestly believe Watson is better than Luck, and their offense is as well. Let alone the fact that even though we were a top 10 defense last year, no fan in the NFL other than Colts fans knows this. They still think we have a terrible defense.
  24. I absolutely believe you. I have read articles, and listened to a lot of Texans podcast's. They make zero excuses for hating Indy. But I think Titans fans might actually hate Indy more. Their hatred burns so deep because they haven't won a game against Andrew luck...ever. And before that, Manning had their number as well.
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