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  1. ColtsBlueFL

    "Indianapolis' Tough Defense"

    Have to be careful he doesn't go LeVeon Bell-esque on us.
  2. ColtsBlueFL

    Why the Colts will put Dallas away...fast.

    Rod Marinelli taught him and know most of what he/we will do. It seems like a very divisional face off, from teams in separate conferences. Reich knows Dallas, Dallas knows much about Reich (Eagles OC) as well. It's the wrinkles that Frank and Matt bring that might be key, not the core substance. I think Dallas has given up the least amount of 4th quarter points in the league. By far, too. And to me, our defense is much like theirs, but not quite as talented. I feel the Colts do need to get rolling earlier to take this game. Do not rely on late game heroics if they can help it.
  3. I remember the furor on here of Dorsey taking Mayfield (instead of Darnold) and the Giants taking Barkley (instead of Darnold). It was like two of the biggest draft day debacles ever at lots #1 and #2 had been committed. But so far, it has been solid choices for them both. And Darnold could well end the Jets QB issues if he can continue to develop.
  4. I can see where it was thought that. Tony Dungy hinted Polian was leaning ot RGIII at that time. Bill, however, has a slightly different take- "It's interesting, I said to Jim Irsay just two day days before I got let go, I've done all the work on the top quarterbacks, RG and Andrew. {he had also scouted Tannehill too} My son Chris had joined me and he'd done the same amount work. Tom Telesco wasn't in the building, but, you know, all three of us had seen both at great length. I said, whatever happens tomorrow, we're golden because we're going to get one of the two. They're both can't miss. And if we end up with the first pick, make it your choice. I don't care. Both of them are gonna be great. Pending something we find out [at the Combine] a physical in a physical exam, or some special thing that comes about that we don't know about now. But, if you're judging just based on scouting, you can't miss on either one. Jim Irsay said, I would rather take Andrew because RG is a running quarterback and he's likely to get hurt. Jim knows football, and understood it." So Bill says either, but agrees with Irsay that RGIII is a higher risk because of the running aspect. And before Peyton was released, folks (like Jamele Hill of ESPN at the time) was pushing RGIII. Irsay was always for Luck, over Polian and before Grigson. https://www.stampedeblue.com/2012/4/19/2960858/bill-polian-jim-irsay-preferred-andrew-luck-to-robert-griffin-iii
  5. ColtsBlueFL

    2018 Rule Changes.

    True, I think it is unbalanced. However, the refs are going to look at whether the runner is lowering to protect himself, or trying to be a battering ram and blow through the defender. I think position on the field will play into it. The more outside the hash marks and in open field, the higher likelihood the ball carrier could get the flag. Inside the hash marks, probably more of a protective posture will be seen. If they both lower to 'initiate' contact, I usually see the defender as getting the flag, though an offsetting infraction should be called at times, IMHO. The NFL/competition committee needs to revisit and review this, again IMHO. This is unanticipated fallout from a new rule. Some QB's just can't slide, so the rule is to protect a QB going to the ground on his own as 'giving himself up'; feet first or not. Thus any body part that touches the ground that would otherwise be considered 'down by contact {if otherwise were touched}, then the play is dead and ball spotted where it was held when the body part was down. There was no subsection outlining any extenuating circumstance. Thus no special consideration for diving for the first down or goal lines. The competition committee may (or may not) choose to revisit this in the off season. For now, the QB cannot be afforded the 'extra' protections of giving ones self up, and also be able to dive for the goal and first down lines without defenders being able to defend {hit} him to prevent advancement. So officials {as of today} will consider any QB, in any scenario, sliding or diving head first as 'giving oneself up' and blow the play dead. The rule won't be changed, and I'm not sure how they can properly word first down and TD diving attempts by a QB as not giving oneself up and allow defenders to hit the QB (not helmet to helmet though) into the rule.
  6. ColtsBlueFL

    Carson Wentz Injured

    Why is it still a rumor? If he has a stress fracture of the spine, it will be months recovery. He can't play and risk further injury and lengthening the recovery time. I think he missed some practice earlier this year because of his back. Seems to me he might have disregarded his body (pains) since then and toughed it out thus further aggravating the injury. I suspect he possibly refused having an MRI or bone scan too. Early stress fractures can be missed on a conventional X-ray, and sometimes even Computed Tomogaphy (CT) scans. To me, if the stress fracture is in the Pars (near the Lamina and likely at L5) where I suspect it may be (as in many young athletes, it is), then he is out. Period. Forget what Pederson says. And any injury report that says anything but out. He needs to rest 2-3 months, at least. It's a slow developing, and also a slow healing incident. And he needs it to heal or risk spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis. My immediate question is, how did he even suffer this (the mechanism/cause)? I wonder if he is a weight room lifting monster (well, for a QB) ??
  7. ColtsBlueFL

    I Ran into some Colts

    The point was Morris and Booger’s play were both vital and valuable additions in how the Colts were able to go on the Super Bowl run. Richardson did get accolades for his rookie season - https://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2012/12/trent_richardson_sets_another.html But also, there were questions. Jim Brown called him ‘ordinary’. His yards per carry was only 3.6. The Cleveland coaches and GM knew Trent had issues understanding blocking schemes, NFL caliber defensive pursuit, and where/when holes were likely to open up. (Vision). Colts apparently did not realize this and traded for him, and the Browns were happy to get a #1 pick back for moving him. His demise was sealed, and he bounced around failing for other teams willing to take a flyer. Morris did get it together and contributed when it was most needed. Sanders got healthy and contributed (once more) when it was most needed. Booger got very comfortable with the other D linemen around him and his assignments, and contributed when it was most needed. That was the only point. We do not know how Morris and Booger would have performed in 2007 and beyond because they both suffered injuries that concluded their playing careers. Trent is still an unsigned Free Agent as far as I know.
  8. ColtsBlueFL

    Colts have the #1 defense in NFL since week 7

    If the info is what you want, interested folks will figure out the formatting.
  9. Same here, especially at #6. An upset poster?
  10. ColtsBlueFL

    I Ran into some Colts

    Fixed it for you. {Yes, we all know he won a Super Bowl with the Bucs the year Gruden took over for Dungy}
  11. ColtsBlueFL

    I Ran into some Colts

    More than Booger. Played in 2 games, 12 solo tackles, 1 assist. Season (and eventually career) ending knee surgery around game 4 in 2007. He was released in Feb. 2008 (failed physical). So, in a way, like Booger, I guess he retired too.
  12. ColtsBlueFL

    I Ran into some Colts

    Well, more like forced to retire. He suffered a career ending knee injury in training camp the next year. And that is different than just retiring. Booger wasn’t here long, but he is well accepted, and his quick growth and accomplishments in our defense, especially post season, were a key part in the Super Bowl run. With Morris in place of Gardner, and the return of the Eraser (Bob Sanders).
  13. ColtsBlueFL

    I Ran into some Colts

    Neither was Booger.
  14. ColtsBlueFL

    I Ran into some Colts

    He was a UFA. Thornton is 'the one' LB Polian regrets letting hit FA to this day. Cato June was a good enough WILL, (but definitely not as good as Thornton). I was never a big fan of Sessions, Hagler, etc...
  15. ColtsBlueFL

    Eberfluss (sp?) May actually be building the monster

    You might be right, but Sirianni was previously a Quality Control, QB, and receivers coach. What is in his in his resume that even hints at a potential HC position anytime soon? Maybe a path like Sean McVay had as OC with Redskins, as you hint at. Yes, it seems HC play callers abound recently, but it is not easy. Doug Pederson offered this advice to Frank Reich before he came here- "The biggest challenge is just getting your own study time in because of all the other things you have to do," Pederson said at the NFL combine in February. "Leading the football team, meeting with doctors, meeting with [GM] Howie [Roseman], the personnel department. Meeting with the [team] president, meeting with the owner." "Those are things that can take away your time during the week, and it's just finding time to get your own study and preparation in and being in a position to help your team. That's the one thing that if I ever get nervous about a game, it's, 'How well did I study during the week?' I think that's the biggest challenge for a head coach who calls plays, is being able to do that for his football team."
  16. ColtsBlueFL

    Why Was Jim Caldwell Fired?

    No, it was 21 wins (27 losses) with a playoff loss 3 years prior to JC, 27 wins (37 losses) 4 years prior, and 29 wins - 51 losses 5 years prior, all under Jim Schwartz. Browns were 23 - 57 in same 5 year period. In the 2001 - 2008 period, Lions were 31 wins with 97 losses. Browns were better at 49 wins with 79 losses. Overall from 2001 - 2013, Browns were 72 - 136 while the Lions were 60 - 148. Lions only had 1 winning season (a 10 - 6 season) in that time frame where Lions got in the playoffs (2011). The Browns did not with a 10 - 6 season as well (2007), but did (as you point out) make playoffs in 2002 with a 9 - 7 record.
  17. ColtsBlueFL

    Eberfluss (sp?) May actually be building the monster

    Frank and Nick have been working together since San Diego. Seems like a Yin and Yang situation. Now that the young Sirianni is the Colts OC, it will likely not be long before he desires his own 'real' OC gig, with full play calling duties, like Eberflus in Dallas to become a DC. If that is the case, how long before Nick wants to leave (how many years left on his contract?), and will Reich just let him go? If he does, who is in line to take OC job without play calling duties with the Colts? That is why asked if "possibly" he 'might' consider relinquishing the play calling at some point down the road.
  18. ColtsBlueFL

    Eberfluss (sp?) May actually be building the monster

    The defensive playbook was installed in OTA’s and training camp. The scheme is the scheme, the plays weren’t just created. I feel they didn’t have much info on how our guys would perform with the various parts of the system. I’m not sure how much of the playbook they knew early, either. I also feel they did not have a good gauge of the competition and their strengths along with how to best use the players to defend them. As each week progressed by, I feel more info on both were clear. And the players were more in tune with the concepts. Thus better game plans, play calls, and player execution. Good growth all around. Eberflus is a brilliant, young defensive mind. We are fortunate to get him and Reich. Possibly Frank will eventually turn over play calls to Sirianni at some point in the next year or two?
  19. ColtsBlueFL

    Eberfluss (sp?) May actually be building the monster

    Eberflus had served as the Cowboys linebackers coach since 2011. At one point, Eberflus had requested permission to interview with the 49ers for their defensive coordinator job. Dallas denied them permission. That likely ruffled his feathers. Not long after, the Cowboys offered Eberflus an extension for his contributions leading to a 13-3 season. Fellow top coaches like DC Marinelli, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia accepted the extension. Eberflus declined — a move that seems was a "bet on himself and his future" move. Apparently, Eberflus had some connection with the Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and where McDaniels was going (as a head coach), Eberflus would follow. But we know how the McDaniels saga transpired. Matt wanted a DC Job, but not take away his boss (Marinelli) job. Especially if Rod was to get an Asst. HC promotion and would still be Matt's boss. DC's want their own show. Eberflus got that in Indy, and will likely get the opportunity to fulfill the entirety of a contract in Indy more so than in Dallas.
  20. ColtsBlueFL

    Eberfluss (sp?) May actually be building the monster

    Dang, y'all confusing me here. I don't think it was all that long ago when it seemed nearly everyone was trashing the Zone / Tampa 2 and wanting Eberflus replaced... What this really points out is the evolution of zone defenses (actually, all of them) and the move to nickel, big nickel, and dime sub packages. But no defense is without weak spots. The right teams with right personnel can find them and exploit them. That is a reason perfect seasons are so hard to achieve.
  21. ColtsBlueFL

    Why Was Jim Caldwell Fired?

    Yes, he passed away some years ago in the city in which I live. I do not know why Paul Brown didn't want Bill Walsh to take over as HC when he relinquished the position. Walsh had to coach at Stanford before getting the 49ers gig too.
  22. ColtsBlueFL

    Why Was Jim Caldwell Fired?

    It seems the fan base is so quick to call coaches bad, trash, etc. because they cant win, let alone get to, a Super Bowl. Two recent ones come to mind. Marvin Lewis, now Jim Caldwell. The Lions were 60 -148 from 2001 - 2013 before Jim Caldwell, (under Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci, Rod Marinelli, and Jim Schwartz) with only 1 playoff appearance over 13 years, and 36 - 28 after Jim Caldwell with 2 playoff appearances in just 4 years. The Bengals from 1992-2002 (under Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, and Dick LeBeau) were 52 - 124. with no post season play, period. Under Lewis ever since, they are 125 - 112 with 3 ties and 7 playoff appearances (yes, they lost all 7). Yes, all teams want to win the big one, but nobody wants to suffer the misery of a team like those Lions before Caldwell and the Bengals (after Sam Wyche) before Lewis. Both of those teams were completely in Cleveland Browns misery territory until those guys got hired. Fact.
  23. I'm not optimistic. He was this years Zach Banner. He failed to make the 53 man squad, and passed clean through the waiver wire. Despite getting a little more consideration - “Yeah, at some level it would be unrealistic to say that draft choices don’t get a little consideration. I mean, that’s just the way it is in this league. I will say this, that in talking with Chris (Ballard) here, we weigh production of the field for rookies probably more than most teams and draft status isn’t an automatic shoe-in in this organization,” Reich said. “You’ve got to earn it.” Evidently, he did not. Eventually signed to the P.S. With a WR corps plagued by miscues, drops, and injury and he hadn't even been called up, until now. So I don't know what is up there. His measurable stats were off the charts, (like a 4.46 forty, 11'2" broad, and 42'6" vertical). I hope for the best but I just do not expect much, maybe a decent special teamer. We'll see.
  24. ColtsBlueFL

    Why Was Jim Caldwell Fired?

    He was very even keeled, not always a bad attribute in the NFL. Jon Gruden was the opposite. It has pluses and minuses too. The step down from an elite QB to backup makes most coaches look bad. Except when Trent Green got hurt and Vermeil inserted Kurt Warner. Ok, and when Bledsoe got hurt and in went Brady... Ok, it says more to me about the quality of your backup QB than coaching. (Painter? Who ever won with him in the NFL?\)
  25. Unfortunately (for you and others that feel similar) that could be a long time. The Steelers have exclusive negotiating rights until at least early March. They can also transition tag him anytime on or after February 19th 2019. Legal Tampering negotiating period is 3/11-13, but a contract cannot be executed until after 4:00 pm ET on March 13th. Steelers would then have the right to match one. Some other snippets I had read about his holdout and potential transition tag- "Bell feels a bit misunderstood over player business. He cited being turned off by how the Steelers were able to walk away from Troy Polamalu -- who technically retired after the 2014 season -- because the money wasn't guaranteed. He didn't want to take the Steelers' monster $70 million offer because the true guarantee was $17 million -- well below backs David Johnson and Todd Gurley, who got between $31 million and $45 million guaranteed this summer." I think Bell held out all year because The Steelers would file a grievance that the Transition tag should be Prorated games missed in 2018. Since he missed all, then any reduction is unlikely IMO. "Bell said two things about the transition tag: (1) The team told him during the franchise-tag negotiations that they would apply it, and (2) he would welcome it because he could negotiate with other teams or the Steelers." But Steelers would have contract match rights to retain him if they desire via that transition tag (only if they decide to use it). But Bell's desire is a longer term contract with hefty guarantees. Would the Steelers match it if/when Bell gets offered one? We won't know much of anything regarding his status until March.