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  1. wth are you talking about? edit: also, no - Willis is not a free safety.
  2. Eh... Why are you asking the question in such a contentious way? Do you think I don't want him to succeed or something? On the very first page of this thread I think I gave him big props for today's performance (and the comment applies for more than just this game). He made some very good plays, but more importantly he looked like he was in control of the offense and move the ball down the field very well. I think it is important for us(especially for Ballard and Reich) to critically evaluate Brissett this season because the consequences might span the next half a decade+ of Colts football. This includes the positives and the negatives of his game and it should be a holistic evaluation over the span of the season rather than based on single bad or good games. Every QB in the NFL is capable of having a horrible or a great game on a random Sunday... We should keep gathering impressions and amalgamate them into a more fully informed opinions by the end of the season.
  3. I kind of wished we declined that specific penalty. I feel like refs should be allowed discretion for situations like that and should be able to pick up the flag once they realize what's happened. This was such a nonsense call... Feel terrible for Neal too. He is a player who plays the game with incredible physicality and determination and is fun to watch whenever he is not playing against your team. Hopefully he recovers fully...
  4. Agree on the final drive. I would love some of the journalists to ask them about the rationale on the multitude of 3d and long for the Falcons and the coverage we chose to play. It was so frustrating and annoying... we switched to man coverage on 3d and short... but we were playing zone still on 3d and long. Just man up on 3d and long and make the WRs beat us... QBs like Matt Ryan simply dispose of our soft zone in those situations. Every high end QB we've played against has killed us in those situations. Hell even old Eli Manning almost beat us last year by abusing our zone.
  5. Loved his accuracy and ball placement on multiple throws... and on variety of throws. This is a serious area where he's improved a ton from 2017 til now. It's usually not something QBs improve much, but I love what I see from him in that aspect. Another thing that cannot be understated - his pocket awareness and movement has been great. That's another thing that was a knock on him last time he started.
  6. Luck was coming off of a shoulder injury and he looked like he had problems with the velocity of the ball on intermediate and long balls the first several weeks. Also the OLine was injured and still not in its final shape and Reich was trying to protect him(he was still throwing a ton, even if not deep). This is not remotely similar. Jacoby can throw it 60 yards off platform if he decides to do it.
  7. Burrow is impressing me more and more. Some good tests coming up in the following weeks... the ultimate test will be Alabama, but that new LSU offense is filthy with him and the talented receivers he has. He's at 360 and 4 TDs at half time against Vanderbilt... they are a bad team but he's dispatching them like they are a bad team. There is no let down from him. BTW their defense is not amazing this year so Burrow will need high scoring game to hang with Alabama.
  8. This is not about play recognition or about studying the film. This one is about anticipation because in the span of 0.1 seconds Hilton makes that one from a potentially contested throw into a "there is noone 10 yards around me" throw with potential for TD run after the catch. Brissett needs to anticipate this through monitoring the movement of the defenders and his receivers and anticipating that this window will open up by the time the ball arrives at the receiver even if it doesn't look like it is open at the moment he releases the ball. This is when he needed to throw the ball: The safety is already cleared by the vertical post route by Pascal and the linebacker has his hips flipped to the inside even if he's just a couple of yards away from Hilton. You have to throw this. You just have to. You have to anticipate that no defender in the picture would be able to get anywhere close to Hilton at the moment the ball arrives. Hell, when a linebacker is covering Hilton you probably have to throw it even if the defender is not in this of a compromised position already. This is just one example, but this is happening relatively frequently with Brissett. In most cases it's not THIS obvious, but that's the crux of the matter -- he doesn't see and he doesn't make the aggressive throws. It's not just the playcalling. I'm not sure just how much this can be fixed through coaching and experience.
  9. This is not the question. Every single QB will miss a receiver here or there. Every single QB will place the ball in harms way every now and then. Just like every QB will make some great aggressive throws(look at Brissett's throw to Ebron in the Chargers game... that was a beauty). The question is about the frequency and consistency of those throws. The great ones miss receivers less frequenty and make big time plays more frequently. So far the book on Brissett is that he is relatively passive with his throws and that he misses receivers relatively frequently. Part of it might be the way Reich is calling the offense right now... we will see if anything changes by the end of the season... but even if you put the blame on Reich for the relatively passive passing game, then it again boils down to having a QB that your playcaller doesn't trust to make the big plays. It ends up with the offense being crippled in similar ways whether it's the QB not being able to make the throws or the coach not willing to give him that responsibility.
  10. Mariota does the exact same thing - he had wide open outlet receivers on a couple of his sacks and he just didn't see them and let himself get sacked. This is the comparison I've found myself making more and more with Brissett. Doesn't see receivers, is not aggressive with his throws, lacks anticipation... problems with ball placement.
  11. ^in case people have not noticed... Last year the Colts were top 3 in pace in game-neutral situations, this year we are bottom 5... at least so far.
  12. Only if he can play QB better than Brissett....
  13. This is exactly what I'm seeing with Brissett. He's too hesitant and slow with his decisions and not aggressive enough or lacks vision/anticipation to make aggressive throws.
  14. To me he looked hesitant and not sure in what he was seeing yesterday. The Titans did the same to Mayfield last week. They present some exotic front formations and coverage setups that seem to confuse inexperienced QBs. It's possible part of it was due to what the defense was showing him yesterday.
  15. IMO they will let him him the waiver wire and hope he clears waivers to put him on practice squad.
  16. I'm taking a very patient approach this year with most things on our roster. This includes Brissett. I don't mind giving him all the chances to prove himself. I want Reich to encourage him to look downfield more frequently. This should be evaluation year for the QB position. From what I've seen so far, I don't think Brissett should be the long-term solution for us, but I don't exclude him changing my mind. To me he looks like a game manager who is either hesitant to pull the trigger on big time throws or lacks the vision and anticipation to make the throws. The announcers yesterday made some good points about him lacking the patience in certain situations where a big time throw was there for him to make to TY but he left that read prematurely. IMO things like this happen all the time and would be seen very clearly if we had the all 22 tape. You can see them even on the regular TV tape in a lot of situations. Maybe with more experience in the system and against less confusing defenses(the Titans actually do some wild things with their fronts and coverage setup that confuse QBs - for example even Mayfield fell prey to it last week), Brissett will look better and will start to let it loose, so... I am good waiting for it and seeing how the season develops. I think Brissett deserves the chance to prove us right or wrong for most if not all the season.
  17. Call stands. Once they call it, there is no way to overturn it unless there is zero contact between them.
  18. I don't want to be too effusive with my praises because Mariota is god awful, but most of our young DBs did really well today. Both Willis and especially Hooker in coverage were tremendous. Wilson was great too. He got flagged for a play he shouldn't have been... he had 2 great coverage snaps at the end of the game. I loved what I saw from him.
  19. Too bad we didn't keep the one from last year. He was a really good one.
  20. Damn... that will be a sad day. Not the way I wanted to see him go, if he does go, at least he did it with a win.
  21. IMO it's not just by design. In 2017 when the offense was designed for big shots downfield he was still one of the QBs with fewest big-time throws. Some QBs are just like that by nature - they don't turn it loose or they hesitate or don't see the throws(at least not consistently enough). Which with Jacoby is a shame because he has hell of an arm.
  22. He's exactly what I thought he was. He's good enough to get us in trouble long-term. I hope Ballard and Reich are doing unbiased evaluation of the situation. We can be a winning team with him in the regular season, but IMO we will be in serious disadvantage in most playoff battles.
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