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Everything posted by shasta519

  1. Teams don't want that. But Ballard has also since said he thinks JB is a starter in the league...and will continue to get better. Ballard even publicly defended JB...including against some of the things Ballard himself said. As for the media...JB was front and center before the season when the Colts were telling the media their areas of focus for social justice. Part of me thinks they are very disappointed in how everything has turned out...and there might even be some regrets on how it was played. I am just glad that they realized that this wasn't meant to be the path
  2. It is an odd arrangement for sure. Not in a bad way necessarily...but definitely not the norm. Then again...JB's treatment has really been different from the get go. From refusing to trade him if the situation wasn't right for him...to giving him $28M before he took a snap...to keeping him as a backup after he failed and actually going through with creating silly plays for him. They obviously really just like JB...but I don't think he will be back next year.
  3. I will piggy back on this question as well. Is it the OL? Playcalling or how they are using Taylor? Or is it just Taylor adjusting to the NFL? Here are a few stats for Taylor and how he ranks against other NFL RBs: Yards Before Contact/Attempts - 2.6 yards - 27th Yards After Contact/Attempts - 1.2 yards - 28th Attempts/Broken Tackle - 48.0 - 34th Looking at those stats...it appears that it could be some mix of all three of the OL, playcalling and Taylor.
  4. So was Flacco...and then Foles. That's either the best part about football...players stepping up on the biggest stage...OR it's the worst part (feels almost scripted at times). But I still love watching.
  5. You are probably right...so people should hold off their celebrations for a week or so. On the surface level...cutting Kelly to make room for Krishawn Hogan makes little sense. I would think Kelly has a mobile scout team QB would be more valuable than some guy who has one career NFL catch in three seasons...and has been on IR every season he has played. So we will see.
  6. Too bad he burned his bridge in DEN...he probably at least go there and back up...if not possibly take the starting spot until Lock returns.
  7. I don't blame JB for the outcome that season...but he definitely isn't above criticism for his part in it. It's like we have gotten to the point where neither Ballard or JB get any credit fort the 2017 season...like it didn't even happen. I didn't expect JB to be a world-beater that first year...but it was his second year in the league...and there we almost no progression from the beginning to the end of the season. In fact...he regressed in the second half of the season. He had a very similar regression last year as well...so much so that Ballard and Reich decided he
  8. This is very reasonable. I would put him somewhere in the top 3rd of backup QBs. After that...I would just be nitpicking. But how much value does a "top" backup QB really have vs. other backup QBs? Because there seems to be several backup QBs in the NFL that will give a good team with a good roster a chance to win a game. Just last season...Devin Hodges went 3-3...Mason Rudolph went 5-3...Kyle Allen went 5-7...even Brandon Allen went 1-2. And JB was 7-7. So essentially...a chance to be a .500 team.
  9. I don't know. I think equating inquiry (or even criticism) to hate is pretty strong. I will say this...the Colts' kid gloves treatment for JB is not really the norm in the NFL. So I don't fault anyone for asking questions. But at this point...he's the backup QB...and it is what it is.
  10. Colts dominated as they should (this NYJ is as bad as I have seen). Will look great on the stat sheet...but this game had sort of a preseason feel to it. Now it’s time to take this show on the road...literally.
  11. A LT will most certainly be chosen early and very soon. It’s the only sustainable way to keep the big 3 of the OL intact. Right now, the Colts are 3rd in cap spending on OL...and neither Smith or Nelson has been paid yet. Yes...AC will come off the books in a year or so...but Kelly, Nelson and Smith will cost $45-50M on their own...and that’s only if Nelson signs a somewhat reasonable deal. After that...you have LT, RG and depth to pay. The OL could easily take up 1/3 or more of the cap space spent each year. Not saying that is a bad thing...but if the Colts are going to spend what i
  12. I will disagree...at least that it’s been a full effort over the long haul...instead of a more recent effort. At WR...those two 2nd round picks were in years 3-4 of his roster building. He drafted SEVEN other players/positions in the 2nd round (alone) before he used one on a pass catcher...SEVEN...when this team had nobody beyond Hilton at WR. He even passed on AJ Brown and Deebo Samuel to draft some project DE who is currently buried on the depth chart. Before he drafted Campbell, his first attempt was to draft two late-round lotto ticket WRs to develop...a very lo
  13. If I had multiple leg injuries...I might be looking to play on natural grass after as often as possible. Just saying.
  14. I was golfing on Saturday...and an older man in the group in front of us was teeing off and just went straight down after swinging. Like you said...very often a non-contact injury.
  15. That is a pass that typically goes to Diggs...though he will throw deep to Thielen on occasion. I really like some of the individual talent in that receiving core (Thielen, Jefferson, Irv Smith)...but outside of Thielen on that 1st drive...they were invisible...and Cousins was just lost. Reich said that game is the blueprint for this season. I am not sure how you can duplicate it though.
  16. I said the same thing at the time. I don't practice medicine...but it just did not look like your typical ACL tear. It's sad that I have seen enough of those to know the difference.
  17. They whacked him...they ****** whacked him.
  18. Agree. Since we are talking about this play...I think he should have had it too. He just jumped a bit too early...which allowed Thielen to be able to get his hand on the ball. Fortunately...it tipped right to Willis and he was able to snag it. It was one of those punt/bomb plays on 3rd and long. I think Cousins was either super frustrated at that point or was looking to create some momentum for his dead * team. Cousins had a Will Grier type game. This game reminded me a lot of the CAR game from late last year. Really hard to know what to make of it...especially when it
  19. I typically don't look at PFF grades for skill positions...because there are so many other stats out there that we can use to measure those types of players. But I do agree that PFF is directional data by nature. It's just one piece of data...much like Blackmon being credited with a PD on the tip play. And I don't mean to downplay the Blackmon play. We can say that was a good play...but also acknowledge that it's a play we see NFL Ss typically make...especially if they are playing in a deep Cover 2. And for all we know...that play was scouted and Blackmon's assignment w
  20. It's been out there since last season. Cousins was a special type of awful to have that low of a completion percentage and passer rating. Shades of Will Grier late last season. That game was techinically 4 games ago...so maybe the Colts are becoming a defense that either play lights out or bad...with little in between.
  21. Not sure what to make of MAC's really low avg separation. On his biggest catch...he was all alone for 10 yards on a blown coverage. And on another big play...he was all alone on a dump off pass for probably 10 yards as well. But his average separation was the lowest on the team. To offset those two plays and end up such a low average...he must have been draped the rest of the game. Might not matter with his size...and Rivers' propensity to throw it up to a big pass catcher...but I was just surprised by that number.
  22. I think they wanted a scheme versatile S (can play man and zone...and can tackle) with ball skills...and that was Blackmon. Tell is in the same mold...except he is a bit more athletic...so they wanted to put him at CB.
  23. 34 snaps in a game where the starting QB had the worst game of his career no less. The PD that led to the tipped INT was nice though...but that also was a YOLO throw into double coverage. PFF graded as a 67.8 for that game...which is a good start...but too early to label him as the real deal.
  24. This offseason...there might be a few TEs available in FA...and it's a strong draft class as well. MAC is an RFA...so he will likely get a tender of some sort. But he will be 28. Doyle will be back...but injuries and age could be catching up. He will be 30-31. There should absolutely be a significant investment into a younger player at the TE position this offseason.
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