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Scott Pennock

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  1. With the loss of Turay for the rest of the year and Sheard coming back healthy I think we'll still be okay going forward. While neither are wotld beaters I do like the recent signings of Trevon Coley and Carl Davis. They add both starting experience (Coley) and depth (Davis) as well as the obvious - SIZE. Stewart has already supplanted Hunt as the starter at DT, which allows Hunt to work in as a UT or at DE - which is good for goalline and short down and distance downs. Sheard and Houston are both +/- 270 lbs, and Coley, Stewart and Davis are all 310-320 lbs. That leaves Hunt at 295 and Autry at 285 as the 'little guys'. This added size should help shut down the run a bit better, but now we're going to need Lewis to get healthy and add some pass rush, Muhammad to continue to grow and for Banogu to add a little as well in Turay's absence. The most interesting thing is we saw both Coley and Davis up close and personal in both the scrimmages and the preseason game versus the Browns - so Ballard obviously saw something useful in them! Conley really intrigues me as he has played a lot and posted pretty darn good stats for a nose tackle in the Browns system. He 'could' supplant Stewart as a starter at some point? Thoughts?
  2. As a GM I would never be happy unless I knew I had a true franchise QB. Would I use all my fraft capital to move up snd throw all my eggs into one basket, probably not. However, I would evaluate the talent and find that unfinished product to develop. Aka someone like a Jordan Love from Utah that has all of the physical gifts but not the best supporting cast and develop him in a system (like Reichs) and let him grow and overtake the less takented QB.
  3. Here we go again.....Chad Kelly has 1st Round talent, which he displayed in college no doubt in a tough SEC. HOWEVER - he displayed a should never have been drafted brain pan like Ryan Leaf.... I'm all for developing him and see where his head is at in another year, but that begs the question - can you ever TRULY trust him not to screw up again? That's NOT a quality I'd look for in a franchise quarterback. Brissett on the other hand reminds me of Big Ben. Can move in the pocket, shed would be sacks, throw the deep ball and otherwise makes smart decisions in NOT turning it over. Let him be a game manager for a year and let him morph into a play making QB with next year being his 3rd as a starter. Reevaluate then.....
  4. It has been said here recently that Ballard and Dodds have not drafted well and that they have failed to provide us fans a solid team from 1-63 on the roster. It is widely considered among NFL GM's and pundits that if you draft and develop 2-3 starters/contributors in every draft then you are doing well. This is not even getting into the rest of roster construction through savvy trades, shrewd free agent signings and good scouting on waiver wire pick-ups. 2017 NFL Draft (Drafting for a Lame Duck Coach) Starters: Hooker (Rated as 5th best Safety in NFL), Mack, Walker Contributors: Wilson (Spot Starter/Nickel/Dime), Stewart (Starting this year) Out of the NFL: None Not on the Roster: Basham and Hairston with Jets, Banner with Steelers Impact Player: Hooker (Rated as 5th best Safety in NFL after 2018 Season) and Mack is on the verge of being that true bellcow back UDFA's of Note: Kenny Moore II (CB - Rated Number 2 Nickelback in NFL after 2018 season), Rigoberto Sanchez 1/15 - Malik Hooker, FS. Ohio State 2/46 - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida 3/80 - Tarell Basham, OLB - Ohio University - With NY Jets 4/137 - Zach, Banner, OT, USC - With Pittsburgh Steelers 4/143 - Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida 4/144 - Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State 5/158 - Nate Hairston, CB, Temple - Traded to NY Jets for 2020 sixth-round pick 5/161 - Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: 49ers receive: » 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 121): Joe Williams, RB, Utah Colts receive: » 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 143): Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida » 2017 fifth-round pick (No. 161): Anthony Walker Jr., LB, Northwestern Colts receive: » 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 137): Zach Banner, OT, USC Patriots receive: » 2017 sixth-round pick (No. 200): Traded to Titans » Dwayne Allen, TE (Cutting ties with 4.5 Million owed) 2018 NFL Draft (Drafting for his preferred 4-3 Defense and his preferred Offensive minded coach) Starters: Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard, Braden Smith Contributors: All but Daurice Fountain so far (So 7 total) Out of the NFL: 0 Not on Roster: 0 Impact Player: Quenton Nelson (All-Pro), Darius Leonard (All-Pro) UDFA's of Note: George Odum, Mo Ali-Cox 1/6 - Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame 2/36 - Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State 2/37 - Braden Smith, OG, Auburn 2/52 - Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers 2/64 - Lewis, Tyquan, DE, Ohio State 4/104 - Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State 5/159 - Daurice Fountain, WR, UNI 6/169 - Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss 6/185 - Deon Cain, WR, Clemson 7/221 - Matthew Adams, LB, Houston 7/235 - Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: Jets receive: » 2018 first-round pick (No. 3) -- Sam Darnold, QB, USC Colts receive: » 2018 first-round pick (No. 6) -- Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame » 2018 second-round pick (No. 37) -- Braden Smith, G, Auburn » 2018 second-round pick (No. 49) -- traded to Philadelphia » 2019 second-round pick (No. 34) -- Rock Ya Sin, CB, Temple Eagles receive: » 2018 second-round pick (No. 49) -- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St. Colts receive: » 2018 second-round pick (No. 52) -- Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers » 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 169) -- Jordan Wilkins, RB, Mississippi Colts receive: » 2018 second-round pick (No. 64) -- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State Browns receive: » 2018 third-round pick (No. 67) -- Chad Thomas, DE, Miami » 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 178) -- traded to Patriots Colts receive: » 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 235) -- Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse Jets receive: » Henry Anderson, DE Raiders receive: » 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 140) -- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan Colts receive: » 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 159) -- Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa » 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 185) -- Deon Cain, WR, Clemson 2019 NFL Draft (Drafting for Depth): Keep in mind we are 5 games into these players first season as Rookies Starters: Rock Ya Sin, Khari Willis Contributors: Ben Banogu, Parris Campbell, Bobby Okereke, Marvell Tell, E.J. Speed ****(Green and Barton are on the PS & Patterson is IR'd) Out of the NFL: 0 Not on the Roster: 0 Impact Player: None UDFA's of Note: None 2/34 - Rock Ya Sin, CB, Temple 2/49 - Ben Banogu, DE, TCU 2/59 - Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State 3/89 - Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford 4/109 - Khari Willis, SS, Michigan State 5/144 - Marvell Tell III, DB, USC 5/164 - E.J. Speed, LB, Tarleton State 6/199 - Gerri Green, DE, Mississippi State 7/240 - Jackson Barton, OT, Utah 7/246 - Javon Patterson, C, Ole Miss Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: Redskins receive: » 2019 first-round pick (No. 26; select Edge Montez Sweat) Colts receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 46; trade to Browns) » 2020 second-round pick Browns receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 46; select Greedy Williams) Colts receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 49; select LB Ben Banogu) » 2019 fifth-round pick (No. 144; select S Marvell Tell III) Colts receive: » 2019 fourth-round (No. 109; select S Khari Willis) Raiders receive: » 2019 fourth-round (No. 129; select CB Isaiah Johnson) » 2019 fourth-round (No. 135; trade to Atlanta) Eagles receive: » Hassan Ridgeway, DT Colts receive: » 2019 seventh-round (No. 246; select G Javon Patterson) 2020 NFL Draft (Ballard has added 2 extra picks and a conditional trade moving up draft spots in the 7th) 1 2 (From Washington) 2 3 4 5 6 (From N.Y. Jets) 6 7 Draft Maneuvering to acquire more talent thru the draft: Redskins receive: » 2019 first-round pick (No. 26; select Edge Montez Sweat) Colts receive: » 2019 second-round pick (No. 46; trade to Browns for No. 49) » 2019 second-round pick (No. 49; select DE Ben Banogu) » 2020 second-round pick Colts receive: » 2020 sixth-round pick Jets receive: » Nate Hairston Colts receive: » 2020 conditional 6th or 7th round pick Dolphins receive: » Evan Boehm Overall Draft Stats thru three drafts as Colts GM: Draft Picks: 29 Still With Team: 26 <-------- 90% still on the roster Out of the NFL: 0 <-------- This is huge for any GM On another Team: 3 Starters: 8 <-------- Averaging over 2.5 per draft (So far) Impact Players: 4.5 <-------- Hooker, Moore, Leonard, Nelson and I gave a half for Mack because he's becoming that bellcow back we needed Contributors: 14 IR or PS: 4 UDFA Starters: 2 UDFA Contributors: 2 For those that think his drafts have been unsuccessful, the stats play out differently at this point - and we're only 5 games into the 3rd Draft. If Brissett (which was a savvy trade in and of itself) can lead this team of mostly draft picks to a winning record this year then even the overall success of the team will spell out he has drafted well.
  5. DB's 'panic' all the time, hence the 5-Yard Holding Penalties resulting in an automatic First Down. They also 'panic' on the deep down the field PI calls too quite often. I didn't have to play in the NFL at all to know this...
  6. Odum also punched the ball out on Shady McCoys fumble. And trust me, as a former DB myself, when the QB starts scrambling it is a literal free for all out there and most DB's panic because your man literally can run anywhere at that point. Just tip your cap to an excellent throw by Mahomes and move on.
  7. You can yawn if you like, however, Ballard scouted him personally last year and sent several scouts to watch him (and some LSU players as well) a week or two ago. So they are obviously doing their due diligence on him. I would not be surprised if he is drafted as a developmental QB and sits behind Brissett.
  8. He started game 1, 3 and 4 last year. No Castonzo yet No Smith yet No Glowinski yet They couldn't block for anyone early in the season. I believe he is a very competent back and could be a 1000 yard runner just as Mack will most assuredly will be this year. But as a duo, they complement each other very well.
  9. Disagree. Wilkins looked pretty solid behind that line last year when he started ans is an excellent Byner to Mack....
  10. Easy to say that when it didn't work. Had it worked people would be raving about it as a TD. Hindsight..... It's all good though, you have your opinion and I have mine.
  11. Good play call with the mis-direction but a better read by a former pro bowl player in Mathieu..... Sometimes you just gotta tip your cap.
  12. The gameplan last night looked eerily familiar to when we played Vick back in the day. Rush four but yry to keep him in the pocket, plsy mostly man but throw in some zone just to mess with his head.
  13. Time for Banogu to step up and move Lewis back to end instead of getting him beat up inside!
  14. We get Funchess back for week 9. So two more weeks without him. Plus I still expect Campbell to break out soon now that his preseason is over.
  15. It's hilarious to me how fickle some fan bases are. Must be a generational thing? Last week Brissett sucked.... The depth sucked.... Our dline was horrible..... The rookies were horrible.... Ballard can't draft or sign any good players.... Etc. Etc. Etc. Now look at you fickle fans, back on the bandwagon. And yes, this is MEANT to be condescending and is not sarcasm at all. Pick a side, enjoy the warts this teams has as well as it's good spots....
  16. Ballard has hit on all three drafts. 1. Every player drafted is on an NFL roster. 2. Every draft has netted 2+ starters. 3. He drafted 2 All-Pro's in 3 years. I'm not sure what team you're watching....
  17. And by premium resources you mean Turay, lewis, banogu....all second round picks who have shown moderate success so far in their infantile careers? Or you mean his pursuit of virtually every edge rusher of note only to have other teams pay out of the nose for them? Seems like he's using his resources just fine to me.
  18. This move allows Hunt to slide over to back up Autry at UT and keep Lewis at DE. Coley will backup Stewart now and provide a second big body against the run and goal line type defense. Ward was expendable
  19. There are a few differences from last year to this year..... 1. No Woods - which that position has been filled as of today. 2. Hunt played a lot of DE and UT last year which is more in his wheelhouse. He's less effective at DT. 3. Walker playing out of position, Okereke being a rookie and even Leonard have not filled their gaps properly in the run game. The dline has kept them fairly clean but I've seen multiple times each game where two linebackers are flying to the same hole leaving one wide open for the 20 yard runs. Let's not jump the gun on painting Ballard into a corner. Go back and look at the interior dlines of the Bears and Chiefs, they both had 300+ big bodies in thier - even with the Meltons and Tommy whats his name..... Considering our dline was solid last year he focused on other, higher priority needs - Willis, Rock, Okereke and Speed to name a few.
  20. My original post I stated that the OP should look past the box score. You quoted it as well.... It does go both ways, Cain, Rogers, Campbell couldn't beat one on one coverage and he was throwing to spots and as mentioned even when they did reach the spot there were dropped passes. You'd be "slow" going thru your progessions too when nobody was getting open. He was so slow he took 1 sack and maybe 2 knockdowns. It's easy to blame the QB but if people don't block or people can't get open I hardly see that as his issue....
  21. So you didn't watch the game and just look at the numbers and "assume" Brissett played bad enough to bring Kelly off the PS to start.....? Wow.... At least 6 drops, all would have been first downs..... An untimely fumble on a long completion to Campbell also didn't help LONG before the pick 6 - which was more of a great defensive play than a poor decision. Yes, Brissett was just as effective as he's been all year, he just had very little help. Such is life in the NFL when your number 1 and number 2 receivers are out and the next best option drops 4 balls.....
  22. Eberflus is calling a super conservative gameplan every week. They are integrating a lot of rookies again this year with Rock, Okereke, Willis, Banogu and Speed. Shall I remind everyone that our two best defensive players are out in Leonard and Hooker????? Even the most astute QB's would look a little off missing their number 2 receiver, let alone the number 1 as well. It doesn't help that his next big play threat drops 3 easy first downs and a catchable deep ball. Lastly, I distinctly remember A LOT of you doomsdayers were thinking we'd be 2-2 thru 4 games WITH Andrew Luck - why so butthurt now? This season will likely be a rollar coaster ride all year, so buckle up!
  23. I saw nothing wrong with Brissett's game today with the exception of the misread pick 6. Having said that, I saw Cain drop a first down, I saw Rogers drop a first down and I saw Ebron drop 3 first downs AND a catchable down the field ball. All of those drops are obviously drive killers and momentum changers. He is the same guy we saw last week, no need to panic about him.
  24. We are a running team too. 2nd in the NFL going into it.... It's all good though, just being slightly sarcastic. Ha!
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