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CurBeatElite

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  1. They may have blitzed yesterday given we were down 3 of our top 4 WRs. Part of Luck being very good against the blitz was he had TY to depend on. Yesterday, our two top WRs were undrafted free agents who are decent NFL WRs, but by no means in the same category as TY.
  2. We are 5-4 and one game out of 1st in the AFC South. Vinatieri has played a huge role in several of our losses (we could very well be 8-1 if not for his missed kicks). Sure, we haven't looked great over the past 3 games, but 5-4 is certainly better than the 1-5 start we had last year. We aren't 'horrific', we have a winning record and are still in a good spot to win the AFC South or be in the wild card hunt. We've been without our best skill player (TY) and have had other injuries at WR. We also are playing with a back-up QB (which is kind of like a 3rd stringer considering we lost Luck very shortly before the season). I don't think the sky is falling. A couple not-so-great games but games which could have been won had our kicker made some very make-able kicks. We're in a better spot today than we were at this point last year. Hopefully we heal up and we ought to see larger improvements. Agreed. TY has been out, he's kind of the security blanket on our team in terms of the WR position. Cain hasn't lived up to his hype and Funchess & Parris Campbell have been hurt, all three of these guys are guys who most people believed would make our WR group a very strong group this season. That hasn't been the case. Our top 2 WRs last week were Zach Pascal and Chester Rogers, both undrafted free agents. Plus we had a back-up QB in the game. Our offense was (not-shockingly) pretty 1-dimensional against Miami due to the amount of injuries. We still ran for almost 4 yards per carry and only gave up 1 sack. If this team gets healthy, I don't see any reason to believe we will not be challenging for the AFC South title with a playoff birth as a wildcard team being a fall back. I agree with you. I think (when healthy) Glow was the weak link on last year's OL as well. I don't think he's really digressed that much, rather I think people have such high expections for our OL this year that there's more scrutiny being given to them. Playing with a back-up QB and missing 3 of the top 4 WRs (TY, Funchess, Campbell) certainly doesn't help this offense, either.
  3. Not Watson or Mahommes. Maybe Wilson, maybe Cam Newton, maybe a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. Maybe Wilson, definitely not Mahommes or Watson. We would have to punt to them if we took a safety. That would have been the end of the game, essentially.
  4. Wow... that Fountain injury looked gruesome. I was expecting him to be doing some sort of exercises in a pool or something before I watched that video. Maybe I'm wrong, but seems like he's healing quickly.
  5. I agree. Hopefully Turay bounces back healthy and we bring in another young DE or 2, which could reduce the amount of snaps Sheard/Houston get next year, but they are both still playing at a high level and are good character guys and all-around football players. Sure can't hurt to have our young guys get groomed by those 2. Since Sheard has been back, it seems like there's been significant improvement in Autry's game as well.
  6. He was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis (as per that article). I found he lives in California now, but then googled "Is Chuck Yeager a Colts Fan?" and came up with this: https://blog.ticketmaster.com/indianapolis-colts-team-fans/ "The team counts among its loyal followers a number of big-time celebrities, including: • Billy Bob Thornton • Famed test pilot Chuck Yeager • Actor Haley Joel Osment • Comedian/former talk show host David Letterman • Actress Elisabeth Shue • Rob Lowe" _____________ Pretty cool, Mr. Irsay!
  7. Ya, Glow is the weak link of the OL right now... but is still an improvement to what we had when Ballard/Reich took over this team. He didn't have a good game against HOU but they also have one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. Nelson is a once in a generation talent, I don't see any guards coming out this year close to him. While I trust Ballard, I highly doubt we'll take a G with our first rounder given the fact that we can use help at several other positions and there will probably be better positional value there for us in the first at other positions.
  8. ....Any Given Sunday... I think the point of the Salary Cap in the NFL was to make this a league of parity. For the most part, that's what it is (we have a few teams which seem far and away better than others -- the Patriots, e.g., ... and then a couple really bad teams -- the Dolphins this year, e.g.). For the most part, teams are just a couple injuries/suspensions/ejections shy of losing very good players who change the entire dynamic of their team and if any team comes out with their best effort vs. a team w/ a lackluster effort, there are a lot of things that can happen on Sunday. I don't disagree with you that we can still lose to the Broncos. I also don't disagree that the Colts didn't show up to play their best brand of football vs. Oakland. That said, OAK is a better team than most people think and my original post was in response to you suggesting after the loss to the Raiders, the only way you'd look by a team is if they have 0 wins (IMO, you were suggesting OAK was a very bad team). Regardless, I don't think it's smart to look past a 0 win team, either. It happens very rarely, and almost every team that has 0 wins has players on them playing for their personal pride (not just this year, but every year). Heck, in 1997 we were 0-10 and played the Green Bay Packers who were 8-2 and beat them. The Packers wound up 13-3 and lost in the SB to Elway's Broncos... we were 3-13, there wasn't an honest 'expert' anywhere who would've thought the 0-10 Colts would beat GB like that, but they did it. So yea, I agree w/ you about starting to buy into Reich's motto of '1-0' -- that's what it takes to win consistently in this league and not let up against lesser opponents.
  9. This past go-round it was because the best placekicker in NFL history couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
  10. We kept their O in check and we played a good game. We still won by only 6. We held Mahommes in check better than any team had done to him so far, sure... but still they were 1 score away from taking the lead from us. Denver's D still has some very good players. Flacco isn't really all that bad if you watch their games. His OL is terrible and he has little talent around him, but he can still make tough throws. This is definitely not a game to overlook, we will serve ourselves best if we can get ahead early and keep the pedal on the metal for a while, but with some of the stars they have on D, I don't want to see this game coming down to a 1 possession game. Raiders aren't really that bad, IMO.... they play tough/physical (sometimes dirty while Burfict was around anyway), and they are well coached with a very good QB. We didn't play our best against them (especially our start to the game), but I imagine the Raiders will be in the wildcard hunt near the end of the season. They're one of only 7 teams in the AFC with a .500 or greater record right now, and they don't have an overwhelming schedule coming up any time soon. I truly don't think they're as bad as everyone blames them for.
  11. Physically, I think Watson is as athletic as they come for a QB. However, I agree with you -- he relies too much on extending plays/scrambling. This is a recipe for disaster in the NFL for longevity of QBs. Many teams are able to adjust after seeing enough film on these types of QBs. It's also difficult for these QBs to stay healthy over a full career. We also have some guy named TY.
  12. It's a small sample size with Reich as a HC (not even 1.5 full seasons under his belt). That said, he's clearly better than Caldwell/Pagano/Arians IMO. Too early to say he's better than Dungy (he needs a ring before we make that argument), but I think he's on the right path. The thing I like most about Reich so far, which reminds me a bit of Dungy, is that all of his players are bought into him/his system. He leads with a calm demeanor (both he and Dungy and men of strong faith, so I bet that has something to do with their leadership styles). I also like that he is willing to take calculated risks (something Dungy almost never did) and he uses very creative play calling and adjusts during the game (at least on offense) better than any Colts' coach I can recall in my days as a fan (since '94). We frequently start fast with Reich. This was extremely rare in the Pagano era, and we were lucky to have had Andrew who could come back late during that time, but it seemed like his teams were so predictable offensively, especially to start games and it wasn't really until we had our backs to the wall that the offense opened up. Reich changes his game-plans drastically between weeks, and he also changes better in game than an Colts coach I remember. Just look at this season: Game 1 (vs LAC) -- Our 2nd drive we went 15 plays for 75 yards and a TD Game 2 (vs TEN) -- Our 1st drive we went 7 plays for 78 yards and a TD Game 3 (vs ATL) -- Our 1st drive we went 9 plays for a FG and our second drive we went 7 plays for 93 yards and a TD. Game 4 (vs OAK) -- took us until our 3rd drive to score a TD (we got down early and couldn't come back. Game 5 (vs KC) -- First drive 11 plays 70 yards and a TD, field goal on 2nd drive. Game 6 (vs TEX) -- First drive -- 12 plays, 94 yards and a TD. So in 4 of our 6 games with Reich we have scored on our opening offensive drive. In 5 of 6 we have scored on at least one of our first 2 offensive drives. In our worst game of the year (vs. OAK), it took us til our 3rd drive to score and we were already down 21-7 at that point. I could be wrong -- but I don't recall it being the norm in the Pagano regime that we scored on the majority of our first possessions.
  13. I agree that Glowinski is the weak link of the OL, but I don't think he's that bad. I could be wrong, and Smith has been doing a very nice job at RT... but I still think with his size that G (which he played in college) is his most natural position. TBH, I'd rather see us get a very good RT and move Smith inside to RG (I think this would give us the best interior line in football hands down). Either way, I was kind of hoping Haeg or Clark would take that next step this year and potentially replace Glow, but apparently that hasn't happened. Still think both those guys ought to be solid depth players if we need them, which is a big improvement from when Ballard took over this team. Regardless, I don't think we need to invest another 1st round pick into a RG but I would be very happy if someone else stepped up to replace Glow or if we brought someone in through draft or FA to challenge for that spot. Peyton was very similar to Luck in this regard, especially early in his career. I think part of that trait in both of them was they very rarely had more than mediocre defenses. I always got the impression (especially from Peyton), that when he threw forced INTs that his mentality was 'my defense is so bad, it doesn't matter if we punt or if I throw an INT because the other team is going to ram it down our D's throat and score on us anyway.' Additionally, after we lost Edge, I don't recall seeing Peyton or Luck with as balanced of an attack as this (i.e., we can 'run the damn ball' most of the time with this offensive line). Props to Brissett for not turning the ball over, and props to Ballard/Reich for building a team which allows the QB to trust other aspects aside from his arm to be able to make throwing the ball away a peaceful decision. Fountain's injury was pretty gruesome. I agree, at this point he's behind TY, Pascal and Campbell -- but I don't think Cain is 100% quite yet coming from his injury last year and I think it'll take Fountain a while to really gain his confidence in that ankle after his injury. Not sure about this, though I can see your logic. We brought Funchess on a 1 year deal as a player who Reich really liked, though there was some concerns about his drops. From what I could see, Funchess was coming along nicely and developing chemistry w/ Brissett. We'll see how that continues when he returns to the field. The nice thing is that a broken collar bone is a very common injury which very rarely results in any sort of serious long-term damage (i.e., he's not coming back from a severe knee injury or any tendon/ligament damage which can linger for a long time). However, we signed him at 1 year $13 million (which isn't too exorbitant, but it's still fairly expensive). Also, this upcoming draft is one of the deepest WR drafts in a while and is full of big-bodied guys with similar skillsets as Funchess (there are 7 WRs in the top 40, with 5 of them being 6'2" or taller). I don't know how Funchess is valued as a leader for this team (Ballard/Reich seem to put a lot into that)... but if I were to guess right now, unless Funchess really kicks it off w/ Brissett he is going to have to take a pay cut to stay in Indy -- otherwise, I see Ballard bringing in a big-bodied WR in the draft which frees up a little cap space for a few years.
  14. Yea, I don't know if we have to make a move if Funchess and Campbell come back 100%. They said early in the year they didn't think we'd see a lot from Cain until the 2nd half of the season (didn't see him do anything notable today), but with those 3 guys back, we may be all right at WR. I still have a strong feeling that Reich/Sirrianni have some wrinkles in this D which they've yet to display. Today's game opened the O up more than I can remember seeing in a while, but when (assuming we do) get back to full health, I think we'll see some new tricks come out of Reich's sleeves.
  15. Yea, we easily could've beaten SD (we win that game if not for Vinny's kicking blunders) and we got outplayed by OAK, but that's a game we should've also won. We're 4-2 atop the AFC South, could easily be 6-0 (IMO). If we can take care of our division games, we should be back in the playoffs at the very least.
  16. Overall, a very good team win, IMO. Jacoby played well, other than a couple errant throws, he continues to protect the ball and makes the plays the coaches are asking him to make. He made a couple of very nice throws and this was the first game I can remember this season where he was asked to throw the ball long so many times -- he showed he has the arm to make deeper throws. I was glad to see Pascal being utilized as a deep threat. Other individuals that impressed: 1) Ebron -- I thought he could potentially have snagged one ball in the endzone where he was kind of diving out of bounds, which the Texans got a pass interference called on them for, otherwise, I thought this was his best game by far. He made a heckuva TD catch w/ 1 hand in the back of the end zone and was really a major part of the game plan. 2) Leonard -- 10 tackles and a great INT to seal the game. I think he's 'back' if today's performance was any indication. I thought this was his best game of the year. 3) TY -- his run after catch was very good today. I'd still like to see him getting open on deep routes a bit more, but he was solid today and aside from his TD he has at least one very nice run after the catch to gain some crucial yards. 4) Big Q -- dude is a stud, the whole OL looked good to me except a couple plays where Glowinski looks like he's the weak link. 5) Ya-Sin -- he got beat on at least 2 plays, but he was right there -- hopefully just a little more time in the film room will help him turn his head a split second faster and knock those balls down or get picks -- regardless, he seems to have improved each week and he seems to have a short memory even if he does get beat, which is a huge positive trait for a rookie DB. 6) Geathers -- he had a couple nice ST plays and didn't look too out of position on D, I thought today was a nice game for him. 7) Shakial Taylor -- I didn't see much of him, but from what I did see, I think this kid will stick around the league for a while. 8) Justin Houston/Jabaal Sheard -- it was very nice to have 3 sacks against Watson. Houston and Sheard both seemed to apply pretty consistent pressure throughout the game w/ Houston picking up 2 sacks and Sheard 1. 9) Desir -- I didn't notice much of him outside the INT, but was happy to see him have a solid performance as a game-time decision. 10) Pascal -- had his best game as a Colt and was just a couple yards too long on the trick play with his through to Hines, would've been great to see that completed. He also was credited for the safety, showing he plays a valuable role on STs. 11) Wilkins -- didn't get used much, but had a very nice 9 yard run on one of his two rushing attempts. 12) Vinny and Rigo -- Vinny was 4/4 on XP's and Rigo had a couple of nice punts inside the 20. I don't think Rigo's leg will ever be what McAfee's was, but he's certainly a good punter in this league and our STs played well throughout the game. Some (minor) disappointments: 1) Mack -- while it did seem like the Texans were trying to take away our run and we were favoring the passing game, I thought today was Mack's worst game of the year. I'll have to watch closer, but it just seemed like he wasn't really able to pick up anything on his own. 2) Deon Cain -- not sure if he was a healthy scratch or not, but he doesn't even show up on the box score. It'd really be nice if either he and/or Funchess can step up here soon to give the WR corps another threat outside of TY and Pascal. 3) Our zone secondary in the end zone -- this is the 2nd time this year when our zone just broke down in the redzone (the first being against Mahommes in KC). I get it, it's a zone and things get chaotic when plays break down, but the one reception TD tonight I thought our secondary showed poor overall awareness by allowing a guy to find a wide-open seem in the D with several DBs right in the vicinity. Indifferences: 1) Reich -- thought his offensive game plan (especially early) was masterful. Overall, think it was a positive game, but it seemed like we could've put them away more convincingly earlier than we did aside from a few questionable game management calls (overall, I think Reich was positive, just a few things he did late which made me scratch my head). 2) DL -- Houston and Sheard I thought played very well. And yes, aside from 3-4 decent run plays against us, our DL played fairly well. I still think we've gotta improve the interior of that unit if we want to win games in the playoffs, though. Again, overall, I thought it was a positive performance. Glad to show the NFL that the Colts can beat you in more ways than 1 on the offensive (and optimistically, think we've not peaked there yet with guys like Funchess and Campbell expected back). Our D, for the most part, looked pretty strong. I think we've got a lot of young talent on this team across the board (from the young OL and some young WRs stepping up, along with the younger RBs -- to Ya-Sin, Leonard, Willis, etc. on D -- to Dulin, Pascal and others on the ST unit). Perhaps the best thing is we are alone at 1st place in the AFC South and are 2-0 in our division games. We're one of 5 teams in the AFC with a >.600 winning percentage and we could very easily be 5-1 or 6-0 instead of 4-2. We've been winning games differently every week, which (IMO) is a good thing and will serve us well down the stretch. We also haven't been fully healthy all year, so let's hope we stay healthy and get guys back each week (IMO, Hooker/Funchess/Campbell/Lewis/etc. will all improve this team significantly if they can come back healthy).
  17. "Illegal formation, the whole right side of the offensive line was not on the line of scrimmage."
  18. Lewis is hurt/injured way too much so far. I root for him because he's a Colts' player, but if he can't stay on the field, we have to move on from him.
  19. Maybe.... but I still think he's a little slow to be an above average pass rusher, and at his college weight, he may be a little small to be an above average run defender. Maybe weight gain is leading to his injuries though? It seems like his injury last year was a foot injury and this year is a knee (both parts of the body which become more prone to injury if you're carrying too much weight).
  20. The Titans named Tannehill their starter this week, which seems to come as a surprise to many. Just a few years ago, the experts were saying between Watson, Mariota, Luck, and Bortles the AFC South would be one of the most competitive QB Rival divisions in the league for years to come. With Luck's injury, Bortles never panning out, and Mariota getting sent to the bench in favor of Tannehill, I guess they were wrong. IMO, it should just help us get wins against TEN, though... https://www.espn.com/blog/tennessee-titans/post/_/id/28775/why-did-titans-qb-marcus-mariota-wind-up-on-the-bench
  21. Personally, I thought Lewis was a couple steps slow last year in terms of being an edge pass rusher. Could be due to the face he was coming off an injury and didn't really see his first action until ~1/2 through the year. Seemed to me like he was best suited to either play in running situations on the edge, or help push the pocket back in the middle on passing situations. Until he can show he can stay healthy, I have very little faith in him being a savior for this team, especially as a pass rusher. I think with the speed with have at LB (mainly Leonard, Okerere, and Speed), our best bet at helping Houston get to the QB is to have some schematic blitzes with some of the bigger guys we just picked up hopefully eating blockers to free up our LBs. Hopefully Banangu steps up sooner rather than later as well.
  22. I said "I don't remember many times when we could run at will last year..." The Cowboys game was kind of an anomaly last year, if you ask me. It was definitely a big game in setting a tone for who Ballard/Reich and others on the coaching staff and FO want us to be. Mack this year (through 5 games) has 25 attempts, 20 attempts, 16 attempts, 11 attempts, 29 attempts rushing... so 3 games in the first 5 with 20+ attempts. Last year, in the 12 games he played, his attempts per game were 10, 12, 19, 25, 12, 16, 15, 8, 14, 27(vs. Dallas), 12, and 25 --- in 12 games he only had 3 with more 20+ carries. We'll see how the rest of the season plays out, but as of now, it seems like we are much more committed to the run than we were last year. Hopefully Mack stays healthy, as he's a very good back... and if things continue to trend like they are, he's going to be getting a lot more miles on his legs this year than he did last year.
  23. Ya, Orlovsky is a bit of a stretch -- but I'd give him a better chance of compiling a .500 record on the NE team than I would give Cassel to compile a .500 or better record on the Colts team Orlovsky walked into. Collins actually was coming off a decent season and he got hurt very early in the year when he joined the Colts. I would have rather had him as a back-up than Cassel at that time, and there is still no way Collins was going to pull off a winning record with the team he inherited when Peyton couldn't play. I really think there are at least 1/2 dozen other QBs (Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Marino, Elway, Montana) who, if they played in the system Brady's in with Belichek for the same amount of time, would've accomplished similar or better things. If Matt Cassel could come in as a rookie (I was wrong before, he had ~30 pass attempts in 4 years in college -- but was mainly a backup), and lead that team to 11 wins, there had to have been at least 15 other QBs in the NFL that year who could've done it with that team. You're right, the Chiefs went to the playoffs with Cassel and he did go to a probowl, but that same year he was 19th or 20th in the league in passing yards, 14th QBR, and 26th in completion percentage --- the Chiefs took him to the playoffs, not the other way around.
  24. Brady also didn't start as a rookie, he had a year to develop behind Bledsoe who was a good QB... and he wasn't playing on the worst team in the NFL his first year in the league (Peyton was, which is why the Colts had the #1 pick). I don't think Cassel is much, if any better than Kerry Collins, Orvolsky, etc. who led the Colts to a 2-14 season without Peyton. Cassell came in and led NE to a 11-5 record after Brady got hurt year 1. Highly doubt Cassell could've come to Indy and took a Peyton-less team to 11 wins, but wouldn't see it out of the realm of possibility for 50% or more of the back-ups in the league going to NE the year Brady was hurt and having >0.500 record.
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