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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. "Illegal formation, the whole right side of the offensive line was not on the line of scrimmage."
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I think Brady has played within and exceptional system the majority of his career (and sure, they may have been caught cheating, but I imagine every coach in the NFL is trying to do something every week to get a leg up on the opponent). My biggest argument on why I take Peyton over Brady is look what happened the year Peyton missed -- we went from being projected to win the AFC South, potential SB contenders, 10+ wins, etc... and we became the laughing stock of the league going 2-14. It exposed how bad our team really was without Peyton at the helm. When Brady missed significant time, Matt Cassell led them to 11 wins. Matt Cassel backed up Matt Barkley and ButtFumble Sanchez in college and never had a snap in a real game, yet could win double digits in NE. Cassel got paid like a #1 QB after that, and has had maybe 1 decent year and otherwise is a major disappointment and essentially a journeyman back-up QB -- yet, he could win very regularly in NE under Belichek. To me, that just says Peyton was a more valuable player to his team than Brady. It's evidenced by Peyton's regular season MVP awards. Unfortunately, I don't think Peyton ever had as good a team around him (including defense) as Brady has had since he's been a starter in the NFL. Also unfortunate, the problem on relying on one guy in the playoffs is that the playoffs usually require all 3 phases of a team to be playing pretty flawless once you're through the wildcard rounds. Brady always had a D he could count on, always had a run game, and has had a lot of very reliable WRs throughout his career. He rarely was asked to do as much for his team to get W's as Peyton was asked to do in Indy (or his first year in Denver). I think Belichek is the best coach in NFL history and at this point, I think it's almost hands down (I think the argument that he is the best is a far easier one to make than any individual QB, or really any individual player, considered the best all time). If Matt Cassel could win 11 games with Belichek, I'm pretty sure there are at least 15 QBs in the league who could post winning records with that system (Cassel is far inferior to guys like Peyton, Brees, Rodgers, Big Ben, Stafford, and a whole slew of other QBs who have played QB in this league). Brady is a clutch player and he plays in a very solid system on a very solid team year in and year out. That said, in their primes, I think a guy like Peyton could go to a 2-14 team and turn it around quicker than Brady could. It's impossible to say, but if Peyton played 20 years with Belichek, I'd have to think he'd have as much or more SBs than Brady -- whereas, I don't think Brady could elevate a team like Indy the same way Peyton did over the course of his career.
  12. Yea, I guess that's tough... just kinda feel like outside of a few exceptions (Nelson being one of them), it's harder to find elite guys at the OT position, and outside of some guys (like A. Donald), there's a lot more pass rush coming off the edges than up the middle (at least pass rush which the interior OL are responsible for). My thought process went like this: (1) an elite QB can keep you in most games and elevate the play of his team more than other positions, (2) we've all seen what happens with an elite/borderline elite QB who was getting crushed every time he stepped back -- so, IMO, two elite OTs can keep him upright if they've got good (not elite) players inside of them..
  13. I think Smith has definitely improved and the line seems a bit better as a unit. We're running some plays (e.g., outside runs) which we didn't really excel at last year and we're picking up yards. We're also run blocking (as a unit) better than we were last year (part of that may because we're just running a lot more, but I don't remember many times last year where we were able to just run for 4+ yards/carry when the other team knew what was coming and be so confident that we're gonna just 'take the will out of the opponent'). I think Nelson is playing a little more consistent and I think this is the best Costanzo has looked in at least a few years. Kelly's been playing very reliably and Smith has definitely improved. Glowinski, IMO, is the weak link -- but he's still not bad.
  14. It seems like he had a much better year last year. I don't know if he's lost weight, if other teams just have more film on him, or what exactly is going on -- it may be that he had a slightly better supporting cast last year (maybe a healthy Sheard and some more time with Houston will help Hunt improve over the year -- but I don't really know what exactly is going on with him... maybe it's just he wasn't that good to begin w/ and our D was so bad that he looked like an improvement last year and hasn't really progressed much this year?).
  15. We also have not really been fully healthy all year. Cain had training camp/preseason woes. Funchess went down week 1. TY's been dealing with nagging injuries and missed a game. We lost Fountain very early. I don't think he's been hurt, but Ebron's had his share of easy drops. Campbell missed last week w/ his abdominal issue and dealt with a hamstring most of preseason. Assuming we get healthy (obviously we won't get Fountain back, but we should have everyone else back within a few weeks), I have to think Reich is going to expand the offensive playbook a bit. His experience in the NFL largely came in Indy the year Luck sat out. That was a much worse team than the 2019 Indy Colts. He had a different coaching staff, less talented players around him (including but not limited to a very poor OL), and was in a totally different scheme. So while he has some NFL experience, he was still in a very different role last time he saw the field very regularly. Additionally, as I stated above, our skill positions have not been fully healthy all year and we have several guys people had high hopes for prior to the season who are still very young (mainly Campbell and Cain). I truly expect Reich/Sirriani to open the playbook a bit in the 2nd half of the season when our players are healthy and Brissett has more time to develop chemistry with them. Finally, Reich said before the season (even before Luck retired) that the goal was to be a top 5 rushing team in the NFL. We are currently 5th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (142). It is very clear that Reich wasn't kidding when he said that and we have put a large emphasis on running the ball, which plays an obvious role in reducing the amount of yards we gain through the air. Flacco has one of the strongest arms in the NFL. Earlier in his career (when he became the first QB in NFL History to make it to the playoffs in his first 5 seasons in the league), he had the strongest arm in the NFL. Ballard has said time and again (and not just about Kelly) that he understands kids making mistakes and is willing to give 2nd chances. Reich is also a good friend of Kelly's uncle, Jim Kelly whom Reich was teammates with for roughly a decade. Kelly had some maturity issues in college (which a lot of college kids have) and I get the impression that a lot of that was due to a feeling of entitlement being the nephew of a HOF NFL QB. When he was on the Broncos, he got in trouble for getting drunk and walking into the wrong house (not that I condone this, but a lot of 22-23 year old guys have done very similar things and it really isn't a huge deal, it was a drunken mistake -- I'd be a lot more worried if he was arrested for a violent crime or was dealing drugs or something). I'm sure Kelly understands he's on a tight leash, and I'm sure Reich/Ballard/Uncle Jim and many others have made that very clear to him. If he keeps himself clean and shows up to work everyday, I would really not be shocked to see Reich/Ballard gain trust in him...
  16. Yea, Odum made a nice play by forcing McCoy to fumble. Did you play DB in the NFL? Got paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to 'panic'? Mahommes made a nice throw, but there is no reason why that WR should have been that wide open. Hopefully watching the tape will help, but that was awful defense there on that play and there is no reason why an NFL DB should 'panic' if a play breaks down, that should've gotten out of their system in highschool and been developed in college and maybe once reprimanded as a 'rookie mistake' in the NFL --
  17. I was the first person on this forum to predict Hentges would be the undrafted guy to keep the streak alive of making this team. I'm a fan of his. I'm also a fan of Doyle's. Neither Hentges or Doyle are 'franchise' players. Doyle is good, and he's got a cool 'hometown' story behind him. His best trait (aside from being injured last year) is reliability. This isn't a knock on him, or Hentges, but without either one of those guys, this team doesn't skip a beat. There are a lot of players on the team who we could lose and be in worse shape.
  18. Ballard said after the draft something like "You know you're doing good when guys you have to cut are being picked up and playing on other teams." I think he said ideally, you'd see 10 guys you had to cut being picked up by other teams -- just goes to show he is doing really well in just a few years here, that he's bringing in enough depth that when we have to cut players they wind up playing on other teams on Sunday. Ebron seems to have become a leader of this team. He's had a few bad drops this year, but I think he'll come around. He was a pro-bowler last year. Unless his drops continue, I sort of think he's a guy the Colts really like and would be a bit shocked if we don't at least offer him a competitive contract. With injuries in the secondary building up, we needed to bring up Shak Taylor. Unfortunately, Hentges was probably the most expendable player on our 53 man roster, especially considering that we have 2 very good TEs (Doyle and Ebron) and another solid TE (M-AC -- who probably has more upside than Hentges as he can block and is a much better receiving threat). I would've liked to see Hengtes make it here, but I don't think it was 'dumb' to cut him... we had to cut someone and TE is one our of deepest positions and Hentges, unless injury to the aforementioned 3 TEs, likely wouldn't have played much of a role this year anyway. Guys like him are not very hard to come by... he went undrafted for a reason... he is a good blocking TE and maybe could be a good short yardage type TE, but he's too slow to really be a threat as a receiver and probably too slow to really contribute on special teams.
  19. It's just a broken collarbone with no reports of ligament damage done. It's one of the easiest broken bones to return from and if he's keeping his cardio up while he's recovering, he should not really miss a step when he gets back. I hope so. I was just looking at stats and find it kind of fascinating how little deep shots we have taken this year. I am wondering if this is a developmental problem of Jacoby (i.e., are the coaches keeping the offense very short and simple to continue letting Jacoby getting his feet wet?), or if it was the coaches plan going into the season (i.e., would we run a similar offense with Luck at the helm? or did the coaches make big adjustments for Brissett?), or if the coaches are just keeping parts of the offense hidden until later in the year? Brissett is throwing for 6.4 yards average, whereas Luck was 7.2 last year -- not a huge difference there... but it strikes me as odd that TY (who typically averages >16 ypc) is only at 9.7 ypc this year and Campbell is at 6.2 ypc. Maybe after the bye and getting Funchess back we'll see the offense open up more? I'd have to think the coaches and Jacoby can see the same film we're seeing and realize they're missing out on some opportunities to hit open targets down the field.
  20. Carr was still a good QB before Gruden, but I'm sure Gruden does make him better. And yes, they have a very solid OL (not that I like rooting for other teams, but it seems like Denzelle Good is playing very well for them, I was always kinda hoping he'd wind up reaching his potential). I think their D is above average, and they do play very physical (I'm glad Burfict gone so it's not dirty). The Pats, right now, are obviously the team to beat in the AFC. KC will have a better O than we saw with the return of a few players and when Reid/Mahommes make adjustments (Mahommes has already acknowledged that the style of D we played against them was similar to what Detroit did the week before and what NE did in the playoffs -- so while I'm sure other teams will try to mimic our effort, they are aware of some changes they need to make), but KC's D seems very suspect (like Brissett said, we took their will away -- they knew exactly what was coming and still couldn't stop us). Until last week, I think most would have agreed the AFC was going to come down to NE vs. KC -- but KC showed they're vulnerable, though I would still be they'll take the aFC West. Then we've got the Dolphins, Jets, Bengals and Steelers who look horrible and the Broncos (I actually think they're better than a 1-4 team) who don't look very good. The rest of the AFC is a log-jam right now with 50% of the teams being 2-3 or 3-2... of all those teams (plus the 4-1 Bills), the ones I think are the most dangerous and will still be around come the final push for wildcard spots are: Indy/HOU (one for the AFC South, one for the widcard), OAK, BUFF, BALT, LAC. My point is, OAK isn't a great team right now, but it's not like we lost to the Dolphins -- unless serious injuries, the Raiders are very likely to be contending for a playoff spot later in the year, they are certainly not a bad team.
  21. I tend to agree with you on project players, but think Parris is a bit different... he can contribute and be dangerous in many ways aside from being a traditional WR. McLaurin is playing well, though I don't know if I'd go as far as calling him a 'straight stud.' He's not in the top 50 in the NFL in receptions, is 3rd on his team in receptions (with an RB and a WR both having more than he, and there's another WR having 18 receptions to his 19). He is fast and he has hit on some deep balls, so he does lead his team in yards (and his team also has given him the opportunity to take shots downfield). Other than the deep ball to Cain last week (which we got a PI call for us on), we have really not thrown the ball deep much. I don't know if this is due to something with Jacoby (e.g., if Luck was here, would we still be dinking and dunking?), if it's just Reich/Sirriani's coaching philosophy (seems like we took more deep shots last year), if it's lack of talent at WR (TBH, after Funchess got hurt, outside of TY, I think all of our WRs rank as 'average' to 'good' but we really don't have anyone aside from TY who has emerged as the type to strike major fear in the opponent), or if Reich/Sirriani are holding plays back for later in the season, etc... but we're simply not taking deep shots (so far, it's worked for the most part and it's helped us control the clock, kept turnovers down and is generally effective at moving the chains). Campbell's got a lot of potential to be dangerous with screens, short passes (like he was at OSU) and on reverses, etc... but IMO, with his speed, TY's speed, and Cain's speed, this offense could be really dangerous if we had those three 4.3 guys blowing the roof off opposing secondaries from time to time. It could just be that Cain and Campbell need to hone their route running, or it could be that the coaches are easing Brissett into this offense (or it could be they've got a bunch of tricks up their sleeves and don't want to show our entire hand this early in the year?). It isn't just Campbell who is not getting a lot of yards per catch or balls thrown deep to him. TY in his previous seven seasons averaged 13.2 ypc once, 15.9 ypc once, and the rest of his 5 seasons he was over 16 ypc. This year he's at 9.7... which seems a little odd to me.
  22. DK Metcalf looks better than I thought he would this early.. Reich also is the genius who really figured out how to utilize Darren Sproles to beat the Pats. I think Campbell's got somethig similar to him. Metcalf is essentially a younger Funchess.
  23. Ha... I get what you're saying, but there's a few differences here (IMO)... Campbell was a late 2nd round pick, not a first like Dorsett... Campbell has much better size than Dorsett, and their numbers (speed/agility) match up pretty well. Campbell seems to have already shown he's got more potential as a KR than Dorsett ever did in this league. If Funchess is healthy, we are expecting Campbell to be at best our #3 WR as a rookie (in reality, he's probably more like #4/5/6 behind TY, Funchess, Cain, Pascal/Campbell/Rogers). We expected Dorsett (at least it seemed like Grigs did) to come in and be a star off the bat with TY, a washed-up Andre Johnson and Butterfingers Moncrief... I don't think Campbell has near the same amount of pressure on him off the bat that Dorsett had. Campbell's still pretty raw, but I think he's gonna turn out to be a very solid player for us in a year or two.
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