A very alarming stat in Colts Football Posted October 27 On 10/23/2020 at 4:49 PM, bestQBever said: Finally someone who sees it for how it is. I really like JT but his vision imo is a glaring issue and is what is preventing him from being an elite RB already. We saw guys like zeke and saquon pop off year 1 and I believe that physically, JT is better than both of those guys. I think right now he is thinking about what to do at every level of the play instead of saying "oh, if the play unfolds like this, this lane will be open and then I can beat this guy at this angle." I think while Marlon didn't have the size, his vision is pretty much what catapulted him into a top 10 RB status. Not quite sure JT is more physically gifted than Saquon (not sure any RB in the NFL is, TBH -- maybe Derrick Henry due to how massive he is?). Their 40 yard dash, 20 yard split, 10 yard split, 20 yard shuttle are just about identical (JT ran a 4.39, SB ran a 4.40). Saquon had a 5 inch higher vertical leap and 12 more reps at 225 lbs on bench and is also 8 pounds heavier and 2 inches taller. Also, not sure Mack is a top 10 RB. I like Mack, he had a good year last year... but behind one of the top OLs in the NFL, he ranked 24th in average yards per carry last year out of those who had >100 carries. He has developed good vision over time and he is a pretty solid receiving back (which Taylor is proving to be as well). Mack has never been 'dominant' and he certainly wasn't any more than 'average' as a rookie. Taylor's performing better than Mack did as a rookie and his vision and decisiveness seem to be improving every week. If he stays healthy, he'll be just fine. On 10/23/2020 at 7:37 PM, Painterman said: Anyone think we may be sandbagging? Long season, schedule gets harder, shouldn't show too much too soon. I have thought that at points... but due to the amount of injuries we have had to key players (Pittman, Campbell, Mack, all of our top 3 TEs at time, etc.) I think Reich/Sirianni have been forced to pull back some on O play calling. I also think TY is not the same TY he has been in the past, whether he's lost a step or is just not syncing up with Rivers or a combination of the two, he doesn't seem to be his old self. It seems like Marcus Johnson is now our primary deep threat (think about that if you're an offensive play caller - a guy who got cut and resigned to the practice squad is the #1deep threat when going into the season we thought Campbell, Pittman and TY would be 3 very solid deep threats). If the guys we have stay healthy and if Pittman (and potentially Campbell) come back 100% healthy, I could see them opening up the playbook a bit more, but I think we've been pretty limited in the WR (and at times TE) part of our offense. On 10/25/2020 at 4:19 AM, crazycolt1 said: There is a lot of truth to this comment if you think about it. It is never easy for a fanbase to get over the loss of a QB some consider one of the best to ever play the game. Then Manning was replaced by Luck. When Luck was healthy he was a beast. A linebacker mentality playing QB. What made him fun to watch is what lead him to an early exit. With Manning and then Luck this team was carried by the play of the QB position. I think Ballard has been working on a team that is not dependent on a pro bowl caliber QB to win games. A lot of Colt fans don't get excited when we don't have a super hero that puts us in awe. Ballard has been saying that since day 1. On 10/25/2020 at 6:57 AM, Nickster said: Problem is that non pro bowl caliber teams almost never advance in the playoffs. I dont think that's the plan for Ballard I think it's more the reality with luck's sudden retirement. This team is actually built around elite qbing imo. Had Ballard known before, he would have been wise to try to get an elite qb because elite QBs win championships. I'm glad we have Buckner big time but if we dont find a qb solution we are going to be one of those teams just talented enough to get a middle 1st round pick and will need to get lucky at qb drafting. Eason. Could be the answer. Who knows? QB drafting is like drafting hitters in mlb. There is rarely a hitter or qb drafted that is surely going to be good. I hope I am wrong but I think the team is in for a tough couple months after the lions. I don't think Rivers is really too far off from being pro-bowl caliber. He's 6th in completion percentage and 9th in average yards per pass. He has thrown a couple of baffling INTs, but otherwise he's playing good ball and he's playing with a new group who he had no preseason games with, a limited camp with, and is down his #2 and #3 WR, #1 RB, and has seen all of his top 3 guys miss at least one game. It'd be nice if his TD numbers were a bit higher, but with the loss of Pittman, we don't really have a truly dangerous RZ WR. I think we'll be just fine to be hunting for the playoffs and AFC South title after this next stretch. Pitt beating TEN was big for us last week. TEN is going into Cincy who has lost 4 of 5 games by 1 score or less and who has tied once. They're not really a pushover (I expect TEN to win, but won't be shocked if Burrows and Cincy give them a heck of a fight). Then they have CHI who is 5-2 and who beat TB after we basically dominated them. They've got to play IND twice, CLE, GB, and Baltimore after CHI (they also have Jax, HOU, and DET) -- they don't have a walk in the park down the second half of the season. We should be able to beat DET, LV, sweep HOU and beat Jax at home... that's 5 wins (9-7)... but I think we can at least split with TEN (now we're 10-6), and win at least 1 of 3 out of Baltimore, GB, Pitt (that'd be 11-5). We should get a WR target back very soon (Pittman), potentially get an additional pass rusher (Turay) at some point down the stretch and potentially get Campbell back late in the season. So long as the guys we have now stay healthy, we should continue to improve as the season goes on. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To the original poster - I don't think teams stacking the box is their way of disrespecting Rivers. Rivers is top 5 in the league in deep ball accuracy and he's shown multiple times he still has an arm. I think teams do fear Taylor a bit, he has shown on several occasions (including his first NFL catch) how fast he is and how dangerous he can be if he gets into space. Our offensive play calling has also been pretty predictable at times. Finally, I think the main reason why teams are stacking the box is because we don't really seem to have a true deep threat. TY and Rivers have not been in sync all season, TY's had a few bad drops and I think he has lost a step (maybe I'm wrong, but he doesn't seem like the same dynamic TY and I think he was better the first half of last year with Brissett, so I don't think he was just a product of Luck). Rivers lost his fastest WR, Campbell, and has been without his biggest WR, Pittman. Going into the season with TY, Pittman, Campbell as the top 3 WRs really seemed like they'd be able to blow the top off defenses -- after 3 games it seems like TY's not the TY of old, then Pascal, Fountain and Dulin don't seem to have been able to strike much fear into opposing defenses (though, I do think Dulin could be a deep threat). Maybe Marcus Johnson will turn out to be a deep threat -- he's averaging 20.9 yards per catch... and in the 3 games he's played he has had a long of 27, then 36, then 55 yards. If he keeps that up against stiffer competition, teams will likely have to start accounting for it or pay the price if they keep stacking the box.