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  1. The really interesting part of this is that when he's done, he'll truly be able to buy a part ownership in a team, if he wishes to do so. And if he (or his financial agents) are able to successfully invest and grow that pile, he may be able to buy a team outright one day.
  2. I say it again - it may take a little time for Philip to build confidence in the additional time he'll have in the pocket, so he's able to show the kind of downfield accuracy and timing that he hasn't had the opportunity to show in over a decade now. He used to be so outstanding at that, and that was with just average offensive lines, too. But it's been a decade now of having to unload the ball so fast just to keep from getting sacked that it's bound to take some time for him to trust that he's got enough time now to let the downfield plays fully develop before he has to let the ball go. I mean, ha ha, he's going from the league's worst line to it's best. Seriously, that's got to be a real eye opener for him.
  3. This camp will last at least as long as past years', and all indications right now are that it will last longer. They're not going to shorten the preparation for the season, that's for sure. So all teams will have at least 4 for camp.
  4. I have 6 teams, based on where they left last season, and what they did this offseason, at the top of the league. Chiefs 49ers Saints Seahawks Ravens Packers After that, I have 12 teams, that's right, 12, all bundled together, in any order. Colts Titans Texans Steelers Patriots Bills Rams Vikings Cowboys Eagles Bucs Falcons All kinds of factors will determine who finishes where, including among my top 6 and all I didn't list. But right now, my guess is the 2020 champ, if there is one, will come from one of those teams above.
  5. One note here. Camp rosters aren't entirely about "the best X number of players". As one example, all teams keep a minimum of 4 quarterbacks in camp, because they all follow a similar regimen of keeping track of the number of throws per quarterback, so as not to overwork their arms. Much like with pitchers in baseball. So even if there were 100% agreement that a quarterback is in the "bottom 10", if there are only 4 on the camp roster, they're keeping him.
  6. This thread is interesting to me, because I've thought a lot about Philip signing here after what happened to Luck, with Philip being given so much better a situation than what he "escaped", only at the expense of the same good situation having been taken away from Luck. It reminds me of what Wind In His Hair said to Dunbar about his best friend's death in Dances With Wolves. He told him that he believed that his best friend "went away" (died) because Dunbar was coming, and that that was how he saw it. He was just then coming to terms with the loss of his friend, and the "replacement" in Dunbar. Someone he didn't like at first, probably resented based on that admission, but by the end of their time together had come to love as a brother and friend. And this situation is very much like that one. The hope, of course, is that it ends (whenever that ends up being) with similar good feelings and memories for all involved here, as well.
  7. I'm always skeptical going into every new college football season, because you always have a bunch of new kids taking on their first major roles at the college level. And that includes kids in backup roles, but ones in which they play a lot of meaningful snaps. So until I "see it" enough times from them, I don't allow myself to expect anything too grand. Even with the kind of major talent teams like OSU almost always have, football is the ultimate team sport. So all it takes is one weak spot to let the team down, and an otherwise special season becomes just another year.
  8. And their center Josh Meyers is just as outstanding. He just doesn't get quite the same amount of notoriety. Last year was the best interior line I've ever seen in all my years watching OSU, and that's saying something, given that I've seen or heard every game since the early 70s. Davis, Meyers and Jackson last year were virtually impossible to penetrate, and moved forward in front of Dobbins, Fields and company like a tsunami. Really, really incredible. And here's the thing. They'll be even better from guard to guard this year, hee hee hee. Because Harry Miller, the new left guard, is even better than Jackson.
  9. No harm here, but just to set the record straight, Philip hasn't missed a game his entire life. At least as far back as high school forward, anyway. I don't remember how many games it was in high school, but that's 51 out of 51 in college, and 235 out of 235 in the NFL. And counting .
  10. Ha ha, yeah, when I first read that I got the image in my head of Sean Astin as Rudy getting steamrolled in that practice scene by the pulling lineman. The only thing that would have made Nelson's line funnier is if he'd have said, "We're playing Chris Jones, I'm lining up against freakin' Rudy! How am I going to get better?!"
  11. Marino did play in one Super Bowl, to cap the 1984 season, his 2nd in the league when he was league MVP. He was Mahomes that year, before Mahomes was ever born . Of course, he and his team got positively SMOKED by Montana and the 49ers. But he did get to one.
  12. Worried about Philip? Really? You mean THIS Philip Rivers? https://www.stampedeblue.com/2020/6/9/21285296/report-new-colts-qb-philip-rivers-is-driving-force-behind-organizing-imminent-player-only-practices “Rivers, who joined the Colts as a free agent in March, is taking a lead role in organizing player-only practices in the Indianapolis area next week, multiple sources told The Athletic Indiana,” Holder writes. “Meanwhile, cornerback Kenny Moore is among those making arrangements to get defensive players on board.” “The workouts, to be held at a local venue – not at the Colts’ training facility – will likely feature a 7-on-7 format involving offensive and defensive players. It will be a welcome change for players largely unable to conduct organized workouts while quarantined in recent months because of COVID-19.” “A full list of players expected to participate remains unclear, but sources said attendance is expected to be quite healthy.” Ha ha, just ribbing you some. Good stuff in that article though. But no surprise coming from "Coach" Philip.
  13. If Philip can throw it more than 6 feet, then social distancing isn't an impediment to throwing to his new receivers. If he can't, then Irsay set $25 million on fire in his back yard.
  14. Watching his one starting year at OSU, I would have been convinced that he would be a generational type safety in the NFL. Then the CFP semi happened. More to the point, an at the time still very underrated offensive game planning Clemson and its savvy quarterback Deshaun Watson happened, and Malik's inexperience and still undeveloped game had a big, shining light cast on them. I was much more concerned after that showing. What OSU and mostly lesser competition had been able to very successfully "hide" of his inexperience during the season, Clemson and Watson picked apart to an alarmingly embarrassing degree. What may have been even more alarming were the huge numbers during that offseason leading up to the draft who seemed to ignore it, and treat it almost as if it didn't even happen. Having seen these strange human behaviors, even among football professionals, for almost 5 decades now, I probably shouldn't be surprised anymore, but it still amazes me how so many can talk themselves into believing whatever they wish were true, instead of accepting what really is. And in this case, what really was true was that Malik wasn't ready for an existence of every week facing sophisticated offenses that made even that advanced Clemson attack look like a plain vanilla cone. He should have returned for one more year of seasoning and development at OSU. Yes, even despite the eye popping athletic ability that allows him to at times make plays everyone else only dreams of. That said, he should still have been able to develop into a top safety with 3 years of work on an NFL team, too. Even though he wasn't ready in 2017, he certainly should have been by now. But he'll get at least one more year here to do so. We can all speculate on the chances of someone doing in one year what he hasn't in so many more before, but regardless of that, he does have that opportunity. Let's see what happens.
  15. I mentioned this once before in another thread, and I'll say it again here. There will be a TON of this team's final roster for the season playing on contracts that will expire at the end of this season (maybe almost half the roster). Heck, just two of those guys alone - Rivers and Brissett - will contribute to over $45 million in cap room for the team going into next offseason. So the team is going to be rolling in cash again next offseason. Could they top $100 million free? I don't know, but it will be huge. What does this have to do with Hooker? Here's what. They didn't need to put themselves on the hook now for another year with him next year. Someone mentioned that all it takes is one team to offer him a boat load to lose him. Well, with the money this team will have, that won't matter. Because no matter what offers he gets, if this team wants him back, they will have way more than enough to match or beat those offers in order to keep him. And they hold all the leverage here because of it. So it's not about the team not wanting him back because of his play, or because of his injuries, or anything else like that. It's simply because they don't HAVE to decide right now. So why should they? Unless they were 100% sold, there's no reason for them to decide right now. Give themselves every last bit of information on him, which will include this upcoming season, and then decide based on ALL of the possible information. That's just smart business. Something I, being new to the Colts, am coming to be quite impressed with in Ballard and this staff. Especially after following the traveling circus sideshow I've followed the last 15 years.
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