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  1. This is repeated over and over and while it might be true, I believe a decision was made by the coach and GM before the season started to allow JB play the full season regardless of performance to try an earn full starters money and his next contract. The players were also behind this Im sure which made the decision easier to give JB the entire season. I am also willing to bet that Irsay/Ballard had personal goals that JB had to meet to get that contract thus allowing JB to play all the way to the end to meet those goals makes sense. Personally I dont think he met those goals. JB needed to show improvement from 2017 and I didnt see it. He purposely inflated his TD/Int ratio early in the season by throwing 1 yard TD passes that could have easily been run in. Once teams had tape on him, he regressed all the way back to 2017.
  2. Irsay seems to be holding out a little hope by saying he is taking things at face value. That alone suggests he has reservations about Lucks decision. Irasy seems to also suggest by staying with JB and the draft that the door for Luck is wide open to return. Pretty much saying "Luck, I know your out there. Please come back." If there was really no chance Luck comes back, Irsay would have been a little bit more upfront about the future of the Colts, alas he has no clue at the moment.
  3. Interesting game in some respects. I didnt pick us to win but it was a little closer than I thought it would be. This game is a great representation of how different offenses win or loose. Some on here think having a great game manager that makes no mistakes is the best way to win. Others say you need a QB who will put the team on their back and throw open receivers even if it means turning the ball over. The end result is quick hitting plays is demoralizing to the other team. Chunk plays are not scaring anyone especially if you have a high flying offense on the other side of the ball. I really believe Frank burned his playbook he had for Luck and now is just dink and dunk city. Its truly baffling.
  4. Attracting any FA's will be difficult without a settled QB situation. imo no FA would be clamoring to join a JB run offense next year thus the reason we are hearing tid bits of our GM scouting young talent at QB. I think Ballard knows it will be very difficult to recruit anyone to Indy without a Luck or similar type QB. Im sure he is in under extreme pressure right now. He cant say what he really thinks and the odds of replicating anything close to what we had with Luck and Manning are not very good. He basically has to hit it out the park to appease his owner and a fan base that is slowly becoming disenchanted with the team. With all that said, I can see his number 1 focus right now is moving up in the draft to get his QB and all this scouting is really a smoke screen or to basically start building their draft board. Our next franchise QB needs to be someone we draft and not a journeyman.
  5. at 6-6 with 3 of 4 on the road its asking wayyy to much of JB to pull this out. He's not even 100%. Sit him now not only for his health next year but to keep his stock somewhat high. Its a win win win for everyone. Fans are happy we get to unwrap a new toy to play with in CK with absolutely no expectations, JB keeps his stock at a high note by improving his win loss record from the prior start and the colts win because believe or not fans will come back if there is a chance they find a diamond in the rough. Or they dont and end up picking high in the draft. If Irsay can ship Manning to Denver to suck for Luck then we can send a patriot now colt backup QB to the bench. If they dont, I will have lost all hope in the management of this team. Get over this nice guy nonsense. We have a locker room of nice guys but you dont always win with them.
  6. Ok I could have worded that better. Basically not in the championship or playoff hunt. Why get JB more hurt if you need him next year and your out of the playoff contention? Or at least really really close to being out of contention.
  7. CK only plays imo if JB gets hurt and we are out of the playoff hunt. Which seems likely that both could happen now with JB's knee and not wanting him to get anymore hurt when there is nothing else to play for. It needed to be a perfect storm so to speak and it seems it might just be forming. Im hoping coach lets CK audition for #2 QB for a couple games this year while also letting JB know that his job is safe this year and its his to loose next year. Draft a late round QB and dump Hoyer at the end of the year. Thats my wish list anyway .
  8. They didnt have a lot of time to prepare JB mentally with Lucks early retirement. Its not easy to change the mindset of someone who has been a career backup. You would have hoped Ballard sat JB down at some point and said 'look we need you become a starter in the NFL' 'Notice I didnt say we need you to start for the Indianapolis Colts' ' We need you to become a starting level QB' My belief is they have had this discussion multiple times. Ballard is not someone who will keep someone for sentimentality sake. I think its pretty evident with Ballard taking time during a Playoff Run to scout other Qb's. This was Ballard sending a message . I think it also very clear that as long as JB is healthy, this entire season was devoted to him redefining himself as starting level QB. The problem I see is that he has traits from his tenure in New England and backing up Luck to do what you can to not lose a football game due to stupid mistakes. He is so locked in to not making mistakes he has indirectly crippled the offense to a degree. This is what separates elite/great QB's from the rest. They understand being open is not graded on yards but their belief that the WR will go and a make a play. This is where JB needs to let go. He needs to understand he dosnt need to try and win every game by himself. He needs to let other professional football players carry some of that weight and responsibility.
  9. I didn't proclaim greatness if you read my post. Coach brought him up over every other available qb to a team fighting for a playoff spot. It will take a disaster to happen for him to see the field but they see something. I think most here agree with their approach to this situation. Let him sit for a year building trust then let him fully compete for starting or qb2 job year 2. Know what you don't know.
  10. Thanks for your insight. The next time I buy a lottery ticket I would love some of that crystal ball magic you got going on. Seriously people get over your hatred for Ck. This is Riecks protege. He would not be on the team if coach didn't think he had a chance to be good
  11. Not going to happen imo. JB has decent numbers and I would be willing to bet he is going to continue this until his next big contract wherever that is.
  12. This whole chunk verbiage has screwed with JBs head. If the coach is calling those plays as explosive it's nfw JB is defaulting to that frame of mind. Coach has been quoted saying JB has the green light to change the call at the Los. So on one hand the coach has drilled in a little to hard on what he wants the that a young impressionable QB is unable to adjust and in the other play calling is all on JB and deserves the long talk he got from coach.
  13. Hoyer's success shows me we can plug and play any competent QB behind our line and they will hold their own. We have one the best lines in the NFL. Its soo good that it often creates a short passing game because QB's can sit forever waiting for the underneath stuff to develop. In essence its perfect for JB because that is the protection he requires to run his offense. As long as the oline dosnt regress to good/average from great he will thrive. I tend to look at things half full. I understand we may never have this oline performance year in and year out. That is why I believe the we need to start expecting more from JB. Whether that happens this season or next he needs to show he can run an offense like Hoyer. I also fear he is going to be injury prone because the scramble is part of his offense rather than being a symptom of it. You dont necessarily need to be a gunslinger but you have to show you have all the tools when needed to be a franchise QB. Whether its JB, Hoyer or CK we are going to show flashes but until we get a statement from Irsay that this guy or that guy is the future of the colts we are going to continue to have in-fighting.
  14. Great win and there was little extra from the team and Justin Houston. However we had to play at an extremely high level as a team to eek out that win because of limitations in the passing attack. We are inconsistant as a team and JB is just an extension of that. When the team has problems JB is not able to overcome it by himself. When the team is playing its A game. JB can be great game manager. The problem with this is we are relying on a one guy a little too much. Mack is going to get dinged up again. Its not a mattter if but when. JB has to show he can put the team on his back and carry them not just at home but on the road. For some, this is just a progrosession and that he will get there. For others in the prove-it state of Indiana he dosnt have any history of doing this anywhere else so there is nervousness about where this team is going after this year. Im rooting for him but not as much as I am rooting for the Colts and what they plan to do with him long term. He definetely has moxy and and leadership qualities, game talent just isnt there yet. Im afraid we get to the end of the year and some will say he needs another year to really realize his true potential. We may never have a team like we have this year thats why you play to win now. Overall I am really happy for the Colts today. They shocked the world.
  15. Im not sure you want to abandon any element of football if it gives you options and allows the defense to change things up. What we need and have in Leonard is a team captain on defense that can correctly call out defensive signals. I can only imagine he will get better..
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