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  1. Superman

    Vegas expects Colts surge

    I take it as a confidence that the new staff will help the offense be more effective, especially late in games. Not necessarily a knock against Pagano, but definitely a knock on the offensive staff. Reich still has a lot to prove. I'm hopeful, but we'll see what he does.
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    Vegas expects Colts surge

    I don't think you'll be proven wrong Monday, or at any point this year. I think the defense will be pretty ragged this season, unless a really good pass rush and a 3 tech emerge. As for the defense in the first preseason game, I disliked some of the alignments. A few times outside corners were 10+ yards off the line of scrimmage, which I hate. I hope we don't see much more of that, especially outside of 3rd and long. But the players in the secondary won't get many chances to make plays unless the front can get stops on early downs and get pressure in passing situations. I don't have a problem with the scheme. It's not my favorite; I'd prefer a man based coverage philosophy, but zone has it's advantages. On the field, it's more effective at defending mobile QBs; for team building, it's less expensive. The key -- as it is with almost everything -- will be good drafting and good player development. Find good players, and help them succeed. If they don't do one or both of those well, it doesn't matter what scheme they run. But I don't think the scheme itself is flawed. It's had plenty of success, even in the modern NFL.
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    Jalen Ramsey Comments...

    I mean, he's going into Year 3. Can't compare him to all time greats at this point. And someone who always seems to be forgotten -- the great Nnamdi Asomugha. He had two or three years where he was the best man cover guy in the league. He wound up being overshadowed by Revis Island, but he was a monster for a couple years.
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    Colts Training Camp 8/16/2018

    I'm pretty sure he has an open invitation to any Colts function, camp or otherwise. You guys are just making stuff up.
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    Jalen Ramsey Comments...

    I don't think smack talk is necessarily knucklehead-ism. This is a little uncommon, but we're now in a place where players have a larger platform than they used to. I don't think this kind of sounding off will continue to be rare. However, this player and one of his teammates is presently suspended for popping off at the mouth. Now he's in the news for more mouthing off. This seems to be a sign of a lack of discipline. The Jags could be in for one of those 'lead the league in penalties and personal fouls' kind of seasons.
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    Jalen Ramsey Comments...

    I don't get the connection. Luck is actually good, Bortles isn't.
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    Jalen Ramsey Comments...

    How dare he have good teammates... I'm being snarky, but him having good teammates doesn't take away from his own abilities. We all know that a good defensive front makes things easier on the secondary, but it doesn't make average guys into playmakers.
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    Who is the team to beat in our division?

    Offensive coaching is much better now than it was 15 years ago. As dynamic as Vick was back then, with the right coaching staff he'd be a serious problem now. The mush rush, keep him in the pocket and force him to throw plan would get destroyed these days. Watson still has some work to do as a pocket passer to fulfill his potential, and he needs to be more consistently accurate (same for Mariota, actually), but if they handle him properly he can be a top notch QB.
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    Front Four Looks

    Yeah, Seattle's issues at OL are well documented. I didn't pay any attention to who he was beating, but he showed some of the quickness and burst he had in college. We've seen precious little of that from him in the NFL, so I'll take it as a positive. Henry Anderson is currently getting solid push in this Jets game. I still think he would have fit our defense at 3 tech and wish we would have kept him. But it's a position at which we had a few players, and he's not special, so clearing a little logjam in exchange for a pick makes some sense.
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    Front Four Looks

    Ridgeway looked good at 3 tech.
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    Who is the team to beat in our division?

    It's the Jags for now. But I think there's a general assumption that just because a team had a good year that they are definitely going to be better the next year, and that's not how it works. That said, they are a tough, physical, fast team, and they were able to beat people up and impose their will on both sides of the line of scrimmage. That's a critical foundation for a good football team (something the Colts haven't been able to do, basically ever, despite trying). Their problem, IMO, is some of their most dynamic players in the trenches are either past their prime, or had banner years all of a sudden. Hard to expect that to be duplicated. The other problem, while their foundation is able to keep them in games, there are times when you need your QB to make plays down the stretch. They have to rely on Blake Bortles. Look at the AFCCG, he actually played a good game -- 64% completions, no turnovers, almost 9 yards/attempt... but in the 4th quarter, when they needed a play, they were 0/5 on 3rd down, and couldn't score outside of the FG on the second play of the quarter. Not entirely Bortles fault, but a better QB probably finds a way to generate some offense. Still, they were one ugly quarter away from going to the Super Bowl with one of the most limited QBs in the league, so, respect. Texans have a lot of question marks. Their defense fell apart last year, mostly due to injury, but it's not an automatic that they'll be back to their old selves. Watt will probably be a monster again... On offense, they're relying on a second year QB who had a good month and a half and then tore his ACL, again. Watson also has to make some progress as a complete passer, and if he doesn't NFL defenses are going to beat him into submission. The Titans are a tease, and I don't know what to make of them. I'm not a huge Vrabel fan, and while LaFleur is highly touted, he has to prove himself (he's not automatically going to be the next Sean McVay). Mariota might have hit his ceiling. I think the division is wide open. The Colts won't be very good on defense, but the offense has a real shot at being explosive with Luck back. I don't think any team is getting ready to pull away from the pack, as things stand now.
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    Jalen Ramsey Comments...

    He's being a clown lately, for sure, and I don't think he's a good man coverage guy, but he's big, fast, rangy and plays the ball well. He also tackles well. Problem is, when he hits free agency in 3 or 4 years, he'll want to be the highest paid corner in the league, and that doesn't work with the new system.
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    Jalen Ramsey Comments...

    Bortles actually played well in the last few games of the season. I don't think he'll ever be a playmaker who elevates his team, but he might be good enough to win a SB. I agree about the defensive line, though. We'll see what Jackson and Campbell do this season.
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    Jalen Ramsey Comments...

    Ramsey would fit our new defense perfectly.
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    Schwartz on Nelson: Mostly real good...

    I don't think the tackle play affected him very much at all. Maybe on some run plays, but not in protection.