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  1. Well written post with sound reasoning throughout CS2013. Like I said in my previous post, I understand that today's game is offensive based which means WR's, QB's, & TE's tend to all the mainstream press. However, I think it's safe to say if Leonard & Hooker remain healthy, they definitely make their presences known. People can think I'm nuts & roll their eyes at me as a gush or wax poetically about Leonard or Hooker--I'm cool with that. When you need a momentum swing, the DBs & LBs gotta stop an opposing team's WR's, RB, & QB with a fumble, turnover, or pick. It's as simple as that. Again, there are no real wrong answers here. Just where individual fans place the most emphasis that's all. I get it. Offensive guys get all the praise. It's where the league is now, not me, but life goes on. Appreciate your response.
  2. Intriguing post above LKD. That is true. Jerry Jones is the figure head of the Cowboys. I consider him more of a marketing genius than a top tier GM though. His son Stephen is making the draft picks calls now not Jerry. Okay sure, Jerry has a lot of cache & sway in Dallas but that was because of Jimmy Johnson in the 90's not necessarily the 2000's & beyond. Look at Bill Polian. A HOF GM who had success in Buffalo & Carolina before he came to INDY & finally won that elusive ring. GM's just aren't household names unless they have success in multiple cities first & faces of franchises are almost always athletes on the field not front office executives usually. Ballard is tremendous sure, but the face of our franchise right now? I would disagree with that. I'm not doubting Ballard's leadership & steady hand at all. Nice write up though buddy. You always make me think & create fresh vantage points & I respect that.
  3. I'd definitely buy a ticket to see that flick WM. He's a fascinating guy. He's had substance abuse issues, he's generous with his money & efforts to improve Indianapolis as a community, he's driven to win as an owner, he's been thru lean yrs when our franchise wasn't relevant, he collects famous guitars like kids accumulate baseball cards, & finally the man is honest about his faults, mistakes, & he is extremely relatable to his fans as an owner.
  4. Most posters in this thread believe TY Hilton is now the face of our franchise & given how this league is so pass centric now, it makes perfect sense I guess. Or they go with Jacoby Brissett since he touches the ball the most. Neither one of those answers is wrong. I also understand that LB's like Darius Leonard or secondary studs like Malik Hooker seldom get any love because gambling is based on touchdowns & offensive players for fantasy football stats. However, when your team is down & needs to come from behind & get the ball back for your offense, you need dogs on defense & in the secondary. I know I'm in the minority here & that fine. For me, it's a tie between Leonard & Hooker. Not a sexy or popular pick but a vital one. Okay, if you force me to only pick 1 name it's Hooker because he proved his value week one already.
  5. I must admit Jvan. You do make a darn good point. Outside of us, Kansas City, & maybe Barry Alvarez from UW-Madison...Chris Ballard's name doesn't roll of the tongue of most NFL fanbases. I mean INDY fell in love with Ballard after he ended that press conference with "the rivalry is back on" after Josh McDaniels ran back to Foxboro, but yes, GM's seldom become faces of franchises even exceptional ones like Chris. Well said Jvan.
  6. Hey there Myles, I get what your driving at. As a professional FG kicker who is well compensated, we as fans expect Adam V. to put the ball between the pipes every tine he is called upon to do so. A fair point. I just meant that when Adam does miss a FG; it turns into massive media coverage since he's not known for coming up short. I'm just not ready to throw in the towel on Adam after a week 1 loss that's all. He knows he under performed on Sunday. He's tougher on himself than any INDY fan is I'm sure. Is there a danger on retaining Adam too long resting on his past laurels of success? Maybe. Look, I'm all in favor of grooming the next place kicker to succeed Adam. It's a smart, proactive move. I just wanna see how Mr. V performs say the next 5 or 6 weeks first before I draw any conclusions that's all. Nice chatting with you as always Myles.
  7. I have to give you a ton of credit for having such a fair & balanced perspective on the Antonio Brown alleged incident given what you & your family have already endured on a personal level. If my own sister went thru a similar traumatic violation, I'm not sure I would be able to gain that level of insight & wisdom even with time. I won't mention your sister anymore because I respect your privacy & I no desire to evoke bad memories for you. Yes, that is indeed possible [what I bolded in red.] Friendship gone horribly wrong does happen more often than most people like to think it does. Rape always revolves around power & dominance over another & sometimes famous athletes have never been told no before. They are so used to getting their way that any form of resistance ticks them off. And sometimes, the unthinkable occurs...And once that safety gets shattered--A woman's life is never the same again.
  8. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your sister. No one ever deserves that level of pain & anxiety which never subsides. I must also commend you for standing up for anyone falsely accused of a crime that they did not commit. Yes, we definitely need to be patient here & not condemn anyone before all the facts are in. Well said GB. Absolutely right. Rushing to a judgement in either direction is a dangerous slippery slope indeed. Again, my deepest condolences to your family once again regarding your sibling. I truly mean that.
  9. I must admit that you make an intriguing argument here PAC56. AB's arrogance & sense of entitlement makes him prime pickings for anyone who wants to bleep with his life & flip his whole world upside down. Yes, we all know that there are drop dead gorgeous women out there who use deception & ulterior motives to gain financial security down the road. However, in many cases, that involves pregnancy/child support payment as opposed to forced sex against a person's will. So, it becomes a battle between searching for a sugar daddy versus treating females like a commodity only existing for a rich man's enjoyment preferences. Empirical evidence usually determines what really happened i.e. consensual or forced. I do agree though that AB's attitude of the world revolves around me & look how great I am isn't doing him any favors or allowing others to give him the benefit of the doubt.
  10. Good point GB. It takes a lot of strength & intestinal fortitude to admit that a person has been violated against their will & do something about it legally. Courage many of us probably wouldn't have. Sometimes, people just want a huge settlement, but if a woman was raped in this case, generally it is a horrific experience that is rarely conjured up out of thin air. Yes, automatic victim shaming from jump street is indeed wrong & inexcusable in my estimation. It is possible that a rich athlete was targeted? Maybe. However, I was raised to believe that women bringing forth this allegation aren't lying. They don't want publicity & celebrity status. They just want their reputation, good name, & some sense of normalcy back even if it's only in small doses yrs later. They want to ensure that the alleged aggressor is prohibited from violating another woman or at least thinks twice about it anyway.
  11. We were fortune enough to land 2 elite QBs in Manning & Luck. The odds of INDY hitting the jackpot a 3rd time is darn near impossible stitches. More than likely, even if we cut Jacoby loose after his contract expires, INDY probably drafts a game manager next go round. Game manager isn't necessary a dirty word. Trent Dilfer, Phil Sims, Jeff Hostetler, Brad Johnson all won rings as game managers. All that label means is you don't turn the ball over, throw out of bounds to avoid sacks/bad field position, & let your D carry you when things get tight. Look at Carson Wentz He's elite, but injury prone & hurt a lot. Criticize Dak if you want as a lowly game manager, but the guy is always available every Sunday man. Besides, throwing long passes doesn't make a QB elite AKA Joe Flacco or Jeff George. Even Micheal Vick relied mostly on his feet & elusiveness before Andy Reid in Philly made him a true pocket passer in this league near the end of his NFL career. All I'm saying is this: Striking rich 3 times with an elite QB for INDY is like a billion to 1. Game manager is the best we can hope for now. Football Gods won't bless INDY thrice with a larger than life field general by 2020 & beyond IMO.
  12. I wrote my response before I read this from you Jared. Just to be clear. I do realize though that Adam can't play forever & we need to have another place kicker in the pipeline learning from Adam now. It's like a record executive. You gotta plan early for your next multi-platinum artist so you don't end up irrelevant as a label & not fiscally sound & vibrant anymore. I'm a big music buff so a lot of my examples about thriving & adapting come directly from that genre or realm etc. etc.
  13. I will readily admit this publicly: When I get attached to athletes I like [such as Adam V. or Peyton Manning] I have a difficult time letting go or accepting that they are aging & not what they once were. I do realize that some fans or posters want to be ahead of the curve & not a slave to a player's past or former invincibility status that they may no longer possess moving forward. I will own that flaw or weakness Jared. Maybe, that's all your doing...Planning for Adam's replacement so our special team's production doesn't collapse & we have no 2nd option available. Being ahead of the curve is harder than most people want to consider. I get it.
  14. Fantastic post Jared. My own disagreement with you is the line I bolded. Did Adam's misses hurt us on the scoreboard or make the hole to dig out of deeper than we would have preferred? Yes. However, we can't lay this loss entirely at V's feet. He's not the terminator or an unstoppable cyborg for crying out loud. He's been so clutch for so long that our expectations are out of whack. It's week 1; these misses don't give me pause at all. Hades, most teams misfire the first week since most of the veterans have not played a full game yet. Adam has earned a lot of cache in this league for the Pats & INDY. He'll be fine. Everybody's rusty even the refs. Yep, our defense was making Rivers slide up in the pocket & Hooker did take away 6 points from the powder blue LA Bolts late in the game to keep us alive, Mack looked solid on the ground, & TY has a nose for the end zone just like always, even Ebron was on fire until the refs screwed us over with a lame call. Jacoby played well better than I anticipated he would. Like you said so eloquently, he makes good decisions with the ball. Uh huh. INDY is definitely no dumpster fire indeed. I will give you a like anyway since I agree with 95% of what you wrote. I'm not really that upset with you Jared. I just can't condemn Adam. The dude is money. He just had a hiccup today that's all. He will work his tail off this week to redeem himself & get his mojo back buddy.
  15. I'm sorry when did a team sport like football suddenly become golf or tennis? No, this loss isn't entirely on Adam. SMH. You make it sound like Adam V. should be taken out to pasture & literally put down. Prisoner of the moment syndrome I'm afraid. "Vinny let everyone down," "He lost the game singlehandedly." "This loss is on him." What like nobody else dropped a pass today? Look, I get it. This wasn't the outcome any of us wanted, but to make it sound like Adam alone sabotaged the final result today is beyond absurd. Would making all his field goals today have come in handy? Sure, but the man isn't a machine, he's human. Adam V. has saved our caboose on so many occasions during games. Let's not crucify the man prematurely shall we... It's never as bad as it initially looks. There are a lot of positives to lean your hat on despite this loss--A crucial turnover in the 2nd half, sacking Rivers more than once, running the ball well, & JB throwing the ball with precision & authority all game long.
  16. Cute SDS cute. Okay, just for fun, I will play along. I often find that songs provide the perfect visual aids for situations just like this one... Picture Aaron Rodgers facial hair as you listen to these numbers: Or perhaps, the Janet Jackson song "Throb." Better not post that saucy single & violate PG protocols on the forum. This Muddy Waters classic should illustrate it more clearly for you & remove all ambiguity... Thanks for playing along & being a good sport about my shenanigans SDS. You're all right man.
  17. Slightly off topic: Um Melvin Gordon, go back to the Bolts pronto, beg for your job back, & gladly take whatever contract they offer you dude. Swallow your pride & suit up for a team bound to make a deep Playoffs run. Stop the foolish trade demands too. The Chargers look like a 12-4 squad to me. Locked & loaded.
  18. Hey there LKD, Don't take this to the bank since I wasn't about to watch every snap of this game, but from what I saw on You Tube highlights & watching NFL Red Zone every quarter on TV, it looked like Mack just put the afterburners on & had a couple of miraculous runs. The Chargers HC & coaching staff are no slouches; They are a well run & well coached organization from top to bottom, which makes our team tenacity from behind & OT performance even more remarkable to me personally.
  19. Good advice. I tend to go to worst case scenario more than I probably should. Uh huh. Until the Colts medical staff takes X-rays, anything is possible. Well said GC8818. I just get bummed out when our QB loses a tall target with experience that's all. I was hoping for big clutch end zone catches late in the yr though. I know; I know. Not his fault. INDY always seems to get snake bit with injuries more than most franchises. I wish we would could turn that around & stay healthy for once as a roster. LOL!
  20. I figured he was done for the yr unfortunately. Just like Nick Foles in Jacksonville too. I feel bad for guys whose season is over just as the NFL officially got underway. It blows. On the plus side, it makes the Jags weaker & more vulnerable for us to knock off now. I'll take whatever advantage INDY can get right now. Okay, I'll back off now & try not to dominate this thread anymore. My bad.
  21. Whew, that's a huge relief. I was really scared for Darius in the brief moment I saw on TV. Thanks for putting my mind at ease CG8818. Thank you for the update Stephen. Appreciate it. Yeah, it looked like Funches landed directly on his shoulder. I winched when I saw that. It looked like all his body weight right there. Sorry man.
  22. I was watching NFL Red Zone on Dish Network at home. Is LB Darius Leonard okay? God, I sincerely hope so. Scott Hanson, the host, cut away to another game & I never heard what Leonard's current condition is. He was down on the turf & it didn't look promising.
  23. Easy there Stephen. He had a bad day at the office. Let's not write his NFL eulogy yet. It's week 1. Just take a deep breath. Adam will be just fine.
  24. Exactly Krunk, I was so furious when the refs took Ebron's TD away. Everybody & their momma knew he secured the rock & didn't bobble the ball. Yes, you're right. Jacoby played well today. He exceeded my expectations against a worthy foe in the Chargers. Very impressive performance in the end.
  25. That Malik Hooker pick that swung momentum in our favor was a thing of beauty man. I was so pumped when that happened for us, especially when Phillip Rivers looked like he was about to score. I also loved seeing Al-Quadin Muhammad put pressure on Philip & knock the ball out of his hand. Our D was darn good. I feel very confident about how competitive INDY will be every single week. We won't give up or roll over & die for anybody. Nice.
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