Rally5

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    Are we well positioned?

    For years on this forum I've argued that the BPA draft philosophy is just a smokescreen for GM's, code for "were not showing our cards." The Houston signing to me fills all positions of critical need. We essentially have every offensive starter signed plus Funchess and if we close Geathers we retain all of our defensive talent +Houston. We go into the draft, in the first time I can recall, where we can truly take the best talent on the board that fits our schemes and culture. My instinct (not that it matters) is we go DLine and DB early but not only can we play the opportunist be we can also field all sorts of calls for our first pick on top of round two (people always panic buy after having a night to think about who's still on the board). This free agency has required patience and discipline and we're really seeing the fruits of that labor and the beauty is this isn't done paying dividends! Color me happy!
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    Are we well positioned?

    Yeah, I'm with you, I'm going to enjoy watching a draft where I'm not pining for us to fill some position of need! I wouldn't be surprised if we move in the draft, up or down, just based on the flexibility we have.
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    First draft pick?

    Baker would be super tempting in this defense. He has the talent and is a system fit. But if I had to bet...Dline. The man says what he means...inside out!
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    Are we well positioned?

    Right on, I think we have to expect the first three picks to compete for starting jobs no matter what the position. In that respect, this team has built depth at an incredible rate. If we're able to essentially retain all of our starting talent and add say 5 upgrades (draft /FA) plus organic improvements of year two in new systems and rookie development...I have to say I like it a lot.
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    Colts in talks with Inman

    Just listen to Ballard, he'll tell you he doesn't like to draft WR high. I expect us to go Dline and DB early and I wouldn't be surprised with an OT selection. If a big-time talent WR falls you never know but I think you have it right. The WR corp with Inman will be largely settled and be super competitive.
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    Desir a test for Ballard?

    Could be, no telling how the draft will fall, I just listen to Ballard and he tends to be pretty transparent. Great news is, we have depth so we can truly look for the best deal on the board and do whatever drives value and need, I like how we're positioned very much.
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    Desir a test for Ballard?

    You could bank the farm last year we were going Oline, you can just about bank the farm this year we're going Dline unless there's a huge run on talent.
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    CB Pierre Desir Re-signing

    First thing, how he played with the Browns and his draft position matter absolutely 0% to his current value to this team at this time. By re-signing Desire Ballard allows himself increased draft flexibility, it's similar to the Funchess deal, he's positioning his draft flexibility while at the same time fulfilling a cultural proposition that states "we take care of our own in Indy." That makes his word matter and position Indy as a destination of choice, so re-signing Glow, Desir, Hunt are all very good for the team. Now, to your concern, this in no way precludes us from drafting a CB or a WR in the first three rounds, in fact, it allows us to move up and down the board and jump on opportunities without being oppressed by 'position of need' which is a perfect draft position. This entire process isn't nearly as linear as it appears. Getting hyped up about big names in FA is the same mistake many posters made during last years draft when we picked a Guard early or guys nobody heard of or no-name school players and completely flipped out. This a sophisticated game of positioning and I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone do it as well as Ballard. So, think beyond the obvious nature of the move, look around the corners and I think at the end of the entire process I bet you like what you see. Go Colts!
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    CB Pierre Desir Re-signing

    Good Stuff!
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    CB Pierre Desir Re-signing

    I take that deal all day long! Good job on this CB and I think we still hunt a corner early in the draft! So far so good!
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    CB Pierre Desir Re-signing

    I'd be surprised if it's 10M. Ballard sets a value, I don't see it at 3/30. 3/21-24 feels right to me.
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    Poll/Debate: Funchess

    Spot on.
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    Colts sign Devin Funchess (Merge)

    Good post. I don't think you'll get the full open heart confessional at the presser either as I suspect Funchess (as previously stated) is an insurance policy with a high premium. He's not a long term solution (right now) or it wouldn't be a 1 yr deal. Ballard can't say that...
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    Colts sign Devin Funchess (Merge)

    My hunch is Ballard agrees with you and that's part of the Funchess signing. Funchess is a 10M insurance policy in case the draft doesn't fall the way he expects and there's no receivers in R2 or R3 that meet the WR2 standard.
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    Colts sign Devin Funchess (Merge)

    I think you're right on the fourth dimension bit (not the band). If I'm Ballard I go ahead and secure a need pre-draft so I'm not held hostage to drafting a receiver which I don't really want to do (at least not in desperation). This is a D-Line draft and Ballard is pretty transparent about wanting DLineman. This to me takes Harry off the board as a first-rounder and frees up Ballard on draft day at basically zero risk in a one-year deal, if Funchess performs, great and if he doesn't we move on. So, my hunch is this is about draft flexibility in some ways. I'm not in love with the deal mind you, but I think I get it. He's also looking to the future, we have cornerstone guys we need to re-sign next year as well, so we as fans need to understand some of the bigger picture at play here. All the conversations so far are 'need receiver/pay receiver' and I think Ballard is playing more chess than checkers at the moment and I'm really good with that. All that said, if we spend long term real money somewhere it will be at pass rusher not receiver.
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    A few thoughts about Desir....

    I agree with all of this!
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    Lessons learned from Chiefs game

    I can't stand Trey Wingo.
  18. The entirety if this thread is high quality. Good job Colts forum!
  19. I totally get your point on play action is a weapon unto itself and doesn't require the run game to be competent to do so. I can buy into that, my opinion would be, by the numbers I can agree. However, if you play defense against a team where you have no concern or respect for that run threat and it can be handled by the front four/five then your passing lanes get real tight because I'm slow to commit, as a backer I start to I cheat the pass, this becomes pick city! So, the offense will find itself in a chokehold, passing lanes get tight, can't run, game over. Death by gridlock! The same holds true in reverse by the way which is why people always talk about making teams one dimensional which is why all the Baltimore Raven hype is just that until the guy can throw...no matter. So, it's kinda like you can drown in a puddle of averages if that's all you look at but I would agree on balance the argument has merit and makes sense, I would just caution to leave room for exceptions, I'm not sure I would view it as a universal truth. Great stuff as always, man, good to see you delivering content again!
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    Let's talk 2019 offseason

    It's like someone dug you up out of a long slumber, look at you go!
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    Ballard press conference

    Whys are you so passionate about meaningless stuff. The whole world knows the line in aggregate was terrible last year (several years) yet a couple players remain and he's trying to respect that while being honest with fans, it's not hard to understand. This is not even a story.
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    Ballard press conference

    I appreciate a draft post that understands the reality of these situations. Thanks, some of the draft posts are astonishing to me. You're right about the Mike and the Dline, look for another olineman as well, note, this doesn't contemplate FA acquisitions and losses.
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    Colts draft spot

    Slauson on a one year deal as a back up is smart if he's healthy.
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    Colts draft spot

    If we re-sign Slausen and Glowinski along with Haeg and Boehn I like our depth. We need speed at CB, and a WR with hands and route running ability and an edge rusher. I'd put edge rusher as #1 priority. DO NOT be surprised if we draft OLINE/DLINE again early. That's Ballards montra, I'm ok with it frankly but I see needs in other places as well. I imagine we will align the talent available with the needs of the team. Should be a fun draft and FA season!