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  1. The Niners are the least penalized team in the leaguge right now (the Dolphins are the second). Anyway, I didn't say playing disciplined football is related to talent. What I said is that it's the coaching staffs responsibility to force them to do that. The Colts are the 4th least penalized team, so there's nothing wrong with them regarding this area. Actually, they improved a lot, 'cause they were one of the most penalized last year. My point was, that those drops, mistakes, inability to separate, inability to catch contested balls, etc. sometimes indicators of lesser talent more than bad coaching.
  2. There is nothing wrong with Reich. Philip Rivers had the best years of his carreer under him, Carlson Wentz had an MVP season, and he made Nick Foles SB MVP. This year he made Jaboby look almost like a franchise QB so far. I still believe he is good, we're fortunate to have him. I don't always like his play calling of course. But who does? There is NO coach in the NFL whos play calling is 100% perfect for me. I need to remind myself time to time, that Reich is not trying to play pretty football. He's trying to win games. If playing ugly, then playing ugly. So far he is doing exactly like that. I've yet to see a game where I could primarily blame game planning, play calling or game management for a loss. There is none. Every loss we had (except maybe the Raiders loss) was because the players committed too many mistakes. Dropped balls, turnovers, missed field goals, extra points, etc. Cut half of those mistakes - which would still be "quite many" - and we could've be 8:1 instead 5:4. This team is not 8:1 good of course, but you get my point. Plus, nobody is perfect. Even the best coaches have off days. Just check yesterday games. Check what McVay has done - or could not done - in Pittsburgh or Sean Payton could do against the terrible Falcons defense ... with Drew Brees. Reich had to deal with Hoyer and Pascal, Rogers, Dulin and M. Johnson as top4 targets. He probably had to ignore 60-70% of the play book because these players either don't know it or cannot execute it. I don't blame Reich for this. Note: Of course I know (and agree in case someone's underlining that), that the coaching stuff is responsible to teach players to play mistake-free, disciplined football. Teach them how to catch, how to separate, how to not fumble, etc. However, in this case I think it's more about lack of talent than bad coaching. Other than the oline and T.Y., there is no real game changer talent in the offense. There are some nice players, some of them just "reliable" like Doyle, some of them creates matchup problems like Ebron, some of them just overall "good" like Mack, and of them are just hard working guys with "OK" talent, but none of them a jump out talent. These guys are not good enough compared to the Julio Jones-es, Hopkinses, Evanses, Hills, Coopers, (McCaffreys, Zeke Elliotts, Kelces, etc.) This offense could've done well with Luck under center, but needs talent infusion next offseason to be more productive. Either at QB or at (maybe multiple) skill positions. (Maybe both.) I'd agree with you if Luck didn't retire 1 week before the season. As a GM you spend your resources where you think it's the most rewarding. Before 2019 august, it was the defense, because this offense would be fine with Luck. Maybe not the best, maybe not top5, but just fine. You spend on an already very good offense, when you have an already very good defense. Let's see next season. Now, it's obvious that the offense need talent infusion. If Ballard still ignores it, that'll be a new situation, and I'll be the fist to blame him for that.
  3. I'm just happy the league put behind the kneeling thing. It brough the worst out of many people regardless of which side they took of the story. Just sad.
  4. Considering, that currently there are 3 to 5 quarterbacks who separated themselves from the pack, and there's about 10-12 behind them, that top10 is rather top15, and IMO Jacoby is not amogst them so far. And not being as good as the top 15 is the definition of being average at best. Don't get me wrong, I haven't given up on Jacoby. Actually he has exceeded my expectations so far, because I thought he won't be noticably better than his 2017 himself. But he is noticably better. And I think he has a fair chance to further improve, because I see most of his deficiencies correctable (some sooner, some need maybe years). So if the question is if the Colts should move on from him next year, my current answer is no. Don't just move on. But don't freeze on him neither just because he is not bad and there is hope. Ballard's job is to improve this team at every position, every way possible. Since QB is by far the most important position, he has to have plan B, and pull the trigger if a guy who has more potential than Jacoby becomes available.
  5. Ok, so he looks downfield, but then frequently checks it down. That's why he is holding the ball longer than his avg distance indicates.
  6. I think this is because he is trying to throw the ball deep (so the increased avg is there), but then he checks it down to the RB or nearest WR more frequently than other quarterbacks (so the yardage is not). This is an area he needs to improve.
  7. I agree. I don't think Reich is becoming conservative. He just had arguably 2 of his best games as a Colt play caller recently. I think he was almost flawless in those 2 games. Yes, there are always things to not like, it's never perfect, but he was great. I agree though, that yesterday he had a bad day as a play caller. Actually, I did not mind that FG call, because when I saw he won't go for it, I thought he expects a game like the Jaguars game was last year. They had a tough time moving the ball, nothing really worked there, and if he was just a little bit less agressive, they could've won that game. I did not have problem with the run/pass selection neither. Sometimes you run the ball 7 times out of 10, sometimes you pass it 7 times out of 10, it's not the numbers. It's the result, we saw that it didn't work. I am not sure how much should we blame the plays he called, and how much should we blame the execution. I should watch the all 22 version of the game to decide, but I don't think I can convince myself to watch this game again any time soon.
  8. Good points. Regarding Jacoby's upside, imo it's hard to predict. It's always hard to predict. Who could predict, that Mariota will flame out like he has after his first season? He threw 4 TD, 0 INT, and almost had a perfect passer rating in his very first NFL game. And his first 8 games were better than Gardner Minshews. Nick Foles's first year was even better. RGIII-s first was amazing too. On the contrary, Manning broke the rookie INT record in his first year. Wilson in is first year rarely threw more than 150 yards a game, and the Hawks tried to "hide him" as much as possible. He wasn't even a game manager. Brady in his first 2 years was nothing like the Brady of the 2006-2018 era. So we just don't know how much Jacoby can improve. We can only hope he will. The one side of him which makes me optimistic, is that mental tougness (staying focused, being not distracted by outside circumstances, staying calm in key moments, have short memory, never loose self-confidence, but never be over confident, never panic, never let your inside clock speed up or slow down etc.) was almost always a big part of the failure of those young QB's who never lived up to the expectations. Winston, Mariota, Bortles, Tannehill, Trubisky, Osweiler, Hoyer, not to mention Manziel etc. all have some kind of character and/or mental issues (along with technical, etc. deficiencies), which haunted them as pressure kept coming and increasing. Some can't focus enough to be consistent, some developed to see ghost, some just completely lost his confidence, etc. etc. What I see in Jacoby is that he is a tough kid. He is smart, and has a very good mental build to keep focus, keep calm, never break, and not panic in big moments. He may not deliver from time to time, but never because his head. This is a strong foundation to build on. And, in addition to that, he has quite a few abilities which is already good to be a good QB. He has strong enough arm, he is not the most accurate, but accurate enough, his release is quick enough, he is athletic, he can move in and outside the pocket. Actually, by now, he has quite good pocket awareness, and pocket presence, which he didn't have at all in 2017. This is something he learned on the way, so he can improve. All in all I what I see is a good game manager material. Like Brady was in 2001-2002. Or Flacco was in the beginning of his carreer. A lot of (important) things to like, but also a list of areas to improve in. Will he eventually become a Flacco, or will he be better? I don't know. I think no one knows yet, we have to see. So, while I think the Colts MUST excesize the opportunity to try to develop him, because he is too good to just get rid of, he is not good enough at the moment to build the future on him. Ballard has to have a plan B. The Colts has a deep roster already, they can afford now, to make a gamble on spending a 1st or 2nd rounder on a young QB. Even trade up, and give up a future 1st/2nd rounder if they see fit. Then put the new guy and Jacoby on field and let them compete. And see who'll come out on top.
  9. A W is a W. Teams can have good days and bad days. The Colts had bad days before (even with Luck), and will have bad days, that's inevitable. Even the Patriots lay an egg here and there. Good teams find a way to win on bad days, and that's what the Colts did today. Very narrowly, but they did it. Note: I've been following the Broncos since 2012 (Manning of course). I don't know why, but U didn't stop following them after 2015, I still know what's happening there, and usually I root for them when the result is irrelevant to the Colts. Anyway, I have seen all of their games this year, and I can tell, this was - along with their W over the Chargers - arguably their best game so far this season. They had a terrible game last week, and they came in today to show that they are not as bad as their records shows (just as the Colts weren't an 1:5 team last year). This is not a Falcons or Dolphins team which has already given up. They were in the game so far until the end in all of their games except last week. So, the Colts beat arguably the best Denver on a bad day. That's an achievement in the NFL.
  10. It's week 7. What the Colts did last year - winning 10 out of their last 11 - very rarely happens in the NFL. And - despite having some very beatable opponents in the remaining schedule - this year's schedule is a LOT tougher than last year's. Let's focus on winning the the next game.
  11. Sorry man, my bad, it's too early and I haven't got my coffee yet. I didn't realize you were talking about Rogers not Pascal.
  12. Let's just not get ahead of ourselves. I'm not superstitious - or am I? -, but I've seen too many times that it works like the Madden cover, e.g. as soon as the media starts talking about a young player, he gets injured or drops an egg. So just let him be under the radar please.
  13. Considering that the only competition are Arians, Caldwell and Pagano, was your intention to check how a 100% vs 0% vote looks like? Well, this is how it looks like.
  14. He is the #4 slash #5 receiver on the roster. He is on pace to catch 800+ yards and 7 TD-s. He is also our best blocking WR and returns punts / kicks sharing the duty with Rogers. I bet most teams would love to have such "useless" receivers as #4 / #5 on their roster lol.
  15. I would add Ebron to the "deserves" list. He had a HUGE, very difficult TD catch, and also a number of nice catches with some yards after catch in the midfield. Very pleasant to see that few players who have been (rightfully) called out recently by us / this forum, really stepped up and proved themselves today. Keep going!
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