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  1. According the football ''experts'' everywhere, the Colts do not stand a chance against the 49ers. This is what NFL.com picks: Sunday 4:25 PM ET CBS 13 29 The San Francisco 49ers will bounce back in a major way, thwarting an Indianapolis Colts offense that will need to run the football but will have a hard time doing so, even with Trent Richardson. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 116 yards the last time he played at the 'Stick, but that was last year, and that was for the New York Giants. Richardson, meanwhile, is too new to be expected to get his playbook, learn the offense and rack up 100 yards on the 49ers' defense. On the passing front, Indy must protect Andrew Luck by leaving a tight end in sometimes; don't forget that Dwayne Allen is out for the year. The key for Indy might be the matchup between Reggie Wayne and Niners cornerback Carlos Rogers when the veteran Colts receiver plays out of the slot. As far as the Niners' offense is concerned, we can expect Frank Gore to get 20-25 touches following a rough night in Seattle (nine carries for 16 yards) last Sunday. I don't expect San Francisco's offensive line to have trouble with Indianapolis' defensive front. This is what ESPN predicts (All 49ers): http://espn.go.com/nfl/picks This is what USA Today predicts: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/09/19/staff-picks-week-3-predictions/2836643/ This is what Sports Illustrated Picks: 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS) Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-1) Don't ever remember seeing Jim Harbaugh wear glasses on the sideline like he did last Sunday night in Seattle. It was almost as if the 49ers' head coach couldn't believe his eyes, given the whipping the bad-butt Seahawks were administering to his talented and well-balanced team. San Francisco was probably in a foul mood this week with wounded pride, and that means the Colts could suffer the consequences. Welcome back to the Bay Area, Andrew Luck. Now kindly prepare for defeat, signed, the 49ers. 33 24 After searching and searching I found a pick from SB Nation that believes in us: Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers (-10) Jim Harbaugh reunited with his former quarterback at Stanford. Somehow I suspect Harbaugh in hyper-focused coach mode has as much sentimentality about the reunion as the rest of the world does. After all, it's not like he had much time or interest in a reunion with Richard Sherman last week, another one of his former players. On the Colts' side, it doesn't sound like Trent Richardson will be ready for a full-time role this week. This is another one of those giant spreads, which I've been warning you about. The 49ers should win this one outright, but I'm picking the Colts to cover. The pick: Indianapolis Then I went to CBS.com to see what they picked: IND at SF Sep 22, 4:25 PM ET -10.5 SF So what does all these picks really mean, nothing, but it is interesting on how people feel about the Colts. Only five people are in favor of the Colts versus all of the people that are in favor of the 49ers. This will be a tough game and the majority is probably right, but they don't give the Colts much of a chance do they. We beat the Packers after coming off a loss from the Jaguars. Who's to say we won't beat the 49ers coming off a loss to the Dolphins.
  2. The Colts will most likely will not have the entire backfield make the Hall of Fame like the 1950's 49ers (QB Y.A. Tittle, RB Hugh McElhenny, FB Joe Perry, and FB John Henry Johnson), but could have one of the league's top backfields. Before I hear that our backfield is unproven, just let me say what I have to say. Our starting backfield currently consists of Andrew Luck, Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson, and Stanley Havili. Next year I would substitute Havili out of the Million Dollar Backfield and just say Vick Ballard or have them both. I'm not going to include Donald Brown because unless he produces something this year its the door for him. QB - Andrew Luck This is the centerpiece of the backfield. Andrew Luck is one of the future stars of the NFL and could eventually become the best quarterback in the NFL. So there's the first piece to the "Million Dollar Backfield". RB - Trent Richardson Still a very shocking trade by the Browns. Richardson is very young at 23 years old and had a productive yardage season last year gaining 950 yards. He may have a career 3.5 yards per carry, but he had 11 rushing touchdowns. The last season the Colts had a RB with at least 10 rushing touchdowns was Joseph Addai (10) in 2009. Richardson is also a very good receiving back and caught 51 passes last year for 367 yards. He will be a good power runningback and good receiving back for Luck to check it down to. Richardson is on pace for 864 yards but I think he should be able to break the 1,000-yard mark. RB - Ahmad Bradshaw Bradshaw had a 1,000-yard season last year despite being injured. He also had 6 rushing touchdowns last year. He is very good at pass blocking which the Colts are in need of. Bradshaw is also a tough runningback to bring down and should be a good 1-2 punch with Richardson. He is on pace this year for 728 yards. Not bad for the second string runningback this year. FB - Stanley Havili He is something the Colts haven't had in awhile, a fullback. Havili is a decent run blocker and is a good receiving fullback if Luck needs to dump it off to him for a 6-yard gain. The Colts rushing offense will have a lot of fun with the addition of a true fullback. The Colts are actually 5th in the league in rushing offense this year averaging about 130 yards per game. (Next Year) RB Vick Ballard Ballard is gone for the year with an ACL tear. But, if he can get back to form next year and produce again, this might be the best trio of runningbacks in the NFL, or at least the AFC. The 49ers and Seahawks both have a good trio of runningbacks. The Seahawks have Lynch, Turbin, and Michael and the 49ers have Gore, James, and Hunter this year and should have Marcus Lattimore next year. Ballard had a decent year last year with over 800 yards and did not start until later in the season. I know there will be criticism for this but take a look at the NFL rosters and see if you see a better combination of a quarterback and at least two good runningbacks. THe Redskins have a good quarterback and have a good runningback but no one comes to mind for runningbacks after Alfred Morris. There is something special about our running game this year.
  3. The Colts will most likely will not have the entire backfield make the Hall of Fame like the 1950's 49ers (QB Y.A. Tittle, RB Hugh McElhenny, FB Joe Perry, and FB John Henry Johnson), but could have one of the league's top backfields. Before I hear that our backfield is unproven, just let me say what I have to say. Our starting backfield currently consists of Andrew Luck, Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson, and Stanley Havili. Next year I would substitute Havili out of the Million Dollar Backfield and just say Vick Ballard or have them both. I'm not going to include Donald Brown because unless he produces something this year its the door for him. QB - Andrew Luck This is the centerpiece of the backfield. Andrew Luck is one of the future stars of the NFL and could eventually become the best quarterback in the NFL. So there's the first piece to the "Million Dollar Backfield". RB - Trent Richardson Still a very shocking trade by the Browns. Richardson is very young at 23 years old and had a productive yardage season last year gaining 950 yards. He may have a career 3.5 yards per carry, but he had 11 rushing touchdowns. The last season the Colts had a RB with at least 10 rushing touchdowns was Joseph Addai (10) in 2009. Richardson is also a very good receiving back and caught 51 passes last year for 367 yards. He will be a good power runningback and good receiving back for Luck to check it down to. Richardson is on pace for 864 yards but I think he should be able to break the 1,000-yard mark. RB - Ahmad Bradshaw Bradshaw had a 1,000-yard season last year despite being injured. He also had 6 rushing touchdowns last year. He is very good at pass blocking which the Colts are in need of. Bradshaw is also a tough runningback to bring down and should be a good 1-2 punch with Richardson. He is on pace this year for 728 yards. Not bad for the second string runningback this year. FB - Stanley Havili He is something the Colts haven't had in awhile, a fullback. Havili is a decent run blocker and is a good receiving fullback if Luck needs to dump it off to him for a 6-yard gain. The Colts rushing offense will have a lot of fun with the addition of a true fullback. The Colts are actually 5th in the league in rushing offense this year averaging about 130 yards per game. (Next Year) RB Vick Ballard Ballard is gone for the year with an ACL tear. But, if he can get back to form next year and produce again, this might be the best trio of runningbacks in the NFL, or at least the AFC. The 49ers and Seahawks both have a good trio of runningbacks. The Seahawks have Lynch, Turbin, and Michael and the 49ers have Gore, James, and Hunter this year and should have Marcus Lattimore next year. Ballard had a decent year last year with over 800 yards and did not start until later in the season. I know there will be criticism for this but take a look at the NFL rosters and see if you see a better combination of a quarterback and at least two good runningbacks. THe Redskins have a good quarterback and have a good runningback but no one comes to mind for runningbacks after Alfred Morris. There is something special about our running game this year.
  4. These injuries are really starting to bug me and affect the 2013 season. First we loose our leading rusher, HB Vick Ballard, then we losing our starting guard, Donald Thomas, who we signed this offseason. Now, which is really putting me over the limit. TE Dwayne Allen will be placed on season ending IR due to a needed hip surgery. This is hurts even more than it did when Ballard tore is ACL in practice. If we didn't have Coby Fleener, just think how bad this would be. Coby Fleener did pretty good against the Dolphins. He had a touchdown reception (should've had a second one) and a 40-yard reception. Fleener has great speed for a tight end and has great size, 6'6'' 252 lb. The major issue is that we don't have a great blocking tight end. Dwayne was a very good run-blocking tight end and also had great hands and total power. The one could take him down with only one hit. What does this mean for the second tight end spot, we either have Jack Doyle or Dominique Jones step up, or we could bring back up TE Justice Cunningham to the 53-man roster when Dwayne Allen is placed on IR. I'd like to see what Cunningham brings to the table and see how well of a blocker he is. As for receiving, we will probably be running a lot of 1 RB 1 TE 3 WR sets with Bradshaw, Fleener, Wayne, Heyward-Bey, and Hilton. The season isn't completely lost because we lost three offensive starters. Was it bad that they got hurt, yes. Will they be missed, you bet. But there is nothing we can do about so the "Next Man Up" will determine our season. Plus we have Luck. If Luck goes down, the season is over. Luck will work with what he has, plus Luck to Fleener and Luck to Whalen can be something great to hear this year them doing that at Stanford together.
  5. This is a sad day for Colts fan everywhere. A runningback who was showing promise as our starting running with Bradshaw as an ACL tear and is done for the year. This runningback is Vick Ballard. Ballard injured his knee during practice. I was hoping Ballard would get his first career 1,000-yard season for the way he has been running since becoming the starter when Donald Brown went down with an injury and headed to Injured Reserve. I hope Ballard has a speedy recovery and comes back as Adrian Peterson next season. But, since Ballard is gone for 2013, Kerwynn Williams was elevated to the 53-man roster. If we had a roster spot to fill at runningback, I'm glad it's Williams and that no one signed him when he was released/waived by the Colts. He has good speed and should make a decent replacement and be the 3rd runningback on the depth chart. I guess Bradshaw and Brown will have to be the platoon attack we wanted this year. And there goes all the runningbacks on roster had their last name start with a 'b' and all those nicknames.
  6. I'm not sure if anyone saw or even would care about Team Stats for Week 1 at all but the Colts are high up there on rushing offense. The Colts rank 6th in the league in rushing offense with around 127 yards in Week 1. I thought that was interesting. I didn't really realize how many yards Ballard, Bradshaw, and Luck gathered up. This is a statistic hopes stays high in ranking. If we can actually keep it in the Top 15 that is a huge improvement. If Ballard or Bradshaw can get 1,000 yards, that would be huge for the Colts. We haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Addai in 2006 and 2007. That was his first two years in the league, he never hit 1,000 yards again the rest of his career. I know I'm overreacting to the rankings of our rushing offense but I feel like it will be better this year. On the negative side, the Colts rank 31st in rush defense. Mainly because Terrelle Pryor was running wild for like 112 yards. Not to often does a quarterback have that speed and versatility or run with the ball. After Russell Wilson and Colin Kaeperknick we don't face really any fast quarterbacks. Alex Smith can run but not 10 times a game. We held McFadden under 50 yards rushing so if he cam continue keeping the runningbacks under 50 yards we should be alright. I'm sure our rush defense will actually get higher. It was ranked so low only because of Pryor. So, I just thought it was interesting that our rush offense was that productive in Week 1.
  7. A lot of people have done these so I decided to do one. Withoutfurther delay, Week 1: Raiders at Colts Colts Win 31-14 Week 2: Dolphins at Colts Colts Win 27-21 Week 3: Colts at 49ers 49ers Win 28-17 Week 4: Colts at Jaguars Colts Win 38-20 Week 5: Seahawks at Colts Seahawks Win 31-24 Week 6: Colts at Chargers MNF Colts Win 28-17 Week 7: Broncos at Colts SNF Broncos Win 42-31 Week 8: Bye Week 9: Colts at Texans SNF Texans Win 27-17 Week 10: Rams at Colts Colts Win 31-20 Week 11: Colts at Titans TNF Colts Win 24-14 Week 12: Colts at Cardinals Colts Win 28-17 Week 13: Titans at Colts Colts Win 21-14 Week 14: Colts at Bengals Colts Win 28-24 Week 15: Texans at Colts Colts Win 27-20 Week 16: Colts at Chiefs Colts Win 20-14 Week 17: Jaguars at Colts Colts Win 28-14 Colts Record: 12-4 Wildcard Round: Texans at Colts Colts Win 27-24 Divisional Round: Colts at Broncos Broncos Win 37-28 Colts win one more game than last year and are able to advance to the Divisional Round after a Wildcard Round win. It will take them one more year for them to be projected to be in the AFC Championship Game. In a few more years they will be Super Bowl contenders.
  8. After Peyton Manning's outrageous performance over the Ravens, I began to question if I would rather have Luck put up over 400 yards passing and 7 touchdown passes, or have him throw for 300 yards, 3 TDs, and Ballard and Bradshaw combine for 150+ yards. I think I would rather have the second choice. I started to think about though how one dimensional the Broncos offense was in that game. The Broncos only had around 60 yards rushing. Against the Raiders, I hope the Colts can put around 150, unlikely so I'm shooting for 100 yards rushing. If NFL defenses actually figure out the Broncos passing attack, they could be in trouble. Montee Ball was a Heisman finalist two years ago but he is not yet ready to be an elite runningback, neither is Ronnie Hillman or Knowshon Moreno. So what do you think? Would you rather have Luck put up Manning's Week 1 numbers or have a balanced offensive attack?
  9. The Colts just released their injury report for practice on Wednesday. Everyone participated fully except Kavell Conner and Anthony Castonzo. Here is the full list (I will update it everyday in case people didn't read it already: Dwayne Allen TE, Foot Injury Wed - FP Thu - FP Ahmad Bradshaw HB, Foot Injury Wed - FP Thu - FP Anthony Castonzo OT, Knee Injury Wed - DNP Thu - FP Kavell Conner ILB, Ankle Injury Wed - DNP Thu - DNP Coby Fleener TE, Knee Injury Wed - FP Thu - FP Mario Harvey ILB, Knee Injury Wed - FP Thu - FP Joe Lefeged S, Knee Injury Wed - FP Thu - FP Mike McGlynn OG, Knee Injury Wed - FP Thu - FP Fili Moala DE, Foot Injury Thu - LP David Reed WR, Head Injury Wed - FP Thu - DNP FP - Full Participation LP - Limited Participation DNP - Did Not Participate Out - Player will not Play Wednesday All the Colts have leg and foot injuries except for David Reed, who has a head injury. The major injury is Anthony Castonzo, who did not practice Wednesday. Hopefully he can get some participation Thursday. Conner's injury is not as serious because we have Angerer, Freeman, Sheppard, and Harvey who practiced in full today. The Tight End position is looking good going into Week 1 health wise. Mike McGlynn practiced in full today so as of right now still no Hugh Thornton. Thursday Kavell Conner does not look like he will play Sunday. Castonzo practiced in full today so that is good news for our offensive line. David Reed di not practice today after practicing in full Thursday.
  10. I see what you mean. I just thought the Colts could develop him into something good. At least we got something out of it. I just hope the draft pick turns out to something we really need. But I think you have a good opinion. I was hoping he could turn into Ted Hendricks but that was highly unlikely. Ted Hendricks probably would have trouble today though. I guess it is pretty great to get a draft pick from an undrafted free agent. I think I should add that in what I wrote up.
  11. The Colts signed TE/FB Dominique Jones to the 53-man roster and place TE Justice Cunningham on the Practice Squad. The Colts now have four tight ends (Fleener, Allen, Jones, Doyle) on the 53-man roster heading into the season opener. Dominique Jones was on the actice roster last year heading into the season opener against the Bears. Dominique Jones finished the 2012 Season on the Practice Squad. The Colts had three tight ends on the roster at the end of the season, Allen, Fleener, and Saunders. Weslye Saunders was released by the Colts on July 25, 2013 due to a eight-game suspension. Justice Cunningham was drafted by the Colts in the seventh round as Mr. Irrelvent. He initially made the 53-man roster but was waived and placed on the Practice Squad. Both Jones and Cunningham are similar in size. They are both 6'3''. Cunningham, though, weighs three more pounds than Jones. Jones is listed as 255 lb and Cunningham is listed as 258 lb. I expect Cunningham to come back at some point this season. Jones and Doyle may see some time against the Raiders in case Fleener and Allen aren't healthy enough. I like the idea of signing Dom Jones to the 53-man roster and I like that they kept Cunningham in some way. This is not a major move by the Colts, but wanted to say it in case anyone did see it yet.
  12. This might go down as one of the worst moves by Grigson. He doesn't make a lot of foolish moves so this is one of the worst. Grigson sent Rayford to the Cowboys for a conditional draft pick. Now let's say what all Rayford did for us when he was a Colt. Rayford had 11 tackles, 5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. I am also certain that the draft pick that we get will not perform as well as Rayford in preseason or have that incredible size. Maybe it will, and be even better, hopefully. Caesar Rayford is 6'7'', 245 lb. Rayford was not good enough the first time around when he came out of college (Washington) and signed with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. From 2009 to 2012 Rayford played in the Arena Football League for the Spokane Shock and Utah Blaze. In his career as an Arena player, he gathered 55 tackles, 26.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 15 Passes Batted, and 2 interceptions. This was impressive enough for the Colts to take a shot at him by signing him on May 23, 2013. After an impressive preseason, he made the 53 man roster, but not for the Colts for very long. I really liked Rayford and thought he had potential to turn into a really good situational pass rusher. Lawrence Sidbury was suppose to handle that role but he landed on Injured Reserve. I thought Rayford was going to mold into the role but appently not for the Colts. I hope he has great success with the Cowboys, but will be a little angry when I see what the Colts could have had. All I know is the draft pick better be at least 6'7'' linebacker, or someone good. There is a positive thing though. We got a draft pick from an undrafted free agent who is 27 years old. Whatever happens, I trust Grigson still to put together the best team possible.
  13. Got most of it right. Add Sergio Brown, replace Marshay Green with Josh Gordy, replace Ricardo Matthews with Drake Nevis, and remove Emmett Cleary. For the PS move Daxton Swanson to IR and place Sheldon Price on PS.
  14. I see a lot of people projecting the awards and pro bowl selections for a team so I decided to do one. Here's my list (bolding the names of Colts, but I will also do the rest of the league: MVP: QB Tim Tebow...... just kidding QB Drew Brees Drew Brees has a great shot at winning the MVP. He has over 5,000 passing yards back-to-back seasons and leads the league in touchdown passes in 2012. Peyton Manning has a shot at winning it if Brees doesn't get the Saints into the playoffs. If he fails to, it will be Manning. OPOY: QB Andrew Luck It's not because Luck is our quarterback that I picked him here. He looked good last year and is looking even better this year. I know it's only preseason but Luck is still doing a great job against 1st team defenses. If Luck doesn't win it, surprisingly, I think Dez Bryant could win it if he pulls it all together. DPOY: LB Luke Kuechly Kuechly is an unstoppable force at limebacker. Led both the team in tackles and the entire league in tackles. He will continue to dominate. If it is not Kuechly, it will be DeMarcus Ware. Ware probably won't get the award but he had 11.5 sacks last year and 6 forced fumbles. The Cowbous switched their defensive scheme so we will have to see how he plays. OROY: HB Eddie Lacy DuJuan Harris was placed on IR, which means Eddie Lacy is the Packers' starting runningback. Lacy is a good, powerful runningback who can gain some great yardage. A lot of people think Tavon Austin or E.J. Manuel will win it but I think Lacy has a shot at winning it. DROY: Tyrann Matthieu After not playing at all in 2012 for LSU, he was selected by the Cardinals in the third round. He has big play ability and has performed well in preseason. If Matthieu doesn't make the DROY, they it will be Jon Bostic. Bostic has big shoes to fill in Brian Urlacher, but he is a very good linebacker who will help the Bears' absense of Urlacher. CPOY: QB Michael Vick Vick looked really sharp in preseason. After having fumbling issues last year and missing part of the year to injury, Vick is back with a new head coach, Chip Kelly. Vick works well in the Chip Kelly Offense due to his versatility. Sean Lee could win the award after being injured last year. AFC Pro Bowlers QB: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill* HB: C.J. Spiller, Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson* FB: Marcell Reece WR: Reggie Wayne, A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, Stevie Johnson* TE: Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, Jermaine Gresham* T: Ryan Clady, Joe Thomas, Eric Fisher, Nate Solder* G: Marshal Yanda, Andy Levitre, Wade Smith* C: Chris Meyers, Mike Pouncey DE: J.J. Watt, Cameron Wake, Michael Johnson* DT: Geno Atkins, Haloti Ngata, Marcell Dareus* OLB: Robert Mathis, Tamba Hali, Elvis Dumervil, Paul Kruger* MLB: Derrick Johnson, Jerrell Freeman, Paul Posluszny, Jerod Mayo* CB: Vontae Davis, Laduarius Webb, Devin McCourty, Dee Milliner* S: Antoine Bethea, Eric Weddle, Eric Berry, Bernard Pollard* K: Justin Tucker P: Pat McAfee KR: Trindon Holliday LS: John Denney ST: Marcus Easley NFC Pro Bowlers QB: Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III* RB: Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Eddie Lacy, Doug Martin* FB: John Kuhn WR: Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings* TE: Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham, Martellus Bennett* T: Joe Staley, Matt Kalil, Jason Peters* G: Evan Mathis, Kyle Long, Alex Boone* C: John Sullivan, Max Unger DE: Chris Long, Jared Allen, Charles Johnson, Ezekiel Ansah* DT: Star Lotulelei, Ndamakong Suh, Henry Melton* OLB: Aldon Smith, Clay Matthews MLB: Patrick Willis, Luke Kuechly, NaVorro Bowman* CB: Charles Tillman, Casey Hayward, Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman* S: Morgan Burnett, Kam Chancellor, Tyrann Matthieu, Harrison Smith* K: Blair Walsh P: Andy Lee KR: Devin Hester LS: Patrick Mannelly ST: Tramaine Brock *=Pro Bowl Alternate
  15. 2013 Indianapolis Colts Roster QB: Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck HB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams (KR)** FB: Stanley Havili WR: Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton (PR) , Darrius Heyward-Bey, Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazil*, David Reed (KR)** TE: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Justice Cunningham T: Gosder Cherilus, Anthony Castonzo, Jeff Linkenbach, Emmett Cleary G: Donald Thomas, Hugh Thornton, Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz C: Samson Satele, Khaled Holmes DE: Cory Redding, Ricky Jean-Francois, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala NT: Josh Chapman, Aubrayo Franklin, Montori Hughes OLB: Robert Mathis, Björn Werner, Erik Walden, Caesar Rayford ILB: Jerrell Freeman, Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Mario Harvey* CB: Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Marshay Green S: LaRon Landry, Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged, Delano Howell K: Adam Vinatieri P: Pat McAfee LS: Matt Overton *Mario Harvey takes Brazil's roster spot for the first four weeks **Reed and Williams will rotate as kick returner Practice Squad QB Chandler Harnish OLB Daniel Adongo WR Jabin Sambrano CB/S Daxton Swanson ILB Josh McNary WR Jeremy Kelley TE/FB Dominique Jones S Larry Asante Injured Reserve S John Boyett OLB Lawrence Sidbury ILB Scott Lutrus OLB Quinton Spears FB Dan Moore OLB Justin Hickman G Justin Anderson Josh McNary will make practice squad even though he has not played in preseason John Boyett will be placed on IR Dominique Jones could be called up from practice squad if Allen or Fleener is still hurt Marshay Green makes the roster after having strong performances last two games Harnish is put on PS to not waste a roster spot Delano Howell makes roster as a backup Lefeged makes roster if healthy. If he is placed on PUP, then Swanson will take his place David Reed makes team as returner Ben Ijalana is released in favor of Emmett Cleary Players That Will Be Cut CB Josh Gordy T Lee Ziemba FB Robert Hughes WR Lanear Sampson WR Nathan Palmer (he may head to IR) WR Maurice Williams (injured/waived Aug 25) OLB Monte Simmons ILB Shawn Loiseau C Thomas Austin T Ben Ijalana S Sergio Brown T Bradley Sowell CB Sheldon Price DE Lawrence Guy NT Martin Tevaseu DE Ricardo Matthews QB Chandler Harnish*** WR Jabin Sambrano*** WR Jeremy Kelley*** TE/FB Dominique Jones*** ILB Josh McNary*** S Larry Asante*** S Daxton Swanson*** OLB Daniel Adongo*** ***Practice Squad
  16. Another great preseason win by our Colts, who beat the Browns 27-6. It's not only offense that has been impressing recently, but our defense as well, even the backup defense. Our first team have been outplaying the other team's first team as well. Even against the Bills we held the lead and looked pretty good on defense when we had our starters out there. Our first teamers this week allowed no points at all and a turnover. Greg Toler is looking really good. He had an interception against the Giants and now a forced fumble this week against the Browns. I think our running game looked better this week. We had some nice gains but also had some negative yard rushes but in the end it was all positive yardage. Let's break down each category: Quarterback Andrew Luck looked really good against the Browns minus the interception off the hands of Havili. Luck was 16 of 25, 164 yard, 2 TD, and 1 INT with a passer rating of 92.8. Luck was accurate against the Browns with a completion percentage of 64%. Brandon Weeden was 12 of 25, 112 yards, 0 TD, and 0 INT with a passer rating of 60.8. Weeden's completion percentage was 48%. Luck outplayed Weeden in every statistical category except interceptions. For the backups, it was evenly played but Campbell had more attempts, yards, and completions but had a similar passer rating to Hasselbeck. Jason Campbell was 8 of 14 for 112 yards, 0 TD, and 0 INT with a passer rating of 83.1. Matt Hasselbeck was 5 of 9 for 59 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and had a passer rating of 75.8. Harnish didn't really play at all. He was taking snaps but was only handing the ball off the Kerwynn Williams. Brian Hoyer of the Browns did not look good and was 2 of 4 for 11 yards and had 0 TD but 1 INT. I think Hoyer's passer rating was along the lines of a 0.0 rating. The Colts win this category due to the strong performance by Luck. Runningbacks The Colts actually handedly won this category. Vick Ballard had 10 carries for 33 yards. Donald Brown had 5 carries for 35 yards with a 22-yard run. Kerwynn Williams had 37 yards on 9 carries with a 27-yard run. Davin Meggett had 3 carries for 20 yards. If you want to include non-runningbacks, Andrew Luck had 4 carries for 20 yards and DHB had a 6-yard run on an end-around. The Colts totaled up 149 yards rushing and a team rushing average of 4.4. The Browns had 90 yards less rushing than the Colts. Trent Richardson had 7 carries for 31 yards. Chris Ogbonnaya had 1 carry for 4 yards. Brandon Jackson had 5 carries for 8 yards. Brandon Weeden also had 1 carry for 5 yards and Jamaine Cook had 2 carries for 11 yards. The Browns only had 49 yards rushing and a team rushing average of 3.7. The Browns did not run the ball much but the Colts did so that is why they had a lot more yards. Plus, when we ran the ball, we got more yards. The Colts win this category easily. Receiving The Colts receivers looked good catching passes but the Browns receivers did not. Reggie Wayne had 7 catches for 79 yards. Darrius Heyward-Bey had 3 catches for 33 yards. T.Y. Hilton had 2 catches for 19 yards and a touchdown. Stanley Havili had 2 catches for 18 yards and a touchdown. Griff Whalen had 4 catches for 57 yards and a 28-yard catch. Dominique Jones had 1 catch for 13 yards. Vick Ballard had 1 catch for 4 yards and Robert Hughes had 1 catch for 2 yards. The Browns had a lot of dropped passes. Cordell Robertson had 2 catches for 34 yards. Josh Gordon had 2 catches for 24 yards. Greg Little had 3 catches for 28 yards. Josh Cooper had 2 catches for 16 yards. Jordan Cameron had 2 catches for 7 yards. Trent Richardson had a 10 yard catch and Owen Merecic had a 15 yard catch but fell down catching it and gained most of the yards after getting up. There were a few other receivers that caught passes for the Browns but it is not necessary to name them. The Colts win this category with the productivity of there starting wide receivers. Offensive Line The Colts offensive line looked really decent. They opened up a lot of holes for the runningbacks on offense and did not allow a lot of sacks. Paul Kruger had the only sack for the Browns but they were credited with a team sack when Hasselbeck fumble it and landed on it. Andrew Luck looked comfortable in the pocket and was only hit a few times. The Browns offensive line allowed three sacks and did not open a lot of running holes for Trent Richardson and especially Brandon Jackson. Hugh Thornton looked good in his first NFL game and ever pancaked a Brown's player. I know they were playing the Browns, but the Cols offensive line looked good and actually won this category. Defense The Colts defense has not allowed 1 TD the past two games. The starters did not allow any points at all yesterday and forced a turnover. Weeden had a scoring drive on 5 of 6 drives this preseason. Against the Colts, he had six drives that resulted in no points. Greg Toler forced a fumble and then recovered it. LaRon Landry played his first game with the Colts and had three tackles. Pat Angerer came back from injury and also made three tackles. Mario Harvey led the team in tackles with 5 and had a sack. Caesar Rayford was unstoppable again with two sacks and a forced fumble. Rayford is pretty much a shoe-in for a roster spot. Larry Asante had a 48-yard interception for a touchdown. Asante might be able to add more depth at the safety position. Not much happened for the Browns defense. They allowed 20 points and allowed twice as many first downs than the Colts' defense. The Colts' defense allowed 13 first downs. The Browns' defense allowed 26 first downs. Paul Kruger had sack and Tashaun Gipson had an interception off the hands of Stanley Havili on the Browns' 2-yard line. The Colts defense is looking better and better every week and I would be surprised if the defense does not do better than last year. Obviously, the Colts win this category. Special Teams Kick returning looked good for the Colts. Kerwynn Williams had 1 return for 39 yards to start the game off and recently acquired WR David Reed had a 27-yard return. CB Johnson Badermosi of the Browns had 3 returns for 24 yards, which means he averaged 8 yards per return. So kickoff coverage was excellent this week. Marshay Green had a great punt return for the Colts. He caught the punt at the IND 15 and took it to the CLE 47 on a 38-yard punt return. The Browns did not have a punt return in the game. Adam Vinatieri was 2 for 2 on field goals and Shayne Graham was also 2 for 2 on field goals. Punting was really similar. Pat McAfee had 5 punts for a 36.2 yard average but had 3 inside the 20. Spencer Lanning for the Browns had 7 punts for a 39.6 average and had 2 inside the 20. Special Teams was pretty much even so I say this one ended in a tie. So, the Colts pretty much won every category and tied in one category. The Colts offense looked goo and so did the defense but they were also playing the Browns. Then again, they played similarly against the Giants but this week we were running the ball well. So the Colts are now 2-1 in preseason and will finish it up at Cincinnati in Week 4. The starters might play one drive but it will be almost entirely backups playing the whole game. A great win for the Colts and hopefully they carry this over into the regular season.
  17. Yesterday the Miami Dolphins released CB Richard Marshall after an injury-plagued season in which he only started four games. But he was decent prior to that injury. He had one interception last year with the Dolphins but has 18 in his career at 28 years old. Darrelle Revis has only one more interception than Marshall but Revis has also played less seasons, but they are both 28. Marshall could be a good pickup for the Colts if he doesn't want a big contract. A one year, 1 million dollar contract I think would be reasonable, but don't guarantee any money. Marshall is definitely an improvement over a lot of cornerbacks on our roster. Let's take a look at the cornerbacks on our roster: Richard Marshall 5'11'' 198 lb 518 Tackles 18 INT 57 Passes Deflected 7 Sacks Age: 28 Vontae Davis - 5' 11' 195 lb 199 Tackles 12 INT 40 Passes Deflected 2 Sacks Age: 25 Greg Toler - 6'0'' 192 lb 128 Tackles 5 INT 19 Passes Deflected 1 Sack Age: 28 Darius Butler - 5'10'' 185 lb 121 Tackles 7 INT 29 Passes Deflected 0 Sacks Age: 27 Cassius Vaughn 5'11'' 195 lb 94 Tackles 2 INT 13 Passes Deflected 0 Sacks Age: 25 Marshay Green 5'10'' 175 lb 4 Tackles 0 INT 0 Passes Deflected 0 Sacks Age: 27 Josh Gordy 5'11'' 195 lb 63 Tackles 3 INT 5 Passes Deflected 1 Sack Age: 26 Sheldon Price 6'2'' 180 lb 157 Tackles 5 INT 26 Passes Deflected 0 Sacks Age: 22 (College Statistics) Allen Chapman 5'11 181 lb 57 Tackles 5 INT 5 Passes Deflected 0 Sacks Age: 22 (College Statistics) Teddy Williams 6'3'' 202 lb 0 Tackles 0 INT 0 Passes Deflected 0 Sacks Age: 25 (Track Star) If you look at Marshall's statistics compared to our starters or anyone on our roster, he has the better statistics. But, he has also played longer. Marshall was 2nd round pick in the 2006 Draft. The top three corners on our roster are from the 2009 Draft and Vaughn was undrafted in 2010. Green, Williams, and Gordy were also undrafted from 2010 and Price & Chapman were undrafted from this year's draft. So, Marshall has more experience than all of our cornerbacks on our roster. He isn't the tallest but is the same size as four cornerbacks on the roster and is one inch away from seven of them. He is second heaviest among our cornerbacks coming behind Teddy Williams, but he is within ten pounds of five of our cornerbacks. He has a decent size for a cornerback and has proven he can break up passes and intercept them. As long as he has no injury, I don't see why we don't go out and sign him. We made a bold move to sign Ahmad Bradshaw to add depth to our runningbacks. So why not add depth at cornerback. A lot of people have been saying we need depth at cornerback, so here's your chance to add depth. I've heard a lot of people say they don't like the 5 out of the last 6 cornerbacks on our roster. I haven't heard really any hate for Josh Gordy yet but if there is than it is hate for our cornerbacks 4-9 on our depth chart. Marshall is at least better than Vaughn. I know a lot of you dislike Vaughn and hope he never takes the field. Marshall won't be our starter, but he could make a good #4 cornerback if he wants to.
  18. As a lot of you know, Von Miller is facing a suspension for drug abuse. The bad news is the suspension doesn't cover the Colts vs. Broncos game on Sunday Night. Von Miller faces a six-game suspension. The Colts vs. Broncos game comes in Week 7. Too bad be couldn't have been suspended one game longer. Von Miller is a dangerous pass rusher and can cause havoc against our offensive tackles. Let's hope he isn't exactly "use" to playing in a game at that point because he wouldn't have done it for nearly two months at that point. Oh well what can you do. We have two good offensive tackles and a very good pass blocking runningback in Ahmad Bradshaw so he shouldn't cause a lot of trouble. It might not even matter if the Broncos aren't even doing well at all. I know it's just preseason but the starters have not done much and the defense has not been stopping. If we turn out to have a better defense at that point in the season, we might have a shot at winning the game. I know it is too early to talk about the game because it is two months away but I thought I wanted to talk about him coming back for the Colts game. It doesn't really matter if they have Miller or not because they still have talent at that position even though Shaun Phillips is old he still might produce some big plays. Anyways, let's go Colts because they can do it even with Miller playing.
  19. That was a whole lot better than last week. The Colts all around improved and showed a pretty good showing of what they are capable of beating the New York Giants 20-12. When I first starting watching it (since it was on Sunday Night Football), I was getting worried with our defense and offense. The first drive for the Giants went inside the red zone thanks to a defensive pass interference call. The Colts were able to stop them on 4th down. But when the Colts got the ball, two straight runs by Ballard went nowhere and Fleener dropped what would have been a first down. The Giants went inside the red zone again on their second drive but were held to a field goal. The Colts improved on the second drive but got lucky when Luck threw it right to Aaron Ross but he bounced it up in the air and Reggie caught it off the rebound in the end zone. So, the Colts did not allow a touchdown the entire game and held them to four field goals. Speaking of field goals, Vinatieri and McManus hit 50+ yard field goals. Let's break down the positions again with the Colts and Giants: Quarterback I really like the quarterbacking from Luck but Harnish and Hasselbeck did not do a very good job. Luck was 9 of 13 for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Hasselbeck came in and was 6 of 10 for 45 yards but threw a costly interception when the Colts were driving and were in field goal range. Harnish came in after Hasselbeck and was 2 of 5 for 25 yards. Not that bad but I would like to see less interceptions from the backups. At least (or hopefully), neither of the two will play during the regular season. Eli Manning was 8 of 17 for 97 yards and an interception. He did not look to good inside the red zone and had a completion percentage of 47% while Luck's was 69%. David Carr came in and led the Giants downfield but could produce a field goal. Carr was 7 of 11 for 57 yards. His completion percentage was 63% while Hasselbeck's was 60%. Aside from the interception, close numbers from the second string quarterbacks. After Carr came the rookie Ryan Nassib. Nassib was 2 of 6 for 48 yards. Nassib's completion percentage was 33% while Harnish's percentage was 40%. So very close numbers from the quarterbacks of the Colts and the quarterbacks of the Giants but the Colts win this position because of the two touchdowns from Luck. Luck finished with a 133.7 QB rating and Manning finished with a 40.6 QB rating. Runningback Here is one component to the Colts offense that needs work but will get better when Ahmad Bradshaw comes back. The Colts had nine more rushing plays than the Giants but had a 2.7 yards per carry average compared to the Giants' 4.0. The Giants had seven more rushing yards than the Colts but the majority came from the two starting backs, Andre Brown and David Wilson. David Wilson had eight carries for 36 yards and Andre Brown had eight carries for 34 yards. Ryan Torain is back in the NFL (anyone still remember him?) and rushed for 19 yards on five carries. Vick Ballard did not have a good game on four carries for a paltry four yards. Donald Brown had six carries for 21 yards. Kerwynn Williams had a nice 12 yard run but was getting stopped behind the line constantly so he finished with 19 yards on 10 carries. The only other notable runningback was Delone Carter who rushed for 16 yards on seven carries. So the Giants won in this category but probably would have lost if he had Bradshaw starting. Receiving The Colts did pretty well in this category minus the drop by Fleener, who also came out of the game with a sprained knee. Reggie Wayne had a great game with three catches for 37 yards and a miracle touchdown catch off of the fingers of CB Aaron Ross. Reggie also had a nice one handed catch at the line that went for about three to four yards. Heyward-Bey missed a catch but it was towards the ground. He came out of the game as the leading receiver though, catching four pass for 42 yards. Hilton is just unstoppable and proves my Harrison-Hilton comparison even more. Hilton had two catches for 36 yards. But the two catches or amazing. His first catch was with a defender an inch away from him on the sideline and then juked two Giants to pick up four extra yards and an amazing catch in the endzone where he was able to bring two feet down in the back of the end zone. Not much to say about the Giants. HB Michael Cox lead the Giants in receiving with two catches for 48 yards. Hakeem Nicks had two catches for 40 yards but his teammate Victor Cruz left the game with an injury. Ramses Barden had the most receptions on the Giants with four catches for 28 yards. Due to the amazing catches by Wayne and Hilton, the Colts easily take this category. Blocking The Colts did a good job in pass blocking only allowing one sack. I think pass blocking will be extremely better this year but we need better run blocking from the offensive line. The Colts could have a Top 5 Offense in the NFL if they had a good running game. If Bradshaw can get over 1,000 yards, the Colts will be Top 5 in Offense. The Giants did not have a good game with the offensive line. RJF landed awkwardly on C David Baas. He left the game on their first drive and did not return. As for run blocking they did a good job but pass blocking was not good for them. They allowed six sacks. The Colts defense was pressuring the quarterback all game and had a lot off hurries and hit on the Giants' quarterbacks. This one was pretty much an even match. The Colts exceled in pass blocking while the Giants didn't and The Giants exceled in run blocking but the Colts didn't. So this category ends in a tie. Defense The Colts defense started out slow but really improved. They only allowed four field goals the entire game. They also had six sacks, two from Caesar Rayford, two from Drake Nevis, one from Marshay Green, and one from Erik Walden. Rayford has been very good in preseason and will most likely get a roster spot. He leads the team in sacks with three. Nevis has been injury prone and has only one career sack. He stepped up against the Giants and wrapped the quarterback up for two sacks. Marshay Green had dismal pass coverage against the Bills but was able to get a sack. Erik Walden came around the edge and sacked Eli Manning. He also led the team in tackles with six. Walden will most likely be the starter Week 1 at OLB. Werner came close to a sack but fell to the ground and could not wrap the quarterback up. Greg Toler had an interception off of Eli Manning on the Giants' third drive. If the starters in the secondary can stay healthy, this is going to be a very good pass coverage defense in 2013. Nothing stood out for the Giants except for the pick by Jayron Hosley and the sack from Justin Trattou. Adewale Ojomo led the team in tackles with five. The Colts win this category with all the red zone stops and the five more sacks than the Giants. This will be a good defense if they can really stop the run. Special Teams Well, the Colts did not allow a kickoff return touchdown so it was already better than last week. The worst return they allowed was a 36-yard kickoff return by Michael Cox. Cassius Vaughn had a 27-yard return but fumbled and Kerwynn Williams had a 22-yard returned. Nothing stood out on punt returning from either team. A lot of field goals in the game. Josh Brown was 4 of 4 on field goals for the Giants. Adam Vinatieri nailed a 52-yard field goal and rookie Brandon McManus hit a 50-yard field goal off the left upright that bounced in. Pat McAfee and Steve Weatherford both had 6 punts. McAfee had a 43 yard punt average and Weatherford had a 43.8 yard average. The Giants win this category only because it was special teams that kept them in the game. Josh Brown was the MVP in the game for the Giants. So, overall this was a good win for the Colts. I was hoping the backups put up some more points but it is what it is. If the Colts improve on running game, both offensively and defensively, this will be a very good team. Once Bradshaw is inserted into the starting role, the running game should improve. If they establish the run and perform better on defense. It will be up to Andrew Luck on how far these Colts go. I am very excited for the regular season to come. It will be fun watching Andrew Luck show analysts he is almost as good as any other quarterback in this league.
  20. The Colts are coming off a tough and overpowering loss to the Buffalo Bills. The starters performed well, but the backups need to improve in Sunday's game against the Giants. The backups did have a good thing from that though, we learned more about the players that we signed over the off season such as Caesar Rayford, Allen Chapman, Daxton Swanson, and a returning Colt from last November, Delano Howell. Howell had 10+ tackles last week and Rayford has a strip sack that Swanson picked up for a 72-yard touchdown. The runningbacks looked good but did not get a lot of carries so they did not rack up a lot of yards. Someone who needs to improve this week is Chandler Harnish. Harnish needs to play well Sunday if he wants to stay on the roster and not end up on the practice squad. I think his week they should have Hasselbeck play at least until halftime because they had Harnish in command too long. Roster Bubble Players Chandler Harnish QB - did not play well completing only 14 of 33 passes with a pick six. He is in danger of being kept on the practice squad. Harnish will probably have the whole second half to improve on his mistakes. Marshay Green CB - Green was getting destroyed by Bills receivers and could not stop any passes his way. He is not what the Colts need for depth at cornerback. Delone Carter HB - Carter did not play well against the Bills only getting 11 yards on three carries. He is not needed with Ballard, Bradshaw, and Brown on the roster. Players to Watch Björn Werner OLB (If he plays) - Werner did not play in the preseason opener so I'm not sure if he will play Sunday. I heard he was active against the Bills but did not play. If he does play it will be the first game of his NFL career against someone besides the Colts. This game should show us how well he has developed into a 3-4 OLB from a 4-3 DE. Griff Whalen WR - Griff Whalen will be the player to watch pretty much every preseason game because he is looking to emerge as the 4th wide receiver in the absence of LaVon Brazil. He had three catches the last game but is looking to put up bigger numbers this week. Caesar Rayford OLB - Rayford had a nice strip sack last week that led to a touchdown. He has incredible size for an OLB at 6'7'', 245 pounds. He can continue his case to make this team this week against the Giants. He can really add depth as a pass rushing outside linebacker and I really hope he makes the team. The worst he could go is practice squad. Keys to the Game Strong Performance from Starters - This is the most important thing to a preseason game besides finding players to fill in the rest of the roster. If Andrew Luck shows some strong scoring drives and the defense does not allow a lot of yards or points, it will be a successful game for me, even if they lose because usually it's the third string that loses games, not the starters. Ahmad Bradshaw will most likely not play in the game against his former team but is probably 99% ready for the regular season. If this was the regular season, he would play. Like Dwayne Allen and Pat Angerer, I don't think they really get any snaps this preseason due to precaution. Better Special Teams Play - As far as kicking and punting go, the Colts did good against the Bills. However, when it came to returning and coverage, it was bad. Punt returning was not all that bad but the kick returning needs to improve. Williams had five returns for 89 yards. That's 17.8 yards per return. If you want to be the team's starting kick returning, you need to at least average over 20 yards per return or at least get past the 20-yard line. In some instances last week they didn't even get past the 10-yard line. They also allowed two returns of over 50 yards, one being a 107-yard kickoff return touchdown by Marquise Goodwin. You aren't going to make winning games easy letting up easy scores like that. Better Pass Protection - The Colts have great starters on pass protection: Landry, Bethea, Toler, and Davis. But if Greg Toler gets another injury, there is going to be trouble on that side of the field. Butler is a decent option at CB, he led the team in interceptions last year but look at the cornerbacks listed after him: Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy, Teddy Williams, Marshay Green, and Allen Chapman. Chapman will have an opportunity to make the roster or practice squad and Vaughn will probably make the roster because of his speed. The Colts should show better pass protection this week due to the backup quarterbacks of the Giants, Curtis Painter and David Carr (both busts). The rookie Ryan Nassib even had trouble in his first preseason game. Pass protection has been an issue of ours for awhile but this year we have the starters to help with that as long as they stay healthy. Game Prediction The Colts' starters will outplay the Giants' starters but it is a close match between backups. If Hasselbeck and Luck can secure a good lead, we will probably win but if we are losing by the time Harnish comes in we will probably lose because Harnish isn't ready to lead a comeback yet. He still has a lot to learn but he has some good quarterbacks to learn from. I say the Giants win 24-21 but if Luck and Hasselbeck get a good lead it will be Colts win 31-28.
  21. As soon as Reggie retires which should be in two years Grigson will find a good wide receiver through the draft. Grigson as done well so far, so I trust him to complete the roster and make it the best. The Colts have fixed a lot of holes in the roster and will complete the finishing touches in the next few years. By that time we will be legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
  22. Yes I see where you are coming from and we might have the best potential among young talent. If our young talent develops very well and we find solid backups to add depth (O-line, D-Line, Cornerbacks, at least one more good pass rusher) we could be the best roster like you said. I think in a few years we will be at that point of being one of the best rosters if we develop our young talent into great backups and starters. Next year's draft we should focus on the offensive and defensive lines but go cornerback in the 1st or 2nd round.
  23. I know this is very unlikely but I'm bored so I'm going to talk about it anyways. Not too many teams used the read option two years ago but the usage of read option is increasing. Last year, there were over 500 read option plays used. Now, the majority of those plays came from the Panthers, Redskins, 49ers, and Seahawks. Philadelphia this year is going into the Chip Kelly Offense which is a version of the option offense. All five of those teams have some of the fastest quarterbacks in the league and very good runningbacks. Now the option offense can be very dangerous if your most important player does not know how to protect himself and avoid devastating injuries, example Robert Griffin III, torn ACL. Even though this offense may jeopardize your quarterback's health, the option plays are being adopted to more teams in the NFL. You don't necessarily need a fast quarterback but it helps. Peyton Manning ran a few option plays in the preseason opener and we saw Tebow running some option plays with the Patriots. The Chiefs also hired Chris Ault, considered he maker of the option/pistol offense, as a consultant. The option offense may fade out or be figured out with the next year or two and then someone else will try another different style of offense then everyone will want to do it. But, what my main discussion is about, do the Colts fall into the hype and actually try an option play. The Colts right now are running a version of the West Coast offense that Pep Hamilton ran in Stanford and so did Luck, Fleener, and Whalen. The Colts did not fall into the Wildcat hype when that was a major gimmicky offense in the NFL ran by the Dolphins and other teams but is still used. I don't expect the option offense to last as long as the Wildcat offense. The Colts never really had a runningback capable of that type of offense so they never tried it (as far as I know). But, back to the option offense. Andrew Luck does not like to run the ball unless he has too unlike RGIII and Kaeperknick, who love to run with the football in the open field. Luck is more of a pocket passer. He is very athletic and could run the option offense if he wanted too, but I think he is too smart to fall into the offense. Luck likes the offense at Stanford that Hamilton ran and knows it extremely well. Plus, as long as our offensive line as gotten a lot better with pass protection, Luck won't have a high chance of getting injured. Plus, Bradshaw and Ballard do not have experience running in a option offense. Ballard and Bradshaw will do good in a regular offense like the West Coast. If the Colts actually try it, I'm fine with it. If they decide to not fall in the hype, I'm fine with it. Whatever the Colts do as an offensive scheme, I'm fine with it as long as it is productive and works. So what do you think? Do you think that the Colts will fall into the hype or continue with a traditional offense?
  24. I see where you are coming from but if everyone that is starting performs to expectations we have a very good starting rotation but yes the backups need to prove themselves as football players. But I see what you mean, because the Colts do have a lot of inexperienced players but they have the potential to be good or very good. But yes this teams needs to play even better than what they are capable of to be the best. Maybe with the next few years they can be considered the best depending on free agency and the draft and development of players.
  25. If we got Welker our receiving corps would be unstoppable but yes there were some big name players Grigson decided not to go after. He probably would have given them bigger contracts than he did with the players he did sign.
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