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8 minutes ago, jvan1973 said:

Really good

I might have to get a subscription for a month and watch it. Peyton places looks good too.

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31 minutes ago, Chloe6124 said:

I might have to get a subscription for a month and watch it. Peyton places looks good too.

That's the only reason I got it 2 days ago.    Haha.   

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From a Bucky Brooks nfl.com article ... http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001069414/article/bears-must-think-beyond-mitch-trubisky-jacoby-brissetts-time

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: No Luck, no problem -- better off with Brissett

This will be an unpopular opinion in the state of Indiana and beyond, but the Colts are a better team with Jacoby Brissett than they were with Andrew Luck as their QB1. Now, I know the Luck apologists will flood my Twitter timeline with all kinds of venom, but allow me to explain.

 

This is not a dismissal of Luck's extraordinary talent. Quite the contrary. Brissett may not have all the same gifts that Luck did, but he's playing the game at a level not seen since the Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis. How so? Well, thus far, the fourth-year pro is the first Colts quarterback to post a passer rating of 100 or better in a season with 200-plus pass attempts since Manning accomplished the feat in 2006, a campaign that ended with Indy hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. In fact, Brissett's completion percentage (65.0), pass yards per game (231.3), touchdown-to-interception ratio (14:3) and passer rating (101.0) are similar to the production delivered by Manning during the team's Super Bowl-winning season. The perennial Pro Bowl selectee finished that year with a 65.0 percent completion rate, 274.8 pass yards per game, a 31:9 TD-INT ratio and a 101.0 passer rating.

 

Yes, Brissett is quietly producing at a rate that rivals a Pro Bowl season by an all-time great who set the standard for QB play on the franchise. Let that marinate for a bit.

Oh, and believe it or not, Luck never finished a season with a passer rating of 100.0 or better, a feat that's well within reach for Brissett this season. I know the thought of Brissett potentially outperforming No. 12 in some areas isn't what many observers envisioned when he took over as the team's QB1 following Luck's stunning retirement in August, but a combination of his steady play and the evolution of the offense (and defense) has helped the Colts rise to the top of the AFC South entering Week 8.

"He's a pretty good player when he doesn't have to shoulder the load," said a former NFL defensive coordinator familiar with Brissett. "He understands how to manage the game and he doesn't put the ball in harm's way. ... He did it before in New England when surrounded by good players and he's showing us again that he can play winning football with the right pieces around him."

 

Those comments might surprise some observers with Brissett's 2017 struggles still in mind (4-11 record, 81.7 passer rating, sacked a league-high 52 times), but he is an improved player on a better team in 2019. The Colts have upgraded their offensive line and running back positions since that season and the commitment to the running game has eased the burden on the QB. Marlon Mack is averaging 19.8 carries per game (fourth in the NFL) and ranks seventh in rushing yards per game (85.7). He's one of six running backs to average more than 75 rush yards per game and score 10-plus touchdowns since 2018. That's a list that includes Ezekiel Elliott, Chris Carson, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Todd Gurley.

 

With a solid rushing attack in place, the Colts are facing manageable third-down situations and converting at a rate (46.9 percent, seventh-best in the NFL) that's in line with their league-best 48.6 percent rate from last season. In addition, the Colts have been an efficient red-zone team with a 65.2 percent scoring rate, which is fifth-best in the league. What's more, Brissett leads the league in red-zone TD passes with 13.

While a quick glance at the team totals will lead some observers to point out that the offense isn't as explosive as the 2018 version (the Colts are averaging 3.3 points per game fewer this season) the more possession-oriented unit directed by Brissett is better equipped to play complementary football due to No. 7's managerial skills and the team's potent rushing attack. He's on pace to commit fewer turnovers than Luck did last season.

 

"The winning formula doesn't change for young quarterbacks," said the former NFL defensive coordinator. "A strong running game and stout defense are a quarterback's best friend. ... He just needs to manage the game and play to an acceptable standard. If the quarterback doesn't mess it up with turnovers and silly mistakes, the team will win a bunch of games."

 

In a league in which coaches constantly preach to their players that more games are truly lost than won, Brissett's steady play has enabled the Colts to climb to the top of their division when many predicted their demise after Luck's retirement.”

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That is a great article. The fact we are only scoring 3.3 Pts less per game doesn’t seem like a lot or a big deal.  It’s been pretty impressive so far.

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Forgot about my ESPN +, watched the whole thing.  Peyton does indeed go into detail! 20 minutes worth!!  Then I see a bunch more of DETAIL episodes along with a bunchof Peyton Places.  I've have a lot of watching to catch up on in spare time!

 

Funny to see how a HOF QB assessment can be at times so much different than us fans.  He was showing JB7 doing progressions, when there was time. But often Watt was in too fast, and he acknowledges that sometimes progression 1 is all your going to get (this one was where he almost hits T.Y. on the sideline downfield).

 

He did have a slight criticism on the crossing route to Ebron that was short of the end zone.  E.E. came wide open when crossing, and Peyton says the tendency is to soften up the throw so you don't miss. JB7 did just that and Ebron had to slow some to catch it on his left hip which allowed the defense to eventually catch up and get him out of bounds on what 'should have been a touchdown'. He said that JB7 should have actually thrown it harder, where it would have been out in front (runners ball) so no slowing down or adjustments to make the catch.

 

The he immediately shows where JB7 hit Pascal over the middle.  Praised him saying he put it right on him, put heat on it. Peyton says he called it 'stingin' the throw'.  It gets good YAC. Pascal did. Later got on JB7 a little again for babying a throw over the middle to a wide open T.Y., didn't give him a runners ball. (T.Y. actually had to square his shoulders back to the QB to catch it.)

 

Lot's of great analysis, I enjoyed PM giving all kinds of kudos to JB7 for that Houston game.

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13 minutes ago, ColtsBlueFL said:

He said that JB7 should have actually thrown it harder  .......   Later got on JB7 a little again for babying a throw over the middle to a wide open T.Y., 

 

Two passes that Manning says were not thrown hard enough?

 

Brissett needs to stop reading this forum!

 

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15 minutes ago, egg said:

 

Two passes that Manning says were not thrown hard enough?

 

Brissett needs to stop reading this forum!

 

 

I was hunting hard for those he threw it too hard or he bailed out of the pocket too fast comments...

 

Still looking.  ;)

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4 hours ago, Chloe6124 said:

That is a great article. The fact we are only scoring 3.3 Pts less per game doesn’t seem like a lot or a big deal.  It’s been pretty impressive so far.

 

Through the first 6 games of 2018 the Colts scored a total of 152 points.

Through the first 6 games of 2019 the Colts scored a total of 143 points

 

The difference is just 9 points on a more "apples to apples" point comparison. If Vinatieri had been up to his usual standards during the first few games, the Colts would have scored more points through the first 6 games.

 

The Colts have played a very respectable schedule for the first 6 games of 2019. It will be interesting to see where the Colts scoring number is once we make our way through the "softer" part of our schedule.

 

Most of the teams that led the league in offense during the first part of the year were able to pad their stats against the Dolphins. See the Ravens and Cowboys as examples. The 2019 Colts haven't had any "pad the stats" games yet.

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