I mentioned this once before in another thread, and I'll say it again here. There will be a TON of this team's final roster for the season playing on contracts that will expire at the end of this season (maybe almost half the roster). Heck, just two of those guys alone - Rivers and Brissett - will contribute to over $45 million in cap room for the team going into next offseason. So the team is going to be rolling in cash again next offseason. Could they top $100 million free? I don't know, but it will be huge. What does this have to do with Hooker? Here's what.
They didn't need to put themselves on the hook now for another year with him next year. Someone mentioned that all it takes is one team to offer him a boat load to lose him. Well, with the money this team will have, that won't matter. Because no matter what offers he gets, if this team wants him back, they will have way more than enough to match or beat those offers in order to keep him. And they hold all the leverage here because of it.
So it's not about the team not wanting him back because of his play, or because of his injuries, or anything else like that. It's simply because they don't HAVE to decide right now.
So why should they? Unless they were 100% sold, there's no reason for them to decide right now. Give themselves every last bit of information on him, which will include this upcoming season, and then decide based on ALL of the possible information. That's just smart business.
Something I, being new to the Colts, am coming to be quite impressed with in Ballard and this staff. Especially after following the traveling circus sideshow I've followed the last 15 years.
I think there's a reason for that. Any coach that "tells it straight" doesn't last long in the NFL.
It's a PR thing. Telling reporters that "you think you know, but you don't know", or "here's your IQ, buddy, zero", or "you play to win the game... HELLO?!?" usually ends up being one of the last things said as a head coach in the NFL. Why do you think Belichick is so damn boring in his press conferences/interviews?!? He gives the media/opponent absolutely zero when it comes to bulletin-board material for a very good reason...
As far as Kelly: none of us know how he truly is behind the scenes. For all we know, he's as talented as Michael Vick. But when it comes to everything a franchise QB has to be, he might be closer to Ryan Leaf than Peyton Manning.
Any list that has Brissett is a bad list. Also why even go past the total number of teams and rank backups who you rarely see against starters? And on top of that it's bad enough that it's Simms writing this stuff.
Of all the media outlets I feel like NBC has the worst analysts and general football knowledge. And Simms is a big part of that.
For the Colts there are two things in play this year...
First, how well can Rivers perform with all the pieces around him. He's got an above average group across the board. I would think pretty well is the answer but age is undefeated and he's got other competing interests now. Even if he performs well and we see a deep playoff run what then? He is obviously a short term answer.
Second, does Eason have the right stuff to be considered as the QB of the future. Honestly the team doesn't know the answer to this right now. They took a shot on a guy they liked, now will get a full year look at him to see how hard he works, how he leads, and whether he can process quickly enough.
Those two things need to be answered this year and the good thing here is with Reich and his offensive coaches I would think they will evaluate them well.