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So, having slept on week 3’s less-than-optimal performance, I have some thoughts on some questions I have been asking myself.

 

Is what we have seen, so far, the sealing for the Colts in the 2021 season?

No. I don’t think it is, but if anyone thinks we’re coming out of the 2021 season with 10+ wins and a playoff berth they are either blind fanboys or deluding themselves.

 

Will the Oline get it together?

Yes, the Oline will improve. We need the ol’ gang back together for that to happen, but I think it can still be a top 10 unit for the season.

 

If our Oline group gets back to elite form, what will that mean?

It doesn’t mean drastic improvements, in my opinion. Our WR group are just terrible, honestly. At their best they are an average group. If Carson can’t find them with 4+ seconds to throw the ball, Oline improvements won’t change that.

The run game might improve, but once teams get wise to our not-so-stellar WRs they will just stack the box.

 

So, how about this defense?

I said before the season started that letting Autry and Houston walk was a big boo-boo. Our two lead edge rushers no longer on the team, our rookie and 3 underperformers have shown what they are – a rookie and 3 underperformers.

With no pressure being generated our secondary is being exposed big time. It’s just a horror show.

I don’t see this changing during the season. Even if Kwity has a eureka-moment and takes off the 3 stooges (Lewis, Turay and Banogu) aren’t getting anything done.

 

Aaaand the coaching…

If there’s going to be a turnaround this season it has to start with the coaching. I don’t even know where to start here. Frank has not been able to get the guys ready for week 1 throughout his tenure with the Colts. His playcalling has had flaws and the worst part is he keeps making the same mistakes – it’s infuriating. Time and again he pulls the same bone-headed red zone plays. Time and again he just… forgets(?) the run and keeps using an ineffective pass game.

I really hope he gives up playcalling and lets Brady have a shot at it.

Eberflus’ defense has been exposed this season and he NEEDS to make some changes for there to be any improvements at all.

 

Let’s talk Ballard…

I have been a huge fan of Ballard’s and greatly admire his ability to find a price for the player he wants and stick to it even with fans clamoring and other buyers showing interest. That shows guts and confidence. But…

His approach to teambuilding (Building through the draft) is really hurting us now. He has whiffed on too many picks now and his refusal to bring in A-grade players during free agency is creating serious holes in our roster.

I’m calling Parris Campbell a bust, there, I said it and I’m not taking it back unless he takes of like a rocket. We so badly need at least one more playmaker (besides Hines) on offense. The go-to guy who will pull us out of the muck when things are going bad.

Turay, Lewis and Muhammed are rotational guys at best and Banogu is a bust. His refusal to bring in A-grade edge rushers or pay-up to at least keep the standard we had last year is making the defense look like a bottom 10 unit. Are Autry and Houston old? Yes they are, but they are also half the teams sack-production walking out the door.

Meanwhile, we have paid our own (and good on Ballard for doing that), but now they are banged up (Leonard) or injured (Smith on O) leaving us with no cap space and in desperate need of playmakers (WR and/or TE on O and DBs and ERs on D).

 

So, having talked about the bad, what about the good and the decent?

Hines: Give this man the ball for crying out loud!!!!

Taylor: Ride this guy into the sunset!!! Let’s at least try to open up the passing game.

Wentz: Just… give him a chance, Oline, pleeeease…

I know Nelson and Leonard are viewed as Ballard’s best work in most people eyes, but the DeFo trade is the single best thing he has done in my eyes. The guy is a gem.

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Reich's biggest problem is he doesn't scheme his players into scenarios where they can succeed. He just thinks every player is plug in play in his great "offense". 

 

Hines is great in space, yet Reich continues to stubbornly send him up the middle like he and JT are the same player. Meanwhile your stud RB sits on the sidelines and gets 10 carries. 

 

Parris Campbell is supposed to be some speedster WR, yet Dulin gets schemed a play, but nothing for Campbell? 

 

Mo-Allie Cox has needed more plays for him for 2 years. Yes, I understand that he is a great blocker, but whenever he gets the ball good things happen so just leave him in and block. 

 

Why does Reich keep calling runs up the middle regardless of the situation? They run great to the left side, but barely ever do it. Or even worse, they'll try to run to the right behind backup LT who is playing RT. 

 

Oh, and expecting Eason to come in and play almost air Raid offense when Wentz got hurt at the last two minutes (instead of having him throw quick sideline passes) still baffles me. 

 

Firing Dave DeGuglielmo for being "mean" really worked wonders for this O-Line. *eyeroll* 

 

Plus, this whole trading back to the 2nd round and getting more picks instead of getting premium talent isn't looking like the greatest strategy either. This absolute/utter lack of a pass rush is killing this team. 

 

 

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14 hours ago, lollygagger8 said:

Mo-Allie Cox has needed more plays for him for 2 years. Yes, I understand that he is a great blocker, but whenever he gets the ball good things happen so just leave him in and block. 

 

This absolute/utter lack of a pass rush is killing this team. 

 

 

MAC can't block and get the ball.

We spent 2 1R (Buckner and Paye) and 1 2R  (Dayo) on pass rushers.

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9 hours ago, craigerb said:

MAC can't block and get the ball.

We spent 2 1R (Buckner and Paye) and 1 2R  (Dayo) on pass rushers.

 

He can't? LOL 

 

There's supposed to be a question mark at the end of that statement. 

 

And you know what I'm talking about with all the 2nd rd picks. Turay, Banogu, Lewis

 

 

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1 hour ago, lollygagger8 said:

 

He can't? LOL 

 

There's supposed to be a question mark at the end of that statement. 

 

And you know what I'm talking about with all the 2nd rd picks. Turay, Banogu, Lewis

 

 

With all that draft capitol our d line should be elite . Will say Lewis had a decent ball game week 3 . What baffles me is in camp our d line players treated o lineman like rag dolls why does it not translate into games . Scheme would be my guess .

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On 9/27/2021 at 7:57 AM, Solid84 said:

So, having slept on week 3’s less-than-optimal performance, I have some thoughts on some questions I have been asking myself.

 

Is what we have seen, so far, the sealing for the Colts in the 2021 season?

No. I don’t think it is, but if anyone thinks we’re coming out of the 2021 season with 10+ wins and a playoff berth they are either blind fanboys or deluding themselves.

 

Will the Oline get it together?

Yes, the Oline will improve. We need the ol’ gang back together for that to happen, but I think it can still be a top 10 unit for the season.

 

If our Oline group gets back to elite form, what will that mean?

It doesn’t mean drastic improvements, in my opinion. Our WR group are just terrible, honestly. At their best they are an average group. If Carson can’t find them with 4+ seconds to throw the ball, Oline improvements won’t change that.

The run game might improve, but once teams get wise to our not-so-stellar WRs they will just stack the box.

 

So, how about this defense?

I said before the season started that letting Autry and Houston walk was a big boo-boo. Our two lead edge rushers no longer on the team, our rookie and 3 underperformers have shown what they are – a rookie and 3 underperformers.

With no pressure being generated our secondary is being exposed big time. It’s just a horror show.

I don’t see this changing during the season. Even if Kwity has a eureka-moment and takes off the 3 stooges (Lewis, Turay and Banogu) aren’t getting anything done.

 

Aaaand the coaching…

If there’s going to be a turnaround this season it has to start with the coaching. I don’t even know where to start here. Frank has not been able to get the guys ready for week 1 throughout his tenure with the Colts. His playcalling has had flaws and the worst part is he keeps making the same mistakes – it’s infuriating. Time and again he pulls the same bone-headed red zone plays. Time and again he just… forgets(?) the run and keeps using an ineffective pass game.

I really hope he gives up playcalling and lets Brady have a shot at it.

Eberflus’ defense has been exposed this season and he NEEDS to make some changes for there to be any improvements at all.

 

Let’s talk Ballard…

I have been a huge fan of Ballard’s and greatly admire his ability to find a price for the player he wants and stick to it even with fans clamoring and other buyers showing interest. That shows guts and confidence. But…

His approach to teambuilding (Building through the draft) is really hurting us now. He has whiffed on too many picks now and his refusal to bring in A-grade players during free agency is creating serious holes in our roster.

I’m calling Parris Campbell a bust, there, I said it and I’m not taking it back unless he takes of like a rocket. We so badly need at least one more playmaker (besides Hines) on offense. The go-to guy who will pull us out of the muck when things are going bad.

Turay, Lewis and Muhammed are rotational guys at best and Banogu is a bust. His refusal to bring in A-grade edge rushers or pay-up to at least keep the standard we had last year is making the defense look like a bottom 10 unit. Are Autry and Houston old? Yes they are, but they are also half the teams sack-production walking out the door.

Meanwhile, we have paid our own (and good on Ballard for doing that), but now they are banged up (Leonard) or injured (Smith on O) leaving us with no cap space and in desperate need of playmakers (WR and/or TE on O and DBs and ERs on D).

 

So, having talked about the bad, what about the good and the decent?

Hines: Give this man the ball for crying out loud!!!!

Taylor: Ride this guy into the sunset!!! Let’s at least try to open up the passing game.

Wentz: Just… give him a chance, Oline, pleeeease…

I know Nelson and Leonard are viewed as Ballard’s best work in most people eyes, but the DeFo trade is the single best thing he has done in my eyes. The guy is a gem.

You're begging the oline to give Carson a chance, after coming to the conclusion that that development won't lead to any remarkable improvements ...ok.

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On 9/27/2021 at 8:28 AM, lollygagger8 said:

Reich's biggest problem is he doesn't scheme his players into scenarios where they can succeed. He just thinks every player is plug in play in his great "offense". 

 

Hines is great in space, yet Reich continues to stubbornly send him up the middle like he and JT are the same player. Meanwhile your stud RB sits on the sidelines and gets 10 carries. 

 

Parris Campbell is supposed to be some speedster WR, yet Dulin gets schemed a play, but nothing for Campbell? 

 

Mo-Allie Cox has needed more plays for him for 2 years. Yes, I understand that he is a great blocker, but whenever he gets the ball good things happen so just leave him in and block. 

 

Why does Reich keep calling runs up the middle regardless of the situation? They run great to the left side, but barely ever do it. Or even worse, they'll try to run to the right behind backup LT who is playing RT. 

 

Oh, and expecting Eason to come in and play almost air Raid offense when Wentz got hurt at the last two minutes (instead of having him throw quick sideline passes) still baffles me. 

 

Firing Dave DeGuglielmo for being "mean" really worked wonders for this O-Line. *eyeroll* 

 

Plus, this whole trading back to the 2nd round and getting more picks instead of getting premium talent isn't looking like the greatest strategy either. This absolute/utter lack of a pass rush is killing this team. 

 

 

Gugs has been fired every season since we fired him....he's on his fourth team in four years, and not even coaching in the NFL or a power five college.... That wasn't a bad move.  Strausser might have been.

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On 9/27/2021 at 7:57 AM, Solid84 said:

Our WR group are just terrible, honestly. At their best they are an average group. If Carson can’t find them with 4+ seconds to throw the ball, Oline improvements won’t change that.

The run game might improve, but once teams get wise to our not-so-stellar WRs they will just stack the box.

We have a second round slot receiver forced to play on the outside, and can't show up to play.

 

We have a second round second year player who is the most talented receiver we have.

 

But our most consistent receiver, Pascal, is a UDFA? at one point and who most knowledgeable fans thinks should be WR #4 on a normally talented WR group.

 

And how much longer can Doyle last?  Moe is not the answer, can't seem to get on the field or thrown to when he's on the field.  Oh yeah, we've got a guy named Gransen doing something.

 

Pittman is a nice piece, but at this point, the receiving group is bottom five NFL and may be the worst group in the league.

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4 hours ago, SchlicterSZN said:

You're begging the oline to give Carson a chance, after coming to the conclusion that that development won't lead to any remarkable improvements ...ok.

You don’t get the point. No I don’t think giving Wentz more time in the pocket will give us a whole lot, because the WRs aren’t getting free. 
 

That doesn’t mean I want him to get sacked 3+ times per game and get injured further, come on….

 

Like it or not Wentz is our QB and by far the best one we have right now. Personally I think he’s done well all things considered and have no issues at all having him on the field this year and next as a minimum. 

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12 minutes ago, craigerb said:

What are you imaging being sealed for the Colts this season?

Sorry, Ceiling. English isn’t my first language, but we can do it in danish instead if you prefer? No? Thought as much…

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21 minutes ago, Solid84 said:

Sorry, Ceiling. English isn’t my first language, but we can do it in danish instead if you prefer? No? Thought as much…

Come on man!  Most of us have problems with English - so don't expect too much Danish.

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1 minute ago, Solid84 said:

I probably overreacted, I just dislike grammar-/spelling-police. :thmup:

 

I give credit to anyone who has learned multiple languages.  I wish I had.  But that isn't the norm here in 'Merica.

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