Protecting the Horseshoe

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CBS Sports Names Colts “Least Desperate” for a QB

Kind of a cool little feature done by CBS Sports here. It ranks NFL teams from 32 to 1 in terms of how desperate each franchise is for a Quarterback. No surprise but still nice to see, the Colts rank at the bottom of the list at 32!

Top 2012 draft pick Andrew Luck is turning into a superstar, just as everybody expected. Luck’s numbers have steadily increased in each of his three NFL seasons, and the 25-year-old is on track to receive an earth-shattering contract extension in the near future. Barring a shocking development, the Colts won’t have to worry about the quarterback position for at least a decade to come.

Click through the list to see how well-respected some surprising guys I like are becoming – like Ryan Tannehill and Teddy Bridgewater.

Also, Cam Newton was ranked unfavorably in the middle of the pack. Disagreement with that.

Not sure how they can rate Eli Manning 25th (he is a future Hall of Famer, coming off a nice season) and Matthew Stafford and the Lions at nine. Stafford needs to be better but this somewhat comes off a ranking of this writer’s confidence in each guy.

Glad he believes so heavily in Luck. The Colts are in such great shape if they can build an O-line fortress around him and continue to surround him with talent.

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March 9, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | Leave a comment

Colts ‘outbidding’ teams for Nick Fairley

I had not previously seen this report – but I guess it’s good news seeing as how Ndamukong Suh is headed to Miami for huge dollars. As the hosts of a recent talk show on NFL Sirius Radio recently stated, when Fairly is staying out of trouble and shows up and decides he wants to play football, he can be pretty unstoppable.

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, and reportedly, the Colts are outbidding the competition by a wide margin.

According to Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton, the Colts are offering twice as much guaranteed money as any other team.

I mean, it is Bleacher Report; so it seems like nothing they report comes to fruition but they have gotten better over the years. I still have a hard time believing someone at Bleacher Report outside of a guy or two (Ian Wharton ain’t one of them) has a well-placed source somewhere, and this isn’t being reported anywhere else.

Also, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole said the Colts would make a strong push for Suh. No evidence that really happened anywhere either.

Sign me up for Fairley and Greg Hardy next season if it can happen, and lock up your daughters.

March 9, 2015 Posted by | Free Agency, Indianapolis Colts | | Leave a comment

Re-Watching Colts week 1, 2014 vs. Denver Broncos

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NFL Network is re-airing this game right now. I figured since I didn’t pay close attention to it due to the 24-0 hole they dug themselves into, it would be a good time to see if I noticed anything a second time around.

The Colts lost the game 31-24.

Observations:

  • The Colts should have went for it deep in Denver territory on the opening possession of the season on 4th and 1 instead of punting. Pagano has to get more aggressive in these types of games and situations.
  • Luck missed a throw to Fleener on third down that was just rushed and probably should have went elsewhere.
  • Trent Richardson stuffed on the first run of his season. Had little to no burst, on other runs and screens. I think at the time watching it live I knew trouble was coming.
  • Reggie Wayne looked good in the first half. Three nice catches, and to me; he doesn’t seem like a guy that had lost it yet.
  • The Colts first TD of the season wasn’t a touchdown pass, or a run from the running back; it was a diving play with Luck stretching around the pile-on and upon review it was ruled a TD. This closed the first half at 24-7.
  • Opening possession of the second half, Colts drive down to the 1 and 1/2 yard line and on 4th and 1 Pagano calls a sneak for Luck and he’s stonewalled. Poor play-calling.
  • Poor play-calling on the Colts second possession of the second half when they stalled out in the red-zone and had to settle for a field goal to make it 24-10.
  • The Colts had so many opportunities to win this game. It really should have been no surprise to anyone that the Colts went in there in January and beat the Broncos.
  • Everything from Manning was screens and underneath really. The Colts built a book on Manning off this for the playoff game.
  • Colts trailed 31-10 with eight minutes to go. Luck’s first TD of the year passing comes on a throw to Dwyane Allen where he barely made the catch past the defender and then rushed down the sideline to stay in-bounds.
  • Indianapolis then recovered an onside kick with 7:45 left, trailing 31-17.
  • Luck then threw a tipped-ball interception deep in Denver territory off the hands of Colby Fleener after completions to Wayne and Hilton.
  • Luck throws a TD to Hakeem Nicks with 3:59 left in the game to make it 31-24.
  • Colts got the ball back with less than 3 minutes to go.
  • On 4th and 6, Luck fires a ball to tightly covered Reggie Wayne that is batted away by Bradley Roby. This effectively ends the game.

The Colts had so many opportunities to win this opener. After going back and watching it for a second time in more detail, they were better than Denver this season. I’m not surprised that they got their revenge in the playoffs to advance to the AFC title game, and arguably; they played a better all around game the first time around in Denver, especially defensively.

Despite his mistakes, Andrew Luck was 35 of 53 for 370 yards and two touchdowns, and two tipped ball interceptions. He also ran for 19 yards on five carries and a touchdown.Reggie Wayne had nine catches for 98 yards.

March 8, 2015 Posted by | Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, NFL Network | , , | Leave a comment

Colts sign Nasty Guard Todd Herremans

I’m not quite sure how they signed someone already, but the Colts have agreed to terms with 32-year old offensive right guard Todd Herremans.

There’s some gray area on free agents in my eyes, I didn’t think anyone could sign with new teams until Tuesday.

Here’s what to know about Todd Herremans:

  • Drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Saginaw State by the Eagles
  • Knows GM Ryan Grigson from Grigson’s tenure in Philadelphia.
  • Despite being beloved by the Philadelphia fan base for his ‘nastiness’, he’s never been selected to a Pro Bowl.
  • 127 career games played, 124 career starts.
  • Has had a gruesome injury history.

He probably slides right into the starting lineup if healthy for Indianapolis. You have to hope his best football isn’t in his rear view mirror, and Herremans is still hungry. If so, this is exactly the type of move that didn’t cost a ton and they didn’t need to waste a draft pick on it. Now just add a great tackle in the first round and a center not long after in the draft.

March 8, 2015 Posted by | Free Agency, Indianapolis Colts | , | Leave a comment

Reggie Wayne honored by IPL Power downtown Indianapolis

Hat tip: Stampede Blue

March 7, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | | Leave a comment

A Say day in Colts land

I kinda waited to see what Jim Irsay tweeted about the subject, and he summed it up well as only an Irsay tweet can do.

He also gave this – a created video by the Colts of Reggie Wayne’s career highlights:

Bill Polian was the man who drafted Wayne with the 30th overall pick in the 2001 draft, and his comments were added in an Indy Star story that is in today’s paper.

Like Polian says, you would like to see Wayne go out wearing only the Horseshoe. We hope he’s played his last game, even if it wasn’t the Wayne that we had came to remember that we saw as our final impression.

I tried to eulogize his career best I could in a few words on my NFL site. I’ll miss Reggie Wayne, probably my favorite Colt of all-time who gave more Sunday memories to me than any other Indianapolis player.

Put the Money in the bag!

March 7, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | , , | Leave a comment

Colts top suitor for Hardy, Suh?

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I don’t buy it, on least on behalf the Suh report.

Jason Cole, who is Bleacher Report’s NFL Insider; says that “the number one recruiting tool to lure players to Indianapolis is Andrew Luck”. That sounds good in theory, but I have to think the reports that the Miami Dolphins are the true frontrunner for Suh are much more accurate.

While picturing Hardy in a Colts uniform is a much more likely scenario and he would be a guy who can generate a rush from the outside – and he’s actually not the character concern the media would have folks believe he is – I see Suh signing with the Dolphins due to what they’ll offer and no state income tax on the huge dollars he is seeking.

My end prediction on this item: Suh to Miami, Hardy lands in Indianapolis. And I’m okay with this as long as the Colts land Adrian Peterson or Demarco Murray on the other side of the ball and draft a bevy of offensive lineman.

March 6, 2015 Posted by | Free Agency, Indianapolis Colts | , | Leave a comment

Colts welcome Tyvon Branch for a visit

As PFT put it, “it’s like the Colts want to do the Bob Sanders thing over again”.

The Colts welcomed Tyvon Branch to Indianapolis to begin his free agency tour today.

Branch was cut by the Raiders recently after playing just five games in two seasons. They need a healthy version of Branch if they’re going to sign him. You can view his Pro-Football Reference page here.

March 5, 2015 Posted by | Free Agency, Indianapolis Colts | | Leave a comment

Mike Florio says to pay Andrew Luck and do it now

Video can be seen here.

Florio says:

1. Improve the run defense to get through teams like New England – pointing to the last three games against New England getting it run down their throats.

2. He said it’s time to nudge Reggie Wayne aside. The time has come, even if Indy is letting Reggie come to that conclusion on his own and despite his relationship with Chuck Pagano. Don’t nudge him too much, but both sides need to move on. Sad.

3. He mentions Trent Richardson is a goner. Upgrade the position and get rid of Trent.

4. PAY UP ANDREW LUCK. He said Luck won’t politic for a new deal, Colts need to learn from the Peyton Manning examples that it would be smart and save them money to get it done sooner. Needs to happen this off-season. They still have two more years but it would just be the right thing to do to get the nucleus of the franchise locked down now. I agree.

5. Clean up the problem guys on the roster. He mentions several guys who can’t be relied upon and guys who continue with off the field problems, it’s eventually going to drag down the reputation of the franchise and the makeup of the locker room.

March 5, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | , | Leave a comment

Lots of talk linking Colts & Demarco Murray

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My buddy Jordan thinks Indy lands Demarco.

There is an increasing amount of talk that the Indianapolis Colts will land Demarco Murray. I think it’s more like a pipe dream. The need is there says Mike Wells who writes for ESPN’s NFL Nation. Ian Rappoport says the Colts would be the top suitor if he hits the market, and that there is a ‘slim chance’ that he remains in Dallas.

I really feel like today’s trade of Lesean McCoy to Buffalo shows that the days of paying a premium for an NFL running back are over. You need to find a running back who can get the job done in the mid to late rounds of a draft. Once he gets too expensive; like Murray has, you move onwards.

Reports today on Sirius NFL radio were that if Dallas offers anywhere in the area of what other teams are, he’s going to stay. Doesn’t seem to make it a done deal, but I feel like in the end he stays in Dallas.

March 4, 2015 Posted by | Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts | | Leave a comment