I dont think Irsay gets enough credit for having the balls to make the changes he did before this season. Biggest balls in the NFL right now. He should start tweeting pics of his sack just to let everyone know.
Not signing Harrison
Not signing James
Not picking up Mannings option
Letting Clark go
Letting Bracket go
Letting Saturday go
Hiring Grigson, which seems to be paying off in the personal department ( Redding, Vaughn, Butler, Avery, the entire 2012 draft at this point, Freeman )
Do i really need to go on right now?
since when was Irsay the GM? that ended in what, 95?
I think you're overestimating how much personnel control Irsay has... I think he has control over who's in the front office, but I doubt he has as much of a say in player releases/signings. Obviously he has some (I mean it is his team), and ultimately he's the guy who decided not to bring back Manning, but not signing James was most likely a decision by Polian. Letting Clark, Brackett and Saturday go were probably decided by Grigson.
I don't know any of this stuff for sure, but I'd like to think that Irsay doesn't have the Jerry Jones-esque ownership mentality and lets the GM do his job.
BUT - I do agree that you have to give him credit for letting Manning walk (as much as it pains me to even say that sentence) and letting Luck play right away. The guy is as ready as any rookie QB I've ever seen.
Never half-a** two things. Whole-a** one thing.
They just overpowered them
Sounds like you're going to missing a lot of good football and basketball then.
I am sure that is true. I haven't watched an IU game since the day Bobby was fired by that a**hole, Miles Brand...
I will be watching Denver for as long as Peyton is there. I am going to be watching the Redskins because I am intrigued by RGIII and what he might become. I feel nothing for the Colts, absolutely nothing. I would not, at this point, walk across the street to watch a game at the Luke if I was getting free tickets.... I am happy for all of you that you have been able to move on and support them. I just can't do that.... I'll keep up with the Pacers though...... Take care, Joe...
The only reason you are saying any of that is because the Colts are actually good this year. Had we been a terrible team as you predicted, then you'd be watching every week so you could come here and rub in just how bad we were.
Good riddance though to anyone who was more of a Peyton fan than Colts fan. Mature fanbases follow teams over players. There's nothing wrong with rooting for Peyton in Denver. I'm rooting for him too and want him to win every game unless it: 1) is against the Colts, or 2) somehow negatively impacts the Colts seeding. But anyone who picks Peyton over the Colts was never a true Colts fan to begin with, IMHO. People have the right to do whatever they want with their time and money, and if they don't enjoy watching a Colts team without Peyton then they shouldn't watch. But if that's the case, then they in no shape or form were true Colts fans. Thankfully most in Indy still seem to be paying attention. As I said, mature fanbases root for the franchise over the player. If Brady ever left the Pats, then I guarantee you that no Pats fan would jump ship and root for him over the Pats. They are good fans. Same with the Packers and Favre.
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OlBlu's the definition of a bandwagoner. Good riddance.
I've been saying for quite a while now that you were no longer a fan, Blu. I didn't mean that as disrespectful --- I just meant it as it's the truth. We were subjected to a lot of venom from a person who was no longer a fan. I hope you come around some day on the Colts and let go of that unnecessary anger towards Irsay. I do think you have attachment issues, which I can't say is good or bad, everyone is different. You're clearly someone who attaches to someone and views their departure from the scene as disrespect instead of just looking at it as "parties moving on", which is just a part of life.
There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.
I watched part of the game last night, and I certainly got a "Harbaugh/ Marchibroda" vibe from the portion I watched. (I was at a bar and the game was on. I wouldn't have tuned in on purpose to watch those two teams or NFL Net's TNF crew.)
Remember the "Any given Sunday" mantra. The talent gap in the NFL, when 25-28 players per team take the field each week (22 starters plus an nickle back, extra RB, extra TE/WR, extra DL), is not huge, so things like turnovers, field position, limiting penalties, and making plays on third down and the redzone can make a bigger difference than the skill of any one position. Your playmakers are making plays. And that's what I mean by the Harbaugh/ Marchibroda vibe. These guys are getting the job done.
I sure as hell didn't expect 6 wins. I did think the new coaching staff would help (it is mostly an AFC-North staff) but thought it would take a year or two to translate into wins as the roster still needs some transformation. Definitely ahead of schedule, a nice tribute to Chuck who deserves better than the fate he's been given this year.
This certainly didn't look anything like either of the last two teams - a bad team getting bailed out by a great QB and a bad team playing down to its lack of talent without him. This is now an improving team that can make plays as a team and seems to have come together as a team... certainly much better than "losing teams" come together. Harbaugh's previous influence on Luck is quite visible. (So make sure you keep Luck away from Jeff George -- the anti-Harbaugh!!) And yes, the opponent was the Jags and that shouldn't be ignored. They're awful in more ways that just not having much talent. They're clearly not playing together, making plays, not doing anything to make up for their talent gaps. But I don't see Jacksonville's talent level of being that much lower than Indy's. The Colts have just found some ways to make plays and again I think that's more important that overall skill.
Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
And life itself, rushing over me
Life itself, the wind in black elms,
Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you
Jacksonville is not executing at a high level, haven't all year. But whenever we play these guys, it's always a messy game. Our execution against Jax was not near as clean and dynamic as it was against Miami. I can't explain that, I don't think Jax has a better defense than Miami.
I'm going to look at things like having only 3 days of prep and little rest as possible reasons as to why we weren't as crisp. It *was* nice to finally generate some defensive turnovers. To consider our current winning streak, and the fact that during that stretch, we hadn't generated a turnover until this game is amazing.
Bottom line though was Indy made more plays than Jax on both sides of the ball. We were balanced throwing and running the ball. We played good D. We played well on ST. Was a fairly complete, balanced effort. Just gotta reduce the miscues that kill drives.
Our offense also really needs to work on red-zone execution and finishing drives. Luck had two turnovers in the red zone.
Last edited by Kid Minneapolis; 11-09-2012 at 11:26 AM.
Why are posting in Colts game threads?
Why havent you made a Redskins or Denver thread?
Why do you have the Colts logo under your name???????
This is embarrassing. FYI, probably getting banned for this. Cause i've already received a threatening email from a mod. So if so... Go Colts, Go Pacers !