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    I mean all other things about teams being equal, he's top 10 already right?

    If you had completely equal teams and were picking a QB to win the game for you, he's on that list in the top 10 IMO.

    Peyton, Brady, Brees, Rodgers...that's your top 4 in some order probably.

    Then you've got a guy like Matt Ryan, Eli, Roethlisberger.

    Filling out 8, 9, and 10 you could make the argument at the end of the season that it would have been the three rookies, Luck, Wilson, and RGIII of course RGIII's injury changes things a bit (or a lot).

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    Just saw this also:

    The Colts led the league in drops on 3rd down with 20. 20 drops on 170 attempts was also the league's highest percentage at 11.8%. T.Y. Hilton had 6 drops on 28 passes which was good enough for the highest dropped ball percentage in the league on 3rd down. Donnie Avery dropped 3rd down passes 5 times in 37 attempts. The two least reliable 3rd down WR's in the NFL this year.

    But yes, our WR corps was vastly underrated.

    Seriously though, this makes our 7th ranked 3rd down conversion rate all the more impressive in my eyes.
    Just wondering did the numbers get better or worst as the season went along? And yeah that is pretty impressive but at the same time I wonder how our 3rd down pass efficiency was.
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    Drops are a tricky stat to make sense of. Some of the best teams with the best QBs and good WRs are near the top with the most drops, and some of the worst are too. Few drops = bad teams, usually, but some good ones are there too.

    http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/t...e=NFL&rank=232

    rank team # drops
    1 Detroit Lions 45
    2 New England Patriots 41
    3 Jacksonville Jaguars 41
    4 New Orleans Saints 39
    5 Oakland Raiders 38
    6 Denver Broncos 37
    7 Green Bay Packers 36
    8 Indianapolis Colts 36
    9 Dallas Cowboys 33
    10 Cleveland Browns 32
    11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32
    12 Washington Redskins 31
    13 Tennessee Titans 30
    14 New York Giants 30
    15 San Francisco 49ers 30
    16 Chicago Bears 29
    17 Atlanta Falcons 28
    18 Buffalo Bills 27
    19 Houston Texans 27
    20 Kansas City Chiefs 27
    21 Miami Dolphins 27
    22 Pittsburgh Steelers 27
    23 Arizona Cardinals 26
    24 St. Louis Rams 25
    25 New York Jets 25
    26 Philadelphia Eagles 25
    27 Cincinnati Bengals 24
    28 Seattle Seahawks 23
    29 Carolina Panthers 20
    30 Minnesota Vikings 19
    31 Baltimore Ravens 19
    32 San Diego Chargers 16
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    Step 1: Help the offensive line through free agency. Sign Andy Levitre for guard, Gosder Cherilus for RT, and Ryan Lilja for guard or center. Lilja is a good option because he won't require more than a 2 year contract, and in 2 years is when we will need to re-sign Luck, Hilton, Fleener, Allen, and Chapman.

    Step 2: Find some low priced vets for D. Sign Paul Kruger for OLB and Sheldon Brown for CB. Brown should be a short contract like Lilja and Kruger fits the system well enough that he will be pursued hardest by us.

    Step 3: Re-sign Pat McAfee, Darius Butler, and Fili Moala. All 3 of those guys are good enough to play. If they are cheap, re-sign Fokou, Karim, Justice, and Powers. They aren't great as starters but for cheap they are acceptable back-ups.

    Step 4: Draft Matt Elam in round 1, Marcus Davis in round 3, Joe Kruger in round 4, Braxton Cave in round 6, and Johnny Adams in round 7. There you've got a Bob Sanders clone, a big receiver with a bunch of potential, a solid backup 3-4 DE, and a project center and project cornerback. This helps build for the future.

    If this is not enough to reach the cap floor, sign Peyton Hillis, Aubrayo Franklin, and Ryan Harris.

    I'm not counting on Bowe, Long, Clady, Vollmer, Wallace, or any of those huge names. These make sense for more fiscal reasons. We can't have a bunch of big contracts on the books in 2 years because of the stellar 2012 class we will need to re-sign.

    With all of this we are looking at a rebuilt offensive line, more young talent, and a veteran defense. It keeps cap room open yet improves us more than splurging on free agents would.

    I am sure that 0% of these things will happen now.

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    I'm still way less concerned about exactly who this organization brings in and way more interested in how they build a team.

    Andrew Luck is your playmaker and will be the difference when it comes to winning in this league. Build an offense that keeps him upright, has a running game he can depend on and can get mean and convert 3rd & short. Build a defense that is big, physical, balanced and can get the other team off the field on 3rd down so your playmaker gets back on the field. Think Patriots pre-2005 and forget the old Colts formula of surrounding a 4-5 stars with bargain basement talent.

    Build through the draft but once the foundation is in place manage the cap well and give the organization the opportunity to hit a homerun in free agency. Special teams matter, make it a priority.

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    Talking about the running game. Ballard proved he is very good ( especially in the second half of the season) but you need another option too. Mewelde Moore is certainly not that. He is rather bad. "Not even good to give Ballard a tiny break to catch his breath" bad.
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    Talking about the running game. Ballard proved he is very good ( especially in the second half of the season) but you need another option too. Mewelde Moore is certainly not that. He is rather bad. "Not even good to give Ballard a tiny break to catch his breath" bad.
    For sure on Moore. He was awful this year and I think Arians was valuing him on memories more than production.

    I like Ballard a lot especially when you look at value vs. production. Problem is he is not good in pass protection (yet). Wouldn't mind seeing the Colts bring in a solid vet who can be depended on in obvious passing downs and also be a threat catching the ball out of the backfield.

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    For sure on Moore. He was awful this year and I think Arians was valuing him on memories more than production.

    I like Ballard a lot especially when you look at value vs. production. Problem is he is not good in pass protection (yet). Wouldn't mind seeing the Colts bring in a solid vet who can be depended on in obvious passing downs and also be a threat catching the ball out of the backfield.
    Yeah, that was their thought with bringing in Moore, that was the exact definition of his role, he just did not fill it too well I don't think. Along with Ballards running ability, I think he got better in blocking as the season went on as well, he said the two things he wants to work on in the offseason are reading the defense in blocking situations, and also running with better field vision.

    Blocking is typically the part that is missing from a lot of college RB's hopefully this offseason will be productive for him. Either way we will need another guy to help with the workload, he is not a 30 carry a game guy in my opinion.
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