Besides Brown every single offensive player to touch the ball yesterday for the Colts is in his first or second year. Luck, Fleener, Whalen, Hilton, Brazill, and Richardson are 2nd year players and Rogers is a rookie. Even crazier is that two second year players who would have started are on IR. Future = bright.
I think most Colt fans would agree to that trade but the Packers run a zone blocking scheme just like Lacy played in at Alabama. Much easier for him to adjust as a rookie and perform.
The Colts (Browns too) run a power scheme so there is a chance Lacy could struggle in the same circumstances as TR. Having said that TR has had two years to adjust, grow and become a productive runner. The fact that TR has actually regressed isn't a good sign.
Last edited by Downtown Bang!; 01-06-2014 at 08:07 AM.
Given the Patriots injury & talent issues in the passing game if our CB's get healthier I think the Colts can press the receivers and ultimately get pressure on Brady. The Colts do need to contain the Patriots run game and keep their defense honest with our own. If they can do that Luck will have a chance to win the game in the 4th quarter.
The best part of not having to go to work today is getting to watch Skip Bayless make excuses about how the Colts won, talk about how overrated Andrew Luck is, and how they have no business playing the Patriots in the divisional round. Oh yeah, I'm sure he'll say that Luck still isn't better than Tebow because they still have the same number of playoff wins.
They've called every AFC Championship game for a long long time, so we've won two AFC Championship games with them calling.
Surely we won some regular season CBS games during the Manning era with them calling. They always do the 4:25 games.
I just remember Jim and Phil called the Colts/Pats last season and we know how that turned out.
Last edited by Basketball Fan; 01-06-2014 at 12:57 PM.
They called the SF game? I forgot all about that I could've sworn it was Gumble/Dierdorf.
Regardless I'm waiting till the end of the week for what I think the final score will be.
Yeah it was Nantz and Simms. That was CBS's big national game of the week.
I have a good feeling about this game. The Pats will focus on two things, take away Robert Mathis, and take away T.Y. Hilton. I'm not convinced you can completely take away Mathis but they will try. Thats means Werner/Walden need to get good pressure, they don't necessarily even need to get sacks, just put pressure on him. Cory Redding, Aubrayo Franklin/Josh Chapman, and Ricky Jean-Francois need to do a good job of keeping the offensive line busy so our backers, mainly Jerrell Freeman and Josh McNary as those two spend the most time in pass rushes, can get to the quarterback. I also like the blitzes where we send either Bethea or Landry down.
On offense, they are going to try to take away Hilton. That means Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen, Coby Fleener, and LaVon Brazill will be in 1 on 1 coverage of sometimes a soft zone. A big reason we started playing better was we added Whalen and Rogers from the PS to the active roster, and both of them came in and opened things up for Hilton, as well as Brazill finding his groove. I think they are all capable of beating 1 on 1 coverage, I specifically believe Rogers will have another Cincinnati-esque game, and get around 100 yards and a TD. I think we can and will win this, GO COLTS!
Tom Brady didn’t see a snap of Andrew Luck’s comeback
Posted by Darin Gantt on January 6, 2014, 10:23 AM EST
New England Patriots quarterback Brady shakes hands with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Luck at the conclusion of the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough
While most of the rest of us couldn’t take our eyes off Andrew Luck’s amazing comeback against the Chiefs Saturday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t really notice.
Brady said his focus was on the other side of the ball, refusing to get drawn into a battle-of-the-generations quarterback storyline.
“Truthfully, I’m not worried about the opposing quarterback,” Brady told Boston sports radio station WEEI, via Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com. “I’m thinking about the defense and what I need to do to play against them.
“I didn’t watch one snap of Indy’s offense, nor will I this week. I’ll be focused on the defense and what we need to do score points, because that’s what my job is.”
While that priority is reasonable, the challenge of staying upright will be paramount for Brady, with Robert Mathis on the other side. Mathis had 19.5 sacks in the regular season, and has sacked Brady five times in seven games.
“And like I said, it all starts with Robert Mathis and being the defensive player of the year, basically, 19.5 sacks, he kind of wreaks a lot of havoc,” Brady said. “We’ve got to be able to figure out how to slow him down and then we’ve got to be really balanced on offense like we’ve been. We’ve got to run it, and when we throw, we’ve got to throw it good.”
Especially if they have the lead in the fourth quarter, since the guy Brady didn’t watch throws it good then too.
So which scenario do you prefer if the Colts win? A Luck vs Manning rematch in Denver or hosting the AFC title game?
Playing Denver we can beat them. The Chargers are another story and that's not factoring in that Pagano's brother is the DC there.
In the off chance we lose at least I can accept losing to Manning.
Rivers OTOH has always owned us.
I think Fleener and Rogers will have big days because their gonna try to shut down TY. We need to get Donald going for sure and maybe give Trent some short passes in open spaces. Hopefully the defense can get a decent amount of pressure on Brady all game, they did good vs KC.
Adam kicks the game winner.
It doesn't sound like many people are giving the Colts a chance against the Patriots. Exactly what we want.