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Scott, what is your personal opinion about FO´s assertion today in the rankings that the offensive performance is not that different at the end of blow-out games than during close games, and that it´s thus a fallacy to completely dismiss Griffin´s second-half numbers?
The NFL East might set a new record for points allowed this season. Washington and Philly´s defenses are beyond putrid, and NY and Dallas are shabby.
I personally am not as against this trade as everyone seems to be. I mean yes, I understand we essentially drafted a RB with the 1st round pick (which I agree isn't good), and we don't know if it's worth it and there are so many other positions of more need. But I am excited about the talent TR brings to the Colts. I do think he will had another dimension to the offense.
My biggest problem is the statement Grigson made with this trade. I mean I'm all down with their stupid movement of "run and stop the run" or whatever, but to me that has always been just talk. IMO this trade makes the statement of how much they believe in that philosophy... and THAT worries me so much!
Basically Luck had to elevate to Peyton Manning level where he has to carry the defense on his back on their way to a 12-4 record for us to even have a shot at the SB
These people are on crack. The Colts almost lost against Oakland, and Richardson´s gonna send them to the Super Bowl?
Oh the one hand we have quite a talent, on the other it means we are losing a potential high first, we arent anywhere close to the SB, and I fear it means the ball will be less in Luck's hands
I hope that within the next year or so, I win the power ball at a jackpot of ~400 million dollars about 10 times so I may purchase the team and rectify everything
@mshah9008 I love this trade. Wait and see, It will really help the Colts. A lot of former players I've been watching on NFL Network and ESPN agree. I'm willing to come back here at the years end and eat crow if it ends up being a bad move. Question is, will the negative nancy's do the same??
@mshah9008 I'm not convinced Richardson is an elite talent
@mshah9008 BUT HE IS A HWS PLAYER!! AL DAVIS IS NEVER WRONG!
@Zachasaurus_Rex ARE THEY HANDING THEM OUT SOMEWHERE?
@BigBlackRichard @mshah9008 I've been here for a while now, and also posting as a reader at Coltzilla and 18 to 88 before this. I'm in for the long haul. So I'll be here, right or wrong. And I'll own up if I'm wrong; I've been owning up to being wrong about the 1998 Colts first round pick for over a decade now, as well as the drafting of Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. I'll eat crow happily if this turns out to be a great thing for the Colts.
Problem is, I'm having trouble seeing how I'm wrong. The passing game rules now, and the open question is whether Richardson will improve the rush to the point of adding wins. I'm worried about that because he actually **trails** Indy's two current backs in yards-per-attempt. Maybe that's because Cleveland is a really bad team, but it still worries me.
Anyway, I'd ask that any analysis of this trade takes the entire context of the team into consideration. It's entirely possible for Richardson to cause the running game to skyrocket, yet still hurt the team by limiting Luck. I've never heard of a 300 yard running back before. But I've seen plenty of 300 yard QB games. And furthermore, how much does losing the future draft pick affect a team that still needs holes filled (guard and center for one)? If T-Rich doesn't significantly add to Indy's rush production beyond what the current backs produce, then what was the use of giving up the draft pick? And heck, even if he *does*, is it still worth the draft pick?
I'll admit to being wrong if I'm wrong. Question is, how will we measure "wrong"? If he turns in multiple 100+ yard games at over 4 YPA, is it still a success if the Colts only go 8-8? Or how about if the team goes 6-10? The real measure is whether a player adds to the W/L column, and in a league like the NFL, adding to the run game doesn't necessarily do that. Wins correlate more strongly to the passing game than the rushing one, and he'd have to produce monster stats to significantly improve Indy's W/L record.
If I'm wrong, great. That means things worked out in my favorite team's favor. So in a weird way, I **hope** I'm wrong. But given what I've learned over the years, I'm having a hard time seeing how I'm wrong in this.
@GregC I wouldn't put him at like the Peterson level, but I do think he's a level above any of the ones the Colts have (including Vick). I'm not saying I love this trade... but I still think it's a good trade that will make a difference and will improve the offense.
I'm also more worried about the amount of Grigson trading... he wants to win now, which is great, but he's kinda putting the future at risk with that. So many of the Colts important players' deals will be up at the same year now, and we'll be in a pickle once those rookie contracts end.