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A comment on the readiness of the Colts football team from a roster perspective...
I don't buy into the whole missing x amount of players before being a contending team. As long as you got a QB who can win with the last drive of a game (whether its using the clock in a winning performance or rallying to a game winning FG or TD) youre set. The rest is just luxury. It sounded like you guys wanted the Colts to spend 5 first round draft picks on DE, OLB, C, G, and WR before being ready.
What's then the missing piece!? In my oppinion its JUST COACHING. And i don't mean game time decision, throwing the red flag, going for i on 4 and 2 (Bill Bilicheck...). Its offseason/between sundays team building, character building, (monster building), detail orientation, buying into to the system etc. that creates playoff teams! I believe now its time for Pagano, Manusky, and Hamilton to prove their craft.
If the Colts dont make it two the next level (winning playoff games), it will be on the coaches, not whether or not the Colts used a first round draft pick on a center or guard or whatever.
Just my oppinion,
Ohh man, I would bestow my NBA knowledge upon you all, proving once and for all, that pairing JR Smith, Metta and Bargnani on the same team isn't a good thing.
Had we traded away Luck and kept Peyton, Bill Polian would have made a "Monster" as Pagano puts it with all those picks he would have accumulated
OMG... do you know how RARE those guys are!?!?!?!?!
We aren't getting a player like Megatron, Fitzgerald, AJ Green, or Randy Moss anytime soon. Our best hope os to develop our guys.
BTW, I don't think this trade is any good for the Browns. They got a bad value for the 3rd overall pick from last year, and Richardson is so damn talented. He was the best player skill player on their offense and maybe on their team.
They gave up on him in order too tank. Destroyed their lockeroom, and took the most talented playmaker of the team that would help develop their new qb they hope to get in the next draft.
And is not like Richardson alone would take them out of the top-6 in the draft. So I think it's a bad move for them as well.
I think the offense is almost there, we just need a receiver for the future. The defense is the most troublesome with no real pass rush, a still leaky secondary, and a defensive line in need of youth
BTW, it's awesome that a Madden trade like this happens in the NFL. Moves liek this draw interest from the fans. The NFL should rig the rules to allow more moves like this more often.
As I kept saying yesterday and i'm not sure if you guys saw this, if the Browns were having a fire sale, we should have traded the 1st for Haden
HELLS YEAH! BP is still the man! I would welcome him back with open arms if they ever decided to rehire him
@RobertItoh Peyton is so good that he would have masked the flaws of this team and carry them to the playoffs. but we would still have the same issues with stopping the run, runing the ball, soft coverages etc. We would only have fresh playmakers.
@chewie_33 in what way?
It's a lot better to find answers at our defense than hope that a once in 5 years player falls into our laps.
The reason I didn't mention the offensive line is because I think all we need is Thorton to replace McGlynn and a replacement for Satelle which Holmes might be the answer
@Kyle Rodriguez i'll ask Derek.. :)
@Kyle Rodriguez NO! Opinion is FACT!.... at least thats what brad wells told me
@RobertItoh make it or break it
@Kyle Rodriguez REASONING IS WRONG!
@chewie_33 @GregC Really? Alfred Morris, 2012, 6th round; Leon Washington, 2006, 4th round; Domanick Williams, 2003, 4th round; Mike Anderson, 2000, 6th round. Not common, but not impossible, and that´s without examining undrafted players (LeGarrette Blount, 2010; Chris Ivory, 2010).
I recommend the lecture of https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/06/21/how-predictive-are-rookie-running-back-statistics/.
Sadly, it stops just the year before Richardson was drafted, but based on his YPC, he would have been in the 3rd tier. The whole article is a very good read, but when it concerns the 3rd tier runners, the conclusion is that of all the backs with more than 100 carries and less than a 4.0 YPC, only Matt Forte can be considered good (I´d argue Spiller also qualifies), but look at the rest of them. Some are decent, some are barely serviceable, none is a game-changer, regardless of draft position.