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Nice article. #5 - I'm not sure if the future is bright, but I don't think it's bleak. Our OTs are pretty solid, Thorton, Thomas, and maybe Nixon could be decent. The question mark is obviously C. We don't know if Holmes is the answer. We all know Satele is not. I wonder if we'll go after Mack.
@Bobman1 Oh, and great stats on TY! I had no idea. Sure, the NFL has changed in the last 15 years or so, thanks in part to Manning (pre-Manning,.no QB had more than 3 consecutive 4,000 yard seasons--Manning has like a dozen, or something like that. Brees has hit 5,000 4 out of the last 6 years! Matt Stafford, of all guys.... oh, never mind), but those other guys (except Wayne) were generally the go-to guy with not much help. TY has done all this with Wayne producing well for 1.5 of those first two years. Much higher production than I realized. And hewasn't even the true 2 for most of that time (Avery, DHB)
A fun read, Lou, but you left out Mathis's strip sack? That was huge Man, I hope you don't run into him in a dark alley some day, while you're carrying a football, and wearing another team's jersey, and by dark alley I mean football field... oh never mind.
@smonroe I wonder if Travis Swanson will still be up for grabs when it gets to us in the second round ... could be a steal.
@Bobman1If you go back to the replay, the announcer practically called a Mathis strip-sack just before the play started...pretty cool considering how bad these announcers were (especially Mayock who said the Colts "were not built to come from behind"). To be honest, upon review, the D'Rick Rogers reception changed the tone of the game. Totally unexpected and brought the energy back into Lucas Oil Field.
@Bobman1 I was thinking about it, but ... sigh. Maybe I'm just used to Mathis at this point. The strip sack was just kinda expected (I think Andrew Luck even said that post-game).
We were having a discussion about that at my house, actually ... see, while on the surface, that was clearly the turning point of the game, two decisions changed the game's tone: taking out Toler for Josh Gordy, and forcing the ball to Brown. Mathis's sack was huge, but those changes turned the game around.
@Lou Pin I think Luck referred to it as his patented strip or something like that, yeah. It must have been agony to watch for KC fans because I was pretty clear what was going to happen for a couple seconds. I was yelling in my house "he's gonna get a strip, watch this..." and sure enough. I don't have the free time to dig into all of Brady's 40 sacks (who were his opponents, who were his receivers, early/late season, win/loss) but I suspect 98 and co will have their chances and if they succeed, good things will happen. Plus we'll get to see Brady sitting on the frozen turf screaming at the refs like a kid who just lost his lunch money and wants to kick somebody. That's always good theater.
@Bobman1 -- I really hope he ticks the refs off on Saturday, because I don't see calls going both ways otherwise. Maybe I'm biased, but after watching the refs give New England the game against Cleveland earlier this year ...