As I was scouring the web yesterday and today, I came across several different pieces regarding the Colts that I felt needed to be addressed/passed on. However, none of them really necessitated an entire post, so I decided to start a new series. Occasionally, I'll be pulling this back, when there are multiple articles that I'd like to address. So, enjoy the first one of the series!
The Colts are awfully low in Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings for Week One. Not like it's against reason or anything, but seeing them ranked 30th overall is not what I'm used to. The offense and special teams were both an abysmal 31st in the league, while the defense finished at 22nd.
The Colts have announced their new security measures for home games. "The screening will include physical pat-down (above the waist as well as below the knees) and inspection of all items... In order to accommodate this security enhancement, guests are asked to arrive earlier than normal to avoid longer security lines at the checkpoints. Guests may refuse inspections; however, management reserves the right to refuse entry."
Several Colts make Pro Football Focus' "All-Had a Bad Day Team." Kerry Collins, Jeff Linkenbach, Antonio Johnson, and Gary Brackett all were "honored" with inclusion to the squad. For Collins, he was terrible, but can only get better with time to get acclimated with the offense. Linkenbach is not starter material; although I had high hopes for him coming into the season, he simply is not good enough to start. Johnson is a player who I've felt has been overrated for a couple of years now. I've got to agree with Bleacher Report's Collin McCollough:
Second thought of the day: I think 2011 is the last time we see Gary Brackett in a Colts uni, unless he re-negotiates. Business decision.
Angerer looks to be a fine replacement for Brackett, I'm not too worried.
Kerry Collins included in Paul Kuharsky's quarterback notes from Week One. Stats show Collins as being slightly worse against the blitz against Houston, but was terrible no matter how many rushers were sent at him. Kuharsky also notes that Collins was four for six on play action passes. Maybe we'll see a little more of that against Cleveland.
Will Carroll has Gary Brackett and Ernie Sims with Grade II shoulder and knee sprains, respectively. While Jim Irsay later tweeted that Brackett's injury was to his neck, the Colts' injury report still lists it as a shoulder, which coincides with Carroll's report. What does this mean for the Colts? Well, for Ernie Sims, a Grade II knee sprain generally means a 2-4 week recovery, according to Intellihealth:
In general, milder Grade I and Grade II MCL or LCL sprains heal within 2 to 4 weeks
Since Carroll tweeted earlier that Sims injury was to one of those collateral ligaments, the two to four-week expectation is not unreasonable. As for Brackett, the injury is a bit more complicated. The Grade II sprain will likely lessen in discomfort/pain in about two weeks, but Brackett could be unable to play for up to 6-8 weeks.
Colts.com posts the second part of the Polian Corner transcript.
"On the one hand, we have to do a much better job of stopping the kind of running that Houston did yesterday. That’s a specific type of running offense where they cut people on the line of scrimmage, where the back is looking at one particular defender and if that defender is knocked off his feet, the back just turns up and runs for that hole. There is no juking, there’s no dancing. It is a specific and well-coached running attack which frankly, in the last couple of years we’ve had a hard time with, no question about that."
Colts' fan Ben Savage analyzes five plays from Week One. Ben's been doing these analyses all preseason, and looks like he'll continue them into the regular season. They're a great read for any Colts' fan.
New Colts' blog Colts' Football Insider reports that the Colts have made David Garrard a one-year contract offer. The report says that several teams have made Garrard a one-year offer, and the short list of teams are now waiting for Garrard to make a decision. I haven't seen any hint of this anywhere else, and wouldn't put much stock in the rumor. Nevertheless, I'd encourage you to check out the blog, where Nick Ragsdale is doing a great job.
If you haven't already, read Kyle Mason's preview of Sunday's game. I know we're pimping our own here, but he did a great job of breaking it down.