"Indianapolis should have a young quarterback for the next 10 years (after the draft). Peyton Manning is coming back. If you have an elite quarterback, you have a chance every year. They have some issues on the offensive line they still need to fix, but they have a lot of offensive skill talent in place already. Jim Caldwell has done a good job with the offense. I don't think you can blame him for the problems they encountered this year. People forget — he was 14-2 his first year. Did he suddenly become a bad coach overnight?"no comments
Statistics don't lie. Bill Belichick hates losing so much he refuses to speak after it happens:
We started by looking at how long each of them is willing to stand in front of the podium. There's actually not much variation between the two; Belichick answers questions with an average of 72 words, whereas Brady's answers average 60 words. However, the difference in the two personalities becomes apparent when we split these averages up by wins and losses. Brady's answer length barely changes; after a win, his average response length is 59 words, as compared to 62 words following a loss. Belichick is quite a bit less eager to talk to the media after a defeat. Though he averages 82-word answers following a win, he cuts his responses to an average of 25 words after a loss, less than one-third of his post-victory average.no comments
There are some significant differences between these two CAVOA/dollar models. Earlier draft picks are much more efficient under the 2011 CBA than in previous years. Efficiency starts higher and peaks later in the draft. However, the new CBA makes late round draft picks much less efficient. This change is great for teams, as they are better able to invest significant money in top draft picks without sacrificing as much efficiency as they had to before. While teams should love this change, future early round draft picks lost a lot of money because of the rookie wage scale. All in all, the league accomplished its goal of making rookie contracts more efficient.no comments
A third version of Rodgers' "Discount Double-Take" commercials will appear this weekend. Formally known as "State of Imitation," the ads feature Rodgers as the straight man, first against actors and then Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji. The latest version, embedded below, includes linebacker Clay Matthews.
"That being said, being compared to Peyton, that's a high compliment because I think he’s hilarious and I think his ads have been incredible. 'Saturday Night Live,' which has shown some interest in me doing it, his performance was incredible I thought on 'Saturday Night Live.' Tough to match."
1. The Jets' hiring of Tony Sparano tells me they're not thinking seriously about Peyton Manning. Sparano is a run-oriented coach and it would make no sense to put a healthy Manning (big if) into that type of offense. In four years as the Dolphins' coach, Sparano's pass ratio never exceeded 57 percent in any season. It would be a bad marriage, and it's hard to imagine Manning wanting to play in that style. Of course, the Jets have been known to make illogical moves and, because owner Woody Johnson is a star chaser, I wouldn't rule it out.no comments
Get your thumbs ready! The Madden Bowl is coming to Indianapolis as part of the Super Bowl festivities:
Last night, though, I realized something while playing on my Xbox that once again made this whole spectacle pretty damn cool: EA Sports’ Madden Bowl XVIII is coming to town.
On Feb. 2 at the Bud Light Hotel (i.e. the the soon-to-be temporarily-former Hampton Inn at 105 S. Meridian St.), NFL players and celebrities will take part in a ‘Madden NFL 12′ competition for not only an ego boost but also a big trophy and acknowledgement in the next Madden game.no comments
Knitting and the Super Bowl aren't exactly birds of a feather, but this year's 8,000 volunteers will be decked out in hand-made scarves in Colts colors:
Super Bowl XLVI will be Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. Last year, Super Bowl organizers asked knitters from around the world to knit blue and white scarves for the event’s 8,000 volunteers.
Five members of St. Cloud Knitters, a group of knitters, made seven scarves for the volunteer project. Overall, 12,494 handmade scarves have been donated, according to the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.no comments
#JimCaldwell will be retained as Head Coach of the #Indianapolis #Colts. Official announcement to come within 4 days.
Trust me, it's never a compliment to be compared to the Colts in Boston. As you can expect the Boston Herald doesn't think highly of our beloved Colts:
Have they devolved into nothing more than the Indianapolis Colts, a great offensive show that continuously falls short? All flash, no substance?no comments
Once upon a time Tony Dungy thought Tim Tebow would look good in horseshoes. Naptown's Finest imagines what that would have looked like:
My guess is that Tebow would have been given a much longer leash than Painter around town and on West 56th street. He was a celebrated college football hero, and his strong religious underpinnings would have been a huge plus for many Hoosiers. I can’t speak to the fervor of Colorado residents, but Indiana is covered by a very cozy Bible Blanket, and Tebow’s faith would have likely been applauded and embraced.no comments