There has been no discussion of a deadline push,n just like '98 with Manning/Leaf..u have 2 go thru a long,disciplined process of evaluationno comments
Find an hour on SiriusXM NFL Radio when you don't hear the words "any given Sunday" and you'll shock me. The idea the the NFL is somehow more balanced than other sports, giving every team a better chance to succeed is not necessarily true in recent years according to ESPN:
• Which sport has had more parity lately? It isn't even that close. Over the last six seasons, 36 of the NFL's 72 playoff teams repeated. That's 50 percent. But over in baseball, only 19 of 48 repeated. That's 39.6 percent.no comments
Because for all of Bill's quirks and deficiencies, he was and still is one of the greatest NFL team builders of all time. He did it before the salary cap in Buffalo, did it when the cap system was put in place with expansion Carolina and did it during the cap age here in Indianapolis.
He won, he won, he won.
He belongs in the Lucas Oil Stadium Ring of Honor, assuming he feels comfortable returning at some point.no comments
Jim Irsay set the Twitterverse afire by mentioning the CFL's Jim Popp. That leads me to ask, "Who is Jim Popp?" Turns out he's an American managing a Canadian team with serious street cred: lots of titles and more than a handful of players who moved up to the NFL.
His accomplishments are nonetheless already impressive holding the best overall record of any CFL general manager in the last 16 years leading the Alouettes to five consecutive seasons of 12 or more victories (1996-2000), becoming one of only three teams in CFL history to accomplish that feat. Of the three CFL coaches ever to win back-to-back Coach of the Year honours, two did so working under him (Don Matthews 1994-1995 and Charlie Taaffe 1999-2000).
He coached at the collegiate level for five seasons having evolved with the Citadel (1988-90) under Charlie Taaffe; North Carolina (1987) under Dick Crum; and Michigan State (1986) under George Perles. He played college football for three seasons at Michigan State (1983-85) under Perles, as a wide receiver and defensive back. His position coaches at Michigan State were Nick Saban (head coach at University of Alabama and former head coach of the Miami Dolphins) and Charlie Baggett (former assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins and now an assistant coach with the St. Louis Rams).no comments
The Houston Chronicle says Kubiak deserves some credit for winning in a season wrecked with injuries. They just neglected to mention the most important injury--Peyton Manning. Had the Colts won the AFC South again would Kubiak have a job?
Kubiak’s laid-back style and demeanor — criticized by many media and fans — has proved to be effective in a year in which best-laid plans have been shattered by major injuries. Thanks in part to that calm manner, what could have been a tumultuous year for the Texans has instead been the franchise’s best season to date.
In all sincerity, the Texans should be thrilled to get their first playoff victory. Texans fans can address their thank you cards to Mr. Manning now.no comments
Reggie Hayes has become one of the better writers covering the Colts. Hard to do when you're not in Indy, but he's earned my respect. His latest article is a headshaker however when he attempts to compare the Detroit Lions to the great Indianapolis Colts teams:
Like the Colts first built around Peyton Manning, the Lions have a young quarterback with a seemingly limitless future in Matthew Stafford. His numbers in this, the undisputed year of the quarterback (sans Peyton), were phenomenal: 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns. He's one of four quarterbacks in NFL history with 5,000 yards, joining Dan Marino and two other guys who did it this year in Brees and Brady.
I love your work Reggie, but comparing Stafford and Manning is like comparing Matt Ryan and Tom Brady or Cam Newton and Drew Brees. It's not even close despite what the rules-inflated passing numbers say.no comments
In this business I hear lots of guarantees including everyone whose brother/cousing/close friend works for/with/near the Colts. On occasion (more often that admitted) sports journalists offer the same kind of guarantees including this one from Chris Mortensen:
With the stunning dismissal of Bill Polian, the architect of the Colts' 11 playoff appearances, uncertainties remain over Peyton Manning's health and Jim Caldwell's future as coach, but sources say one thing is certain: Colts owner Jim Irsay plans to take Andrew Luck with the draft's first-round pick.no comments
It appears both Peyton Manning and the Colts are open to extending the deadline for his $28 million bonus in order to give the team more flexibility. Will that change the situation? Only time will tell.
"Both may be amenable to pushing back that March 8 date by which he's owed $28 million in the option bonus by the Indianapolis Colts," King said Saturday.
CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported back in December that the Colts would likely ask for an extension; it's good news for them that Manning's also interested in granting said extension. The Colts are also reportedly locked into taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, but pushing the deadline back on Manning may give them some flexibility there.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an NBC analyst, believes that Manning and Coach Jim Caldwell will return in 2012, and that the Colts will draft Luck anyway.
"I've know Jim Irsay for 10 years," Dungy said. "He's going to make these decisions with his heart as much as his head."
Thank goodness the Colts didn't ask the Jerry Jones for permission to speak to his GM. Rather they're interested in their assistant director of player personnel Tom Ciskowksi:
"Of course that's how it works. When people do a very good job they do get opportunities and Tom does an outstanding job of coordinating all of our scouts," Jones said on KRLD-FM. "He has a group of people, probably 30, who he basically coordinates of what we call pro scouting and college scouting and then we have our college scouts evaluate our pro teams as well as our own team. Tom does coordinate that and it's a big job. He answers directly to Stephen Jones, who is head of our personnel, and ultimately to me. He certainly should have the opportunity to advance and he may get a chance to advance with this interview."
Then again, seeing Jerry stalking the sidelines of the Luke would add some swagger.no comments
Attention all you Madden fans: 2012 was a bad year if you have a roster heavy with Colts players. Well, it wasn't horrible. It's not like Dallas Clark is suddenly a 70:
On Friday, the final roster update for the regular season goes live, and for the Colts, it's not a good one, as usual. There are 13 changes in player rating for the Colts and, unfortunately for them, nine of them are decreases. Many of them are significant, too. Guys like Dallas Clark and Ryan Diem find themselves dropping in rating. For a full list of changes for the Colts, make the jump.no comments