Bob Kravitz believes the Indianapolis Colts will name a new GM this week. Who? Predicting Jim Irsay isn't one of my strengths:no comments
According to Andrew Brandt the NFL Players Association says even if the Colts and Manning agree to move back the date on his option bonus it's not permissable:
Re questions about Manning/Colts moving back 3/8 date for $28 million option, NFLPA tells me "it can't happen." Complicated language.no comments
Advanced NFL Stats says that Mike Smith made the right call on two controversial 4th down calls. Needless to say they didn't like the choice of plays, but concluded he was right to go for it:
One thing to note is the way by which the Falcons attempted to convert. Both times, they lined up in a goal line-type formation and tried to sneak it up the gut with Matt Ryan. Both times, the Giants overloaded the middle, giving no ground or push to the Falcons' O-line. The goal line formation allows the Giants to focus on a very small space to cover. By spreading the field, Ryan would have more room to work with - especially on a potential QB sneak. The Falcons also could have tried a more risky attempt down the field, because this forces the Giants to cover more space. Either way, you gain an advantage over the defense by spreading them out.
Unfortunately, all that will be remembered of the 2011 season for the Falcons will be their failed 4th-down conversions, not the predominantly correct analysis by which Mike Smith came to his decisions.
While many have derided the Colts and crowned the "Patriots Way" winners in the NFL's version of the Cold War, it's becoming evident that the Patriots (and much of the league) are now playing the game the way the Colts have for more than a decade:
But even the Saints are merely a variation on the type. They, too, are built on a franchise quarterback – surrounding him with an array of weapons that would make the Pentagon blush. Their defense, too, is a paper tiger – an assemblage of talent that would have been mocked in the "defense wins championships" era of Doomsday Defenses, Steel Curtains, and Purple People Eaters.
That era is not yet wholly gone, but it is unrecognizable from even 10 years ago.
This season suggests that there are essentially two models for success in the National Football League: the Indianapolis Colts model and the Pittsburgh Steelers model.
The Colts model is the reality the league has created. By emphasizing offense at every turn – by making quarterbacks as precious a fabergé eggs and penalizing defensive backs for anything short of wearing strong cologne – the NFL has essentially changed the balance of power in the game. An elite quarterback can now unlock even the most dominating defenses.no comments
Whatever decision on Manning, one that will NOT happen: A trade. Irsay will never trade Manning. Release? That's medical issue, for now.
@JimIrsay - one of great follows in Twitterverse - wanted to reiterate that Colts won't trade #1 pick but wants a process on future QB.
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