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Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: October 24, 2011 12:54 pm
 

So it's time for the Colts to blow things up? Really? Are you kidding me? 

That's the perception around the league after the Saints beat the Colts 62-7 Sunday night in an embarrassing loss.

Those who think that do know that Peyton Manning isn't playing, right? I've said for years that Manning makes the Colts. Without him, they are awful.

That's why it's foolish to think it's time to blow out coach Jim Caldwell. The guy deserves a pass for this season.

There are those who say Bill Polian and son Chris Polian haven't done a good job either, that the roster is depleted.

I ask this: How many teams would take the Colts defensive ends, receivers Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon, tight end Dallas Clark and safety Antoine Bethea? How about all of them?

The Colts were so Manning-centric that this is the result of that. It's not bad coaching. It's not bad personnel.

It's not having Manning.

I'm not sitting here saying Caldwell is Tony Dungy. I think his game-management leaves something to be desired at times, but he gets a pass for this season.

What did people expect?

---There's a ton of talk coming out of Chicago and Minnesota about how the Bears need to pay running backs Matt Forte big money to keep him, much like the Vikings did with Adrian Peterson and the Titans did with Chris Johnson. One word: Don't.  All off-season we heard about how it was time for the Titans to pay Johnson. So far, it's been a major disaster. Johnson hasn't come close to a 100-yard game. He had 18 yards on 10 carries against the Titans Sunday and was booed by the home crowd. In evaluating Johnson's games, the interior of the line hasn't played very well. There is a lot of penetration. But he also doesn't seem to be playing with the same pop. Forte is having a great season, and he's a big part of the Bears offense -- getting 145 yards rushing against the Bucs -- but is he worth a long-term deal like the one the Titans gave to Johnson and the Vikings gave Peterson? I love Peterson, and I think the Vikings had to pay him, but here's a guess the end of that deal won't be good for the Vikings. Backs wear down. You can find replacements. It's not a tough position to play. Anybody want to pay Chris Johnson now?

---Raiders coach Hue Jackson should be mad at Chiefs coach Todd Haley. Why was Matt Cassel throwing late with a 28-0 lead? Why was he in there at all? Jackson waved his finger at Cassel after the game, and he should have. What if Cassel got hurt on that final drive? Coaches need to think a little more in those situations.

---Is Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh a dirty player? That's a bit harsh, but he plays hard and does push the envelope. Suh also isn't having a great year. He's getting doubled a lot, but even when he isn't he's an up-the-field tackle who has been trapped on a lot of big runs. Teams are using his aggressive approach against him. Suh is good, but he can be better.

---I like Dolphins coach Tony Sparano. Nice guy. But his time is coming to an end. It's never good when a coach starts blaming the media, which Sparano did Sunday, basically stating the media is trying to split his team. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross didn't meet with Sparano after the loss to the Broncos, but he usually doesn't after losses. Ross did talk with former Florida coach Urban Meyer before the game. Meyer was in town as part of the celebration to honor the 2008 Florida Gators national championship team. Could Meyer be the next coach of the Dolphins? If so, he better get a new offensive system. The one he had at Florida couldn't work.  The last time the Dolphins plucked an SEC coach who had won a national title from the college ranks, it was Nick Saban. How'd that work out?

---Jets fans will take up raving about Plaxico Burress and his three touchdown catches. But all three came from inside 5 yards. That's what he can do. He's big and can make plays like that over smaller corners. But he can't run anymore. That's obvious.

---Big props to Matt Ryan for bouncing back from that ugly bend of his lower leg to lead the Falcons to a important victory at Detroit. Ryan is a tough guy. He made a huge throw on third down after coming back to the field following a trip to the locker room. I still think the Falcons play better when they go up-tempo. That's something that bears watching after their bye week.

---Dallas rookie running back DeMarco Murray: Proof you can always find good backs. Murray was the sixth back taken in the April draft. He ran for a team-record 253 yards against the Rams Sunday. He also had a 91-yard touchdown run. Murray looks like he will be a bigger part of the Cowboys offense moving forward.

---Does any team use the throw-back-across-the-filed pass better than the Texans? Teams might want to work on that when they get ready to play them. The Titans got hit by it twice Sunday.

---Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is now second on the all-time receptions list behind Jerry Rice. That's amazing. A tight end isn't supposed to catch that many passes. But Gonzalez now has 1,104 catches. Congrats to one of the game's greats.

---The Vikings have to be happy with what they saw from Christian Ponder in his first start Sunday against Green Bay. Yes, he made some mistakes. But he made some of those big-boy throws you want to see. I just have one question: What took so long?

---How much longer does Matt Hasselbeck have with the Titans? Could it soon be Jake Locker time?

---Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a passer rating of 146.5 against the Vikings. That means he's the first player in NFL history with a rating of 110 or more in each of his first seven starts to open a season. Can anybody stop the guy?

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

Are you friggin kidding me? Nobody ... NOBODY in the NFL is so bad that they get beat 62-7. That's called throwing the game.
The final score of Dan Marino's last NFL game was Jacksonville 62, Miami 7. I'm pretty sure the Dolphins didn't throw the game, seeing as how it was the AFC Divisional Playoffs.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

He had 18 yards on 10 carries against the Titans
For the love of God, why do the big name sports writers continuously confuse the Titans and the Texans?? Do you switch Chargers for Chiefs? Red Sox for Yankees? Oh I get it, one was a former Houston team and the other is a current Houston team. So you should confuse the Ravens and Colts then??

Chris Johnson would never be allowed to play for the Texans. Arrogant idiots like him aren't even allowed to try out. 



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

look the Saints would do the same if Brees goes out...So IMO Theirs only 4 Elite QB's.An the colts,packers,saints an the pats have one....so be thankful were not the other 28 fanbases who like to compare there scurb QB's to our ELITE QB's:-),the falcon fans swear Matt Ryan is better that Drew Brees,LMMFAO.The Colts will be back,an who cares if you get Andrew Luck colts fans all it will do is give you more WINNING FOOTBALL SEASON'S..Luck is the REAL DEAL




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

The Colts aren't that bad of a team. They are simply and blatantly throwing the season to win the Andrew Luck lottery.
Even the Dolphins and Ram have made some efforts to win games this year.
62 POINTS?!!!
Are you friggin kidding me? Nobody ... NOBODY in the NFL is so bad that they get beat 62-7. That's called throwing the game.
Tell you what, you lousy Colts Turds, let us all know how many points you're going to lose by each week so we can at least lay down some bets against the spread.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

Yeah, and im convinced the Dolphins are just trying to screw up. Their owner wants Luck so bad he's willing to lose on purpose. The Colts just suck so bad they don't have a choice.
That is just media hype that everyone is buying into.  Luck does not have to declare for the draft this year.  He is not guaranteed to be the next great franchise face.  He might even be used better as trade bait.  Did the Packers intentionally lose to get Rodgers?  Did the Colts intentionally lose to get Manning?  Did the Pats intentionally lose to get Brady?  Hell no. It's just not rational.  From an owners standpoint (money) nothing can be gained by losing because when you can't put butts in seats you lose more than games, you lose money.  The Dolphins just simply SUCK, they aren't pretending.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

The Pats did not make the playoffs that year.  They did go 11-5 though as you said, and that is often good for a division championship.  Your point is spot on though, and that is, the Pats didn't fall apart like a house of cards when Brady went down.  They went on to have a pretty good season.  The Colts performance this season completely changes Tony Dungy's legacy, at least in my book.  I'll never think that he had a whole lot to do with the year in and year out success of the Colts.  I believe this year nicely illustrates Manning's worth to that organization.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

Bill Polian DEFINITLY deserves some heat for how much this team has fallen off over the past 3 seasons. You even saw it last year with them barely getting to 10-6. The signs have been there for a while that the talent surrounding peyton, particularly along the OL, has gotten worse and worse. All of the players Priscoe listed (Clark, Freeney, Mathis, Bethea, Garcon), none of them are particularly young. Where are all of 1st and 2nd round round draft picks from the last 3 seasons? Why havent these guys stepped in as premiere players for the team?

And that's the heart of the problem. The Colts havent drafted well since Dungy left the team. I dunno if that's Polians' or Caldwells', but there's defintitly been a regression in the new talent thats coming into the team in recent years. That has to be fixed otherwise Peytons' last few years will be wasted on him going all out just to get the team into the playoffs.




Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

As you do every week on the predictions, you are wrong again, I think. The Colts do not need a coach. They need Manning. I believe we agree in this. Caldwell does not give anything to the team when Manning is in, Caldwell does not give anything to the team when Manning is out. This coach (is he a coach?) is the vivid representation of what a drone is. I always thought he would be fired when he made the Colts not to go for a perfect season, when he made the Colts lose in the playoffs. If Manning comes back, what is the reason for Caldwell to be there. Whether or not the next day the Colts win or lose, Caldwell has nothing to do with it (indeed, chances are the Colts will win). At any rate, a team like the Colts having Manning, does not need a coach. Helpers or assistant, yes. But not a coach. Put any person coaching the Colts, the best, if you will. It does not make any diference. Manning wil win, not the coach. Caldwell to me, besides having a very inexpressive, unpleasant face and a look like if he knows everything, should not have been ever coah of the Colts. It is incredible, but people like you Prisco, I am sure that if Manning comes back, therefore, Colts starts to win, you will continue to praise the coach, I mean Caldwell. Absurd.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

All Plaxico Burress can do is catch touchdowns.



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:19 am
 

Monday Musings: Slow down on blowing up the Colts

Seriously, have you seen the Dolphins play lately?






Yeah, and im convinced the Dolphins are just trying to screw up. Their owner wants Luck so bad he's willing to lose on purpose. The Colts just suck so bad they don't have a choice.    &nbs
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