Category:NFL
Posted on: September 22, 2009 2:47 pm
 

Cirknick's Week 2 Power Rankings

1.  New York Giants (2-0) - The Giants big question mark going into the season was at WR.  Who was Eli Manning going to throw to without Plaxico Burress?  All Manning's has done to silence his critics is throw for 586 yards and 3 TD's in his first two games, and find two WR's averaging over 100 yards per game in Steve Smith and Mario Manningham.  Add that to the best offensive and defensive lines in the game and you have your clear cut number 1 team, simple as that.

2.  Baltimore Ravens (2-0) - All the talk about San Diego handing the ball to Darren Sproles with the game on the line overlooks one simple fact:  Ray Lewis is just that good.  The defense denied the Chargers a TD on each of their 5 red-zone visits...that is championship football.  Joe Flacco is proving more and more with each game that he is the real thing at QB.

3.  Atlanta Falcons (2-0) - New TE Tony Gonzalez is, in case you missed it when I said it last week, the single best offseason pickup any team had this year.  In his first two games, he already has 12 catches for 144 yards, 2 TD's, but most importantly, 9 first downs.  And, oh ya, that Matt Ryan guy?  Passer rating of 108.5 thus far into the season.

4.  New Orleans Saints (2-0) - 93 points of offense in two games.  That's intense.  Drew Brees might be the best free agent signing of all time.  This team could be even higher than this, as their defense has also been impressive, including a league leading 3 INT's by Darren Sharper, but the teams they've played are holding me back from giving the defense too much props.  Beating up on a team like Detroit and a team with a backup QB makes it hard to judge how good that defense really is.  Still, this is easily the best offense in the NFL.

5.  New York Jets (2-0) - Both victories have been very impressive.  This might be a little high, a little fast for them, but the defense has been phenomenal and Mark Sanchez has been incredibly efficient.  They dominated a Houston team that most people thought could be a surprise playoff team this year, and then backed up their big talk by upsetting a perennial AFC favorite New England Team.  They are showing that last season's success (until the final few games) was not simply Brett Favre carrying them on his shoulders.  This is a very good team, and Rex Ryan has them focused.

6.  Minnesota Vikings (2-0) - Speaking of Brett Favre, he's showing that he doesn't need to make his signature risky throws to be effective.  He is third in the league with a passer rating of 110.2 (only 0.1 out of a tie for second).  Admittedly, this team was a little low in last week’s rankings.  My apologies to the state of Minnesota.  Still, it will be hard to move up much farther until they start playing some real teams.

7.  Indianapolis Colts (2-0) - Overrated?  Or are they just rated so highly because they do just what they can to squeak by and pull out close wins against teams like Jacksonville and Miami?  The defense is very, very concerning.  The running game needs to be much better to keep the defense off the field, seeing as they can't get off the field on their own.  You have to wonder if Indy is playing the right defensive scheme for their personnel.  Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are pure speed pass rushers, and the majority of their DT's are hybrid DE's...did someone say 3-4?

8.  Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) - The defending champs fall to a Chicago team that looked simply poor last week.  Not good.  The Steelers have yet to show they are able to run the ball.  Not good.  Still, the defense and QB are among the top in the league.  This team just needs to start doing what they do best:  pound the ball!

9.  San Francisco 49ers (2-0) - Frank Gore is a beast.  246 total yards is going to win a lot of games when you have a defense that is playing great and a QB who isn't making mistakes.  This is not an explosive offense aside from Gore's huge runs, but they are the type of team that can grind you down and simply out-physical you.

10.  Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) - This team looked great in Week 1, and not so great in Week 2.  The difference:  Donovan McNabb.  They need him back as soon as possible.  It's honestly as simple as that.  With him, they are a top 5 team in the NFL.  Without him, they are on the fringe of the playoffs, likely out.

11.  Arizona Cardinals (1-1) - Bounce back week against a weak Jacksonville team.  The defense held the Jags to 3 points for the first 43.5 minutes.  Kurt Warner and the offense are looking more in sync than the San Francisco game.

12.  Green Bay Packers (1-1) - On the flip side of my statement about the Vikings, this team was admittedly a bit too low last week.  How does the O-Line let Aaron Rodgers get sacked 6 times in one game?  Pathetic.  Greg Jennings, after my high praise last week, goes without a catch.  Don't expect that to happen again anytime soon.

13.  San Diego Chargers (1-1) - Lost to a fantastic Baltimore team, but last week almost lost to a not fantastic Oakland team.  I'm sure you've all heard the "why wouldn't you put the ball in Philip Rivers' hands when the game is on the line" argument circulating the media this weekend.  Maybe it’s the 150 combined rushing a receiving yards that Darren Sproles had all game.  Still proved to be the wrong move, however.

14.  Dallas Cowboys (1-1) - Solid Running game, but Tony Romo takes a big step back from his big day in Tampa by throwing 3 interceptions.  This is the first team I have moving up despite losing.  This is simply because they played very tough against the Giants, so I'll give them a little pat on the back.  Plus, I believe they are better than every team listed below them, which makes it the right ranking anyways.

15.  New England Patriots (1-1) - If not for Leodis McKelvin, this team is 0-2.  I'm sure they'll bounce back, but right now they simply don't look like themselves.

16.  Buffalo Bills (1-1) - If not for Leodis McKelvin, this team is 2-0.  Trent Edwards has started out nicely, fifth in the league in passer rating.  Fred Jackson is making everyone in Buffalo ask "Marshawn Who?"  He's showing no signs of letting up, which is good news for the Bills.

17.  Denver Broncos (2-0) - An undefeated team ranked in the bottom half of the league.  Fair?  Probably not.  Still, this team needed a miracle to win their first game, and the beat up on a terrible Cleveland team.  The bright spot?  Kyle Orton's 90.9 passer rating, compared to Jay Cutler's 71.5.

18.  Chicago Bears (1-1) - Yes, they beat the defending champs.  Yes, that should put them higher on the list than 18.  But they just can't run the ball all of the sudden, and when winter hits in Chicago, passing isn't going to be much of an option for this team.  Matt Forte needs to step it up if this team is going to be successful.

19.  Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) - Maybe Pete Prisco wants to take his mulligan back now.  Overshadowed by Antwan Odom's 5 sack performance is rookie Rey Maualuga, with a sack and two forced fumbles himself.  Carson Palmer has more interceptions than touchdowns on the year...

20.  Oakland Raiders (1-1) - This team could be 2-0 had they been able to pull it off against the Chargers last Monday night.  Still, winning by 3 points against Kansas City isn't my idea of impressive.

21.  Tennessee Titans (0-2) - I eat my words.  There IS a way the Titans start the season 0-2.  Chris Johnson does his best to save the day with 285 total yards and 3 TD's, but it's not enough.  The WR's were invisible.

22.  Houston Texans (1-1) - They shocked the team above them, meaning they should be ranked above them, right?  No.  This was a close game, but last week Tennessee held tough against the defending champs and Houston got spanked by the Jets.  Matt Schaub looked like most expected him to this season, with over 350 yards, 4 TD's, and no interceptions.  Keep that up and Steve Slaton might not even have to start rushing the ball, which he hasn't done yet this season.

23.  Seattle Seahawks (1-1) - Last week they beat up on a very bad St. Louis team.  This week they lose their starting QB, have a virtually nonexistent running game, and lose to a 49ers team that looks pretty good thus far in the young season.  They need Matt Hasselbeck healthy to be successful.  Without him, they'll be drafting in the top 5 for the second straight year.

24.  Washington Redskins (1-1) - How do you not score a TD against St. Louis?  The Redskins are lucky to escape with a win.  Not a good sign.

25.  Miami Dolphins (0-2) - I'd love to have this team ranked higher, especially after they looked pretty good against the Colts.  But they still just aren't able to find a way to win.  The schedule doesn't get any easier next week, travelling across the country to play the Chargers in San Diego.

26.  Carolina Panthers (0-2) - You hung tough with a very good Falcons team.  Great.  You still haven't won yet.  At least your QB only threw one interception this week.  Seriously though, the offense did look pretty good with Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams topping 100 total yards each.

27.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) - 13 penalties and a running game that simply didn't show up.  The defense has given up 583 passing yards and 5 passing TD's.  Fantasy Owners take note:  Eli Manning is next week's "Start of the Week."

28.  Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) - After pushing the Colts up to the end of the game, they got walked on by Arizona.  The offense played decent, the defense did not.

29.  Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) - These last 4 teams are really pathetic.  Just not good at all.  Let's try to point out the positives...They hung tough with Oakland I guess.  They got their supposed franchise QB back, although he threw a pair of interceptions.  Larry Johnson rushed for 78 yards...on 24 carries.

30.  Cleveland Browns (0-2) - 6 points against Denver's defense.  6.  0 TD's.  They only had one last week and that was in garbage minutes.  This team is going nowhere fast.

31.  St. Louis Rams (0-2) - Steven Jackson tops 100 yards, and the defense holds Washington to 9 points.  Any other team in the league would have won that game.

32.  Detroit Lions (0-2) - 19 straight and counting.  If they would just win a game they would jump up this list, as I think they are talent-wise a much better team than the Chiefs, Browns, or Rams by a long shot.  Still...19 straight regular season losses.  Can't move you up from the bottom knowing that.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 15, 2009 5:27 pm
 

Cirknick's Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) - Defending Champs always remain number 1 until someone knocks them off.  Plus, they deserve it.  Ben Roethlisberger throws for 363 yards against a defense that gave up only two 300 yard passers last season (Big Ben and Aaron Rodgers).  The defense held the normally explosive RB tandem of Chris Johnson and LenDale White to 85 yards rushing.  Say what you will about the NFL's OT rules (college is far better), but the Steelers are the clear cut number 1 team right now.

2.  Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) - Absolutely manhandled a Carolina team that went to the playoffs last year and looked to be pretty solid this year.  The fate of Donovan McNabb is a definite concern.  Can Kevin Kolb lead this team?  How quick can Jeff Garcia re-learn the playbook?  What impact will Michael Vick have upon his return?  Less than 300 yards of offense is a concern, but 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and a punt return TD make for a pretty short field.  Defense only gave up 224 yards.  Big numbers:  38-10 Philly.  End of story.

3.  New York Giants (1-0) - Right there with Philly atop the toughest division in pro football.  Eli Manning completes 20-29 for 256 yards without a clear number 1 WR.  Two takeaways and a TD from Osi Umenyiora in his opener.  Ahmad Bradshaw stepped up to fill Derrick Ward's shoes with 71 total yards.

4.  Atlanta Falcons (1-0) - Defeated Miami in the "Battle of Last Year's Surprise Playoff Teams".  The difference:  Atlanta is here to stay.  The Defense forces four turnovers and Matt Ryan throws for 2 TD's.  Tony Gonzalez is the offseason's best offseason acquisition.  Jason Elam's missed extra point is a fluke from one of the NFL's all time best kickers.

5.  Green Bay Packers (1-0) - Topped division rival Chicago in decisive fashion.  The new 3-4 defense kept Jay Cutler from looking like the Denver version we've come to know over the past two years.  Jordy Nelson looked pretty good on kick and punt returns.  Greg Jennings proves to be Aaron Rodgers most reliable target once again.  The offensive line needs to do a better job blocking, especially backed up in their own end zone.  That safety was inexcusable.

6.  New Orleans Saints (1-0) - Looked great manhandling a terrible Detroit team.  Drew Brees:  358 yards, 6 TD's.  Defense picks off Matt Stafford three times, but still gives up 20 points to their pathetic offense (7 came from the Detroit Defense).  That needs to change.  It's not every week you get to play against a defense as bad as Detroit's, so you need to tighten up that defense.

7.  Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - Joe Flacco.  Joe Flacco.  Joe Flacco.  307 yards, 3 TD's.  Ray Rice shows us why he was so hyped during the offseason with 108 rushing yards, and Willis McGahee says "don't forget about me" with 75 total yards of his own.  The defense gives up 24 points to a bad Kansas City team playing without their starting QB.  Concerned?

8.  New England Patriots (1-0) - The first of three AFC teams that in years past are often top 3.  All three struggled to win against bad teams, especially New England.  If not for Leodis McKelvin's ego in taking the kickoff out from the endzone, the Patriots would have lost.  Buffalo had absolutely no problems running the ball against the Patriots D, and could have easily run out the clock and escaped with a huge upset.  Instead, McKelvin serves Tom Brady a victory up on a huge silver platter, and the headlines read "Brady overcomes 11 point deficit in 4th quarter."  Yes, he did, but he shouldn't have had the opportunity.

9.  Indianapolis Colts (1-0) - As a Colts fan, I would LOVE to put them above the Patriots, especially after the Pats did everything they could to lose to Buffalo.  However, the pathetic showing they offered up against Jacksonville simply will not let me.  The loss of Anthony Gonzalez is huge.  Sure, Peyton Manning still threw for 301 yards, and Reggie Wayne put up 163, but there is no way they can keep that up for weeks on end.  After Dallas Clark, there is a severe lack of depth at WR and TE.  Do we see the return of Marvin Harrison?  I say no.  The team wanted him to stay in the offseason, but Harrison couldn't stomach taking a pay cut.  Why would he do so now?  And if he were willing to, why hasn't he signed anywhere else?  The defense should be even better with the return of Ed Johnson next week and Bob Sanders in the weeks to come.

10.  San Diego Chargers (1-0) - Needing a last second TD to win against a team like Oakland is never a good sign when you're supposed to be the "clear cut" top of your division.  The running game is a huge question mark here.  78 yards between LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles isn't even close to being good enough.  Vincent Jackson is one of the most underrated WR's in the game.  Period.

11.  Tennessee Titans (0-1) - How far do you drop when you're an elite team that loses its season opener to the defending champs in overtime?  The Answer:  Out of the top ten.  The Pass defense that was so good last season gave up 363 yards to Big Ben.  On the flip side, they looked like they won't miss Albert Haynesworth too badly as they held the Steelers to 36 total rushing yards.  Could Kenny Britt and Justin Gage be the answer in the passing game?  I don't know.  They might be more of just stopgaps, especially Gage.  Regardless, 163 yards between them is impressive.

12.  Minnesota Vikings (1-0) - Brett who?  Adrian Peterson steals the show easily.  Note to Vikings training staff:  give Peterson IV fluids EVERY halftime this year.  He simply took over the game in the second half, amassing 180 rushing and 3 TD's.  As for his 64 yard TD run in the 4th quarter, are you kidding me?  Wow.  If he can stay healthy through the majority of his career, he could easily end up as the best RB of all time.  Ya, I said it.

13.  Seattle Seahawks (1-0) - A defensive shutout, a 117 yard rusher, and a 279 yard passer:  not bad for a team that finished 4-12 last year.  Julius Jones looked great.  Edgerrin James was a different story.  Matt Hasselbeck's 2 interceptions are a concern moving forward.

14.  New York Jets (1-0) - Probably the biggest upset of the week (again, another award given to a different team by Leodis McKelvin...thanks buddy).  Is Mark Sanchez this year's Matt Ryan/Joe Flacco?  Maybe.  As a rookie, all three joined teams that had a pretty good supporting cast (unlike rookie Matt Stafford in Detroit).  Sanchez should be very happy to be the second best QB in the draft.

15.  Dallas Cowboys (1-0) - How can the Cowboys be this low?  Tony Romo throws for 353 yards, 3 TD's, and 0 interceptions.  Yes, but those 3 TD's came on plays of 80, 66, and 42 yards.  Take those away and Romo was 13-24 for 165 yards.  Not bad, but not superstar level like many believe either.  Add to that a defense that fails to sack extremely anti-mobile QB Byron Leftwich and gave up 450 yards and 21 points to a not-so-good offense, and I have reason for concern.

16.  San Francisco 49ers (1-0) - You upset the defending NFC champs.  Great.  However, 230 yards of offense is simply not enough, especially only 21 on the ground.  This is supposed to be a power rushing offense.  Where is the run?  Frank Gore needs to show up.

17.  Arizona Cardinals (0-1) - Despite being considered an elite team by me in the preseason, the Cardinals fall to the top spot in the bottom 16 by losing to the 49ers.  Their once potent offense is stymied by the 49er defense:  328 yards of total offense may be only 38 less than they averaged last season, but they came away with only 16 points to show for it, or two TD's less than they averaged last season.  That is a major problem.  Whenever a RB leads your team in receiving yards, it's probably not a good sign.

18.  Denver Broncos (1-0) - The defense looked good, intercepting Carson Palmer twice while giving up only one TD.  The offense was another story.  Aside from the lucky game winner of 87 yards, the Broncos managed only 231 yards of offense, 156 passing.  Josh McDaniels should realize that to run his offense, he needs a good QB, which is not Kyle Orton.  Orton is a good game manager and efficient passer, but is not the kind of QB for a McDaniels style offense.

19.  Buffalo Bills (0-1) - This team had the biggest upset of the week wrapped up.  Leodis McKelvin had other ideas.  His fumble set up the Pats with incredibly good field position with plenty of time left when there was no reason to take the ball out of the endzone at all.  Fred Jackson looked fantastic with 140 total yards, and Trent Edwards looked poised until the final drive when he was sacked twice.  The offensive play calling and poor blocking was unacceptable in the final 50 odd seconds.  Still, the Bills showed they are better than most thought.

20.  Oakland Raiders (0-1) - The tandem of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush looks like the start of a pretty good one, with 123 rushing yards between them against a tough San Diego Defense.  JaMarcus Russell can't afford to throw 2 interceptions in a game if this team is going to start winning.  Where was number seven overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey?  Richard Seymour will be a huge boost to this very underrated defense.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) - Had it not been for last second Brandon Stokley magic, this team would have won a very unimpressive performance.  Chad Ochocinco's counterparts were almost non-existent, with Laverneous Coles and Chris Henry each catching only one pass.  Carson Palmer cannot afford to throw two interceptions.  This could easily be Marvin Lewis's last year in Ohio.

22.  Chicago Bears (0-1) - Poor across the board.  Jay Cutler throws 4 interceptions in his Bears debut.  Two more should have been intercepted as they hit the defender right in the hands.  Matt Forte rushes for 55 yards on 25 attempts, an abysmal 2.2 yards per carry.  Plus, the Defense loses its heart in Brian Urlacher, out for the season with a wrist injury.  This team needs to run the ball better, because without the play action, Cutler will continue to struggle getting the ball in the hands of a poor group of WR's.

23.  Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) - While most expected them to get blown out by the Colts, they hung tough and kept the game winnable the whole time.  Maurice Jones-Drew simply is this team's offense.  MJD:  123 total yards.  Rest of team:  113 total yards.  Someone else needs to step up.

24.  Washington Redskins (0-1) - Hung tough with division rival NYG.  Antwaan Randle El burst out of nowhere to total 98 yards and 7 receptions...what?  If the rest of this receiving corps can follow suit, perhaps Jason Campbell can start to live up to his promise.

25.  Cleveland Browns (0-1) - Outplayed the Vikings in the first half and held a dehydrated Adrian Peterson to just one yard in the second quarter.  Nice.  Fell apart in the second half though.  Braylon Edwards continued off of his disappointing 2008 season with a single catch for 12 yards.  Jamal Lewis looked pretty good running against the best tandem of DT's in the game today.  The offense finally scored a TD, although it was in garbage minutes.

26.  Carolina Panthers (0-1) - Man did I expect big things out of this team this year!  And man am I disappointed.  7 turnovers, one for a TD, is just pathetic.  When your starting QB gives up 5 of those turnovers, it's time to see what your backup is made of.  Not just for the rest of the game, but for the season.  This team will take a huge step back this year, and will likely be the landing spot for Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, or Jevan Snead this spring.

27.  Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) - Pretty impressive whenever you can hang 24 points on the Baltimore defense.  Even more so when you do it with your backup QB.  What's not impressive is giving up 38 points and 505 yards of offense to a team that isn't known to score many points.  This defense needs a lot of work.

28.  Miami Dolphins (0-1) - 272 yards of total offense.  7 points.  4 turnovers.  Just not good enough on any level.  Ronnie Brown tried to put a positive spin on things, saying "to still have opportunities to win the game was good."  If by 'having opportunities to win', you mean 'waiting to score your first points until the 4th quarter when you're already down by 19', then ya, I'd call that a pretty accurate assessment Ronnie.

29.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) - Michael Clayton had a couple of nice catches, and Cadillac Williams looked like he has hopefully returned to form.  Derrick Ward spelled him nicely.  That about all I have to say here.  The defense simply can't afford to give up that many huge plays.

30.  Houston Texans (0-1) - What a disappointment.  Widely considered a breakout candidate this year, the Texans instead bellyflopped to the tune of 24-7...to a rookie QB starting his first game.  The offense barely breaks 200 yards.  Two takeaways on defense, yes, but no sacks on the rookie Mark Sanchez.  Don't look for it to get easier next week, playing at Tennessee, a team coming off a tough loss, and one I would almost guarantee will NOT start 0-2.

31.  St. Louis Rams (0-1) - Oh how I would love to rank a team that gets shut out at 32.  Lucky for the Rams, Detroit is still here.  Great game by James Laurinaitas.  Terrible game by pretty much everyone else.

32.  Detroit Lions (0-1) - Congratulations!  You put up 27 points on New Orleans!  You also gave up 45.  And your rookie QB gave up 3 interceptions.  Still, most of the time this would put you above a team that scored 0 points last week, but when you've lost 18 regular season games straight, it does not.  The Lions do not move up until they win a game.
Category: NFL
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:06 pm
 

Jay Cutler Traded: Good for the Broncos!

Chicago gets:  Jay Cutler

Denver gets:  Kyle Orton, 2009 1st and 3rd round draft picks (number 18 and 84), and a 2010 1st round pick.


Honestly, I think the Broncos got a fantastic deal out of this.  Yes, Jay Cutler is a good QB, with potential to be great.  But after seeing the way he reacted, I don't know.  A real professional would man up and say "I'll prove to these guys that they shouldn't have even listened to trade offers for me, especially for Matt Cassel", but not Cutler.

Seriously, with the offense the Broncos have in place, I think Kyle Orton will be more than solid for a few years while they groom someone to take over for him.  I DON'T think they have to take a QB in the first round this year, or next year to be honest.  I think they can get away with a 2nd or 3rd round guy this year or next year and let him learn the system and develop while Orton plays.  He was solid in Chicago before he got hurt this year, and that was without really anyone to throw to.  In Denver, he's got Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, and newly signed Jabar Gaffney, all SIGNIFICANTLY better than he had in Chicago.  With the rushing platoon Denver has recently signed (ie Correll Buckhalter, LaMont Jordan, J.J. Arrington to go along with Selvin Young and Ryan Torain), I'd watch for the 5 day one picks the Broncos have to be spent primarily on defense.

Give it a year or two, this Broncos team will be looking back on this trade and smiling.  They're going to end up getting 4 guys who, if the draft well, will start for them for many years to come (ok, maybe Orton will only be a few years, but still).

Good Trade Denver!

 

 

 

Posted on: March 5, 2009 6:33 pm
 

Look for the Colts to trade out of the 1st Round

First, the Colts are known for trading down to find talent while picking up later draft picks (where they've had very good luck as well).  Second, I'm of the mind that DT is our most pressing issue.  Look at the prospects:  B.J. Raji will be gone, and Peria Jerry likely will be as well.  The next 5-6 guys, to me at least, are pretty even in terms of talent.  Does anyone really see a big gap, talentwise, between Evander Hood, Sen'Derrick Marks, Ron Brace, Fili Moala, and Alex Magee?  I don't, and I guarantee at least one of them will be available to us with OUR second round pick.  Meaning that even if we do trade out of the first round and into the early second, we wouldn't necessarily have to go DT with the first pick.  We could trade down and grab a WR like Hakeem Nicks or Darrius Heyword-Bey, or an OLB of some sort (although I'm honestly not sold on any besides Aaron Curry).

Anyways, my point is that if Peria Jerry is gone by the time the Colts are on the clock, I believe we will trade down into the early second round.  That said, I haven't "drank the Kool-Aid" on Jerry either, so I would still be hoping for us to trade out of that spot, although that seems unlikely.

Category: NFL
Tags: Colts
 
Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:31 pm
 

Early look at possible Colts draft targets

Well, I know it's way early, but I though I would take a look at potential ways the Colts could go in the draft.

Most mock drafts out there have the Colts taking Peria Jerry, DT out of Ole Miss in the first round, which would be ok.  The Colts have struggled mightily against the run for years, and new defensive coordinator Larry Coyer will likely want to add some significant bulk at DT to help this.  However, I personally don't believe there is that much difference, talentwise, between Jerry and some other DT's projected as 2nd and 3rd rounders.  Guys like Ziggy Hood, Sen'Derrick Marks, and Fili Moala are all guys who I think would be great fits for the Colts at DT, and are all guys who are taken in the late second to late third rounds in most mock drafts I've seen.

If the Colts were to go that route and try to grab one or maybe even two of those guys in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, my guess is that WR would be the position they addressed in the first round, because Marvin Harrison (if he doesn't retire) is looking an awful lot like a cap casulty, sadly.  One mock draft I saw really intreagued me as it had the Colts passing up on Jerry and selecting Percy Harvin, WR out of Florida, which I think would be great!  What better way to replace the playmaking of Marvin than with the explosiveness of Harvin?  His versitility (he can play both WR and RB) would help spice up an offense that became all too predictable last season.  Plus he would help to shore up our severly lacking kick return department.

Finally, I have to put in my plug (as most regular Colt's board posters know) about Nate Swift out of Nebraska.  I finally found a good profile of him, here it is, enjoy:  http://cdsdraft.com/profile.php?id=2485

Thanks for reading!

Posted on: September 9, 2008 4:47 pm
 

The Pats are NOT Done!

The Patriots are not done!  And this is coming from a die-hard Colts fan.  Sure, Tom Brady going down may knock the Pats out of the 'elite' group in the AFC, but, at least in my opinion, they should still win their division.  They no longer have the best QB in their division (obviously Brett Favre, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Matt Cassel surpass either Trent Edwards or Chad Pennington), but they are still arguably the best in their division at every other position (RB may go to the Dolphins if Ronnie Brown is healthy, OL could end up with the Jets if all the new pieces mesh well, and LB is debatable between many teams but i still give the edge to the Pats here).  Peyton Manning is not the Colts, Tom Brady is not the Patriots.  Obviously, being the 2 greatest QB's in the game today, they are HUGE parts of their team, and would/will be sorely missed.  But the QB position isn't the only thing that makes either team great.

So don't try and tell me that a team with Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Laurence Maroney, a great OL, and a top 10 defense isn't going to compete for the playoffs, even with a backup QB at the helm.  Especially when there is a brilliant (albeit total d-bag) coach running the show.  The Pats are still very much alive.

Posted on: August 4, 2008 10:29 am
 

The All Time Colts Team Needs a Bench!

well, here we are...4 votes for qb:  2 for manning, 2 for unitas.  so its up to me to tiebreak, and honestly, i can't vote for anyone but unitas, who, IMHO is the greatest QB of all time for any team, not just the Colts.  as such, the final roster (starters only though) stands as:

All Time Colts Team:
Offense:
QB - Johnny Unitas
RB - Edgerrin James
WR - Marvin Harrison
WR - Raymond Barry
TE - John Mackey
TE/FB - Ken Dilger
RT - Jim Parker
RG - Alex Sandusky
C - Ray Donaldson
LG - Robert Pratt
LT - Tarik Glenn

Defense:
DE - Dwight Freeney
DT - Art Donovan
DT - Tony Siragusa
DE - Gino Marchetti
OLB - Duane Bickett
MLB - Jeff Herrod
OLB - Mike Curtis
CB - Eugene Daniel
CB - Bobby Boyd
S - Bob Sanders
S - Rick Volk

K - Mike Vanderjagt
P - Rohn Stark
KR - Clarence Verdin

its been fun my friends, and as such, i think we can continue this for at least one more week.  its time to do the bench.  copy and past this form here and fill it out.  this is an 8 man bench, so vote for only one person for each slot:

QB - *cough Peyton Manning cough*

RB -

WR -

OL -

DL -

LB -

DB -

Wid Card -

you know what, lets throw a vote for coach in there as well.  tony dungy has the most wins as an indy coach, and we have 2 HOFer coaches in don shula and weeb ewbank.

as always, happy voting!

Category: NFL
Tags: colts
 
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:16 pm
 

Manning vs. Unitas

well my friends, we are down to the last starting roster spot here, and although in my opinion it is far too early to make jedgement on this, the All Time Greatest Colts Team needs a QB, and don't even try to tell me it would be anyone but Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning.  first, however, let take care of business.

with a much wider margin than i thought, Edgerrin James gets the nod as the Alltime Colts Starting RB.  (Edge - 5, Lenny Moore - 1, Alan Ameche - 1, and Kappa's Sentimental Favorite, Lydell Mitchell - 1).

You all know the routine by now.  We need to fill this last roster spot.

So the question remains, Manning vs. Unitas.  Who will you vote for?

as always, happy voting!



RULES: The way it works is that every Monday, we will vote for the Greatest Colts player at a certain position. The following Monday, I will tally the votes and mark the winner(s) on the below list. In the event of a tie, I will break it using my own humble opinion, because this is my blog and I make the rules haha. Rate players based only on their time with the Colts. For instance, when voting for RB, ignore Marshall Faulk's years in St. Louis, or Edgerrin James's time in Arizona. Feel free/encouraged to look all the way back to the Baltimore Colts. Debate is also encouraged, and if you are changing you vote later in the week, be sure to note this.

All Time Colts Team:
Offense:
QB - ?
RB - Edgerrin James
WR - Marvin Harrison
WR - Raymond Barry
TE - John Mackey
TE/FB - Ken Dilger
RT - Jim Parker
RG - Alex Sandusky
C - Ray Donaldson
LG - Robert Pratt
LT - Tarik Glenn

Defense:
DE - Dwight Freeney
DT - Art Donovan
DT - Tony Siragusa
DE - Gino Marchetti
OLB - Duane Bickett
MLB - Jeff Herrod
OLB - Mike Curtis
CB - Eugene Daniel
CB - Bobby Boyd
S - Bob Sanders
S - Rick Volk

K - Mike Vanderjagt
P - Rohn Stark
KR - Clarence Verdin

 
 
 
 
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