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Old 09-21-2009, 08:51 PM    (permalink
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come on peyton couple more of those 80yard tds i need 50 freaking fantasy points from you to win! haha
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Ok, that was about as ugly defensive effort as I've seen.

And I've seen PLENTY of ugly defensive efforts as a Colts fan.
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STOP WITH THE Soft-Zone COVERAGE!!!!

Pennington can't throw it past 10 yards.
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COME ON D! Step up here!
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I honestly don't know what to think right now.
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Well, we are certainly lucky to be 2-0.

But there is room for improvement. I don't think you guys will argue with that.
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Default What would the Colts do without Peyton?

This man doesn't even need a quarter to win a game. We had no business winning this game but for Peyton and his big plays.

Gosh, we are so lucky to see this guy play for the Colts!!! Enough said.
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Gosh, we are so lucky to see this guy play for the Colts!!! Enough said.

Couldn't have said any better. Makes ya realize how much about 30 other NFL teams wish they had Manning for QB.
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Simply amazing.
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Offense, other than a few dumbass moves earlier on, was unbelievably good. Even the running game (when the playcalling wasn't cripplingly stupid) was on, vs. a team that really stuffed Michael Turner a week before.

The defense looked like a Ron Meeks defense. The DBs gave a huge cushion (against Noodle Arm Pennington?!). The LBs bit on every fake, misdirection, and wildcat nonsense play. Freeney and Mathis ran upfield past the play yet again, and were jumping offsides way too much. The DTs got blown off the line time and time again. It was straight up 2006/early 08 Colts defense.

I think they'll do better vs. the Cards. They'll have to, Warner can actually throw downfield and has receivers who will catch it. And then run with it!
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- A win is a win. That's what matters.

- The Colts weren't perfect, especially on defense and also partly on special teams, but it's only Week 2. Again, the important thing is the win.

- How big was Donald Brown? He made a great play to help set up the FG before halftime, and then made a great TD run for his first in his NFL career (great playcall by Tom Moore there too). Brown has the ability to make plays, with his intelligence, speed, and vision.

- The Colts ran the ball well with Addai too, just didn't have enough rushing attempts overall. I didn't think they'd run that well against the Miami defense, but they did. There's real promise in the running game even if it doesn't show statistically this early in the season.

- The Colts offense really did abuse the Dolphins defense. I didn't expect that.

- Offensive line did a very good job. The only sack was because of a completely blown assignment, and Johnson let pressure get to Peyton once or twice. Some key blocks on the TD plays, especially Mike Pollak - Brown TD and 20 or 25 yards down the field on the Garcon game-winner.

- Want a first down? Throw at Tim Jennings.

- Interior defensive line was dominated by the Dolphins. Hopefully that isn't repeated again this season.

- The Dolphins offense threw an insane amount of formations and plays at the Colts, it was nuts. Stuff that hasn't been seen in 50 years. I have never ever seen a team continually utilize one unique formations after another for one game to that quality and magnitude, and I doubt I ever will. Major credit to their OC.

- That said, Larry Coyer didn't have a great game. Far from it. He needed to do a better job, and hopefully he will. I think he will. As he gets a better feel for the players and they get a better feel for him.

- I don't know what the game film says, but my gut feeling is that Clint Session had a really disappointing performance.

- The Dolphins desperately needed to win and so they gave every single thing they had against the Colts. It still wasn't enough however. But credit to them for such a game effort, it was incredible as was the crowd/atmosphere.

- Fabulous experience not just for the younger players, in this type of big game atmosphere, but for the team overall. For the 2009 Colts.
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- Want a first down? Throw at Tim Jennings.
Tim Jennings is the kind of CB that makes his break once the ball gets closer to the WR as opposed to Jerraud Powers who presses and makes the break like it will get to the WR, more in anticipation than it happening actually.

When they drafted Powers, a lot of us were thinking this is not a zone coverage corner that they are drafting, he does not tackle the greatest. They probably knew that if the D decides to blitz more, we need someone with man coverage skills opposite Hayden on the outside with Marlin or Jennings playing nickel. There is risk involved but with a QB like Pennington and WR like Ted Ginn Jr., Jennings could have easily played closer. Jennings has good tackling skills and has a 4.3 40, so he can recover even if he takes a small risk, that is why I do not understand why Larry Coyer chose to play it that way. It was by design, according to the Polian Corner on colts.com. I don't agree with it but hey, I am not a DC.

Plus, our blitzes were getting nowhere with the Dolphins O-line, maybe they should stop blitzing LBs and start bringing a faster Marlin Jackson and Melvin Bullitt on run blitzes from both sides thus guiding the wildcat RB towards one direction where the LBs can make the plays. That would also force the O-line to direct their energy and focus on the double side blitz more often thus allowing the LBs to shoot the gaps if the RB should get through. That will balance the numbers game where the QB/RB had the numbers advantage with the O-line. That is what the Ravens did, blitz the heck out of Chad and the Dolphins in the playoff game. Obviously, Larry Coyer is not Rex Ryan, and neither is our personnel built for blitzing mainly.

Also, Donald Brown should be eased slowly because we need to remember that these NFL rookies played a 11 game season in college, probably taking as much punishment as an RB meted out in about 5 or 6 games in the NFL even when you carry about 50-60%. So, let him be at 20-30%, and then get him to 50% by the middle of the season and see where he goes from there.

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With Arizona, my biggest concern is the health of Gary Brackett and the crossing routes and passes in the middle of the field that could explode if Gary Brackett is not there.
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2009 Regular Season - Week 3: Arizona

Line-up is subject to change as injuries become known:-

Indianapolis Colts

QB: Peyton Manning
RB: Joseph Addai
H-B: Gijon Robinson
TE: Dallas Clark
LWR: Reggie Wayne
RWR: Pierre Garçon
LT: Charlie Johnson
LG: Ryan Lilja
C: Jeff Saturday
RG: Mike Pollak
RT: Ryan Diem

LE: Raheem Brock
UT: Ed Johnson
NT: Antonio Johnson
RE: Dwight Freeney
WLB: Jordan Senn
MLB: Freddie Keiaho
SLB: Tyjuan Hagler
LCB: Tim Jennings
RCB: Jerraud Powers
FS: Antoine Bethea
SS: Melvin Bullitt

PK: Adam Vinatieri
P: Pat McAfee
H: Pat McAfee
LS: Justin Snow
KR: Chad Simpson
PR: TJ Rushing

Current Injuries:

Anthony Gonzalez - WR: Out
Gary Brackett – LB: Out
Clint Session – LB: Questionable
Kelvin Hayden – CB: Questionable
Bob Sanders – S: Questionable

Arizona Cardinals

QB: Kurt Warner
RB: Tim Hightower
FB: Dan Kreider
TE: Stephen Spach
LWR: Larry Fitzgerald
RWR: Anquan Boldin
LT: Mike Gandy
LG: Reggie Wells
C: Lyle Sendlein
RG: Deuce Lutui
RT: Levi Brown

LE: Calais Campbell
RE: Darnell Dockett
NT: Bryan Robinson
JLB: Bertrand Berry
WLB: Karlos Dansby
MLB: Gerald Hayes
SLB: Clark Haggins
LCB: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
RCB: Bryant McFadden
FS: Antrel Rolle
SS: Adrian Wilson

Current Injuries:

Kurt Warner – QB: Probable
Brian St Pierre – QB: Probable
Anquan Boldin – WR: Probable
Steve Breaston – WR: Questionable
Early Doucet – WR: Probable
Levi Brown – OT: Probable
Kenny Iwebema – DE: Probable
Ali Highsmith - LB: Questionable
Chike Okeafor - LB: Questionable
Antrel Rolle – S: Probable
Matt Ware – S: Questionable

Matchup

The key problem the Colts face going into this game is the number of high profile injuries we have. The Colts currently have 5 injuries. All 5 are starters. The team can’t afford that many defensive injuries against Arizona’s high powered Offense.


Pass Offense:


The Pass Offense needs to click this week. The Cardinals aren’t brilliant at defending the pass. They are middle of the road in every category other than Sacks. The Colts need to really take advantage of this. The Cardinals are good at getting pressure. They are 2nd in the league with Sacks and get a lot of pressure on the Quarterback. The Colts Offensive Line need to give Manning time against Arizona. The Cardinals Secondary looks great on paper. They haven’t played that way though. If the Secondary doesn’t step it up then Manning, with time, could punish them. A key matchup could be how well Garcon goes up against DRC. I have to imagine that, like against Miami, the opposition Defense will have to decide who to put the Safety on, Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark. If they put a Safety on each then you could see really big games out of the likes of Garcon, and the Running Backs. If they only assign 1 Safety it will probably be to Reggie Wayne, in which case Dallas Clark is a good bet again.

Run Offense:


The Colts aren’t the greatest at running the ball. The Cardinals held Jones Drew to 66 Yards and Frank Gore to 30 Yards. The Cardinals are good against the Run. The 3-4 Defense is very difficult to run on. While the Colts didn’t put up good overall numbers against Miami, they put up good averages. With the injuries in the Defense, the Colts need to run the ball well to give the Defense a chance to rest. The key matchup will be the Colts interior line against Robinson and Dockett. Donald Brown looked pretty good against the Dolphins and if the Cardinals are geared towards defending the pass then Brown could break a big gain if he gets passed that D-Line.

Pass Defense:


Seriously, if Hayden isn’t able to play I think someone needs to shoot Tim Jennings. The Colts are very good at defending the pass. We get good pressure, we have a good secondary and are linebackers drop into Zone Coverage very well. We haven’t given up a Passing Touchdown this season. That will probably change against Arizona. The key thing is about the Pressure. We need to get Warner on the back foot. The Cardinals Offensive Line isn’t the greatest in the world and Indy need to take advantage of this. Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t been able to get into a deep route so far this season. We need to keep it that way. Another key thing could be at Cornerback. If Hayden, Jackson and Powers are all playing then we should do pretty well if we get good pressure.

Run Defense:


If the Cardinals Pass Offense against Colts Pass Defense is a clash of two giants, then the Cardinals Run Offense against the Colts Run Defense is a clash of the midgets. Arizona have struggled to run the ball, while Indy have struggled to stop the Run. The Colts need to win the battle on the Defensive Line (a battle I feel we can and should win). With problems in the Linebackers we can’t afford the Cardinals to be getting passed the D-Line on every play.

Special Teams:


The Colts Special Teams will probably be more about field position than scoring. Vinatieri doesn’t have the greatest of legs anymore and will probably struggle to make massive impact this season. The Coverage units have been better this season and need to continue with that.

Prediction: Colts – 21 vs Cardinals – 24
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The Pass Offense needs to click this week. The Cardinals aren’t brilliant at defending the pass. They are middle of the road in every category other than Sacks. The Colts need to really take advantage of this. The Cardinals are good at getting pressure. They are 2nd in the league with Sacks and get a lot of pressure on the Quarterback. The Colts Offensive Line need to give Manning time against Arizona. The Cardinals Secondary looks great on paper. They haven’t played that way though. If the Secondary doesn’t step it up then Manning, with time, could punish them. A key matchup could be how well Garcon goes up against DRC. I have to imagine that, like against Miami, the opposition Defense will have to decide who to put the Safety on, Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark. If they put a Safety on each then you could see really big games out of the likes of Garcon, and the Running Backs. If they only assign 1 Safety it will probably be to Reggie Wayne, in which case Dallas Clark is a good bet again.

I see more plays being run for Collie and Garcon, and even Donald Brown this coming game.

Run Offense:


The Colts aren’t the greatest at running the ball. The Cardinals held Jones Drew to 66 Yards and Frank Gore to 30 Yards. The Cardinals are good against the Run. The 3-4 Defense is very difficult to run on. While the Colts didn’t put up good overall numbers against Miami, they put up good averages. With the injuries in the Defense, the Colts need to run the ball well to give the Defense a chance to rest. The key matchup will be the Colts interior line against Robinson and Dockett. Donald Brown looked pretty good against the Dolphins and if the Cardinals are geared towards defending the pass then Brown could break a big gain if he gets passed that D-Line.

True, our pass always sets up the run and that is not going to change.

Pass Defense:


Seriously, if Hayden isn’t able to play I think someone needs to shoot Tim Jennings. The Colts are very good at defending the pass. We get good pressure, we have a good secondary and are linebackers drop into Zone Coverage very well. We haven’t given up a Passing Touchdown this season. That will probably change against Arizona. The key thing is about the Pressure. We need to get Warner on the back foot. The Cardinals Offensive Line isn’t the greatest in the world and Indy need to take advantage of this. Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t been able to get into a deep route so far this season. We need to keep it that way. Another key thing could be at Cornerback. If Hayden, Jackson and Powers are all playing then we should do pretty well if we get good pressure.

Larry Coyer should have learnt not to give the cushion because unlike the Miami WRs, the Cardinal WRs are good with YAC.

Run Defense:


If the Cardinals Pass Offense against Colts Pass Defense is a clash of two giants, then the Cardinals Run Offense against the Colts Run Defense is a clash of the midgets. Arizona have struggled to run the ball, while Indy have struggled to stop the Run. The Colts need to win the battle on the Defensive Line (a battle I feel we can and should win). With problems in the Linebackers we can’t afford the Cardinals to be getting passed the D-Line on every play.

If Beanie Wells carries the ball at any time, hit him hard. He had 2 fumbles in his previous game, one of which he lost.

Special Teams:


The Colts Special Teams will probably be more about field position than scoring. Vinatieri doesn’t have the greatest of legs anymore and will probably struggle to make massive impact this season. The Coverage units have been better this season and need to continue with that.

Arizona's special teams play real good at home and that is where they could have the biggest difference makers between the two teams, IMO.

Prediction: Colts – 21 vs Cardinals – 24
I'd say Colts 27 - Cardinals 20.:)
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I think the Colts have a good chance to win this, even with the adversity they are facing. The defense likely matches up better against a spread offense like this, with the two Cardinals tackles Gandy and Brown. The receivers are probably the toughest match-up, hopefully Hayden and Powers are both good to go.

(The thing about Powers, over Tim Jennings, is that he has excellent ball skills and awareness.)

The Colts will get some grief from the opposing offense like last week, but like last week, I think their offense can give the opposing defense some grief.

The Arizona defense allowed more passing TDs (36) than any other team in the league last year, and it wasn't close (second worst was New England with 27, then four teams tied at third with 25). So far this season they've already given up 462 passing yards and 3 TDs, facing the 49ers at home and Jacksonville on the road, plus keep in mind Jacksonville left points on the field with mental errors.

I'd feel a little better about this game if it were held in Indy, but it will likely come down to a couple of plays in certain situations. Turnovers will be key, especially for the Colts. I think Freeney and Mathis will be more effective in this game than against the Dolphins, which will play into the creation of turnovers.

I see this as a high-scoring affair, both teams in the thirties I suspect. It will probably be difficult for a lead to last in this game because of the offenses involved. But I think the effectiveness of Colts players will help them get the close win.
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This will be a tough game, no doubt. I hope we can pull it out. D needs to step up and O needs to play mistake-free.

I hope we can get to Warner and force some TOs.
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Here's a question. If Jerraud Powers continues to impress and plays as well against Arizona and other teams as he did against Jacksonville, will the team ever move Marlin Jackson from the Nickle job?
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Here's a question. If Jerraud Powers continues to impress and plays as well against Arizona and other teams as he did against Jacksonville, will the team ever move Marlin Jackson from the Nickle job?
I heard Jeff Fisher on Mike & Mike this morning on ESPN Radio. He was talking about the Titan's next opponent and pointed out a play where the Jets D had 7 defensive backs on the field on a 3rd & 1 against the Pats, that would mean a nickel and dime formation for a 3rd & 1, unheard of, just emphasizing the fact that Rex Ryan's D schemes can be unpredictable.

But you know what, those quick guys actually shot past the O-linemen and the Pats had a 1-yard loss on that play.

This brings up a question.

If you are depending on LBs to shoot gaps and they do not do it well, whether it is defending the run, or blitzing, would we better off throwing in wrinkles like using our DBs that tackle well to blitz instead of the LBs to take advantage of the speed factor to get past the O-linemen? If our LBs are not quick enough to get past O-linemen, do we need speed over size to get past them to be disruptive?

For some reason, I feel that we may have as much, if not more success blitzing Marlin Jackson and/or Melvin Bullitt if we have to rather than our LBs exclusively. The two instances where Melvin Bullitt blitzed in pre-season, he did have good results but that was pre-season. Of course, the premise is IF we have to or decide to blitz.

Blitzing a safety takes perfect timing and is easier to recognize for a QB. But blitzing a nickel DB like Marlin Jackson that plays close to the line of scrimmage may work better since there are better slot/flat cover options (Bullitt can move up to the flat and pick up the wideout etc.).

Sometimes, I'd rather play nickel all the time since Marlin tackles better than most of our LBs.:)
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I would keep Powers outside and Marlin in the slot, if Powers keeps playing well.

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Gary Brackett and Kelvin Hayden didn't make the trip.

Very unfortunate. Hopefully the Colts will still get it done tomorrow night.
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Thoughts on the game:

- Awesome win by the Colts. The most important thing.

- Offense scored in the thirties like I thought they would. Actually they should have scored in the forties, if not the fifties, with all the points they left on the field last night. I didn't think that was a truly great performance by the offense, they didn't execute a number of times. But they played well.

- So far this season, we've seen big plays from the offense. Credit three things: Peyton healthy, offensive line healthy, and skill position players who deserve to be on the field and to get the targets from Peyton.

- I wonder why Tom Moore and Peyton Manning didn't run the ball left more? It was working so well last night, but they didn't go back to enough. Sometimes they do that (especially with the running game) and I wonder why. But they're smarter offensive minds than me, for sure.

- Addai and Brown continue to look good. Especially Donald Brown, he looks great. Must have been an extra dagger for Arizona to see that, he was the back they wanted in the Draft and would have been a beast for them.

- I loved Garcon since the first time I saw him play, in the Hall of Fame preseason game against the Redskins in 2008. Didn't think his speed would his biggest calling card as a player, but it is. He burned Rodgers-Cromartie. He made Rodgers-Cromartie his you-know-what last night actually, lol.

- Arizona didn't score in the thirties though, thanks to the Colts defense. Amazing job, especially considering how many back-ups were playing. Amazing.

- Nothing new to be said for Dwight Freeney, same as before the game: that's why there's no other DE in the league I would take over him. No one impacts all 60 minutes of a game like him, I've seen it with my own eyes. Just hope he's okay.

- I have a nickname for Antoine Bethea: "Cato"

- For Freddy Keiaho: "You're Terrible"

- I'm not going to lie, Vinatieri's missed FG ticked me off. He was lucky he hit the bar last week and it still managed to bounce in. He needs to stop aiming it left so much, if possible. Which I think he corrected on his next FG attempt, a successful one down the middle.

- Special teams coverage was excellent, I thought.

- Rushing had his best game as a returner too, so far this season.

- Maybe we won't have the hear the words "Tony Dungy" and "Marvin Harrison" any more this season. If only.
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So apparently DeVan and Pollak rotated at right guard last night.

Interesting, I wasn't aware of it while watching the game. I'm curious as to how the offense performed with each player.
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Our O was getting warmed up. Once the 2nd quarter was over, the outcome of the game was not in question. This is the D that gave up 6 TDs to Favre and let Roethlisberger march down the field giving up huge chunks of yardage to Santonio Holmes on that winning SB drive. Cardinals are who I thought they were, a barely above .500 team that rode the greatest playoff streak for a WR that happened at the right time.:)

I was surprisingly happy that Boldin did not get the illegal contact call with Bethea, the Colts never get such calls but Bethea, as always, is alert and knows where the ball is. Everyone was talking about Beanie Wells fumbling. Hightower fumbling was the turning point in this game. I guess Wisenhunt asks Hightower to run around with a ball this week, huh?:)

Addai was exceptional with his blitz blocking, and very good with his running and catching. Brown did well in his blitz blocking and was equally good running and catching as well. I like this tandem. I am glad RB catches are becoming a constant playcalling recurrence. Our passing has set up the run very well so far.

Manning is on fire, people had forgotten how good he was in 2006 & 2007 off the blocks, it was time to remind them all after a bad start in 2008, the deep ball is back too. I was going to be happy if we went 4-1 into our bye week. 5-0 would be real sweet.

Our D was better prepared, had better schemes, and executed better. I think Coyer realized that the "bend but not break" was not going to help in the long run with defensive injuries while nearing the playoffs if they keep logging too many minutes. Plus, we had a good matchup too. Not willing to pass judgement on our D after 2 good games and 1 bad game, will wait till they face another power running team with the Titans that will give us their best shot in game 5.

McAfee's kickoffs continue to be good, AV's legs may be being rested for the FGs but I do think AV may be asked to re-structure contract or be let go after this season if McAfee's performance on kickoffs continue.
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Nice mention of McAfee, he's done a real good job as both the kickoff man and the punter.

The offensive line did a good job last night, especially in pass protection.
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