Archive for July, 2010
Quinn Pitcock Planning to Relaunch His NFL Career
You read correctly. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that after Pitcock was waived earlier this week from the Colts’ reserve/did not report list, he is now announcing an interest in restarting his NFL career.
I cannot figure out what is the most surprising about this whole issue. It baffles me that Quinn Pitcock would make a decision to retire from the NFL after his first season, only to change his mind two years later. It stuns me that Pitcock would announce his interest in returning to the NFL only after the Colts officially release him. It absolutely astounds me that Wilson reports there are a number of NFL teams that have expressed interest in Pitcock.
What is more, I do not know which direction the Colts organization should go in handling Pitcock’s new found interest in playing football.
Colts Sign Third Round Selection Kevin Thomas
Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that the Colts have signed third round pick, cornerback Kevin Thomas. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Thomas signed a four-year contract with a total value of roughly $2.46 million.
Is There a Bad Choice: MJD vs. Ray Rice
Posted by Rohan Bhasin in Fantasy Football | 1,460 views
First – Chris Johnson! Second – Adrian Peterson! Third – Ra… Maur… and then the water gets murkier. With most fantasy “experts” claiming that the first and second picks will be Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson, respectively, many fantasy owners aren’t sure what to do with that third pick. Right off the bat, they think, “How can you go wrong with either of these top players: MJD or “Little” Ray Ray?” Interestingly enough, this early in the draft, such a pick can make you or break you.
First, let’s start by looking at their head-to-head stats from the 2009 regular season:
|Rushing Yards: 1,391
|Rushing Yards: 1,339
|Rushing TDs: 15
|Rushing TDs: 7
|Receiving Yards: 374
|Receiving Yards: 702
|Receiving TDs: 1
|Receiving TDs: 1
|Fumbles: 2 (1 lost)
|Fumbles: 3 (3 lost)
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2009 Game Recap – Week 8: San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts
To help pass time this off-season, I’ve reviewed the Colts’ regular season games from 2009. With this second look at how the team played, a few thoughts have occured to me which were not obvious during the initial viewing, and I thought it a good opportunity to rethink some of my previously held opinions of the team I love. So, with your kind indulgence, as I view a game at a time I’ll be sharing my impressions.
Personal Note: This is not, and was never intended to be, an objective, unbiased review of an NFL contest. It is instead a glimpse into the emotional ride experienced by the average Colt fan at game time. My Homerism switch is engaged and turned up to eleven. With that in mind, I invite you to join me as we re-live the highs and lows of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts season.
Today’s Game: Week 8 – San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts
Setting The Stage
- The Colts return to Indianapolis with a record of 6-0 and the top ranked passing attack in the NFL. Alex Smith, the number one overall pick in 2005, and Frank Gore lead the San Francisco 49ers who, at 3-3, field a very good defense; one which is ranked #6 against the run. Donald Brown and T.J. Rushing are out with injuries. Reggie Wayne starts after missing practices all week, and once again, Mike Pollak and Kyle DeVan alternate series at right guard.
- The Field: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis IN. Roof is open on a blinding sunny day. Early in the game, for example, on a critical third-and-three at the San Francisco 15, Peyton throws toward Clark in the right corner of the end zone, but Clark never sees the ball due to the sun.
- The Crowd: Like the Colts’ offense in the first half, the crowd seems unfocused and subdued. But near the end, when the Colts are controlling the ball to secure the win, they stand and make some noise. After a quick snap gives the Colts an easy first-down, a 49ers lineman goes down with cramps. The crowd thinks he’s faking and boos loudly when he walks off under his own power.
Colts Planning on Bringing in a Veteran Cornerback?
On Friday, Mike Chappell responded to questions from Colts fans in his “ask the expert” series. In his piece, he mentioned that the team recently brought in veteran cornerbacks Frank Walker and Deshea Townsend for visits.
In Chappell’s opinion, the Colts are actively pursuing potential veteran support at cornerback. This would be a logical move for the team, given that third round pick Kevin Thomas suffered a knee injury during rookie camp and will likely miss the rest of the season.
The obvious question that need to be answered is — if the Colts actually do plan on signing a veteran corner, who will it be?
Sam Bradford Signs Record Contract with Rams; Sets Up Manning Deal?
Posted by Robert Itoh in Off-Season Coverage | 202 views
Earlier this evening, number one overall draft choice, Sam Bradford agreed to a record contract with the Rams worth $78 million with $50 million in guaranteed money.
Given the substantial amount of cash Bradford received, and given the position he plays, one has to wonder how big the Brady or Manning contracts will be.
Will Kevin Thomas be the Last Colts Rookie to Sign?
Posted by Robert Itoh in Off-Season Coverage | 401 views
There are only two rookies left to sign contracts after Pat Angerer’s signing today and of the two (Jerry Hughes and Kevin Thomas), I feel that Thomas will be the last to sign a deal. Because of the injury he sustained during rookie mini camp, the Colts can take their time to work something out with Thomas.
Though no one has yet to clarify how much time Thomas will miss due to this injury, early reports seem to suggest that the injury is severe enough to knock him out for the entire season. If that is the case I would suspect the Colts are focusing all their efforts on getting Hughes in on time before they even bother to deal with Thomas.
New NFL Rule for Umpires Could Impact the Colts Hurry-Up Offense
One of the staples of the Colts high-speed, high-powered offense has been the physical toll defenses pay against the Peyton Manning run offense. Generally speaking, Manning focuses on finding the weakness in the personnel he is facing and relentlessly exploits that weakness as opposing defensive coordinators are forced to sit and watch without a chance to adjust.
The way Manning accomplishes this is by rushing the offense to the line quickly, getting set before defenders have a chance to respond, and often before teams are able to send in substitutions. This can lead to tired defenders, faked injuries, and a relentless offensive assault. Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com wrote a story today about a positioning change for NFL umpires that could hinder this powerful attribute in the Colts offensive arsenal.