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22:19UNITED SELL BLIND
Daley Blind has left Manchester United and returned to former club Ajax, in a deal which could reach £18.5m. The initial fee the Dutch club will pay is £14.1m, just £100,000 more than they sold Blind to the Red Devils for four years ago.
21:23BOGA NEARS CHELSEA EXIT
Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga is close to leaving Stamford Bridge, according to Goal, who state the 21-year-old has had an offer accepted from Sassuolo of around £3.5m.
The Blues man is yet to agree personal terms over any move, the website also claims.
20:05HEARTS ASSISTANT TO REMAIN
Hearts assistant manager and Northern Ireland coach Austin McPhee will stay with the Edinburgh club after knocking back an approach from Indian Super League team Pune City, they have announced.
19:52MBAPPE TO UNITED?
Kylian Mbappe could join Manchester United - with Paul Pogba potentially allowed to leave Old Trafford - according to Don Balon.
The Spanish newspaper, known for its hit-and-miss calls, states Jose Mourinho has prepared a world-record bid for the 19-year-old, and would be tempted to cash in on Pogba to facilitate the transfer.
19:13TOTTENHAM CHASE QUINTERO
Colombia star Juan Quintero, arguably his country's shining light at the World Cup alongside Yerry Mina, is a target for Tottenham according to Ths Sun.
18:12BUTTON JOINS BRIGHTON
Fulham back-up goalkeeper David Button has joined Brighton and Hove Albion.
The 29-year-old has joined the Seagulls on a three-year deal.
Manager Chris Hughton said: "We’re delighted to bring a goalkeeper of David’s experience to the club.
“With Christian Walton and Robert Sanchez going out on loan this season, we felt we needed someone to provide further competition for places in that area of the team."
17:47FONTE BACK TO PREMIER LEAGUE?
Jose Fonte has seen his contract at Chinese club Dalian Yifang torn up - and he's now keen on a return to the Premier League.
The Portuguese defender, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Russia, played just seven times for the club after his move from the London Stadium in January.
17:24LOAN FOR HERRERA
Rangers striker Eduardo Herrera has joined Mexican side Santos Laguna on a 12-month loan deal.
Herrera previously played on loan there when Pedro Caixinha was manager of Santos, who have a partnership arrangement with Celtic.
The 29-year-old was signed again by Caixinha for Rangers last summer but only scored two goals in 24 appearances and had been sidelined by new boss Steven Gerrard during pre-season.
17:16WATCH: RONALDO SIGNING SHOWS JUVE AMBITION
Football finance expert Fausto Zanetton told Sky Sports News on the day Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled as a Juventus playerhis signing showed the Old Lady's ambition - click play below to hear his full views.
17:14KHAZRI LEAVES STADIUM OF LIGHT
Wahbi Khazri has completed his move from Sunderland to Saint-Etienne following an impressive World Cup for Tunisia.
The 27-year-old scored twice in Russia, as well as 11 times in 29 games for Rennes in France on loan last season.
17:04SUNDERLAND MAKE SECOND WYKE BID
Sunderland have not given up their pursuit of Charlie Wyke, and Sky Sports News understands the Black Cats have returned with a second bid of £600,000 for the Bradford man.
Bradford are understood to be considering the offer, with Bolton waiting in the wings with interest as well.
16:53SANCHEZ MISSES UTD TOUR ON 'VISA ISSUES'
Alexis Sanchez has missed Manchester United's tour of North America with visa issues, throwing his pre-season preparation into problems.
The Chilean has blamed a 'personal administrative issue', meaning he will miss the whole of their two-and-a-half-week trip as it stands - although United are hopeful of a resolution.
16:17BLACK CATS LOOK TO EVANS
Sunderland are close to an agreement with Reading for midfielder George Evans, Sky Sports News understands.
The two clubs are negotiating a fee of just less than £1m for the 23-year-old, who is a former England Under-19, but remain slightly apart.
He joined the Royals in 2016, having previously been with Manchester City's academy, but played only five times in the Sky Bet Championship last season.
16:10TWO IN AT VALLEY PARADE
Bradford City have signed Huddersfield Town midfielder Jack Payne on a season-long loan, and also Middlesbrough striker George Miller for the same period.
Here's the latest movers and shakers from our friends at Football Whispers about the biggest transfers which look to be on their way...
15:33PEARSON JOINS SILKMEN
Former Leicester City and Barnet defender James Pearson has joined Macclesfield Town on a one-year deal.
The 25-year-old left The Hive last season, joining Coventry on non-contract terms before moving to Kidderminster Harriers.
15:10SARRI VOWS TO MAKE CHELSEA 'FUN'
Following a largely miserable season for Chelsea in 2017/18 - even with an FA Cup win in May - new boss Maurizio Sarri has vowed to bring the fun back to Stamford Bridge, as quoted in the Daily Mail.
Sarri said: "In Naples I was very lucky to find my players adapted to my way of football. They were strong as players, and strong from a human point of view. I was lucky to transport my idea of football onto the pitch, with the quality of these players.
"The players have to enjoy themselves. First of all, I hope the fans can enjoy the team. I want to bring enjoyment to the fans, the fans have to be proud of the team. One hundred per cent hard work and 90 per cent fun.
"It is impossible in my job to promise something else but I will surely give all in my possession to win something with Chelsea."
15:01A NEW BOND
West Brom have signed goalkeeper Jonathan Bond on a two-year contract. The 25-year-old was a free agent after leaving Reading.
14:56MOWBRAY STAYING PATIENT
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is playing the waiting game as he looks to add to his squad.
"It's difficult because the Premier League teams have just come back, because of the World Cup," he told the club website.
"They've generally taken their young players with them, because their international players are not back yet or are still on holiday, so they need to make sure their squads are deep and strong enough to play games.
"So the players that probably will be available to go out on loan are not available at the moment, so we have to be patient and wait."
14:42HILTON: THIS IS THE START
Goalkeeper Joe Hilton, 18, has signed a one-year deal with Everton.
Hilton joined the Toffees from Manchester City in 2016 and has been part of the first team's pre-season training camp in Austria.
"Signing this new deal means a lot," he told the club website. "I’ve put in a lot of hard work and I think this shows it has paid off. Hopefully it’s the start of a good career."
14:35SAMMON MAKES SWITCH
Motherwell have made Conor Sammon their sixth signing of the summer.
The Republic of Ireland striker has joined on a season-long loan from Hearts.
14:30THOMAS JOINS DONS
Signing number seven for AFC Wimbledon...
14:25ANOTHER LOAN FOR BORJA
Before we get the AFC Wimbledon announcement, there's news of a departure of sorts from Swansea.
Borja Baston has joined La Liga side Alaves on a season-long loan, having spent last season with Malaga.
Borja joined Swansea for a club-record £15.5million from Atletico Madrid in 2016.
Will it be kind of a big deal for AFC Wimbledon?
14:10CRAWLEY SIGN STRIKER
Reece Grego-Cox has signed a two-year deal with Crawley after impressing on trial.
The 21-year-old started his career with QPR and made five first-team appearances.
A round-up of all the top transfer news on SSN this afternoon...
13:38NEW DEAL FOR BIALKOWSKI
Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has signed a new three-year contract with Ipswich.
Birmingham had been interested in signing him this summer but are currently under an EFL transfer embargo.
13:15MONACO BID FOR GOLOVIN
Monaco have made an offer to CSKA Moscow for Alexsandr Golovin
The Russia midfielder is a Chelsea target, according to Sky in Italy. Monaco Vice President Vadim Vasilyev told Russian newspaper Sport Express that the bid is “a more than generous offer” but warned they “cannot wait long.” He predicts a conclusion “in the coming days.”
Vasilyev said: “We have made an offer for CSKA Moscow for Golovin. A more than generous offer. The contract length offered is five years. I think that a transition in a club like Monaco is best option for him, at this stage in his career.
"Everything should be decided in the coming days, maybe even today. We cannot wait long. If it does not come off, we will look to another option.”
12:53HOW GOOD IS JORGINHO?
Following Chelsea’s £57m signing Jorginho, Adam Bate gets the thoughts of the midfielder’s former coaches to find out what makes him so special and why he can transform the team’s style of play under Maurizio Sarri.
12:32CONTE RELEASES STATEMENT
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has released a statement through the League Managers Association after being dismissed by the club last week.
He said: “I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together. “To the players, whose talent and commitment was so important to our successes, I thank them for everything. It has been a pleasure working with them every day. To my staff, who always worked so hard, I must say thank you and well done for their professionalism and dedication throughout. “I have enjoyed my time in England and London so much and I want to thank the Chelsea fans who have been amazing to me and my Family. It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart. “I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season. I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”
12:29RONALDO'S DOMINO EFFECT?
Cristiano Ronaldo's shock move to Juventus has got the world talking, but it could have a significant impact in the Premier League, too.
12:16CARROLL ON LOAN?
West Ham striker Andy Carroll has reportedly been offered on loan to Besiktas for next season, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik.
12:00LEEDS SIGN BLACKMAN
Right on cue... Leeds United have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman on a season-long loan deal.
Blackman joins the club from Premier League side Chelsea and becomes the second signing of the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with fellow Yorkshire outfit Sheffield United.
11:56LEEDS ARE UP TO SOMETHING...
11:50BIALKOWSKI'S CONTRACT TALKS
Bartosz Bialkowski is in talks over a new Ipswich contract, according to Sky sources.
The Championship club hope to reach an agreement with the goalkeeper over the next few days.
Birmingham have been interested in signing him this summer but are currently under an EFL transfer embargo.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini expects £17.5m signing Andriy Yarmolenko to be well suited to the Premier League, but what exactly will he bring to the London Stadium?
Here is the latest round-up from our friends at Football Whispers...
11:19RODWELL ON TRIAL AT WATFORD
Sky sources: Midfielder Jack Rodwell is on trial with Watford, and is currently in Austria at their pre-season training camp
Rodwell, 27, is a free agent after leaving Sunderland in the summer.
11:16CITY'S MIDFIELD SEARCH
Manchester City are considering whether to move for another central midfielder this summer – after their number one target Jorginho signed for Chelsea.
They’ve looked at Mateo Kovacic, but we understand they would not be willing to pay Real Madrid’s reported £80m asking price.
City have also shown interest in Mario Lemina from Southampton, but it’s not now certain they’ll strengthen before the window closes in August. We’re told that Pep Guardiola is happy with his squad as they prepare to fly to the USA tomorrow for their pre-season tour.
City broke their transfer record last week when they completed a £60m deal for Riyad Mahrez.
11:09JUVE FANS WELCOME RONALDO
Juventus fans have wasted no time in buying shirts with Cristiano Ronaldo's name on the back following his move to Turin.
Sevilla will not sell midfielder Steven N’Zonzi unless his £35m release clause is activated, according to the Spanish club's director of football Joaquin Caparros.
Sky sources understand Arsenal have held initial talks with Sevilla over a deal for the France World Cup winner, but it is likely the Gunners would need to sell before financing the move.
N’Zonzi, who previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke in the Premier League, has two years remaining on his current contract at Sevilla.
Caparros told Cadena Ser: “Steven has two years remaining on his contract. We have texted each other during the World Cup and I have congratulated him on his achievements with France, of course.
“We have not received any offers for him and I will say the same to any clubs who may be interested as what we said with Lenglet – he has a buyout clause, and it’s £35m."
A round-up of all the best transfer headlines so far today...
10:31SUNDERLAND CLOSE ON EVANS
Sunderland have agreed a deal for Reading midfielder George Evans, according to the Northern Echo.
The Black Cats, now in League One, will pay around £250k for the 23-year-old.
10:14BURY SIGN STOKES
Bury have signed Coventry City left-back Chris Stokes on a free transfer.
The 27-year-old signs a two-year deal, having played 35 times for Coventry last term.
09:51MILINKOVIC-SAVIC NEXT FOR CHELSEA?
Chelsea are interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Corriere dello Sport.
They've already gazumped one Manchester club with their signing of Jorginho, and with Milinkovic-Savic having been linked with United, could the 23-year-old be the second?
09:36WEST BROM SIGN BARTLEY
West Brom have signed defender Kyle Bartley from Swansea.
Bartley has signed a three-year contract with the Sky Bet Championship club.
09:33ARSENAL UPDATE: N'ZONZI AND RAMSEY
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has not ruled out making more signings before the transfer window shuts, but says he would only consider a “big opportunity”.
We are told Arsenal have held initial talks about Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, but it is likely there would have to be departures to accommodate the French international.
A big priority is the future of Aaron Ramsey; talks continue over a new contract with Arsenal hopeful of a positive resolution. Ramsey has one year left on his contract.
09:14JUVE FANS EXCITED
Juventus supporters believe Cristiano Ronaldo can lead them to the Champions League title during his time in Turin.
09:02LOPEZ TO EVERTON?
Everton are interested in Espanyol’s David Lopez, according to Mundo Deportivo. The 28-year-old defensive midfielder has also been linked with Real Betis and Valencia.
08:43TRANSFER TALK: RONALDO EXIT EXPLAINED
Graham Hunter reveals the reasons behind Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid.
08:20BENFICA WANT SANCHES
Benfica are interested in former-Swansea City midfielder Renato Sanches, according to O Jogo.
The 20-year-old midfielder is back with Bayern Munich, following a disastrous loan spell in South Wales, but the Portuguese club are hoping that new manager Niko Kovac will be prepared to let the youngster go.
07:57'WE WERE OFFERED RONALDO'
Napoli were offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to the Serie A club's president.
Ronaldo joined Juventus last week in a £105m deal and will be presented on Monday.
But De Laurentiis told La Repubblica that "Ronaldo was also offered to Napoli. [Jorge] Mendes, his agent, called me. We formulated our offer and would have paid Ronaldo with the percentage of the income guaranteed by his arrival.
"[But] the €350m that Juventus invested [including wages] is beyond our reach. We would have risked pushing the club towards bankruptcy."
07:40WHO WILL REPLACE RONALDO?
Graham Hunter reveals the players Real Madrid are targeting following Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus.
07:25UNITED 'STILL KEEN ON BALE'
Manchester United remain interested in Gareth Bale ahead of his meeting with new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui this week.
The Daily Mail are reporting that the Welshman is seeking assurances from Lopetegui, and with Real publicly denying they will sign Neymar or Kylian Mbappe this summer, Bale could play a bigger part.
07:13LIVERPOOL IN FOR CILLESSEN?
Liverpool may bid for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 29-year-old Dutchman has spent most of his time on the Barcelona bench since moving from Ajax in 2016, but reports also suggest Cillessen may want to stay to fight for his place under current No 1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
06:53HOW GOOD IS JORGINHO?
Following Chelsea’s £57m signing Jorginho, Adam Bate gets the thoughts of the midfielder’s former coaches to find out what makes him so special and why he can transform the team’s style of play under Maurizio Sarri.
06:34RONALDO UNVEILING TODAY
Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Turin to complete the formalities of his £105m switch to Juventus from Real Madrid.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, whose transfer was announced on July 10, will have a medical with the Italian club today, before holding a news conference later this afternoon.
06:20HAZARD TO REAL 'ALMOST INEVITABLE'
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid is "almost inevitable", says World Cup Supplement panellist Andy Dunn.
"I find it almost inevitable," the Mirror's chief sports writer told the World Cup Supplement podcast. "Look how one of the best players at this World Cup, Luka Modric, has developed since he went to Real Madrid.
"He was a great player when he was with Spurs but he's a class above that now because he's playing with the best players in the world in a team that dominates the Champions League.
"Why wouldn't Eden Hazard want to play for Real Madrid? Now there is an opening with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving and he's quite right that he's had six years at Chelsea where he's been excellent."
And welcome to Sky Sports' live Transfer Centre, bringing you all of the news and rumours from the market on Monday, July 16.
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[Bulpett] Doc Rivers on his demotion from president: “I’m still doing basically the same stuff. I don’t think my role has changed since I’ve been there. (But) if Austin goes to Washington and scores 50, I’m blaming everybody else"
“It’s the NBA,” Doc said. “It’s life in the NBA. There’s nothing in the coaching handbook that says how to trade your son and deal with that. But other than that, it is what it is. I like where we’re at as a team; I’ll say that.”
He also likes where he’s at in terms of job description, though he says things haven’t shifted much in his tenure.
“I’m still doing basically the same stuff,” Rivers said. “It’s interesting. I don’t think my role has changed since I’ve been there.
“When I first came, I was just the coach, but I was involved in every decision. Then I was the president, and I was involved in every decision. Now I’m the coach and whatever other title I have — I have another title, but I don’t even know what that is — but I’m still involved in every decision, so it really hasn’t changed much. My workload has changed some though. It’s less now, and that’s good. Before this last title change, I was hiring different people so I didn’t have to do everything, and that was the intent.”
That gives him plausible deniability if the trading of his son doesn’t work out.
“If Austin goes to Washington and scores 50, I’m blaming everybody else,” Doc said with a laugh./u/urfaselol to r/nba
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Year Founded: 1856, Football Established 1918, Disbanded 1939, Reestablished 2007
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Total Attendance: 1305
Mascot: Rowdy Panther
Stadium: General Charles Krulak Stadium
Stadium Location: On Campus
Conference Champions (4): Dixie Conference 1932, 1934, 1937, SAA 2012
Number of Playoff Games: Birmingham Southern has never played a playoff match
- Similar to Birmingham Southern, Huntingdon has origins as a Private, Methodist College. The first match was in 2009, and was a decisive Huntingdon Victory. The very next three years Birmingham Southern won every match between the two. After a break from each other in 2013, when Huntingdon joined the USA South, Huntingdon got a win for the first time since 2009 against the Panthers. After the Panthers final win in the series in 2015, Huntingdon won 3 straight. The winner of this match up takes Home the Wesley Cup, Huntingdon currently possesses the trophy, and a 4-4 series record.
- LaGrange also was a Private, Methodist College, like Birmingham Southern. LaGrange is also Birmingham Southern's 2nd most played team, only conference teams Rhodes, Centre, Sewanee, and Millsaps have been played more. This Panthers vs Panthers cat fight started in 2008, the year after Birmingham Southern established their football program, and has been played every year since. In general most matches in this cat fight have been competitive, often staying within a touchdown. Birmingham Southern leads the series 6-4, and has not lost to the Panthers since 2016.
- Before Samford got its name, it use to be known as Howard. Each team competed in the Magic City Classic, and faced eachother at Rickwood Field, the oldest profesional baseball field in the US before moving to Legion Field. Samford students in 1926 stole a stuffed panther, the mascot of their team from 1924-1926, and shredded it with the help of their live bulldog mascot. To add insult to injury, it was returned to them in an ambulance. Samford is 2-2-2 all time against the Panthers as BSC, however is 4-4-3 against Birmingham and Southern and Birmingham Southern.
Record: 3-7 (2-6)
Coach: Tony Joe White
29-25 W @ LaGrange Panthers LaGrange
38-45 L vs Huntingdon Hawks Huntingdon
09-35 L @ Rhodes Lynx* Rhodes
20-26 L vs Trinity (TX) Tigers* Trinity (TX)
24-42 L @ Hendrix Warriors* Hendrix
13-34 L vs Sewanee Tigers* Sewanee
31-24 W @ Austin Kangaroos* Austin
18-35 L vs Berry Vikings* Berry
20-17 W vs Millsaps Majors* Millsaps
17-42 L @ Centre Colonels* Centre
Record 0-0 (0-0)
Coach: Tony Joe White
vs LaGrange Panthers LaGrange
@ Huntingdon Hawks Huntingdon
vs Rhodes Lynx* Rhodes
@ Trinity (TX) Tigers* Trinity (TX)
vs Hendrix Warriors* Hendrix
@ Sewanee Tigers* Sewanee
vs Austin Kangaroos* Austin
@ Berry Vikings* Berry
@ Millsaps Majors* Millsaps
vs Centre Colonels* Centre
Greatest Games:35-34 vs Huntingdon Huntingdon 2015
- In a thrilling match in regulation, Birmingham Southern jumps ahead 7-0 in the first quarter, and leads at the half 14-7. It stays neck and neck through the third quarter 21-14, and the panthers have no sign of stopping their lead anytime soon. A kickoff return at the beginning seems to put this game away at 28-14, but the Hawks answer and answer 28-21. With yet another kickoff return by the panthers, it is almost over until a late Hawk TD puts them within the game point. At 35-34, the Hawks elect for a 2-point conversion for the win, hoping to win their third game against the Panthers. Huntingdon did not successfully convert, and the Panther snuck out with their 4th and final win of the series as of the 2017-2018 season.
Greatest Coaches:Eddie Garfinkle
- Garfinkle was Birmingham Southern's second coach, after Joey Jones, since their program was reestablished. He has taken the Panthers through transition of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference to the SAA. He boasts a 41-47 record and is responsible for their only conference championship in 2012, granted there were only 4 official teams in the SAA at that time he still had a 4-2 win over all current SAA teams and 3-1 otherwise. After a shameful 1-9 record in 2016 he stepped down as Birmingham Southern's head coach.
Campus and Surrounding Area
City Population: 212,157
Iconic Campus Building:
The first game Birmingham Southern played was vs Rhodes Rhodes.
The first win was @ Sewanee Sewanee
Birmingham Southern was consolidated from Birmingham college and Southern College
Glen Shadix, from A Nightmare Before Christmas, former Miss Alabama Alexa Jones, and District Judge William Acker are all alumni of Birmingham Southern
What Is and What is to Come
Birmingham Southern is inconsistent, often just ranked in the middle of SAA and not causing any damage. It struggles to keep games close with Huntingdon, only once have they kept a loss to Huntingdon under 15 points. Birmingham Southern gets a redo at last year, playing the exact same teams, at the exact weeks they were played, just flipped home and away. It is the second year of Coach Tony Joe White, can he win a few more games with his players?
Birmingham Southern played D1 was affiliated with the Big South Conference Big South from 2000-2007
Birmingham Southern was the smallest D1 program, and was the regular season Big South Basketball champion in the 2003-2004 season.
Birmingham Southern and Samford remain one of the very few D1 vs D3 rivalries, like Michigan vs Chicago and Vanderbilt vs Sewanee, both dating back to the 1890s, while Birmingham Southern vs Samford started in the early 1900s. There are rare matches between these two schools, however not in football.
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I was tasked with writing the 2018 Colts Offseason Review, so I figured I'd throw it up here and see if you guys have anything you think I should add or take out. I already know my schedule prediction is going to be controversial. I was trying to be conservative on that and basically assume the worst.Colts AFC South
The Colts are a team with more unknowns than probably anybody in the league right now. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a series of posts over on the Colts sub about what I think will be happening with the 53-man roster, and the more I break down, the more I realize the Colts just have so many unknown quantities. Even judging based on last year is flawed, given the literally record-breakingly bad coaching and the 32 players that were on IR during the season. Rookies, free agents, new coaches, new schemes, players coming back from injuries… On defense, only two players in the front 7 were on the team in 2016. The 90-man roster has 22 rookies. 2/3 of the 90 man roster was not on the team last season. This roster has seen a lot of turnover. I don’t feel confident really predicting anything this season. A lot of this is going to be talking about battles or a couple of different outcomes. This team is also not a complete team. There were just too many holes after last season to fill them all in one offseason. Ballard, the GM, has said the Colts are in year 1 of a 3 year rebuild process (last year was year 0), although Frank Reich, the HC, thinks this team can perform today. Either way, the front office isn’t going to explode if this team doesn’t perform. It’s not going to fail to meet expectations, because there really aren’t any yet. The expectations are “don’t blow games and don’t make stupid mistakes.” I can’t overstate that enough. This team has the biggest gap between floor and ceiling of any team in the NFL. If the new scheme works, everyone gels, and Luck is firing on all cylinders, this team is a playoff contender. If the new scheme doesn’t work, if the new players don’t fit in, or if Luck isn’t back to his old self pretty quickly, this team could easily be picking in the first 3 picks again in the next draft. It really is that drastic and we really have seen the potential from most of these position groups for both sides top happen. But the most realistic scenario is somewhere in the middle.Coaching changes
Pagano is out. The Fourth Reich has begun (couldn’t resist making one pun). The coaching decisions last year were… Questionable at best. The Colts literally set a new NFL record for blown 4th quarter leads with 7 out of the 9 games they had one in. That’s 7 losses that are very directly influenced by coaching and conditioning. It was… staggering, and here is an article looking more directly at the just unbelievablely boneheaded decisions the coaching staff made, such as the ridiculously high rate of run plays they ran (almost 100% if there were fewer than 3 WRs on the field). I’ve never seen anything like it before. Predictable is an understatement here. I don’t think I can make that clear enough. The coaching last year was unbelievably predictable. Everyone has made comments about their coach’s “run-run-pass-punt” playcalling. With the Colts… It was not much of an exaggeration. Check out the article, it’s a fascinating read. It doesn’t talk about the defense, but there were a fair number of games where instead of continuing with the scheming that had been working all game, they would switch off a press-man coverage in the secondary to a soft zone that allowed for those quick little dink-and-dunk plays that get first downs and easy yardage. It was just painful all around. After a very disappointing 6 years, Chuck Pagano was released in what seemed to be a pretty mutual decision. The dude beat cancer and inspired an entire city, but his coaching was lackluster. The general consensus is that Chuck Pagano is a wonderful human being that everyone would love to run into at a barbecue, but nobody wants him as the head coach. It was time. I’m going to give the firing a grade of A. It was a much needed change and the only thing anyone can really say about it is that it came too late. With Pagano went pretty much the entire coaching staff.
So, we have the new guy! Josh McDan… Nevermind, he backed out at the last second, after some of the assistants he had chosen had already been hired and moved. I'll talk about that more in the news section. So we went with Frank Reich, former Offensive Coordinator of the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles. A lot of people are questioning the “2nd pick”, but honestly, these guys are being chosen to be the head coach of a multi-million dollar franchise. Homework gets done and these guys get checked thoroughly. Anyway, Reich brings on to the staff an offensive mindset and just came off the Super Bowl. He was in Indianapolis back when Tony Dungy was coaching as Peyton’s QB coach for two years in 2009 and 2010. The Chargers made him an OC in 2014 and Philip Rivers had a “second breakout” when that happened. This guys is the one who backed up Jim Kelly and gave him advice, coached Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, and somehow turned mediocre to average Nick Foles into a Super Bowl MVP. This guy is the one who managed to impress Peyton Manning with his football knowledge. He was able to handle Jim Kelly. Everyone who has ever talked to him knows that he has some insane football IQ. When he was playing at Buffalo as a backup, he was basically an extra offensive coordinator, complete with calling plays. This guy definitely deserves it.
He’s bringing with him a new staff. The offensive coordinator, Nick Sirianni, has been drilling the new offensive scheme into players, complete with actual exams. Reich will retain playcalling duties, though. Matt Eberflus is the new defensive coordinator, formerly the LB coach for the Cowboys. He was one of the higher-regarded coordinator recruits among the league and he’s got a reputation for developing linebackers, something the Colts are in dire need of.
Other major changes include Rusty Jones, the new strength and conditioning coach. Somehow, Reich convinced him to come out of retirement. Given the fact that the whole AFCS got slaughtered by the injury bug last season, a guy who has a reputation for keeping players healthy is much needed. But really, the entire coaching staff got an overhaul. Two members of the staff have the same title as they did last season, and only three were even with the team last year. Richard Howell got promoted to head of S&C after several years of being an assistant, Ryan Podell got his second season in the Sports Science department, and Robert Mathis was allowed back. Everyone else is new. There seems to be a fair amount of experience on this staff. Alan Williams is back in Indianapolis after being the secondary coach in 2002-2011, in an almost identical scheme. Tom Rathman has been hired to make the RBs tougher. Dave DeGuglielmo was one of the McDaniels hires and is just straight up bad for the team based on his New England history and the fact that he lasted a single season in Miami. Right now, I’m going to give it a tentative B, because I really like most of the staff changes, but there are a lot of young guys on this staff, it’s too soon to try to give it a definitive grade. Here’s the list of all the changes:Coach Role Grade Frank Reich Head Coach B+ Nick Sirianni Offensive Coordinator B+ Matt Eberflus Defensive Coordinator A+ Bubba Vetrone Special Teams Coordinator B Tom Rathman Running Backs Coach A- Alan Williams Secondary Coach A Dave Borgonzi Linebackers Coach B Dave DeGuglielmo Offensive Line Coach D- Bobby Johnson Assistant Offensive Line Coach B Jonathan Gannon Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach A- Tom Manning Tight Ends Coach B Dave Overstreet II Defensive Quality Control C Gunnard Twynner Offensive Quality Control B Kevin Patullo Wide Receivers Coach C Mike Phair Defensive Line Coach B+ Frank Ross Assistant Special Teams Coach B Marcus Brady Assistant QB Coach B Richard Howell Head of Strength and Conditioning A Rusty Jones Director of Sports Performance A+ Doug McKenney Assistant Strength and Conditioning B+ Ryan Podell Sports Science/Conditioning Coach B Robert Mathis Pass Rush Consultant A Reggie Wayne Wide Receivers Consultant A- Cato June Linebackers Assistant B+ Free Agency Lost Name Position New Team Rashaan Melvin CB Raiders Donte Moncrief WR Jaguars Jonathan Hankins DT Free Agent Frank Gore RB Dolphins Darius Butler CB/S Free Agent Kamar Aiken WR Free Agent Barkevious Mingo EDGE Seahawks Scott Tolzien QB Free Agent Jon Bostic LB Steelers Brandon Williams TE Free Agent
There are really only a couple of guys that we lost in free agency that really have an impact. The first one, and easily the biggest, is probably going to be Rashaan Melvin. He had a breakout season last year for the Colts, winding up as one of the best CBs in the league. He requested to shadow Antonio Brown in the Steelers game and… pretty much shut him down. We didn’t re-sign him because he was apparently asking too much money, then went to Oakland instead. It wasn’t just letting him go, he actively took less to go somewhere else. This is one of the losses the Colts are probably going to feel this year.
Donte Moncrief went off to division rival Jacksonville this offseason. Moncrief was looking good as a developing WR in his first couple of seasons, but never managed to have that breakout season the Colts had been waiting for. I know Jags fans are excited getting Moncrief and think that he’s a great option as WR2, but I just want to warn you guys that he’ll have days where he looks fantastic and can absolutely be that second WR that can be a huge threat, but he’ll also disappear for games at a time. Still, it was a loss the Colts are going to need to fix.
Jonathan Hankins is probably the most puzzling of the losses. He was a monster run-stuffer last season and did a great job eating up the internal OLs of a lot of different teams. He was huge for the Colts last season once he got a chance to play in his natural position as a true NT. Apparently, the reasoning was that Hankins is no longer a scheme fit for this team, and I’ll go into that more a little later on. Another loss that’s going to hurt, but unlike those other two, the Colts have a little bit of a continuity plan on the DL. An interesting little twist, though, is that Hankins is still a free agent, oddly enough. That alone is making this look less questionable, though there are a lot of free agents still available who probably shouldn’t be.
Frank Gore is immortal and still running. Unfortunately, he’s running all the way down to Miami. Honestly, it was a parting of ways that made sense. Gore is the wrong side of 30, this team really isn’t that great yet, and he has a chance to get some real good usage somewhere else. Wish the best for the guy, but really, it’s not much of a surprise. Filling the role of RB1 isn’t going to be easy, but it’s something that needs to happen.
I’m going to give Jon Bostic a shoutout for how atrocious he was in parts of last season. You’ll be seeing this stat a lot, but he and Antonio Morrison combined to allow 38/41 completions when they were in coverage. Through SIX games. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how mind-bogglingly bad that is, and yet Pagano allowed the two of them to continue starting. It ended up working out for Bostic, he hit a career high tackle number. Steelers fans, just be very cautious about the guy. He’s nothing but a liability in pass coverage, but is absolutely useful when it comes to run stopping.Gained: Name Position Old Team Matt Slauson C/G Chargers Austin Howard OT Raiders Jack Mewhort G Colts Denico Autry DL Raiders Eric Ebron TE Lions Ryan Grant WR Redskins Adam Vinatieri K Colts Pierre Desir CB Colts Najee Goode LB Eagles Chris McCain DE Chargers
The Colts were, once again, playing a pretty small game in free agency. There were only a handful of pickups, but they’re all (hopefully) going to be fighting for starting roles or at least major playing time. The first one to take a look at is Matt Slauson, who got picked up from the Chargers most recently. Last season, he was 4th in the league for sacks allowed per snap, although fans of the team might not think the most highly of the guy. He’ll be playing as a guard for the Colts, which is more of his natural position. In OTAs, he’s already gotten himself into the RG position, which is a pretty big deal, for reasons I’ll go into later.
Austin Howard, the RT from Oakland, got picked up to shore up the right tackle position, by far the weakest position on the Colts offensive line. He may not be the best right tackle in the league, or even the division (thanks Jack Conklin), but it’s an important step up at the weakest spot on the line. He pretty much won the starting spot by default.
Jack Mewhort also got resigned for the Guard position, but he got a small, 1-year contract, probably as a product of his stellar, but injury riddled, time with the team. It’s a solid pick-up and taking a chance for a guy who has shown great quality when he’s available. Last year, he allowed the second most sacks per snap, behind Yanda. He’s been a model of consistent quality, but multiple knee injuries are little red flags about how much longer he has left.
Denico Autry is coming from an Oakland defensive line that included Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. Coming off the line as a part of the rotation, he still put up a strong campaign. He’s coming to the Colts to play a rotational role as a “tweener” DL. He’s listed on the roster as a DT/DE. He’s expected to be playing a 3rd down type of role, but the defense is switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 and it’s really hard to predict exactly what’s going to be going on with it without actually seeing it in action.
Eric Ebron was the 10th overall pick for the Detroit Lions in 2014, but Lions fans disavowed him pretty quickly. He had some unfortunate drops at some very key moments with the Lions, including some huge near-scores and big plays. He’s been super excited about the move to Indianapolis though. His social media activity has made it clear that he’s happy for the change of scenery. Coming to Indianapolis and playing behind Jack Doyle means that Ebron will absolutely not be allowed to simply coast by on the talent that got him drafted in the first round. He’s going to have to work for his playing time, and apparently, in the OTAs, he’s been getting quite a lot of usage in 2 TE sets, fighting for that first spot.
Ryan Grant is coming from the Redskins after his rookie contract. He never put up superstar numbers in Washington, but he made some pretty great highlight-reel-worthy catches. The Colts are desperate for WR help right now and Grant will, at a minimum, be competing for playing time off the bench. With such a weak WR room, though, he’s fighting to be in that WR2 spot.
Adam Vinatieri continues to be the ageless wonder and is on track to break the all-time scoring record this season, probably around Week 9. It’s a 1-year deal, though, and he might hang it up when it’s over.
Chris McCain hasn’t actually been to any practices since he got into some legal trouble for an assault accusation. We’ll see what happens with him. Potentially productive help for the defensive line, if everything gets cleared up.
Najee Goode is a rotational LB from the Super Bowl winners. Goode started a handful of games, including the NFC championship, but most of his production was as part of the rotation at LB and playing special teams. He brings experience and leadership to the team, which are very much needed right now for such a young squad.
Pierre Desir is the last free agent the Colts signed. He was a huge part of the secondary last year and was able to hold it together when people got hurt solidly. At worst, he’s pretty average and needed for a team with very little to no secondary depth. He’s the kind of guy you don’t want for your starting CB1, but if he has to come in to spell some guys, that’s absolutely alright.Draft Round Pick Name Position 1 6 Quenton Nelson G 2 36 Darius Leonard LB 2 37 Braden Smith G 2 52 Kemoko Turay DE 2 64 Tyquan Lewis DL 4 104 Nyheim Hines RB 5 159 Daurice Fountain WR 5 169 Jordan Wilkins RB 6 185 Deon Cain WR 7 221 Matthew Adams LB 7 235 Zaire Franklin LB
As far as sheer quantity of picks go, it really seems like the Colts won that part of the draft. Somehow, they wound up with a whopping 11 draft picks, including 5 in the first 2 rounds. That’s more than some teams took in their whole draft. But what did they do with those picks?
In the first round, with the 6th overall pick, the Indianapolis Colts selected Quenton Nelson, a Guard from Notre Dame. Nelson is an actual generational talent. Before the draft, it was widely said that multiple scouts had seen him as one of, if not the absolute best offensive line prospects they’ve ever scouted. The man is a brick freaking wall. Expectations are sky-high for this dude. He’s expected to be an anchor for the offensive line for hopefully a decade or more. The dude should be an all-pro. We also have no indication he will be anything less than one of the best guards in the league next year. His biggest red flag is that he’s not the fastest guard in the league and… that’s about it. Not even that he’s slow, just that he’s not that fast. He’s aggressive, he’s fierce on the field, and he absolutely wants to get his guy onto the ground. Andy Benoit over at Sports Illustrated gave this pick a D+. I don’t know why. This is an A+++ pick in my book. The Colts offensive line has been sad and weak for far too long at this point. They play in the AFC South, which means they go up against JJ Watt, Jadaveon Clowney, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Abry Jones, Malik Jackson, Michael Bennett, and many more. Plus, this year, they have the Eagles and Raiders with their strong DLs. His first four games this year include: Geno Atkins, Jonathan Allen, Da'Ron Payne, Fletcher Cox, Michael Bennett, and JJ Watt. A strong OL is absolutely necessary in this division. Nelson is now on a starting OL that includes 3 1st round picks and a 2nd round pick. That is protecting your QB.
The Colts wound up with 4 2nd round picks after doing a couple of deals. Darius Leonard was the first pickup that’s going to help with the LB position, the biggest weak spot of the Colts coming into this offseason. Leonard is one of those “Iffy” picks, but really, it actually kind of makes sense. He didn’t put up the best numbers at the combine and that led a lot of pundits to think the Colts took him too high. That may be true. Leonard is a very instinctive player more than anything and is apparently exactly what the Colts were looking for in a LB. For what it’s worth, Cato June and Robert Mathis, both former Colts, absolutely loved this pick. Say what you will about picking him too early, LB was without question the biggest offseason need (more on that later) and this pick addressed it. As far as the quality of the pick itself goes, I’m going to grade this one out with a B+. Leonard should be a good player and absolutely fills a need, but with the 36th overall pick, there’s still some top-end talent left.
The second of their back-to-back picks in the 2nd round was Braden Smith, another Guard. Odd, the Colts took two guards for their first two picks. Braden Smith was the only person in the combine who could match Nelson’s 35 reps on the bench press. Playing at Auburn, he went up against some of the best defenses in college football and stood pretty steady. Right now, he’s been playing with the 2s in OTAs, but with the offensive line especially, pads on and pads off look very different. He could push Slauson out of that starting RG spot. I’m going to give this pick an A-. Smith is definitely looking like a RG of the future, and one of the best OL players available, but there were a handful of other players that could help in bigger ways still on the big board. Still, RG was going to be another really weak spot on the OL and the need has been filled, and filled for next year when Slauson or Mewhort is gone.
Kemoko Turay was drafted not because of the actual numbers he put up in college, but because of his efficiency at doing so. This was something I only learned after the draft, but Turay was able to put hit and pressure numbers up that are quite comparable to Landry, Chubb, and Davenport, in half the snaps. This was an under-the-radar pick at the time, and I think it got pretty underrated. I’m going to give it a B+, but if the scheme works out, this will be an A pick. Turay does his best work when he gets a chance to come off and on the field and he has the chance to be a nightmare in the future. This is a second round pick that will absolutely be playing a role from day 1, which is about what you’d expect from them. Day 1 starter is a hope, but day 1 contributor is still just as important.
Tyquan Lewis is the first really questionable pick of the draft. So far to this point, the picks may have been a little questionable as far as the particular positions go, but the players are pretty reliably good to great quality. Lewis is the first head-scratcher. He had some disruptive plays with Ohio State and in his last 3 years he had at least 7 sacks per year. He’s a little bit big to play a pure edge role, but he’s listed on the roster as DT/DE like Autry. He has the size to play the 3-tech and will hopefully do alright getting to the QB on 3rd and long. I want to be very clear when I say he’s not a bad player. The questionable part is not picking him, it’s trading back up into the 2nd round to pick him. The pick in a vacuum gets a B- from me. He’s just not terribly impressive, but he should be able to play a role. The problem is just the value. But factoring in the trade, this particular pick drops to a C from me. It just doesn’t seem worth giving up the capital to move up 3 spots, especially considering he would probably have been there for the original pick. It’s just an odd choice.
Nyheim Hines has been by far the flashiest of the rookies for the Colts so far this offseason. After blowing up with the fastest 40 time in the combine, Hines has been lining up in pretty much every single skill position on the offense during OTAs. He’s lined up out wide, in the slot, in the backfield… He’s really doing it all. It’s been earning him a lot of comparisons to Darren Sproles. Dude has speed out the wazoo. He’s fighting his way up the depth chart and is, at a minimum, a true scat back for the team. At the time, I probably would have given this a B or B-, but now that we’ve heard a little bit about what’s been going on in camp, I’m going to give this a B+/A-. It’s right on the borderline of the two because there were bigger needs still on the board, but RB was definitely a need and Hines is certainly filling the role well so far.
Daurice Fountain has been pretty quiet around training camp. His name hasn’t really come up a whole lot the way Cain and Hines have been, but that’s also not a bad thing. It means he hasn’t been flashing, but he also hasn’t been disappointing, which is about perfect for someone picked up in the 5th round. Unfortunately, the Colts need help at WR now, but fortunately for Fountain, there’s really nothing standing between him and a roster spot right now. I’m going to give this a B rating with the future picks in mind, but a B- in a vacuum. WR was a huge need and Fountain should make the roster, but for the first one we took in the draft hasn’t really been making much of an impression.
Jordan Wilkins is a very patient running back. In his time at Ole Miss, he had a huge number of highlights that showed off his patience and ability to slip through the tiniest hole and break free. If Hines is Darren Sproles 2.0, then Wilkins is Arian Foster 2.0. Wilkins hasn’t been quite as flashy as Hines so far, but he has potential. This one gets a B. Between Hines, Mack, and Turbin, there was a decent committee going, but Wilkins adds a 4th body to the rotation. That said, there were still huge defensive needs that hadn’t been addressed yet. I’m not complaining about the pick, but I might have preferred a few other choices.
Deon Cain has been the most impressive rookie in training camp so far. He’s been making some huge toe-tapping catches and other flashy plays without the pads on, which has him shooting up the (admittedly very weak) WR depth chart. He’s been impressing everyone with his flashiness and should be fighting for a starting spot. At the time, I would have given this a C-, because there was already a WR picked up, plus three other good ones on the roster, and still had only put in a few picks on our biggest needs on defense. However, now that OTAs have happened and he’s blowing everything out of the water, this one gets an A+ from me. From what we’ve seen, Cain is a playmaking WR picked up in the 6th round. Remind you of anyone else? I’m not honestly expecting him to play up to Antonio Brown’s standards, but when you’re this late in the draft, you’re worried about a guy making the roster for his entire rookie contract. He’s shaping up to be a potential day 1 starter. That’s so much better than what you’d expect.
Matthew Adams was the Colts 7th round pick. He’s not really much of a standout in any respect, but the Colts were desperate for LB help (again, getting to that later), and Adams showed himself a sure tackler in his time at Houston. He’ll probably be a special teams player for most of this season if he makes the roster. I’ll give the pick a C because Adams really hasn’t done a whole lot to set himself apart from anyone so far, but it was also the 7th round and this was a position of serious need.
Zaire Franklin is a crazy athletic high-upside pickup for the Colts. Remember how Hines had the fastest 40 at the combine? Franklin, who wasn’t invited to the combine, chased Hines down in a game. He was also the first three-year captain at Syracuse for over a century, which means he has leadership skills and work ethic that are up there with the best of them. He racked up 266 combined tackles in 3 seasons, 156 of which were solo. He’s another raw, athletic, high-upside guy the Colts took and will probably make the roster on his leadership alone. Franklin gets a B from me because of the high-upside promise of a late 7th round pick, but factoring in the trade of Anderson, I kinda want to downgrade this to a C+. Doesn’t really seem worth what was given up, but I could be proven wrong.
On the whole, I’ll give this draft class a grand score of a B+. Ballard definitely showed his particular care when it came to drafting players here. Some of them were drafted higher than expected and he spent a lot of capital trying to get more picks earlier in the draft. 10/11 players I fully expect to contribute in some way this season, and the 11th could contribute. The Colts were one of the winners of the first round, though the second round was a little bit more of a head-scratcher. All in all, though, a lot of super athletic high-upside guys who figure to play big roles in the years to come with this team.News Coaching hunt
This was a pretty small story in the grand scheme of things and fell out of the news cycle pretty quickly, but it was still pretty noteworthy. Short version: Colts had Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels all set up to be hired as the new head coach. They had already hired a couple of coaches McDaniels had picked as assistants, including defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. The Colts announced McDaniels as the new hire and were waiting with the contract that hadn’t been signed yet. The night before he was supposed to sign, McDaniels met with Kraft and Belichick and had a conversation. Nobody knows what was said, but McDaniels backed out of the contract. There's speculation that McDaniels was offered the position as Belichik's successor in New England. It could have been too many questions about Luck's shoulder. We really don't know what happened. It wasn't illegal, but pretty scummy, especially with some of his assistants already being hired and moved. The Colts recovered and instead hired Frank Reich, while keeping the assistants they had already hired.Luck
I did a pretty big writeup of this earlier in the offseason and posted it on r/nfl trying to clear the air on what had been going on. The Luck saga is really a non-story that the talking heads keep bringing up because they don’t know anything else about the Colts. Summary version: Luck got hurt in 2015, played hurt in 2016, had surgery in January 2017 and was scheduled to be back sometime in July-September. He was practicing again in October, complete with throwing, had a setback, went abroad for another treatment and restarted a rehab timeline, which had him back by training camp. He returned during OTAs (a little ahead of schedule, actually) and threw a regulation football on the last day of minicamp. It’s been compounded by Irsay being a loudmouthed idiot and the talking heads not having anything to talk about. At this point, there are only two questions left to be answered: Will he be playing the full game week 1? and Will he return to his full form? He is absolutely the first QB on the depth chart and he is, as of now, ready to play at least partially for week 1. Don’t let people try to turn this into more than it is. Luck has thrown a regulation football in public within the last month. He was even working with his WRs last week.Starting Lineup
QB Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett
RB Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Robert Turbin
TE Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, Erik Swoope
WR TY Hilton, Ryan Grant, Chester Rogers, Deon Cain, Steve Ishmael, Daurice Fountain
LT Anthony Castonzo, Denzelle Good
LG Quenton Nelson, Jack Mewhort
C Ryan Kelly, Joe Haeg
RG Matt Slauson, Braden Smith
RT Austin Howard, Le’Raven Clark
DT Margus Hunt, Al Woods, Grover Stewart, Denico Autry, Tyquan Lewis, Hassan Ridgeway
DE Jabaal Sheard, Tarell Basham, Kemoko Turay, Denico Autry, Tyquan Lewis
LB Anthony Walker Jr., Darius Leonard, Najee Goode, Skai Moore, Tyrell Adams, Zaire Franklin
CB Quincy Wilson, Kenny Moore II, Nate Hairston, Pierre Desir, DJ White
S Clayton Geathers, Malik Hooker, Matthias Farley, George Odum
K Adam Vinatieri
P Rigoberto Sanchez
KR Chester Rogers
PR Nyheim HinesPlayers
For some odd reason, being out of play for a single season has people forgetting just how good Andrew Luck is. I’m not saying he’s on that Brady/Brees/Rodgers level, but he’s pretty dang good. The problem is that he’s been on a lot of teams that really don’t give him a whole lot of help. For example, in 2016, he was surrounded by a supporting cast that struggled to hold off opposing offenses and actually catch the ball. I want to make it clear, I’m not trying to say Luck is the best QB in the league. But he has a pretty strong argument for being the best in the AFCS, considering we haven’t seen a full season from Watson yet. Luck is Indy’s QB, and there’s no question about it.
Anthony Castonzo is the LT and anchor of the OL, as well as someone who gets forgotten just a little too easily. Castonzo may be part of the most-maligned OL group in the league, but he’s been quietly pretty good for his whole career. He’s done a pretty good job of being an iron man, never really going down for extended periods of time. By December 13 last season, he had allowed only three QB hits and only 28 total pressures. And pass blocking is his weakness. The guy is good and people write him off just for being a part of the Colts OL.
Ryan Kelly had a rookie season for the books after not allowing a single sack in 626 snaps. His sophomore season, he had a bit of a slump, especially because he played most of it injured and between two of the worst Gs in professional football. Having Nelson and Slauson next to him should make life easier for Kelly next year and we’re expecting a return to form.
I personally am of the belief that Jack Doyle is a top 10 TE, but I know others will disagree with me on that. He’s just incredibly consistent with his blocking (mostly) and has become such a solid, steady receiving threat. 80 catches is more than some TEs get for targets, and with an average of 8.6 ypc last season, he’s a consistent production option. Being borderline top 10 and forgotten is a pretty consistent theme with this Colts team…
Wouldn’t you know it, after Castonzo and Doyle, we also have TY Hilton, the 2016 receiving yards leader. Last season, if TY had 150 yards, the Colts won. If he didn’t, they lost. Part of the problem, though, was that he had the fewest targets he’s had in his career since his rookie season, when he played 15 games with 1 start. That includes his sophomore season, where he started only 10 games. He had only one game with more than 9 targets and four games with only 4 or 5 targets. But his ypc was also the highest it’s been since his rookie season, with 16.9. The guy has the potential to be unbelievably good, but he has to make his catches and get his opportunities. Not to mention, the guy had 966 yards and this was considered a “disappointing” season. A sub-1000 yard disappointing season means that a WR is pretty dang good.
Nate Hairston is a guy that gets underrated because of what his particular role is. Hairston is at his best in the slot. By at his best, I mean he hit Tyrien Matthieu’s mark of 214 coverage snaps in the slot without allowing a touchdown. He was the league’s most successful blitzing CB and managed to sack Russell Wilson twice, including once for a safety. The problem he was running into was absolutely awful coaching by Chuck Pagano, which included not using him to blitz very frequently after he sacked Wilson. Hairston is a slot CB and really isn’t very good on the outside. PFF doesn’t really differentiate a whole lot, though, so his score looks pretty bad. Point is, Hairston is really good in the slot and the starter there next year.
Malik Hooker was last year’s first round pick. In the first half of the season, he was looking like a legitimate contender for DROY after 3 interceptions, 4 passes defensed, and 22 tackles. In his first 7 games in the NFL. And then he tore his ACL trying to clean up someone else’s missed tackle (I think it was Antonio Morrison, actually). He’s back on the field in cleats as of May, but he may still miss the beginning of the season. No matter what, though, Hooker is going to be an important part of that secondary. The Ed Reed comparisons turned out to not be very far off so far.submitted by /u/Ozurip to r/Colts
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I've been told to leave fields by Austin Sports and Social Club's refs and employees before. I do understand that you are able to reserve fields through the http://www.austintexas.gov/department/athletics. But it seems like the city has sold it's park rights to companies rather than leaving it open for citizens to use. Is Parks and Recs Dept. desperate for funds?
Another example is that I called most of the south austin rec centers and they were booked most of the week, and only open for free play from 1pm to 3 pm on Saturday. That's it. One day of the week for two hours. It used to be open for free play almost five days of the week.
I grew up in Austin playing ultimate behind barton springs on Sundays, and this was seen as public land. Also my group of friends have been told not to play an organized sport without permit by park staff. Thoughts?submitted by /u/ShaggyDoggg90 to r/Austin
Hey everyone! A bit of context: I'm a student at the University of Toronto (Canada) and will be in Austin late this month until around the end of the year for work (I'm currently doing an internship).
Been looking around for a gym to join, and UT is probably the best location for me (for both equipment and price). Just wondering - is anyone willing to be a sponsor for me (obviously I'll pay for the membership) for a RecSports membership? From what I've read up, it just requires you to come with me to register at the desk, and it takes ~5 mins for the entire process. Since it's the summer I think you might need to be a summer student/have a summer gym membership, but I'm happy to wait until September too!
Let me know - I'll buy you coffee/lunch for your help :)submitted by /u/jimmy3021 to r/UTAustin