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Um, it's the bye week.
We don't have a game to play this week, so we're not gonna do a pre game like we normally do on Fridays.
However, I brought with me YouTube personality swaggy right here.
Who is a Colts fan, believe it or not.
And he's gonna come in and help me break down a little bit about what's been going on through the first six weeks kind of grade.
Go over some disappointments or surprises that we've seen over the first six weeks and then look to the future to the rest of the season.
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Now I have a few things that we want to go over when it comes to the first six games because we've had some highs.
We've had some lows.
We've had injuries.
Let's talk about disappointments for the first six weeks.
Obviously, in my opinion, some of the biggest disappointments is just straight up the injuries.
Right? Uh, Marlin Matt getting her out for the season right off the bat, man with that corn Achilles Malik Hooker gets his Achilles tourney.
We have Michael Pittman junior out with that calf injury.
He had two surgeries on that and then, of course, Paris Campbell with the PCL injury on his knee.
What are some of the biggest disappointments that you have seen so far this year? I'd say the injuries are a big part of it, but I'm looking at even guys that are on the field, t y Hilton.
He's a guy that he's one of my favorite players in 90 on the coast, but in football, and he hasn't had a big game in almost two years.
Now I'm waiting for him to come out, have a break out game because without that deep threat down the field, the offense, there's not much to it.
So he's a big part man.
We need to get him going.
I'd say he's probably the biggest disappointment.
See, I sat here and I thought about T.
Y because you brought that up to me a little bit earlier, before the screen yesterday and I went over this with Jake Arthur and a few other guys as well.
And T White runs routes a little bit odd a little differently than most wide receivers, right? He adjust his route mid route toe, find where he needs to be to be open because of how small and slim me is.
And he uses his skill sets to.
His advantage is to get open, but because he's a different style of right route runner, yeah, it's difficult for new quarterbacks to get adjusted to that, to be able to throw uh to where they believe he might be at on the field.
Andrew Luck already knew that prior with working with him over seasons and seasons of seasons of playing last year, it was jacoby percent, and it took an entire I mean, you had the first, what, 67 weeks with him.
He kind of got t y in a little bit.
Then he got her was out for a while.
They probably, uh, then t y obviously was dealing with some injuries late in the season as well.
And then this year you've got Philip Rivers, another new quarterback who's got to come in and learn how t y runs routes as well.
T y is less of a player now than what he was 34 years ago.
I just think it has a lot to do with his injuries over the past couple seasons.
And then this year you've got Philip Rivers, who's still trying toe, learn how he runs routes and where he could throw to get him open.
I think later in the season a zoo long as T y stays healthy.
I think t y will end up having those big games that you come to expect from him.
Um, you know, at least five or six times a year, right? Yeah.
And you have to think he there was a touchdown that was called back against him, a ball down the field that he dropped.
It's not like he's done absolutely nothing.
He's been more of a decode this point.
I just I look atyou a Hilton.
He's a Pro Bowl caliber receiver That is a huge part of this offense.
He's one of the Onley players on this team that has that deep threat capability so we could get him more involved in the offense to open it up for other guys.
I think it would be beneficial moving forward.
Another thing that I think is a slight disappointment right now is the running game we really haven't.
We've had, like, what? One game that we've ran 100 yards, 100 yard rusher when Jonathan Taylor broke 100 yards? Um, that it kind of hurts.
Obviously, loss of Marlon Mack hurts massively, Um, but Jonathan Taylor, still a rookie, still young, and he still has to learn how to make his what he does well, very effective at the level he's playing now in the NFL.
Gets guys that are bigger, stronger, faster, as opposed to what he did in college, and he also has to learn his offensive.
I mean, he had his offensive line over there, um, in college for those three years, and he did find.
But he had that consistency.
The offensive line knew how to block in front of how he liked to be blocked for, and he knew how they were blocking.
Now he's gotta learn that with the Indianapolis Colts again, something.
I think that over the next few weeks we could see Jonathan Taylor's doctor have those big games.
But that comes down to Frank, right? Calling run place, does it not? I mean, does he quit? Does it seem like to you that Frank right? Kind of gives up on calling run place sometimes? Yeah.
So that was the first thing I was gonna bring up is you Look at Jonathan Taylor's carries 12 against the Bengals, 12 against the Browns, 17 against the Bears.
He's a guy that needs to be getting more curious than that.
I mean, seventeens, all right, but 12 is too little for a caliber player of Jonathan Taylor.
He needs to get more, man, I'd say around the 17 to 20 range, every game is where he needs to be And then, of course, we have no him.
Heinz, where we were seeing a lot of Mahin Heinz carrying the football out on the field rather than Jonathan Taylor and name Heinz is not necessarily your best running back to be running between the tackles with.
I get that, you want them to be out there on the field for your third downs.
And if you just bring him in instead of Jonathan Taylor, then you kind of tip your hat.
So what you're wanting to do on that third down, you know you're gonna end up throwing the football, and most likely it'll be to know him.
But there's times when he's had 9 10 11 mawr as much or more carries than Jonathan Taylor.
You know, um, do you think that maybe Frank Reich is kind of utilizing? No, he, um and, ah, a little too much.
Maybe in the wrong way.
I mean, I get his perspective.
He's trying to get multiple backs into this offense, but right now you've got to give Jonathan Taylor the ball.
He's the lead back.
He's talent, talented man.
This is a guy that I expect to be a quote for a very long time.
I think Heinz he's more of a receiving back.
He's quick, elusive.
So we need to get into position to win and succeed running up the middle.
That is not 19 minds game at all.
No, no, I don't think now Jordan Wilkins.
I believe that you could take him about anywhere running the football.
I don't think he's is good catching the football in the backfield.
This team times, obviously, But he's shown last year when he was backing up Marlon, Matt that as a relief back, he's very, very good.
I mean, he leads the NFL the last two seasons with yards per carry for any running back with at least 50 carries or Maurin a season.
I mean, he's averaging nearly six yards a carry, so I think that Jordan Wilkins should be that guy.
That should get a little bit more of the relief carries rather than a him Heinz.
What do you think? Yeah, I agree.
I think Jordan Wilkins has looked great the past for years.
He definitely deserves more carries, but it shouldn't play in tow.
Jonathan Taylor is production, though, because he's a guy that he's a receiving back, that that was something him coming out of college.
A lot of people said that he wouldn't be able to catch the ball and get yards per carry.
All that and he's showing them all wrong.
Jonathan Taylor. He's a guy.
That is the future of this team.
We need to give him the ball more.
And, yeah, I I agree.
Another disappointment that I have is offensive line depth, right? We had that one game where we had one offensive linemen out and it was our left tackle, Anthony Castonzo, and we had to put UM, Law, Raven Clarkin And the drop off in talent was vastly apparent at that situation.
Rivers was constantly under pressure, constantly hounded.
There was there was always someone in the backfield against the run game, and I think that is something that the Colts really need to address.
Do you think that it's an immediate need to where they should actually be looking to do something before the trade deadline, or do you think that this is something that we could put on the back burner for the draft this year? To me, it's the back burner.
I feel like with the Colts.
They have a very good office line.
There's nothing you could do about it.
If I'm looking for something to go and get the deadline, I'm looking at a receiver.
J. Green, I think, could be a very good fit for the Colts.
I know people have been saying that.
That's the type of thing you need to go out and get at the deadline.
Okay, Um, there's also been Cem speculation with other players in the NFL before the trade deadline.
Ah, couple that come to mind.
Sam, Donald and Daniel Jones even has been in the mix.
What are your thoughts on the Colts possibly going out and taking a look at them? I mean, I understand it for me.
Philip Rivers did look good last week.
We know his age is what, 39 years old, he's a guy, that the courts have been hiding him a lot this season, so we know he doesn't have the arm to really throw the ball down the field.
But if he can continue to just limit his turnovers because all the games the Colts of one Philip Rivers has not really turned the ball over.
So if he can play like that, I think he's a guy that we can roll out.
But if you could get a Sam Donald or a guy of that caliber at a reasonable price, you have to do it.
If you're the Colts.
Let's also not forget that we have Jacoby, Brissett and Jacob East and even who are both caliber quarterbacks, that instead of going and getting the same donor, we could plug out there and see what they could do.
Yeah, I don't have a problem with Philip Rivers this year.
Or maybe even next year.
The issue that I have seen and as a disappointment is his arm strength going north and South West passes is there.
He could throw 50 yard bombs.
Still no problem.
We've seen that last week.
The problem is getting it on little like inside hook routes and stuff along the sidelines, trying to get the ball there fast enough before the corner concludes in and make a play on the football.
He just doesn't have the zip in order to get those balls in there.
That quick eso as long as it's footballs are thrown somewhere around the hashes or inside.
I think he's fantastic.
And that's why the loss of I think Paris Campbell hurts so much because Paris Campbell was that 6 ft, uh four to speed guy that could run those crossing patterns and those dragger outs right in front of Rivers toe, where Rivers could just dump the ball off and allow him to get yards after catch.
Like what we saw against Jacksonville before he got hurt.
Um, if you had a choice between the 22 wide receivers that got hurt earlier this year to come back first, which one would it be? Would it be Pittman? Or would it be Campbell? It's gotta be Michael Pittman.
When he was out there, the chemistry clicked. Right away.
He saw what the most targets on, the out of all the receivers.
I want to say that game.
So he's a guy that you can put out there.
He's very athletic, has good hands.
You could help this offense right now.
All right, all right, let's move on.
Well, let's see if we got any questions in here.
Uh, Jason Davis says, Sam, Donald, I don't think will be available to the end of the year.
But I don't believe Ballard will go after Donald.
They're talking about a second round pick for Donald.
And to be fair, that's kind of where Ballard lives, though, Admit, I mean, he used the second round picks and grabs just fantastic players.
Uh, Smith, Leonard, Toray.
All these guys are second round picks.
But if you have a chance, a second round pick for a guy of Sam Donald's quality, you kinda gotta pull the trigger on that, don't you? To me, I would put Sam Donald right on the caliber tear as, ah, Josh Allen.
I think they're very similar.
They can scramble.
They can pass if you could get him for a second round pick.
I know you're already paying percent and rivers, but they're on expiring contracts.
So if you could get some dinner for a second round pick? Absolutely.
You have to take that.
Um okay, let's go to the next thing that we were talking about.
Surprises the first six weeks. A swaggy.
What is the most the biggest surprise? Uh, I can I can take a wild guess here, but what is the biggest surprise that you've seen from the Indianapolis Colts through the first six weeks of the season.
I mean, of course, is the defense, But in terms of just one player, I got to go to Xavier Rhodes on this one.
He's just been a monster.
This guy, look at his completion percentage allowed 41.
His passer rating is 46.6.
Those were just ridiculous numbers.
This a guy that a lot of people said was washed.
The Colts went and grabbed him, and he's done nothing but just a lock down opposing wide receivers.
See? I don't know.
I had a film room breakdown when we went and grabbed the Savior Roads.
I did a film room breakdown Xavier Rhodes for this past two years while he was with the Vikings.
When they said, you know, he was washed because 2017 he obviously is an all pro.
And when I was going through all the all 22 film, I was realizing something.
When he was healthy at the beginning of the year, roads was top notch corner and then he would get hurt and It would be like a calf injury or a hamstring or an ankle, and the Vikings would not take him off the field.
They would still play him and make him play through lingering injuries because they didn't have anyone backing him up.
That was worth a darn.
And he got burnt bad because of those injuries.
Now that he's with the Colts and he is fully healthy, he's playing at that level that I saw before.
And as long as the Colts, if he does acquire an injury, let him heal.
J. Carey in the background.
If we need, I think is good enough.
If roads gets injured, toe, let him heal up so that he'll be healthy 100% when he does play.
Um, what about the forest? Buckner.
Do you think the Forest Buckner's, uh, has has his place surprised you? Or is it less of a surprise? Or is it something more long rounds where you expected he's been better than I expected? I know he was a huge part of that Niners front seven, but this guy his leading the league in quarterback hits, he just looks phenomena out there.
He cannot be contained.
And that's something that the Colts needed heading into the season was ability to get to the quarterback and rush the quarterback.
And he's filled in.
He's done better than I expected.
He looks better than what we gave up.
A first round pick is a steal for a player of his caliber.
Oh, yeah, You just you don't get guys of that caliber at the 16th pick of the draft.
I mean, unless you're darn lucky.
Like, uh, getting, um, Leonard, you know, in the second round, it's just something that does not happen.
Uh, any other surprises that you have seen? Pleasant surprises, maybe.
Take a look. I got their team up right now.
Maybe Marcus Johnson.
He's filled in the past few weeks.
He's a guy that didn't really expect to do much.
No, no, he looked.
He looked pretty good last week.
Actually, against the Biggles, even Paschal's at Paschal.
Some of these receivers have stepped up and been really quality weapons for Phil purpose to throw Thio last week outside of the gingery, I think morally cox has been a very big, uh, nice surprise Uh, yeah, we all knew that he could block, and he showed flashes over the last couple of years here and there.
But he had a two game stretch before he got injured, where he was just out there making play after play after play.
And I think that that's Ah, big bonus.
Uh, that the colts now have three decent tight ends that z pretty impressive.
I think Bobby Okereke has really overstepped what I expected him to be doing in his sop****re season as well.
Yeah, I know him And Leonard, we're having a competition on who is the faster linebacker.
And I'd love to see that if I could that have on human, like, speed at the linebacker position.
Oh, yeah, Well, I mean, I look, I think the Colts linebacking corps between Leonard and Anthony Walker and Bobby Okereke when all three of them are on the field in the base defense is probably the best linebacking corps in football.
Currently, um, Anthony Walker is faster than you expect him to be better against the past than he was last year.
And obviously he knows he knows how to read an offense and and he knows what play is happening before the balls even snap.
It seems like if you watch, he's breaking for where the ball is going to be before the balls even sent there.
And that's that's impressed me a lot about Anthony Walker.
I can't wait to see Leonard back and have this team healthy defensively, especially hopefully they stay healthy because the Baltimore Ravens air coming right after the Lions that we're gonna need that defense.
Um, all right, we'll see what else we got here.
Uh, face says he thinks that we could beat the Ravens.
I think we got the personnel to do.
It is the big thing. Is coaching.
It's play calling.
Um, we've had some ups and downs and play calling when it comes to offensively and defensively.
Um, it seems like to me, I think Matty bird flu is doing a much better job when it comes toe making adjustments.
And he's doing them faster than they used to.
Whereas before you would not see those adjustments until halftime.
Now you're starting to see him.
Heck, last week we saw him right after the first quarter, right? And we saw him make those adjustments, and then it was a lock down on the Bengals.
Bengals just did not look like the same team at all.
Um, but there's been some questionable play calls by Frank right over the first six weeks.
Um, is there any hesitation on your part with Frank Reich right now, or do you think that's just something that happens in Just take the good with the bad? I have no concerns about Frank, Frank.
We know what he brings to the table each and every week he's gonna get criticized for making some plays that are aggressive.
I love him, though.
It it will get better.
He's still a young coach.
We just got him a few years ago.
Yeah, I kind of city.
I kind of sit in the same spot is the first time he's been head coaching.
I think he's done well as a first time head coach now, you know, going into his third season so overall grades through the first six weeks, Um, let's give, like the passing game, the running game and then the past defense in the run defense and then coaching in general.
What kind of grade would you give overall for the first six weeks for the passing attack of the Indianapolis Colts? Not great.
I don't even think you could give it a B right now.
Maybe a C plus That seems about fair to me.
I think so, too.
How about the running game? Be close.
Uh, the running game has been there.
They just haven't been utilized.
Yeah, so that that goes into more of a coaching thing than anything Because the play calls run defense.
Oh, you got to give that an a a plus, maybe even yeah, run defense.
Right now, the Indianapolis Colts are third in the NFL and run defense.
Total yardage and yards per game path defense.
Uh, I think you could Dio I'd say probably be plus to an a.
See, they still have the number one pass defense in the NFL yardage wise, and they lead the NFL in interceptions with 10 so far on the season.
I do have one issue with the Colts for the past defense.
I know statistically they are the best.
But one thing is that I'm not sure if they can go, man.
It's like once they go against a team that has some high caliber receivers.
I'm not sure if they can man them down.
It's actually not very slender.
Well, I don't know.
We'll have to see that.
When they played against the Browns the second half, there was a lot of man coverage in that, believe it or not, But what they were doing very well was hiding exactly what kind of coverage they were doing.
They would line up, make it look like man coverage, and then when the ball was hiked, they would pull off into like, a cover free zone.
And that's where you would see those knockdown passes or the interceptions.
That Baker Mayfield was giving up in the second half was because of how well they were concealing their past defense, which I think, uh, really plays well into the coaching aspect of Matt River flows.
Speaking of coaching, see, I would I would give the past defense and a just a flat, not in a plus on the name, just A.
I think they could have done a little bit better, uh, in certain aspects, like you say, but I think that overall they've done a fantastic job overall coaching offensively and defensively when it comes to play calls and and making sure they have the right personnel and and that you know everything of that nature.
Where would you go with overall coach will go offensive coaching first.
I think the offense of coaching you'd probably have to put that around a B.
We know Taylor deserves more carries.
I mean, overall, there's not much to do offensively because you have Philip Rivers, who hasn't exactly been the greatest.
We know he works in the system, but just throwing the ball down the field, that's an issue for the Colts.
Moving forward is when you go against teams like the Bengals that can put points on the board.
Can they keep up with that like we can have the best defense in football? But if we can't put points on the board, it doesn't matter.
I'll go with a B is well, yeah, there has been some questionable calls and, uh, definitely play calls that I would have.
I would have went a little bit.
I think there was times even last week.
Yes, Philip Rivers threw the ball like crazy, but after the first after the first half was over with, the Colts were well within a shot.
Once they stopped the Browns on their first drive, I felt as though the colt should have kinda Wetmore towards the run a little bit more to try Thio eat up clock, um, and and not allow the Bengals to get a foothold and possibly find their way back on offense.
We won, but only because of.
Ah, late heroics by Julian Blackmon.
Um, defensive coaching A. A plus.
It's the reason why we're four and two right now.
I have tow fully agree.
I think that it broke loose.
Has been putting the guys in the right spots at the right times, making the right calls.
Um, uh, I don't I don't necessarily.
I sound like a broken record on this this year, the 2020 season.
I do not count Week one.
I don't count Week one for any team in the NFL because I feel as though that was kind of the preseason game for every every team, for them to get to not only know the, uh, the other team that they're playing, but to know themselves and figure out their own identity against a team that wasn't them, you know that they were practicing against on a day to day basis.
So Well, let's, um, anything that you would like to go over over that that we've seen over the past six weeks that we haven't covered, that you wouldn't mind bringing up.
Yeah, I saw a question earlier saying that we have a chance to beat the Ravens.
And honestly, can you say confidently that the Ravens are a better team in the culture right now? They haven't looked great.
I feel like the Colts have are a very good matchup for the Ravens.
They run the ball.
They have a defense that can hang with the Ravens.
And, once again, Lamar Jackson.
Past few games, 50 to completion percentage 53.
He hasn't even really looked better than Philip Rivers.
Just we're talking about throwing the ball, of course.
Yeah, and when it comes to run D like we already established the Colts, Runde has been absolutely phenomenal and the Ravens live and die on the run.
So I think that that definitely, um, kind of their skill sets fall into our strengths.
So I think we really do have a very good chance of beating the Ravens.
As long as we're healthy when we get there.
That's the scary part.
Oh, let's see here, Michael Pittman got engaged.
I did not realize that.
Yeah, I did see that.
Yeah, I didn't I didn't see that myself.
Um, let's go into Well, congratulations, Michael Pittman, on your engagement.
I know you've been with her for ever, um, expectations for the rest of the season.
We're coming out of a bye week.
There is a chance that we could have either, um, Michael Pittman junior back.
There's a chance that we're going to hear something about.
We will be hearing something about Paris Campbell on where? His trajectory and maybe coming back.
And then, of course, Chemical Toray.
Um, way already talked about the wide receivers, but how excited would you be if you heard next week? Hey, Kemoko.
Turay is coming off the published.
We're going to start playing him.
He's just another piece to put out there for an already very good defense. Yeah.
You know what he can do when you give him a chance? He's dangerous out there. He could get to the quarterback.
Yeah, he's very fast.
Bend off the edge.
I mean, I think he he led the NFL last year through the first five weeks before he had that horrific ankle injury led the NFL in quarterback pressure percentage.
So that's that's a big deal.
Um, the Colts right now, though, are actually pretty good at pressures, but they're not doing a very good job getting home.
So we need we need to be able to find a way of getting home.
But then again, when you've got guys like Baker, Mayfield who could run the football, and Sam Donald, who can run the football Joe Burrow, they all been able to really scramble very well, right? Gardner? Minshew Able to Get Away Matt Stafford is not as he's more of, ah, pocket quarterback.
He can run, but he's not known for.
He's more known for being a pocket quarterback that could just throw the heck out of the football.
Um, Jason David says he's more excited about parade than, uh, then Paris Campbell.
He loves Paris. Campbell.
Of course we're gonna get Darius Leonard Bacca's Well, I mean, I don't think that we're going to see him go through a groin injury before straight weeks.
Um, but back to the rest of the expectations.
What are some expectations that you have, uh, some things that you're hoping the Colts might change up a little bit for the rest of the season? Um, things that might get better things.
Do you think might might come back down to Earth? Things of that nature? What are you looking for for the Indianapolis Colts as a whole? Run the **** ball where it starts.
Honestly, get Jonathan Taylor more touches tryto mix in Name Heinz and Jordan Wilkins the best that you can also get to a Hilton going because he's a guy, that he's just so talented.
He's the same player he was in my opinion to three years ago.
We just need to fit him into the system and try to get him open.
I would love to see, I think once Jonathan Taylor learns, uh, it seems to me like he has tunnel vision when he has the football.
Not as bad as say, ah certain, uh, Mr Trent Richardson that we used tohave, but it seems like at times you'll see him run right, and this was, Ah, big knock I had on him in his college tape.
He'll run right to where he's supposed to run, whether there's a hole there or not, and just think that he could with his body size and strength, just push the pile, squeeze through and then go.
And you can't really do that with the NFL.
And I'm waiting on him to realize this and decided to start breaking things out.
You know, like cutting off to decide, or or taking off towards the sideline or something like things that you see in the minds and Marlon Mack what they used to be able to do and do very, very well.
And Jonathan Taylor gets that in his repertoire.
He's gonna be an incredibly dangerous back in the NFL.
Yes, I'm expecting I've already said it.
I expect T y Hilton to get ah lot mawr into a rhythm with Philip Rivers you've seen last week.
He got a few a few passes in.
I think you'll start to see it.
Maura, Maura, as as the season rolls on, Um, I just can't wait.
Um, I'm hoping that we get at least one of the two wide receivers back.
I'm hoping we get Chemical Toray back, and if we get those those guys back, I think the culture gonna be very solid.
I'm worried about injuries, though.
We had those injuries in the first half of the season, but we haven't had a devastating injury yet.
And every team in the NFL seems like they've had a devastating injury so far right, whether it's their starting quarterback or their, you know, their their load runner like Christian McCaffrey or say, Kwan Barkley or something like that.
I mean, yes, we had Marlon Mack, but we have Jonathan Taylor.
Luckily, um, I'm afraid that in the second half something like that may happen, and I'm hoping that India will be able to to pull that next man up like they've done with wide receiver corps that they had to do the last couple seasons.
Um, do you expect the Colts defense to continue, uh, staying at the level, playing at the level that they have been, or do you think that they might start to level off a little bit with Maybe competition may be rising a little bit.
I feel like the Colts defense is going to stay. How it's been.
This linebacker corps is just so fast they tackle.
And for the Colts, honestly, I'm not even concerned about injuries because it's just next man up in this organization.
Someone is gonna like Julian Blackmon came in.
He's a top 10 safety right now and football the best rookie safety and Willie Cooker, of course, the Colts and give him the rookie deal, so he might not even be back next year.
Who knows? But, yeah, the defense's look great. They hustle.
We know that it's something that Matty Bird Flu's emphasize, is just a hustle and to make a tackle, because whenever someone chucks the ball down to a running back or receiver, there's always a not even one cold.
There's three or four calls right on it.
That's so I expect them to keep it up.
Yeah, that that that whole mob mentality that they have on defense is just so inspiring every time you see it, um, I kind of agree, but at the same time, we still have the Pittsburgh Steelers to play.
We have the Baltimore Ravens, but like you say the Baltimore hasn't looked like Baltimore of last year.
Uh, Houston Texans passing attack is dangerous.
They don't have much of a running attack, but they got a very dangerous passing attack.
Obviously, Tennessee right now is firing on all cylinders all the way around the football.
Ryan Tannehill, actually, in my opinion, is, is, if it wasn't for Russell Wilson playing the way he's been playing, he's playing out of M V P level Right now.
Russell Wilson is being kind of overlooked because what Aaron Rodgers did and what Russell Wilson and Josh Allen.
But Josh Allen's felt falling off a little bit over the past couple weeks.
Uh, Aaron Rodgers, obviously against Tampa Bay, kind of fell off, but Russell Wilson still way up there.
Um, but Ryan Tannehill has been playing out of this mind eso that that that worries me a little bit.
When it comes to the division, where do you think we're gonna end up in the division wise? We, when it comes to, we still have to play, uh, both Tennessee and Houston twice in Jacksonville one more time.
To be honest, I feel like the cold's gonna win the division I think they're just to go to Tennessee.
They have to fix some things and we know the Titans Several great.
But one thing to beat the Titans, if you could take out Derek Kennedy.
Of course, you're not gonna hold their Kenya to 40 Russian guards, But if you can hold him toe under 100 Russian guards, I feel like the Colts could win that game.
Okay? And their defense isn't great, either.
It's not bad, but it's that what average Mediocre? Well, they have a good run defense, and they've got a past e mean, remember, right? Ain't got top 10 defense in the NFL Overall, I think so.
I mean, look what the Texans did do it last week, but I've been saying all year that the Houston Texans passing attack is incredible is more dangerous this year than it was last year with DeAndre Hopkins.
Not that I'm saying that that they're better without DeAndre.
I'm just saying that overall, there are a better team because of the multiple weapons and the fact that Shawn Watson has toe go through his progressions.
The thing is, I think that the Texans were tanking to get rid of Bill O Brien, those that first month.
I think that's the biggest issue.
They they look good.
The last two weeks, ever since Bill O Brien's Been gone and Romeo Crennel spin the head coach, the interim head coach, that offense has been.
Look, look, has looked like they've been on fire, so I would not count the Texas out, even though they have a very big time losing record right now, I wouldn't count him out.
Remember, just a couple years ago? The cold started out one in five and what they end up doing, they ended up going to the playoffs, right? So I'm sorry, but I'll say on this live stream right now, the Houston Texans are 100% on, and if I'm wrong, you can come back to this and call me out.
But there, no, First, all they have no line.
They have one good guy on the line.
Their defense is 30th and run so they can't stop the run.
And I don't care. I mean, Jason Watson.
We know he's a what he brings to the table, but the only reason you've seen their passing attack really be so good is just because Brandon cooks is a guy they're trying to sell on.
They've been throwing to him 10 plus times a game the past few weeks because they know that they want to get something in return.
Even the Texans, they know that they don't have the talent to compete against the Colts and Titans.
That's just my opinion.
But they're just too incomplete of a team.
Oh, yeah, they definitely have a bunch of holes on the team.
I just think that they have, Ah, very dangerous passing attack.
Um, I'm not saying they got a great running game.
I don't think that they've got a great offensive line.
Uh, they have a pass rush between J. J.
Watt Whitney Mercilus.
They are a dangerous pass rush, but they their secondary is shot.
And as you said, they're they're run defense is not good at all.
Um, what about Jacksonville? What do you What's your thoughts on Jacksonville for the next time we think we play them week 17? I mean, they're a team that they're going to come at the Colts.
They wanna beat them.
It's a divisional robbery.
At the same time, though, even the Jaguars.
I don't think much highly them.
I know they beat us in the first week, but they've got some good young players.
James Robinson came out of nowhere undrafted running back.
I want to say that he just looks phenomenal.
We know D J charcoal.
He brings a guy like Channel lamentation.
Of course, the rookie second round that they got I do like the Jaguars.
But once again, they're not a very good football team. Sorry.
No, they've lost too many key players on defense, huh? They lost the Lions really pretty bad last week.
Ryan's have not looked like a good football team, so if they not well, I mean, they didn't lose a lot of big key pieces off their defense.
Yannick and Kagwe obviously gone.
Kal IAs Campbell playing his heart out over on the **** clients.
Campbell, the best defensive player on the Ravens defense this year by far, you know.
So, um, who was it was that they lost? Ah, Big corner, too, if I remember, right.
Um, well, of course they traded Ramsey, but that was last season.
Like e think they traded off another one or let him go this past off.
Boy, is it? Is it? It was a boy.
Yeah, it's hard to keep up with, Boy, he's on the Titans one minute, and then he's on the Jaguars.
Then he's somewhere else.
You never know where he's at anymore.
Uh um, So you got the Colts winning the division, even though right now we're sitting at four and two in the Titans, Um, are kinda sitting on top of division.
You feel as though we got a shot at beating them out.
I'm not worried about Italians.
They're what they bring.
They have Derrick Henry.
10 Hills look like an M V P.
But the Colts, if they can put everything together, they're not only gonna win the division of my pain, I think they could go to the Super Bowl.
I know that sounds crazy to say, but I have a lot of faith in this team.
Yeah, I think that we just need to get, um I think Rivers needs to get a little bit mawr comfortable with his receivers.
Um, maybe, like I said, we get one of those receivers back that were injured and then Jonathan Taylor.
Obviously, I think he needs to just find that next level to his running game.
And generally that's something that happens in the second half of a rookie season rather than the first half, where he gets to get more comfortable with his, uh, old line in his blocking schemes.
Run first original plan, not an option without Mac changed the situation.
Now we need to run to be less predictable.
That is what Brian says, that we're using the run to be less predictable with the passing game rather than running at the ball first.
What are your thoughts on that? I mean, I get it.
You have to mix it up.
If you have a quarterback like Philip Rivers, you have tow somewhat hide him.
He's 39 years old. You know what he brings.
He has high I Q.
He's gonna make the right place usually, but if you're the colt, you have this offensive line.
You have Jonathan Taylor, who is a young up becoming running back, even if the team knows you're running the ball we saw last season with Marlon Mack, a team would be like they're running it, and they still couldn't stop it.
So we need to get back to that and be a run first.
Team a team like the Cleveland Browns, What they do with Baker.
I mean, yeah, they have Kareem Hunt and Chub, but still, I mean, if we could get to that caliber where we can run the play action with Rivers and try to get him, I know he's not out of the pocket quarterback, but if we could just mix in these type of schemes, I think it would help us moving forward.
Yeah, I think so.
I think that being a run first team still is not out of the options for the Internet.
I think it's still something they can do because this team has the offensive line to make that happen.
Um, you've seen what happened with Dallas this year? They've lost basically their entire offensive line.
Now they can't run the ball for nothing with Ezekiel Elliott, you know, but their offensive line is trashed.
So, um yeah, we have the offensive line.
Yeah, and even to expand on that, you have to think if the colts want to be where they wanna be.
They have to run the ball because they're not out scoring a team like the Chiefs or a team like the Steelers, even the Titans.
I don't think they can outscore them.
So if we could just run the clock, we know what the defense bring.
That's how we're gonna win games, because you could.
Philip Rivers cannot be throwing 30 to 40 times a game.
It's just not gonna get it done.
Well, think about how.
Okay, So our defense is based off of speed, right? Lots and lots of speed at all three levels of the defense.
And in order to keep that speed maximized, they need to be fresh through the game.
And if you're out there throwing the ball around on offense and scoring quickly, then you're putting your defense on the field more and they're gonna wear down as the as the game moves on in the second half, they won't be nearly as effective as they was the first half because they're worn out and tired.
So if you run the football that keeps your defense fresh, it keeps to score down.
And then that speed is used not only for quarterback pressures but making tackles, getting turnovers to give your offense even more opportunities.
Keep your defense off the field.
So, in my opinion, you're right.
Running the football and give your defense a chance because running the football, that's what running the football does.
And how do you feel about the Colts possibly going out and getting another receiver? This my son freaking crazy.
But what if you think if they went out and got a guy like Julio Jones, you think that's out of the question? I would not grab Julio.
I don't think Julio is in the cards for Indy.
Um, because I don't think that I Honestly, I don't think the Falcons is going to give him up.
I think they're gonna want way too much.
Uh, he's getting on the back end to his career.
Uh, they're gonna want I could see giving up a first for DeForest Buckner.
He's still young, right? But for Julio, I just I don't know.
Uh, now if it was Ridley, maybe, you know, he's a little bit younger and he's Sprys quit.
I like Ridley, and I don't think he would demand as much of a draft capital as what Julio Jones would, but I don't I don't think the Falcons will end up giving up either one of them.
Um, but I don't know.
I mean, if they do go out and get a draft, are if they go out to trade somebody wide receiver Waas, I don't think we need it.
But if they do, don't Don't spend too much.
You don't spend more than 1/4 round pick on it.
Yeah, I get it. I'm just looking at the Ravens.
I don't think we're running the ball against them.
It's gonna be a throwing game.
I don't think it's gonna be high scoring, but if you look at, I mean, yeah, the Bengals aren't the Colts, But I mean, I watched that full game and Joe mixing.
He's a very top 10 running back.
I want to say and he just could not even get passed four yards.
So the Colts, if they want to beat those good teams, they're gonna need a guy that can just go out and make a play.
Philip Rivers can put the ball up to him and he could go up and get it and the Colts really don't have that guy? Yeah.
Michael Pittman and Paris Campbell or good young receivers.
But I just I don't think they're gonna be ableto breakthrough a defense and make up maybe a game winning play.
Marcus Johnson was showing a little bit of skills of of that whole 50 50 ball catch ability.
Um, if Rivers can get his confidence in him, he's only had a week or two to play, and he's already shown that he's got some kind of connection with him.
So the longer they play, maybe that will end up coming out a little bit with him.
Um, Doolan is a very fast guy.
Uh, possibility you might see him on the field a little bit more in the future as well.
So, um, I think the colts are okay, but I just guys like Jones is gonna cost too much.
Antonio Brown is someone I don't want on the team at all, you know, I mean, the whole you know, because his name is coming up because it's it's coming across Week nine right now, and that's when the suspension.
So I would rather not have him because I don't want that rubbing off on the rest of the team.
Oh, yeah? What are your thoughts on? Is there another guy out there that you you've heard, baby Possum Possibility.
B. J what you think of O B.
I mean, I love to have Odell here, though.
I think he's going to stay in Cleveland.
Yeah, he wanted to be there to begin with, so but yeah, I've been hearing a J.
Green a lot around the cold.
I think he would be a better family. Julio.
Of course, that's not realistic.
I just wanted to hear take on that because Julio Jones is a generational talent, but we know he has injury concerns, but A J.
Green is a guy that he hasn't really done much this season, but he's been getting targets, but he hasn't been doing anything with them.
So if the coach had gone, get him.
He's a guy that is a deep threat.
He's about 63 You can go up and get a ball.
I think the Colts really could use that moving forward against these high caliber offenses that they're about to face.
The only question in my mind is, does a J.
Green have the ability to separate? Still, that's my only issue.
His hands are unquestionable.
His route running is unquestionable.
I'm worried about his speed and his ability to separate because he was not able to separate those catches he was making against Xavier Rhodes and Rock Yasin were like they were under heavy traffic, right? I mean, our defenders were wrapped all over him when he was sketching these footballs what you expect from A J. Green.
But I don't know if he could get very good separation against even your second tier corner backs right now.
And that that makes me worried a little bit.
Faith brought up John Ross.
Yeah, just really quick with a degree.
And you have to realize that he missed a lot of football, too.
So as the weeks go on, he's going to get better.
If you could buy him blow.
I feel like you have to through the Colts.
What are your thoughts on John Ross? The Bengals have straight up put him on the block and announced it to me.
I think John Ross is another Philip door set, but, you know Yeah, I was just gonna say I mean, we know what John Ross brings.
He's has the speed, just unquestionable athleticism.
But Perez, he's What is the difference, really, between him and Paris Campbell Right now? I mean, Well, both of them have had injury issues.
Um, but really, when Paris was on the field, he's shown he's a bigger receiver than John Ross.
Paris is 6 ft, so he's average height rather than a small speedster.
And other than that, you know, I mean, they both had their injury issues.
That z the problem is staying on the field.
That's my thought.
Yeah, I do agree with him saying about jet sweeps.
If we could mix in some place like that, I think it'll be very good for the offense, Especially against a team like the Ravens coming up.
You're gonna need to mix in some different packages.
But you don't need John Ross for that, you know, You know they have personal on the team to do that. Oh, yeah.
I mean, I think, Yeah, we we got speed.
I mean, there's multiple times when you know, let's say no, he minds is on the field.
Uh, if he's in the slot, you can run a jet sweep with him.
Um, that's something else.
I want to bring up things that I want to see.
That happens toe happen.
Mawr in the second half of the season, I would love to Seymour to running back formations.
I would love to see it Where you got Heinz and Taylor on the field at the same time.
Right that this way.
It gives rivers the option.
Do I hand it up the tailor? So he's running it between the tackles.
If they if they bring in everybody to try to stop that, then I could pull it in and punch it out Toe Heinz on a sweep, you know, or something like that.
I think that we have the offensive line and the personnel at running back to be able to run a lot of those two running back running option plays for Philip Rivers to make make decisions on What do you think? Yeah, and also, Taylor and Heinz bring such different skill sets to the table.
So it would be something that you could mix in.
I definitely wouldn't mind it all.
Yeah, Anything else that you're, uh expectations for this.
Um, after this, six weeks E.
I mean, right now I'm happy to before and to.
Of course, we'd love to be five and one or whatever, but still, you can't complain.
We're in a position for a wild card spot.
If the playoffs started today, we be there.
I think the next few weeks, though, we're gonna That's where it's gonna get interesting.
Because you look at the Colts, okay? They play The Lions should be a winnable game.
Then the Ravens, Titans, Packers, Titans, and even the Texas is bad as I think they are.
They're a team that they're gonna have Deja Watson and some Brandon cooks and Will Fuller.
So it's not gonna be an easy game.
So the Colts it's a very difficult stretch.
There is good as you think they are.
I think they are.
Man, this is this is gonna be in these next couple of weeks.
Yeah, I think so, too.
The next, Like you said five or six weeks after that. Bye week.
This is a very important time for the Colts to get healthy.
It's a very big time getting a lot of possibility of getting a lot of players back.
You know, Leonard uh, Pittman, Toray getting some knowledge on Campbell.
Hopefully he could stay healthy.
I'd love to see him stay healthy for a while.
I mean, that be nice.
Um, I'm really big on Campbell, though.
I've seen what he could do when he's on the field and healthy.
It's just staying healthy is the problem.
Yeah, speedy receivers.
It's gonna be a problem often.
Yeah, even with you.
A Hilton's a lot of similar injuries.
All right. Well, okay.
Dante Pettus was on the Washington with John Ross.
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