for someone coleslaw sitting here with swaggy.
Getting ready to talk about well, arguably, could have been, at least up to this point, the most important game of the Indianapolis Colts season.
What did you see in this game that makes you, um, a little more optimistic about the rest of the season after you watch this game? Swaggy.
Just seeing the team fully healthy.
For starters, we saw Michael Pittman have a break out game over 100 yards.
Frank alright, called a great game.
Just having three running backs that are all talented is the key name.
Heinz came right in, scored two touchdowns, looked really good, and Jonathan Taylor, just to see right, have trusted him as well, didn't bench him after the fumble that he had the Ravens.
It was big fumble, so it looked really good overall.
Yeah, I I Before the game started, I had a pregame on SportsCastr with my other guys that I I run with sports.
Before I start that I didn't tell you guys.
I'm having Sinus issues and I am sneezing all the time.
So if I pause for a second, hit you and sneeze and come right back to you understand what's going on.
Um, but that that whole pregame I said, This is gonna be a tight game in the first half.
I said that It's probably gonna be very close at the half time, but expect Frank Reich to keep his offense on the field as long as he possibly can tow wear down the Titans deep.
Because if he's able to do that, then the Colts offense will be able to basically move the ball at will against a tire defense in the second half.
And what he do, he ended up going for consistently, even in their own, on their own side of the field, just to be able to stay on the field, wear down that defense, the time of possession.
Is it really the key? It's It's how Maney plays those those teams have to play on the field.
And because of that, they that defense was on the field for ah whole bunch of plays.
And that's in that first half and in the second half.
Yes, I understand that we had some luck with ah shanked punt and then a great blocked punt by E.
J speed that was returned by T.
Carey for a touchdown.
But the simple fact colts punted one time the entire game once.
That's that's some crazy stuff in the game, too.
It was basically over, right? The Colts deepest did pretty good, I think.
Uh, Derrick Henry was averaging just a hair over five yards a carry, but the simple fact was, was that he got those plays when Ryan Tannehill had to drop back.
See, when in the game during the game, when they were trying to force feed Henry down our throats.
The coast defense knew it was coming and they were ableto stop him.
It was those plays where later in the second half, when you noticed, Hey, you know the culture up by 10 or 14 and Tannehill will start to throw the ball more.
That's when the deep it's kind of back off a little bit, and you've seen Henry started to get those 15 yard chunks, 10 yard chunks at a time, and that was basically the game was almost over anyhow at that point, so I really wasn't too worried about Derrick Henry getting his 2nd 100 yard rushing game was barely like 103 yards cold.
Still, number one defense in the NFL, the number three ranked Rush defense, the number three ranked pass defense and the number three ranked, uh, defense against points allowed.
That says so much.
I don't think the Colts have ever been this deep in ah season to my knowledge and had the number one ranked defense in the NFL.
How does that feel as compared to what you're used to seeing what the Andrew Luck and the Peyton Manning led deep offenses and the defense just doing their best toe to keep the, uh, the offense, um, scoring plenty.
It just feels good to have a balanced team.
And you have to give credit to the coaching staff because there's not a lot of big names on this cold defense like no one ever talks about the Colts.
It's not like we have Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis anymore.
Playing so just a brief loses, done a great job.
Leonard, in my opinion right now, is playing like the best linebacker in football.
He's a leader without him out there, just not the same team, just the way he back to that Ravens game.
He shut down Lamar Jackson and I have never seen anybody play like that in my life.
And various lander is different.
Also. Grover Stewart underrated.
One of the best run stopping Lyman or ends in all of football.
Really, he's a really underrated No. One. Talks about him.
Get to know him.
If you're a Colts fan, for sure.
And when you're talking about the Colts defense, um, granted, they were helped out by a huge drop by A.
Brown that was down the sideline.
Big play that he dropped.
Um, but that's secondary.
It's really, really good.
It's very underrated right now.
Rockies Sin had a couple place where you know where you saw him tugging, You know, uh, you seen that? But you're looking at guys like Oh, creaky, who is out there making good plays against running backs and tight ends.
The same with Leonard and Xavier.
Rhodes is playing lights out football right now.
The way he's making past defenses is just outstanding.
He's out there just swatting balls away like nobody's business.
I'm incredibly impressed from top the bottom.
I feel like the Colt should have at least four or five people on the defense make the Pro Bowl this year, just from the way they're playing right now.
Yeah, there's no question about it.
We know that once we got Xavier Rhodes, he was gonna have a lot to prove.
He had a down year, was banged up a lot.
He's still a top corner in football, his completion percentage under 50.
It's just ridiculous the way he's playing.
Also, Kenny more another guy that's really underrated.
He's, We know he's about 59 He's a little undersized, but he's quick.
He can really lock down a lot of guys out there.
So, yeah, the corners look good.
The safeties looking and Emily cookers out for the season.
We're doing this all without him.
A swell? Absolutely.
Um, now, obviously, Julian Blackman's having a great rookie campaign.
I think there was a couple of people out there talking about Hey, he should be part of the defensive Rookie of the year campaign.
What are your thoughts on Blackman and what you've seen from him so far? He's really explosive.
He has good speed.
I've seen him come across the field, make tons of plays.
He, of course, even back to that.
Brown's remember he had a hit on Baker on a third down.
He's talented, man.
Being honest heading into this year, I didn't even know who he was.
I'd be lying if I said that.
I did, and he just came in.
Right for Hooker, he looks like a top 10. Safety and football.
Right now, he's undoubtedly the best rookie safety and all the football.
Just happy to have him on the team.
Absolutely, uh, flipping over.
Alex Castillo says he can't wait.
Still, Toray gets back.
It's good possibility we might see him, uh, the next game because, I mean, we got what, eight more eight more days left to go before the Colts play.
So there's a good, good, possible chance that he might see him then.
But flip it over to the offense.
Oh, my goodness.
The first five games of the season he was.
He was only getting 245 yards a game, four touchdowns, as opposed to five interceptions.
Now, in the last four games, he's averaging 292.
You are almost 300 yards a game seven touchdowns as opposed to two interceptions.
So you're looking at this.
And is this the product of no off season and rivers just really having toe get used to the offense and the players around him? And does this bode well for the rest of the season? Or do you think this is just, uh you know how Rivers work? Sometimes he goes through stretches where he doesn't have where he plays really good, then other times like Nick, right? I'm sorry, but on first take Nick right hates Philip Rivers and he says, expect Philip Rivers to be Philip Rivers the rest of the season.
These these last few games ain't him.
What are your thoughts? Yeah, so I'm not big on Philip Rivers.
I personally didn't like the signing, but it's to be really Philip Rivers is getting protection.
This cold team is going to be very good.
This is the Titans team that they were topped on offense.
Their solid defense and Philip Rivers came into their own building and really lit them up.
I mean, who on the culture now does Philip Rivers have to throw to me? What Helen Michael Pittman or good players, but he doesn't have any big names, like even Jack told, didn't even play in this game.
So Philip Rivers that gets protection with the Colts ability.
They have three good running backs, a great defense like they could be anyone in football.
If Rivers gets protected, they're able to move the ball.
There's not a much better teams in football.
The chief Steelers like.
I think the Colts could take him.
It's gonna be a game play into that.
But Philip Rivers look good on Thursday.
And if you can keep that up, man, I'm excited because he looked good.
Yeah, yeah, I mean, really the only to be the only defense that I even have a little bit of fear of the rest of the season.
It's Pittsburgh because they blitz very much similar the way the Ravens do.
And we saw what happened when that when that game went down.
So that's really the only defense that I think might get some pressure on Rivers and force him to make some of those mistakes that we're used to seeing.
But Brandon says, Does this mean the Titans air frauds? No, no, honestly, uh, Ryan Tannehill most for until just a couple couple games ago, Ryan Tannehill was playing lights out.
Top four quarterback in the NFL. I disagree.
I remember I was on a few weeks ago.
I remember I said that the Colts They beat the Titans when no one was even talking about it.
If you take their Kendari out of the game, the Titans aren't a great team.
We rushed for over 100 yards, but it wasn't like he just lit the Colts up.
He had some good runs here and there.
But the Colts did a good job on him.
Make Ryan Tannehill beat you. He's not.
He's not that guy.
Well, Ryan Tannehill also I mean, the culture in a space 110% of this game.
I mean, they blitz the snot didn't Blitzen, but it was getting pressure on him.
I mean, uh, the forced Buckner Domenico Autry.
Those guys were hitting him on a consistent basis.
Grover Stewart, as you mentioned earlier, Uh, I'm surprised that Buckner didn't get a sack in this game.
Hey, hit him so many times.
Yeah, I think I think at least five quarterback hits and equal a sack in the stat sheet.
Yeah, really? He leads all football in that category.
Yes, he does. Yes, he does.
But, I mean, they have weapons.
Jonah Smith is a good tight end over there.
A. J. Brown is a solid receiver.
Corey Davis is showing a lot of, ah lot of, uh, promise now that he's got a quarterback that could get him the football.
But the problem is Taylor Lewan The moment Taylor Lewan, uh, got injured for the season, the Titans flipped.
All of a sudden, they couldn't protect Tannehill on that left side anymore.
And Tannehill's getting pressured.
Ah, lot so that I think that's a big issue.
You need to protect Tannehill and use that play action in order for that game plan toe work for the Titans? Yeah, exactly.
You know, we know that he led them to the A F C championship last year.
If he gets protection, he's a good quarterback left side.
That's the blind side.
So that Z you need to be able to protect from that side.
This was a rare game, right, because A.
J. Brown he had that drop.
He fumbled a little bit should have been a touchdown.
He didn't really do that much.
I don't expect the Titans that like this when we get them next time around.
But just looking at how to beat the Titans.
The Colts fit right into that scheme.
They can get to the quarterback.
They can limit Derrick Henry.
Derrick Henry is not gonna rush for 200 yards against the Colts and two touchdowns.
So that's the thing, man.
If you could just take a J.
Brown out, try to monitor him, and you can get to the quarterback and sort of set up a box against Derrick Henry like the Colts were doing.
You'll be all right.
There was a couple of plays where Derrick Henry got out.
There was, uh I saw two holds.
There was one bad hold that was not called on that 20 yard run near 20 yard run that Derrick Henry had, uh, in the second half.
Should have been called, wasn't called.
But, you know, you see referee calls that you could flip either way all the time.
I can't really lay a game on on referee refereeing, so, uh, no, I think Derrick Henry is gonna get his yards against any defense.
Um, is he gonna blow up 200? No.
Like you said, I mean, you don't expect Derrick Henry to throw up 200 yards.
In order for that to happen, he'd have to break away.
Like when the colt, uh, went forward on fourth and one and failed. They got the ball.
The Titans got the ball right, Basically on the goal line.
He would have had to have broke that for a touchdown to get 200 yards against the Colts.
I mean, and then that wasn't gonna happen.
Yeah, that's the Colts to best.
They limit big plays.
That's where their defense is so good.
You never see a guy break loose for a big play against the Colts.
Under a few years under my you both lose.
Um eso we're hearing There was questions, uh, finally to Frank Reich about Paris Campbell on whether or not he might be back this season.
And Frank Reich said it's still a little too early to tell, but it's still in the realm of possibility that Paris Campbell could make it back if Indianapolis.
When's the division gets into the playoffs? That spells a lot.
That could mean Ah, whole lot.
Because if Paris could come back for playoff games, that would.
That would legitimately give indie something, uh, you know, in their playbook something that that teams really haven't got a chance to look at this year and really surprised teams in the playoffs.
Now, granted, we're only week 10.
We shouldn't really talking about playoffs.
But I'm just talking about Paris.
Campbell in general, when he comes back, that will be something that would be a huge help, the Rivers, because we all saw how much rivers like him in week one before he got hurt.
I'm really hoping the Campbell will be able to come back.
I'm hoping Toray comes back, Um, at least especially this upcoming game against Green Bay, because we're gonna need all the pressure we can get against that man Aaron Rodgers, um, against the Titans getting back to because this is we're talking about the Titans game.
Mostly, um, when when Darius Leonard got out of bounds, when he ran Ryan Tannehill out of bounds and you saw him? Oh, okay.
I just realized I just realized that you weren't going through my Petes.
Oh, I just realized that now.
Okay, But you saw various Leonard kind of grab Tannehill.
And on without the instant replay slo motion, it looked like he shoved him.
And then when they replayed, it looked like he had his hands on him like he was trying to hold him up.
And then he let go because Tannehill was pushing away from him on the Tannehill, went down, and then the flag went up.
Um, are you on the opinion that that Leonard shoved him or that he was trying to, like be like, No, that wasn't me.
So at first it clearly looked like a show of, But then when they showed it in slow motion, you could tell that Leonard just tried to let up, and maybe his momentum carried a little bit.
I mean, we know Darius Leonard's as good as it gets to the person he's not gonna shovel quarterback late and hit out of bounds that it's not. There's lender.
Remember? He stopped and changed the tire for someone that was that broke down like there's Leonard.
That's the type of guy that he is, He's a nickname, that maniac.
But that's for a good thing.
I mean, so, yeah, I think it was just a coincidence, and he should have been flagged for it, but it just looked bad in real time.
So you can't blame the official overthrowing it.
Um, so all right.
With without Taylor.
One on that on that offensive line.
So without Taylor Lewan on that offensive line, the Titans are now one out of four of their games without without Taylor. That one.
Um, how imperative is it for the Titans toe? Find something over there on that left tackle before they played the Colts again.
Because, let's let's face it, I mean, and these in his defense was in his face.
Like I said all night.
And Justin Houston was back there making problems as well, along with the forest.
Um, do you think it's too late in the season for the Titans toe? Fix that, or do you think that's something that they could fix in house? They could fix it.
They have a lot of talent on the roster.
Like when you have Derrick Henry, Hagee, Brown, Corey Davis, Ryan Tannehill and also Mike Grable's a good head coach.
Really underrated head coach.
They'll be all right.
E mean, line is tough because we were saying the same thing about the colt.
Remember a few weeks ago when I was on that? Should the Colts look at the draft or should they try to just figure it out? And now they just look at the past few weeks.
They look good, protecting rivers.
I mean, the Ravens like this wasn't a good game all around.
It's kind of game.
You just kinda have to let go.
But the Titans man a big divisional game to go in the first place in their own building that came in, did what they needed to dio look good.
Yeah, this next week is gonna be very difficult for both teams, both both the teams at six and three teams.
Because not only do the Indianapolis Colts go and and and face Green Bay, but Ryan Tannehill has to face that Ravens defense that was all over, uh, Philip Rivers that made him make some really tough, tough place.
Um, this is a chance for one of these two teams to get back into, Ah, one game lead over the other.
Um, how important is it for the Indianapolis Colts to go and and face Green Bay and find a way to come out with a win against them? Yeah, so I've been watching a lot of Packers lately.
Overall, they really struggled against the run.
They can't stop the run.
Their defense is not great at all.
So I feel like the Colts they'll be able to move the ball.
The question is, the Vonta Adams is playing out of his mind right now.
If he scores three or four times against colds, I wouldn't be surprised they have.
No one in football can stop that guy right now.
So if they can come up with the game, plan to just take the bottom, his hands, maybe let Alan Lazard go off for 150 yards, but that's how they need to lose it.
Davante Adams goes off.
No chance, no chance.
Get the ball out of those guys hands and they have a chance because they're gonna be able to move the ball.
They're gonna be able to run.
Expect Jonathan Taylor toe have that breakout game that we've all been waiting for, hopefully because to this point, I don't even know who's gonna get the carries.
Hopefully, Jonathan Taylor can bounce back cause we spent a second round pick on them.
A lot of people said he was the best that coming out of college.
We saw him struck a few TPS against the Titans, and he's he's talented.
I just want to see him get volume.
I want to see him get 15 to 20 carries, just no matter what.
Just giving the carries so we could see what happens.
Because Jordan Wilkins nine Heinz do deserve touches.
But I just want to see Taylor get the bulk of him because he's so talented, you just need to give him a chance.
I don't have a problem with Frank right, trying out all three of them in the first quarter and finding out who has the hot hand, though.
Uh, that's what he did this game.
He gave Jordan Wilkins a shot.
He gave Jonathan Taylor shot, He gave him a him Heinz a shot and the team Heinz took it and ran with it and and right just ran with him because he just Yep, you know, giving that spark so I don't have a problem with that next the next game, Like you said, Jonathan Taylor, with this speed and power might actually show up against Green Bay, and he might end up riding him through that game, so that would be really good.
Um, and Jordan Wilkins, of course.
Uh, he runs the way he runs his smoothness of his cuts.
You can't really tell when he's cutting or how he's cutting when when the guy's coming up to tackle him.
So, uh, there there's a chance that Wilkins could really show up? Um, but I'm not.
I'm not to really worried about Davante Adams.
I understand he's a great receiver, but the Colts we faced great receivers over over the over the history as well.
I mean, we've had Anthony Hopkins in our division for years, and the last few times we played against him, our defense has done very, very well.
I mean, even Darius Leonard was ableto, you know, in zone, uh, completely shut out Hopkins on crossing routes, which is crazy.
Yeah, well, you don't see a linebacker taking care of, you know, Hopkins.
But the problem that I see is, um, Aaron Rodgers has this unique ability to get out of out of trouble in the pocket, extend the play and then launched the ball way downfield.
I think the biggest importance of this game is to make sure Hey, you know, Blackmon, make sure that Blackmun stays back because they are going to take their shots.
You know, Aaron Rodgers is guaranteed three or four deep throws, whether his guys air open or not down the field, you know, 40 50 60 yards downfield.
So Blackman's got Ahold study in the backfield.
And make sure that, uh, the Colts secondary doesn't get burned for a big play.
Yeah, and you have to feel for Aaron Rodgers.
His team drafted a quarterback in the first round and a running back in the second when they already have Jamal Williams and Erin Jones.
So the fact that and also the trade deadline, they could have went out and got Will Fuller, who for Ah, no, no, for a third or fourth or so.
I think they wanted a second, which I mean I get because it's probably a rental But still, they've even beyond that the past few years.
They've just disrespected Aaron Rodgers.
Really? I mean, he's a generational quarterback.
He's gonna go down as a top five quarterback ever.
I maybe even top three.
Yeah, I Aaron Rodgers was playing out out of his mind, especially this year.
You know, is proving to the NFL that he's still it.
Hey, so but don't don't expect a lot.
Don't expect him to leave Green Bay next year because, I mean, he's still, I think it's like 30 some the 50 some million dollar cap hit, Uh, if Green Bay trades them off this coming year, this coming off season.
So you know, if if Colts fans have this fancy of thinking, you know, maybe we get Aaron Rodgers.
That ain't gonna happen.
E mean, Aaron Aaron Rodgers on the Colts would be nasty, but I just I don't see Green Bay trading them unless, you know, they get, uh, something that's outrageous, right? I mean, they would need, like, first round picks and in a second round pick or something like that.
In order in order, Thio, eat that cap hit that it would cost to trade him away, but I wouldn't even give a first friend. Rogers.
What is it? About 35.
36 he's a great player, but, uh, it's, you know, Chris Ballard, you can.
He finds talent anywhere.
Fifth round, second round.
So So with the jets continue on their run and they end up with the first pick of the draft.
And they are unquestionably all like you know what? We're gonna go get Lawrence, and they put Sam Donald up on the on the block.
Would you be interested in grabbing Sam Donald for a second round pick? Yeah.
So I actually made a video about this maybe a week ago.
The Colts are interested in Santa Ana becomes available, which you will, because they're gonna take a quarterback.
That's why they they be almost they almost be the pages.
They were, what, 10 going into the fourth quarter.
And they just said, uh, yeah, we're just gonna lose this game.
So, yeah, they're gonna take Lawrence if he becomes available.
I do like Sam. Donald.
The problem is we haven't really seen him play in any big games because he's on such a bad team.
So I don't know how he would react to that.
But just his arm and ability to scramble is something that the Colts could use.
And he should be pretty cheap.
I mean, a second round pick for a What was he, a six pick? I think he was, like, a top six pick, right? He was the guy that the Colts traded back with the Jets.
And and, God, I think it was a third round pick.
I think the Colts had the third round pick. The Jets had the sixth.
And then they gave Indianapolis their sixth for their third plus like three second round picks.
And the Colts got on And Leonard and all them guys.
Yeah, that was a great draft glass for the coals.
You to all pros.
And as rookies, nothing is.
He's actually made a huge impact.
Just he's opened up everything.
His ability, such as pancake guys.
Yeah, I completely agree.
Um, so looking ahead right now in the in the NFL, you know, if if the playoffs started today, you know who the Colts will be playing in the wild card round? Who the Browns is around goes, I don't know.
Ravens I'm not worried about the Ravens.
I watched I watched them every week as well.
They can't move the ball.
And the only reason they beat the Colts is just because of that, we couldn't move the ball even worse.
So e in the second half, we were the first half.
The calls were beating them.
Find it looked like they were gonna win the game.
And then the second half came off course.
The fumble by Taylor.
And then everything went downhill from there.
And then And then the questionable interception that happened, Yeah, that was I don't like the thing with that was you need conclusive evidence.
I mean, it was called an incompletion, Right? So just to go overturn, that didn't make any sense, E.
I mean, the bottom line is that we've got to play better than that.
Philip Rivers looked horrendous in that game.
There was no protection.
Thio Hill didn't play right? No depite Pittman.
I don't think Doyle, that was the game that Doyle got concussion.
So it was a rough game, but like I said, I just want these games.
If you just struck off, it's still plenty of time to get things right.
Oh, yeah, I'll be all right.
Um hey, why don't you go ahead and in case you guys watching don't don't know, uh, swaggy won't you tell them a little bit about yourself and where they can find you real quick? Yes.
So I make YouTube videos.
You could look me up.
Occasionally, I'll cover the Colts.
There's something that I want to talk about.
Like last week against the Ravens.
I wanted to make a video.
You can find me on instagram.
You bets believe basically what I do is I just covered teams.
It's hard because I'm not Pacer span.
I'm a team of like you could see I have, like, a rocket stuff.
So I like a ton of different random teams, which is kind of hard to make videos on, But yeah, I talk colts all the time.
I actually do have a Colt Instagram.
I never mentioned it last time was on.
I hardly post, but it's the maniac 53 back in Leonard's rookie season, remember? I think it was the Eagles.
He had, like, 11 tackles or something and I was like, What the heck is this guy? And then I made an instagram on him, and then he ended up blowing up.
So I need to start posting more on that, cause I actually, I do follow the cult of Ton.
Had been, of course, fan since I was a kid.
Yeah, I do have here.
See if I could move my camera, lost your mike, but lost your mike.
Still not there.
Oh, there we go.
So I have Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne up here.
I don't know if you can see. Yeah.
Oh, yeah, You got Yes.
And of course, I When I played on in football in high school, I were 87 stories.
Well, I was a 32 and I was a safety, and I was 32 in high school, And, uh, I believe that's Blackman now.
So for the Colts, So I'm good with that.
Uh, what do you think about some of these, uh, younger receivers that you're seeing? Come in, uh, like Harris And like Marcus Johnson Harris showing some speed, especially on end arounds and things of that nature you.
Did you watch that? Yeah.
That play where Rivers was a back shoulder hit him looked really good. I know.
They're trying to get him on the field more.
Ah, Paris Campbell is a guy that I'm excited about.
He's gonna be essential against a team like the Steelers.
That blitzes are the Ravens.
They're gonna need those guys that beat man coverage.
Of course, Michael Pittman look great.
Had over 100 yards receiving.
I think he was targeted seven times for six catches.
Something like that.
I mean, Philip Rivers, if he actually has guys a 32 and protection, he's a good quarterback, and we know where the Chargers.
He was really bad last year, but that's because he just had no protection, of course.
So, yeah, I'm looking forward to it cause they're gonna be big parts moving forward for the coals.
They're gonna have to score points against the Chief Steelers, Ravens, Titans, even all these teams in the NFC.
They're tough teams.
So in the I'd say the Browns, but we don't even know to this point about them.
They should make the playoffs, but without Odell, it's gonna be hard for them, I think.
Yeah, that's gonna be tough, really.
The Colts have the tougher schedule from here on out over the Titans, so the Colts really need to get, get on it and and perform well, especially over the next four weeks.
But the funny thing is way was talking about roads earlier.
And the great thing about roads is that when he's healthy, like like we was talking about the last couple of years of Minnesota, he would get hurt about week four, week five and they would play him while he was hurt and not give him a chance toe.
And when I say hurt, I mean, like a ankle, a calf, a knee, a quad, something that effects how he moves is a cornerback, and they would play him and not let him get healthy.
And that's why he dropped off.
And then then they traded him.
You've got to remember, this is a game where Rose has played Davante Adams twice a year for quite a while.
So he knows Davante Adams, and he's shut Davante Adams down multiple times.
Him and, uh, he's played Julio Jones a few times, even though they're not in the same division.
He's played Julio Jones a few times and shut him down.
So that's one thing that I'm really excited about is Roads is healthy.
So it roads could come out there and do what he does best.
And that is take out.
Ah, teams top receiver.
I think the Colts have a big chance.
Ah, great chance at that stop in Green Bay. Yeah.
The one issue with that, though, is exit roads.
It's not gonna shadow Davante Adams.
So they're just gonna move Adam, seek Adams confined up anywhere on the field.
They'll put him in the slot to get him off roads.
That's if Rhodes is ableto lock him down.
Because I know exit roads A few years ago was the best corner in football.
He was putting up just video game like numbers.
But right now, Davante Adams is unstoppable.
Like does seen him play.
He can run any route.
I'll have that deep.
All him and Aaron Rodgers just have that connection.
Honestly, I think Davante Adams is gonna go off for over 100 yards, but that doesn't mean that the culture gonna lose, because if they can keep him out of the end zone, then they'll be fine.
Ah, little impressive stat that you may not know Right now, Xavier Rhodes leads the NFL in, uh, quarterback rating against, like, right now, the quarterback ratings thrown against him.
Is that like, a 41.
3 or something like that? It's It's the lowest of all cornerbacks in the NFL.
So that's that's some impressive numbers.
3 million dollar deal is, Well, the Colts got him for for a bargain. Yeah.
Now, the question is that we continue just the rest of the season.
One of the chances of the Colts keeping him.
I mean, maybe he looks at it like, Well, the Colts gave me a chance, but no one else did.
I'm gonna try to stay loyal.
And also, he's on a great defense.
A great young defense.
I mean, why would you want to leave a winning team to good culture, Frank? Right? And Chris Ballard man just completely turned this team around.
Just being a Colts fan out.
Yeah, There's so much faith.
Actually, Brian says Rogers doesn't move out of the pocket, right? Yes, he does.
He's got the ability to one or two plays.
Maybe a little run refers, but you do have to keep an eye on him.
But it's not like you need to put a spy on them or anything like that.
It's not Aaron Rodgers of 10 years ago.
Well, I mean, what what? What he does is he moves.
He'll move through the pocket now the pocket in order to throw downfield.
He's not generally low scramble for yards, but he can.
He can move around that pocket and get out of the pocket to extend the play so we can throw downfield.
That's the problem.
Uh, Tuffy puppy says, Tough puppy.
Legitimate container to go into the playoffs and win a game or so I think they have a shot at going deep.
It just depends upon their seating and who they have to play because take a look at the Titans next three games.
The Ravens, colds and browns.
Yes, so they might lose all three of those.
I mean, I don't know if they'll lose twice the Colts just because they're gonna be fired up for that.
But they could for all we know.
So I think the courts will get the Have a by right.
If you win the Actually, they're not gonna fly, but they'll have them.
They'll have a home game is what I'm trying to say in the first round.
Home game, All right? Yep.
But yeah, With this new playoff picture, the only team that gets a by is the first seed.
And then then you have three wild card games, so that's gonna be tough, right? The culture usually good in those games, though, I feel like the wild card.
The question is, who's gonna end up being, uh, top seed right now? Pittsburgh, the only undefeated team left.
So, uh, it could be the Ravens, uh, that the colts play.
It could be the Chiefs that the Colts play so that we don't say that.
Don't see the chiefs e still remember that game with a lock.
Looks last game, ever sad to say it, but E was I mean, the thing about that game was just they played zone and just Mahomes lit them up, so they also couldn't get to him.
But this is a totally different team that that was two years ago. Totally different defense.
But then the then the season.
Right afterwards, the Colts would lead by Brissette.
They held a 13 points, you know.
So you didn't play in that, though? I mean, Leonard didn't as well, but yeah, exactly.
It was a weird game.
Neither team had their star players on the field.
I mean, the culture without a whole bunch of defensive players and the Chiefs, who without a couple of their bigger offensive players so But the fact of the matter was, the Colts got a lot of pressure on my homes and forced Mahomes to make mistakes when he was stumbling the football.
So I think the way the Colts play defense, if they played Mahomes the way they played Lamar Jackson, I think they have a serious shot.
I mean, the Colts have a chance to get anyone just because they have Frank, right? Who can call place, who can keep the offense in the field like you said before, he's gonna go for it on his own 30.
He doesn't care.
He's just a long as he just gets that time of possession, can get the ball down the field.
And then my home is my homes.
They do have a lot of weapons, like Travis, Kelsey, Tyree Kill to Marcus Robinson like there's just so much stepped on that team.
But the key isn't outscoring the Chiefs like no one's gonna outscore the Chiefs.
But if you can keep my homes off the fields, that's how they were to beat them in Arrowhead last season because they just dominated time of possession.
They ran the ball, wore them down.
Anything could happen.
We just I mean, it's way to really speculate on that, but right now you gotta like what? The Colts are being honest. Absolutely.
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So, rivers Yeah, I was just actually about to bring that up.
I he passed Dan Marino in yards.
Dan Marino's, uh, one of the greatest Does that does that make him? Ah, Hall of Famer? Oh, yeah.
Philip Rivers is a Hall of Famer.
Is a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Yeah, Even without a Super Bowl, he is, I think I think I don't know if he's first ballad.
I think that if he wins the Super Bowl with the Colts, e think it's a slam dunk first ballot, but I think that would help his legacy to win a super bowl.
Yeah. Oh, yeah. Definitely.
Um, you like John Elway? Alright.
His legacy jumped as soon as as soon as at the tail end of his career.
He was able to get into the Super Bowl and win Super Bowls.
He won two at the very end, and then it's done.
You know, it was his legacy jumped through the roof.
So I think that yes, a Super Bowl, especially on the tail end of your career, definitely helps the legacy by far.
Yeah, but the problem with that is I think Philip Rivers is not retorted back right now.
I mean, with the protection, I mean, the Colts just the reason why they won so many games just because of their defense, really? And it's just their defense is scoring points.
They're getting turnovers.
Where they first interceptions they were before.
Yeah, I think that that they were tied for first as of Thursday, we'll see it as this week.
End's probably not at at the end of this one, but, um, well, I mean, Peyton Manning had a bunch of numbers, but when he went toe the Broncos and finished out with the two more Super Bowls.
One another one ended up, you know, just tacking on extra numbers.
I think that helped his extra, what, four or five years in Denver? I think that helps his legacy.
I mean, it did, in a sense, but it's not like because of that we're putting him over. Tom Brady.
Or if you, if you thought that Drew Brees is better because of that, you're not putting him over Drew Brees for and Roger.
So it kind of goes both ways, like I get it.
Because if Rivers went to this year and actually in place well and has movie a game when he driving, Yeah, of course.
But if the coals defense just looks like it did against everyone else before the season and he puts up 250 yards like, I don't think it really would help him.
I mean, maybe to some people, but I don't know.
It's tough, man.
You know what would be tough if Indianapolis won the Super Bowl and Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers all retired the same year? Yeah.
I mean, you think Rivers, we're gonna retire after this year, right? No, matter what I don't know.
I just I think it depends upon how it ends up going.
Uh, I think that if Rivers wins the Super Bowl, then I think he'll probably will go out on top.
But if he goes deep in the playoffs, he might want to try to go for another year.
Who knows? I wonder if the Colts will bring him back.
They gave their paying him a lot of money.
It's not that much.
Is $25 million in today's aspect? That's middle of the pack quarterback money, right? I mean, you, Watson Holmes or making Yeah.
I mean, they're not making 35 40 $50 million.
You know he's making 25.
That's that's middle of the facts.
That's less than what Jimmy Garoppolo, I think, is making.
So I mean or right around abouts.
It's not a ton of money.
I think he's playing to the money that he has right now as a top end game managing quarterback.
Yeah, and really, like Philip Rivers is just so smart.
He's so aware he's able to audible like percent wouldn't be able to bring those things to the table.
I mean, percent has the athletic ability and are much better armed.
But still I mean, Rivers.
He looked like a leader out there.
A lot of guys like to play for him.
That's what I do like about Philip Rivers.
And that's why I don't really mind him being started just because of that.
What he brings the table.
But once we actually get so this Packers game, Steelers Chiefs, then he's gonna have to start slinging the ball down the field.
They're gonna need Campbell out there healthy, all those guys.
Look, I think a big help also is earlier in the season, the Colts got ra***ed by injuries.
Right? Marla? Matt goes down Paris.
Campbell goes down, T y starts getting hurt.
Uh, at least one if not two of our starting tight ends.
You know, we're always down early on in the season.
We're just now starting to get healthy on offense.
Rivers is starting to understand that the guys I think the fact that uh, they're starting to get healthy and be able to play and understand each other is exemplifying why his last four games are so much better than his first five, and I think we'll see him continue to even get better, especially as Pittman e.
I mean, this is He only played his fifth game of the year full game of the year, just this past Thursday.
So of his career in the NFL, I think Pittman is only going to get better and he just had his 1st 100 yard game.
I think I think as long as T Y and Pittman, at least two good tight ends are out there.
I think Rivers will be absolutely fine because, um, because he'll have that he'll have go to guys on the outside and he'll have the running backs in the tight ends to be able to dunk the ball off if he gets in some serious trouble like it gets Pittsburgh? Yeah.
Is it fair to say that Michael Pittman is the best receiver on the culture right now? Yeah, yes, 100% agree with that.
The only reason I say 100% is because right now Pittman not only shows is showing explosiveness, but he's making plays after the catch.
Whereas t wise at that age now, well, you've seen it for the last four or five years.
T Y goes down as soon as the guy gets near him.
He wants to go out of bounds.
He wants to go down. He wants to protect himself.
I understand that.
I mean, he's a little dude, and it's easy for him.
But with Pittman being 64 220 plus pounds and he gets that football and he's trying to run over you, you know he's kind of similar in a way to a J.
Brown only I think he's faster than a J.
Brown, so and a little more athletic.
So I actually like Pittman going forward.
If Campbell could come back.
Oh, my goodness, this this offense really has a chance to explode.
Yeah, it really does. And I'm reading the comments.
So someone said, Could you see T y Hilton getting traded or released in the off season? And I think it just comes down to depending on what he asks for.
He's a free agent, right? Yeah, I don't I don't see him going anywhere else.
Has been a cold for his whole career.
Think it'll probably retired with us? I hope at least because, yeah, I could see him.
I don't I think the Colts will probably try to offer him a modest deal.
Not like what he's gotten over the last couple of his last contract.
He averaged $13 million a year.
I don't think they're gonna offer him 13 million year.
If you could offer him 10, uh, or sub 10, year.
I think then t why would would probably get extended, but I would not see him get extended for more than $10 million a year.
Yeah, I like to see to get more involved in the offense.
I know he's not what he was a few years ago, but just the ability to stretch the field because think about this way when we play these teams that are gonna blitz like the Steelers coming up If t y is able to get down the field, no one's gonna be sending pressure because they're gonna need a safety back there On also, Campbell, when he comes back to it is even faster than Tol and more explosives.
So yeah, pickin running those slants and cross routes, he's once he has that breakaway speed to get out of that yards after the catch.
So, yeah, you got a lot of young receivers.
It's just taking time for them to get uh, connected with the playbook, understanding the playbook and getting their timing down with Rivers.
That's a big deal.
You got to remember.
I mean, there was no offseason Rivers.
He's gotta understand the timing.
He's never had a cannon for an arm.
He's never had a cannon like Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes.
He's all he even said it in the interview.
I have always relied on anticipation and accuracy to throw the football, and that has to do with understanding your receivers, how they run routes and how fast they're moving and being on the same page with him and that that all that, the only way to do that is through repetition over and over and over.
So the mortgage aims.
You're seeing him play with these guys, the better the place look and the better the throws end up happening.
They execute so much more crisply over the last few games because of that.
Yeah, what are your thoughts on T y Hilton lining up in the slot? I see a lot of people saying that.
I mean, I couldn't agree anymore, right? It makes more sense.
We'll be able to get him the ball because he's not gonna be on the outside.
So yeah, actually, it makes a ton of sense with Campbell especially being out right now.
I think that you could put the Michael Harris and the Marcus Johnson on the outside.
Those are two guys that have shown that they have deep playability and then put putting it on the other side and then t y in the slot, you know? I mean, I get that Zack Paschal.
You wanna put Zach Pascoe out there? Uh, as well.
But I think Paschal of Pittman are very similar players.
Pittman being a little bit better than Paschal, but so I could see pit Paschal being a guy who could just come in and relieve one of your outside guys so he'll still get plenty of playing time.
But you get someone who could stretch the field on one side with Pittman on the other t y it and slot.
That'd be great.
That that would be that now, Granted, you'd have to be running three wide receivers for that.
And the Colts like to run a lot of, uh, to wide receiver, two tight ends in a running back.
So, uh, it really depends upon situational football at that point.
I'm not gonna sit up here in doubt, Frank, right? I don't know football like that man does, reducing the sense they should be running it.
I don't have the knowledge on that.
But just to kill a man, I feel like we just got to try to get him more involved.
I'm glad he saw four or five targets Thursday.
Well, yeah, but I mean, he was He was just recovered from a groin injury to So he's been out for a little while with that groin injury.
So, um, I'm expecting him to get a little bit mawr involved as long as he could stay healthy.
That's the thing.
Because, you know, t wise we've seen in the last couple of years, you know, where t wise having problems later in the season? Staying healthy.
So I hope you can, but we'll see.
Um oh, can the Ravens get one of those good coach coaching receivers? Oh, my goodness.
Thoughts on Matt ever flips.
Do you think that there do we do as Colts fans? Do you think the Colts have to worry about losing Matt ever flutes the defensive coordinator to a head coaching job next year? I never even thought about that.
I hope not for our sake.
When he came from the Cowboys, he has completely turned around.
This defense was not a lot of big names. Hustle.
The Colts have something going on right where their award guys for hustling.
And that's why they come up and make tackles so effortlessly.
And they're all like, Remember, there's just four or five cold jerseys, always on top of the guys.
Never just one on one.
Yeah, that the Yes, I hope.
I hope Matt Matt uber flu stays because he's a great, knowledgeable defensive coordinator for us, and he's a big part of what the defense is so successful because these schemes are always on top of things.
I actually, like Raikes play calling this past game, even going forward on those multiple fourth downs.
Even trying to run the football now, one of those four thin ones I would have I might have changed it up a little bit.
I might have tried to play action, uh, boot out to a tight end or something, but yeah, I still like the fact that he went for on those downs to keep that defense on the field toe, wear them down.
Um, he wasn't playing.
It was showing that Reich wasn't playing for the moment.
He was playing long term.
He wanted to win the game in the end, wasn't looking for instant satisfaction and had a plan and was sticking with it.
And I liked it a lot.
I thought that that game plan was so much better than what we saw against the Ravens.
Four days previous.
I mean, give or take the Ravens there a totally different team than science defensively.
So I'm sure it was a lot easier to scheme for that.
But yeah, like I even said that last time was on that I wasn't concerned about right at all.
He's very knowledgeable.
He's been in the business for a long time.
Him and Rivers are always on the same page, and we like to see and be aggressive because the Colts are gonna need to put up points, especially against these high powered offense when the Titans were the first top 10 offense we've seen all year.
So we were gonna have to put up points in the game.
The Titans came out on the first drive and scored on us easily, just marched down the field of play action.
So right knew that he did.
And although they didn't score, it set a tone that he's here to win, not toe.
Not so not when, I guess, since I mean, I mean also think about where the culture going right now and where the Eagles air going right now.
Ever since Frank, right, left as a coordinator for the Eagles, the Eagles have just went and it's it brings up questions.
Wasn't really Doug Peterson that got into the Super Bowl and won the Super Bowl.
Or was that all? Frank Reich? Uh, yeah.
I mean, I don't think it was all Frank Roy.
Also, Carson one just isn't a good quarterback, and they overpaid for him.
I'd rather have Nick Foles and I would Carson Wentz right now, but also the Eagles are getting healthy.
Normal standards returned to practice.
He's gonna play Joan Rangers back.
Even Ghadir is there. Tight end is back.
So the people that we find a planet garbage division, they're gonna make it no matter what.
So but yeah, I mean, still, Frank, right? To get him was great.
And they're also were question was it wasn't the second choice.
Didn't they Wanted that Patriots coordinator, right? Yes.
Yes, they wanted you.
And And the good thing about Reich was he kept all of the offensive coordinators and coaches that that Josh McDaniels hired.
You know, Matty Bird Flu's and Nick Sirianni were guys that that that Oh, the man, Josh McDaniels.
Those were his hires and right kept him.
And I think it was a smart move.
And it showed, you know? Hey, I have faith in you guys.
Just like he does on the field with his players.
You know, he's not afraid to make, uh, the questionable tough calls on the field to show.
Hey, I've got faith in you guys.
I think you guys could do this.
And that really brings out the best in people when you show faith in them.
Yeah, it really does.
He has a lot of confidence in his guys.
Even when Philip Rivers, like you, said in the first few games and look good, he said, This is my quarterback.
I'm not worried a bit and imagine became on said, Yeah, I'm concerned that we might have to get reset some more snaps.
Philip Rivers, with his confidence, would go down.
And he's said himself that if this season was canceled, he would have retired.
Soto have your coach back you up like that is it means a lot to Philip Rivers.
I'm sure yeah, questions in here is you're looking at.
I'm sure you're seeing some of the comments about Julian Blackmon and Malik Hooker.
What are your thoughts with Julian Blackmon playing as well as he is and whether or not Malik Hooker will be a colt next year? Yeah, this is tough to answer, right? Because Millie cooker is so talented.
I love me some really cooker coming out of college.
I was a good pick at the same time, though.
Just really cooker wanna be here because I know that there was something an issue with him on Instagram.
I'm not really gonna get into that, but yeah, I don't think he'll be back.
Being honest with the way Blackman's looked, you look better than Hooker and his speed is just like his crazy, like his open field tackling ability, ability.
Just make place.
We saw him have that game winning interception a couple weeks ago, but if we can keep poker, I'd like to do because he's a ball hawk.
Yeah, I got to keep both these guys can.
I mean, Well, I mean, if I remember right, the guy who tackled Derrick Henry for like, a five yard loss on Thursday night game where you just shot out of the out of the backfield was Julian Blackmon and just wrapped him up and brought him down.
I was like, and he's good for a play or two, just like that, every game that he's been in this season.
Which is why I think a lot of people are starting to look at Julian Blackmon as a defensive player of the year candidate a zoo of right now, because it's every game that he is going out.
Yes, okay, yeah, I mean, he's like someone said he's the number one rated rookie safety.
He's a top 10 safety and all the football.
Yeah, and he came into the season.
Is that backup? So to be able to just jump in and be a effective it's incredible.
Really? Oh, yeah, Absolutely.
Um, well, ladies and gentlemen, it's been 55 minutes, and I personally, my throat's getting sore from because I speak up really loudly because this e wanna make sure I get over anything that goes on in my household.
I wanna thank you swaggy for joining today to talk about the Titans and and the Colts in general. Appreciate.
Um, got anything that you've got that's gonna be coming up anytime soon.
Any plans that people might be looking out for out there on your channel? To be honest, I wish I did more cold stuff.
It's just my channel is it's grown a lot just doing other things.
So you probably won't.
You probably see a cold video every one or two weeks, Honestly, but yeah, you know, I'm always watching.
I'm always rooting these guys on, no matter what.
I always got the colts back.
I love what they're doing, and we're gonna win it all.
Like I said, we're gonna beat the chiefs the Steelers, the Ravens.
I want all the smoke.
That's the way I feel about it.
Go in like the Titans did last year, right? They go in, they smack out the Patriots.
Then they go in and play the Ravens and smack them out.
And then they had a chance to beat the cheese.
I want to see the through that right in a row.
And that way there could be no one saying, Well, the Colts went into the Super Bowl.
You know, I want to see the Colts go in there and just smack everybody around and do that.
Yeah, they're not afraid, either.
Their center wants my homes.
He wants to Mark Jackson? Absolutely.
I mean, you could tell the difference between the him being on the field, him not being on the field.
When he was not on the Colts field playing for him, teams were scoring 10 more points than what they are when he's on the field.
So they down behind 21. Nothing to the Bengals.
Eso the Colts felt bad for Joe Burrow and spotted him 21 points e.
But the Titans couldn't the Titans could not beat the Bengals, right? Yeah.
The Titans can't be a lot of teams right now, and they're not gonna be beaten in the next three weeks cause they got a pretty tough schedule coming up.
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Um, this It's been great every time.
Both times that you've been here.
Now I'm sure we'll probably have you up on on the show again at some point this season.
Hopefully it'll be a playoff game.
I have a lot of fun doing this.
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