Archive for November, 2007

Blood pressure rising

November 30, 2007

Jags week came at the right time. I’ve been in a little funk for the last couple of weeks thanks to all the injuries and the inevitability of what’s to come this season. The thrill was gone until January, but thankfully the Jags are coming to town.

I can’t wait for this game.

I have the sneaky suspicion that the kitties are going to get their heads handed to them on Sunday, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Jack Del Rio’s comments about the Colts couldn’t have been more ill timed. I think the roof is going to come off the dome Sunday from 56,000 people determined to make sure Vic suffers permanent hearing loss.

I haven’t been more excited for a game in a looooong time. I’m not sure what we have to avenge exactly, but it feels like a reckoning is due. The Jags like to whine and preen, but they have yet to prove the they belong with the big dogs. The best part is that even if they win, they are still only in second place in the division. The Colts only have to go 4-1 to win the South and probably to clinch the 2 seed. I think we go 5-0.

The reason for my confidence? It finally looks like Tony Ugoh is ready to go.

(Cue the Hallelujah chorus)

This fact has been lost on Bill Simmons who concocts a scenario that is impossible. He somehow has the Colts losing the South and hosting the Browns during WC weekend. Um, Bill, this isn’t 1988. That scenario isn’t possible. WC teams don’t host other WC teams. But whatever, we know you’ve stopped paying any real attention to sports about 18 months ago.

John Clayton says the worst is over for the Horse.

In other news, Tommy Boy is up for a big award. Be sure to vote for him. Thanks Dave, for the link.

Eyes in the Backfield should be up later tonight.

Demond Sanders: Bill Simmons has a loud mouth, and the fact that he’s usually wrong only compounds the problem. His career record picking against the spread is awful. He can write about the NBA all he wants, but he has no business writing about the NFL. It was sweet to see him and his team in ruins last January, but this year it is going to be legendary.

More Trash

November 30, 2007

I try not to perpetuate trash by reprinting it, but I thought you’d get a kick out of Ask Vic’s latest editorial.

Someone needs to tell Vic that the Colts are 9-2 despite injuries on all sides of the ball and if I remember correctly they still managed to kick his team’s teeth in the last time they played. He thinks all the pressure is on the Colts. I’d say all the pressure is on the pathetic writer who proves on a weekly basis that he knows nothing about football and is working for a forgotten team that is suffering blackouts despite having a winning record. I’d say all the pressure is on Vic to find affordable housing in the greater Los Angeles area.

UPDATE: This is from the venerable Phil B. Wilson’s blog:

Asked about the importance of Sunday’s Colts-Jags game, Jags coach Jack Del Rio said something about how both the Colts and his team are 3-3 in their last six divisional games. Pause. Double pause. He said what? I’m guessing Del Rio is trying to suggest his Jags are just as good as the Colts. OK, maybe so, but the stat is as silly as it gets. Fact is, the Colts are 3-0 in the AFC South this year and the Jags are 2-2.

Okay, so I guess we know where Vic gets his brilliant information. Next we will be hearing that Del Rio is teaching a Statistics class in the evenings at Jacksonville State. Someone needs to remind JDR that the Colts are about to sweep the division.

Brother can you spare a dime?

November 29, 2007

Dante Hughes is done for the year. An already thin Colts secondary has been dealt another (albeit minor) blow. Hughes has played sparingly this year (he did get torched for a long TD on Thursday), and had been somewhat slowed by injuries all year. He was competing for the third corner slot, but was playing mostly on special teams and dime coverage. The team signed another corner who had previously been with the Bucs (read: knows the system and slow). Keiwan Ratliff, welcome to the World Champs. I have nightmares of him getting beat by Jabar Gaffney in January.

Do I admit to being an idiot?

November 29, 2007

So let me give you some context for my dilemma. Tuesday night I’m heading out of town with my wife for a getaway. Demond calls and pulls the whole depressed voice, “guess who’s out for the year” bit. He tells me Roosevelt Colvin is out. I have internet access for about 5 minutes the next day, and throw up a comment on his post. Some how, between the joy of being away from the kids for a night and limited connectivity, I crossed wires in my brain. Something in me became convinced that Richard Seymour was out. Today, I come back and note my mistake with horror. So now that I’ve already posted about how Colvin and Freeney do the same job for their teams (which they clearly don’t), do I admit my mistake and expose myself as a moron, or do I just let it go and hope no one notices.

Obviously, I chose to fess up. I’m an idiot. The substance of what I said is still sort of true, but not nearly as true as it would have been had it been Seymour who was hurt. So anyway, that’s my boring confession of the day.

Bob M. pointed out that Phil B is saying what we’ve suspected for some time. Marvin might not be back until January. I don’t think any of us are really shocked by that. If he really might be done, the team would have IRed him. Other than that, I’ll believe he’s coming back when I actually see him line up.

Time to take out the trash

November 29, 2007

The biggest game of the regular season, according to Bill Polian, takes place this Sunday. The Colts have a chance to make things very easy for themselves by sweeping the Jags. It would all but lock up the AFC South title and put the Colts in great position for a bye with four games to play. Pittsburgh, currently the three seed, still has tough games remaining versus New England and Jacksonville.

Here’s an article from the Orlando Sentinel focusing on Jacksonville’s mindset heading into the big game. David Garrard thinks the Jags can win the division. Also, the speculation has begun that Del Rio’s contract will be renegotiated after the season. This is great news. I was seriously afraid for awhile that JDR would get fired prompting the Jags to actually win the division the following season. Instead a guy who hasn’t won a four-team division in five attempts gets more money and more years on his deal.

Also check out Whitlock’s latest work for FoxSports. He takes a broad look at the Sean Taylor tragedy. I agree with Whitlock less than half the time, but count me among the people who think the IndyStar should do whatever it takes to hire this guy. I do not know how he would fit in the budget, but Kansas City is not exactly a major market either. I have nothing against Bob Kravitz who has been much better over the past year. He’s even made it off my official Bill Simmons and other people I can’t stand list. I just think Whitlock would sell papers and give us something to talk about.
Deshawn Zombie comments: For Dungy’s take on this sad event, check out our buddy Phil B. Wilson’s blog. It’s a sad world we live in.

No Podcast, but we still have 18 Plays

November 28, 2007

The holidays and other factors have conspired against Demond and I getting together to record 18 Plays this week. If anyone is curious, here are the 18 Plays that we had selected:

Kansas City

Q1 1:38 4th and 16 AV yanks the kick. How freaked out were we all when this went down?

Q2 11:02 1st and 10 Manning pick. Another tipped pass. The lack of protection/deep routes had KC abandon the rush and just sit at the line tipping passes.

4:04 3rd and 5 Mathis Sack and fumble. A huge play by a guy we NEED to make huge plays

Q3 8:09 1st 10 Addai for 17 to the 3 sets up TD. How great was he? The line was a mess, but Kid Joe delivered anyway.

1:29 3rd and 7 Croyle for TD. I’m still not sure how transferring the ball from your hands to your knees constitutes control.

Q4 14:53 1st and 10 MJax blows up Holmes. He hits almost as hard as the Zombie,

8:18 2nd 15 Brock sack. This killed the final KC drive. Brock gets better every week. He’s at the top of his game.

4:59 2nd 17 Manning to Wayne for 19. Just when you thought the drive was dead.

2:00 4th and 1 Manning sneak. I didn’t think this was all that controversial. There was a good chance the Colts would get the ball in scoring position anyway.

Atlanta Game

Q1 3:34 3rd and 2 58 yard TD to White. Rice was offsides. Hughes is a rookie. Rice is not. Now he’s not a Colt.

:10 1st and 10 Manning to Gonzo for 35. The Microwave was huge all game long.

Q2 14:48 2nd and 23 Manning to Wayne TD

KO Norwood to the 44 plus 15 yards. This gives Falcons a FG. Hey there’s the special teams we all know and love!

9:29 4th and 1 Colts punt, running into kicker. The penalty gives them a first down. I thought this call was gutless, and wanted the team to go for it. It worked out, but that doesn’t mean it was right.

7:31 3rd and 8 Manning to Gonzo for 12. Wow, throws to a guy a who can catch on 3rd down? No wonder we won.

4:33 3rd and 5 Bethea KILLS Robinson. Just a massive hit. This play signaled the beginning of the end for the Falcons

4:07 1st and 10 Manning to Gonzo for 32. Manning jumps right down their throats and rips out their still beating hearts.

Q3 8:56 3rd and 10 Brock sacks Harrington. Again, pressure up the middle from the tackles makes the Indy impossible to beat. As long as Brock plays like this, we’ll be ok the rest of the year.

Sorry we couldn’t provide the usual depth of analysis that comes from rewatching the tape a ton of times, but it just wasn’t possible. We’ll shake ourselves and pull it together for this week.

Roosevelt Colvin on IR

November 28, 2007

The New England Patriots lost their only likable player when they placed Broad Ripple HS standout Roosevelt Colvin on IR today. It’s official; there is no reason to like the Patriots. This is a big blow to Bill Belichick’s squad given how well Rosie has played over the past few seasons. He is their youngest starting linebacker at the age of 30 and is one of their better defensive players. The Patriots have had an uncanny ability to overcome injuries during their Super Bowl years, but even so I believe this is a significant injury that will be felt come playoff time. I’d love to be able to tell you what exactly Colvin’s injury is, but even his head coach does not seem to know.

Deshawn Zombie Comments: I hate injuries. I especially hate injuries to guys from Indy. I suppose, if there was going to be an injury that would offset Freeney’s, this would be it. It’s official, Colts fans can’t complain about Freeney being hurt, because Colvin plays much the same role for the Pats. Both teams are down a key player, which is a shame.

In other news, Etruesports.com says there is a growing rift between the Manning boys.

Freeney is obviously more important than Colvin, but I know where you are coming from. New England has been fortunate to only lose one defensive starter to IR this season. The Colts have lost McFarland, Morris, and Freeney.

Fried Rice

November 27, 2007

Well that was quick. Almost as soon as it began, the Simeon Rice experiment is over. Despite collecting a Mathis-induced sack last Thursday, the Colts released the pass rushing DE today. He hadn’t made much impact in two games (he did sniff out a screen pass against KC, but jumped off side costing the Colts a score against Atlanta).

Hey, it was worth a try. Demond suspects the Colts will move Brock to the outside (he has been on a freaking tear of late), and use the rookies inside at DT. I think it’s hard to move around a guy who has been ragingly effective inside. At any rate, Luke Lawton is back, which should help the special teams.

Good thing they let Kyle Brady walk

November 27, 2007

The ever-informative Jaguars.com tells us that the Jags lost both TEs for the season during Sunday’s game against Buffalo. That’s an impressive feat. No word yet on whether injured LB Mike Peterson will play.

I think the story coming into this game has to be the play of QB David Gerrard. He has thrown 9 touchdowns and no interceptions for Jacksonville this season in eight games. Those numbers are far from explosive, but at least he’s not turning the ball over like Leftwich. In the modern NFL that makes you a Pro Bowler. Then again, it is not exactly difficult to make the Pro Bowl. Just ask Vince Young and Philip Rivers.

It’s Del Rio Week!

November 27, 2007

Why would a reviewer make the point of saying someone’s not a genius? Do you especially think I’m not a genius? . . . You didn’t even have to think about it, did you?