Archive for the ‘gonzalez’ Category

Brady to throw 40 touchdowns, save the world

May 4, 2007

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=2858092

John Clayton likes the Gonzalez pick. He sees the potential for an unstoppable offense.

Unfortunately he expects the same thing out of the Patriots. “Given Brady’s accuracy, it’s not out of the question for Brady to approach a 40-touchdown pass season and compete with Manning for passing records.”

That’s great John, but how about we aim for 30 touchdowns first, seeing as how Brady’s never thrown that many in his entire career? Personally, I think Brady will throw about 25 touchdowns (because he always does) and he will fall in love with Wes Welker. His new slot receiver will end up with about 85 catches, dwarfing the production of Moss and Stallworth.

How will Peyton do next year? Well, let’s just say he averages 30.5 scores a year over his career.

What next?

May 1, 2007

The Draft is over. There are three months and 8 days until the first preseason game at Dallas. What will 18to88 do next? Two things:

1. We’ll continue to blog here and also keep improving the main site at www.18to88.com

2. We’ll be watching this video over and over (and the one a few posts back which is even better):

Why we skipped two highly rated defenders…

April 29, 2007

For those of you who wondered why the Colts passed on defenders Alan Branch and Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny, check out this article by SI’s Don Banks
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/don_banks/04/28/draft.day1.winners.losers/2.html

In short, it seems that Branch is lazy and Posluszny is slow. There are still tons of picks left for defense.

Demond Sanders comments: Polian is hilarious. I loved his comments in the Indianapolis Star about the first round drama. “From (pick number) 20 on in, we were engaged. From about 28 on, we were sweating. Anthony Gonzalez was the last name on the board,” Polian said. “We got him and that’s what counts.” Right, Bill. No one else was going to take that dude. You were sweating? You could have been playing badminton in your war room and it would not have mattered. That said, all we have to do is watch the youtube clip below to get psyched up about next year.

To further confuse the issue, the Colts have RE-SIGNED AARON MOOREHEAD. Actually, this kind of makes sense because Moorehead himself has said he is not comfortable as a slot receiver. Last year the Colts were often forced to play Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark in the slot if they wanted to use a 3 WR set. Moorehead provides depth for Marvin and Reggie, but is probably not a long-term solution as a starter in the slot. This means the Aaron Moorehead show on ESPN950 is back on for another year! Actually he’s a pretty insightful guy considering his limited playing time; and he seems like a good locker-room guy.

Colts draft WR Gonzalez

April 28, 2007

Well folks, we talked about it just days ago and it happened. The Colts took a wideout with their first round pick. I suppose the attitude is that our offense writes the checks for the team, so you have to make a deposit. We haven’t drafted a WR since Reggie Wayne. I fear this means that we are only 3 years away from saying good bye to #88. I hope it isn’t so, but he’ll be 37 and making a crap load of money. It took Reggie Wayne 3 years to develop as a real #1. Gonzalez now has the luxury to develop slowly.

This also makes our offense utterly unstoppable and allows Dallas Clark to line up as a TE where he can do the most damage. I predict that all the rest of the picks will be spent on defense.

Of course, no sooner do I type that than the Colts trade up in order to draft an OT from Arkansas. This definitely has to be a signal that the Terrik Glenn era is coming to end after this year. They gave up a 4th round pick this year (they had 3) and a first rounder next year. This trade will anger some Colts fans, but it makes sense. They gave up the 30-32nd pick next year for the 42nd pick this year. If Ugoh becomes a solid starting lineman, it’s a great deal. If he doesn’t, then it’s bad. Basically, it gives them support at the all important tackle position without costing this year’s draft. Not a bad idea.

Demond Sanders comments: Yeah, so I was one of the fans who “lost it” when hearing we gave up a first rounder next year for this guy. But, as usual, after a few minutes I quickly remember that Polian knows what he’s doing – that goes for drafting Gonzalez as well. If all goes well the Colts will have only given up the 32nd pick in next year’s draft and a fourth rounder this year. And from the few highlights they showed of Ugoh, he looks like a beast who moves people around in the running game. If anyone saw Arkansas play last year they saw how aggressive that offense was.

Remember: the Colts have seven more picks in this draft (gotta love the compensatory picks). As we said this past week – the team starts with the offense and goes from there. Protect Peyton, give him weapons, and run the football. I think the offense is set now (I can’t think of any holes left except maybe backup RB or FB) so Polian and company can commence trying to fix the run defense. Good luck guys!