JUST GET ME ONE TOP FREE AGENT! Tyrann Mathieu to the Colts seems like it may have legs. Short thoughts.

Just one time. Just one time I want to land a top tier free agent. What’s the point of all this cap space if we aren’t going to use it on a stud or two? Tyrann Mathieu appears to be having odds on him to the Colts. It appears the gambling site oddschecker has moved the Colts into the odds favorite to get Tyrann Mathieu from free agency, following his tenure in Kansas City.

Tyrann Mathieu seems to be the biggest named free agent still available on the defensive side of the ball. With the Colts being seen as favorite a few places, I have to say this must really have some legs. Because when are we EEEVVVEEERRRR the favorite for a projected free agent landing zone? Not too often. I seem to get my hopes up each and every year that we will get the free agents of top caliber, but rarely is this ever the case.

I’ve gotten my hopes up time and time before. And time and time before I’ve been let down. We have yet to make a real splash in free agency in the Ballard era. The largest splash we’ve seen was Carson Wentz and I’ll say the unexpected move of Matt Ryan was solid, with the actual verdict to come following his play on the field. We haven’t had a solid free agent track record from our current regime. So I am cautious to get too invested in potentially wishful thinking.

Although, I believe if the Colts can secure Tyran Mathieu and he can perform up to the level that we’ve seen from him over the course of his career, the Colts defense could have the most intuitive defensive duo in the NFL. Darius Leonard and Tyronn Mathieu are both very, very intuitive players. Their instincts and knowledge for the game seem to put them in positions to make a play more often than not. Not many players possess this gift to any degree, while these two guys may be some of the best examples of this in the NFL.

He would enter that Colts’ locker room and immediately seek to aid Darius in setting a tone of attitude and rock steady defense. His resume speaks for itself and would speak volumes to those within the Colts organization. He is a genuine leader, and after watching the Colts last year, other than Darius, I feel like our leadership was lacking. The Colts Need to go out and get the guys that will help “set the tone” for lack of a better explanation.

While all of this is very promising I can’t help but fear a potential fall off in Tyrann’s game following his next contract signing. I’m sorry I just don’t see him remaining in that top tier of NFL safeties for too much longer. I imagine he may be looking for this next contract to be his last MAJOR payday. If this is the case, I think he may be looking for a longer contract, and get really comfortable wherever he lands next. I don’t know how tied down we’d want to be with a major contract spent on Mathieu when there seem to be more imperative roles that need to be paid and cemented within our franchise. (Fingers crossed we got QB covered for a few more years if Matt Ryan should find a second wind in Indianapolis and want to stick around).

Here’s hoping something can come of this. I will be over the moon if we are able to land him. Because ultimately, this salary cap is going to climb. And there seems to be more and more ways that creative accounting is allowing teams to manipulate that salary cap. So throw it all at him. Get our number 1 recruiter Darius Leonard on the case! I’m ready to see Tyrann Mathieu suit it up For The Shoe.

Vegas oddsmakers agree, the Matt Ryan trade was for the best! Hopefully this can ease the detractors just a bit.

So, you know why Vegas has been able to be the national capital of gambling and debauchery since the city’s founding in 1905? Because THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS. They’re right more often than not. If they weren’t, the gambling industry wouldn’t be the evergrowing behemoth that it currently is. And if you are a frequent sports gambler, you see just how good these line makers and bookies are at forecasting any given scenario in sports. I mean so often there is a game still in gambling contention right up until the final whistle.

I’m going to spare anyone unfamiliar with the way odds are expressed the pain of having to trudge through this post, and not get into the specific odds. I understand that to the less degenerate among those faithful to the shoe, that reading odds and payouts can often times feel like a foreign language.

Need to get to whooping on the Titans.

Following the Matt Ryan trade there has been immediate shift in the odds for the AFC  South crown. Across the many, many sports books out there, the Tennessee Titans were the favorite to win the AFC South and who could blame the bookies and NFL analysts for that? This is no longer the case, with the Colts moving into the favorite position across many sportsbooks in America.

How major is this? Well consider the fact that just last season the Tenessee Titans were the #1 seed last year. A season after they posted the best record in the AFC and following 2 years in which they won the AFC, the Titans now slip out of favor with the book makers all because of the signing of Matt Ryan to the Colts. This should put the mind of many Colts fans at ease even if just a bit.

I get all the frustrations currently with our front office. But for the major detractors from this trade, you need to realize while this post may be written by a neverwaivering Colts fanboy, Vegas is as objective as it gets. They honestly can’t afford to be anything other than objective. So while the detractors are often the loudest among us. I am genuinely excited to welcome our latest attempt at finding a QB, and I have to believe that is the case for most of us out there.

Yes, Matt Ryan’s numbers were down last season. But look at what he had for an offense. Look at his team. The Falcons were an absolute joke. At the least having Jonathon Taylor opens up the field for him. At the best we develop our receivers and can create multiple options for Matt. I have to believe that just having the threat of the pass now is the significant boost in our odds. A threat that in Vegas’ eyes is very real with real potential.

It does seem that you need the stud QB to win the super bowl these days, but I am (maybe delusionally) hopeful that if Matt Ryan can just be reliable, limiting our 3rd and longs and keeping possession of the ball, we can do something special this year.

I know the whole fan base seems torn on this offseason. Yes, I get that we’ve had more QBs than one would care to support. But hey, at least Irsay is invested enough in his own team to put a fire under Ballard to get something done. We have an active front office willing to go out and try something. There are so many teams out there that this is not the case for. Many owners are ok with mediocrity. While stability is king, Irsay’s willingness to try anything and everything to make this team better is the reason I love our ownership. And at the end of the day, no one truly knows what they’re getting. I mean how different would NFL drafts be with the power of foresight. I can tell you great QBs like Mahomes, Brees, or Brady would DEFINITELY not go where they did.

All we can do is ride with our squad. So I’m buckled in and fully on board for our AFC South Reclamation Tour. Here’s to Ballard for making a deal that will at least make the Boys in Blue watchable. And here’s to Vegas for laying out that this is a step in the right direction for the Indianapolis Colts.

For The Shoe

Matt Ryan to the Colts. A hopelessly optimistic fanboy’s thoughts.

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

-Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart, Late 13th Century Theologian and probable Colts fan

Alright… So we’ve finally figured out who will be under center for the Indianapolis Colts this season. In doing so we see yet another new beginning for the franchise. Just yesterday Matt Ryan was traded to the Colts for the 82nd pick (3rd round). And I have got to say… I will take it. Now I know nothing about constructing a winning squad in the NFL, but I’m going to run with this straight from the gut and say I love it.

You have to think about the situation that Ballard had gotten the Colts into. Matt Ryan was the best option. An option that didn’t seem available at the beginning of free agency. I mean the Atlanta Falcons really did their franchise star for the last 2 decades dirty in this one. It seemed out of the blue that an Atlanta rebuild was presented, even though it was desperately needed. It still looked like they would ride with Matt Ryan until the wheels fell off.

Matt Ryan has been the face of the Atlanta Falcons for 14 years. While I am grateful that we have addressed our most glaring issue on the roster, can’t help but feel like Matt Ryan got absolutely dissed by the front office here. He restructured his monster contract in order to give the front office the ability to get him other guys with more cap space in good faith, and they did not reciprocate. I believe the fans of Indianapolis will welcome him with open arms and he will forget the franchise that did him dirty pretty shortly after his arrival in The Circle City.

While a 20 to 12 isn’t a great TD to Interception ratio. I truly believe that most of Atlanta’s roster is absolute doodoo stank, except the freak of nature that is Kyle Pitts and a few defensive dogs.  I really believe that we may get to see sparks of Matt Ryan of old when he had a run game to open the playbook a bit. I remember when Matt Ryan had a tandem of Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman (Shout out my Hoosiers) where the Falcons offense was dominant. Yes that was with Julio Jones and Matt probably both in the prime of their careers, but then again with guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tommy Titles out there whose to say he can’t have a strong showing in this his 15th season in the NFL.

I really believe that Jonathon Taylor will open up the passing game in a way that Matt has not seen in quite some time. Of course there are still glaring needs in the passing game. But if Michael Pittman Jr. can continue to progress and we are able to find a reliable deep threat either through what’s left of free agency or the draft, we could really see something out of this squad. This year’s wide receiver draft class is pretty stacked so we may be able to pick someone up that could make an immediate impact. Although there is now a glaring hole at Tight End (barring Mo Allie-Cox stepping up to what I believe his potential could be), a deep threat to compliment Michael Pittman’s game would be exceptional in my very unprofessional, very biased opinion.

Another effect that signing Matt Ryan might have is the free agency of Julio Jones. And while even just typing that out makes me feel like I may be going a little senile, it hasn’t stopped Darius Leonard from going to recruit the Hall of Fame bound wide receiver. Darius tweeted out yesterday,
“@juliojones_11 aye man hear me out! Matt have already thrown you a lot of touchdowns in the dome in Atlanta, y’all could finish what y’all started in Atlanta in the dome here in Indy!” And yeah, a tweet may not mean much. But hey, why not kick the tires. If this is a possibility we could really see an entirely new offense in Lucas Oil next season.

I’ll be the first to admit while writing this I am getting flashbacks to when we signed Carson Wentz. This hopeful, and admittedly somewhat unwarranted optimism is an all too familiar feeling that I felt 3 times in the last 3 years. Rivers. Wentz. And now Ryan. But whatever… I bleed Blue. So I’m riding with this team for better or worse.

So all in all, I’m possibly too optimistic about what Matt Ryan had left to offer, but then again I didn’t expect Phillip Rivers to do jack in Indianapolis. And honestly I was wanting him to come back for a second season. I believe Matt Ryan to have an even better chance to make a difference in our season than Phillip did. Which is very promising in my own opinion. So I will be putting all of my chips on Matt Ryan this year. For better or worse I was born a Colts fan, an irrationally loyal one at that. So excited about this season, I’m on board wherever this may lead.

Broncos Beat Writer: Teddy Bridgewater to Indianapolis Colts. Guy obviously knows nothing.

“I see Teddy as a perfect fit for Indy,” said Patterson on the Mile High Insiders podcast. “A one-year, two-year deal with Indy and try to see what they want to do there. I think it makes too much sense not to happen”

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What an all time dunce. Classic beat reporters throwing it at the wall. I wouldn’t give this too much thought. I mean “see what we want to do here”, you gotta be kidding me with that mess!! In case the league isn’t on notice yet. THE COLTS ARE IN WIN NOW MODE. We just built the team around an empty hole waiting to be filled by a quarterback that understands the opportunity there is to win with the roster Chris Ballard has built. This type of Quarterback seems to be showing up more and more often in the NFL these days.

We got some DAWGS just waiting for an Alpha QB to lead the pack to the promised land. I’d even be able to look past the cringe factor of Mr. UNLIMITED. PLEASE GOD JUST GET THE COLTS AN ARM FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!!

While this does seem an all time dumb move to me, I’m not paid the big bucks to make this decision and I’m smart enough to know just how dumb I am, but this just doesn’t jive with me. I will say Pat McAfee backing up this thought is a little disconcerting because I believe Pat is still very familiar with the top brass in Indianapolis. I could see him hearing a lot of noise before it’s made public… here’s hoping Pat doesn’t know anything on the matter

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And here’s hoping our boys get the help they deserve before my whole future is a series of “What If” reflections on the squad we current have. Get these guys a ring now, because we can’t keep this squad forever waiting for the most important piece to present itself.

These Dawgs deserve a dawg leading the offense!!!

Here’s hoping Ballard already has a plan in place, because I am really tired of having to scramble for a QB year after year. Stability is great everyone, but stability is needed at more than general manager and the head coach position. Indianapolis is in their window of success and need to capitalize this off season and free agency if the Colts don’t want to be looking back on this time and thinking, we should have gave it all for a quarterback. Either way, I’ll continue trusting the process of Chris Ballard and the Colts’ front office.

With all the hypotheticals out there currently it can be easy to spin out and go crazy as a Colts fan this off season. Without some major moves by the Colts in free agency and trading draft picks honestly, they will be dead in the water. All those who say run it back with Carson haven’t watched him over the passed 3 years of his career, and haven’t been watching the games at all I guess. That can’t be the solution. Sending only positive vibes to the front office though. Let’s go get some more dawgs this year!

Bears’ Allen Robinson III a perfect fit for the Indianapolis Colts

From the mothership…

Why it makes sense: We love the fit as a do-it-all receiver option opposite Michael Pittman Jr. But the Colts rarely spend big. Is Robinson attainable coming off a down year statistically? Maybe that’s when Indy pounces. — Fowler Scheme fit: Robinson is a smooth route runner with the physical traits to make contested catches. And opposite of Pittman in Indianapolis, the veteran wide receiver can be deployed as a vertical target in the slot and on play-action in-breakers. — Bowen

ESPN

Previously on the blog, I discussed the current QB situation in Indianapolis. Much like we need to address the QB situation this off season, the Indianapolis Colts’ front office, headed up by GM Chris Ballard, will need to add a viable deep threat option so as to open up the pass game entirely.

Adding Robinson to the team would have an immediate impact on the Indianapolis offense. Him being available as not only a deep option, but a deep threat, will open up the offense. This will give Pittman Jr. More mid range options as the opposing defense will need to cover and game plan for Allen Robinson.

Adding Allen Robinson to an already stout offense. Another facet to opening up the true potential of the offense would be Allen Robinson’s effect on the run game. Jonathon Taylor is already an absolute menace in the NFL. Led the league in rushing. Now imagine what he could possibly do with the defense having to cover the deep ball. Doing so, limits the defenses ability to stuff the box and in doing so stop the run. Now they weren’t able to stop Jonathon Taylor before, I wince imagining what he would be able to do to them now.

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My favorite aspect of this whole possibility is the type of player the Colt’s would be getting from Allen Robinson. Robinson is sneaky one of the most dominant receivers in the game. I think should the Bears have been able to get any sense of an offense going during the Matt Nagy era, but this era has cast just a looming shadow over Allen Robinson’s dominant game. That’s a type of player I love to go and get. The type of guys that I know will make an absolutely game changing and immediate impact while also not making so many ripples within the news cycle to have teams reevaluate us and pump our egos. That is what I am not here for. I want my Colt’s to have a chip on their shoulder.

We’ve consistently compete despite all evidence that that really shouldn’t be the case. But now they’ve gotten good enough to actually let you down when they fail. The realization that we are in our window of opportunity to win right now, with our offensive line, Jonathon Taylor on his rookie deal, and Darius Leonard tied down, has to be very apparent in Indy.

Moves need made in Indianapolis. Do I think the Colt’s need to go and get him? Yes. Am I paid millions and millions of dollars for my analytical knowledge and proof that I can cultivate a competitive franchise, No. So as I do in all cases, even to my own detriment with the Carson Wentz trade, I will be hopelessly optimistic in my genuine confidence that Chris Ballard will be able to get this done, and if not, he already has a contingency plan in place to address the offenses deep threats.

-Burke

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