Chris Ballard deserves to be on the hot seat. Why do Colts fans we give him so much slack?

The entire offseason has been centered around our search for a Quarterback. While questions regarding Frank Reich and Chris Ballard especially are present, but much fewer and farther between. Why is it that Chris Ballard is gifted so much… let’s say “benefit of the doubt”. In the six years since Chris Ballard has taken over as general manager the Colts have 1 playoff win. Any other fan base would be calling for the man’s head. I’m more perplexed because honestly I still believe Ballard’s a good GM.

But why is that?

He’s been able to build out one of the deepest rosters in the entire National Football League. A team that can contend at each and every position is a dangerous one, only problem is the most neglected position was quarterback. Of course, Chris Ballard thought he was inheriting a sure fire Hall of Famer in Andrew Luck. But the moment that was not the case, that had to become our main priority. End of story. You can’t win in the NFL without a QB. The Bengals almost just proved that sometimes you may be able to win with OONNLLYY a QB (and Chase of course). But QB must be addressed, and I really think that he was looking to build a powerhouse roster then draft a competent QB on a rookie contract to lead the team. That is a great plan, so long as that QB is coming down the line.

I would say the single biggest reason for Chris Ballard’s slack as GM is the 2018 draft. Drafting Quenton Nelson and then finding Darius Leonard in the second. I say finding because looking back now I would believe these guys to go top 3 overall from that class. Still granting that #1 spot to Josh Allen from the 2018 draft class. What a draft for the Colts. We picked up the two tone setters for our team in that same year. Great draft. So what have you done for me lately?

I genuinely believe that we as Indianapolis Colts fans have been conditioned to accept terrible choices through our tenure with Ryan Grigson. Ryan Grigson, his stench still resonates. What a terrible NFL GM. Terrible. Trash. Garbage. Trent RICHARDSON!!!! How about an offensive line to protect our franchises most valuable asset? “NAH LET’S GET GRANDPA ANDRE JOHNSON ON THE SQUAD!” Decisions like these are what made Andrew Luck hate football enough to quit.

It honestly feels like Chris Ballard may have overcorrected on the situation, seems like we’ve spent years addressing everything but the most essential piece to a franchise’s success. We need to learn from the past, but come on. We need a freaking quarterback!!!

Listen, before you think I’m being overreactive or quick to can a General Manager, I’d like to express that I truly believe the current state of the NFL hiring process is absolutely detrimental to a team’s success. Teams like the Dolphins, so quick to fire a coach, are absolute idiots to me. How is anyone supposed to change a program into a winner when they aren’t given the time to do so? Just can’t be done. I’m all for stability, but I’d like for that stability to land on a Super Bowl contender, not a team consistently finding themselves in the last seed or as the last one out of the playoffs.

-Burke

Aaron Rodgers calls off wedding… because Shailene didn’t want to follow him to Indianapolis?

A source close to Rodgers confirms to PEOPLE that the NFL star, 38, and the actress, 30, have split, just over one year after he made the surprise announcement that they were engaged. “It was an amicable split; it just wasn’t working,” the source says. “They’re very different people with busy careers and there were obstacles that they couldn’t surmount. They will remain friendly; there’s no bad blood and no drama. It just didn’t work out for them.”

People (Karen Mizoguchi, Steve Helling

Oh lawd… the drama. Aaron Rodgers and Woodley have called off their engagement. Looks like true love doesn’t exist after all kids. With so many questions about his future, Aaron had figured that he had at least found the woman he’d be with in that future.

Sadly he did not I guess.

So what happened? Well I feel like the engagement call off is always promted by a big fight then the inevitable “What are we even doing here?” Aaron has a lot of decisions to make coming up so, with his future up in the air, I like to think that maybe it was a shift in where he’d like to play come September. Maybe he had laid out a plan where half their football season would be spent in sunny San Fransisco, close to most of her work in Los Angeles. But could a change in destination have led to a fight that couldn’t be mended. What would piss off Shailene so much? Possibly a move to Indianapolis when San Francisco is where she had been told the whole time, could lead to a dissolving of the relationship. So I will say it here first…

Aaron Rodgers will be an Indianapolis Colt.

Now this is all a scenario that may, or may not have taken place. I can’t imagine that Shailene would be too excited about a move to Indy right after she had put her time in in Green Bay. Anyone not from Indiana, doesn’t know what we have here. Personally, I’d like to keep it this way. But, Indianapolis HHAASSS to be the most attractive roster for Aaron, I mean come on. The Indianapolis Colts are loaded compared to the rest of the league, they just lacked a solid option at the single most important position, quarterback.

I don’t see any reason, that if Aaron Rodgers is committed to trying to cement his legacy as not only one of the best but one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks to ever lace them up in the NFL. The difference between best and greatest, SUPER BOWLS! No single team is a quarterback away from a dynasty more so than Indianapolis. So I think this breakup may be a great sign of things to come in Indianapolis!

I mean come on, Imagine this backfield behind the Colts offensive line (should they be able to stay healthy). Jonathon Taylor and Aaron Rodgers are so much better for each other than Aaron and Shailene were. So all in all Aaron, don’t cry because it’s over, smile because your on your way to Indianapolis

-Burke

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.

credit: photomania

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

The Colts Need to Cut Carson Wentz and spring for Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, or Aaron Rodgers

I’d say it’s about past time that the Carson Wentz Era in Indianapolis has come to an end. We are at a crucial impass. We must win NOW!!!

There’s just no winning with Carson Wentz at the helm of the team. The Colts find themselves in their WIN NOW window. Unfortunately, we can’t take the take for Carson to figure it out or “get comfortable”. He ran Frank Reich’s offense for years, if he doesn’t get it by now, what are we even doing here? The Carson Wentz era is coming to a close, and it absolutely has too. We just saw teams make the playoffs that have franchise studs under center for any team that was making any real push. The Colts are a Super Bowl team without a Super Bowl Quarterback right now. So I just wanted to look at 3 options that are making themselves ever more apparent and each day.

Russell Wilson

First let’s discuss Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson is a proven gamer, that has stepped up time and time again in huge moments. He is a top quarterback and an absolute master of his craft. A proven Super Bowl champion playmaker should be a no brainer right? Well personally, I don’t want the Indianapolis Colts to take on such an odd duck. I mean anyone who has ever seen Russell Wilson describe his inner persona “Mr. Unlimited” as his hero (I’m pretty sure both the multiple personas and the inflated sense of self here both lean towards sociopathic in my mind) knows how unsettling this guy can be. Someone that odd has garnered a reputation for being a little off from the rest of the league by now in his career. It may be one thing two work with that when you’ve drafted it and have built the entire locker room around that. I just believe that a lot of these factors make it hard for Russell to be able to plug into a championship locker room and click with the guys.

It’s a no for me dog.

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers is not a pending free agent. He and the Packers agreed to a restructured contract last summer. In that deal, a void year was added for 2023 – meaning he would be able to enter free agency and be ineligible for the franchise tag after next season. The contract was also structured so that the Packers would save nearly $20 million against the cap if Rodgers is traded before June 2022. Based on that language, many have speculated that he will seek a trade this offseason.

-Logan Reardon, NBC SPORTS

This one is ACTUALLY getting interesting. Aaron Rodgers to Indianapolis sounds like a shitty day dream I may have had the year we ran it with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Love the heck out Jacoby, he just isn’t “THE GUY”. Every team in the NFL is looking The Guy. Aaron Rodgers in one step about “the guy” he’s entered the realm of “That Dude”. “The Guy” can get into your franchise and make you a competitor, “That Dude” can win a Super Bowl with any team so long as he’s on it. If Aaron Rodgers goes to the Indianapolis Colts, the Colts would immediately become Super Bowl favorites in my book. Yes, we would need to address a deep threat option in the receiving corp, but we would be absolutely set for a Super Bowl run.

What’s helping the Colts in the Rodgers race would be their location in the AFC South, meaning that the only way the Green Bay Packers would have to face their spurned QB in a playoff game would be in the Super Bowl. This also helps the Broncos or anyone else in the AFC in their bid for Aaron Rodgers. I wouldn’t really be getting to wound up by Aaron Rodgers to Indianapolis rumors, Rodgers is notoriously “hollywood” and I wouldn’t be surprised if following his time in Green Bay he would want to overcorrect to one of the largest markets possible. I will say, the fact that even ESPN reports this as a possibility makes me fear for the all too familiar let down sure to come my way.

Kyler Murray

While Aaron Rodgers is by far the best option in my opinion, especially for a “win now” team like the Colts, I think I’d rather have Kyler Murray. Yes, Aaron would give us the best shot at a Super Bowl right now, but if the Colts were able to go out and land Kyler Murray than we would be a Super Bowl contender RIGHT NOW, with a franchise QB for the forseeable future. Whatever team gets Aaron Rodgers will most likely be dealing with a Manning to Denver or Tom Brady to Tampa Bay vibe. Both awesome scenarios resulting in Super Bowls for those teams, but both short in tenure. With Kyler Murray under center the run game could explode behind the combination of Jonathon Taylor, the offensive line, and now the scattiest quarterback out there.

Any way you boil it down. It’s time for everyone here to move on. Unfortunately, I don’t know what this would mean for Carson Wentz, as I don’t know how many other places he will get serious starting QB knods. If you couldn’t take this Colts team to the playoffs, there is a serious problem. One that MUST be addressed.

For the Shoe,

-Burke

side note: We are currently looking for someone to head up writing for our Packers, Lions, and other midwest fanbases. Please let me know!

TJ Watt didn’t deserve the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Darius Leonard did.

Luke Kuechly. Brian Urlacher. Ray Lewis. Ever heard of them buddy? What an absolute flex by the Indianapolis Colts. And you know what… after that Jacksonville Jaguars loss to end the season and send the insufferable Steelers into the playoffs, I will take pride in whatever I can. And that being both Darius Leonard and Jonathon Taylor’s HOF making seasons.

Darius had a complete season. He is the all around best defensive player there is. He is a natural ball magnet. The man is constantly making plays just based on his sense of the game and where to be. He has a nose for the ball. The man is an absolute Maniac… sorry had to.

While TJ Watt undoubtedly tied Michael Strahan’s sack record, you can not sit down and actually watch Darius Leonard play and tell me he isn’t the best player there is out there. If he doesn’t make the tackle himself, he is within arms reach of the tackle each and every play. His foresight is absolutely unmatched.

I don’t understand why more people aren’t watching Darius Leonard’s game as closely as they should. It’s so crazy to say that the highest paid linebacker in the league is underappreciated. But I have to say nationally, HE IS!!! Nobody respects this man’s name as much as it nearly deserves. But as an Indianapolis Colts fan, I love it. Feed the maniac bulletin board material. I’m all for it! Let’s see what insane numbers he can get overlooked next season.

Honestly… why is this okay? Everyone loves the Watts! All-American conmen if you ask me. Too Clean… I can’t trust anyone who presents that cookie cutter clean. Can’t do it won’t do it. If I can’t tell that you’ve got a skeleton in your closet, I assume you’ve got a warehouse full of skeletons hidden somewhere.

-Burke

Domantas Sabonis has huge game in debut for the Kings. Now trade Myles Turner.

A new era of basketball is upon the Kingdom as Sacramento debuted its newest additions in their recent blockbuster trade resulting in a 132-119 victory on Wednesday night.

Former Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday and Jeremy Lamb were available to play in the Kings’ second consecutive contest hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it was the first chance for this fanbase to see the latest acquisitions take the floor in the purple and black.

Alvin Gentry rolled out a starting five of De’Aaron Fox and Holiday at the guard position, while Harrison Barnes, Chimezie Metu spread at the wing spot while Sabonis snagged the center position. After missing last night’s contest, Richaun Holmes was active for Sacramento – many speculating he might be the next domino to fall in this trade-heavy week.

One thing Sabonis brought to the table immediately was a high-level vision. Fox found him for an easy dink and dump in the opening seconds of play, gifting Domas with this first bucket in a Kings’ uniform. From the jump, the big man was able to flex his elite passing capabilities with ease – facilitating in a brand of fast-paced play where Metu was the primary beneficiary of with ten first quarter points off Sabonis’ dimes. In what was set up to be an exciting night, Sabonis finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists.

-Marina Drab, Sactownroyalty.com SBNATION

credit: clutchpoints.com

What An unreal stat line for Sabonis in his first game as a Sacramento King. I normally would not even think about writing a Kings blog, but this one is needed. As it seems half of the kings today were Pacers yesterday. 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists is a huge game for the all-stars debut. While it does break my heart to see him go, I realize it was necessary. The pacers are bad, like really bad, like pppppaaiiinnnnfffuuullllllyyyy bad. This is due to a lack of any sense of an identity.

The team needs to rebuild, and while under the ownership of Herb Simon, this seems to be the most aggressive the Pacers have ever been towards a total tear-down rebuild. Something needed done in Indy to position ourselves to really capitalize on this year’s potentially top 5 pick.

In order to make any of this worth is unfortunately we need to deal Myles Turner today, deal him in a package with Buddy Hield and you can get some serious draft equity and set ourselves up to compete. I was and still am waiting for the rest to blow up.

Say what you will about the Indiana Pacers, but we really are a stable organization. We are stably in the 2nd tier of the NBA from year to year, but still stable. The last 2 decades it seems the Pacers have put together some really good teams. While really good teams are fun and all, I would easily trade 10 really good years for 1 year with an NBA title. We need a soft reboot if we are ever going to be able to compete for NBA Championships.

I commend the Pacers for actually pulling the trigger on this trade instead of just second guessing ourselves into missing the shot to make the deal. I am still hoping that by 3 pm today we have dealt Myles Turner and Buddy Hield to Toronto for Dragic, some light contracts ,and some serious draft picks. This trade would push Toronto closer to seriously competing this year by adding both interior defense and shooting. Two very important aspects of basketball wouldn’t you say? Make it happen!

-Burke

Matt Eberflus. Just some thoughts from this Bears fan.

Matt Eberflus is making his presence felt in Chicago! Mostly through staged as all hell social media posts highlighting his work ethic

That gets me beyond geeked.


This man develops ballers and that’s exactly what we will need him to do for the Bears next year. During his time with the Colts Matt Eberflus installed his more hybrid coverage oriented schemes. This schemes have allowed some of the Colts less prototypical guys to develop into actual monsters on the gridiron. He saw that Darius Leonard was best utilized as a ball hound drifting into coverage often, but for the most part giving him the freedom to make plays where he chooses. This had freed him up to make the second round pick the Turnover King of the NFL.

He doesn’t force guys to fit his schemes, he forces schemes to fit his guys. And this practice is the way to go about cultivating the best defensive presence for your team.

While I was initially hesitant about the hire, just based on myself wanting to bring in a QB whisperer to develop Justin Fields into a top tier QB. It will be interesting to see who’s going to be heading up the Justin Fields development within the team.
With that in mind, I have come around on the hire. Never thought it was terrible, Matt Eberflus is a defensive mastermind. And when the Colts defense was clicking under his watch the whole team played with so much more joy and turnovers weren’t just turnovers, they were parties! So awesome when a coordinator can get through to an entire squad of guys.
-David S.

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Pro Bowlers think that Jonathon Taylor should be League MVP, as his biggest fan I have to disagree.

“Rodgers or Brady for offensive MVP? How about neither?

We asked players to name their offensive and defensive MVPs for the 2021 season, and though the overall honor has been publicly debated between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, neither won the players’ vote.

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, who led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, took that honor easily, getting eight votes, twice as many as any other player before the final ballot was cast. Rodgers took second with five votes, and Brady took third with three votes, with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow next with two votes.”

-Greg Auman, The Athletic

Jonathon Taylor has been an absolute monster for the Indianapolis Colts, and this year has been an unquestionably historic outing for the every down back that any team would kill for. JT23 has come into the league and set it on fire behind the blocking of a tight knit line that can dominate the trenches when healthy and at full force.

All this being said, there is no way in hell I believe the writers award the MVP to Taylor and in all fairness I can’t blame them. I bleed blue and I have got to say there’s no way he actually deserves the MVP. Show him consideration as a nod for an undeniably historic and record setting season, but he can’t be given it.

The MVP is supposed to be the single most valuable individual to a teams success, with the degree of success also being considered. Jonathon Taylor is the best running back in the league in my opinion. He has a patience and slipperyness (that’s a word right?) that Derrick Henry doesn’t possess. They do play different games, but I’m taking Taylors game all day. The guy takes the softest hits. Somehow positions himself to be laid down like he’s being tucked in bed by momma each time he isn’t just evading or trucking someone. But that’s beside the point. MY POINT IS!!!! Jonathon Taylor, while the best running back in the league was also aided by a line full of potential HOFers. HOFers people. This must be considered.

In my honest opinion, the MVP award should go to Joe Burrow. This guy is going to drag the Bengals to a Super Bowl victory in spite of themselves. He has brought a swagger and attitude of winning to a franchise that was lacking any identity whatsoever. Joe Burrow is the Truth. He’s here to stay.

And Damn it… I wish he was a Colt.

Set phasers to… stunt.

-Burke

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