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.

Why Purdue is STILL Indiana’s little brother (an observation on what matters in College Basketball)

So I was defending my comments regarding Purdue still being Little Brother to IU in the comments of various boards, Twitter (@flyoverwire) and facebook, and figured I’d just really lay out my defense rather than keep defending my points in the comment sections. I want to lay out the facts and really “hammer” it home to all of you that Purdue is still very much little brother, and I think anyone with half a mind for what the top teams are really vying for in college basketball would agree.

Just a little backstory. I graduated from Indiana with a history degree. While that certainly didn’t give me the keys to the Brinks truck after graduation, it certainly gave me a hunger and appreciation for perspective. Because really, that’s all history is. Perspective on the past. That if understood, can help with your present or provide any sense of foresight for things to come. And I have to say whoever thinks Purdue is now Big Brother of the Indiana-Purdue rivalry, lacks perspective.

Let me give you some.

It’s 1980. President Reagan was just elected to his first term as the President of the United States. The top song is “Call Me” by Blondie. And the US Men’s hockey team just beat the Rooskies in the “miracle on ice”. That March Purdue Men’s Basketball played in their 2nd and most recent final four appearance…

That’s right. This was the fashion during Purdue’s last Final Four…

Actually kinda drippin’

0 NCAA Championships… I don’t know why this post has to continue any farther than that. Zero. And you can say we haven’t had one in decades. To which I’d respond at least we made a Final Four in the current millenia (2002).

Sure they’ve won 10 of our last 11 matchups… sure. But we’ve been to 8 of the last 10 (also the last 4) Final Fours among the two of us. So all you “what have you done for me lately” folks saying they’re the bigger program now… I could argue what has Painter done for the Boilermakers lately?

I would say you can settle for Big Ten Titles and sweet 16 exits, but that’s not our goal in Bloomington. We are going to try everything we possibly can to get back to the National Championship. If that means down years, heck down decades, on our way to another title, so be it. The next title is always the sweetest. So we will chase that centuries if need be (God I hope not). The real ones here know settling for the annual tournament exit is not an option.

We strive for far more than our Purdue breathren. In the words of the philosopher-poet Robert Matthew Van Winkle… (Vanilla Ice), “anything less than the best is a felony”.

Please put that quote on my tombstone.

I’m sick of hearing even a few Indiana fans gas up Matt Painter. Guess what you hypocrites, if an Indiana coach was here for as long as he’s been at Purdue we’d expect him to have 3 made final four appearances and have won at least one national championship. That Indiana coach would never get the chance to win as many games as Painter has because the same people who gas him up in the Indiana camp, are some of the same people who would be calling for an IU coach’s head for not doing diddly squat in the tournament. No Final Fours. Not one in 16 years with Painter. If any Indiana Coach let us down in the tournament that consistently we would have fired him ten times over. Heck, we did it with Crean. And he was only half the tease Matt Painter is. That’s what you call higher standards. And we do have just that, higher standards. Mike Woodson is currently sitting at .500 against Matt Painter and also already has the same amount of final four appearances, and National Championships for that matter (0). Facts. Very. Recent. Facts.

You can say we are tied to our history too much but anyone who has common sense on what really matters, Final Fours and Championships knows Purdue hasn’t done squat to take the Big Brother monicker from us. Anyone who doesn’t think that… think bigger. College Basketball amongst the TRULY elite schools out there is an all or nothing game. You either get all of the glory with a national championship or you end up with nothing to show for it.

So you say “Purdue has more Big Ten Titles“…

In the national zeitgeist do you think Big Ten Champs are remembered?… GET OUT OF HERE!!! To the common fan nationwide the Hoosiers are synonymous with basketball, because Indiana’s got serious hardware. Some serious hardware collecting some serious dust, but nonetheless there isn’t a bare trophy case! OH!!! Sorry, Purdue did have that one retroactively awarded pre-NCAA, pre-integration, and pre-crossover “national title” in 1932.

This is Rucker Park legend and drug kingping Pee Wee Kirkland, credited with inventing the crossover. (He was born 12 years AFTER Purdue’s only “title“)
Credit:slamonline.com

Yeah… we rushed the court against Purdue this year. I’m not proud of the younger, less versed Indiana fans for that one. In their defense, that student section is packed to the brim with young, dumb, and drunk kids (I know because I was one of them). They lack PERSPECTIVE. Also, I’ll give them a little more leniency for being a minor milestone on our track to turning this program into a title contender again. Mike Woodson did in his first matchup what Archie couldn’t in 7. And come on, when you’re in college aren’t you looking for any reason to throw a party?!

I may be a dumb Indiana fan boy… but I know history remembers the champions. Everybody asks “what have you done for me lately?” I say what has Purdue done for their fans lately?!?! Except let them down in March to an extent that would never be accepted in Bloomington. We expect more because we’ve had more. And I for one don’t want to settle for less than our greatest efforts, trying anything and everything to get back there. I think Matt Painter’s had enough squads with enough talent have their expectations dashed to know… HE AINT IT CHIEF!!

All this being said, I’ll be the first to point out that this could be seen as Purdue living rent-free in my mind. But that isn’t it. It’s people who can’t see the forest for the trees. What is the point of all this but to be the best? Indiana has been the best before, so we are always striving to get back there. That’s why we would never accept Painter’s current tenure. Everyone wants to anoint him a living legend coach, but what has he got to show for it?!!! Jack squat.

Would any of us really accept the “stability and success” of the Painter era? 16 seasons. No Final Fours. You can be stable amongst the second tier all you’d like. I’d risk losing seasons in the pursuit of a national championship any day.

Until they win anything that demands NATIONAL attention, they will continue to live in our shadow. Don’t ever let those Purdue fans forget. Our final four drought is 20 years, but theirs is 42.

Rant over.

Down with Michigan. Mike, keep your head on a swivel and watch for stray open palm punches.

LUX ET VERITAS!!!

Rams win Super Bowl 56. quarter by quarter thoughts and recap

Heading into the game the media made had made the past two weeks The Joe Burrow show on every major news outlet. And rightfully so. He’s been proving that he’s the Big Game Kid!

I know I spew a lot of trash about the burning hell hole that is Los Angeles, but what an awesome stadium. SoFi is truly a site to see that I would risk a trip to Los Angeles for. But without further ado. To the game!

First quarter

Odell Beckham Jr. Grabs the TD from Matthew Stafford to get the score to 7-0. While the Los Angeles offense was kicking off with Matthew Stafford connecting on his first handful of passes in the game.

The Bengals have not been able to piece anything together. At the kick of this game Joe Burrow is running for his life, looking to get it to receivers who’ve barely ran through their routes. Not looking great until Joe was able to piecemeal a drive together painfully culminating in the Evan McPherson kick and bringing the score to 7-3.

Ending score of first quarter: Bengals 3 – Rams 7

BOOOOOOOO!!! OBJ BOO!

2nd Quarter

Big starting grab by Odell Beckham Jr. Leads to a drive resulting in a Cooper Kupp touchdown. Following that is a missed PAT and what appears to be a stubbed toe for LA Rams. Bringing that score to 13-3.

While the Bengals are started less than stellar they have begun to piece together a resistance. During the second half the Bengals run the HB pass and that’ll be 6 points for the Bengals! Score was now 10-13 in favor of the Rams.

Ending score 2nd quarter: Bengals 10-Rams 13.

At halftime it appeared that we had a real contest on our hands. A true battle was taking place much to the surprise of many LA supporters. But not to the surprise of Joe Burrow’s apostles. Second half was looking to be an absolute battle to decide the 2021-2022 NFL season!

Come the opening drive of the 3rd quarter Joe Burrow delivers Higgens a 75 yard strike giving the Rams a 17 to 13 lead. Then following up with a McPherson field goal their next drive it began to look like it was now Bengals game to lose. Then the Rams hit a field goal to bring it to Bengals 20 Rams 16.

End of 3rd quarter score:Bengals 20-Rams 16

4th Quarter

After a back and forth 4th quarter the LA Rams realized they should probably return to what has worked for them all season and Stafford connected with Cooper Kupp to take the lead 23-20 with 1:25 left to play. The magic surrounding Joe Burrow had to persevere for one more drive…..

And it didn’t.

Credit: Rams Twitter

So good for LA. La-di-freaking dah. It’s a wrap! LA wins another championship good for them!

I hate sports.

(Really though props to Aaron Donald. He can’t help he was drafted by them. He is a monster that deserves this. Just wish it was with someone else).

Oh well on to 2022-2023. Go Colts

-Burke

Bengals have to defy all logic and analytics for a 3rd time in a row! Super Bowl 56 (opinion piece).

So here we are. The grind that has been the 2021-2022 NFL season gets its bookend tomorrow in Los Angeles. Super Bowl 56 is upon us and the Cincinnatti Bengals are looking to take down the Los Angeles Rams.

Everyone is rooting for the Bengals it seems (unless your in their division or the 4 Rams fans out there). And who could blame them?

Joe Burrow has made his way into everybody’s heart with his playmaking big game abilities. He is the absolute man. Does BIG things in BIG situations, against BIG odds. What’s not to love when your QB is drippin in so much swag he makes O’Dell Beckham Jr. Look like Bernie Sanders

The Bengals took down the Coach of the Year Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans. They then took the Kansas City’s high powered offense, where the Bengals were able to capitalize on Joe Burrow’s gunslinging and their defenses ability to capitalize on the rare Mahommes error. Although, he seemed to be making a large amount of errors, for his quality of course. Now they just need to beat the Los Angeles Rams and Matthew Stafford, arguably the most “due” guy in the NFL.

I will give Matthew Stafford all the credit in the world. He is an absolute Hall of Famer in my opinion. He was just never able to have help in Detroit. The lack of quality in the front office led to his best target,Calvin Johnson heading out to greener pastures. Literally.

Original photo credit: Primitiv

https://www.insider.com/calvin-johnson-started-a-marijuana-business-2021-6

While Matthew Stafford is due and I’m sure more Lions fans will be rooting for the Rams than there are actual true Rams fans. The Los Angeles Rams have the saddest fan base in sports. Yes of course they need to build one. But how uninterested does your new city need to be for your stadium home games to look like this

Sad.

Who would want them to win that isn’t exclusively rooting doe Matthew Stafford!?! They don’t deserve this. Bengals for sure deserve it over the Rams. I want this for the city of Cincinnati.

LOS ANGELES IS LITERALLY ON FIRE but but Merryl Streep wants to tell me I have to use paper straws from her private jet or something. It’s like the whole state is in the spin zone.

So the rest of the country is almost seeking to have the Bengals stop LA for all of us! They can not win in the first year of stadium home games there. There must be some semblance of justice in this world. Although LA is favorited in this one I am all in on the Joe BurSHOW to continue.

#JoeBurShow

Go Bengals.

-Burke

A look at the Madden’s Super Bowl simulations prediction history. Also a tangent on EA.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow can light up one more victory cigar — at least if the virtual prediction of Sunday’s Super Bowl ends up coming true.

In the official Madden ’22 simulation of Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals knock off the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and it is Burrow, the second-year quarterback out of LSU, who becomes the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Burrow, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, led Cincinnati down the field to set up kicker Evan McPherson for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati the win.

credit: EA SPORTS

Well the nerds over at EA have decided the Bengals won the Super Bowl. Great season everybody. That’s a wrap!

But seriously let’s take a look at the simulations pick history…

Super Bowl 54KC 35, SF 31KC 31, SF 20Right!
Super Bowl 53LA 30, NE 27NE 13, LA 3Wrong!
Super Bowl 52NE 24, PHI 20PHI 41, NE 33Wrong!
Super Bowl 51NE 27, ATL 24NE 34, ATL 28Right!
Super Bowl 50CAR 24, DEN 20DEN 24, CAR 10Wrong!
Super Bowl 49NE 28, SEA 24NE 28, SEA 24Spooky Good!
Super Bowl 48DEN 31, SEA 28SEA 43, DEN 8Wrong!
Super Bowl 47BAL 27, SF 24BAL 34, SF 31Right!
Super Bowl 46NYG 27, NE 24NYG 21, NE 17Right!
-credit Eddie Makuch gamespot.com

It is so interesting to see these simulations in a grid like the one above. I was fully ready to get on here and absolute rip the simulations apart for being no real reading or barometer for what will be happening in the Super Bowl, but I got to say, looking at these numbers laid out like this, this thing is actually kind of amazing!

If this simulation were just a mere degenerate gambler, he would be in the black for sure!

Look at the years it was right, It got within a close margin for the actual scores on several occasions. And then there is Super Bowl 49! The simulation predicted New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t the score. That being said, 28 to 24 is the one of the more “football score” games (you know games where the numbers are typical integers of 7 and 3). So, not really taking any risks. Had it hit on Super Bowl 54’s prediction of 35 to 31, a far less common “football score” that would have been impressive.

As for 24 to 21 Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Rams, I’m here for it. Not the most risky scoring bet. Honestly 24 to 21 with either team pulling out the win sounds fairly logical and that even sounds like the logical score. But, we aren’t here for logic! We are here for miraculous drives, unlikely heroes, and moments that make you think “Man there was just no predicting that”. So with that I’ve come all the way back around. BOO these nerds.

Also,

side tangent.

EA Sports should be ashamed for the crimes they’ve committed against the public and the American people. By having a monopoly on NFL simulation games, they have stifled game mechanic development and graphic development as well! Their lack of competition in the market is a detriment to the product and gaming culture as a whole. They’ve pumped out the same game, on the same engine since like 2016. It has to stop. Same could be said for NBA 2K22… Complacent. Every last one of them…

Assassins Creed Valhalla is an absolute marvel of modern gaming and everyone who can’t appreciate and enjoy it just has a dump in their shorts.

-Burke

Is anyone other than Steelers fans rooting for the LA Rams this Super Bowl?

Looks like most the country is going to be pulling for Joe Burrow and the Bengals. And why shouldn’t they?! They are a fun, young team, with arguably the biggest swag show in the country under center each snap.

Caption missing… as there is no need for one.

What is not to like when your watching them?while AFC North fans, Detroit fans, and the five Rams fans there are in LA will be rooting for Matthew stafford to get a super bowl in his first year in LA. I think im with the rest of the country in rooting for Joe Burrow and the Bengals, a “team of destiny” who just defeated the evil empire of the Chiefs.
As much as I genuinely like Joe Burrow and company. The fallout from a Bengals win for the rest of the league is far less detrimental then an LA win.
By being in Los Angeles the Rams immediately became a free agent powerhouse. Immediately winning the super bowl will win over a fan base and get ACTUAL Rams fans to the games. And why do they deserve that?!

Sad that this was a Rams home game. Pathetic really…


I would give everything short of my closest(and I MEAN CLOSEST) loved ones for a Super Bowl for the Indianapolis Colts, and next weekend all the Kardashians and all hollywood’s elite who could give two shits about the game get to play dress up in BRAND NEW JERSEYS!!! TAGS STILL ON IM SURE! NO FAMILY HEIRLOOMS PASSED DOWN HERE (they were all burned when the team left the first time) and support the Rams in the Super Bowl! What a fickle bitch life can be…


God, I hope the Bengals get after it Sunday. Can’t say I’m confident that the Bengals will be able to beat the Rams. But I’ve been wrong 3 times this playoffs already with them so here’s to number 4!
-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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Joe Burrow vs. Matthew Stafford, so tough to root against one.

Joe Burrow

VS.

Matt Stafford

This has got to be the hardest its been for me to root for one team in the Super Bowl in recent memory.

Matthew Stafford has been an absolute Dawg in Detroit all of his career. He has been put through the most vicious gauntlet their is in the NFL. The gauntlet of having to be drafted by the Detroit Lions. Throughout all the struggles and the inept ownership and management, he laced them up and put up some absolutely bonkers numbers over his career when actually looked over. I am a Colts fan but I have a tremendous amount of respect for Matthew Stafford and his resilience. It’s a lot of the reason I wanted him so badly this previous offseason.

Then we have Joe Burrow. Joe is the new hotness in the NFL, and his swagger is absolutely undeniable. He has a whole city in the midst of a Swagdemic. He has brought to the Bengals an attitude that is feeding into every aspect of the franchise. Him and Chase are aligning themselves to be the premier QB/WR connection in the NFL. How cool is Joe Burrow? Joe Burrow is “Make Cincinnati Cool” Cool.

So what will be my deciding factor this year? I would say I’m rooting for Matthew Stafford because Joe will have plenty of time to get his shot at rings… But moving to LA is unforgivable in my book. Why the hell would I root for a team, who can’t even get their own stadium mostly repping the Rams. LA does not deserve football success. Places like Cincinnati do. Places that are currently snowed in with only the warmth of possible football success to keep us going.

DOWN WITH LA.

I need this pic 2.0

-Burke

Colt’s Hire Gus Bradley and here is my knee jerk reaction.

The Colts hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator on Friday night, bringing in another coach with a reputation for leadership, energy and the ability to fit the culture Indianapolis has built under Frank Reich and Chris Ballard.

Bradley, who spent last season as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, first rose to prominence as the original play-caller for Seattle’s famous Legion of Boom defense, then spent four years as Jacksonville’s head coach and four more as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator before landing in Las Vegas.

At every stop, Bradley has been known for his energy, communication and his ability to get players pulling in the same direction.

-Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star

GUS BRADLEY! He’s the replacement Chris Ballard and Frank Reich have settled on. Replacing Matt Eberflus with a defensive coordinator of the same caliber was going to be damn near impossible, that being said I’m by no means disappointed in this hiring. Gus Bradley brings with him a shit ton of experience, an experience that the current defensive core will absolutely respect out the gate. This respect out of the gate is going to be crucial to the Colt’s defensive success. The Colts are currently in their championship window, yes in a window without a reliable quarterback isn’t the absolute best situation but our key pieces of Nelson, Leonard, Buckner, Taylor, and Moore II are all entering the prime window of making a run for the Indianapolis Colts into the playoffs. The defense immediately respecting Gus Bradley will be crucial to coming out of the gates firing next year.

WE CAN NOT START NEXT SEASON SLOW!!!!

We seem to always be clawing our way into the playoff picture from a terrible start. We needed a replacement that can get this defensive squad hitting the field like a bunch of absolute DAWGS.

A major key to the success of the Colt’s defense next year will be Gus Bradley allowing the Colts to be the guys they’ve grown together to become so far. They are a fun, boisterous defense on the field and that definitely translates to the fan watching, no doubt. No individual more so than the Maniac himself, Darius Leonard. I don’t see this being much of a problem for the man who helmed the Legion of Boom back in the day. He allowed the larger than life personalities of that legendary Seattle secondary to be themselves so long as it translated into success on the field. By allowing them to be themselves I hope he allows himself to lend freedom to Darius. I don’t see any reason why this wouldn’t be the case, I mean Darius Leonard has more than earned the right to do whatever the absolute hell he wants to on the field. The maniac gets to the ball each and every snap, creating more turnovers than a Danish baker. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the more hybrid aspects of Eberflus’ defense may bleed into how Bradley schemes the Colts.

Great hire in my opinion. His experience is going to pay immediate dividends in filling what would otherwise be an absolute crater left in the absence of Eberflus.

No wonder he’d be looking for any reason to leave the absolute clown show that is the Raiders organization. This is an undoubtedly sweet gig he was just handed. The Colts are going to be looking to compete next year, and that defense is STOUT BROTHA!!!! So no way he could lose taking this job! Great for everyone involved. Except the Raiders, but who gives a shit about a Las Vegas team.

-BURKE

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