Indianapolis Colts in line to lock down Casey Hayward for next season?

In updating their projected landing spots for their top-50 ranked free agents of the 2022 offseason, Pro Football Focus believes the Colts will sign former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory and former Los Vegas Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward. This feels like cheating, but Hayward and Gus Bradley should be on the same team until Hayward retires. Bradley’s Cover-3 scheme fits Hayward’s skill set perfectly, as it allows him to use his instincts and smarts. The Colts could replace Xavier Rhodes with Hayward on the outside. However, coverage performance from year to year can be streaky. Hayward recorded a 59.5 PFF grade in 2020 and then a 76.6 in 2021, but he could just as easily revert back to a sub-60 grade in 2022.” – Kevin Hickey, USA today.

Just to catch you all up on Casey Hayward… It’s been 4 years since he’s nabbed a spot on the NFL top 100 list. But, this guy’s still got game though… Big Trust.

This signing would be a huge boost in addressing our looming free agent holes. With Pro Bowl cornerback Kenny Moore headlining, Casey Hayward brings skill and MASSIVE experience to the Colts second CB position. I think this signing is a no brainer, unlike the current QB situation.

While Casey Hayward lacks the hands of most corners(who already aren’t receivers largely due to lack of hands), he has experience for days over most of the league. This experience is sooooo massively important for a cornerback. This experience allows a player to know where to be on the field. He’s seen it all, and in turn, knows how to counter it all!

While most sites and media outlets see Indianapolis as the landing spot for Hayward this offseason, this signing will go a small way in locking up a Super Bowl quality team for Indianapolis. The only other problem is addressing the Edge and QB positions. Easily the two most important positions in the game… so while this is a sign of promising acquisitions to come, I need to hear that we can lock up those other two positions if the Colts have any shot in hell this year!

Given the previous relationship between new Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley and Casey Hayward, this will be a great match. While many thought Hayward may have fallen off last year, he stepped up and contributed to a stout Raiders secondary. Here’s to Casey Hayward on the Colts!!!!

As is always the case, I write this FOR THE SHOE!

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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