The Carson Wentz era has come to an end… just some thoughts defending the trade.

Carson is out in Indy.

Now that can’t be breaking for anyone here. But I wanted to take some time to mull it over before writing this. And I just wanted to lay out a few thoughts this hopelessly optimistic fan boy has on this trade.

I don’t see any problem with the trade. I can see our fan base is divided… many are clambering that we should have kept Wentz. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! We had bottom tier production from a quarterback that stands to be the 9th highest paid player in the NFL next season.

This level of play from the NINTH HIGHEST PAID PLAYER IN THE ENTIRE LEAGUE!! unacceptable. If you are honest with yourself and honest with what yourself you know this to be true. Best case scenario we give someone a shot… someone overlooked and he becomes the next Tom Brady (so ridiculous… but you can’t say that wouldn’t be best cast scenario right?). Or worst case, we don’t have any real and stable option at QB but are still in the black with far more cash to play with. All this to say Carson Wentz may have been the worst value in all of sports this last season. I’m definitely not wanting Ballard to run it back for him to figure it out while taking a cool 32 milli from the Colts Salary Cap. I’m sorry but if your making that scratch you need to at least bring stability and game management skills to the table. Carson Wentz can’t get out of his own head, and we can’t keep waiting to see if he’ll figure it out.

Word on the street is that Carson sought to “clear the air” and Jim Irsay wasn’t even willing to meet with him. Frank Reich I guess has apologized to Irsay as well for pushing for the trade so hard.

Listen, I know we don’t have many, if any, options on the table for reliability under center. But what I do know is this trade frees up enough cap space to surround an equally mediocre quarterback with better weapons. I’m hoping this goes a long way in getting a much needed second receiving threat to free up Michael Pittman Jr. It is much easier to accept middling quarterback play when it doesn’t come with a 32,000,000 dollar price tag.

With the NFL cap moving from $182.5 million per side, to $208.2 million, the Colts have a significant chunk of bank to play with the free agency, starting March 16 officially, offering some answers to other glaring holes in both the defense and offense. This money allows us to get a stronger corner to sit opposite Kenny Moore II or an edge rusher too get more pressure on the QB and free up Deforest more plays. It allows us to offer better receivers a contract.

All in all, this is good people. The AFC is packed to the brim with dominant and YOUNG quarterbacks. If you don’t have one of these guys (Patty Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, etc), you don’t have a shot to win unless you can find someone to manage a game, and there is not a single other glaring flaw in your game. While it seems that all of the elite options at QB are running out, we had to make this trade to sure up the other positions if we are looking to compete this year. If that means having similar play from a QB who we have to pay 1/4 of what the Commanders will be paying Carson . If we have to run it back with anything other than a top notch QB, may as well allocate our money towards getting a supporting cast that can close the gap on the top teams in the AFC.

For those of you looking for Carr to join the squad. I don’t want to say we’d have to pay bookoo bucks. But we would really have to shell out for a huge price tag on a contract extension I would imagine. And I also think he still enjoys the Raiders franchise, even with all the off the field issues that seem to be running rampant through that squad and front office. Each day I wake up, Carr seems like less and less of a possibility. Here’s to still holding out hope though.

Chris Ballard says a whole lot of nothing, while actually saying all he needs to regarding Wentz.

Link to Chris Ballard’s press conference from the Senior Bowl

While saying absolutely nothing, Chris Ballard was able to almost perfectly express his own frustration over the Carson Wentz situation. How much must this guy hate having to answer that question with a restrained and controlled, hollow answer day after day?

TY. I love you. Personally, your in my 5 favorite Colts of all time. I say favorite because I know he isn’t the best, but boy has he been a pleasure for a large portion of my life watching sports religiously. But his lack of production as well as the injuries across the board tells us the Indianapolis Colts need an overhaul in the wide receiver room (apart from Pittman Jr.). We have to go get some options to throw the ball deep if we really want a qb who CAN throw the ball deep!

I’m starting to spiral on the fear of this season. Indianapolis has pigeon holed themselves by building a roster that is quite arguable to most well rounded in the league. Absolute Dawgs on both sides of the ball. Can handle their own in a dude off against any squad in the league. But the apparent talent at each position only sheds light on just how poor the situation at Quarterback is. You can’t win in this league without production under center. And while Carson had his moments, the guy seemed to be lacking a sniff of a clutch gene. With more and more coming out detailing how the Quarterback off season may not be a quarter as hectic as everyone had thought it might be I am becoming more and more resigned to having to run it back with Wentz.

And listen, there are ffffaaarrrr too many Colts fans that say “it’s been a year! give him some time.” To them I say, that is the dumbest thing I have heard in a minute! This is years of bad play. He got more than enough time to prove himself in Philly and got ran out of town. Also, newsflash if you don’t understand how the salary cap and drafting goes in the NFL, good teams can’t keep all their guys. The Colts are in their window of opportunity to get a Super Bowl. It feels like we are in a Ferrari driving for greatness, only problem is we are missing the steering wheel to steer the whole thing!

As each day passes I grow more weary on the reality of the Colts QB situation. I also grow more convinced we need to go get Jameis to eat some “W”s in Indianapolis.

I keep convincing myself that our defense will be able to negate his own Turnover rate (which to Winston’s credit is ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING) to a certain extent and while also giving us a QB who racks up yards. I mean his stats are pretty hilarious considering how often he’s been at or near the top in total yards in the NFL while also leading the league in turnovers at points. If we have to have a sub par option, may as well be a fun one to watch!

I WANT TO TRUST YOU GUYS, I DO!!! But come on!

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

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

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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