Colts 2010 53-Man Roster Prediction

Thomas at the rookie camp

Kevin Thomas at the rookie camp

This was extremely difficult to try and predict. For starters nobody has any idea what’s going on with Kevin Thomas. He appeared to have suffered a season ending knee injury a few months ago, but is now on the active roster. He was recently seen at training camp in high spirits signing autographs and had no knee brace and wasn’t limping or showing any favoritism to the injured leg. He has said he’s still doing rehab and that it’s getting better and better every day. Reports like that don’t sound to me like somebody who will be missing the entire season. Actually, on the contrary, those are typically things you hear about somebody who is aiming to be ready to play by the regular season. I don’t think that’s the case with Thomas by any means but it certainly makes me optimistic enough to think that we could have him ready to go before the end of the year. Continue reading

We Hate Tim Tebow…

…but we love this.

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WMD: 1998 Colts vs 2010 Rams

This segment of WMD (Weller’s Musing and Divination) came via a suggestion from Bryan, which he mentioned in this post. The suggestion was to compare the 1998 Colts team with the 2010 Rams team. The ’98 season was Peyton Manning’s rookie year with the Colts and this 2010 season is obviously going to be Sam Bradford’s rookie year with the Rams. The Colts were coming off an abysmal 3-13 season that landed them the top pick in the 98 Draft. The Rams are coming off an abysmal 1-15 season that landed them the top pick in the 10 Draft. Colts top receiver, Marvin Harrison was entering his third season and had yet to really put together a great season. Rams top receiver, Donnie Avery is entering his third season and has yet to really put together a great season. It was Colts head coach, Jim Mora’s first year with the team. It’s Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo’s second year with the team. The Colts star running back, Marshall Faulk, who was easily the best player on the team, was entering his fifth season and was coming off a good season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Rams star running back, Steven Jackson, who is easily the best player on the team, is entering his seventh season and is coming off a great season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Colts had finished dead last in the worst division in the league the previous year. The Rams finished dead last in the worst division in the league last year. Also, when all else failed the Colts had the small bright spot that was their punter, Chris Gardocki. And, when all else fails the Rams have the small bright spot that is their punter, Donnie Jones. Continue reading

NBA Playoffs Preview – First Round

This is written by somebody who we are hoping will become a regular contributor. His name is Adam and he actually knows and follows the NBA which -as many of you know- is something we’ve been missing from this website. Either way, here’s his preview for the playoffs:

First off, I would like to say that I live in the greatest state for the NBA…Missouri, with two major cities St. Louis and Kansas City and a combined number of zero teams. So that means I have no team, but I love the NBA and always have since I can remember, of course I grew up a Bulls fan (who didn’t)!

The NBA seems to be somewhat rejuvenated from a competitive standpoint with a crop of true Superstars in LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and many more. Sure the defense is still lax for most of the game during the regular season, but for the Playoffs it is different. That’s why I’ve always said that for the casual basketball fan or the NBA hater that the NBA Playoffs are the time to watch. It’s when the greatest players in the world play their hardest and for the NBA fan, it’s the best time of the year! Continue reading

February 2009 – Important Events

This is something new that I’m going to try to do each month. I will give each date and list important events, games and/or something in sports history that have happened on that date. I will do my best to provide at least one thing for each day. If I forget anything feel free to let me know if a comment. Without further ado, here it is: Continue reading

Rookie Review #3

I’ve done this twice before, after the first week and around the middle of the season, so it’s only fitting that I review all the first round picks from the past draft after the season. Check to see how your team’s rookie stacks up. Continue reading

Annual NFL Awards

Our best commenter, Michael, has again requested a post. That was two weeks ago, so it’s about time I put it up. It won’t be as in depth as I had originally intended, but this is it. Here is a list of the major awards given out on a yearly basis in the NFL with my picks for who should win each for the 2008 season: Continue reading

Rookie Camp

The Colts 2008 Rookie Camp was this weekend with 22 NFL hopefuls, including all nine of their draft picks and an additional 13 undrafted free agents. This is a three day camp held to give the new players an opportunity to get used to things while the veteran players aren’t around. Head Coach, Tony Dungy explained that “This is really an introductory period for the rookies,” and went on to say. “They have the attention of the whole coaching staff. It’s just an introduction: ‘Here’s how we do things. Here’s our terminology.’ It’s a very, very slow pace. They can go home and kind of digest that for two weeks while we work with the veteran guys and get them going. Then, we put it all back together two weeks from now. It has been a good process for us.” The Colts adopted this new process 2 years ago from Bill Parcells, when President, Bill Polian read Parcells book. Polian said of the Rookie Camp that they take this opportunity to tell the players that “This is the real world,” and that they need to understand “this is about competing for a job in the National Football League.”

After the Rookie Camp the players will come back in the middle of the month for the team’s mandatory mini camp, which is held in two weeks where they will begin truly competing for a spot on the team. in years past the Colts didn’t start fully evaluating players until training camp later in the summer, but the NFL implemented a new rule this year, only allowing teams to take 80 players to training camp. Polian is against this new rule, saying, “The 80-man roster presents a problem this year that has not existed before in that there will be competition all the way through summer.” Dungy’s share this opinion, “You’re going to have to make those decisions much faster and you’re not going to be right as often.” Dungy also said that the difference between how they did things before and how they’ll have to do things this year will put more pressure on both the players and coaches, “It is going to be a little quicker evaluation period. You do have to find out what guys can do and make some decisions before we go to training camp. That’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is. You don’t have as many guys.” He said that before this new rule teams had the luxury of waiting to decide on players at certain positions, “you have some guys you keep – an extra person at a certain position – because you like the potential of two or three guys. We can’t really afford to do that. Our numbers are pretty well going to be set by just being able to make it through camp with this number of guys. I was not a fan, nor was Bill, but that’s what we have to work with.”

Here are the 9 drafted players that were at the team’s rookie camp:

Mike Pollak, G/C, Arizona State, second round

Philip Wheeler, ILB, Georgia Tech, third round

Jacob Tamme, TE, Kentucky, fourth

Marcus Howard, DE, Georgia, fifth

Tom Santi, TE, Virginia, sixth

Steve Justice, C, Wake Forest, sixth

Mike Hart, RB, Michigan, sixth

Pierre Garcon, WR, Mount Union, sixth

Jamey Richard, C/G, Buffalo, seventh

And the 13 undrafted free agents are Rudy Burgess, WR, Arizona State; Dan Davis, DT, Connecticut; Charles Dillon, WR, Washington State; Colin Ferrell, DT, Kent State; Brandon Foster, DB, Texas; Eric Foster, DT, Rutgers; Sam Giguere, WR, Sherbrooke College in Canada; Curtis Johnson, DE, Clark College; Darren Marquez, OT, Southern Illinois; Jordan Senn, LB, Portland State; Jamie Silva, DB, Boston College; Chad Simpson, RB, Morgan State; and Adam Tafralis, QB, San Jose State.

Polian said that all 22 of these players have the chance to make the team. What college they went to, drafted or undrafted, it doesn’t matter, “From Mike Pollack on down to the last guy who was signed, they’re all equal. They’re going to come in and they’re going to get coached the same way. The same thing is expected of them. They’ll be judged the same way.”

If you would like to see my predicted 2008 depth chart for the Colts, you can view that here.

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