Saturday, August 31, 2013
Back. Like anyone really does care. Skipped over a horseshit 2-14 season where we lost 18 to Cervical Disc Fusion.......stumbled out of the gate with a battered up Kerry Collins, lost him, forced Painter in, and so on and so on. 2-14. CLEANED HOUSE. Bye Polian, Caldwell, the other Polian, all of the coaching staff, Joe Joe, Dallas, Diemer, Jeffy, Gary Brackett, Justin Snow.....household names that were a part of the regime that got us numerous division titles, 2 AFC championships, 2 Super Bowl appearances and 1 WORLD championship. In comes Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano. They conjure up the smartness to re-sign Reggie and Bert. Smart move. In comes Cory Redding, and a cast of 2-3 vet signings. A draft that nets us Andrew Luck, 2 beast tight ends, and T.Y Hilton. Camp begins with 32 trades for cornerbacks. One of those trades nets us Vontae Davis. Hope is there. Seeing the passion Pagano has for asskicking defenses, the RELENTLESS nature in which Grigson hunts for players that can improve the team gives Coltsnation a confidence boost. The season begins....rough 20 point loss to the bears in Chicago. Flashes of good stuff were mixed in. Week 2 nets us a nice 23-20 win over the Vikes. Then it hits. What I called a "Miracle in disguise". Chuck Pagano is hit with Accute Myolecytic Leukemia. WE ALLLL freeze. A phrase/mantra/stigma/attitude is born. CHUCKSTRONG BABY! Bruce Arians embraces his opportunity to command the team for 13 weeks. An amazing comeback win against the fierce Packers was an amazing way to kickstart it. Off we went through a whirlwind season of great revelation.....Andrew Luck is pretty damned amazing. 11-5. Wild Card birth. 24-6 hammering in Baltimore (who eventually won it all). So here we are. After an offseason where we spent 140 million on 11 free agents. Yes....you read that correct. A newly tooled offensive line, 5 new defensive starters, the preseason is over. A week one dance with the Oakland Raiders (who have 2 punters on their final roster) awaits. The squad is full currently. No waiver wire claims yet. 7 rookies. Great looking offense commanded by a fresh NFL face, Pep Hamilton. So far....his designs are neat. He seems ready to use Reggie, DHB, and T.Y. correctly and often. He knows he has 2 young BEAST tight ends to use as well. His willingness to use the running game is very strong. VIck Ballard and Ahmad are complimentary backs and will be perfect fits for pep's wants. The D is retooled completely. We have a true 3-4 defensive personnel. Not tampa-2 players pretending they know how to play 34 zone. Power ends, true nose guards, 4 linebackers with all the bells and whistles to twist, stunt, cross on blitzes. The secondary is chalked full of veteran ballhawks. Vontae, Toler, Laron, Toine, Darius, and Cassius will construct a stellar secondary with a plethora of starting experience. I cannot WAIT. stay tuned for more people!