On today’s show, Pat and the guys do a deep dive into the Oscars as they recap the show, talk about Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, give some of their takes on the Academy Awards as a show and whether it suffered from having a host or not, and how Hollywood might as well be a different planet. The guys also discuss the Robert Kraft saga and try to make sense of what he was thinking, and whether or not they think there are actually bigger names attached. Pat also gives an outlook on combine week that is coming up as the NFL offseason is about to heat up again, and extends the St. Paddy’s Day t-shirt sale for a limited time. Later, one of the most electric humans on the planet, former Vice President of officiating for the NFL, and current rules analyst for FOX Sports, Mike Pereira, joins the show from Top Golf. They discuss his career as an official, some of the things he’d like to see changed in order to makes the lives of the officials easier, who he has beef with, and what some of his hobbies are in an absolutely hilarious interview (1:07:53-1:35:56). It’s a good one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.
The Colts beat the red hot Dallas Cowboys 23-0 without Andrew Luck throwing a touchdown! What the hell is happening?! Frank Reich’s creation has come to life! That’s what’s happening!
When the Colts first started to bounce back from their 1-5 start, we saw the defense playing well enough to keep the game close so Luck and the offense had plenty of opportunity to score. Now the defense has progressed to the point that they’re playing well enough to win games on their own! They just shut out the Cowboys! This is NOT traditional Colts football. Colts fans are used to a system where our offense has to score on nearly every possession to pull out a win. Do we finally have a coach that subscribes to the theory that defense wins championships? It appears so!
Another big reason the Colts started turning this season around was that the offensive live was finally protecting Andrew Luck. For the first time in his career Luck had time to let plays fully develop and wasn’t picking himself up off the carpet after every play. Now, the offensive line is not only protecting their QB, they’re actually opening up running lanes. Turns out, Marlon Mack is a very talented running back! He just needed a little daylight, that’s all. It’s much easier to run through a door when its open.
Speaking of open doors, big shout out to Ryan Kelly and Mo Alie-Cox for a dominant performance on the line last night! We knew Ryan Kelly was a beast. We just needed him to be healthy enough to play. But what a find in Mo Allie-Cox! Mo Alie-Cox is not just another athletic tight end with good hands. He’s a physical specimen! He’s 6’6″ – 260! And unlike most former hoop stars turned tight end, this dude can block!
Every NFL team in the playoff hunt should be praying to their God or their science or their cult leader, whoever they think controls their destiny…that the Indianapolis Colts don’t make the playoffs this year because they might be the most well-rounded and dangerous team in the league right now. They are Frank Reich’s monster!
Last week the Colts got shut out against the Jaguars, the worst team in their division and then came back this week and beat the Texans who were arguably the best team in the division. It feels like a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation.
It’s a real roller coaster ride but, unfortunately, I think it’s just part of the process. The team is starting to gel and come into its own but we’re young and this system is new so there are bound to being growing pains. The Colts have never been known for their defense but it appears that has finally changed.
The defense is doing their job. They’re keeping us in games which is crucial as Luck and the offense work to become more consistent. They’ve definitely shown they can be explosive and move the chains but they’ve also shown that they can shit the bed for long stretches which is frustrating.
The good news is it’s only frustrating because we know what our potential is. We are a good football team and we have the potential to be a great football team. We wouldn’t have been frustrated if we were shut out by the Jaguars last year. We would’ve calmly taken a sip of our beers and let out a collective sigh, followed by a “Yeah, we suck.” It sounds weird to say, but it actually feels good to have the right to be pissed off when we have a bad game.
I couldn’t be more happy that the Colts are in the Wild Card conversation and I couldn’t be more excited to see how we compete for it. I’m all in on GM Chris Ballard and Head Coach Frank Reich. What they’ve been able to accomplish with this team in such a short period of time is incredible. I’m not second-guessing shit this off-season. If they make a move to get Le’Veon Bell…awesome. If they don’t make a move to get Le’Veon Bell…still awesome. These guys came here with a vision and it’s working so I’m keeping my stupid mouth shut. It’s a good time to be a Colts fan.
Andrew Luck is back! He’s passed for 10 touchdowns, thrown only one interception, completed an average of 72.4% of his passes and has an average QB rating of 126.9 over the last 3 games. Granted, those wins were against the Bills, Raiders and Jaguars but that means we don’t suck as bad as they do and for Colts fans, that’s a big deal.
The Colts only won 4 games last year with Andrew Luck sidelined after his shoulder surgery. Colts fans didn’t know if he’d be able to return this year. Hell, we didn’t know if he’d ever return. We heard horror stories about his rehab and recovery so even if he did return, we questioned whether or not he’d ever be the Luck of old. But all that doubt is finally gone.
His shoulder is healed, his arm is strong and the offensive line seems set on keeping it that way. This is their 4th game in a row without allowing a sack. A healthy Andrew Luck, that has time to throw the ball, is a very dangerous animal and the Colts finally have a GM and coach that seem to understand that.
The tight end trio of Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox is benefiting from this quite nicely. Going into today’s game, Colts tight ends ranked second in the NFL in catches (62) and targets (98), fifth in yards (711) and first in touchdown catches (12). The trio is led by Ebron, who seems totally in sync with Luck right now. He added 2 receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown today against the Jaguars. Detroit fans can shit on this guy all they want. He has 10 touchdowns! So, shit on that!
The Colts are 4-5 and both the Texans and Titans are playing very well right now, so yes, it’s a bit of a stretch to think we have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. But who cares? I’m not worried about the playoffs this year. Andrew Luck is healthy! He finally has a line that can protect him! We’ve been waiting a long time for this!
If you’re a Saints fan, a Rams fan or a Chiefs fan then good for you man. I’m happy your team’s so dominant and that you’re already making Super Bowl plans with your stupid friends. I don’t need all that.
Right before this season started I thought the Andrew Luck era was done forever. I thought that I was being robbed of the opportunity to see another prodigy develop, right here in my city, to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. But I was wrong. He’s back! The Colts are back! Indianapolis is back! I’m back!
From this point on, I’m treating every single game like it’s the super bowl. I’m inviting friends over, I’m buying a second couch, filling the coolers with beer, and ordering wings and 4 different pizza options. I’m even ordering a pizza with just cheese on it, in case one of my friends brings a girl that eats like a 5-year-old.
If you’re a Colts fan, dawn your gear proudly. The future looks bright.
I’m a Colts fan but when Peyton Manning went to Denver, I also became a Broncos fan until the day he left. I loved that dude, so my fandom would follow him wherever he played. The same principle applies here. If these two guys pair back up to coach the Browns…I’m all in!
Bruce Arians provided color commentary for CBS in the Chiefs win over the Browns last Sunday. During a break Arians was asked by the Canton Repository if he would consider being a head coach again. His response was “Cleveland is the only job I would consider.” Then he went on to say that if he got that job, Chuck Pagano would be his choice for Defensive Coordinator. Holy Shit!!! Is this possible?!
I have to think as soon as GM John Dorsey read this, phone calls were made. Colts fans loved these guys when they were together here. I think the only problem was, most of us would’ve preferred Arians as the head coach and Pagano as defensive coordinator. In 2012, this duo led the Colts, who were 2-14 the year before, to a record of 11-5. That’s the year Pagano was battling Leukemia and had to turn the reins over to Arians in week 5. We were 2-2 at that point and under Arians, went 9-3. Many of us think Chuck Pagano was a bit conservative and that Arians’ “let it eat” attitude better suited an offense led by Andrew Luck.
The Ravens defense was 3rd overall when Pagano was there and after the Colts fired him, it looked like the Ravens were very interested in bringing Pagano back.
Obviously, he didn’t become the defensive coordinator for the Ravens. I couldn’t find a report that explained why. Maybe it’s because the Colts’ defense finished 30th in the last two years that Pagano was head coach. But the Ravens knew that before they reached out to him so I’m going to put my detective hat back on say it’s more likely that he told them he wasn’t interested. If that’s the case, it’s possible he just wasn’t ready to jump back in the game yet and wanted to take some time off to spend with his family.
But what if he and Bruce Arians, who had just retired as head coach of the Cardinals, met for drinks and discussed what the future would hold for each of them? Neither of these guys are starving, so if they wanted to return to coaching they could each afford to wait for the right opportunity to come along. Even a schmuck like me was aware that if Cleveland didn’t turn things around this year, Hue Jackson was getting the boot. So, let’s assume both these former head coaches were aware of that as well.
So, when you add that to the fact that Bruce Arians just announced his desire to take over as head coach at Cleveland and to bring Pagano with him…it’s not unreasonable to assume that he had communicated that information to Pagano before he leaked it to the press.
Now, Hue Jackson is gone and the Browns will have to make a decision for next year. If they decide to go with an experienced head coach that has a proven track record and a talent for getting the most out of a quarterbacks that are #1 draft picks…I’d say Bruce Arians and Chuck Pagano are in a pretty good spot.