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Monday, November 17, 2014
09:17 PM - November 17, 2014. Written by stiets1118
Offensive Captain: Carl Battle, 5-9 172lb RS Junior from Marquette, MI. Carl moved to Anchorage with his aunt and uncle after his senior year in high school. Carl was offered a scholarship after the coaching staff saw him playing flag football at a local church. Coaches were impressed by his body control and hands, and once meeting him, came away more impressed with his maturity. Carl is majoring in Meteorology. Carl posted 36 catches for 420 yards and 5 TD in 2013

Defensive Captain: Roddy Malone, RS Senior, 6-1 220lbs from Marathon, Florida. Roddy is the son of Roger and Caley Malone. Roddy played 2 years at USF before leaving sunny Florida after his dad was transferred to Elmendorf Air Force Base. Roddy decided to enroll at Alaska State and instantly improved the defense and was voted team defensive captain after the first practice. Roddy has a nose for the ball and is good in coverage as well. Look for him to lead the SnowCats in tackles this season.
Dynasty: stiets1118
Sunday, November 16, 2014
02:19 PM - November 16, 2014. Written by bayers3

The pre-season is over, and the Colts look like the odds on favorite to make it to the Superbowl if not win it all. The rich get richer as Phil Emery swooped in on a few choice free agents who failed to find homes, adding CB Prince Amukamara and MLB Brandon Spikes on 1-year contracts really filled in some holes. The Colts have a few warts, but as a whole they look like the most complete team in football. The team finished 3-1 by thrashing the Chargers, Vikings, and Panthers before losing their final game to the Browns.


Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart - 2015
Regular Offense
WRT.Y. HiltonD. Rogers
TED. AllenC. Fleener
LTA. CastonzoC. Hairston
LGJ. MewhortE. Looney (R)
CK. HolmesL. Louis
RGD. ThomasH. Thornton
RTB. FuscoC. Hairston
WRR. WayneC. Shorts IIID. Moncrief
QBA. LuckJ. Palmer
FBS. Havili
HBT. RichardsonV. BallardJ. Forsett
Base 3-4 Defense
LDED. Browning (R)R. Jean-FrancoisLandon Stone (R)
NTM. HughesJ. Chapman
RDEA. JonesR. Jean-FrancoisR. Duncan (R)
LOLBB. WernerE. Walden
LILBB. SpikesA. Dent
RILBD. JacksonK. Sheppard
ROLBV. BurfictE. Walden
CBV. DavisD. ButlerA. Kilgore (R)
SSW. MooreB. Daniels (R)
FSL. LandryB. Daniels (R)
CBP. AmukamaraG. TolerD. Odom (R)
Special Teams
KA. Devito
PP. McAfee
PRD. OdomT.Y. Hilton
KRD. OdomT.Y. Hilton
LSK. HolmesD. Thomas


Quarterback (Again) : After taking home his first MVP award, is there any question that Andrew Luck is the heart of this team? Everyone knows he will be good, and now he has the pieces around him to be even better. There is no excuse for the Colts offense to be anything but the best, and based on the pre-season results they should be the best if not one of the best offenses in football.

Can Luck add a Superbowl ring to his MVP award?

Offensive Line : After looking a little frail going into the 2014 season this could be one of the better units in the NFL thanks to free agency and LeCharles Bentley. Brandon Fusco and Chris Hairston were added to the mix, although Hairston has struggled in his transition to RT and looks like he might be a back-up at best, but Phil Emery stepped in to help develop their players. Emery sent the entire Colts offensive line to train with LeCharles Bentley at his O-Line Performance training center after he was impressed by Khaled Holmes' development, already a client of Bentley's, and it looks like it has paid off. The starting line looks solid, and this should help keep Luck upright and Trent Richardson rolling.

Richardson's Rebirth : Richardson, once a heralded prospect, fell from grace after the 2013 season. The trade for Richardson which cost Indianapolis their 2014 1st round pick looked like a real loser coming into the season, but after rushing for 1391 yards and 12 TD it looks like the Colts have a star HB. Richardson is going to see a lot of the ball in 2015, OC Pep Hamilton continues to be dedicated to the running game and with Ahmad Bradshaw gone it's Richardson's show.


Defensive Line : The front office really failed to do much for the defensive line aside from drafting DE Donavon Browning, but even he doesn't look like the next Robert Quinn. The depth isn't great, and most of the starters are aging. It looks like the group is basically just going to get in the way so the linebackers can step up and make tackles, which could be an issue. Vontaze Burfict, who has been nothing short of amazing coming off the edge, could bring some pass rush relief but that will just be papering over the problem.

Spikes is going to have a lot to do if the Colts' defensive line struggles.

Pagano's Future : Coach Chuck Pagano has done well with the Colts over the years, but 2014 was a real misstep on his part. Yes, important players were traded away, but they blew games they should have won and wasted an MVP season from Luck. New GM Phil Emery has loaded this team with free agents and a few choice draft picks, so Pagano will not have any excuses. A return to the playoffs will help him keep his job, but how far will they have to go for Pagano to avoid being replaced? Pagano is well liked by players and management, but another down season might be too much.

Is it Superbowl or bust for Pagano?

Defensive Backs : Outside of Vontae Davis, Prince Amukamara and super-rookie Branch Daniels, this is Indianapolis' weakest area. William Moore has been decent during the pre-season, but he certainly hasn't wowed anyone. LaRon Landry is slated to start at FS, but he spends more time looking over his shoulder at Daniels than he does defending passes. After Davis and Amukamara it gets really thin, so depth and dime/nickel situations will be an issue. They drafted some depth, but they are hardly more than dime coverage options at the moment. It's a good thing the Colts have a high powered offense because teams are going to be passing all over them.
Dynasty: bayers3
Saturday, November 15, 2014
09:12 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by kaneski13
Coach Eric Taylor had called a press conference this morning to decide on how he felt upon seeing the teams roster before tonight's preseason game versus the Green Bay Packers. According to Taylor there is many position battles to be decide this preseason. The biggest discussion for many Dedicated Titan fans is who will be the starting QB, a team cannot run without a leader. Taylor said that the Competition for the starting position is between three main candidates, Charlie Whitehurst, who is expected to take the job, and two rookies Zach Mettenberger drafted out of LSU and recently signed undrafted free agent Vince Howard out of Ohio State University. In my last post I mentioned Vince Howard as a man who won Coach Taylor his second Texas State Championship ring. At OSU he came just short of being a top ten QB in NCAA after replacing the injured Braxton Miller. In my opinion it was a complete shocker that he wasn't drafted.

Coach Taylor and Vince Howard at the 2010 Texas State Championship

One of the other two big position battles on offense are at the halfback position between Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, and second round pick Bishop Sankey. Even though many expect Sankey to win the battle to get many of the reps in Taylor run heavy offense, He has made it clear that both Greene and McCluster could win the job with good performances. The other battle is at the center position. Veteran Chris Spencer is catching up on young center Brian Schwenke.

On defense every postion is up for grabs except for SS, RE, and the top corner position. Those spots being filled by Benard Pollard(FS), Jurrell Casey(RE), and Jason McCourty(CB). All other spots will be up to anyone who can show the coaching staff that they can perform.

Almost every position on special teams is available as rookie kickers Nate Freese and Travis Coons battle it out. At punter, Brett Kern has the job locked down as there is no other competition. For returners, rookie halfbacks Antonio Andrews and Lache Seastrunk can make the team as specialists as the designated kick returner. Dexter McCluster will be returning punts for the team.

Prediction for tonight's game: Tennessee-14 Greenbay-35
Dynasty: kaneski13
08:06 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by kaneski13
Coach Eric Taylor from Texas has been hired over Ken Whisenhunt to be the Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans. The coaching battle lasted three weeks with both coaches having multiple interviews with the team. At one point late this week, both teams met with practice teams, including some of the players from the Titans, in a scrimmage game. Neither one of them had stood out on defense, but in the second half Coach Taylor came out with a crazy rushing attack and took the win 38-17. That might have been the icing on the cake for Steve Fowler as Taylor was hired the next morning.

Coach Taylor was a high school football coach from 2006-2010 for two teams, both in the town of Dillon, Texas. With the notorious Dillon Panthers he was 25-5 with and 8-2 playoff record, winning one state championship trophy in two appearances. He then continued he career at East Dillon High School with a football program that started from scratch. His first season there, he went a crazy 0-8 before finding a true natural starting quarterback in Vince Howard and winning the last two games. His next season with stars Howard and starting running back Luke Cafferty Taylor took his once rattled team to a 9-1, 4-0 in the playoffs, and a state championship ring year. Vince Howard took his playing skills to the university of Ohio State and is attending camps after going undrafted, rumors going around that Taylor might bring him aboard to help settle the QB situation.

Taylor started his college coaching career at the Texas Methodist University as a QB coach. After his first season he was promoted to head coach. Two seasons of 9-2 each and a bowl game win in 2013 got him in the conversation of being a NFL coach. This will be an interesting new part of Coach Taylor's life.

I will be doing this blog from the perspective of a Journalist that has followed Eric Taylor since he coached high school.
Dynasty: kaneski13
07:35 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Arizona favoured against backup QB Nassib

Matchup Preview *|* September 14, 2014
Arizona Cardinals
(0-1, 0-0 Away)
New York Giants
(0-1, 0-0 Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
321Total Offensive Yards321
221Passing Yards213
100Rushing Yards108
20.0Points Per Game6.0
2Passing TD0
0Rushing TD0
20First Downs19
4Red Zone Attempts3
50%Red Zone Percentage0%
Defensive Stats Comparison
331Total Yards Allowed286
217Passing Yards Allowed180
114Rushing Yards Allowed106
0Fumble Recoveries2
27.0Points Per Game31.0
3Red Zone Attempts7
33%Red Zone Percentage43%
Injury Report
RT B. Massie (Pectoral Tear)
15 weeks
QB E. Manning (Broken Wrist)
4 weeks
LOLB A. Okafor (Upper Arm Fracture)
4 weeks
LE M. Kiwanuka (Dislocated Ankle)
3 weeks
Game Notes
The Giants try to win as much games as possible till the return of their 2-time Super Bowl MVP QB. The Cardinals in the meantime looked to rebound after their bitter Monday Night loss to the Chargers. Both teams want their first win of the season. Ryan Nassib produced 3 interceptions after the injury to Manning and got all first team reps during the week to prepare for his first NFL start.
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
07:21 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Bengals trade TE Jermaine Gresham to Jaguars for a 2015 3rd round pick

Upset of the week
Green Bay smashed the Word Champion Seattle at their home with 31-10. Russell Wilson produced 4 INT's in a game where counterpart Aaron Rodgers scored 3 TD's (2 pass, 1 rush). Julius Peppers gained 2 sacks while fellow pass rusher Clay Matthews was one of four players for Green Bay who intercepted Wilson.

Weekly Awards
NFC Offense Saints QB D. Brees 31/35 380 yards 5 TD
NFC Defense Panthers MLB L. Kuechly 11 tackles 2 sacks 2 INT

AFC Offense Bengals QB A. Dalton 26/37 331 yards 4 TD
AFC Defense Jets MLB D. Davis 14 tackles 1 INT
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
07:13 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Quick Take | 16 Points in the first 3 quarters showed a slow start to the first Monday Night Game but 31 points in the final quarter ensure an entertainment finish. Both teams tried to control the game clock with an unusual amount of running plays till the end.

It was over when... | B. Flowers intercepted C. Palmer with 1:20 to go on the 4th quarter and San Diego leading by 7 points with only 2 timeout remaining for the Cardinals.

Game Ball | QB P. Rivers 16/22 221 yards 2 TD 1 INT
Rivers looked like a Game Manager with only 40% of the plays called for a pass. But then he decides the game with a late 71 yard TD pass to TE Antonio Gates in a no huddle situation with CB Antonio Cromartie confused who to cover.

Game Notes | Da'Rick Rodgers was knocked out by rookie safety Deone Bucannon on a forced fumble which was recovered by the Chargers and will miss at least a month of game action with a abdominal tear.

The Chargers made the most of the turnover with a pick six by safety Eric Weddle and the game-clinching pick by CB Brandon Flowers. Arizona didn't capatalize on the lone turnover of the Chargers because rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a 52 yard FG (later he missed a 48 yard FG too).

A third INT by C. Palmer from CB Shareece Wright was called back after a roughing the passer penalty from outside linebacker Dwight Freeney

Box Score

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
Sep 8, 20141ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
San Diego Chargers (0-0)3302127
Arizona Cardinals (0-0)7301020
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense331321
Rushing Yards114100
Passing Yards217221
First Downs1320
Punt Return Yards09
Kick Return Yards41129
Total Yards372459
3rd Down Converstion64
4th Down Conversion20
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals1/12/2
Posession Time30:4929:11
Scoring Summary
9:04(ARI) 12 yard TD pass by C. Palmer to L. Fitzgerald07
1:17(SDG) 24 yard FG by N. Novak37
5:39(SDG) 27 yard FG by N. Novak67
0:37(ARI) 32 yard FG by C. Catanzaro610
12:56(SDG) 9 yard TD pass by P. Rivers to M. Floyd1310
12:46(SDG) 34 yard INT return for a TD by E. Weddle2010
9:56(ARI) 9 yard TD pass by C. Palmer to L. Fitzgerald2017
2:27(ARI) 24 yard FG by C. Catanzaro2020
1:47(SDG) 71 yard TD pass by P. Rivers to A. Gates2720
San Diego Chargers
P. Rivers16/2222121
R. Mathews27933.4
D. Woodhead6233.8
P. Rivers1-2-2.0
M. Floyd4379.31
K. Allen34013.3
D. Rogers3299.7
A. Gates29648.01
R. Mathews11111.0
L. Green133.0
E. Royal144.0
D. Woodhead111.0
C. Watt3
W. Smith1
N. Hardwick1
K. Dunlap1
D.J. Fluker11
J. Verrett7
M. Te'o6
M. Ingram61
D. Butler5
M. Gilchrist5
K. Reyes52
S. Wright4
J. Johnson4
C. Liuget2
J. Addae2
S. Lissemore2
E. Weddle211
J. Attaochu1
A. Gachkar1
B. Flowers11
N. Novak2/23/3927
M. Scifres28542.5
D. Woodhead12121.0
E. Royal12020.0
Arizona Cardinals
C. Palmer22/2924322
A. Ellington16664.1
J. Dwyer6223.7
M. Grice393.0
C. Palmer133.0
L. Fitzgerald8617.62
R. Housler33311.0
Jo. Brown37324.3
Ja. Brown22814.0
M. Floyd23015.0
A. Ellington1-6-6.0
J. Dwyer199.0
M. Grice11010.0
T. Doss155.0
J. Cooper2
J. Veldheer2
L. Sendlein2
B. Sowell1
E. Watford1
D. Washington10
J. Abraham8
D. Bishop8
T. Mathieu7
P. Peterson3
M. Shaughnessy31
A. Cromartie3
D. Bucannon2
D. Dockett2
R. Johnson21
J. Powers2
C. Campbell2
K. Minter1
S. Acho1
C. Catanzaro2/42/2832
D. Butler14848.0
T. Ginn37224.0
M. Grice35719.0
P. Peterson199.0
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
05:54 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by bayers3

CHICAGO - Following a busy free agency period the Colts hit Chicago with a long list of needs, but luckily for new GM Phil Emery he came in with a few extra picks. The draft opened with a little bit of drama, two teams traded into the Top 3 (Cincinnati and Dallas) while Oakland took the concensus #1 pick.

Oakland made Texas OT Julian Branch the #1 overall pick, a definite need for the struggling Raiders. They spent well in free agency and don't seem set to pick high again in 2015. The Bengals traded up to #2 to take Alabama FS Kadeem Orr, an Indianapolis target, and Dallas jumped to #3 to take LSU DT Dan Estes.

2015 NFL Draft - Indianapolis Colts
1 (17)Branch DanielsLSUFS6'-1"207
2 (49)Donavon BrowningPittLE6'-5"306
3 (65)Erik LooneyWisconsinRG6'-3"309
3 (81)Landon StoneDelaware StateLE6'-5"250
4 (113)Don WaltersFloridaROLB6'-2"235
4 (120)Artez KilgoreCaliforniaCB6'-1"183
5 (145)Daryll OdomNorthern IllinoisCB6'-2"186
7 (203)Venson PattersonEastern MichiganDT6'-3"275
7 (209)Rasheem DuncanBaylorLE6'-3"280


Best Pick(s) : FS Branch Daniels, DE Donavon Browning.

Daniels and Browning fill some serious needs and represented the best player available. The Colts were trying to trade up, having additional picks, and get FS Kadeem Orr so having Daniels fall to them was a real blessing. Daniels was a two-year starter at LSU and showed good coverage skills with loose hips and a fluid backpedal, but his biggest strength is his ability to make tackles in the open field. Daniels has a shot at making the starting roster, but it's more likely he will learn behind fellow LSU grad LaRon Landry. Browning went under the radar a little, but he's a solid 3-4 DE with a good frame who holds up well against the run. He didn't register too many sacks at Pitt, but film seems to indicate he was double teamed regularly as the Panthers' best defensive lineman.

Worst Pick(s) : OLB Don Walters, DE Rasheem Duncan.

Walters entered the draft process with a 1st round grade but found himself plummeting as the draft went on. Walters didn't run well at the combine, showed up overweight, and struggled to bench press anywhere near his peers. He interviewed well and looked good on tape, showed the production teams want at OLB, but teams were seriously turned off by his combine performance. The Colts didn't seem to care and saw a bargain, but they needed an immediate starter and he will be a long term project. It's hard to say the 209th pick in the draft is a "bad" pick, but Duncan came out of nowhere. Duncan came into the draft essentially unranked, only started 10 games for Baylor in 2014, and didn't really impress scouts. Maybe the Colts coaching staff saw something, hard to tell.

Sleeper Pick(s) : CB Artez Kilgore, CB Daryll Odom

Both Kilgore and Odom went a little under the radar, unless it's a radar gun. Kilgore and Odom both ran 4.29 40-yard dashes at the combine, showed loose hips and impressive acceleration. Neither of them show much in terms of zone coverage, but they have the speed to develop into decent man-coverage corners. They will definitely see some work on special teams, and both might prove to be decent additions to Indianapolis' ailing Dime and Quarters coverage.
Dynasty: bayers3
04:47 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Opening week in the NFL with the first Monday Night Game of the season

Matchup Preview *|* January 1,
San Diego Chargers
(0-0, 0-0 Away)
Arizona Cardinals
(0-0, 0-0 Home)
Injury Report

RT B. Massie (Pectoral Tear)
16 weeks

LOLB A. Okafor (Upper Arm Fracture)
5 weeks
Game Notes
Both second year head coaches try to further improve their teams and winning records from the year before. The Chargers lost to Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the Divisional Round and the Cardinals missed the playoffs despite a record of 10-6.
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
04:22 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Final Depth Chart

Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart - 2014
Regular Offense
WRLarry Fitzgerald (93 OVR | EXP 10)John Brown (84 OVR | EXP 0)Tandon Doss (78 OVR | EXP 3)
TERob Housler (84 OVR | EXP 3)Troy Niklas (80 OVR | EXP 0)Darren Fells (79 OVR | EXP 1)
LTJared Veldheer (91 OVR | EXP 4)Bradley Sowell (78 OVR | EXP 2)Paul Fanaika (80 OVR | EXP 4)
LGJonathan Cooper (84 OVR | EXP 1)Ted Larsen (80 OVR | EXP 4)Paul Fanaika (80 OVR | EXP 4)
CLyle Sendlein (86 OVR | EXP 7)Ted Larsen (80 OVR | EXP 4)Paul Fanaika (80 OVR | EXP 4)
RGEarl Watford (83 OVR | EXP 1)Paul Fanaika (80 OVR | EXP 4)Ted Larsen (80 OVR | EXP 4)
RTBobby Massie (83 OVR | EXP 2)Bradley Sowell (78 OVR | EXP 2)Paul Fanaika (80 OVR | EXP 4)
WRMichael Floyd (87 OVR | EXP 2)Jaron Brown (79 OVR | EXP 1)Ted Ginn (82 OVR | EXP 7)
QBCarson Palmer (88 OVR | EXP 11)Drew Stanton (81 OVR | EXP 7)Logan Thomas (75 OVR | EXP 0)
FBRobert Hughes (77 OVR | EXP 3)
HBAndre Ellington (89 OVR | EXP 1)Jonathan Dwyer (84 OVR | EXP 4)Marion Grice (82 OVR | EXP 0)Stepfan Taylor (81 OVR | EXP 1)
Base 3-4 Defense
LDECalais Campbell (88 OVR | EXP 6)Kareem Martin (76 OVR | EXP 0)Frostee Rucker (80 OVR | EXP 8)
NTDan Williams (91 OVR | EXP 4)Alameda Ta'amu (84 OVR | EXP 2)Bruce Gaston (77 OVR | EXP 0)
RDEDarnell Dockett (82 OVR | EXP 10)Tommy Kelly (82 OVR | EXP 10)Frostee Rucker (80 OVR | EXP 8)
LOLBMatt Shaughnessy (83 OVR | EXP 5)Alex Okafor (78 OVR | EXP 1)Brandon Jenkins (79 OVR | EXP 1)
LILBDaryl Washington (90 OVR | EXP 4)Kevin Minter (82 OVR | EXP 1)
RILBDesmond Bishop (84 OVR | EXP 6)Larry Foote (81 OVR | EXP 12)
ROLBJohn Abraham (84 OVR | EXP 14)Sam Acho (80 OVR | EXP 3)Brandon Jenkins (79 OVR | EXP 1)
CBAntonio Cromartie (90 OVR | EXP 8)Jerraud Powers (82 OVR | EXP 5)Anthony Gaitor (77 OVR | EXP 2)
SSTony Jefferson (OVR 85 | EXP 1)Deone Bucannon (85 OVR | EXP 0)Rashad Johnson (82 OVR | EXP 5)
FSTyrann Mathieu (87 OVR | EXP 1)Rashad Johnson (82 OVR | EXP 5)Deone Bucannon (85 OVR | EXP 0)
CBPatrick Peterson (90 OVR | EXP 3)Justin Bethel (80 OVR | EXP 2)
Special Teams
KChandler Catanzaro (83 OVR | EXP 0)
PDrew Butler (83 OVR | EXP 2)
PRPatrick Peterson (99 OVR | EXP 3)Ted Ginn (94 OVR | EXP 7)Marion Grice (81 OVR | EXP 0)Jaron Brown (74 OVR | EXP 1)
KRTed Ginn (94 OVR | EXP 7)Marion Grice (83 OVR | EXP 0)Jaron Brown (79 OVR | EXP 1)Tandon Doss (77 OVR | EXP 3)
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
03:48 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Cutted Players

QB | Ryan Lindley | 2 | 74
HB | Kerwynn Williams | 1 | 80
FB | Vonta Leach | 10 | 85
WR | Britta Golden | 2 | 76
WR | Solomon Patton | 0 | 71
TE | John Carlson | 6 | 79
TE | Mike Leach | 14 | 78
RG | Anthony Steen | 0 | 75
RE | Ed Stinson | 0 | 77
LOLB | Thomas Keiser | 3 | 75
ROLB | Marcus Benard | 5 | 76
MLB | Lorenzo Alexander | 8 | 81
MLB | Kenny Demens | 1 | 76
MLB | Glenn Carson | 0 | 75
CB | Jimmy Legree | 0 | 75
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
03:46 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Trades around the league

Bengals trade RT Tanner Hawkinson and 2015 6th round pick to Raiders for RE Benson Mayowa

Bills trade LT Chris Hairston to Buccaneers for 2015 3rd round pick

Titans trade RE Mike Martin to Browns for LE John Hughes

Buccaneers trade RG Patrick Omameh and 2015 6th round pick to Patriots for LOLB Akeem Ayers

Steelers trade MLB Vince Williams to Texans for 2016 3rd pick

Cowboys trade LG MAcKenzy Bernadeau to Panthers for 2015 4th round pick
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
03:37 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by bayers3

INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts dove into free agency and became one of the most active teams this year. New GM Phil Emery did his best to throw a hay maker at all of their roster problems, mostly focusing on the defense that let the team down so often last season.


The Colts declined to re-sign a few starters and contributors, letting Corey Redding, Jurrell Freeman, and Ahmad Bradshaw test free agency. The team opted to bring back Reggie Wayne and Darius Butler on one-year contracts and focus the bulk of their spending on LT Anthony Castonzo. Castonzo agreed to a 5-year $32.5 million deal which will keep him protecting Andrew Luck's blindside for some time. Emery also inked FB Stanley Havili, P Pat McAfee, and MLB Kelvin Sheppard to multi-year deals.

Castonzo should finish his career in Indianapolis.

It wouldn't be free agency without a little drama as WR Da'Rick Rogers rejected the Colts' initial offer and decided to test the market. Rogers, who was seen as a key replacement for the aging Wayne, put the Colts in a bad position regarding WR depth. The Colts were then forced to look at free agent receivers with only three on the current roster.


Indianapolis went into free agency with numerous positions of need; WR, FS, SS, RG, RT, LE, DT, and LB. Emery basically managed to nail all of these with some bargain deals and one blockbuster. Surprised to see the 24 year old OLB Vontaze Burfict hit the market, the Colts threw the kitchen sink at him and landed a potential superstar. The Colts were missing a powerful pass rusher after the trade of Robert Mathis, and inking Burfict to a 7-year $100 million deal filling that need for quite some time.

Burfict hitting the market was a huge surprise.

The Colts loaded up on reasonable 4-year offers to strengthen the offensive line, WR corps, and defense. WR Cecil Shorts III ($12 million), RG Brandon Fusco ($36 million), RT Chris Hairston ($25 million), and MLB Akeem Dent ($15 million) fill some serious roster holes. Da'Rick Rogers, probably wishing he had accepted the Colts initial offer of 4-years for $20 million agreed to the same length at $16 million after failing to generate much interest.

Free Agency did not go well for Rogers.

Shorter term deals for SS William Moore and HB Justin Forsett made preparing for the draft even easier. With 9 picks in the draft thanks to trades, the team would have plenty of opportunities to paper over the roster cracks.
Dynasty: bayers3
03:16 PM - November 15, 2014. Written by zackebarsch10
Second Season with former Coach of the year Bruce Arians

The Cardinals missed the playoffs last year despite a very good year and a winning record of 10-6 in arguably the NFL's best division behind the reigning Super Bowl Champion.

Therefore the Cardinals have a long way to go in order to surpass the Seattle Seahawks and/or the San Francisco 49ers. And don't forget the St. Louis Rams who are waiting in the wings to surprise everyone.

Bruce Arians give up the playcalling duties on offense to new offensive coordinator Conrad Teller. He will try to establish a balanced attack with the focus on the passing game.
Dynasty: zackebarsch10
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
11:11 PM - November 12, 2014. Written by bayers3

INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts ended their season on a very sour note, but despite failing to make the playoffs there were numerous signs of improvement and growth. The name of the game for 2014 was regression, massive amounts of regression, as a team that performed well according to advanced metrics failed to live up to it's win potential. Previous seasons saw a flawed Colts team go 11-5 and defy the projections, but this season was different.

Offensively, the Colts were amazing. They finished ranked 2nd in Offensive DVOA thanks to finishing 1st in total yards, 1st downs, and 4th in points per game. Despite surrendering back breaking scores and finishing 8-8 they actually improved their Defensive DVOA to 10th thanks to leading the league in yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, and sacks. They finished 4th in passing yards allowed and 9th in points per game, but they were one of the worst (30th) in turn over differential at -10. The lack of turnovers could be attributed to bad luck, but the Colts failed to force fumbles and relied heavily on interceptions.

Finishing 8-8 is hardly good news, but there is a silver lining for the 2014 Colts when it comes to awards. The biggest news was the announcement that Andrew Luck was names the NFL MVP, his first such award and probably not his last. Even with various injuries to his receiving core Luck managed to lead the NFL in passing yards (4686) and TD passes (31).

Luck's first MVP award shouldn't be his last.

Luck was also named to the Pro Bowl roster along with two other Colts players. Trent Richardson managed to prove doubters wrong with a solid season, finishing 4th in rushing yards (1391) with 12TD. Dwayne Allen, Luck's favorite target, was also named to the Pro Bowl with the 3rd most receiving yards in the NFL (1185) and a whopping 102 receptions to lead the Colts and the league.
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