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Jacksonville Jaguars’ Official Web Site Rips Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 2:56PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Colts, Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been in the same division as the Indianapolis Colts for the last seven seasons, and for the last seven seasons, Jacksonville has finished behind Indianapolis. So it’s not surprising that the folks in Jacksonville don’t like Colts quarterback Peyton Manning very much.

But it is surprising that the Jaguars would use their official web site to rip Manning, as they did today.

Vic Ketchman, the senior editor of Jaguars.com, runs a daily mailbag where he answers questions from readers, and when a reader writes in today to say Manning did his job and is not to blame for Saturday’s loss to the Chargers, Ketchman goes ballistic.Continue Reading

The Bears, the Blitz and the Tampa 2
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 7:32PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Buccaneers, Colts, LionsThe phrase “Tampa 2 Defense” is one of those phrases that has been used, re-used and mis-used in football so often that it’s almost lost its meaning. Much like the “West Coast Offense,” the “Tampa 2 Defense” has elements that are used by every team and isn’t used exclusively by any team.

But one of the aspects of the Tampa 2 that is supposed to be a fairly hard and fast rule is that Tampa 2 teams generate their pass rush almost exclusively from the four down linemen, and not from blitzing with linebackers or defensive backs. So it’s a little surprising to look at the numbers and see that in reality, one of those Tampa 2 teams, the Chicago Bears, actually blitz a whole lot.Continue Reading

Tony Dungy Will Take a Week Before Deciding His Coaching Future
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 4th 2009 11:55AM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Colts, AFC South, NFL CoachingThe Indianapolis Colts’ season came to an end last night with an overtime loss to the Chargers, so now the beat goes on with the inevitable retirement talks for their coach. Just as has been the case in the past few seasons, Tony Dungy is initially unsure if he’s returning to the team. “For me, it will be kind of like every year at this time,”

“I’ll try to get over the disappointment of this loss, talk things over with my wife, and see where we go from here.”Dungy has coached the Colts for the past seven years, putting together a sparkling resume. He took over the team from Jim Mora when the dust was settling from the season.

The Colts made those playoffs in each of Dungy’s seven seasons, and his worst record was 10-6 (his first season). They have won at least 12 games in the past six campaigns. He brought Indianapolis their first Super Bowl championship, and has a current 10-year string of consecutive playoff appearances as a head coach (he took the Bucs to three in a row before coming to Indy).Continue Reading

Chargers Win Overtime Coin Toss, Jamal Williams Promptly Announces ‘Game Over’
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 4th 2009 12:45PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Colts, AFC South, AFC West, NFL Fans

Jamal Williams is no Matt Hasselbeck. Five years ago, the Seahawks took the Packers to overtime and after Seattle won the coin toss, Hasselbeck announced, “We want the ball, and we’re going to score.” A few minutes later, he threw a pick-six, game over.

Last night, Chargers nose tackle Jamal Williams stood at midfield as Ron Winters explained the nuances of overtime (no ties!). Indianapolis, eschewing the theory that tails never fails, lost the toss, which was followed by Williams very matter-of-factly stating “game over” (around the 0:23 mark above). Darren Sproles instills that sort of confidence in his teammates, apparently.

Williams’ impressive prognosticatory powers aside, the game wasn’t without controversy. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning may or may not have been reading the Chargers defensive signals, and then there was the phantom defensive holding call that kept San Diego’s fateful overtime drive alive. Video, courtesy of TSB, after the jump (around the 7:20 mark).Continue Reading

The Colts Should Cut Marvin Harrison
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 4th 2009 1:10PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Colts, AFC South, NFL Free AgencEarlier today, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk laid out the Colts’ options in regards to surefire Hall-of-Famer Marvin Harrison. The basic gist of the situation is that either Harrison is going to be paid a ton more than he’s worth to play for the Colts in 2009, or the Colts can cut him and save $7 million in cap space. This is a big deal because the Colts are scheduled to be significantly over the salary cap as it stands. They need to save money.

Honestly, I don’t even see an alternative other than to cut Harrison. Yes, he’s been to the Pro Bowl eight times and has shattered pretty much every receiving record in franchise history. He’s part of the most prolific passer-to-receiver combination in the history of the NFL with three-time MVP Peyton Manning. That’s fine, but this is no time for nostalgia.

The window of opportunity for the Colts to win more championships in the Bill Polian/Manning era is dwindling. Polian’s shown the penchant to move on in the past — by letting Edgerrin James walk, for example — and now it’s time to do so again.Continue Reading

Time for NFL to Change the Overtime Rule
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 8:46AM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Colts
When the coin toss at the start of overtime is so important that Chargers nose tackle Jamal Williams could declare “game over” as soon as his team won it on Sunday night, you know there’s something wrong with the NFL overtime rule. Fortunately, I have the solution.Continue Reading

LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates Are Game-Time Decisions
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 3rd 2009 12:00PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Colts, AFC West, NFL Injuries, NFL PlayoffsESPN’s John Clayton reported during that Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates will be game-time decisions for their Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts tonight. Clayton said he thinks that LT will play, but this information puts into doubt about how effective he will be. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that San Diego coach Norv Turner said that LT won’t play if he can’t be effective.

Remember that in last year’s AFC Championship game, LT got a lot of heat for not fighting through a bum knee. Tomlinson got only two carries despite everyone believing that he was good to go. Yet CBS cameras kept panning over to him with his helmet on, sitting on the Chargers bench. It also looked bad when Philip Rivers fought through a worse injury in the very same game.

These Chargers don’t have the luxury of Michael Turner as LT’s backup (side note: how amazing is it that they had both these guys?). Darren Sproles is a different kind of back who gained just 330 yards rushing this year. And just like their last playoff game in New England, the Chargers will be facing a team with the NFL’s longest current winning streak, who also has the MVP at quarterback.

Tomlinson and Gates Both Active for Chargers
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 3rd 2009 7:30PM by Bruce Ciskie (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Colts, AFC South, AFC West, NFL Injuries, NFL Playoffs.

The San Diego Chargers got some great news Saturday, as they get ready for their AFC Wild Card game against Indianapolis.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson and tight end Antonio Gates, both of whom have missed significant practice time throughout the week, are active for the Chargers. It’s not known how much either will play, but it’s worth noting (via PFT) that running back Michael Bennett is active for San Diego for the first time since they picked him up off waivers. That would indicate that there is at least some serious question about Tomlinson.

All of this comes in light of a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who says Tomlinson has a torn tendon. The Chargers have not publicly confirmed Mortensen’s report, though head coach Norv Turner told NBC’s Andrea Kremer (again, via PFT) that if the report were true, Tomlinson wouldn’t be able to walk.

The game kicks off a little after 8pm Eastern time.

Chargers Lead Colts 14-10 at Halftime
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 3rd 2009 9:35PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Colts
The best running back on the field as the Indianapolis Colts play the San Diego Chargers today in the AFC wild card playoffs isn’t Joseph Addai, and it isn’t LaDainian Tomlinson. It’s Darren Sproles, whose touchdown with 42 seconds left in the first half gave the Chargers a 14-10 lead at halftime.

Sproles has seven carries for 38 yards in the half and has looked as speedy and elusive as ever in relief of Tomlinson, who managed five carries for 25 yards but has been sidelined for most of the half with a groin injury. When the Colts had the ball, Addai has been largely held in check, although he did score the Colts’ touchdown.

Replay reviews played a key role in the first half. Colts coach Tony Dungy burned a challenge when the officials had correctly ruled that a Colts pass was incomplete, and then failed to challenge when the officials incorrectly ruled that a Chargers pass was complete. And with less than a minute to go before halftime, the officials ruled on the field — and then upheld on review — that Colts return man Chad Simpson was down before fumbling, on a play where the replay angles weren’t definitive enough to overrule whatever had been called on the field.

Other keys to the first half: Chargers punter Mike Scifres has been incredible, drilling all four of his punts inside the 20-yard line, with an average distance of 55 yards. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri split the uprights on a 43-yard field goal. And Anthony Gonzalez has emerged as Peyton Manning’s favorite receiver, with six catches for 97 yards.

Restore a Timeout Madness Ensues in Final Regulation Minutes of Colts-Chargers
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 3rd 2009 11:28PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Colts, NFL Injuries, NFL Media Watch, NFL Referees
The Colts - Chargers game tonight has been scintillating, to say the least. Sure, there have been weird/awkward moments that involved challenges and more potentially damaging to the reputation referee behavior. But on the whole, just a great game between two high-caliber quarterbacks.

Then, with about 20 seconds to go, something weird happened. Jyles Tucker was injured and stayed on the ground for a few minutes as the Colts were preparing to hike a second-and-four ball from deep in their own territory. The Chargers, because of Tucker’s injury, were forced to take a timeout. One problem: they didn’t have any left.

So, the ruling on the field became: “San Diego has been charged their team timeout” and as a result, the Colts had a timeout restored. Yes, . As in, like, something out of Family Feud or Guitar Hero III. (/elderly nerd)

Perhaps that’s already in the NFL rulebook; I wouldn’t put it past the league to already have that in place (or at least written in by midnight on Sunday). But at the same time, how are we supposed to actually believe — based on the job officials have done this year — that anyone isn’t just making this up as we go along?

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