INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts runs down the sideline on a 57-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Last time I made a roster guess, back on Aug. 22nd, I wrote that the because... well, how could they not? If management thought would sign a veteran back-up quarterbackCurtis Painter could quarterback this team in a real game, they probably should not be in charge of the front office. Painter is a bad QB. One good quarter against the Packers does not change that.
That said, here is my fourth 'guess' as to what the 53-man roster should be. Mind you, this is who I think should make the team, not who will. Despite the B.S. the Colts feed to us fans, they often do not retain 'the best players.' If a player is a first or second day pick, one is likely to be retained on the roster no matter how bad that person as played.
Is this a dumb way to run a football team? Yes. Unfortunately, ego and pride drive decisions-making in this business, not always objectivity.
QB: Peyton Manning,
LT: Anthony Castonzo
RT: Ben Ijalana
Defense after jump...
FS: Antoine Bethea
P: Pat McAfee
Kick returns are Joe Lefegend. Punt returns are
Why did I cut Donald Brown? Simple, he isn't very good. He hasn't run the ball well in preseason, and for the past two years, he's been outplayed by pretty much everyone else whose played the position. This year, Delone Carter and Javarris James have outplayed him, and Joesph Addai (the man Brown was drafted to replace) is still a better overall player. Keeping Brown is nothing more than a 'pride' move. He's a wasted roster spot.
Why did I cut Jerry Hughes? Same reason as Brown. He's a bust. Also, he's been outplayed by Jamaal Anderson, Tyler Brayton, and even John Chick. So, unless you want one of those guys cut, even though all three are (right now) significantly better than Hughes, the argument for retaining Hughes loses credibility. Last year, Hughes was an utterly useless player. This year, despite playing significant time on defense in preseason, he's logged two games with zero tackles, zero pressures, and zero sacks. They say a player's biggest leap is from year one to year two. Well, Hughes clearly hasn't made much of a leap.
Why did I cut Anthony Gonzalez? Because he's hurt... again. Injured players are useless players, and while Gonzo is a great person, he is a brittle football player. The team is better served signing
Why did I cut Mike Pollak? He isn't a better guard than DeVan, Ijalana, or McClendon as a reserve. Also, he hasn't done much to earn a spot as the back-up center. Kirkpatrick offers potential, and DeVan plays center better than Polak right now.
Why did I cut Blair White? I didn't. I say he lands on P.U.P.
Why did I cut Curtis Painter? Do I seriously need to explain to you why?
Obviously, I'm no so deluded as to think the Polian Family will admit error and finally jettison their draft failures from 2008-2010, but the reality is they should. The bottom line is winning, not trying to prove critics wrong. Brown, Pollak, Painters, and Hughes are all useless players for the Indianapolis Colts. They've done nothing this preseason, or in seasons past, to warrant a 2011 roster spot.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?