State of the Team: Indianapolis Colts - Football Outsiders
Andy Benoit of FO gives the Colts their "State of the Team" treatment, and he is not kind in his roster evaluation. Regarding the nine new players signed as free agents, Benoit gave Gosder Cherilus, LaRon Landry, Aubrayo Franklin, and Erik Walden "adequate" grades while Donald Thomas and Greg Toler got "just a guy" grades. In case you care, I've known Andy for a while and have always enjoyed his work.
Retired players: Vote EA Sports as worst company in America - The Nixon Report
Jeff Nixon is encouraging other retired NFL players to vote EA as "the worst company in America" in the Consumersit's bracket.
My Comment: Yes, EA is an extremely evil company. By all means, vote for them in that category.
NFL draft smoke screens make it hard to know what teams think - NFL.com
Ian Rapaport has a great article here on how teams use pre-draft smokescreens to influence a college player's draft stock. He cites how, in 1990, the Falcons seemed to goad the Colts into making the now infamous trade for the No. 1 pick that year. Indianapolis used that pick on Jeff George.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers mid-90s teams were bad, but built a successful GM tree - SI.com
Don Banks writes a great article on the front office "tree" in Tampa Bay and how it produced some of the more successful personnel executives in the NFL.
Audio of Ryan Grigson's conference call with season ticket holders - Colts.com
If you want to listen to Grigson's conference call with season ticket holders from two weeks ago, the audio is here.
Here's an audio clip of me as a guest on WTMY's 'Out of Bounds' show with John Russo:
From the FanPosts:
Picture of Chuck Pagano at USC Pro Day
Reader Radcolt found this pic of Pagano talking to USC center Khalid Holmes at the USC Pro Day.
Draft Prospect Video (from now until opening night of the draft, we'll use the Link Links to post videos of prospects we like):