Every week, Colts fans and Stampede Blue readers can submit their Colts questions to have a chance of them being answered in our weekly Q&A.
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Let’s jump straight into this week’s questions:
ColtsSupaBowlas (Stampede Blue Comments): Do you think Odum is better for our team than Clayton Geathers? Also, would you draft another safety within one of the first three rounds, seeing that Geathers won’t be back unless it’s for the veteran minimum?
Answer: George Odum, at the moment and for the future is a much better option than Clayton Geathers. Watching Geathers play so far this year has shown that he isn’t the same player he used to be. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a role on this team but unfortunately it should be no more than special teams and a back up role. The Colts have their future starting safeties in Malik Hooker and Khari Willis so drafting one in the first three rounds doesn’t seem smart unless a huge talent slides.
DevilsReject (Stampede Blue Comments): Would you be willing to trade Jacoby Brissett and our #1 pick for Matt Ryan?
Answer: No, this trade makes zero sense for the Colts. Jacoby Brissett is playing well and there is no need to trade for a 34 year old QB, especially when it would cost a good young starting QB and a first round pick.
Mr.TooProud (Stampede Blue Comments): Who do you think we keep, let walk, and who do we let test the market but ultimately keep? What are the chances we keep Sheard? The defense really turned a corner with his return.
Answer: Looking at some of the Colts potential free agents, Anthony Castonzo is a must re-sign and has proved that with his play this year. Devin Funchess is still a question mark due to injury. Jabaal Sheard’s play and presence on defense has been huge so should be re-signed depending on price. Eric Ebron has had a down year, so unless he is going to take a reasonable contract he could be let go. Jack Doyle should be re-signed, as he offers so much on offense. My guess is Adam Vinatieri retires this year so the team won’t need to re-sign him. Clayton Geathers should be allowed to walk as his play has been poor this year.
VotingMachine (Stampede Blue Comments): Can you review the Funchess situation, I don’t really recall the injury, or how severe it was. Is he practicing now? Is he close to healthy? Will he be healthy? What do you think his chemistry was with Brissett … I recall they seemed to be pretty in sync? Also … what game is he earliest eligible to play in … week-11, game-10 against the Dolphins or week-12, game-11 against the Jaguars?
Answer: Devin Funchess broke his collarbone diving for a pass in the endzone against the Chargers week 1 and was put on injured reserve. Funchess has not yet begun practicing but Frank Reich mentioned he is not far off. It does seem that Funchess will begin practicing soon so therefore must be close to returning to full health. The return of Funchess will be a big one for the Colts as they really don’t have a WR2 at the moment. Funchess looked good in limited action week 1. Once Funchess begins practicing, hopefully next week, it will set in motion a 21 day period for the team to decide whether to officially move Funchess back to the active roster, or revert him to IR for the rest of the season. The earliest he can return is week 12 against the Jaguars.
Clydesdales (Stampede Blue Comments): With the schedule easing up, what are the possible bumps? Provided that everyone stays healthy, we should be favored and possibly heavily favored if the wins start accumulating.I don’t think we are a team that would ever let success go to our heads, so outside of injury, where are the “beware” signs? For me, the Steelers have always had our number, so even undermanned, I consider them dangerous.
Answer: There are no easy games in the NFL. There are perceived easy games, but all games should be taken with the same mentality. The Colts’ next five games are Denver, Pittsburgh, Miami, Jacksonville and Houston. The Colts will be favored in all of these contests but none will be easy, Denver’s defense is elite, Pittsburgh’s Heinz field is a tough environment, Miami has the possibility for a slip up and the two division games are always a contest.