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Colts Fans and Stampede Blue Community Q&A - Week 11 ANSWERS

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Colts fans and Stampede Blue readers can submit their Colts questions to have a chance of them being answered in our Q&A.

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Let’s jump straight into this week’s questions:

Neel.Matches (Stampede Blue Comments): Here’s a Colts question. How did the refs not throw the flag for an expired play clock when Leonard is waving his arms that span the entire width of the football field?

Answer: The process for throwing a flag for delay of game, with an expiring play clock, involves the head referee looking at the center who is snapping the ball then looking back up at the play clock and then back to the center. If the center manages to snap the ball between the referee looking at the expiring play clock and looking back at ball then there it is unlikely the referee will throw a flag. The referees should have thrown a flag for the delay of game against the Titans.

JLuckLucas (Stampede Blue Comments): The Colts have a ton of free agents. How would you prioritize them? Seems like Grover tops the list?

Answer: The Colts currently have 17 players who will be unrestricted free agents in 2021. I’m going to put them into 4 categories; must re-sign, try to re-sign, re-sign for right price and let test free agency/let walk.

Must re-sign: defensive tackle Grover Stewart and cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

Try to re-sign: wide receiver TY Hilton, defensive lineman Denico Autry and wide receiver Marcus Johnson.

Re-sign for right price: quarterback Philip Rivers, running back Marlon Mack, defensive end Justin Houston, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and cornerback TJ Carrie.

Let test FA/let walk: quarterback Jacoby Brissett, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr, safety Malik Hooker, tight end Trey Burton, offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark, safety Tavon Wilson and offensive tackle Chaz Green.

Lucky Jock Strap (Stampede Blue Comments): Do you feel like this team could get hot at the right time and make a run for the Lombardi trophy? Is it possible with the pieces we have in place or are we lacking too many play makers? I like what I’ve seen from Hines, Pittman, Alie-Cox, along with others, but I feel like we don’t utilise our strengths enough to reach the next level needed to get us there.

Answer: The Colts are in a perfect spot right now to make the playoffs and even potentially win the AFC South. The most important thing for the Colts is to get into the playoffs because once you are in the playoffs anything can happen. The biggest factor that the Colts need to improve on going forward to make the playoff push and go deep into the playoffs is to improve on offense. The rushing attack needs to improve, especially the run blocking and the deep passing attack needs to be more consistent. In terms of play makers the team has them they just haven’t been playing great up until now. The Colts have three very good running backs, three very different tight ends who are good in there own right and have a good stable of wide receivers including Hilton and Pittman. If the Colts start clicking on offense then this team on the back of their top 5 defense can go far.

SCColts (Stampede Blue Comments): The top QBs in this class offer a lot of similarities: Fields, Lance, Wilson, and Trask. Good QBs with good arm talent, nice mobility, throwing on the run, etc. What is the separating factor between all these QBs? (Not counting Trevor Lawrence because there’s a 0% chance we get him).

Answer: Justin Fields is probably the consensus better prospect out of the four quarterbacks you have mentioned. Fields also has probably played with the best supporting cast and against the tougher competition. Fields though may end up being another Ohio State quarterback who is a far better college player than pro.

Trey Lance has only one year of playing under his belt. He did play one game this year but the rest of the North Dakota State schedule was cancelled due to COVID-19. Lance is probably the most raw out of the 4 quarterbacks. He also plays against the lesser competition with the lesser weapons at his disposal.

Zach Wilson is probably the biggest riser on the list. Wilson was used more heavily as a runner early on in his college career but has improved passing the ball each year at BYU. Wilson is also probably the best of the quarterbacks mentioned at down the field passing, not just his arm strength but the accuracy too.

Kyle Trask is the more conventional quarterback on the list. He is probably the worst athlete on the list too. Trask is also only in his second season starting at quarterback at Florida. He probably has the best above the shoulders ability on the list too with his ability to look off safeties and lead defenders away from his target.

All of the quarterbacks you have mentioned will be in our 2021 Draft guide so keep your eyes peeled for when that drops!

Mr. Too Proud (Stampede Blue Comments): I know a few people on the staff are film buffs. Could you break down the differences in the throwing motion between Luck, Rivers and Eason? Who has the better spiral, who ball is more catch-able, easier to anticipate/timing for WR. Do you see a big difference in speed or zip between the 3? Do you think this has any effect on TY season spending most of his career with Luck and his throwing motion and timing? Going forward what adjustments do you see the WR having to make once Rivers is gone?

Answer: Thank you fro your question, I will put this to the team and see who writes it up. Stay posted to Stampede Blue for the article!