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Colts Fans and Stampede Blue Community Q&A - Week 12 ANSWERS

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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:

SCCOlts (Stampede Blue Comments): For a five year projection: what AFC teams are going to turn into serious threats to the Colts? I personally think the Dolphins will be a scary team very soon. Perhaps the Raiders too.

Answer: Looking at a five year projection for the AFC the top teams that stand out in terms of being prolonged serious threats to the Colts are; Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. All have good young quarterbacks, playmakers on offense and either up and coming defenses or established defenses. The Chiefs will be a contender as long as Mahomes is throwing the ball. The Ravens have had consistent success and will to do so behind Jackson running the offense. The Bills have build a very good overall roster with a good HC and GM combination and will continue to improve as Josh Allen does. The Dolphins are defintiely on the up and should have continued growth with the defense they are showing and having a good young quarterback in Tagovailoa.

Lucky Jock Strap (Stampede Blue Comments): If Eberflus does end up getting a head coaching position after the season, who could you see being a replacement candidate? Personally, I wouldn’t be opposed to hiring Matt Patricia. Some people aren’t made out to be head coaches, but excel at a position - it would also limit the likelihood that he’d be poached if he’s successful.

Answer: Matt Eberflus certainly deserves a head coaching opportunity after the amaing turn around he has managed to mastermind with the Colts defense. Eberflus has turned the Colts defense from a bottom half of the league ranked offense under Chuck Pagano into an elite top 5 defense today. If he does leave, which I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I hope he doesn’t I think the Colts would look at a few different options in replacing him both in house and outside the organisation. When looking at potential replacements we have to think about the best fits for the current defensive personnel the Colts have.

In house the best probable candidate would be LB coach Dave Borgonzi who was brought over from Tampa Bay after being the defensive quality control from 2014-2017. He also spent time with Eberflus in Dallas working as a defensive assistant coach. Borgonzi is a young coach who is well respected inside the Colts organisation and would definitely be an option to replace Eberflus if he was to leave for a HC gig.

An outside option would be Kris Richard. He fits the Colts organisation like a glove, he was actually interviewed by the Colts for their head coaching job back in 2018. He has experience of running a 4-3 defense, which the Colts defensive personnel suit the best, and has been a part of some very good NFL defenses. Richard from 2010-2017 was with the Seattle Seahawks working up the ranks with them, starting at the assistant defensive backs coach and finishing as their defensive coordinator. Richard then moved onto the Dallas Cowboys in which he helped run the 4-3 defense again under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, as the teams defensive backs coach, defensive play caller & passing game coordinator. Richard was relieved of his duties after Cowboys fired HC Jason Garrett.

Clydesdale (Stampede Blue Comments): So, what’s the skinny with Banogu? Did he fall out of favor before or after the trade deadline? Is it possible that he was disgruntled before the deadline and asked for a trade that didn’t materialize? Maybe that upset him to the point that he turned off the effort? I don’t know if he had any value, but it seems like a backup O-lineman with a year or two of contract would have been a reasonable ask for a 2nd rounder in his 2nd year.

Answer: Former second round pick defensive end Ben Banogu has been inactive for the last three Colts games. It surprised a lot of fans as to why the team had put Banogu as a healthy scratch. After the media spoke to defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus the question was asked about Banogu. Eberflus said “I just think that with any player, I think that it’s about practice. You practice well and you produce on the practice field, and then you move on to the game from there Then you have to produce in the game. He’s working to get that done.” This isn’t the first time the Colts have done this especially with their young pass rushers. Kemoko Turay went through the same process in his rookie year and now he is a break out pass rusher and the same happened with Tyquan Lewis who is enjoying third year breakout this season. Patience is the key with young pass rushers, although the NFL is a what have you done for me lately league, pass rushers take time to fully develop. For example look at Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes and Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Both struggled early in there careers, Hughes was traded after his third year in the league and broke out as a top pass rusher. Dupree had to wait till his fifth year before fully breaking out and now has back to back high sack years.