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DBM11 (Stampede Blue Comment): Earlier in the year the Colts were linked to former Chief safety Eric Berry as a strong possibility for working out a deal. Reports said he wants to play in 2020. What happened? Curious as to why he is not on the list of safeties the Colts are currently trying out to replace Malik Hooker. He’d probably be great for Blackmon’s development as well. Any word on that?
Answer: The Eric Berry link to any team seems to have died down. The reason is unclear. To my knowledge, Berry hasn’t had any team workouts or tryouts either. The Colts signing a veteran like Berry would aid Blackmon’s development but unless Berry overcomes his obstacles, it's unlikely to happen.
Lucky Jock Strap (Stampede Blue Comment): After 2 games do you see an area that the Colts should address next off-season? It get it’s a little difficult with player contracts, but where do you see Ballard focusing his attention?
Answer: The current positions in greatest need are cornerback, tight end and edge rusher. The cornerback depth outside of Ya-Sin and Moore is poor and could use an injection of talent. Tight end could do with an athletic stretch the field play maker, the team has jack of all trades Doyle and Alie-Cox who is still an unknown in the passing game. Edge rusher is still a work in progress as the team has two young pass rushers in Turay and Banogu but are still developing and an aging pass rusher in Justin Houston.
Bolt Dawg #1 (Stampede Blue Comment): Bigger loss... Parris Campbell or Malik Hooker?
Answer: Parris Campbell is the bigger loss as the team has no immediate replacement for him. Hooker's unique skill set is his ability to pay as a single high roaming safety but it doesn’t translate that well to the Colts cover-2 scheme. Hooker has a natural replacement on the current roster in Julian Blackmon who’s skill set suits the Colts defense without much adjustment.
Darnell Lindsay (Stampede Blue Comment): I’m a huge colts fan but I live in Philly, the fans here are pretty much done with the Carson Wentz experiment. I was wondering if the Colts should at least see if they can acquire him maybe see what’s the asking price. Maybe send Brissett and a 2nd (maybe 1st) to Philly in exchange, I don’t know. What do you think? Or is Ballard set on Eason being the future of the Colts?
Answer: The Colts would be smart to look into acquiring quarterbacks in the upcoming offseason as the team will only have Jacob Eason under contract after the season. There are many options for the team going forward. Re-sign Rivers if he has a season worthy of a new contract. Let Eason take the reigns if he shows enough development to warrant being the starter and sign a quarterback to back Eason up. Pick a quarterback in the first or second round of the draft and have Eason be the teams back up. Or Trade for a quarterback such as Carson Wentz from a team wanting to start to make a change at the quarterback position. However, with making a trade for Wentz the compensation would likely be a high draft pick plus the team would have to take on his contract can be tricky. If the team does trade for a quarterback its more likely to be one on a cheaper deal such as Sam Darnold, who is still on his rookie contract.
Mr. Too Proud (Stampede Blue Comment): Can you do a top 3 coaches on the hot seat and do you think in this weird season we see anyone getting axed mid-season?
Answer: The current top 3 coaches on the hot seat in my opinion are; Matt Patricia (Detriot Lions), Adam Gase (New York Jets) and Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons). If anyone is going to get axed mid-season it is most likely to be Adam Gase in New York. His team is all over the place, has been beaten badly twice already and the once so called offensive guru Gase’s offense looks poorer every game.