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#1 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:58 PM

...then look at Rice.

 

Very sad.

 

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#2 tigercruise

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 06:11 AM

Yes it is. And can anyone explain to me why they leave Rice in blocking when they know a blitz is coming????


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#3 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 06:49 AM

Yes it is. And can anyone explain to me why they leave Rice in blocking when they know a blitz is coming????

The same reason they have him in to begin with -- bad coaching decisions. He's so done this year it's not even funny. Whether he's totally done or not I don't know. But they ought to just IR him and move on. He's as useless as teats on a bull this year.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 07:35 AM

Rice said it was nice to have some open running space on the pass that Joe completed to him and yet, he went down immediately with only one guy in front of him.  If this had been Ray Rice in his prime, he would have juked him out of his shoes or broke the tackle and been off to the races.  That's the difference. Never mind expecting him to find openings through this atrocious line.  It's a combination that spells F-U-T-I-L-I-T-Y! 



#5 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 07:42 AM

Rice said it was nice to have some open running space on the pass that Joe completed to him and yet, he went down immediately with only one guy in front of him.  If this had been Ray Rice in his prime, he would have juked him out of his shoes or broke the tackle and been off to the races.  That's the difference. Never mind expecting him to find openings through this atrocious line.  It's a combination that spells F-U-T-I-L-I-T-Y! 

Agreed. So why not just face the bullet and shut him down/IR him? Again...because this coaching staff really is clueless.



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:07 AM

Yes it is. And can anyone explain to me why they leave Rice in blocking when they know a blitz is coming????

 

Umm... to help protect the 120mil QB.



#7 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:31 AM

Umm... to help protect the 120mil QB.

Wait...STOP THE PRESSES!

 

Was that an attempt at actual HUMOR, Dub?

(I think I was wrong about Dub after all.)

 

ALL HAIL DUB!

 

DUB is THE man!

 

(Actually...that really was pretty funny. Assuming it was meant to be funny.)



#8 Rael

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:09 AM

Agreed. So why not just face the bullet and shut him down/IR him? Again...because this coaching staff really is clueless.

 

Easy for you to say. You don't have him on your fantasy team...


Pessimism is just an ugly word for 'pattern recognition'.

#9 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:21 AM

Easy for you to say. You don't have him on your fantasy team...

I swear...FF has ruined the real game.

 

;)

 

(J/K. Of course...I don't play FF. Or Madden. I'm old school. I play that electric buzzing game where you line up 22 guys, plug the thing in, and watch as everything morphs into Michael J Fox on roller skates. Seriously. Was that not THE STUPIDEST GAME ever invented?!!!)



#10 jamesdean

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:34 PM

I swear...FF has ruined the real game.

 

;)

 

(J/K. Of course...I don't play FF. Or Madden. I'm old school. I play that electric buzzing game where you line up 22 guys, plug the thing in, and watch as everything morphs into Michael J Fox on roller skates. Seriously. Was that not THE STUPIDEST GAME ever invented?!!!)

Oh, the game was absurd but you have to admit, it was pretty cool how they individually painted all the players.  I wanted it just for that reason alone.  As a kid, I was into uniforms almost as much as the teams themselves.  And as far as playing the game, my two favorites were when the players would get entangled and dance with each other for seemingly hours on end and if there was a score, you got to use the special kicker that would send the ball not only through the uprights but out of the stadium and into the next county.  I'd kill to go to a vintage toy show and see that again.  Great memories!



#11 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:11 PM

Oh, the game was absurd but you have to admit, it was pretty cool how they individually painted all the players.  I wanted it just for that reason alone.  As a kid, I was into uniforms almost as much as the teams themselves.  And as far as playing the game, my two favorites were when the players would get entangled and dance with each other for seemingly hours on end and if there was a score, you got to use the special kicker that would send the ball not only through the uprights but out of the stadium and into the next county.  I'd kill to go to a vintage toy show and see that again.  Great memories!

That perpetual endless dance. That made me laugh out loud!!

 

(Now BATTLESHIP...THAT was a really cool game!!)



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:53 PM

Agreed. So why not just face the bullet and shut him down/IR him? Again...because this coaching staff really is clueless.

You really have summed up our problems over the recent years in a nutshell..regardless of our Superbowl win  (should have had two, and maybe three)   This coaching staff, and Harbaugh's prior choices (except for maybe Pagano...and Ryan, who he was 'stuck with')  has been a total detriment to the teams' ability to win games.  These guys don't know how to adjust to the other teams' strengths and weaknesses, don't know how to deploy all their talent effectively, and then unbelievably change strategies as soon as they stumble upon a formula in a game that is working!!!  Its like they keep spinning a dial to pick plays from a limited selection, and if they find a few that work...its time to keep spinning to something else, that doesn't work...and of course the old standby:  Rice up the middle on 1st and often 2nd as well.  Its mind-numbing how stubborn, and lacking in variety and adaptability this coaching staff is.  Harbaugh is determined to prove his ideas (and I use that word generously in his case) are going to succeed even if they rarely or never actually do!!  He let's talent sit on the bench for a bunch of silly reasons, and keeps going back to the limited, and unsuccessful approaches that have been killing us again and again.  He's more interested in being right...than winning...and he is NOT right...and he won't win this way.  He will 'run the show' though, and that's always been his end game.  It has become a weekly circus of the control freak, and his tagalong friends and family referrals....doing random things, and never figuring out how to go for the throat, or  how to open up this team to the talent that is there and using it aggressively.

On field decisions follow no pattern, he does something one way then contradicts that approach in the next game....clueless always.  They don't seem to be able to get someone reliable in the booth that can signal immediately whether or not to challenge plays....that's just poor management and staffing, with no real process to follow.  Although I have supported some of John's strengths, I do have to agree with you OCF...that John can't change, and won't.  He has a temperament that I have seen in my consulting work many times...and it is not very amenable to change.....  ego driven personality with underlying insecurities who needs to assert control, even though clueless, so as to avoid confronting the possibility of personal weaknesses and poor performance in himself.  Its often accompanied by brashness, arrogance, indecisiveness, and a need to surround onself with insulation from criticism...buddies...supporters, etc.  The classic 'empire builder and autocrat' with a big gap in real capabilities.  Its why anyone who challenges John has to GO!!!  Immediately..or as soon as can be worked out.  No noise from the peanut gallery for our coach....or the press, for that matter.  I wonder often about brother Jim out in SF....similar in many ways....we will see how it all plays out.  I sure wish I were wrong about this...but I have watched every year, and seen the same thing time and time again.  Its too bad, for the players, and the fans...and for Steve...who seems to have a big heart, and want the best for everyone.  He got John.



#13 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:26 PM

@tommy

 

I swear...I wanted to cry as I was reading your post -- because it's just SO on the mark, man.

 

(Now...of course...you'll get hit with: "BUT HE'S TAKEN THE TEAM...5 YEARS...HE WON A SUPER BOWL...HE'S HIGHLY RESPECTED..." But the bottom line is...he's exactly the way you described him. I wish it weren't true. But it is. What's AMAZING is that he's like some strange, lucky, blind savant who can manage to find a few rare jewels every now and then despte his blindness. But it's like the Ravens...who HAVE won despite John Harbaugh; he finds some rare jewels despite his blindness. I just wonder how long it will take before his luck finally runs out.)


Edited by OriginalColtsFan, 12 November 2013 - 10:39 PM.


#14 Rael

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 12:20 AM

I swear...FF has ruined the real game.

 

;)

 

(J/K. Of course...I don't play FF. Or Madden. I'm old school. I play that electric buzzing game where you line up 22 guys, plug the thing in, and watch as everything morphs into Michael J Fox on roller skates. Seriously. Was that not THE STUPIDEST GAME ever invented?!!!)

True. Or were we the stupidest children to keep trying and hope that this time it worked like in the commercials?


Pessimism is just an ugly word for 'pattern recognition'.

#15 OriginalColtsFan

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:16 AM

True. Or were we the stupidest children to keep trying and hope that this time it worked like in the commercials?

Well...when you factor in "Silly Putty" and "Slinky"...I think we probably weren't the brightest bulbs in the pack.

 

(I mean...after copying the comics a couple of times with the Silly Putty, and watching the Slinky "walk" down the steps once or twice...they were really stupid toys!!)






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