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HORSESHOE ROUND-UP CHAT LOG FROM FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 9, 2013 – 11:28 am

Below is the chat log transcript I had with fans last Friday. Throughout the offseason, the chats will be every other week (the next one will be April 19th) for one hour beginning at 11 a.m. Here is a link to the Colts Forum section which will be the place to come to access future chats. In case you missed the first chat, here is a Q and A with nearly all of the questions that were asked during the chat:

Colt Fan 4 Life

I have one question..its about the signing of DHB..How do you think this will affect the playing time and amout of looks to TY since we also have Fleener and Allen?

Kevin Bowen

@Colt Fan 4 Life: Great question. I think to start off you will see DHB take the role that Donnie Avery occupied in 2012. At 216 pounds, DHB is a little more physical than Avery and GM Ryan Grigson has mentioned he will be utilized in slants and pretty much any way to get the ball in his hands.

T.Y. will definitely play a huge role and the slot might just be the best place for him as we saw in 2012 with how many times he was able to get behind the secondary. Both him and DHB will have the ball in their hands a lot in 2013 to showcase their run after catch abilities.

brianshel

I have a question Kevin: I have seen that we have really stock piled D linemen.  Are there some that are going to play more than the others or will it usually be a platoon system like last year?

Kevin Bowen

@brianshel I think any time you have a three-man front you will see a platoon system. Need to keep guys fresh up there at all times. The nice thing this year is it appears the line has some quality depth, thanks to the free agent additions and the guys returning from injuries. I really like the addition of Ricky Jean-Francois and I think him, along with Cory Redding and Aubrayo Franklin could form a pretty solid trio with plenty of depth.

ED29_1659yards

With the addition of Walden & Sidbury, will R.Mathis loose some playing time this season?

Kevin Bowen

To answer the Mathis question, can’t see him losing any playing time. He’s a perennial Pro Bowler and was by far the most consistent pass rusher in 2012. Walden can set the edge and coach Pagano has preached the importance of that on several occasions since he started here. Mathis will be on the field a lot in 2013 and I would expect him right around double digit sacks, if he stays healthy.

Indy Colts

What direction do you think we will go in the draft?

Kevin Bowen

A few draft questions have been asked. With the DHB signing what happens at #24 will be very interesting. A lot of options there and I think you could see the best player available be taken with regards to need. I wouldn’t even be shocked if a trade occurred with the possibility of acquiring a second or third round pick. Some mock drafts have included CB-Xaiver Rhodes, DE-Datone Jones and various receivers.

brianshel

To follow up with Spankins question, what kind of things can we expect to see in our new offense that will differ from what we saw last year?

Kevin Bowen

With regards to the new offense, (coordinator) Pep Hamilton was very innovative during his time at Stanford. Multiple packages were used and players lined up all over the field. I would expect the same in Indy with players like Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton, Stanley Havili and Coby Fleener providing that versatility. Protecting Luck has to be priority No. 1 and I would expect a pounding ground attack to open up the air game.

Fight Like Sin

Is it just me or did having so much success with rookies last year make the thought of a veteran starting over a rookie/young player a little bitter? Aka Franklin starting at NT over Chapman.

Kevin Bowen

@FightLikeSin Great question. I think the battle at nose tackle will be one of the more interesting ones during the spring and summer. Franklin is established all around the league but you can be assured he will get a run for his money from Tevaseu and hopefully a healthy Chapman. Having Chapman in there could be vital for an improved run defense in 2013.

ED29_1659yards

I think the West Coast offense will help to keep luck injury free this season because he’ll be able to get the ball out quicker with short passes, and a secure checkdown…what do you think?

Kevin Bowen

@ED29_1659yards Protecting Luck has to be priority 1. Coach Pagano would be the first to tell you that Luck was hit too many times in 2013. Hopefully with the free agent signings and some continuity along the front, that will alleviate some pressure on Luck. Pep Hamilton’s system of some shorter throws sprinkled in there should also help keep Luck upright.

JoshGallegos34

What are the odds of us taking Robert Woods (USC) at #24? We have Davis and we just Toler, so I dont see much need for Rhodes. Woods does remind a lot of people Reggie Wayne.

Kevin Bowen

@JoshGallegos34 From watching Woods in college, he is a dynamic threat who can really stretch the field. He had a disappointing final season in L.A. but his talent should not be questioned. I like the comparison to Wayne, with Woods being a bit more electric but not near the pure receiver that Wayne is. Receiver could be the move in round 1 but options are a plenty.

Elliot Hirst

Do you expect Luck to break 60% pass completion this season?

Kevin Bowen

@Elliot Hirst I think Luck will be over 60% this season. Not sure on an exact number but with the amount of shots Arians wanted to take deep in 2012, Luck’s numbers were going to be a bit down in the completion percentage category. I look for Luck’s completion percentage to be up in 2013 with perhaps a dip in yards.

Karl Hungus

Kevin, what is the priority on finding an eventual replacement for Reggie Wayne as our permanent #1 WR?

Kevin Bowen

@karl hungus I think this question has to be on the minds of a ton of Colts fans. What Wayne has ton for this organization is Ring of Honor worthy. Who will be the A.J. Green for Andy Dalton type of guy for Luck? Can DHB be productive this year and earn a long-term contract? Will the Colts choose a receiver this year or next to be that future No. 1? Does T.Y. Hilton become Victor Cruz like and turn into a No. 1? So many questions there

Josh Gallegos

Yes, Pep loves to run the football! Even when Luck was there Stepfan Taylor got plenty of carries. I hope we get him in whatever round he is predicted to go in. I’d say third or fourth rounds and we could surely use him, especially since we aren’t using Deji Karim for some reason.

Kevin Bowen

@Josh Gallegos34 Watched Stepfan Taylor numerous times in college and he is the real deal. Fit that system perfectly and there’s no doubt in my mind he will be successful in the NFL. Taylor was a pound and ground type of runner that was durable in leading Stanford to multiple BCS bowls.

Spankins

Is Andrew luck going to prepare for what they like to call a sophomore slump?

Kevin Bowen

@Spankins I’m sure the ‘sophomore slump’ term will get thrown around for Luck but I don’t see it happening. With Hamilton’s presence and nearly all his production back from 2012, I only see Luck’s numbers (outside of yards) rising in 2013. I expect his touchdown-interception ratio to improve along with completion percentage. The Colts might rely on the run more in 2013 and that should only open up more passing lanes for Luck this season.

Karl Hungus

Kevin, is Pat Angerer sill the right fit to play MLB in the new 3-4 D? Is his size an issue?

Kevin Bowen

@karl hungus Another interesting storyline heading into OTAs. Angerer was a tackling machine early on but that foot injury suffered in the preseason opener last season was serious. Pat wanted to be out on the field and I can’t imagine he was playing at 100% last season. Right now, I think Angerer and Kavell Conner will battle it out next to Jerrell Freeman for the inside linebacker duties in 2013. Not a ton of depth at ILB

Spankins

Kevin, do you think the Andrew luck will do the best out of rg3, and russel?

Kevin Bowen

@Spankins Won’t be the last time we hear this question. Honestly I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. RG III’s injuries scare me a lot so I’d go with Luck and Wilson if I had to choose. The Colts will see Wilson in person this season and with the addition of Percy Harvin, one would think Seattle is near the top of the NFC in 2013.

Elliot Hirst

Do you think Datone Jones would fit the colts 3-4?

Kevin Bowen

@Elliot Hirst That’s the biggest question with Datone Jones. Can he fit into the 3-4?He isn’t your typical hybrid outside linebacker and might be a better fit for a 4-3 defensive end. Mathis made the transition but that’s asking a lot of a rookie. Where Jones fits defensively will be debated come April 25.

David McMahon

How many carries/yards from Vick Ballard this year

Kevin Bowen

@david mcmahon Thanks for the question, D-Mac. I expect Ballard to be over 250 carries in 2013. He had 211 last year in just 12 starts. The kid was a workhorse in 2013 and his numbers don’t do him justice for how important he was/is to this team. The flip in Tennessee will be a play remembered in Colts lore.

MarquisJ

would we pick up d.j fluker in the first? or pray barrett jones is there in the third? If neither of them are there who do we get? Kyle long?

Kevin Bowen

@MarquisJ Frankly, anybody off that Crimson Tide offensive line would look good to me. I like Fluker and his length but it seems like the tackle positions are set with Castonzo and Cherilus. Can Fluker play guard? Jones has great versatility but does he have a true position at the next level? Long has great pedigree with his father, Howie.

Kevin Bowen

Saw a question above about LaRon Landry and the guy seems like a workout warrior. At 6’0″, 220 pounds, Landry will be bring some big-time hitting to the safety position and some power in the weight room. Like Pagano said earlier this offseason, offenses will now have to game plan for Landry presence on defense. A true game-changer

Spankins

This might be a stupid question but do you think there will be something special going on when the colts play the broncos at home. You know something for Peyton?

Kevin Bowen

@Spankins Not sure on anything yet, however the Colts tend to play some sort of highlight video of a former player when they return to Indy. The big question is where does that game fall in the schedule? Will it be Week One, primetime?

Greenoughrunner

How well do you think DHB will fit into the system i have always been a huge fan of him and Landry for that matter so im exsited for this coming year

Kevin Bowen

@Greenoughrunner From hearing DHB’s conference call with local media, he is itching to watch Reggie Wayne and get into a building with an established quarterback. I think he will flourish this season and showcased his run after catch ability last year with four such touchdowns. Yards after catch is DHB’s forte

Elliot Hirst

Which wide receiver would you take this year if they were all to be available at 24?

Kevin Bowen

@Elliot Hirst Another great question. I really like Woods or maybe one of the kids out of Tennessee. I shy away from Austin (not because of his talent) because I think a bigger, more physical target would suit the offense well. You have plenty of burners

Spankins

Last question. Did Grigson know of DHB drop rating but he knew Reggie would teach him to his hands to catch the ball?

Kevin Bowen

@Spankins You’d be hard pressed to find a guy in the NFL who is more consistent than Wayne is at catching the football. Hopefully that can rub off on DHB and the Colts can have two big-time outside targets with T.Y. and the tight ends running down the seam

brianshel

I have heard things about the Colts hoping that once Vinatieri retires that Mcafee will all of the kicking.  Is this realistic? And how many more years do you think Vinatieri has in the tank?

Have we come out with a new slogan for this year yet, or will it be Build The Monster again

Kevin Bowen

@brianshel To answer your first question about McAfee, he certainly would like to do all three. Will it happen? That will have to wait until Vinny hangs it up. Teams in the NFL don’t tend to have one guy handle all duties but McAfee is ambitious and works hard at his place kicking craft.

@brianshel “Build The Monster” seems to be the message once again. The monster was built on great foundation last season and now, as coach Pagano says, it won’t be completed until the Lombardi is hoisted.

Greenoughrunner

Do you feel the Fleener will have a better year this year in a system that fits more of his style of play?

Kevin Bowen

@Greenoughrunner I think Fleener will have a much better 2013 campaign. Pep Hamilton has already talked about his versatility and I think the shoulder injury hampered the six-foot-six-inch tight end last year. Look for Fleener to improve all his receiving numbers in 2013. The Colts are in great hands with him and Allen manning the TE position for years to come.

Colts Warriors

Who would be your guess as our other starting O guard along with Donald Thomas?

Kevin Bowen

@Coltswarriors If Thomas is the starter like you say, then either McGlynn or Reitz would be the other guy in my opinion. McGlynn started all 16 games at right guard in 2012 where as Reitz battled injuries all season long. The addition of Thomas creates some nice depth in the interior of the offensive line.

Mark N

Are we going to lose the “deep ball” down the field this year on offense because we are switching to a west coast dink and dunk offense?

Kevin Bowen

@Mark N Another great question. I don’t think you will see the “deep ball” abandoned but I would say that the shots deep might not be as frequent as they were in 2012. Arians did not shy away from “firing all his bullets.” The speed is there to burn but at the same time, higher percentages throws and letting your receivers show their electricity might be more prominent in 2013. Always nice to have that weapon of the deep ball though.

Greenoughrunner

What holes do you see in the team still? I feel with Grigson i trust what he has done and filled the potions of need in the FA but for the draft where do we go.

Kevin Bowen

@Greenoughrunner I agree with your sentiment. I honestly believe many holes have been filled and really there is no glaring weakness across both sides of the ball. That is why I say the No. 24 pick could very well be “best player available.” Besides quarterback and tight end, I would not be shocked with any position come late April.

Bryan Dreyer

How much cap space do the colts have left? And who do you think we will use it on?

Kevin Bowen

@Bryan Dreyer Not sure on exact numbers but safe to say the Colts have spent a good portion of their cap space during free agency. The Colts signed the most unrestricted free agents in club history. I really can’t see many more moves in free agency. I’m sure a couple will be made but I think the draft will be the next time for big additions.

NewColtsFan

Thanks, Kevin….  and these two may have already been asked…   apologies if so….   the first would be…   do we know if our new offense will use the ‘man’ blocking scheme from last year,  or will it switch to a ‘zone’ that some West Coast offenses like to use…?

The 2nd will be….   did Grigson mis-speak a few weeks ago when he told a group of season ticket holders the Josh Chapman was 350-360?   That was shocking, since he’s listed at 316….

Kevin Bowen

@NewColtsFan Another great question. Assistant coaches will be made available to the media here in the next few weeks so we should get an exact answer then. I would say for now probably more of what you saw last year considering Joe Gilbert has been promoted to offensive line coach after being the assistant last year.

@NewColtsFan I listened to the same call and he said that number. I don’t think he misspoke but don’t quote me on that. Having Chap in the middle next season is a sight all Colts fans should want to see. He’s a tremendous talent and even a better person.

Elliot Hirst

Do you think fleener and Allen could eventually be on a par with gronk and Hernandez?

Kevin Bowen

@Elliot Hirst That’s extremely high praise you threw out there but I do love the potential of Allen and Fleener. Not sure if they will be as dynamic as those two guys but production wise they could be. Allen was spectacular in Year One and I wouldn’t be shocked if Pro Bowls were in his near future. A great blocker and reliable target.

Elliot Hirst

Colts offensive and defensive MVP for 2013?

Kevin Bowen

@Elliot Hirst I’d say Luck on offense (Ballard is a sleeper) and how about Vontae Davis on defense. A healthy Davis could be another game-changer in 2013

 


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2 Responses to “HORSESHOE ROUND-UP CHAT LOG FROM FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH”

  1. By Kevin W. on Apr 19, 2013 | Reply

    I’m trying to get caught up here. What are our draft needs. Some OL or DL maybe?

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