Welcome back to the #CATweetbag everyone!
I'll lead off the tweetbag with a few of those emails this week. Notably absent is the reader who called me "a fraud" because I refused to accept his premise that Coby Fleener was a fifth-round draft pick and no other team in the NFL wanted him.
Needless to say, that was the most amusing thing I had read all week.
Today's first question comes from long-time reader Doug England who asks:
It may be a little early for this, but how do you think the fans should react to Peyton when the Broncos come to town this season? And what should the team do?
Let's take the last part first on our way to 21.
The team should honor Manning exactly as they have all other honored alumni who have returned. There will be a video tribute at the two-minute warning. It will be simple and understated.
As for fans, I plan on wearing my Manning jersey that night.
There is only one possible breach of etiquette: wearing a Denver jersey.
Manning should be cheered in opening introductions and during the video tribute.
If the game is a blowout either way, there's nothing wrong with cheering him if he does something great.
If it's close, you cheer for the Colts exclusively. Denver has to be up at least 24 points before it's kosher to cheer a Manning touchdown.
You never, ever, never boo Peyton.
You'd be lucky if he let you live.
Henry chips in the second question:
I'd like to hear your take on a theory that has been bandied about Coltsauthority and a few other blogs. The theory is that the new rookie contracts give a huge advantage to teams with high quality cheep rookie QBs (Colts, Seattle, Washington) and these teams have a chance dominate for the next three years. My question: is this really a new development? And if so, do you think Grigson has recognized it an is trying to take advantage of the window?
Henry, this is an absolutely terrific question.
First, the advantage to having players on their rookie deals is not new. It is, however, more pronounced than it ever has been. Rookies have always been a huge value, but that value didn't kick in for players at the top of the draft.
High picks have long been over-compensated financially, but the new rookie wage scale has brought that back into line. Now all picks are a value.
As for Grigson, he has done everything in his power to surround Luck with viable weapons. That's really all a GM can do. I thought his first five rounds were really text-book in 2012, so you'll find no complaints here.
On to the tweets now:
— Josh Roberts (@jrob308) March 29, 2013
A: How you view Indy's offense says a lot about how you viewed the last decade.
Many fans welcome a more ground-and-pound approach.
Of course, we all know they are wrong ;).
In all seriousness, I was more concerned about Indy running too much before last year. If they try to go run-heavy in 2013, they'll lose (because run-heavy offenses tend to lose) and be forced to throw more.
We've seen what Luck's got. There's no putting that genie back in the bottle.
— aaron bacon (@aaronbacon3) March 29, 2013
A: Whalen is a popular topic for fans, and I understand why.
I think he had a fighting shot at making the team before his injuries, but he's a long-shot at best. I think he's more Blair White than Austin Collie.
— Federico Pacheco (@fedepacheco) March 30, 2013
A: Centers don't tend to go high in the draft. You're dead on about Satele, and I think the Colts wouldn't mind replacing him. Still, since 1983, there have been only 14 centers taken in the first round of the draft. Add that to the 29 taken in the second round, and you get just 43 centers in the last 30 years who have been early-round picks.
It's not unheard of to take a center early, but for as much as everyone talks about guards being under-valued, there have been 95 of them taken in the same time frame.
Center just isn't considered a premium position, but yes, the Colts do need to upgrade.
— Deborah Dunlevy (@debdunlevy) April 2, 2013
A: Funny you should mention it, but I do!
There's this incredible book called The Book of Sight which just happens to be free on Amazon through April 5th!
All joking aside, my wife's Deb's books are what inspired me to write. I've always mocked internet clowns who tried to guess at what motivates me or my writing. My entire career has been about getting to this point. All I've ever wanted was to get as much attention for Deb's books because they are fan-freaking-tastic.
— Ugo Eziefule (@igboeagle) April 2, 2013
A: Let's try and think more broadly.
Ideally, Heyward-Bey rarely sees the field. The Colts don't need him to be their third receiver. He's there for depth.
There's little chance he turns into a steal or is anything of note. He is not "low-risk" as some have said. Playing a bad player is a always a risk. See Avery, Donnie as exhibit A. Heyward-Bey has a similar profile to Avery. You never want to put a weak player on the field, regardless of what he's making.
Best case scenario is that Indy goes two tight-end heavy and lets Allen, Fleener, Wayne and Hilton do the heavy lifting. With any luck, we'll forget Heyward-Bey is even on the roster.
— Matt Baker (@matthewtbaker) April 2, 2013
A: There's really not much correlation in kicking percentages form year to year. You never want to pay a kicker based on what he did last season.
AV is just fine.
#CATweetbag Which second year colt is set for the biggest leap in production?
— Ben Feddersen (@slash196) April 4, 2013
A: In a pool of great candidates the two players with the most room to grow statistically are Fleener and LaVon Brazill. Obviously, improved health and playing time are often big factors.
I don't know that Allen, Hilton or Ballard can peak much higher.
As for Andrew Luck, if the topic is raw production, he probably won't go higher than 4,374 yards and 28 total touchdowns.
I'm a huge Fleener backer (which makes me a fraud, obviously), so I think he's the player most likely to break out with a better-than-expected season.
— A J (@AJ_IU_ColtsFan) April 4, 2013
A: Doesn't everyone?
Just for the wit to rhyme "peanut" with "I mean it"…I mean, come on people.
— Garrison Carr (@GarrisonCarr) April 4, 2013
A: It is in all of our best interests to never see a healthy J.J. Watt.
Should Watt ever be allowed to become fully healthy, there will be no recourse for mankind but to cower before him and name him overlord.
Of course, should that happen humanity's last stand will be made a plucky band of rag-tag rebels led by Jeff Linkenbach and Mike McGlynn who will just crap themselves and run leaving the rest of us to serve as entertainment in Watt's hellish court-games.
Watt will then amuse himself by tossing chunks of Andrew Luck he picked out of his stool at us until we fall weeping at his ghastly feet stained red with the blood of Winston Justice.
Where are Shawn Eckhardt and Jeff Gillooly when you need them?