One of the most difficult things of being a “former” General Manager is stepping away from your old responsibilities of constantly seeking to improve your club and enjoying the game for what it is. I find myself pouring over stats and video, looking at players and depth charts, wondering what else could be done to improve the overall outcome for ALL 32 teams in the National Football League?
I guess it just goes with my self-proclaimed “pundancy” of looking at everything that is professional football through my own evaluative goggles. “They could have done this better. They should have done that better.” Better, better, better. Heck the hometown Denver Broncos (my old team) beat Dallas 51-48 in one of the most exciting games of this still relatively young 2013 season and all I could concentrate on were the 48 points the defense surrendered to the now 2-3 Cowboys. The rest of Bronco nation is able to enjoy the outcome for what it is – A WIN!
And so I found Greg Cowan’s article today while looking over ColtsAuthority.com under the Monday Morning Moaner; a weekly critical look at the Colts and their outcome after each and every Sunday (or Thursday, or Monday). Anyway, Greg is prepared to bemoan the Colts in a similar manner to an ex-GM but finds ways to sort of sidestep the bellyaching when the Colts win, and they’re doing that a lot these days.
But he’s still looking for improvement . . . just sayin’, from a “once upon a time” GM’s perspective.
The Football Educator
MONDAY MORNING MOANER: COLTS VS SEAHAWKS
by Greg Cowan – ColtsAuthority.com
Who was the nimrod who decided to write a weekly column complaining about the Colts in the same year the Colts decided to have an amazing season? Really, there are only two acceptable choices at this point: 1) change the name from Monday Morning Moaner to Monday Morning Merriment or 2) fire myself. Unfortunately, I’m as stubborn about not changing things (or firing myself) as Pep Hamilton is about using the fullback, so we’re sticking with the Moaner theme and we’re going to complain about a 34-28 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Yea, I’m that guy.
We’re going to do this one a little different. I love lists (and lamp), so here are some lists:
1) TY Hilton should be the #2 WR – This gripe isn’t completely about the team’s love for a fullback. Sure, Havili/Hughes usage cuts in to Hilton’s playing time, but my issues with this situation go beyond the fullback. TY Hilton is a better player than Darrius Heyward-Bey. This isn’t a slight on DHB. He’s been a good player for the Colts, and they are going to need him to continue to contribute if they are going to go far this year. But the argument for starting DHB over Hilton seems to revolve around one issue: DHB is a better run blocker than TY Hilton.
Because that’s what I look for first in a wide receiver.
Yesterday, it was Hilton’s 73-yard catch-and-run score that woke the Colts and their fans up from the coma they were in to start the game. It was his speed that drew a key defensive pass interference on 3rd-and-25 and then his amazing catch later on 3rd-and-8 that got the game-winning drive started and kept it going. The Colts don’t beat the Seahawks without TY Hilton’s contributions.
Look, at 5’9, 178lbs, TY Hilton is probably never going to be a world class run blocker. But you know what he will be world class at? Catching the ball and making big plays. And that’s kind of important when it comes to winning games. I also realize I just started this paragraph off with like 5 half-sentences. Shout out to ex-Colts.com writer John Oehser.
And the point that many, including, in my opinion, the Colts themselves, are overlooking, is that Hilton’s ability to stretch the field vertically will open up the running game. Sure, he won’t level his cornerback with a block, but he won’t have to. What cornerback is going to be aggressively looking into the backfield with Hilton across from them? Look in the backfield the one time it happens to be play action, and it’s a touchdown.
Right, Richard Sherman?