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Kenton Keith Arrested

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Indianapolis Colts' second-string RB Kenton Keith was arrested outside of an Indianapolis bar early yesterday morning [emphasis added]:

Police officers and security guards were attempting to clear the parking lot after the club closed when they noticed that Keith, 27, 6700 block of Echo Lane, and other men with him were not leaving. According to the police report, the men ignored several requests to leave and began to dance, yell and lean into cars in the parking lot.

After telling the men several times to leave, police told them to put their hands on a vehicle. Keith initially refused and tried to pull out a cell phone to record the incident, according to the report. He eventually was handcuffed while officers sorted things out.

According to the police report, Keith "kept hollering that he was a Colts player, he wasn't doing anything wrong, and he would leave when he was ready."

Keith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as another man with him was 19.

The Colts organization doesn't take too kindly to this sort of behavior. Did you catch that part in the middle?

Keith "kept hollering that he was a Colts player, he wasn't doing anything wrong, and he would leave when he was ready."

Perhaps not for long, KK. The Colts don't like players who catch rap sheets better than passes from Manning.

(H/T: 18to88)

Colts-Pats Analysis After Week 7

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, Media Bias, NFL

(Or: Shutting Up Tony Cornhole)

So, are the Pats really dominating more than any other team in the league? From listening to the sycophants analysts, one would think so. However, that analysis may not be true.

Using the team-offense and team-defense stats available on NFL.com, I compared how each team has performed relative to their opponents.

Patriots Through Week 7

The Pats are ranked 1 in scoring offense at 39.9 ppg, and 10 in scoring defense at 17.1 ppg.

The Pats' opponents have a combined record of 17-28 (average record of 2.4-4), their offenses score an average 23.8 ppg, and their defenses give up an average 26.7 ppg.

Discounting each team's game against the Pats, those teams have a combined record of 17-21 (average record of 2.4-3), their offenses average 24.6 ppg, and their defenses give up an average of 23.9 ppg. This "composite" team would rank 8 in offensive scoring and 24 in defensive scoring.

Against the Pats, these teams scored an average of 17.1 ppg and their defenses gave up an average of 39.9 ppg.

Thus, relative to their opponents, the Pats have held their opponents to 7.5 ppg less than their average, while scoring 16 ppg more than their other average.

Colts Through Week 7

So how do the Colts compare?

The Colts are ranked 3 in scoring offense at 32.2 ppg, and 6 in scoring defense at 15.8 ppg.

The Colts' opponents have a combined record of 20-18 (average record of 3.3-3), their offenses score an average 19.4 ppg, and their defenses give up an average 20.9 ppg.

Discounting each team's game against the Colts, those teams have a combined record of 20-12 (average record 3.3-2), their offenses average 20.2 ppg, and their defenses give up an average of 19.0 ppg. This "composite" team would rank 18 in offensive scoring and 14 in defensive scoring.

Against the Colts, these teams scored an average of 15.8 ppg and their defenses gave up an average of 32.2 ppg.

Thus, relative to their opponents, the Colts have held their opponents to 4.4 ppg less than their other average, while scoring 13.2 ppg more than their average.

Conclusion?

The Pats have played teams with good offenses and horrible defenses. Against these teams, they hold them to 7.5 ppg less than their average, while scoring 16 ppg more than their average.

The Colts have played teams with both average offense and an average defense. Against these teams, they hold them to 4.4 ppg less than their average, while scoring 13.2 ppg more than their average.

Thus, the Pats' defense is clearly playing well against good offenses, while their offense is feasting on atrocious offenses. Meanwhile, the Colts' defense is outplaying average offenses, while their offense is clearly dominating average defenses.

The Pats' defense is a bit more impressive against good offenses than the Colts' defense is against average offenses; however, The Colts' offense against average defenses is performing on par with the Pats' offense against terrible defenses.

In other words, anyone who, at this point in the season, crowns the Pats' offense as head-and-shoulders above everyone else is simply ignorant of the facts. This Colts offense is demonstrably as good as the Pats offense.

(My calculations can be found in this (.ods format) spreadsheet: Colts Pats Comparison 2007 Week 7.)

Get Hunter “The Punter” Smith’s Autograph!

Filed in Religion, SportsTags: Christianity, Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, Music, NFL

To all my Colts-fan friends: here's an easy way to get an autograph from Colts punter Hunter Smith. His band, Connersvine, is releasing an album October 23, 2007. Pre-order the album, and it will come with an autographed insert. See the official web site for details.

Oh, and for those of you in Indy, you might be interested to know that Connersvine will be having a CD release party at Trader's Point Christian Church, on the far northwest side.

Watching The Game With Lily

Filed in Personal, SportsTags: Colts, Family, Fatherhood, Indiana, Indianapolis, Marriage, NFL, Photos

Today we had the rare pleasure of getting to watch the Colts game (not often aired in the St. Louis market). Lily wore her Colts cheerleader outfit, and we cheered on the Colts' 38-20 victory over Denver.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 7

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Keyunta Dawson

With the 242nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Keyunta Dawson, DE, Texas Tech
(HT: 6'1" / WT: 268 / 40: 4.62)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com
  • SI.com

    Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Dawson is a practice squad player and developmental prospect. Best fit is at linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

  • Fox Sports

    270 pounders who can move are rare. He's not a linebacker and he's certainly not going to be a tackle, like some think he might be. He's a big end who could be terrific in a rotation as a decent pass rusher and potentially a big run stopper. With room to get bigger, he could grow into a late steal.

  • Scout.com

    Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Dawson is a practice squad player and developmental prospect. Best fit is at linebacker in a 34 alignment.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 6

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

The Colts did not have a pick in Round 6.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 5

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Roy Hall

With the 169th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Roy Hall, WR, OSU
(HT: 6'2 / WT: 229 / 40: 4.46)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Kris Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs … Hall might be a better fit at H-back, where a team can line him wide because of his speed, in motion because of the mismatches he would cause against smaller defensive backs or in the backfield, where he is a promising blocker … He does take plays off and concentration issues led to several costly drops over the years, but with his body frame and quickness, he is worth a long look in training camp and could be a nice late draft pick-up.

  • SI.com
  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports
  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Could project to and get looks as a tight end or H-Back at the next level...He was not invited to the Combine but tore it up at his Pro Day...Someone just may take a flyer on him based on potential alone...Intriguing and a classic workout warrior.

  • Scout.com

Michael Coe

With the 173rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Michael Coe, CB, Alabama St.
(HT: 6'0" / WT: 190 / 40: 4.53)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Cory Webster, New York Giants -- Like Webster, press coverage might not suit Coe well. He has good ball skills and takes decent angles at times, but despite his speed he is not a quick twitch-type. He has some value as an emergency punt returner, but did have fumbling issues there in the past. Some experts say Coe can handle press coverage, but he is not as active shooting his hands as one would like. With his functional route awareness and ability to keep plays in front of him, Coe might bring better value as a free safety. The talent is certainly there, but he failed to impress against top-level competition at Arkansas and only one of the receivers he faced in 2006 (Henry Tolbert -- Grambling, who missed most of the game with an injury) is considered even a camp prospect at the next level, making it hard to judge his senior performance against such inferior competition.

  • SI.com

    Transferred from Arkansas so he could play under his father at Alabama State, Coe made big strides last season. A solid special-teams player, he offers possibilities as a nickel or dime back in either a zone system or as a press corner.

  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports

    An Arkansas transfer that played up to his physical tools as a senior under the guidance of his father and head coach. He was used at both corner and free safety depending on an opponent's offensive scheme. He has good size, can turn and run with most receivers and plays with a physical flair to his game. He showed up well in his postseason games. He has man coverage ability mixed with very good ball skills. He's a good wrap-up tackler and ran in the mid-4.4 range at his workouts. He's a coach's kid who works hard, which should help him play early in his career.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Played most of his career at Arkansas but transferred to Alabama St. to play for his for his father, head coach Charles Coe...Showed well at the East-West Shrine and the Senior Bowl as well after being brought in as an injury replacement...A guy who quietly emerged as one of the top sleeper prospects in this draft...Has all of the physical tools and could end up going quite a bit higher than most think.

  • Scout.com

    Transferring from Arkansas in order to play under his father who is the head coach at Alabama State, Coe made big strides last season. A solid special-teams player, he offers possibilities as a nickel or dime back in either a zone system or as a press coverage.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 4

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Brannon Condren

With the 131st overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Brannon Condren, S, Troy
(HT: 6'1 / WT: 208 / 40: 4.48)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee … Look for Condren to make a living on special teams earlier in his career. He is slow to recognize plays developing, but has the burst to close in a hurry when he locates the ball. He peeks into the backfield too long to play strong safety and needs to show better route recognition to handle man coverage assignments. Still, with his athletic ability he is worth a look late in the draft. Just look at what the Titans found in a similar prospect in Finnegan.

  • SI.com
  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports
  • Scout.com

    Analysis: A zone safety with limitations in coverage, Condren is a special teams prospect at the next level.

Clint Session

With the 136th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Clint Session, OLB, Pittsburgh
(HT: 6'0" / WT: 233 / 40: 4.7)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Session got drafted on what he did at Pitt’s Pro Day. He can play outside, he can run and he’s a very, very good special-teams player (that’s what they’re looking for at this point in the draft). He's 5-11 and 236 pounds, but he has 4.57 speed.

  • SI.com

    Session is a special-teams player who could back up in a one-gap system.

  • Fox Sports

    Session is an aggressive prospect who has good quickness and is a big hitter. He reads the play extremely well, and he has the ability to diagnose the play even before the snap. Session can simply take the ball away from the ball carrier and plays with the mean streak teams look for. He has a hard time holding his ground when teams run at him, so adding some bulk would be a wise move for him. He had some durability issues and struggled with injuries for a stertch. If he stays healthy, he could turn out to be one of the steals late in the draft.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Struggled in '05 after making the move from inside to outside linebacker but really hit his stride in 2006 and had a terrific senior campaign...Needs to be in the right scheme to succeed but could at least be a backup and special teamer in the pros.

  • Scout.com

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 3

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Daymeion Hughes

With the 95th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Daymeion Hughes, CB, Cal
(HT: 5'10 / WT: 190 / 40: 4.65)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Ricky Manning, Chicago Bears … Play Hughes as a nickel back or as a free safety in the shallow zone and you might get good production out of him at the next level … He is best when playing the ball in the air, but lacks discipline, especially when asked to stay tight on the receiver in long routes … He is a bit too over confident in his ability to make the play and will gamble, but more often than not this results in the receiver slipping by him to make the big play … Few positions put such an importance on speed and field vision as a boundary cornerback needs … Despite those lofty interception and pass deflection totals, it is "buyer beware" with this boom-or-bust talent … Sure, he won the Pac-10 Defensive Player Award in 2006, but you have to question whether those voters ever saw how Robert Meachem of Tennessee, Steve Smith of USC or Richard Sherman of Stanford basically had Hughes for dinner last year.

  • SI.com

    A productive college cornerback who consistently comes up with the big play, Hughes is a terrific player. His lack of speed limits the type of systems he can be used in, but he has potential as an immediate starter in a zone-type scheme.

  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports

    A first-team All-American who has very good ball skills and the savvy of a 10-year veteran. Unfortunately, most 10-year NFL veteran cornerbacks could also still out run the soon to be rookie; ran high-4.5's to 4.7 at the NFL scouting combine and his pro day. He lacks great suddenness to his game. However, he will take that extra peak at the quarterback's eyes and put himself in prime position to make the play. His skills set is perfect for a zone coverage team, but he will still get burned on occasion as he lacks the burst to make up for mistakes. The expected early run on corners will still make it hard for teams to pass on him between Rounds 2-3.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Nickname is "Dante"...Had a big senior campaign and ranked among the nations leaders in interceptions...Would probably fit best in a Cover 2 or zone coverage scheme...Is somewhat overrated and really not as good as his reputation would indicate...Where he's ultimately drafted will depend on how he runs in workouts.

  • Scout.com

    A productive collegiate cornerback who consistently comes up with the big play, Hughes is a terrific football player. The lack of playing speed limits the type of systems he can be used in, but has potential as an immediate starter in a zone-type scheme.

  • Football's Future

    Daymeion Hughes has excelled on the football field, and still has upside left to his game. He is a playmaker and very aggressive on the field. He did not help his stock in the post season however. He measured up shorter than expected and only managed to run between a 4.6 and 4.7. He bounced back with a 4.56 at his pro day, but either way, he lacks the pure speed to be taken in the first round, where many projected him before the draft. His on field ability should be enough to land him in the third round area, and he is a player that could outplay his draft position.

Quinn Pitcock

With the 98th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Quinn Pitcock, DT, Ohio St.
(HT: 6'2 / WT: 299 / 40: 4.93)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Rocky Bernard, Seattle Seahawks … Pitcock is the classic overachieving blue-collar worker who might lack ideal athletic ability, but makes plays on his effort and tenacity … He is a strong bull rusher, who despite good pass rush figures in 2006, still lacks the moves, suddenness and speed to be effective pressuring the quarterback on a steady basis … He doesn't have the range to make plays outside the box and his frame might be at maximum growth potential, but he understands the defense and is alert to blocking schemes … His instincts and upper body strength are his best assets, but his lack of overall athleticism makes him a potential roster addition, but nothing more.

  • SI.com

    An overachiever who consistently gives great effort, Pitcock.s level of play has improved. Could be used as a conventional tackle and also offers possibilities as a two-gap lineman.

  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports
  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Grandfather, Bill Edwards, played football at Miami (OH) and his younger brother, Jafe, will be playing Division I college football next fall...An overachiever who gets the most out of his ability...Really came on as a senior and totally blew away his previous career highs in both tackles for a loss and sacks...Had shoulder surgery prior to his senior campaign and that will need to be checked out...The type who will never be a star but he's just very solid all-around and will play for a long time.

  • Scout.com

    An overachiever who consistently gives great effort, Pitcock’s level of play has improved. Could be used as a conventional tackle and also offers possibilities as a two-gap lineman.

  • Football's Future

    Quinn Pitcock may never be a big playmaker, but he is a very solid defensive tackle. His ability to control his gap may make him a good nose tackle prospect. Anyone looking for help stopping the run in the second or third will take a long look at him.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 2

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Tony Ugoh

Trading the 126th overall pick and their 2008 first-round pick, with the 42nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Tony Ugoh, OT, Arkansas
(HT: 6'5" / WT: 301 / 40: 5.06)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com

    The only logical reason for the Colts taking tackle is to start grooming a possible replacement for Tarik Glenn. Ugoh played in a run-heavy scheme at the collegiate level and he doesn?t project as a starting left tackle.

  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Marcus Johnson, Minnesota Vikings … Ugoh is an impressive-looking athlete, but needs to add more bulk to his frame … Like Johnson, he can maintain the rush lane and has decent lateral agility for the ground attack, but lacks the knee bend and kick slide to neutralize the edge rush. He is not an overpowering blocker, but does have a strong hand punch and can create movement off the snap … He just looks too stationary trying to mirror the pass rushers and looks too slow and clumsy when moving forward, doing a better job in his lateral moves or when retreating … If a team bulks him up and puts him inside at guard, he will be more productive, much like former Razorback Shawn Andrews (Eagles), who lacked the footwork to play tackle, but has had good success as a trap blocker at guard … There has to be a "buyer beware" tag with Ugoh, though, as he did not show much desire to play the game until his senior year, preferring track-and-field.

  • SI.com

    A tremendous pass-blocker whose game is on an upswing, Ugoh displays the ability to handle the blindside tackling duties. Needs to improve the strength of his base and must overcome the perception that he's not committed to football.

  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports

    The All-American came into his own as a senior, playing 14 games and allowing just one sack. Ugoh, who also competed in track until this past season, has bulked up and toughened up over the past year. His footwork has improved, but he will get too shallow off the snap at times when facing quicker edge rushers...He has long arms and his initial punch improved once he learned to keep his hands up and use them quicker off the snap. That said, he needs to increase his lower body strength...Ugoh could be a bit of a risky pick, but a strong showing at the combine could make him a possible mid-to-late first-round selection.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Was also a top discus thrower for the Razorbacks track and field team...Helped to pave the way for Darren McFadden and one of the most potent rushing attacks in the nation as a senior...Could potentially move inside to guard...Prospect on the rise who has most of the measurables and is coming off a great senior campaign.

  • Scout.com

    A tremendous pass-blocker whose game is on an upswing, Ugoh displays the ability to handle the blindside tackling duties. Needs to improve the strength of his base and must overcome the perception that he's not committed to football. Offers starting potential if the pieces fall into place.

  • Football's Future

    Ugoh has all the talent to be a very good NFL tackle, and a strong senior year has pushed him up draft boards. If he fill out his frame some before the draft, he may draw more consideration near the end of the first round. He is battle tested in the SEC, and has a lot of untapped potential.