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Many fans and analysts are wondering
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why the Indianapolis Colts دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, who started free agency with the most cap space (well over 100M), are not splurging and spending money on big free agents. The Colts..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕The Reason Why The Colts Aren’t SplurgingNew,294commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareThe Reason Why The Colts Aren’t SplurgingTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsMany fans and analysts are wondering why the Indianapolis Colts, who started free agency with the most cap space (well over 100M), are not splurging and spending money on big free agents. The Colts have only made one free agent acquisition and that was Devin Funchess, whom they signed to a 1 year, 10M dollar deal that can turn into 13M with incentives. They have re-signed Pierre Desir to a nice deal and tendered a few of their restricted free agents, but the Colts have been one of the quietest teams in free agency, despite their enormous wealth. There is one big reason why they aren’t splurging: they have a lot of big free agents they need to re-sign next year.As it stands right now, the Colts are looking at these names as free agents next season:Anthony CastonzoJabaal SheardEric EbronJack DoyleRyan Kelly (Player Option)Devin FunchessKenny MooreJoe HaegMatthias FarleyHassan RidgewayLe’Raven ClarkChester RogersRigoberto SanchezJacoby BrissettThis list doesn’t include all the minor free agents and does not include any potential “surprise” players who might perform well this season. If the Colts were to re-sign Castonzo, Sheard, Ebron, Doyle and Kelly (on his 5th year player option), that alone would equate to somewhere between 46M and 58M dollars in cap space. Those figures are based on their current market value. Throw in quality, mid-tier players like Kenny Moore, Joe Haeg, Hassan Ridgeway, Rigoberto Sanchez and Matthias Farley, and you could be looking at another 15 to 22M. If the Colts like Devin Funchess and he plays well this season, then re-signing him might be another 12M. In short, the Colts have a lot of their own to take care of next year and that will require a lot of cap space. If we took the high end figure that was listed, then re-signing those players mentioned might cost the Colts 93M in cap space next year. That’s just 11 players and doesn’t include restricted and exclusive right free agents the Colts decide to tender. The Colts might also have to drop a few bucks on a new backup quarterback if Jacoby Brissett is on a different team next year. There is a decent chance that Chris Ballard is saving 110M dollars for next year’s Colts free agency group. Ballard has proven that he wants to re-sign his current crop of players instead of branching out into the free agency market. He did it this year with Pierre Desir and tendered several players. He also did something similar last year and two years ago with a few players like Jack Doyle and Adam Vinatieri. Ballard's model is similar to that of Green Bay’s during the Ted Thompson era, which was to build purely through the draft and use the cap space on their own free agents and to keep a strong core together. This worked as they won a Super Bowl in 2011. If the Colts were to not sign any more free agents and sign their projected draft class (without any significant trades), they would walk into free agency next season with approximately $165M. If we use the 110M figure that was listed before, then that leaves the Colts with 55M next year and that does not include next year’s draft class. It’s not to say the Colts are tight on cap space, they aren’t by any means, but if they intend to keep their own, then it will cost them a lot of money next year. If we assume next year’s draft class accounts for 10M in cap hits, and it costs 110M to retain all the high-end and mid-tier free agents on the Colts, then that leaves the Colts with 45M left over for next year. That is a lot of money, but it doesn’t mean they can overpay on players like Trey Flowers and Dee Ford. The value-signing approach that Ballard has done over the past few seasons still needs to be in place as big money that’s wasted could come back to haunt the team in a couple of seasons. Over the first few days of free agency دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, we saw a lot of big players get massive deals. By most measures, the biggest free agency signings were overpaid. It doesn’t mean they were bad signings, but the amount of money they received exceeded their market value. If they don’t perform as expected, then those signings aren’t only bad on paper, but they have a stranglehold on a team’s cap situation for years to come. Ndamukong Suh’s deal with the Dolphins is a perfect example, as they are still paying Suh and are still taking in 12M in dead cap hit because of his release. Free agency is less than a week old, and as the second week approaches, we should see more contracts where the players receive deals more indicative of their market value. I still don’t expect Chris Ballard to start burning through paper, but we should see the Colts make a couple more signings when this “second session” approaches. The Colts also have TY Hilton as a free agent in 2021, so saving as much money as possible over the next few years is crucial.This isn’t about defending or bashing Ballard; when you get a patient general manager who is very hesitant to throw big money around in the first place and add in the fact that the Colts have a bunch of big free agents next season, the fact that he has been quiet this offseason shouldn’t be surprising.The one minor issue that will arise is the 89% threshold that each team must reach when spending money. The rule works that over a 4-year period, a team must spend 89% of their total salary cap. The rule states that from 2017 to 2020, the Colts must spend 89% of their salary cap in cash. The Colts have not reached that point yet, and still have another offseason to reach it. However, if they don’t reach 89%, the penalty isn’t severe as they must distribute the difference (between 89% and whatever they actually spent) amongst their own players and potentially lose a minor draft pick. With the amount of free agents next season, there’s a good chance that the Colts reach 89% in next year’s offseason alone. When managing a salary cap, a general manager must have a long-term approach. Anyone can sign players in a given season, but poor spending always catches up to you. It’s become obvious that Chris Ballard has a long-term approach to the salary cap and spending money. Colts make a big splash by signing Justin Houston" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:Latest NewsNFL GeneralColts NewsFilm Room: What does new Colts defensive end Justin Houston bring the the team?New,61commentsColts make a big splash by signing Justin HoustonEDTShareTweetShareShareFilm Room: What does new Colts defensive end Justin Houston bring the the team?Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsThe Indianapolis Colts have made their first big splash in free agency, signing defensive end Justin Houston to a 2 year 24 million dollar deal. Houston, known as one of the best pass rushers in football since he entered the NFL, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs after a season in which he tallied 12 sacks in 14 games played (including playoffs). In today’s film room, we will take a look at what strengths he brings to the table along with some areas that bring some cause for concern. We will also discuss how he fits in the Colts’ 4-3 scheme after playing in a predominantly 3-4 scheme the last few seasons. BackgroundCollege:GeorgiaSize:6’3” 258 poundsMeasureables:40 Time: 4.62 / Bench Reps: 30 / Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches / Broad Jump: 125 inches / 3-cone: 6.95 secondsCareer Stats (NFL):318 total tackles, 78.5 sacks, 32 pass deflections, and 14 forced fumbles in his 8 year careerStrengthsPass RushingThe main focus for GM Chris Ballard this offseason was to add to the pass rush. He went out and added one of the best pass rushers of the past decade. Houston is just five years removed from nearly breaking the NFL record for sacks in a season with 22 in 2014. He may have regressed a bit due to injuries and age but he still knows how to get after the QB. According to Pro Football Focus, Houston tallied 48 pressures along with 32 hurries and 6 QB hits on just 419 pass rushes last year. His pass rush productivity percentage of 8.6% was good for 5th in the NFL among pass rushers with at least 300 pass rushes last year. He still has a little bit of juice to get after the QB.First clip is vintage Justin Houston. He is working against rookie OT Mike McGlinchey and had found success for the most part in this matchup. Houston gets a good jump out of his stance, with his hand in the dirt much like what he’d be doing here in Indy, and is able to swat the tackle’s hands away. He then dips underneath and straightens up his path to the QB. He finishes the play by knocking the ball out for the strip sack.Throughout his career, Houston has always had insane strength. Now that he seems to have lost a step in terms of burst دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, he has made up for that by using more bull rushes with strong hand usage. Here he simply tosses aside one of the best tackles in football in Andrew Whitworth. Houston gets his hands inside the stout tackle and throws him back into the quarterback’s lap. He may not finish the sack here but the strength to disrupt this play and toss an elite left tackle is insane for a 258 pound defensive end.This last clip is again against Whitworth— with his hand in the dirt again, maybe transitioning to a 4-3 isn’t too hard— and Houston wins with excellent hand usage and bend. He gets a good initial push and then dips under the arms of the tackle after the initial stalemate. He straightens his arc and hits the quarterback’s arm as he is releasing the ball, forcing yet another fumble. He may not be as athletic or explosive as he once was, but Houston can still get after the QB.Run DefenseThere seems to be this preconceived notion that Houston is a poor run defender because he is an undersized, 3-4 linebacker. I’m here to say that notion is completely wrong. He is not an elite run defender but for a player his size, Houston does an excellent job of setting a hard edge and making run stops. His strength and hand usage are key factors here as he is very difficult to block one on one for blockers as he stacks and sheds them effortlessly. Part of me would like to even see him work in as a SAM backer in some formations because of his ability to set a hard edge.This first rep has Houston lined up on the outside setting the edge against tight end George Kittle. For anyone unfamiliar with Kittle, he is one of the best blocking tight ends in football and is basically like a 6th offensive lineman on the field. Houston however makes quick work of him by quickly stacking and shedding his block on the outside. He fights back inside for the tackle immediately after, for a short gain.His athletic ability on the end is also a major asset in run defense. Here he is tasked with setting the edge against Todd Gurley on the running back sweep. He diagnoses the play immediately and strafes down the sideline. Gurley is forced to step out of bounds after a short gain because Houston fights down the line and keeps a strong edge. Excellent, athletic play to contain Gurley.He can even set the edge against pulling guards. I understand that this play is mostly made by the interior defensive lineman getting penetration but watch Houston set a hard edge and stack and shed the pulling guard. That is the sign of a good run defender there. A player who can absorb contact, keep his head up, and shed blockers is an asset in run defense. He is not simply a one trick pony pass rusher.Pursuing the QBYou don’t average almost 10 sacks a season over the course of an eight year career with just skill. You have to have some drive and tenacity to achieve that feat. Houston’s effort overall is not great— which we will get to in a second— but when he is rushing the passer, he gets after it. He rarely gives up on pass rushes and creates even more pressures as a result.This first clip has him matched up with Kittle yet again, this time while rushing the passer. Kittle gets the best of him initially as he pancakes Houston by putting him on his back. Houston though is able to get back up, locate the quarterback, and force the fumble. The awareness to still produce on plays when he loses is another trait that makes him such an elite pass rusher in his career.Again, he is able to track down the quarterback. Here he beats the right tackle around the edge with great hand usage and bend. As he reaches the pocket though, Philip Rivers begins rolling out away from him. Houston doesn’t stop in his pursuit however and chases Rivers down for the tackle. This relentless pursuit while rushing the passer is vital for all pass rushers in today’s NFL.WeaknessesThere are a few drawbacks that stood out on Houston’s film. One thing that I’ve mentioned multiple times in this piece is that he doesn’t posses that elite get-off and burst that he once had. Another issue is just his injury history and age. He may only be 30 years old but he hasn’t played a whole 16 game season since 2016. The main issue though that we are going to highlight here is his effort in run defense/conditioning. He is a good run defender but when the play goes away from his side, he tends to take some plays off.On a long drive against the 49ers, Houston got winded and as a result took a few plays off. Here is one of those plays where he starts the play standing straight up with his hands on his hip and catching his breath. Once the play starts, he stands straight up and doesn’t crash down the line in pursuit. It isn’t a huge deal but in a “swarm mentality” type defense like the Colts, these plays are very uncommon.Another play where Houston’s conditioning shows up. He again starts the play with his hands on his hips and out of position. Once the play starts, he starts too high and gets driven out of frame by a tight end. For a player as strong and fast as Houston, he definitely should not be driven this far off the ball by a tight end. These plays happen far too often for me to be comfortable starting Houston as the base defensive end. These types of plays just can’t happen in the Colts’ swarm defense. It may seem like nitpicking but I would use a heavy rotation with Houston to limit these types of plays.ConclusionThis is a homerun signing for GM Chris Ballard during the second wave of free agency. To land a pass rusher of Justin Houston’s skillset and pedigree this late into the offseason is simply excellent. He will immediately step in at a position of need and provide a huge boost to the Colts’ pass rush.I do have my reservations with this signing however. His injury history is worrisome and the fact that he hasn’t completed a full season since 2016 is cause for some concern. The fact that he looked a bit out of shape, with his heavy workload in 2018, also is a bit of a red flag. All those worries aside though, I think the Colts can really maximize his skill-set if used correctly. If the Colts have a set plan to cut his snaps down and use him in a rotation, Houston should flourish. The real winners of this signing are the young defensive ends in Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis. They get to operate on fresher legs and get to learn from two all time great pass rushers in Robert Mathis and Justin Houston. At the end of the day, this is a no risk signing for the Colts. Getting a borderline Hall of Fame talent, for relatively cheap, is never a bad option. Houston still has some juice left and he can mentor the young players already on the roster. Overall just an excellent signing that could really pay off come next season.
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