Saturday, July 17, 2010
Mailbag: Bravely taking on your questions
By Paul Kuharsky
John Davidson from Boston writes: Paul, what are the Colts chances of getting an inside pass rush this year? Thanks.
Paul Kuharsky: It should be better -- Daniel Muir, Antonio Johnson and Eric Foster are improving and Fili Moala should start to contribute. But they are content and fine with the edge guys doing the bulk of the pressuring and sacking as they’ve invested far more into Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Jerry Hughes. Inside guys doing dirty work on inside runs and getting some push on pass plays will often be enough.
Ben from Katy, Texas, writes: Paul, we know you love Chris Johnson and all but he is not the fastest player in AFC South. That would be Trindon Holliday. Your boy is fast and had one good run at the combine but Holliday has world class speed. Either way, it's questionable.
Paul Kuharsky: Yeah, one good day at the combine.
And a handful of mile-long TD runs with no one closing on him.
And more than 2,000 yards.
I’d take my chances with Johnson against Holliday, who's unquestionably fast. I'd take my chances with Johnson, quite frankly, against anyone in the league right now.
Holliday isn't the only one with a track background. As I mentioned in this post from the Seattle game, Johnson finished second in a Florida state high school final to Walter Dix in the 100-meter dash, and Dix finished third behind Usain Bolt in the Beijing Olympics.
And if we were only lining up guys who’ve shown they can play, Holliday wouldn’t even qualify yet. He has to learn how to field punts and passes if he's going to stick.
Will from Nashville writes: For future off season columns, you think you could do articles of athletes who do good things for the community that most people don’t hear about? Just an idea - I would rather read about that than watch VY try to beat up someone at the strip club.
Paul Kuharsky: If I went that direction, the blog would be filled with nothing but charity appearances and foundation news.
Here’s my general line of thinking on this topic -- guys should be doing good stuff, just as you and I should be.
It’s not generally news that’s worthy of comment if you or I or John Doe from the Texans does something we’re expected to do. We’re all counting on that from each other.
If you do the opposite and get yourself arrested, that’s news- and commentary-worthy.
All the oil rigs in the gulf were operating effectively and we weren't reading about them. It was the one that failed to do what was expected of it that was the news, right?
Also, you can typically find such news on most team websites.
Ben Fruehman from Indianapolis writes: Earlier this offseason it was reported that Coach Caldwell indicated he might use four-wide receiver sets given the depth and talent at the position. Keeping Dallas Clark in the lineup basically makes it a 5WR set. Do you think the Colts have the offensive line to block for that kind of set even with Peyton's quick release? How long is that going to work before team's start taking the Rex Ryan approach and throwing the kitchen sink at us? I love the idea, but giving the O-line no support makes me nervous, too. Thoughts?
Paul Kuharsky: Caldwell wasn’t talking base formation. He was talking once in a while. They can do it once in a while and Manning will have one of them open short to get it out quick if he needs to. He has that no matter how many receivers are on the field. Throw the kitchen sink at Manning, the ball is out before anyone can get to him. He usually welcomes it.
Chris in Miami writes: With the Jaguars improvement last season, do they have the potential to make a playoff appearance? I feel their problem was finishing games.
Paul Kuharsky: Not only would the Jaguars have to get significantly better to get there, but they’d need at least two teams in front of them to get significantly worse. I think it’s a lot to ask to happen all at once. Put them in the AFC West or the NFC West, they’d be contending for a Wild Card from second place. IN the AFC South, they can make big strides and still wind up third or even fourth.
Peter in Nashville writes: I read the Football Outsiders article about top prospects. I was a little surprised to see Jacob Ford. I saw that you made a post about it, but you mainly relayed the information as opposed to giving your take on the matter. I was curious to hear what you thought about Jacob Ford. It seems like William Hayes and Derrick Morgan will be the main ends with Ford, Ball, and Babin rotating in. Do you see Ford making an impact?
Paul Kuharsky: I think Ford can be very good and very productive. My questions about him concern his durability. At least four guys should see significant action at end.