Insider: Pressure is on Colts to make right decisions

PFW staff
February 26, 2012
Insider: Pressure is on Colts to make right decisions

The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

• "What Jim Irsay wanted in Indianapolis was a point man to give him information and go over possible scenarios. (GM) Ryan Grigson will do that well. What concerns me about Indianapolis — there are a lot more big decisions to make than just Peyton Manning. There are 15 other major decisions that they need to get right to keep the franchise moving in the right direction. You make a couple mistakes and the franchise can easily go in the other direction and take a long time to rebuild. They will either get on the right track or it's going to turn into Detroit and take a long time to dig their way out. I hope they get it right — they have some good people in the building — I just don't know that I like the odds with an owner-driven structure. How often has that worked or worked well?"

• "If teams think Matt Flynn is Aaron Rodgers, they are going to be in for a rude awakening. (Flynn) can't push the ball down the field the same way. And he better have a strong supporting cast around him. He's not a guy you're going to be able to give the ball to and let him wing it and go win. He's not going to be for everyone. He's going to get paid — no doubt. I just hope he can land in the right situation."

• "Al (Davis) loved big corners — from Willie Brown to Lester Hayes to Mike Haynes — but I never understood why he gave Stanford Routt the deal he did. I have no idea what he was thinking. What went down the last few years with Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley — I could at least see where he was coming from. Routt is one of the most overrated cornerbacks in the league. He is straight-line fast and has size — absolutely. But you have to be able to sink and get out of your pedal. He's very stiff. To me, the signing (of Routt by Kansas City) was a panic move because the Chiefs likely are unable to get a deal done with (Brandon) Carr and the (2010) second-rounder (Javier Arenas) has struggled."

• "If Mike Mularkey runs the same offense he ran in Atlanta in Jacksonville, Blaine Gabbert could snap out of his funk. The offense (the Jaguars) ran last year did not play to his strengths at all."

• "(C) Todd McClure is getting old in Atlanta, and the left tackle (Sam Baker) turned out to be a reach. The Falcons need to get better on the (offensive) line. (GM) Thomas Dimitroff has done a great job of turning the franchise in the right direction and they have been right there knocking on the door. I hope the owner does not get impatient. You're talking about two new coordinators coming in, and both lines getting turned over. They lost a key personnel man (Les Snead) late in the process to the Rams. There is going to be a transition phase. It would be a surprise if they did not take a few steps back. It's just the reality of where they are at right now. There's not a lot of room to breathe in their division."

• "I don't think the Ravens have drafted well the last two years. Jimmy Smith was a big-time issue guy. He does not love the game. Sergio Kindle at least loved football, but he was really a knucklehead. I think they expected Ray Lewis to be able to control these kids, but Kindle couldn't get on the field, and Lewis cannot stand Smith from what I've heard."

• "(Seahawks RB) Marshawn Lynch is a game changer. I don't see any way he does not get tagged. They would be crazy not to. He is a little bit different, but he's talented."

• "What were people saying at the beginning of last season? With no OTAs or much time for installation — the veteran teams that kept it simple and relied on one playbook instead of three would be the ones left standing. There were a lot of other reasons for it, too — don't get me wrong. But I think there is a lot of truth to it for the last four coaches that were standing."