2014 Indianapolis Colts

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I was hoping that safety/special teamer, Colt Anderson, would re-sign with the white-friendly Eagles, but their signing of white safety/special teamer, Chris Maragos, appears to have made him expendable. He was signed by the Colts yesterday. From NBC...

The Colts welcomed back many old faces at the start of the offseason workout program Monday and they also said hello to a new member of the team. In one of the more perfect matches in memory, the Colts announced that they have signed safety Colt Anderson. No terms were announced.

Anderson signed with the Eagles while he was a member of the Vikings’ practice squad in 2010 and has played 48 games for the team over the last four seasons. Six of those appearances were starts, but Anderson generally saw more time on special teams than on defense during his time in Philadelphia.

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While the Colts are in need of help at safety after Antoine Bethea departed for San Francisco as a free agent, Anderson is going to be ticketed for more of the same in Indianapolis unless the Colts strike out in their quest for more help in the draft.

Indy signed Corey Lynch (who seems to sign with a new squad every season) late last season and is currently penciled in as the starter at SS. Behind Lynch is nobody Delano Howell and former Patriot bonehead, Sergio Brown, who was God-awful in New England. Thus, Anderson could easily make the squad.

Lynch has had a fascinating career. We all remember his most famous moment at Appalachian State, when he blocked a field goal to beat (then powerhouse) Michigan in one of the greatest upsets in NCAA football history…

[video=youtube;N9zpDEsqrbs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9zpDEsqrbs[/video]

Speaking of Lynch, a few years back, I remember a story about how he saved a woman’s life. Here is the amazing story...

Just ask Cynthia Brennan-Ritchie, a 52-year-old woman from Fairfield, Ohio, who can still smile at her grandchildren because of Lynch, 25. After all, when a man has climbed through the broken glass of an upside-down van to save a life — or, as she has said, restore one — how intimidating can a spiraling football be? "My angel," Brennan-Ritchie called Lynch on Saturday night. "I was dead, and he saved my life." This is why we watch sports, because every now and then, a man transcends the playing field. Every now and then, he does something extraordinary, and the rest of us are better off for it. For Lynch, the morning of June 21, 2009, was supposed to be about a homecoming. It was Father's Day, and the organized team activities of the Bengals — his team at the time — had just ended. So Lynch and his wife, Cissie, climbed into their car and began an 877-mile journey to his hometown of Fort Myers. Traffic was heavy, but Lynch was in no hurry. He was still in the slow lane 45 minutes or so into the trip, still north of Lexington, Ky., when he noticed the red van in the fast lane 75 yards or so in front of him. Then he noticed the car that swerved in front of the van and cut it off. The van lurched to the left, almost striking the concrete barricade. Then it over-corrected, its back wheels spinning in the gravel, and the vehicle jerked back to the right and across the interstate. There were other vehicles on the road, including semis, but the van shot at a right angle then launched off the road and down a steep embankment the sheriff would later measure at 280 feet. The van tumbled down the hill, flipping six to eight times, then landed on its roof with the wheels pointing toward the sky. When Lynch was in high school, he was riding with his father, Brian, a firefighter, when the two saw a motorcycle accident. He remembers his father braking quickly then sprinting toward the accident before the motorcycle stopped skidding. This time, it was his turn. He stopped immediately and told Cissie to call 911. Then he sprinted toward the accident, his sandals slipping across the smooth rocks of the embankment. For a minute, he was certain he was going to tumble. "My husband says he was there before the van stopped rolling," Brennan-Ritchie said. For Lynch, however, the trip down the embankment was not without a feeling of dread. Looking at the twisted metal of the van, he could easily imagine the worst. "I was preparing myself to see a bunch of dead people, which I've never seen before," he said. "At that point, it was like, 'What am I going to do when I see, basically, carnage?' I was certain I was going to see death, and it was like, 'Man, I don't want to see this today.'" Two other men scurried down the hill to the van. By the time the three arrived, Carlas Hensley, then 6, emerged from the wreckage with blood on his face. "He pops up like it's nothing," Lynch said. "Like he hadn't just flipped several times. He just had this look of shock and horror on his face. Then we saw his older sister (Desiree Armstrong, then 12), and she had blood on her, too. "They were both kind of awed. We tried to get them out of there, because we figured everyone else was dead. I thought, 'The kids are alive. That's great.' We were trying to get them to go up the hill, where other people were waiting. But the little girl kept screaming, 'My grandma's in there! My grandma's in there!'" Bob Ritchie, Brennan-Ritchie's husband and the driver of the van, was closest to the highway. He was dazed, and when the rescuers looked into the window, his legs were wrapped around the steering column. But once Ritchie's legs were freed, Lynch was amazed at his health. "He looked like he had just been walking down the street," Lynch said. "He didn't have a scratch on him. He was very dazed, though." On the other side of the van, Lynch saw a more somber picture. A woman was hanging upside down, still in her seat belt, her arms spread across the roof. Her body had collapsed onto her head and shoulders so severely that, at first, Lynch could not see her head. "'Oh, no,'" he remembers thinking. " 'She's gone. She's dead. There is no way she could make it.' At that point, I didn't know what to do. What do you do with a dead person in a wrecked car?" A couple of seconds later, however, Lynch saw the fingers on her right hand twitch. Then he heard her trying to speak. Then trying to breathe. "Her body was crushing her whole windpipe," Lynch said. So he climbed through the broken glass and into the van, trying to find a way to free her. He tried to recline the seat, searching over his head for the proper button. Finally, he found it, and Brennan-Ritchie tumbled onto the floor. "I was gone," Brennan-Ritchie said. "I wasn't breathing. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here. Every morning, I wake up and I say thank you. He had to break the seat, but he also knew I was hurt. He was tender enough, and smart enough, to know how to take care of me. And my granddaughter told me he never left me for one second. "I don't know that anyone else would have done that. He tells me others would have, but I don't know." When Brennan-Ritchie was freed, she was in extreme pain, and the three rescuers kept telling her not to move. She kept asking about her grandchildren, and when she was told they were fine, she suspected she was not being told the truth. "I thought they were being kind," she said. "I thought my family was dead." Finally, the rescue helicopters arrived, and Lynch helped the paramedics get up the hill with her stretcher. Brennan-Ritchie had a broken neck and a broken back, but doctors were able to fuse her vertebrae. She had to wear a neck brace for three months, but then she returned to work. "I was just blessed that God put me in a situation to help," Lynch said. "If it was me down there, I would want someone to help. "I don't want to pat myself on the back. But this made me realize that I don't want to be the guy who puts his car in park and watches, or the guy who drives past. The guy who cut the van off? He never stopped." Lynch pauses, as if to pick just the right words. "It's the brevity of life, you know? The Bible says that life is but a vapor. We drive 3,000-pound cars around every day. It kind of wakes you up and makes you think about life longer and harder. Life is but a vapor." Does any of this mean that Lynch can be the answer? Of course not. It does mean the guy has courage, character and the ability to stay calm under pressure. In other words, it gives him a chance. Perhaps it should make the rest of us grateful that he has it.

How many NFL Negroes would do something like this? Perhaps Leonard Little? Let's hope Lynch becomes the entrenched starter for many years to come. Pending the results of the draft, the Colts are likely to feature 4-5 white starters in 2014: QB Luck, WR Ryan Whalen, TE Coby Fleener, LT Castanzo, and SS Lynch. Whalen may not be a starter.
 
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Let's hope Lynch becomes the entrenched starter for many years to come. Pending the results of the draft, the Colts are likely to feature 4-5 white starters in 2014: QB Luck, WR Ryan Whalen, TE Coby Fleener, LT Castanzo, and SS Lynch. Whalen may not be a starter.
I'd say the Colts could have 5 or 6 starters, at least for the first 4 games.

Bjoern Werner is expected to start at outside linebacker while Robert Mathis serves a four-game suspension.

Werner, the No. 24 overall pick last year, wasn't physically strong enough as a rookie and had just 2.5 sacks as a rotational player. He'll have a chance for a much bigger impact in Year 2, especially in the first four games. It's a situation for IDP owners to monitor as the weak-side "rush" linebacker in the Colts' 3-4 is a sack-happy position. Mathis racked up 19.5 of them last year.


Werner will have to play really well in this time to warrant more snaps when Mathis returns. The other OLB is Erik Walden who sucks, but I doubt the Colts would have Werner and Mathis starting as both are pass rushing specialists.

The probable starters week 1 should be QB Luck, OT Castonzo, OG Mewhort, TE Fleener, OLB Werner and SS Lynch. WR Griff Whalen is buried behind Reggie Wayne, TY Hilton, Hakeem Nicks and possibly LaVon Brazill, Da'Rick Rogers and draft pick Donte Moncrief. I hope Griff can overcome the odds once again this year and beat out some of these overrated negroes.
 

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2014 Position Battles/Outlook

The Colts have a few interesting pieces to pay attention to this season starting with Andrew Luck and TE Coby Fleener, who should both solidify themselves as upper-echelon players at their positions. Here are some preseason battles to watch for:

LG - Joe Reitz vs. Donald Thomas ... Reitz should start over the journeyman Thomas who is recovering from injury.

C - Thomas Austin vs. Khaled Holmes ... The colts would be better off bringing in a free agent, but if not, I'll be pulling for Austin.

RG - Jack Mewhort vs. Hugh Thornton ... The rookie Mewhort should be an upgrade over Thornton who was underwhelming in a starting role last season.

4th WR - Griff Whalen vs. Donte Moncrief vs. DaRick Rogers - Whalen played a big role down the stretch last season, but will have his work cut out for him to even make the team this year with Wayne returning, and Nicks coming over in free agency. I don't really see Whalen making much of an impact, assuming he makes the team.

OLB - Bjoern Werner vs. Andy Studebaker vs. Erik Walden ... Werner will start the first four games in place of the suspended Mathis. If he performs well, he should slide to the other OLB spot upon Mathis' return. Walden has been below average to laughable as a starter, yet always manages to be in the lineup. Studebaker is a guy who I think could start if given the opportunity; look for him to be in the mix while Mathis is out.

S - Corey Lynch vs. Delano Howell ... Lynch should easily take the starting FS spot. It was beyond ridiculous that San Diego didn't resign him last season to be the starter after performing so well in 2012. Hopefully Lynch can parlay this opportunity into a long term deal.


The Colts could still use some help in the interior o-line, at fullback, and with Trent Richardson slated to start, the run game is sure to be a disaster at best.
 

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That's a great story, about how Corey Lynch saved that woman's life. That's the kind of man I'd want on my team.

Hopefully he gets a fair chance to start.
 

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He's been starting returner all year and now they cut him? True wtf moment.
 

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From what I read it was the earlier signing of over-the-hill Joshua Cribbs who made Whalen expendable. Tipton was signed as RB depth. This is still shameful because Whalen has way more speed and explosiveness than Cribbs plus is a pretty good slot receiver too.

Maybe the Colts just think they can resign him whenever they want since it's unlikely any other NFL team will pick him up?
 
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