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Old 08-04-2020, 01:15 AM
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I was just kinda bored and wandering around the site and came across Sherck’s “State of The Colts” series written during the 2017 offseason. The series was well-timed, as it was just before Ballard’s first offseason with the Colts was to begin and chronicles, in great detail, the state of the roster he inherited:

http://www.coltfreaks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=17

In cycling through these posts, it serves as a reminder of just how much Ballard has changed the Colts roster in the three subsequent offseasons (not counting 2020 since we’re still in it). Looking back, that defense was really putrid in 2017. Shocking opinion, I know, but until I reviewed these posts again I had forgotten just how sucky it was. Sherek never got around to an analysis of the secondary (which did have a few notable players at the time like Vontae and Geathers), but exactly none of these players are with the Colts any longer, and very few are even in the league at this point (I count only one current starter, Henry Anderson). No players even remotely star quality (Vontae was on the verge of his breakdown and release later that year, and Kenny Moore was busy dreaming of all the ways he was going to spend the $2,000 signing bonus he had just received from the Patriots).

The offense was a bit different, as we still have a few of the quality guys (Hilton, Castonzo, Kelly, Doyle), but without Luck this was still a pretty thin unit overall. Lots of names that have fallen off the radar in just three short years (Josh Ferguson, anyone?).

Anyway, it’s a fun read during what may turn out to be the longest offseason in NFL history.

Lastly, Sherck deserves a great deal of credit for the work he expended in putting together this series. It’s well-written and very thorough, and obviously a labor of love. Sure, you can take after-the-fact potshots at some of the opinions in the article (Donte Moncrief is the next Reggie Wayne?), but the opinions weren’t that crazy at the time they were written and most of us know we couldn’t have done any better (and probably would have done far worse). Sherck just had the guts to put his opinions out there. So, wherever you are Sherck, thank you.

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Wish Sherck would just come back.
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Old 08-04-2020, 10:38 AM
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I too wish Sherck would come back. I likely learned more about NFL offseason from him than anyone else.

Good post Chaka.
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I wish goblue88 would come back. I think that was the screen name. He did a fantastic post game analysis.
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:58 AM
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I wish goblue88 would come back. I think that was the screen name. He did a fantastic post game analysis.
Yep, it seems several good posters have been absent for a while, including GoBigBlue88, Sherck, and FatDT. It's too bad.

I don't know about Sherck and FatdT, but GBB got irritated over people venting about the Luck retirement and, while I'll admit some of the posts on that topic were pretty unfair, I have a hard time believing he's so thin skinned so I suspect that was really something else. The guy works at Bleacher Report if I recall correctly, so perhaps he was stretching himself too thin. His posts were great, though.
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Sherk said sometime ago he was stepping away; I don't know about FatDT.

Sherk's boring number stuff was great thread starter material. I miss that guy too.
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I think sherck was irritated because he had some strong religious beliefs that were made fun of. He ended all his posts with some saying that then got taunted for.


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