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INDIANAPOLIS — Chad Kelly insists a few

  •  months away from football helped put life in perspective.He read the Bible while living in his parents’ basement. He recommitted himself to the game. And now he believes he can avoid any more trouble off the field.The once-promising young quarterback thinks his latest humbling experience will help jump-start his career with the Indianapolis Colts in what even he acknowledges could be his last NFL chance.“You just have to put in enough work for those guys to trust you because it’s going to take some time [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Josh-Ferguson-Jersey]Josh Ferguson Jersey[/url] ,” he said Wednesday. “There have been things that have happened in the past, but I am up for the challenge to prove to these guys I am dedicated to this.”Only time will tell if Kelly will be one of the few who actually turns the corner, though he may have found the perfect landing spot.His new coach, Frank Reich, was a longtime backup to Kelly’s uncle, Jim, a Hall of Fame quarterback with the Buffalo Bills. The man who signed Kelly, general manager Chris Ballard, decided to take a low-risk gamble by establishing guidelines for Kelly to meet. Kelly declined to elaborate on any specific provisions.Expectations are low in Indy, too, given that the Colts already have an established Pro Bowler in Andrew Luck, a solid backup in Jacoby Brissett and a known quantity in Phillip Walker as their No. 3 quarterback.And with Luck missing his second week of offseason workouts because of a strained calf, Kelly will get even more snaps so he can learn a new offense.“He has come in and he’s picked up the system well,” Reich said. “I think he’s — from what we saw at the rookie minicamp — he has progressed from there. I think Chad shows to have a little bit of a knack and some instincts. He has made his share of mistakes out there [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/T.J.-Green-Jersey]T.J. Green Color Rush Jersey[/url] , but I think he’s certainly showing he belongs out there competing.”NFL scouts all saw his promise. And the Denver Broncos overlooked the potential pitfalls when they took Kelly with the final pick of the 2017 draft.He was booted off Clemson’s roster after arguing with coaches during the 2014 spring game. He pleaded guilty to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct stemming from a December 2014 incident in which he allegedly punched two bouncers and threatened to use an AK-47 to “spray the place” after he being ejected from the bar.In October 2016, Kelly charged onto the field when a bench-clearing brawl erupted during his brother’s high school football game. And then there was the torn ACL that ended his senior season at Ole Miss.There was more trouble in the NFL.After missing his entire rookie season to rehab from the knee injury, he took only one snap, a kneeldown, before he was cut in 2018 after he left a Halloween party and entered a house belonging to a man and woman he did not know. In March, he pleaded guilty to a second-degree trespassing charge.Over all those months, Kelly pondered his future. A few teams were interested but none was willing to sign him.“I really didn’t know,” he said when asked if he thought he’d get another chance. “I really couldn’t tell you what I was feeling like — you were kind of lost, you kind of look to the good Lord, you talk to close friends and family, and at the end of the day you’ve got to move on. You’ve got to get ready for whatever life brings you. I was just reading, doing as much as I could to stay active on the field and in the weight room.”Indy finally offered him a tryout earlier this month during a rookie minicamp and apparently he did enough during those three days to convince Ballard he was worth a chance. Kelly signed May 20.If he sticks around long enough, Kelly will at least give the Colts an extra training camp arm to diminish the wear and tear on Luck. But if he stays out of trouble and finally starts playing football the way many believe he can, Kelly could give the Colts another solid backup option.“There is something there [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Matthias-Farley-Jersey]https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Matthias-Farley-Jersey[/url] ,” Reich said. “He can throw on the run, and then when he moves in the pocket I think he’s got some natural movement instincts and can deliver the ball from different arm angles. He has played a lot of football for his age and thrown a lot of balls.” Each week, I have looked to break down two of the best or worst plays (or situations) from the previous game, but I’ll be listening to Stampede Blue to choose which plays should given a closer look as I hope to explain what happened in greater detail than the broadcasters can. Often you’ll hear “how did that guy get so open?” and I hope to be able to answer that question for Colts fans this season.Week 11 brought us the best win of the season for our Colts. It was a truly dominating performance from start to finish. In a game like this one, there weren’t many plays that truly had an impact, sure there were big plays but this one was never in any danger of going the other way. In the end, everyone came through and gave me two plays to take a look at in T.Y. Hilton’s 68 yard touchdown catch and the sack that injured Marcus Mariota. If nothing else those two plays felt like nails in the coffin of this game... that took place in the second quarter. This game ended in the second quarter but since everyone agreed to four quarters of football, both teams soldiered on. We’ll jump right into these plays and all they can teach us, starting with Hilton’s big touchdown.The Play:T.Y. Hilton is really fast. We don’t know anything now, that we didn’t know before but there’s more to it. If you watch Hilton, there’s not much there, he just runs by Adoree Jackson. Jackson ran a 4.42 second 40-yard dash coming out of USC. According to his Wikipedia page, Hilton ran a 4.34 second 40-yard dash at the combine. So speed was some of that, but Jackson’s footwork wasn’t good — one false step and he couldn’t recover. T.Y. may still be faster than Jackson but he is rapidly approaching 30 and Jackson is 23. Beyond those two players [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Christine-Michael-Sr-Jersey]Christine Michael Sr Jersey[/url] , it was first and ten on the Colts own 32 yard line, they came out in 12 personnel (one running back and two tight ends). In an effort to match the Colts heavy formation the Titans drop eight players into the box and safety Kevin Byard was the deepest defender at the snap, lined up 9 yards from the line of scrimmage. The Titans are begging Andrew Luck to throw this football. Why the Titans wanted to sell out to stop the run so badly is beyond me. Why key on that so much? Why put your corners on an island with no help over the top? You want to stop Marlin Mack? Well congratulations, nine defenders bit on the play action, Byard took himself out of the play and your best corner (possibly your best defender) couldn’t cover the Colts best receiver. This is a play you call if you notice the other team creeping up consistently. Nick Sirianni and Frank Reich dialed this up after seeing what the Titans were doing. There were only two routes run, while everyone else stayed in to block. The Titans did what we talked about and Andrew Luck threw a perfect pass. 6 points. On to the injury of Marcus Mariota.The play:This looks like man cover two with a pattern match trade at the top of the screen. At first I thought this was a cover two zone but the corner at the bottom of the screen turns his hips to the outside to run with his receiver when he thought he was running a vertical route, had this been a true zone cover two, he wouldn’t have turned his hips, he would have released his receiver to the next level. The slot corner and the outside corner at the top of the frame, trade assignments when the outside receiver comes inside and the inside receiver continues vertically down field, so this isn’t man coverage in the most literal, traditional sense. It is a smart way to play these routes, with that said I’m not as familiar with this coverage as I probably should be. They’re in a cover two shell, obviously but as far as the rules the corner’s are following [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Pat-Mcafee-Jersey]Pat McAfee Color Rush Jersey[/url] , I need to brush up. Either way the coverage was good, but there were windows to fit a pass had Mariota had just a fraction of a second to get the ball out. The second angle: The Colts defensive front is in a wide-9 alignment. They are spread out and are coming downhill in a hurry. At the snap of the ball, the center goes to his left to help his left guard block Colts rookie Tyquan Lewis, which left Josh Kline one on one with Denico Autry. Autry starts outside and rips back inside to the space vacated by center Ben Jones. Marcus Mariota doesn’t really have anywhere to go. He could have dropped deeper and try to escape to the outside but chances are he loses even more yardage and in that situation, no coach would ever tell his quarterback to do that, it’s the wrong thing to do. At that point, you just need to take the sack and play the next down. Unfortunately, Mariota wasn’t able to play the next down as he was hit from multiple angles and suffered a non-serious injury. The last I saw, Mariota is expected to play in week 12, so while we took him out of this game we didn’t Derek Carr-in-2016 him. Week 11 gave us a lot of great plays to look at, hopefully week 12 is just as kind to Colts fans.
      October 14, 2019 9:32 AM CEST
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