Also in the story, James took umbrage with Colts president Bill Polian's draft-day description of James' possible successor, Joseph Addai. Polian said the LSU rookie is "what we haven't had here in a while, in terms of taking an 8-yard run that's blocked and turning it into a 22-yard run."
"All those years," James told the newspaper, "and he's got to take a shot at me. There were a lot of other people who had things going on, and you don't hear one thing. We had the best quarterback in the league, the top receivers, and you want to complain about me not breaking a 60-, 70-yarder? I thought 'they' (the receivers) go down the field. I'm the one back there helping to protect the quarterback, the one getting those hard yards.
polian seems to be a major jag. i wouldnt say edge ripped them as much as he responded to thier completely out of line comments.
[sarcasm]Polian is so smart and drafts so well, I wouldn't be surprised to see Addai become rookie of the year. He should easily shatter Edge's marks of 1800+ total yards and 14 all purpose TDs from last year at a huge discount [/sarcasm]
Edge sure lost a step after 2002 BTW. In 2004 he only averaged 4.6 ypc and 9.5ypr on his way to 2000+ total yards. He did much better than that in.., oh wait that is the most effective he has ever been, even with his "lack of breakaway speed". Back to the drawing board! It's not his fault the Colt's regularly run 3 WR sets and send out the TEs to keep him in to block, the only thing Edge has really tailed off in is his production as a receiver out of the backfield. Totally ignore that he is one of the BEST RBs in the NFL at that particular facet of the game though. Way to go Polian, you the man!
I sense bad things for the Colt's as a team this year. Losing Edge is going to hurt them a lot more than people expect IMO. Manning will get his, but the overall team will not be better than they have been the past 2 or 3 years. Borderline playoff team.
Eh? The numbers are pretty set against Edge. I don't remember off the top of my head, but didn't he only have like 1 rush over 20 yards the entire season?
And none the year before? Or something like that, he basically doesn't break off long runs.
This isn't an insult to him as a runner. But he went through the ACL surgeries and didn't come back as the same guy. The rehab supposedly made him stronger b/c of how hard he had to work at it, but he wasn't a speedster anymore. So he bulked up a bit and became a bruiser, a guy who behind a great line could average 4.6.-4.8 yards a carry without big plays.
There's nothing wrong w/ saying the truth. I mean, that average came on a ton of 5 yard runs w/ some 3 and 4 yard runs mixed in. Other guys make their average on a few 20 yard and 40 yard scampers intermixed w/ a ton of 2-3 yard gains (think Brian Westbrook).
Kensat30 wrote:I sense bad things for the Colt's as a team this year. Losing Edge is going to hurt them a lot more than people expect IMO. Manning will get his, but the overall team will not be better than they have been the past 2 or 3 years. Borderline playoff team.
I kind of get that feeling too, I think their descent won't be as sharp as you do but they are on the way down. Just don't see them ever getting as close as they were last season.
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You know, I couldn't care less if he only had one rush over 20 yards last year. He STILL had 1500 yards for the 5th most in the league. The guy produces. I don't see how the colt could have let him go. Maybe just maybe Addai can turn into him, but why not have Addai learn while Edge was still there?
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When the Colts wanted big plays, they threw the ball. Edge's role was not to make big plays for that team. His role was to be Mr. Consistent and that's exactly what he was. He gave them 100+ combined yards every single game. He also blocked LBs, caught the ball out of the backfield, and kept his mouth shut. All of the Colt's players admit they'll miss him...why won't the team president? My guess is a little ignorace and a little stubborness. Ignorance because he didn't realize Edge's impact on that team and stubborness beause he doesn't want to admit he may have made a mistake. I don't blame the guy for not admitting that he regrets not resigning him, but don't throw some lame excuse out there. Say it was because he wanted to much dough or keep your mouth shut.