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Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

Joseph Addai, gone. Melvin Bullitt, gone. Gary Brackett, Dallas Clark, Curtis Painter, gone. The massive turnover in Indianapolis continues.

I wonder how much time these guys have left. Gary Brackett played one game last year, and 30-plus undersized middle linebackers with health issues don't really have a great track record. Bullitt has only played six games in the last two seasons. Dallas Clark managed only 11 games this year, six the year before. He's 33 and his numbers went way down without Peyton Manning this season. You've got to figure that Clark, like Reggie Wayne, would love to go wherever Manning goes. I suppose he could be useful as a second receiving tight end if you don't expect to get 16 games out of him.

Joseph Addai should have a couple years left as a committee back somewhere, and I'm guessing Curtis Painter ends up holding a clipboard as the third quarterback for another team, but I'll be shocked if he ever starts another game.

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62 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2012, 2:53pm

3 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

Makes sense. None of those guys is going to be viable by the time Andrew Luck is any good. (Assuming he does develop into a franchise QB.) This will free up their cap space, and if they tank next year in Luck's freshman debut then they just get more high draft picks, which are more valuable now than ever before in the cap era.

4 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

why are people surprised? these are the exact players who led the colts to their 2-14 record. Do you think anyone was surprised when the 0-16 lions proceeded to gut their entire roster?

8 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

Actually, as a Colt fan, I am not surprised once I think about the names here -- lots of older/injured guys who cost more than they're worth. At the same time, as a Colt fan, I am also not used to change. The Colts haven't gotten more than a handful of FA signings in the past decade, and when you cut this many guys, and you're expecting the old regime (draft and undrafted FA's only), you at first wonder, who they hell are they going to put on the field? Of course, the new regime might dip into the FA pool more than Polian did.

6 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

The only one that surprises me is Addai, as I thought he was a decent enough 1A or 1B running back. I guess you can get that for virtually nothing though, so presumably just a cap saving move.

Unless the Colts don't know they can stop sucking for Luck now.

34 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

I'd say the average sports fan in the UK might vaguely know who Peyton Manning is. They couldn't tell you which team he played for - they've probably never heard of the Colts, and there might be a fair bit of "Oh, yeah, that guy, um, what's he called again?" But I'd say he's in the second tier of NFL players in terms of UK name recognition, where the first tier consists entirely of Dan Marino*. Favre, Brady and Montana probably share it with him. Outside of those 5 guys, I don't think there's a single other player who a significant proportion of Brits have even heard of.

*OJ Simpson doesn't count, not least because most people in the UK probably just think he was an actor.

46 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

Maybe you might hit a fifty per cent name recognition for Manning among self-described sports fans, but I think I'd take the other side of the bet.

(Name recognition for what the BBC calls 'Other Sports': I was at the swimming the other day. Duncan Goodhew gave out a medal. I think he might still be Britain's most famous swimmer. Maybe Rebecca Adlington, but maybe still Duncan Goodhew. And Sean Kerly is probably the first and only hockey player most sports fans will be able to name.)

49 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

You're probably right. I think it's about 50-50 among the sports fans in my office, but that's a small sample which includes a guy who went to high school in Minnesota and lived next door to Daunte Culpepper.

I'm ashamed to admit that I don't know who Duncan Goodhew is. Rebecca Adlington, absolutely, and for my money she'd be far more widely known, not least because of the Frankie Boyle spoon thing. I also don't know who Sean Kerly is, to the point where I don't even know if he plays field hockey or ice hockey. I do remember Callum Giles, though.

51 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

Your rather hurtful point being that I am ten years older than you. I will go and cry into my tea and cheese sandwiches while standing by my totally guessed stats, on the basis that most sports fans are ten years older than you. One day they won't be, and you won't like it any more than I do.

(Basically, the point holds that there are very few Other Sportsmen who hit the consciousness, and it's always because of Olympics or similar, and Goodhew/Adlington won gold (and Goodhew was bald, which was big for recognition), and Kerly / Giles were the faces of the GB hockey team, but Kerly was the face of one that was actually really good.)

57 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

I guess to achieve true fame in the Anglophone lands west of the Atlantic, Messi will have to appear as himself in a film in which he's kidnapped by a crazed transsexual former substitute goalkeeper who blames Messi for his failure to save a decisive penalty in a Champions League final due to his interference with some eccentric pre-kick ritual. Possibly with Jim Carrey brought to life through the miracles of motion capture technology and Andy Serkis.

19 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

So these players on offense. Bad in '11 b/c they got old, or bad in '11 because no Manning? Bad in '11 because the backup plan was Collins-Painter-Orlovsky? Little of everything?

20 Re: Indianapolis Officially Cuts Pretty Much Everyone Else

So these players on offense. Bad in '11 b/c they got old, or bad in '11 because no Manning? Bad in '11 because the backup plan was Collins-Painter-Orlovsky? Little of everything?