Is it time the Indianapolis Colts start thinking about cleaning house? They’ve struggled the past couple of years:

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The Indianapolis Colts last playoff appearance was back in 2014 but it feels like it’s been a lot longer. The Colts finished the past two seasons with an 8-8 record and it also feels like they’ve been worse than that. While it might be not the time to clean house for the Colts quite yet, it’s definitely getting dangerously close. Most fans in Indianapolis will believe that means Chuck Pagano will be fired but honestly the Colts have to reassess Andrew Luck’s long term future with the team as well. Luck led this team to 3 straight playoff appearances after replacing Peyton Manning but the past two seasons have been tough for this organization. Now with Luck struggling with his health again it might be time to seriously consider selling high on Andrew Luck and trading him away. Luck actually had a pretty good year in 2016 throwing for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns. However with all those nagging injuries Andrew Luck has been facing you have to believe that his stock is trending downward. There’s no point in letting Luck’s stats plummet any further because the Colts won’t get any trade value for Andrew Luck when that happens. Look the NFL is a highly competitive league and sometimes players come and go quickly. It feels like Luck could play for another six years because he is only twenty seven years old, although that might not be the case because the Colts QB is clearly banged up from his time as a pro athlete. If Jim Irsay really wants to become a competitor again he has to revamp his roster and that could start with acquiring a boatload of picks in exchange for his franchise signal caller. The longer Irsay and the Colts front office wait the more the trade value for Luck spoils. Ideally Indianapolis would ship Luck out before the trade deadline at the half way point of the regular season. The Colts will most likely ride it out when it comes to Andrew Luck but if you step back and look at the big picture you can see where that is headed. Right now that direction doesn’t seem very good.

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Mike Glennon will be on a short least in 2017, Mitchell Trubisky will challenge him every step of the way:

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The Chicago Bears paid big money ($45 million) to obtain Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback but it’s rookie Mitchell Trubisky who has looked more impressive so far. Trubisky showed all the skills that make up a great QB and fans in Chicago are definitely more confidant with Trubisky under center than Glennon. However NFL coaches are so cautious they almost become boring. We all know taking calculated risks is what makes us special in life yet, most NFL coaches today just stick to the status quo. Trubisky looks like a better player than Mike Glennon does right now but John Fox is so timid about throwing his rookie to the wolves that you know Glennon will start for at least a couple of weeks. At some point though Fox has to realize the NFL is a business and his job is on the line just like everyone else’s. That along with the fans pushing for Mitchell Trubisky will eventually compel the Bears head coach to start the rookie quarterback the question is at what point? The best way to learn the ins and outs of the NFL are to learn by being on the field, Trubisky has get game reps if he ever wants become a franchise signal caller. About the only shot Mike Glennon has of holding off Mitchell Trubisky is if he gets extremely hot and can rattle off a series of wins for Chicago. It’s a long shot but it’s definitely not impossible, Glennon will have to be spectacular and Jordan Howard must play his best football. At the end of the day though that’s very unlikely and expect to see the rookie QB in during the second half of the regular season. That’s just how head coaches like to handle these things but truthfully it’s foolish. The Bears should start Mitchell Trubisky from day one because he is the better option right now. It’s a shame more NFL coaches don’t go against the grain and take those chances. Dak Prescott did pretty well in his first year in the league, there’s other guys that can have that kind of success and Mitchell Trubisky is one of them.

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The Washington Redskins were blindsided when Su’a Cravens briefly retired, Cravens might be trying to push his way out of Washington D.C:

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The Washington Redskins were completely caught off guard when second year Safety Su’a Cravens briefly retired Saturday. Apparently Cravens told the other defensive backs that he was retiring in a group chat and when his teammates tried to sway his decision Cravens simply texted back “peace out.” While Su’a Cravens has been sidelined with a meniscus tear that might not be the reason the 22 year old is having second thoughts about playing for the Redskins. At first glance it might seem like Cravens is walking away from pro football and millions of dollars however that’s unlikely the case. Instead Cravens could be trying to push his way out of Washington D.C so he can return to the West Coast to play for a team like the Rams or Chargers. If you know Su’a Cravens back story you know that he was born in Los Angeles and attended USC for college. There’s no doubt that Cravens would be more motivated to play if he was still in California because that is the young player’s comfort zone. We often times forget that pro football players are human beings just like everyone else. It’s obviously a huge privilege to make it to the NFL and earn that huge payday but keep in mind some guys simply don’t want to move to complete opposite of the country. Cravens was on Twitter the past 48 hours showing his love for the USC Trojans and you could just get the vibe that he is homesick. If Su’a Cravens can somehow get the Redskins to release him that would open the door to possibly signing with the Chargers or Rams. Being back in his element of Southern California would likely reinvigorate the 2016 2nd round pick to play again, it will also give Cravens the chance to be closer to his family and loved ones.You know NFL insiders are going to come down on Su’a Cravens for not fulfilling his responsibilities with the Redskins. The NFL is a business though and ultimately players have to do what’s best for themselves. Especially if your work location is significantly hurting your motivation and ability to do your job effectively. If Cravens had it his way he would be back in LA.

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Joe Flacco returned from a back injury and now he is hoping to take flight in the Ravens regular season opener:

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Joe Flacco has missed all of training camp and all of the preseason but the 32 year old signal caller is back at practice getting ready for the regular season opener. The Ravens will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in that match up and it will be interesting to see how Joe Flacco handles missing all of those reps? There’s a big difference between being in shape and being in top form. When you’re top form it’s because you went through all the drill work that Flacco has missed. So while Joe Flacco might be in shape from weight lifting, it’s going to be tough to keep up with the speed of the game unless you’ve been in camp developing those fast twitch muscles. The good news for Flacco is he has 10 years of NFL experience under his belt, Flacco understands what it takes to be successful at this level so that should help him mentally. At some point though Flacco is going to have to be able to handle the intensity that comes with playing at the pro level. The Ravens quarterback can do that when he has had rigorous coaching and preparation. Trying to step into an NFL game with out training camp and without the preseason snaps is going to be a different kind of challenge though. Joe Flacco has had years where he has finished with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks with all of the extensive training regimens. It’s easy to be worried that Flacco could regress and finish with more interceptions than touchdowns now that we know he didn’t get any action in those preseason games,etc. Luckily the Ravens have some talent on their roster and are competitive without Flacco. However if Joe Flacco can’t be at his best this team isn’t a Super Bowl contender, it will be tough for Baltimore to to win another Super Bowl with a Trent Dilfer caliber QB under center. Keep an eye on Flacco’s play as the season gets on the way it will be a great story if he does succeed.

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After being cut by the Browns Denver emerges as the front-runner to sign Brock Osweiler:

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In perhaps the strangest two year journey of any NFL player Brock Osweiler just might end up back in Denver where it all started for the veteran quarterback. If you don’t recall Osweiler left Denver to take a $72 million dollar contract with the Houston Texans back in 2016. After struggling as the Texans lead man Houston decided to just wipe their hands clean of Osweiler trading him away to the Browns for nothing in return (it was a salary cap dump). After a long and lengthy quarterback competition in Cleveland eventually the Browns decided that they were better suited with DeShone Kizer and Cody Kesller as their QBs, which resulted in Cleveland releasing Osweiler. Now after being a free agent for less than 48 hours the Broncos have shown a lot of interest in re-signing Osweiler. That’s surprising considering the fall out that John Elway and Brock Osweiler had when Osweiler turned his back on the Broncos to join the Texans. However from a business perspective it was a great move for Osweiler because he landed a massive payday. To be honest though you have to give a lot of credit to John Elway if the Broncos do indeed sign their former signal caller. It would have been so easy for Elway to pass on Brock Osweiler due to their past, but Elway wants to construct the best football team possible and he knows Osweiler could be helpful. Neither Trevor Siemian nor Paxton Lynch have solidified themselves as a clear cut NFL starter. Bringing Osweiler back to Denver will put more pressure on both of those guys to perform and as the old saying goes “competition brings out the best in everybody.” That’s likely why the Broncos have expressed interest in signing Osweiler and now it will be a waiting game to see whether the moves goes through or not? Don’t be surprised if it does, Osweiler played his best football with the Broncos.

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