The Indy Star is reporting that the Indianapolis Colts have released Mike Hart. Very sad but you have to assume he'll be a backup on some NFL team.
Mike Hart released by Colts
While I agree the Ohio State homerism in Cleveland gets to be a bit much (people are legitimately bummed Sanzenbacher wasn't signed like we just lost a winning lottery ticket), you can't really be serious. Everyone loved Braylon the one season that he did his job. You know, actually catch footballs. He dogged it, made excuses, and then kicked the city on the way out. He has no one to blame but himself.
are pretty rough on Backhus. They think he's a Lion only because he played for Michigan. Hart to the Lions (not a current need) would make them very angry.
see: Brian Robiskie.
Guy has done nothing but every year I hear how he will be the man and is going to step it up.
lord, how I loathe that song, I walk out to get a beer or visit the bathroom whenever I hear it.
I paid the "dualing piano" entertainment $20 once at a work anniversary/celebration to stop playing Hang On Sloopy.
Best $20 ever spent.
Hang On Sloopy is pretty good if you happen to have Ramsey Lewis tickling the ivories.
Good old-school 3-chord "rock and roll" jamzz.
I love Mike Hart, but as a Browns fan I don't see a roster spot for him really. With Hillis and Hardesty they I feel like they might be looking for something a little different. Correll Buckhalter would be a nice fit I feel.
Between Hardesty's 4 years at Tennessee, and his one season in Cleveland, I believe he has missed 3 full season's due to injury. He was a pure risk/reward draft pick. He's not exactly someone you can count on. We definitely need another running back before we kill Peyton Hillis with exhaustion.
I could see Mike Shanahan getting use of Mike Hart, they run a zone blocking scheme like Hart excelled in at Michigan. As a skins fan (unfortunately) I would like it if they picked him up.
While eventually I realized that Braylon Edwards is in fact an asshole, the shit he went through here just for wearing the winged helmet was ridiculous.
I also can't think of a player off the top of my head that Ohio State fans hated more than Mike Hart.
Well, he would look good in the new Buffalo uniforms. Love that white helmet.
That look just like their old helmets? Instead of their last helmets, that looked like their really old helmets.
are you a uniwatch member six zero?
But I've followed Lukas for about three years before he launched the blog. BUT he's not the only game in town, either... I'm assuming he's covered the new Bills set.
Yes! (didn't know there was another Bills fan lurking around here)
You need to stop listening to your head and start listening to your Hart.
you keep using that word...I do not think it means what you think it means...j/k
Exemplify means your topic is an example of something else. I think you may mean exacerbates maybe? Which means to compound an already existing problem.
perhaps he meant "amplify"
Fits the structure of the sentence well and rhymes with the word he used, that may have been what he was after.
...four years max. I'd say,his days,as a running back,has run its course.
Time to come back to Michigan and start your coaching career, Mike
to be Fred Jackson's eventual replacement. The "coach in waiting" thing only applies to HC, right? I think he'd be a good assistant, but that's based purely on feelings. I've never heard of him "coaching" anyone before, so I don't have any premesis for saying he'd be a good coach.
it could be time to start his coaching career: Ass't Running backs Coach!
It's funny you should say that. Fred Jackson already chimed in on this one. He said something to the effect that it would be a great pickup, since Mike's hypothetical coaching combines the technical virtuosity of Bill Walsh (but a little more cerebral) and the game savvy of Bill Belichek (but with more nuance).
That's the fastest I've ever seen a comment get to +5 in the Slashdot era.
It's posts like these that make me yearn for the old +/- system; this is certainly posbang-worthy.
I bumped into Fred at Eastside Banfields a few years ago and had a brief converstation about Mike. Fred believes that he's a great running back ..... but I don't think he'd be recommending him for a coaching position based on his personality.
I'm just saying ..... don't kill the messenger.
IMO this is great for Mike Hart, he just wasn't getting a good shot in Indy. The kid can run, someone give him a shot! I knew it was over for him when he blew out his knee and the colts drafted another RB (that dude from UConn? Brown?). He outran their #2 back everytime last year, I couldn't believe they kept handing the ball to him over Hart. Then came the ankle injury. Good luck Mr. Hart!
I think Mike will have a good (not great) NFL career as a 3rd down back. We know he was a horse here at Michigan, but I dont know that he will ever be a feature back at the next level.
Mike plays smart and hard, and someone will do well to pick him up. Can't wait for him to come take over for Fred Jackson at some point though!
The Colts are about to sign former Brady Hoke QB Nate Davis to a two year contract to back up Peyton or play if his neck is not fully recovered.
I don't think there's any way Manning doesn't start the first game, even if he misses the entire pre-season. Also, I guess it's time for me to change my picture...
Mike, come play for my Vikes! You are still the man. I'll never forget the pancake block you threw on that blitzing buckeye your senior year. Don't even remember who it was but you put him on his back and then stood there over him and let him hear about it. I loved it.
Guys like Mike Hart are a dime a dozen in the NFL. It is like they pull them out of a tissue box, use them, and toss them away. An exciting college player, face in the crowd as a pro...
can we hire him as an assistant coach?
He has previously mentioned wanting to get into coaching (on my phone so no link). I would love for him to replace Fred Jackson once he retires in a few years or so (honestly no idea when this may happen, or if he will just die on the sideline a la Paterno). Former all-star coming back to coach running backs for his alma matyer? Movie gold.
when he got a chance with the colts. I do agree that the injuries really hurt his career. Everytime I saw him play, he was always picking up the blocks, moving the piles, was tough, and was a fan favorite. As a colts fan, i am upset that he was released and a player like donald brown is still on the squad. I was and still am thoroughly unimpressed with Brown. He falls on the first contact, not great in blitz pickup, etc.. If Mikey could stay healthy, he would have been the backup. Hopefully he gets picked up by Miami or comes to coach our backs here as an assistant.
Everybody keeps throwing Mike Hart's name into the ring for RB Coach. When Fred calls it quits, I'd like to see tyrone wheatley take that job. He's currently coaching in that role for Syracuse. He's the Man! Have you ever listened to him speak? I'm just saying...
Mike has a home at Michigan... but Wheatley would be a catch indeed.
A few more years in him. Somebody is going to grab him
Mike Hart would look great as a NE Patriot in the same backfield with Tom Brady.
I watched every Colts game and whenever Mike Hart was in, I always thought he did better than the other backs. Of course, I could be biased....
Assistant to Fred Jackson anyone?? I bet he can recruit with the best and im sure he would do a great job on overstating every single one of their abilities.
Why not? I would love to see him install his work ethic into the young players at Michigan. He can definitely be well looked up too and be able to connect with the players very well since he played at Michigan not too long ago. I think it would be a perfect fit for him to come in as an assistant as well.
this was expected, he never got any reps other then in mop-up duty or if injuries occured. he struggled at times because the line is terrible so that doesnt help him and he isnt very good at pass blocking. the only reason addai is on the team is because he is a great pass-blocking RB but other wise he sucks so it is sad to see mike to go. Best of luck to him where ever he goes, he deserves a shot at getting more reps.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of his strengths at Michigan pass blocking? So your statement confuses me.
We should groom Mike to take over for Brady Hoke. If we get 15 years from Brady, he'll be 67 and Hart will be 41 and should have enough experience by then. But i expect Mike to spend 2 or 3 more years in the NFL, probably on special teams.
Go to Miami with Daniel Thomas.
If he can stay healthy he can do a job for some team out there. Hopefully he can get a chance to get another contract.