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  1. Interesting article on NFL.com about how OC's are starting to change their philosophy based on the QB's they're getting from college. When we were looking for an OC I was hoping he would meld pro & college concepts. I guess we'll see next year: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000864001/article/evolution-of-nfl-offenses-could-be-boon-for-next-wave-of-qbs#Half But first, we kick off this week's notebook with Brooks' look at how the evolution of some NFL offenses could benefit the next wave of passers to enter the league. It has taken a while for NFL coaches and executives to embrace the spread offense and various read-option concepts that accompany it, but the 2018 quarterback class could benefit from the evolution that's occurring in the pro game. Coaches are beginning to sprinkle in some core schemes from the college offenses to help their QB1s, particularly young quarterbacks, find their groove as playmakers. Look no further than the exceptional job Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has done with Deshaun Watson as proof of the evolution. The veteran coach is as old school as it gets when it comes to his offensive philosophy, but he has embraced a number of the concepts that were featured in the Clemson playbook. Part of his rationale stems from his desire to build the offense around the strengths of his No. 1 playmaker. "I think coaching's about trying to make sure you understand what the player's skill set is, especially at that position, and then looking at your offense relative to that," O'Brien said during a press conference earlier this month, per the Houston Chronicle. "It's not the other way around: 'Hey look, this is what we do. You've got to fit what we do.'" But O'Brien is not alone in embracing the spread offense to enhance the play of his QB1, as we have seen the Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers roll out a number of plays that are straight out of a college playbook. Whether it's the speed option, shovel pass or an assortment of RPOs (run-pass options), we have seen more NFL teams utilizing plays that were typically reserved for Saturday afternoons. Thus, the argument regarding the NFL readiness of quarterbacks coming from spread offenses in college is beginning to lose some steam based on the success that creative NFL play callers have enjoyed with spread quarterbacks this year. The next wave of QBs could step into a league that is far more friendly to spread QBs than it was to their predecessors. NFL coaches are showing more flexibility and adaptability with their schemes, which bodes well for guys who spent three or four years directing offenses that are vastly different than the traditional systems that are prevalent in the pros. Guys like USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Washington State's Luke Falk fall into the spread-quarterback category. Although each of their respective systems is different, they feature a ton of shotgun formations and read-option concepts that usually prompt evaluators to pause before fully endorsing their pro potential as QB1s. Of course, there are still coaches who absolutely hate the notion of a college QB playing the role of a joystick for a micro-managing offensive coordinator who controls the game from the sidelines through poster boards and signals. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has bemoaned that situation in recent years. "So many times, you're evaluating a quarterback who has never called a play in the huddle, never used a snap count. They hold up a card on the sideline, he kicks his foot and throws the ball," Arians said during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. "That ain't playing quarterback. There's no leadership involved there. There might be leadership on the bench, but when you get them and they have to use verbiage and they have to spit the verbiage out and change the snap count, they are light years behind." College Football 24/7 Hot Topics: Top 25 future NFL stars at midseason What's best comp for Mayfield? Exec: Barkley better than Zeke Elliott 2018 draft order, needs for every team Despite Arians' sentiments, which echo the views of several old-school coaches, the immediate success of Marcus Mariota, Russell Wilson and Cam Newtondirecting collegiate-like spread offense at the NFL level should encourage more teams to consider modifying their developmental approach. We'd be remiss to fail to note the radical improvement in Alex Smith's play since moving to Kansas City under a flexible offensive architect in Andy Reid. That should serve as a long-term blueprint for transitioning a spread quarterback into an NFL system. The veteran has played at an MVP level this season while directing an offense that not only features core elements of the spread (Smith ran a version of the spread at Utah) but also showcases Reid's West Coast offense background. With Watson also emerging as a front-runner to the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award with 17 total touchdowns (15 passing; 2 rushing) and a 101.1 passer rating directing a modified version of the spread, it might be time for the NFL to roll out the red carpet for the next generation of spread quarterbacks set to enter the league in 2018. --Bucky Brooks 5 QUESTIONS FOR THE SECOND HALF As we enter the second half of the college football season, here are 5 big questions that will be answered: 1. Can Sam Darnold solve his ball security issues? While most pundits point to the USC QB's interception woes, I'm actually more concerned with his fumbles. He's had issues holding onto the ball when bodies are around him in the pocket. That's just sloppy play. He'll need to clean that up, starting this Saturday at Notre Dame. 2. Will Josh Rosen rally the Bruins to a strong finish? I know some folks hate this point, but winning matters at the quarterback position. In draft meetings, it's much easier to sell a quarterback coming off a 9-10 win season than it is to justify why this "elite" player could only muster 4-5 wins last season. Rosen hasn't played poorly this year, but he has been a little inconsistent. The major issues at UCLA are on the defensive side of the ball. However, evaluators will be closely following Rosen to see if he can overcome some shortcomings on the roster and help lead UCLA to a strong finish. 3. Can Josh Allen improve his decision making? The Wyoming signal-caller is the most talented quarterback in the country. He has a rare blend of size, arm strength and athleticism. However, he's been plagued by 2-3 poor decisions in almost every game this fall. He doesn't have a very gifted supporting cast on this year's squad and he's been prone to force things at times. I've seen a steady improvement in this department over the last few weeks. Let's see if he can keep it going. 4. Who's the best defensive back in college football, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick or FSU's Derwin James?This is a question being asked by evaluators across the Southeast. Fitzpatrick and James are both unique talents. Fitzpatrick offers more man coverage ability while James is a better force player around the line of scrimmage. Alabama will have more high-profile contests down the stretch, but there are still plenty of opportunities for James to put on a show for scouts. 5. Can Bryce Love keep up this pace? While so much attention has focused -- rightfully -- on Saquon Barkley's outstanding play this fall, Stanford's Bryce Love has put up video-game numbers for the Cardinal. He's averaging 10.3 yards per carry. That's insane! I've already had a couple scouts tell me he's been the biggest surprise in college football this fall. We'll get a better feel for just how special he is down the stretch. -- Daniel Jeremiah BEGINNING OF A FIRST-ROUND PUSH? I can't wait to watch Michigan and Penn State square off on Saturday night. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is clearly the top prospect in the game, but one of the more intriguing players in the contest plays along the defensive front for the Wolverines -- DT Maurice Hurst. 2017 SEASON: WEEK 7 ▹ Week 7 Game Picks ▹ Brooks: Colts should trade Luck ▹ Silver: Raiders revived by wild win ▹ Rank: Goff best QB drafted in last 2 years ▹ Power Rankings: Rams move into top 3 ▹ Ranking all 32 backup QBs ▹ QB Index: Wentz keeps rising ▹ Schein: Teams trending up, down Hurst is an undersized interior defender (scouts measured him in the spring at 6-foot-1 3/8 and 287 pounds) who relies on quickness and instincts to make plays against both the run and pass. After studying tape of him, I think he's ideally suited to play in an aggressive scheme that allows him to attack rather than sitting and holding the point of attack. He will have a hard time holding up vs. double teams, and that would negate his greatest weapon, which is his first-step quickness. Most evaluators believe he isn't likely to be selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but a big game against Penn State could be the first step in changing their opinion. -- Daniel Jeremiah UNDER-THE-RADAR RB TO WATCH I spent some time studying Notre Dame's offensive line a few weeks ago and I came away impressed with their group. They are a physical bunch, featuring one of the best interior linemen (Quenton Nelson) as well as one of the top offensive tackles (Mike McGlinchey) in the country. The biggest benefactor of their dominant play is running back Josh Adams. For a bigger back (he's listed at 6-2 1/8 and 225 pounds), Adams has a nice initial burst and he's also capable of making the free man miss in the open field. He's averaging a ridiculous 9 yards per carry this season. I don't put him in the same class as guys like Penn State's Saquon Barkley and LSU's Derrius Guice. He's not nearly as explosive or dynamic as those RBs, but he is a very capable runner with outstanding size and production. It will be interesting to see which running back has the bigger game in South Bend this weekend. USC's Ronald Jones is highly coveted by NFL scouts and he brings a home-run element to the Trojans' offensive attack. -- Daniel Jeremiah
  2. Last week the "pro tank crew" was in full voice about how awful it was that the team was winning. And how we were doomed to mediocrity unless we put a full effort into losing games and getting the highest pick possible. But now after a frustrating loss to NE those very same people (who will go nameless) are in an uproar on how/why we lost the game. So do you want the team to lose or not??? I'm confused
  3. Albert Breer with an article on what scouts have to say about the QB's right now: https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/10/17/2018-nfl-draft-quarterbacks-qb-rankings-sam-darnold-josh-rosen-lamar-jackson-josh-allen
  4. There's so much hype because we're in the "twitter age" and media people have to provide a constant stream of "info" to prove their worth
  5. Adams call vs. Gronk

    There should've been a flag for offensive pass interference or illegal hands to the face
  6. Wash St. (Luke Falk) will be playing CAL tonight at 10:30 on ESPN
  7. There are no "moral victories" in sports you either win or lose. So even though the Jets put up a good fight their inability to take advantage of opportunities led to a frustrating 24-17 loss. An offensive "brown out" and an unbelievable TD reversal that left me speechless were just some of the key plays, let's take a look: - Josh McCown had his best statistical day and started out on fire. But after getting up 14-0 he allowed the offense to "brown out" on four drives before halftime: * Drive 1 - Seven yards on first down, two plays later they punt * Drive 2 - Seven yards on first down, two plays later they punt * Drive 3 - Eight yards on first down, two plays later they punt * Drive 4 - Just before half time they are almost in FG range and he forces a throw to Robby Anderson which leads to an INT. A minute later the game is tied at 14 instead of the Jets leading 17-7 at least It appeared as the game went along McCown focused more on Anderson than other receivers. NE never had an answer for Jeremy Kerley, Jermaine Kearse, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and the checkdown pass to the RB's. A more diverse approach may have helped continue the momentum the offense had early on. Also for a 38 year old QB it's inexcusable to waste two timeouts within three plays in the second half. - The OLine had no push in the running game, the pass protection was decent but with NE having no speed in their front seven it should've been better. The penalties have got to be cleaned up they are committing too many "drive killers". - Matt Forte is basically a "one trick pony" right now. He's still excellent in the screen game but he shows no burst to the hole when running the ball. Bilal Powell needs to get healthy (when???) and the run game needs to be turned over to him and Elijah McGuire. - As stated before excellent games by Kerley, Kearse and Seferian-Jenkins they needed to see more balls. I didn't want Kerley back because I wanted the young WR's to get more reps but he has been outstanding. - What's to say about the Seferian-Jenkins TD reversal? It's like the review official was looking to influence the game. I could understand if the ball came out of his hands but he bobbled it and re-gained possession. Credit to Seferian-Jenkins for the way he handled after the game, no whining or crying. - The defense did a good job early on holding NE in check and forcing two turnovers in the first half. But the DLine was bad in both run defense and generating pressure. No impact from Muhammad Wilkerson again and for a guy whose 6-3 and 330 Mike Pennel isn't as stout as I would expect from a NT. - Buster Skrine had an impactful game with an INT, a fumble recovery and decent coverage on Hogan and Amendola. But the INT that he dropped was a killer, it would've given the Jets the ball at midfield with a 14-0 lead. Instead a few plays later NE scores their first TD. When you have NE making mistakes you have to take advantange. - Darron Lee flashed today with a forced fumble, a couple of nice open field tackles and some nice coverage on NE RB's. But he has to have better ball awareness when trying to cover Gronkowski. - Jamal Adams got his introduction to Gronkowski by giving up his first TD and just missing on a PBU that would've prevented his second TD. - You have to love Ardarius Stewart's aggresiveness on kick off returns but he has to learn to stay in the end zone on "lob kicks".
  8. I forgot who mentioned him on the board, otherwise I would give him credit but Ryan Finley seems like another potential target: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-draft-qb-stock-watch-its-time-to-jump-on-the-ryan-finley-hype-train/ Introducing this year's Mitchell Trubisky, except ... he's not a one-year starter. He's a signal-caller who'll likely enter the NFL after making around 900 attempts in his collegiate career. Yes, I'm talking about Ryan Finley, the calm, cool, and collected NC State quarterback who has demonstrated a plethora of NFL-caliber quarterbacking skill running the show for the 5-1 Wolfpack this season. Fresh off his best game of the year, a 20-of-31, 367-yard, three-TD, zero-pick performance against Louisville, the 6-foot-4 quarterback has yet to throw an interception in his redshirt junior campaign and has 10 passing touchdowns in five games. He has consistently fired lasers from the pocket to all levels of the field. Jump on the Finley hype train now. It's ready to leave the station. He's a legit, top-flight quarterback prospect in the 2018 class. Here's a look at the updated stocks of the draft's top signal-callers. 1. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State Stock Steady Rudolph got to hang with Mike Gundy as the head coach got his fantastic 1980s mullet trimmed over the weekend, as Oklahoma State was idle. I don't know that for sure, but imagine the conversations inside that barbershop. Rudolph's next four games will tell us a lot and potentially will cement his stock. He has Baylor at home on October 14. After that, a trip to Austin to face an improving Texas team. Three days before Halloween, a date with West Virginia and the "Country Roads" signing fans in Morgantown. The next weekend ... Bedlam. 2. Josh Rosen, UCLA Stock Steady Something tells me Rosen didn't spend Saturday at a barbershop with his head coach. Anyway, the UCLA quarterback has slowly crept his way back into the No. 2 spot with consecutive quality outings against Stanford and Colorado after his iffy outing against Memphis. 3. Sam Darnold, USC Stock Steady Oregon State has had a multitude of problems this season. Darnold was supposed to have a fine outing against the Beavers, and he did. He was a true point guard, distributing the ball to essentially his entire group of pass-catching options. However, he lost the football a few times and threw his worst interception of the year on a play in which he clearly didn't see the underneath linebacker. Every Darnold game features a variety of unreal throws. And, in 2017, they include a few "yikes" decisions too. In the end though against Oregon State, he completed 23 of 35 passes for 316 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. The October 21 battle against Notre Dame will be quite a barometer for the redshirt sophomore. 4. Lamar Jackson, Louisville Stock Steady Could Louisville get Jackson some help on offense? Goodness. His offensive line is average at best. His wide receivers are about as reliable as the weather forecast, and his running backs are mediocre. I thought Jackson was good, but not great against a loaded NC State defense. There were the typical scintillating escapes from free rushers -- quite the luxury for an offensive coordinator -- and the new-and-improved step-up-from-pressure accurate throws downfield. Jackson is absolutely carrying his team this year, and the maturation he's showcased as a passer this season will (rightfully) intrigue many NFL GMs and scouts. 5. Ryan Finley, NC State Stock Up Finley completed 60.4 percent of his throws with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions at 7.6 yards per attempt in 2016. Heading into this week's action, his completion percentage is 70.9 with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions at 7.9 yards per attempt. And, no, this isn't a a box-score scouting report. All season, Finley has repeatedly checked two or three of his options across the entire field from the pocket, made assertive, accurate passes to all levels of the field, and even displayed some scrambling ability. Right when the announcers were calling for some deep passes against Louisville, Finley delivered. There's plenty to like about his game, and his strengths translate to the NFL level. Honorable Mention: Jake Browning, Washington The second straight week for the Huskies quarterback earning an honorable mention nod. Like Rosen, Browning has quietly pieced together an efficient season thus far. Last year, he relied on two things: the long ball and John Ross. This year, he's leaned on Dante Pettis at times but hasn't force-fed him the ball. He's completing more than 70 percent of his throws at 8.5 yards per attempt with 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Browning is the opposite of Josh Allen. He's smaller than the prototypical NFL quarterback and doesn't have a rocket arm; however, he's smart with the football and rarely inaccurate. I'm pumped for Browning vs. Rosen on October 28.
  9. For Those Who Want To Scout ...

    Absolute beatdown by CAL on Wash St. If that was the first time people saw Luke Falk they weren't impressed with 5 INT's. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back the rest of the season
  10. Albert Breer breaks down the upcoming veteran QB market: https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/10/05/nfl-quarterback-2018-market-kirk-cousins-drew-brees With the options in the draft and free agency he makes an excellent point that for the first time ever supply & demand may actually match
  11. That didn't take long, hysterical: Paul Schwartz@NYPost_Schwartz 19 minutes ago Ben McAdoo said Giants have suspended Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Paul Schwartz@NYPost_Schwartz 18 minutes ago McAdoo said he spoke with DRC yesterday. DRC came in today, decided to leave. Now suspended.
  12. Williams wasn't good yesterday, it must mean Roberts & Burris will be back this week Brian Costello‏ @BrianCoz 7 minutes ago Bowles said they will sign Jalin Marshall to the active roster. They are releasing CB Marcus Williams
  13. Another QB Rises: Ryan Finley

    Finley going against Louisville last week: Very impressive!!! Running an offense with pro concepts and making tons of NFL throws
  14. is it time to talk extension

    Simply put, not at this time. Both are under contract for 2018 so there's no rush, let the season play out on and off the field. Let's continue to see progress on the field from Bowles and let's see Maccagnan address the QB issue in the off-season. If both are successful a perfect time for extensions would be in June just before the opening of training camp
  15. Yes, that is even worse
  16. Google the USC / Wash St game and you'll see Falk outplay Darnold
  17. Definitely been "stained" by coming up small against Iowa & Oregon
  18. Two QB's that have really caught my eye are Luke Falk and Baker Mayfield. Here's why: - With the offense Morton has shown Falk would fit because he has a fast release, he's extremely accurate and enough arm strength to keep defenses honest. Even though he's in a gimmick offense he's been given enough reponsibility to adjust the play according to the defense. And finally his biggest "flaw" is he stays in the pocket too long because he goes through his progressions looking for receivers (which most gimmick offense OB's don't do) - The biggest knock on Mayfield would be his height but with Morton coming from NO (Brees) he shouldn't have a bias against him. Other than that Mayfield reminds me of Russell Wilson with his mobility in and out of the pocket, arm strength, accuracy and "it" factor. He seems to have the ability to lift his team which was particularly on display when they went into Ohio St. and beat them. His performance also covers up for a defense that isn't very good
  19. What's sad about these threads is the majority of people talking about the QB's in the draft have never seen them. All they're doing is repeating what they heard about the QB's from the local media (who also have never seen them). So it's really the blind leading the blind, anyone who has truly watched college football knows that there are multiple first round QB's this year. It's up to the front office to pick the right one
  20. The NYG better worry about their current QB not a future one with this display:
  21. That article is spot on!!! I've definitely been kept up at night as I've ignored the Jets 3-2 start and focused on the 0-5 NYG drafting a USC QB (who have an awful history) who has shown to be a turnover machine
  22. Another QB Rises: Ryan Finley

    Impressive stats I'll have to add him to my list of QB's to watch: https://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/players/playerpage/2061727/ryan-finley
  23. Another good article by Albert Breer: https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/10/10/2018-nfl-draft-deshaun-watson-alex-smith-spread-quarterbacks
  24. Williams Released

    Great catch, I was wondering why that timeout was called
  25. cause the bandwagon to break from all the people jumping on to it