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  1. I mean that's definitely true. Suppose we get lucky and we strike it out of the park next year with a franchise qb. It takes at the very least 3 years to teach them the ins and outs of the offense, and to get the supporting cast in place to start pushing playoffs. I mean its not like Wilson in Seattle, where the team had an amazing nucleus at almost every position and was just missing that last piece. We have question marks in the 4 year timeframe at basically every single position other than DT.
  2. We are going to be really bad next year... but that's ok... Saw this coming from a mile away.
  3. I had him as a high second rounder, so I was a little surprised at the reach. Thought he'd be a competent tackler with elite range, and within a few years would be an elite cover guy. Liability as a blitzer and as a run defender up the middle due to size. i wasn't too wrong, he has shown zero pass rush and opposing linemen can push him around as easily as Leo did. His cover skills were a little underwhelming considering the hype but I think he can work on that. He's definitely shown the elite speed and ability to run down runners. Just didn't see the huge upside to be worthy of a first..
  4. Yea, this doesn't look good for Lee. I'd expect some sort of discipline or at least a sit down with the team. More than that, it doesn't bode well for the future if he's the type of person with rage issue towards women. (the coming back 3 times is a bit of a redflag imo, it says that he's a belligerent drunk).
  5. I'm still reserving judgement on Mac, but lets just say the great 2015 experiment was a dismal disaster. Taking a rebuilding team and purchasing high priced/aging free agents and transforming the team into a win now squad is not a good way to run a team. Especially since we didn't even make the playoffs. That experiment set us back 2 years, so yes it was a disaster. And no, we didn't HAVE to spend the money on old free agents. It would have been easy to pay Wilkerson and our young players with frontloaded contracts. I'm pretty sure that was a Woody directive, so I give Mac somewhat of a pass, but yea lets just say the end result was pretty predictable.
  6. Good trade, we save 1.6 million in salary compared with releasing him. Davis will be a camp body and pretty much a guaranteed cut. its a win relative to what was going to happen, namely simply cutting him.
  7. I would say accuracy is the one thing you can't fix in a QB. It's almost never happened that an innacurate QB became an accurate one. A few exceptions notwithstanding it's almost never happened. Of course that's not the death of a QB either, bc there have been decent qbs that have succeeded with accuracy issues (McNabb, Newton), but then they had other intangibles that made them successful.
  8. There is no speculation here. The average life expectancy for an NFL player is between 52-57 years old. The average for a male in the general population is 78 years. So thats a full 20 years worse than regular overweight joe average, which is already a pretty horrible figure. source: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/New-NFL-goal-A-longer-life-1272886.php In the old days you could argue that the lifestyle of NFL retirees contributed to that figure (diet etc), but now that we know about CTE the figure takes a pretty ominous character.. It's all sorts of bad, no matter how much wishfull thinking goes around, and it certainly isn't speculative at this point after numerous scientific studies that pretty conclusively establish a link between concussions and CTE...
  9. That's not including CTE figues. Right now the most dangerous job I could find was that of deep sea fishing, which has 132 fatalies per 100,000. So about one in a thousand odds. Now: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/study-956-percent-of-deceased-nfl-players-tested-positive-for-cte/ If that holds up, we are looking at a profession with orders of magnitude greater risk of fatality or at least severe lifelong impairement.
  10. Hazard pay would be an acceptable response if the casualty rate wasn't approaching 100%. I mean if its 1-3% chance of death/impairement after your job is over, that would be considered a very, very dangerous job. Here we are looking at far worse odds, and it's not like we are asking people to go risk their lives in Afghanistan to create civil society and combat terrorism.... The argument is incredibly weak (and I love watching this game, so it pains me to say it) and I think its just a matter of time before the scientific evidence reaches a tipping point and we get congressional hearings (and then, its pretty much fubar)
  11. The incidence of CTE in these older players is reported to be somewhere in the 90% range, which is right inline with 100% + the expected rate for false negatives. More studies will need to replicate those results, but it's getting pretty scary. There are dead high school football players with CTE. Think about that... If those sorts of numbers hold up, be sure that football won't be allowed to continue. If you are a parent, and your kid plays football, I'd keep it at the flag football level until people iron out what is or isn't safe.
  12. Wilson, Carr, Luck.. in that order. Cam Newton is the most criminally overrated player in the game, and his team's O criminally underrated. The guys passing is very suspect and he only really got hot for about 7 games during a brief stretch in his career, and the rest of the time has been quite average. Wilson is a fantastic player, who has one of the most overrated Supporting casts in the game. His Oline is probably the worst in the game, zero rushing attack and his skill players are fringe talents. Wilson, like Luck, is basically the entire O. Carr imo is a fantastic player, but he is helped by an elite supporting cast...
  13. 2015 really bothered me, bc of the expenses spent on free agents and the lack of building for the future. Last year really bothered me bc we saw it all fall apart,the locker room seemed to fracture and few of our young players developed (and our vets regressed giving us essentially nothing in value). This year is the start of the real rebuild. It's going to be miserable from an XO point of view, but at least it's the correct direction and I'll be looking for progress from our young guys... that's my barometer for success.
  14. Technically it's the leagues responsibility to assess concussions in games. I think what's obvious is that every footballl player in the league hides the severity from the doctors, so it's really hard to catch them unless it's a severe concussion and they're drooling. of course medically a concussion is a very simple thing, and if you are too draconian about definitions almost every play in football results in a concussion and some sort of mild brain trauma, so that's why it really has to be ind├ępendant doctors that are in charge of assessing things.
  15. Enunwa is pretty fast in straight line speed, but we saw the elite corners with size handle him pretty easily. He's readily pressed and he doesn't sell his routes well. He was deadly when we had Decker and Bmarsh all together bc most teams don't have three cbs that can cover big tall, physical receivers, so he was often left with smaller dbs that he could out physical. But to be the number one guy by himself, without the benefit of a physical mismatch, well that remains to be seen. We will know this year how that works out.