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  1. Never forget. My second day of high school (first day of those classes since we used block schedules or something) and we didn't have a clue until the afternoon. Stupid kids making up rumors like Russia dropped a nuclear bomb, and before I had access to a cell phone. I remember my math teacher and later my geography teacher both saying "the world as we know it will never be the same". I remember the panic because my dad worked a couple of blocks from that place, and I had been to both towers countless times (large family + when visiting everyone wanted to go there). I didn't watch it in real time because I was in school and they decided to keep us out of the loop. But watching when we got home and just the utter tragedy was devastating. My dad had not gone in that day because there were no school buses to my school, so he was working on transferring to another office. His office was shut down in the area where you didn't have access for months I think, and eventually moved to CT. I can't even imagine the horror of folks that had someone work nearby or at the towers. I was reading about ATC shutting down American air space awhile back and realized the sheer panic people had about further attacks. Not knowing if this was it, or if there were more coming. I didn't know it at the time, but my wife's grandfather had died on that day in another country. But her mother couldn't go to the funeral because all flights were restricted. I still have trouble watching stuff on it because it just hits close to home. I hear some stories and I stop, especially with families that lost folks. When they ring the bells for the people that died, I end up in tears.
  2. I think it's weird. I was fine with the pick (albeit I liked Winovich better) but didn't think it was going to be this bad. He had great burst off the line and looked pretty good on the field. Once the season was over, his downfall has been quite drastic, which makes me wonder if there were drugs involved. He just has spiraled since, and I just can't understand why he would do so. I don't mind the drafting, as much the lack of vision from the front office. Examples: Geno Smith, coming from a pure air raid system to a west coast system based on timing. That's pretty much as far away from each other as you can get. One relies on simple reads and see who's running open to one based on intricate timing. Pairing those two together is just awful. Whole Hackenberg saga where they seemed to just ignore him after drafting, like he had an injury rather than mechanical issues. Almost to the point where I think they thought the trainers he hired would fix the issue. The lack of attention to the OL, which cause major issues for the offense. The lack of attention to the offense as a whole, when the entire league is turning towards the offense. I can stand taking risks on picks and failing because at least the thought process was right. I hate having terrible strategies combined with failing because it truly felt like there were actual amateurs that could do better.
  3. Good points. I don't think it was just the Polite pick though, I think it was the nature of 2-4th round picks, because Macc loved to take gambles there. Guys like Shepard, Devin Smith, Ardarius Stewart, Hackenberg, Petty, and Polite this year. I felt like he scouted based on upside than factoring in downside (which is what most of us fans do, but not get paid) and that is bad roster construction. You have to get consistent starters out of Rd. 2-4 if you are a bad team that needs to draft well. If you are the Pats or Saints, you can afford to take more risks. Macc didn't and he didn't mend his ways this year, and that seems like the final straw. To me, this draft was classic display of the philosophy between Macc and Pats. They both needed OL help, they pick up Cajuste, who I thought was the better prospect. They pick up Winovich, after Polite even though I think the Michigan star was the better player. Macc went upside in both instances (Edoga 5 star recruit, and Polite had a better pass rushing tape) without looking into the downside. I do love the silence about the rumors, albeit, we kinda said the same thing about Bowles after Rex left. The problem with Bowles was that the players pretty much ran the team.
  4. Congrats!! I have three weddings to the same person, lol. And eventually, after she throws out most of your furniture and wants a house, you know who to call for real estate in Nashville!!
  5. I think he's Crowder's insurance policy, while also returning punts. New England stresses 3 cone drill over 40 (from some articles), which makes sense because it's all about change of directions from the slot. I think a guy like Berrios shows well there. He does little things (sometimes illegal) to gain separation at the end, and that can be useful. (btw, watching the FSU video, was it just me, or did the official sound like he caught Berrios sneaking around with his daughter? There was some anger in him announcing those penalties, lol) I liked Dortch so I'm sad to see him go, but I think Berrios can be helpful.
  6. Doctson is the one I find intriguing because the potential is so good, and he hasn't been terrible. While watching Crowder film, I did notice Doctson, so it's someone I would take a shot on for sure. I'm not saying he's the No. 1 guy I thought he was going to be, but at least has potential, young, and should be motivated.
  7. I'll take the bite, definitely an interesting option. Also, I see this at a few threads. This isn't like fantasy where a claim and you go to the back. You can claim every single guy and retain the 3rd WW claim. Sent from my iPhone using JetNation.com mobile app
  8. I have to say I'm not only surprised, but definitely think this is a bad move. I understand sunk cost fallacy, but he looked like a legit talent at Florida. I don't understand cutting him based on one bad off-season where he didn't look good at all. For a team that lacks pass rush, it would have been better to stash him and hope he regains some form from Florida.
  9. This is actually something that I've been thinking of writing. It's a change in philosophy, from chasing home runs to opting for safer doubles. Macc had a tendency to chase home runs in the draft where Baltimore/Philly tend to chase doubles for depth. So a guy like Bellamy, who is great on ST, while being decent as a WR is a known double. A guy like Peake is a pure home run chase. If Peake puts together the WR part, he's a monster, but you don't know if he can. Same with Parry Nickerson, where the allure of potential makes you excuse the issues. It's also why I thought Winovich was the choice over Polite, but I have to say I'm surprised by that cut. Anyway, I might try to put something together on the change in roster building culture if I have time on Monday. It sucks because as fans, most are addicted to chasing home runs. The moment a Nickerson is picked, we go "oh boy, if he puts it together" dreams.
  10. I remember liking Tabor until he ran the 40, and then jumping off the bandwagon. I was discriminated against by the "football is played on the field, not in shorts" gang, and this is my story....
  11. Lol, I am watching this, and I think pretty much every Eagle player has been hyped so far. Josh Sweat for example. Falk moving laterally just trying to throw it away, and two Eagles chasing him laterally. Sweat comes from up field thus vertically, and Falk throws it away. Eagles broadcast: Look at that, No. 1 HS player as a junior. Look at the closing speed, two others are running, but Sweat closing so far. No mention that he is the only one running vertically towards the QB. And apparently, all Jets are veterans while Eagles are rookies.
  12. That was essentially a win-win trade. They got 2 all pro guys out of it, and we got a franchise QB. That's a deal that I would do, if I'm the Colts GM, because you can't assume a franchise QB is going to retire at 29. Considering they pay him well, they can't invest a top 3 pick for Darnold to sit behind him. If he had retired before last year's draft, we'd be finding ways to defend Josh Allen or Josh Rosen.
  13. Not getting to a SB with Luck is one of the worst mismanagement of talent by the Colts, especially Grigson.
  14. Vedvik missed 2 FGs for Vikings, coach seems concerned about kicking. Interesting because he was some that we all liked. Wonder how that shakes out. Sent from my iPhone using JetNation.com mobile app
  15. I thought about this, because he has connections to Douglas from both Philly and Chicago, where Gase also worked with him. The issue is that I don't see how he fits within the offense when someone like Enunwa would be sidelined.
  16. I would do it, the Falcons won't. Any trade for a stud like that includes a pick, because you need a pick for people to dream on for 2 years. I would take either, lol. I think Evans is more likely because it's at least a new coaching staff that may want to put their own spin. But both would cost a pretty penny.
  17. Oh man, bad memories. I was so high on him coming out of Tennessee, thought he was going to be a stud. I remember he caught a TD pass against the Jets once, high pointed a ball in the end zone right before halftime, and me telling folks this kid has so much potential. Sucks, at this point a JAG.
  18. On the WR front, names that I think could be it: Cooper: They can't afford to let Dak walk, and Zeke has dug his heels in. I could see them trying to move Cooper in a WR + pick deal, especially one on a decent deal. Evans: This one I'm not sure, because they should be rebuilding. Winston isn't the type of franchise QB you want to build around. Fitz: At this point I can see Arizona trying to move him to a contender so he could have that one last shot deal. Julio? The Falcons offense looked bad to me in the pre-season game and they might have to invest in that defense. I could see them try to wiggle some elite talent out of someone or high pick, but it's a long shot.
  19. I think he's a PS guy or at most a replacement for Peake. I remember looking into him a bit because I tend to like height/speed prospects. I didn't like his tape much, but part of that was because I think they had Treadwell there, so defenses focused on him and he was wide open at times. Similar to defenses focusing on Ridley, so Ardarius looked like a stud.
  20. It's all about flexibility with limited personnel. Let's take the Rams, running 11 personnel. Defenses have big trouble stacking the box (8 defenders) against 11 personnel because it leaves 1 on 1 match ups outside. This makes the running back's lives much easier. Last year, here is the list of guys facing the least amount of stacked boxes: 1. Cohen (He's more a pass catcher rather than a runner) 2. Smallwood (See above) 3. Gurley (a heavy use RB that doesn't see stacked boxes? See the list at the start of thread) 4. Drake (See list) 5. Penny (More elusive type guy) 6. Williams (GB) 7. Hines 8. Gore So you can see a fairly good correlation between high 11 personnel and the lack of stacked boxes. Now you want field separation. I already made the comparison of Crowder to Robert Woods in one article so we have the horizontal separation. This is key for short routes and intermediate area. When McVay first got to the Rams, the first thing he did was get speed to keep the safeties honest. He got Watkins first, and then after he was mediocre, he got Cooks. Why? Because teams can't bring both safeties near the line, if there is a deep threat inherent in the formation. Look at what Shanahan did when he got to Atlanta? Taylor Gabriel. What did he do in SF? Godwin. Same thing Philly is going to do now. Jackson to keep the safeties back, and then betting on Ertz/Jeffery/Whitside to win intermediate areas. Second, inline TE that can catch. This was basically one of the keys to the Pats offense in past years because Gronk could block as well as be a monster on the outside. I don't think anyone can expect to replicate it, but having someone be able to block against not stacked boxes increases your chances of positive yards. If the defense counters with a bigger linebacker (say David Harris type) then you motion him outside and instant mismatch. Gase tried this with Gesecki, but turns out he can't block much at all. The Rams have Everett and I think Higsbee, who were decent two way guys. X factor: The one on one nightmare. This is where the Jets lack, IMO. For the Rams, Kupp is a one on one nightmare because he's a great route runner. Packers have Adam, Steelers had Brown, and Bucs have Evans. The Jets have Enunwa. While I believe in Enunwa, I don't think he's near those guys at all, but he needs to be a monster this season. The whole idea being that it's not a specialized role. If the call is run, the TE and Enunwa can be extra blockers against what most likely won't be a stacked box. If the call is pass, then Bell can act as an outlet option, while the TE is a legit receiving threat as well. You don't have to get say Eric Tomlinson in to block (he can't block, but Lord knows he can't catch either) which gives away your intentions. If you look at the Rams, their offense took a downturn when Kupp went down, because they don't have that intermediate A level threat. I think aside from having A star level WR as No. 1, Gase pretty much walked into a perfect set up to run 11 personnel as much as he wants, barring injuries.
  21. I didn't do a breakdown after the season, mainly because I just didn't have the time. But I did do some research on films, and the thing that stands out about last year the lack of frequency with which they are players schemed open. For every one of those fake screen TD passes he threw last year (I believe Colts + Packers) there were a ton that didn't seem to have hot routes built in. I remember looking at Miami's offense and seeing options that show up if Tannehill needed to bail, but it was rarely there for Darnold. The second thing to notice is how Sam is making reads while on the move. Look at the pass to Enunwa here, because it's a 2 level read, but also notice the built in protections. If the linebacker blitzes, the swing pass to the RB will be open. Once the linebacker doesn't blitz and follows the RB, then it's reading the outside CB. If the corner back drifts back in zone, then the quick curl to I think Herndon. If the CB sits down with Herndon, then the crosser to Enunwa. He made that read perfectly while dodging the defender. That's high level skill. That's a play where you will see someone like Geno, move up and away from the defender first, and THEN look at the situation again. It's those little things that really make me hopeful about Sam, because he seems natural at the processing part.
  22. He was doomed the moment he put on weight for his off-season program, and it backfired.
  23. I love everything about this play, but I don't think that's a pass that can be caught without extraordinary skill. It doesn't look like much from this angle, but there was another angle that showed he really had to stretch to even get a finger on it. However, I love Sam's ability to move around in the pocket. Not quite to the extent, but it reminds me of Russel Wilson. That guy always seems to escape the first rusher by moving around.
  24. Ryan Tannehill with Gase has pretty much identical stats that Garoppolo has in SF, right down to tearing their ACL in second year under said coach. One got traded to be a backup and coach fired. Other seen as a franchise savior, with an offensive genius coach. Sent from my iPhone using JetNation.com mobile app
  25. This list is stupid, I live in Nashville, and I can assure you that Delanie Walker won't be cut. They have a cap hit of $6.3 million and if cut, a dead money hit of 6 million. There is absolutely no reason to cut quite possibly the best weapon on a team looking to compete, to save $300k. This list is basically someone going over rosters on ESPN and picking out guys that people will recognize and throwing it against the wall.

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