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  1. Despite what he may have done versus the Pats, the Tenn offense has featured a wide array of routes, including sideline routes with the larger guys. Derrick Mason ran a lot of curls. Slats, as for him riding his number one receiver. I'm not sure how to say it, but every team has a top receiver. Tenn has been able to use a lot of guys when they have them. Last year they featured two 1,000 yard receivers who both found the zone with good frequency. That's after losing Ty Calico to injury and McCareins to the Jets.
  2. How do you know this? You don't, but as it gets repeated enough, it becomes fact and as it becomes fact, it becomes all the more baffling that we keep winning more games than we lose. Herm Gump.
  3. The team has finished in the NFL top ten in two out of the last three years and the year they missed was the 2003 debacle where we were out of it by the time Penny got in there. I guess our HC and QB are non-factors in our success. Or maybe you don't know what you're talking about. It's pretty tough to rank HC's, especially in the mid-range. You know the great ones and the terrible ones. People 'round here like to paint Herm as the latter, but that is just silly talk. His accomplishments are tangible. He's clearly a good head coach. Just because he's les
  4. Yeah, he just looks into the hearts and minds of the defenders and sees that they are expecting the draw. Rubbish. Come on dude. Look at last years performances. You guys say top ten, but four of those ten top ten teams were NE and Pitt. That's better than just top ten. That's four games against one and two and half of those games are conveniently not on Brady's sked. Can we say that he'd be no better than .500 against himself? The little comparison also conveniently discounts two games against the #11 ranked defense of San Diego and both games were on the road. SD was 12-
  5. You think being adaptive is equivalent to being Einstein? OK. I am saying that he's not Hackett. His reputation is that he uses his players strengths. Look it up. Not sure where I equated him with the great minds of our time. As far as his rep, I know that the Titans have been good and that they wanted him back. What Donnie's rep? How'd that work out? You always pump that "look for guys from successful programs" thing. That's what they have done two straight years. I'd think you'd be happy. You two dudes seem to think that Heimerdinger is like Hackett,
  6. McNair gets injured in large part because of his running days and ways. If he'd played his whole career the way he's played the last few years under Dinger, he'd be in better physical shape today. It's Hemerdinger that has gotten this guy to stick in the pocket and make throws. Sure they call some foot plays for him because he's so good that way, but his Vick days are over. You are very correct on the quick reads, but there is more to Chad's game than the three yards looks. He looks off guys well and finds a ton of intermediate routes. Granted there was less of that last year.
  7. Tom, step away from the ledge. You missed my point, which could be my fault. I'm not saying that the offense will be changed to fit Chad's weaknesses. Sure it will - in part, but what I was trying to say is that the offense will be set up to maximize what he does well. That's just smart football. What he does well is read quickly and make a good decision. The good news is that what qualifies as a good decision is a little different than before. I don't buy the weak arm thing. The kid throws a nice ball. It's not McNair or Culpepper or Favre, but it's good enoug
  8. A gross oversimplification. The more targets out there the less likelihood that the QB has nowhere to go. Yes, he'll have less time in total, but he'll also need less. If we run a seven step drop, or a 7-step and a double move on the outside, it will likely work off of a play-fake or something to freeze the rush and YES, sometimes we will ask our line to step up and protect. It's called football. We do have a decent line. I don't thinks it's as good as some of those ranking that have come out recently, but we are in the upper half of the league.
  9. I think you are underestimating our new OC. Sure he tailored Tenn's offense to McNair. You want a guy like that throwing a ton of dump-offs? McNair is built for taking hits and throwing darts way downfield. Dinger will tailor our offense to our QB and it's other assets. Just watch.
  10. Yes, and what about the other guys in pattern? Are we sending all five targets on crossing routes? No. The point is that you attack the defense in multiple ways and allow the QB to find the holes. The Pats do it much the same way. I have always loved Weiss' offense and I was a big fan of Tenn's as well. I anticipate a refreshing change. I have my doubts and they are mostly about our tackles. If the OT
  11. Geez.... Free your mind and your ass will follow. You say longer routes as if they will run nothing but long routes. Not the case. Hackett used a lot of max protect with late breaking valves, but that means it'll will also take longer to get guys free. If you flood the zone with receivers, you eliminate much of the doubles and make quick reads and releases that much easier. Ying and yang. What this new offense will most likely do is put more of the game in Pennington's hands. It will fall on him and it will be his responsibility to get the ball out of
  12. Well stated, Mr. Shane. You and I are on the same page. That is most definitely Dinger's MO, and yes there is inherent risk. Here's the good part. Neither McNair nor Volek sees the field as well as our QB. So while this offense could be risky, the upside is tremendous. The more players in the pattern, the more dangerous Pennington is. He major strength is making pre-snap reads and quick decisions and identifying the path of least resistence. I hope we can keep him healthy, but I am also very excited about what he can do in this offense.
  13. Based on the "time windows" that Slats eluded to, I agree. He's on course. So unless there is an "event" (setback), he will be ready. Re-injury is a legit concern, especially early on. Eventually the repaired joint (muscle structure) will toughen up. Just avoid that big hit early. This is one potential plus with the shot gun back in the fold. They always have the option of dropping him back when there is a great speed rusher on his blind side. The gun allows the QB to get an early look at the blind side rush. One more reason why Hackett's rigid approach was problematic. T
  14. What Garb clearly doesn't understand is that we know Randy well, for over a year now. That's our fourth chat with the guy and he's been to our tailgate. We're not trying to grow our site with the Lange chats. We're not trying to create a precious document or what have you. We're just getting access to someone with access, who happens to be a pretty cool laid back guy. Randy does it just to be cool. All those involved had fun. Feel free to skip our stuff in the future - Garb. It was nice to see some of the other Jets fans show up. Hope you guys make it next time
  15. What do you mean, an African or European Swallow?
  16. Big Ben is a stud and had a great rookie year. He was nursing a thumb injury in the playoffs and some of his throws were very indicative of that. One of the best pro prospects I've ever seen. He'll have his bumps along the way, but he should have a great career. Someone said he was not the total package. Get a clue. That's exactly what he is. What skill is he lacking save for game experience?
  17. I'd be surprised if McGill was not on the final roster. Ham is correct on NFLE. I was saying this on Insider a month ago. McGill is a player.
  18. He's the best ever and it's an absolute blowout.
  19. No way is it "no contest". Hernandez was clutch in every phase of the game. He was the ultimate leader that you just don't see anymore, at least if you're a Met fan. He had his golden years with us but was at his best in the four or five years before he was a Met. People forget that he could run as a younger player. He was usually good for around 10-15 bags. 11 Gold Gloves + an MVP and titles with two organizations. Mattingly never won a title and played his whole career with the Yankees. It's not like he's Ernie Banks stuck in Chicago. He was the leader of talen
  20. David Cone was a HOF talent. To me, that is unquestionable. He could pitch with anyone when he was healthy. If he had 200 wins then I would say he should be in and I would not cry foul if he got in anyway. There's much worse in there already. The thing that killed Coney are the two freak injuries. He missed '87 (I think) with a broken finger and missed a lot of time to the aneurism. Both sort of freak injuries. He has the arm, stuff and make-up plus he was damn good in the big spot. IMO, he's real close and would definitely be there without the freak injuries t
  21. I was with you until you ref'd Brien's %... As a Pat fan, you should KNOW - that a kicker's % is far less important than how he kicks in crunch-time. AV has had off years, but was always there when it counted. That's my kind of kicker. I do hope NUG's get out of the box well, but as long as he avoids a pattern of missing big kicks, I think he'll be ok. One plus is that he'll have a full year (at minimum) under his belt before he can lose a plyoff game for us.
  22. Yup. I was hoping they'd go for it and put the kid at LT, but I assume they have their reasons. I still think that's the long-term plan.
  23. Agreed. If anything, I think we are ranked a bit high. If Jones is ready, then we'll be ok. Our key will be picking up the blitz better than we did last year. You wanna beat NE? You better pick up the various things they throw at you.
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