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Everything posted by gangreenman

  1. I think you need to re-read everything I said. 1- Obviously they are not going to give up on Geno after year 1. We all know that. If you find it necessary to bring in competition for him next offseason, you sign a vet on the cheap. To pick one in the top 4 rounds would mean that either that pick or Geno (if he loses the competition) will be sitting on the bench and that pick will be wasted whichever way the competition goes. This team needs young talent in a lot of different places. Backup QB isn't one of them. 2 - I have said from the day Idzik was hired and all of those cuts and trades were made, and replaced with band-aid stopgaps, that for his plan to succeed he needs to successfully draft a QB, a pass-rushing OLB, and 2 or 3 starting caliber offensive linemen. If he can do that, he puts us in position to open the checkbooks to grab some proven talent at skill positions (because he doesnt have to spend it finding a pass rusher, a QB, and offensive linemen that are already not with the team or won't make it through next offseason). He got his QB and hopefully one of those OL in this draft. We also may have gotten an OLB with the drafting of Richardson depending how Coples does - but thats a big if. 3 - I understand the motive behind signing the stopgap players as a way to fill the positions without using up salary cap. My point (as outlined above) is that if he has to spend a lot of $$ in FA to replace guys like Moore, Pace, etc. Then all that money is still tied up in the same positions - therefore making all that salary reduction a moot point.
  2. I think we both agree on the main points, but a few counter arguments to some of what you said: 1 - The one year cheap stopgaps to me clearly indicates that Idzik wants to build this team through the draft. He has spent a large part of this offseason trading Revis, cutting Scott, letting Keller, Landry, and Moore walk - all moves intended to cut costs. If we have to spend money to replace the holes he created by making those cuts/deciding to let those guys walk - then everything he did this offseason is pointless. Therefore, drafting guys on the OL and LB (since we are going to lose Harris and Pace) is essential for Idzik's plan to work. 2 - It relates to the above, but taking a chance on Geno in round 2 means he has to work out. You are not going to give up on him regardless after this season, and to draft another QB in the top 4 rounds of next year's draft as well would mean that one of those picks is a waste. You cant have 2 QB's on the field together or sharing time (see: 2012 Jets). Just about every other position (aside from OL) you have the flexibility to have several high picks on the roster without wasting any of them... If Geno works out and one of the OL drafted this year shows he is capable of starting come 2014, and we draft another one next year as well as a starting caliber OLB - Idzik will be able to use the freed up money to land a few proven players at skill positions (such as WR, TE, and S) in next year's FA.
  3. I dont know. A lot depends on what he does next offseason. The way Idzik has trimmed the roster and added a lot of injury prone stop gap FA's to fill the voids, hitting on draft picks is a necessity. As I said at the beginning of the offseason that if, going into the 2014 season we have added a legit long term QB, a legit pass rusher, and 2 or 3 competent OL through the draft - he puts himself in a good position. We would be able to dump Sanchez, have enough roster flexibility to make up for the loss of Harris and Pace, and ample money to spend on an experienced #1 WR and some help at the Safety position. He has really yet to address the OL through the draft (drafted 2 project types), and didn'd draft a single linebacker. Taking a chance with Geno in round 2 instead of one of those positions means that Geno has to work out and that he has to find a good OL and a good LB in next year's draft. He also has to be willing to open the checkbook for a good #1 WR and probably look for some FA help at TE and S as well.
  4. I agree .Calling the Jets stupid would be an insult to the word stupid.
  5. This. Watching last season after Revis went down, Cro stepped right in and was dominant in coverage. I think being traded to the Jets and playing opposite Revis was the best thing to ever happen to his career. He gets to play in a system that suits him better (man coverage), and had the opportunity to learn from and compete agains arguably the best CB in the history of the game for 2 or 3 years -without being in the spotlight.
  6. 1 Send in your Jersey for store credit 2. Replace with a more expensive jersey 3. Profit
  7. He sold out on winning it in 09-10... He knew just as well as anyone that Revis would be hard to resign long term, that Rex was a great D coach and the majority of the defense was at the tail end of its prime (Scott, Pouha, BThomas, S. Ellis, etc). He traded a lot to land Braylon, Cromartie, and Holmes, and signed aging vets like Woody and Faneca to shore up the OL. He spent the money to win now... And as a result, when they didn't, left the team in horrible shape for the future.
  8. Again, if you watch the games, they effectively were. They weren't doing it in the traditional sense to force a turnover, but all four defenders had a foot in the lane every time melo touched the ball. In that situation the right play to make is kicking it out to an open 3pt shooter... Which he did. Problem was none of those 3pt shooters could make anything for most of the series.
  9. In basketball you put the ball in the hands of your best playmaker or superstar and run the offense through him. I agree there was a lot of standing around and holding the ball and not a enough ball movement to misplace the defense first, but eventually you want to get the ball to your best playmaker in a scoring position. We got some really open looks of the kick outs and penetration from Melo - but nobody could hit.
  10. Effectively he was. When he got the ball in the mid post all five defenders had at least a foot in the land ready to help. This clogged the lane for Anthony, as they wanted to force him to take the tough fadeaway shots over George. When Melo passed it out, his teammates were usually wide open for the bricks they proceeded to fire up.
  11. Bottom line is the game plan doesn't matter if no one can put the ball in the basket. Felton, JR, and Kidd all hat terrible series in terms of shooting. Shumpert was streaky (as always). Chandler never was an offensive threat, so hard to blame him for the woes at that side of the court, but for someone who's reputation in the league is that of a defender and rebounder, hard to argue he was of much use out there judging by the way Hibbert scored and rebounded all 6 games. Melo was the only one on the team (aside from Copeland - who should have played more) that seemed to be able to make a few shots. And given that he was going up against one of the best defenders in the league and drawing double teams and forcing help every time he touched it, hard to ask the guy to be able to put up 40 a night when his supporting cast couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
  12. Not necessarily. But you do need role players and supporting cast to be able to hit shots and contribute. Cant rely solely on a superstar to do all the scoring.
  13. The only reason Woodson has any shot at being fired is because Dolan is an incompetent sh*tbag. He is a great coach for the Knicks - even if he got out coached this series.
  14. Garnett Allen Pierce and Parker will all be HOFers. Maybe Gasol too. And Artest probably has an outside shot (but I doubt it) - same can be said for Manu. Comparing Gasol to Chandler is a crime against Gasol. He is better at just about every aspect of the game. Thats not a knock on Chandler - I love his toughness and his tenacity - he's just not close to that level. Bynum was healthy for the most part during their championship runs - and he was dominant. Not going to be a HOF guy unless he really stays healthy and gets back to playing at that level..But if he were to maintain the level he played at during those runs for a few years - it wouldn't even be a question.
  15. FIrst off I disagree. Garnett was incredible that year. Handled Lebron defensively and helped carry that team. He was not at his best, but was more than capable of producing at a high level for 30+ mins per game. Pierce is a surefire HOFer. As is Ray Allen. Rondo has a shot still. Just because players compliment each other well - doesn't mean they don't deserve to be HOFers. Pippen was on Jordan's "supporting cast" and was still a clear HOFer. I would still trade Felton and JR for Parker and Ginobli - even at this point in their careers - all day, every day, and twice on Saturdays. And neither are anywhere close to the level they were playing at back in 07 either. Same can be said for my feelings about Tyson Chandler vs. either Gasol or Bynum - Please please please!!
  16. And I wasn't talking about who to resign. I was talking about the way the series was coached.
  17. Not sure what you mean by this. Copeland was one of the only players on the Knicks this series other than Melo capable of making a 3 and spreading the defense.
  18. You're wrong on almost all counts. Celtics had Garnett and Pierce when they won. 2 HOFers that were capable of playing 30-40 mins a game. Not to mention Ray Allen. And Rondo might be one too before its all said and done if he keeps it up. Kobe lakers only won when they had Shaq (close to his prime) or a mixture of Pau in his prime (definite possibility of HOF), Bynum in his prime (Was the best big man in the league at the time and an All-Star - even if not a HOFer) and Ron Artest in the latter stages of his career. Spurs the last time they won had Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli all in their primes... I agree with what you are saying about this particular series though. We did not need a 2nd HOFer to beat the Pacers. If Smith or Felton shot half as well this series as they did the entire regular season Knicks would probably be looking ahead to Miami.
  19. As good of a job as he's done since he took over for D'Antoni (and he's been great)...Woodson was badly out coached this series. To put Martin and Chandler in the game at the same time for extended periods of time the first four games of this series in an attempt to matchup with Hibbert and West is a matchup Hibbert and West still win at least 8 times out of ten. And then we get zero offense from either. Needed to see more Copeland earlier on and probably could have given more time to Prigioni or Kidd to keep JR's self destruction tour from absolutely killing the Knicks pretty much every time he touched the ball
  20. Melo has never had another Superstar on his team. Throughout NBA history, you need at least two HOFers in their primes (or at least still young enough to play 30 mins per) to have a realistic shot at winning a championship. Knicks have never had more than 1 since '73. Ewing in the 90's never got the help he needed and now Melo in this era. The only hope is that Amare can get healthy and stay on the court all season - and learn to produce alongside melo.
  21. I wish JR was still under contract so we could trade him - would be able to get a lot after winning 6th man of the year. Felton didn't play well. He was the only Knick (outside of Melo) that did any scoring this series. If he's off (which he was in all four of the Knicks losses) they have no shot.
  22. Refs were bad, really bad...But at the end of the day. Pacers were 34-67 and the Knicks were 34-85. If the Knicks were ever to be considered serious title contenders, they need someone other than Carmelo Anthony to be able to consistently put the ball in the basket.
  23. Likely going to plea out. DA will probably agree to drop the drug possession charges if he cops to the handgun and ammunition. Likely 12-16 months in jail before he is released on parole.
  24. Doubt it. Don't think he'd be a good fit with the dolphin culture
  25. Actually, in May is when all the movement happens inside FO's typically. Immediately after the season is when Owners decide to fire GM's. New GM comes in and first thing he does is sort out his coaching staff. Then the focus becomes the draft. Those scouts and FO workers have been scouting and preparing since September at that point for the draft, and are fully aware of the team's strategies and who they are looking at etc. Considering how secretive these draft boards are, it would be incredibly foolish to start "cleaning house" just a month or two before the draft for that reason alone.
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