Let's see, we play Seattle in a bit over a week, they are the guys we have to beat to really take our place at the big boys table and Norwood used to play with them. He should know the playbook and know some of the defensive tendencies of the Legion of Boom, plus was used in practice against them to learn a few of the new wrinkles they've added this year. He's also practiced against Atlanta's new head coach and probably has some insight on defensive schemes there. This won't be as encyclopedic as the first bit, but it couldn't hurt. And honestly, we haven't really needed him on the field yet. Just wait, he'll roll out as some fifth stringer as a forgotten decoy and then torch someone in the endzone.
Oher might be grading out badly by PFF, but he has sure been a major upgrade for us. His run blocking might not be lighting up the field, but in protecting the QB he has been worth the money. And pass protection is what we needed more than anything. Overall, this current line up on the O-line has been playing better than any of us had a right to expect. Kalil seems to have returned to form and has brought the group together nicely. Oher's protecting well against usually the opponent's best pass rusher, Remmers has been a massive roadblock, Turner is working hard and Norwell looks like an ogre turned loose on a pack of villagers. There's some depth behind these guys, but man, we're looking so much better than we did last year. Football is won in the trenches and these guys are really doing their job.
Very true indeed! And Allen is an old pro at this. He may be here as much as a teacher as a player, something along the Peanut Tillman role. Norwood's got a big learning curve, and really, catching the hypersonic missiles that Cam can fire adds an entirely new dimension to it.
Okay, if Gettleman has the info on players across the league to the point where Johnson gets hurt and we immediately snatch Delaire off of a practice squad and put him right into the lineup, then this really makes me feel that there really isn't a good enough receiver out there for us to just grab and put into play. He got Norwood, but I think that may have a lot to do with intelligence gathering before the Seattle game, but it could pan out well. Just keep clapping if you believe in Gettlemagic.
I'm not sure if it is just injuries, or if those injuries didn't come about from getting the big money and being a star player, if you know what I mean. He does need to be producing a lot of more for the money he's getting now and he's certainly not as dominant as he once was. Maybe he will come back onto the field with a vengeance, maybe not. His longevity is pretty much in his hands, both for quality of play and for affordability. If not, there are some younger and cheaper alternatives that we can work with and coach up. I just don't think it is as hard to find a pass rushing end as it once was. And with so many 3-4 teams out there, we may see a glut in the market for guys who specialize in being 4-3 ends. That being said, I am not the least bit worried about us missing Hardy this year. I'd rather have DeAngelo Williams back (at much lower wages) than Hardy. At least with Williams you'd not have to worry about some stupid off field issue knocking him off the team for the better part of the season. Star, man, I sure hope he gets back into the swing of it. He's got so much potential and when he can play, he impacts the game in a big way. But injuries to people his size tend to really be serious. I hope we're not seeing Otah part two.
Leaving the gate unshut, and showing the folks playing a game at their dinner table as the crew rolls out of the neighborhood follows up on a big theme of the show ... and that is that the idea of neighborhoods and neighbors just doesn't mean anything anymore. When the daughter says she doesn't know the neighbors, so she isn't telling them about the soldiers pulling out of town, it's the whole crux of FTWD so far. You can pan back a little more and see that it's being played through in that the only thing people pay attention to is obligation, not any overall sense of neighborhood, city or country. The people of the city break down first and riot because of what the cops do, not knowing why they are doing it... then the soldiers come and make safe zones, but they bail out to protect themselves and their own when it gets too rough. And then the main characters do the same, leaving their unknown and unknowing neighbors to whatever fate they get. Obligations stick, though. The family is obligated to Daniel because he took them in during the riots. The junkie is obligated to Strand because of what he did in the holding cells, and is also obligated to his mom and stepdad who came for him and saved him before. His sister and step brother are obligated to each other now because they share the secret of breaking into that house and partying. Strand is obligated to the rest of the group because he would be dead without them pulling him out of the compound. And obligations will be where the drama streams from in the next season. Strand lived and died by manipulating obligations in the world before zombies and he'll lean heavy on that. He'll write Daniel off as a simple immigrant barber, though, and he'll pay for it in the long run. The junkie will be pulled back and forth because, well, that's what happens to junkies in dramas. It's going to be a good show, but man it took some time to get rolling.
Let's go over what they showed: 1) Flamethrower... Dude, that's fire, that's cool, looks good on TV 2) Bucs Cheerleaders in the Raid ... They could broadcast four straight hours of that and it would be quality programming. 3) Pick Six Interception ... Woot! Go Team! 4) Fun Fumble ... Instant Classic, will be on Football Follies and blooper reels for years to come. Beyond that, there really wasn't that much of interest if you aren't a Panthers fan. 14 games or so to cover in an hour, with 12 minutes of Phil Simms blathering on means there's only so much time for each game. And that sure wasn't the marquis match up. I mean, would you want a long video piece on the Cleveland/San Diego game? Nah... who would? Now the Seahawks game... that one will be worth a longer look. Especially if there are cheerleaders in the rain again. Can't get enough of that!
Week five of the season and we're already talking about showing some vets the door. How about we let them play out the games ahead before we start throwing them into the chipper/shredder? Sounds like a bunch of you guys would like the stadium announcer to welcome each of them onto the field to the refrain of "Dead Man Walkin'!" Guy tweaks his hamstring and you guys are circling him like buzzards waiting on a buffet. How about we save this until after the Super Bowl?
Actually, the Dakotas are probably closing down as well as the Canadian tar sands. For those areas to make any money, oil has to have a higher per barrel price than we are seeing now to make it profitable, somewhere around $55 per barrel if I recall correctly. They were making money hand over fist while prices were in the $90 a barrel range, but the increased production started bringing the price down. Then... The Saudis weighed in and started producing like mad, alongside increased Iraqi production and prices tumbled to $42 a barrel faster than the Dakotas and Canada could pull the plug on their operations and futures sales. Both are ramping down now as they fulfill futures purchases at prices where they are losing money on each barrel. Don't cry for them too much, though, as they made a literal crap-ton of money. And they will be back after the Saudis decided they need more money, and ISIS seizes a couple of oil fields, or the Russians "accidentally" hit a pipeline in Syria, or the Iranians screw up and find themselves shut out of the marketplace again.