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  1. Romo GM 2018

    No, but I will absolutely take him as an OC. Literally can be no worse than Shula.
  2. Most likely would be more CAP spelling Stew with CMC seeing more time in the slot and split out wide. Behind KB and Funch, CMC is our next most viable receiving threat in terms of drawing coverage and respect. Shep is nice and all, but he's a slot guy through and through. Attacking the middle of the field on crossing routes, whether that's deep, intermediate, or short.
  3. ZOMG! CMC iz uh BUZT!!

    About to breakdown the OP and explain that this play design, while flawed, isn't terrible. Lot of football talk incoming. So what we see here is trap. This SHOULD'VE been power. Apart from iso, it's the simplest blocking scheme in football. It's commonly referred to as "down, down, kickout". It's THAT simple. The issue with the design here is simple. Williams should be down blocking that 3 tech. Instead he's going second level. Norwell is supposed to kick out that 3 tech. It's just too tight of a play to make. The correct blocking is so much simpler. Power should've been there all game due to the width of the defensive line. The pulling guard kicks the end out, tightend should be going second level, Williams on the 3 tech, Turner going second level. Larsen is blocking back on the 1 tech, and Kalil should just be slowing down the backside end. If the blocking used was a call to be made by the linemen, they failed. Kalil and Larsen are blocking the same man. If the coaches decided to effectively make this trap and not power, they're idiots. You can't run trap from the gun because it has to hit so tight. Look at the gif and imagine if they blocked this like true power. CMC is running for days.
  4. 3 point stance is important for power off the snap, but fundamentals are breaking down either way. For as much as everybody loves Matsko, something isn't clicking with this line that he is responsible for. Either they're failing to heed his coaching or he's failing to coach them. One of the two.
  5. Ryan is the reason why Norwell and Trai operate as well as they do. Your center has to be the jack of all trades lineman for a reason. He's gotta be able to handle that nose by himself in certain situations, he's gotta be able to pass block and know who to pick up and who to slide over if both A gaps are coming, he's gotta be able to chip and go to backer, and he HAS to be able to communicate all of this with both guards before the snap. Whether that is verbal, gesturing, or even just an unspoken understanding. Larsen isn't a bad player, he just lacks the experience. Trai and Norwell know and understand Ryan Kalil. A lot of the failures in the run game as far as blocking is concerned have to do with the center and guards, and it's because the understanding of who is doing what is lost at times. Couple that with Larsen just not being the same level of player that Ryan is, you get what we have. Getting Ryan back will not fix Matt Kalil's inability to be consistent in his game. Only coaching will do that. Him letting his feet die, him not attacking, that's on him and the coaches for not correcting him. So while we will see more fluidity in the interior, our edges will remain a question mark until such time as Matt Kalil is something other than "the lesser Kalil".
  6. I don't think anyone has overlooked the importance of turnovers, but the lack of execution across the board is the more pressing issue.
  7. 2017-2018 Carolina Hurricanes Season

    Need 2 points tonight. Gonna need to play fast and get out front quick and keep the pedal down.
  8. Why? and WTF? Halloween reboot?

    Honestly, I wish they'd take a solid decade or two off and just remake the originals of these horror icons. Freddy, Jason, and Michael are beloved and having to release one every 5 years waters them down. Make us forget and miss them and then give us something worthwhile. Scream was the last true "original" scary killer, and Hayden did all she could to make the last installment decent. Honestly, just come up with a new killer movie with a decently new premise and go from there.
  9. I can guarantee you that it is not complexity, just looking at it in motion. Now, I can't speak to how they're coaching it. But the basics of the schemes we're running for our run game are no different than any efficient high school or college team. I literally did all of these techniques as a high school offensive lineman. I've seen the exact things we tried for 8 months out of the year for 4 years, plus seen offensive line play at the college level for a year. It's literally nothing complex. So if there IS a complexity to it, it's the coaches fault OR it's lack of communication at the line by the linemen. Ryan Kalil being out certainly effects that, but these guys are all professionals and should know the calls by now. There's absolutely no excuse for it at the professional level. The BIG issue here is lack of effort and lack of "nastiness". No aggressiveness by any of our 5 linemen, save for Norwell, but even he had some plays where he seemed to just be slow off the ball. When you're reaching out with your arms to block defenders, you deserve to get beat. Fit up and drive. It's the most basic of all the fundamental skills required to play offensive line. If we're not getting off the ball and we're not fitting up and driving, we deserve to get beat up front. As shown in this game, if you attack our OL hard and have your DL get off the ball every snap, you're going to give us fits. Let's look at something for comparison EDIT: Gif isn't attaching, but it's an outside zone play that the Cowboys ran to the weakside. Explanation of play below. Now, this gets blown up in the backfield because the Cowboys RT fails to make his block. Other than that, look at the rest of this unit. If not for the RT, the rest of the OL is at backer level and this was going to be a 4 yard gain minimum if Elliott can cut this up. This is no different than the schemes we were running. Difference is execution and tenacity.
  10. Watch the Cowboys OL. Or any good run blocking OL at any level. You'll see linemen getting off the ball and attacking the defenders and working their feet while punching when they're tight to the guy and extending their arms up and away to leverage the defender out of the spot they're in to create a running lane. This is BASIC OL fundamentals. Now watch our OL. A lot of half pass blocking, half riding guys left or right. No intensity, no physicality, no driving people out of gaps. Just a lot of weakness.
  11. Already broke these down in much more depth than anybody cares to have explained.
  12. Haven't read any of this thread, but I'm responding to OP per gif. 1. This seems like inside zone. Williams seems like he's supposed to probably reach that 3 tech, leaving Turner to chip and go to backer. 3 tech does a good job attacking and not allowing Trai to get off, but that is expected in inside zone. Williams recognizes this, chips and goes to backer himself. Unfortunately, he's reaching out for the linebacker and not attacking and gets defeated. His man makes the play. Down the line, Larsen is supposed to chip the nose and get to LB level as well, but like Williams, he flails with his arms rather than attacking and gets worked as well. Result, nothing there inside because the entire play was reliant on two blocks that simply did not happen. Props to the defense for doing their jobs, but the Wiliams and Larsen did not execute at a high level there. 2. Simple zone stretch blocking. Stew is supposed to read down the line, pick a gap based on the linebackers flowing and hit it up. Larsen gets defeated almost instantaneously. They overloaded the right side of the line, so Kalil is outside of Williams. Dickson and Manhertz are backside. One kicks out the end, the other is likely going out and looking to catch a safety coming down. This creates a natural read for the cutback lane around backside B gap. Huge hole, should've been hit. Unfortunately, Larsen not blocking his man blows this play up entirely, as it is his man that makes the play. Pursuit gets there to finish it off, but this could and should have been a big gain, if not for Larsen. 3. Another zone blocking scheme outside. DIckson is down blocking the end playside. The rest of the line is simply taking a bucket step left and taking first man to cross their face (or, that is how you're supposed to do it. With Manhertz downblocking, Matt Kalil has to pull and lead. Not a bad idea, honestly. It sets up the edge and puts a man out in front of Stew. Also out there is Dickson. So, two guys blocking outside between the front 7 and the corner. Should be an alley. What goes wrong? Larsen is supposed to reach for Norwell's man, Norwell is supposed to head to the backer level and catch pursuit. Problem is, Manhertz does too good a job. The trade off between Norwell and Larsen is bumbled, and that man (#94) ultimately stops this play as he is now free to just run around the outside of Manhertz unopposed. Backside, Trai has no immediate threat inside, so he's taking a step to his inside and getting to backer level as well. Williams scoops the 3 tech. Watch the eyes of Turner, Larsen, and Kalil as they all key on #58. No head on a swivel, no looking for pursuit coming, only looking out in front of the play. This allows several defenders to run directly past them untouched to rally around #94. 4. Another inside zone concept. Actually wasn't blocked terribly across the board with one exception that was pointed out in OP: Matt friggin' Kalil. He gets defeated in the most brutal of ways for a run blocking lineman. If you give so little resistance in your block that you fall down, you have failed and you have been whooped so thoroughly that that play is now ingrained in your head the rest of the game. If you look, truly, EVERYBODY does well. The gap is there. This is a 4 yard MINIMUM gain. But no, Matt Kalil decides to not plant himself and drive his man. 5. This was confusion in the blocking. What seemed to have happened is Dickson was supposed to immediately pick up backside end. Matt Kalil didn't ignore the man as much as he thought that that man was accounted for already, so he was getting to backer. This is supposed to be a designed cutback lane. If that man is picked up, MAYBE this is a nice little gain. I say MAYBE because Norwell is struggling. He didn't get off the ball well and as a result, was unable to get push. To his credit, he didn't really give any ground up either. However, this is a loss for him in terms of his responsibility. Playside didn't do terrible, but not great either. Some good push inside, but Manhertz does not attack his block. This results in him getting in on the eventual tackle as Manhertz first step is inside. When the man you're blocking is outside, and your first step is inside, and it's a run blocking scheme....you lose. 6. From left to right.....Matt Kalil is catching. Again. What I mean is that he's allowing his block to come to him. In the run game, you attack as an offensive lineman. Get a hat on your man and drive him out. Him catching results in him getting beat as he lets his feet die. Norwell and Larsen again struggle to work with one another. This is supposed to be a chip and go, with Larsen reaching, Norwell chipping and going to backer. Larsen takes a load step (watch his left foot go back instead of to the left). This load step now slows him down as well as it places him in an awkward position of having to bring his right foot in front of his left. and still get his hips around and in front of the 1 tech. Norwell, to his credit, holds up until Larsen fixes himself, but this takes too long and the backside has already been defeated on the play. If Larsen steps correctly and gets his hips around, the gap was there because Norwell had an easy track to the backer. Turner and Williams had a miscommunication. In one of the earlier plays (4 or 5, I think), you can see a similar concept between these two. There are two ways to block that 3 tech. The first is what Larsen and Norwell attempted, chip and go. The other is a fold block. This seemed like Turner was thinking chip and go, Williams was thinking fold. Watch Williams almost run directly into the back of Turner. He takes a hard step inside and leads with his right shoulder as if he's trying to dip in tight off of a kickout block by Turner before realizing that Turner is simply chipping and trying to get to backer. Now, luckily the three tech slips and creates a skirmish there. Unfortunately lost in the skirmish was Manhertz free releasing inside to the safety. This is another play that, with better communication and execution, SHOULD have hit for a nice little gain with the potential for big yardage. 7. This is either a read option where Norwell accidentally blocked the read man before realizing it OR Norwell got lazy. Again, attack the defense with the OL, don't catch them. Having to triple team Cox did not help here, and Manhertz again fails to block the end. Not a bad play design, but terrible execution. 8. Plenty of blame to share here. Larsen spends WAY too much time with Norwell's man. He's got him, get to backer immediately. If he does this, he likely reaches him before he gets downhill and disrupts this play. Matt Kalil and Manhertz both run directly by the same man without blocking him. Again, Kalil's eyes should have been inside first, as that is the most immediate threat once he gets outside. If he does that, he picks up the defender that forces the cutback and this still gets hit for minimal gain because Manhertz just completely ignores a defender coming downhill, but at least it's not Stew having to make chicken salad out of....well, you know.
  13. Not Shula. Not Rivera's fault.

    80% of all offensive plays were either throws or runs by Cam. Nearly 100% of all offensive production was provided by Cam's arm and legs. But sure, it's Cam's fault we lost.
  14. The burden on Cam Newton

    I'm not saying Cam recklessly dove and cost us the game by hurting himself. This isn't a case of me seeing what I want to see as other people texted me asking if I thought Cam was ok because they also saw him holding that arm and being attended to. And yes, he still looked good on a lot of throws after that, as I've already pointed out. But he also had some get away from him that weren't getting away from him prior to that point. That's all I'm saying.
  15. The burden on Cam Newton

    You must've turned your eyes away from the TV for a second. I watched from home too. It was on the TV broadcast.