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  1. Talent wise, I think we could get a late 2nd or early third. But he's in the final year of his contract, so nobody's going to give up a good draft pick for a player that they will have to give a big contract to after the season. If he was a star, maybe, but not for a solid #2 receiver.
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    tre boston

    Yep! They have got to get this worked out before the regular season. Textbook hits are now being flagged. I don't think anyone knows what's a penalty anymore.
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    tre boston

    One problem in all this is that each of the guys that feel they are being blackballed have significant flaws in their game that limit their worth to teams. Every one of these safeties would be no better than mid-tier in any FA period, and only solid starters, at best. So, they would only be looking at a modest salary. However, they seem to think they are upper echelon safeties that should be paid among the top players at the position. So, while it's easy to make connections and create conspiracy theories about teams getting together to blackball them, the reality is that their skills simply do not match their own perceived value. The best of the bunch is probably Reid, but he's had multiple significant concussions and at one point talked about the possibly of hanging it up if he gets another one. So, while his skills say he could be a starter on a team, there is serious risk for any team that signs him to a contract he feels he's worth. Same thing with Kaepernick. He sees himself as a starter, but in truth, he's a marginal one, at best. He's always been a one read and run guy with limited field vision. At his best, he had a coach that planned around his flaws and designed his game plan to take advantage of what he does well. However, as teams started to figure him out, he became less and less effective, and started to become somewhat of a liability. But from what I've heard, despite publicly saying he'd be fine coming in as a backup, he firmly believes he should be starting, and wants to be paid as such. So, while I'm sure there are teams that have political reasons for not wanting him, I have little doubt he'd be on a team today if they felt he would truly accept a backup role and a salary that comes with it.
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    1st string offense vs Bills.

    Yeah, like with the defense, I feel more comfortable after taking a second look at the offense. Despite the pitchforks, Kalil looked good with the exception of that one play that someone posted. And even then, he kept Hughes on the inside where Cam could see him and avoid the sack. We have so many weapons that it will be difficult for defenses to defend us. So many of our guys, like CMC, Moore, Wright, and Samuel, are versatile as well as explosive. Not to mention the size and playmaking ability of Olsen, Funchess, and likely Thomas. And with both of our top backs being such good receivers, we will really keep defenses on their heels. We have a slew of guys now that are quick, explosive, can play from anywhere on the field (backfield, slot, out wide), and are dangerous with the ball in their hands. We are no longer an offense that is absurdly predictable and easy for defenses to stop by just keeping the receivers in front of them because we don't have anyone that can get YAC's.
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    1st string offense vs Bills.

    I went back and re-watched, and the first string defense actually looked good. The only real problem was Seymour, whose (almost certainly) not going to be a starter. The DL was getting good push and was controlling the LOS, but Peterman was getting rid of the ball so quickly that there really wasn't time for pressure to reach him. Jackson gave up a couple of catches, but on one, he slipped, and the other was just a perfect pass and catch where he had no chance. Seymour though, was horrendous. Buffalo was clearly targeting him, and it's no wonder why. His man consistently was getting separation, which made for easy pitch and catches. The only reason the first string defense didn't look good was because of Seymour. Everyone else did well. I felt much better on the second watch, where I could look at everyone's individual performance.
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    Starwars episode 9.

    They have oversaturated Star Wars with so many movies coming out. I find that I just don't care or get all that excited when they come out anymore.
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    Starwars episode 9.

    I actually think it was the characters that ruined Rogue One. Neither lead had the charisma or acting chops to carry the film (not that acting chops have ever been a pre-requisite in the Star Wars universe).
  8. I agree. Batum is a good player. He's overpaid, but that doesn't take away the fact he is solid in pretty much every facet, and is the glue-type of player all top teams need. He's just not that dominant star player that can take over a game and carry the team on his back. I honestly think last year was simply a combination of his elbow injury and not meshing with Howard that derailed his season. Now that Howard is gone, I think he will be an invaluable piece to the Hornets....and moving back to his natural SF position will also be big for him.
  9. It's too early to freak out over the possibility of Amini starting. We haven't even played one preseason game yet, so none of these guys have had much of a chance to move around on the roster. I think that behind closed doors, they were penciling in Moton at LG (regardless of what they were saying publicly), but Williams' injury was a huge monkey wrench to that plan, and a bigger deal than they will say publicly. So now, they're likely going to see how each guy looks in preseason before making any decision. And to be honest, I really don't think it will be Amini, and never have. I think they actually set it up for him not to start, so if he does, it will have more to do with the other guys not stepping up than any sense of loyalty Rivera (who doesn't make the decision anyway) has toward vets.
  10. My guess is that KB somehow felt betrayed by Cam. Perhaps it had to do with the trade. I don't know if he expected Cam to fight harder to keep him, or if he thought he should have made more of a stink about it, who knows. Maybe he's mad that Cam didn't reach out to him this off-season, or didn't invite him to his high profile workout sessions. Whatever the reason, this definitely sounds personal and has the feel of something off the field more than what he's actually talking about.
  11. Yeah, but if you design plays that unclog the middle, there should be more space to run up the middle than there was last year. And some people are confusing running between the tackles with running up the middle. While they can be the same thing, it's not always true. Stewart, for example, was a run up the middle guy. Just give him the ball, and let him bull his way for yards. CMC, on the other hand, is a patience and vision between the tackles runner. By that I mean he takes the handoff and waits patiently until he sees a gap and explodes through it. Last year the problem was that Shula used CMC the same way he used Stewart...a straight up the gut and bull your way for yards style. So it didn't work . He even admitted that it wasn't until late in the year that he started to figure out how to use CMC, and that's one of the reasons his efficiency went up as the year went on. I look for Norv to spread the defense out more and call plays that keep them off balance better than we saw with Shula. So, that alone should improve our run game, despite the loss of Norwell.
  12. True, but last year's problems had as much to do with personnel and scheme than blocking. Our offense didn't have much of a deep threat, so defenses could keep 9-10 guys within 10 yards of the LOS, which clogged things up for our RB's. Also, the scheme tended to run receivers across the middle which brought more defenders there...all while running both backs straight up the gut and into the teeth of those defenders. This year, I expect Norv to do a better job of spreading defenses out and giving our backs more space to work. We also have receivers now with the speed to go deep and bring the safeties with them, which again, will open thing up underneath. I also have faith/hope that M. Kalil holds his own at LT, so along with the return of R. Kalil to heath, our OL should improve or at least be solid (even if there is a decline at LG).
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    Sugar coating RBs, CJ lead back

    CMC is more about speed, quickness, and explosion than power. Nobody disputes that. But CMC is better at breaking tackles than a lot of people here want to give him credit for. Nobody's going to break a whole lot of tackles when defenses get clean shots and are able to gang tackle, like happened last year. Play design often clogged the middle and Shula tended to run our guys right into that clog. Since so much of our offense was underneath, there was really not much space for any of our backs to run...even when they took it outside, there were usually multiple defenders waiting. And that's not something Kamara faced much last year. He had a coach that knew how to create space for his backs to work. So both of NO's backs had more room to work and they rarely got hit full on by multiple defenders within the first 5-10 yards like CMC and Stewart did. While CMC will never be a power back like some here want, he does have enough power to break arm tackles, and he is good at using his shiftiness to avoid solid hits and get to the second level. But that only works when there's somewhere to shift to, which requires a coach that knows how to spread defenses out...which I believe we finally now have.
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    Sugar coating RBs, CJ lead back

    First of all, not all touches are created equal. Second of all, Kamara spent the early part of the season behind AP as well as Ingram. So, his touches dramatically increased as the season went on, where I think our staff utilized CMC as a decoy more as the season went on. The bottom line is it isn't about touches, it's about how each player was used. Kamara and Hunt were used the way they should have been, while CMC was used as an occasional power back and outlet receiver. It had nothing to do with capabilities, just usage. And the way each of them would have been used here is 180 degrees from they way they actually were used. Switch Kamara and CMC, and we would be having this same discussion, just with the names changed. Nobody was going to overtake Stewart as the focal point of our run game, no matter how much it should have happened.