[t-color=#424242]Named the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), the evolutionary program comprises a [/t-color]series of ventures[t-color=#424242] that would kick off by sending a robot into the atmosphere to test the waters, followed by a 30 day crewed, orbital mission. If successful, the next mission would be a crewed, 30-day venture in Venus’ atmosphere, ultimately leading up to humans spending a year in the atmosphere, or maybe even the establishment of a permanent presence in a floating “city.”[/t-color]
What sets this apart from other space missions is the crafts that NASA has dreamed up; helium-filled, solar-powered airships. As described by IEEE, the robotic version would be 31 meters long, whereas the crewed vehicle would be almost 130 meters in length. The top would be decorated with solar panels, a gondola would be built underneath for instruments and, in the manned vehicle, there would be a habitat for humans and an ascent robot that astronauts would use to both enter Venus’ orbit and return to Earth.[/t-color][/t-quote]
Have been fooling around with it a bit and realized something pretty interesting the AFC for next week: If KC beats the Steelers next week, no matter how the rest of the AFCN does, they're in the 5th or 6th seed. That game is huge next week and basically for a playoff spot. The AFCN and one WC spot should be up for grabs week 17. I think KC has been very overlooked recently and could make some Wildcard round noise against either an inconsistent Cincy team or mistake prone Colt. If the broncos beat the Bengals next week, the Pitt-Cincy game Week 17 will be for a WC if the Ravens can beat the lowly QB deprived Texans and Browns
In the NFC, a cross conference game with the Colts-Cowboys has big implications next week. If they lose, the Eagles have a leg up barring if they lose to the Giants Week 17 (Which I think they do)
First off--Loved the win today. It's awesome seeing young new guns contributing (Bene, Fozzy, Tre, etc.)
Something that the last 2 weeks has shown however is the lack of evaluation skills the OL coaching and offensive staff has.
It took injuries and a ton of moving around to finally get a competent line out there. 7 prior starting lines.
I just can't forgive the fact that thought Amini and Chandler were the best options we had when a random mid-season FA pickup and one of our UDFAs are completely outplaying them now. Igo even mentioned how good Norwell looked in camp and it was pretty obvious he had talent watching this preseason.
Moving forward, if we somehow are stuck with Ronald next season we NEED to get better talent evaluators on offense.
They have basically been forced into this lineup and it was legit today.
Even before Shula leaves, Matsko and Brown need to be relieved of their duties and we need a change at those spots.
This awesome win and offensive performance should have given every indication we need a lot of changes to the staff on offense if Ronald is here next season. There was a reason the Ravens canned him.
When an OL is killing it and you don't turn it over, an offense works no matter the scheme..WC, EP, AC, Kellyball
I've seen a few people mention it around here,but I felt like putting the spotlight under this for a second.
Since Shula took over, one of the most obvious flaws in his coaching ability and what gives us a peak at Rivera's real mentality (not that phony riverboat BS) is our 2nd down play-calling. Instead of calling play actions and bootlegs with Cam fuggin' Newton, we continue to run the ball up the gut almost every 2nd & 3rd (or shorter). The opposing defense will either disguise or show blitz, we don't teach Cam to audible in these situations, and we continue to run it right up the gut.
Now we all know Shula sucks and should/will be gone but these type of playcalls have an effect on our young guys and team's mentality. It's the same as when we play for a tie, play for a lead with 1:30 instead of a win, etc. and it's been the most consistent mentally draining aspect of this team for 2 years now.
Even the most conservative HC/OC duos have understood this aspect of an NFL offense. We're talking properly timing play actions and utilizing short down situations when you have a few chances after a good 1st down. It's completely flipped. We run on 2nd and shorts, and go for the bomb on 3rd and shorts. We call play actions on 3rd and 12+ (this is worse than a Henning-style draw bc we are making ourselves lose more yards in a situation where we aren't making any defender bite)
Before this year is over, I want to see someone in the media call out this style play calling because even the Jets and Jags have the modern NFL offense more figured out than this staff does.