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Mr. Scot

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#3103252 Amini at RT anyone?

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 03:12 PM

What a great idea, plug the worst o-lineman on your roster into a more important position.


Silatolu the worst?  Over both Bell and Chandler?


I don't know if I could sign on to that idea.


Bad?  Definitely, but competition for our worst OL is pretty steep right now.

#3103132 Good News/Bad News (Practice)

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 01:22 PM

Can't think of a single instance where a player sucked at guard but was at least average at tackle.


There have definitely been guys who weren't made for the interior but who looked good playing outside (and vice versa).


With that said, I'm not necessarily expecting Silatolu to be one of them.


Still, why not give it a shot?  We already know Chandler's terrible and it's at least a better option than his replacing Norwell.

#3103113 RIP KB's OROY chances

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 01:02 PM

Deserved or not, that play could have more impact than you might think.


Images like that stick in voters minds.

#3103111 Josh Norman: Munnerlyn Never Helped Me

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 12:59 PM

steve smith of the defense


Rivera called him that specifically if I remember right.  Maybe it was more true than we know.


If we're being honest here, we don't know what these players are truly like.  We think we do based on interviews, behavior, glimpses we see in news stories and brief personal encounters.


It's what we have to go on, but it's not really authoritative.  We kind of have to accept that we don't really know them that well.


Maybe the story's true.  Who can say?

#3103105 Gary Kubiak

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 12:56 PM

Most of your GM blame should go to Rick Smith


True.  I forgot how long Casserly's been gone.

#3103073 Ouch, awful NFC South note

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 12:35 PM

One of the highlight showed put up a graphic showing that all the AFC North teams currently have winning records (6-4 is fourth in the division).


We replied "Well, of course.  They're playing the NFC South" :(

#3103062 We're not going to the playoffs

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 12:30 PM

Honestly, there are probably a lot of people who'd rather have the high draft pick than what they'd consider meaningless wins.  Many just probably wouldn't want to admit it.  And objectively speaking, it's probably a better outcome in the long run.


Me though?  I just can't cheer for or hope for my team to lose.  It's just not in me.

#3103056 trai turner on beckham catch

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 12:28 PM

If only...



#3103017 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 12:08 PM

Probly shouldda seen this coming :lol:










#3102960 Would we be a better team if...

Posted by Mr. Scot on 24 November 2014 - 11:24 AM

Hapless trying to find a way to discredit Luke again... :rolleyes:

#3100986 Bye week blues (piling on)

Posted by Mr. Scot on 22 November 2014 - 06:03 PM

You're a ray of sunshine, Jag :lol:

#3100977 What do you need to run a West Coast offense?

Posted by Mr. Scot on 22 November 2014 - 05:44 PM

That would work well. He uses stretch zone running to set up play action passing. It's done wonders for Flacco.


I understand 'stretch zone' is what they're running in Jacksonville too.  I honestly wasn't aware Kubiak was using it, though I assumed zone blocking based on his scheme.


And although we haven't really discussed it, a zone scheme might go a long way toward fixing our vulnerability to 3-4 defenses.





#3100918 Gary Kubiak

Posted by Mr. Scot on 22 November 2014 - 04:11 PM

I don't know actually.  Haven't noticed it much from when I've seen the Ravens this year.  


Likely makes a difference that they're being coached by Juan Castillo, not Alex Gibbs.

#3100818 What do you need to run a West Coast offense?

Posted by Mr. Scot on 22 November 2014 - 01:37 PM

Since we're discussing different systems and coaches lately, I thought it'd be useful to look at the sorts of things you need to effectively run a West Coast type attack.


Let's look at it by position...


QUARTERBACK: The QB in a WCO needs to be an accurate short passer, but ability to throw deep - while not absolutely necessary - does make the offense more effective.  He also needs to make good decisions, and make them quickly. He should have good 'touch' on his passes, and it's definitely best that he be mobile because the system doesn't usually keep runningbacks in to block, preferring to send them out in pass patterns.


RUNNINGBACK: West Coast RBs definitely have to be versatile.  They should be just as big a threat catching passes out of the backfield as they are rushing.  On run plays, you want a decisive 'hit the hole' type and a back who can 'be his own blocker' helps as well.  The best WCO systems also tend to have at least one big back on the roster to get the 'tough yards', someone you can use by spreading the field out and running him up the middle or off tackle.


RECEIVER: Good (preferably great) route runners.  Great hands (as few drops as possible since in this system the short pass often subs for the run, essentially becoming a 'long handoff').  And a big key here, speed and elusiveness.  You want the super shifty type of guy who can take a three yard pass and turn it into a ten yard (or more) gain.  Also a great idea to have at least one big receiver who's a red zone threat and will fight for the ball when covered.


TIGHT END: The tight end in the WCO is generally a security blanket and a chain mover.  As your primary 'possession guy, you absolutely need someone with ultra-reliable hands and preferably one who's good at finding open spots in coverage.  If he's also a 'stretch the field' type, that's good too but reliability is what's paramount.  Also extremely helpful if he's good in the red zone.


OFFENSIVE LINE: Since the WCO commonly uses zone blocking schemes, athletic linemen tend to work best.  That's not to say you can't have big bruisers (Baltimore does) but they need to be able to move well and - arguably even more important - they need to be very smart.  Each guy needs to understand what the guy next to him is doing and be able to diagnose what's coming at him and react quickly.


So looking at this list now, if we wanted to run this kind of scheme, what would you say we have already and where would we need to retool?

#3100790 HC Candidates & their potential schemes

Posted by Mr. Scot on 22 November 2014 - 12:31 PM



There definitely is that weird unspoken assumption around these parts that we must stick to a 4-3.  


I can see us switching in these next few years depending on who's our coach.  


It gets shot down a lot, mostly because people think you can just switch systems with the same players and there'd be no transition.


We would definitely need to shift the defensive roster somewhat to run it effectively.

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