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#2635166 Dolphins "parting ways' with Assistant GM Brian Gaine

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 07:39 PM

He added a vet scout, but not at anyone's expense.

 

Gaine could be added to a new position without anyone being let go.

 

And honestly, I'd like for us to have someone in a position like that, whether it be Gaine, Ross or someone else well qualified.

 

(i.e. not Brandon Beane)
 




#2635154 Obama to decide Justin Beiber fate

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 07:33 PM

Is the death penalty an option?




#2635139 Jonathan Martin

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 07:27 PM

Is he any good?

 

Probably better than Byron Bell.

 

I wouldn't call him great or elite, but 'good' isn't a reach.

 

His performance had declined some, but I'm sure he'd say that was due to the locker room issues.

 

(whether or not that's actually true, who can say?)
 




#2635128 Dolphins "parting ways' with Assistant GM Brian Gaine

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 07:21 PM

I'm still amazed Gettleman has not added anyone to the front office since he was hired.

 

We know from his own words that he doesn't want to be the guy who just kicks all the old people out and brings his own people in.

 

That said, I know he evaluates everyone's performance annually.  And you can see from some of the player decisions he's made that he's not afraid to part with popular/well-liked guys if he believes it's in the best interest of the team.

 

As nice a guy as he seems to be, he does still live by the mantra of "it's not personal, it's business".  And after some of the contract decisions Hurney made, we needed someone like that.




#2635105 Gettlemen Draft philosophy

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 07:00 PM

Exactly. I just didn't feel like typing all that.

 

Glad I could help :lol:

 

 

betting it was the Eagles 

 

Definitely possible.

 

Reminds me of something from the article...

 

I’ve talked about it with guys around the league, and guys will open up a little bit. There was one team in the top five that it was going to be either Star or the guy they took. But they ended up taking their guy. And then he’s dropping and dropping. And the Jets are in front of us, and I said there’s no doubt they’re taking Sheldon Richardson. Even if you don’t have the inside information, knowing Rex (Ryan), he was perfect. He was versatile, he can do a million different things with him, and that’s what Rex does. And it was a great pick for them.

 

So here we see that we have a GM who actually pays attention to the tendencies of other front offices and coaches, enough so that he knew ahead of time who the Jets and Rex Ryan were going to take even before they did it.

 

I can't help but be impressed by that.




#2635103 Dolphins "parting ways' with Assistant GM Brian Gaine

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 06:57 PM

Lord almighty, the Dolphins are an unholy mess right now.

 

Gaine, their now former Assistant GM, has been on a the radar as a rising name in the personnel world.  At one point, people expected he'd be the frontrunner for the Dolphins GM job vacated when Jeff Ireland was fired.  But as was a common story in the Miami GM search, something went wrong.  And now he's out, with their being some dispute as the whether it's his choice or the teams.  there's even a story that he was escorted out of their facilities, though the Dolphins have denied that.

 

So what's my interest?  Well, the Panthers don't have anyone with the title of 'Assistant GM' or even 'Director of Player Personnel' at this point, i.e. an heir apparent to Dave Gettleman for down the road (our own Eric DeCosta, so to speak),  And while my personal pipe dream for that spot would be to somehow wrestle Marc Ross away from the Giants, that's not an easy option.  The Giants gave Ross a promotion last year and may well want him to succeed GM Jerry Reese at some point.

 

What about a guy like Gaine?

 

He has an overall positive rep from everything I've found.  His name has come up quite a few times in the last few seasons when a GM job has come open (speculated here, but was never actually part of the process).

 

The downside?  His last several years have been spent working under Jeff Ireland.  And while Ireland was known for having a good eye for personnel, he also presided over the disaster that you're seeing in the Dolphins locker room right now.  That, and Ireland was the guy who famously asked Dez Bryant if his mother worked in a less than reputable profession.

 

As to connections, there are none with Dave Gettleman, Don Gregory or anyone else in the Panthers front office that I can find.  They just missed each other in New York when Gaine was a player (tight end) on the Giants practice squad the year before Gettleman joined their front office.  He's spent most of his career with the Jets or Dolphins and had a good longstanding relationship/apprenticeship with coaching legend Bill Parcells (someone Gettleman and Ernie Accorsi would be familiar with).  he does have one Panther connection, having been with the Cowboys for a couple of years when Assistant ST Coach Bruce DeHaven was coaching there.

 

Could be worth a look, though I'd want to know more about the circumstances of his departure from the Dolphins and what role he played in the current situation there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You'll have to excuse me.  This time of year I'm used to looking at coaching or GM candidates.  Since we actually have some stability at those spots now, I needed something else to research :lol:

 

But seriously, he might really be worth a look, though I admit I'd still prefer finding some way to steal Marc Ross.




#2635043 10 Things Richard Sherman learned after America learned about him

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 05:59 PM

...but I hope he isn't basing what he "learned about America" on twitter feedback he got... that's like learning about the ocean by looking in a toilet. 

 

That's one of the best metaphors I've seen in a while.  Kudos Cat :lol:

 

The great thing about social media is that it's given everyone in America a voice that they can use on a national stage.

 

The bad part?  A lot of those voices belong to idiots :(
 




#2635041 While we're all coming to terms with "cap hell"...

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 05:56 PM

Cmon man don't compare the two.  Richardson was smart enough to hire a guy like Gettleman to fix those problems!  Jones is still...well...

 

Jones definitely believes in having someone in charge who's smart enough to properly manage a team.

 

The problem is that he believes it's him :(
 




#2635024 Gettlemen Draft philosophy

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 05:40 PM

I think some people get a little carried away with the whole BPA concept.  No one drafts PURELY on BPA.  For example, we're not taking a QB at #28.  I don't care who is there on the board.

 

You have to look at it from a team building perspective.

 

For one, quarterback is kind of a different position.  In a given year, you're either open to taking a quarterback or you're not.  If the answer is no, your draft board will reflect it.  Similar with kicker and punter, but obviously on a lesser scale.

 

As far as everywhere else, when they're building a draft board, need factors into the ranking.  So you get "hey this guy's great but we don't need him, so we'll downgrade him".  That way your draft board already accounts for that.  And it tends to play out in the draft that since what you don't need, someone else does, the temptation to take a guy at a position where you're already strong usually takes care of itself.

 

Mind you, I wouldn't see them dropping someone all that drastically, and that's really not a bad thing because you always need depth.  Heck, who knew last April that we'd actually need a guy like A J Klein to play this season?
 




#2635011 Mr. Bountygate expected to be new Rams DC

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 05:26 PM

 Kaeperdick is about to get knocked the fug out twice a year. Glorious.

 

Hadn't thought about it from that angle :lol:

 

Sure will be interesting the next time the Rams play the Saints.  I wonder how all the Saint fans who insisted Bountygate never happened will feel when it's their guys that Williams has in his crosshairs.
 




#2634994 Gettlemen Draft philosophy

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 05:11 PM

Just FYI Rayzor, when I try to post quoted text from certain sites, I get a "page cannot be displayed" or "you aren't allowed to post" alert.  It's been happening recently but I don't know if anyone else is having this issue.  I remember someone posting a thread about the problem not too long ago.  

 

I just tried to quote the article 3 times and that happened each time.  

 

I'll try...

 

Q. When you come to something like the Senior Bowl where guys are playing with new teams and some of them out of position, what are you looking for?

A. If it’s a lower-level guy, you look to see if he steps up. When I was with Denver, John Mobley was a linebacker out of Kutztown (Pa.). When you’re a road (scout) and you evaluate a I-AA or Division II kid on down, what you want to do is, first of all, he has to dominate that level. Second of all, you have to close your eyes, and for Kutztown, the closest school is Penn State, so I’m watching the film on John and asking myself, can he start at Penn State?

John was a man among boys, so check that box. Yes I could picture him starting at Penn State. Then he got invited to the Blue-Gray game and played well, and then he got invited to the Senior Bowl and he stepped it up again. Now we’re in draft meetings and you’ve just watched that Senior Bowl film, and you don’t have to guess. You’re looking for a guy to step up, a guy from a (Mid-American) school, what he’s going to do against the SEC schools? That’s what you’re looking for.

How do they practice? How do they handle the all-star game hoopla? You can tell on the practice field. And then of course, are they going to be able to become pros? That’s not just physically, that’s about becoming a professional. Somewhere like where Luke (Kuechly) is. He’s in his second year, and it’s like he’s a 10-year vet.

 

Q. What are your draft priorities?

A. The purpose until March 11 (and the start of free agency), the whole purpose of this is to put yourself into a position so that when the draft comes, you can take the best player. I can’t say it enough. We had the perfect storm this year. The best player on our draft board at the time we drafted in the first two rounds was there.

I’ve talked about it with guys around the league, and guys will open up a little bit. There was one team in the top five that it was going to be either Star or the guy they took. But they ended up taking their guy. And then he’s dropping and dropping. And the Jets are in front of us, and I said there’s no doubt they’re taking Sheldon Richardson. Even if you don’t have the inside information, knowing Rex (Ryan), he was perfect. He was versatile, he can do a million different things with him, and that’s what Rex does. And it was a great pick for them.

And it took us 40 seconds. That’s my philosophy. And that’s what we did up in New York, and that’s what we’re going to do here.

If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. But this next time you want to put yourself in the position to take the best player on the board. Because when you get into trouble is when you reach for need. That’s when you get into trouble.

 

Q. What’s your philosophy on potential No. 1 receivers? They can be found in the draft or free agency, so what do you tend to lean toward?

A. The draft history will tell you that it’s a tough position to make an immediate impact. In general, the 20-hour rule has really affected the player that we get. Back in the day, and I know you young guys are tired of hearing that, but when there basically were no rules, these kids for the most part came fundamentally sound. And that’s not happening now.

There was a wide receiver that got taken in the first round a few years back, he ran three routes in college. And didn’t adjust to coverage. He ran to three spots. So just think about what you have to teach that guy. So that’s kind of the thing that, depending upon where he went, he was in the spread offense. Another receiver who was taken in the first round that year, a different college, spread offense, he ran the whole route tree. It depends upon what program the kid came out of.

I don’t know if wide receiver has had a tougher time, but history will tell you the adjustment isn’t easy. (Houston’s DeAndre) Hopkins and (San Diego’s) Keenan Allen had quality rookie years. You have to go through the full process, and part of that full process is spending time with these kids, finding out what they know, what they don’t know. I thought last year that our coaching and scouting staff did a great job post-combine in that part of the process.

And as you know, you’re allowed to bring 30 kids in. You’re going to have 3-4 slots open. If there’s a late guy … they’ll spend a day with us and they’ll be on the board, they’ll spend time with Ron (Rivera) and coaches.

Because the way the league is, the quicker you get your young kids to play, the better you’re going to be. So we’ve got to figure out how quickly this guy’s going to be able to play.

 

Q. With the failures at the 1 in the San Francisco game, I know you’re a guy who loves his hog mollies. Obviously it’s bothersome what happened at the 1, but is it something that creates an impetus to focus in on the line in this year’s draft?

A. Let me say this, you can’t. … The first goal is to win your division. But really and truly the long view is to design your team to beat the best team you’re going to play. You understand? That’s the goal.

 

Q. You guys have Seattle next year ...

A. (Laughs) Yes we do.

 

 

Quick tip from an old geek: If you have trouble with the formatting of something, "wash it" through a basic text editor like Notepad.  Cut and paste it into Notepad, then into something like Word or Excel (depending on what you're working on) or back into the forum.  Can't help you if you're posting from a phone of course, but it's a fix for your PC.

 

Hope that helps :)




#2634973 Mr. Bountygate expected to be new Rams DC

Posted by Mr. Scot on 29 January 2014 - 04:38 PM

I'm not sure if I hate him more or the Saints fans that try to deny what he did.


Williams knew what he was doing.

Saint fans are just idiots.


#2634398 While we're all coming to terms with "cap hell"...

Posted by Mr. Scot on 28 January 2014 - 11:14 PM

Jerry Jones is not a skeleton.

 

A skeleton would actually know more about football.




#2634379 David Newton imagines a Panthers Media Day

Posted by Mr. Scot on 28 January 2014 - 10:53 PM

David Newton is definitely not Cam Newton's dad.

 

He is, arguably, the best Panthers beat writer currently working.




#2634372 David Newton imagines a Panthers Media Day

Posted by Mr. Scot on 28 January 2014 - 10:45 PM

That's a minute of my life I'll never get back 

 

Joking. Not bad actually

 

I chuckled.  My one complaint is I'd like to have seen it be a little longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(and no, that's not "what she said") :unsure: