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Cat'sGrowl

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#1689640 More Excited About...

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 15 March 2012 - 03:57 PM

This is what the Panther's fanbase has sank to. These are the standards by which we hold the team to.


#1685518 NFL Free Agency Trades/Signings

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 13 March 2012 - 03:57 PM

If we leave this FA period with more needs than we entered it with I'm gonna bang my head against a tree, Shane style.


#1685299 NFL Free Agency Trades/Signings

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 13 March 2012 - 02:57 PM

Manning supposedly didn't like Marshall.

Trying to appease him?


#1683951 Saints Nicks probably won't stay

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 12 March 2012 - 09:47 PM

tl;dr


This is only funny when you post it immediately. Twenty minutes after the thread has been posted just makes you look dumb.


#1680413 Redskins trade up to #2

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 09 March 2012 - 10:35 PM

Over/Under on the hours until Grits puts a 9mm through his face?


#1679768 Peyton or Cam

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 09 March 2012 - 12:14 PM

Anytime there's any negative talk about The Golden Calf of Bristol, Skip feels the need to bring up Cam, as if they were in the same draft class or something.


I think it has more to do with the fact that Skip thinks the two are comparable.



Which is even more stupid.


#1676826 Minter says Players were rewarded for Game changing plays..

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 07 March 2012 - 01:45 AM

This is what the endless droves of Aints fans down here don't seem to get. Rewarding a player (more often than not from another player) for a sack or an interception is one thing. But when your GM, your Hc and other various members of your coaching staff and a convicted felon who the league specifically told your organization to stay away from are pooling money to reward players for injuring other players, wellllllllll it's a completely different animal.


#1673879 Defensive Linemen Taken in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft over past two years

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 05 March 2012 - 01:20 PM

Almost all DT's in the NFL are strong and have loads of talent, yes their is a gap in talent between the best and the worst. However a major ingredient in a DT or DE being successful against the run and the pass in the NFL is technique.

You can have all the talent in the world, but if your technique is pooty then your going to get pushed around by NFL Offensive linemen. Completely ruling out technique is well not very bright. If you look at the DT's you posted, they have talent, but they also play with excellent technique.

Technique is something that Brockers struggles with when rushing the QB a lot and occasionally when defending the run. Not saying that the coaching staff couldn't improve him in that area, but he plays upright which will eliminate his talent in the NFL. So yes, while talent is important so is technique. With out technique all that talent goes to waste.


Well for starters, you're assuming I'm completely on board the Brockers bandwagon. I partially am, but there are other DL in this class I'm looking at, as well.

Secondly, if the coaching staff disagrees with you, then I will take their word over yours, obviously.

Thirdly, part of Brockers' allure is how talented he's been when you include how unrefined he is, and the promise of astronomical growth, including the ability to be molded into whatever he needs to be to fit the system he's in, due to his youth. Obviously, you don't draft players exclusively on the idea that they contribute year one. The point of this thread was simply to show people that there isn't necessarily some 4 year incubation period for DT's, and anyone who believes there is, has deluded themselves. That said, potential plays a huge part in drafting, and people who want us to draft exclusively on the question of "Will this player be dominant year one?" don't have a firm understanding on the point of the draft.

Now, what separates Brockers from other young DT's (like oh say, Sione Fua) is his natural talent and ability. That is the distinguishing factor. If the FO feels he has the ability to overcome those deficiencies early on, then he'd be an even better pick. Fua, and to a slightly lesser extent Mclain, don't have that natural ability, and their ceiling appears to be too low to warrant giving any considerable effort developing. Why waste the time when you can begin to develop someone who can become dominant? The defensive line is too important to invest time developing average players. It's a portion of your team that you want to be as elite as possible. It was the biggest weakness on our team last year, and it should be one of the strongest.


#1673269 Assassin's Creed 3.

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 04 March 2012 - 10:20 PM

I recently became a fan of the series and am delighted to hear this news, because it sounds AWESOME. The game has been in development for a few years, and the overall scope is going to be massive. Rumors are that story and characters spoilers online, so obviously, I won't dive into that, and ask that noone else does either-but I figured I'd throw it out in case any of you are curious. Also, there's supposed to be a big reveal on the website tonight, but likely won't be too much more than what's been leaked.

The first Assassin's Creed 3 gameplay details have emerged via US magazine Game Informer.

According to GI, Assassin's Creed 3's set to star a half English, half Native American protagonist in New York and Boston during the years between 1753 and 1783.

The new hero is called Connor and has an English father and Native American mother. During AC 3's opening players will experience Conner's childhood on the American frontier as he's raised by the Mowhawk.

Conner eventually dedicates his life to confronting tyranny (and Templars), says GI, after white colonists attack and burn down his village.

An updated game engine capable of putting thousand-man battles on screen powers Assassin's Creed 3, and a brand new animation system (with nothing carried over from previous games) and impressive facial animations are promised.

A new platforming approach will have players climbing trees and mountain cliffs, and you'll meet George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Charles Lee during your journeys.

Most importantly, not all British colonists will be cast as evil oppressors, says Ubisoft.

The first Assassin's Creed 3 screens appeared this afternoon. Here's the full breakdown of the GI details, via NeoGAF:

New hero called Connor/Ratohnhake:ton (pronounced Ra-doon-ha-gay-doo). He has an English father and Native American mother.

More details about the protagonist/scenarios: You will experience Conner's childhood on the American frontier as he is raised by the Mohawk. The Mohawk eventually clash with white colonists who burn their village down, causing Connor to dedicate his life to confront tyranny and injustice.

A new traversal approach that has players leaping and climbing trees and mountain cliffs.

Uses a new version of the Anvil engine that can "depict thousands of troops engaged in bloody battle" along with highly detailed face close
ups. They later imply that if they used version numbers, they would be like going from Anvil 1.0 -> Anvil 2.0 or something of that nature.

Judging by the images, the faces really are quite good.

Combat is focused on putting you on the offensive and based on speed/momentum.

The main character has thousands of new and unique animations (no carry over from other titles) to support the new combat system.

Character details:

George Washington: Interacting with Washington is one of the core relationships of the game.

Benjamin Franklin: He's not a convenient inventor a la Da Vinci.

Charles Lee: His role is a mystery.

The game is set between the years 1753 - 1783 and is centered around the cities of Boston and New York.

"It's not just going to a historical building now; it's going to a historical event."

Event examples: "You will see the great fire of New York. You will visit Valley Forge as a location that is currently occupied by Washington's forces. You will visit these places in the moment that they were important, and hopefully, experience the reason why we know where they are today. That's the goal."

Connor is in the heart of major battles, and they can now have a couple thousand guys on screen, whereas before it was capped at about 100.

The overall story is still centered around the Assassins versus the Templars and Connor's journey.

Not all the Colonists will be cast as good people, and not all the British will be cast as evil oppressors. They're trying to focus on how both the Assassins and Templars viewpoints exist in a gray morality as the Templars really believe they're saving the world.

The French and Native Americans will also feature in the game, as was probably really obvious.

The modern day stuff relates to that location in New York at the end of Revelations.

There will be all sorts of wilderness in the game referred to as the Frontier.

The map of the Frontier is 1.5 times bigger than the entire map of Brotherhood.

The Frontier is not empty like in Assassin's Creed 1, but features a third of the game's missions and gameplay content.

You can hunt animals for resources, and how you kill them effects your reward. A one hit kill on a bear gets you a much more valuable pelt than stabbing it eight times.

The wilderness traversal plays a big part in the gameplay in the Frontier, allowing you to use trees, cliffs, ledges, and more to set up kills and combat.

Connor does have a hidden blade.

The world changes as time passes, so a field where a battle happened in one year may just be a series of empty encampments a few months later.

The entire world will change with seasons, so the cities and the wilderness will all exist in both Summer and Winter settings.

In the winter, soldiers will move slowly and stumble about in the snow, and lakes and rivers will freeze over allowing you new terrain to work with. This gives Connor an extra advantage since he can still use the trees and wilderness pretty effectively during this time of year.

There are all sorts of clubs and groups who want you to join and give you quests. These are separate from the mission system. These clubs will contact you based on what you do in the game. For example, hunting a lot will get you an invitation to the hunting society.

There will be a goods based economy, a new property system, and more Desmond stuff.

There's going to be some new puzzle thing like the first person Tetris.

There's a new Animus database known as Animus 3.0.

They're not unveiling anything about the multiplayer yet.

There will be more platforming levels.

Full synchronization returns, but with major tweaks. Missions have checkpoints, You also get significant rewards for doing these tasks instead of a 100%. "Imagine a leveling system in an RPG, except there's a finite amount of XP to find. The more in-sync you get, the more you fill your sync bar. Within each mission, each activity you complete has a value". You can replay everything to increase your score.

They imply there is something resembling the Brotherhood system of picking up fellow assassins.

Aligned groups are gone, but something new is replacing them in regards to factions. They don't say what.

There's a new notoriety system that is more hidden and doesn't penalize you for exploring risky areas.

The game has fast travel because the game has more traveling.

Don't expect more tower defense.

You can upgrade Connor's gear and costume as the game goes on in an attempt to make it feel more authentic.

The cities have a lot more subtle detail now in terms of ambient things that happen.

You can now leap over wagons or slide under obstacles, including navigating over and around moving objects. The free running stuff also has you jumping through windows to trees and then on top of church roofs. Basically, expect the free running stuff, but more fluid and presumably generally closer to the ground.

Connor enters battle with two weapons. The game uses the same controls in and out of battle.

The tomahawk and knife are a "constant presence" in battle. They also let you do double counters and multiple takedowns, and you can chain kills.

There's no more target locking, it just automatically detects your target. Counter/defense are the same button to prevent turtling.

You can use human shields and other context sensitive moves.

They want you to constantly move in battle.

There are lots of secondary attacks like the one shot pistol on the Y button.

There's a new dynamic camera to track the action and make it look as cinematic as possible.

There is a new sprinting system also, so you can hold the button to instantly turn around and start fleeing from combat. They also let you kill people while still moving so you can keep chasing a target. They kind of imply you can even leap off of them after you kill them, though I'm not sure if that makes you faster or just doesn't impede your movement.

They really, really, really want you to constantly move. I mean like they say this every four sentences. Not just in battle, but in every section of the game.

They also try to keep you more in control of the combat than ever before.

There are around 2.5 hours of character scenes in the game that are fully acted and recorded. They mean this in Naughty Dog style where they have the actors being mocaped while performing on a set that resembles the scene in the game.

They're aiming for accuracy by having historical dialog consultants and actual Native American actors.

This game has the longest development cycle since AC1, and has twice the production capacity (in terms of work hours) and budget of Revelations.

They want the game to feel like AC3.5, and the game will have its first version complete in just a few more weeks, at which point they're going to spend the rest of their time refining it.


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#1672941 Defensive Linemen Taken in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft over past two years

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 04 March 2012 - 04:35 PM

So there seems to be this delusional myth by this certain segment of awkward people whom are overly obsessed with the term "BPA."
They seem to think, contrary to the evidence, that a DT takes 9 years to finally be able to contribute to a team. So I figured I'd post this here, and every time they say something to you like that in the future, you can point your finger and laugh and stuff.


Disclaimer: Frankly, I wanted to do a five year span, but began to wonder why I'm even bothering argue what is so apparent to everyone else, so this will have to do for now.


2011
Marcel Dareus
Aldon Smith
JJ Watt
Nick Fairley
Robert Quinn
Ryan Kerrigan
Cory Liuget
Adrian Clayborn
Phil Taylor
Cameron Jordan
Muhammad Wilkerson
Cameron Heyward

That's 12 linemen out of 32 picks (or perhaps 31, since the Ravens were skipped)

12 Defensive linemen. Literally all of which saw immediate success in their first year. You may be wondering how many LB's were taken in the first round of last year's draft. One. The answer to that, is one. Let's keep moving.


2010

Ndamukong Suh
Gerald McCoy
Tyson Alualu
Jason Pierre Paul
Derrick Morgan
Jared Odrick
Jerry Hughes

That's 7 there. There were 2 LB's taken in that round, and once again, the defensive linemen had a very high success rate and most all performed well their first season. I know someone will make the stupid argument but but but there isn't a Suh in this draft so let me stick this in before someone who thinks their witty comes in, jots it down, and then runs off back to the Lounge to show us more pictures of their cat.

There isn't a Calvin Johnson in this class either. That isn't going to keep a team in the top 10 from taking Justin Blackmon. There isn't a Jake Long in this class either, that isn't going to stop some team from taking Matt Kalil. There isn't an Ndamukong Suh in this class, but it isn't going to stop some defense needy team from taking a nice DT prospect. So take that argument, poop it out, so it can go to New Orleans with the rest of the feces.


Good Defensive Linemen can contribute immediately.

If the guys in the NFL offices feel there are good DLmen (which they obviously do..no e-nerd screaming zomg but he isn't Suh is going to sway the opinion of a fanbase who saw what the entire world saw last year-that our DT's arent good. (:eek6:)

Edit: For those who may be curious, the 2007 and 2009 drafts were also good for DLmen. '08 was poor but also saw like only four guys taken, so what does that tell you? I won't be bothered to write all it down...this is where you must became and man and type "Google" into your browser all by your lonesome.


#1671812 The new helmet

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 03 March 2012 - 12:22 PM

as long as it's nothing like the crap we saw at the combine, then I'm fine.


Oh yeah and thread title ftl


#1671248 Brockers didn't even actually participate in bench press...

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 02 March 2012 - 09:33 PM

Today has been amazing.


#1671242 Saints in BIG trouble...

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 02 March 2012 - 09:29 PM

It's hilarious seeing them cannibalize Gregg Williams too. They defended him for years and they've now made him into their scape goat.


What a laughing stock.


#1665945 Matthias' Mock (Fast Take)

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 27 February 2012 - 08:19 PM

I saw "Matthias' First Round Mock" on my screen and knew this was a can't miss thread.

I truly think this may have Tommy Jone thread type potential.


#1663213 Another article about how Cam is filling his offseason time

Posted by Cat'sGrowl on 24 February 2012 - 06:07 PM

"Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and always will struggle to win a locker room. Only a one-year producer. Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable."




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