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#3059505 What is going on? Cam's QB rating keeps getting worse this season: 100.2,...

Posted by lightsout on Yesterday, 10:58 PM

All comes down on Shula. As teams get film, his long-developing, vanilla offense is getting more and more exposed. Not to mention the OL and RB injuries.

Cam had a pretty bad game tonight, but the one great drive we had? When Cam was allowed to audible and do his own thing. Maybe he always has the ability to and never does, or maybe, just for that 2nd half opening series he was allowed to, whatever the case, we need more of it. Also, more quick hitting routes. Something that needs to be repped and a part of the weekly gameplan. These 7 step drops are killing Cam right now because teams can sit back in zone and just wait for the OL to collapse. Nobody is open. Fans yell for him to get rid of the ball quicker, but when every route is a 10-15 yard dig or a post or a flag route, it's kinda hard to. He needs the slants, the quick hooks, the in-and-out routes 3 yards from the LOS. He needs the rollout and dump it 5-8 yards plays. These are the things that get him going.

Cam looked worse in his passing as the game went along, and I attribute it mostly to not letting him get a rhythm. I get you gotta take your deep shots, but EVERY PASS does not need to be a medium to long throw. You can throw it behind the sticks and get YAC. Worse case, it's as good as a run. If you let Cam get in a rhythm, he's more accurate. We have seen it all year and it's not just a Cam thing. It's a QB thing. He's still young. He can't just go out and, no matter the circumstances, hit every route perfectly. He's not Peyton. He's a different type of QB and that is fine. He just needs an offense that compliments and caters to what he needs and what he does. Shula is not giving him that, at least not consistently, and that is the problem.

#3047517 Season 5: The Walking Dead

Posted by lightsout on 26 October 2014 - 10:12 PM

SOLID episode. Holy poo this show has drastically improved it's dialogue. I'm so much more intrigued with the interactions than I was in say, season 3, when some of the dialogue was just mind-numbingly terrible.

Bob's death was sad, but I still wasn't that invested in him. They didn't do much early on when he first showed up to make you really give a damn about him. The only real building he had as a character was the second half of last season for like, 2 episodes, and the first two episodes of this season. Kinda sad, because the actor is pretty damn good and as a character, I feel like he could have been fleshed out more.

Good to see Rick learned his lesson with the Governor. Also, completely badass with how he went about taking out Gareth and his crew. Knowing they were being watched and leaving, only to circle back around...good move. I feel like maybe they wrote it that way so that it wouldn't be JUST like the comic, so the way it happened would be a little more tense for the fans of both the show and comic. Regardless, well-executed sequences.

Tyreese being a big wuss....not feeling it. Not feeling it at all. They have completely destroyed his character. Just kill him already (even if Bob fell victim to TWD version of Highlander with black people) so that I don't have to see one of my favorite characters in literary history get screwed up more.

The one thing I'm wondering is the ending of the episode and how it effects pacing/timeline. 

1) How long ago, in the show's time, was it that Daryl and Carol went off on their own towards that car?
2) How far back are they going to go to flesh out the stuff with Beth?
3) How many episodes are going to be Beth-centric? 

The last one, with the way the show is going, I can't imagine it will be more than a couple of episodes. The first being her coming to in what looks like a hospital and then figuring it all out. Then, the next week, we have the rising action and Daryl and Carol finding her, then an episode where they escape (if that doesn't happen at the end of that second Beth episode).

I really want them to get to a certain point in the comics by midseason. That's 5 more episodes. I guess if they even do 3 Beth episodes, with the 3rd ending where tonight ended, then they still could. I'll place what I'm talking about in the spoiler below for those who haven't read the comics that far and don't want details (also, a fairly big spoiler concerning the trio of Eugene/Rosita/Abraham).


#3031798 Season 5: The Walking Dead

Posted by lightsout on 19 October 2014 - 09:09 PM

so what was Abraham talking about?


"we'll talk to em, but not just yet..."

He was just talking about timing. This episode clarified that point. After escaping Terminus and the emotions over all the reunions, he didn't want to piss them off by asking too much. He was waiting until they all sort of calmed down and were considering a long-term plan of what to do so he could convince them.

This episode was great. Got a glimpse of who took Beth, but it doesn't look like we'll see anything from that for at least another 2 weeks. Next week is gonna be awesome. Hope they don't run the Hunters arc too long. Should just be this next episode, really. MAYBE one other episode after. Regardless, I'm sure they'll handle it perfectly.

Impressed by the start of this season. Some of the best writing thus far. Dialogue has improved. Pacing has improved. It's like the writers are starting to really "get it" (and I'll note, I haven't been a huge critic of much on this show, including the pacing and dialogue. So, when I say it improved, I am saying it seems a bit more natural. Nice to hear Rick talk in regular voice instead of whisper voice).

#3031044 Core Curriculum Nightmares

Posted by lightsout on 19 October 2014 - 05:34 PM

Being taught why things are a certain way should be a priority with science and history, but with math just knowing it is should be enough. At least at that early level.

Science and math often go hand-in-hand. And it's about consistency in education. You don't just teach kids how things work for the first 5 years of their education, and then mandate that they understand why they work that way. Math is something that needs to be understood, not just known. The idea of "just teach them how it works and let them get through school" is why the US is falling behind in education. This is important because we're also falling behind in science. You can't have good scientists if they don't understand complex science, and you can't understand complex science if you've had a watered down education. Gotta raise the bar. We shouldn't be relying on the small portion of society who just have the desire to be scientists to be our only scientists. The whole country understanding science results in an improved society where we can all understand how AND why things work in order to effect change that benefits the world.

#3000810 It's a different defense with TD in the game...

Posted by lightsout on 05 October 2014 - 04:07 PM

Even if we had lost this game, the defense (even while bad early on) DOES look better with TD in the game. Not having him out there hurts us, not just from leadership and experience, but because we're not deep at LB and AJ Klein is just not ready to start yet. He's good to come in in rotation, but he's not ready to step in full time yet. That showed when TD wasn't there last week.

#3000680 Shula, take note

Posted by lightsout on 05 October 2014 - 03:50 PM

I love how these threads don't consider the fact that Cameron might be changing the play at the line of scrimmage...



But go ahead and pillory someone who has forgotten more about calling football game than you have ever known....

The plays that make everybody in our fan base go "wtf was that?!" aren't audibles. You can tell when Cam audibles. You can tell when he's just changing protection with the OL. It doesn't happen often, really.

#3000662 Shula, take note

Posted by lightsout on 05 October 2014 - 03:47 PM

You can't pass if you don't have protection.  You can sustain drives if you fumble.  Other than the bomb on 3rd and 3.  Not sure what the Shula hate is going to focus on this week.  

Poorly designed plays in general are an issue.

Calling certain plays out of sequence (shovel pass on 3rd and long?) is an issue.

Slow-developing downfield routes on nearly every pass play is an issue.

Lack of creativity with the play-action pass game is an issue.

This occurred all game. The two drives it didn't, we scored (and one of those drives was the short game-winner late).

Quick hitting plays during an up-tempo, no-huddle drive have been solid all year, yet we still don't do it all game. Why? What is the excuse, other than ineptitude by the OC?

#3000551 Cameron Newton

Posted by lightsout on 05 October 2014 - 03:30 PM

As a team, this win is big. The confidence gain from a tight win like this where we had to step up, comeback, and overcome turnovers/bad field position on defense/questionable officiating at times is huge.

This might be the turn around game for us. We'll see next week. Tough test.

#3000467 Shula, take note

Posted by lightsout on 05 October 2014 - 03:23 PM

Shula better be fired tonight or tomorrow. This poo is gonna keep us out of the playoff picture.

#2997179 New Bungie game: Destiny

Posted by lightsout on 05 October 2014 - 01:52 AM

Grinding and bounty hunting finally paid off. Got two legendary pieces of armor (one for another class, but I was going to make a hunter eventually anyway).

Getting those from the cryptarch was the single most rewarding aspect of this game for me so far. And now that I have them, I have a better understanding of why you have to go collect the materials on each planet that are scattered everywhere: to upgrade the legendary gear. I was getting worried about the longevity of this game for me personally, and in a single hour I got those pieces of armor, a sweet new shader, and unlocked another weekly strike (unlocked at level 24, but you can't play it until you've upgraded your armor past where mine is, which is all rares and one legendary that comes out at just under 1000 defense and 24).

So, I am pretty stoked. It was a pretty awesome little high I got on once I got that legendary piece. Now I feel good about trying the Queen's Wrath stuff and even better than I already did about Crucible (I've been doing decent as it is, but stronger armor = less dying, hopefully. Finally break 2.0 k/d).

Anybody else hitting any milestones/find anything out about the game?

#2991390 New Bungie game: Destiny

Posted by lightsout on 30 September 2014 - 10:32 PM

The game is really fun but you quickly find yourself with nothing to really do besides grind.

Which isn't bad if you're playing with friends. The grinding just wears on you when you're playing alone. I get a couple hours and have to pop in Madden. When I'm with friends, I've played 6 hours straight, just doing the Strike Playlist.

#2988812 Before you decide that Luke is playing poorly...

Posted by lightsout on 29 September 2014 - 03:49 PM

Been telling idiots, Luke is playing fine. Not having TD messes up everything, not to mention our DTs doing next to nothing every snap.

Luke still made, what, 12 tackles? Dude was doing all he could.

#2978528 Police Officer asks driver for Drivers License, shoots driver when he reaches...

Posted by lightsout on 25 September 2014 - 10:38 PM

Here's the deal, folks (and I haven't read past the first page, btw). The cop was an idiot here, no doubt. What he SHOULD have done was pull the guy AWAY from the car, THEN asked for his license. OR, ordered the guy back into his car. Either would have been the correct response to the situation. He just didn't think.

Now, his response to the guy going back into the car and reaching for something (could be license, could be gun, could be a goddamn rocket launcher for all the cop knows), understandable decision. I can pull up at least 4 videos from youtube of this same scenario ending with the civilian coming out of the vehicle with a weapon and attacking the officer. So, I get the response (somewhat). The problem here is that the officer set the situation up to begin with. The guy gets out of the car, that's enough reason to take control and give a command. Either get him pulled away from the car or order him back into the car so you're at an advantage. You don't tell him, as soon as you get out of your car, to give you his license. If he pulls him away from the car, asks for the license, and he says, "it's in the car", then you walk back over with him, he grabs the license, and all is well.

The guy was complying, which sucks. He did something (in reaching back into the seat) that makes ever officer VERY twitchy and nervous, but he only did it because he was in fact complying. The cop is a moron.

This isn't a case of this cop being an asshole. This is a case of this cop being an idiot. Glad he was fired, and that agency needs to train more. This kind of crap is what gives cops a bad wrap.

#2978497 Roman Harper..... Shots Fired!

Posted by lightsout on 25 September 2014 - 10:19 PM

I hope we light up every Raven, to include Smitty. He's the enemy this week. I'll go back to loving him next week. This week, I hope he gets destroyed and doesn't make any plays of note.

#2977145 Should we sit Cam?

Posted by lightsout on 25 September 2014 - 12:01 AM

If Cam keeps getting hit on every other play he won't last much longer those ribs need time to heal.

However I do believe Cam should start but have DA come in as soon as Cam shows any signs of being in pain.

This should just be the end of the thread.

Being at the game, I might have seen more than the cameras showed. Cam was stretching and working out his ankle and torso a LOT during the game (both on field and on the sidelines). He looked fine to start, but as the hits kept coming, he progressively started looking more and more beat up and battered. It's killing his confidence not being able to make those "Cam" plays that make him who he is as a QB. He can't twist out of the pocket and outrun guys to the edge right now. He physically can't do it because he's just not 100% and won't be if he keeps playing and getting abused. If the run game is immensely better this week, then we might see a different picture. A lot of his bad throws (one dump off on a short crossing route that was badly underthrown, for instance) were due to linemen being in his lap and him not being able to step into the throw. That kind of crap wasn't a problem last year because he had the upper body strength to chuck it. Right now, with those ribs still hurting, he can't do it.

Start Cam, let's see what the offense does, and if he starts grimacing and having to constantly work his body after plays, pull him and let Anderson take over the rest of the game. Literally take him out, have a trainer run him into the locker room, change into street clothes, and let him stand on the sideline with a radio.

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