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In Topic: Suck it

22 June 2014 - 08:04 PM


In Topic: Thomas Davis sheds knee brace

18 June 2014 - 08:43 PM

Brace or no brace, just glad he's feeling 100% and that he never gave up. Amazing guy to have on the field and in the locker room.

In Topic: Appears that B.Bell may be watching from bench if things don't improve

18 June 2014 - 08:15 PM

there were things that they could have done, but they chose not to. they saw other things as being more important than securing the OL and protecting cam. the biggest one was franchising hardy. whether doing that was the best idea or not is debateable.

it's more regretable than anything that so much of the OL is up for grabs. that is something that i hope is changed in the future and i think that after this year the interior of the OL is set for the next 5+ years. chandler might be the ideal LT to replace gross and could be that guy for the next 5+ years as well.

bell's role as a starter? meh....he needs to be upgraded as soon as possible. it's pretty well known and understood that he has been struggling at RT. he's had enough time to get better and it's quite possible that we've seen as good as it's going to get with him, and it's not good. we need more than "serviceable" which is pretty much what you get with him and that's being nice.

contrary to the way it sounds, i've accepted that we didn't do more and i've accepted the reasons that we didn't. i don't like it, but i accept it. what i don't accept is the lack of competition we've brought in. i know there's still a couple months left, but i have a hard time believing that we are set on those two guys being the starters as raw and unproven as they are, esp. at the pro LT level.

i need to accept, that, tho. i think that gettleman and rivera are set in their minds that the starting OTs will be bell and chandler and now it's just a matter of who plays which side. if that's the case, i hope that they settle that decision sooner rather than later so that they can spend the rest of the offseason getting reps as a unit because chemistry together might be the only shot that corps has at performing at a solid level, esp. coming out of the gate.

my hope is that this is the corps that works well enough together that we don't need to rebuild any part of it next year and that we can go from one season to the next with the continuity on the OL that we need for prolonged success. if this isn't the corps for the future, then hopefully that corps is upgraded in the next offseason so we have that unit that works together for the next 5-10 years. i think we're close to having that, but it's the OTs that will be the deciding factor.

I think it's distinctly possible that Gettleman and Rivera think that the OL is the weak spot on the team, too. You wouldn't necessarily spend your limited resources on marginally better players at your weakest position instead of putting them into greater improvement in lesser, but still weak, areas of the team. You also wouldn't come out and say "yeah, we're not really happy with Bell but we couldn't afford any free agents and the draft didn't set up so we could draft his replacement so we're just gonna run with it for this season".

By your own statement you think there's a good chance that 4 out of 5 of the guys taking the bulk of the 1st team snaps will be the starters this year and probably we'll into the future. That sounds like a great step towards consistency for our weakest spot on the team. I also think that all teams have a spot or two, every year, where they have a "serviceable" player starting. You would refer it not potentially be protecting your quarterback's blindside but I don't think you can really get frustrated that there is one in general.

I'm definitely not excited about the prospects of Bell and Chandler being the bookends this year but it's because their unknowns. They could end up doing well but I don't think that the odds are in both of their favors. I just don't think that there was great incompetence that got us here.

In Topic: Smitty fights Webb at ravens practice per PFT

18 June 2014 - 08:00 PM

I guess this is what happens when a bad reputation and a click hungry website collide... stupid non-story

In Topic: Bucs sign David Gettis

18 June 2014 - 07:56 PM

Good luck to him. I hope he does just enough to land a big contract with a team outside the division and then tears it up from there!