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MHS831

Member Since 08 Jun 2010
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In Topic: League wide veteran purge

Yesterday, 02:35 PM

I know the pre-free agency period is a time when a decent number of vets tend to get cut, but it feels like more than the usual this year.

Anyone else sense that or am I off target here?

 

I am noticing that too, and considering the cap is going up considerably, a bit surprising.


In Topic: Offensive Line Ranked #22 in 2014 (Down from #7 in 2013)

Yesterday, 10:44 AM

Our o-line was better in 2013, but no way in hell was it 7th best in the league.  For some reason they gave us and absolute ridiculous run-blocking grade for 2013 that really inflated the overall score.

 

Anyone who watched us in 2013 knows we were nowhere near as good at run-blocking as PFF made us out to be.  They make out like we were godly at run-blocking that season.

 

And we DAMN sure weren't the overall 22nd best line the league this past season.  For about a 8-9 game stretch we had about one of the worst offensive lines I've ever seen.  Couldn't pass block at all, couldn't run block... the only thing they were even remotely good at was not getting penalized, but even then Byron still found a way.

 

Their o-line rankings are always very suspect.

In 2013, they had to get a lot of credit when Cam went on 30-yard scampers, when they were the reason he had to. 

 

I agree with you on both counts.  I do not know their history of rating OL play and I do not really have a knowledge of every other team, so I was not going to speak out about it.   However, the point here is--when we add a WR weapon, a solid blocking/h-back/fullback, upgrade at the RB position (which we did when Stew got healthy) and a T to a healthy Cam Newton, this offense will be significantly upgraded.  Heck, if we had the same OL this year and the same WR corps we would be better in 2015 simply because Cam would be healthy and the rookies (Norwell, Turner, Brown, and Benjamin) will be experienced. 

 

There is reason to feel optimistic about this offense in 2015.
 


In Topic: Raiders to cut S Tyvon Branch

26 February 2015 - 10:12 PM

http://profootballta...y-tyvon-branch/

 

 

I am interested. The injuries are freak and not signs of a chronic condition--it would seem.


In Topic: OT Michael Roos Retires

26 February 2015 - 02:17 PM

So as far as OT go now...mostly RTs....

 

Bulaga, Free, Barksdale, Parnell, Oher, and uhhhh? Yikes. 

 

I think you hit on what I have been thinking.  We need to secure the RT position at least, and then develop a LT.  The draft doesnt have the talent at LT like you would think (all have question marks) and free agency is not where you find many LTs.  So we have to eliminate one weak area and begin building the LT spot.  Thankfully, with Bell as a the standard, we do not have to find much to upgrade.  Remmers could do it.  (I do not like Remmers at RT because he does not run block well).

 

Sorry, but you got me fired up.  I think we are going to find a developmental LT (why grab an early LT with the first or second round pick if he has a question mark)?  A guy like Va Tech OT Laurence Gibson late behind Remmers might be something we do if we can find a good RT.


In Topic: Michael Oher Visits Panthers

26 February 2015 - 02:06 PM

There are rumblings that Anthony Collins may be cut by Tampa, i know many were interested in his services last year, and if i remember correctly Gettleman had a big offer on the table for him and he chose Tampa over us.  Thoughts?

 

My thoughts are this--give these guys a decent contract with a small signing bonus and little guaranteed.  Playing for guaranteed money has to be different than having to earn it as you go.

Example--

Oher gets a deal for $20m over 5 years.  Sounds crazy, right?  His signing bonus was $1m spread over 5 years. He gets cut if he does not earn a starting position.  The first year is at $1m.  I think, with his question marks, he is worth a $2m investment for a year--that is basically what this is.