Can Carolina run it? Sure, and they'll absolutely try.
Ryan's defense was gashed by the Jets on the ground, so he screwed around with it against SF. They're running five linebackers at times; I wrote some nonsense about it, let me know if it made any sense. I guarantee you we're gonna see this a few times and will see the formation a few more with Vaccaro still on the field. I also go into a bit of why the Saints use a Big Nickel instead of the 3rd CB.
Anyway, will they run it? I'm sure, even against the stack, they will. There will be some failures and I'm guessing the Saints will run blitz a fair bit too. It won't be exceptionally effective, but the team will probably squeak by with 100 yards and play a lot of field position. This defense is a bit different from the other top Ds we've faced, since the run D is more suspect, but they go to heavy lengths to not get run on lately, too.
Seattles DE Cliff Avril is doubtful today... Didn't know if we were tracking that... But if he's out I'm starting DeAngelo in Fantasy
that's big for Carolina. The Hawks are already down two rush ends and as good as Michael Bennett is, he's a left end. So they might have to push Bennett right, and he's still potent as a rusher, but then Red Bryant might have to play some passing downs - and he's not built to rush the passer at all.
It's amazing how being benched for a game makes "Gamble's 2010: Benched." Look at PFF for his 2010. His QB rating and overall stats from 2010 and 2011 were essentially identical. Guy was good this year too (lowest yards per route run for the year when he got hurt).
Then again, the Observer does the same thing. "Hurt two out of the last three years" for missing a couple of games in 2010 as well.
I don't know. To me, not being targeted all season is better than turning the ball over 4 times, but people have always kinda crapped on Gamble for not having gaudy INT stats. He's not irreplaceable, but it's amazing how fans and media have both just written the guy off without even suggesting he might add a year or two to his contract and simply stay. Gross is in essentially the same situation - saves more to cut than Gamble, actually - and is three years older. Has anyone ever just assumed Gross would be cut? Not really. Yet, every two-bit amateur writer will automatically assume Gamble is done.
get Chris Ault on the phone and give him his consulting fee, and install it. Not that hard.
I like it. I didn't, but after two years of watching DW take a shotgun handoff and get a yard in what was supposed to be a very explosive offense, screw it. Give our backs a chance. Carolina was 2nd most in shotgun leaguewide.
disagree. There's plenty of room for it, but it's still getting there - there are just so many more variables.
As for the discussion on aggressive run defense - the reason behind that is to force more 2nd, 3rd and long situations. As for what that means, Rivera could simply be talking about playing one-gap (therefore attacking instead of flowing) or some run-based blitzes (and that awful double A-gap blitz that just gets overused).
Either way, LK does get sucked in on playaction and he's still shallow on his drops. He should get there but he's not where he could be.
I had posted earlier that if he were traded immediately, the $9.6 million would hit in 2012. From your post and other readings, I now see that I was incorrect. The $9.6 hits in 2013 as you correctly point out.
Let's say they don't trade him tomorrow. As I understand it, we could cut him as early as the start of the league year in March, designate him a June 1st cut, and split the acceleration into two years ($3.2 million in 2013, and $6.4 million in 2014). As his salary next year would be $4, 750,000, we could generate some cap savings for next year should he be cut. The net impact in 2014 would be about $700,000 negative based on the info I have.
Does all this look correct?
yeah, they could do that (push '14 and '15's signing bonus proration into '14). His total hit for '13 would be the $3.2 mil that's going to count regardless, and no salary (savings $5 mil), '14 would carry the total $6.4 mil left. (I have him down for $5.75 mil + 250K bonus in 2014, all of it saved).
That's not an unreasonable way to do it - if you believe DW is one of the one or two must-cut players and that lightens the load a bit. IF the next GM really wants to slash and burn (part of me really hopes not), then it wouldn't cost that much to let him go all on next year and move a different contract or two back to '14.