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#3141898 If Atlanta AND Cleveland win this weekend....

Posted by Newtcase on 18 December 2014 - 01:53 PM

Might not even make top 10.


1. Kasay kicking off out of bounds in the Super Bowl.

2. Kerry Collins being a drunk washout, then leading the Giants (my dad's team) to a Super Bowl.

3. Trading a second round pick that eventually became the #33 overall pick for a FCS running QB, who would then be groomed as a failure of a slot receiver.

4. Delhomme meltdown against Arizona.

5. Twenty years of existence and no back to back winning seasons.

6. Winning game 1, then losing 15 in a row in 2001.

7. Andrew Luck proactively avoiding the team.

8. Drafting Jimmy Clausen. I knew he would suck, just knew it. I have witnesses from when the pick was made.

9. Somehow being the worst team in the league AND headed for cap hell at the same time in 2010.

10. The Rae Carruth and Fred Lane things happening within one year of each other.


There is a long and healthy tradition of disappointment here. Those are my top items; sure I left out some good ones. YMMV.


1.  Seeing Steve Smith in a different uniform.

#3139194 Four scenarios this weekend

Posted by Newtcase on 16 December 2014 - 12:40 PM

And what each will mean for us going forward. Only 2 games matter next week. Browns at Panthers and Falcons at Saints. Here are the ways it could play out this weekend.

1. Panthers win and Falcons win. Best case scenario. Eliminates Saints. Winner of Panthers at Falcons in week 17 wins the NFC South.

2. Panthers win and Saints win. Falcons eliminated. Panthers would need to beat Falcons and Bucs would need to upset the Saints in Tampa for us to make the playoffs.

3. Panthers lose and Falcons win. All 3 teams still alive. Panthers could win the NFC South with the same week 17 results as scenario 2.

4. Panthers lose and Saints win. It's over for us.


5.  The distant possibility of an ATL/NO or CAR/CLE tie. Or a week 17 tie between TB/NO or CAR/ATL brings a lot of alternatives into play.  Don't laugh, ties happen! :D

#3115837 In two years.....

Posted by Newtcase on 02 December 2014 - 03:28 PM

And that Greg Hardy was innocent.

#3094988 Dumpster Fire

Posted by Newtcase on 18 November 2014 - 11:55 AM

Every offensive play is designed to work and gain a particular minimum yardage.  Same with defense, every play is designed to work and hold to a particular maximum yardage.  The most common theme to a plays success is purely execution and players winning their individual matchups.  Ideally, you should know before the game starts where you have an advantage, is there a spot on the line where you maul, a WR/DB matchup with significant speed/height advantage and vice versa for defense.  You would think both teams should have some awareness and sense of expectation of where they'll be on the losing side of a matchup week to week and get help to that area accordingly.  I.E. double coverage, chip blocking, max protection, gimmicks, blitzing, zone coverage, read option are all adjustments to make up for deficiencies in personnel.  


The problem is Shula doesn't seem to recognize who is "winning" or "exceed expectations" game to game.  Stewart has clearly been the better back but he isn't fed and we see DeAngelo far more that we should.  Kelvin hasn't been involved in the last two games until the 4th quarter.  We don't continue to run when the run is working.  We continue to attempt to force the ball down field over and over on 3rd down instead of manufacturing offense with plays that have already worked.  One thing you hear often in the NFL is do it until they stop you.  We do it until we anticipate they will stop us and then try to get cute, which most often has resulted in worse failure than we would have had if we just hadn't got cute.  Example, throwing an interception on 3rd on 2 after back to back 4 yard runs.  We anticipated they would gear up to stop the run on 3rd on 2 so we try to exploit that anticipation with a pass, however, everyone knows Shula didn't have the brass to just pound it, so press coverage resulted in an INT.  If we just run the ball there, and make them stop us we have a really good crack at converting that 3rd and moving on.


Play calling doesn't have to be so difficult.  Examine what's working and keep going back to it.  The player that's getting beat isn't going to suddenly get physically better, the other team will have to adjust to create a different outcome leaving new holes to exploit.  This is what good play callers do IMO.

#3060314 If you were in control of this team, what would you do right now?

Posted by Newtcase on 31 October 2014 - 08:31 AM

 We've won one game in the last 5, and have had our share of controversy and injuries already this season.


We've won one game of the last seven.

#3023571 WR Stat Tracker

Posted by Newtcase on 16 October 2014 - 11:45 AM

What a waste of Ginn in Arizona.

#3022101 Need opinions here

Posted by Newtcase on 15 October 2014 - 11:11 AM

Personally I would prefer to see the Browns game.  We get the Bucs at home every year and there's really nothing special about beating down a crappy divisional rival year after year.  Browns at BOA is certainly a rare game and it should be considerably more interesting.

#3020531 So on to Greenbay

Posted by Newtcase on 14 October 2014 - 10:33 AM

Packers are a damn good team and are going to try and expose our crap secondary. If the DLINE doesn't get pressure, like they haven't been able to, this is a sure loss. Even if they do though you can expect the Packers to put up some points, the offense is going to have to score at least 3-4 touchdowns to win I think. That is also an issue. Going to be a very hard game to win at their house...I hope we can get it done but I'm doubtful.


I wouldn't say we haven't got pressure.  We've just faced QB's with extremely quick releases since week 2.  Stafford, Rapistburger, Flacco, Cutler, and Dalton all have very fast average release time.  We were close to Dalton the entire game, really pushing the pocket, he just managed to dump it at the last micro second many times.  In fact I called the first interception right before it happened because he kept throwing under pressure.  


For what it's worth, Rodgers actually has one of the slowest releases of any QB we've faced to this point.  Many factors go into that, route depth, motion, drop back depth etc, but it all adds up to our line should have another couple tenths of a second on per play average to get there this week.  I predict a good game for our line unless GB goes with quick underneath stuff all game.  It's def a huge key to the game, and our best shot at defending their offense.

#3018664 Tie math

Posted by Newtcase on 13 October 2014 - 11:15 AM

A perfect example of this right now is the AFC North Standings.


Cincinnati is in first place with a record of 3-1-1, Baltimore in second with a record of 4-2.  Even though Baltimore has one more win than Cinci the win percentage sets the standings.  Cinci is .700 and Baltimore is .667




#3018542 Game-plan vs. Green Bay: Kaepitalize?

Posted by Newtcase on 13 October 2014 - 10:34 AM

Just trying to imagine Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb with our DB's lined up 15 yards off with their fingers crossed the ball isn't coming their way.  One of those guys will be open every play, Davante Adams is no slouch either.  We had better blitz and get home often, no way our secondary can defense this WR corps.  Eddie Lacy is a huge concern as well considering our struggles against the run.  


We need long clock eating drives that keep GB offense off the field, and relentless pressure on Rodgers.

#2803447 Caption this Photo

Posted by Newtcase on 29 May 2014 - 12:46 PM

You ate my cornbread!

#2623921 Early pick: Broncos vs. Seahawks

Posted by Newtcase on 19 January 2014 - 10:33 PM

Rooting for Peyton here, the fact that Eli has bragging rights in the family just doesn't seem right to me.

#2596506 Cam Newton: Rising Star (from SI)

Posted by Newtcase on 08 January 2014 - 04:05 PM

Sidenote:  Peter King can eat a dick.


And he would swear it was the most delicious one he ever had.  He may temper the comment with the subtle admission there are roughly 3.5 billion more out there he hasn't had the opportunity to eat and judge, only to reassure us that he's still very confident it was the best  Then apologize for apologizing.  

#2596184 Who needs tickets still?

Posted by Newtcase on 08 January 2014 - 02:07 PM

If you're interested in shooting a partially nude, mildly overweight middle aged man then I would gladly offer my service in exchange for a ticket!   :startle:  

#2591905 Rivera: "We're at home. We'll show up and play."

Posted by Newtcase on 06 January 2014 - 02:37 PM

What are we about to see?


The most motivated version of our team possible, rested.


Let it soak in, our beloved Cats gave us a 12-4 regular season, had 14 days to rest and heal and are HUNGRY!  I sense a curb stomping coming out party this Sunday.  Sorry 9ers, your in the way.

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