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 11 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 10:17 
Started by aj_law - Last post by aj_law
The front 7 is littered with 1st and 2nd round picks.  They should be dominant.

Truth.

When your "studs" play like "role players," success doesn't usually follow.

 12 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 09:45 
Started by aj_law - Last post by aj_law
OK, I lied.  It's just a kick to the wallet.

 13 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 09:33 
Started by jonzr - Last post by jonzr
If the telecoms/cable/ISPs have their way they'll prioritize access and traffic as they see fit.  Regular people would be held hostage, maybe not directly, but still.  What if Netflix and Hulu have to cut billion dollar deals with Verizon, AT&T, etc?  That gets passed on to us.  But it's more than that.  What if your connection gets throttled back to dial-up days?  Yikes!  It could happen.  I hope it doesn't.

This is just another case of mega corps trying to ram laws down our throats.  Laws that have no function other than enriching the corporation.  They would bribe our lawmakers to basically transfer our money to their coffers. 

 14 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 09:24 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by jonzr
The only chance they have is for the offense to play penalty-free, turnover-free for 60 minutes.  So, no. 

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 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 09:15 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Merman1983
This is what you get when you award mediocrity with large contract extensions and draft like shit.

The Gilbert and Allen deals are head-scratchers.  RT is gonna be an issue, but I'm hoping Cortez puts it together, I think he has the potential at least.  Why does Munchak like Gilbert, again?

Still a fan of the 2014 draft, but FFS, last year I was calling for Cordarelle Patterson instead of Jarbust.  Now, I like Wheaton a lot, but can you imagine having Patterson on this O and returning kicks?  We could have literally drafted any rotten carcass in any round and had him play as well as Jarbust.  And Worilds isn't playing his way into a contract.

We're improving the speed and overall talent, but there are conspicuous weak spots.

Yeah I love the 2014 draft a lot, and I know there will be growing pains with those guys, but Jarbust looks like absolute hell and isn't going to get better.  Doesn't look like he tried to get stronger either. Or quicker.  Or anything.  Gilbert is getting run over like a rag doll.  Surprised he hasn't rolled up on Ben's knee yet while his soft fat ass is getting bulled over.  Big mistake extending that guy.

I've got hope for Allen too, but show me something, anything.


 16 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 09:11 
Started by jonzr - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Jonzr, I don't think 90% of people care much about either issue.  I admit that Citizens has been a burr under my saddle, while net neutrality has been more an abstract objection.  While I understand the issue, I'm not sure I find it as consequential as Citizens.  Your thoughts?

 17 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 09:07 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Coming off 6Q of impotent offense and sputtering defense.  Panthers D still has a lot of juice, Newton is always a threat, but the WR corps does not impress.  Of course, the same was true of the Browns, who dropped 27 in 2Q on us week 1. 

Can we fix what needs fixing in 10 days?

 18 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 08:58 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Finnegans Wake
This is what you get when you award mediocrity with large contract extensions and draft like shit.

The Gilbert and Allen deals are head-scratchers.  RT is gonna be an issue, but I'm hoping Cortez puts it together, I think he has the potential at least.  Why does Munchak like Gilbert, again?

Still a fan of the 2014 draft, but FFS, last year I was calling for Cordarelle Patterson instead of Jarbust.  Now, I like Wheaton a lot, but can you imagine having Patterson on this O and returning kicks?  We could have literally drafted any rotten carcass in any round and had him play as well as Jarbust.  And Worilds isn't playing his way into a contract.

We're improving the speed and overall talent, but there are conspicuous weak spots.

 19 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 08:50 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Finnegans Wake
The good:  on a short week, we were able to correct some of the D-side issues that plagued us in the 2H of the Browns game. Allowing 26 over 4Q > 27 over 2Q.  Without having re-watched the game, there appeared to be fewer obvious mistakes than in the Browns game, and we played a little tighter.  On offense, we have two guys who are studs in AB and Bell.  I am more impressed with Bell every time I see him: his vision, patience, balance, burst, and power.  Plus he's a receiving threat.  Some of the Haley playcalling was pretty novel and inventive, and actually worked.  Suisham's shaken the preseason misses.

The bad:  Ben had a bad game, frankly, missing throws The Franchise should make, not getting rid of it when pressure comes.  The OL shows signs of turning the corner, then regresses, notably Gilbert, and often Foster.  Justin Brown muffed a big opportunity.  On D, although I have expected growing pains, it literally hurts to watch as we struggle with run defense, and the front 7 is not getting it done.  Jarbust continues to not impress, and Heyward is not living up to expectations.  Cam gets turned the wrong way too often, and Mike Mitchell has not clicked yet, at all.

Big picture:  We needed the offense to carry the defense for the first 8 games or so, and scoring 9 points in 6Q ain't gonna do that.  We need to march down the field and get RZ productivity, and broken record, it ain't happening.  The defense has not come together, and I am disappointed in our Modern Family FAs (Cam and Mitchell), as I expected more solid play earlier on.  Shazier is still learning, but he will obviously need to add strength.  The DL and OLB need to show the fuck up.  Hello.  I hope McCullers gets a hat against the Panthers, though IMO McLendon is far from the worst part of the DL, and when he was out the D was noticeably worse.  But I'd like to see what Shade Tree can offer.  Perhaps more to the point, could Tuitt be any worse than Cam?  Don't mind rotating Keisel in, fine, but let's get the rook more snaps.  Put Shamarko on a milk carton, what's up with that?

We have 9 days to get some reps and go to Carolina.   We've come out of the gate stumbling before, under Tomlin, under Cowher, and fixed what needs fixed.  You want to peak at the right time, true, and no one cares who was hot the first quarter of the season. That said, we cannot afford to go 1-3, and the division race is going to be very tight, no room for error.  Most of us probably expected going to Balty week 2 on a Thursday smelled like a loss, so OK, we lost.  Use it to motivate.  But we need some wins, and more importantly, we need to look like a pro team, not some shambling assemblage of "talent."

 20 
 on: Sep 12, 2014 at 08:35 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Merman1983
This is what you get when you award mediocrity with large contract extensions and draft like shit.

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