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  1. Tim Couch Pulls Out

    Freddie fired

    Probably one of the best DCs to do it, I’d love to have him here. I have no doubt you understand the nuances of defensive philosophies moreso than most regular posters, my gripe is more with the common “oh god, 34 defense, we’re gonna have to get entirely new players” stance a lot of people take. Were we to go that route, some changes would obviously occur but it’s not a full defensive reset...depending on the coordinator.
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    Freddie fired

    I get what you’re saying but that’s just not the way the NFL is anymore. There’s still a general split between two prevailing philosophies, but it’s more accurate to define that split as 2-gap/1-gap as opposed to 34/43. This is for a few reasons, but mainly just because teams don’t run 7-man fronts as often. Something like 26 teams ran 50+% of their plays with 5 defensive backs on the field last year - whether that’s through an extra CB, extra safety, $lb, what have you. So to even classify their base as a 34/43 would be erroneous, their “base” alignments would be either 335 or 425. The other reason it’s a bit of a misnomer is exactly what you said about personnel. Generally speaking, people hear 34 and think “large DL, big run stuffing NT, pass rush from the OLBs”. And that’s not necessarily wrong. But look at Wade Phillips, however, who is known for running a one-gap 34. His defenses have had a number of different personnel types. He’s had defenses where his DE outweighed his NT and seasons where he’s had a 330 lb. NT. He’s had years where’s run three OLBs simultaneously. But it’s always been primarily a one gap defense where the defensive linemen generate pressure, as opposed to the traditional “hit, fit and react” responsibilities of a 34 defensive lineman. Further, he tends to primarily walk up his WILL to the line and utilize him as an extra pass rusher at a higher percentage than many other 34 DC’s, in effect just making him a 4th DL. All of that and he’s still considered a 34 DC, despite his defense being much closer to a 43 in philosophy.
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    Freddie fired

    Allen is out entirely. Rivera is expected to sign soon and the rumor is he would bring Wilks in as DC, which is great news for us. I think it's a whole house cleaning regardless of who we hire. Defensively, everyone will (and definitely should) be let go. Offensively, the only way I see Monken staying is if we hire a coach who's going to implement an Air Raid-inspired offense, but that doesn't seem likely. Adam Henry might be safe just because I expect Odell and Jarvis to go to bat for him.
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    Freddie fired

    For real. 43/34 doesn't matter. The biggest difference in defensive philosophies is gap responsibility, not front alignment. 43/34 doesn't matter, it's just something fans get hung up on.
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    Freddie fired

    Baker Mayfield Nick Chubb Jarvis Landry Odell Beckham Jr. Denzel Ward Greedy Williams Damarious Randall But yes, let's get mad and call for John Dorsey's head because Genard Avery, a dude named Carl and Austin whatever the fuck his name is aren't here.
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    Freddie fired

    I wonder why you chose those two, interesting
  7. This is a rumor I have a hard time believing, given the source (Mike Silver) and the fact that Jarvis openly said it was false. Plus, Arizona is a worse team than us. It makes no sense.
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    Kitchens fate?

    I like Stefanski and I thought he was interesting. Of the "new" guys we interviewed, I wanted him more than Flores, Campbell or Eberflus. But to be honest, I wasn't really excited for most of the guys we interviewed. Of all possibilities, my personal preferences (in order) were: 1) Hire Arians, keep Freddie at OC. (didn't interview Arians) Arians wanted to be here, has experience with young QBs and a good body of work, established a good culture and relationships 2) Keep Williams, keep Freddie at OC Williams deserved the opportunity, most of the players respected him and did their jobs, preached accountability and a focus on the little things 3) Hire Eric Bienemy as HC, keep Freddie at OC. (didn't interview Bienemy) Detail-oriented offensive mind, former player, from a winning culture, very adaptive playcaller, specialty with runningbacks 4) Hire Matt Campbell, keep Freddie at OC. (didn't interview Campbell) Campbell is a good culture builder and seems to be adept at turning losing programs into winners, though he has zero NFL experience 5) Hire Stefanski as HC, keep Freddie at OC. From a basketball family, dad was an NBA GM so he gets the business aspect of it, players like him and he preaches adapting the philosophy to the players 6) Hire Brian Flores, keep Freddie as OC. Experience in a winning culture, no-nonsense guy, outside the box hire All of my preferences involved keeping Freddie at OC. He couldn't take an interview for a lateral move and it was highly unlikely anyone offered him the HC job last offseason, so it's either he stays with us for another year and adds to his resume or he quits. Either one of those options was preferable to me compared to making him HC. This year, if we do in fact decide to go in a different direction, I would hope Riley, Bienemy and Rivera are at the top of our list. All three of those guys are known for being detail-oriented and you'd be hard pressed to find a player who speaks ill of any of them. Those are the qualities I think are most important in a head coach - the ability to garner/maintain respect and a focus on the little things. They are definitely preparing for Stefanski's departure but I'm not sure if it's this offseason or the next one. At most there will be like 7 HC vacancies in 2020 (WAS, CAR, NYJ, NYG, DAL, CLE, ATL, LAC), you have to think Rivera, McCarthy, Bienemy, and Roman are all going to definitely get hired as HC's next year. My guess? If CAR doesn't hire Greg Roman as HC, they'll bring in Stefanski. He's a good fit for David Tepper, who's a decently big analytics guy.
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    Kitchens fate?

    IMO there's more than one way to skin a cat. Could be a more stoic disciplinarian, could be a soft-spoken guy, could be an asshole, could be a player's coach - doesn't necessarily matter. My personal belief is that, at this level, discipline comes from respect and respect is earned through showing you know your shit. I don't think Freddie gives off that vibe in the least and I don't believe the players respect him. I was a Williams guy myself, Tour. I thought he did a nice job in the interim and I thoroughly enjoyed his take on accountability. A lot of people weren't fans because of Bountygate, which is understandable, but I wanted to see how what he could do with this young team of personalities. I thought he brought a good mesh of in your face "fuck you" antics and preaching perfection in even the smallest actions. As a matter of fact, the guy I wanted the least was Kitchens. Honestly, I've found few people preaching patience at this point. Kitchens looks in over his head, plain and simple. And he's seemingly lost a portion of the locker room, which is an even bigger concern. Once that fissure starts to form, there's not enough spackle in the world to patch it up. I remember many years of posting "we're just building up to go on a run, we're just waiting for that window" on this very board. Well, this is finally it. This is that window. We've got two years before we need to start really locking up the core of this team to big contracts. We can't waste it hoping that Freddie figures it out. Good talent can't overcome bad coaching.
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    Kitchens fate?

    Traveling and working, mostly. Decided to take a break from posting for a while and see how it affected my mental health. Glad to see many of the same guys are still posting, sad as shit to hear about Stan. With the offensive talent we have, I just want a guy who can utilize it efficiently. I honestly don't care where he comes from. I was never happy with the Freddie hire, I think he lacks conviction and that's what is being reflected on the field.
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    Kitchens fate?

    Thanks! It's been a while but clearly nothing has changed with these Browns. Same shit, different coach.
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    Kitchens fate?

    Fire him. Fire Wilks. Give Lincoln Riley every dollar in Haslam's piggy bank. Let a computer pick defensive plays.
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    chubb needs to move to the 1 spot for at least a week or two...

    Since the MO of this place is for people to return from the dead and pound on their chest, I'll present you with:
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    Pluto on Hue

    What an unoriginal (and mostly wrong) take.
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    Baker Mayfield Thread

    That would be awfully close to suicide.
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    Baker Mayfield Thread

    And yet, he was picked by a "football guy". So when a guy checks all the boxes for an "analytics guy" and checks all the boxes for a "football guy", what do you call him?
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    Baker Mayfield Thread

    Great pick. Yall old Shmucks need to just move on.
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    Baker Mayfield Thread

    Come to see the old fogeys opinions. Was not disappointed.
  19. Speaking of thought experiments, I’ve been floating this one around the office. Apologies if it’s been discussed, I’ve been gone. This is a year where there’s really no consensus #1 but four or five potential first round guys with either great resumes or abnormal physical tools. What is holding each prospect back from being the consensus #1? What I get is: For Rosen, he’d be the consensus #1 if not for his personality and concussion concerns. For Darnold, he’d be the consensus #1 if not for an elongated windup and a less-than-stellar final year. For Allen, he’d be the consensus #1 if his career completion percentage was 5% better. For Mayfield, he’d be the consensus #1 if he were three inches taller. For Jackson, he’d be the consensus #1 if he were heavier and slightly more accurate.
  20. Appreciate it but I’d honestly defer to Tour when it come to QB’s. I miss more than I hit. Id love for us to grab a potential guy like Allen and let him hit, but I dont think we are really in a scenario to do that. I’d still much rather us take Rosen or Darnold.
  21. I wouldn't include accuracy in that list solely because accuracy is a sum of multiple parts - field vision, arm strength, anticipation and mechanics are all variables that contribute to accuracy. That's the issue I have with people who cling so hard to the "ACCURACY IS THE ONLY IMPORTANT QUALITY" argument. Take three guys with the same college stats and let them throw at 25 stationary targets on a football field. They all three hit the same number of targets. One guy, however, is a QB with better anticipation. One guy is a QB with better field vision. And the third guy is a QB with better arm strength. Which one is the "more accurate" one? If a QB is labeled as inaccurate, I want to know why. Does he not see the field? Does he not anticipate windows? Does he not have the arm strength to get the ball there? In Allen's case, his inaccuracy stems from four main causes IMO: - situation - playcalling/scheme - footwork - and his decision-making. Situation I'll start with this because it's the lowest hanging fruit. The top three players in receptions graduated after the 2016 season, giving Allen an entirely new stable of pass-catchers. This isn't an excuse so much as it's just context. He was still a 56% passer before they left, and its not like they dropped an inordinate amount of balls in 2017 either. Quite the contrary. But it's still a variable nonetheless, as he was throwing to freshmen and sophomores. Further, both of his starting tackles were freshmen in 2017 and that line was...well, it wasn't very good. Not an excuse, but context. Footwork I'll move to footwork because it's a quick one. The good news (IMO) is that footwork is probably the easiest mechanical issue to fix. It's not like fixing a wonky delivery. It's not like changing a release point. It's not like shortening a windup. This should yield a small positive return in overall accuracy as it will enable him to help deliver the ball to the place he's actually intending for it to go. Decision Making The bad news is that decision-making in itself is like accuracy, there's a wealth of variables involved. To some extent, this can be improved with time and comfortability, but I mean...he'll never be a 65% passer. The kid will always be Favre-esque in his mentality. Playcalling/ Scheme It's not a cop-out to say that Allen wasn't helped by his playcalling or the scheme in which he was in. I think it's been said that just by adding one more screen pass per game, it would have bumped his completion percentage up to 59%. I haven't seen passing breakdowns in terms of playcall types, but I'd venture a guess that Wyoming's offense had fewer of those high-percentage passing plays than some of the others. I can only recall a few off hand. Then again, if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle. But it does go to show that there's at least some stock to be put into the whole "he wasn't set up for success" narrative. His numbers will naturally be lower than those of his contemporaries just due to this fact alone. This article is a good look at the philosophy of what kind of program Bohl is attempting to build Wyoming into, which is slightly reflective of the offensive philosophy Vigen brings. It's a tough, hard-nosed, more traditional-style offense that's rooted in WCO philosophies and brings in a little of the Tom Osbornesque power run, I-form. Vigen's general philosophy is a controlled passing game and a methodical, 10-15 play drive that eats up clock and kills the defense over time. In all honesty, the Wyoming offense and Josh Allen theoretically don't make for a good fit. Allen isn't a great anticipatory thrower. He's not terrible, but it's certainly not one of his top skills. IMO Allen skillset would likely be better utilized in a slightly more downfield passing attack with heavy integration of RPO's - a la the Philly philosophy as of late (I know it's en vogue to emulate the most recent SB winner.) My conclusion I don't think Allen is inherently inaccurate. I also don't think he'll ever be extremely accurate. I also don't think that's a problem. Cam Newton is not an accurate NFL QB. To be frank, he wasn't an accurate NCAA QB either, he was a big play QB on an stacked team running a Malzahn hurry up offense that people hadn't caught on to yet. Cam Newton has found a way to succeed despite his career 58% percentage by being a large, athletically gifted, strong armed big football boy who makes big football boy plays from time to time. That's Allen's career, in my opinion. Also, I didn't answer your question - but I would go: - Field Vision - Pocket Presence/ Escapability - Anticipation - Size - Poise/Leadership - Arm Strength - Mechanics
  22. Honestly, I don’t care about pro days. I don’t watch them unless I have to. The one thing I keep coming back to with Allen is that his one main issue is probably the most coachable issue of all of them. Darnold’s delivery isn’t going to get more compact and he, too, struggles with overcompensation and bad reads at times. Mayfield isn’t going to get taller. Jackson won’t put any significant weight on his frame. And Rosen...well, he’s just fantastic and I hope we draft him. Allen is really messing with me, to be honest. I see shades of Roethlisberger and Rodgers in him. Then I’ll see shades of Kizer or Boller. At the end of the day, the circumstances of where he’s drafted will dictate which one he becomes more than anything he’ll do himself.
  23. And some of you are puking out the same ESPN garbage repeatedly with no context or thought behind it. We currently don’t have any reliable receiver on our roster whatsoever. While it’s an overpayment for a typical slot receiver, the benefit of a reliable handed, dynamic receiver to a young QB cannot be understated. 85% of passes in the NFL are thrown within 20 yards from the LOS. Jarvis is one of the best within 20 yards of the LOS. The view that “oh Jarvis can only run short routes, therefore he’s of no use to a guy who possesses the ability to throw downfield” is shortsighted.
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    Landry to sign extension

    I was going to respond with an actual argument but then I saw someone basically say Duke is just as good of a slot receiver as Landry. I definitely don’t miss these scorching hot takes.
  25. Signing a top ten receiver has no impact on what QB we’re going to take in the draft. None whatsoever.
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