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  1. TSO. Disagreement is not at all a concern for me and I know it is not for you. People view things in whatever fashion they view things. My take on what you wrote is simply you are, probably correctly, recalling Kirk's past 23 games more than his first 9, speaking of the past two seasons. My comment that Kirk's first 9 is not new. I made it several times in 2015. For 9 games he threw maybe two passes you or I couldn't have thrown and made. Within that stretch it's not that he did nothing. It's that what he did was so easily replicated by nearly anybody it was meaningless. Even crap QBs have moments. Then things began to flow. And for 23 games we have had an explosive offense capable of challenging downfield. Notwithstanding the first couple games last year where Kirk just missed on some easy long balls, we were a threat and reasonably potent offense because Kirk did a very fine job. I do not discount that fine job because for 9 games while he was getting his feet and adapting his more error prone play to the play he's had now the bulk of his starting career, but it would be inaccurate to say for 9 games of 2015 he was anything special or interesting or valuable. He became so, obviously. Who he is now is someone who is not that. Who he is exactly is still an open question. He does some things very, very well. His strongest trait appears to be the one that may make him an actual elite QB. His ability to process the field and get the ball out quickly with reasonable accuracy. It is fair to say I do not yet view him as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. But that may be exactly the guy he is and will clearly show himself to be. The reason this conversation started in the Moses thread is in direct response to someone who felt we could have gotten reasonably good production out of a right tackle for less and mentioned Kirk's value in comparison. I merely wondered if Kirk is merely a Top 15 QB, would you want to save $20 million a year on a Top 25 QB or not. As I ended in that conversation, the equation is not simply if X player could have X numbers, which are solid, would you prefer that to what Kirk can do. It's not that simple because if Kirk is Brady, Brees in processing and ability there are numbers he's creating which others simply would not achieve because of his ability to process and make the right play, if not always the perfect play. I am generally pretty complimentary of Kirk's play the last 23 games and he has certainly proven a lot. I just don't know if he's the reason the system is productive or if he's productive in part because the system is sound. My current guess is he enables the system to achieve more productivity and lifts it and someone else, Colt for example, would leave more out there while probably having solid numbers. I can't say I think he's a guy I'd like Top 5 money for 5 years at that position though as I do believe, unlike Brady or Brees, who can make ANY weapon around him better, Kirk needs weapons to be his best self. I may also be wrong on that :).
  2. Per PFT. Morgan Moses signs 5 year extension

    This is true. Cousins GREATEST strength as a player is how quickly he processes and gets rid of the ball. As Burgold and I spoke, THAT is the thing that makes you wonder if Cousins is an elite QB as so few have that ability. We don't have a huge sample size because in 2014 he wasn't sacked much, but sucked much. In 2015 he wasn't sacked much, but, for 9 games, sucked a ton. John Beck with a hint of upside. Then for the last 23 games he hasn't gotten sacked much and played really well, generally, with normal tides for any player. Mentally McCoy is simply not going to be Cousins' equal, BUT, with time in the offense this would improve, if never be the strength that it is for Cousins.
  3. This is interesting. Some would tell it that McCloughan is no longer here because of ego and power plays internally. Yet, the man with the ego who won that, as some tell it, power play, stood pat and did exactly what the guy he fired would have done? The fun part is you are actually pretty close to right. The more fun part is those who think this had anything to do with a power struggle or ego simply know nothing.
  4. This is excellent logic that I fear will go unremembered should Allen have shoulder issues early in his career as it has gone unremembered after other no-brainer moves we've made that have not always worked out. There are some who think we were stupid for hiring Spurrier, who, at the time, was considered an astoundingly fantastic hire. I've often said a move is a good one or a bad one the moment you make it, NOT based on how it works out, though how it works out CAN turn a dumb decision in to one fortunate to have been made. See Joe Gibbs when JKC made the hire initially as an example. You are right though, Allen is a decision that was absolutely the only one you could make given our needs and style of play. If he's fantastic it'll be good we made the choice but no special credit is earned for making the choice all of us would have made. Similarly, if he fails, no scorn exists for those who made a pick that was good this moment and remains good regardless of how Allen actually plays.
  5. Per PFT. Morgan Moses signs 5 year extension

    It's true that Kirk is actually elite with regard to his time to delivery. He gets rid of the ball super quick. It is in this area he MAY be Brady or Brees in that he can process quickly enough to avoid pressure. McCoy CLEARLY does not have that and like RGIII will hold on to the ball longer. Now, for the first 9 games of 2015, Cousins threw about two passes you and I couldn't have thrown. He got rid of the ball so quickly nothing could develop and it was less a sixth sense and more a John Beck mockery. Obviously that changed the final 7 games and most of last year so I yield the point. BUT, if you watch coaches film you see a LOT is left on the field with Cousins as things that are developing are not waited on as the ball is out so quickly. This is NOT necessarily a bad thing as it likely is why he's effective. But I'm not yet sure what he shows is what Brady shows who is the closest to showing the same thing I've seen.
  6. Per PFT. Morgan Moses signs 5 year extension

    ncr, if Cousins could have corrected the flaws that benched him in McCoy's favor through greater fluency in the offense it's likely McCoy could have improved on some of his, especially with improving talent on the offensive line. The point remains, if you KNEW McCoy could put up a season like Cousins did you'd trade Cousins, right? This is not actually as easy an answer because there's another factor. If Cousins is Brady or Brees you don't.
  7. I'm always around. I only have time to post a few times a year anymore. Damn kids and dogs :).
  8. This was a pretty "no-duh" pick when he fell to us. Before the draft, on the basis of free agency, I'd have said overall we had gotten worse as a team from a known and past performance basis. I think we lose overall on the exchange of Baker, RJF for McClain, McGee from known performance, though I'd say we got a bit more stiff against the run generally. Now with Allen we are CLEARLY and potentially VASTLY superior to what we had a year ago. Wildly so against the run and with Allen's ability to go inside in passing situations he'll more than make up for Baker's still surprising pass rush pop here and there. Sprinkle in Brown and Swearinger and the defense may actually have talent enough to present people problems here and there. I still think given neither of our outside backers can cover tight ends or running backs we'll need someone else in the secondary so Su'a can handle that, but in all, there's more talent at least :).
  9. Per PFT. Morgan Moses signs 5 year extension

    I actually agree Nsekhe seems to be nearly as good (though I'm wildly behind paying Moses), but, while I don't necessarily believe what I'm writing next, I'll throw it up in any case. Some would argue Colt McCoy would provide a similar level of play to Cousins. Now, with Nsekhe, we've SEEN him play live and he is damn solid at both tackle spots so we have some comfort. McCoy has not played, not really. But, McCoy could fairly be said to have been a better college QB. He had a higher draft stock. He has a style of play that is similar in make up to Cousins in that he is believed to have intelligence and thinks quickly. He was a fairly typical young QB with a terrible Browns team. He certainly did more in his first few seasons in comparison to Cousins. Cousins got a chance in his third season, 2014, and was filled in by McCoy in 2014. In a similar sample size, McCoy played better. Now, that's water under the bridge. Cousins has come in and lifted his play. Seemingly he's corrected his major flaws with turnovers, and has put together two of the finest seasons we've ever had from a QB in our franchise history. In spite of that there is a LOT of thought he MAY not be the IT his stats appear to reveal. Certainly he's not as physically gifted as some of the QBs often considered elite. But he clearly is doing something right. The question, though, is whether he's worth $50 million if McCoy could do a similar job in a similar position for, say, $10 million. If McCoy could reasonable project to, say, 4300 yards, 22 TDs, 14 INTs, would you RATHER pay for that at a lower rate? McCoy started four games for us in 2014. If you kindly project his stats out over 16, his year would have been: 4228 yards, 16 TDs, 12 INTs with a 71 percent completion percentage and 96 or so QB rating. These games are useless as he did not perform that way, but had he done that in 2015 he'd have been franchised as Cousins was in 2016. If Cousins is Brees or Brady he probably is worth $50 million. If Cousins benefits from a system that seems pretty QB friendly and is really only a Top 15 or so QB, then he is not. So, let me ask it this way. If you KNEW, with fixed certainty, McCoy would have a season with the numbers above, would you trade Cousins for two first rounders?
  10. He's, by far, a 3-4. His "weakness" is he's not a true edge rusher in the 4-3 end, standup 3-4 backer. He's a grinder. He fits the defense we play for sure.
  11. Must have come after the NFL Network interview then as on the NFL network he screamed God Damn and dropped an F bomb and seemed like the cocaine may have given him a nose bleed.
  12. Uh, this Takk guy is...uh....not all there.
  13. DGF. He didn't rattle some of the players. He made them hate him. Pure hatred. Marty wasn't the same guy here as he was elsewhere. Here he was Alexander Haig. And he wanted to prove it. Cutting our lone Pro Bowler for wearing a hat. Having Darrell Green do fundamental punt catching drills just to see him dance. Lavar did like him. Dozens of players would have held out or quit had he remained or not changed. That's something well understood. The rallying cry was a team meeting where the outcome was "**** that son of a ****, play for us." And they did reasonably well. That Marty was a complete failure does not denote Spurrier was a complete success. He failed to produce as well. His failure was one of knowledge, execution and coaching philosophy, not demeanor and behavior. You can't coach the NFL to protect outside in and survive. He did because he felt if you saw a guy rushing you as a QB you could throw the ball before he hit you. While potentially true, when you have Patrick Ramsey who played like a deer in headlights, it doesn't work. That Spurrier also failed doesn't mean Marty succeeded. He came in to prove he was the sheriff. He made a total ass of himself turning the team against him -- again, except Lavar. And when told about it he said he would make no alterations whatsoever. Had he stayed, the following year's team would have gone 0-16. You can only harness that hatred to positive effect once. But, none of this is revisionist. I've been writing this since 2001, including indicating he had to be fired WHILE we were winning because the team was done with him. The man was an embarrassment because of how he behaved, not that he couldn't have been good.
  14. Snyder has ZERO input during Marty's time. That's a known fact. So you actually proved my point. You also proved a hazy memory. Marty was a failure. He cut Larry Centers for wearing a baseball cap. He alienated Darrell Green. Marty was a complete failure. THAT team rallied to 8-8 IN SPITE of Marty. The team got together and decided, every man, BUT Lavar, to IGNORE the coaches and just play for themselves. Dozens of the players would never have come back had Marty been here. It was a mutiny the likes the league had never seen. Snyder would STILL have kept him, but things like getting the players ice cream, but ONLY letting them have vanilla, because that was his favorite, didn't work, and Marty accepted no concept he needed to modify his game mildly to avoid a melt down. Marty generally embarrassed himself. Players like Chris Samuels took him down for being atrocious. Vinny Cerrato worked under Gibbs just fine. Snyder's most involvement with the team was during the Zorn time. And he realized that wasn't working pretty quickly. So he went back to the Marty model with Shanny. And, yes, Shanny wanted RGIII AND is the one who paid that price. Shanny, and everyone in the organization, wanted RGIII for less. But given an option of NOT getting him or paying more than they wanted, Shanny picked to pay more. Snyder owns the team. And like JKC and every owner in the league, including Kraft, when there is general disagreement among people in the organization, he sits and listens. If Belichick traded Tom Brady, he'd have to go to Kraft first. And he might get told no. That Brady is too much a part of the team's marketing and branding that even if it HELPED them for years to come, the financial loss would be too great. Football is still a business. Not each decision is a "football" only thing. When you cross in to the business, you typically have to talk to the man who handles it and that's always the guy who owns the team.
  15. That Robinson article cited a few days before the combine he was tipped off about something going on. On Feb. 6 Scot's grandmother died. On Feb. 28 the combine started. You are correct that's when things were starting to blossom into crisis mode. Why? Because this writer wasn't the only one being told by their sources inside NFL teams that no one could reach Scot. Otherwise we'd never have seen or heard any of this.