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  1. Giants GM Dave Gettleman diagnosed with lymphoma

    All the best to Gettleman. We're all hoping to see him beat that disease.
  2. 2018 Draft Day Thread

    I have really liked the last three drafts, quite a lot, in fact. Freak injuries and a tendency to under-utilize talent have been more of a problem than the picks themselves. Let's see how we make use of this year's talent infusion. I know that Tomsula is gonna develop his guys and get the most out of them.
  3. Eager to see how we come out for that first game, specifically the preparation and game-planning. Those have been disappointing and severely lacking. We've lost every season-opener under Gruden, and have looked terrible doing it --- lost to the Texans, Dolphins, Steelers, and Eagles. For some teams, a season-opener is just a working-out-the-kinks kind of exercise. For Gruden, it has been a real tone-setter of adverse proportions. Hope we come out rockin' and rollin' in Zona. Can't wait to see how Smith looks and operates in this offense, and how he utilizes Doctson.
  4. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    Thinking about this draft, there's something that really strikes me, and it is the real downturn in quality coaching in this league. You have lots of hot-at-the-moment coordinators who are able to position themselves for HC gigs as a result of their teams making it to (and perhaps succeeding to varying levels) in the playoffs. Teams like the Eagles, whom I hate but respect, have coaches who can really develop the talent that they acquire either by draft or other means. All teams don't have that capability, so I feel really bad for some of the kids coming out of this draft who might wind up someplace like Miami, for instance. Cleveland is different now.....and truly so. They have staff who can really develop players. I'm very intrigued at what they'll do in the draft because i think that this is a team that bears watching over the next 2-3 years to see how it evolves in a remarkably positive fashion. I still think most of these QBs that everyone's talking about are fools gold. The hype of the four-letter network has elevated some of those kids to a stratosphere inconsistent with translatable skills at the pro level. I wouldn't be surprised if Ryan Finley, Brandon Silvers, and Logan Woodside develop and have more success and longevity at the pro level than the big names being tossed around right now. Keep an eye on those guys. I think Cleveland takes one of them, lets him sit for a year or two behind Taylor, and then big things might happen.
  5. Redskins receiving corp is beginning to shape up

    I like our receiving corps as is, and Smith will hopefully see and target Doctson a lot more than was the case last year with a cautious approach by the QB. Barring injury, this group could be quite special, particularly when you throw Reed in the mix (any updates on his rehab?), and Thompson out of the backfield. A real running game would be killer for that play-action scheme, and would make all of those guys even more dangerous. As far as Bryant goes, no thank you. I don't want any former Cowboys on this squad, moving forward. Not coaches. Not players. Not trainers. You can send the cheerleaders to me, but not to FedEx. If that dude ends up in SF, you can best believe that Kyle will find a way to use him and make him a very dangerous weapon again. Prescott is simply not the kind of QB you want to pair with a wideout like Bryant, so that wasn't going to work out anyway. I hope the guy can rebound and make something happen with another team. Even at 29, a fresh start can bode well for a longer career. Hell, Alex Smith is 33 and we signed him. A lot of teams will be lining up for Bryant. Good luck to the kid.
  6. Evaluating Jay Gruden in 2018

    The team had better not come out looking flat and unprepared in the season opener, I know that much. We've seen that tone-setter far too many times during his tenure. I want our boys to succeed, but coaching -- preparation, strategy, leadership -- is either there or it ain't. By your fifth year as a HC in this league, you should be able to show all of that. If not, go back to being a coordinator. Let's hope this is the year that Gruden shows us something; otherwise, he's just biding his time til he can set up shop at Paul Brown Stadium.
  7. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Moving forward, I don't want any more Cowboys players or Cowboys coaches on this team. My patience is wearing thin with a lot of team moves, but I'm gonna become a purist on this question. If you spent any time in Irving, I don't want you in Ashburn. Period. Now that that rant is over, I'd say that it's pretty telling that Allen wants the team to kick the tires on Scandrick. Ten years in the league with only 8 INTs, and the kid has been placed on injured reserve twice. No thank you. Let Fuller walk, but wanna give ol' Scandrick a look-see........okay.
  8. Seems like they're all waiting for him to sign before they (Rodgers, Brees) finalize deals with their teams. Those dominoes should start to fall soon.
  9. I'm going to ask an extreme hypothetical here. I'm not saying that I want this to happen, but let's just entertain the possibility, however unlikely it might be. What happens if nobody signs Cousins? There are a few teams still in need: Bills, Jets, Broncos, Vikings, Cardinals There are a few good quarterbacks on the market or possible on the market via trade: Cousins, Foles, Keenum, Bridgewater, McCarron, Bradford And then, of course, there are QBs who are highly regarded in the draft. I'm not altogether convinced that Foles thrives away from that amazing coaching in Philadelphia. Same for Keenum. But teams tend to pay big today for yesterday's big-time performances. The Eagles are very high on Sudfeld, and might ship Foles if a team comes calling with a ridiculous offer. I think Keenum stays put in Minnesota, and they concentrate on strengthening the O-line. Zimmer loves Bridgewater; doubt he leaves. Let's say McCarron goes to the Jets, and Denver goes with Bradford and drafts a QB. The Bills draft two QBs. Foles may wind up in Arizona. Where does that leave Cousins? Is this too far-fetched a possibility?
  10. Todd Haley is gonna do some things with those new offensive weapons he has at his disposal in Cleveland. And those guys are going to draft well, too. It's too bad they didn't opt for Cousins. I kinda wanted him to go there and be part of helping to revive that moribund franchise. I was very surprised, too, that the Browns didn't sign McCarron.
  11. Rams Trade for Talib

    Wade is going to have some fun with that defense, and it'll be fun seeing how Kyle tries to attack it. Gonna keep my eye on that NFC West this year.
  12. That video of Whitlock, Sehorn and DHall was interesting. For the most part, I agree with everything that Whitlock said.......and DHall still sounds like he's saying what someone else wants him to say, though I do tend to agree with what he shared, except for the part about how Cousins should have some allegiance to the team because the team gave him a chance; and that he should've then been more willing to take less money so it's possible to continue building around him. The Shanahans wanted Cousins and gave him a chance, not George Allen's son or Snyder. The Shanahans believed in Cousins, not Snyder or George Allen's son. Gruden and McCloughan had to convince Laurel and Hardy that the team needed to turn to Cousins at QB when it was clear that RG3 simply wasn't going to work out in the long term. I can understand Cousins' reticence towards the team.
  13. That was my take on it, too. And one important implication is that the Vikings need to do something about that O-line. I think the rest of the team is pretty solid, but against at defense like Schwartz's, you've gotta be able to handle some pretty damn good D-line play. The NFC Championship game was won and lost at the line of scrimmage. If I'm Spielman, I focus on the line in FA and the draft; it's a priority.
  14. @SkinsinparadiseI like him. Wish he were still our QB as I mentioned a bit earlier. Just continue to build around him so he doesn't have to try to do so much; that minimizes the effects of big mistakes. Gruden could certainly help too with better clock/game/adjustment management. I take your point (and totally agree) that it's all about getting paid in FA, but my main problem/concern is that it's McCartney driving this and not Cousins, and it could ultimately build a completely different perspective of the kid than what he is really all about. I want him to win wherever he goes, and to be able to do that on a consistent basis in an environment (particularly relative to the FO) that makes it easy to want to stay. Honestly, I'm beginning to warm to the idea of Cleveland. He could REALLY be a part of building something there. Dorsey, Wolf, McCloughan, and company are going to build a team there (and a completely different ethos). Even though McCloughan's comments about Cousins have been quoted over and over, I still think he respects his game in the overall context of what the offense is built/conceived to do. I'd love to see him go there, help turn that thing around (with McCloughan on staff). Now THAT would be quite something for Snyder to have to digest.
  15. Hey @Skinsinparadise, my man, how is Cousins making the team his own if he's only willing to sign a 3-year contract? I think there's a lot of subterfuge and misdirection going on here, likely spread by agents who stand to gain. If the kid wants to win, the Jets are not a wise option (plus that NY media is not something he could handle). Maccagnan is a terrible GM, so the ability to build smartly around Cousins is not a given at all. The Broncos have a HC who almost got fired this year, and is likely on the thinnest of thin ice (think Roseanne skating on a frozen lake at exactly 32.5 degrees). That is not an environment likely to have stability. There could be a new coaching staff in there next offseason. But hey, if he just wants that cash, then let R̶e̶g̶g̶i̶e̶ ̶W̶h̶i̶t̶e̶ go wherever the Lord or the intense search for winning and stability take him.