ThomasRoane

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  1. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    I think we'll see Haskins for the remainder of the season. Callahan is using coachspeak to keep DH on his toes with his comment about starting. He probably just wants to ensure that DH takes this bye week seriously and continues to prepare with a sense of urgency. I hope I'm not giving Callahan too much credit but if I were the head coach that's how I'd play it. Haskins seems like the type who responds to being challenged and pushed. Good first game as a starter. Not great but not terrible. I just wish he'd have taken some shots with McLaurin (having that OSU relationship). In football if receiver's even he's leavin! Haskins will see he missed some good shots for Terry. But, not going to kill him for it. He was probably going for the safe play and I'm sure it has been drilled into his head to avoid the turnover. I wouldn't give DH a grade. I'd say he showed progress from before and there is room for improvement. Take this game and build on it. It's a decent foundational start.
  2. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    In addition to coaching football another hobby of mine is military history. I'm tracking with what you're thinking but I'll veer off a bit. I like to compare my QB's to military commanders. There are several styles and many ways to get the job done. But since you bring up Alex Smith that's a good place to start. I'd compare Alex Smith to the cautious, conservative Monty in WWII. Everything had to be just right to go into battle; Eisenhower almost fired him because he took so long to break out of Normandy. Supply lines, intel, logistics, etc. were all carefully planned and everything had to be perfect. (Perfect is the enemy of good enough) While he was successful he was also predictable and easier to counter. Now Mahomes is more like Patton. Bold, decisive, and a risk taker. Still a strategic thinker but willing to take chances. They're not just strategists (planning before the battle) but both are also savvy tacticians - able to adjust their plan to counter what the enemy is doing. (No battle plan survives the first shot) It's more difficult to game plan against an opponent who can think outside the box. You only have a certain amount of time to prepare for a game/battle and you cannot account for every possibility. You have to play the percentages and hope that even if your opponent does the unexpected they won't be effective enough to cause you great harm. An opponent who can succeed at the unexpected will wreck any good plan. Both types can be successful but against a formidable enemy I'd take the Patton type. An unpredictable QB like Mahomes has a better chance of beating a coach like Belichick because he's comfortable doing the unexpected. Whereas, an Alex Smith type will play it safe and go with the decision that has a lower percentage of failure. LIke a check-down for 4 yards that may set up a field goal where taking a risk down the field might end up in a TD. Regardless, whatever you are as a leader that's who you should be. Monty got sick of everyone talking about how conservative he was so he got too far over his skis in Operation Market Garden - "A bridge too far." For DH, he doesn't have to be like anyone else. Just be the best possible DH that he can be. Maximize the positives and minimize the negatives.
  3. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    Hoping for the best for DH. Regardless, gotta see what they have in him. He doesn't have to be great. Just show progress from week to week. If he doesn't then the team needs to look hard at another QB in 2020.
  4. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    I wasn't alone in saying that 2019 would not be a good year to draft a QB. None of the candidates had that "can't miss" aura about them. The 2020 draft has been seen to be more impressive. But, when you have a telemarketer picking in the 1st round you end up reaching.
  5. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    You're making my point. A running QB who bounced around as a back up looked better than the 15th player selected in the 1st FREAKIN ROUND!! Are you seriously going to be an apologist for a first round draft pick? If DH was a 6th round pick (or 4th like Cousins) forced into action then I could relate to your position. Who, but the Dan Snyder Redskins, would draft a raw project in the top half of the NFL draft? Would Andy Reid? Payton? Kyle? But hey, I know where you're coming from. We're all beat down by so many years of mediocrity that we have this battered victim's mentality. "The Redskins really do love us. They don't mean to be so incompetent." We as fans need to stop comparing this team (and players like Haskins who is a man now working in a job where he gets paid a lot more than any of us) to the dumpster fires we've witnessed lately. We don't do the franchise any favors until we start comparing them to the Patriots or the Joe Gibbs 1.0 Redskins. This isn't little league where everyone gets some playing time. This is the NFL which can also mean Not For Long if you don't get the job done; at least for winning teams.
  6. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    And we know that coaches always say what they really think to the press right? Cause that worked out so good for Jay G after he chastised RG III. The team is 1 and 7 and the new Head coach still insists that Haskins should not be QB1. It doesn't take a genius to read between the lines and see that Haskins is a long, long way from being ready to play in an NFL game. To contrast, look at Kyle Allen in Carolina, Minshew in Jax, and the duck caller in Pittsburgh. All three looked way better than a kid picked in the first round with the 15th pick. That's damning no matter how you spin it.
  7. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    Josh Johnson, who didn't have the advantage of OTA's, training camp, and preseason looked better than Haskins. Let that sink in.
  8. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    I'd never say that it's impossible to change throwing mechanics but it would take a lot of work on the side. I'm talking every day he's throwing a few hundred balls. If he's not committed to put in the work (which is suspect from what we see now) then he will look good in some drills but, like Tebow who so many coaches tried to fix, when the pressure is on he will revert to his style. I've coached many kids who were ex pitchers and could never get them out of their baseball type windup! I hated it when a parent brought in a kid and mentioned he should be a good qb because he was a great pitcher. NO NO NO!!! Now, if he was football smart (as Gibbs would say) and had better footwork his arm issues could be overcome. Think David Rivers who has a similar issue. The positive is that he can throw from many angles. But his feet really get him into a lot of trouble. Rivers has the footwork and a weird throwing motion. Haskins has sloppy footwork AND a weird throwing motion. Plus, we don't know if he can handle a complex NFL offense and the exotic defenses that he will face. Another issue is changing his mechanics will change his velocity for a while. My youngest son wanted to be a QB so I made him use good mechanics from the time he was 6. He couldn't throw as far or as hard as other players at first. He focused on learning all the other important aspects such as reading defenses, ball handling (good fakes), leadership, etc. Weil by the time he was 12 I couldn't catch with him without padded gloves! Learning the right way allows you to have a better trajectory, puts less strain on the arm, and helps you with better spirals (better spirals cut thru the wind better allowing the ball to travel faster). Unfortunately, he broke his back but he can still hum it. DH loves his arm strength so I don't know if he's willing to take a step back to take two steps forward. But that's what he needs to do if he can't fix his feet and master the offense.
  9. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    Having coached Tyrod I see the total opposite from DH. (I wish Tyrod had DH's height and arm strength). Tyrod was always engaged and trying to learn even in Baltimore. Unfortunately, he has Colt's disease; can't stay healthy. Even though he had some good success in college he didn't act like he knew it all. The words that come to mind when I see DH on the sideline are aloof, overconfident, and sometimes disinterested. At times when KOC is talking to him his eyes are elsewhere. That's a bad sign. Anytime you're talking to a person and they look away they're pretty much letting you know that you're not important to them. He comes across as a kid who has been coddled because he was probably always taller and stronger than most kids his age. In the NFL, almost every player was superior to their peers. But they still developed a work ethic. You'd think that McLaurin would be one of his boys having played with him at Ohio State. But if you watch the body language you can see another story. Especially after DH called that timeout when he couldn't get the play called. You can see Terry's frustration in his body language. Kdawg has pointed out the lack of mechanics over and over and he's dead on - balls accurate. Apart from his awful footwork you can see that his throwing mechanics are also off. Aikmen pointed out his issue on the high interception to a wide open McLaurin. He drops his elbow. That causes the ball to sail. The best throwing motion comes over the top. See Drew Brees who is probably the most accurate QB in the NFL. (You should see the video where he out dueled an Olympic archer by going 10 for 10 on bullseyes). Like Tebow and Leftwich DH will always revert to his bad habit when he's stressed in a game. You can't break that habit now. It's too late. And why the hell should a team have to teach a 1st round pick basic mechanics?!?!?! But, Dan wanted to dazzle and distract with a local kid. His mechanics are bad but his command of the offense is worse! He clearly was responsible for the keystone cops routine where Trey Quinn and the rest of the skills players were utterly lost. Regardless, he needs to play. Get him all the reps with the starters and see what you have. If he's not the guy then don't be stupid and stubborn about it (although we all know Bruce and Dan will no doubt dig their heels and insist that he's the future regardless). A first round pick doesn't need 3 years. In eight games any other organization would know what to do. Hell, even the Arz Cards were smart enough to figure it out about Rosen. You have some really good QBs coming out this year. Go get one of them if DH can't show improvement. Otherwise, you set this franchise back even more.
  10. ThomasRoane

    Gruden fired per John Keim

    Let's pump the breaks on the blue chip moniker. You have no idea if he can adjust to the NFL or not. Blue chip is Patrick Mahomes type success. Funny, I heard the same argument about hiring Art Briles on this MB to pair him with RG III. The team is more than just a QB. A head coach should be able to build a relationship with the entire team.
  11. ThomasRoane

    Gruden fired per John Keim

    You got that backwards. I'm betting it's Bruce who has dirt on Dan.
  12. ThomasRoane

    Twitter: Raw Video of Intoxicated Jay Gruden Leaks

    Bubbachuck was Allen Iverson's nickname. Coached against him in little league. 757 is the Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News Area code. Dan has broken me. This kind of BS is something you'd expect from a banana republic. I'll watch the Chiefs until Snyder sells or God brings all his wickedness back on his own head.
  13. ThomasRoane

    Erosion Of The Redskins Fanbase

    I've got five kids that are in the "woke generation." They don't give a damn about the team name. Only a few white liberal writers beat that drum. My kids know the problem starts and ends with Dan Snyder. Period. End of story. If you keep the same owner and change the name, the colors, and the location it won't make a damn bit of difference with Snyder in charge. I'm so very close to rooting for the KC Chiefs. I happen to think that Native American team names is an honor and will always support them.
  14. ThomasRoane

    Erosion Of The Redskins Fanbase

    Sadly, those are the glory years of the Snyder era. Looking back that was the best it's ever been under him. And yet he could restrain from interfering with Saint Joe!