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  1. Apples to oranges. An exceptional QB can impact a game more than a pass rusher. For evidence, see what happened to Clemson vs OSU (Young) and then vs LSU (Burrow). Switch the players and I'd bet anything that OSU would be national champs.
  2. After seeing him thrive vs Steele, Saban, and Venables I do whatever it takes to get Burrow. Aside from Mahomes, he's the best prospect to come out in five years. Hell, maybe 10!
  3. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    That's an understatement. LSU brought in an NFL passing game coordinator and Burrow swam like a fish in water. OSU is working towards that but they still have a ways to go if they want to attract NFL talent at the QB position. I've only been watching Burrow since midseason but from what I see he is miles ahead of any QB drafted in the past five years minus Mahomes. I'd take Burrow over any other QB not named Mahomes in a second. This kid is a winner. He manages protections, goes thru his progressions, moves great in the pocket, protects the ball, doesn't get rattled... I'd bug the crap outta Cincy. Hell, I'd pay salaries for any players they'd want from us. Their owner is cheap so I'd even throw in a few million. I'm not trying to put down Haskins. He has potential. I just think that Burrow will come in day one and play like a top 10 QB in his first year. How often can you say that about a QB? If we knew what Mahomes would be I'd like to think the Redskins would have made him their pick (maybe - Bruce Allen was an idiot). You have another Mahomes this year in Burrow. You gotta at least try to get this kid. Nothing personal to DH, Alex Smith, or any other QB the Redskins could bring in. Burrow is a can't miss superstar and you have to at least try to get him I think.
  4. ThomasRoane

    Welcome to the NFL Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

    After watching Burrow take apart defenses by Saban, Steele, and Venable I'd trade every QB on the roster, a 2020 3rd rounder, and a 2021 2nd rounder to swap picks with Cincy and get him. That kid is going to be an assassin at the position. Nothing gets to him. He can beat you with his mind or his body. Last year I was campaigning to load up on picks for this year. The 2019 draft was weak on QB's. Burrow is a franchise changing QB. What in the hell was OSU thinking to let him go!?!? They'd have been National Champs this year.
  5. Anyone have a link to the full press conference?
  6. ThomasRoane

    ES Posters Are the Best

    And to all the mods. Doing a crappy job with little reward and a lot of headaches.
  7. ThomasRoane

    Welcome To The Redskins: Ron Rivera, Head Coach

    This is an excellent article. It's comforting to know that outsiders know what the problems are. That it starts at the very top. Our only hope for a change is that DS becomes more aware that even writers and experts who don't cover the Redskins understand and will write about the primary problem - owner interference. I'm not exuberant about the hire of Rivera/Del Rio but I'm not pessimistic either. We need a couple of years where DS has been kept in his box before I'll start believing in the Redskins again.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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    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.
  14. 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.
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    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.