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  1. ScottDCP's Avatar
    Sorry, was interrupted and ended abruptly.

    Picking up where I left off, punting means you NEED to: Net 40-45 yards on the punt. OK, not NEED, but it helps shimendously if you do. You NEED to stop them short of 10 total yards 3 times in a row. 4 if they have balls. Then you NEED to retain possession on a punt. CHances are your kicking teams are below average and your coordinator will either be instructed to or feel strongly that he will best keep his job if he does nothing ballsy on the return, so your sorry ass is just looking to catch a punt. Yay.

    Remember, in this scenario you are knocked out of the playoffs if you walk away saying At Least We Didn't Lose. A tie is a loss. The season is on the line every play.

    Now you have two minutes to get in range for a field goal. Opposing defense will play for it. You will take away your own deep ball so they will play to take away the intermediate (though that allows them some comfort if you do step out of character and try to throw deep in a tight situation except on your first 2nd and short.) Your conservative nature has so infected the team that they do not know how and when to be aggressive, so you will try to gain five yards on every play, throwing the ball short of the first down marker to "give yourself a chance." Thereby giving yourself only the barest chance, of course. SO you need two punting plays, three defensive plays, and about 8 offensive plays, plus a field goal kick, to go your way. GO for it on 4th? You only need a half dozen. Time is on your side, nobody feels rushed, guys feel confident, and you have a 50/50 shot, instead of 5/95.

    I have no sympathy. That call is straight out of the Gregg Williams, Dick Jauron, Doug Marrone textbook. I wish you well in your next career because it for damn sure shouldn't be coaching football for my team.
  2. ScottDCP's Avatar
    Thank youse guys. This one we saw coming. Ultimately successful but not the first attempt. He is my late brother in law's son from HIS first marriage. We were pretty much all the family he had left, which it turns out wasn't nearly enough. I have spent a lot of the last week and a half looking at our times together, and I am at peace with my part in his life. I am also at a point where I accept this in other people, over the age of 25, with greater ease than I used to. Agony is agony, no matter its source, and he clearly spent significant time, energy, and thought on it.

    I hope he is well now. About as good as I an get.
  3. Bengals1181's Avatar
    Sorry for your loss Scott.
  4. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
    Sorry to read this. However, as I get older, I do find some of these instances to feel inevitable. It could be their choices. It could be the fear of the backlash for the people who want to help. It could be the environment being too arduous over time. It could be genetic. Often, there is not much to say. Personally, I always feel overwhelmed and feel that any gesture is not enough.... so, I say what I usually say..... I wish the best for you and the family.
  5. ScottDCP's Avatar
    Thank you. I am embarrassed to admit how hearing of the Roman firing lifted my spirits Friday.
  6. Swami's Avatar
    Losing to the Jets sure means nothing. You've had a rough go lately. I have sympathy for anyone who goes through those struggles, and for those affected. It can simply be an unbearable struggle at times. ABC Anchor Dan Harris wrote a book, How to be 10% Happier, that I think everyone can benefit from, especially those on this path. Sending you good karma, Scott.
  7. ScottDCP's Avatar
    Thank you. He passed away Sunday.

    I realized that most of the people I know have been fortunate in this regard. I have been to terribly few funerals, and I would like to keep it that way.

    It has been difficult, but I have kids who keep me engaged and more positive than average.
  8. Swami's Avatar
    Very sorry about your friend, Scott. Your comments on how to deal with this sort of horrible situation will be helpful to others down the road.
  9. ScottDCP's Avatar
    And the play? The best thing our Shakespeare players have ever done, even counting the ones I did
  10. ScottDCP's Avatar
    Thank you. My greatest regret that isn't selfish is that I have not yet finished editing a movie he starred in for me. He has not seen how fantastic he is in it. Or his butt shot
  11. brauneyz's Avatar
    Scott, I am sorry about your friend's illness. He clearly means a lot to you and you'll always cherish your memories of him. Of your enduring friendship.

    This is one of those 'life sucks' moments that words cannot address so I won't even try. Be well, friend, and immerse yourself in the goodness and joy that remains.

    Always, B
  12. ScottDCP's Avatar
    I just realized I forgot about Paxton Lynch again. I don't think he's got the good stuff, in general. From the very very little I have seen, he looks an awful lot like Brock Osweiler in a superficial way, but his quickness doesn't look like it will translate.
  13. ScottDCP's Avatar
    OK, I was probably repeating myself with that one. It was brought on by seeing something Chip Kelly said a couple weeks ago about having the talent to succeed with his offense (paraphrasing my understanding of his statement,) which is cool if you are trying to buck up your guys but I don't think he was, and Jim Kelly reminding me of Nate Hackett, et al, and the decision to select EJ Manuel in the first round with the intent of changing his throwing motion.

    If you are looking at a QB and assuming that they will be successful once you fix them, you are nuts. It isn't gonna happen. Maybe once in fifty, and never in one summer. Even if you are the best in the world at changing the ingrained habits of an athlete's lifetime, it is a two-person dance and they may not respond well to it, especially when they are also absorbing the transition to a professional career while being asked to start immediately.

    So, using my own standards I am going to rate what I know about this year's draft-eligible QBs (I can only talk about six of them off the top of my head) against my expectations of my OC and rank them.

    1. Kevin Hogan. Tough, accurate, decisive, and quick under pressure. Smart. Solid enough body, though if he ever lowers his right shoulder against an NFL DB (it is in one of his highlight reels) he will be benched until it heals. I don't give a hoot about the long wind-up. It will put him at risk of a couple of strips in his first couple years, but his pocket awareness and mobility I think are sufficient to compensate.
    2. Vernon Adams. He is small, and so will need to go to a team whose coach has balls. I do, so he will be fine on my team. There are maybe 10 Head Coaches in the league right now who might have the stones to commit to him. It has been mentioned that his deep accuracy is questionable. OK. I want him throwing deep to a really fast or wide open guy, and away form a Safety. I don't care if he misses 2 out of 4 so long as they are not intercepted. I think he is accurate enough for that. I like him and what he brings to the table. Probably the highest on the confidence-natural-leadership scale with Hogan a little behind him.
    3. Jared Goff. Quick release, accurate, good decision-making. Haven't seen a lot of him under pressure, but what I have seen is good. Smart. Toughness? I haven't seen it tested, but that is a statement about what I have seen, not about what he has done.
    3A. Carson Wentz. Looks a little skinny in the legs. The Rob Johnson body worries me. Everything else looks good, though his delivery is a little slow, and on deep outs a good DB will be able to read him. They are different players, but I like them equally.
    4. Dak Prescott. He is Ryan Fitzpatrick, though I don't know about his brain. Not sure if being a little less of an economist hurts him. Probably doesn't. He will be OK on my team, but needs a good, creative OC wherever he goes.

    I would be fine with any of these guys, though my order of preference is on paper for posterity to judge in 2020.

    The Jeff George Award goes to Connor Cook. I don't care about his numbers. I don't care about his measurable abilities. He is an ******* who deflects blame, not an ******* who shields his teammates. You can be one, but it has to be the right kind. When discussing blame it should only go in one direction if it is to be addressed at all, and that ability is absorbed way younger than 22.
  14. iwatt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ScottDCP
    I would quietly poll some offensive linemen. Ross Tucker once wrote that he would beat somebody up if they hit Drew Bledsoe late, but not if they did so to JP Losman. That reaction is my dividing line.

    I am assuming that it is a combination of personal and professional respect.
    You know Big Ben's OL would drive through a wall for him. But I like this answer, a poll of the OL. It's quite telling that Manziel got no backing from Joe Thomas. A no comment on the demoting to third string was apropirtae, but he actually said "we support our coaches"
  15. ScottDCP's Avatar
    Or if he likes his own Facebook posts and comments.
  16. ScottDCP's Avatar
    I would quietly poll some offensive linemen. Ross Tucker once wrote that he would beat somebody up if they hit Drew Bledsoe late, but not if they did so to JP Losman. That reaction is my dividing line.

    I am assuming that it is a combination of personal and professional respect.
  17. iwatt's Avatar
    How do you measure douchebaggery? Because from what I can tell, Jay CUtler is the same guy he has always been, but this eyar the TV crews show him celebrating and cheering from the sidelines, and not hims standing quietly.
  18. ScottDCP's Avatar
    I will count Gostkowski among the top 4 if and only if Buffalo wins tonight.
  19. ScottDCP's Avatar
    I should add, I don't count the quick throw to the wide receiver as a screen. To my way of thinking a screen is something you throw after letting pass rushers through the line. The quick throw to the receivers is just a quick throw. No deception, just moving blockers out to them when you snap the ball.
  20. ScottDCP's Avatar
    I agree that screens are useful. I just want to limit them to moments when they can be most effective. That tends not to be after the defense has had a chance to gather itself during an extended stoppage, or when they aren't getting upfield at all - the majesty of the screen from the beginning being that three or more defenders take themselves out of the play early. If the pass rushers are sitting on the line of scrimmage it usually gets busted.
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