I'm not saying he can. Although honestly I think Rex Ryan's teams have terrible discipline on the field. That might extend to off the field as well.
I'm saying that perhaps being cut might get the guy to take football more seriously.
It's just out and out stupid. We give people who commit terrible crimes a 2nd chance in the NFL. Shoot sometimes 3rd, 4th and 5th chances. I mean look at Greg Hardy. Karlos Williams gained 20 pounds, he didn't beat a woman within an inch of her life like Greg Hardy did.
But the dude is 20 pounds overweight and the whole NFL world is suppose to just decide. . . eh he's done, nothing we can do here. No thought to bringing him in and saying "Hey we have this contract but you can be cut without costing us a dime, so here is the rub. . . you show progress and you loose some weight by the time your suspension is over or your chance here is done.
Eddie Lacy got fat, his coach told him to lose some weight and he lost some weight.
The fact that he's still kicking is meaningless.
They could have taken someone who was going to take a lot more snaps and be more involved in the game.
On top of that the talent difference between him and other kickers isn't that great.
On top of that, other teams would pass and they could get him later.
There just isn't much value in special teams players early in the draft.
We have the speed and, IMO, ability on our offense to score quick or convert very big plays. This ability, IMO, will be made stronger if we develop a running attack and a short passing game (i.e., picking up short chunks of yardage consistently should set the other defense up to be beaten by the big play).
I agree with you, the offense is critical to helping the defense (and STs). However, I'm not sure if by 'extend drives' you mean by time, or if you mean just avoiding 3 and outs. I think it will be beneficial if our offense can both score and kill clock, but if I had to choose between the 2, I'd say scoring is more important, especially early in the game.
A problem we've had in the Pagano/Luck era is starting very slow and being forced to win via comeback. If we can score early in the game, I do believe it will help make the other offense more one-dimensional (which may not always be a good thing, as right now I think where I'm concerned with the D is more the pass rush and secondary than the run stopping). Regardless, I think it is going to be important for our O to score early and as often as possible.
What I think is most important, as you mentioned, is for our offense to protect the ball and even if we're not scoring to put the ST and D in good field position. The biggest fear I have about our offense (Andrew in particular) is that if our D is not playing well that he will try to force things (he has been guilty of this in the past, and I swear, many of Peyton's interceptions on the Colts were due to him forcing balls to try to keep our defense off the field).
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