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  2. whoever is healthy at the start of the season. Remember Cain injured himself i'm preseason which really was a downer so i'm hoping everyone pulls through to week 1. That being said i'm rooting for Cain
  3. Who are your top 5 Chris Ballard draft picks that you are most excited about heading into 2019 regardless of draft year. My Top 5 (no particular order): * Malik Hooker * Q.Nelson * Marlon Mack * Kemoko Turay * Parris Campbell
  4. I'm sure we all think its a bad thing. I'm also sure that I'm not qualified to dish out or opine about what the consequences should be.
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  6. "That's right!!!" said Terrell Basham and Zach Banner.
  7. This will be way too long, sorry... You're making a lot of assumptions that don't always hold up: 1) Whether a new GM wants to hire a new coaching staff or not, every GM does not hire a new coaching staff in Year 1. 2) Not every GM change is the result of a disappointing season, and not every disappointing season is linked to a bad coaching performance. The Texans didn't have a bad season, and Gaine wasn't terrible. Evidently they want to keep O'Brien and pair him with a hand chosen GM. 3) The hiring of a GM does not have to be inexorably linked to the hiring of a head coach. 4) Retaining a head coach with a new GM doesn't necessarily mean flushing Year 1 down the toilet. And then a couple statements that are just inaccurate: 1) You said the GM candidates I mentioned were not in the running five months ago. That's false. Those are named candidates every year for the last three or four years. The same way Ballard was in the pipeline for several years. Joe Douglas has been considered as a GM candidate for at least two years. The pipeline doesn't get emptied every January. Same is true for head coaching candidates. 2) Specific to the Texans and Caserio, it's not about whether he will be a good GM, because no one knows. The fact of the matter is he's obviously the guy they want. Waiting until June didn't cost them a shot at their hand picked GM candidate. 3) New GMs hired in January actually DO keep virtually all of their front office staff in place for that first FA/draft period. They change their deputies and make scouting changes after the draft. This is typical. (It helps if you acknowledge that the process and timeline for hiring front office staff is different from that for hiring a coaching staff.) Here's what I'm saying: I don't think that making this change in June in any given year costs a team a chance at interviewing from a strong pool of GM candidates. As a matter of fact, interviewing in June probably makes it easier to talk to the best candidates. Teams are more willing to grant access to key, contracted personnel (rules state they have to, I believe, which is what makes Caserio's contract so interesting), and high-ranked deputies are, in theory, going to be more willing to take time to prepare for an interview, since it's not interrupting their draft season prep. (Similar to Reich not being open to interviews until the Eagles' season was over.) I'm saying that while January is the best time to hire a head coach, I don't think January is the best time to hire a GM. You're giving him three weeks to get ready for the Combine, six weeks to get ready for free agency, and four months to get ready for the draft. (And if you're asking him to make a coaching decision in those first two weeks, you're putting even more on his plate.) Just like you make coaching changes when the season ends, it makes sense to make GM changes when the player acquisition cycle ends. You're giving him a longer runway to get ready for his first real year in the position. I'm saying that if the Texans had fired Gaine in January 2020, no one would be critical of their timing, which is silly because whoever they hire now will have an additional six months to get ready for their next player acquisition cycle. (Same for the Jets and Douglas.) I'm saying that I think the pipeline of future GMs is strong and deep. I'm saying that it's not even necessarily a matter of waiting. For instance, I think the Colts would have been better off firing Ryan Grigson in June 2016 instead of January 2017. We can actually move the timeline up six months, and now we're talking about doing this sooner, not later. (Revisit the first line of my first post in this thread.) Most importantly, I'm saying that a big picture view of this process prioritizes the long term good of the franchise over the current year's draft. So even if the owner has decided that he's going to make a change soon, he might figure that it's better to let his current GM handle the coming draft and make the change later, rather than hiring a new guy and giving him four months to learn the job, evaluate his roster and coaching staff, run free agency and the draft.. all with the personnel men and scouts that were hired by the previous GM. That might undermine the first year, but if you're hiring a GM to lead your franchise for the next decade, that's okay. This is different. I don't care. How it's always been done doesn't hold a lot of weight, IMO. Evaluate your processes, just like you evaluate your personnel. Don't let good enough be the enemy of better. To me, it's better to hire a GM in June, let him shape his front office and scouting staff, take time to evaluate the roster and even the coaching staff, and then he's in a position of strength for his first year, rather than scrambling for his first four months. All JMO. Last thing, that doesn't mean I think a team can't get this right if they do it in January.
  8. One man's opinion. No big deal. Mack will have his chance to prove the naysayers wrong.
  9. Willis would have to be awful in camp not to make it. You don't trade up in the middle rounds to get a guy you're going to cut unless it's a huge whiff.
  10. I know you are not excusing it but why even put your hands on a 3 yr forcibly at all? That is all I was saying. I can see being spanked on the butt at 10 years old which I was a couple of times but that is nothing. I grew up in the 80's though. Too even forcibly touch a baby is ridiculous. To break his arm you would have to do something harmful. What the NFL does or KC does, I have no idea but we will see is all I can say. With or without him, I think we can beat them anyway
  11. I didn't say I excused the behavior, but intent would matter if we're talking about keeping him or cutting him, or the NFL suspending him for a season, 8 games, one, or kicking him out of the league. And a tape of comments he made to the woman may not even reveal intent. He may have been saying something to scare her or make her angry because he happened to be p.o.ed at the moment. Its more complex than what I'd think and NFL GM or NFL Commissioner are qualified to determine. Yet they seem comfortable with setting their own terms of punishment over things like this.
  12. Hey, that is a lot of words, math and speculation. But unless Willis is Zach Banner level bad, he is not getting cut out of camp. It really is as simple as that. Knowing how the NFL works, Geathers, Odum and Farley have a better chance of being cut than Willis.
  13. Had Bo played 10 years he would be there I agree. Too bad he got injured, he was awesome.
  14. Danny White should've been a SB winning QB in the 1981 season. SF got lucky in the NFC Title game. He was a very good QB but to your point Jim Harbaugh should've been in the SB in 1995. We got cheated at Pitt.
  15. The best RB I ever saw was Bo Jackson. If rating over a career, then no, but if I had to have one guy for one season at his said best....I go Bo!
  16. Danny White was a great punter but would be the equivalent to say...Jim Harbaugh who isn't even on our list. That's honestly a big miss!
  17. Intent matters but why would anyone grab a 3 yr old with force at all is the question. A 3 yr old can easily be injured. I was disciplined but as a 9/10 yr old as far as being whipped with a belt, but this kid is 3. I think someone that puts their hands on a 3 yr old at all has issues, JMO.
  18. Meh I think I would argue a couple of guys should be behind Mack at this point. Josh Jacobs - Rookie Fournette - Highly overrated Ingram - Aging Peterson - WAY past his prime. Typically has one good game at the beginning of the year and makes everyone think "AD is back!" then does poorly the other 15 games. McCoy - Aging So that would move Mack up to like 19 or so. So 24 is a little low but not too low.
  19. The only injury I recall of Kindreds was his broken collarbone that he played his entire senior year at TCU with.....? In the pro's not so much. Not to be argumentative, however, Geathers was signed the day before Houston as the next to last free agent we signed. For the record though, Kindred was signed off of waivers about 13 days after Geathers and Houston were signed. Still getting to the point where availability starts to count when other talented options are available. I like Geathers, don't get me wrong, jist think he's on a short leash.
  20. I am glad Conley got traded to the Jazz. I did not want him, too old. The Draft will be interesting.
  21. New rumor coming from Alex Kennedy: TJ Warren is a decent shooter, but has been known to be injury prone. Not sure what we would give up to acquire him.
  22. With the NBA draft occurring tonight, it is probably a good time to start a new thread to start the 2019-2020 NBA season. The Pacers have the 18th and 50th overall pick. They have been mentioned as a possible trade partner to acquire the 4th pick from the Pelicans and the 10th pick from the Hawks.
  23. Very true. Can’t predict injuries or underperforming players. That’s why everything on this forum is in opinion only and not one of us has any better insight than the other. It’s the paper tiger right now, it’s looking great but we mostly all know that this team will only become shaped in the way they play and who is capable of playing because of health status at the time. I can’t imagine too many team pages who don’t have similar views to what we do about their teams. Passionate enthusiasm about how their team improved on paper. Hype is everything until the team actual plays a real game in the real season.
  24. Sure it matters. Intent always matters in any action. Its the major difference between Murder 1 and Manslaughter, for example.
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