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  1. BINGO!!! I loved the way Frank called that game but couldn't quite crystalize it in my mind why exactly I liked it so much(besides that we passed early), so thank you for doing it for me. This is exactly what happened and this is EXACTLY what every modern advanced analytical model tells us - the runs does NOT set up the pass, it's the other way around... If you pass well enough... that's when you actually begin to see more favorable situations with lighter boxes for the run game and that's where you can exploit a well-balanced attack. And ideally, you would have the lead at that point so it would come with the extra benefit of draining some clock.
  2. Dulin doesn't look anywhere close to as dynamic or explosive to me. No idea if anything has hindered him physically since those tests, but I've never watched Dulin in the NFL and thought - wow, that's an athlete. He looks average at best... the number of times I've expected him to evade a tackle or outrun someone just to be left disappointed are not a few.
  3. Let me put it this way - if we are getting 20 yards per completion on passes, I am not going to get very upset for Taylor not getting touches, especially since he's being used exactly like I imagine him being used in an effective way in the offense. I would rarely if ever be upset for our coach choosing to pass more on early downs/game neutral situations. Now if we gave him all the Marlon Mack snaps, I'd be good with it.
  4. Yep... very much expected this. It's obvious Frank doesn't trust him. In a weird way I feel like this is the better solution, even though I liked Eason's potential. No need to put on a facade when it's hurting the roster. If you don't trust him, just let him go and put on players that you actually feel good about playing.
  5. I don't know why this is surprising. This is a team that barely qualified last season and relied on another team to drop a game in order to get in and we very likely got worse in the off-season. Add to this the vaccination status to majority of team leaders and the series of injuries that have hit some of those leaders and the road gets harder and harder. Now we need to be nearly flawless until the end of the season in order to have a chance. We will very likely lose a top 15 pick too. Oh well... what can you do
  6. I will take full responsibility for it. I might have jinxed him when I pronounced him better WR than Pittman after game 1. But hey, on the bright side - I jinxed Pittman too and he's been very good since.
  7. Next step is consistency with his footwork and fewer passes sailed IMO. But so far so good... I've liked what I've been seeing from him in general over the last 3 weeks. Can it be better? Sure... Is his play promising? Absolutely.
  8. NO! He needs to draft better... and supplement with FA.
  9. Agree with tons of this. About blitzing - yes indeed - IF you can get pressure rushing just 4, you should do it and dedicate 7 to coverage for majority of situations. Even with that said, IMO there is a value in disguising stuff. For example, recently pretty much every team in the NFL has been lining up 5+ player on the line before the snap... and after the snap one or more of those players drop into coverage while the rest rush, but once in a while it's all out blitz. It's just better to keep the offense on their toes about what exactly you are running on each snap. Otherwise teams get in their comfort zone, they get in a rhythm and they know how to counter what you show them before the snap. This includes BTW, not just blitz packages, but also disguising what coverage you are running on any particular snap.
  10. I don't for a moment think coaches in the NFL are *. They know more than any of us on a football forum would ever know about football. But I do think they have certain things they are comfortable with and trained in and in a lot of cases they just ... implement what they know best and don't spread their wings too much with experimentation. That's why it's important to know what the coaches you are hiring are trained in and what they will run when they become OC or DC for your team. And all indications are that Eberflus' experience and the defense he wanted to run was an actual selling point for Ballard. Ballard wanted this specific defense. So I guess... if you are going to do that... you have to deliver those coaches the players he needs to play that defense. So... we are waiting now...
  11. I think the 1st we gave up for Buckner is included.
  12. The Bucs play one of the more varied coverages in the league. I wish we did as many different things and disguised them as well as they do.
  13. Umh... actually ... no. We won in 2007. This is 2021. The game today is much different offensively and good QBs and offenses feast on this type of soft zone type of defense. Hell, even players with questions in the passing game like Lamar Jackson know how to find the soft spots and kill you. Now, part of it of course is the personnel. That type of defense has some chance to work if you are able to create consistent and quick pressure and not allow a QB to sit in the pocket and distribute the ball but unfortunately we don't seem to have that personnel. We are among the worst pass-rushing teams in the league and it shows. I'm not sure I want Eberflus fired and I'm not sure how much different things he can do with the players he has(bad secondary, bad pass-rush)... and quite frankly.. it's quite possible this is the best type of defense for the astounding lack of impact players we have both in the secondary and on the line. But yah... IMO ideally you would have the talent on the roster to explore much more variety in coverage and in disguising... but for the time being IMO I think the talent on the roster is a much bigger hinderance than the scheme.
  14. Agree on the Tennessee game. He was put in a horrible no win situation in the condition he was. I disagree that game skews his stats a ton. He had very low air yards/attempt yards to the sticks per attempt, etc... even before that. He's been better at those in last 2 games. Those are just some stats. Don't shoot the messenger. Do you have a point or argument to make? Some of those have an impact on it. But you can evaluate what you see even with all those taken into account. I said in my post that I thought he's been OK to good in my opinion. I just think we need more from him. Lets hope his last game or two are showing actual trajectory of growth rather than a fluke(BTW, it's not like he didn't have some questionable plays even in that Baltimore game). He's taking way too many sacks and his pocket awareness is at times pretty bad. Lets put it this way - go over those games and let me know which QB played better in each game. In every single game except for the Miami game it was the other team's QB. Now sure... Wentz is not playing against our putrid defense, but still. In today's NFL teams find ways to get OK performances from their QBs relatively easy and at the highest level we need Wentz to be great, not just OK. I don't care about Josh Wilson's opinions, he posted stats and this is what I've posted here too. I agree with all the caveats but you can still evaluate what Wentz is doing even in the presence in all those mitigating factors around him(questionable playcalling, OL issues, etc.). I agree he's improved a lot compared to last year. I don't agree we can say he's the guy based on what we've seen so far. I just need to see more games like yesterday and less games like the first 3 games, in which I want to point out - he wasn't really the problem, but he wasn't the solution either. See above. Explained my stance already. People act like you cannot evaluate what he's done because of those factors that have gone against him. I think you can. And I think he's been OK, not great in that stretch of games even taking into account the OL, playcalling, etc. Now if he keeps putting up performances like the one against Baltimore, I will adjust my evaluation accordingly, but lets not act like this is not an absolute outlier type of game from him(this is literally the highest yardage game in his career)
  15. Possible, but doubt it. Pass-rush is one of the most individual skills in football. Sure, things like blitz packages play some part in it on team level, but to a huge degree it is dependent on the talent you have on the DL I read some stat that was insane in my eyes - AQM was among the players most frequently doubled in the league. This does NOT speak well for this DL either. Yep, that scheme is one of the least blitz heavy ones in the league. I don't mind RAS/athleticism measurements. They actually correlate relatively well with success in the league for pass-rushers. What I'm not sure correlates super well with success is "high character" which seems to be something Ballard is emphasizing. Now, that doesn't mean completely ignore it, but use it more as elimination factor for some complete nutcases rather than as an important factor.
  16. He's been distinctly... average so far. We need more Wentz games like the one yesterday for me to be convinced he's the guy. So far he's been OK to good(excluding the game he shouldn't have played IMO). This will not be good enough over the long haul IMO. We need more consistently great Wentz.
  17. Good correction... for some reason I've erased the last year of Grigson's time with the Colts from my mind.
  18. I was going to say - Grigson tried to fix the OL too, but failed... but that's not exactly the case. The highest pick Grigson spent on an OL player is a second round pick on Mewhort who was pick 59. Ballard has truly tried hard. But does it make a difference whether you've tried or not if the results are such that I would actually have preferred if he didn't try and had spent all those resources on other positions.
  19. This is what Ballard has been saying since the start is main priority and cornerstone to what his teams should be built around. This is horrendous. And it cannot and should not be waved away with "Luck retired 2 weeks before the season 2 years ago, give it time". We are 5 years into Ballard's tenure and this has been the focus of Ballard and the FO. He has spent tons of resources on it. And we are dead last.
  20. stitches


    One of the worst things is barely getting a mention in here - him, Bruce Allen and other male employees were exchanging topless pictures of Washington cheerleaders, who at the time were in the middle of a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Redskins and called them "juicy *"... HOW? How does one feel comfortable doing this with other higher ups in football organizations? My only guess would be - this is not an isolated incident and the NFL and NFL teams are filled with people with similar attitudes towards women, minorities and homosexual people so... it's just not that big a deal to them.. it's something they've seen before and even if they don't participate in it, they ignore it. This is how stuff like this is hidden over the better part of a decade and only emerges when the league needs a scapegoat to divert attention from the owners of that team in the middle of the scandal.
  21. More like the final 5 games. But I agree. IMO what we should do is - if Wentz is healthy, play him and continue evaluating him. If we are not in position to contend for playoff spot - bench him for the final 5 games to preserve the pick(and possibly even improve it). After the season - if you believe Wentz is the guy, use the pick to get some difference maker(s) - BPA or trade down for multiple picks. If you still have questions about Wentz - evaluate the QBs in the draft and if you love one of them, just draft him. I don't care about hurting Wentz' feelings, especially if he's not played well enough by that time to convince you he's the guy. Unfortunately I cannot really see this happening. I don't think Frank will want to bench Wentz. IMO the most likely scenario is one of the worst case scanrios. I think we might be within reach of playoffs(like... a long shot, but still possible 5 weeks before the end of the season) and we will keep playing Wentz... miss the playoffs and lose the pick. Stay mediocre for the foreseeable future with no playmakers at the most important positions in football. But hey, at least we will have 100M dollar linebacker and guard.
  22. If we give Nelson the money he deserves we won't have much money to spend in FA. This is the path Ballard has chosen and I doubt he will change now. He will make small to medium additions in FA and will pay his drafted players that he likes. For good or bad this is what we should expect.
  23. This is a resounding indictment of Eason and his chances to ever make it on this roster. IMO this is a clearcut sign that Reich(and Ballard?) just don't trust him. He just lost his backup spot to a player who nobody in the league wanted who's been nothing but bad whenever he's played before as a backup and was horrible with this team in pre-season. Hundley has never shown anything to suggest he can be a successful even as a backup QB in the league and Reich picked a player we've seen fail in the past over the uncertainty of what Eason can be. I personally wouldn't be shocked if Eason gets cut either by the end of this season or just doesn't make the roster next off-season. It's also a capitulation and admission of failure from the management of this team in regards to the backup QB spot. Right now we have 4 QBs on the roster and it's obvious that it's not because we love them all... but rather - it's because we don't trust any of them and the coaching staff is throwing excrements at the wall hoping something sticks.
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