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Archer

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  1. Yeah, they can only play the team’s they’re scheduled to, but they’ve only played garbage teams (plus Buffalo). Looked none too dominant vs. Buffalo or NYG, even though they jumped out to a 21-point win against the Giants at the very end. I think that playing Mia., NYJ, Pitt., and Wash. has been great for their D’s stats. They’re doing ehat a good team should (mostly) against vastly inferior teams, but there’s no way to know how good they are until they play someone decent...
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    Deon Cain

    Well, I hope that does happen...
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    Deon Cain

    Y’know, no one really stepped up at WR when we lost TY, but I wouldn’t really panic over it. Doyle’s stepping up big time, and we’re starting to mix in Cox. Cain’ll have a productive day sooner or later, and Pascal and Rogers can play a role. Disappointing that Fountain and Funchess looked so good, but won’t play at all this year. Still, Reich and Siriani will find away to move the ball. (On a side note: Eberflus will probably be a head coach next year.)
  4. Alright, my main observations from the season are this: 1) We’ve won with the OL mainly, and yet our OL depth is disturbingly poor right now. I really don’t want to see Andrews or LeRaven in there. I suspect that once we get some OL injuries, we’re gonna have a really hard time winning. 2) When the run defense struggled, Ballard started fiddling with the DTs. Ward brought nothing different than Autry or Lewis, and he was replaced by someone who was a little more solid (but still quick). So, I’m guessing that we’ll try to find a better DT early in the draft of a more appropriate size and shape to help against the run. 3) No one is stepping up at WR now that Funchess is out. Cain has been invisible, and Parris hasn’t taken on a big load. Plus, Ebron is slumping, having dropped at least three in Week 4. Still, we have a lot of young WRs and TEs that we’re developing, and drafting more young-uns to try to fix the problem doesn’t seem right. I’m gonna guess we give Funchess a Mulligan (or sign a different veteran WR), resign Doyle and Cox, let Ebron walk, and take next year to see what Campbell, Fountain, Cain, Hentges, and Dulin can become. 4) Hooker gets hurt a lot, and this year we feel that moving Willis to FS and starting Geathers at SS is the best option we have with Hooker out. Hasn’t been working too well on 3rd down. I’d hoped that Odum could be the FS depth, but Ballard doesn’t think so. We need a better back-up FS. So, my off-season goes like this: Re-Sign: Doyle, Cox, Haeg, Funchess, Pascal Let Walk: Ebron, Geathers, Sheard, Rogers, Clark, Andrews Draft: 1) Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa. Concerned about both OL depth and LT succession, this is a perfect solution. He plays RT, but has been flopping to LT for some drives this year and is looking elite there too. Some scouts point to additional work he needs in pass pro, but he’s beyond studly as a run blocker. I see him starting at RT, us moving Smith in to RG, and Glowinski (the weak link so far this year) moving to the prime interior back-up role. Then, three years from now (or whenever Castonzo retires), Wirfs goes over to LT. 2) Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida St. Originally had Javon Kinlaw from S. Carolina here, but he’s an up-the-field disrupter much the same as Autry and Lewis. Marvin has the reputation of being a great pass-rusher, but just “good” against the run. Still, he’s 6’5, 311, and “good” is an upgrade from our 290 lb. DTs. 2) Shaun Wade, DB, Ohio St. He’s played way more CB than S, but he’s a good versatile option to getting a better back-up FS. He’s a good tackler, he has ball skills, and he has experience in all kinds of coverage. At 6’1, 194, he could have a future at CB if not needed at Safety. 3) Gage Cervenka, OL, Clemson. Did I mention I was concerned about OL depth? Cervenka flopped from the DL to the OL in 2017, became a starter the next year, and now he’s a stud. He was a 4-time state champion wrestler in HS (wow), so he understands leverage, technique, hard work, and conditioning. He’s also extremely strong (43 reps, 680-lb squat, etc.) and quick (4.41 short shuttle). He has played C and OG. A little of a projection, but I want someone with these intangibles and this skill set developing as the back-up center. 4) Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir Ryne. He has the attention of scouts, as he’s made some freak lists. 6’2, 215, supposedly runs a 4.41 forty, 40” vertical, 6.70 3-cone, etc. He’s always around the ball (at a low level of competition), and is a fantastic punt-returner. 5) Bryce Sterk, DE, Montana St. Interesting story – wasn’t playing at U-Dub, so he followed his position coach when he became the head coach at Montana St. In four games this year: 29 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 3 other TFLs. 6’5, 260, he seems to win with strength and motor. Having been to his home town, he’s probably a simple, hard-working bumpkin, which could be a welcome addition to the locker room. 6) Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa. Just keeping the CBs coming. I don’t have much of a guess about the future of Quincy or Tell, and Desir is getting up there in years. 6) Sean McKean, TE, Michigan. The TE room is filled with well-rounded players – this is a shot at more of a move guy for depth. 7) Dominik Eberle, K, Utah St. Just a guess (sniff) that Vini will retire…
  5. Very interesting theory, but I think Andrew’s a bit of a straight arrow for that. I don’t believe it. If it were true, though, we have some pretty good actors in the front office, owner’s box, etc...
  6. Easing him in after his injury. I’m guessing we have certain plays at each level of the field designed for him, and we’re gonna wait until the D is right and we need a splash play before we put that tape out there. It may be his second or third year before he’s running a complete route tree ala TY...
  7. Tragically, I was unable to watch much of the game yesterday, as I was driving during the game with my wife doing substandard play-by-play while watching on a cell phone. But I caught Muhammad being carted off and the remark that it was “more bad injury news for the Colt DL”. I also saw the Tweet that Tyquan left the game. Was there anyone else of note. (The TY injury is the only thing I can find through google searches...)
  8. Good news is that it’s the exact same injury that Delaney Walker suffered last September, and he’s s back and tearing it up at 36 YO...
  9. I was looking at their expert picks and was amazed last week that only three ESPN experts out of ten had picked the Colts. Titans were like a 2 1/2 point favorite, which is practically a toss up. Now the Colts are a 2 point favorite, and seven of the first nine experts have picked the Falcons. This happens while pickwatch says over half the experts they track are picking us. Weird, some very persuasive person in Bristol must be bashing the Colts...
  10. I feel that a heavily run-oriented offense was always the plan for these early season games. The OL worked out so well last year, we think we can be that kind of line that just enforces its will and is dominating by the 4th quarter. It also serves the purpose of letting Brissett get his legs under him and build some confidence. I think that as the weeks go on he’ll throw more (and farther downfield) and we’ll be the kind of offense that can take whatever the defense gives us...
  11. Man, I’m sick of that song here in Massachusetts! What is it with that song? Not even his best - Forever in Bluejeans? Red, Red Wine? I’m a Believer? Nope, they just play Caroline non-stop! Sorry, that rant was a long time coming. I feel better now...
  12. The site just autocorrected my original term (abbr. for bovine excrement) to “nonsense” for me, lol! Kudos for keeping the site classy (and jeers to me for my lowbrow language!)
  13. Those were both nonsense and costly. Announcers didn’t discuss it for some reason, but I’ve only seen the simulating-the-snap call when he flinches or winces in a sudden kind of way. Those were bad calls...
  14. Dearest Sister, Much has transpired since last I wrote. Our unit acquitted itself well against Colonel Rivers a week ago last. But, alas we were beaten from the field when Artillery Officer Vinatieri failed to calibrate his weapons correctly, resulting in much lost ordinance and minimum damage to our opponent’s positions. It was a most surprising development, as our battery has been the envy of the army for lo these many years. And I fear you shall not believe me, but I swear that I’m not being deceitful when I tell you that Officer Vinatieri was equally misaligned yesterday when we faced Captain Mariotta’s ragtag group of motleys. We were ultimately victorious, due primarily to glorious acts of bravery from Officers Hilton, Wilkins, Ebron, and Autry, not to mention my own modest contributions. The brute force behind Lieutenant Nelson’s cavalry charge at enemy lines was a most beauteous sight that shall be etched in my mind for years to come (and in the minds of those poor sots on the receiving end for the rest of their lives). However, despite our great victory, Officer Vinatieri has been unable to forgive himself for putting our unit in peril, and he has fallen into fearsomely low spirits. The unit expects that he shall resign his commission before the week is concluded. He has substantial acreage and desires to devote himself to gamekeeping in his twilight years. This was an unforeseeable misfortune that has dampened the unit’s mood despite our victory. However, should this be an end to a brilliant officer’s career, we shall raise our drinks, be it the finest Kentucky Bourbon or the foulest of rotgut, to the incredible fortune to have served with the greatest artillery officer since the invention of black powder! Faithfully yours, Jacoby
  15. Not every game is gonna be a gem. He played better last week, but Tennessee has a really good D too. I think we’ll know what we have in Brissett by season’s end. The good news is that if our OL and RBs keep wearing down Ds, a game manager is all we’ll need. And while he had some misfires yesterday, he is a relatively accurate thrower...
  16. I predict either Cole Hedlund or Greg Joseph (who kicked a little for Clev. Last year) is kicking for us next week...
  17. I did one of these the other day. I have Brissett at 14. I’m an admitted homer, lol.
  18. Y’know, just keeping Grover in there should help.
  19. Yeah, he should fit in pretty well out there with Deflating Tom, Cheatin’ Bill, sex-trafficking Kraft, etc. They should have. Ring of Dishonor in their stadium with all-time greats like Murderin’ Hernandez, Dirty Rodney, etc.
  20. On a more analytical note, I think we accomplished a big goal. We used our big uglies (literally, with that ‘stache of Nelson) to establish a dominant run game and used that to set up the pass. We’ve got the league’s leading rusher right now, so that worked pretty well...
  21. Well, after 28 starting QBs have played this week, Brissett has the #10 rating and espn’s #8 QBR. If we didn’t also have the league’s worst rated kicker we’d be 1-0, lol.
  22. I don’t understand any part of this post, lol. ;)
  23. Yeah, any team can regress, and it’s particularly easy if you had an unexpectedly good year. However, returning five starters on one of the best lines in the league (with only one old player) is a pretty admirable situation. Don’t over-think.
  24. I am a Wentz fan - this is kind of a projection for this year, rather than who was best in the past. I admit I slotted Rodgers lower than I would have before last night (Trubisky too, they both looked bad). Maybe without much preseason work, all qbs are gonna look that way. At any rate, I also have a good feeling about a Flacco career revitalization in Denver...
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