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  1. Marcus Maroita isn’t capable of executing an nfl drop back passing game. If the staff isn’t scheming plays for him to make specific reads he’s horrible. This is why both staffs had him throwing so many screens to WRs, plays at or behind the line of scrimmage and play action. Maroita is killing the staffs, the OL and the skill people. He’s an albatross around the franchises neck. They need him to be good to be able to succeed and he’s not, he’s bad, he’s real bad. No no way can you pay him a long term deal and paying him the 5th year option is even questionable
  2. Getting beat by Georgia State at home is just beyond imaginable. The entire football side of this administration is a complete dumpster fire.
  3. Now that the Lakers have managed to free up the cap space they need for another max player, who will they go after? My money is on Butler. I don't want the Rockets to get rid of 2 or 3 of their current starters in order to acquire Butler for themselves. He can go to LA and fuck them up instead!
  4. At 31-41, they need to win 4 of their final 10 games to reach last season's record of 35-47. It's not looking very good for them to reach that plateau. LA's remaining games: Golden State, Portland, Utah (twice), at OKC, at LA Clippers, Sacramento, Charlotte, Washington, and at New Orleans. Maybe 2 or 3 wins? But not 4.
  5. Sources: Lakers reach deal for Pelicans' Davis via @ESPN App Wow
  6. Watch First Take and Undisputed. Watch how they ignore their female hosts. Talk over them, and act as if their opinions don't matter or arent important. Why does no one cry about the lack of respect and sexism that takes place? Why do ppl only pick and choose what is and when sexism actually takes place?
  7. Fans talk shit to NBA players all the time, he is supposed to be a professional. The piece of shit makes $40M/year and acts like such a whiny pussy.
  8. These girls went wild after they won lol. More from the plane ride home on Harris’ Instagram story.
  9. If any of you are interested in soccer tactics - take a look
  10. If it was just a straight up deal for Isaiah Thomas, then maybe it would have been a good deal for them, or a least a decent one. But also giving up Crowder and the 1st round pick they got from Brooklyn and a guy they drafted in the first round last year (Zizic)? That pick from Brooklyn will almost certainly be a top-3 pick in 2018, it doesn't seem to be a protected pick from what I've seen. So Boston gave up a whole lot to their main competitor in the east having recently improved themselves when they got Hayward. But like a typical idiot Bostonian, they just made Cleveland better so they can win the conference yet again. Good work Boston!
  11. Predators just traded PK Subban to Devils. The club has acquired P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, one second round pick in this draft and another second round pick in next year’s draft.
  12. A former Arizona assistant basketball coach alleged in secretly recorded conversations that head coach Sean Miller was paying future No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Deandre Ayton $10,000 a month and was “taking care of” other players. ******************************************************************** That's not fair. Ayton was worth more than that. Apologies to @OILERMAN , there are not enough choices of tags.
  13. This guy doesn't get the credit he deserves because he's on such a good overall team. Wilson currently has 8 passing TDs to 1 INT, he has a 113 passer rating and is completing 70% of his passes. He's probably the most dangerous runner in the league because of his ability to pass on the run and he always protects himself and is super smart. He's the MVP on a loaded Seattle team
  14. Here is the problem I don't think fans grasp about the RB position and it's something I've been saying ever since Henry has been on the roster. Fans overvalue running stats and undervalue the other aspects of the position. The coaches care way more about the other stuff than the fans do. A few facts, Henry was phased out to almost a non factor a while back, he was reportedly being offered in trade, even though he's clearly out producing Lewis running the ball Lewis is still getting the majority of the snaps. Henry is a limited RB who the last two coaching staffs have pretty much relegated to strictly running situations. Forget what I or any other fan thinks, two coaching staffs now have played a washed up Murray and an ineffective running Lewis more snaps than Henry. Guess why? Henry limits the offense in regards to the overall playbook. Defenses know it's almost certainly a running play when he's in the game. Do you honestly think the coaches are too stupid to use Henry correctly in the passing game? So before @nine or anyone else starts saying they need to throw Henry the ball, forget it, they aren't going to, at least not with any regularity. LaFleur was pretty clear that he wanted an offense that they could run or pass equally from the same formations. They clearly do not believe Henry gives them that ability based on snap count. Henry got 24 snaps and 17 were runs by him. Hello. They want to be a big screens team, Henry doesn't have the skill set to be used like that. As for Henry's running. He's wildly inconsistent, well actually he is pretty consistent, he usually doesn't produce good rushing stats. He requires top run blocking and an easy pathway to the 2nd level, something that rarely happens in the NFL. The Jags game isn't any kind of blue print for how to use Henry. It's the first time in NFL history a RB got 200 yards on less than 20 carries, he did it in 11. It was flukey. Either the Titans run blocking turned all pro over night or the Jags rolled over. We'll see going forward. Long runs are rare, you gotta produce in the 2-5 yard range consistently. He doesn't. The Titans need a RB more in the Mark Ingram mold who can run power or catch the ball and pass block.
  15. Belmont is an 11 seed Murray State is a 12 seed Murray State and Belmont will be dangerous teams. They are both good. Belmont plays Temple (play-in game) Murray State plays Marquette
  16. Rockets current depth chart: PG) Russell Westbrook, Austin Rivers, Chris Clemons SG) Eric Gordon, Gerald Green, Ben McLemore SF) James Harden, Danuel House, Anthony Bennett PF) P.J. Tucker, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein C) Clint Capela, Tyson Chandler, Nenê Hilario Two-way deals: Shamorie Ponds
  17. "Basically, guys, I quit," Irving said. "I don't want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I'm outta there. I'm not doing this s--- no more." Irving appeared to be smoking marijuana during the video and spoke about how he disagreed with the NFL's policy on the substance. "It's funny, you know, some people: 'Oh, you're addicted to weed, you're addicted to this and that,'" he said. "I mean s---, if I'm gonna be addicted to something, I'd rather be addicted to marijuana, which is medical -- it's a medicine; I do not consider it a drug -- rather than Xanax bars or the hydros or the seroquel and all that crazy s--- that they feed you. "Like I said, it's not about smoking weed. How many NBA players you see getting in trouble about this? How many coaches you see getting in trouble about this? How many baseball players? How many UFC players getting in trouble?"
  18. What Marcus Mariota did at a Special Olympics day shows why we love football NFL stars have plenty of time away from the field during the off-season. Some are smart and spend a lot of their time practicing and working out ahead of the pre-season, while others take a well-deserved break from football. The Tennessee Titans quarterback spent his weekend at Nissan Stadium (the teams home field) - taking part in a Special Olympics event. I also found this: To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay Anyone know what condition got Mariota in?
  19. If I'm the Titans I'd go after Tyrod Taylor to back and even challenge/push Mariota. I actually think they are pretty close to the same guy. Taylor is also the type of back-up that can come in and run the same type of stuff Mariota runs as far as RPOs and QB deigned runs. In fact I think he's a better runner and maybe close to equal in regards to passing. If the plan is to run the ball, play defense and run the QB and use playaction he's the perfect match. He took the Bills to the playoffs going 9-7 with a very similar type season as MM. 2800 yards, 14 passing TDs and 427 rushing yards and 4 TDs. He's even safer protecting the ball. I'd sign him to a two year deal as insurance in case MM has another mediocre season then you could let MM go and roll with Taylor worst case while the elusive search for a QB continues. If MM makes the jump then you have upgraded Gabbert imo
  20. I didn't realize this but the Titans were the 3rd team to beat the Pats by double digits at home, they also struggled to beat the Bills in Buffalo. Early on when they got blown out by Jax and the Lions people just assumed it was early season struggles. Brady is on pace for 27 TDs 11 INTs and has a 94.7 passer rating, those are honestly spare numbers for Brady. Brady missed passes and saw pressure that wasn't there and also dropped to the ground to avoid hits, all stuff Manning did his last 1.5 years. The Broncos got blown out by the Rams the year before Manning retired and it seemed like Manning literally fell off a cliff at that moment. The Broncos went to the playoffs and were blown off the field by the Colts. I wonder if we're gonna look back at the Titans win the same way the Rams game marked the end of Manning as an elite QB. The difference is the Broncos were loaded(won the SB the next year) and the Pats are honestly pretty lacking in talent. They got Gordon off the scrap heap and Gronk and Edleman look over the hill. They are running trick plays in every game, a sign they can't beat people straight up. Their schedule and division is super easy but it will be interesting to see how this season ends for them. I'd be surprised if they make a SB run. I wonder what BB would have done if Kraft didn't force the Jimmy G trade. Another owner screws things up.
  21. This is a great article. Basically coaches try and run on 1st down most of the time, and it fails. The Seahawks ran a 3 play sequence of run-run-pass 26% of the time, the Titans were the 2nd most at 24% of the time. It's a failing formula. The notion of establishing the run is deeply ingrained in NFL culture. Coaches and play-callers laud the approach for its ability to keep a team “on schedule” and “ahead of the chains,” both of which are football shorthand for picking up enough yards on first and second down that you stand a good chance to extend a drive. True believers think that if you abandon the run too early, you make your team one-dimensional and forfeit an important edge in toughness. You’re no longer imposing your will on a defense, and this will manifest itself in worse results overall. But is this true? Does running help a team convert more first downs and extend drives? And does the order in which you call pass and run plays matter? Pass-rush-rush is the most successful three-play sequence, followed by pass-pass-rush and rush-pass-rush. On first down, passing will net you at least 5 yards (enough to make the play a success) 47 percent of the time, while running the ball will get you the same result just 32.8 percent of the time, 14.2 percentage points less often. On second down, the gap closes to about a 7 percentage-point advantage for passing. Play-calling patterns that end in a pass on third down have a negative expected value across the board. Surprisingly, two of the top three teams in net yards per passing attempt in 2018, the Rams and the Chiefs, actually do have success with the rush-rush-pass play sequence. some trends are clear. Passes are more effective when called on early downs, and runs are more effective on third down. Running on first down, while often a mistake, can be salvaged with a pass on second down( @scine09). And if you’re going to rush on back-to-back plays to open a series, you should do so sparingly because it will leave your team in an obvious passing situation more often than not. Your passing attack — and QB especially — will need to be well above average to consistently convert in those high-leverage spots where all deception is gone and defenders can be confident that they know what’s coming.
  22. The league trend is to hire an offensive guy in the mold of Shanahan/McVay/Peyton. The Browns are already rumored to be looking at LaFleur and that was before the recent improvement of the offense. With LaFleur's QB pedigree/resume with top offensive minds it seems way too obvious for him be to coveted. @tgo who do you think would step up? Sullivan or Stecker or someone outside the team?