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  1. I thought we were looking at 10-11 wins, with our usual solid at home and "eh" on the road characteristics. I've been surprised by how good we've looked at times in road games, especially against playoff contenders. As far as individual players, I thought Ryan would have a bounceback season, and he has certainly had that and more. I wasn't sure if Turner would ever be the same player he was in '08, but he's at least most of the way there. I thought Norwood would be on IR by the end of the season, and that turned out right. I didn't think Snelling would be much of a contributor on offense, but I'm continually impressed by his tough running and soft hands. He's made some catches this season that only a WR should be able to make. I missed on offense, like many here, on measuring how much impact HD would have this year. I thought he would come back close to pre-injury form and be a bigtime contributor, but obviously he's still got some work to do to get back to that level. I won't give myself too much credit for predicting solid seasons for White and Gonzo, although White especially has exceeded my expectations. On defense, I thought BWill was gonna be done after his injury. Kudos to him for proving me wrong and coming back as a decent NB. I though that Grimes and Dunta would get the starting jobs and hold them, and that was correct. I thought Owens would be the 3rd corner and really settle into that role long term, but he hasn't made much of an impact this season. Like the OP, I thought Biermann was going to be a force at DE. Although he's made some splash plays, he's been invisible on defense for far too many plays this season. Not surprised either that Abe bounced back and has really been the only pass rusher on the line outside of Babs on the roster. I was pretty sure that Peterson would hold his starting job and Nicholas would be the one pushed out for Spoon. That turned out to be correct, but Spoon has missed some time so it has been a moot point for parts of the season. Lastly, I wasn't sure if Bryant would last the season with the way kicker has been a revolving door for us these past few years. But he's proven to be the exception to some of our recent kickers by both being accurate (6th in the league in FG%) and having a strong leg (8-10 from 40+) and looks like a safe bet to hold the job for the foreseeable future barring a catastrophic meltdown.
  2. Dixon is the best fit for this team outside of shockley at this point. Brohm is the best QB in the draft! What I am relly saying is that if we are going to draft a QB in the first round, make it the best one in the draft not Matt Ryan!! If Jamarcus russell was in this draft, then he would be perfect for the job. The Browns and Anderson are far apart in negotiations. I say if he's available when the freee agency period hits in Feb. we go after him. DJ Shockley is perfect for the new offense. Play action is perfect for DJ, and he does have the best Deep Ball. Whoever said Brohm is a Ryan Leaf clone, please give valid reasoning for that. They aren't the same style of QB at all. If you want to compare any QB in this draft to Leaf, then look at Matt Ryan. They both have similar careers and playing styles. (An exciting collection of quotes from a thread in early 2008 about quarterbacks. Fun times!)
  3. Small sample size, 3 good passing defenses (all in the top half of the league in QB rating against). Don't think that the grass has anything to do with it (could say it had something to do with being outside, but all three happened before it got cold).
  4. I'm glad that I saw something about that just now because otherwise it would have completely slipped my mind. Go Falcons!
  5. http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2010/11/19/pass-rushing-productivity-whos-making-the-most-of-their-opportunities/ Abe is 5th overall and tops among all DE's in the league...
  6. Bill Bell, a Mississippi State booster and former player at the school, told the NCAA he received a text message from a man claiming to represent Cam Newton's father that outlined a payment plan designed to bring the quarterback to the Bulldogs. Bell said former teammate Kenny Rogers told him Cecil Newton wanted money for his son to play at Mississippi State. Bell told ESPN.com he also shared a series of voice mail messages from Rogers with the NCAA last week. Bell said Cecil Newton never specifically asked him for money, but that Newton was present during three-way calls in which Rogers discussed a pay-for-play scheme. Bell said he told the NCAA that Rogers sent him a text message outlining a payment schedule. Bell said the text included a request for $80,000 the day after Cam Newton signed with Mississippi State, $50,000 after 30 days after that and another $50,000 30 days later. "When he asked for it, it was like 'Bam!' " Bell said. "He told me this kid's dad is going to want money and the next day he sent me a text message. He didn't say anything other than 'This is what I want and I want it in three installments.'" Bell said he kept Rogers' text message on his old cell phone, which was damaged by water, but he is currently trying to retrieve the text message through his cell service provider. Bell also said he has recordings of several voice messages from Rogers, which he played for NCAA investigators. "[Cecil Newton] didn't come out and say, 'I want $180,000,'" Bell said. "He inferred it and talked about it, but not directly. Kenny would talk about it in front of him, and [Cecil Newton] never corrected him or said, 'No, that's not what we're doing.'" Bell said the initial contact to him was made by Rogers, who played football with Bell in college. But Bell, a Florida businessman, said he also had several conversations with Cecil Newton during his son's recruitment. "He said it was going to take more than just a relationship with [Mississippi State coach] Dan Mullen and that Cam's relationship with Mullen wasn't what Mullen thought it was," Bell said. "That's when he said, 'Dan Mullen is going to have to put a smile on my face if he thinks he's going to get my son.'" Bell said the reason he's providing details of the alleged scheme is because he wants to make sure everybody knows Mississippi State didn't break NCAA rules during its recruitment of Cam Newton, who has emerged as the Heisman Trophy front-runner in his first season at Auburn. Rogers' attorney, Douglas Zeit, told ESPN.com on Wednesday: "As I understand it, that was the payment plan Cecil Newton was seeking." Zeit said he did not know whether Cecil Newton participated in three-way calls with Rogers and Bell, but added, "I believe [Newton] was insistent the calls be made" seeking payment. Zeit confirmed that his client met Tuesday with NCAA enforcement representative Jackie Thurnes in person to discuss the Newton case. He said NCAA enforcement rep Marcus Wilson also participated in the interview via telephone. Zeit said he also has been contacted by the office of Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann seeking an interview with Rogers, but that hasn't happened yet. No one answered the telephone at Cecil Newton's home in Atlanta on Wednesday. Last Thursday, Rogers told ESPN 103.3 radio in Dallas that Cecil Newton told him it would take "anywhere between $100,000 and $180,000" for his son to play at Mississippi State. Rogers said that on Nov. 28, 2009, he and Cecil Newton followed each other out of Starkville, Miss., after the Ole Miss-Mississippi State game. He said Newton asked him: "What do you think is going to happen? You think it's going to go through?" Rogers said he was referred to Bell. Rogers said he left Bell a message telling him he was with Cecil Newton, who wanted to know if the deal was going to happen. Auburn has contended that Newton is an "eligible student-athlete." Newton played in Auburn's 49-31 victory over Georgia last week. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn declined to discuss the specifics of the Newton allegations, but said in general that solicitation of benefits by a student-athlete's family is an NCAA violation. Osburn said the potential penalties for such a violation depend on multiple factors, including the "level of the benefit" being sought and the level of responsibility of the student-athlete. Osburn said that if a university is not deemed culpable in such an instance, "then it is only a student-athlete eligibility issue." If a violation did occur and the athlete is ruled ineligible, he could appeal for reinstatement. Osburn said the NCAA handles a high volume of eligibility cases -- "about 2,000 requests a year" -- but they are prioritized based on the next competition for the athlete in question. Since Newton is in the middle of his season, any potential reinstatement case involving him would be expedited. Bell is the second former Mississippi State player who told ESPN.com that Newton's father was involved in soliciting money in November 2009. John Bond, who played quarterback at Mississippi State on the same teams with Bell and Rogers, told ESPN.com last week that Rogers also contacted him about an alleged pay-for-play scheme. Bell and Bond have both talked with NCAA investigators, and Bond met Tuesday with FBI officials. Rogers, whose relationship with Chicago-based agent Ian Greengross is under investigation by the NFL Players Association, was interviewed for several hours by NCAA investigators in Chicago on Tuesday. Zeit told USA Today on Wednesday that Rogers made it clear that if anybody broke NCAA rules, it was Cecil Newton. "Nobody's pointing a finger at Mississippi State for doing anything wrong," Zeit told USA Today. "And Kenny has said, 'I had no discussion with Auburn regarding Cam Newton or anybody affiliated with him.' He said, 'I don't know if Auburn has or has not done anything wrong.' He's not pointing a finger at them." Instead, according to Zeit, Rogers was "pointing a finger direct squarely at the father." Bell said he called Bond, his close friend, soon after Rogers asked him for money, and Bond informed Mississippi State officials of the pay-for-play scheme. Bell said he was told to stop talking to Cecil Newton and Rogers. Bell said he never talked to Cam Newton during the quarterback's recruitment. "I've never been involved in paying anything for a player," Bell said. "I'm not that big of a booster. I told Kenny that Coach Mullen was personally handling the recruitment of Cam Newton and no one was going to pay them any money. Kenny said, 'Well, how about $100,000?'" Newton, a junior from College Park, Ga., has led the No. 2 Tigers to an 11-0 record going into their showdown against Alabama (No. 11 BCS, No. 10 AP) in the Nov. 26 Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Auburn will play No. 17 South Carolina in the Dec. 4 SEC championship game in Atlanta's Georgia Dome and can probably reach the Jan. 10 BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz., by winning two more games. Friday, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin acknowledged in a statement that the school "was approached with an offer to provide an extra benefit" and that the school refused. Bell said Auburn's recruitment of Cam Newton was never discussed in any of his conversations with Cecil Newton and that he had no knowledge of any improprieties involving the Tigers. Bell said he didn't even know who Cam Newton was when Rogers initially contacted him and that it was the first time he'd talked to Rogers since their playing days at Mississippi State. "It was probably three phone calls or so before Kenny said, 'They're going to want money,'" Bell recalled. "It just seemed like he didn't know what he was doing, like it was the first time he'd ever done something like that. I really believe it was Mr. Newton asking Kenny to do it. I don't think it was Kenny's idea." http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5818428
  7. 12 man penalty out of a timeout is the dumbest penalty in the game
  8. Terrible play there by Flacco. Just absolutely cannot take a sack there.
  9. Please don't let special teams kill us. Please please please please
  10. That, right there, is a season-defining drive. Wow, wow, wow, wow wow!
  11. Tomorrow we'll be hearing Dilfer talk about how the Ravens weren't actually that good and they had a short week and had to be on the road and blah blah blah...
  12. Too early to start playing the score IMO. Take the point now and worry about the 2 later if it matters.
  13. Great call. Did he get both feet in? Looked close at first glance.
  14. Done a great job this half considering we've only gotten 34 yards rushing. Biggest stat for me: 8-12 on 3rd down. Nice strategy by MM to spread the field and force the corners at the bottom of the roster to make plays against our receivers. When there's been a good matchup, we've attacked it. Missed a few throws, but the timing on the short stuff has been outstanding. Put their defense in a tight spot because they can't blitz or we'll eat them alive even more on the short throws and can't play off since our receivers are getting open for the most part down the field. On defense, we've hurried Flacco and forced him out of his comfort zone. Given up a few draws and a reverse, but that's the only thing that they've been successful with. They've only had 17 plays and are 1-4 on 3rd down. Special teams has been good - 3/3 touchbacks on kickoffs, 2/3 fair catches on punts and a FF. Nothing to speak of in the return game for us. Good half so far, need to keep the momentum up after halftime. Would be big if we could stop them cold on their first series.
  15. Had him there and missed. We've left some opportunities on the table this drive. 10-0 at the half is still outstanding though.
  16. I guess a forearm to the the head after he's well into his slide isn't a late hit anymore?
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