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  1. This GAME defines Matt's career in Atlanta He goes 29/39 for 419 (10.7 YPA), 3 TDs, No Picks or Fumbles, puts up 36 points and can't get the W because the defense can't stop a wet dishrag.
  2. My wish list to sign: A Starting DT (ideally Johnathan Hankins) A Rotational DT (ideally Rubin or Jay Bromley - min deal) A Backup LB (ideally Gerald Hodges or Reynolds - min deal) An Experienced FB (anyone who has played before - zero guaranteed money to compete in camp) We're no worse off at OT than we were last year, and the FO has obviously bet on Hooper breaking out in year 3.
  3. It is highly likely we only get a 4th for Poe, per https://overthecap.com/compensatory-draft-picks-cancellation-chart/ Still, this to a certain extent justifies waiting until after the draft to pick up depth FAs - Bennie Logan is about the only DL Free Agent who is substantially better than who we could sign after 8th May (Suh / Hankins are cuts so wouldn't count for this) to the extent where it's worth losing the comp pick.
  4. Wow. I knew he had been unpopular with the coaching staff there (he seems to be their version of Asamoah in that no one is quite sure of the reason), but didn't expect that. Even though I'm not a "bring him home" type, I'd definitely be keen on us picking him up as a backup for Durant, who is very good but questionable from a reliability standpoint.
  5. Trade down with the Vikings to ensure the Bucs don't get Bridgewater. Pass rushers and offensive tackles are gone. Therefore we have one huge need left. Draft Donald or Nix (whichever Nolan wants) at 8.
  6. Congratulations. You answered your own question
  7. I wouldn't mind us taking a look at Dennis Roland, who has just been cut by the Bengals. 30 career starts at tackle and has been active for every game for the Bengals the last 4 years. Good size at 6'9 325lbs - just looks like he got caught in a numbers game over in Cincinnati. He also played at UGA, so should consider us favorites if we get in competition with someone else (obviously only paying the minimum).
  8. - Russell Wilson to get at least one vote for MVP - Stephon Gilmore to be an All Pro - Gronk is top 10 in receiving yardage and top 5 in TDs despite playing 12 or fewer games - Ron Rivera to be the first coach fired (is this bold?) - LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing - Raiders, Titans and Vikings are top 3 in draft
  9. Thanks very much mash - really appreciate the details.
  10. The problem with the SoS analysis is that it doesn't mean anything until the actual season in which it takes place. Last year was supposed to be a middle of the pack SoS, but then the AFC West was terrible (Chiefs were talked about preseason as a playoff team - they went 2-14) and the Eagles fell apart. And if we're good, that will naturally depress the records of the teams we play. I think we will likely take a small step back in the regular season simply because 13 wins is a lot, and the Bucs have had a good offseason. But if you have a top-8 QB, which we do, recent history has shown that you're going to be in the thick of it in January.
  11. There were 20 players with 10 sacks last year. 9 were high first round picks 2 were end of the first picks (both at #26 overall) 9 were taken outside the first round - two weren't even drafted at all For those who got 8+ sacks there's even fewer high 1st rounders (Suh, Irvin, Kerrigan) and even more late round talent (Kruger, Mathis, Avril, Griffen, Robison) To act like the only way to get a good pass rusher is to draft ultra-high or overpay in free agency is absolute rubbish. PS - Criticising the article, not smiler (who just quoted it)
  12. If you only mean players that teams would realistically trade for a 1st, then no-one. I'd much rather take my chances in the draft than with anyone who would be available. 3 options if I can trade for anyone: 1. Trade #30 for the best player for our needs - JJ Watt or Von Miller 2. Trade #30 for the most valuable player in the league - Andrew Luck (based on cheap contract) or Aaron Rodgers. Then trade him for substantially more (1st and 2nd this year, 2014 1st and 2nd). Then use those picks. 3. Trade it for Russell Wilson. Trade Matt Ryan for 1st this year and a 2nd next (Cleveland would do it I'm sure). Use the $10m+ difference between Ryan and Wilson's contracts this year to beef up the defense with free agents, and use the draft picks for young talent. I'd probably go for option 2, but all make some sense.
  13. A few clarifications: In the last 5 years worth of drafts, there have been 18 Texas players selected, 10 in the 1st 3 rounds. 5 of them (Orakpo, Thomas, Charles, Finley and Henry Melton, a Pro-Bowl DT) are difference makers. Of the 5 Defensive Linemen drafted in the top 150, there are two difference makers, two low-end starters (Roy Miller and Lamarr Houston) and Sergio Kindle. That's not a bad success rate by any means. --- But the stats are actually irrelevant. Even though Jeff Tedford produced Joey Harrington, David Carr and Kyle Boller, it didn't stop his next guy being Aaron Rodgers. And it works the other way too - I'm not drafting that USC left tackle in the 1st just because the last 3 were Baker, Tyron Smith and Matt Kalil. Evaluate players on their own merits, not based on school history.
  14. Confirmed by Jags twitter account. I'm disappointed we lost Caldwell - he obviously knows his business!
  15. I'm not in London this weekend, but if we make it to the NFCCG I'll be down there.
  16. Eifert's been fine. This QB is hardly the most accurate, and he's shown his athleticism and hands. Te'o will probably still go in the 1st but I think he's dropped for me from Steelers-type range (15 or so) down to Ravens type range (25 or later). His tackling form has been very poor tonight.
  17. If Clemons is out, the top pass rushers on that team: Bruce Irvin - 8 sacks Brandon Mebane - 3 sacks No-one else has more than 2. While I hate that a player is injured, this is significant news for us.
  18. Agreed on Ball. Ansah is a gamble because it's such as projection. He's played at NT for half the year in that crazy scheme - he could easily bust. But what makes you say Warford can't pass block? He stoned Sharrif Floyd against Florida, Missouri moved Richardson away from him, he didn't allow a sack all year (while playing in the SEC) - can you point me to plays where I can see this please? Warford's hardly perfect - he's going to struggle hitting NFL speed in space (screens and 2nd level blocks). But inline and pass blocking he looks great to me....
  19. Warford is great. Jackson - I just don't see him as a plus run blocker. He has a nice understanding of angles and moves very well, but he looks like a seal guy rather than someone who'll drive his man off the LOS. It's not a size thing - Jonathan Cooper is smaller than him and manhandles people - but I think Jackson is just another Reynolds (good pass protection but negative in run blocking) Fredrick - has he declared? If he does, that makes me much more confident we could get someone good. Thomas - I kind of ruled him out because if anyone thinks he can play tackle, he be gone in the top 55. And IMO our 1st rounder should really be a DL as long as someone falls.
  20. Returning to the topic at hand... Reynolds is a good pass blocker, and keeping Ryan upright is the #1 priority for the staff now. However except for his first two appearances (back in his rookie year) he's never shown well as a run blocker, and his height (and consequent leverage issues) may prevent him from ever improving in that department. If I ever see Konz at guard again after this season I want someone fired - he's a centre - play him there. So my preference would be to re-sign Reynolds for reasonable money (less than $2.5m/yr) and look to the draft for competition. I love Larry Warford, but we can't afford to rely on him being available to us. If we have a guy already signed who is at least good in one of the two aspects, we aren't going to be facing a disaster. Also, building depth on the OL is hardly a bad thing.
  21. WTF? We can easily judge new coaches - look at the EXISTING players and see if they improve. - Baker and Reynolds were about 10000% better than last year - Blalock was about the same - Clabo wasn't quite as good in my opinion, but guys like PFF and John Hollinger claiming he should be an all-pro suggest he wasn't horrible! - McClure has gotten old, but he started to look his age towards the end of 2011 That sounds like we got BETTER. And Boudreau was hardly a scrub - he's doing a decent job in St Louis. Konz and Holmes by contrast we have never seen in the NFL before. Perhaps they are just not that talented - which falls on the talent identification side of the operation.
  22. Someone wrote a deliberately provocative article to drive traffic towards a Bleacher Report competitor. Judging by the reaction on here, and the fact that the link was posted, they appear to have been successful. Giving these idiots the oxygen of publicity (by clicking the link/commenting/putting it on Facebook) is exactly what they want. It's the same as replying to a troll thread on here - DON'T DO IT.
  23. Even better - thanks Prof. I never knew that rule, so thank you for clarifying.
  24. I don't think Baker has ever been "underwhelming" when healthy. Average is a better word, and obviously his injuries are a concern. As Virginiafalcon has pointed out, Holmes is the replacement just in case. Agreed with your ranking of Baker. The two comparable LTs (that I believe are in Baker's "tier" of play) that are on their second contract: Jermon Bushrod - $4.5m a year / $3.5m SB Jeff Backus - $3m a year / $1.5m SB Somewhere within that spectrum seems like a reasonable deal over 2-3 years. Not a massive signing bonus - say 3 years for $11.4m with a $2.4m SB. That would be ok - could structure it for a $3m cap hit this year without major consequence down the road.
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