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  1. GBP backfield

    Well, when you consider that Green Bay was forced to use Ty Montgomery out of desperation two seasons ago when everyone in front of him got hurt, then they drafted two RBs immediately following the 2016 season, it doesn't exactly tell me that the Packers felt settled at the position. Granted, it's not impossible to think that Ty Montgomery could become the alpha in that backfield, but I have a hard time imagining that his value isn't going to hinge almost completely on his passing game chops or one of the other two RBs getting hurt to give him more opportunity for carries. This will be a very interesting situation to monitor this preseason. I am guessing, though, that Montgomery's role will be solid as more of a pass catcher / occasional runner and that it'll be more about Jones vs. Williams for lead early down back duties.
  2. Browns fans: Read this long rumor!

    I don't think you can assume that both New York teams will draft a QB. The Jets look quite likely to do so, but the Giants maybe not quite as sure. Also, regarding Chubb #1 then QB at #4, aren't all of these QBs a crapshoot? Nobody knows who will pan out and who won't. So how much does it really matter which guy they get of those three?
  3. Browns fans: Read this long rumor!

    Really? There is a difference between what should happen and what will. Mayfield is a proven winner and the most pro-ready guy in the draft. There are enough QB needy teams that someone will look beyond his height.
  4. Browns fans: Read this long rumor!

    I actually think taking Chubb #1 overall, then grabbing a QB with #4 isn't a bad idea. Let the other teams figure out what they want. I also am glad to see Lamar Jackson's name brought up here. I have wondered why he has gotten zero love while Josh Allen gets slobbered over. Josh Allen has the most bust potential of the group IMO. Anyway, the Browns should be happy to get whoever is left of Mayfield, Rosen or Darnold after taking Chubb #1 overall. Drafting two QBs in the top 4 would be silly when they have other needs that could be filled by an elite talent /prospect with one of those picks.
  5. player safety and kickoffs

    For the TL;DR crowd: Go back to the way kickoffs were and fix how players tackle, block, etc. instead (via targeting, fines, etc.). The game is supposed to have 3 phases. Current rules changes threaten to take it from 2.75 phases to 2.5 phases. For everyone else... Not a bad solution, but a few comments: If I understand this solution correctly, the 4th and 15 snap is essentially an offensive snap. Some teams are good enough on offense that giving them an offensive snap seems pretty advantageous. Certainly more advantageous than whatever advantage the team with the best onside kicking kicker/special teams unit would give. I don't like the idea that a team with a stronger offense is at an advantage for what should be a special teams play (or, conversely, that a team with a poor offense should be at a disadvantage). What happens if the team receiving the punt commits a penalty? Is it possible that they could give the kicking team an automatic first down? I don't like the idea of any "automatic first down" penalties being awarded to the kicking team. Is there a reason that a team can't just declare an onside kick and run the onside as it always has been run? Then if a team wants to maintain the element of surprise, they could still elect to fake punt on 4th and 15th. But they shouldn't be allowed to have their starting offense on the field for that 4th and 15 play. Are there statistics to back up the assertion that kickoff returns are notably more dangerous than punt returns (or any other play for that matter)? I'm just wondering how much are these changes legitimate changes in favor of player safety vs. change for appearance's sake. Certainly, not having a kickoff means no risk of injury, but the comparison should be to the "average" play during a game. Color me skeptical, but if you remove kickoffs entirely, at what point do you remove obvious long passing downs (3rd and 20+) because they represent more risk than the average play due to receivers getting hung out to dry by their quarterbacks? What would keep the NFL from just forcing teams who end up in 3rd and 20+ from automatically placing them at 4th and 8 (or whatever the "average" historical gain on 3rd and 20+ amounts to)? I'd rather see them restore kickoffs to the good old days where there were actual returns - simply admit that football is a contact sport and that all players are at risk when they play. But then continue to apply pressure financially on guys who play dirty. For instance, use the new targeting rules to deter guys from making blind side blocks on kick returns. It seems like a lot of the risk on kicks and punts comes from guys who get rocked by a blindside hit by a blocker for the return team. A block can certainly occur without the level of violence that seems inherent in a blindside block. Sorry if this post comes across as ignorant, but I really never understood how kickoffs are so much more dangerous that they had to virtually eliminate kickoffs from game strategy (the touchback percentage is ridiculous). Dudes can get rocked on any play. Fix how guys block, tackle, etc. but don't change the fundamentals of the game. It's supposed to be three phases, but special teams is just not as important anymore with kickoffs so muted (and maybe even going away entirely).
  6. Have we ranked the rookie RB's yet?

    I don't want to give out their analysis for free, but I'll throw PFF's top five RBs out to add to the discussion: 1. SAQUON BARKLEY, PENN STATE 2. RONALD JONES II, USC 3. RASHAAD PENNY, SDSU 4. NICK CHUBB, GEORGIA 5. SONY MICHEL, GEORGIA
  7. Fresh league #1 draft in 2018? WWYP?

    In PPR, I agree. Brown is on another planet/tier by himself. Gurley would be my preference after Brown, but I agree that those three RBs are somewhat equal and it's more of a matter of personal preference. Johnson is probably the most likely to slip based purely on the unknowns that come with turnover at QB and coaching (and based on the feeling that he was a bust last year).
  8. I guess the Browns are less likely to draft Barkley after agreeing to terms with Carlos Hyde. No?
  9. Todd Haley was guilty of going pass-happy a lot in Pittsburgh, despite having arguably the best RB in the game in Le"Veon Bell. Pittsburgh was the 11th most pass heavy team in the league last year based on pass to run ratio (Cleveland was 5th most pass-happy). If you look purely at number of pass plays called per game, the Steelers ranked 2nd behind New England. Of course, Haley won't have Ben Roethlisberger at QB in Cleveland, but I wouldn't expect his insertion into offensive play calling or game planning to mean a firmer commitment to running the ball. Let's also not forget how often game situation puts Cleveland into pass mode as they attempt to play catch up.
  10. Is Tom Brady the GOAT of all sports?

    In general, hockey > basketball > baseball > football as it relates to an individual player's opportunity to influence a team's success. The sheer fact that guys like Trent Dilfer have SB rings tells you that, no matter how good a QB can be, it's just not as impressive as superstar athletes in other sports. Gretzky > Jordan > Brady (I'm not sure a baseball player has been discussed, and I don't have a strong feel for who would be considered GOAT) Gretzky really was otherworldly, and his career stats dwarf everyone around him. And hockey has a lot more parity than the other major sports... Also, the influence on game outcomes usually comes more from goaltending than it does other positions, making Gretzky's stats all that much more impressive. Jordan wins 3 straight rings, leaves for 1.5 years, comes back and wins 3 straight rings again. And in his second run, they win 70, then 69 games in back to back years (still the most wins in a 2 year span). Jordan even averaged 20+ in his last (age 39) season with Washington. Brady wins 5 rings in 8 appearances, both records for a QB. Certainly impressive, and certainly makes him an easy guy to argue as the GOAT for football (if you buy the "QB is the most important position in football" argument). But his career stats don't dwarf other QBs. He's not even top ten in completion percentage of active QBs nor is he top 5 in passing yards per game of active QBs (if you include Peyton Manning). He is second to Aaron Rodgers in lowest INT % for career. His postseason stats are amazing though, which is where the GOAT declarations have always originated for Brady anyway. Gretzky has to be the GOAT of all team sports. I won't even try to compare individual sport athletes...
  11. Alex Smith

    You are forgetting Jeremy Sprinkle. Duh.
  12. People actually believe this

    Some people can find out the result of a game, then watch the entire game after the fact on their DVR anyway. Some people won't even bother watching the game if they know the result. I guess the people in the first of these groups would still watch. I also think that since there's no way to know for sure without undisputable evidence, people (non-Pats fans) watch and hope until their dreams die, then forget how that felt when the next season rolls around. Rigged or not, we all can dream...
  13. Alex Smith

    If by "win anything", you mean contend for the NFC, then you might be right. I don't think Washington's issues would be on the QB alone. Plus, aren't the Redskins in way better shape over the course of the next couple of years with Alex Smith than limping through with Colt McCoy and/or some rookie at QB? They have a zero percent change of winning anything with Colt McCoy, and drafting a QB prospect early this year comes with an opportunity cost (can't upgrade elsewhere with that pick). I agree that the trade looks worse for WAS with Kendall Fuller part of it. But that's just a testament to what it takes to get competitive QB play in the NFL.
  14. Alex Smith

    Well, they get stability at QB without breaking the bank (Cousins wouldn't have signed an extension anywhere near as cheaply as the Redskins extended Smith). So, to some extent, they get competent, if not above average, QB play for the 2-4 of years. They can spend their money fixing problems elsewhere while looking out for a QB of the future via draft. I don't think this was baffling at all. I think it was a 3rd round pick they gave up which might be a little high but reasonable. I think once people see what Cousins demands they'll realize that Washington's hands were tied. They did well to not get stuck in a situation like Denver last year or Houston prior to last year with a fringe talent at the helm.
  15. AFC Championship Game

    Meh, no guts, no glory. Especially on the road against the defending SB champs. They always come out with adjustments for the 2nd half, so take advantage while you can. Being underdogs, I just think the normal rules have to go out the window to some extent. One of my favorite all time "no guts, no glory" moments in NFL history was Sean Payton's decision to open the second half of the Saints-Colts SB with an onside kick. If you want to be champ, you have to go out and get it.