Birmingham. Been here for about 15 years now. Still try to make it back to Columbus at least once a year.
For the first time in a while, I think we can all agree that the defense was not the main issue Saturday night. Sure, they gave up some so long drives, but some of that was Brewer making absolutely perfect throws, against good coverage. The defense kept us in the game, especially in the second half, when the offense was nonexistent. Quite the opposite from most games last year where we relied on our offense to out score people.
Gah you aren't lying...
I think I am getting more mad now than I was during the actual game. Is this supposed to make us feel better? Hearing the coaches saying they had never seen that defense before?
We pay our staff alot of money. Not only were they out schemed, they were out coached for 4 quarters, and even still today as our staff sits around saying "What the hell just happened? - I dont know, never seen that before.."
Give me a break! I guess they wanted Bud Foster to hold up a sign that said what play they were about to run,. to allow us to call an offensive play accordingly.
Is this a new policy? I purchased staff tickets (unknowingly actually) on Stub Hub for the Iowa game a few years back. Once I got to my seats, I was sitting next to an English professor, and infront on a math professor, and behind a retired Biology professor. I was not asked to show any type of staff ID at any point. Good thing too, because I did not even know I was in the staff section, much less how I would have gotten my hands on a staff ID. Could have a been a big bummer on the 9 hour drive from Alabama.
Returning punts and returning kicks are two completely different responsibilities. Kick offs are normall drama free. You don't have to make a catch in high traffic. This is perfect for a true freshman to get in the game and try to make a big play (ie Dontre last year). Punts on the other hand, more times than not, are having to be caught with guys flying at or around you. Much more decision making must take place. It is normally best to have someone with experience, even if they aren't as dynamic of a play maker (ie Philly last year).
With that being said, I can certianly see Samuel or Johnnie Dixon returning kickoffs this year. Punts is still up in the air in my opinion. Maybe Dontre. Maybe James Clark. They have both been here a year. Maybe the trust a guy like Marhsall's decision making enough to put him back there.
I am still pumped for this season. This puts a chip on the shoulder of an already angry team... That could be bad for the rest of the country. They have the whole country already writing them off. Just adds more motivation. Why not us?? It will be even sweeter to piss people off by winning games when they gave us no chance to win..
From everything I have heard, yes. Bruce Arians is on record saying he wants Ellington will be the focal point of this offense. Ellington also caught 40 balls last year, in much more limited time.
I got Ellington in the 3rd round of my 12 team PPR league, and was absolutely estatic.
Here are some names for each position:
QB - Matt Ryan - he was putting up montser numbers last year before all of his WRs got hurt. WIth a healthy Julio and Roddy, and an improved OLine, Ryan should put up career best numbers this year. Also, the ATL defense is absolutely horrendous, so Ryan will be throwing to keep them in some games late. Deeper Sleeper : Carson Palmer - high powered offense.
RB - Andre Ellington - He probably is classified as a sleeper, because most people are high on him. But he is definitely a break out candidate. Will be on the field for all downs, and should also catch alot of balls out of the back field ( IMO, a must have player this year in PPR leagues). Deeper Sleeper : Devonta Freeman - As much as I like the guy, I just dont see Steven Jackson staying healthy most of the year. Freeman is a young talented back that the Falcons seem to be high on. Could get some opportunities.
WR - I also am all over the Brandin Cooks bangwagon. Deeper Sleeper - Kelvin Benjamin - gives CAR a big, phsyical threat around the red zone.
TE - Dennis Pitta - again, not much of a "Sleeper" persay, but will have his career break out year. New OC in Balt loves to invlove the TEs, and Flacco seems to have the same relationship with Pitta that Romo has with Witten. Deeper Sleeper : Zac Ertz.
It's pretty hard to guage right now. 3 weeks ago, the Reds were one of the hottest teams in baseball, and were probably headed into the deadline as major buyers. At the time, they felt adding one more bat could take them into the playoffs again. Flashforward to now, and they can't seem to win a ball game. They appear to be in sell mode now, trying to dump some of the outrageous contracts we have. Seems they have dangled Latos around, but he would require a huge return that I do not think most teams are willing to pay.
With all that being said, the Reds desperately need another hitter. A guy like Ben Zobrist would be the perfect fit, since he can play basically anywhere on the field. But with Tampa Bay playing better now, they may not be in sell mode anymore. A corner OF, or corner IF (with Votta out) seem the major areas of need. SS too. But cant fix everything at once.
I don't see the Reds making any moves today, which is frustrating.
Staff - any indications when you will get some more of the wiskey glasses? I would love to support 11W while simultaneously drinking wiskey.
Thanks guys... I have not had Litte Ceasar's in probably 4 years. Due to this thread, I just picked one up on my lunch break.
^ I've never wanted to upvote a staff's comment more...
"I'm ready to win some championships and get Michigan back to the top,"
"Especially starting to beat Ohio State, that's going to be big. I want to make sure that in my four years I don't lose to Ohio State once."
This confirms my thoughts that a breakout season for Dontre Wilson is inevitable this year.
Dynamite drop in BD.
We could know alot going into our visit. If he has not committed yet after the UGA and VTech visits, we will have a great opportunity to be the last visit on his mind.
Great work as always Ross.
Couple things I noticed for the first time watching these videos.
1. In the play against Sparty in the B1G game, Hyde had one hell of a block. So did Spencer. If Jeff makes that block, Brax gets to the sideline and may score on the play.
2. I may have the understanding of the rules wrong, but in the video @ MSU, at the .11 second mark, it looks like we get away with an illegal chop block. (and dang near blows Hall's knee out)
Edit: Looks like Codeez thought the same as me, just a few seconds sooner.
Guys, Danny Clark is a phenom. I think we somewhat forget about him since he is a few years away still, but this kid can do it all. Watching his videos, you would assume he is an early enrollee, not a SO in high school.
That just made me, a grown man, cry at my desk at work.
And gave me chill bumps. Not just the normal ones on your arm. No, it gave me the big ones, the ones you can feel on the top of your head.
First thing I noticed was he doesn't interlock (over even overlap for that matter) his two hands. For someone who preaches fundamentals so much, he has himself in a touch position to start. Every instructional video out there says it all starts with your grip!
Man, it seems like Hilliard is a huge domino for the class. He pulls the trigger for OSU, and Harris and Cornell could be quick to follow. Once Harris pulls the trigger, Gipson follows, then Kirk. And so on...
Don't blink now, because before you know it OSU could have about 4-5 5*s committed.
I don't think there is too much confusion on what Butch is selling TG.
"Come here and you will start from day 1." Simple as that for Butch.