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I couldn't agree more.
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Yep, and most of us really don't know much about the OL coaches around the league. I think if the teams have good O-lines they probably had good O-line coaches, especially if they improved a lot after the coach's arrival. Like the guy in Dallas, he improved San Diego's line before he took the Cowboys' job. And who can argue with the guy who has coached in Indy for the last 12 years or so? And Pittsburgh always has had good lines. And the guy in Tennessee has a good reputation as well. And I have to think that Pat Morris' O-line is partly responsible for reviving Favre's performance. I think Castillo is probably right up there with the rest, but it is not a precise science determining who is better than the other.
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Yes it is...
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Daniel Jeremiah was MoveTheSticks, not MovingTheSticks, and his site was MoveTheSticks.com, now a blank page. Sheil Kapada is MovingTheChains, which is part of why this gets confusing for some.
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I think it's a temporary "truce" in the awareness that there are still a couple of months to work this out before training camp, and even then that is not a "drop dead" deadline. In late July, it may be a different story.
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I should mention before someone else does that Jackson's 8 50+ yard TDs consisted of 2 punt returns, a reverse, 2 Kolb throws, and only 3 McNabb throws. Nevertheless I think Doug's point is valid. The big pass has to be respected when McNabb is throwing the ball whether it actually gets there or not. It does not have to be respected when Kolb is throwing the ball.
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Like you I am trying to look at this from many angles. Here was one, from douglas704 on the EMB. I think he has an excellent point. ------------------------------------------- Here's what has me confused. We've put together a set of WR's built for a vertical passing attack. Maclin (he's got a ways to go) and Jackson could, should, and would thrive in this offense so long as a) the deep attempts don't get out of control, and b) we don't become the Anti-run plays again. My point in regards to those 50+ plays is that those are Jackson's bread and butter and what makes him the dynamic threat that he is. It also opens up the middle for Celek at the S's have to stay back in order to account for Jackson. Maclin should develop into a similar receiver. "If" you take that element away from this offense, and IMO starting Kolb will do just that, you're taking a huge part of what makes our offense "explosive" away from it. Yes, Kolb will complete passes downfield. But in regards to the specific types of passes I'm talking about, the QB has to clear the FS as well and that's the #1 issue. Throwing early or short will result in either a turnover, incompletion, or a jump ball scenario many more times than it will result in a completion or TD. JMO. It's more of a straight line throw than the crossing pattern that was referenced today that Kolb threw Jackson. If you also notice on that clip, the FS is behind Jackson and Jackson simply out-ran him. When we were on the streak, the offense was perfect (I couldn't give a crap about the opponent). If you notice, most OC's come out working one side of the field and then move the opposite later in the game. That's what the Cards did to us in the CG and what the Boys did to us in the last two. Well, that's what we were doing during the streak. Working Jackson early with short routes and running the ball up the gut. We then went over the top in the 2nd or 3rd quarters and developed a nice rhythm week to week doing this. "If" we start Kolb, yes, we'll still work the underneath stuff, but we'll lose that ability to connect over the top with jackson. After a few weeks of film DC's will figure that out, adjust accordingly, begin jumping the underneath stuff and daring Kolb to beat them over the top. And our preverbial goose will then be cooked. Not to mention that if we keep running Jackson short (for weeks straight and letting him take those hits, sooner or later he'll end up either concussed again or injured.
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I'll see if I can find where I read it
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Well, yes, there are a couple of openings, but I don't think that Roseman's promotion in title necessarily means that Roseman's former role will be filled. I think the Eagles felt they had a "too many cooks" problem.
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As long as you're asking Bunkley and Patterson to read and react rather than penetrate the gap before reading, i.e. play two-gap instead of one-gap, you're not going to get the penetration you want in the middle. Read-and-react is great for defending the run. But Bunkley and Patterson are both better suited for one-gap play, and Laws is only suited for one-gap play, which is the main reason why Dixon is currently the main backup.
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I have always like Jamaal Jackson ever since he replaced Fraley, but I am sorry to say I don't think he will be able to play next season at all, and that means that until we do something else about it, Cole is our center. Given the full offseason, he might be just fine there. But center may be a position where a free agent upgrade makes sense, depending on who turns out to be out there. Probably wouldn't draft one unless there's someone interesting left over for one of those seventh round comp picks.
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I like the analysis but there are always a bunch of ways of looking at stuff like this. If you dealt Kolb you would also get something in return which would enter such a decision making graph. Not sure how much that changes the decision, but I don't think it's something to be ignored. If you used the pick you got for Kolb on a quarterback, you would now have a different looking curve, but you might prefer the upside of the qb you got in trade. (Tebow, anyone?) I'm not advocating for this, just saying it's maybe not quite as simple a decision as it seems.
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I'm only guessing here, and I'm certainly not going to do a study on the matter, but it seems like this percentage distribution may be closer to averages around the league than what we had in the past.
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When a cornerback is not thrown at it indicates his relative quality compared to that of his teammates. I think, in fact, that it's fair to say that a player's teammates have a lot of effect on his own stats, no matter how you break them down. Usually, this is to the good if you have good teammates, but it might be the opposite if you are in a situation like Izel Jenkins was.
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Smell test: Asomougha at #17?
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I just don't trust PFF's numbers. Which pretty much means an analysis based on them isn't useful to me.
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