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  1. 2019 Draft Talk

    As much as I do agree that the league is driven by elite QB's, there is so much more to it. Those QB's elevate their team tremendously. Case and point would be Aaron Rodgers: he has made his average to sometimes below average team a contender for a long time, and only until recently has that not been enough. The Patriots seem more and more lackluster every year, but through top notch coaching and Tom Brady being an amazing QB, they are able to continually be successful. Using the QB's in this year's championship games as evidence to needing an elite QB is misleading, though. That is one year's time, and one could go back to last year as a counter argument: In the NFC and AFC Championship games you had Keenum/ Foles and Brady/ Bortles respectively. There was one elite QB and 3 middle of the pack QB's (at best) leading 3 very good overall teams. Team composition and coaching are just as important as having a very good QB. I am absolutely a critic of Cousins, and I think that while he can put up admirable statistics, the actual play doesn't completely correlate. He seems to be a very A to B QB, without much ability to succeed if that expected approach gets shaken. That is a problem when you have an important facet of your team severely under performing, which we most definitely had with our O-line this year. Cousins will never be an elite QB, but if we mold our offense to best suit his strengths and account for his weaknesses, then he can definitely lead us to a championship. We generally have all the assets we need on offense for this to happen, sans the O-line. Since we are stuck with Cousin's (and his good and bad traits/qualities) for the next 2 years, we have to be willing to mold our offense to create the most advantageous situation for him. This is why the line has to be such a priority. That, plus our roster is not getting any younger, and money will be a big factor going forward. It's unreliable and unrealistic to expect us to have a 1 year turn-around on our offensive line. 2 years even would be very difficult. We simply won't have the money to go out and get the best lineman in free agency, and that avenue for getting new players generally doesn't have a positive rate of return historically (for us or the NFL as a whole). The draft is a big gamble as well, because you have no idea if a guy will develop, how long they will take to develop, and expecting a rookie lineman to start at a average to above average level in year 1-2 isn't an often occurrence. Assuming that a competent O-line in front of Cousins would unlock/un-hinder his potential is reasonable, in my estimation. I'd rather not have someone so reliant on that, but it seems like that is a major factor for him. This is why we have to (unfortunately) hope to be able to find inexpensive diamond-in-the-rough linemen through FA, we need to absolutely spend significant draft capitol on lineman in the hopes of hitting big and quick, and we have to hope that the offensive scheme and coaching leads to a much better product/much better development ASAP.
  2. Specialty Coach Search: Dennison hired, O-Line (p. 24)

    For what it's worth, it seems like the two guys that have come with Kubiak are lateral moves, if not upgrades. Brian Pariani going to the TE group seems like a win, as he has been the coach for a number of fantastic tight ends, which hopefully means he can develop new TE's and get the most out of the guys on the roster. Kubiak's son, who was a coach with us previously, will be the QB coach, and his impact is a bit more unknown. It would be fair to say that daddy Kubiak and Stefanski will both have a heavy hand in coaching the QB position.
  3. Specialty Coach Search: Dennison hired, O-Line (p. 24)

    Philbin, Pollack, DeGuglielmo... some very interesting options out there. I'm not going to say Barone can't do a good job in a full time role as the OL coach, but I can't help but want a change. I'll probably be disappointed if we don't go after one of these more interesting names.
  4. Specialty Coach Search: Dennison hired, O-Line (p. 24)

    I concur. Also, to add to this, speaking from my personal experience, zone blocking is much easier to teach than trying to teach math.
  5. Specialty Coach Search: Dennison hired, O-Line (p. 24)

    From everything I can find, Dennison seems to be a little bit dated, and becoming progressively less successful in the later parts of his career. That being said, he hasn't been a part of great teams lately, and he has been an OC more often than an OL coach recently. Definitely a zone run/block scheme type of guy, which seems like it would fit the general mold of what running scheme we are going for on offense. Honestly, i'm more curious about his developmental ability. Scheme is huge, but scheme only matters so much if you don't have guys who can perform the task. O-Line is easily one of, if not our weakest position group. We are going to have to expend significant draft capital and/or cap room in FA to acquire talent, but it only gets easier if we are able to develop what we have in house, and if we can actually make something of those draft picks. This is where I am most hazy on Dennison: I really don't know how he has done with developing linemen.
  6. Specialty Coach Search: Dennison hired, O-Line (p. 24)

    Happy with the Kubiak/Kubiak hire. Continuity and experience will help a lot, especially if Stefanski leaves in the next year or two. Plus having him around to be another mentor to Stefanski should bode well. Stefanski has been privileged to work around a lot a very different offensive minds, good and bad. DeFilippo, Turner, Shurmur, Childress, Musgrave, Bevell... that's a lot of offensive football knowledge that will help Stefanski create a playbook and call plays on gameday, and Kubiak only will add to all of that. With Kubiak, we'll also get to see a new group of coaches come into house, though I am unfamiliar with Dennison and Pariani. If they bring solid backgrounds and track records, then this hire seems very solid. Assuming it's true that Dennison will come in to coach the OL, then I suppose the Philbin/Grimm hopes are out the window.
  7. Everson Griffen Incident

    The Sack Daddy is my favorite NFL player currently, so this kind of breaks my heart. Not from a football aspect, but from a personal standpoint. I love Big Ev's high motor, tenacity, his motivational spirit, and his outstanding play on the field. It definitely isn't about when/if he can play again, it's about narrowing down what's going on and troubling him, and getting him to a good place for the rest of his life and for his family. I hope the best for Griffen and that he's getting all the help and support he needs to pull through. Trying to only look at this from a football/business perspective, I would assume the team would look to move him to the NFI list, and possibly look to see if Robison could come back to spell DE. Unfortunately, Odenigbo was waived by the Browns and then claimed in the past 24 hours or so by the Cards, but he would have been someone that I had hoped we could have scooped back up since he looked good in the preseason and is of course familiar with the system.
  8. Casting 96 out?

    Maybe it’s selfish of me, but I hope Robi decides to call it a career. I’d be pretty bummed to see him on another squad.
  9. Evaluating & Projecting The Roster

    I think Johnson/Robison are a wash, so B-Rob being gone means that’s probably a no on Johnson. Robin is probably just as much a Zimmer guy now as Johnson is/was. Drango from the Browns is definitely someone i’d look into. He isn’t great, maybe fringe starter, but he’s better than Compton and I believe he has more starting experience.
  10. Evaluating & Projecting The Roster

    Yea, doesn’t seem like it’s a need, but maybe they are working something to send either one of our young guys or maybe even Murray to a team in need... cough, 49ers since McKinnon just went down.
  11. The Often Overbearing, But Otherwise Ordinary Offensive Line

    “Shouldn’t be too long”... I feel like i’ve been hearing that all off season....
  12. Casting 96 out?

    I think I had read stuff about Johnson being a likely cut by the bengals, not just because of his contract, but because he had a pretty steep decline in play. At this point, I don’t think he’s an upgrade over Robison or any of our young guys.
  13. Week 1: 49ers (0-0) at VIKINGS (0-0)

    I went with Carlson, but my gut tells me that we'll score on the first drive, be it a FG or a touchdown.. and if it's a touchdown, I'd think it'd be Latavius. I think Murray actually gets a bulk of the snaps on the first drive, and i could see Murray getting the ball close to the goal line for a TD.
  14. The Often Overbearing, But Otherwise Ordinary Offensive Line

    Do you mean a “NFL average season” statistically, or an “Cousins average statistical season”? I ask because I wouldn’t be happy if Cousins only produced statistically average when compared to the rest of the NFL, but if put up stats that are his average, then I wouldn’t be upset. Maybe disappointed, but not upset. No matter what, if Cousins doesn’t put up top 5-10 QB numbers this year, the line will be blamed regardless, and rightfully so. It is the weakest point on the team, and can directly correlate to QB play, but even though Cousin’s doesn’t play fantastic under pressure (like Keenum did last year), he did put up very good stats under an arguably worse line. I think we have a better squad overall on offense than Kirk has had previously, so O-line or not, I would hope that he has a career year, but if he is nothing other than his normal average statistically, i’ll feel that we overpaid, but that we still got an upgrade which can put us over the hump.
  15. Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers Updates

    Rodgers is worththe money, and i’m sure it’ll be a bargain in the end. I still wonder how much he will be getting paid will affect the rest of the roster for years to come. For QB’s his age, with his talent, and with the amount of money he’s already made, I just think it’d be smart to go the Brady route and take a much more team friendly deal to give the team more options to bring in surrounding talent. I guess it’s just personal priorities, championships or money.
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