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  1. Update: Jaguars hire Jay Gruden as OC

    I think this hire deserves a "Wow"! I don't think they could have gotten a better OC at this stage in the game and, honestly, didn't see this coming at all! Nice!
  2. My ideal offseason before the draft

    I agree with the bolded. I do see a team with really poor depth overall, but the starters are largely there, especially on offense. Coincidently, the last time I messed around with Football Mogol, I was handling the Bengals and, looking at that game now, the stats are still loaded. I made just 3 changes on offense: brought in Michael Floyd as a FA WR#3, reassigned TE Cethan Carter to an H-back position to provide some actual blocking from the backfield for Mixon, and set the alignment to show run 10% more than pass. I averaged 28.1 ppg after the simulated season. Floyd was a huge surprise hauling in 49/615/2, but much of that production probably occurred while Green was injured. No WR exceeded 960 yds on the season and Dalton and Mixon stayed healthy all year. Mixon was a monster in this situation, combining for just under 2100 total yards with 20 rushing td's plus 5 more through the air! Geezus! I'm not a fan of the Bengals' D, especially the linebacking corps, where I don't know any system that would find value in that collection of misfits. The DL wasn't complete either IMO, so I switched Atkins to a DE and went with a 3-4. The resulting NT combination of Billings/Tupou was quite weak. I made 4 trades bringing in other teams' 2nd and 3rd string LBers and a S to improve speed and coverage abilities. No big names, just also-rans, who unfortunately all struggled somewhat with tackling. Had to be done though because the LBers' coverage ability and most of their speed was noticeably substandard. Just for fun - and almost as an alternative to a 3-3 Stack - I paired this front with a slightly modified Tampa 2 coverage...something generally regarded as a faux pas. (I did retain LBers Vigil, Pratt, and Evans, but only Pratt started, though he was my drop back MLB-type in the Tampa 2!) The main modification was to add a Crossfire Blitz with the ILB's. The Sim didn't use that defensive play near as often as I would have on 3rd and longs...too bad. Anyway, end of season stats showed why the pairing isn't used as a base D: gave up an average of 126 ypg on the ground and 282 through the air and only got 17 sacks for the whole D! Still this turned out to be a D that bent...SIGNIFICANTLY, but didn't break as much as one would think. Finished the season with a 10-6 record and won the AFC North! LOL. Lost in the wildcard game to Baltimore...24-21. OK, so that was just a sim and I got insanely lucky that neither Mixon nor Dalton got injured, but imagine what would have happened if I had not utilized that funky defensive combination with the Tampa 2? Realistically, I would have pressured the QB more and and gotten off the field after 3rd down more. In short, there's no need to press the tank/rebuild button here. I'd target a QB, resign Eifert, add a S and a CB, and revamp/start revamping that LBer corp during the upcoming off-season. Overall depth will take at least a couple years to upgrade. Their Cap situation is pretty much average for the NFL and will get as good as ours after the 2020 season. With the Steelers needing QB help and teams figuring out the Ravens, they have the potential to be competitive quite soon, I'd imagine.
  3. Our Offense

    "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect." - Vince Lombardi Point being, sure, Josh may have it easier continuing on with this system, but at his core, Daboll tries too hard to be cute/unpredictable instead of going back to the well until a D can prove they can stop it. Now, I have heard some say that "Daboll abandons the run only after opposing D's stack the box." Yeaaaaaaaah, not exactly. Those D's may stack the box on some plays more frequently after we have had success running the ball, but have not been doing so on every obvious (or less than obvious) running situation. Also, he should be dictating to the defenses, getting them off the balls of their feet, not succumbing to their will. For example, he could put Singletary outside as a receiver and employ quick shifts to get him behind or to the side of Josh an then run the ball. He could pull guards and utilize pitches to get SIngletary outside and behind a block advantage or at least a relatively equal helmet to helmet situation with his blockers. Ideally, I would like to see him change his play-calling, if not, then leave. Truth is, I doubt that happens as McDermott has stated in interviews that his focus is on winning, whether that happens as a result of 100 passes per game or 100 rushes. He has no concern with balance, only the end result of a W. And while that may be the right answer, the problem is they act as if you can't tell that a one-sided playcalling strategy has failed until it is too late. Yet, somehow, us lay people are picking up on it during the games though, so WTH? Again, as much as I called for his head during the season, upon reflection, maybe the ideal scenario is that we keep Daboll as long as he can recognize his tendency to over-think things and accept (or be ordered) to stick with strategies that are working during the game for a higher percentage of the time.
  4. My ideal offseason before the draft

    Just a quick FYI... Duke Williams got a cheap ($585K for 2020) 2-year contract last year. You didn't mention cutting him, so I expect we'd hang onto him just in case.
  5. WC: BUF@HOU

    Not gonna say the refs cost us the game. I disagree with some of the calls, sure, but it is true Allen failed to call the TO before the clock ran out, Missed calls affected both teams. Errors happen in every game. It just the way things go. I can honestly say, though, that we lost this game due to Josh reverting to his early season self of trying to play heroball, Also, that ridiculously inept defensive effort to stop them on the 3rd and 18 play when it was in overtime. There's no excuse for that latter one. Josh trying too hard to make things happen? It's proof of desire to win. Most fans love that drive/spirit, but he needs to learn to let his teammates collectively be successful and that he doesn't have to carry the offense. He hasn't grown mentally to get there...yet.
  6. Bills heading to Houston for Wildcard

    Damn. Cannot believe how much Josh went back to heroballin' towards the end of this game and how in the world our D gives up a 3rd and 18 in OT! Just wow.
  7. WC: BUF@HOU

    Wow...That was unreal
  8. WC: BUF@HOU

    No words. Just no efing words.
  9. Bills heading to Houston for Wildcard

    You volunteering to help him?!?
  10. WC: BUF@HOU

    Sack #7!
  11. WC: BUF@HOU

    Trying to play heroball again, like at the beginning of the season. Yipes!
  12. WC: BUF@HOU

    Much needed 1st down!
  13. WC: BUF@HOU

    That deep pass wasn't timid. Stupid? Yep
  14. WC: BUF@HOU

    3 and out!
  15. WC: BUF@HOU

    I prefer mine shaken instead of stirred, too!
  16. WC: BUF@HOU

  17. WC: BUF@HOU

    Cashing in with Haushmoney!
  18. WC: BUF@HOU

    Common sense. The intent was to get the 1st down! LOL
  19. Bills heading to Houston for Wildcard

    Uh, what?!? Poor decisions are not the same as quitting.
  20. WC: BUF@HOU

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke again!
  21. WC: BUF@HOU

    This. IS. Insane!
  22. Bills heading to Houston for Wildcard

    Wow. Just, wow. Twice in a row he spun himself around into a defender.
  23. WC: BUF@HOU

    Luring an offsides?
  24. Bills heading to Houston for Wildcard

    Time to play 4th quarter Joshball
  25. WC: BUF@HOU

    Looked like ball was hit to me. Josh was simply not protecting the ball. Careless.