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  1. Do you root for your players from your College in the NFL?

    I follow former Ducks and hope for success, until they play Oakland. I justify cheering for Oregon alums playing for KC, LA, and DEN by imagining they're possible free agent additions for us 😂
  2. Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders

    Either the greatest bluff of all time, or, Hackenberg would've been a Superbowl winning MVP by now...
  3. What Could Have Been?

    Not gonna say HOF, but I remember thinking Austin Collie was going to have a long and very productive career before KO'd.
  4. How would Alabama fare in the NFL?

    We would've seen 2 teams go 0-16.... NFL D's would have a field day with Jalen Hurts. Now if we're being gracious, I'd say I might could see Alabama's D play a respectable game or two, considering the overall talent they had on it. But the games would inevitably be blowouts because Alabama's offense would get wrecked. Hurts would make Kizer look like Tom Brady. Although Alabama might have NFL "ready" talent, it doesn't always mean NFL "good", and that goes for any team. Looking back at some of Pete's USC teams or even some recent Stanford teams, there was a boat load of NFL "ready" talent on them. But they would still get absolutely dominated, when looking back and seeing how the NFL careers of those players generally pans out.
  5. Bold Predictions Thread

    Now THAT is BOLD. Though to be fair, in real life, Marvin Lewis might be the only guy who could go 1-15 and still get a promotion.
  6. Bold Predictions Thread

    Browns go 0-16 again. Joe Flacco has a career year. The Superbowl will be played between 2 teams who have never won a Superbowl.
  7. Do Tua Tagovailoa's Comments Raise a Red Flag?

    Nope. Kid said he told his dad he wished he was somewhere else that was "easier" and less "challenging". Easier could be the cultural/geographical issues between Hawaii and Alabama. When my family moved from California to the Gulf Coast and I was playing football, I felt the same way. My teammates were great, but it wasn't the easiest transition. I was kind of/sort of in Tua's position in that I walked into a school where a starter was in place already, for better or worse. Challenging- Well, I'm sure it is challenging to keep riding the pine behind a clearly less talented QB. If I were in his position, even as a full grown adult, I'd probably talk to those close to me (like dad?) about my frustrations too. And if his comments about "easier" or "challenging" were about Saban's coaching and the strenuous practices, if it were an issue, he would have left the team by now. So no, nothing to see here.
  8. What is your REALISTIC expectation for this year?

    10-6, maybe 11-5 with a playoff berth (WC or Div Title). The offense should look a ton better without Downy soft calling a snow white vanilla offense. Find a RB to actually carry the load and stick with it. I don't want to see Marshawn backloading carries in the last 9 minutes of the 4th Q. That type of crap infuriated me last year. Amari to put up or shut up. With the money and now picks we've invested in the O-line, Carr had better not need to be running for his life. Consistent pass rush on D. Stronger against the run game in the middle/secondary. At some point during this season, I wan't to talk about how great (X) covered the TE today.
  9. 2018-2019 NFL Season Predictions (Awards)

    I'd say 9-7 is probably in the right ball park. But 10-6 with a WC slot assuredly isn't out of the question. Someone saying the Dolphins are one of the worst teams in the league must only watch Patriots games. I had you guys at 9-7 last year, so making it to 8-8 with the injuries and everything else should be a testament to how objectively good you really are. I've never been a Cutler fan, but I can comfortably say that just a better QB last year would've had you at 10-6. A few of the other issues fixed, 11-5 or 12-4 probably wouldn't have been out of the question. Best of luck this time around eh?
  10. 2018-2019 NFL Season Predictions (Awards)

    Well, congratulations on your opinion. Cookie? I feel like the Patriots are gonna drop off. Whether its Brady, Gronk, losing guys, I just feel them slipping. Now, I think they could still wind up 10-6, but still in 3rd. I really like the Bills and some of their moves. And they made the playoffs with TYROD TAYLOR. So yes, I can see a decent QB leading them to that next step. Miami was 9pts from being 8-8. They had some ugly. They also had Jay Cutler as QB. Adding Wilson and Amendola will alleviate the sting of Landrys loss. So yes, I think they'll improve a bit. I don't necessarily think they are better than NE. Thats like saying the Lions were better than Green Bay last year. I just see them winding up with better overall records.
  11. 2018-2019 NFL Season Predictions (Awards)

    I really like Buffalo and some of Miami's moves. I see the Pats ending up 3rd. Chalk it up to "Brady's gonna slip eventually" that happens every year.
  12. Raiders sign Derrick Johnson

    So... what's the average age of our presumptive starters now? It's gotta be over 30 now right?
  13. 2018 Raiders - Reasons to be Optimistic

    #1 reason to be optimistic: We aren't the Cleveland Browns. #2 Reason to be optimistic: Hue Jackson isn't our coach. #1 reason to laugh at the notion of needing to be optimistic: Just Win Baby
  14. 2018 Free Agency Thread v2

    We haven't even had that. And the moves to address it hardly equate to building an average unit. It's all "let me tell you over and over how good some JAG is" while they wind up being bleh, while the rest of us watch signings we would die to see flourish elsewhere. @big_palooka isn't bending any narrative. He's pointing out the same issues I, and others, have been. Again. Miles Burris was "heady", Ben Heeney showed "flashes". James hasn't shown me more than an average backup caliber LB, when he happens to be healthy. Morrow shows spot starter traits at best. And even by your own admission, we're hoping James stays healthy and Morrow lives up to his "potential". All based on "flashes". Taylor Mays spent like a decade in the league for showing "flashes". They've been objectively below average, and as he said, have a chance to improve to somewhere closer to average.