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  1. Not going to respond with a way that will jinx us! Nice try. Don’t put that voodoo on me Teninch! Especially after what Uncle Buck did. very sneaky...
  2. All Rookie Team - Scouting!

    Wasn’t Payton responsible for Kamara and Harris? Not saying he’s been a big part of scouting, but he’s been hitting too!
  3. Why is Cleveland so unstable?

    lol. I only started really getting into football over the past 5. So I’m going to provide some NHL thoughts to this as well. If I had to guess, it’s mostly about ego and culture. Culture - The Toronto Maple Leafs had a tough time with there culture when we were trying to buy out the Muskoka five, which really set the team back multiple years. Not sure how this relates to Browns but might have some relevance. - when a team is considered to be a poor performer and has a history of it, it’s extremely hard to break. For instance, the San Jose Sharks always were a 2nd playoff exit team for like 5 years in a row. They became labelled as a non-contender, just cause of that. Ego -from Brett Kollmans breakdown the team figured out where Baker Mayfields succeeds last year by week 10 than fired the coach and the Kitchens became the head coach, got new flashy toys and went back to stretching the field and not what made Baker successful. He became his own worst enemy. - the Browns have also in the past few drafts went with their ego over logic. Sam Darnold is the better player, but they wanted to go with a player who worked with their market. Don’t know why that means. Not saying Baker can’t be successful cause he can. - I also think when Odell asks for a trade your dealing with either the player having an ego or a superior having an ego. For example, the Leafs players “purposefully” lost games this year until Mike Babcock was fired. Came out Babcock had a huge ego and there were rumblings beforehand, but once he was gone they’ve become great again. Other potential factor The Edmonton Oilers were in tank mode and had the #1 draft pick for like 4 out of 6 years and the NHL even rewrote the draft lottery to attempt to mitigate this after them. They always got the #1 guy, but there 2nd - last round never were mostly busts. Got to put time and effort in the Later round scouting.
  4. Why is Cleveland so unstable?

    Brett Kollman did a pretty good job running through why Mayfield has done so poorly on YouTube. Came back to poor head coaching for first 2/3 of the season and find out where he thrives.
  5. Going in cup half full. Remember what happened this season last time we had a bye week. Didn’t SF have a bad week or two after the bye as well?
  6. NFL draft 2020

    I'd go with best player available, hopefully matching one of our needs. If I had to pick...I feel a lot of teams are going to be scheming our offense and are going to develop plays to neutralize CGM. Not sure how you do that, but it would be good to give another weapon for Drew to utilize that could open up gaps. This all depends on who resigns though.
  7. This is a tough one for me. This is kind of like the Raptors trading DeRozan for 1 year of Kawhi. It feels like we are going all in. Obviously we aren't trading anyone, but his attitude and mentality can have that affect on this team culture. Just don't know. I'm a bitter fantasy football AB owner though, so there's that.
  8. Joe Burrow... Best QB Prospect since _______

    It's a fair point, one that might be because of the nature of the NFL draft and teams that feeling the requirement to draft a QB high. The only question I'm raising and taking a reference from stock analysis is, are QB's blue-chip prospects when drafted or would a team be better to invest a top 3 pick into another gap in the system? The second question I'll ask, should the Bengals draft Burrows when Andy Dalton (haven't watched his games this year, so don't judge to harshly) has shown to be a serviceable QB in the league vs. a player like Chase Young? I also think that if we are only utilizing 1st round picks as a data point and cut off, when we are missing the boat as the elite QB's in the league right now (outside of Mahomes) were drafted picks 20 or greater.
  9. Joe Burrow... Best QB Prospect since _______

    I think this illustrates the point tbh. Although we have to be cognizant of limited data and the definition of bust, underwhelming, good and great are. - a top 10 pick has a 66% chance of busing with an 8.3% chance at being great (12 selections) - a 10 - 20 pick has a 60% chance of busting with a 20% chance of being great (5 selections, personally I think the margins are equal to above) - a 20 - 32 pick has 100% chance of busting and no chance at being great (5 selections). You question marked it, but I don't think Bridgewater is a bust, but simply had a horrific injury causing rehab, Viking were considered contenders when he was the QB there and performed well with Saints. As for data, argument to 100% chance bust and no chance of greatness would be Aaron Rodgers I've been trying to look at other ways to distinguish this by superbowl wins, passing % completion, and other metrics and they all show the same thing to me, but I might be biased. The only way I can think about doing this differently is by looking at "bust" rates versus "great" rates by position and even then it will be bias approach. At the end of the day, I think reaching for a QB can be costly to a team. I'm not saying Burrows will bust, but taking the whole picture into place, if there are other standouts, it'd be best for a team with a top 10 pick to think about it.
  10. Jimmy Graham

    Yup, agreed. I will be the first to admit, I thought we made a bad move though at the time.
  11. Joe Burrow... Best QB Prospect since _______

    This kinda explains my point that a top 5 QB is comparable to a mid-first QB and even a late first. Take into account, that outside of Phillip Rivers and Matt Ryan, no other QB before 2015 is currently the starting QB for a team that was selected with a top 10. Even if you add Newton and Luck into that equation of top 10 QBs (Big Ben was 11 and Watson was drafted after 2015) that still only equates to 12.5% of all QBs. The other side of this argument is 34.3% of starting QBs were drafted after 2015 and with a top 10. Which further might explain the point that starting QBs can turnover until the team gets it right.
  12. Joe Burrow... Best QB Prospect since _______

    My opinion is a bit risk-adverse on buy-high QBs in the draft and if you’re in the top 5 chances are you have other gaps in your system. I don’t have the stats on this, but I also think the variability of landing a starting QB doesn’t differ much from high first round to late first round either. For every Luck, there’s an equal chance of getting a Mariota... as much as for every Weeden there’s a Jackson or Bridgewater (go back to his days with the Vikings and his play as a back-up). Even looking at the star QBs in the league was any of them a top 10 pick?
  13. Ok, so a lot has gone on in the past 2 weeks where an appreciation thread should be going out to players. Drew hitting the best pass % completion in a game or breaking the TD record and lets not forget about Can't Guard Mike hitting the single season reception record. For me though, my true passion comes in how a team improves as a whole. Drafting a players on draft day to see what you get, the development you see though each of the weeks on the field or through reports, not to mention trading players to see who got the better outcome. On the other side, it hurts when you get a bust of a player, see poor development that leads to untimely trades, cuts or poor on-field product. A lot of my posts come in the form of praising Ireland and hoping when the time comes, Loomis would hand the reins to him, before someone else snatches him up. Surprisingly, I learned a bit from wikipedia about him (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Ireland) , which may hamper that from happening. It may be that he is an expert at his current role and not a great fit going one step up (peter principle for anyone who is interested https://en.wikip wedia.org/wiki/Peter_principle). With that being said, I would give him more $ to keep him here for awhile or groom him for the job, dependent on his values. 2019 The Saints only had five picks in 2019 and only two in the first 5 rounds (2nd and a 4th).... Let that sink in for a second. I'm not going to bother with talking about the 6th and two 7th rounds picks, but with the 2nd and 4th, think about what we got with them. In the 2nd round we traded up to get Erik McCoy and lets face it, when Unger retired, we all thought what was going to happen with our O-line. Now the steal of the draft for me has been Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, at least for where he was drafted. He is a BEAST and it feels like his name is being said every second play. 2018 This might have been Ireland's weakest draft for our team. I can still remember when trade announcement came in, everyone was saying Lamar, but then we hear Davenports name. Now he's raw and developing, but I think we knew that Cam is getting older and Davenport was going to be a project. Well, I feel Davenport has been instrumental in our pass rush and we are starting to see what happens when he isn't on the field. Tre'quan hasn't really developed like we wanted him to, but he's on the field, which says something, I guess. The rest have been, what they are. I'm also going to say that the whole class looks a bit weak, but you can let me know if I'm wrong... I don't really keep tabs on the rest of the league. 2017 Not much to say here. OROY, DROY, maybe the best Right Tackle in the game, Marcus Williams, Alex Anzalone, Trey Hendrickson. I guess he did ok. 2016 Rankins is underrated in my opinion, plus his shoulder waggle is my favourite sack celebration! Lets not forget about Can't Guard Mike who just broke a record recently, I think. Vonn Bell who's been contributing and David Onyemata who has taken a few steps too. I have no doubts that this team under the current coaching staff and front office is going to be a legitimate contender, regardless of the names on the back of the jersey. As a fan of other teams, in other leagues (Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL), I know what it's like when the head office doesn't give you confidence. We got a special group in NOLA and I hope this feeling never changes.
  14. Hasn’t he already tried out with the Saints? Or was the injury limiting his ability?
  15. If we win the tiebreaker though and have similar records, how is Seattle ahead of us right now?