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  1. Into the Offseason - 2019

    Hanks is my guy moreso than Pratt. To be honest both remind me of guys who have played the position in the Smith/Bradley D. Hanks much more clearly fits that Deion Jones/Telvin Smith type of play style. He's got the instincts, and the flat out aggression to fly downhill and make plays for a smaller guy. He's bigger than those two, but he fits very well in that role IMO, with two other guys who in almost every other scheme are Will LB's. Pratt has a little more of that Wagner type of talent coming out. Guy might run in the 4.4's at 240 (was tracked as the fastest player at the Sr. bowl a couple of days). He's also got that kind of playstyle. He's a little bit more passive, he'll flow with the play 3-5 yards off the ball because he know's he has the explosiveness to get to a play. Wagner was the same way at USU. He needs to get better at trusting himself like you said. He gets hesitant when he gets to a spot and can start to breakdown early and lose all of his power and get blown up.
  2. Into the Offseason - 2019

    You should go watch Jeffery Allison. The more I watch him the more perfect he is for this defense and that MLB role. He's going to be much more athletic than most expect from him, and he's got the kind of instincts you talked about with Hodges/Edwards
  3. Into the Offseason - 2019

    Honestly I liked him, but him showing up at 255 is a bit much for me. I think he needs to be closer to 240 to be more effective in this scheme. 255 is HEAVY.
  4. Into the Offseason - 2019

    Just looking at the TT press conference, OT, and LB seem to be at the top of the list for them. And we all know TT's been fairly consistent in having a position in mind, and finding his guy at that position in round 1. Luckily it hasn't resulted in many real reaches so far. But that lends itself to OT moreso than LB. That opinion may or may not have anything to do with my draft crush on Andre Dillard. It seems like DT is going to be a 2nd tier need moving forward, and they're going to try to find a project type that has burst and can just purely penetrate, someone like Saunders, Rennell Wren. I can't see them going with a 1st round DL even if they let Mebane walk (maybe if they let Philon walk, but I just plain don't see that happening with a 25yo home grown player). But I'm curious what you think about balancing the two things that you've mentioned about our LB situation. We've talked in the past about how much Gus needs that cleanup guy who has the burst to shoot gaps and run sideline to sideline when they see the opportunity (you mentioned Pratt, Jones, and I really like Terrill Hanks for this role). How do you think you'd balance having the QB of the D, and give up some of the athleticism that Gus generally loves and somewhat needs to fill the role there. This has been a really interesting give and take to me. Jones is actually a guy I could see taking on both roles and the more I watch of him, I really like him, but i'm not totally sure about him in the 2nd regard. Any thoughts on that.
  5. NFL Divisional Round - Chargers vs Patriots

    Eh, realistically, especially when you're moving as much as these guys are, 30 degrees isn't crazy (thats what the gametime temp looks like right now), especially when it's supposed to be very sunny. But the important part is that there shouldn't be much wind (5mph winds according to accuweather) so throwing the ball shouldn't be too bad. I don't think it will affect the occasional deep shot we take. But regardless, as I said, I think we really need Rivers to play conservative.
  6. AFC Wild Card: Chargers @ Ravens

    I remember that particularly because I wasn't the biggest fan of Leonard coming out. I actually wasn't the biggest fan of both him or Roquan's film, as their role was really similar, and you are correct that they both were tasked to play that kind of sift through traffic, and run sideline to sideline role with the occasional chance to burst through the line. I just felt like too often, they had chances to do that, but seemed too passive. The guy that I actually thought filled that role insanely well as Jerome Baker, but I don't think the mentality fit well with this team (while he played fast and somewhat physical for a LB his size, he kind of seemed lazy on the field). I haven't looked into many people this class, but just looking at the two you mentioned, I think Pratt's tape looks REALLY good. Not quite as big of a fan as Jones, but I don't exactly have the best track record with LB's hahaha. I haven't looked into anyone else, so if you got any other names for me with that role let me know LBC. Since you know I'm a # pattern guy...the type of guy that they love for that position (Looking at Deion Jones (w/ Smith in ATL), Wagner, Telvin, among a few others), they seem to love tall/lankier guys who can run, but may be somewhat straight-line-ish (generally have poorer agility numbers) and good explosive traits. Jatavis actually fits that mold, but he hasn't shown the instincts and ability to work through traffic that the others have.
  7. NFL Divisional Round - Chargers vs Patriots

    Been crazy busy moving to chicago and starting a new job and all that this week, but I can give a few tidbits as to what I've seen. This is the first time in a LONG time I've seen a team that's motivated, and while Anthony Lynn may have caught a lot of **** for not having a ton of coaching experience, the guy has built a culture like no other here. He is the perfect balance of motivator and controlling, but defers to his coaching staff who are more knowledgeable, and that's how you win in the playoffs. You don't put too much on your plate and focus on the big picture as a coach. This is a crazy matchup. Chargers are undefeated outside of LA, and the Pats are undefeated at home. This is kind of the classic new kids on the block that want to take over for the old guys who have ran the league matchup. This team has the right attitude to come in here and take it to the Pats. IMO, this is a VERY bad matchup for the Pats in terms of the Pats O vs our D. They key to rattling Brady is to get pressure not only frmo 4 men rushing, but make sure that the pressure is coming from all over (It's really important to get inside pressure on Brady IMO). The way we move guys around (particularly Ingram) to rush from inside and out is going to be a huge challenge for Brady. We have the pieces to match up with Gronk (Derwin is one of the few guys who are not only athletic, but the underrated part of this is that he's long enough to play with him (33" arms for a S is freakish, that's DE length right there....). King/Edelman matchup is going to be really fun to watch. What it's going to come down to is how the LB/S's play. Getting Mebane back is going to be absolutely huge, as it takes Square off the field more, who isn't a great fit for NT, but I love giving him spot snaps as he just brings SO much energy. Phillips will play a huge part in this game if he's asked to play the Will. If he can play as physical as he did last week, then this game is going to go very well. On offense, I think the key for the Chargers is going to be ball control. IMO it's a pretty simple formula, we're going to need to kill them on the ground, and get a few deep shots in. Ekeler, once again, is going to be HUGE, as he may be up there with the best pass protecting backs in the league (which is probably his most underrated trait). The scheme vs Phil is going to be really good, we know that from Beilchick. But Rivers needs to keep doing exactly what he's done in the past few weeks. We need conservative Phil. He's almost turned into a game manager the last few weeks, and that's exactly what I want to see from him. I think a ~200yd, 1 TD, 0 Turnover performance wins this game for us if this D plays like it should. The key to our passing game is how Henry, Ekeler/Gordon, and the Williams' (and Benjamin....really whoever is in the slot) fare. We're going to need to attack the LB/S's and the CB depth from the Pats. I don't think the game plan is going to be about throwing deep or getting KA a big game, as the last 2 people you want to test on this D are Gilmore/McCourty deep.
  8. 2018 Draft- How them rookies doing?

    That Derwin James guy is pretty ok I guess.... Uchenna Nwosu He has started really playing well since the return of Bosa. He's rotated as a 3rd pass rusher and a off ball LB, still has a ton of unrealized potential. Justin Jones He's not going to get a lot of hype, but he's been imperative as a backup rotational DT. He's played the 3T, the NT spot and really does so much for us in the run game. He's purely a dirty work DT and hasn't put up much in terms of stats, but he's played a very important role as Mebane's backup since both he and Liuget have missed time. Kyzir White We could throw his name in contention for steal of the draft up until he got hurt. He' was a stud as a Will LB for us, and did an outstanding job in coverage, and attacking outside runs. Struggled a bit when they ran directly at him, but he's a valuable matchup asset as a guy who can shut down and play with TE's. Scott Quessenberry Thank god, he hasn't needed to play, but has been active as a backup C/G. For once we have had a very healthy IOL, so this is a big TBD. Dylan Cantrell Really hasn't gotten a chance. He got hurt early in preseason and didn't make the roster, but was put on the PS. He finally got signed off the PS last week or two but I don't think he's been active at all. Justin Jackson He's been a real surprise here. He's a productive and very efficient back that can handle a lot of jobs. He's an insanely patient runner with some wiggle to him, which has made him very good when he's been needed after Gordon/Ekeler went out. He's not going to be special, but he's a reliable 2nd/3rd back, and thats really vaulable with the way this position can get hurt.
  9. 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Comparisons Thread

    Are you sure you're thinking of Malcom Floyd (Chargers WR) and not Michael Floyd????
  10. Chargers Regular/Pre Season thread

    WTF are you talking about....? They clearly played it conservatively, putting him in a boot/cast for as long as they did. Either way, NFL practices are basically all non-contact, so there's really not much he can do to re-aggravate it. The biggest thing that is going to be a problem is his ability to hold ground vs blockers, as that puts the maximum stress through that TMT (lisfranc) joint. So that's not practice isn't exactly what is going to be the issue, and at some point, they're going to have to test it against that kind of contact before they throw him out there. At this point, I'm sure he's ready for all of the explosive movements that he's going to need to perform, as that's something the AT's wouldn't let him back without proving. But the stuff they can't really simulate is what will be the issue moving forward.
  11. Nick Chubb

    Feeling REAL good about my last minute switch adding Mack back after originally dropping him instead of Dion Lewis for Chubb. Mack cleared waivers and I added him and dropped Lewis. Figured I'd take the risk on the guys who will have the bigger role for my RB5/RB6 spots, especially since I already have Connor, Cook, DJ and Shady in front of them.
  12. Nick Chubb

    Yeah, Haley is notorious for having 1 bellcow. He did it at KC with Charles (and Larry Johnson before that), where he basically gave him no carries through 6 or 7 games, and then Charles rushed for 1100 yards in the next 9-10 games after Larry had 400-500 yards through the first stretch. And you also got a prime example when we had Williams go beast mode through the first 4 weeks during Le'Veon's suspension, and then consistently get sub-5 touches a game after that. It's the Haley way.
  13. Who to Start/Sit Thread: Help Us, Help You

    I'm always in a tough spot in one league, since I have lots of good but not great options. Non-PPR league, I got 1 WR, 1 RB and a Flex spot open (even my must starts really aren't w/ DJ struggling and Alshon being a little bit of a ?, and my QB's both being good with Wentz/Rivers). Here are my options: Julian Edelman vs Chi Marlon Mack vs Buff Shady vs Indy Marvin Jones vs Mia Dalvin Cook vs NYJ Will Fuller vs Jax
  14. I think there is more to holding than some people think. I don't think that is is going to make or break kickers, but if Kaser was super inconsistent and wasn't able to hold real well, then it's worth a try, after all of these kickers who have established themselves either before or after they were with us have had problems with us, you look at the constant. Kaser is a good punter but he's not great, and honestly Donnie Jones was just as good of a punter last year as Kaser was, and the Eagles just cut him because he had a big contract for a punter. He also has some history holding for Sturgis which always helps. But I did some research into this just looking at the punting stats from last year. While Kaser had a better punt average by 3 yards, the net punt yards were the same. Kaser was tied for the most punts returned in the league, and the fewest fair catches (6 all year, which is half of the number of the next lowest). That tells me that he's definitely out kicking his coverage too often. Donnie Jones however, had the very opposite of that. He was bottom 5 in the league in kicks returned and return yardage. So I think we actually upgraded (or at the very least stayed constant) at Punter in terms of consistency. Sure that has something to do with our coverage units (which have been better this year for the most part), but a lot of it falls on Kaser, so I think the change is warranted.
  15. Chargers Regular/Pre Season thread

    I'm really not mad at this move. At the very least I get it. There's been too many kickers that have proven track records either before or after their time with us, to say that it was each and every one of their faults. This kicking problem has outlasted all of them. So change something else. How many kickers do we have to go through to finally try something else for you guys? So you find another common denominator and start there. Kaser is a good punter but he's not great, and honestly Donnie Jones was just as good of a punter last year as Kaser was, and the Eagles just cut him because he had a big contract for a punter. He also has some history holding for Sturgis which always helps. But I did some research into this just looking at the punting numbers from last year. While Kaser had a better punt average by 3 yards, the net punt yards were the same. Kaser was tied for the most punts returned in the league, and the fewest fair catches (6 all year, which is half of the number of the next lowest). That tells me that he's definitely out kicking his coverage too often. Donnie Jones however, had the very opposite of that. He was bottom 5 in the league in kicks returned and return yardage. So I think we actually upgraded (or at the very least stayed constant) at Punter. Sure that has something to do with our coverage units (which have been much better this year), but a lot of it falls on Kaser.
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