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    Can Prince McGill lead the 49ers to victory in week 1? Welcome everyone to the first edition of the Smackems' NFLHC Predictorama. Each week I'm going to take a stab at predicting every non Miami Dolphins game. However, don't fret folks I've enrolled Super Bowl winning owner Jumanji to make our weekly Dolphins pick. I believe someone else did something like this last year, but hey the more the merrier right? More Media!!!! I'll designate the weekly "Smackems Game of the Week" with a star, this game is the cream of the crop that week and should be a downright dooooozy. This also might be a little obvious, but just in case ya missed it, the predicted winning team will be bolded in white. Without further adieu let's get to pickin'!! Los Angeles Rams (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0) - The Super Bowl Champs start our 2020 NFLHC season with a familiar foe the Los Angeles Rams. The 9ers and Rams squared off 3 times last year with San Fran getting 2 victories including a win in the playoffs. These are normally very evenly matched teams, but with Rams star QB Darrell Murphy out for the first few weeks of the season it becomes a tall order for backup Jeremy Henry to overcome. The safeties aren't rookies anymore and Pitt Panther star Michael McBride has been brought in to help the defensive line. The 49ers deliver the fans a victory on ring night. Buffalo Bills (0-0) at Miami Dolphins (0-0) - "This game hinges on how well the Dolphins' offensive line can contain their intimidating counterparts. It's no secret that the strength of the Buffalo Bills is their defensive line. Even while starting four rookies on defense, the Dolphins should be able to handle this Bills offense. While Dess has built up an impressive reputation, he's shown that he can't do it all on his own. The Bills did little to improve their passing game and, unless Brian Brown gets knocked out early, I don't see them winning this one." courtesy of Jumanji. Baltimore Ravens (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0) - The Jets have reached 2 straight super bowls but have yet to claim the title as they open up the season with the defending AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens. New York coach grv, fresh off his college national championship, looks to take a Jets team that is returning its whole team from the previous year to new heights. New outside linebacker Daquan Darcey looks to improve an already stellar defense. The Ravens bring one of the best defenses in the league, but with the loss of star Booker T. Washington, have a lot of questions on offense. I don't think the Ravens will be able to score and the Jets have enough firepower on offense to take this one pretty easily. Cleveland Browns (0-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-0) - What can you say about Tennessee? After a injury-riddled 2019 season the Titans look to rebound in 2020 with good health. They bring in former Seahawk Alexander Williams to lead the offensive charge with 2019 breakout player Kevin Williams. Highly touted rookie Tyler Jones will look to get after Browns QB Ryan Clark, but the Browns bring in 3 rookie starters on defense with the additions of C.J. Thomas, Cameron Marshall, and Gabriel Beauchamp. I like the the moves the Browns made in the off-season and I think they will be much improved this year, I'm taking them in a slight upset. Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-0) - The Bengals are definitely the front runners for the splashiest off-season award. Ending the 2019 season with a historically bad offense they went out and added All-Pro wideout Rodney Montgomery and former college sensation Adrian Jankowski to shore up a really weak group of pass catchers. Ron Thomas is one of the best backs in the league so it falls on Joel King to take a big leap in season 2. Atlanta was cruising along last year until an injury to QB A.J. Jefferson derailed their playoff hopes. They bring in former Oregon standout Eric Jennings to pair with 2019 rookie Early Davis. Akili Wallace is hard to stop for anyone, but the Bengals' defense is pretty bad so look for him to run wild. They'll win some games with their offense, but this isn't one of them. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) - A battle of former front office mates as rabid's Bucs take on panther's Steelers. The Steelers ended the 2019 season as one of the hottest teams in the league winning 6 out of their last 8 games after switching to Paul Davenport at QB. Chester Henson comes to town looking to add another level of dynamism to a team that sports a fairly decent defense on paper. The Bucs bring in new safety Aaron Blakely in one of the more odd draft stories of all time. I like the Steelers in this one, I think Davenport continues his roll and Henson makes them harder to game-plan for. New York Giants (0-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-0) The Cowboys looks to rebound from a poor showing in 2019 and get Vaughan Abraham going. First round pick Graham Burnett looks to open the season as the 2nd string QB, but the Cowboys sport one of the best offensive lines in the league. The Giants sport one of the best defenses in the league, but don't have a lot of offensive fire-power outside of O.J Carano. I like the Cowboys in this one, I think it will be low scoring but they will pull it out. New Orleans Saints (0-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-0) - Both of these teams can put the ball in the end-zone, and I don't expect anything less in this game. However to say the Saints struggle on defense would be an understatement, but they are trending in the right direction with the addition of FA George Brady and rookie Corey Davis. Causter will coach them up, but it's a tall task to open the season in Charlotte against Christian Skaggs and his new toy Curtis Henry. The Panthers sport a pretty good defense as well and with the return of Mike Latta I expect even more fireworks on offense. I think the Saints will score, but I think the Panthers will score more and get a few stops.. Arizona Cardinals (0-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-0) - The Packers had arguably one of the best draft classes in the league to pair with their already excellent set of receivers. Ted is a great coach, but it's clear Arizona is in the midst of a full-scale rebuild. I don't know what else to say about this one except I think Green Bay wins big. New England Patriots (0-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-0) - The Patriots are fresh off an appearance in the 2019 playoffs and shored of both sides of the line with the drafting of Taylor Randolph and the acquisition of DT Rich Moore. An unfortunate injury to kicker Brad Weathersby puts them in a tough situation on special teams. I don't foresee it being an issue against the rebuilding Chargers who are in need of help at a lot of positions. Patriots win big. Chicago Bears (0-0) at Houston Texans (0-0) - Chicago made some big acquisitions this offseason adding Akeel Mitchell and Kevin Harris to their linebacking core. They also bring a high powered duo of wide receivers that should overwhelm the Houston CBs.. I think Rome is a good coach and their success this season depends on his ability to learn how to best utilize Alex Leshoure. I'm taking Chicago in this one - I like the additions they made. Denver Broncos (0-0) at Seattle Seahawks (0-0) - This has potential to be a great game. Seattle brings in new quarterback Jarius Jones to pair with Gary Faneca and new RB Booker T. Denver has their own set of new toys with Todd Jennings taking over the helm at QB and J.B. Blacknall taking over the feature back duties. I'm really high on Denver this year, I think they have a chance to unseat Oakland in the division. Seattle will make it tough but the Broncos pull it out. Washington Redskins (0-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-0) - The Redskins bring is stellar wideout Sam Hiller-Weeden, who's a guy I really hoped would fall to me at 19. Philly is the defending division champs and came oh so close to representing the NFC in the super bowl, but bring in rookie OLB Martin Whiting to add firepower to a solid defense. Washington will make a run at it, but I think Philly takes it. Detroit Lions (0-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-0) - The Lions are perennial favorites each year and this year should be no different. They bring in Jeremy Cook and James Otero to add some firepower to that offense. Minnesota had a questionable off-season and brings in a brand-new coach to start the season. I think bellwood ends up being a good coach, but opening up with the best team in your division is no fun. Lions win this one handily. Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) - We're now in year 2 of the Soluna rebuild in Jacksonville, and he was able to snag superstar WR Raheem Robinson. Asante Sowell had a stellar rookie campaign and should find even more holes now with a playmaker like Raheem on the outside. Kansas City had a great year last year, but then traded their best CB and his replacement immediately tore his ACL. Kansas City also loses their head coach from their playoff campaign. I think they'll be fine, but expect Jacksonville to win this one. *Indianapolis Colts (0-0) at Oakland Raiders (0-0) - The Smackems' game of the week features two AFC powerhouses in the Colts and Raiders. The Raiders got off to a sensational start last season before an unfortunate series of running back injuries really hurt their chances to go all the way. The Colts hope that Tony Peaks's return will bring some balance to their pass heavy offense last year. This game features 2 of the best QBs in the league each sporting a great set of weapons to throw the ball too. I like Oakland in this one - I think the home crowd will help them pull it out. .
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    There is a wide angle view on the camera, Beckett's penis is all lubed up with Swanson's gaping asshole in the background. "Ooh, baby, you ready for this?" says Beckett sofltly "Let's do this thing" states Swanson blankly. "You ready for it?" Beckett grips Swanson's waist and whispers into his ear as the penis tip begins sliding into the abyss. "Touchdown."
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    Los Angeles Rams (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
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    East Rutherford, New Jersey The New York Giants are announcing they are splitting ways with General Manager iliveinadreamatorioum. After having been a member of the organization since the 2016 season it has been increasingly clear that the Giants organization and Dream have different expectations on how the franchise should be operated. Owner Notoriousbigej will assume GM duties immediately and HC believer is secure in his position for the time being. I now open for questions.
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    My apologies. Just trying to lighten the mood. Besides, you might be able to trade for a decent GM, for say, I don't know, next year's 3rd round pick?
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    Nah I got the joke, it was just lame and I'm not in the mood for that shit right now
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    Despite Nevada making the #8 seed and almost going undefeated in the regular season before losing a heartbreaker to Air Force. They’ve lost talent such as WR Darius Goode, DE Ethan McCall and the No. 14 pick in ILB Akeel Morris. At the same time, either current talent has gotten better such as QB Jordan Godwin, OLB Evan Walsh and FS Isaac Watkins, or They’ve added new talent through HS or even Redshirts such as Redshirts RB Tom Honeycutt and DT Andrew Barron and Freshman HSs DE Da’Quan Darden and OLB Jordan Butler. They will be title contenders, but will they improve further and take the next step or take a step backwards and fall out of the playoffs. ROSTER Top 3 Offensive: QB Jordan Godwin 6-0 190 So Pleasant Grove (Grove, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] TE Mason Parks 6-1 232 (Jr) Gabbs (Gabbs, NV) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] RB Tom Honeycutt 5-11 228 (Fr) Tonopah (Tonopah, NV) 2.0 of 4.5 [Power] Top 3 Defensive: OLB Evan Walsh 5-11 218 Jr Truckee (Truckee, NV) 5.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] DT Andrew Barron 6-2 318 (Fr) Hayfork (Hayfork, CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] FS Isaac Watkins 6-0 194 So Hilltop (Vista, CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] Top Special Team: ATH Phillip Crow 6-1 180 (So) Valley (Bakersfield, CA) 3.5 of 5.0 [Accuracy] Notable Offseason Additions: WR Ibrahim Woods 6-2 186 Fr Beatty (Beatty NV) 1.5 of 4.0 [Speed] DE Jesse McKay 6-7 257 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Contain] CB Tegray Wingard 6-0 200 (Jr) Salem Community College (Carneys Point NJ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] DE Da'Quan Darden 6-5 253 Fr Elmira (Elmira OR) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] OLB Jordan Butler 6-0 221 Fr Mountain View (Las Vegas NV) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] Notable Offseason Subtractions WR Darius Goode 6-5 232 Sr Kishwaukee College (Malta, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] DE Ethan McCall 6-0 263 Sr Western Nebraska Community College (Scotts Bluff, NE) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] ILB Akeel Morris 6-5 234 Jr Silver Stage (Silver Springs, NV) 5.0 of 5.0 [Mike]: Quick Thoughts: Akeel leaving really leaves a big hole in that LB core and having Shaver replace him doesn’t help their situation but adding Butler to complement Walsh on the side really their OLB position. They really worked quick to add more talent to their DEs after McCall left. They added another good CB to help that core. Nevada should’ve worked on improving that O-Line but that aside, a pretty successful recruiting cycle. Three Key Storylines 1. Can Nevada continue like normal without Akeel Morris This is possibly the biggest storyline throughout the MWC, their team is very solid throughout but without their glue guy Akeel, will Nevada start to collapse? Akeel has been maybe the greatest player in Nevada history, joined the hometown team, was a tackling monster, and propelled Nevada to that national stage. He had 231 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 4 INTs and also was a 2 time Dick Butkus award winner, a Jack Lambert Trophy winner, and a 3 time All-American. He’s the Prototypical LB everyone wants to have. The production he created will never be matched for a long time, but now with Walsh and Butler on the outside, they might be okay to continue but they will feel the loss of Morris. 2. How will they fair with several freshman being thrusted into starting jobs With players like Woods, McKay, Darden, Butler, Honeycutt and Barron having to take starting positions as either a redshirt or true freshman, will they be able to produce or reduce? These players were brought in to produce right away as to replace former players, the problem is that these are freshman and they might not produce at the level you want, sure, they are freshman, but this is a legitimate contender and to be relying on freshman so heavily might not be a good thing, but they could turn out and become a good role player for this season and maybe be a vital part. 3. Will they be able to reach the promise land again this season Nevada, a team coupled with losses of veterans and additions of youth, might or might not make the playoffs again, last year they snuck in over Minnesota as the #8 seed, but can they do the same this season? Nevada’s roster has had half of their team revamped and changed, hopefully for the better. This team ended off the season 12-2 after losing in a heartbreaker to Nevada on a 53 YD FG by Lorenzo Rodgers and losing to the #1 Clemson and had Akeel declaring early for the draft. They have no great replacement for Morris as Shaver will be the starting ILB and Shaver’s decent at best and Goode left and Nevada only has O’Neill and Woods to replace him. But that doesn’t mean everything is bad, Buter can pair up with Walsh and Darden and McKay can work together. Only time can tell. Scenarios Best-Case Scenario Nevada’s Freshman can pick up where the whole team left off and end off the season undefeated and top 3 in the poll, they make the playoff as the #5 or #6 seed and lose in first round as Honeycutt wins the Jim Brown Trophy and Walsh wins the Dick Butkus award and is a All-American along with Godwin. Worst-Case Scenario Nevada can’t create chemistry with each other and start off with a rough start, by the time they start doing good it’s too late and they don’t make the playoffs and make the bowl, which they lose and left to think what could’ve been. What do you guys think, Will Nevada Progress or Regress?
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    DStack, headcoach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Don't you think this is a bit of a knee jerk reaction? Don't you think you should just casually ride out Dream as GM and just kinda 'see what happens?' I certainly enjoy having GM Dream in the NFC East.
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    New York Giants still have 54 players after the deadline to cut down to 53. Carolina has not updated their depth chart to the new format for the new season after being warned. The Giants will lose their 2021 3rd round pick for failure to meet the roster cut down deadline. If this is not resolved by Saturday at 1:00pm EST (24 hours before the game), it will escalate to a 1st round pick. Carolina's head coach (CadeRich5) will receive a $500,000 fine (deducted from his coaching salary)
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    This Air Force team last year made it to the conference championship where they beat the undefeated Nevada at the time 33-30 on a game winning 53 YD FG by Lorenzo Rodgers but lost to California 30-10 in the Las Vegas bowl to end 11-3 on the season. This team has the talent to probably sneak in the playoffs and even go undefeated before the playoffs. The question, however, can they? ROSTER Lorenzo Rodgers as he kicked the GW FG in the 33-30 win over Nevada in the Conference Championship Game Top 3 Offensive: TE Cayden Reese 6-3 207 (Sr) Aspen (Aspen CO) 5.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] QB Nico Kaufman 6-1 236 (Sr) Grand Junction (Grand Junction CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Scrambling] RB Xavier Valentine 5-8 174 Jr Kearns (Kearns, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] Top 3 Defensive: FS Shamar Sutton 5-11 197 (Jr) Wray (Wray, CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] SS Matthew Solomon 6-2 173 (So) Grand Valley (Parachute, CO) 4.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Israel Mathis 5-9 178 (Sr) Goddard (Roswell NM) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] Top Special Team Player: K Lorenzo Rodgers 6-3 195 (Jr) Thunder Ridge (Highlands Ranch, CO) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power] Notable Offseason Additions: No Notables Notable Offseason Subtractions: DE James Carter 6-1 255 (Sr) Woods Cross (Woods Cross, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [blitz] ILB Joshua Olson 5-11 245 (Sr) Pershing County (Lovelock, NV) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike] SS Jesse Hutchins 6-2 182 Sr Western Nebraska Community College (Scotts Bluff, NE) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] SS Jamel Dudley 6-1 207 Sr Boulder City (Boulder City NV) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Marcus Mayes 6-1 198 Sr Science Hill (Johnson City TN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Louis Roche 6-0 186 Sr Belfry (Belfry KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Jimmy Allen 6-1 205 (Sr) McQueen (Reno, NV) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] SS Patrick Schwartz 6-2 192 (Sr) North Sanpete (Mt. Pleasant, UT) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] Quick Thoughts: You might be wondering "why so many secondary", the reason why is because now the depth they posses at the CB, FS, and SS position is very low, with only 2 CBs, 2 SSs, and 1 FS, on their whole roster and Air Force didn't recruit enough secondary to replace them and will probably suffer because of that predicament. Carter and Olsen should've been a hard hit to the team but they have a 2.0/4.0 RS Fr in Brian Lewis and a 3.5/4.5 RS So in Malik McDonalds at the DE positions and 4.0/4.0 RS Sr in Bobby Oakley and have two incoming Fr who will be redshirted this upcoming season who are DE Derrick Dukes who's a 1.0/5.0 and ILB Keenan High who's a 1.0/4.5 so they should be set at those two positions for the time being. Three Key Storylines Air Force as they lose the Las Vegas Bowl to California 1. Can they improve on last season and make a run towards them playoffs? This Air Force team has improved and seems poised to repeat as MWC Champions and make a bowl, but the question is, can Air Force actually exceed the high expectations and make the playoffs? Air Force has players on both sides that has improved from last season, like Kaufman, Valentine etc, but the depth for their secondary has greatly diminished and that could be a reason why they don't make the playoffs. On the contrary, Reese and Kaufman should make for a dangerous combo, Valentine has a good O-line to help him and the Front 7 is pretty good, so all in all, it's not that bad, but it could use some help. 2. Can Nico Kaufman improve in his final season with Air Force? Nico Kaufman had 17 TDs and 8 INTs. But can Kaufman really put on a show and be a crucial part of this team's success and lead them to a better record last year? Kaufman has been amazing in his first 3 years at Air Force, Air Force has been a amazing team and is a serious contender but they need one of their star players, Kaufman, to produce at another level to be able to compete. One key to that has to be that Kaufman has to target Reese at all times, a 6-3 5/5 TE who only had 567 recieving YDs and 5 TDs, stats that you wouldn't expect of a amazing TE, utilizing Reese more could be helpful to both Kaufman and Reese 3. Can Air Force's O-Line continue to be the best in the MWC and help Valentine produce more rushing TDs? Air Force O-Line rating was 6.45, the best in the MWC and it certainly helped the production of Valentine, but can they repeat that success again? Air Force's O-Line was very productive and Valentine had a better year because of it as he rushed for 1,474 YDs and 17 TDs on 319 carries, Argubly the best RB in the MWC, most times a player might face regression but if the O-Line holds up, Valentine could have a better season and improve his draft stock, as for the O-Line, most will now have another year under their belt and some got better so that's good. Air Force should have a good O-Line to start the season. Scenarios Best-Case Scenario Kaufman and Reese is able to link up good and both Kaufman and Reese have breakout seasons, Valentine improves as well as the O-Line, Air Force overlooks the depth issue at CB, SS, and FS and don't give up big gains and win the MWC championship by a ton and also make the playoffs as the #7 or #8 seed as Kaufman and Reese are named All-Americans. Worst-Case Scenario Reese is still underused, Kaufman has a decent season but no improvement, Valentine doesn't improve along with the O-Line, Air Force give up lots of points and yardage due to lack of depth at the secondary and even though they win the MWC championship by a small margin, they make a bowl which they once again lose and forced to rebuild. Will Air Force Progress or Regress?
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    By points, we had the worst defense in the league last year. We expect to see a much improved pass defense with the acquisition of Alex Collins at FS, getting rid of Donald Edwards at CB--one of the worst CBs in the league per Bubada's metrics, and having rookie Jordan Harris take over at #2 CB -- who had a good showing in preseason, fwiw. DC Vance Joseph was brought in specifically to bolster the secondary as well, our main weakness last year, aside from injuries. Staunch linebacking corp with the addition of Jackie Eaton, and the ability to run schemes better fitted to the talent we have. Also, the Tyler Jones factor. We know he is a great player and are really excited to see what he contributes-- we anticipate a much better pass rush this year. All of these factors should add up to a much improved defense which cost us most of our games last year. On offense, the addition of Alexander Williams means more than just adding another great player. It unlocks a lot of offensive looks better suited to Chris Bell and the rest of our offense that we just couldn't run last year. A lot of our troubles on offense last year stemmed from poor line play and having to start linemen out of position. We are an offensive line driven team, and with that weakness, we just couldn't put anything together consistently. We liked what we saw out of preseason with the addition of James Redd and rookie Ian Braden on the line, who I had lobbied the Titans front office to grab in the draft. Again, we brought in Scarnecchia as OC to bring cohesiveness to the line, with the understanding that all great offenses start up front. With that in mind, we are expecting less turnovers and a more balanced rushing attach with the emphasis we've placed on better line play. And of course, we get to watch Kevin Williams start all year, which we are all excited about.
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    The Lobos didn't do as good as they did in 2018, as they went from a 11-2 record in 2018 to a 5-7 record in 2019 and didn't even make a bowl game last season, this year might be the same old tale for New Mexico, Especially how they lost key players but they did gain some helpful role players, they could either stay somewhat competitive or just flame out completely and have a SJSU or a Wyoming type season and win only 2-3 games the entire season. The question is, can they somehow improve or just simply has their fall from grace been completed? ROSTER Top 3 Offensive Players: FB Leonardo Kennedy 6-1 201 So Robert E. Lee (Baytown, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] WR Austin Medley 6-1 223 (Jr) Duncan (Duncan, AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Marcus Hightower 6-0 192 Jr Socorro (Socorro, NM) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target] Top 3 Defensive Players: FS Dwayne Reid 6-0 223 (So) Yuma Catholic (Yuma, AZ) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] DT Kahau Posala 6-5 293 Jr Belen (Belen, NM) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] CB Abdoulaye Reaves 6-1 188 (Jr) Blue Ridge (Lakeside, AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] Top Special Team Player: PR Manny Wesley 6-0 208 (Jr) Yavapai College (Prescott AZ) 3.5 of 4.0 [Specialist] Notable Offseason Additions: PR Manny Wesley 6-0 208 (Jr) Yavapai College (Prescott AZ) 3.5 of 4.0 [Specialist] Notable Offseason Subractions: WR Vincent Ortiz 6-1 174 (Sr) Kofa (Yuma, AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [speed] FB Ethan Guthrie 5-10 259 (Sr) Mesa CC (Mesa, AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] SS Jeremiah Joseph 5-11 204 (Sr) East Mississippi CC (Scooba, MS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] QB Tom Stacy 5-11 216 Sr New Mexico Military Institute (Roswell, NM) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] Quick Thoughts: Stacy, Ortiz, and Guthrie were vital, if not crucial, parts to that offense, Ortiz had over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TDs, Stacy had 27 TDs with 3,662 YDs and Guthrie had 600+ YDs with 10 TDs as a FB turned RB and also had 102 receiving YDs with 3 receiving TDs. Joseph on the other hand was a non-factor for New Mexico as he only appeared once on the stat sheet, posting 6 tackles and 1 INT. These are 4 very good players and will be hard to find replacements. Three Key Storylines Vincent Ortiz after his 3rd TD in his breakout game vs San Jose State 1. Can their offense be able to not fall into obscurity? Ortiz was probably the best player for New Mexico, but without their star player, will they falter? Ortiz has had an amazing career, but he never had WR help so New Mexico could never go far as they should've, now, since they added no help whatsoever at the WR position, what can they do in order to improve at the WR position and the answer is nothing, they don't have have good WRs now or even good WRs that you can expect to see in the next season or two so this team has put themselves in a hole for years to come, but then again, good recruiting this year might put them back on the map. 2. Can 4th year coach dml1 make the Lobos win again? dml1 just brought them to the conference championship just 2 seasons prior and this is a team that has some talent, but it's up to dml1 to provide a gameplan that works and if they do, will it help them or is the talent on their team not up to par that the gameplan will make no difference at all. dml1 has been the only coach in it's history and has gone 22-28 in his career with New Mexico, 4-8, 2-10, 11-3, and 5-7, something you wouldn't expect out of a talented team like New Mexico. dml1 has been changing pieces all the time and he's done a good job with the Lobos but the problem is that they haven't been consistent, a consistent team wins bowls and conference championships, something the Lobos hasn't done, but who knows, dml1 has gotten some good recuits to fill some holes, hopefully that trend continues. 3. Is this New Mexico's final step to achieve the fall from grace? The Lobos have been going down in talent and wins, will this be the year that they collapse completely? The Lobos has had success, but they didn't live up to their full potential and now they are going to suffer this season because of that. Some people think that they will be in the stuck in the cellar of the MWC for seasons to come, and some this a one year fling, that question is still in the air, they've lost Ortiz, Guthrie, and Stacy but they will (unless they transfer) be adding next season RB Colbert (2.5 of 4.5), CB Beasley (2.5 of 4.0), OLB Fagan (1.0 of 5.0), and C Dubois (1.0 of 5.0) so they do have some set pieces. Scenarios Best-Case Scenario The Lobos are able to cope without their stars and end up with a decent season again, going 6-6 and going to a bowl which they get demolished and prepare for they're future freshman. Worst-Case Scenario The Lobos can't do anything on offense and go 3-9, struggling to make a new identity for themselves. Will New Mexico progress or regress?
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    NYG were already on probation for issues earlier this offseason. Its warranted.
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    Hey now, I'm not sure there are many teams out there who have the kind of offensive talent we do, if any... ... ... ...just don't look at the defense, k?
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    You and NYJ actually screwed us over in draft order and basically didn't affect yourselves. Fuck both of you.
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    It is full time for now, I have zero interest in hiring a 3rd member at this time. I don't believe so, Dream has only been GM for a short time so the team is still largely built in my view. Additionally when I handed the official role over to him, I still had a large say in all personnel decisions. I'm leaving it up to Dream on whether or not he remains. I understand how that may not be desirable, especially with the GM and HC roles being secure for the near future.
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    Fun fact: Every season the Colts have used Leslie Hoover as the starting center, they've gone to the Super Bowl
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    Schwartz lackluster fantasy outing made up for by a beastly McCray outing, that's my second round pick <3
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    What a game. Niland played a big part in the win, though I'm surprised with the way he did it. Great way to start the season. Great game, Rams. You guys are always tough.
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    Feel free to send that 3rd rounder to Philly
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    I believe Ted already fixed Arizona DC. If it's not correct, let us know and we'll get it corrected.
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    Hey I did mention your new QB, Kevin Williams, and Tyler Jones! Ha
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    Yeah, sorry. It was a little difficult to follow some of the storylines for you guys this off-season. Give me a couple things to watch for with the Titans in 2020:
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    The only thing anyone has to say about the Titans is that we had injuries last year. I know we have to prove we're a better team now, but we did only lose to basically the cardinals 1st string with our 3rd string in the preseason. Oh well, more bulletin board material.
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