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    "What's the difference between route tree and group assigned (on the NFLHC gameplan)? - SageBow Route Tree relies on high skill receivers and allows audibles to be called on the fly. Receivers are expected to know their role in any play and the potential changes that could be made to that role by the quarterback. Route tree assigned receivers are a much bigger threat to zone coverage. Group assigned reflects that gameplans are not defined by the players but are instead defined by the roles. For instance, third receivers are more geared into slot type routes in the pass heavy offenses regardless of the physical attributes of the receiver themselves. In short, unless you want to experiement and with my limited understanding, use route tree with strong receivers and weak quarterbacks, use group assigned with strong quarterbacks and weak receivers, experiment if you're strong at both, and quit if you're weak at both. In summary, route tree relies on the gameplan being created around the receiver, group assigned around their role independent of the receiver. "What are your thoughts on the NFC South?" - Quasar I don't pay that much attention to the NFC but I can give you a quick summary for each team and what I think: Atlanta: Great but aging defense that needs some revitalization soon. Offense is kind of a cluster with a mediocre QB, a running back that's being run out of gas faster than he should, and a fairly average receiving corps. The next two drafts are key to ensure this team doesn't fall off. Tampa Bay: No identity, no chemistry, no real goal it seems. I think the team at this point should just be rebuilt around two stars (Heiden and the best player on defense, likely Williams). New Orleans: Extremely poor drafting the last two years has led to a pretty major downfall. I think coaching isn't great but is at least acceptable. Devereaux is probably underrated but this defense needs to be entirely re-done. Stiles might be okay to keep as a third corner. Carolina: They'll finish 15-1 and then lose in the divisional round. Seriously though they are probably a top 2 team right now and anything less than 13-3 is disappointing. "Do you like the general trend of CFBHC coaches changing jobs around if they feel like they are done, or would you rather people stay in one place forever? - smokingcricket I hate the totally arbitrary changing of coaches that we have even though I'm partially guilty of it as well. I really want a system that includes pre-season goals, firing, and contracts but I know there would be far too much push-back on here to even try that. It just makes no sense to me how people are allowed to move around. I figured conference commissioners would help but 80% of them have been useless in enforcing anything. Shout out to the SEC for having a backbone the last few years with their commissioners. "What is your favorite German beer?" - smokingcricket Man it really depends on situation and whether it needs to be classy or not haha. Where I'm from (a town of like 200) all the guys between 16-50 would gather every Sunday at 10 AM to play a town-wide game of Soccer. A crate of cheap beer would be supplied for the post-game festitivites and that will always remain one of my favorite memories so I have a soft spot for that beer, Warsteiner. It's kind of cheap (for German beer) but is just perfectly crisp for drinking just after running around for two hours. I like most of the old beers that are based out of monasteries (almost entirely wheat beers). German purity law has kept some pretty sweet 500 year old recipes intact. "What methods would you use to build a smaller school up to a contender?" - Monda I feel like this is pretty obvious but it starts with recruiting. The first year or two are extremely critical and I think you shoot for building a baseline of 3.5-4.0 star players while maybe going for only one 5.0 each year, ensuring that you get them. Getting 5.0s consistently is something for a time when you have bowl game recruiting points, not 0-12 points. I've never understood the crap teams that keep trying to shoot for 5.0s to turn the program around. Just build a solid but average team of 3.5 or 4.0s, then go for the much more easily accessible 5.0s when you have 6 points more per week. I hope you guys enjoyed the first Q&A Friday, please feel free to discuss these answers in here. I'll answer 5 questions each friday from the list that is located here, you are welcome to add any whenever you like! https://discord.gg/3GBn3Hp
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    "Who is the best QB in sim history, and why did you answer something other than Bill Garcia?" - smokingcricket Disregarding the bizarre 2013 season and instead thinking about the career trajectories of certain players as a hole I think the best quarterback is clearly Christian Skaggs (FSU/Carolina Panthers). There's a case for Brian Brown but he's been a bit on the down low with a below average team the past 20-25 games. I honeslty think Allan Taylor may be up there just because of his skillset in college. He's by far the most consistent Scrambling QB we've had and I think that earns some respect from me. Darrell Murphy is really underhyped for how good he is. He feels kind of like Drew Brees to me where he's clearly a top 3 QB but he's just kind of forgotten in the discussion. Bill Garcia last words to be were rumored to be "ban me you fucking twat," or something along those lines. "Is there a clutch stat in the sim?" - taffyowner Is there a clutch stat? No. Is there a clutch attribute? Yes. I have to define the difference between those two here because people obviously don't know entirely and probably should be educated. Think of Madden. Acceleration is a stat from 0-99 and, at least the old Madden (no idea how it is now), attributes are conditions triggered by a player depending on a game situation and value in certain stats. For example a player may have a leadership of 95 and, in combination with the coaching attribute, that could make the leadership stat take effect at the end of the game to reduce penalties in switching between schemes. This is essentially how the whole system is set up. If a player doesn't have either the threshold of a stat or the capability to trigger the attribute the effect won't go off. There are however minor attributes that are unlisted to everyone that can be triggered by players - a lot of you have started to figure out ones that exist without definite confirmation (for example certain QBs love to throw to TEs in certain situations). I think part of the fun is letting your players personalities be built by these stat/attribute combinations and that was always my philosophy designing the sim for the site. "Is UBL still in Orlando? If not who do you go to Orlando City SC games with now?" - taffyowner UBL is indeed still in Orlando! I won't give away anything more than that because I value his privacy. I take him along to OCSC games most of the time and am not entirely sure how I'll handle that if he leaves the area. I enjoy talking to him about the site and what he thinks of everything and it's great to meet someone through a common interest that I enabled. UBL is stand up guy and much less prone to emotional responses from this site compared to me. "What is your greatest complaint about the site community?" - smokingcricket Most of the times that you guys think I rage in the shoutbox are probably exaggerations from the way text makes a personality come across. I'm never really that angry, it's just how I deal with things in the short term (ask alien, I say some pretty vile or stupid things when playing DotA but it goes away after the game is over). The one thing that causing continual trouble to me on this site is the minor sense of entitlement some people seem to have (and it frequently happens entirely out of the blue!). I'm just one guy who works 40 hours a week and enjoys sports. I'm not great at coding, just okay. I'm not great at community management, just okay. I'm not even that good of an admin, I just want to run this community and not have to think about work or life or whatever. This project is me in its entirety. Seeing someone demand I progress a team or get upset that I haven't completed something is pretty shit to be honest. It makes me feel like garbage. This is my project and not my job. Please remember that when you come visit this site. "What's the strangest play/incident/whatever that didn't show up on a game report?" - sleuthofbears I don't really read everything because there's so much shit to parse and go through. When there were only like 40-50 teams on the site I tended to read nearly everything but like I said that's kind of thinned of. Regardless, I've seen some weird plays over the seasons and some crazy coincidences that are just silly to think about. In NFLHC last year, I want to say the Falcons (?) or Panthers (?) had a series of plays where they had 3 unsportsmanlike penalties in a row on consecutive plays. The Utes had a jet sweep go for -19 or -20 a few years ago - no idea what the hell happened. There was a college coach in 2014 (I think it was a Texas-based NFLHC team that went like 0 for 13 on challenges). There's been a 98 pass that didn't go for a touchdown that confused the shit out of me because the tackle was made by a relatively slow player (like an outside linebacker)??? I see quirks from the engine all the time and I'll try to remember more when I can. I hope you guys enjoyed the first Q&A Friday, please feel free to discuss these answers in here. I'll answer 5 questions each friday from the list that is located here, you are welcome to add any whenever you like! https://discord.gg/3GBn3Hp
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    The 2020 season is almost upon us, and you don't want to wait for the evidence to roll in before you start up your hot takes--but at the same time, you want to be able to say "I told you so" once the season ends. Over the past few weeks, the Chicago Tribune statistical team has been designing a model to rank every team in the country this season (except UMass). Based loosely on SBNation's S&P formula, the Tribune formula takes into account every program's performance last season (as measured by adjusted margin of victory), their past four years of recruiting, and the amount of production returned from last year, all based on what has shown correlation with past end-of-year Adjusted Margin of Victory rankings. Thanks to caesari and bmlig95 for helping get the necessary statistics together. Without further ado, here is the full list of all 118 FBS teams that are named things other than UMass (since there is no past data for the Minutemen). Who is too high? Who is too low? You decide. 118. Middle Tennessee (C-USA) 117. Florida International (C-USA) 116. Florida Atlantic (C-USA) 115. UAB (C-USA) 114. Charlotte (C-USA) 113. UTEP (C-USA) 112. Tulsa (AAC) 111. San Jose State (MWC) 110. Oregon State (Pac-12) 109. Wyoming (MWC) 108. UNLV (MWC) 107. Old Dominion (C-USA) 106. Louisiana Tech (C-USA) 105. Kent State (MAC) 104. Miami (FL) (ACC) 103. Wake Forest (ACC) 102. UTSA (C-USA) 101. Cincinnati (AAC) 100. Utah State (MWC) 99. Miami (OH) (MAC) 98. New Mexico (MWC) 97. Western Kentucky (C-USA) 96. Memphis (AAC) 95. Colorado State (MWC) 94. Central Michigan (MAC) 93. Southern Miss (C-USA) 92. Kentucky (SEC) 91. Georgia State (Independent) 90. BYU (Independent) 89. Marshall (C-USA) 88. Eastern Michigan (MAC) 87. Navy (AAC) 86. Akron (MAC) 85. Kansas State (Big XII) 84. Tulane (AAC) 83. Houston (AAC) 82. NC State (ACC) 81. Army (Independent) 80. Ball State (MAC) 79. Ole Miss (SEC) 78. Washington (Pac-12) 77. Buffalo (MAC) 76. North Texas (C-USA) 75. Rutgers (Big Ten) 74. Northern Illinois (MAC) 73. Florida (SEC) 72. Stanford (Pac-12) 71. Ohio (MAC) 70. Bowling Green (MAC) 69. Boise State (MWC) 68. North Carolina (ACC) 67. Fresno State (MWC) 66. Notre Dame (Independent) 65. Northwestern (Big Ten) 64. Syracuse (ACC) 63. Indiana (Big Ten) 62. Arkansas (SEC) 61. UCLA (Pac-12) 60. Georgia Tech (ACC) 59. Texas Tech (Big XII) 58. Louisville (ACC) 57. Utah (Pac-12) 56. Arizona State (Pac-12) 55. East Carolina (AAC) 54. Boston College (ACC) 53. Duke (ACC) 52. Texas A&M (SEC) 51. Nebraska (Big Ten) 50. Rice (C-USA) 49. Ohio State (Big Ten) 48. Iowa (Big Ten) 47. Colorado (Pac-12) 46. Hawaii (MWC) 45. Connecticut (AAC) 44. San Diego State (MWC) 43. South Carolina (SEC) 42. California (Pac-12) 41. Missouri (SEC) 40. Georgia (SEC) 39. Tennessee (SEC) 38. UCF (AAC) 37. Michigan State (Big Ten) 36. Temple (AAC) 35. Iowa State (Big XII) 34. Western Michigan (MAC) 33. Virginia (ACC) 32. Oklahoma (Big XII) 31. Kansas (Big XII) 30. West Virginia (Big XII) 29. TCU (Big XII) 28. Oregon (Pac-12) 27. Texas (Big XII) 26. Vanderbilt (SEC) 25. Oklahoma State (Big XII) 24. Alabama (SEC) 23. Pittsburgh (ACC) 22. Wisconsin (Big Ten) 21. USF (AAC) 20. Air Force (MWC) 19. Virginia Tech (ACC) 18. Florida State (ACC) 17. Minnesota (Big Ten) 16. Maryland (Big Ten) 15. Nevada (MWC) 14. Baylor (Big XII) 13. Arizona (Pac-12) 12. Mississippi State (SEC) 11. Illinois (Big Ten) 10. Washington State (Pac-12) 9. USC (Pac-12) 8. LSU (SEC) 7. Auburn (SEC) 6. Purdue (Big Ten) 5. Toledo (MAC) 4. Michigan (Big Ten) 3. SMU (AAC) 2. Clemson (ACC) 1. Penn State (Big Ten) A few notes: Once again, the Big Ten projects to be the strongest conference in the country. Defending champion Penn State tops the preseason rankings, returning an extremely high percentage of an undefeated title team--including quarterback Tanner Bowman, wideout Morgan "General" Patton, wrecking ball Shamar Ware, and all-around destroyer Shane Easley. But they'll face stiff competition within their own division from #4 Michigan, as well as the threat of two top-11 teams in the West (Purdue, Illinois). On average, the Big Ten West is the 2nd-strongest division in the country--behind only the Big Ten East. Is this the year of the G5? The likes of UCF, Air Force, SMU, Temple, Toledo, and Nevada have constantly vied for the title of G5 superpower, but none have managed to break the green ceiling. No G5 team has ever defeated a P5 team in a playoff game, and only 2014 Boise State (against FSU) and 2016 Air Force (against Wisconsin) were able to keep it within one possession. Toledo and SMU both look to be the cream of the crop. They've maintained top-10 recruiting classes over the last four years, and that's meant that their young guys are seeing a lot of playing time--which in turn means that they don't lose a lot of production year-over-year yet. Both finished just outside of last year's AMoV top 25, but both could be poised for flying leaps into the top 10 this year. The Big XII is a difficult conference to project this year, and perhaps this lends some insight as to why: seven of its ten teams are located in the 25-35 range. #85 Kansas State and #59 Texas Tech lag behind while #14 Baylor lands ahead of the pack. The fundamental problem is that the teams that have hit the recruiting trail hard are losing a lot of production, whereas the teams that are returning most of their production have had some lean recruiting years. The ten teams projected to make the most improvement over last season's finish (from 10 to 1) are: Georgia Tech, UCLA, San Diego State, USF, Michigan, Nevada, North Texas, SMU, Arizona, and Duke. No pressure. The ten teams projected to regress the most from last season's finish (again from 10 to 1) are: Arizona State, Oklahoma, Boston College, Arkansas, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Tennessee, Ohio State, Syracuse, and Rutgers.
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    Using the depth charts on the forums and the draft records from the wiki, I found the average round/pick each position's starters were drafted. If a player was undrafted, I put in that they were pick #250. I tried to remove players that were only starting because of injuries and use the original starter instead. The 1sts column show how many players were 1st round picks (in the first 32 picks of the draft). So even if they were the 2nd round, 18th overall pick in the 2014 draft, they were counted as a 1st round pick. Offense Defense Special Teams Ranked List (Pick) CB #1 (41) LT (44) QB (44) MLB (58) LG (58) WR (59) LE (63) SS (64) CB #2 (64) DT (64) RT (73) LOLB (74) RG (75) RB (75) FS (76) RE (80) C (84) ROLB (86) TE (100) K (173) FB (186) P (188) Notes Left side of offensive lines are drafted higher (not surprising). However, left defensive ends and left outside linebackers are drafted higher than right side of defense. This may be because some teams have strong-side and weak-side DE's/OLB's in their depth chart instead of right and left DE's/OLBs. I put strong-side as left and weak-side as right. There are no former UDFA's that currently start on OL. The one former 1st round pick that is used as a holder is Blake Shell. Not including special teams and FBs, the average NFLHC starter in any position was the 67th overall pick in the 3rd round.
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    "What two people on the site have the best rivalry?" - smokingcricket This one's tough because I'm not always privvy to your guys shit-talking to each other. I have a pretty solid rivalry with Jumbo (Jets-Dolphins, Penn State-Pitt, uh political and historical...differences) that's always good for some laughs. Kafka has a great rivalry with the site - you younger members should ask him about the Kafkacurse. Obviously I have a decent rivalry with alien because I talk to him daily. Rome has a rivalry with himself about whether or not he should blow me in the shoutbox or pile on rabid after I do. Honestly we could likely have a top 100 rivalries on this site and it would be the most interesting thing I've ever read. "Who are the most underrated coaches on the site?" - Monda I purposefully left out the overrated part of the question because that is not my statement to make. I prefer the hypothetical shit-talking to actual fact-based piling on people. I actually think one of the THE most underrated coaches, especially for CFBHC, is taffyowner. He's had like 1 year with less than 9-10 wins and I think that was his first (? correct me if I'm wrong) yet he has almost no hype. Of course his team started with amazing quarterbacks but he's been consistently good for so long and no one ever mentions him. Bingo I also find weirdly underrated - we all know he's a good coach and that he does great things with his teams but I rarely see people praising what he's done with Minnesota - MINNESOTA - and turned them into a perennial 9-3 or 10-2 team. "Did you look at any of the suggestions I made NFLHC-wise in the private question forum?" - Jumbo No. ...yes. Can people please use this forum more. "How much of an effect does changing an option in your gameplan really have - like if I change my safeties from man to split coverage or change my receivers from route tree to group assigned, does it make any kind of significant impact?" - Jumbo Of course it does! I think the biggest misunderstanding here is that the sliders themselves may not change things much but the way the calculations in the sim work (from what I understand) is that everything is magnified times the skill and attribute of the player. So if you have two man coverage safeties and you switch the slider from man to zone you will be forcing them to play out of their role by two slider positions effectively changing their skill by a square value. Some players are proficient at both attributes even though they're only listed at one and I think it's every coaches' responsibility to figure out good all-rounders themselves because these are the players who will become legends. Secondarily, even though each slider may only have a small impact changing several of them quickly compounds the changes, increases the time it takes for the negative impact to return to zero, but can also catch opposing teams by surprise. I will eventually add a practice component to NFLHC if I have time that lets this be visualized for each team's coaching staff. "What do you see as the biggest difference between a good coach/general manager/franchise and an elite one?" - SageBow I think the biggest reason certain people/franchises can't take that next step is simply a failure to adapt. People force their plans onto a franchise and retain certain expectations and then never stray from this plan. Your picks don't always work out, your gameplans aren't always perfect, there is nothing you can do to mitigate all the luck/chance - the biggest thing you should be doing is minimizing the impact of the luck/chance. Additionally, and I think this is somewhat restricted by time commitment to the site, planning really does play a major part in success. People who prepare for the draft for 3 weeks tend to do better than those who wing it on the day of. Have a Plan B, a Plan C, never be surprised by anything. If your player sucks for a week, a month, a year stop giving up on them. You're the coach (or the GM), improve their career - you are literally the only thing in the game that can turn a shit player into a good one by sheer force. Even the worse players can have a role, you just have to balance it with your budget (in the NFL, in college you don't even have to worry about that!) Stop overreacting to slight swings in luck and always continue planning - challenge yourself. In the end I think the site is a bit biased towards those with more time on their hands but I think that'll always be the case and I don't really have a problem with it. Generally when I criticize an organization it is because they've broken something I've listed above: knee-jerk draft picks, winging-it trades, impatience, or inability to adapt. "Impatience and not knowing when to fire someone are kind of at odds with each other though," you might say. Yes sometimes you need to let go of your coach or your quarterback but give them their due before you cut loose. I know that a lot of you are on a team with your friends so you obviously will not fire them, just don't expect that to go well - you might need to realize together what the problem is and address is thus. I hope you guys enjoyed Q&A Friday, please feel free to discuss these answers in here. I'll answer 5 questions each friday from the list that is located here, you are welcome to add any whenever you like! https://discord.gg/3GBn3Hp
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    Here are all the UDFAs that are now starters (not including FB, K, P, #2 WRs, #2 DTs, #2 ILBs): QB Joaquin Younger 6-5 215 2 Oregon [Hybrid] 82 RB Shawn Cole 5-9 188 5 Washington [Power] 92 RB Booker T. Washington 6-1 208 5 OklahomaState [Speed] 83 RB Michael Duckworth 5-7 179 4 Michigan State [Speed] 85 WR Aaron Pagliei 6-3 185 3 Florida [Speed] 81 TE A.J. Carter 6-6 226 5 Boston College [Blocking] 78 TE Scott Brown 6-1 250 4 Stanford [Blocking] 81 DE Steven Jordan 6-7 279 5 Iowa State [Contain] 83 DE Adam Scott 6-4 281 5 OhioState [Contain] 80 OLB Craig Davis 6-1 221 4 Syracuse [Blitz] 82 OLB Kyries Brown 6-0 227 4 Wisconsin [Coverage] 81 SS Tywan Tafoya 6-2 185 5 Washington State [Zone Coverage] 88
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    Coaching Clinics--"How To" Football With the raft of new coaches entering the sim, my assumptions about general football knowledge have been knocked a bit on the head. So, I thought maybe beginning a universal Tutorial of sorts for the how to do football (depth charts, philosophies, etc.) would be helpful, not as an "expert" but as an interested party in seeing this sim succeed with a community of great people and coaches who enjoy the sport. I encourage anyone to post in the comments about a subject they feel particularly passionate about, but would like to add that all statements of 'fact' be supported by some sort of backing evidence. I guess we'll get started with Special Teams, since that became the impetus of the discussion of in the shoutbox. Return Teams Let's start with the rostered position of Returner first. We all know what makes a great returner: speed to burn, elusiveness, good hand-eye coordination to bring in the ball. So, look for a speedy Running Back or Wide Reciever or Cornerback for this position. Further, this doesn't have to be your starter: I was very successful with a backup CB who had high potential (4.5) but low skill (2.0) for several years in CFBHC. However, be careful about physical attributes: if a giant wide receiver is returning kicks, chances are they may not be the most elusive player with the ball in their hands, and if a bulky power back is asked to return punts, he may not be able to hold onto the ball. Also, you may want to prioritize safety to explosiveness in the return game (especially Punt returns), which has plenty of value. In that case, consider a returner that is a Target receiver of decent build and look for them never to fumble a punt return. They may not score any TDs, but they'll always hold onto the ball. As for the rest of the return teams, these guys have to be able to run the length of the field in both directions, ideally while shielding the returner from tacklers. Not drive-blocking per se, but really just ushering their opposite man away from the returner. Here's where you want a mix of mobile, athletic guys that have some size: LBs, TEs, some leaner OLs, DEs, Safeties. I'd say an ideal Kickoff Return team has a wider body guy just before the returner to form the front of the wedge, then populated with athletic LBs and TEs primarily. On Punt returns, focus on bigger guys who can run AND tackle, in the event of a fake punt or a punt block. Consider LBs and DEs that can move, plus some safeties. Some good hints on a very fundamental return in the Super Bowl in 2015: http://www.afcaweekly.com/2014/11/kickoff-return-middle-wedge-r5-double-l5/ Coverage Teams We don't really have the chance to roster these teams, but maybe fun to talk about anyway. The entire mission of coverage teams is to 1) contain the ball carrier; 2) bring down the ball carrier. For this you want disciplined players that can move well in a straight line AND get off blocks quickly. Outside-in for kickoff coverage teams, you want your fast, nimble guys: cornerbacks or receivers with attitude. Then, moving inside, your safeties, then LBs/TEs, and finally some really angry dudes like DEs that can move well flanking the kicker. Obviously, you want your kickoff specialist to be able to put the ball in the endzone, negating any return possible. Whether its a kicker or punter, put your biggest leg (read: Power) as your kickoff specialist. Here's a good article on Kickoff Coverage Teams: http://www.afcaweekly.com/2016/12/kickoff-coverage-vital-in-controlling-field-position-2/ Generally, the same applies to Punt Return teams, but in particular its nice to have your absolute fastest guys serve as "gunners" on the outside that race down and are the first to meet the punt returner. Again, large fast people should populate the punt return team, and you may want to leave one particularly salty gentleman as the punter's personal protector: maybe your starting ILB or something like that. As for Long Snappers: in this sim, you have Traditional or Specialized LS. Traditional means that they can also play as a Center on the Offensive Line. Specialized means that their sole job is as a LS. In CFBHC, I would think having a specialist would be ideal. In the NFLHC sim, however, a backup Center could be a viable option. Either way, best not to have a big 300 lb Long Snapper. You do want someone who can move a little bit: look for a 260 lbs guy. Some tips and recommendations for good Punt Teams: http://www.afcaweekly.com/2014/12/14-tips-and-reminders-for-your-punt-unit/ Speaking of kickers, it can be a bit confusing to see Accuracy or Power as a style for Kickers and Punters. Here's where experience can play a big role: I've had success with Punters that care about Power first--love the big leg. I find it more valuable in CFB to have a Power punter. In NFL, however, an accurate punter will help with field position much more. Why? Well, the game is play much more between the 20 yard lines in the Pros as opposed to the lower-skilled College kids that tend to play with more of the field. Here's an interesting article about teams starting drives inside their own 20 yard line in the 2016 NFL (https://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/team-drives-starting-in-own-20-statistics/2016/) and then the opposite for college teams (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/fpa). These are great indicators of what may be valuable for field position in each sim. As for kickers, I'm not entirely sure Accuracy or Power are great style indicators--the real value is their skill. But, all being equal, I suppose I'd rather have a 5/5 Power guy than a 5/5 Accuracy guy. "Hands" Team This is the team that lines up to DEFEND an onside kick. They are called the "hands" team because they ought to have the best hands on the team, and should ONLY be used on special teams for this purpose. That means, you want guys that catch or handle the ball for a living: WRs, RBs, CBs, TEs. Take literally all of your WRs and put them on the hands team. Don't put an Offensive Lineman on your hands...it will end badly. Again: skill position players for your "Hands" team. Redshirts and general Depth Chart Insights In general, your Redshirts provide growth for under-developed players that can and should be helpful in future seasons. So, first some basics: you can redshirt up to 10 players every season, but only once in their college careers. Redshirts develop at random, either +.5, +1.0, or + 1.5 (if ya lucky), so if a 1/4.5 player is redshirted, he'll either be a 1.5/4.5, 2/4.5, or 2.5/4.5 player next year without burning a year of eligibility--GIGANTICALLY helpful year on year. Playing time is almost always a more direct way to develop your players: higher chance for a +1 or +1.5 growth as a starter, but you lose a year of eligibility. It's enormously advantageous to redshirt a 1.5/4.5 freshman QB, and play the 3/4 Junior QB than the other way around: not only will the junior turn into a 4/4 (highly likely) Senior, but the freshman will be a RS Fr at (decently likely) 2.5/4.5, and ready to take over as a RS So at 3/4.5. That's called continuity. Skill (first number) is valuable in this sim, immensely. But potential (second number) is also extremely important. What do I mean? Well, in determining your starter, I'd play the guy with vastly higher potential if the skill is about the same. I'd rather have a 2.5/4.5 LT start over a 3/3.5 LT, to put a point on it. Really, any player 3.5 or better is a decent player in the CFB sim. Where you see real deficiencies is in players 3.0 and under. So, let's do a little game--- Assuming style and physical traits don't matter (in this case), Who to start at QB? Or better yet, what does your QB depth chart look like in 2024? FR 1.5/4.5 (SR) 4/4 -- this means he's taken a redshirt season already SO 2/4.5 (JR) 3/3.5 (SR) 2/2 First, the obvious: both Juniors make the depth chart. They've already redshirted. Then, I'd redshirt BOTH the FR and the SO, and then go: (SR) 4/4 (JR) 3/3.5 (SR) 2/2 What does this look like in 2025? Well, there you have some choices to make, and that's both the fun part, and where coaches make the big bucks. The Seniors would be gone, and assuming somewhat standard progression of +1 for RS, your team page for QBs would be: (FR) 2.5/4.5 (SO) 3/4.5 (SR) 3.5/3.5 I think clearly the SO would start, the SR could back-up, and the FR would be left for later seasons. This is good depth. That's why Redshirts are important. I believe that, barring one great recruit or an initially poor stable of QBs especially, your entire QB depth chart should have parentheses for Redshirts. Other Depth Chart thoughts: If you're a team that is clearly building for a near-term future success year (i.e. have a number of talented Sophomores and Juniors, and you feel like you're 1-2 years away from a solid team), go ahead a Redshirt that unbelievably awesome SR Defensive Tackle that you just signed from the JUCO ranks. Just because they may be your best player doesn't mean that they also won't be amazing next season. IF you can stomach a "rebuilding year," go for it. I also think it's much more valuable to consider depth charts and class numbers (# of Sophomores, Juniors, etc) as they MAIN spreadsheet in your recruiting efforts. I think it's vastly more important to have a balanced team of solid contributors than to have one or two special studs that require so much recruiting effort and money, and then trot out a poor supporting cast. Football is a team game, and this broad-based plan works. What else about depth charts would be helpful? It for now, much more to come...
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    Marcus Barry annihilates a Chief's linebacker So, after quite a bit of scuttlebutt and chatter in the Shoutbox about which teams actually DO need a new quarterback, sooner than later, I decided to do a made-up, completely arbitrary metric called the Happiness With Quarter Back Rating (HWQBR). It's meant to take into account some past performance, definitely current performance, and possible future performance. Base 10, with 10 being most happy with their scenario, 1 being the least happy. It also kinda looks at the QB position as a unit on each team: starters go along way, until we need to start thinking about playing the backup. That's the talking point for this week's Power Rankings. Feel free to disagree vehemently in the comments. So there ya go. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! 1. San Francisco 49ers --> Happiness with QB Rating: 9. Todd Lester has, amazingly, turned out to be the best quarterback from the 2016 draft. He’s led them to a Super Bowl title, been clutch as possible in the early parts of this season, and made their entire offense better. The only quibble might be that Lester is just not Christian Skaggs or Brian Brown as far as pure talent, and that’s probably OK. The Niners just finished a road sweep of the two best AFC West teams and are looking like they will defend their title tooth-and-nail. 2. Detroit Lions +1 Happiness with QB Rating: 8. The Lions have approached peak offensive performance with LeCount in-charge over the last couple seasons. Basically, he is the NFC version of Nick Hall, minus a few big wins. Can they get over the hump and put an end to those poorly-timed fits of bad play and/or injury to a key contributor? Betting so... 3. Carolina Panthers +1 HWQBR: 10. What more to say about Christian Skaggs, really. The only thing left to accomplish, and it’s a big item, is a playoff win. But CadeRich5 and Skaggs appear to be on a mission of sorts this season. I bet a playoff win, and much more, will be checked off the list shortly. 4. Oakland Raiders -2 HWQBR: 9. Hall has been just about everything that Alienufo could have hoped, including a serious clutch trait and the ability to bring out the best in most of his receivers. Other than a slight inability to win the really big games, Hall is a surefire Top 5 QB in the League, and he’s got the Raiders looking again like a top-flight AFC team. 5. Los Angeles Rams --> HWQBR: 7. I’m sure the Rams know how good they could be this season WITH Darrell Murphy, arguably a Top 5 QB in the League when healthy. But I didn’t think they truly felt in good hands with Jeremy Henry until he won a close game to open the season. Now that Murph is back, the Rams—this author’s Super Bowl pick—are beginning to punch it into high gear. The only question: can they overcome the toughest division in the sim? 6. Jacksonville Jaguars --> HWQBR: 6. Christian Barkely is still unproven, but I’m not sure it really matters, given all the upgrades around him and the tangible momentum of this franchise. This could easily be a 7, because the Jags have two other QBs that could start on other teams immediately. JAX leapt over a major hurdle in beating the Colts last week on Alejandro Aguirre’s FG at the gun. 7. Dallas Cowboys +1 HWQBR: 6. Much like the Jags, QB play does not drive the engine that it is for most other teams in the top 10. The Cowboys have to be decently pleased the Taylor Rodriguez is playing decent football at present, but they get so much out of their OLine and running game that it doesn’t really matter who’s back their slingin’ passes. And now the D is starting to clamp down as well, with all the rest they are getting. 8. Green Bay Packers +1 HWQBR: 8. Jason Johnson was the sim’s first superstar, and he’s been at it a LONG time. But he’s had a serious Renaissance this season, and the connection with Nomellini and Taylor is palpable. The Pack has smartly built around JJ and upgraded the defense this season, and now they’re blowing people out. Coupled with Chicago being slow out of the gate this has got to feel really good for Packer Backers. 9. Seattle Seahawks -2 HWQBR: 7. Jarius Jones, after a rough opener vs. DEN, has been pretty dang good, and has the Seahawks at 2-1. I moved them down slightly, only because they were almost taken to OT by the Bears at home, and the teams above have looked that much more dominant. But Jones has to be making TuscanSota pretty happy, and his upside and contract are both team-friendly. 10. Miami Dolphins --> HWQBR: 10. Brian Brown is the League’s gold standard for winning and playing at an MVP level. Full Stop. Now Miami has surrounded him with some playmakers on offense AND defense (see Bennie Blankenship eating alive the KC Oline). Miami needs a couple more solid wins and they’ll be making a case for the AFC #3 seed, or better… 11. Denver Broncos --> HWQBR: 6. Since this is the only one that’s not a guesstimate, I’ll just say that we are happy with Todd Jennings through 3 games. He’s managed the game well, been downright electric at times, and is showing the assumed progress from two years on the bench. Plus, we feel good about “Cousin” Eric Jennings behind him (who may actually have more upside). Denver has looked sluggish on O so far, but with a new QB (82) and new RB (82), we knew it would be awhile before hitting a stride. Thank goodness for a stingy and variable defense. 12. New York Jets +3 HWQBR: 9. Wegert is just a hair behind Lester in that great QB draft class, and slightly above Devereaux. The Jets have visited the Super Bowl twice with Wegert, so I think they’re settled. Other than the occasional dud that he can throw out, Wegert is a Top 8 QB in the League and is beginning to draw the best out of his WRs. The Jets need a running game, and a more consistent D, but they’re still one of the top teams in the AFC. 13. Houston Texans +3 HWQBR: 6. Alex Leshoure has played very well in three games after clipboard duty his rookie season. The Texans have to be pumped by the high level of play so far. I only assume a 6 as the Texans have not had a QB last in that position for any real length of time. But, this appears to be the one, and they’ve done a great job of giving him time in the pocket with a very good OLine. It’s strength-on-strength this weekend versus the Broncos. 14. Cleveland Browns +7 HWQBR: I’m gonna say 7, but it should be 6. Ryan Clark has got the Browns feeling pretty good after a couple of division wins. He’s been a decently consistent QB in his four years in Cleveland, and playing better now that Tai Miller has decided to leap into superstardom. But I still think there are some issues with Clark and his ceiling as a QB. I think he will only ever be a Playoff-ceiling guy…but that’s quite a feat for the Browns, so we’ll see. Leading the AFC North as of now… 15. Atlanta Falcons +3 HWQBR: 6. I know the Falcons like to hype the hell out of AJJ, and he’s played decently well after an ugly week 1 loss. Yet, I feel that SageBow has his spidey-sense tuned to a possible replacement if the right deal/player comes along. And that’s probably wise. AJJ has been one of the most maddeningly talent yet inconsistent players in the game. Atlanta has to be happy, though, that the formidable defense is beginning to flex their muscles to a 2-1 start. 16. Cincinnati Bengals +1 HWQBR: 6. Bengals get a small bump despite the loss, but the real story is Joel King and his development in year 2. Cincy made a tough decision to throw him into the fire without a ton of weapons as a rookie, and he took his lumps. Now he’s upped his play, though not really beyond game-manager mode. What IS his true ceiling? Is he the long-term answer? If the Bengals don’t get better on the OLine soon, we may not find out. 17. Tennessee Titans -4 HWQBR: 4. Xander Williams is clearly just a placeholder for a top-flight college QB coming in next year, or a sign-and-trade option within the League. He’s not the future. He played well in the first two wins, but atrociously in the loss. Tennessee, I get the feeling, is just happy to get through some of these games without major injuries, and if they continue on the current path, 8-8 (or better) is not out of the question. 18. Indianapolis Colts -4 HWQBR: 8. Aaron Shea is the real deal, despite the 0-3 start. I’m pining the Colts early woes on schedule strength (Raiders and Jags are both Top 6) and lackluster defense that is giving up 26 pts a game (a -3.5 scoring margin). But last season’s success with Shea at the helm is more than plenty for a little slack in a tough season. Colts will turn it around, but they may be too far behind the Jags already. 19. Pittsburgh Steelers +1 HWQBR: 7, but should be 6. Panther and the Steelers are still riding pretty high after Paul Davenport jumped on the scene and proceeded to win a ton of games in a row. They started this season in the same fashion, but have dropped 2 close games in a row to fall to 1-2. Davenport has not been the reason for the losses, necessarily—that’s on a Defense that doesn’t concede a lot of yards, but does give up points. Wait, doesn’t that mean…well, maybe that IS on Davenport a bit, as the PIT defense has been on a short field most of the time. 20. New England Patriots -2 HWQBR: 4. Lawyer Johnson took a big step forward last season, as the Pats made the playoffs and he started to look like a winner. But he’s quickly fallen off that pace and is now in the bottom quarter of QB Rating in the League, and NE is 0-3. The fickleness of football is such that the Pats can sneak into the Playoffs one year, and look like there is no clear-cut solution to their ills the next. Not really even sure where their next win is gonna come, Johnson and his mates must play better quickly. 21. New York Giants +6 HWQBR: 5. Yes, I know they just won and are behind a winless team. Sorry for that. But R.J. Stanford is the definition of a boom-or-bust player at the most important position. Games 1-2, he looked like he couldn’t start for ANYONE, let alone the Giants. Game 3, looked like an All-Pro (despite playing a terri-bad defense). Currently 5th in QB Rating, almost all his production came in one game. I think the Giants have tried to trade for a replacement a few times, with nothing coming of it. But word out of the Meadowlands this week has Believer and Notorious raving about their big Enigma of a QB, thus their team. 22. Arizona Cardinals +9 HWQBR: 2.5. Kareem Taylor is absolutely a stand-in for a long-term solution down the road. Ted said as much this week in the shoutbox. While he and I disagree on the merits of keeping a young, inconsistent stud like Jarius around, everyone knows that Kareem will go the way of the dodo when another option is available. The Cards get some points for a moxie-heavy win over the Eagles, however. Maybe too big a bump, but it was good to see them put it all together for the first time this season. 23. Philadelphia Eagles -11 HWQBR: 7. The Eagles were over the moon about the play of Allan Taylor last season, rightly so. But a very slow start for the Philly offense has led to some questions about Taylor’s best days being behind him, and about the stability of the OLine in protecting their main asset. The Eagles had been playing with fire all season, but the loss to the Cardinals really shifted thinking around the League about where this Eagles team is headed. In the worst division in the game (arguably the AFCN still…) the Eagles are losing ground to the Cowboys for sure, and the Giants are not far behind. 24. Buffalo Bills --> HWQBR: 4. The Bills are a little hard to figure out. I feel that Joaquin Younger could be a good QB for them, in the right system, and he showed that in the win over the Jets. But weeks 1 and 3 were a total stinker, and his play down the stretch last season in not making the playoffs left a lot to be desired out of your signal caller. So, I’m going with 4 here, and that could just about be for the entire team, outside the DLine. The Bills caught lightning against the Jets, but I think the preseason power ranking with them closer to the bottom is actually correct. 25. Washington Redskins -3 HWQBR: 3. I’m not sure the Skins were sold on their QB position BEFORE Javier Fields went down. We all want to see what gunslinger Yancey Musgrave does with the job, but he certainly flunked his first test on Sunday. He’s young, though, so we’ll see. A bigger problem is the depth on the two lines—Washington is -42 point differential. That’s not gonna win ballgames. Free advice that you should totally ignore: blow up the Skins. Start over. Get back some of those picks and get ready for 2022. 26. Kansas City Chiefs -3 HWQBR: 4. It gives me little pleasure to say that Thomas Wheeler is D.O.N.E I think the Chiefs brass realized this at the end of last season and missed their opportunity to draft a project QB to compensate. Wheeler also doesn’t really have anyone to throw to, but he made those players better last year, and so far that is not the case. 0-3 speaks volumes—yes, its been a tricky schedule, but they’ve been blown out in all three games. The QB has to not only play well, but lead. And Wheeler ain’t got it anymore. 27. Minnesota Vikings -2 HWQBR: 5. Brian Vardell is really good, and has been for quite some time. Losing his partner in crime Chet Henson probably was a bit of a blow, but the loss of a quality running game isn’t the only reason Vardell is currently 30th in QB Rating. He’s getting older, he isn’t throwing the deep ball terribly well, and he’s at an astonishing 57% comp percentage. The Vikings are bad for any number of reasons, but increasingly, Vardell is becoming one. I think Llamas knows this and is preparing for a QB succession sooner than later. 28. Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego/La Jolla -2 HWQBR: 3. The genesis of this theme for the Power Rankings is the constant chatter in the shoutbox about where Matty Swift should end up. So it would make sense that the Chargers are near the bottom in HWQBR. Will Thompson looked okay in week 1, but not subsequently, and Matty Swift appears resigned to glorified clipboard holder at this point. If the Chargers were truly happy with either, they’d have figured something out at this point. And they’ve got plenty to figure out—maybe if WRs were better, or OLine, or run game, but really it starts with the QB and that’s where the Chargers have to improve first to improve overall. 29. Chicago Bears -1 HWQBR: 5, should be 4. I think the Bears, enamored with Brooksheer’s steady progress over the last three seasons, have just about run out of patience with their signal caller. And THEN he goes and totals his car—a self-destructive behavior that had unintended positive consequences. Brooksheer’s production has been uneven at best, and since it is the offense that has eluded the Bears thus far, it is almost entirely on Brooksheer’s shoulders to fix. Luckily, the Bears plays the Vikings twice a year. 30. Baltimore Ravens -1 HWQBR: 2. Quietly (or maybe not so quietly, given the memes) the Ravens have turned from a #3 seed in the AFC playoffs to a team that will struggle to win a game this season. Here’s my theory: Reggie Watkins (a game manager at most) saw the drafting of Brett Fisher as the ultimate act of disloyalty and has played at an unbelievably crappy level because of it. Oh, and they traded Booker T., one of the rare running backs in the League that actually makes an offense better. So, are the Ravens happy with Watkins? Obviously not. Are they ruing the drafting of Fisher? Probably. That’s not good for anyone. Neither is the League’s highest point differential. 31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1 HWQBR: 7. Yep, that’s right. The Bucs suck and its not Taylor Heiden’s fault. He’s having a hell of a year, and I believe would be just about the ONLY Buccaneer that is untradeable for their F.O. The offense has been slow out of the gate, but that’s due much more to the running game scenario than the passing game. Sure, it would be good to see Heiden get back to some 280 passing/110 running games again, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Bucs can right the ship if they turn it conservative across the board. Simple, simple, simple. Go simple. And go with Newton, he’s better than Egloff. I’m done. 32. New Orleans Saints --> HWQBR: 7. What does it say when the bottom two teams (both in the same division, I might add) are perfectly happy with their QBs but can’t win a game? I think I know what it says, but won’t throw anyone here under the bus. The Saints have been close a couple times, and might break through soon. Devereaux has essentially been a Top 6 QB for two seasons now and is playing as though his life depended on it. And he’s got Sean Jenkins to throw to, which ain’t too shabby. Now, if the rest of the team can kindly get their poop in a pile, it pains me to see this much-loved franchise continue to be this watchable, but ultimately bad.
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    Seahawks-Raiders was a classic head-to-head between top teams with a classic finish After dropping a week with crazy busy-ness, Bingo is back with a Power Rankings that looks at where teams are now, and whether they'll eventually finish the season higher or lower than where they currently are ranked. Who's gonna rise, fall, or maintain? You be the judge...let us know in the comments. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! 1. Carolina Panthers End ranking (compared to now): Lower. Not many other places to go but down. Panthers are on an absolute, 2007 Patriots-level Eff the World tear right now, but the same old questions remain: can they win when it matters? 2. Green Bay Packers End ranking: Lower. I think the Packers have been the beneficiaries of some easy scheduling and some awkward defensive game plans. Those things will catch up with them. Jason Johnson is playing completely out of his mind right now, and there’s no way that will continue. Ultimately a playoff team, but not sure they’re a division champ. 3. Detroit Lions End ranking: slightly lower. The Lions have two Packer antidotes that others don’t: EJax and Keyshawn. Plus, Lecount has found his rhythm and isn’t turning the ball over. If the Defense stays decently consistent, they’ll win the North and be maybe a 2 seed in the NFC…but that’s big if. 4. San Francisco 49ers End ranking: Same. Yep, I figure the Niners luck had to run out some time, and it did bigly against the Cardinals. But I think they’ll snap back, if they keep on with their attack-oriented offense and rather stellar pass defense. I think they’ll finish in the Top 4 at the end of the season. 5. Los Angeles Rams End ranking: Higher. I think the Rams are, ultimately, the highest-ceiling team in the NFC, thus the League. Murphy will continue his stellar play back from injury, so the only real question in whether Coach Cricket will trust his gameplan enough to stick with what’s working. I think so, and I think the Rams will win the whole thing. 6. Seattle Seahawks End ranking: Slightly Lower. Seattle has played a lot of really tough games already, losing squeakers to the Broncos and Niners, while tripping up the Raiders this past weekend. I think they MAY be the odd-team out in the West, when all is said and done. But still one of the really good teams, if that’s any consolation. 7. Jacksonville Jaguars End ranking: Lower. I was surprised the Jags kept it up as long they did, but the dream start had to end at some point, and the OT monster jumped up and bit them. This team does, however, have some staying power, especially in the significantly weaker AFC. Can they hold off the Colts and Texans? I’m guessing one of those teams catches and overtakes Soluna’s men. 8. Dallas Cowboys End ranking: Lower. The game against the Eagles was interesting because it highlighted a slight turning point for both teams, in opposite directions. The ‘Boys started out so well, playing a host of lower-tier teams. They’ll come back to the middle a bit, but I think they can still possibly make the playoffs if they win the games they ‘should’ win. Will it be enough to hold off the Eagles? Not sure. 9. Miami Dolphins End ranking: Slightly Higher?? Just can’t figure these Dolphins out. The loss to the Texans illuminated a defensive flaw that I didn’t expect to see: a weakness in the short passing game. Miami outplayed the Houston in just about every respect, so that’s why they get the nod here over the Jets. I think the Dolphins are looking at an outside shot at the #1 seed, but probably a 2 or 4. 10. Oakland Raiders End ranking: Slightly Higher. The Raiders got bum-rushed by an opportunistic Seattle passing game in overtime in what turned out to be less a shock and more a realization that, largely due to some cap casualties, the Raiders just aren’t as dominant as the 2019 version. And that’s ok, they’re still playoff-good, with only a smaller margin for error than last year. 11. New York Jets End ranking: Same. Initially, I had the Jets at #9 and the Dolphins here (win versus loss on the weekend, ya know), but then I got to thinking about the things the Jets do well (passing game, pass rushing) and what the Dolphins do well (offense in general, creating turnovers). When you look at it like that, the Dolphins seem the safer pick. Throw in the losses for each time (really, the Bills???) and the Jets feel right at #11. 12. Atlanta Falcons End ranking: Lower. The Falcons get the two-win boost, despite that they’ve beaten very poor teams and their losses are to only slightly better teams. Atlanta needs to take down a boss, cause right now they are getting through the easy levels and that’s about it. We’ll see where that goes when they get into the rest of their NFC and division schedule. 13. Denver Broncos End ranking: Slightly Higher? I’m usually not much of a excuse-maker. If my team gets beat, it’s because either the other team played significantly better, or I blew it as a coach. In this case, however, I’m blaming our current standing on 1) a rookie RB with a case of the butterfingers in New England; and 2) a 50-yard kick that DOINKED off the cross-bar versus the defending Super Bowl champs. Broncos will be—barring injury—fine. 14. Houston Texans End ranking: Higher, slightly. Houston is such a boom or bust team, it’s kind of hilarious. One week, they’ll go out and look like a world-beater and knock off the previously-undefeated Dolphins. Just the week before, however, they get completely shut down by the Broncos. So, I’m guess that Rome, ol’ tinkerer, will eventually settle on a game plan and they’ll start to win consistently. The talent is there…can they catch the Jags and/or hold off the Colts? Maybe. Either way, looking like a #6 seed in the AFC. 15. Cleveland Browns End ranking: Higher. The Browns bye week hit at the worst time to enjoy their hype. They are starting to put things together, a little bit, and it’s getting pretty exciting in the Mistake by the Lake. Here’s a long shot: the Browns win every remaining division game and go .500 in every non-division game. That equals a playoff team, but how high a seed? I say a solid #3, much like last year’s Ravens. 16. New England Patriots End ranking: Higher. This team will compete in the East. They’re too talented NOT to. And they have the experience of the playoffs to rely upon down the stretch, but the bouts of inconsistency need to stop. They pounded J.B. Blacknall and the Broncos into submission on the weekend, so I’m guessing they make life interesting for the Dolphins/Jets. 17. Philadelphia Eagles End ranking: Much Higher. I expect the Eagles to win the East. Not a knock against Dallas, I just think the Eagles have the higher ceiling. It’s taken a small while for Philly to figure out all the game plan minutiae for Allan Taylor and Troy White, but I think they’ve got it now. That win over Dallas was BIG TIME. Says here the Eagles end up the #4 seed in the NFC. 18. Cincinnati Bengals End ranking: Same. I think the Bengals are properly ranked. They are a solid, if unspectacular team. Joel King has certainly improved, Ron Thomas is running well, and the up-and-down secondary is currently on a swell. So, nothing to loathe, nothing to love. Just a solid team. 19. Indianapolis Colts End ranking: Much Higher. I think the Colts will turn it around, but this weekend against the Texans is a GREAT litmus test. No one wants to play the Colts and Aaron Shea, so the F.O. needs to have patience that they pull a 180’ and get this ship pointed in the right direction. There’s a lot of football left, and I’ve got them down for the #4 AFC seed (yes, I think they’ll win the South, as it cannibalizes itself). 20. Arizona Cardinals End ranking: Slightly Lower. The Cards had a great day against the Niners. Everything went right, and the Niners’ usual luck did not shine for them in the valley of the Sun. But I think that was more outlier than trend. The Cardinals seem just one or two pieces away from a consistently winning outfit, and I think that’s on the offensive and defensive lines. Doesn’t help to play in the best division in football, where every matchup is in the other team’s favor. 21. Washington Redskins End ranking: Slightly Lower. I’m not really sure what to do with the Skins. They have SOME talent, and it was nice to Javier Fields back in action to get the win. But those wins are gonna be fewer and farther between, given their schedule and lack of depth. Hate to say it, but I think the Skins will fall to the bottom 10 at season’s end. 22. Tennessee Titans End ranking: Slightly Higher. These guys are playing with fire every time out. They have moments of quite good, and moments where I think LSU might be able to take them. But ultimately, their season hinges on the play of Xander Wiliams. Can he be the consistent QB they’ve desperately lacked? I think so, but playing in the South is just about the worst way to find out. I think the Titans are a 6-7 win club, and that’s good enough for low 20s/high teens. That’s about it. 23. Pittsburgh Steelers End ranking: Slightly Higher. The Steelers, after so much promise, now look like they’re searching for answers. The Chester Henson trade is looking less one-sided as the losses pile up (well, the Vikes aren’t any better, really) and Davenport is proving mortal. So, where do the Steelers go for answers? They need to reinvest in the a tricky, complex offense that gets Davenport and Henson on the move, utilizing their bevy of speedy ball-catchers. That could be enough to make the North a bit more interesting. Oh, and stop losing to the Ravens. 24. New York Giants End ranking: Same. Yeah, the Giants are a bit hosed. They needed to win this year, given the contracts they signed in the off-season, but that isn’t happening. And they need to play better defense, like last season. That isn’t happening. OJ Carano has been a battler for a long time, and he’s being completely wasted now. If I were the Giants, I would decide between making a push and finding an actual starting QB via trade, or exploring a complete rebuild by selling off some of their assets on D. Because I think we’re looking at a bottom 10 team at present. 25. Baltimore Ravens End ranking: Same. I think this Ravens team has the chance to get back into the top tier of the game, but it will take patience and lots of diligent moves by a F.O. that has not always showed the most cleverness. So, right now, I’ve got them finishing in the basement of the North, but not by much. I think the Ravens can win 5 games. That’s about it. 26. Buffalo Bills End ranking: Lower. Yeah, I think the Bills hit their SEASON PEAK against the Jets in week 2. Maybe I’m a jerk, maybe I’m a pessimist, but I try to call it like I see it. They have a tough schedule coming up (other than the Chiefs and Chargers) and they have very little prospects on Offense other than to give the ball to Dess and try to make Younger a game-manager. So, bottom of the East it is, maybe 3 wins. 27. Minnesota Vikings End ranking: Slightly Lower?? No idea. Someone posed this in the shoutbox: Vikings slightly above the Bears? But the Bears beat the Vikes. Yeah, and I think they are neck-and-neck for the bottom of the North, 27a and 27b. But the difference is: the Vikes have a chance to score once in a while, unlike the Bears. So what if the defense is rice paper, they at least have Vardell. I think that’s good enough for 3 more wins. 28. Kansas City Chiefs End ranking: Slightly Higher. Wow, what happened to the Chiefs? They can’t score, they can’t stop people from scoring. They can’t hold on to the ball, and Wheeler’s actually been kinda good. So, what’s going on? Well, it starts in the coaches box, and that change in leadership of the day-to-day has been tough. Now, the players need to gain chemistry and trust that the coach won’t trade them willy-nilly. Mimsy can do good things in time, I’m mostly sure. 29. Los Angeles Chargers End ranking: Same. Yeah, this seems right, mostly. The Chargers could pull some surprises throughout the season (hopefully not Thursday against the Broncos!!), but I don’t think they’ll win too many more. They knew it was gonna be a long slog, and they’re on track, more or less, for respectability in 2021. That’s gotta be good enough for now. 30. Chicago Bears End ranking: Slightly Higher. I’m very disappointed in the Bears. They worked their way down here first, so that’s why they’re below the Vikes for the time being. But I think they can pull back up a bit. I know that it’s a tough division with the #2 and #3 teams in this week’s Power Rankings, but the Bears have too good a F.O. to stay down here for the whole season. 31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers End ranking: Maybe Lower? Bucs have zero clue what to do now. They are trying to start over, but are getting no takers. They are trying the small fixes, but can’t pull the right strings. So, what to do? Push to the end. It isn’t gonna get easier, and they very well may end up on the bottom at season’s end, but they have the talent. Just keep on trying stuff. 32. New Orleans Saints End ranking: Slightly Higher. The Saints won’t go winless (unlike the Bucs, maybe…), they have three of the best players in the Conference, depending on the day. But…right now, they just can’t get out of their own way. I suppose I have them down for 3 wins. Probably better than the Bucs, but not much better.
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    Week 8, 2019. Tommy Furrey tears his ACL. Man I see the pain in his face. We're 1-5, in a winnable game against the Houston Texans and boom, our top receiver goes down. There's no happy ending here. He doesn't grit his teeth and say "win one for me." We don't go on to beat the Texans. We actually go on to lose every single game for the rest of the year. See growing up I always heard coach's favorite mantra. "Next Man Up." You know what next man up really means? It means you're not good enough to start. It means you're the Plan B. That's been me my entire life. Senior year at Boston College, guess what. K Will is fourth on the depth chart. Fourth. You look at the guys in front of me. Mosi Bartos is now a Colt. Tom Branch is killing it in Detroit. Hell even Allama Banta is repping that BC #WRU leading the charge for the LA Rams. But then there's me. Redshirt senior. Fourth. After the season I had no idea what I was gonna do. No invite to the combine. What am I gonna do with my communications degree you know? Sorry Pops but I didn't go to school, I went for ball. Day 3, 7th round, pick 191. Tampa Bay comes calling and I'm a Buc. All I can think about is relief. I went to offseason work outs, went to training camp, and guess where's K Will on the Depth Chart? Fourth. I play out the rest of my Bucs career, bouncing around as the fourth or fifth receiver on the depth chart. 2019, I don't even make it all the way through my contract. Legal loopholes, my agent knows. End up at Tennessee on a minimum contract. I'm not here to preach to the guys on the bench. It sucks. Here's all I got to say. You know what you're capable of. You alone. And as much as it sucks that you have to wait your chance, as much as it sucks hearing "Next Man Up," you have to be that guy. You have to take your opportunities and show the world what you got. Guess what, when Tommy went down in Week 8, the announcers said its over. Ain't receiver worth it in Tennessee and they've got no running game. Know what they were saying after the game? "Hello, Kevin Williams." I been here. I been fourth. But guess what, I'm first now. KEVIN WILLIAMS / CONTRIBUTOR
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    The Cowboys have been running all over their opponents. Can they keep up the torrid pace? Week 3 is in the books and boy was it a rough outing for the Predictorama committee of one. We saw San Francisco win a close one over AFC powerhouse Oakland. Green Bay kept up their magical ride, and Christian Skaggs threw a lot of touchdowns. Week 4’s Smackems’ Game of the Week pits the high-flyin’ Carolina Panthers vs. the ever efficient Detriot Lions. Could this be an NFC title game preview? Either way expect a great game in the motor city. Once again, the winner will be bolded in white. On to the picks! Minnesota Vikings (1-2) at Chicago Bears (0-3) - One of the things that I can guarantee about this game is that there will be a lot of passes thrown. Chicago and Minnesota both come into this game throwing the ball between 45 and 50 times a game over their past few games. Don’t be surprised if the combined total of passing attempts breaks 100 in this game; so the question becomes who is better suited to get the necessary stops to win the game? Minnesota has proved to be one of the poorest in the league at stopping the pass, and that’s the perfect recipe for a big game for Chicago’s offense. I’ll take the Bears on Thursday night. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) at Miami Dolphins (3-0) The Chargers have been outscored by opponents, 65-13, over the last two weeks. The offense is bad. The defense is bad. Nobody is surprised. The front office in Los Angeles is running a full rebuild and the team isn't expected to rack up many wins this season. This week's game will be no exception. The Chargers will be matched up against the undefeated Dolphins. Miami is off to one of the best starts in the league, ranking 3rd in point differential and allowing just under 12 points-per-game against. One big knock on Miami is the level of competition they've been up against through the first three weeks. Their opponents have a combined 1-8 record. These trends continue as the Chargers are blown out again, becoming the fourth straight cupcake win for the Dolphins. Courtesy of Jumanji Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) at New York Jets (2-1) - Last week Jets dispatched the Chargers with relative ease, albeit in unspectacular fashion, after their week 2 loss to the Bills. Matt Stone was the big performer in that win and I fully expect him to have another huge game this week against the Chiefs. Kansas City comes off another poor offensive performance where they scored their only touchdown of the game in garbage time. There are a lot of new pieces on the defensive side of the ball and the struggles there have really crept onto the offensive side of the ball. Rodgers is going to be a good running back one day, but very few rookies are going to be good right off the bat, so the struggles should be expected. Anyway, the Jets should win this one fairly easily with a big game from Stone. New England Patriots (0-3) at Buffalo Bills (1-2) - This AFC East battle pits two teams that many consider disappointments after their strong 2019 campaigns. Buffalo’s offense has been very boom or bust combining for 13 points in their losses to Miami and Denver, but exploding for 31 points in a victory over the Jets. Outside of their poor week one performance their star-studded defensive line is back to its quarterback wrecking ways, which opens up the rest of their defense to perform at its peak. New England has faced two 3-0 teams in Miami and Dallas after their head-scratching loss to the Chargers during opening week. The Patriots have kept those games close and with a couple of breaks could be sitting 2-1 right now. New England has a good line to stop the run, which happens to be the strength of the Bills offense. Buffalo will get pressure from their defense so this game comes down to Younger and his ability to create offense outside of Chad Dess. In the end New England is close to figuring it out and this is the day they break through. Cleveland Browns (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (0-3) - One of the early trends in the 2020 NFLHC season is the collapse of once great defenses. The joining factor in these collapses is the lack of offensive production that these once great defenses are getting from their teams. It’s truly possible to win with a great defense in the league, but the team needs to at least have a competent offense to balance out that great defense. The offense plays an important role in keeping the defense off the field, swinging the field position battle, and aiding in time of possession. The best defenses are going to break if they do not get help from the other side. Enter Baltimore, they are struggling mightily on offense this season and it has taken a toll on their once great defense. On the other hand, Cleveland has improved on the defensive side of the ball holding a good Pittsburgh offense to 14 points in their victory. The Browns are also getting good efficient production from Clark and their stable of receivers. In the end it’s enough to dispatch the Ravens fairly easily. Denver Broncos (2-1) at Houston Texans (2-1) - Houston opened up the season with a shutout of the Bears, a competitive loss to the Lions, and a road victory over the surprising Bengals. Each week Rome seems to make progress with how to best utilize Alex Leshoure culminating with a 4 TD nearly 400 yard game in the rain vs. the Cincy defense. The jury is still out on whether the Cincinnati defense is actually good, but those numbers are great any way you slice them. Denver has one of the best defenses in the league, but surprisingly allows the most rushing yards. The numbers are probably a little misleading since the Broncos have only allowed 3 defensive TDs all season. This game comes down to the struggling Denver offense vs. Arturo Pacheco. Passing will be difficult against the Broncos, so Houston is going to need to get solid production from Pacheco to win this game. Denver has struggled scoring points all season and with the way Houston is playing on defense they will need to get something going to win this game. I love Denver, I truly love them, however; I am picking Houston in this one. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-0) at Tennessee Titans (2-1) - Jacksonville has been the class of a surprisingly stout AFC South division. There’s been a lot of focus on Trick Plays, but the fact is that the Jaguars are in the process of building something special down there in Jacksonville. They have arguably the league’s best running back, they are getting efficient quarterback play out of Barkley, and Haywood is showing to be one of the best up and coming LBs in the league. Tennessee was riding high until they hit the Green Bay buzzsaw, they are definitely much improved but that game probably exposes some major weaknesses in their team. That’s okay though, there’s only so much realistic improvement one can expect in the season ensuing a 1-15 campaign. Jacksonville is going to take the victory and keep the train rolling. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) - Cincy opened up the season playing pretty solid defense until this week when Houston dropped 38 points on them. That falls more into line with the expectations that surrounded their defense from the beginning of the year. The good news is that Joel King had probably his best performance of the year and the Bengal offense finally started to flash some of the potential that everyone expected to see. Ever since escaping Tampa, Adrian Jankowski has shown to be one of the top receivers in the league and being flanked by Rodney Montgomery and Greg Newman has given him plenty of opportunities to match up one on one with corners. Pittsburgh started off the season with a win over Tampa but has since fallen to Jacksonville and Cleveland. Paul Davenport is getting it done but there’s still some holes on the defense and at the wideout positions. Davenport is going to come to play, but Cincy has too many playmakers and will get the win. New York Giants (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1) - The Giants broke out of their offensive funk with a much needed victory over Minnesota. Unfortunately Minnesota’s defense is pretty terrible, so it’s hard to decipher how much the Giants offense really improved. Atlanta has one of the best secondaries in the league, so it’s going to be almost impossible for R.J. Stanford to replicate his performance from the previous week. That’s okay, the Giants don’t need that kind of performance every week. They just need for him to be functional enough to keep teams from stacking the box against them every week. The Falcons also got a much needed confidence booster on offense with their own shellacking of “terrible secondary” club member Tampa Bay. Atlanta has all the pieces to be a really solid team, they just need consistency out of A.J. Jefferson. The Giants will play defense, but I expect Atlanta to get the victory at home. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) at Dallas Cowboys (3-0) - It’s no secret that Tampa has really struggled defending the pass, but surprisingly that have been very stout against the run. The question remains is that because teams go all in on passing against them or do they have a good rush defense? If I were to bet I would say it’s a combination of both, they possess a good front 7 with players like Frank Williams leading the way but why waste time running when their secondary is playing so poorly? Dallas brings in this best rushing attack in the league so the contrast of styles is going to be interesting to watch. That rushing attack contributes to Dallas’ league leading defense as well allowing them to control the time of possession battle and put their defense in winning situations. Outside of their poor defense Tampa also brings in one of the most inefficient rushing attacks in the league which is not a winning recipe when the team can’t stop the pass either. Dallas is going win this one with relative ease. Washington Redskins (0-3) at Arizona Cardinals (1-2) - Arizona looked solid in their surprising victory over the Eagles where they were able to get their passing and running game working at efficient levels. Washington fell victim to Darrell Murphy in his debut, however, their achilles heel all season has been the poor play of their offense. The Washington football team was able to get good pressure on Murphy and force him into 3 fumbles, but this is another case of the offense not doing the defense any favors. I’m kind of perplexed as to why Washington has fared so poorly on offense, but they will need to improve quickly if they want to make a run this season. Arizona is at home. They are coming off a huge victory. Give me the Cards. Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at Los Angeles Rams (2-1) - The Rams are going to have to do a much better job of protecting Darrell Murphy going forward. Seattle comes to town bringing a stellar defense and an inconsistent offense with their newly acquired star Jarius Jones. This game was a close second in the Smackems’ game of the week voting and especially with the importance these early NFC West games are going to play in the playoff picture. The Rams seem to be another team that’s not getting a lot of production out of the running back position. They have Darrell Murphy so that is probably fine in a lot of games, but when they go up against elite defenses like Seattle that lack of balance is really going to hurt them. This game could easily go either way, but I’m going to take Seattle on the road. New Orleans Saints (0-3) at Green Bay Packers (3-0) - As good a matchup as Detroit was for the Saints the Packers are the complete opposite of that. Green Bay brings in three different wideouts who can really hurt the defense and that’s going to put a lot of strain on New Orleans who has struggled mightily against explosive offenses. The Saints can score and they will do that in this game, but unless they can slow the game down and win the time of possession battle handily, Green Bay will be too much to stop. The other factor is the Packers defense is playing at a really high level, so expect them to win one for the home crowd. *Carolina Panthers (3-0) at Detroit Lions (3-0) - In the Smackems’ Game of the Week the high-flying Panthers take on the NFC North powerhouse Lions. Let’s start with the obvious question: how do you even defend the Panthers? Christian Skaggs has shown the ability to carve up any defense, but if a defense focuses too much on that then Latta can crush them on the ground. They truly have the tools to win games many different ways, if their coach understands that then they could be truly impossible to stop. The Panthers don’t just bring offense though, they have enough defensive chops to keep most teams from winning games in shootout fashion. Enter the Lions, who possess a machine like efficiency on offense to go with their playmakers on defense. Otero showed up big in their week 3 victory over the Saints and if they want to win this game he needs to show up in a big way. In order to beat Carolina the game has to be slowed down and there has to be success running the football and keep Skaggs and company off the field. Otero performed against New Orleans, but he hasn’t performed against anyone else. If his body of work this season was stronger I would give them a shot, but Carolina will take this one. Week 3 record – 8-7 Overall record – 30-15 Jumanji’s Week 3 record – 1-0 Jumanji’s Overall record – 3-0
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    Nautical Nonsense Giants skill position players caught partying during bye week after a poor 1-3 start.
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    When I saw the title: When I read to the end of it:
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    "I will be playing my college football at the University of Tennessee, go Vols!" Seems like a simple statement, but everything I had ever worked for came through right there. The long hours on the field honing my craft. The long hours in the gym building my strength and foundation. The blood, sweat, and tears that came as my Watertown High School Purple Tigers had the deepest run in school history my senior season. All of my dreams came through when I became a Tennessee Volunteer. See I come from an old farming family in Middle Tennessee. The Goldson's have been in Watertown since its founding, and a number of my ancestors are Volunteer Alumni. My grandpa David Goldson, was the first to complete college, going to Tennessee with the GI Bill he earned for his service in World War II. My dad went there on a baseball scholarship, where he met my mom. To some extent, I was always going to go to Tennessee, and I think I knew that in my heart. Summer before junior year, I went to camps all around. MTSU, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Memphis, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Georgia. Monday through Friday I worked with a quarterback's coach and every weekend I was at a different campus trying to show what I had. Turns out scouts loved it, and I was regarded as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country. I received offers all over, and the stress of knowing that I could only pick one team, the relationships I had formed with all these great coaches that would be broken if I didn't pick them, the fans and their expectations, I know a lot of guys say they don't care about it. It just wasn't true for me. I'm a perfectionist. I want to make everyone happy, and the fact that I could only make one fanbase happy was really hard. I saw guys like Kyle Jefferson, Bryce Thompson, Alexander Cassidy, and Christian Graham out there, and really got to see just how good those guys were. Seeing each other on the recruiting circuit often, we got to be some good friends and I still talk to those guys time to time. We talked about our offers, the schools we liked and didn't like. the coaches and their different personalities. Here I am, in this elite group of quarterbacks, and these were the guys I really found that I could talk about the stress of recruiting. April of 2019, I put on the hat and made my commitment. Sure there were some disappointed fans from other schools, but if there's one thing I learned through the process, its from my boy Bryce Thompson. "Block out all the noise, be yourself." Tennessee is coming off its greatest year as a program, making it into the final four of college football. Nationally people don't think we can repeat that feat. They say we lost too much. The best defender in program history, Anthony Miller. The most productive quarterback in program history, Julius Thomas. One of the great all time safeties out of Strong Safety U, Michael Williams. Even our top receiver Eli Austin went to the pros after his junior year. "Block out all the noise, be yourself". They don't see the work we put in. They don't see the love that Knoxville has given us. They don't see just how excited we are to prove them wrong. I've seen the Golden Boy shirts. I know just how much the fans believe in us. I'm ready Tennessee. I'm going to give you everything I have. I love this school, I'm born and bred a Vol, and we are going to do great things. See you at Neyland this season. ADRIAN GOLDSON / CONTRIBUTOR
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    Hello, welcome to the Preseason All-American team, hosted by the Chairperson of the Preseason Selection Committee, SageBow. I'd firstly wish to thank the esteemed members of the committee who helped select the team: stormstopper, bingo415, Bubada, and Darman Without further ado, here are the selections for the top players in the nation. QB: Tanner Bowman, Penn State RB: DeNorris Jackson, UCF FB: Andrew Lilly, San Diego State WR: Luke Cobb, Florida State WR: Dean Burkhart, SMU TE: Dillon Scott, Arkansas OT: Ben Goode, Kansas OT: Damian Mason, Tennessee OG: Leon Slack, Wisconsin OG: Noah Barney, Ohio State C: Dean Strauss, Auburn DE: Khairi Bryant, Ohio State DE: Javier Grady, North Texas DT: Shamar Ware, Penn State DT: Hudson Adam, West Virginia ILB: Darius Butler, Boston College ILB: Jamal Harley, Illinois OLB: Shane Easley, Penn State OLB: Alexander Burton, LSU CB: Malachi Douglas, Clemson CB: Sean Taylor, Western Michigan FS: Marquise Holliday, Clemson SS: Jonathan Norman, Virginia Tech K: Sam Walsh, California P: Giuseppe Bernstein, USC Returner: Corey Bolden, Clemson All 5 selection committee members are now available for a press conference if there are any questions regarding our selections.
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    Please create a depth chart for EACH team in the Depth Chart (Spring Games) [2020] forum along with a gameplan for EACH team in the CFBHC Gameplan forum. The team threads should be named: [2020] Penn State Nittany Lion Blue Team, etc. with the names being whatever your school uses for their spring games. (Penn State Blue & White Game) The schedule for the games is as follows: April 27th Duke Blue Devils Kansas Jayhawks ECU Pirates April 28th Temple Owls Rice Owls Kansas State Mountaineers April 29th Pittsburgh Panthers West Virginia Mountaineers April 30th NC State Wolfpack Illinois Fighting Illini Arizona Wildcats May 1st Notre Dame Fighting Irish Oklahoma State Cowboys Western Michigan Broncos
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    News TULSA, OK-- After the big news last Fall by the The University of Tulsa to replace AI football coach that could outcoach any human ended with a 2-10 record in the basement of the AAC West Division, the Athletic Board decided to scratch the project and go along with every other football team in the country and hired a Human to fill the Head Coaching vacancy. Tulsa will be lead onto the field in 2020 by a relatively unknown coach called Swipet who has been a major success at the local YMCA where he leads his squad of 8-year-olds to a 4-2 record and a berth in the playoffs. At the Press Conference, Tulsa's Athletic Director stated that "He was an obvious choice for the Job, We could have hired Nick Saben or Bob Stoops for billions of dollars or hire Swipet who would work for $140 and a lifetime supply of Kentucky Deluxe". The new coach has shown his legendary enthusiasm and energy for the game at the press conference as he was quoted saying "We need to score more points than the other team" and "I want to try this new thing called throwing the football where we have one guy throwing it and another guy catching it". But Swipet wasn't done there as he created new team mottos such as "SCORE POINTS!" and the controversial "Win or Lose we still Booze". Does Swipet have what it takes to be an HC for a Division 1 school? Will the Athletic Director turn to alcoholism to forget hiring Swipet in the first place? Those are the first of many questions that surround this years Golden Huricanes football team
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    Todd Lester guided the 49ers to another OT victory, Week 2 is in the books and Todd Lester led the 49ers to another clutch overtime victory. Buffalo rebounded from miserable week one performance to defeat the Jets. Green Bay remains hot with a thrashing of the Colts at Lambeau, and the Panthers throttled the Eagles in the Smackems’ Game of the Week. Week 3’s Smackems’ Game of the Week is the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers taking on Nick Hall and the Oakland Raiders in a battle of clutch quarterbacks. Folks, this could be an early season matchup of a potential Super Bowl game, so this one promises to be a doozy. Once again, the winner will be bolded in white. Let’s get pickin’ Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) – Outside of Akili Wallace Atlanta has really struggled to get their offense flowing so far this season. However, a date with Tampa Bay should give them hope for a kick-start to their offense. Tampa, on the other hand, hasn’t really had any issues moving the ball through the air, but their defense, specifically their passing defense, has been atrocious. Tampa brings their own set of issues on offense having difficulty getting a consistent rushing attack going so far early in the season. A. J. Jefferson has the weapons and he figures it out this week, as Atlanta comes away with the divisional victory. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) at New York Jets (1-1) – The Chargers followed up their week one upset victory with a dud in week 2 at Tennessee. Tennessee is a lot better than people are giving them credit for, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Chargers had little success against them. However, it is surprising that the Jets defense struggled so mightily in Buffalo, especially after Buffalo’s weak offensive performance in week one. The Jets continued to look really good through the air, and Fields provides just enough balance to keep most teams from making life difficult for Wegert. Buffalo brought a mobile quarterback, so Younger’s ability to move around probably hurt the Jets defense. Lucky for them the Chargers do not have a mobile quarterback, nor do they have a bevy of talent on offense. The Jets are going to play pissed off, look for a huge victory from them. Dallas Cowboys (2-0) at New England Patriots (0-2) - The Cowboys rushing attack has been electric all season getting 169 total yards on 28 carries in their week 2 victory over the Redskins. The Patriots have actually done a solid job of slowing down opposing teams rushing attacks this season, and this starts up front with newly acquired DT Rich Moore. New England has gotten a lot of crap for their 0-2 start, but game against the Cowboys may be the perfect remedy for their problems. The Cowboys are a good team, but the Patriots rush defense plays well enough to get them the victory here. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1) - This exciting match-up includes two teams that are on an upswing. Cleveland followed up their close loss with a close win at New Orleans where Pittsburgh lost their week two game to Jacksonville. Clark and Davenport both bring a lot of skill to the QB position, but the Steelers seem to have some veteran key pieces in the right position. Davenport is going to score, that’s been a given ever since he took the starting role, but the Steelers defense is going to do just enough to slow down Cleveland. Houston Texans (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) – Cincinnati went into Baltimore and had another stout defensive performance in their victory over the Ravens. The offense is still not as explosive as you would want, considering the talent on that side of the ball, but King kept his turnovers down against a good Raven defense. Houston has had their own series of offensive struggles not really being able to get a lot going until late in their loss to Detroit. Cincinnati’s defense is probably going to come back towards original expectations when they play better offenses; however, Houston is not one of those offenses. The Texans play some defense, but it’s not enough to get the victory here… Give me Cincy. Green Bay Packers (2-0) at Tennessee Titans (2-0) - 3rd round selection Justin McCain has already emerged as a big receiving threat for a Green Bay offense full of versatile weapons. Combine that offense with vastly improved play on defense and you have a team that’s ahead of everyone’s (except Franz) predicted rebuild schedule. Tennessee has already doubled their 2019 win total getting a second victory in a shellacking of the Chargers, as I have said before, I think Tennessee has good talent and they have been lucky health-wise so far this year. However, Green Bay took it to a pre-season favorite in the Colts taking a 35-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Who am I to argue with that kind of dominance? Give me Green Bay. CHOOO CHOOOO Minnesota Vikings (1-1) at New York Giants (0-2) – The Giants have to thank the Bears because if it wasn’t for them they would sport the league’s worst offense so far this season. They have a great defense, but as the Ravens can tell you, if you are unable to move or score the ball you can’t expect a defense to consistently perform well. The Vikings, whom mostly everyone has pegged for a top five pick in next year’s draft, decided to let Vardell throw it a lot against Tampa’s poor secondary and it worked. The Giants really need to figure out their offense in a hurry or their hole is going too big to crawl out of, especially in the NFC East. The Vikings have a top tier QB, that’s enough to get them the victory in this one. Los Angeles Rams (1-1) at Washington Redskins (0-2) The Rams have to be pretty stoked with the way their team played during Darrell Murphy’s two game absence to start the season. Unfortunately, for Washington he returns this week to bolster an already efficient Rams offensive attack. The Redskins have some nice pieces, but a difficult opening slate. That, coupled with the injury to Javier Fields has put a damper of the beginning of their 2020 NFLHC season. Since Fields is healthy Washington has a shot, but in the end the Rams take it. Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Denver Broncos (1-1) – The no respect bowl. Buffalo entered the season 31st in the initial Bingo power rankings, and after a loss to the Dolphins the Bingo didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about the Bills. Well Buffalo, here’s your chance to show Bingo up close and personally that he should give the Bills some respect. Denver is coming off a loss to the reigning super-bowl champs, where their offense left a lot to be desired. In fact if it wasn’t for Artemio Ramirez, the Broncos would not have had any touchdowns to show for their effort. Buffalo needs their great defensive line to get pressure, in a loss to the Dolphins they only had one sack; in a victory over the Jets they had five sacks. That pressure is the catalyst to everything Buffalo is trying to accomplish, it allows them to ride Chad Dess, and let Joaquin Younger make safe throws and beat teams with his legs. Buffalo is going to get to the quarterback, but Denver has enough horses (lol) on defense to get the job done… Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-2) – Jacksonville brought the most excitement to week 1 with their epic deployment of Trick Plays. They followed that up with a nice road victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in week two. What should not be lost in Raheem’s versatility is the high level of efficiency that Christian Barkley is playing with. He sported a pretty nifty 70% completion percentage in Pittsburgh. The Colts ran into the buzz saw that is Green Bay and were never competitive in their 35-21 loss. They aren’t getting the production they need from their running game, and it’s putting all the burden on Aaron Shea. This game is a true litmus test for Jacksonville. They are obviously a step better than their 8-8 campaign last year, but have they reached contender status? This is their first real true test. The Colts really need a win here and they go out and get it done. * San Francisco 49ers (2-0) at Oakland Raiders (2-0) In the Smackems’ Weekly Predictorama game of the week the defending champs take on Oakland in a potential Super-Bowl preview game. Todd Lester has made two consecutive clutch plays in overtime to bring the 49ers to a tidy 2-0 record; while Oakland easily dispatched of division rival Kansas City in a game that never really felt in doubt. San Francisco has played excellent defense all year. In fact a majority of their points given up this year has been on special teams. Oakland seems to have improved their pass rush from last year to make their defense even more deadly. Since this game is in Oakland, they will have an advantage and get that victory. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at Arizona Cardinals (0-2) – The Eagles rode the struggle bus hard against Carolina in their week 2 showdown. Quarterback Allan Taylor was sacked six times, leading to three fumbles, in a game where the offense simply couldn’t get anything going. The offense’s inability to move the ball really put a lot of pressure on their defense, and that’s just not a winning formula when facing Christian Skaggs. Arizona went to Seattle and continued to struggle in most facets of the game and it doesn’t appear they will get a break this week playing a Eagles team looking to rebound from last week’s loss. The Cards definitely have some pieces to build around, but they will just be at a talent disadvantage most weeks. Philadelphia is a good team looking to make a statement this week. Give me them in a blowout. New Orleans Saints (0-2) at Detroit Lions (2-0) – New Orleans made some strides on the defensive side of the ball this week, partly due to not playing Christian Skaggs, but partly due to overall improvements on that side of the ball. Tai Miller gashed them, but overall they did a pretty good job of limiting the run and not giving up big plays. A concern for the Saints, however, is the average production they received from Sterling Brown in their loss to the Browns. If the Saints want to win games they need Brown to be productive so they can slow the game down and keep their defense off the field. Detroit had another solid outing in their victory over Houston; LeCount continues to play with lights-out efficiency. The Lions are going to need more from Otero as the season goes on, but for now they are playing like one of the best teams in the league. New Orleans actually matches up pretty well with Detroit, but I’m still going to take Lions. Chicago Bears (0-2) at Seattle Seahawks (1-1) – The Bears have yet to score an offensive touchdown so far this season and the task surely doesn’t get any easier when they travel to Seattle to play a stout Seahawks defense. The Seahawks are coming off a victory in which their quarterback Jarius Jones had a perfect QBR rating and was a tidy 17/21 for 296 yards and 3 TDs, that’s the kind of production Seattle envisioned when they went out and got him. The Bears got better production from their running game this week, but throwing it 50 times against a solid Atlanta secondary is going to put a limit on the amount of success that can occur. The Bears have talent on offense and they are definitely going to figure things out, but Seattle is not the best team to face while still trying to get things fixed. Seattle utilizes the 12th man and takes the victory. Baltimore Ravens (0-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-0) – Honestly, even if Baltimore was playing well, I would be hard pressed to give them a shot in this game. At this point in the season there isn’t a team that is playing better than Carolina. We all know about their killer offense that is already firing on all cylinders, but their defense is also wreaking havoc on the league. Allan Taylor got sacked six times and fumbled the ball three times, Ron Rice is playing like a man on a mission filling up the stat sheet in a multitude of ways. Baltimore has a good defense on paper, but even the best defense will struggle when the offense is inept, and that’s the situation here. Charlotte will be rocking after a landslide Panther victory. Miami Dolphins (2-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) There were reasons to be skeptical of Miami's defense going into this season, with four of their eleven starters being rookies. Yet, this Dolphins unit has allowed just 8.5 points against through the first two weeks of the season. This week, they'll be going up against a Kansas City offense that has yet to get things going. Quarterback Thomas Wheeler is off to a sluggish start and this year's #9 pick, Terrence Rodgers, has yet to live up to his draft hype. There is still time for this duo to turn things around, but it doesn't happen this week. The Dolphins take advantage of a Chiefs team that has been struggling on both sides of the ball. While Kansas City will show some signs of improvement, it won't be enough to get the job done. - courtesy of Jumanji Week 2 record – 11-4 Overall record – 22-8 Jumanji’s Week 2 record – 1-0 Jumanji’s Overall record – 2-0
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    TURN YOUR HEAD AND... Broncos cough up four turnovers in listless loss in Beantown One of rookie J.B. Blacknall's 2 fumbles lost on the day
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    The Bills beat the Jets in the "Surprise!" of the Week Week 2 in the NFLHC brought some wicked curveballs to the landscape of the League, with standout performances on both sides of the ball. Some things might be surprising about where we are after two weeks of games, so we'll address a few of those here. "Surprise!" Note: In an effort to get this out rather quickly today, fact-checking was loose at best. Please feel free to offer corrections in the comments. Salt is also welcome. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! 1. San Francisco 49ers --> Surprise! The Niners have 2 Overtime wins to start the season, including this week’s escape from Mile High on the good fortune of a FG attempt that hit the upright. (Dammit!) That’s unique and leaving them with a tenuous grasp of the top spot at present, but I’m determined to honor the Super Bowl victory by leaving them here until they lose. 2. Oakland Raiders --> Surprise! The Raiders, with all their ballyhooed offense, are beating opponents with timely defense, especially in the back 7. Oakland held KC to poor day throwing but also caused a fumble and picked off a pass. Raiders look good… 3. Detroit Lions +2 Surprise! Detroit is punching it in on the ground. Big runs from Otero and Calvin Jones gave the Lions three TDs rushing, and took the heat off LeCount. Surprise #2! Cameron Jones, last year’s do-it-all rookie LB, has yet to make a stat sheet… 4. Carolina Panthers +2 Surprise! If Carolina wins a playoff game this year, it will be because of it’s Defensive Line. Racking up 6 sacks against the Eagles gave a glimpse of what has been building in the Queen City for some time. Skaggs is Skaggs, but the DLine is what’s making this team truly dangerous. 5. Los Angeles Rams +4 Surprise! The Rams will be just fine this season, with either QB in the huddle. Jeremy Henry had a fantastic outing on Sunday night to ease Rams fans’ hearts about the state of the team after two games. This ranking is almost entirely based on how Henry steadied the team and what that means for when Murphy returns. 6. Jacksonville Jaguars +2 Surprise! The Jaguars are the 2nd best team in the AFC. Beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh is not an easy task, and the Jags overcame their supposed weakness to contain Davenport and Henson on the ground. 7. Seattle Seahawks +4 Surprise! Jarius Jones balls out against teams that have traded him. Well, the sample size is small, but having a perfect passer rating on the road, against the team that drafted you, was pretty great. Gary Faneca really enjoyed Jones’ breakout game as well. Can’t quite tell if that means the Cards are BAD or the Broncos’ secondary that shut them both down in week 1 is GOOD. 8. Dallas Cowboys +11 Surprise! Dallas leads the NFC East, and is doing it with efficiency on offense. That’s a gigantic turnaround from last year, when the ‘Boys couldn’t be asked to make a sandwich on offense, let alone move the ball at a 4 yard clip. Now, Abrahamison (the combo of Vaughan and Adrian) is rollin’ right along. 9. Green Bay Packers +5 Surprise! The Packers are 2-0! Surprise Part Deux: The Pack is averaging 36.5 pts a game. Two home wins has to feel great, but we’ll see if the Durant Express can keep it rolling on the road, or if Jason Johnson freezes up in the cold of the late season. 10. Miami Dolphins +2 Surprise! Miami leads the AFC East! The Dolphins didn’t make the playoffs last year, but are off to a fine start. I think the 13-10 road win over the Pats is a bit more telling than the opening weekend destruction of the Bills, but that’s two division wins in two weeks. 11. Denver Broncos -1 Surprise! The Broncos have a running game! J.B. Blacknall took the ball full time on Monday night and averaged a whopping 5 ypc, despite not getting into the endzone. The threat of a running game opened up things for Todd Jennings in the passing game, but again couldn’t get into the endzone. Two weeks, two OTs, spilt with the NFC West. 12. Philadelphia Eagles -9 Surprise! The Eagles don’t have much an offense. After setting the NFC on fire last season, Allan Taylor and Co. have struggled to find a rhythm on O for the Eagles. They are staying in games courtesy the Defense, but Philly needs some better OLine play to get things moving again. 13. Tennessee Titans +9 Surprise! The Titans are 2-0!! Surprise Dos: the Titans have managed to stay off the injured list in the first two games. Tennessee is yet another AFC South team that looks really good right now, and this ranking may be a bit low. 44-7 over the Chargers? Yes, please. 14. Indianapolis Colts -7 Surprise! The Colts are behind the Titans AND the Jags in the South. Indianapolis has opened with two tricky road games @ OAK and @ GB. I would have thought they would earn at least a split, but looked pretty pedestrian in Green Bay. 15. New York Jets -12 Surprise! The Jets have no running game. Manny Fields ain’t getting in done, averaging 63 yards a game. That’s no way to take the heat off Wegert. And they need to do better stopping the run: had it easy-ish with Moussa Goode in the win over BAL, but got steamrolled by the Loch Dess Monster and Joaquin “Forever” Younger on Sunday. 16. Houston Texans -2 Surprise! Alex Leshoure, and by extension the Texans, ain’t quite ready for primetime. Leshoure looked like the year on the bench had done him good in week 1, but took a small step back in week 2. This probably isn’t THAT much of a surprise, but I was ready for a QB duel in Detroit—instead we got beat down. 17. Cincinnati Bengals +3 Surprise! The Bengals have an impact Defense. When Cincy traded away Jacoby Seaverns, most expected a decline in impact plays on that side of the ball. Well, Blake Turner (pick 6) was joined by a host of other, less-heralded players on D in forcing turnovers and getting sacks. Even if Joel King takes a moderate step forward, the revelations on defense bode very well for Danger’s Dudes. 18. Atlanta Falcons +5 Surprise! The Falcons cannot score. Week 1 saw Akili Wallace look around at his teammates and wonder where they were. Week 2 saw 13 point go up in lights. Luckily, 13 is more than enough against an even more inept Chicago offense. With all their talent, the Falcons should be lighting up scoreboards. 19. New England Patriots -2 Surprise! The Pats are 0-2 after two games against non-playoff teams from 2019. The Dolphins, as noted above, are no slouch. But the Pats should be 1-1 at the least, and haven’t looked nearly good enough to be there. Josh Shiancoe has taken a step back, and Lawyer’s advanced metrics are still solid, but I’m seeing little production from that position. 20. Pittsburgh Steelers -2 Surprise! Paul Davenport lost at home! Davenport had a stunning game through the air versus the Jags, but did zippo on the ground. Pittsburgh also couldn’t defend the run as Sowell bowled right over. Davenport has not lost much, and certainly not in Heinz Field, so this one was a mild surprise. 21. Cleveland Browns +6 Surprise! The Browns are 1-1! After their week 1 defeat, and the way they played, finding a win looked bleak with an aging offense and tepid defense. But the Browns pulled it out, on the road even, against the defensively-woeful Saints. Ryan Clark didn’t have a huge performance, but was relatively steady and accurate. 22. Washington Redskins -7 Surprise! Washington can’t defend the run. With Fred Romanowski roaming the interior of that Dline, one would expect the ‘Skins to be a bit better at stuffing opponents on the ground. But the Cowboys just mauled them up front and got out to a huge lead, in Yancey Musgrave’s first start. 23. Kansas City Chiefs -10 Surprise! The Chiefs are 0-2, and it hasn’t really been close. Last season’s breakout AFC West unit was the efficient KC offense. This year, it has barely shown up, with 21 total points in two losses, albeit to teams I’ve ranked #2 and #6. The Chiefs will rebound, but currently they’re giving up too many points and scoring too few… 24. Buffalo Bills +7 Surprise! The Bills beat the freaking Jets! This was certainly the biggest surprise of week 2, with Buffalo running all over the Jets and jumping on them right out of the gate. I had the Bills as one of the worst teams following the preseason, and even worse after a stinker in week 1, so a 7-spot bump is totally justified. 25. Minnesota Vikings +7 Surprise! The Vikings won a game this early! It was looking extremely likely that the Vikings would be in pole position for the first pick in the Draft after getting pasted in week 1 (see Bills, above). But Vardell is one tough S.O.B. and put the team on his back (again) to lead them to a win. That defense can’t stop a dry fart, but at least the O still has some mojo. 26. Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego/La Jolla -5 Surprise! The Chargers even SCORED in Nashville last Sunday. With the way that game played out, it was one of those beat-downs that was entirely one-sided and you wouldn’t have been shocked if LAChargers would have ended with a goose egg on the Jumbotron. But, hey, they pushed one in! They have to play better, and much better, in all three phases if they want to surpass last year’s win total (3). 27. New York Giants -3 Surprise! The Giants have exactly 3 players on offense that would start on another team. And that’s being kind. OJ Carano is clearly in “Eff THIS!” mode, Cotton Lewis is a gamebreaker that can’t get open consistently, and Ryan Robinson is the best player on the team. That’s it. Literally no one else is worth talking about for the Giants O. Oh, and they’re 0-2. 28. Chicago Bears -3 Surprise! The Bears have scored 10 points in 2 games! What the hell?!? Norris Brooksheer had a breakthrough season in 2019, and now he can barely snap the ball on time? I’m just so confused. In a top-heavy division, the Bears are at the bottom, and that includes a game behind the Vikings… 29. Baltimore Ravens -3 Surprise! Baltimore’s OLine needs a complete overhaul. Moussa Goode, thought by some to be starter-material right out of the Draft, is looking like he wasn’t ready for the bright lights. And Reggie Watkins is getting absolutely NO time to look around and find receivers. Baltimore has a ton of issues, but most of them start up front with big uglies. 30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2 Surprise! Add “passing game sieve” to the list of adjectives for this Bucs team. With Big Frank Jackson, two stellar linebackers, a highly-rated CB, and the #4 pick at FS, one would expect a solid pass defense from Tampa. Alas, Brian Vardell ripped them to shreds with the long ball on Sunday. For a team with this talent on the roster, #30 is a travesty. 31. Arizona Cardinals -2 Surprise! The Cardinals should NOT have traded Jarius Jones. Ted got lit up by his former signal caller in Glendale on Sunday. That was the headline at least, but the problems clearly go much deeper. One might see a lack of leadership on offense or defense, and the chemistry of a team desperate to find the right combination of talent clearly hasn’t developed yet. 32. New Orleans Saints -2 Surprise! The Saints are the worst team in the League.
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    Please update your depth charts ASAP and confirm in this thread once you've done so. Your team pages will also be updated shortly. QB Christian Coates 6-3 210 (Jr) Columbus Community (Columbus, IA) 3.5 of 4.0 [Scrambling] from Kentucky to Syracuse QB Connor Dawson 6-2 205 (So) Espanola Valley (Espanola, NM) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] from Arizona State to Arkansas QB Austin Stearns 6-2 206 (Sr) Lawrence County (Moulton, AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pocket] from Georgia Tech to Kentucky QB Jabari Sneed 6-4 202 Jr Powell (Powell, WY) 2.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] from Boise State to BYU QB Malik Light 6-2 215 Jr Owendale Gagetown (Owendale, MI) 2.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] from Tennessee to Colorado State QB Harrison Lancaster 6-2 203 Sr Cook (Adel, GA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] from Miami (FL) to UMass RB Preston Griggs 6-0 170 Sr Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] from Ohio to Northwestern RB Gabriel Shields 5-11 176 (Jr) Owendale Gagetown (Owendale ,MI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] from Western Michigan to Michigan State RB Jamel Jamison 5-6 205 (Sr) Morgan Park (Chicago IL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Power] from Illinois to Eastern Michigan FB Joshua Rupp 5-9 202 Sr Acalanes (Lafayette, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] from San Jose State to Utah FB August Mace 6-1 243 Sr Connors State College (Conner, OK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] from Texas to Kentucky FB Oliver Gagnon 6-1 246 Sr Owyhee (Owyhee, NV) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Nevada to UTSA WR Ahe Salanoa 6-1 187 Sr New Deal (New Deal, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] from Oklahoma to Cincinnati WR Samir Palmer 5-10 214 (Jr) Northland Christian (Houston, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] from Oklahoma State to Arizona WR Jayden Tinsley 5-10 187 (Jr) River Road (Amarillo, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] from Baylor to North Carolina TE Darnell McNeal 6-2 230 Sr Bourbon County (Paris, KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blocking] from Vanderbilt to Akron TE Jaiden Parris 6-3 235 Jr Hoosac Valley (Cheshire, MA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blocking] from Buffalo to Arizona OT Pita Kamu 6-6 310 Sr Farmerville (Farmerville, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Air Force to Oregon OT Arthur Haas 6-2 309 (Sr) Blissfield (Blissfield MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Purdue to Bowling Green OT Christian Ferreira 6-4 275 (Sr) Everett (Everett MA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] from Virginia to Wyoming OG Trevor York 6-2 314 (So) Manistee (Manistee, MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Wisconsin to Oregon OG Matthew Rector 6-5 293 Jr Gaither (Tampa, FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] from Ole Miss to Temple C Kieran Davenport 6-4 247 (Sr) Saks (Anniston AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] from LSU to UAB C Samuel Beck 6-4 299 Sr Augusta (Augusta, KS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Michigan to Stanford C Milo Goldsmith 6-4 241 (Sr) Central (Little Rock AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Louisville to Baylor DE Zion Lanier 6-2 256 (Sr) Thomas Jefferson (Bloomington MN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Kansas to Iowa DE Darren Roberson 6-2 244 Sr Flatonia (Flatonia, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Baylor to Boise State DE Thierno Hayes 6-2 250 (Sr) Bourbon County (Paris KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Kansas to Marshall DE Joseph Grace 6-2 240 Sr Hebron Christian (Pheba, MS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] from Georgia State to Oklahoma DE Jeremy Grey 6-2 246 Sr Aurora (Aurora, NE) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Kansas State to Oklahoma DT Thierno Pearson 6-5 313 (Jr) Rich South (Richton Park, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] from Ball State to Charlotte DT Ricardo Torrez 6-3 302 Sr Manchester Central (Manchester, NH) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] from Air Force to Colorado DT Curtis Early 6-5 277 (Sr) Baker (Baker LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] from Miami (FL) to Florida OLB Maxim Hillman 6-1 238 (Jr) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] from USC to Baylor OLB Julian Nolan 6-3 240 (Sr) Patrick Henry (Ashland VA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] from Maryland to West Virginia OLB Evan Talley 6-1 250 (Sr) Portage Central (Portage MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] from Michigan to Northern Illinois ILB Jaiden Saenz 5-11 220 (Sr) Lake Providence (Lake Providence LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] from Texas Tech to Oregon State ILB Aaron Faust 6-1 235 (Sr) River Valley (Cheshire OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] from Illinois to Kent State CB Elias Crawley 6-1 183 (Jr) Johnson City (Johnson City, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] from TCU to South Carolina FS Anthony Davis 5-10 204 Sr Eastern (Greentown, IN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] from Toledo to Oregon State SS Jordan Harley 5-10 215 Sr Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee WI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] from Northern Illinois to Pittsburgh K Declan Havens 6-1 204 (So) Galileo Academy (San Francisco, CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Power] from Nevada to Virginia Tech K Derek LeBlanc 6-1 151 (Jr) John Marshall (Chicago, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] from Penn State to Miami (FL) P Tyson Evans 5-8 187 Jr Decatur (Federal Way, WA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Power] from Washington to Washington State
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    I'd suggest, if possible, to make it so that the in state bonus doesn't come into play until points of some sort get put on the player. So teams like minnesots dont get a point advantage on players they don't bid on.
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    It is way the hell too early to be looking at potential picks in the 2021 draft, but that won't stop me from trying. With draft positions based off Rome's win expectancy stat, here's a look at the players who might be taken in a half a year's time. Only 5.0/5.0 seniors were eligible for being drafted. 1. Tampa Bay DE Josiah Harden 6-3 249 [Blitz], North Carolina 2018: 21 tackles, 11 sacks 2019: 20 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 safety Josiah Harden might not have the hype that Tyler Jones or Early Davis had coming into his senior year, but as the only really high upside DE this class don't be surprised if he ends up going early. He struggled last year as UNC was left coachless but he could very well recover and have his best season ever, and if that's the case Tampa would have to strongly consider him as perhaps the best player that fills a need. 2. Arizona QB Tanner Bowman 6-2 203 [Pocket], Penn State -2018: 272 of 455, 3802 yards, 20 TD, 12 INT -2019: 263 of 398, 3380 yards, 23 TD, 4 INT The only 5.0/5.0 senior QB this year is a good one. After struggling under a tumultuous coaching situation in 2018 he came out in 2019 and led the Nittany Lions to a national championship. He's got the poise, he's got the talent, and he will most certainly be a top pick in 2021. And what better team for him to go to than Arizona, who just last year got rid of their franchise QB in Jarius Jones? The only way this isn't a top 5 pick is if an even better QB declares early. 3. LA Chargers WR Luke Cobb 6-5 198 [Speed], Florida State 2018: 81 for 1162, 10 TD 2019: 61 for 1178, 11 TD The hype surrounding Luke Cobb is real, and it's easy to see why. His YPC especially stands out to scouts as unbelievable. He seems like the perfect pick for a team with a struggling WR corps and offense like the Chargers. LA needs a true #1 receiver, and Luke Cobb could very will be that guy for them. 4. Kansas City CB Andrew Boyd 5-10 175 [Man Coverage], Boston College 2018: 16 tackles, 6 INT, 3 TD 2019: 25 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD Kansas City has struggled this year after trading their star CB George Brady. His loss has been so impactful partly because, without him, the Chiefs really lack a true CB1 option. Andrew Boyd isn't a big name—yet, but he's the best looking man cornerback in the draft class. The question is whether he'll be able to continue being productive as Boston College continues to progressively get less talented. 5. Washington OT Damian Mason 6-3 296 [Pass Blocking], Tennessee -N/A The Redskins' offense has been struggling way more than it should this year. Some point to Javier Fields being washed up, but that's ignoring that the Washington Oline has been terrible this year. Their aging set of offensive tackles could really use a youthful boost, and Damian Mason is just the guy. His illustrious career at Tennessee makes some scouts think he's the #1 guy this draft class, and perhaps that'll be the case. For now he'll settle for #5. 6. New Orleans CB Malachi Douglas 6-1 184 [Zone Coverage], Clemson 2018: 15 tackles, 4 INT, 1 TD 2019: 16 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD The Saints need help on their secondary and they need it badly. With Aaron Stiles currently starting at CB2 it's easy to see where they'll attempt to upgrade. Malachi Douglas is probably my favorite overall CB in this class at the moment, as he's looked very good despite playing second fiddle to Marquise Reed in the past. Will he shine as he steps into the spotlight as Clemson's CB1? 7. Chicago OT Ben Goode 6-6 312 [Pass Blocking], Kansas -N/A Chicago is another team who, like the Redskins, are having offensive struggles centered around the Oline. Brooksheer has looked bad, but maybe that's because he doesn't have enough time to throw the ball. If so, Ben Goode might just be the answer. 8. Buffalo WR Malcolm Davis 6-6 216 [Target], Kansas 2018: 86 for 1183, 9 TD 2019: 80 for 1254, 9 td The second of three great WR prospects this draft class, Malcolm Davis has led the Kansas offense for years now. Buffalo needs wide receivers desperately, and Davis has a ton of potential. However, it remains to be seen how he'll play without Eric Jennings at the helm. 9. Tennessee CB Kevin McQueen 5-11 176 [Man Coverage], UCF 2018: 31 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 5 INT, 1 TD 2019: 17 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD The Titan's CB situation is pretty bad at the moment. McQueen isn't a sexy pick by any means, but if UBL can get him to kick it up a notch this year then he might just be who the Titans look to as their savior in the coming draft. 10. NY Giants WR Hakeem Black 6-2 208 [Target], California 2018: N/A 2019: 90 for 1253, 10 TD This one is probably gonna be pretty controversial, but I like Hakeem Black. He looked excellent in his first year out of junior college, and I think he'll look excellent again this coming season. 11. Philadelphia OT Kevin Grey 6-5 260 [Pass Blocking], USC -N/A When Soluna traded Allan Taylor to the Eagles, he made them promise that he would protect the veteran scrambler. So far this year they have failed to do so. Taylor is having PTSD flashbacks to his time with the Jags as he gets pressured constantly thanks to his bottom 3 Oline. What the Philly offense needs and needs badly is a new offensive tackle, and while he's small, Kevin Grey has looked great at USC throughout his career. 12. Minnesota SS Jonathan Norman 6-2 203 [Zone Coverage], Virginia Tech 2018: N/A 2019: 31 tackles, 6 INT The Vikings have had the same problem for a few years now and that is their secondary. By now any even remotely decent Cbs have gone so Minnesota is forced to improvise. Jonathan Norman was an excellent player for the Hokies in his only starting season. 13. New England OLB Brady Christiansen 6-0 249 [Coverage], Mississippi State 2018: N/A 2019: 37 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs New England is a pretty well rounded roster, but one place they could definitely use an upgrade is at outside linebacker. Brady Christiansen is probably my favorite OLB prospect of the class so far, so I expect him to go here. However, we'll have to see how he does without Tyler Jones in his front seven. 14. Baltimore C Mendy Morrow 6-4 254 [Run Blocking], Arizona -N/A We need offensive line upgrades pretty badly in order to prepare for the Reelening, so replacing the old and injury prone Jim Boso with the only good center this class makes a lot of sense. 15. Cincinnati DT Hudson Adam 6-0 310 [2-Gap], West Virginia 2018: 9 tackles, 3 sacks 2019: 45 Tackles, 12 sacks Hudson Adam is actually one of my favorite players so far, but DT isn't really a big need for most people nor is it sexy, so he falls down to here. It is no secret that Cincy's defense needs help, and Adam, though not a DB, should be able to provide some. 16. Indianapolis ILB Christopher Clayton 6-0 240 [Mike], Penn State 2018: 53 tackles, 0.5 sacks 2019: 14 tackles Clayton had a mediocre year statistically last season as he was butted out of the stat sheet by other talented Nittany Lions, but make no mistake, he still has the potential to be a pretty great player. Indy doesn't have many needs but again ILB fits as a minor one, and if Clayton can shine through the rest of the PSU defense he'd make a lot of sense here. 17. Houston WR Josiah McCray 6-1 199 [Target], Clemson 2018: 78 for 1020, 5 TD 2019: 63 for 946, 5 TD Houston has helped out their skill position situation on offense and I'm sure they'd like to take a corner here ideally but that's just not really possible in this mock. Instead they'll give Leshoure another weapon in McCray, who quietly was a star receiver for Clemson these last two seasons. 18. Cleveland SS Cameron Riley 6-1 197 [Zone Coverage], Texas Tech 2018: 50 tackles, 7 INT, 3 TD 2019: 12 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD Cleveland has made a lot of progress with their defense but they still have some holes, including Strong safety. Cameron Riley fell off in 2019 but if he can return to his 2018 form he should turn a lot of heads this draft cycle and he'd theoretically be BPA here. 19. Atlanta DT Joseph Bynum 6-6 298 [1-Gap], Oregon -N/A I mock a defensive tackle to Atlanta every year. Every single year. They still haven't done it, but this year is no different. Bynum has no stats, but historically Oregon has put out some great Olinemen. It's all on Bynum to prove himself as being worthy of this pick. 20. Seattle FS Damani Crump-Jackson 5-11 [Man Coverage], Colorado State 2018: 22 tackles, 5 INT, 2 TD 2019: 29 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD Seattle is in a similar situation to where Atlanta was a few years ago. They have some elite players in their secondary but a lack of a good free safety really limits their effectiveness. Crump-Jackson has been pretty decent so far at Colorado State and if he can break out this year then I'd really like this pick for Seattle. 21. Pittsburgh DE Javier Grady 6-1 238 [Blitz], North Texas -NA Pittsburgh has a few holes, but none as big as defensive end. With how weak this class looks to be at DE the Steelers will need to move quickly to procure their guy. Grady hasn't played a snap yet but if he can really dominate at North Texas he should be able to overcome the lack of competition and limited sample size to become a first round guy. 22. Oakland OLB John Kearns [Blitz], TCU 2018: N/A 2019: 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR, 1 TD Oakland is one of those teams that is so solid that it's difficult to mock for them, but one place where they have a slight weakness is OLB. Kearns only has one year under his belt but it was a good one where he had an opportunity to learn alongside Daquan Darcey. It's not sexy but it could be a nice little upgrade. 23. LA Rams RB DeNorris Jackson 6-0 235 [Power], UCF 2018: 330 for 1818, 23 TD, 0 fum 2019: 287 for 1560, 20 TD, 1 fum DNJ is definitely the top RB prospect this coming draft, even with UCF's....history as an RB producing school. One place he could easily end up is Los Angeles, who still have yet to really get a star RB to help take pressure off of Darrell Murphy. 24. Detroit CB Kordell McKinnon 6-0 195 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage], Michigan -N/A Mocking a CB with no stats to the team that has Keyshawn Thompson seems stupid, and probably is, but the thinking here is that the Lions still don't really have a lot behind Keyshawn. With the star studded wide receiving corps in the NFC North getting more quality Cbs definitely can't hurt, and there's not a whole lot else they need here. 25. Denver SS Cameron Whitney 6-2 183 [Man Coverage], Connecticut 2018: N/A 2019: 35 tackles, 5 INT, 1 TD Denver has a few places they could go here but one possibility is strong safety, where they have a slight hole. Whitney showed a fair bit of promise in his inaugural season and if he can build off that this season he should be able to make a name for himself in the coming draft's first round prospects. 26. NY Jets OT Shawaun Holsey 6-2 297 [Run Blocking], Virginia -N/A With Joe McCord getting older and his contract expiring this year I could see Jumbo going for the value pick here with Holsey, another seemingly quality senior offensive tackle. With a team as well built as the Jets it becomes all about maintenance, and this is definitely a maintenance pick. 27. Green Bay DT Emanuel Serrano 6-2 320 [2-Gap], Stanford 2018: N/A 2019: 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks The Packers have improved dramatically this past season but they still have a couple openings on their defense, the biggest probably being defensive tackle. With Carter Jackson being fairly medicore and Mark Bassett getting older, they could easily look to Emanuel Serrano here, who played well in his only year in college. 28. Dallas WR Joseph Thurston 6-0 210 [Target], Michigan State 2018: 36 for 466, 2 TD 2019: 60 for 912, 7 TD With Graham Burnett presumably starting next year the Cowboys will probably look to ease him in by providing him with an addition to their currently mediocre WR corps. Thurston doesn't have a lot of hype but part of that was his tumultuous coaching situation throughout his career. If Slinky can turn him around he could be a good looking prospect by season's end. 29. Arizona (from Jacksonville) OG Leon Slack 6-5 263 [Pass Blocking], Wisconsin -N/A Randye has put a lot of effort into upgrading his offensive line in his time at Arizona but it's still not good enough to be comfortable if he decides to take his chances on a new QB this year. Tanner Bowman would really appreciate Slack, the only good guard of this class, being on the frontlines. 30. Carolina OLB Nathaniel Jeffries [Blitz], Tennessee 2018: N/A 2019: 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INT, 1 TD The Panthers are pretty lacking in OLBs, as seen in their attempts to create one using positonal changes, and it's one of the few positions they could really upgrade so they take Jeffries, who has looked quite promising at Tennessee thus far in his career. 31. Miami WR Jamir Blackburn 6-4 196 [Speed], Minnesota 2018: 45 for 566, 6 TD 2019: 56 for 800, 4 td Brian Brown is really good, but even he surely wouldn't mind a new toy on offense. Blackburn may not have the hype now, but if he can have a really good year he might just break into the first round of a WR heavy class. 32. San Fransisco OLB Caleb McNamara 6-2 217 [Coverage], Vanderbilt 2018: 23 tackles, 0.5 sacks 2019: 10 Tackles San Fransisco has more holes than you might expect from a reigning champion, not least of which is at outside linebacker. McNamara hasn't done much through his career but there's always a chance he breaks out this season.
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    Christian Skaggs and the Panthers on fire. Week 4 is in the books and the Predictorama saw a little bit of improvement from a miserable week 3 performance. Denver showed flashes of a great offense, Chicago and Minnesota threw it nearly 100 times, and the Jaguars’ kicker joins the large group of Jacksonville touchdown tossers. Week 5’s Smackems’ Game of the Week pits the quarterback sackin’ Seattle Seahawks against suddenly less mobile Nick Hall and the Oakland Raiders. How will the offense change for the Raiders? Once again, the winner will be bolded in white. Let’s pick some games! Dallas Cowboys (4-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) - Dallas comes in sporting one of the best defenses in the league to go along with their stellar rushing game. The Eagles had a bye week and hopefully they spent that time working on a way to better protect star Allan Taylor. Philly’s offense struggled early on in the season, but it was their defense that really let them down against the Cards. The Eagles will show improvement after the bye; however, Dallas is so good on both sides of the ball it won’t be enough. Houston Texans (2-2) at Miami Dolphins (4-0) - For four weeks now, I've picked the Miami Dolphins to take advantage of an inferior opponent. The tally is now up to five. The Dolphins are still firing on all cylinders, coming off a 31-13 victory over the Chargers. Brian Brown had his best game of the season, throwing for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Marcus Barry racked up a 157 total yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns. The defense continued its dominant play, forcing 3 turnovers and smothering the Charger offense all afternoon. Meanwhile, the Houston Texans were trampled by the Broncos on Sunday. Leshoure looked more like a rookie and Pacheco went another week without a touchdown. The Texans even found a way to make a struggling Broncos offense look great. The Texans are going to need to make some serious changes if they want a shot at taking down the Dolphins. Otherwise, the Dolphins will be taking this one with relative ease. This will be just another win for the Dolphins, who will lean on strong play from Brown and a suffocating defense. Courtesy of Jumanji Denver Broncos (3-1) at New England Patriots (1-3) - I love Denver and knew in my gut that I shouldn’t have picked against them. The struggling Bronco offense broke out in a big way against the Texans, racking up 38 points, with 4 TDs coming through the air. In one of the more bizarre games, the Patriots survived a monster game from Chad Dess and 2 pick sixes from the Bills defense to get their first victory of the year. New England is probably a little better than their record indicates since all of their losses have been relatively close. The Broncos are on another level though, and I think they go into Foxboro and get the job done. Tennessee Titans (2-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) - The Bengals and the Titans have both lost two in a row, bringing their records to an identical 2-2 mark. Cincy’s defensive struggles coincided with the loss of linebacker Nick Upshaw; they were going to face an uphill battle on defense already this season and this loss magnifies their deficiencies. Tennessee has really struggled on offense the past few weeks. Those issues start with the erratic play of Alexander Williams. Williams only threw for 141 yards against the Jags, and 101 of those yards went to Kevin Williams. Kevin is a great pass catcher, but the Titans need Xander to be able to get the rest of the team involved if they want to compete. The Bengals’ offense has yet to really start firing on all cylinders, but they do enough here to get the victory at home. Baltimore Ravens (1-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4) - Baltimore saw an uptick in their offensive efficiency in a victory over the Browns during week 4. They were able to control the pace, limit their turnovers, and really give their defense a chance to dominate the game. In their first few games, the offense was so atrocious that the defense had little chance to be successful. Meanwhile, Tampa put up a stinker against the Cowboys. They were unable to accomplish anything on the offensive end. Dallas broke them down over the course of the game, and Tampa isn’t playing well enough on either side of the ball to compensate. The silver lining for Tampa in this game is that the Ravens aren’t an explosive offense. That gives Tampa hope. However, the lack of running game makes the game plan easy for Baltimore. The Ravens will get their second straight victory here. Indianapolis Colts (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) - The Colts are coming off their bye, which came at the perfect time. They are in desperate need of a win before they fall in too deep of a hole in the AFC playoff race. Enter Pittsburgh, who is guaranteed to not make this an easy task for the Colts in this matchup. Chester Henson had his best game of the year against the Bengals and should help to propel the Steelers in their future games. Indy has struggled to get their running game going and get pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Aaron Shea is playing great football, but without the ability to change the pace of the game or make the opposing QB feel pressure, it’s going to be hard to win. Pittsburgh is playing good football right now and they are at home; that’s all they need to get the victory here. Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-4) - The only issue I have seen with the Rams thus far is their inability to consistently protect their quarterback. Outside of that, they have played great football all season, even with the absence of Darrell Murphy for the first few games. Unfortunately for Kansas City, they don’t have the pass rushers to take advantage of the apparent Rams’ weakness. The Chiefs played their best game of the year against the Jets, but their brutal schedule continues with another game against a team playing at a high level. The Chiefs will put up a fight, but the Rams should take this one. Carolina Panthers (4-0) at Chicago Bears (1-3) - Chicago has started to make some headway on figuring out their offensive issues. They are starting to see a little more production out of Honeycutt and Brooksheer. Unfortunately their defense just gave up 38 points to Minnesota, who has a nice offense...but they aren’t the Carolina Panthers. Skaggs has led an all out assault on opposing defenses and that’s probably not going to change here. Chicago should score points, but Carolina will win this game with ease. Detroit Lions (3-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-0) - Detroit went down swinging against the Panthers in a potential NFC playoff match-up. They held the high-flying Panthers to 17 offensive points, which is a pretty big accomplishment. The Jaguars bring a completely different set of challenges with their trick-plays attack; so far early in the season their opposition hasn’t figured out a way to slow them down. Detroit runs with a machine-like efficiency and has the necessary pieces to be the first team to slow down the Jacksonville attack. Soluna has the Jags as my favorites in the AFC South, but Detroit should get the road win here. New Orleans Saints (0-4) at Atlanta Falcons (3-1) - The Saints recently made a trade to acquire another ILB to alleviate some of their issues on the defensive end of the ball. The question for this game is do they need to make a scheme change to take advantage of their defensive additions? Unfortunately for them Atlanta brings the perfect defense to slow down their passing attack, so a defensive change is really going to make this a hard game. Atlanta is starting to build some momentum on offense, coming off a really efficient victory over the Giants. The Falcons win games when Jefferson plays well, and with the Saints already weak defense in flux, he should have no issue having a good day here. Green Bay Packers (4-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-3) - Minnesota has gone all in on the shootout approach so far this season. Unfortunately for them, Green Bay brings one of the league’s best offenses to town with a plethora of weapons that can wreck even the best defense. Minnesota doesn’t possess the best defense, so expect a huge game from Jason Johnson and crew in a high-scoring, yet comfortable, victory for the Pack attack. Arizona Cardinals (1-2-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-0) - In surprising fashion, the Cardinals and Redskins game finished in a tie. Ted is getting the most possible out of this Arizona squad scoring a victory over the Eagles before their tie with Washington. This week offers a major step-up in competition as they travel to wherever San Francisco plays now to take on the defending champion 49ers. Lester has been clutch so far this season helping the team start off 3-0 before their bye in week 4. Realistically he probably isn’t going to have to pull out more clutch magic this week as the 9ers should win this one with ease. *Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (2-1) - Now that Nick Hall is going to look like Tim Duncan out there (miss you Timmy) the Seahawks have to be chomping at the bit to unleash their vaunted pass rush after the suddenly less mobile star. This will add some restriction to the offensive playbook that Alien has to work with, he’s going to figure it out but Seattle is not an ideal team to face immediately. Seattle lost a close one on the road to the Rams where they were able to get a crazy 7 total sacks. The Seahawks' offense has been a little hot and cold so far this year, but their defense should harass Hall enough to get the victory here. Buffalo Bills (1-3) at Washington Redskins (0-3-1) - Washington tied with Arizona and Buffalo lost a game in which they had 2 pick sixes and Chad Dess nearly ran for 200 yards. Those are things you don’t expect to see everyday, however; Buffalo has shown a glimmer of offensive hope early in the season. The Redskins have struggled all year trying to get points on the board. The injury to Fields didn’t help the situation, but there’s enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to not have these issues. Buffalo should be able to run the ball and they should be able to get after the quarterback. Bills get their second victory here. Week 4 record – 8-4 (Left the tie out) Overall record – 38-19 Jumanji’s Week 4 record – 1-0 Jumanji’s Overall record – 4-0
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    HOUSTON, TX - As of April 18th the University of Houston athletic department is excited to announce they've hired Noodlz2 as Head Coach of it's football program. It is his first season as a Head Coach at the FBS level and it's a challenge Head Coach Noodlz2 is ready to take on. The department as a whole decided that the program needed a young and energetic coach that would bring in young talent that would draw recruits with the ability to compete at high level early in their career. There's a lot of anticipation as the Cougar fan base waits to see what Coach Noodlz2 has to offer for this upcoming season. New Head Coach issued the following statement after signing his undisclosed contract deal: "I'm excited to be apart of a program that has the potential to be a top G5 program, and well known name nationally. I've met with the current coaching staff and seniors and they're all on board. With that being said there are some things that need to be worked on during the remaining spring practices and fall camp. I, and the rest of the Houston program are excited to get to work for our first game at Louisiana Tech.". Please feel free to ask as many questions as you wish.
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    QBs against the Bucs so far: 65/96 for 859 yards, 9 td, 1 int, 122.67 rating.
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    So I see where you're coming from on this, but I disagree on the solution. I ran the numbers last year and assigned star ratings to people based on a formula (nothing fancy, just based on skill and potential) I came up with, and it basically matched up with irl numbers of 4 and 5 star recruits (~30 and ~300 respectively). I think the problem, though, is that in CFBHC it's really hard for a recruit to bust. For example, going back to 2018 (the last season we have complete stats), the worst statline for a 5.0/5.0 QB was Lawrence Pritchett, whose stats were: 194/301 (64%) for 2539 yards, 16 TDs and 12 INTs. Aside from Pritchett, none of the 10 other 5.0/5.0 QBs came close to having a TD/INT ratio lower than 2 (the next closest was Eric Jennings at 2.5), and only three had a completion percentage lower than 65%. While it's harder to assess how other positions do given how stats are presented, the same holds true with RBs. Excluding Marshawn Matthison, who at this point I think it's fair to say was being misused (sorry deandean), every 5.0/5.0 RB had >5 YPC, >1400 yards, and all but one had at least 18 TDs. In contrast, let's look at every Texas A&M (I'm using A&M since I know the program well) recruit from 2013, 2014, and 2015 who had a >.95 rating on the 247 composite rankings: 2013 Ricky Seals-Jones - Was alright but never lit the world on fire like you'd expect from the #2 WR in the country. Justin Manning - Caught 1 TD pass, then dropped out of school and then murdered a jogger with a machete. The jogger murderer was actually Thomas Johnson, got them confused. Justin Manning - Forced to quit football due to injury. Isaiah Golden - Arrested for armed robbery 2014 Myles Garrett - Will be picked in the top 2 tonight. Speedy Noil - Had a good freshman season and then had weed problems, never even came close to fulfilling his potential. Kyle Allen - Transferred due to QB mismanagement. Nick Harvey - Meh. Started last year but wasn't that great. Frank Ihenacho - Hasn't started yet for A&M. 2015 Daylon Mack - Struggled to make an impact in his first two years, we'll see if he can turn it around. Christian Kirk - Legit stud. Kyler Murray - Transferred due to QB mismanagement. So out of 11 players that were top recruits, there were: 2 great players, 5 were/are good-to-mediocre players that never lived up to their potential, 2 are no longer on the team due to transferring, and 1 is no longer on the team due to injury, and one is no longer on the team due to criminal reasons. While the transfer thing is a special case, I think think that my point still stands: players bust all the time irl, but almost never do in the sim. If I had to suggest a solution to this, it'd probably be something along the lines of decreasing the chances that players progress well, which means you'd see more 4.0/5.0 (Sr) players, or something like that. This'd mean that you'd have a reason to start a 4.0/4.0 or a 3.5/3.5 over a high potential sophomore that so far hasn't progressed well. Of course, if you were to implement changes like this, it'd impact the quality of players coming into NFLHC, which is also something that needs to be considered. TL;DR: please read the thing so I can feel validated about writing 550 words about recruiting on a fake football website.
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    One thing to note is that Transfers will come out before the spring games (likely Sunday through Tuesday). So please remember to update your depth charts for transfers. NOTE: You may use redshirts in the game.
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    Here's some more OL stats for you: Average starting LT: 88.5 overall rating, 3.87 years pro, 69% are pass blocking/31% are run blocking, 44th pick Average starting LG: 84.9 overall rating, 2.97 years pro, 59% are pass blocking/41% are run blocking, 58th pick Average starting C: 82.5 overall rating, 3.00 years pro, 65% are pass blocking/35% are run blocking, 84th pick Average starting RG: 84.5 overall rating, 3.74 years pro, 50% are pass blocking/50% are run blocking, 75th pick Average starting RT: 84.0 overall rating, 3.06 years pro, 55% are pass blocking/45% are run blocking, 73rd pick
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    He's the King Now Leshoure leads impressive air attack against Cincinnati; Shows up QB picked before him
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    That's the quickest youve done something on the site in a while
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    Here is everything post week 3! Power Rankings Elo Elo Change (since season started) PF+ (Points For adjusted by opponents) PA+ (Points Against adjusted by opponents) SOS+ (SOS with games of the team in question removed) Estimated Win Total (Current Wins + Probability of Win in Remaining Games) AY/A+ (Adjusted Yards Per Attempt. 100 Average, 15 Standard Deviation) xAY/A+ (Same as above, but adjusted for opponents)
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    RJ Stanford 1-0 career record in the playoffs vs Skaggs so...
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    I Am the Greatest August 31, 2015 - A day that I will remember forever. I am a high school junior, about to start my first game. We are on the road for the season opener. East Central. Last year, we knocked them right out of the first round of the state playoffs.. After the season, we graduated 9 starters, including our QB and RB. They graduated only 2. And ranked preseason number 1 in the state, they are out for blood this time. The roar from the 22,000 fans is deafening as we run onto the field. I can sense that coach is nervous. But I am not. I am the greatest. The game doesn’t go according to plan. We don’t just lose, we get embarrassed. And worst of all, the blame falls on me. 15-37 passing for 220 yards, 1 TD, and 4 INTs. I vow that it will never happen again. Coach is rattled, and I know he has to wonder if he made a mistake in naming me the starter. I will show him in practice this week that he didn’t. I am the greatest. November 10th, 2015 - We end our season with a loss in the 2nd round of the playoffs. I’m proud of our team. Next year could be our year. I posted good numbers on the year, completing 63% of my passes for 3,806 yards. And after the first game I took much better care of the ball posting a 2.2:1 TD:INT ratio. I am the greatest. December 11th, 2015 - Coach calls a team meeting. He is accepting a new coaching position. The team is devastated, but no one more than me. Coach put his faith in me, and I was determined to win him a title next year. Now there is uncertainty around the program. There is uncertainty around our future in my critical Senior year. But I know we will be ok. I am the greatest. July 15th, 2016 - Our new coach announces his intention to transition to an option attack on offense. He names his son (a freshman) as the starter. What a terrible call. Not only is this going to cost me my senior year, it will probably cost me a college scholarship. My life’s dream was to suit up in the yellow and black as a Missouri Tiger, just like my dad did. The dream is dead. Life isn’t fair. The college scouts will never know that I am the greatest. October 30th, 2016 - The last game of the year. Senior night. I haven’t played a snap all year. We are a 2 win team. I’ve never felt more miserable. My parents tried to tell me to keep my chin up, but I know it is all but over for me. Scouts aren’t calling. No one knows I exist. On the opening drive of the game, the coach’s son takes a punishing hit from a blitzing OLB. He doesn’t get up.The doctors later confirmed that he has a broken ankle. Coach has nowhere else to turn. “Rahim, you are up.” We can’t run the option attack with me, so coach gives me free reign to call the offense. We haven’t run this offense this year, but our WRs are itching to catch some passes. The game turns into a shootout that no one expected, and at the end of the night we emerge victorious, 42-35. I complete 37 of my 44 passes for 489 yards and 6 TDs while throwing no interceptions. The fans go crazy and the team carries me off of the field. I am the greatest. I would be lying if I said I didn’t think that performance would get me noticed, get me a scholarship offer to Mizzou even. But the offers didn’t come. I was a local sensation but one game simply wasn’t enough. My career derailed by a fool of a coach who didn’t realize that I am the greatest. 2017 - I walk on at Moberly Area Community College. I redshirt my first year there. I thought redshirting would be the worst thing ever. I always told myself I would go somewhere I could play right away. But after my painful senior year in high school, this is a breeze. I win the starting job and a scholarship for 2018 and 2019 and perform at a very high level. We make it all the way to the JuCo national title game in 2019 where we lose a nail biter. I am proud of my team, but even more importantly, I am proud of myself. I know that Mizzou has Tucker Dowden as the entrenched starter, but I know that I can beat him out if given the chance. Hopefully Coach @vtgorilla returns my calls. Game tapes have been sent. I have called and expressed my interest. Now I have to wait. But I know deep down that I am the greatest. February 3rd, 2020 - National signing day. It is finally my chance to sign and play D-1 college ball. I have spoken to Coach vtgorilla and he told me that he doesn’t have a place for me. He is happy with Tucker Dowden and can’t offer me anything. I assure him he is making a mistake. After all, I am the greatest. Coach HAFFnHAFF from Kansas State is the only person who offers me a scholarship. He tells me that he would love to have me, but Julius Minnow is returning as the starting QB. It will come down to a spring football battle. We are both Juniors. The winner starts for 2 years, the loser never plays another snap. I sign in an instant. I’m not worried, I am the greatest. April 28th, 2020 - The day of the spring game has arrived. I have split reps with Julius all spring. Today is the final audition. Coach informed us that he will name the starter after the game. I feel bad for Julius. He is a great guy! He and I have grown very close throughout the spring, which isn’t something I expected since we were direct competitors. I feel bad for Julius, because I know he doesn’t have a chance against me. I am the greatest. This is my final last chance. One last shot to recognize my dreams. I won’t be denied. There are no nerves. I’m as cold as ice. It is my chance to show everyone what I have always known, that I am the greatest. ~ Written by Rahim Murrell Shoutout to @TuscanSota for editing... Community college grammar classes were not kind to Rahim.
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    Link to Part 1 A paper slid across the desk, and went right in front of me. It was a simple piece of paper - all of my personal information that I submitted to the school. There was also athletic information - which locker was mine, shoe size, pads, and jersey number. None if it caught my attention except for the statement in bold red stamped on the right hand corner of the page. Redshirt “I know how you must feel about this,” Coach said to me. He wasn’t leaning back in his chair, rather resting his elbows on the desk, in very stern expression. “I discussed this with the staff, along with the quarterbacks coach before coming to a decision. We believe this will be the best decision for you in the long run.” “Sir, I-” “Trust me, you wouldn’t be getting any playing time.” “Coach. Whether I start or not, I could be the backup! What if Marcus goes down and…” Coach sighed, and leaned back in his chair. He took a quick glance over at his wall of memorabilia: championship and rivalry trophies from his time in Houston, photos with players even before my time. An old strange bag was propped behind a glass panel. It caught me off guard, but I dared not ask about it. “Listen Caleb, we haven’t had an injury here at Baylor in years. Injuries rarely happen at the college level, thanks to our country’s progression in sports medicine. Even if disaster strikes and Marcus goes down, I wouldn’t have you as a backup.” I couldn’t understand coach’s words. I stood there, puzzled, glancing between the boldly marked Redshirt and my coach’s austere appearance. Coach motioned towards the chair opposite of his desk. “Why don’t you sit down. Do you know what a redshirt means?” “I’ll take a guess, it means I’m prohibited from all sports activities?” Coach shook his head. “Not quite.” “Then what is it?” I said, slightly annoyed. I didn’t want to be here. Coach pulled out a red practice jersey from one of his drawers, and placed it on his desk. “It’s nothing like a prohibition. More like, a suspension. You won’t be able to play on game days this season, but you’ll still be expected to participate both on the practice field and in the classroom.By redshirting you, you have an extra year under your belt - you’ll learn the playbook, become familiar with the team, and improve your athletic ability.You’ll still be considered a freshman next season, but you’ll be much more prepared for our quarterback role than you are today.” I leaned back in my chair, taking in my coach’s words, “And what role is that then?” Coach raised his eyebrows, “I don’t see you as a backup, Caleb. I see you as a starter.” ~ I closed the door to coach’s office. I quickly left McLane Stadium made my way back to campus. It was when I was crossing over the Brazos that I stopped and looked over the walkway. One thing I learned since being here - the Brazos was always green. Awfully trashy, to be correct. Still, a nice, sunny day made this river a little less disgusting than it already was. Students were on the water using kayaks and paddleboards over by the school dock. Life just seemed to pass by me in this moment, even as the reality of being redshirted began to set in. I sighed, and accepted that my career here at Baylor may be a bit longer than I expected. “Hey! Caleb!” I heard my name from across the bridge, by the law school. Zach McHale ran over, waving his arms. “So, what did coach say?” I showed him the red practice jersey. Zach gave me a look of concern. “What’s this?” “Coach is redshirting me,” I told him. “Well shit, I didn’t think he’d redshirt you.” Zach expressed. “I thought the same, myself.” “You’re still on the team though, right?” “I am, as a team player. I’m just not allowed to compete in games.” Zach sighed, “Well that’s dumb… at least you’ll get to see me on the field this season! Coach didn’t recruit a highly capable player such as myself to just sit on a bench!” Something then crossed my mind, “What are you doing over here? I thought practice doesn’t start until later today.” Zach’s face lit up, and he pointed directly at himself, “I was told that Coach Tuscan wants to see THIS guy! I’m sure he’s wanted to speak with me for awhile, probably going to tell me that I’m starting this season.” Aside from Zach’s ego, he had a point. The linebacker position was a huge question mark heading into the summer practices. I’ve known Zach for only a few days as his roommate, but the dude had some real good highlights on Youtube. I know this because he showed everyone else in our hall. “Well, best of luck to you then.” I said. “Thanks man!” Zach exclaimed, “There’s NO way anything could possibly go wrong!” ~ To be continued.
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    Burning Question: Baylor has earned the right over these past two years to consider itself a contender. How will the Bears adapt to losing their Bell cow? Last year's record: 11-3 (6-1) Key departures RB Sean Bell C David Lemons (early declaration) ILB Luke Barker Key returnees QB Marcus Swartz WR Lamont Wilder TE Hastin Rider DE Alex Whitney OLB Julian Neville CB Kyle Cunningham Impact newcomers OT Brian Chavez (junior college transfer) OLB Zachary McHale (true freshman) CB William Travis (redshirted 2019) Four-Year Recruiting Rank: 37th overall, 7th Big XII Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 14th overall, 1st Big XII Schedule and Projection UCLA at Arkansas California at Iowa State Texas Tech at Kansas State Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Kansas at Texas at West Virginia TCU Projected record: 9-3 (6-3) Best-case scenario: 11-1 (8-1) Worst-case scenario: 5-7 (3-6) Bellwether game: Week 4 vs. California. Baylor faces a pair of talented but thin teams to open their schedule, and California is by far the biggest challenge in their non-conference slate. The California offense will test the Baylor secondary with the combination of Leonard Norris and Hakeem Black. But just as importantly, Cal's defense is going to pose a few problems for Marcus Swartz, Lamont Wilder and the Baylor offense thanks to a lockdown secondary led by Blaine Lewis-Thompson. This is the point in the season where the Baylor offense will need to have some idea as to its identity--because if it can do that, it'll have a leg up on all the Big XII contenders who need longer to figure that out. Three Strengths Marcus Swartz returns for his senior season. With the highest 2019 passer rating (148.6) and most starts (39) of any returning Big XII quarterback, he'll bring stability to the position. Wide receiver Lamont Wilder and tight end Hastin Rider ought to make for one of the best one-two receiving punches in the country Pass-destroyer Kyle Cunningham leads a defense sprinkled with talent throughout. Three Weaknesses With David Lemons's departure, the offensive line is in bad shape. Two true freshmen are expected to start in the unit. Run game will be hard to predict in year 1 after Sean Bell, and the highly touted Miles Street is not expected to play in 2020. Getting nitpicky, but depth at outside linebacker and cornerback could be a problem against the right matchups. Outlook Over the last two seasons, Baylor has gone from afterthought to contender. They won 14 games in their first four seasons combined, and they've won 20 in their past two. They won a bowl game in 2018, then topped that by winning the Big XII South and earning a playoff bid in 2019. How will they follow it up in 2020? That depends on a few things. First of all, how will Baylor replace the irreplaceable Sean Bell? The Big XII's #3 all-time rusher is now a Cleveland Brown, leaving senior Nasir Burden to take the lion's share of snaps at halfback. His partner-in-crime in the backfield is the second factor for Baylor: can Marcus Swartz take the reins as the most experienced player on the offense? He's never truly had to carry the offense--but he's also never had an offense tailored to him, either. Finally, the third (and perhaps biggest) question is whether a young offensive line can keep the pressure out of the backfield. Assuming that a well-built Baylor defense holds its weight, Baylor has the chance to get off to a strong start. Their non-conference opponents all have something to prove (though Cal is certainly dangerous), and their first four conference opponents are all flawed as well. If they stumble early, there will be trouble. But if they can win the early games they're supposed to and parlay that into momentum and confidence toward the middle and end of the season, they'll have a shot to win their first Big XII title. Presented by the Big XII Network
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    Man I love my team as much as the next person but damn I can't see how you could rank us third in the nation. That's crazy. because we should be first.
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    The first ever game played in CFBHC was a 52-28 victory by the FSU Seminoles over the Syracuse Orange. It featured Christian Skaggs, Nick Hall, Tony Peaks, and David Gaines among others. I figured for the first Spotlight Tuesday it would be great if everyone that was around in 2013 could feature a bit about their team that year, whether it be a player or an amazing game they had that newer people might not know about. Additional question: If you were already coaching in 2013, who was your first favorite player? What happened to that player?
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    Here is everything post week 3! Power Rankings Elo Elo Change (since season started) PF+ (Points For adjusted by opponents) PA+ (Points Against adjusted by opponents) SOS+ (SOS with games of the team in question removed) Estimated Win Total (Current Wins + Probability of Win in Remaining Games) AY/A+ (Adjusted Yards Per Attempt. 100 Average, 15 Standard Deviation) xAY/A+ (Same as above, but adjusted for opponents)
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    Buffalo rushed for 308 yards and had 4 interceptions (2 of which were pick sixes) in a loss.
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    NO ONE MAY SUBMIT A RESPONSE UNTIL 11:30 PM ET 4/4/2017 Norris Brooksheer, evidently annoyed with a poor practice session in combination with his poor start to the season, has totaled his brand new BMW after dropping a friend off at the Chicago airport. "Everything is going wrong right now... my dad always told me God has a plan and I know it'll go right again soon enough. The car doesn't mean that much to me, I can buy a new one easily. These last two weeks have helped me see my goals more clearly." Brooksheer, thankfully unhurt, and Bears receivers Brandon Snead and David Gaines have been putting in extra hours to try to get the team on track. "We're only coming up on Week 4. We can still bring this team to the playoffs. It isn't over Bears fans." Brooksheer gains 5% fitness and 5% chemistry with his receiving corps.
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    NOW I'M A BELIEVER Rookie HC Believer gets his first career victory after a stunning performance by RJ Stanford
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    BYE, BYE, BYE NSYNC Reunion Tour hits Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium as the Browns are on their bye week.
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    --Durham, North Carolina Springtime in North Carolina is usually dominated by talk of college basketball's March Madness more than the upcoming college football season, but in Durham, NC the football talk is getting louder and louder. With a second consecutive strong class coming into the Duke football program, students and fans of the program plan to flood Wallace Wade Stadium for the annual Spring Game. This years spring game is filled with competition and intrigue, and there is a buzz around this game that hasn't been felt around this program maybe ever. Key position battles: Quarterback: Kyle Jefferson vs Bryce Thompson Wide Receiver: Sean Spaczek vs Kaden Lloyd vs Amari Nicholson Tight End: Owen Workman vs Ahmed Guinn Defensive Tackle: Vincent Tharp vs Victor Minor Strong Safety: Brandon Brinkley vs Jordan Reeves Punter: Siaki Seumanufagai vs Rocco Goodwin Cooper Abrams (12), Kyle Jefferson (1), and Bryce Thompson (17), following a Spring Duke Practice -The Kyle Jefferson/Bryce Thompson position battle was predicted after both QBs curiously both decided to go to Duke. As of now, neither Quarterback has the job and both are fighting for it. In the early released depth chart by the Devils, Jefferson was the QB1 but Coach Darman made it clear that neither QB was ahead of the other at this point and both had a chance at starting this year. The hope for the Devils is that this Spring Game will give them a sign on who the Quarterback for the future will be in Durham. -The rest of the position battles are less complicated. Coach Darman has indicated that there is a position battle at WR, but the three players in this battle will all see significant playing time. Tight End is intriguing because both of the top 2 on the Depth Chart have been neck and neck during spring per reports from the Duke camp. Workman is thought to possibly have a slight edge because of his experience but this Spring Game could give separation. Tharp has a solid edge over Minor for the Defensive Tackle spot, same with Brinkley at Strong Safety. Both Seumanufagai and Goodwin could win the Punter position at the Spring Game this year as well. New starters to watch: RB: Christian Collins OG: David Coon Christian Collins (29) getting reps in as the #1 running back -The Duke run game in 2019 was abysmal. Both Redshirt Freshman Christian Collins and Redshirt Freshman David Coon aim to change that. Both players are raw talents, and will have their struggles over the course of this season, but they are both touted by coaches as possible NFL talent. Both of these players arrived in a recruiting class with Kyle Jefferson and Bryce Thompson and are eager to become household names among the Duke fan base in the 2020 season. For this Duke team to succeed, they need both of these guys to play well. Legends last Spring Game: ILB Ahmed Mark DT Kai Betts Ahmed Mark (59) and Kai Betts (93) prepare for their final Spring Game at Duke -Ahmed Mark and Kai Betts are two of the best players in Duke Blue Devils history. Mark, who has been All ACC twice and was named to the Preseason All ACC Second team for 2020, is the all time leading tackler at the school. Kai Betts is near the top of the record books for both tackles and sacks for the Devils all time. This last spring game should be emotional for these players as they wrap up their last spring practices at Duke University. 2020 Red-shirted players to watch for: WR Dean Stinson OT Cyrus Swartz OT Esera Mulinu'u OG Eli Segura DE Ibrahim Arrington OLB Ahmed Nicholas ILB Nate Murrell Cyrus Swartz (74), Esera Mulinu'u (70), and Eli Segura (61) hope to lead Duke's future offensive line -Dean Stinson, WR, is a player that could get playing time at a good number of Universities. However, since Duke does have some veteran talent in front of him that could limit his playing time, he will redshirt this season. He will play this spring game as both a Wide Receiver and possibly doing kick and punt returns. He should excite some Duke fans looking towards the future. -Cyrus Swartz, Esera Mulinu'u, and Eli Segura are big. The three offensive linemen stand at an average height of 6'6 and have an average weight of over 306 pounds. These three, along with redshirt freshman David Coon and Redshirt Sophomore center Adam Rapp, hope to bully the Duke Blue Devils into ACC title contention. The three true freshmen will not see the field this year, but this spring game will excite fans who get to see the future of the Duke offensive line play together for the first time. -Ibrahim Arrington and Ahmed Nicholas may play different positions, but the hope is that they will play the same role in the future. The two of them are potential impact pass rushers. Nicholas has been touted as a future NFL prospect at the outside linebacker position, and Arrington will be a long term piece in the Duke Blue Devils Defense as well. Duke fans should be excited to see these two players, both who have potential that is obvious even in short bursts. -Nate Murrell is the veteran of the redshirts. A former JUCO player, Murrell would find a starting spot on plenty of teams. However he came to Duke knowing that he would have the ability to sit out a year to get adjusted to the college game, and will be able to take the reigns from a departing Ahmed Mark for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. When Murrell gets his chance he won't be at Duke as long as these freshmen, but he has the chance to make the earliest impact.
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    We've long been reluctant to put our offensive woes on Brooksheer's shoulders because the context has never been great for him--he's never thrown fewer than 500 passes in a season and Quincy Turner's been his RB. 59.1% passing with 30 touchdowns to 10 interceptions (his 2019 stats) is workable, though we would have loved for him to get into the 60s and get into the high 7s in YPA. Instead, he's at 59.6% passing with 1 TD, 4 INT, and 5.6 YPA and 1 car crash. All of that is a long-winded way of saying that if he doesn't turn things around in Minnesota, a 4 rating would be an improvement. Excellent work as always, Bingo, I always look forward to reading your rankings.
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