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2020.11.19 17:29 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ June 13, 1988

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-4-1988 1-11-1988 1-18-1988 1-25-1988
2-1-1988 2-8-1988 2-15-1988 2-22-1988
2-29-1988 3-7-1988 3-14-1988 3-21-1988
3-28-1988 4-4-1988 4-11-1988 4-18-1988
4-25-1988 5-2-1988 5-9-1988 5-16-1988
5-23-1988 5-30-1988 6-6-1988 *
  • The WWF is the source of most of the news this week, and the first major thing is the Superstars taping on June 1. Dave was in Oakland and gives a full recap of the show. They had 12,120 in attendance (around 9,000 paid) and a gate around $110,000. Dave compliments the show’s atmosphere and WWF’s commitment to putting on a show, even if their style has some drawbacks. He does say that for an arena show, 29 matches is normally way too many, but since it was a tv taping, you know what you’re getting yourself into. Everyone who complains about modern tv tapings, be glad you weren’t going to these. They managed a good pace overall and kept the entire taping under 4 hours (last year’s taping in San Francisco was nearly 5 hours and had fans booing everyone in the last hour because they just wanted to see Hogan and get their money’s worth before leaving). Anyway, if you know 1980s Dave, you know his first major complaint is always going to be about unannounced changes to the advertised card. All during their tv hype for this, they were pushing Honkytonk vs. Beefcake with Jimmy Hart banned from the building. They forgot about that last bit and Jimmy was there. Then they talked about how the next show in town, Jimmy would be banned from the building. They also advertised free t-shirts to all fans in attendance, and they didn’t come through on that. Dave thinks it’s a real swing and a miss - 12,000 fans all wearing a Randy Savage t-shirt would have been a remarkable sight and been really effective. Anyway, Dave thinks most were pretty happy with the show as a whole.
  • I’m not going to go through everything on this taping, because Dave seriously covers all 29 matches, but here are some highlights and even that’s a lot. Dave gives a Brady Boone vs. Steve Lombardi dark match 3.25 stars. WWF is now doing all announcing from their studio in Connecticut, so no live announcing in the arena or even intros for each hour of the taping, which makes it hard to tell what’s going to be on what week’s show. That said, this did help things along in terms of speed. They had Slick do an interview introducing the Big Boss Man, and because they didn’t really work to change his look, he got some chants of “Bubba, Bubba” from those who recognized him. Dave takes the time to comment on Warrior’s utter lack of conditioning, as he was winded before he could even finish his entrance and could barely beat his chest. He says it’s a real statement to call anyone a worse worker than Andre the Giant right now, but Warrior has him beat by a mile. Bossman’s tv debut match was against Louie Spicoli. He squashed Spicoli in about a minute or so, then cuffed him to the ropes and beat him with his nightstick. The Hart Foundation has reunited as a face team and kicked Jimmy Hart to the curb. Rick Rude has a lot of heat thanks to the angle with Jake Roberts, and Dave can’t remember the last time a heel was so universally hated. At most he had a dozen women cheering for him, while everyone else was against him. Don Muraco “chased” Jimmy Hart to the back in an angle clearly setting him and Greg Valentine up for a feud and potentially writing Billy Graham off as a manager, but Jimmy ran so much faster that he beat him to the back by a mile and a guy behind Dave joked that Jimmy Hart is the best athlete on the show. The Rockers re-debuted for WWF and have made it two days with the company, doubling their previous record for WWF tenure. Dave thinks Michaels and Janetty are exactly what WWF needs: a babyface tag team with a rock and roll gimmick (WWF has never done that before, while other promotions have overdone it) and they got a good reaction. Dave makes an ill-advised comparison between Beefcake being over big in the area because he’s billed from San Francisco to “taking pride in living in the AIDS capital of the world.” I think we can expect letters about that in the coming weeks. Badnews Brown is doing a thing with the raising a black gloved hand in the air and Dave thinks it would have been really over if this were 1969, but it’s about 20 years too late to really strike that iron effectively and Dave jokes that you’d think Verne Gagne came up with that one until you realize he only just learned last year that baseball broke the color barrier. Dave compliments Rude again and says he’s such a good heel that Dave doesn’t even like watching him. By hour 3, fans were catching on with the Bossman’s gimmick and it was getting some good heat. The Hart Foundation’s first face match saw them beat a face jobber team and wrestle like heels while playing to the crowd like faces. The crowd was a bit confused, but Dave thinks faces who wrestle like heels could get over well once the crowd shakes off the classical conditioning. He especially compliments Bret’s fake knee injury as the best thing on the card and best sell of a fake knee injury he’s ever seen in WWF. Fans started leaving after the 26th match on the show and by the time the DiBiase vs. Savage (with Elizabeth) match happened, there were fewer than 7,000 left (and under 4,000 left by the finish). Dave quips that they probably left after seeing what Liz was wearing. Sure, Dave.
Watch: Big Boss Man makes his WWF tv debut
  • Electronic Media Magazine wrote a pretty frank kayfabe-breaking note in their May 23 issue, and they predict Ted DiBiase as the next WWF champ. They say:
While sports prognostication is normally a risky business, the scenario of who becomes the World Wrestling Federation’s champ is scripted out months in advance. It’s based on the popularity of the wrestler, not his record, according to the results each performer inspires in WWF’s multimillion dollar merchandising sales. Based on that criteria, insiders are laying odds that the next WWF champion will be “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. But look for Hulk Hogan to reclaim the crown in a matter of months.
  • Anyway, Dave gives his thoughts on this prediction. Dave figures Hogan’s a draw with or without the belt, so he’ll probably be paired with Bossman and Andre for the fall while Savage needs the belt right now to remain a draw. He’s reminded of New Japan 1983, where everyone assumed the boom from January to August was due to Inoki and without him things would stall out, and the same would be the case for WWF this summer without Hogan. New Japan didn’t stall and that eventually led to the split that created the original UWF. WWF doesn’t have to worry about anything like that happening, but it’s conceivable that WWF continuing fine without Hogan could reduce Hogan’s pull because the company would know they can weather through without him. So Dave thinks, given that and how far behind the NWA is, that keeping the belt on Savage for the time being (provided he still remains able to draw) is the smart move. Ultimately, when Savage loses the belt comes down to Hogan’s ego and whether Hogan feels he needs the belt and if he’ll demand it when he returns, if he’ll have patience, or if he’ll leave the company if he can’t just call his shots. If Savage does stop drawing, by all means transition to DiBiase then Hogan, but right now Savage is working as an attraction and it’s best to work in such a way where you can have two of those (Hogan and Savage) rather than only just one. It may even be better to have Savage as champion since Hogan only works weekends and tv, rather than the full schedule like Savage does.
  • WWF is also expanding their schedule again beginning on July 7. They’ll be running a fourth touring group to hit small towns they used to consider too small to be worth going to and do charity shows. Dave interprets this as WWF’s attempt to deliver a killing blow to the other promotions that are currently run pretty ragged. The charity shows, for instance, are most probably designed to be able to snipe charity deals from smaller promotions because WWF will be able to offer a more lucrative product in place of, say, a charity show run by Ron Fuller. It also opens roster spots up for WWF, which means plenty of room to hire disaffected NWA guys.
  • Finally, on to something not WWF: Chigusa Nagayo appears to be preparing to retire from All Japan Women. The promotion is planning a huge show in a baseball stadium to commemorate her retirement. Chigusa is easily the most popular and highest paid woman wrestler in the history of the business, and she’s only 23. The implications for All Japan Women are huge. They just had three other key retirements recently, including Devil Masami, Dump Matsumoto, and Yukari Omori. For big draws from their golden era of 1984-86, they only have Lioness Asuka left, and her popularity is significantly down from its 1985 peak. Surprisingly, it looks like AJW wants her gone just as much as she wants to be gone. Maybe she’s outgrown the company and become difficult to deal with, maybe the promotion doesn’t feel they need her enough that they need to submit to her demands. There’s also the fact that since she has had her peak popularity, the promotion is worried that keeping her as the main attraction will make the promotion look bad for being centered around a fading star (Dave gives examples like Dusty in the NWA, Inoki in New Japan, the original Sheik in Detroit, the Von Erichs in WCCW, Lawler in Memphis, etc.). Just as the Beauty Pair (Nancy Kumi and Jackie Sato) and Mimi Hagiwara gave way to the Crush Girls (Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo), so too must the Crush Girls give way to the next big stars, and AJW seems to want Yumiko Hotta and Mitsuko Nishiwaki to be the next major stars.
  • Chigusa leaving will be a big blow to AJW for a long while, but if they can get these new wrestlers over, they can build up again. The company and Chigusa both know that she can’t be on top forever and she has nowhere to go but down from being the top star of the women’s wrestling industry. Chigusa has numerous options available to her. She has a clothing company, can use her celebrity to do game shows, and could even gather wrestlers together and start her own promotion, as some of the speculation suggests. Dave spends a bit of time describing Japanese teen idol culture and concludes that it’s very fun to follow how it all works and how it intersects with wrestling. Anyway, this is all a bit premature and a false alarm (the part about Chigusa retiring - all the implications of what would happen upon her retirement is super interesting and important to consider). Chigusa will do a tour in the U.S. and Canada later this year and will return to AJW in the fall, before retiring for the first time in 1989 (she’ll unretire in 1993.
  • The June issue of Washington Monthly has a piece on commission regulation of pro wrestling. Mostly it kind of laughs at how wrestling is regulated currently. It’s written by the same guy who wrote the Penthouse piece on the Von Erichs that’s in development hell. That’s tentatively scheduled for the September issue now, by the way.
  • There were three shows in Oregon last weekend: Owen, Haynes, and McMahon. Haynes put on his championship tournament final and won that in front of a crowd, while Owen did a kids get in free gimmick and had Buddy Rose vs. the Assassin in a bullrope match to main event. WWF, however, drew their biggest crowd ever in Oregon on May 30, getting 7,500 people (Hogan never even cracked 5,000 in Portland).
  • Also, the advertised Hennig vs. DeBeers AWA title match in Salem Oregon on May 19 did not happen, as expected. Hennig was no longer champion and didn’t even show up, so they made a battle royal the main event. Matt Borne won. DeBeers claimed in an promo that “Verne Gagne has put economic sanctions on me.”
  • The IWGP Title is currently held up because of silliness involving Riki Choshu. The main event on May 27 was originally supposed to be Fujinami defending against Seiji Sakaguchi, but Riki Choshu complained and got inserted as challenger instead. The finish to the match, which to be clear was obviously a work due to the fact that Fujinami took his boot off, involved the ring breaking and Fujinami “spraining” his ankle. So Choshu attacks the ankle, Fujinami removes his boot and tries to fight on, but they stop the match and rule it a no contest. Choshu says that since it was an accident, he didn’t want to win the title that way, so the belt is held up until the June 24 show in Osaka.
  • Owen Hart also won the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title on the same night. He’ll likely drop the title before the end of the tour, but he is scheduled for another tour in late August, which throws a wrench in Dave’s understanding of any plans he has vis a vis WWF.
  • Adrian Adonis is being cheered in New Japan. He was a big star here several years back and the fans still remember him. He’s definitely put on a lot of weight since those days, though, so the fans have also been pretty shocked by his physique.
  • Steve Williams is probably not going back to New Japan any time ever. He’s skipped out on too many tours and they weren’t happy about that.
  • UWF has announced their June 11 card. They’ve got Maeda vs. Takada in the main event and Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Norman Smiley. The show is already sold out (7,000 seats at a price of $28/ticket = $106,000). All Japan has a show in the same building a week earlier and tickets are selling slowly. UWF is trying to get Bob Backlund in against Maeda for their December show, but that’s conditional on getting Backlund to do the job. Good news from the future: Backlund will be on the show. We’ll get into the details and how plans change down the line.
  • Devil Masami came out of retirement for JWP’s May 28 show. JWP was going to fold on May 29, but they managed to draw 4,000 fans and are going to do occasional spot shows from here on out. Dave says those shows will be “promoted by the local mob” and that may or may not be snark, I’m honestly not sure.
  • No real news from All Japan Women beyond the Chigusa Nagayo situation. Retirement rumors are swirling, and Leilani Kai beat her in a non-title match on May 28, so it might be that they’re prepping Kai as her retirement match.
  • The lineup for the second NWA Clash of Champions has changed. Barry Windham will now be wrestling Brad Armstrong in what’s sure to be a fantastic match if it’s given time. TBS’s press release about the show gave Dusty the biggest bio (no surprise) which called him “one of the two biggest stars in professional wrestling today, along with Ric Flair.” Dave notes that Windham’s bio calls him the “frequent tag team partner of Lex Luger,” so obviously these are a touch dated. Clash shows are set for September 7 and December 7 as well.
  • [NWA] Jimmy Garvin did a great promo on the June 4 TBS show. He admitted he’s married to Precious and really heated up the rivalry with Kevin Sullivan. Dave thinks it’s no coincidence they’re doing this at the same time as Rick Rude is feuding with Jake Roberts over Jake’s wife. It’s a formula that gets over big.
  • NWA is putting a lot of hype into Luger vs. Flair at the Great American Bash, and it’s getting lots of buzz among fans. Most people Dave talks to think they might even put the title on Luger. Nothing’s certain yet, but they’re definitely doing good work in the build here.
  • [WWF] Islander Tama (Sam Fatu, aka Tonga Kid) has quit WWF. That leaves the islanders as Siva Afi and Haku, which really sucks because Tama and Haku worked really well together and Siva is… not great. Dave’s heard two stories here. One is that he was upset with his Wrestlemania paycheck and the other is that he was upset with how Sika was let go and the rest of the family put pressure on him to follow suit.
  • [WWF] At the Rochester, MN tapings on May 11, Vince apparently gave a speech about the evils of steroids. According to the speech, being on tv will make you larger than life and you won’t need steroids because you’re on tv. This all stems from an employee in some auditorium finding a needle and leftover steroids backstage after a WWF show and accidentally getting stuck by the needle and freaking out about potentially getting AIDS. Remember, kids, don’t share needles.
  • Terry Taylor is coming to the WWF to work as a babyface. I think he’s too chicken to try being a WWF heel.
  • There’s talk of WWF doing a feud between Cheryl Roberts and Raven. No, not Scott Levy. Cheryl is, of course, Jake Roberts’ wife. Raven is Rick Rude’s valet, played by his sister Nancy.
  • TV in Memphis to set up the June 6 Hennig vs. Lawler match was really hot. They had Hennig in studio making fun of a local car dealer and attacking him, then later demanding Lawler come out and when Lawler didn’t come out he destroyed the studio. Lawler only came out when Hennig threatened to beat the shit out of Lance Russell if Lawler didn’t come out by the count of 10. Of course, they kind of undercut some of the tension by having the Toyota dealer promise to refund the fans if Lawler doesn’t win on June 6.
  • WCCW’s Memorial Day card in Fort Worth drew roughly 1,500 (5,000 claimed on tv). That’s the biggest crowd they’ve had in a long time. Plans for Lawler to come work with Kerry Von Erich appear to be shelved - he’s coming in on June 17-19, but he’ll be working with Terry Taylor and Iceman King Parsons instead.
  • Makhan Singh is a heel and currently feuding with Kerry Brown in Stampede, but appears to be developing a cult following. He’s doing well on promos and he’s doing color commentary with Ed Whalen and a lot of folks feel like his work on the desk has significantly improved the show. So he’s developing a fanbase that quite likely will cheer for him. Can you believe that this guy winds up being Bastion Booger?
  • Dave gives a June 1 Continental match between Tom Prichard and Tony Anthony 4 stars. It was a 9 minute first blood match and Prichard bled first, but Danny Davis wiped the blood off him to keep the referee none the wiser.
  • In USA Wrestling, Doug Furnas almost won the Tennessee championship from Buddy Landel in a tv match, but Guerrero shenanigans kept the gold off him. Furnas won clean, but Hector Guerrero slipped a foreign object into Furnas’s trunks and told the ref, who reversed the decision promptly upon discovering the weapon. Guess we can see where Eddie got his ideas from.
Watch: Hector Guerrero lies, cheats, and steals
  • Over in Europe, Otto Wanz still reigns supreme. Scott Hall is over there right now working for him, and Wanz is defending his version of the world title against Bruiser Brody on July 9. Apparently he got Andre the Giant back in January and Andre did a job for him too. Well, it was December, and it was by countout, but yes.
Watch: Otto Wanz vs. Andre the Giant, December 1987
  • AWA is looking for a new booker. They fired Wahoo McDaniel and Ray Stevens for running their own independent show in Virginia without telling AWA about it. Just in case you thought Vince was the first promoter to not like his guys running their own shows.
  • Windy City Wrestling is holding a show on July 16 at DePaul University and they’re hoping to get Brody in to wrestle Nord the Barbarian in a cage match. Brody is already booked that weekend, though, so if he doesn’t come, it’s because he’ll be in Puerto Rico. He really should have picked Chicago that weekend.
  • There’s a really fascinating letter about the western Pennsylvania wrestling scene from the 1950s and into the 70s. They used to get tv from the International Amphithetre in Chicago featuring guys like Thesz, Gagne, Buddy Rogers, the Lisowskis, and others and the letter writer wonders if anyone still has the old film of those matches sitting on a shelf somewhere. They did, and there’s a youtube channel dedicated to all this old wrestling: The Chicago Film Archive. Anyway, by the late 50s, tv wrestling in Pittsburgh got taken over by a live studio show from Philadelphia every Saturday, but it wasn’t very good and then another promoter took over the tv there and you had guys like Waldo Von Erich, the Tolos Brothers, Ilio DePaolo, and others. Soon after, Toots Mondt (an associate of Vince McMahon Sr.) started romoting in the area and brought in the best of the NWA at the time - Argentina Rocca, Buddy Rogers, the Kangaroos, Haystacks Calhoun, Sweet Daddy Siki, and a young Bruno Sammartino. But the biggest star was the Crusher (Reggie Lisowski), who started heel and became even bigger when he turned face, and in his later years they tried turning him heel again to go against Bruno, but the feud died because his appeal was gone and turning him heel was a mistake (this is weirdly reminiscent of Steve Austin’s trajectory and the mistake of his heel turn, it feels like). When Bruno became the champ, that was shortly after WWWF broke off the NWA and the local shows started to die off as he went on tour, but the big shows still did well and there was still a surge of excitement and popularity. Big monthly shows in the local arena did well, but rarely sold out. Things went bad when Bruno dropped the title to Ivan Koloff and wrestling interest dropped significantly and it wasn’t until Bruno got the title back that things interest started rising again. It’s really remarkable how important a figure Bruno was in the western Pennsylvania scene at the time.
  • A writer asks Dave if he thinks Flair should consider jumping to WWF, and Dave responds. He says there’s a bigger chance of it happening now than at any previous point (not that he’s saying Flair will jump, just that the circumstances are most favorable to a jump right now), and that does make it an interesting question. If they wanted to, they could go all in on Flair and he’d be a big draw. But because Flair’s synonymous with the NWA, there’s a lot of ways they could sabotage that because of the egos at play and the need to show that they’ve been better than the NWA all along (see WWE and anything remotely WCW in the past 19 years). And some of the reasons they might convince themselves Flair wouldn’t get over with their audience are even valid: Flair thrives in long matches and WWF doesn’t really do those. He’s pushing 40, and that’s pretty old (ha!). So yeah, if Flair were to be the top of the card in WWF, that would feel to some like an admission that the NWA is on par with the WWF, and that won’t sit well with some of the suits with big egos. But at Flair’s age, a run with WWF to make the big bucks and work shorter matches is likely to have some appeal - he’s an old man in a young man’s game, and he’s got to know that. Well, let’s look at what Ric Flair had to say about the idea of being too old to do it and retirement, about 20 years later.
Watch: Ric Flair’s thoughts on being an old man in a young man’s game and retirement
  • Another letter asks Dave for some more information on his sources for the OWF debut and the World Class Texas Stadium show. Basically, some quibbles about attendance in the former, including asking for clarification on what Dave meant when he said the crowd had “a higher class of fan, similar to a WWF crowd.” In the case of the World Class stuff, the writer straight up disagrees on the quality of the latter and asks Dave to be more positive about WCCW for the sake of the business. Dave goes ahead and answers the challenge. He names the source for his claim on the “higher class of fan,” which he meant in terms of socioeconomic class: Mike Rodgers, who publishes the major newsletter on the region called Ring Around the Northwest. Rodgers has been following wrestling in the area enough to know what kinds of crowds different promotions draw in the area and Dave stands by Mike’s assessment. As for World Class, Dave had 21 letters from those who attended the show and all but four (and those four include this letter Dave is responding to) considered the show subpar, and Dave makes sure to clarify that he didn’t call it subpar, but that he reported fan reception as indicating it was subpar. Dave even called a contact who knows the regulars for WCCW’s shows in the area after getting this letter and asked him what people generally thought, and that contact also reported general disappointment. As to being more positive about WCCW, Dave gives credit where due (he was very positive on Michael Hayes as a booker), but the promotion is showing no signs of a turnaround. It’s loads better than it was when Fritz was still in charge, but they’re still flubbing basic business in so many ways and making terrible booking choices and Dave can’t just give them a pass for that. There’s also some stuff about WWF in here where the writer calls WWF fans idiots and claims nobody intelligent would pay to go to a WWF show, and Dave mentions that he has paid to go to WWF shows and finds them enjoyable as a social outing with friends, even if he’s not interested in their wrestling enough to go on his own. So yeah. Mostly included the stuff on this letter because it’s a peek behind the curtain of Dave’s contacts and how he gauged fan reactions back in the day.
  • Also, Percy Pringle is playing face and holding the mic for interviews on World Class tv now. Dave says his facial expressions are hilarious, and I’m demanding we get a Percy Pringle facial reactions subreddit and simp account like the Alexa Bliss one asap.
NEXT WEEK: NWA Blows Clash II advertising, Clash II review, Bodyslam movie review, Brother love coming to WWF, Summerslam announced, and more
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2020.11.16 16:02 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Barr's DOJ shut down investigations of Trump and admin officials

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.


On Saturday, Trump announced on Twitter that he has put his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge of his campaign's long-shot post-election legal challenges. Other people on the team include Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis.
  • Giuliani worked with a Russian agent to smear Biden. diGenova and Toensing tried to get the Justice Department to drop charges against corrupt Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash. Powell represents Michael Flynn and champions "deep state" conspiracies. Ellis said gay marriage leads to pedophilia.
NYT: Mr. Trump turned to Mr. Giuliani earlier on Friday in reaction to the latest setback he faced in court, this one relating to votes in Maricopa County, Arizona… A half-dozen other Trump advisers have described Mr. Giuliani’s efforts as counterproductive and said that he was giving the president unwarranted optimism about what could happen… In an Oval Office meeting with aides on Thursday, Mr. Trump put Mr. Giuliani on speakerphone so the others could hear him. He angrily accused the aides of not telling the president the truth
Giuliani’s conspiracy-riddled rant at Four Seasons Total Landscaping was so disastrous that it “scared off many of the lawyers” recruited to argue election-related lawsuits. Politico: “Campaign officials described the episode as disastrous...there are widespread concerns within Trumpworld and GOP circles that Giuliani’s antics are thwarting the president’s legal machinery from within.”
Two major law firms have withdrawn from Trump campaign cases as his legal challenges crumble. Arizona’s largest law firm Snell & Wilmer dumped the RNC and Trump campaign effort to challenge votes in Maricopa County. Porter Wright Morris & Arthur is abandoning Trump’s attempt to block Pennsylvania's popular vote for Joe Biden.
  • In one day (Friday), nine cases meant to attack President-elect Joe Biden's win in key states were denied or dropped - seven in Pennsylvania, one in Arizona, and one in Michigan.
The new federal chief information security officer, Camilo Sandoval, has already taken leave from his day job to participate in a pro-Trump effort to hunt for evidence of voter fraud in the battleground states. The group, Voter Integrity Fund, is a newly formed Virginia-based group that is analyzing ballot data and cold-calling voters. Sandoval was officially appointed on Nov. 4, 2020, but lists his starting date at October on his personal LinkedIn page.
WaPo: Sandoval is part of a hastily convened team led by Matthew Braynard, a data specialist who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign. Another participant is Thomas Baptiste, an adviser to the deputy secretary of the Interior Department who also took a leave to work on the project. Braynard said in an interview that several other government officials on leave are also assisting the effort, but he declined to identify them.
Media’s role:
  • Facebook Cut Traffic To Leading Liberal Pages Just Before The Election: Liberal page administrators who spoke with BuzzFeed News said that their reach declined by as much as 70%, and still hasn’t recovered.
  • Facebook Live Spread Election Conspiracies And Russian State-Controlled Content Despite Employee Fears: The social network’s live video tool has recommended videos featuring misinformation and the hyperpartisan views of Trump allies leading up to and following election day in the US.
  • In the week after the election, Trump’s postings dominated Facebook, accounting for the 10 most engaged status updates in the United States, and 22 of the top 25. “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” was his top post.
  • YouTube Is Doing Very Little to Stop Election Misinformation From Spreading
  • Social media app Parler receives financial backing from conservative hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, The Wall Street Journal reported. Parler turned into a kind of de facto home for conservatives’ protests against the election— including the persistent “Stop the Steal” campaign— after the race was called for former Vice President Joe Biden. Several high-profile conservative social media personalities encouraged people to abandon Twitter and Facebook because of their moderation policies, and instead follow them on Parler.


Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, still hasn’t signed the official letter that would allow the incoming Biden team to formally begin the transition. House Democrats are assessing options to force the GSA’s hand, which could include summoning Murphy to the Hill to testify or suing her. “Obviously, Congress could file suit against the GSA administrator for failing to do her duty. We could seek to get a court to, in fact, issue an order
Her ascertainment is the legally necessary precursor to the government’s assistance to the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team. It releases $6.3 million dollars to the team, which is funded by public and private money; a loan of expanded federal office space and equipment; access to government agencies that will begin sharing information and records about ongoing activities, plans and vulnerabilities; national security briefings for the president; and other support.
  • The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently confirmed that it is not providing national security briefings to the president-elect. The Defense Department has also reportedly indicated that it will not meet with the Biden-Harris transition team until Murphy formally affirms the apparent winner.
One of the officials fired in Trump’s latest purge was helping prepare for the transition to the new administration. USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick was removed abruptly to make way for a Trump loyalist after she had been supportive of transition planning, including the preparation of a 440-page manual for the next administration.
The GSA’s refusal to enact the transition has locked Biden’s team out of crucial Covid-19 pandemic data and government agency contacts. The president-elect’s Covid-19 task force has been trying to work around the federal government by connecting with governors and the health community.
  • The head of Operation Warp Speed, Moncef Slaoui, called on the White House to allow contact with the Biden team, saying “It is a matter of life and death for thousands of people.”
White House’s Office of Management and Budget is considering 145 new regulations and other policy changes they could enact before Biden’s inauguration - rules that will be challenging to undo once they are finalized. Critics and supporters of the administration say they expect a final burst of regulations to be finalized in the weeks before Jan. 20.
The rules under development include policies that the incoming Biden administration would probably oppose, such as new caps on the length of foreign student visas; restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of scientific research; limits on the EPA’s consideration of the benefits of regulating air pollutants; and a change that would make it easier for companies to treat workers as independent contractors, rather than employees with more robust wage protections.
Last week, both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said they’re preparing for a second Trump term. “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon (clip). Pompeo then doubled down on Fox News (clip). “We are moving forward here at the White House under the assumption there will be a second Trump term,” Navarro said on Fox Business Friday (clip).

DOJ interference

Attorney General William Barr stopped career prosecutors in DOJ’s Public Integrity Section from investigating whether President Trump broke any laws related to his conduct with Ukraine last year. The section was initially given the green light to pursue “a potentially explosive inquiry” into Trump, but after the Senate acquitted the president during impeachment proceedings, Barr sent the case to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors in DOJ’s Public Integrity Section were also prevented from bringing charges against former interior secretary Ryan Zinke by political appointees atop the Justice Department. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen told prosecutors that they needed to gather more evidence and refine the case against Zinke for lying to Interior investigators.
  • The investigation into Zinke stemmed from his decision to block two Native American tribes—the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan—from opening a casino in Connecticut. Zinke’s office had been lobbied heavily by MGM Resorts International, which had been planning to open its own casino very close to where the tribes intended to break ground.
Sixteen assistant U.S. attorneys specially assigned to monitor malfeasance in the 2020 election urged Barr on Friday to rescind his memo allowing election-fraud investigations before results are certified. "It was developed and announced without consulting non-partisan career professionals in the field and at the Department. Finally, the timing of the Memorandum's release thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics," the prosecutors wrote.
An internal Justice Department investigation found that federal prosecutors who oversaw a controversial non-prosecution deal with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 exercised “poor judgment” but did not break the law. “They just say he used poor judgment, and that's their way of basically letting everyone off the hook while offering some sort of an olive branch to the victims that we acknowledge weren't treated perfectly,” said Brad Edwards, who sued the DOJ in 2008 on behalf of Epstein accusers.

Immigration news

Eastern District of New York Judge Nicholas Garaufis (Clinton-appointee) ruled that Chad Wolf was not legally serving as acting Homeland Security secretary when he signed rules limiting DACA program applications and renewals. Therefore, in a win for Dreamers and immigration activists, Garaufis said the changes were invalid.
The judge described an illegitimate shuffling of leadership chairs at the Department of Homeland Security, the agency responsible for immigration enforcement, for the predicament of Wolf's leadership and that of his predecessor, Kevin McAleenan.
"Based on the plain text of the operative order of succession," Garaufis wrote in the Saturday ruling, "neither Mr. McAleenan nor, in turn, Mr. Wolf, possessed statutory authority to serve as Acting Secretary. Therefore the Wolf Memorandum was not an exercise of legal authority."
  • There's a renewed push to get Chad Wolf confirmed as Homeland Security secretary -- a position in which he's been serving in an acting capacity for a yearr -- before Inauguration Day. In the past week, Homeland Security officials spoke to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office about bringing the nomination to a floor vote in the coming weeks.
Within the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the US, the Trump administration filed 75 lawsuits to seize private land along the US-Mexico border for the border wall." People right now are having to choose between their health and their homes," said Ricky Garza, a staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, a legal advocacy group.
After a series of price increases, Trump’s border project will cost taxpayers $20 million per mile of border fence. A review of federal spending data shows more than 200 contract modifications, at times awarded within just weeks or months after the original contracts, have increased the cost of the border wall project by billions of dollars since late 2017.
DHS has expelled unaccompanied immigrant children from the US border more than 13,000 times since March, using the coronavirus as an excuse to deny children their right to asylum. Previously, unaccompanied children were sent to government-run shelters as they attempted to pursue their asylum cases.
Migrant children from Central America are being expelled to Mexico, where they have no family connections. The expulsions not only put children in danger - the policy violates a diplomatic agreement with Mexico that only Mexican children and others who had adult supervision could be pushed back into Mexico after attempting to cross the border.
The House Judiciary Committee released a report on the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border, revealing that the federal agency that cares for migrant children was not told about the policy. The chaos contributed to the inability to later reunite parents and children.
The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center. Hours after one detained woman spoke to federal investigators about forced hysterectomies at a Georgia detention center, she said ICE told her that it had lifted a hold on her deportation and she faced “imminent” removal. Six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin had already been deported.
Northern District of Illinois Judge Gary Feinerman (Obama-appointee) blocked a key Trump administration policy that allowed officials to deny green cards to immigrants who might need public assistance Advocates who had feared that the policy would harm tens of thousands of poor people, particularly those affected by widespread job loss because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Microsoft said it has detected attempts by state-backed Russian and North Korean hackers to steal valuable data from leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers. “Among the targets, the majority are vaccine makers that have COVID-19 vaccines in various stages of clinical trials.”
Two census takers told The AP that their supervisors pressured them to enter false information into a computer system about homes they had not visited so they could close cases during the waning days of the once-a-decade national headcount.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled it’s unlikely to tear down Obamacare over a Republican-backed lawsuit challenging the landmark health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts and Trump appointee Justice Brett Kavanaugh strongly questioned whether the elimination of the mandate penalty made the rest of the law invalid. Kavanaugh appeared to signal on several occasions that he favored leaving the rest of the law intact if the mandate is struck.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) was sued last week by four whistleblowers claiming that he abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair, and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI.
The Trump administration is rushing plans to auction drilling rights in the U.S. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before the inauguration of Biden, who has vowed to block oil exploration in the rugged Alaska wilderness. Biden’s efforts could be complicated if the Trump administration sells drilling rights first. Formally issued oil and gas leases on federal land are government contracts that can’t be easily yanked.
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2020.10.15 15:53 HeyitsyaboyJesus Nebraska 2021 Recruiting Class Review: 10/15/2020

I spent my off time this week taking a hard look at the recruits of this class. I’ve compiled our current commits below and done my own evaluation and what I see in each recruit- the good and the bad. I’ve made determinations on how I think they should be rated and compare that to their 247 rating.
I’m a complete amateur at evaluating recruits and have no experience other than watching film and seeing what the experts take into account and how they rate players. This was an exercise for me and I gave a brief bio about each player. The heights and weights are taken from 247 and from what I’ve seen on film as some of the weights were not up to date. I followed 247’s rating explanations as a guide.
Koby Bretz - Omaha, NE
6’2” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: S/WR
Recruitment Position: S/Field OLB
Koby Bretz plays for Omaha Westside in Omaha, Nebraska. Last year Westside played Bellevue West for the state title but came up short. This year, they and Bellevue West are again the favorites to play in the state championship. The currently are undefeated sitting at 7-0.
Bretz is a tall, powerful, athletic Safety that shows great speed and angle recognition when coming downhill. While not the strongest looking player, he brings a level of physicality to Westside’s defensive backfield, capable of forcing fumbles on devastating hits. He has highlights of him coming between gaps and through blocks to make tackles. His playmaking highlights at safety much of the time is in run support, but in the games I’ve seen of him this year he has been able to recognize pass plays and make some high caliber PBU’s. At wide receiver he has shown that he can go up and make plays on balls while showing above average straight-line speed (this also shows up in his pursuit as a DB).
Bretz has all the tools to be a great player- of this class, he has one of the highest ceilings. He is someone that will need a year to learn hone his skills as a DB, get stronger and learn the playbook. His frame looks like it can hold another 20-30lbs comfortably- however he will need to work hard to develop himself. I think he starts out as a Safety before moving down to the field OLB. I think he can be a force at this position- he is a gifted tackler. Additionally, if the staff felt like they needed him at ILB, I feel as though he could play this position as well.
Bretz is rated an 88 by 247. I think his rating is appropriate. Depending on how he has looked this year, I could see him rise. Unfortunately, he has not posted any of his gameplay from this year on hudl.
Marques Buford – Oakdale, CT (Cedar Hill, TX)
6’0” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1274.04 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: ATH – DB/WR
Recruitment Position: DB
Marques Buford plays for St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Oakdale, CT. Buford is a two-time state champion with his high school team at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, TX.
Buford is an excellent all-around athlete playing at Defensive Back. He was a top camp performer multiple times in high school. He is agile, he is fast, he has great hands and a solid frame. He can lockdown receivers in man coverage and go up for balls just as well. He has solid play recognition ability and tackling ability. With a year at Prep School, he will be in a similar position to Alante Brown this year and have the opportunity and come in and help the DB room immediately.
When viewing his film, Buford does not have any immediately recognizable deficiencies. He will need to continue working hard and improve his body and skills as a DB.
Buford is rated an 87 by 247. I think Buford is underrated here and should be a borderline 4* at an 89 or 90. He is the best prep school player in the country.
James Carnie – Firth, NE
6’5” – 223lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 19.8 Miles
Profile: 86 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE/OLB
Recruitment Position: TE
James Carnie plays for Norris High School in Firth, Nebraska. His team finished 7-4 last year and currently sits at 6-1 this year.
Carnie is an athletic Tight End/Outside Linebacker standing a 6’5” 223lbs. During the summer Carnie caught eyes with his 32.5” vertical and 4.6- 40 yard dash time at the Warren Academy Showcase. He is regarded by some as the best tight end in the state of Nebraska. This season he has shown that his athleticism in camps shows up on the field. He is a physical blocker and pass rusher, capable of pancaking DBs/LBs and coming off blocks to chase down QBs/RBs. Carnie has been able to show his speed and explosiveness on the field as a tight end, getting free from DBs and winning footraces to the end zone. He has shown ability to go up for 50/50 balls and yank them out of the air. His hands have improved greatly from last season and over the course of this season.
He is a physical player that will need to improve his body position going into contact. Carnie can run through people with poor tackling now, but if he lowers his shoulder, he should be able to blow through better tacklers. He has shown that he can drag tacklers and spin out of waist tackles.
Carnie will need to improve his route running ability, while decent now, he needs better breakouts and crisper routes. He also needs to improve his general elusiveness and on-the-field speed slightly, it appears that not all the speed he gained during the offseason has translated.
When he gets to Nebraska, he must maintain the same mentality he had over the summer and this season, working hard, and proving he can be a great player. He will need to continue to gain lean muscle and explosiveness to be a physical blocker and pass catcheroute runner.
Carnie is rated an 86 by 247. I believe this is the correct range for him to be in, however, I could see him improve to an 88 with his performance over the season and into the playoffs.
Gabe Ervin – Buford, GA
6’0” – 200lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 834.65 Miles
Profile: 84 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: RB
Recruitment Position: RB
Gabe Ervin plays for Buford High School in Buford Georgia. Buford High School won the 5A state title last year in a come back victory and moved to the 6A division currently sitting at 3-1 this season. While the school is not filled with P5 athletes, the school executes its offense and defense at a high level to control and win games.
Playing at the Running Back position, Ervin is one of the most intriguing prospects of Nebraska’s class. He appears and is capable of being a 3-down back that runs downhill, makes quick cuts and breaks tackles. However, Gabe Ervin’s athleticism is more than being a downhill bruiser and he has shown he can be shifty in the backfield and bounce the football outside the tackles this season. Ervin is capable of getting down the field in a hurry and if a seam opens up in the middle of the field he will hit that seam and take it to the house- he is capable of accelerating and hitting his stride as soon as he reaches the second level.
Ervin’s vision and ability to read defenses is at a high level coming out of high school and I think this is attributed to the system he plays in and the coaching he has received. In game film I have seen him make reads on linebackers and use footwork while he is in the backfield to get LB’s to bite on the wrong gaps- in a particular play that he did this he turned what would have been a 7 or 8 yard gain to a 40 yard gain.
Ervin’s shiftiness is not given enough credit, he has been able to put DB’s and LB’s on skates with his footwork. He has shown that he can put defensive players at bad angles to make tackles and then break them- shedding them off his hips or with a stout stiff arm. His balance is very impressive and has shown great resilience on going down on ankle tackles. Last year Ervin averaged ~6.7 ypc. He seeks to improve his YPC and has done a good job, rushing for 178 yards on 10 carries in his most recent game.
Ervin is rated an 84 by 247. I believe Ervin deserves at least a 4-point bump. Ervin’s running style is akin to what Devine Ozigbo’s looked like his senior season. Strong downfield runner with unexpected elusiveness, but Ervin’s ability to bounce the ball outside the OT’s this season has been his biggest improvement and it has surprised a lot of people- me included. According to “Tracking Football” Ervin scores a 4.6 out of 5.0 on their athleticism scale when looking at his height, weight, and track times. This is considered “exceptional”. If I were to describe Ervin’s running ability and approach to the game in one word it would, “professional”.
Thomas Fidone – Council Bluffs, IA – US Army All American
6’5” – 225lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 54.1 Miles
Profile: 95 247 – 6.0 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE
Recruitment Position: TE
Thomas Fidone plays for Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is an Army All American Tight End. Thomas Fidone is the best Tight End in the nation of the 2021 class. He is the best route running and pass catching tight ends I’ve ever seen at the High School level. If you were to look at all the recruits this cycle and ask for the best route runners and pass catchers (RB’s, WR’s, and TE’s included) Fidone would still be at the top of the list. His breakouts are exceptional, his footwork is exceptional, his hands are exceptional. He stands at 6’5 225 and runs a 4.63 – 40-yard dash with a 37” vertical, all of which shows up on the field, winning in foot races to the endzone and showing elusiveness and acceleration.
He is a physical player and wins jump balls and sells his body out to make great catches. He drags defenders and puts them in the dirt with stiff arms. He is a capable and physical blocker. He is an extremely hard worker that wants to be the best.
Fidone is rated a 95 by 247. He has had a fantastic season so far. He has a shot at becoming a 5* player by 247, but I believe much of that decision will come down to how he plays at the All-American Bowl.
Mikai Gbayor – Irvington, NJ
6’2 – 220lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1172.70 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: ILB
Recruitment Position: ILB
Mikai Gbayor plays for Irvington High School in Irvington, New Jersey. His school lost in the semi-final for the state championship. His team is off to a 2-0 start this season.
Gbayor plays Inside Linebacker and is a physical presence in the center of the field. He has solid play recognition, appears to be a sure tackler and often is a decleator. He has multiple highlights of him destroying RB’s and QB’s. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a ton of hudl film for me to look through. He is best as a run stopper and is fast enough to hit gaps he needs to. He has a long frame and appears to be able to put on a good bit more weight and muscle. His lateral movement needs to improve as does his pass coverage and acceleration. However, I do think he has the athleticism to pull this off- he will need to dedicate himself to the S&C program and to improving technique.
Gbayor is rated an 87 by 247, I think this is a fair assessment. I do think his skill is in the 85-87 range. If he can show this season that he has improved his acceleration, ability to get off blocks and pursue sideline to sideline he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Kamonte Grimes – Naples, FL – US Army All American
6’2” – 205lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1324.77 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WDB
Recruitment Position: WR
Kamonte Grimes plays for Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida. His team went 4-6 overall in 2019, but are off to a 3-0 start this season. He is an Army All American.
Grimes is both a Wide Receiver and Defensive Back at his high school but was recruited as a WR by the Huskers. He spent the offseason becoming a better athlete and really worked on his body. Over the summer he accepted an invitation to play in the Army All American Bowl. Grimes is another unique prospect. The way that he runs makes him look slower and less elusive than he is, but he can create separation and outrun pursuing players. He glides and is a smooth route runner. He can go up for balls and break tackles made with poor angles. He’s a willing blocker. I think the biggest parts of his game he needs to improve upon is his explosiveness and route running.
Grimes is rated an 88 by 247, I find this to be a fair rating. I found the invite to the Army All-American Bowl particularly interesting as I don’t see him as an elite receiver. I think his performance at the AA Bowl will tell us a lot about how good he is.
Heinrich Haarberg – Kearney, NE
6’5” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 119.43 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: QB
Recruitment Position: QB
Heinrich Haarberg plays for Kearney Catholic in Kearney, Nebraska. His team finished 7-3 last year and currently sits at 5-1 this season.
Haarberg is a tall athletic and raw Quarterback. He has a lot of untapped talent and if he can hone his skills, he can be dangerous. Haarberg makes throwing 50-yard bombs and 20-yard lasers look easy. He’s adept at using his body and hips to generate power on his throws and can make strong throws while on the run and across his body. Haarberg is a boon in the QB run game, an area his team has relied on a lot this season. He can run through tackles and likes to play physically- he lowers his shoulder into contact. If Haarberg gets into the open field he can win footraces, having run a sub 11.0 100m.
Haarberg will need to spend time with Verduzco to improve as a QB, but understands he needs work. I’m not super familiar with looking at and evaluating QB’s, but I can tell he has poor footwork when he drops back in the pocket. If Haarberg spends a lot of time in S&C, he can become a force in the QB run game that no player wants to tackle. I can see him getting up to 235lbs and still retain his speed.
Haarberg is rated an 88 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. He has a very high upside and athletic ability, he just needs to develop and harness it.
Shawn Hardy – Kingsland, GA
6’3” – 190lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1086.47 Miles
Profile: 85 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WR
Recruitment Position: WR
Shawn Hardy plays for Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia. His team finished 8-3 last year and sits at 4-2 this year.
Hardy is a taller receiver that excels in his ball tracking ability and ability to go up and win 50/50 balls. He has solid speed to take the tops off defenses on go routes with his long stride. He plays a physical game when jumping up for balls and routinely rips the ball from defenders’ hands. He has surprising elusiveness for his size, and it has really come out this season with being able to accelerate around blocks and make strong cuts. While his route running is solid, there is always room to improve. His top end speed, elusiveness and acceleration only need a slight improvement to take him from a good receiver to an elite receiver. He has already improved his acceleration markedly.
Hardy is rated an 85 by 247. I think Hardy is underrated and would consider him our best receiver of the class when looking at this film. He plays against a high level of competition in Georgia 7A football- he finished with the 2nd most receiving yards in his conference and is on pace to surpass his previous years number. I would give Hardy a 2-point bump to an 87, maybe a 3 point bump to an 88.
Randolph Kpai – Sioux Falls, SD
6’3” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 189.39 Miles
Profile: 90 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: LB
Recruitment Position: ILB
Randolph Kpai plays for Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD. Last year his team finished 4-7 and is currently 3-4 on the season.
Kpai is one of the most athletic Linebackers in this class and it is apparent on his film. Kpai can accelerate to gaps and lay the wood on whatever offensive player is unlucky enough to get hit by him. He doesn’t have any official testing numbers but just watching his film you can see his ability- he moves at a different speed than everyone else on the field. Kpai could be either a Field OLB or WILL ILB and be effective in either position. He is fast coming off the edge and closing in on ball carriers to make tackles. He strikes blocks hard and can chase RB’s and WR’s laterally. He’s everything you want athletically at LB.
Kpai remains slight at 6’3, but he should be able to add a lot of good weight to his frame and become a dangerous player. He will need time to learn assignments and continue getting experience at one of the toughest positions to learn in football to become a great ILB.
This season Kpai leads his team in Solo (25) and Assisted (35) tackles. He is second on the team in TFL’s with 6.0. He sits at 1.5 sacks this season. Kpai has forced a total of 7 turnovers (4 INT, 3 Fumbles) in the 7 games he has played and has recovered 1 fumble. He has a total of 60 yards after interceptions. He already has two touchdowns scored on turnovers. He has performed very well throughout this season.
Kpai is rated a 90 by 247. I think this is an… adequate rating. Kpai could manage to see a slight bump. A total of 7 forced turnovers and 2 defensive touchdowns to his name, as a linebacker, is nothing short of impressive. I could see Kpai deserving up to a 2-point bump. I think he is one of most overlooked guys of the class by fans.
Henry Lutovsky – Mount Pleasant, IA
6’6 – 330lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 269.38 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OL
Recruitment Position: OL
Henry Lutovsky plays for Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Last season his team finished 6-3. They currently sit a 3-3 on the season.
Henry Lutovsky plays on the Offensive Line and has seen himself move around from OG to OT- usually to match up against a defensive line’s best player. In his first game he played against TJ Bollers, a 4* DE committed to Wisconsin. He started slow and had a tendency to over pursue at OT, but as the game went on he got more comfortable and prevented Bollers from making an impact on the game- him finishing with only 3.0 tackles for the night and no TFLs/Sacks (albeit the Panthers schemed away from Bollers).
Lutovsky is strongest at the offensive guard position and maintains good hip position and feet movement while driving through blocks and maintaining pass protection. At this level, his strength is overwhelming and rarely sees himself challenged- regularly pancaking his competition. He stands at 6’6, 330lbs and carries his weight extremely well. There are videos of him moving and jumping that are impressive to see at his size. Lutovsky will continue to need to develop and hone his game, but at his size and with his ability he would easily be a starting OG at the G5 level as a true freshman.
Lutovsky is rated an 87 by 247. I find his rating quite low for his ability. I think the biggest thing holding Lutovsky back from seeing a ratings bump is a lack of activity in camps and not seeing better competition. I really would have liked to see him get an invite to the All-American Bowl and see how he stacks up against elite competition. It’s hard to justify more than a 2 or 3-point bump for Lutovsky because he simply has not played against good enough competition, but I think he deserves to be in the low 4* range at a 89-91. I think I’m able to justify that rise alone in his performance against Bollers, at a position that he normally doesn’t play.
Lutovsky is one of my favorite recruits of this class, he has been a peer recruiter for this cycle and carries one of the most impressive OL frames this cycle. I think Lutovsky will be an elite offensive lineman for this team and an eventual NFL draft pick.
Seth Malcom – Tabor, IA
6’3” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 54.51 Miles
Profile: 83 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: LB/RB
Recruitment Position: LB
Seth Malcom plays 8-man football for Freemont-Mills High School in Tabor, Iowa. Last year his team finished 8-2. His team currently sits a 2-1 for the season.
Seth plays both Linebacker and Runningback in 8-man football making him particularly difficult to evaluate. The game between 11-man football and 8-man changes quite a bit, but I can comment on what I’ve seen from him on his junior film in terms of athletic ability.
His best feature is how hard he plays and how tough he is. He plays with a chip on his shoulder like he’s got something to prove. He’s a patient linebacker that will wait for a play to develop before filling his gap- this can be a bit of a double edged sword- but may be a result of 8 man football since the game has a lot more space and one missed tackle can be a touchdown. He’s pretty nimble on his feet and you can see that in his RB highlights.
He needs to improve his lateral speed, general explosiveness, and striking/coming off blocks. He will need to dedicate himself as a student of the game and work closely with Barret Ruud and Luke Reimer (a former 8-man playing in Kansas) to learn 11-man football. He’ll need to spend equal time in the weight room, developing his body. If the staff can develop Malcom into a starter at Nebraska, it will be a major accomplishment.
Malcom is rated an 83 by 247. It is difficult to just a higher rating for Malcom and I found it strange that the staff took his commitment. Malcom has a lot to prove and the odds stacked against him.
Latrelle Neville – Missouri City, TX
6’3” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 775.97 Miles
Profile: 85 247 – 5.8 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WR
Recruitment Position: WR
Latrelle Neville plays for Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. Last year his team finished 6-5 and they currently sit at 0-1 this season.
Latrelle is a large Wide Receiver that can operate as a punishing blocker and tremendous leaper. Latrelle can go up for balls and snatch them out of the air. He received high flying evaluations his sophomore year of High School, before dropping off to his current rating.
Neville is difficult to evaluate because the QB play at his High School has been atrocious. His QB barely threw a .500 completion rate and threw half as many picks as TDs. Many times, his QB had to settle for shovel passes. It’s been difficult to evaluate Latrelle for me because there simply isn’t much of him. Between his Sophomore and Junior year there was a drop off in his play due to the QB situation and due to the weight he gained. He played heavier his junior season than he is now in his senior season. In the short film that I’ve seen of his senior season he is faster and more agile than he was last year, his routes look crisper, but it is really hard to say.
Neville is rated an 85 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. I don’t think we will know what Neville can do until he gets here or manages to put up more film- but with his QB returning from last year, I don’t think we’ll get to see much.
Patrick Payton – Miami, FL
6’5” – 205lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1405.29 Miles
Profile: 89 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OLB
Recruitment Position: OLB
Patrick Payton plays for Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. His team has yet to play this season. Last season he played for Miami High School and finished 8-4.
Payton is a lengthy, lean, athletic Outside Linebacker that uses his speed and agility to come off the edge, rush the passer and get into the backfield. Payton understands his reach and can make arm tackles and trip up ball carriers when pursuing at disadvantageous angles. He’s skilled at using his hips and hands to get around blocks. He’s shifty and slippery enough to get linemen to pursue blocks on him and slip around them. He had a productive season last year, accruing 17.5 sacks.
Payton is rated an 89 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. His biggest detractor is simply his weight and strength. At 205lbs, he isn’t big enough to compete at the P5 level. If he can gain the weight and strength, he instantly becomes a lot more dangerous.
Teddy Prochazka – Omaha, NE
6’8” – 300lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.9 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OT
Recruitment Position: OT
Teddy Prochazka plays for Elkhorn South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. His team sits a 6-1 this season after finishing 7-4 last season.
Prochazka plays Offensive Tackle. He carries a hulking frame while maintaining a high level of athleticism and mobility. He suffers from the same problem that plagues Lutovsky in that the competition level he is up against is just not good enough to test his skills. I find that Prochazka’s form is not as polished as other offensive tackles, getting out of position and standing upright at times- technique is something that he will need to attack when arriving on campus.
Prochazka is rated an 88 by 247. I think his athleticism and size could justify him seeing a slight bump a point or two- but his technique really holds him back. The coaching he’ll receive from Austin should help him make that leap to the next level.
AJ Rollins – Omaha, NE
6’6” – 220lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 86 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE/DE
Recruitment Position: TE
AJ Rollins plays for Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. Last year his team finished 6-4, this year his team currently sits a 6-2.
Rollins carries a sizeable frame with the ability to put on ~25-35 more pounds on comfortably. From his film it appears that he’s quick out of his 3-point stance and that is where he is able to create the most separation and get open. It doesn’t appear that he has top end speed or agility- an area he will have to work on to compete with the other tight ends joining him in this class. When the ball is thrown his way he’s able to jump and extend upwards, high pointing his catches. His physicality as a blocker is a strength and he can stand up against edge rushers and engage LBs downfield.
His breaks on his route running are decent and he’s able to create separation, but like Carnie, needs to improve his route running.
Rollins is rated an 86 by 247. I think this rating is appropriate. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen a lot out of him this season and I don’t think it’s possible he rises. His QB’s play has been poor and has had trouble getting him the ball. It’ll need to be a year where Rollins focuses on his blocking and making the most out of the catches he gets.
Lardarius Webb Jr. – Jackson, MS
5’10” – 170lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 690 Miles
Profile: 84 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: CB
Recruitment Position: DB
Lardarius Webb Jr. plays for the Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the son of former Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb. His team sits 5-3 this season. Last season his team finished 7-5.
Webb is a tough prospect for me to judge adequately, I feel that DB film is tough to evaluate well. From what I’ve seen Webb is a tad undersized and will need play a role similar to what Dicaprio Bootle does where he accelerates and sticks to receivers, getting his hands in where balls are thrown. Webb has a decent number of TFL’s (4) as a CB for the season and seems to be capable of reading when screens are coming and breaking to the receiver. He plays hard and throws as big of hits as he can, but he will need to put work in the S&C room to get where he needs to be- he also needs to improve his tackling form and wrap up appropriately. From his training film, what I find most impressive about him is his hips. Webb has very fluid hips and can whip them around to follow receivers’ changes of direction- however, he will need to increase his speed and acceleration breaking to the ball once his hips are aligned.
Webb is rated an 84 by 247. I think this rating is appropriate and I’m a little surprised it’s not lower. There isn’t much film on him and I wish that DB’s put more film of them covering receivers rather than them going for the big hit or big play, because there isn’t much to learn from those.
Malik Williams – Buford, GA
6’0” – 187lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 834.65 Miles
Profile: 81 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: DB
Recruitment Position: DB
Malik Williams plays for Buford High School in Buford, Georgia. Buford High School won the 5A state title last year in a comeback victory and moved to the 6A division currently sitting at 3-1 this season. While the school is not filled with P5 athletes, the school executes its offense and defense at a high level to control and win games.
Williams is a rangy, strong corner that jams receivers at the line of scrimmage. He is solid at accelerating and breaking to receivers with the ball, but alike Webb, doesn’t have a lot of film of him operating in coverage. From what I’ve seen he seems to play off receivers slightly too much and allows them just enough room to be hit with a pass. I’m unsure if that is a factor of him not being able to keep up with receivers and being beaten on go routes or if it’s him not understanding how far off the receiver he needs to play. For a CB, however, he is strong and long enough to come off blocks and make tackles- this is an area I think he is particularly strong in. I think he will be capable of playing safety or cornerback at Nebraska.
Williams is rated an 81 by 247. I think this rating seems a tad low, however, alike Webb there isn’t much to justify him seeing a rise. I do think Williams is a better DB than Webb though. If Williams puts up film of him in coverage locking down receivers, making tackles, breaking up passes and making interceptions, I expect to see him rating rise (you can say this with just about any DB- but if your coverage is so good QB’s won’t throw the ball to your area, you need to show that). He plays for a great team in one of the larger classes in Georgia. You don’t start on a championship team in Georgia without being a good player.
Branson Yager – Grantsville, UT
6’7” – 332lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 824.28 Miles
Profile: 83 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OT
Recruitment Position: OT
Branson Yager plays for Grantsville High School in Grantsville, Utah. His team currently sits at 5-5. Last season his team finished 10-3.
Yager plays offensive tackle; he can be punishing with his blocks and pancake guys that line up across from him. He was matched up against an All-American Defensive end last year and played okay. His frame, although massive, needs work. He will need to spend a lot of time in the S&C program, breaking himself down and building himself back up – he needs to improve his agility, speed off the line and flexibility. He has trouble at times getting across laterally to make blocks on rushing defenders. He has the poor tendency to lurch forward while trying to make blocks, causing him to miss them at times.
Yager is rated an 83 by 247. I think this an accurate rating. I think Yager could see a 2-point bump if his overall athleticism has improved, but looking at his senior film, he looks about the same as he did last year with slight improvements in blocking form. If Yager arrives on campus, drops weight to 300 and rebuilds himself from there, I think we could be looking at an interesting prospect at offensive tackle. Yager understand he needs time to develop, however, he needs to hit the ground running.
In Review
Nebraska’s 2021 recruiting class is not as star studded as our previous classes, but it contains a lot of athletes that have low floors but high ceilings. It is a much more local class than previous classes with 9 recruits coming from the 500-mile radius and an average distance to Lincoln of 583.2447 miles. I think this can be attributed to both COVID and the talent that seems to be on the rise in Nebraska.
I would describe this class as developmental. If the coaching staff can develop these players, it will be a very solid class. There are still some additions that the staff needs to make at DL to make this a complete class.
Notes/Fun Facts
Our highest rated recruit of this class is Thomas Fidone, rated as the #1 Tight End in the country at a 95. Our lowest rated is Cornerback, Malik Williams at an 81. I would consider the most underrated recruit of this class to be Gabe Ervin, rated an 84 or Henry Lutovsky, rated at an 87.
The farthest from Lincoln is Patrick Payton at 1405.29 miles, while the closest recruit is James Carnie at 19.8 miles.
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2019.09.28 14:02 ParisHL 03AR07 United States Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Track Information

Track Layout
Track Full Name: Circuit of the Americas
Location: Austin, Texas
Country: United States
Length: 5.513
GPS Co-Ordinates: 30.132800 -97.641200

Car Parts Relied On

Floor Rear Wing Suspension Brakes Front Wing
19% 28% 18% 8% 27%

Sim Date

Free Practice: 27th September 2019
Qualifying: 28th September 2019
Race: 29th September 2019


R Car Driver Team Engine Tyre Best Time Behind Top Speed Laps
1 2 Gil Salgado WLD Ford 1:39.305 - 317.11 km/h 3
2 5 Matthias Achen Toyota-Red Bull 1:39.391 + 0.086 312.68 km/h 3
3 1 Oliver Jacobsen WLD Ford 1:39.477 + 0.172 317.25 km/h 2
4 4 Moore D'Avis Ford-Brickyard 1:39.659 + 0.354 316.15 km/h 3
5 3 Armand Hector Ford-Brickyard 1:39.867 + 0.562 313.82 km/h 2
6 6 Jakob Kjeldsen Toyota-Red Bull 1:39.998 + 0.693 311.77 km/h 2
7 9 Michael Howarth Awal Ford 1:40.053 + 0.748 313.37 km/h 2
8 18 Emanuel Batista Pikainen Ford 1:40.293 + 0.988 311.05 km/h 2
9 17 Elisha Izmaylov Pikainen Ford 1:40.318 + 1.013 311.07 km/h 2
10 10 Sebastian Jaros Awal Ford 1:40.503 + 1.198 315.40 km/h 2
11 15 Michael Evans Chevrolet-Draig 1:40.779 + 1.474 312.69 km/h 2
12 16 Peter Pallasmaa Chevrolet-Draig 1:40.900 + 1.595 314.71 km/h 2
13 20 Dominik Weyrauch Ghost Toyota 1:41.008 + 1.703 318.53 km/h 2
14 19 Stanley Holden Ghost Toyota 1:41.053 + 1.748 313.94 km/h 2
15 21 Laurent Curvers Lotus Ford 1:41.168 + 1.863 314.54 km/h 3
16 24 Spartacus Ermakov Ryan Toyota 1:41.640 + 2.335 311.32 km/h 2
17 22 Teddy Dressler Lotus Ford 1:41.766 + 2.461 315.16 km/h 2
18 23 Kristian Gottlieb Ryan Toyota 1:41.850 + 2.545 311.50 km/h 2
19 25 Uwe Strauss TF Sport Chevrolet 1:42.280 + 2.975 311.31 km/h 2
20 27 Sabantsev Valentinovich TVR Toyota 1:42.379 + 3.074 309.84 km/h 3
21 28 Zheleznov Valentinovich TVR Toyota 1:42.635 + 3.330 311.19 km/h 2
22 26 Kristian Duff TF Sport Chevrolet 1:43.944 + 4.639 310.06 km/h 2


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2019.09.28 14:02 ParisHL 03BR07 United States Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Track Information

Track Layout
Track Full Name: Circuit of the Americas
Location: Austin, Texas
Country: United States
Length: 5.513
GPS Co-Ordinates: 30.132800 -97.641200

Car Parts Relied On

Floor Rear Wing Suspension Brakes Front Wing
19% 28% 18% 8% 27%

Sim Date

Free Practice: 27th September 2019
Qualifying: 28th September 2019
Race: 29th September 2019


R Car Driver Team Engine Tyre Best Time Behind Top Speed Laps
1 31 Alex Pope Arcuri 1:41.378 - 306.28 km/h 2
2 39 Borys Zozulya Harimau 1:41.760 + 0.382 303.70 km/h 2
3 49 Patrick Brennan Tomkins Autosport 1:41.940 + 0.562 304.76 km/h 2
4 44 Blanco Fiorentino Mercury 1:42.262 + 0.884 304.14 km/h 2
5 50 Kyle Morrell Tomkins Autosport 1:42.332 + 0.954 306.32 km/h 3
6 32 Ilkka Halkoaho Arcuri 1:42.435 + 1.057 306.05 km/h 2
7 40 Ferrau Mousseau Harimau 1:42.551 + 1.173 304.09 km/h 2
8 43 Magnus Norgaard Mercury 1:42.571 + 1.193 301.69 km/h 2
9 29 Adelmo Nappo Andrieux 1:42.638 + 1.260 302.62 km/h 2
10 42 Amaury About Kaisersport 1:42.701 + 1.323 306.60 km/h 2
11 35 Abbe Nystrom Scuderia Fiore 1:42.824 + 1.446 303.58 km/h 2
12 37 Brendan Maguire Gravity 1:42.953 + 1.575 302.12 km/h 2
13 46 Simone Marinelli Neon Motorsport 1:43.023 + 1.645 303.60 km/h 2
14 34 Willem Krieger Aston Martin 1:43.038 + 1.660 304.71 km/h 3
15 33 El Hassan Bourkia Aston Martin 1:43.233 + 1.855 304.93 km/h 2
16 45 Faustino Acuna Neon Motorsport 1:43.278 + 1.900 302.88 km/h 2
17 30 Leon Ismail Andrieux 1:43.383 + 2.005 300.71 km/h 2
18 38 Luiz Silva Melo Gravity 1:43.513 + 2.135 302.91 km/h 2
19 36 Caleb Macdermott Scuderia Fiore 1:43.553 + 2.175 299.26 km/h 3
20 41 Finn Grunbaum Kaisersport 1:43.571 + 2.193 304.28 km/h 2
21 47 Joao Alves Souza Proto Racing 1:44.159 + 2.781 293.68 km/h 2
22 48 Miron Pawlak Proto Racing 1:44.226 + 2.848 293.56 km/h 2


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2019.09.27 09:50 ParisHL 03AR07 United States Grand Prix Practice Final Classification

Track Information

Track Layout
Track Full Name: Circuit of the Americas
Location: Austin, Texas
Country: United States
Length: 5.513
GPS Co-Ordinates: 30.132800 -97.641200

Car Parts Relied On

Floor Rear Wing Suspension Brakes Front Wing
19% 28% 18% 8% 27%

Sim Date

Free Practice: 27th September 2019
Qualifying: 28th September 2019
Race: 29th September 2019


R Car Driver Team Engine Tyre Best Time Behind Top Speed Laps
1 5 Matthias Achen Toyota-Red Bull 1:40.279 - 314.27 km/h 24
2 2 Gil Salgado WLD Ford 1:40.279 + 0.000 319.17 km/h 36
3 1 Oliver Jacobsen WLD Ford 1:40.465 + 0.186 322.89 km/h 24
4 6 Jakob Kjeldsen Toyota-Red Bull 1:40.586 + 0.307 313.63 km/h 17
5 3 Armand Hector Ford-Brickyard 1:40.694 + 0.415 324.00 km/h 17
6 9 Michael Howarth Awal Ford 1:41.013 + 0.734 310.80 km/h 21
7 4 Moore D'Avis Ford-Brickyard 1:41.037 + 0.758 318.62 km/h 26
8 10 Sebastian Jaros Awal Ford 1:41.053 + 0.774 311.15 km/h 26
9 17 Elisha Izmaylov Pikainen Ford 1:41.239 + 0.960 309.91 km/h 24
10 18 Emanuel Batista Pikainen Ford 1:41.413 + 1.134 319.27 km/h 22
11 15 Michael Evans Chevrolet-Draig 1:41.556 + 1.277 312.19 km/h 27
12 19 Stanley Holden Ghost Toyota 1:41.632 + 1.353 313.02 km/h 21
13 16 Peter Pallasmaa Chevrolet-Draig 1:41.729 + 1.450 325.37 km/h 31
14 21 Laurent Curvers Lotus Ford 1:41.814 + 1.535 312.72 km/h 25
15 24 Spartacus Ermakov Ryan Toyota 1:41.887 + 1.608 313.32 km/h 20
16 20 Dominik Weyrauch Ghost Toyota 1:42.409 + 2.130 309.64 km/h 28
17 23 Kristian Gottlieb Ryan Toyota 1:42.412 + 2.133 311.08 km/h 26
18 22 Teddy Dressler Lotus Ford 1:42.443 + 2.164 314.97 km/h 34
19 27 Sabantsev Valentinovich TVR Toyota 1:42.447 + 2.168 313.94 km/h 18
20 28 Zheleznov Valentinovich TVR Toyota 1:43.081 + 2.802 312.47 km/h 35
21 25 Uwe Strauss TF Sport Chevrolet 1:43.357 + 3.078 309.61 km/h 28
22 26 Kristian Duff TF Sport Chevrolet 1:44.999 + 4.720 308.21 km/h 21


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2019.09.27 09:49 ParisHL 03BR07 United States Grand Prix Practice Final Classification

Track Information

Track Layout
Track Full Name: Circuit of the Americas
Location: Austin, Texas
Country: United States
Length: 5.513
GPS Co-Ordinates: 30.132800 -97.641200

Car Parts Relied On

Floor Rear Wing Suspension Brakes Front Wing
19% 28% 18% 8% 27%

Sim Date

Free Practice: 27th September 2019
Qualifying: 28th September 2019
Race: 29th September 2019


R Car Driver Team Engine Tyre Best Time Behind Top Speed Laps
1 39 Borys Zozulya Harimau 1:43.102 - 296.88 km/h 28
2 49 Patrick Brennan Tomkins Autosport 1:43.267 + 0.165 300.43 km/h 19
3 40 Ferrau Mousseau Harimau 1:43.469 + 0.367 299.57 km/h 22
4 31 Alex Pope Arcuri 1:43.546 + 0.444 303.02 km/h 28
5 34 Willem Krieger Aston Martin 1:43.572 + 0.470 302.77 km/h 23
6 43 Magnus Norgaard Mercury 1:43.580 + 0.478 300.82 km/h 27
7 50 Kyle Morrell Tomkins Autosport 1:43.587 + 0.485 306.29 km/h 22
8 44 Blanco Fiorentino Mercury 1:43.647 + 0.545 298.03 km/h 34
9 32 Ilkka Halkoaho Arcuri 1:43.744 + 0.642 300.02 km/h 24
10 29 Adelmo Nappo Andrieux 1:43.855 + 0.753 300.18 km/h 21
11 42 Amaury About Kaisersport 1:43.905 + 0.803 303.32 km/h 29
12 33 El Hassan Bourkia Aston Martin 1:43.906 + 0.804 301.64 km/h 23
13 46 Simone Marinelli Neon Motorsport 1:44.102 + 1.000 306.54 km/h 19
14 30 Leon Ismail Andrieux 1:44.119 + 1.017 297.91 km/h 25
15 37 Brendan Maguire Gravity 1:44.119 + 1.017 301.64 km/h 21
16 38 Luiz Silva Melo Gravity 1:44.126 + 1.024 299.86 km/h 28
17 35 Abbe Nystrom Scuderia Fiore 1:44.203 + 1.101 299.70 km/h 28
18 41 Finn Grunbaum Kaisersport 1:44.297 + 1.195 300.96 km/h 27
19 36 Caleb Macdermott Scuderia Fiore 1:44.390 + 1.288 301.76 km/h 30
20 45 Faustino Acuna Neon Motorsport 1:44.434 + 1.332 299.42 km/h 27
21 48 Miron Pawlak Proto Racing 1:44.913 + 1.811 290.13 km/h 25
22 47 Joao Alves Souza Proto Racing 1:46.257 + 3.155 287.92 km/h 20


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2019.06.07 16:30 goblue10 2019 Wiki Project - Liberty

The wiki for Liberty has been updated, and can be permanently viewed at /CFB/wiki/liberty. Here are some new highlights:

2019 Preview

In 2018, the Liberty Flames made their FBS debut as an independent, and posted a decent 6-6 record under long time head coach Turner Gill. However, his immediate retirement at the end of 2018 opened the door for Hugh Freeze to take to the sidelines. The former Ole Miss Head Coach and massage parlor enthusiast arrives not without scandal, but seems to fit the Flames' needs with his recruiting ability and evangelical overtones. In 2019, Liberty looks for its first winning season in the FBS.
Along with Freeze came new co-OCs Maurice Harris, a long time assistant of Freeze, and Kent Austin, who dabbled as an ineffective head coach at Cornell and in the CFL. What does a Hugh Freeze offense and CFL style football have in common? It’s all about the passing game. Expect to see the Flames stretch the field. Liberty returns a strong receiving core in star WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, DJ Stubbs, and Damian King. CJ Yarbrough, a 3* freshman and TE Johnny Huntley, a transfer from Colorado, could also be in the mix as reliable receiving options. Stephen Calvert returns at QB after posting a decent start last season, although struggling a bit in his last few games. If Calvert can connect on more of his passes, the Flames' aerial attack should be strong and efficient. Liberty returns all five members of last season's solid O-line. Veterans Frankie Hickson and Peytton Pickett add speed to the running game, and RS freshman RB Frank Boyd could have an explosive season on the ground as well after performing well in the spring. Anticipate the Flames putting up a Hugh Freeze-ian number of points on their opponents this coming season.
The Flames severely lacked a competent defense last season, allowing 40+ points seven times. Now Liberty will operate under new management, including lauded FCS DC Scott Symons. Accompanying Symons are new D-line and cornerbacks coaches from Symons' previous stint at West Georgia University. Despite their credentials, the Flames may struggle to find talented players. At the end of 2018, Liberty lost DE Juwan Wells and DT Tolen Avery. Three JUCO tackles will join the team, two of which are 3* players. Like last season, Liberty will task DE Jessie Lemonier with leading a struggling line and middle LB Solomon Ajayi with cleaning up D-line messes. The Flames return both safeties Elijah Benton and Isaac Steele along with corner Bejour Wilson. Star recruit Tayvion Land and a few JUCO corners will strengthen the team as well. If the new coaching staff can find a way to stop the run, or at least hamper the run, this will prove a marked improvement from the 2018 season.
Liberty opens its season with a tough Syracuse game and ends with four of its last five games on the road. For the second year in a row, the Flames will play New Mexico State twice. With the new coaching staff, Liberty should improve on offense and looks to be competitive, even with a difficult schedule. If the defense holds its own, Liberty may be bowl eligible. The Hugh Freeze experiment seems to make sense. Was the jump to FBS worth it? According to Liberty, only God knows.

2018 Season

Record: 6-6
Coach: Turner Gill
2018 Roster
Key Players: Stephen Calvert, Soloman Ajayi, Antonio Gandy-Golden
Date Opponent Location Time TV Score
09/01/18 Old Dominion Old Dominion Lynchburg, VA 6:00 pm ESPN3 W 52-10
09/08/18 @ Army Army West Point, NY 12:00 pm CBSSN L 38-14
09/22/18 North Texas North Texas Lynchburg, VA 6:00 pm ESPN3 L 47-7
09/29/18 @ New Mexico New Mexico Albequerque, NM 6:00 pm W 52-43
10/06/18 @ New Mexico State New Mexico State Las Cruces, NM 8:00 pm Aggie Vision L 49-41
10/13/18 Troy Troy Lynchburg, VA 2:00 pm ESPN3 W 22-16
10/20/18 Idaho State Idaho State Lynchburg, VA 2:00 pm ESPN3 W 48-41
11/03/18 @ UMass UMass Hadley, MA 3:30 pm ELVN L 62-59 (3 OT)
11/10/18 @ Virginia Virginia Charlottesville, VA 3:00 pm ACCRSN L 45-24
11/17/18 @ Auburn Auburn Auburn, AL 4:00 pm SECN Alternate L 53-0
11/24/18 New Mexico State New Mexico State Lynchburg, VA 2:00 pm ESPN3 W 28-21
12/01/18 Norfolk State Norfolk State Lynchburg, VA 2:00 pm ESPN3 W 52-17
And now for the open-ended interview! This year we're going to talk about Gameday experience, and anyone is welcome to answer these questions in the comments.
  1. What is the best place to eat at during game day?
  2. What is the best place to drink at during game day?
  3. Where is the best place to take a photo on campus/around the stadium?
  4. What landmark(s) do people need to visit when seeing your school?
  5. What traditions are of utmost importance during game day?
  6. If someone were to visit your campus during one rivalry game, what game should it be and why does it make your team's atmosphere amplified?
  7. What random trivia fact do most people not know about your school?
  8. Where are the best places to park around your team's stadium on gameday?
  9. What chants or cheers should visiting fans be familiar with at your school?
  10. How long is the daily gameday experience at your school? Are there major events or experiences before/afterward to keep in mind?
The top contributions from this thread may be awarded with the vaunted /CFB Contributor Award flair! Quality material from this thread will be compiled by our /CFB Wiki Editors and will be accessible to view.
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2019.05.18 13:54 ParisHL FRL02R08 United States Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Track Information

Track Layout
Track Full Name: Circuit of the Americas
Location: Austin, Texas
Country: United States
Length: 5.513
GPS Co-Ordinates: 30.132800 -97.641200

Car Parts Relied On

Engine Rear Wing Gearbox Brakes Front Wing
27% 26% 16% 7% 24%

Sim Date

Free Practice 1: 17th May 2019
Free Practice 2: 17th May 2019
Qualifying: 18th May 2019
Race: 19th May 2019


R Car Driver Team Engine Tyre Best Time Behind Top Speed
1 5 Spartacus Ermakov WLD Ford 1:37.954 - 295.22 km/h
2 61 Gil Salgado WLD Ford 1:38.645 + 0.691 295.24 km/h
3 3 Matthias Achen Red Bull Toyota 1:38.708 + 0.754 295.19 km/h
4 27 Armand Hector Ford-Brickyard 1:38.958 + 1.004 295.19 km/h
5 43 Kristian Gottlieb Mural Toyota 1:39.436 + 1.482 294.83 km/h
6 11 Michael Evans Chevrolet-Draig 1:39.507 + 1.553 294.11 km/h
7 50 Laurent Curvers Toyota-Nebula 1:39.558 + 1.604 294.10 km/h
8 36 El Hassan Bourkia Mural Toyota 1:39.563 + 1.609 294.71 km/h
9 78 Borys Zozulya Awal Ford 1:39.580 + 1.626 294.19 km/h
10 23 Elisha Izmaylov Ducklings Ford 1:39.585 + 1.631 294.30 km/h
11 9 Michael Howarth Awal Ford 1:39.643 + 1.689 294.11 km/h
12 66 Kyle Morrell Ford-Brickyard 1:39.692 + 1.738 295.19 km/h
13 28 Patrick Brennan Red Bull Toyota 1:39.719 + 1.765 295.05 km/h
14 84 Brendan Maguire Chevrolet-Draig 1:39.866 + 1.912 294.11 km/h
15 95 Oliver Jacobsen Adams Chevrolet 1:39.895 + 1.941 294.11 km/h
16 99 Dominik Weyrauch Toyota-Nebula 1:40.096 + 2.142 294.10 km/h
17 13 Jakob Kjeldsen Adams Chevrolet 1:40.251 + 2.297 294.11 km/h
18 7 Ferrau Mousseau Ducklings Ford 1:40.580 + 2.626 294.11 km/h
19 10 Moore D'Avis Storm Toyota 1:41.436 + 3.482 292.99 km/h
20 15 Uwe Strauss TF Sport Chevrolet 1:41.463 + 3.509 292.99 km/h
21 51 Stanley Holden Storm Toyota 1:41.601 + 3.647 292.99 km/h
22 44 Faustino Acuna TF Sport Chevrolet 1:41.901 + 3.947 292.99 km/h


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2019.05.17 10:23 ParisHL FRL02R08 United States Grand Prix FP2 Classification

Track Information

Track Layout
Track Full Name: Circuit of the Americas
Location: Austin, Texas
Country: United States
Length: 5.513
GPS Co-Ordinates: 30.132800 -97.641200

Car Parts Relied On

Engine Rear Wing Gearbox Brakes Front Wing
27% 26% 16% 7% 24%

Sim Date

Free Practice 1: 17th May 2019
Free Practice 2: 17th May 2019
Qualifying: 18th May 2019
Race: 19th May 2019


R Car Driver Team Engine Tyre Best Time Behind Top Speed Laps
1 43 Kristian Gottlieb Mural Toyota 1:38.438 - 297.27 km/h 16
2 27 Armand Hector Ford-Brickyard 1:38.480 + 0.042 296.54 km/h 17
3 5 Spartacus Ermakov WLD Ford 1:38.617 + 0.179 295.19 km/h 17
4 28 Patrick Brennan Red Bull Toyota 1:38.738 + 0.300 294.11 km/h 14
5 3 Matthias Achen Red Bull Toyota 1:38.764 + 0.326 295.19 km/h 20
6 36 El Hassan Bourkia Mural Toyota 1:38.784 + 0.346 295.70 km/h 22
7 61 Gil Salgado WLD Ford 1:38.882 + 0.444 295.19 km/h 18
8 66 Kyle Morrell Ford-Brickyard 1:38.957 + 0.519 296.30 km/h 17
9 9 Michael Howarth Awal Ford 1:39.017 + 0.579 295.61 km/h 16
10 78 Borys Zozulya Awal Ford 1:39.120 + 0.682 297.39 km/h 16
11 50 Laurent Curvers Toyota-Nebula 1:39.183 + 0.745 296.13 km/h 10
12 99 Dominik Weyrauch Toyota-Nebula 1:39.605 + 1.167 293.83 km/h 24
13 11 Michael Evans Chevrolet-Draig 1:40.131 + 1.693 294.09 km/h 26
14 95 Oliver Jacobsen Adams Chevrolet 1:40.507 + 2.069 297.38 km/h 21
15 23 Elisha Izmaylov Ducklings Ford 1:40.516 + 2.078 295.07 km/h 19
16 13 Jakob Kjeldsen Adams Chevrolet 1:40.753 + 2.315 294.09 km/h 15
17 84 Brendan Maguire Chevrolet-Draig 1:40.835 + 2.397 294.09 km/h 19
18 7 Ferrau Mousseau Ducklings Ford 1:41.062 + 2.624 296.29 km/h 18
19 15 Uwe Strauss TF Sport Chevrolet 1:42.384 + 3.946 291.93 km/h 15
20 44 Faustino Acuna TF Sport Chevrolet 1:42.456 + 4.018 292.99 km/h 27
21 51 Stanley Holden Storm Toyota 1:42.515 + 4.077 294.26 km/h 18
22 10 Moore D'Avis Storm Toyota 1:42.544 + 4.106 295.34 km/h 21


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2019.05.17 10:23 ParisHL FRL02R08 United States Grand Prix FP1 Classification

Track Information

Track Layout
Track Full Name: Circuit of the Americas
Location: Austin, Texas
Country: United States
Length: 5.513
GPS Co-Ordinates: 30.132800 -97.641200

Car Parts Relied On

Engine Rear Wing Gearbox Brakes Front Wing
27% 26% 16% 7% 24%

Sim Date

Free Practice 1: 17th May 2019
Free Practice 2: 17th May 2019
Qualifying: 18th May 2019
Race: 19th May 2019


R Car Driver Team Engine Tyre Best Time Behind Top Speed Laps
1 5 Spartacus Ermakov WLD Ford 1:38.299 - 297.78 km/h 21
2 61 Gil Salgado WLD Ford 1:38.871 + 0.572 298.22 km/h 24
3 66 Kyle Morrell Ford-Brickyard 1:38.902 + 0.603 297.38 km/h 21
4 27 Armand Hector Ford-Brickyard 1:39.267 + 0.968 294.13 km/h 30
5 28 Patrick Brennan Red Bull Toyota 1:39.535 + 1.236 297.40 km/h 18
6 3 Matthias Achen Red Bull Toyota 1:39.585 + 1.286 295.53 km/h 20
7 43 Kristian Gottlieb Mural Toyota 1:39.602 + 1.303 298.05 km/h 22
8 13 Jakob Kjeldsen Adams Chevrolet 1:39.608 + 1.309 294.09 km/h 25
9 36 El Hassan Bourkia Mural Toyota 1:39.796 + 1.497 297.40 km/h 40
10 9 Michael Howarth Awal Ford 1:39.840 + 1.541 294.10 km/h 28
11 23 Elisha Izmaylov Ducklings Ford 1:40.054 + 1.755 297.39 km/h 24
12 50 Laurent Curvers Toyota-Nebula 1:40.174 + 1.875 296.18 km/h 27
13 95 Oliver Jacobsen Adams Chevrolet 1:40.390 + 2.091 294.09 km/h 20
14 11 Michael Evans Chevrolet-Draig 1:40.459 + 2.160 294.09 km/h 17
15 84 Brendan Maguire Chevrolet-Draig 1:40.500 + 2.201 296.50 km/h 27
16 78 Borys Zozulya Awal Ford 1:40.508 + 2.209 293.80 km/h 34
17 99 Dominik Weyrauch Toyota-Nebula 1:40.770 + 2.471 293.60 km/h 17
18 7 Ferrau Mousseau Ducklings Ford 1:40.783 + 2.484 296.37 km/h 23
19 15 Uwe Strauss TF Sport Chevrolet 1:41.819 + 3.520 294.38 km/h 27
20 44 Faustino Acuna TF Sport Chevrolet 1:42.402 + 4.103 296.28 km/h 27
21 10 Moore D'Avis Storm Toyota 1:42.518 + 4.219 293.00 km/h 25
22 51 Stanley Holden Storm Toyota 1:42.651 + 4.352 291.94 km/h 22


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2019.05.17 02:28 MyMediocreName Hardcore Survival Mode Seasons 2-6 Results

Link to in-depth season 1 review

Edit: Format should be good for both computer and mobile now

TL;DR: This is a well balanced hardcore mode. You will lose a lot of games and it's way more challenging than the default Heisman difficulty. However, at the same time it is a ton of fun and is worth it if you're looking to be tested more.


It seems like every dynasty rebuild I do, I can usually win the national championship by year 3 or 4, even on All American and Heisman difficulties. But what I really want is a true survival mode experience. I want an experience where my first year I go 1-11 with my 65 OVR team instead of 5-7. I want to feel accomplished with my 6-6 record in my 4th season, gaining bowl eligibility after 3 seasons of suck. I want there to actually be a good chance I get fired (spoiler alert: I was). So in order to do that, I need to set rules and restrictions on how I can play.

Here's the results of what I did. I would appreciate any ideas and suggestions you guys have for me!

Ground Rules

Coaching Skill Tree
Offseason turnover


Gameplay Options –
Difficulty – Heisman
Injuries – On
Fatigue – On
Quarter Length – 6 Minutes
Play Clock – On
Game Speed – Normal
Player Speed Threshold – 25
Home Field Advantage Effects – Off
Ice the Kicker – On

Game Rules –
Offsides – 90
False Start – 54
Holding – 75
Facemask – 51
Offensive Pass Interference – 100
Defensive Pass Interference – 100
KPR Catch Interference – 100
Clipping – 20
Intentional Grounding – 100
Roughing the Passer – 52
Roughing the Kicker – 90

Custom AI – User(CPU)
QB Accuracy – 10(25)
Pass Blocking 5(60)
WR Catching 20(70)
RB Ability 15(80)
Run Blocking 5(55)
Pass Coverage 50(80)
Interceptions 40(65)
Rush Defense 35(100)
Tackling 50(100)
FG Power 50(45)
FG Accuracy 30(40)
Punt Power 50(50)
Punt Accuracy 50(50)
Kickoff Power 50(50)

Season 2 - CDA HC (Teambuilder team) - Year 2

Game Results
Outcome - Rank the week I played them(Rank at end of season), Team, Score
W - NR(NR) UTSA 37-32 (ESPN Instant Classic #1 - 1707)
L - NR(#20) TCU 14-34
L - #17(#6) Stanford 21-52
L - #3(#10) Arizona 17-42
L - NR(NR) Texas 17-31
L - #6(#23) Washington 17-45
L - NR(NR) Washington State 28-55
L - NR(NR) Oregon 14-62
L - NR(NR) Oregon State 14-34
L - #15(NR) Arizona State 17-53
L - #19(#11) Utah 35-45
L - NR(NR) Cal 10-45

Record: 1-11

Player Stats
QB - Kyle Weaver - 303 COMP, 489 ATT, 3607 YDS, 21TD, 43 INT
HB - Hugh Jass - 89 ATT, 222 YDS, 2.5 YPC, 0 TDS, 133 REC, 1066 YDS, 8.0 YPR, 4 TDS, 15 DROPS
WR - Nate Rivera - 64 REC, 881 YDS, 8 TDS, 7 DROPS
TE - Blee Goober - 57 REC, 863 YDS, 7 TDS, 12 DROPS
DE - Stewart Warhammer - 39 TACK, 20 TFL, 12 SACK, 2 FF
MLB - Octavius Murphy - 61 Tack, 15 TFL, 3 SACK
FS - Karl Sheats - 53 TACK, 2 INT, 2 DEF, 1TD
SS - DeAngelo Ham - 66 TACK, 9 TFL, 1 SACK

Coming into the season I was already on the hot seat after having gone 0-12 in my first season as HC. We won the 1st game of the season in a thriller against UTSA but that was our peak. The rest of the season was downhill from there. Games were much closer in this 2nd season, and I could have even won a few if I didn't make some dumb mistakes at the end of games. I was hoping I would get a chance to win a few games in a 3rd season, but unfortunately I was fired after going 1-23 in 2 seasons as the HC at CDA University.

Season 3 - SMU OC - Year 1

Game Results
Outcome - Rank the week I played them(Rank at end of season), Team, Score
W - NR(NR) CDA 34-17
L - NR() UCF 10-27
L - NR() TCU 17-31
W - NR() Temple 32-30 (3OT)
W - NR() Rutgers 42-14
L - NR() Memphis 17-24
L - NR() Houston 20-27
L - #23() Cincinnati 38-41
L - NR() Louisville 35-38
W - NR() Syracuse 44-41 (2OT) (ESPN Instant Classic #5 - 982)
W - NR(NR) San Jose State 30-10
W - NR(NR) New Mexico State 38-12

Bowl game: Compass Bowl
L - NR(NR) Nebraska 21-38

Record: 6-7

Player Stats

QB - Austin Upshaw - 278 COMP, 394 ATT, 3361 YDS, 19 TD, 27 INT, 69 RUSH ATT, 229 YDS, 2TD, 7 FUMB
HB - Kayce Medlock - 167 ATT, 872 YDS, 16 TD, 2 FUMB, 106 REC, 901 YDS, 8TD, 16 DROP
FB - Ryan Webb - 12 ATT, 28 YDS, 2 TD, 6 REC, 32 YDS
WR - Judah Bell - 63 REC, 986 YDS, 5TD, 2 DROP
WR - Alex Honey - 46 REC, 752 YDS, 5 TD, 4 DROP
WR - Brandon Benson - 45 REC, 537 YDS, 3 TD, 6 DROP
TE - Mitchell Kaufman - 46 REC, 704 YDS, 4 TD, 2 DROP

After being fired as CDA's HC, my only choice was to take a coordinator job as a rebound. I decided that whichever school offered me an OC job first was the school I was going to go with. SMU was that first school. We had a so-so season. At one point in the season we were 3-6 and had lost our last 4 games all by 7 points or less. We ended up rallying to win our last 3 games to even our record at 6-6 and qualify for a bowl game! This was my first bowl game in this new hardcore mode. Even though we lost, it was just satisfying to be there.

Season 4 - SMU OC - Year 2

Game Results
Outcome - Rank the week I played them(Rank at end of season), Team, Score
W - #20(NR) Oregon State 35-30
L - NR(NR) Syracuse 27-48
W - NR(#22) TCU 27-14
W - NR(NR) UCF 34-17
L - #22(#19) Rutgers 14-28
L - NR(NR) Memphis 7-44
W - NR(NR) Houston 31-21
L - NR(#25) Cincinnati 28-52
W - NR(NR) Louisville 21-7
W - NR(NR) USF 38-21
L - #11(#7) Virginia Tech 7-38
W - NR(NR) New Mexico State 41-17

Bowl Game: Liberty Bowl
W - #22(#24) Marshal 42-20

Record: 8-5

Player Stats

QB - Austin Upshaw - 326 COMP, 452 ATT, 3809 YDS, 30 TD, 38 INT, 90 RUSH ATT, 407 YDS, 5 TD, 4 FUMB
HB - Kayce Medlock - 168 ATT, 921 YDS, 11 TD, 2 FUMB, 110 REC, 873 YDS, 8TD, 13 DROP
FB - Ryan Webb - 12 ATT, 38 YDS, 2 TD, 7 REC, 26 YDS
WR - Judah Bell - 62 REC, 884 YDS, 12 TD, 3 DROP
WR - Quentin Coldwater - 47 REC, 767 YDS, 4 TD, 1 DROP
WR - Isaac Burton - 39 REC, 448 YDS, 1 TD, 2 DROP
TE - Leon Mayes - 38 REC, 540 YDS, 4 TD, 7 DROP

In year 2 at SMU, we improved a lot over year 1! We went 8-5 on the season and had a big bowl win! The only negative was that most of our losses were blowouts. We needed to improve our consistency and needed to get competitive in all the games we played. I also had a big decision to make now. Do I continue this wave of success at SMU or do I look for a HC promotion?

Season 5 - SMU OC - Year 3

Game Results
Outcome - Rank the week I played them(Rank at end of season), Team, Score
L - #18(NR) TCU 10-20
W - NR(NR) Arkansas 35-28
L - NR(NR) Syracuse 27-45
W - NR(NR) UCONN 34-27
W - NR(NR) UCF 59-7
W - NR(NR) Memphis 49-35
W - NR(NR) Houston 34-31 OT (ESPN Instant Classic #6 - 923)
W - NR(NR) Cincinnati 35-16
W - NR(NR) Louisville 55-29
L - NR(NR) USF 21-26
W - NR(NR) Air Force 43-21
W - NR(NR) New Mexico State 52-28

Conference Championship
L - #4(#6) Rutgers 24-28

Bowl Game: Russell Athletic Bowl
W - #24(NR) North Carolina 49-24

Record: 10-4

Player Stats

QB - Cade Peterson - 262 COMP, 356 ATT, 3287 YDS, 30 TD, 26 INT, 45 RUSH ATT, -107 YDS, 2 TD, 3 FUMB
HB - Kayce Medlock - 254 ATT, 2354 YDS, 27 TD, 0 FUMB, 84 REC, 659 YDS, 6 TD, 5 DROP
FB - Ryan Webb - 13 ATT, 22 YDS, 3 TD, 5 REC, 12 YDS
WR - Quentin Coldwater - 91 REC, 1334 YDS, 9 TD, 5 DROP
WR - David Burch - 37 REC, 445 YDS, 3 TD, 1 DROP
WR - Isaac Burton - 25 REC, 368 YDS, 1 TD, 2 DROP
TE - Leon Mayes - 66 REC, 1043 YDS, 12 TD, 9 DROP

There was a debate of whether to leave SMU for a HC job after the success of year 2 or the return for a 3rd year as the OC at SMU. After not being thrilled about any offers in the offseason, I decided to return as the OC for a 3rd year. Its a good thing I returned because we had a big year! We finished the season 10-4 in a season that included a 6 game win streak, a trip to a conference championship game for the first time, a 3rd consecutive bowl trip, and a 2nd consecutive bowl win! We absolutely crushed it and it's the best season I've had to date in this hardcore mode.

Season 6 - Southern Miss HC - Year 1

Game Results
Outcome - Rank the week I played them(Rank at end of season), Team, Score
L - #25(NR) Kentucky 12-48
W - #15(12) Oklahoma 34-31 OT (ESPN Instant Classic #3 - 1033)
W - NR(NR) CDA University 49-21
L - NR(NR) UAB 21-43
W - NR(NR) ODU 42-35 (ESPN Instant Classic #9 - 779)
L - #15(NR) Troy 21-31
W - NR(NR) Texas State 35-19
L - NR(NR) Arkansas State 23-48
W - NR(NR) ULL 27-24
W - NR(NR) ULM 49-35
W - #19(21) Army 35-17
L - NR(NR) South Alabama 31-52

Bowl Game: Belk Bowl
L - NR(NR) Maryland 17-21 (ESPN Instant Classic #2 - 1131)

Record: 7-6

Player Stats
QB - Mark Williams - 291 COMP, 445 ATT, 3850 YDS, 25 TD, 47 INT, 36 RUSH ATT, -280 YDS, 0 TD, 5 FUMB
HB - Keith Collins - 176 ATT, 724 YDS, 11 TD, 1 FUMB, 61 REC, 344 YDS, 1 TD, 4 DROP
WR - James Rich - 81 REC, 1270 YDS, 7 TD, 5 DROP
WR - Victor Kelly - 62 REC, 970 YDS, 6 TD, 4 DROP
WR - Brandon Williams - 30 REC, 371 YDS, 2 TD, 5 DROP
TE - Matt Downing - 31 REC, 587 YDS, 5 TD, 5 DROP
DE - John Andrews - 53 TACK, 36 TFL, 20.5 SACK, 2 FF
DE - Stephen Higgins - 30 TACK, 17 TFL, 6 SACK, 1 FF, 2 FR, 1 TD
MLB - Robert Blanchard - 87 TACK, 7 TFL, 3 SACK, 1 FF, 1 FR
FS - Rashad Martin - 62 TACK, 4 TFL, 1 INT
SS - David Gibbs - 50 TACK, 3 TFL, 3 INT, 4 DEF, 1 FR
RET - Josh Goodman - 31 KR, 1485 YDS, 47.9 AVG, 7 TD, 106 LONG, 23 PR, 278 YDS, 12.0 AVG, 0 TD, 42 LONG

After having success at SMU for 3 seasons as their OC, I decided it was time to jump back into the HC game and took the position at Southern Miss. My first season here as HC was up and down. However, there were many positives. I finished with a winning record, I got to play a bowl game for the first time as a HC, and I was able to upset 2 ranked teams, one being a 95 OVR Oklahoma. The biggest problem plaguing my team is the amount of interceptions I throw. 47 INTs is a ridiculous amount. This next season I need to establish a better run game and not force as many throws down field.

Overall Thoughts

After 6 seasons of testing out this hardcore mode, I can definitively say that this is my favorite way to play NCAA 14. It's the most challenging experience I've ever had in the game and because of that I would never want to go back to playing any of the default difficulty modes. If you've made it this far, I hope you've enjoyed this review and give this hardcore mode a try yourself! Also, let me know if you'd like me to keep doing these and post results of more seasons in the future!

Overall Record

Career Record: 32-45
Career HC Record: 8-29
Career OC Record: 24-16
CCG Record: 0-1
Bowl Record: 2-2
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2018.10.03 18:46 KriHavok /r/BethesdaSoftworks Weekly Bulletin: Week #1 October 1 - October 7

Welcome to the first /BethesdaSoftworks Weekly Bulletin! These threads aim to be your home for all announcements and news related to the publisher Bethesda Softworks, as well as other projects linked to associated companies and studios.
These threads will also be updated over the course of each week through to the weekend - so check back regularly!
NOTE: This is currently a trial thread. If we believe these to be worthwhile to the community, we will continue to do these threads over the coming weeks. Feedback is also appreciated, as we will be constantly looking to improve these threads.
Bethesda Softworks
This week, Bethesda Softworks have been inviting influencers and members of the press/media to an event at The Greenbrier in West Virginia! Those who were lucky enough to be invited have had the chance to play Fallout 76 early at the luxury resort, which has had some rooms fittingly themed with a Fallout decor.
You can see clips and photos from the event by following these hashtags on Twitter:
Abigail 'slenderf0x' Tyson, Community Manager at Bethesda Softworks, has posted a thread on the official Bethesda.net forums, detailing all updates made to the Bethesda.net Launcher over the past year.
The Bethesda.net Launcher already has a library of Bethesda Softworks titles available for you to purchase and play, but it will undoubtedly become much more popular with the release of Fallout 76 on PC, since it will be exclusive to this launcher. Therefore, it may come in handy to keep an eye on future updates that are made to the application (if you intend to play the upcoming Fallout 76 on PC yourself).
Click here to see the update history of the Bethesda.net Launcher.
ZeniMax Online Studios
This week, ZeniMax Online Studios have started tweeting from their brand new Twitter account! The development studio has long been working on The Elder Scrolls Online, but they also have unannounced projects in the works.
Follow their Twitter account here to receive updates from ZeniMax Online Studios.
Fallout 4
Fallout 4 received a new update on Wednesday to v1.10.114.0. Included are some small backend changes to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
This update is approximately 82.5 MB in size on Steam.
Cartogriffi, Community Content Manager at Bethesda Game Studios, provided some additional insight into this patch. According to this comments, the time skipping issue present in the Settlement Ambush Kit should now be fixed on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (this was addressed last month for the PC version). Additionally, for all platforms, this patch adds security fencing - a new group of workshop items. To access the new security fencing, players must update the Settlement Ambush Kit Creation in the Updates tab of the Creation Club store.
Included with this update were changes made to Fallout 4's CCC file. This includes the file names of both new and released Creations, as well as unreleased Creations. Therefore, it can provide potential hints at upcoming Creations, but be advised not to look too deeply into these file names, as their sudden appearance does not necessarily mean that they will be released in the near future.
Bethesda Game Studios have released a new sneak peek of upcoming content, coming to the Creation Club for Fallout 4 in October 2018:
  • X-02 Enclave Power Armor: Often referred to as the "black devil" for its signature design, the X-02 is an advanced power armor model developed by the Enclave for its special operations forces. With multiple skin options and custom Tesla modifications, the X-02 is a powerful tool to help you storm through the Wasteland, or bedevil it. In addition to a new suit of power armor, this content also includes a new radio station with FO3's classic patriotic music.
  • Shi Armor and Weapon Skins: Brilliant gold dragons are interwoven over bright red armor and weapons in these new skins, which draw from the iconography of the west coast Shi.
  • Halloween Armor and Weapon Skins: Frighten up your game with these new Halloween skins. Paint your weapons and armor with spooky bats or eerie Jack-o'-lanterns, and make yourself a Halloween costume to haunt the Commonwealth!
  • Camouflage Armor and Weapon Skins: Blend into your surroundings with Desert, Aquatic, and Swamp camo options for your weapons and armor.
Click here to view the full sneak peek, including images of all the Creations mentioned above.
NOTE: The screenshot of the Shi Pistol has since been replaced, as the texture was tweaked sometime after the original screenshot was taken.
The aforementioned Creations are now available for purchase from the Creation Club store. Listed below are the names, descriptions, and prices of these new Creations.
  • Armor Paint Job - Shi (100 Creation Club Credits): Show off new paints for your armor. Supported armor includes Combat, Metal, Synth and Leather. (Creations appear in Armor Workbench.)
  • Weapon Paint Job - Shi (100 Creation Club Credits): Customize your weapons with new Material paints! Supported weapons include Assault Rifle, Combat Rifle, Combat Shotgun, Laser Rifle, Institute Rifle, Missile Launcher, Minigun, 10mm Pistol, Gatling Laster and the .44 Revolver. (Creations appear in Weapons Workbench.)
  • X-02 Power Armor (700 Creation Club Credits): Often referred to as the "black devil" for its signature design, the X-02 is an advanced power armor model developed by the Enclave for its special operations forces. With multiple skin options and custom Tesla modifications, the X-02 is a powerful tool to help you storm through the Wasteland, or bedevil it. Quest created by Kris Takahashi. (Creation acquired via Quest)
  • Camouflage Paint Job Bundle (750 Creation Club Credits): This Bundle features the Swamp, Desert and Aquatic Camo Pip-Boy, Power Armor, Weapon, and Armor Paint Jobs, together are 1050 worth credits. (NOTE: The price does not change if you already own a Creation in this Bundle. To check if you already own a Creation, look under the Purchased tab.)
  • Halloween Skin Bundle (300 Creation Club Credits): FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY. Frighten up your game with the Halloween Skin Bundle! Paint your weapons and armor with spooky bats or eerie Jack-o'-lanterns, and make yourself a Halloween costume to haunt the Commonwealth! Together are worth 400 credits. (NOTE: The price does not change if you already own a Creation in this Bundle. To check if you already own a Creation, look under the Purchased tab.)
NOTE: There had been reports of the Weapon Paint Job - Swamp Camo not being added to the game's Data directory after having purchased the Camouflage Paint Job Bundle. This has since been resolved, and those who were affected should now be able to properly download the Creation.
Fallout 76
Bethesda Softworks FR have released an interview with Todd Howard, Game Director & Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios, where he answers questions related to the upcoming Fallout 76.
Included are details about its development. For instance, multiple studios within the Bethesda Softworks family are working together on the project, such as Bethesda Game Studios (Maryland + Austin + Montreal), as well as Arkane Studios, id Software, and ZeniMax Online Studios.
Currently, development is focused on making the final tweaks and fine-tuning so that they have a complete and polished product. In addition, Howard states that Fallout 76 is going to be supported on a monthly (and even a weekly) basis for years to come.
NOTE: This interview is spoken in English with French subtitles.
Click here to watch the full interview with Todd Howard on the Bethesda Softworks FR YouTube channel.
Fallout Shelter
Noclip, the team behind The History of Bethesda Game Studios and The Making of Fallout 76 documentaries, have announced that they will be releasing their next documentary on Fallout Shelter next week, so keep your eyes peeled!
In the meantime, you can check out their Patreon and YouTube pages here.
Quake Champions
Adam 'SyncError' Pyle, Lead Design on Quake Champions at id Software, gave players a sneak peek of an upcoming layout rework to the Lockbox map. Originally posted in the official Quake Champions Discord server, you can check out these teaser images below:
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
Noclip, the team behind The History of Bethesda Game Studios and The Making of Fallout 76 documentaries, have announced that they will be releasing their documentary on The Elder Scrolls: Blades separate to the documentary on Fallout Shelter. The reason being that because their individual stories were so strong, they warranted their own videos.
In the meantime, you can check out their Patreon and YouTube pages here.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Login Rewards for the month of October 2018 are now available to be earned by logging into The Elder Scrolls: Legends on a daily basis. Remember, the more days that you log in; the more rewards that you can obtain!
Notably, this month has 3 mystery rewards! These are rewards that are unknown to us until we are able to redeem them on the specified day.
Click here to see the full schedule of Login Rewards for October 2018.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Daily Rewards for the month of October 2018 are now available to be earned by logging into The Elder Scrolls Online on a daily basis. Remember, the more days that you log in; the more rewards that you can obtain!
Notably, this month has 6 Reaper's Harvest Crown Crates up for grabs, as well as a Haunted Cat pet!
Click here to see the full schedule of Daily Rewards for October 2018.
Patch v4.1.11 was released on Monday for The Elder Scrolls Online on PC/Mac. Included are some minor fixes and backend logging. This patch is 122MB in size.
Click here to view the Patch Notes in full.
Click here to view the Patch Notes in full (German/Deutsch).
Patch v1.13.2.0 was released on Wednesday for The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One. Included is a revert of the changes made to HDR in Update 19, as well as a fix for Keelsplitter (World Boss in Summerset). This patch is approximately 706MB in size.
Click here to view the Patch Notes in full.
Click here to view the Patch Notes in full (German/Deutsch).
Patch v1.40 was released on Wednesday for The Elder Scrolls Online on PlayStation 4. Included is a revert of the changes made to HDR in Update 19, as well as a fix for Keelsplitter (World Boss in Summerset). This patch is approximately 315MB in size.
Click here to view the Patch Notes in full.
Click here to view the Patch Notes in full (German/Deutsch).
Patch v4.2.2 was released on Monday for the Public Test Server (PTS) of The Elder Scrolls Online. Included are fixes for Murkmire content, preparation for the new iOS Mojave, several balance changes, and the opportunity to test up to 6 in-game events - in turn, allowing players to test the Nascent Indrik summoning ritual. Feedback wanted! This patch is approximately 545MB in size.
Click here to view the Patch Notes in full.
On Wednesday, ZeniMax Online Studios published an article on the official ESO website, providing a preview of the upcoming Group Arena, Blackrose Prison, which will be included in the Murkmire DLC. The article shares information on the lore surrounding Blackrose Prison, as well as insights into the enemies, loot, and mechanics that you and your friends will face within this ancient colony.
Click here to read the full preview article on Murkmire's Blackrose Prison.
Click here for the official discussion thread on Murkmire's Blackrose Prison.
Click here for the official discussion thread on Murkmire's Blackrose Prison (German/Deutsch).
On Thursday, ZeniMax Online Studios released a few new additions to the Crown Store.
  • Hunter's Glade (Furnished - 10,000 Crowns Unfurnished - 8,000 Crowns): The underground entrance way to this Housing realm leads through a portal to an expansive forested glade in Hircine's Oblivion realm of The Hunting Grounds. Those "blessed" with lycanthropy can maintain werewolf form indefinitely in this otherworldly wilderness.
LIMITED TIME ONLY: Available from 4th October to 18th October.
  • Furnishing Pack: Witches Coven (3,500 Crowns): Bring the moody atmosphere of Hag Fen to your home with these tools and trappings of the witch's trade. Whether brewing potent poisons or cooking cauldrons of questionable stew, craft in true coven style with the included alchemy and provisioning stations!
LIMITED TIME ONLY: Available from 4th October to 1st November.
The following Dye Stamps will cost between 50 to 100 Crowns.
  • Shadows: Alit's Den
  • Shadows: Arenthian Alfalfa
  • Shadows: Beige and Basil
  • Shadows: Canteloupe and Smoke
  • Shadows: Cedars of Cyrodiil
  • Shadows: Crocodiles in Fog
LIMITED TIME ONLY: Available from 4th October to 11th October at 10:00 AM EDT.
Click here for the associated thread on the official ESO forums, which also includes images of all the aforementioned Crown Store items.
On Thursday, ZeniMax Online Studios announced a Q&A with Lawrence Schick, Lead Loremaster, covering Murkmire and Argonian lore. Schick will be choosing a selection of questions from a thread on the official ESO forums to answer in an upcoming website article on the official ESO website. If you want to submit your own questions, be sure to post them in the thread linked below by Thursday, 11th October, for a chance to get them answered by the Lead Loremaster himself! Note that questions must be relevant to Murkmire or Argonian lore in order to be answered.
Click here for the Murkmire & Argonian Lore Q&A thread on the official ESO forums.
On Friday, ZeniMax Online Studios published an article on the official ESO website, providing an insight into Jaxsik-Orrn, as part of a new entry in the Meet the Character series. Jaxsik-Orrn is a deadly Naga warrior, belonging to the Dead-Water tribe, who you can encounter on your ventures in the upcoming Murkmire DLC. Learn more about one of Murkmire's most ferocious protectors in the article linked below!
Click here to read the latest Meet the Character article: Jaxsik-Orrn.
Click here for the official discussion thread on the latest Meet the Character article: Jaxsik-Orrn (German/Deutsch).
Gina Bruno, Community Manager at ZeniMax Online Studios, has also been answering user queries on the official ESO forums, with respect to changes made in the new PTS patch:
  • Bruno addressed one user's concerns on the official ESO forums with the most recent patch, regarding speed potions and balance. Bruno reassured users that these changes will be included in next week's patch instead.
  • Bruno posted a separate thread on Monday, solely addressing the issue where combat pets are not taking any damage from Dungeons, Group Arenas, and Trials, but they can still be targeted by certain boss abilities. They are working to ensure that this is not the case moving forward.
  • Bruno stated that the team are currently investigating reports as to why the PTS is not launching for Mac users.
  • Bruno responded to a user's question about testing the summoning ritual for the Nascent Indrik mount. Previously, only 2 Indrik Feathers were obtainable, and 1 Feather from the Witches Festival event was only available in the previous PTS testing cycle. However, after a hotfix, players should now be able to purchase the necessary Indrik Feathers and Berries from The Impresario merchant to summon the elusive mount.
Mike Finnigan, Dungeon Lead at ZeniMax Online Studios, has made a series of posts on the official ESO forums this week in relation to the new PTS patch, where he has been responding to user feedback, reports, and concerns:
  • Finnigan cited how the changes made to combat pets and the interaction they have with Trial bosses were unintentionally excluded from the Patch Notes. He also asks that users submit bug reports for where combat pets are still affected by abilities in activities such as Aetherian Archive (Veteran), and they will investigate.
  • Finnigan responded to how the Storm Atronach still "spreads chain lightning, even post-Update 19", when sorcerer pets are not meant to be targeted by Trial bosses. He replies that this should not be the case, and that they are investigating.
  • Finnigan noted how combat pets are unchanged in Maelstrom Arena, since it is a Solo Arena, and they want to ensure that combat pets are effectively used in this instance.
  • Finnigan linked to a statement that Gina Bruno made, with respect to the oversight concerning the missing Patch Notes which addressed the combat pet changes. He also notes that they are looking into ways to alleviate the occasional feeling of frustration that combat pets can bring to Group Dungeons and Trials.
  • Finnigan responded to one user who had concerns over morphs to the Warden's Feral Guardian ability. While he could not comment on the efficiency of one pet over another, he does claim that the ability is valuable in other aspects of the game. Nonetheless, he passed the concern over to the Combat team.
  • Finnigan made a similar response to a user concerned about the effect that these new changes have on ability morphs. He reiterates how morphs can serve to be more valuable in other areas of the game, while explaining how the reason behind these changes were that combat pets were dying too much in Dungeons and Trials, therefore these changes should help to make combat pets more valuable in those instances. Also, he states how bosses should show aggression towards the player and not the pet, so players should not be able to idly watch the pet fight the boss for them.
  • Finnigan reminded users that the thread he has been using to address comments began with a focus on PvE feedback in regard to combat pets, and PvP feedback should be situated in its own thread. He also stated that item set pets should also be affected by these changes. Additionally, Finnigan encouraged player testing and feedback, while also making it clear that they are investigating reports, namely the Assembly General and Selene.
  • Finnigan reiterated how these specific changes are fine-tuned to Dungeons, Trial, and Group Instances, so feedback concerning the fundamentals of these abilities should go in its own thread on the official forums, where it can then be relayed to the Combat team.
  • Finnigan responded to further feedback provided by users on the official ESO forums, albeit passing most of these comments on to the Combat team.
  • Finnigan clarified that they are not completely removing the feature for pets to be targeted by enemy abilities in Group Instances, as in some cases, it is necessary for internal mechanics, etc., however, they are looking at where pets are causing issues for players during some scenarios (i.e. The Mage in Aetherian Archive (Veteran)).
  • Finnigan answered a user's concern in regard to Werewolf pets, where he clarifies that these pets should not be affected by the Chain Lightning ability, and if this occurs post-Update 19, then it is a bug that will be investigated.
  • Finnigan replies to clear up confusion surrounding the targeting of pets, and states that by not being targetable, he means that the enemy/boss should not choose pets as targets for the leaps in electricity (in the case of Chain Lightning).
  • Finnigan explains some of the reasoning and thought process behind these changes, citing how pets do not avoid danger in the same way that players might avoid it. Therefore, they made the decision to make them 100% immune to enemy damage in these Group Instances, as even a number like 90% was not enough to keep them safe.
  • Finnigan notes on the official ESO forums that after doing some investigating, pet damage reduction has been implemented for Trials, but not for Group Dungeons or Group Arenas. He does add, however, that this should change with the next PTS push.
Jessica Folsom, Community Manager (English) at ZeniMax Online Studios, made a post on the official ESO forums on Wednesday, where she corrected the end date for the availability period of certain items on the Crown Store.
The following items were listed to be removed from the Crown Store on Monday, 1st October, but this has now been corrected to Wednesday, 3rd October:
  • Packlord Nightmare Wolf
  • Nightmare Wolf Cub
  • Necrotic: Aqua and Slate
  • Necrotic: Aquamarine and Clay
  • Necrotic: Bosky Mauve
  • Necrotic: Encumbered Magenta
  • Necrotic: Flaxen but Garish
  • Necrotic: Galvanic Aqua
She urges users who were unable to purchase these items because of the error to contact the Support team, where any requests to directly purchase these items will be honoured through to the end of Wednesday, 3rd October.
NOTE: This offer has now expired.
Alec 'Gilliam' Verish, Associate Combat Designer at ZeniMax Online Studios, thanks users on the official ESO (PTS) forums for providing feedback on the new Wild Impulse item set. He also sheds light on the logic behind developmental decisions that the team made in relation to this new item set, which you can read in the post linked below.
Click here to read Verish's post on the official ESO (PTS) forums.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition received a new update on Wednesday to v1.5.53.0. Included are some small backend changes to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
This update is approximately 66.5MB in size on Steam.
Included with this update were changes made to Skyrim's CCC file. This includes the file names of both new and released Creations, as well as unreleased Creations. Therefore, it can provide potential hints at upcoming Creations, but be advised not to look too deeply into these file names, as their sudden appearance does not necessarily mean that they will be released in the near future.
Bethesda Game Studios have released a new sneak peek of upcoming content, coming to the Creation Club for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in October 2018:
  • Bone Wolf: Despite being raised by necromancers, a Bone Wolf's true loyalty is earned through actions rather than magic. A faithful companion with a bone to pick, this skeletal pet will reward your friendship by carrying items and boosting your damage against the undead.
  • Staff of Hasedoki: It's said the wizard Hasedoki traveled all of Tamriel in search of his equal, before binding his soul to a staff. Through the years this mysterious weapon has changed many hands, as if warding off anyone who isn't worthy enough to claim it. Now, it's your turn.
  • Wild Horses: The horses of Skyrim are hardy and strong, and taming them requires grit and patience. Use a hostler's map to find these animals in the wild and mount them, and try not to get bucked! Once tamed, you can register them at the nearest stable and customize their saddles, as well as the saddles of any other horse you own. You may even find the rare unicorn brought back from dead, to right a wrong of the past.
Click here to view the full sneak peek, including images of all the Creations mentioned above.
The aforementioned Creations are now available for purchase from the Creation Club store. Listed below are the names, descriptions, and prices of these new Creations.
  • Bone Wolf (200 Creation Club Credits): Despite being raised by necromancers, a Bone Wolf's true loyalty is earned through actions rather than magic. A faithful companion with a bone to pick, this skeletal pet will reward your friendship by carrying items and boosting your damage against the undead. Quest created by Skinnytecboy. (Creation obtained via quest)
  • Staff of Hasedoki (250 Creation Club Credits): It's said the wizard Hasedoki traveled all of Tamriel in search of his equal, before binding his soul to a staff. Through the years this mysterious weapon has changed many hands, as if warding off anyone who isn't worthy enough to claim it. Now, it's your turn. Quest created by Kris Takahashi. (Creation obtained via quest)
  • Wild Horses (500 Creation Club Credits): The horses of Skyrim are hardy and strong, and taming them requires grit and patience. Use a hostler's map to find these animals in the wild and mount them, and try not to get bucked! Once tamed, you can register them at the nearest stable and customize their saddles, as well as the saddles of any other horse you own. You may even find the rare unicorn brought back from dead, to right a wrong of the past. Created by Rob Vogel "fadingsignal" (Creation obtained via quests)
Cartogriffi, Community Content Manager at Bethesda Game Studios, responded to a user on the official Bethesda.net forums, who requested information on the upcoming Gray Cowl of Nocturnal and Wraithguard Creations. He replied saying that both Creations had been put on the back-burner following the launch of the Creation Club, however they have not been forgotten.
The Elder Scrolls
After already interviewing Julian LeFay, a developer who worked on some of the earliest titles belonging to The Elder Scrolls series (and who some dub "Father of The Elder Scrolls"), Indigo Gaming has published an interview with Ted Peterson - another leading developer who worked on some of the original games at Bethesda Softworks.
(Did You Know: The Daedric Prince Sheogorath's name is derived from Peterson's first name, Theodore?)
Click here to watch the extensive interview on Indigo Gaming's YouTube channel.
The team at The Elder Scrolls Renewal Project has released a new trailer for Skywind, showcasing the story surrounding House Dagoth, and more!
Click here to watch The Fall of House Dagoth story teaser for Skywind
Interested in joining the development team of volunteers? Click here to visit the TESRenewal website to learn more about the project and the kind of people they are looking for. More specifically, the team are currently keen to find new volunteers to join the 3D department.
Bethesda Store
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Bethesda Store EU
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  • NEW PRE-ORDER: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Plush Drachenblut Stubbins - You might be able to tame the mighty Alduin himself just by showing him this cute variant of the Dragonborn. The "Stubbins" are soft, plushy companions from your favourite videogame characters. Approximately 20cm tall and very cuddly. Manufactured by Gaya Entertainment.
Estimated release date: 15 January 2019.
  • NEW PRE-ORDER: Fallout Plush Vault Boy Stubbins - If you don't want to carry around a bobblehead, this Vault Boy might be perfect for you! The "Stubbins" are soft, plushy companions from your favourite videogame characters. Approximately 20cm tall and very cuddly. Manufactured by Gaya Entertainment.
Estimated release date: 15 January 2019.
  • NEW PRE-ORDER: The Evil Within Plush The Keeper Stubbins - Usually, the Keeper from "The Evil Within" is a guarantee for fear and terror, but in this form, he's just all cute. The "Stubbins" are soft, plushy companions from your favourite videogame characters. Approximately 20cm tall and very cuddly. Manufactured by Gaya Entertainment.
Estimated release date: 15 January 2019.
  • NEW PRE-ORDER: Dishonored Plush Emily Kaldwin Stubbins - Emily Kaldwin, the empress from "Dishonored 2", is now available in her cutest form to date. The "Stubbins" are soft, plushy companions from your favourite videogame characters. Approximately 20cm tall and very cuddly. Manufactured by Gaya Entertainment.
Estimated release date: 15 January 2019.
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2018.07.13 17:27 datdudebdub Offseason Review Series: Day 8, The Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals
Division: AFC North
2017 Record: 7-9 (3rd in AFC North)
2017 Statistical Team Rankings
Total Offense – 280.5 YPG (32nd in NFL)
Passing – 195.1 YPG (27th in NFL)
Rushing – 85.4 YPG (31st in NFL)
Points Per Game – 18.1 PPG (26th in NFL)
Total Yards Allowed – 339.1 YPG (18th in NFL)
Passing Yards Allowed – 211.2 YPG (8th in NFL)
Rushing Yards Allowed – 127.9 YPG (30th in NFL)
Points Allowed Per Game – 21.8 (16th in NFL)
Sacks – 41 (T-11th in NFL)
Turnover Differential – -9 (27th in NFL)
Coaching Changes
Offensive Coordinator: Bill Lazor
Bill Lazor entered 2017 as the Bengals QB coach and was promoted to OC last season from week 3 on following the firing of former OC Ken Zampese. The offense looked much better immediately in week 3 taking the Aaron Rodgers led Packers all the way to overtime. The offense overall had peaks and valleys throughout the season, and much of that was attributed to Lazor being forced to use Zampese’s playbook that was implemented in training camp. There has been a ton of cautious optimism for this upcoming season that Lazor, with his own offense being fully implemented this summer, will be able to maximize the most out of the Bengals offense.
Quarterback Coach: Alex Van Pelt
With Lazor ascending to full time OC, the Bengals had a hole at QB coach that needed to be filled. The team elected to go out and sign former NFL quarterback Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt had most recently been the QB coach of the Green Bay Packers since 2014. Aaron Rodgers publicly stated after the move was made that he was unhappy that the team allowed Van Pelt to walk without consulting him, which could be a testament to the strength of the relationship between Rodgers and Van Pelt. In any case, the Bengals are happy to have a coach with an NFL pedigree who has been responsible for coaching a QB in the past that many feel is the best in the game today.
Wide Receivers Coach: Bob Bicknell
Bob Bicknell is going to be the Bengals WR coach for 2018 following the departure of former WR coach James Urban. Urban had been on the Bengals staff since 2011, including winning the Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals Coach of the Year in 2016 for his work developing young wideouts Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson, and Cody Core. As for Bicknell, despite only being 48 years old he has 27 years of coaching experience with 3 collegiate teams and 4 NFL teams. He will be working in tandem with new offensive coaches Lazor and Van Pelt to make the Bengals offense hum.
Offensive Line Coach: Frank Pollack
To put it quite plainly, the Bengals offensive line was god awful last year. They were undoubtedly one of the worst units in football. Former OL coach Paul Alexander had been with the team since 1994 in multiple capacities, but following his inability to develop multiple valuable draft picks along the offensive line it was time for a change. Enter Frank Pollack, former NFL player and OL coach most recently of the Dallas Cowboys. This may be the most dynamic philosophy shift on the Bengals offense this season. Alexander’s strategy with linemen was consistent: retreat post-snap and react to the defense. Pollack’s intense personality is mirrored by how he has his lineman play, attack the defense off the snap and initiate contact. This change could spell big things from a unit that is hoping to become more run oriented with the two headed monster of Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard.
Defensive Coordinator: Teryl Austin
This is the hire that I personally, and many Bengals fans, are most happy about. There is no mistaking that Paul Guenther wasn’t very liked among fans. His “bend but don’t break” style of defense had its moments but largely left people with a sour taste in their mouths. Austin comes in and immediately in his introductory press conference he makes it known that he wants to play a more aggressive brand of defense that emphasizes defense taking over games, being physical, and forcing turnovers. In 2017 the Bengals only forced 14 turnovers which was tied for 30th in the NFL, while Austin’s Lions defense forced 32 which was 3rd best in the NFL. Similar to the changes on the offensive line and offensive coordinator, the theme of the Bengals offseason seems to be trying to be more aggressive and be an initiator. The fanbase is hopeful that these changes will result both in more wins and more points on the scoreboard.
Cornerbacks Coach: Daronte Jones
I don’t have too much to say about this move. Our secondary has been an up and down group in recent years, and after the season the team elected to part ways with former coach Kevin Coyle. Jones was the defensive backs coach for Wisconsin in 2015 and they led the nation with only 7 passing TDs allowed while ranking 7th in overall passing defense. From 2016-2017 Jones was the assistant defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins. Hopefully the secondary can channel some of the success that Jones had at Wisconsin with ascending star CB William Jackson III.
Free Agency
Players Lost
Player Position New Team Contract
AJ McCarron QB Buffalo 2-year $10m
Jeremy Hill RB New England 1-year $1.5m
Russell Bodine C Buffalo 2-year $5m
Andre Smith T/G Arizona 2-year up to $10m
Chris Smith DE Cleveland 3-year $14m
Kevin Minter LB NY Jets 1-year $880k
Pat Sims DT Free Agent N/A
Cedric Peerman RB Free Agent N/A
Eric Winston OT Free Agent N/A
Adam Jones CB Free Agent N/A
AJ McCarron: This was a tough loss for the Bengals. In the NFL you can’t have enough security at the backup quarterback position. McCarron had long been thought of as a potential NFL starter by other teams. If you recall, the Bengals famously attempted to trade him at the trade deadline to the division rival Cleveland Browns. I can tell you it stings as a fan to know that we were in a position to get 2nd and 3rd round draft picks in this years draft for him, and instead we are just crossing our fingers hoping for a decent compensatory selection. Even that, though, seems unlikely.
Jeremy Hill: This departure was a foregone conclusion from the moment the Bengals selected Joe Mixon in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft. Hill burst onto the scene in 2014 running for 1,124 yards and 9 TD while averaging 5.1 YPC. Since then it has been all downhill, as from 2015-2017 Hill averaged only a measly 3.6 YPC without a single 1,000 yard season. He will forever be remembered (and not in a good way) among Cincinnatians for his costly fumble in the playoff game against Pittsburgh. Closing out the 2017 season he also opted to undergo surgery mid-season (team doctors told him it was not an urgent surgery) to be healthy for the 2018 season, and was called out by Coach Lewis for giving up on the team.
Russell Bodine: Bengals fandom, rejoice! The Bengals selected Bodine in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL draft and he was a day 1 starter at center. He started every single game in his 4 year career here, and that is about where the positive things I can say stop. Per PFF he was the 25th ranked center in the NFL for 2017 with a 46.8 grade (his 3rd season out of 4 with a grade below 53). The center position is extremely important to an offensive line and Bodine didn’t cut it. I wish him the best of luck in Buffalo but I sure am glad that I will no longer have to watch him stumble back as if he has never faced a bull rush before.
Andre Smith: Andre Smith was actually a high draft choice by the Bengals going all the way back to 2009 when the Bengals took him 6th overall. He was the starting RT for Cincinnati from 2009-2015, left to play in Minnesota in 2016 on a one year deal before returning to Cincinnati for the 2017 season. He appeared in 13 games and started 8 at several OL positions (mostly all at Tackle). Per PFF he graded out as the 62nd best tackle in the league, consistent with his deteriorating play throughout the last 3 seasons. He was always viewed as a 1-year rental behind our patchwork line.
Chris Smith: This guy hurt to lose. He was a very effective rotational piece for the Bengals defense off the edge. He recorded 3 sacks and a forced fumble, and was generally disruptive whenever he was brought into the game. His playing time was limited but I think moving forward if he gets more opportunity the guy could one day become a great player. For the duration and money that Cleveland gave him though there was no way the Bengals were going to be able to hang on to him, not with our other defensive lineman already on the roster. If you watch many Cleveland games I think this is a name you’ll be hearing a lot of.
Kevin Minter: Minter was a guy that came into the league in 2013 to Arizona as a 2nd round pick. The Cardinals had high hopes for him, as did the Bengals when they gave him a 1-year $4.2m deal in free agency. The idea was he would come in and be a faster, stronger, and younger Rey Maualuga. Instead we got what the Cardinals got, pretty unspectacular play. It never seemed like he gelled in the Cincinnati defense and was limited to just 9 games due to injury. Following a disappointing season the Bengals elected to let him walk in free agency.
Pat Sims: The Bengals took Sims in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft, and since then he has had stints with both the Bengals and Oakland Raiders. Sims was only on a 1-year deal for 2017, and throughout his career he as mostly just been a big body DT to plug in on rushing downs. Sims is now 32, it is possible the Bengals or another team could bring him in on a minimum contract if they need interior help. I would guess this is a guy that is going to get some calls following training camp injuries.
Cedric Peerman: Cedric has pretty much been a career special teams player since entering the league in 2009, but he has been spectacular in that role. In 2014 he was named the Bengals special teams captain and made the pro bowl as a special teamer in 2015. Unfortunately his past 2 seasons have been marred by injury, only playing 6 games in 2016 and missing the entire 2017 season. As of this writing it is unclear what the future holds for him.
Eric Winston: This one is short and sweet. The current NFLPA president is more than likely done as an NFL player. He sat on the couch half of last season before being an emergency signing in November following injuries along our offensive line.
Adam Jones: Love him or hate him, the guy has been a really solid player throughout his NFL career. He was a First-Team All-Pro in 2014 as a return specialist, and then he made the pro bowl the following season in 2015 as a CB. I’d be inclined to say that his time as an NFL player is over however after the Bengals declined to pick up the 2018 option for the 34 year old player. This is especially compounded by his recent airport fight. I think his age, declining skill set, and constant fear of off-field issues will keep teams away.
Players signed/traded for
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Kevin Huber P Cincinnati 3-years $7.9m
Tyler Eifert TE Cincinnati 1-year $5.5m
Preston Brown LB Buffalo 1-year $4m
Matt Barkley QB Arizona 2-years $3.1m
Chris Baker DT Tampa Bay 1-year $3m
Cordy Glenn LT Buffalo 3-years $30m
Bobby Hart T NY Giants 1-year $1m
Kevin Huber: The Bengals re-signed our long time punter in a pretty easy to predict move. Huber was born in Cincinnati, grew up and played high school ball in Cincinnati, attended college at the University of Cincinnati, and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. The former First-Team All-Pro is a quality player and a local guy, no need to make a change.
Tyler Eifert: Tyler is probably the biggest enigma in the entire Bengals organization. When he is healthy, he is one of the best in football. The problem with that is that he is absolutely never healthy. The guy has only played in 39 out of 80 career games, literally he has missed more than he has played. He has history of injury to his back, knee, shoulder, and elbow. This is basically a 1-year prove it deal, this season is going to basically determine his market value moving forward.
Preston Brown: After the Kevin Minter experiment didn’t work last season the Bengals turned to a former Buffalo Bills 3rd round pick to help shore up the LB corps. Preston had a pretty good season last year, ranking 43rd out of all linebackers per PFF. Perhaps most importantly he has played every game of his 4 year career. It was reported Brown chose the Bengals over an offer from Buffalo as he grew up in the Cincinnati area. This move confirms that LB Vontaze Burfict will primarily play WILL with Brown playing MLB.
Matt Barkley: Nothing fancy here. Barkley is a veteran QB that is going to come into camp and compete with Jeff Driskel for the backup job. I know most Bengals fans (myself included) love us some crazy legs Driskel but I think Barkley wins the job in the end due to his experience and track record. Regardless though, this is undoubtedly Andy Dalton’s team.
Chris Baker: Last offseason Baker signed a nice 3-year $15.7m contract with Tampa Bay before being cut after the season. Baker was a force for the Washington Redskins from 2014-2016, but reports out of Tampa were that his laziness and negative attitude made him an unwelcome presence with the team moving forward. I see this as a low risk high reward signing. If the coaching staff can get him into his 2014-2016 form with his current price tag, it is a huge win. If his negativity continues the team can cut him loose easily.
Cordy Glenn: This was by FAR the biggest offseason acquisition by the Bengals this season, and perhaps in decades. The trade had the Bengals send a 1st round pick (12th overall) and a 6th rounder to Buffalo in exchange for Glenn, a 1st round pick (21st overall), and a 5th rounder. This is an absolute steal for a team that didn’t have a single tackle on the roster with half of the ability of Glenn a season ago. Glenn has been a full-time starter in his NFL career, but dealt with some injuries of late. Still, he is a massive upgrade over what we had before and is one of the reasons for optimism for our offense moving forward. Note his salary in the table above is what is left on his contract that Cincinnati is on the hook for.
Bobby Hart: I’m going to make no qualms about this. I absolutely despise this signing. Yes, it is low risk money wise, but Hart brings nothing of value to the Bengals locker room. There were very few tackles in the league that were worse than what the Bengals already had, and Hart was one of them (PFF ranked him as the 74th Tackle). He is unathletic, has poor technique, and a history of locker room issues. I’m hoping he doesn’t make the roster.
Round Number Player Position School
1 21 Billy Price C Ohio State
2 54 Jessie Bates S Wake Forest
3 77 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State
3 78 Malik Jefferson LB Texas
4 112 Mark Walton RB Miami (FL)
5 151 Devontae Harris CB Illinois State
5 158 Andrew Brown DE Virginia
5 170 Darius Phillips CB Western Michigan
7 249 Logan Woodside QB Toledo
7 252 Rod Taylor OL Mississippi
7 253 Auden Tate WR Florida State
Billy Price (6’4 312lbs):
Offensive line was by far the most important priority going into this draft, and the Bengals front office wasted absolutely no time in addressing it. Rumor was that the Bengals wanted Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas here, but he was chosen the pick prior by the Detroit Lions. The Bengals ended up with, in my opinion, the more polished player with Price. He started all 55 of OSU’s games the last 4 seasons, and with the departure of the disappointing Bodine the team needed an upgrade and some consistency in the middle. With Price I think they got both.
Grade: A
Jessie Bates (6’1 200lbs):
The Bengals secondary was solid if unspectacular last season, with one position group that needed help being safety. The Bengals brought in Kurt Coleman and Eric Reid for offseason visits, but in the end they chose to upgrade via the draft. George Iloka and Shawn Williams are both quality players but neither of them are ballhawking playmakers a la an Earl Thomas type, something that is far and away the best part of Bates’ game. I think you will see Bates over the top and Williams/Iloka dropping down into the box more due to their more physical style. Honestly I kind of wanted another OL here but for a safety I think we got a great fit.
Grade: B
Sam Hubbard (6’5 270lbs):
I don’t think the team expected Hubbard to be here with this pick, but I can tell you they were thrilled to get him. On a personal note I know that Sam was watching the draft with friends and family from a local Jeff Ruby restaurant in Cincinnati (Carlo & Johnny, if you are familiar). He is a Cincinnati kid born and raised a Bengals fan, and when he got the call he absolutely lost his mind with excitement. He may not have a JJ Watt type ceiling, but he is an extremely high motor guy that is going to become a part of our pass rush rotation day 1.
Grade: A-
Malik Jefferson (6’3 240lbs):
Jefferson was one of the most highly regarded LB prospects coming out of highschool, but was largely disappointing in college. His impressive testing at the combine probably makes him warrant this draft position, but with how weak our LB corps are overall I would have rather seen us take a safer pick. I think he is certainly a developmental guy that has a ton of upside, but the Bengals have a history of these not working out (looking at you Margus Hunt).
Grade: C+
Mark Walton (5’10 202lbs):
Walton is a very athletic and quick back that profiles as a scat back at the NFL level. He has the ability to get to the 2nd level and make defenders look silly with more than enough speed to take it to the house. However, there are some questions about his pass protection and he is firmly behind Mixon and Bernard on the depth chart. This is a depth pick that I’m not sure made sense given what we have on the roster.
Grade: C-
Davontae Harris (5’11 205lbs):
Harris is a guy blessed with great athleticism and pretty good size for a CB, and his play style is fast and aggressive. He doesn’t mind dishing out some hits, which allows him the versatility to play some safety as well. Overall as a corner his technique and hips need some work, but his fearless nature and athleticism will have him right in the conversation for a roster spot if he can contribute on special teams. It may be a few years before he sees time on defense. Overall a solid depth pick.
Grade: B
Andrew Brown (6’3 296lbs):
Brown was a DE (5 technique) in college but he profiles as a DT (3 technique) in today’s NFL. That versatility is a huge plus for him, and his size and pass rushing ability gives us another potential presence pushing the interior next to Geno Atkins. Again, if you notice the theme, he is an aggressive and attacking player, further proving how the team is committed to being more physical overall. Plus, he is known as a high character guy which is always solid for a locker room.
Grade: B+
Darius Phillips (5’10 179lbs):
Phillips is an interesting selection. Another CB selection, though Phillips profiles as more of a slot corner than a true outside guy. Also going along with another theme, Phillips is a ball hawk with 12 INTs in the past 3 seasons in college. I think he is purely a depth pick for 2018 for defense, but his ability as a returner (5 collegiate return TDs) could get him on the 53 man roster for week 1.
Grade: B-
Logan Woodside (6’2 213lbs):
Woodside was taken as just another young QB camp body in the draft. With Driskel already on the roster, the signing of Barkley, and Woodside getting a DUI in early June, I’d wager there is 0% chance he makes the team. Probably going to end up being cut or a practice squad guy.
Grade: C-
Rod Taylor (6’3 320lbs):
Taylor came out of high school as a 5 star recruit but didn’t see much playing time until his senior season. He played RT in college but projects as a G for the Bengals. This was a great selection for the 7th round, a guy with top prospect pedigree with very little draft capital is a good decision for a team that desperately needs OL help.
Grade: B+
Auden Tate (6’5 228lbs):
What does Tate bring to Cincinnati? One word. Size. He is another big bodied WR who was a quality college player, but many teams had doubts about his ability to transition his game to the NFL level with his lack of speed and explosiveness. He is a red zone target guy that will be on the fringe of the roster, with my expectation being they cut him in favor of someone with a more diverse skill set.
Grade: C
Another Year of Marvin @#$%& Lewis
I, like pretty much every single Bengals fan that I know, was absolutely certain that last season would be the final season for Lewis in Cincinnati. But then the final few weeks of the year (when it didn’t matter) all of the sudden the team that was walking out on the field looked competent. Perhaps even more than competent, maybe even a little bit dangerous. When we closed out the year shattering the hopes and dreams of the Lions and Ravens it resulted in an unexpected turn of events: the hopes and dreams of us ushering in a new coaching regime were shattered as well. Don’t get me wrong, Lewis is a good guy and has had a lot of positive moments for the franchise but what we really need is a culture shift on a wide scale. Instead, we get another season of Lewis giving out ho-hum press conferences. We’ll see a lot of mindless clapping on the sideline when our team performs poorly, and a lot of blank stares when things don’t go our way. We’ll see atrocious clock management with the worst 2 minute drill in the history of football.
The prayer for myself and all of Bengals fandom is that we will see a shift with a new offense installed by OC Bill Lazor and a new version of our 4-3 defense installed by Teryl Austin. Our greatest successes were when we had great coordinators to offset Marvin’s deficiencies (Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson) and one can only hope that this year will see similar results. It was pretty clear from our offseason moves what the team is trying to do: establish an identity. I believe that this year we will see the offense being built a lot around Joe Mixon and the run game, though our shoring up of the OL was just as much about pass protection too. Still, I think a fast paced offense built around quick throws and the run game will be what we see. On defense they were trying to get physical and disruptive playmakers to force more turnovers. That has been the calling card of Austin’s defenses to date which gives Bengals fandom reason for optimism moving into 2018.
Projected Starting Lineup:
  • Andy Dalton. Pretty easy one here. He is a polarizing guy among fans as he is definitely no Rodgers or Brady but he is a quality starter. He can go as far as the pieces around him and as far as his coordinator can make him go. I think our skill positions are good enough to make Dalton look great, the real questions surround our offensive line. If they hold up we could see another fringe pro-bowl year from him. Projection: 4,100 yards, 26 TD, 12 INT
Running Back:
  • Joe Mixon. He will be our definite RB1 banger. He is an excellent between the tackles runner that put up some below average numbers last season mostly due to our absolutely atrocious OL play. I think he will put up a great season this year with the offense being built around what he can do. Projection: 250 carries for 1,150 yards, 9 TD, 40 receptions for 350 yards, 1 TD
  • Giovani Bernard. Gio is always underrated but the guy is a great weapon out of the backfield. He has between the tackles ability to spell Mixon but he will primarily be our 3rd down back. Projection: 120 carries for 500 yards, 3 TD, 55 receptions for 550 yards, 2 TD
  • Ryan Hewitt. We don’t use this position a ton but when we need to bring him in we do. He played around 11% of our snaps last season. He has shown the ability to also play TE in a pinch.
Tight End:
  • Tyler Eifert. He is projecting to be our starter but the real question surrounds if he will be healthy enough to contribute to the team. I have to be honest and say that I just don’t see it happening, but for the sake of the offense I hope I am wrong. Projection: 30 receptions for 350 yards and 5 TD in 10 games
  • Tyler Kroft. He really shined last year as a quality option in the passing game. A pleasant surprise to fans that were concerned following Eifert’s string of injuries. Kroft has only missed 2 games in his career, which is really what we need. Projection: 40 receptions for 380 yards and 3 TD
Wide Receiver:
  • AJ Green. No surprise here at all. The guy is an absolute monster, and coming off a down year I expect big things. Projection: 90 receptions for 1,350 yards, 8 TD
  • Brandon LaFell. This may be a surprise to some but I see LaFell opening the season as the WR opposite AJ. Marvin loves his veterans. This could very well end up being wrong if John Ross balls out in training camp LaFell could be a cut candidate. Thus is the life of a veteran. Projection: 40 receptions for 500 yards, 2 TD
  • Tyler Boyd. Boyd had a very solid rookie year but was mostly quiet last year with the exception of his game winning TD against Baltimore in week 17. I think he is a great slot guy and he takes a big step this year. Projection: 60 receptions for 650 yards, 5 TD
  • John Ross. No idea what to think about this guy. He could have 1,000 yards or 0. His pedigree and athleticism is there, and there has been nothing but praise for him from OTAs, but Marvin’s doghouse is tough to get out of. I’m mentioning him as I think he will contribute but before training camp I’m holding off on projections.
Left Tackle:
  • Cordy Glenn. We went out and got this guy and there is zero doubt that if he is healthy he will be our unquestioned starter on the left side on Sunday’s. Former LT Cedric Ogbuehi will be his primary backup and could move along the line, but I don’t see anyone challenging Glenn here.
Left Guard:
  • Clint Boling. Clint has been a mainstay for the Bengals since he was drafted in 2011. He is consistently above average, and offers a veteran presence to the position group.
  • Billy Price. The rookie was taken in the first round because he is ready to start from day 1. I think he should be a pretty safe bet to be an immediate upgrade over Bodine.
Right Guard:
  • Trey Hopkins. I think Hopkins is probably who ends up getting the starting gig here, but to be honest the right side of our line is kind of up in the air. Hopkins was our projected RG last year and I think this year is more of the same.
Right Tackle:
  • Jake Fisher. Fisher was a Bengals high draft selection that has largely struggled, and he is coming off an injury shortened season due to a heart issue. I think though that he has shown enough flashes of upside to be given one more chance to start.
Defensive Interior:
  • Geno Atkins. Zero argument here from anyone. He is without a doubt our best defensive player, and one of the best DL in the entire NFL. He will periodically come out for a breather but if he has his wind he is in there.
  • Chris Baker. I think Baker gets the majority of the PT next to Atkins but there is going to be a very heavy rotation here with Michael Johnson, Jordan Willis, Ryan Glasnow all getting a chance.
  • Carlos Dunlap. This guy is the straw that stirs the drink for the defense. He plays loose and fun. He never developed into a Strahan type sack guy but he is an above average pass rusher, run stopper, and is consistently at the top of the league in deflections by a DE. Dunlap plays the majority of snaps.
  • Carl Lawson. One of the brightest spots for our team last year was the emergence of our 2017 4th round pick. He recorded 8.5 sacks as a rookie despite only playing 41% of our defensive snaps. If he improves his run stopping he will be a pro bowl player someday. Expect Lawson to be spelled by Jordan Willis/Michael Johnson on running downs.
  • Vontaze Burfict. Yes he has done some shitty things on the field, but when he is out there he is one of the most intimidating and effective linebackers in the game. He will primarily play our WILL backer spot. Note he is suspended for 4 games, during that time you will likely see Vincent Rey and Jordan Evans playing here.
  • Preston Brown. The Bengals went out and got him in free agency to plug him in at MLB from day 1.
  • Nick Vigil. Our other outside LB spot is up for debate. It would seem that Jordan Evans, Malik Jefferson, and Vinny Rey could be in contention here. In the end they will all see playing time, I just think the coaches like Vigil the most overall.
  • William Jackson III. If you don’t know who he is you better be ready to hear his name quite a bit. I think he is legitimately going to be the next big thing at cornerback. He will be covering outside. I think he is an All-Pro in waiting
  • Dre Kirkpatrick. Dre is merely an average corner, but we are paying him like a dynamo because we couldn’t afford to lose him on our defense. I’m hoping Austin can get more out of him. Kirkpatrick will be outside opposite Jackson.
  • Darqueze Dennard. We selected Dennard in the first round of the 2014 draft and for a while it looked like he was going to be a bust. He has really blossomed though into his role as a slot corner. He is quick, physical, and a great tackler.
  • George Iloka. Neither of the Bengals starting safeties are your prototypical free safety, so the defense that we play doesn’t lend itself really to needing that. Jessie Bates will compete for playing time with both guys due to him being more of a ballhawking pure FS.
  • Shawn Williams. This guy is a hammer, goes for the big hit and is great at helping out the run defense. I expect to see him dropping down and playing some nickel LB with some cover 1 and cover 3 looks.
  • Randy Bullock. I don’t like him and he is garbage but we don’t have anyone that can really compete.
  • Kevin Huber. Consistent, quality punter. Nothing fancy, I wrote about how he is a solid Cincy guy earlier.
Kick Returns/Punt Returns:
  • Alex Erickson. He has done well enough with the job, and has proven he can be a pretty reliable slot WR when called upon, too. I’d wager he keeps the job for one more year.
Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses:
Overall grade: B
We don’t have one of the premier guys in the league, but we have a consistent starter and a backup in Barkley that has won football games in the NFL. I think that puts us in a better than average position in regard to the rest of the league.
Overall grade: B+
I think the 1-2 punch of Mixon/Gio could wind up being considered one of the best in the entire NFL, but they haven’t shown it yet. Homerism aside I still think they are an above average group, especially when you factor in the depth that Walton provides.
Overall Grade: C-
The addition of Price and Glenn were absolutely huge for us, but we still have questions on the entire right side of the line. Not to mention that Price is still a rookie and Glenn has had injury concerns. Still, a grade of C- is much better than the grade of F that we had at this time last year.
Pass catchers
Overall Grade: A-
This is pretty easy when you have AJ Green and Eifert being the stars of your group with solid depth guys like Kroft and LaFell and Boyd, and huge upside with Ross. If Eifert goes down I’d drop the grade a bit, but still I think this is a very interesting group for us.
Overall Grade: A
This is by far our best position group. Atkins and Dunlap are 2 of the best at their respective positions, and rookies Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis showed a ton of promise. Couple that with the addition of Sam Hubbard and I think that our DL will be the highlight of our team.
Overall Grade: C-
Outside of Vontaze we don’t have any guys on the roster that have played really well in a Bengals uniform. The addition of Brown helps, but we have questions with our SAM backer and very little depth. I’m disappointed that the organization didn’t do more to shore them up.
Overall Grade: B
WJIII and Dennard are both very good players, but Kirkpatrick is prone to penalties and giving up big plays. The addition of Bates and Teryl Austin’s tutelage may help bring this unit up above their projections but overall I think they are just pretty average.
Special Teams
Overall Grade: C-
Bullock is an F. I think that our return group is pretty good and our punt team is above average as well. I’m nervous how our ST will look now that the leader of that group Cedric Peerman is no longer in Cincy.
Schedule Predictions
Week 1 – AT Indianapolis Colts
Prediction: Bengals 24 Colts 17 (1-0)
Summary: I think with it being Luck’s first taste of real game action in a while that the Bengals will be able to hit them in the mouth and rack up a bunch of sacks and come away from this week with a W.
Week 2 – VS Baltimore Ravens
Prediction: Ravens 27 Bengals 17 (1-1)
Summary: Our games against the Ravens are always hard fought games. I think that they have really improved their team this offseason and they get the better of us in this early season matchup with Alex Collins having a big day.
Week 3 – AT Carolina Panthers
Prediction: Panthers 21 Bengals 20 (1-2)
Summary: Carolina is a tough place to go and win games, and the Bengals have struggled to contain Cam in the past. I think it is more of the same and the Bengals come out losing.
Week 4 – AT Atlanta Falcons
Prediction: Falcons 31 Bengals 17 (1-3)
Summary: The Bengals are kind of reeling at this point following two really tough games on the road. The Falcons DL eats our OL alive and it is a blowout.
Week 5 – VS Miami Dolphins
Prediction: Bengals 27 Dolphins 7 (2-3)
Summary: AJ Green torches the Dolphins secondary and Tannehill struggles in what is a sorely needed get right game for Cincinnati.
Week 6 – VS Pittsburgh Steelers
Prediction: Bengals 17 Steelers 14 (3-3)
Summary: I think that this game at home is going to be a hard nosed kind of football game. Vontaze is back in the swing of things off the suspension, WJIII battling with Antonio Brown. I think that Ben throws a costly late pick that leads to a game winning field goal.
Week 7 – AT Kansas City Chiefs
Prediction: Bengals 24 Chiefs 14 (4-3)
Summary: I am really high on Mahomes as a starter but I think he is going to have his ebbs and flows this year. I think our DL is going to get to him early and get him rattled, and the KC defense isn’t quite what it once was.
Week 8 – VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Prediction: Bengals 27 Buccaneers 20 (5-3)
Summary: Unfortunately for Bucs fans, I think they may be in some trouble this year. I think this ends up being a game where the final score is close but it never looked that way.
Week 9 – BYE
Week 10 – VS New Orleans Saints
Prediction: Saints 24 Bengals 10 (5-4)
Summary: I think the Saints come into Cincy and control the game from start to finish with an effective running game and a sneaky good defensive effort.
Week 11 – AT Baltimore Ravens
Prediction: Bengals 31 Ravens 28 (6-4)
Summary: What goes together better than crazy games by AJ Green against Baltimore? AJ explodes for 170 and 2 TDs and the Bengals hold off a late onslaught by Joe Cool to get the W.
Week 12 – VS Cleveland Browns
Prediction: Bengals 21 Browns 10 (7-4)
Summary: The Browns are making waves in the league and playing really well, but for this game our DL wreaks havoc and we hold them to their lowest yardage output all season.
Week 13 – VS Denver Broncos
Prediction: Broncos 21 Bengals 17 (7-5)
Summary: I think the Broncos defense channels their Super Bowl run and Case Keenum throws it just well enough for the Broncos to squeak out a win in Cincy.
Week 14 – AT Los Angeles Chargers
Prediction: Chargers 28 Bengals 7 (7-6)
Summary: Our OL just flat out cant handle the pass rush of the Chargers, Melvin Gordon has a great game and the Bengals look like they are flat.
Week 15 – VS Las Vegas Raiders
Prediction: Bengals 31 Raiders 14 (8-6)
Summary: I think the Bengals come out angry about their sorry performance against the Chargers and blow the Raiders off the field. Mixon runs roughshod over them. The playoff hope is alive
Week 16 – AT Cleveland Browns
Prediction: Browns 24 Bengals 21 (8-7)
Summary: The Browns get us in Cleveland behind a great performance by Baker Mayfield, who had recently taken over for Tyrod Taylor.
Week 17 – AT Pittsburgh Steelers
Prediction: Steelers 31 Bengals 7 (8-8)
Summary: The Bengals go to Pittsburgh needing a win and some help to win the wild card but it is clear from the jump that the pressure is too much for them and they completely flop. They finish the season .500 and out of the playoffs.
2018 Projection Summary
The Bengals are an improved team from the team that went 7-9 in 2017. We didn’t lose any key contributors save Andre Smith and Russell Bodine along the line (both were bad and needed to go) and we made some upgrades at our weaker positions. Still, our head coach doesn’t have the ability to maximize what he has in front of him and remains overall a career underachiever. We play better than we did last year but our deficiencies along the offensive line and in our linebacking corps prove too much to overcome to be a playoff team. We are yet again thrust into mediocrity but with just enough solid play and hope to keep the fans and the organization wondering if the current regime has what it takes to put us in the Super Bowl before our current roster window closes.
Note From The Writer
I want to thank everyone that took the time to read this. If anyone has any questions/comments/concerns please ask in the comments and I will try to shed more light if possible. Go Bengals!
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2018.01.29 01:20 BitcoinPrivate Historical Bitcoin Private Hard Fork Snapshot Announcement

Today marks a monumental day in our long journey to make Bitcoin a more secure and private technology. Just 44 days ago, Bitcoin Private’s founder and lead developer, Rhett Creighton, proposed that the ZClassicCoin (ZCL) be revitalized by migrating it to become a Bitcoin Hardfork -- “Bitcoin Private”.
In only a month’s time, 20+ highly talented engineers and 70+ total team members have come together from all over the world to contribute towards one of the most important Bitcoin Hardfork’s of our time.
The importance of Bitcoin Private
Recently, it has become clear that the crypto community’s privacy is at risk. Everytime one makes a transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain, the transaction is recorded on the blockchain in perpetuity for anyone to see. We have seen the BitFury Group use this information to de-anonymize over 15% of the entire Bitcoin network, along with many other examples. This led us to create Bitcoin Private (BTCP) - a fork-merge of the ZCL & BTC blockchains and introduction of the zk-SNARKS feature to Bitcoin.
The hard fork will allow users to safely transfer their digital currency without any threat to their privacy, known as “shielded transactions, on the Bitcoin Private blockchain. For example, transactions would still take place on this Bitcoin based blockchain, except without being recorded anywhere on the ledger-- thus leaving absolutely no trail of your transaction details to anyone other than the sender and recipient. This has never been done before with any Bitcoin hard fork. Ultimately, privacy was once a cornerstone of Bitcoin but can no longer be guaranteed today.
Aside from the shielded transactions, Bitcoin Private is also making transactions faster and more efficient by doubling the Bitcoin block size from 1MB to 2MB.
Bitcoin & ZClassic Snapshot Date
The Bitcoin Private contribution team announced the much-anticipated snapshot date of both Bitcoin & ZClassive which are scheduled to occur on February 28, 2018. This announcement was made at the first official Bitcoin Private Conference held in Austin, Texas. The fork date and mainnet launch is scheduled to occur ~2 days later.
Bitcoin Private will be distributed on a 1:1 basis. This means, that for every 1 ZClassic (ZCL) or 1 Bitcoin (BTC) held during the snapshot, holders will receive 1 Bitcoin Private. For example, if someone holds 20.3 ZClassic and 1.5 Bitcoin, he/she will receive 21.8 Bitcoin Private.
Moving forward, the Bitcoin Private team will continue securing appropriate partnerships to bolster the Bitcoin Private initiative. You should expect announcements around these partnerships to continue throughout 2018 as we seek to build a sustainable technology platform.
We anticipate our development team to continue growing in headcount and skill set, which allows us to build out our ambitious post-fork technology roadmap. The successful execution of our roadmap will allow Bitcoin Private to deliver superior value to other Bitcoin hard forks, especially around privacy and transaction speeds.
Ultimately, we believe in a cryptocurrency world where everyone can trust their privacy will be respected.
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2017.10.03 16:29 HereComeStatBoi Subreddit Stats: WarshipPorn posts from 2017-09-01 to 2017-10-02 05:47 PDT

Period: 30.79 days
Submissions Comments
Total 398 3346
Rate (per day) 12.93 106.41
Unique Redditors 87 1112
Combined Score 47762 23368

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 5263 points, 25 submissions: Freefight
    1. The superstructure of french battleship Richelieu in 1946.[2400 × 1585] (750 points, 43 comments)
    2. USCG Cutter Eagle passes USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on the Hudson River during Fleet Week 2002.[1312 × 2000] (564 points, 17 comments)
    3. The flagship of the Grand Fleet during WW1 and leadship of her class, HMS Iron Duke.[4316 × 2907] (520 points, 48 comments)
    4. Battlecruiser HMS Renown with USS Texas astern.[939 × 600] (491 points, 23 comments)
    5. The Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in silhouette in Sydney Harbor for the celebration of the Royal Austrailian Navy 75th anniversary.[1181 × 787] (483 points, 12 comments)
    6. Battleship Tirpitz in Kaafjord Norway in July, 1942.[1200 × 699] (454 points, 33 comments)
    7. HMS Hood in New Zealand as part of her world cruise.[3405 × 2558] (287 points, 31 comments)
    8. USS Jackson (LCS 6) sits pierside in San Diego.[1728 x 1296] (233 points, 16 comments)
    9. The flight deck of Centaur-class aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, 1982.[1024 × 812] (169 points, 16 comments)
    10. USS Washington (BB-56), USS North Carolina (BB-55), USS South Dakota (BB-57), USS Santa Fe (CL-60), photographed from USS Ticonderoga (CV-14).[5000 × 3273] (147 points, 3 comments)
  2. 5170 points, 87 submissions: Tsquare43
    1. [1024 x 801] HMCS Warrior (R31), passing under the Lions' Gate Bridge, 1946-1947. She'd serve in the Royal Navy, and would later be sold to Argentina and be called Independencia. She'd be scrapped in 1971. (261 points, 9 comments)
    2. [1280 x 857] Argentinian Cruiser ARA 25 de Mayo, shown likely in the 1930's. (173 points, 5 comments)
    3. [1003 x 715] USS Nashville (CL 43) Underway in Puget Sound, Washington, in 1945. Note the SC-1 on the fantail, and the single catapult, typical of late-war cruiser modifications. (161 points, 6 comments)
    4. [800 x 610] HMS Nabob (D-77) proceeding homewards under her own steam, her stern low down in the water. She was hit by a torpedo during an operation in northern waters. Despite her damaged condition, Nabob turned homeward with a skeleton crew. She was crewed by the RCN. (153 points, 4 comments)
    5. [1000 x 1285] The never completed USS Iowa (BB-53) stern view. A member of the cancelled South Dakota class, she fell victim to the Washington Treaty. Jan 3, 1922. (144 points, 10 comments)
    6. [3000 x 2017] USS North Carolina (BB-55), and USS Randolph (CV-15) at left, July 1945 (140 points, 6 comments)
    7. [4608 x 2592] French Frigate La Fayette (F710) in NYC on June 6, 2014 for the 70th anniversary of D-Day [OC] (134 points, 4 comments)
    8. [800 x 621] HMS Formidable (67) on fire after the kamikaze hit on 4 May 1945 (133 points, 14 comments)
    9. [1024 x 771] A Japanese kamikaze aircraft explodes after crashing into USS Essex’s (CV-9) flight deck amidships on 25 November 1944 (127 points, 4 comments)
    10. [810 x 610] French cruiser Glorie, at Naples in a dazzle camouflage pattern. (118 points, 8 comments)
  3. 3782 points, 16 submissions: abt137
    1. Dmitriy Donskoy, Russian Navy nuclear ballistic missile submarine, Akula class (NATO Typhoon class) under construction. (795x110) (532 points, 47 comments)
    2. Russia's guided-missile cruiser Varyag, always imposing somehow. (1389x1875) (480 points, 83 comments)
    3. Torpedo damage to port side of USS Oklahoma, taken once in the drydock, January 1944 (740x615) (456 points, 37 comments)
    4. 4 USN nuclear subs being decommissioned through the Ship/Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Aerial view. (1500x2266) (431 points, 46 comments)
    5. W. Churchill aboard HMS Prince of Wales on his way to meet with US President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Atlantic Conference in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Aug 1941. The PoW had 4 months left before succumbing to Japanese torpedo-bombers near Singapore (800x785) (396 points, 60 comments)
    6. Steam submarine, a British K-class steam powered submarine that did not succeed (720x328) (378 points, 31 comments)
    7. HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales under attack by Japanese bombers. Repulse on the lower side has just been hit by a bomb and several near misses visible, on the upper side the PoW leaves a trace of white smoke as she tries to increase speed to evade the attack. 10-Dec-1941 (735x1024) (270 points, 22 comments)
    8. PT 596 in April 1945, note the Mk 50 rocket launchers in firing position (902x1086) (151 points, 7 comments)
    9. Union schooner deck with a 13" mortar during the American Civil War. Weighed 17,250 pounds on a 4,500-pound bed. With a 20-pound charge of powder at 41º elevation, could hurl a 204-pound shell loaded with 7 pounds of powder over 2¼ miles, the shell would fly 30 secs (1024x807) (127 points, 11 comments)
    10. Heavily armed Soviet Navy destroyer Nezamozhnik (Fidonisi type, Novik class) in the Black sea during WW2. This ship had an intense service life. More info in the comments. (1116x712) (118 points, 4 comments)
  4. 3423 points, 25 submissions: RyanSmith
    1. The replica trireme OLYMPIAS [2560 x 1920] (612 points, 26 comments)
    2. The CSS Stonewall - a 1,390-ton ironclad built in Bordeaux, France, for the Confederate Navy in 1864 [1920 x 1400] (464 points, 28 comments)
    3. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the guided missile destroyer USS Halsey, and the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill steam in formation during a strait transit show of force exercise in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 11, 2017 [1920 × 1006] (355 points, 26 comments)
    4. U.S. Navy and South Korean ships transit the East Sea in a 13-ship formation led by the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon, July 26, 2010. [2157 × 1298] (307 points, 12 comments)
    5. USS Arizona enroute from San Pedro to San Francisco. May, 1932. [2442 x 1916] (238 points, 22 comments)
    6. USS Essex, a 1000-ton ironclad river gunboat in March, 1863 [1200 x 784] (180 points, 7 comments)
    7. The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle at the Lynnhaven anchorage off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. [2493 × 1662] (154 points, 8 comments)
    8. The USS Carl Vinson and the USNS Bridge conduct a vertical replenishment mission while under way in the Pacific Ocean [1998 x 1332] (150 points, 8 comments)
    9. The fleet entering Golden Gate, c.1908 [2229 x 700] (114 points, 2 comments)
    10. USNS Tippecanoe, center, refuels two Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Escort Flotilla ships in the East China [2100 × 1500] (103 points, 10 comments)
  5. 3278 points, 49 submissions: Crowe410
    1. Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Glenelg (ACPB 96) prior to its launch from the Austal shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, 2007 [1146×775] (296 points, 11 comments)
    2. The guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) during the 2007 holiday ship decoration contest at San Diego Naval Base [2100×1500] (229 points, 2 comments)
    3. Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) entering the floating dry dock USS Arco (ARDM 5), 25 April 2007 [2100×1500] (176 points, 8 comments)
    4. Vought F4U-1 Corsair of Fighting Squadron VF-17 landing on the deck of the escort carrier USS Charger (CVE-30), February 1943 [1885×1378] (164 points, 9 comments)
    5. Astute-class submarine HMS Artful (S121) leaving the BAE Systems construction hall at Barrow-in-Furness, 17 May 2014 [1600×901] (163 points, 13 comments)
    6. Crown Colony-class light cruiser HMCS Quebec (formally HMS Uganda) in Copenhagen, 1954 [1000×787] (163 points, 1 comment)
    7. HMS Astute (S119) coming into Gibraltar with a dry deck shelter attached [1024×624] (149 points, 6 comments)
    8. USS Port Royal (CG 73) in Dry Dock 4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, September 24 2009 [2145×1393] (116 points, 22 comments)
    9. Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Westminster (F237) docked in Canary Wharf, London, 2014 [1024×680] (113 points, 3 comments)
    10. USS Nevada (BB-36) In Dry Dock Number 1 at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Hawaii, circa 1935 [5708×4515] (104 points, 1 comment)
  6. 2835 points, 28 submissions: KapitanKurt
    1. Japanese Type A-class midget submarine being recovered near the entrance to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States, circa July 1960; its torpedoes had not been fired. [740 × 605] (584 points, 18 comments)
    2. USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) follows other battleships during maneuvers. The first three ships in the background are USS Nevada (BB-36), USS Oklahoma (BB-37), and USS Arizona (BB-39) in that order. The photo pre-dates 1925. [3000 x 2430] (269 points, 8 comments)
    3. New Orleans-class heavy cruiser USS Quincy (CA-39) as she rests on Iron Bottom Sound with view of her bridge and front turrets. Sunk, Battle of Savo Island 9 August 1942. From Robert Ballard's expedition as published in his 'Lost Ships of Guadacanal'. [1819 x 1258] (172 points, 9 comments)
    4. Bulldog mascot 'Venus' of HMS Vansittart (D64), circa 1941. Vansittart, a Royal Navy destroyer completed post-WWI, served through WWII. [800 x 541] (164 points, 5 comments)
    5. Royal Navy Kil-class patrol gunboat HMS Kilbride painted in dazzle camouflage, circa 1918. They were designed to be double-ended to confuse submarine observers. [791 x 524] (144 points, 5 comments)
    6. USS Iowa (BB-61) steaming out to sea from Wonsan Harbor after a day's shore bombardment of enemy installations inside the harbor on 27 Apr 1952. [2000 x 1577] (130 points, 2 comments)
    7. Cleveland-class light cruiser USS Vincennes (CL-64) approaching San Francisco in 1945. Photographed from stbd side looking aft showing main & secondary armament, AA gun tubs, bridge, search and FC radar antennas, and the obligatory USN airship. [3932 x 2646] (126 points, 2 comments)
    8. NGFS deluxe. Heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul (CA-73) fires her forward 8"/55 guns in support of ground troops in South Vietnam, circa October 1966. Highest res I could locate. [740 x 570] (126 points, 1 comment)
    9. The future littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS-9) is underway during a high-speed run in Lake Michigan during acceptance trials. Aug 2017. USN photo. [2048 x 1365] (111 points, 24 comments)
    10. A tampion bearing the ship's crest covers the gun muzzle of Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll (F231). [1904 x 2570] (100 points, 4 comments)
  7. 1868 points, 13 submissions: Taldoable
    1. "HI MOM!", a heartfelt letter home from the sailors of USS Midway (CV-41) in 1981.[1024x750] (500 points, 16 comments)
    2. For my 100th post 'round these parts, I present the entirety of my favorite class of warships ever built in a single image: The Lexington-class Carriers, USS Lexington (CV-2) and USS Saratoga (CV-3)[5768x4502] (227 points, 14 comments)
    3. USS Dynamic (AFDL-6), a floating drydock commissioned in 1944 and still in service today. [2241x1500] (227 points, 27 comments)
    4. Inactive Submarines at Mare Island Naval Yard, January of 1946. [2500x1641] (159 points, 13 comments)
    5. USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), the destroyer-escort that fought like a battleship. [2562x1964] (136 points, 17 comments)
    6. USS Tinian (CVE-123), the last completed escort carrier and never commissioned. She was steamed straight into the reserve fleet, where she remained until being scrapped in 1971. [959x768] (125 points, 7 comments)
    7. USS Texas (SSN-775) shortly before her commissioning ceremony, July 31, 2004.[2100x1368] (122 points, 5 comments)
    8. USS Tarawa (CVS-40),in her anti-submarine role July, 1957. Never modernized, she retained her straight deck until she was scrapped in 1968.[1024x815] (90 points, 2 comments)
    9. USS Farragut (DD-348), the first ship in the US Navy to carry what would become the ubiquitous 5"/38s. [739x558] (77 points, 2 comments)
    10. USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), showing off her caomfalge while transiting the South Chna Sea, July 2015. [2304x1534] (72 points, 12 comments)
  8. 1662 points, 2 submissions: mjomark
    1. Two Visby-class corvettes in Stockholm, 2016 [1524x1268] (1462 points, 121 comments)
    2. USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79), currently moored in Stockholm, Sweden [1024x768] (200 points, 5 comments)
  9. 1621 points, 11 submissions: Dunk-Master-Flex
    1. HMS King George V undergoing refit in a dry dock at Rosyth, Scotland 1940. [720 x 942] (404 points, 16 comments)
    2. French destroyer Bourrasque sinking off Dunkirk after she collided with a mine, her decks still loaded with troops, 30 May, 1940. [1052 x 700] (230 points, 10 comments)
    3. 76 years ago today, Canada's "Most Fightingest Ship" HMCS Haida was laid down in North East England. [771 x 578] (207 points, 5 comments)
    4. U-185 sinking in the North Atlantic August 24th, 1943. She was crippled depth charge armed aircraft from USS Core (CVE-13). [960 x 787] (190 points, 5 comments)
    5. HMS Spitfire, the Destroyer that rammed SMS Nassau and survived during the Battle of Jutland, on patrol sometime in 1915. [3071 x 1723] (171 points, 2 comments)
    6. USS Langley (CVL-27) and her sailors enjoying the roll of Typhoon "Connie", June 1945. [1314 x 901] (101 points, 11 comments)
    7. Crew of the Polish Submarine ORP SĘP training the deck gun, sometime during 1957. [960 x 944] (96 points, 5 comments)
    8. The Polish Navy destroyer ORP Orkan underway on the River Clyde shortly after her transfer, December 1942. [1050 x 700] (81 points, 1 comment)
    9. ORP Grom and ORP Błyskawica together sometime before the Polish Navy's exile to Britain, September 1939. [1193 x 764] (54 points, 4 comments)
    10. HMCS Haida (DDE 215) making her way towards Lock 4 on the Welland Canal during that Great Lakes tour in 1963.[1600 x 784] (48 points, 5 comments)
  10. 1597 points, 10 submissions: Lavrentio
    1. The 'SPQR' shield-figurehead on the prow of the Italian battleship Roma, now lying half-buried in the sand at a depth of about 1,200 meters (photo Guido Gay). [1917 x 845] (696 points, 28 comments)
    2. The Italian battleships Littorio and Vittorio Veneto at sea in 1942. [743 x 443] (311 points, 18 comments)
    3. Destroyer HMS Eridge after being hit by a torpedo fired by a 'Motoscafo da Turismo Silurante Modificato' of the Decima Flottiglia MAS. [937 x 1012] (134 points, 10 comments)
    4. The Italian armored cruiser Marco Polo during World War I, sporting a camouflage scheme that featured a fake torpedo boat and patrol craft painted on her side. [999 x 584] (105 points, 5 comments)
    5. The Italian destroyer Lanzerotto Malocello, loaded with mines for a minelaying operation in the Sicilian Channel, moored in Trapani in 1941. [1280 x 852] (86 points, 0 comments)
    6. Two Perla-class submarines under construction in the OTO shipyard at Muggiano, La Spezia, 1935. [1396 x 2096] (78 points, 5 comments)
    7. Italian and German troops abandoning the Italian troopship Oceania as she sinks after being torpedoed by HMS Upholder, 18 September 1941. [1056 x 1340] (54 points, 1 comment)
    8. The Brazilian submarines Tupy, Tymbira and Tamoyo in 1938. [1023 x 712] (51 points, 4 comments)
    9. Sailor's promise - an Italian postcard from the 1930s. The girl writes to her fiancé, a submariner, who in the meantime is however admiring the photo of another girl. The submarine is the Ettore Fieramosca. [1430 x 894] (49 points, 0 comments)
    10. The minesweeper RD 36, one of the three Italian warships to be awarded a Gold Medal of Military Valor "to the flag". [640 x 480] (33 points, 2 comments)
  11. 988 points, 9 submissions: MerryPrankster1967
    1. A sailor fires a shot-line from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) to the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6)[3256 x 2605] (560 points, 67 comments)
    2. Red in the morning,sailors warning.USS John.C.Stennis with the sunrise behind her.[2048 x 1366] (192 points, 5 comments)
    3. USS Alabama (SSBN 731)Returning to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol. [2048 x 1680] (58 points, 1 comment)
    4. USS California (left) and USS Tennessee in Elliot Bay.1935 [2048 x 1615] (52 points, 0 comments)
    5. USS Sampson (DDG 102) takes on fuel from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) [1936 x 1536] (44 points, 0 comments)
    6. Fear of heights?Not these sailors.USS Austin (DDG 83) [4813 x 3209] (37 points, 7 comments)
    7. USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) is the ship in this beautiful photo.Arctic Circle. [5568 x 3712] (24 points, 7 comments)
    8. A patrol boat as it escorts the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) into Naval Base Kitsap.[6016 x 4016] (13 points, 0 comments)
    9. USS John C.Stennis (CVN-74)ties up to the pier at P.S.N.S Bremerton.[2048 x 1365] (8 points, 2 comments)
  12. 912 points, 7 submissions: TheShowaDaily
    1. Imperial Brazilian Navy Cruiser Almirante Barroso in Rio de Janeiro, 1888 [2015 x 2500] (276 points, 4 comments)
    2. Qing Navy Beiyang Fleet ironclad Zhenyuan in the Lushun dockyard, during the Sino-Japanese War, 1894 Colorization by irootoko_jr [1600 x 2025] (212 points, 14 comments)
    3. Brazilian Navy aircraft carrier Minas Gerais in 1966 [1136 x 640] (161 points, 11 comments)
    4. The dreadnought battleship São Paulo carrying the Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas up the River Plate to meet with the presidents of Argentina and Uruguay in 1935 [1136 x 640] (90 points, 0 comments)
    5. The Battle of the Riachuelo, the biggest naval battle in the history of South America and a key point in the Paraguayan War. Painting by Eduardo de Martino 1870 [2173 x 1048] (77 points, 9 comments)
    6. Brazilian ironclad battleship Aquidabã during the Monarchist Revolt of the Navy against the Republican Government in 1893 [1024 x 820] (55 points, 0 comments)
    7. The Portuguese carrack Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai escorting Beatrice of Portugal to marry Charles III, Duke of Savoy. painting by Joachim Patinir, 1520 [art] [2500 x 1297] (41 points, 1 comment)
  13. 870 points, 2 submissions: sverdrupian
    1. Diesel fast-attack submarine USS Gudgeon (SS-567) arrives at Pearl Harbor on 21 February 1958 after circumnavigating the globe. [3788×2995] (490 points, 10 comments)
    2. The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF) ships Shimakaze (DDG 172), Myoukou (DDG 175), Hamagiri (DD 155) and Natusio (SS 584) pier-side Okinawa, 2003. [3200×400],and_the_Japanese_Maritime_Defense_Force(JMSDF)ships_Shimakaze(DDG172),_Myoukou(DDG175),_Hamagiri(DD155)_and_Natusio(SS_584)_pier-side_Okinawa,_J.jpg) (380 points, 39 comments)
  14. 849 points, 2 submissions: rhit06
    1. A view into the well deck of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as it provides hurricane relief assistance off of Key West [4427 x 2914] (826 points, 67 comments)
    2. The USS Wahoo (SS-238) returns from her third war patrol flying a "Shoot The Sun Za-Bitches" banner and a broom strapped to the periscope. February 7, 1943 [1325 x 1666] (23 points, 9 comments)
  15. 751 points, 3 submissions: Flying_Dustbin
    1. Get ready for a surprise! HMS Campbeltown after ramming the dry dock at St. Nazaire, France, March 28, 1942. [1148 x 720] (402 points, 29 comments)
    2. Battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable with the White Star liner RMS Olympic. Probably taken sometime in 1911.[2730 x 1997] (271 points, 22 comments)
    3. Commissioning day for USS Scorpion (SSN-589), July, 29, 1960. In the background is USS Triton (SSRN-586). [2250 x 1484] (78 points, 9 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. beachedwhale1945 (514 points, 80 comments)
  2. Taldoable (463 points, 43 comments)
  3. vonHindenburg (397 points, 47 comments)
  4. PhoenixFox (342 points, 48 comments)
  5. Tincansailorman (306 points, 25 comments)
  6. Tsquare43 (302 points, 100 comments)
  7. WikiTextBot (256 points, 84 comments)
  8. Freefight (252 points, 23 comments)
  9. KapitanKurt (231 points, 57 comments)
  10. SuperAmberN7 (227 points, 13 comments)
  11. kalpol (219 points, 16 comments)
  12. Corinthian82 (198 points, 27 comments)
  13. Garfield-1-23-23 (182 points, 15 comments)
  14. rhit06 (172 points, 18 comments)
  15. USOutpost31 (170 points, 37 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Two Visby-class corvettes in Stockholm, 2016 [1524x1268] by mjomark (1462 points, 121 comments)
  2. A view into the well deck of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as it provides hurricane relief assistance off of Key West [4427 x 2914] by rhit06 (826 points, 67 comments)
  3. The superstructure of french battleship Richelieu in 1946.[2400 × 1585] by Freefight (750 points, 43 comments)
  4. How about LEGO? The Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri (BB63) First Division Museum, Cantigny Park 2015 [3264 x 2448] by Buckeye39 (744 points, 29 comments)
  5. If we're doing models, here's a 1/10th scale of IJN Yamato at the Kure Naval Museum near Hiroshima [637x949] by meanwhileinjapan (717 points, 88 comments)
  6. The 'SPQR' shield-figurehead on the prow of the Italian battleship Roma, now lying half-buried in the sand at a depth of about 1,200 meters (photo Guido Gay). [1917 x 845] by Lavrentio (696 points, 28 comments)
  7. The replica trireme OLYMPIAS [2560 x 1920] by RyanSmith (612 points, 26 comments)
  8. Japanese Type A-class midget submarine being recovered near the entrance to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States, circa July 1960; its torpedoes had not been fired. [740 × 605] by KapitanKurt (584 points, 18 comments)
  9. USCG Cutter Eagle passes USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on the Hudson River during Fleet Week 2002.[1312 × 2000] by Freefight (564 points, 17 comments)
  10. A sailor fires a shot-line from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) to the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6)[3256 x 2605] by MerryPrankster1967 (560 points, 67 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 169 points: Chase_High's comment in Russia's guided-missile cruiser Varyag, always imposing somehow. (1389x1875)
  2. 165 points: Operator_Calico_Jack's comment in If we're doing models, here's a 1/10th scale of IJN Yamato at the Kure Naval Museum near Hiroshima [637x949]
  3. 147 points: FroznBones's comment in A sailor fires a shot-line from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) to the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6)[3256 x 2605]
  4. 133 points: kalpol's comment in W. Churchill aboard HMS Prince of Wales on his way to meet with US President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Atlantic Conference in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Aug 1941. The PoW had 4 months left before succumbing to Japanese torpedo-bombers near Singapore (800x785)
  5. 131 points: SuperAmberN7's comment in If we're doing models, here's a 1/10th scale of IJN Yamato at the Kure Naval Museum near Hiroshima [637x949]
  6. 131 points: Tincansailorman's comment in A sailor fires a shot-line from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) to the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6)[3256 x 2605]
  7. 104 points: FarmClicklots's comment in The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF) ships Shimakaze (DDG 172), Myoukou (DDG 175), Hamagiri (DD 155) and Natusio (SS 584) pier-side Okinawa, 2003. [3200×400]
  8. 101 points: WeRtheBork's comment in Two Visby-class corvettes in Stockholm, 2016 [1524x1268]
  9. 94 points: Any-sao's comment in French carrier Charles de Gaulle inauguration [1050x700]
  10. 94 points: HelmutVillam's comment in How about LEGO? The Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri (BB63) First Division Museum, Cantigny Park 2015 [3264 x 2448]
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2017.09.07 20:49 OnAComputer Texas vs. San Jose State Preview

TFB already has a preview up for the game and a good one at that
But I also wrote a preview... I didn't want to waste it, so here it is for y'all.


Date: Saturday, September 9
Location: Austin, Texas
Venue: Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Game Time: 2:30 CT
Network: Longhorn Network

What’s the Big Story?

Overreactions to one game are usually a bad thing. Anybody remember when Texas was back, folks? The team saw themselves get inside their own heads and forced themselves into the wrong positions or miscues in communication. There are still eleven games left in the season, and after an embarrassing and brutal wake up call for Tom Herman and the team, the Longhorns look to take a deep breath, regroup, and move on with what should be a tune up game vs a San Jose State team with a first-year head coach, first-year offensive coordinator, and a first-year defensive coordinate. The coaches have been preaching to the team to not let the surprising loss to Maryland affect their games going forward. The coaching staff has taken an approach this past week to settle down and focus on the basics and fundamentals and not let the Maryland game affect them going forward.
Well some of those players can’t help but let that Maryland beating affect them as players like Shane Buechele took an inordinate amount of hits for one game (18) and hasn’t seen live practice yet this week. So now the chance to see the newest savior for the Texas program, true Freshman Sam Ehlinger, are at an all-time high. Exciting!
San Jose State hasn’t exactly been easy to deal with, yet they haven’t really caused any problems besides a quick lead vs USF that dissolved as quickly as it appeared.
With a renewed focus on basics and fundamentals, it is time to see if Texas can show the fanbase some decent competency and take a “me-week” against an opponent they should beat with talent alone.

Keys for Longhorns to Win

Play mistake free football. Know their role. Be fundamentally solid. Few penalties. While these all sound clique cliche, they’re what needs to happen. Against a team that you should be able to take a breath against, the ability to be clear headed and “do your job” should be enough to not only beat the Spartans, but show that this team isn’t a reclamation project.
San Jose State gives the Longhorns a wonderful opportunity to figure out what is going on in their backfield. The Spartans have been pretty terrible against the run so far this season, giving up an average of 254.5 yards per game (196 yards to Cal Poly). The game plan vs the Spartans should be to run the ball down their throats in a 10 personnel offense (no tight end). Once the Longhorns have established a ground game against an opponent where that is very much possible, get the linebackers or defensive backs to take a step up giving space to get a ball to a WR streaking across the field or down it. If the Longhorns can keep their offensive line from giving San Jose any straight lines to the QB and make sure that same offensive line takes advantage of their strength last year (the run game) against an athletically inferior opponent, then the Longhorns should be able to put the game out of reach.
This defense should be very accustomed to seeing this offense, as it is the Veer and Shoot. They know what they’ll see: high speed, very spread out, RPO’s, and hitches/deep routes. However, San Jose has been having quite a few problems finding fits for the two key positions in this offense: the QB and the RB. The Spartans have had a running game that almost seems as anemic as the Longhorns. That should be a cool breeze on a hot summer day compared to Maryland. Todd Orlando should be focused on making sure the Longhorns do not let the Spartans break any home run plays. That comes down to making sure the MLB, NB, and FS are all in accordance with each other and having players keep the play in front of them. Nothing fancy is needed to do this. Make sure that if you send a safety back, no one gets behind them. Let the linebackers see the play develop then break loose.
The hard part in this plan will be getting through the veteran offensive line of San Jose. The Spartans had all 5 of their starting offensive linemen return. That unit includes 4 seniors and a sophomore (that started 9 games as a true freshman) combining for 123 career starts. Through two games they have only allowed 3 sacks; however, this could be due to the fast-paced nature of the Veer & Shoot. Regardless, the Orlando defense is based in quick penetration. Getting a guy like Charles Omenihu on the sophomore left tackle will allow Texas to get some quick penetration and disrupt the QB. Still penetration could be hard to come by, so making sure the play stays in front is key.

Keys for Spartans to Win

Besides hoping that Texas has as many communication gaffs as they did a week earlier, the Spartans need to get an early lead and hang on. This offense can score in spurts and the defense when playing fundamentally sound is… well… fundamentally sound. San Jose will get some explosive plays off, as is the nature of their play style. If they can make the most of these plays, then they can give the Longhorns a lot of problems in DKR.
To do this take advantage of the Longhorns perimeter contain defense. Against Maryland, there was constant miscues and misplays by PJ Locke and Brandon Jones. If the Spartans can use their very spread offense to force these two players to make decisions on going inside or going outside then they can catch them way out of position and bust some big gains one way or another.
The Spartans have had a bit of trouble with the run game, despite their veteran laden OL. However, they may have found something in Sophomore Zamore Zigler who went for 141 yards on 21 carries in his first game this year and has the team’s only rushing TD. If the Spartans can get their run game going against one of the worst run defenses in the league (so far), then it has proven that the defensive backs become jumpy with a play action – a key feature in the V&S. One Kris Boyd misread on a play action and touchdown SJSU.
On defense, the key is getting into the backfield. The SJSU defensive line has made quite a living in their opponent’s backfields, so far this season. Texas’ offensive line looked like extra bubbly swiss-cheese against Maryland, and not because Maryland’s defensive line were extra-specially good. Shane Buechele couldn’t take another 18 hit game and this could very much effect the flow of the game positively for San Jose State.

Players Who Matter – San Jose State University

Montel Aaron and Zamore Zigler
Montel Aaron, the redshirt Freshman quarterback, seems to be the savior every time they trot out the actual starter Josh Love. He stands at 6’5″ and has the ability to use both his legs along and his arm to beat opponents. Texas has a bad history against quarterbacks who can run and Sowder seems to give this offense a jolt of energy every time he is on the field.
Texas displayed a fantastic aversion to touching the running back in their opening game. Zamore Zigler is a running back who is the most reminiscent to Ty Johnson for the Spartans. He can hit home runs. If he is able to break free, then that will open the window for their stud Sophomore WR Bailey Gaither who has 9 catches for 156 yards and 3 TDs or their big TE Josh Oliver (9 catches for 88 yards).
Robert Owens and Andre Chachere
RS JR DE Robert Owens led SJSU last year in tackles for loss with 8.5 and already has 2 TFLs, 1 sack, and a forced fumble. Owens will be lined up against the Longhorns’ right tackle. That spells trouble for Texas. Especially is Owens is able to take advantage of his position and get to the Longhorns’ vulnerable QB position.
Last year’s first-team All-Mountain West CB, Senior Andre Chachere, has not really been tested yet. He displayed tremendous ability last season and a lot of physicality. If Texas cannot get their run game going, then it’s off to the air. Chachere will be tasked with guarding the Longhorns’ best WR Collin Johnson.

Players Who Matter – Texas

Offensive Line and Whoever is the Running Back
Now is the time for these two position groups to wake up. Especially the offensive line. Communication issues were the big problem for this unit against the Terrapins. This team needs to get their things in order here and make sure that the defensive line of San Jose State stays in front of them and/or under them. If not then their starting/back-up quarterbacks could be in for a world of hurt and thus the rest of the season will be on shaky ground.
The running backs could benefit greatly from more competence from the offensive line. However, even when there were open holes, the running backs failed to hit them. In this game, it should be relatively simple to take advantage of this run defense. If the running backs can get going and get some confidence it’ll be a huge stride in the right direction.
PJ Locke, Anthony Wheeler, and Brandon Jones
Much of the problems defensively vs Maryland can be traced right back to these three players. You can be sure that for the rest of the season, teams will be aiming the point of their attack directly at them. Making sure these guys communicate well and understand what they’re doing and what each other are doing will make sure that their side of the ball is more solid.

Texas vs SJSU Prediction

After the wake up backhand slap to the face that was a Week 1 loss, I don’t think the Longhorns trip again. Regardless of who the quarterback is for the Longhorns, I think the Longhorns have a pretty explosive offense when it gets going. If they establish the run game, then game over.
While I don’t expect all the issues to be fixed in 7 days, I don’t think the Texas spot San Jose State more than 2-3 touchdowns. However, the special teams for San Jose State is good enough to get some points. Thus, Texas gets close to covering, but doesn’t.
Final Score: Texas wins 45-20
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2017.08.09 16:07 ReallyFnCleverName Offseason Review Series: Day 30: The Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs

Defending AFC West Champions

I want to start this by thanking those who helped write this. The original writer had some trouble and some fellow Red and Gold bleeding Chiefs fans and I got this together in under a week.
Thank you u/CbOaCcKh for writing schedule analysis, camp battles and team strengths and weaknesses.
Thank you u/bigmike0402 for writing roster moves, coaching changes and news stories.
Thank you u/powerelite for reviewing and breaking down the team's draft.
You guys are what make communities like this great and keep me coming back. Thank you for all your help writing this... now on to the review.

Coaching Changes

  • David Culley left the team and has moved on to the Buffalo Bills. He was the Assistant Head Coach and WR Coach but will be the new QB Coach for Buffalo. Former NFL WR Greg Lewis moves from Philadelphia to Kansas City to replace the departing David Culley as Wide Receivers coach. Having been a player for Reid he knows the system well and should fit in perfectly.
  • Mike Kafka will be the new Offensive Quality Control coach. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Kafka was a grad assistant for Northwestern University and had a six year NFL career as a backup QB for multiple teams.
  • Rod Wilson joins the Chiefs as an assistant special teams coach. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Wilson coached safeties and inside linebackers for four seasons at Charleston Southern. He also had a six year career in the NFL as special teams player for Chicago and Tampa.
  • New Role: Both Brad Childress and Matt Nagy received promotions this off season. Childress went from the Co-Offensive Coordinator to the Assistant Head Coach and Nagy went from Co-Offensive Coordinator to Offensive Coordinator. While Nagy is Offensive Coordinator, make no mistake; Andy Reid is still in charge of play calling. This has always been an area of concern for Chiefs fans. It is hard to manage a whole team while calling plays. Being the play caller also exacerbates Reid’s issue with time management, so we will have to see how Nagy’s affects game day coaching.

Players Lost or Cut

Name Position New team
Dontari Poe NT Atlanta Falcons
Jamaal Charles RB Denver Broncos
Jaye Howard DE Chicago Bears
Knile Davis RB Pittsburgh Steelers
Nick Foles QB Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin WR Baltimore Ravens
Kendall Reyes DE Unsigned
  • Dontari Poe - The biggest hit the Chiefs took was the loss of Dontari Poe, but it is not as significant as one may initially think. When Poe first exploded on the scene, he was nightmare for opposing teams. His combination of power, size, and insane speed for a big man made him a scary NT. However, at 6’3” and 350 lbs, he has shown to be susceptible to injuries; specifically, a back injury that held Poe to his worst statistical year since his rookie season. If Poe reverses his decline, the Falcons have signed a defensive monster, so we will have to wait to pass judgement on this loss.
  • Jamaal Charles - Charles had another knee injury that wasted another season for the talented RB. With the end of his contract, the Chiefs believed the risk was not worth the reward, so Charles was released. He quickly signed with the Broncos, which could prove harmful for the Chiefs if Charles can come back with revenge on the mind
  • Jaye Howard – After only starting 5 games recording 1 sack and 18 tackles Howard was place on IR in Dec of 2016 with a hip injury. With the emergence of young rookie standout Chris Jones, Howard no longer made sense for the Chiefs to keep.
  • Knile Davis – What a year Davis had playing for the Chiefs, then the Packers, then the Jets and then the Chiefs again. Knile is a journeyman and our backfield is crowded simple as that. I've read some good things about him in Pittsburgh though, so good luck to him. I think most Chiefs fans will fondly remember him for his opening kick return in the wild card round @ Houston and hating him for fumbling at critical moments in playoff games @IND and @NE.
  • Nick Foles – Backing up Alex in 2016 and starting one game Nick Foles was an easy cut due to a high cap hit. His time in KC was brief and the game he started was painful to watch but good luck to him back in Philly with the Igles in a backup role.
  • Jeremy Maclin - Maclin had a disappointing season with the Chiefs only starting 12 games, but honestly was not being used effectively last season. Couple that with a lack in cap space, the Chiefs were forced to part ways with Maclin, who has now landed with the Ravens.

Players Re-signed

Name Position Contract Details
Eric Berry SS 6 yrs/78M
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif RG 5 yrs/42.1M
Albert Wilson WR 1 y1.8M
Cairo Santos K 1 y1.8M
Daniel Sorenson SS 4 yrs/16M
James Winchester LS 5 yrs/4.45M
Mike Person G 1 y850K
Josh Mauga ILB 1 y775K
Jarvis Jenkins DE 1 y825K
  • Eric Berry - Signing Eric Berry was the single biggest accomplishment for the Chiefs this off-season. While many people were scared by the price tag to retain Berry there is no question that the Chiefs will continue to possess one of the top secondaries in the game. He is the heart and soul of KC defense and since coming back from his bout with cancer he has consistently improved upon his game.
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - LDT is very solid guard, but that’s not why he is interesting. While LDT has been playing football, he also has been a full-time med school student at McGill. He should be finished by 2018 where he will have some career options. He cannot do his residency while playing football, so it will be interesting to see where life takes him. We have seen a string of players retiring early in their careers, so will LDT follow that path? If he suffers any moderate/severe injuries I would not put it past him to start thinking about life after football. Although when asked he has stated, "I signed for a five-year extension, and I plan on playing those five years".
  • Daniel Sorenson – An outstanding safety who has complimented the safety duo of Parker and Berry with a knack for being a play maker himself. In 2016 he recorded 2FF, 3FR, a sack, 3 INTs and a defensive TD. With the Chiefs falling into the "Big Nickel" trend, Sorenson will be a key part in the Chiefs defense next season.
  • Albert Wilson – Likely to spend some time in the WR slot position this season Wilson brings three seasons of experience with him to a group of very young receivers.
  • Cairo Santos – Our little Brazilian buddy. Making 31/35 FGs last season and 2 for 2 beyond the 50, we are glad to have him back.
  • James Winchester – We locked up our LS guys... arguably bigger than signing Berry but sports media doesn't seem to understand the importance of the LS position. A guy with the last name Winchester was born for this role.
The other guys are camp bodies and all roster bubble guys, we'll see how it pans out for them.

New Players Signed

Name Position Contract Details
Bennie Logan NT 1 y8M
CJ Spiller RB 1 y980K
Marqueston Huff S 1 y600K
Gavin Escobar TE 1y855K
Andrew Tiller G 1y690K
De'Vante Bausby CB 1y540K
Roy Miller DT 1y1.4M
  • Bennie Logan – Logan comes in to try out for a year at replacing Dontari Poe at NT. He should see plenty of play time and should hopefully be an upgrade on the DL for Poe who was rated the worst D-lineman on our line by PFF last season.
  • CJ Spiller – Many thought Spiller was going to go to camp and then be cut shortly after but not so fast. Spiller has actually looked pretty good at camp. Today CJ caught a 20 yard pass from Patrick Mahomes and "With defensive backs swarming, Spiller darted across the middle, then danced past the remaining defenders for a 98-yard score." Maybe our new RB3
  • Gavin Escobar – Another guy showing out at camp. He's been out there making catches like this and scoring TDs all over. Definitely a buzz around Escobar, could force his way into the TE2 spot and play a role in a very TE friendly offense.
Other Notable contract activity
  • Starting ILB Derrick Johnson and FB Anthony Sherman took one for the team and restructured to help with a tight cap situation. DJ took his base salary from 4.75M down to 1M and a 1M up front signing bonus, the last year of his contract in 2018 remains unaffected. Anthony Sherman reduced his base salary from 1.5M to 1.1M and cut his game bonuses in half.


Round 1 Pick 10 Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech QB - Draft Profile - Highlights

The Chiefs traded a third and next year’s first to move up 17 spots and draft Mahomes. Pat Mahomes has a cannon for an arm but has a ton to learn at the NFL level. He played in an Air Raid offense at Tech so he will have to learn how to play under center in the NFL. He threw for 41 TDs and only 10 interceptions on 591 attempts and led the NCAA in passing yards by almost 400. There are some mechanical issues he has that need to be tweaked. He came to the perfect team with Alex Smith under contract for 2 years and Andy Reid, QB Whisperer, as a head coach. It will be fun to see if he can usurp Tyler Bray as QB2 in the preseason.

Round 2 Pick 59 Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova - Draft Profile - Highlights

At 6’7”, 289 lbs, 4.83 second 40. This man is a MONSTER. Kpassagnon(pronounced pass-n-yo) is very raw and has a lot to work on; he was drafted in the second round because he showed a lot of improvement throughout his college career and he is arguably the physically most impressive player in the draft. He should get some snaps on the defensive line this year but I wouldn’t expect him to be a consistent name on the line for at least his first season. If he can continue to improve as he did in college this could be a very good pick for the Chiefs.

Round 3 Pick 86 Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo - Draft ProfileHighlights

The Chiefs traded three picks to move up 18 spots and choose Kareem Hunt in the third round. Former GM John Dorsey said Hunt was their top second tier running back on the Chiefs draft board. Hunt shows very good vision and while he does not have the same level of big play ability of Dalvin or CMC. He has shown very good elusiveness as shown by his 2nd in the nation 98 missed tackles forced. Hunt is the most likely of the Chiefs picks to make major contributions to the team this season and should compete with Spencer Ware for RB1.

Round 4 Pick 139 Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan - Draft ProfileHighlights

The Chiefs traded up for the third time in the draft to select Jehu Chesson. Chesson had a tremendous junior season but injured his knee towards the end of it and looked to be a step slower in his senior season. Chesson is a really good special teams guy which played a large part in him being drafted. If he can regain the athleticism he had his junior year he could really push Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas for the WR3 position.

Round 5 Pick 183 Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Georgia Southern - Draft ProfileHighlights

Following a common theme in this draft the Chiefs traded TE James O’Shaugnessy and a 6th rounder to move up into the 5th round where they selected Ukeme Eligwe. Eligwe was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school and going into Florida State. After three years at Florida State he was dismissed for violating team rules and transferred to Georgia Southern. He led Georgia southern in tackles, tackles for loss and forced fumbles last season and should add depth to our very thin interior linebacker corps.

Round 6 Pick 218 Leon McQuay, DB, USC - Draft Profile“Highlights”

McQuay comes in to a team that returns its top six CBs and top four Safeties from a season ago. McQuay has really good size and athleticism and was often used in slot coverage at USC. He looks to play a large role on special teams and should get some looks as a nickelback.

Other News Stories

Andy Reid received a 5 year, $37.5 million contract extension ensuring Big Red will be around for a long time.
The Chiefs then shocked the NFL community by releasing GM John Dorsey who had been with the team since 2013. The motives behind this are still not clear, but it is rumored to be a combination of poor salary cap management and philosophical differences in player contract management with owner Clark Hunt. Brett Veach was hired internally to fill the GM spot.
Former NFL QB Mike Vick joins the Chiefs as a coaching intern at training camp.

Projected 53-Man Roster

Positions Starters Back-ups 3rd String
QB Alex Smith Tyler Bray Patrick Mahomes III
RB Spencer Ware Kareem Hunt CJ Spiller
FB Anthony Sherman
WR1 Tyreek Hill Demarcus Robinson
WR2 Chris Conley Jehu Chesson
WR3 Albert Wilson DeAnthony Thomas
TE Travis Kelce Gavin Escobar Demetrious Harris
LT Eric Fisher
LG Parker Ehinger Zach Fulton
C Mitch Morse
RG Laurent Divernay-Tardif Andrew Tiller
RT Mitchell Schwartz Jah Reid
LDE Rakeem Nunez-Roches Tanoh Kpassingnon
NT Bennie Logan Roy Miller
RDE Chris Jones Allen Bailey
LOLB Justin Houston Dadi Nicolas Frank Zombo
MLB1 Derrick Johnson Kevin Pierre-Louis
MLB2 Ramik Wilson Justin March-Lillard Ukeme Eligwe
ROLB Tamba Hali Dee Ford
LCB Marcus Peters Leon Mcquay II
RCB Terrance Mitchell DJ White
CB3 Steven Nelson Phillip Gaines
SS Eric Berry Daniel Sorenson
FS Ron Parker Eric Murray
K Cairo Santos
P Dustin Colquitt
LS James Winchester
  • This is my way too early 53 man roster projection. There are some really REALLY deep positions on this team. I have a feeling the Chiefs will go deep on the DLine and LB corps due to injuries depleting them the last two seasons and it having serious adverse affects on the run defense as the season wore on. Also, keeping those groups fresh and rotating is a big part of our defensive strategy. I didn't want to bore everyone with a paragraph on each player. I doubt I can tell you anything about Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce that you didn't already know. Instead I'll just talk about a few guys stepping up this year that you might not know about. Kind of a "look out for him".
  • WR2 Chris Conley, he's going to have a good year. Defenses are going to key in on Hill and Kelce and Conley will be open. Conley is a smart kid and I believe with his strong understanding of the offense, good route running and great hands he'll really step up into that WR2 role really nicely this year.
  • LG Parker Ehinger is coming back from an ACL tear in week 8 of last season in his rookie year. This is the guy that really flew under the radar on our line. He is an above average run blocker that seemed to really be progressing in pass blocking before he went down. Our run game went stagnant the second half of last season and Parker Ehinger going down was definitely one of the reasons why. If he comes back healthy with a season now under his belt I have high hopes for this year's Oline.
  • DE Chris Jones lit the line on fire last season. Chris Jones graded out at 84.4 and the #17 Dlineman in the NFL last year by PFF. He started 11 games and played just over 51% of defensive snaps. In that time he was able to generate 14 hurries, 2 sacks, 4 passes defensed and take Cam Newton's lunch money. Chris is poised for a breakout year as a full time starter and another scary addition to one of the most feared pass rushes in the league already. He's also an extremely likable and funny individual.
  • CB2 Terrance Mitchell, man did this kid come out of nowhere last year. I was legitimately worried about the right side of our secondary. Before the season started Phillip Gaines had CB2 as his job to lose without really much competition then Emmanuel Sanders and the Bronco WRs absolutely torched him (for over 200 yards), nearly losing the Chiefs the game. Some say pieces of burnt Gaines are still being found at Mile High. In steps Terrance Mitchell... who? A journeyman who was let go by Dallas (twice), Chicago and Houston. Just a guy that would end up holding Amari Cooper to 24 yards on five targets, Demaryious Thomas to 14 yards on four targets and Antonio Brown to zero yards on two targets. In 295 snaps played he allowed a 55.5 passer rating and a 42.9 completion percent on balls thrown his way. There's no guarantee he's able to duplicate his success but CB2 is his job to lose. If he does continue last season's success the Chiefs secondary could elevate to one of the best in the NFL with Peters, Berry and Parker already solidified as top tier DBs.

Team Strengths and Weaknesses


Defensive Backfield

The Chiefs have one of the best secondaries in the league. With a starting unit of Eric Berry, Ron Parker, Marcus Peters and Terrance Mitchell there isn’t a lot for an opposing QB to look forward to when game planning for the chiefs. Entering his third-year Marcus Peters is one of the top corners in the league. In his rookie year, he developed a deserved reputation of being a high risk-high reward type of player because he would either get the interception or give up a catch. In his second season this was not the case. He has developed into more of a shutdown corner and after the game against the Texans last season QBs all but abandoned throwing his way. Even when QBs weren’t throwing at him he was still making game changing plays. Alongside Peters is Eric Berry who is the heart and soul of the team. He plays all over the field, playing deep to act as a ballhawk or he can come up to the line and blow up the run. He will also blow up your well set up screens. Last season the Chiefs struggled to find a suitable CB2 across from Peters but Terrance Mitchell came on late last season and showed that he can hold his own against the best competition.

Special Teams

The Chiefs have probably the best special teams coach in the league in Dave Toub. Kicker Cairo Santos placed near the top of the league statistically going 31/35 on FGs and hitting a long of 54 yards last season. The team also has a very reliable and consistent punter in Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt punted for 45.1 yards on average and landing exactly half of his punts inside the 20 yard line in 2016. All of that makes for a very solid special teams but where the Chiefs separate themselves from the pack is in the return game. Tyreek Hill was hands down the best punt returner in the game last season. Hill finished #1 in punt return yards over 200 yards head of second place Tavon Austin. He also led in average yards per return and tied for must punt return TDs. He has shown that he has the ability to take it to the house on any given return even if you think you have it covered well.

Creativity on offense

Andy Reid is one of the most creative offensive minds out there. Say what you want about Andy but his creativity in getting the ball into playmakers hands is probably his best attribute. Whether it is a fake punt, a play at the goal line or one of the seemingly endless supply of screens up Andy's sleeve you know that something tricky is likely to go down.


Run Defense

Run defense has always been an issue for the Chiefs in the Reid era. Last season they ranked 26th in the league giving up nearly 2000 yards on the season. The teams woes in run defense last season can be attributed to both personnel and scheme. The Chiefs run a 3-4 scheme with heavy press-man coverage. Though the scheme is 3-4 the Chiefs will often run a hybrid of it and have a 3-3-5 alignment subbing out a LB for an extra safety. This is where the scheme is an issue. Personnel was an issue because of injury as well as players under-performing. Dontari Poe used to be a player that could take on double teams and still get a push and disrupt plays. This past season he regressed and was often getting handled by just one blocker. Along with this, the Chiefs had many injuries along the front seven. Losing their two starting DEs (Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard) to injury early as well as having a bit of a revolving door at ILB due to numerous injuries. The personnel issue should be mitigated after replacing Poe with Bennie Logan and Allen Bailey and Derrick Johnson returning from IR.

Offensive consistency

Anyone who knows anything at all about Chiefs football knows that the offense can be an absolute atrocity at times. When everything is clicking they are an above average offense but when one thing goes wrong everything comes to a screeching halt. Part of this problem is Andy Reid’s play calling. He scripts the first few drives of games and if what he is calling isn’t working he doesn’t attempt to adjust his game plan. This makes it hard for the offense to build momentum. The other part of this falls on Alex Smith. He can be an aggressive QB when he wants to but throwing an interception seems to absolutely destroy his killer instinct. A perfect example of this would be the game against the Raiders in week 14 last season. Alex came out in the first quarter slinging the ball all over the field and making plays with his legs. The Chiefs go into the half up 21-10. In the first drive of the second half Alex makes a bad play, throws an interception and gets strip sacked on the following drive. Andy suddenly stops taking risks with play calling, Alex goes full conservative, and the chiefs don’t score again in the game. Although the game was a W the fan base would like to see more of a killer instinct rather than lean on the defense to hold the game.

Over-reliance on S/T and Defense

This goes together with the offensive consistency issue. The Chiefs had to rely heavily on their defense bailing out their offense late in games consistently last season and it happened at a seemingly unsustainable rate. The Chiefs were only able to put up 24 points on the Jets despite picking off Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 times, including a pick 6. The defense also bailed out the offense in the Panthers game, the Falcons game and the Week 12 game against the Broncos (though Cairo Santos tried his best not to).

Chiefs 2017 Schedule and Predicitions

Date Opponent Network Time CST
09/07 @Patriots NBC 7:30p.m.
09/17 Eagles FOX 12:00p.m.
09/24 @Chargers CBS 3:25p.m.
10/02 Redskins ESPN 7:30p.m.
10/08 @Texans NBC 7:30p.m.
10/15 Steelers CBS 3:25p.m.
10/19 @Raiders CBS 7:25p.m.
10/30 Broncos ESPN 7:30p.m.
11/05 @Cowboys CBS 3:25p.m.
11/12 Bye Week :(
11/19 @Giants CBS 12:00p.m.
11/26 Bills CBS 12:00p.m.
12/03 @Jets CBS 12:00p.m.
12/10 Raiders CBS 12:00p.m.
12/16 Chargers NFL 7:25p.m.
12/24 Dolphins CBS 12:00p.m.
12/31 @Broncos CBS 3:25p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs 2017 Schedule Predictions

For full schedule predictions and game analysis go here - First half - Second half

@Patriots (L, 27-24)

Record 0-1

VS Eagles (W, 27-20)

Record 1-1

@Chargers (W, 20-17)

Record 2-1

VS Redskins (L, 24-16)

Record 2-2

@Texans (W, 20-10)

Record 3-2

VS Steelers (L, 28-21)

Record 3-3

@Raiders (W, 17-14)

Record 4-3

VS Broncos (W, 31-21)

Record 5-3

@Cowboys (W, 20-17)

Record 6-3

@Giants (W, 24-13)

Record 7-3

VS Bills (W, 17-16)

Record 8-3

@Jets (W, 24-10)

Record 9-3

VS Raiders (L, 31-30)

Record 9-4

VS Chargers (W, 28-10)

Record 10-4

VS Dolphins (W, 23-16)

Record 11-4

@Broncos (L, 27-24)

Final Record: 11-5, 2nd in the Division, 5th seed in the playoffs. - u/CbOaCcKh
(I also have us finishing 11-5 but finishing 1st in the division due to a tiebreaker with the Raiders - u/reallyfnclevername)

Training Camp Battles

Backup QB: Patrick Mahomes vs. Tyler Bray

Alex Smith has the QB1 position locked down for this season at least but the backup QB position is not yet solidified. Conventional wisdom would have Mahomes winning this camp battle since the Chiefs traded up to draft him at #10 overall and they should be trying to get him as many quality reps as possible. Tyler Bray though has been on the team for four years and is much more familiar with Andy Reid’s system. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see him coming out ahead in this camp battle. If both Bray and Mahomes play well through the pre-season, look for the Chiefs to shop Bray around.

Projected Winner: Patrick Mahomes

ILB2: Justin March-Lillard vs. Ramik Wilson vs. Josh Mauga vs. Kevin Pierre-Louis

We are going into this assuming that Derrick Johnson returns to his normal self after recovering from his second Achilles tear in three years. Ramik Wilson is the most likely of the bunch to win the camp battle. The 2014 fourth round pick showed plenty of promise last season after being activated from the practice-squad during the season. PFF gave him an 83.0 rating good for their #18 ILB for his play last season. Ramik is also a tackling machine notching 76 total tackles last season in just 11 starts and only playing in less than half of total defensive snaps. From the outside looking in it seems like he is a lock for the job but the moves the chiefs have made lately may suggest that they aren’t fully confident in him. They recently brought back Josh Mauga who they had filling in for DJ after he went down in 2014, traded away linebacker DJ Alexander(a special teams pro-bowler) for Kevin-Pierre-Louis who is not likely to contribute heavily on special teams. Justin March-Lillard is a dark horse to win the camp battle but is probably more likely to be fighting for a backup spot as he didn’t do much to impress in his playing time last season.

Projected Winner: Ramik Wilson

Running Back: Spencer Ware vs. Kareem Hunt

Going into last season there was a lot of hype surrounding Spencer Ware as a starting caliber running back. Early in the season it looked as though he was going to live up to the hype putting up nearly 200 yards from scrimmage in the season opener against the Chargers. As the season wore on though his production dipped and he finished with just 921 rushing yards on the season. The rushing game as a whole was disappointing on the season so the Chiefs traded up in the third round to select RB Kareem Hunt from Toledo. Hunt and Ware have very similar styles of play. They both excel at running between the tackles and they are both extremely difficult to bring down. In his senior season at Toledo Hunt was 2nd in the country for missed tackles and forced 98 on the season. Both are very good in the passing game and neither is a concern in terms of ball security (Ware had 0 fumbles in three years at LSU and Hunt had just one in three years at Toledo). This is the most evenly matched battle in the Chiefs training camp and it will be very interesting to see it play out in camp and the pre-season.

Projected winner: ¯\(ツ)

WR3: Demarcus Robinson vs. Albert Wilson vs. Jehu Chesson vs. De’Anthony Thomas

The Chiefs WR group is going to have to take some strides forward after the release of Jeremy Maclin. Though Maclin had a disappointing season last year he was still the best receiver on the team and the only significant veteran presence in the WR room. Although, his release does give the young receivers a chance to make a name for themselves. The #1 and #2 positions should be locks with Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley filling those spots but the #3-5 positions are up in the air. Albert Wilson, the only WR remaining from the 2014 roster (the one that had no receivers catch a TD) is more than likely the front runner to secure the #3 position as he has the most experience and production of any of the other player. The most likely person to challenge him for the #3 spot is Demarcus Robinson, a second-year player out of Florida. He has the physical ability to become a solid receiver and reports from camp suggest that he may be starting to put it all together. Chesson and Thomas are on the outside looking in but should not have any trouble making the roster for special teams alone. I don’t expect to see Chesson on the field on offense at all this season as Reid’s system is notoriously difficult for WR’s to learn and he is not a very good fit for how Alex Smith plays QB.

Projected winner: Albert Wilson

CB2: Steven Nelson vs. Phillip Gaines vs. Terrance Mitchell vs. Kenneth Acker

Most of us expect Terrance Mitchell to win this camp battle. He played extremely well when being thrust into the starting role at the end of last season. He was very scarcely found out of position, gave up less yards and completions than his two competitors and gave up only a 55.5 passer rating in 279 snaps at RCB. He also had five passes defensed and allowed just 42.9% of passes his way to be completed. Phillip Gaines is a former third-round pick who played well at times last season but also had significant struggles. He gave up the second highest passer rating (104.1) playing at RCB. He has the athletic ability to play the position well but he just hasn’t gotten to where he needs to be to make a positive impact. Gaines will probably be on the roster bubble if he doesn’t make some steps forward before the start of the season. Nelson also had his ups and downs but he played much better than Gaines last season. Nelson lacks the size to be an ideal outside press-man corner and that’s where his struggles seemed to stem from. He fits much better and plays significantly better at slot corner so I don’t think that there is much of a chance for him to win the CB2 job. Kenneth Acker is a dark horse to win the starting job. He didn’t have any terrible games last season but he also wasn’t great in any. Acker will probably make the roster but he won’t be seeing much playing time barring injury.

Projected winner: Terrance Mitchell

Offensive Strategy

The Chiefs offense is Andy Reid's evolving form of west coast offense. When Andy came to KC one of the first things they did was bring in Alex Smith and no matter what anyone's opinions are; Alex Smith is a perfect fit for the West Coast offense. For those who don't know the ins and outs of the West Coast offense it is an offense that changed football. When teams were running to set up the pass Bill Walsh had his offense use the pass to set up the run. He accomplished this by attacking horizontally with short passes all over the field. With precise route running and timing between the QB/WR it is nearly unstoppable once it gets going. This offense requires an extremely accurate and intelligent quarterback that can read the defense and understand how to read his progressions on each play. The defense is forced to make difficult choices on who to cover during all these slants, ins, outs, screens, swings and crossing routes. The LBs are often forced to stay off the line and spread out while the safeties are forced to respect the underneath routes in the middle. This theoretically should open up the run game and vertical passes down the field. A good example of this in action for the Chiefs is this play. Alex's head starts looking right freezing the SS, the crossing TE freezes the ROLB and moves the MLB right while Maclin slants in right above the LBs and right underneath the FS for a TD. A perfectly timed five step drop, throw into a tight window, setup by an underneath route and smart QB play understanding the defensive scheme.
This brings us back to Alex Smith, a quarterback consistently ranked one of the most accurate passers on short/intermediate throws, someone who understands his progressions and when not to throw the ball. And believe it or not Alex and Andy have actually progressed into opening up the offense down the field since they've been together. Alex's air yards per completion in 2013 were 2.91 and have nearly increased each season to 2016 at 3.23 air ypc (For reference Stafford had 3.53, Carr had 3.68 and Kirk Cousins led everyone at 4.85). This increase in down field throws have come from dependable WRs like Jeremy Maclin, Tyreek Hill and the emergence of TE Travis Kelce in the offense. It all comes back to the original scheme though, West Coast Offense.
Reid's version of West Coast Offense so far in KC has evolved into a mismatch game. Reid likes to sometimes put 3 TEs on the field, tight WR bunch formations, fake screens, real screens and using misdirection to create confusion. This sometimes works out amazingly(Hill's highlight reel), most of the time works well but sometimes looks like Reid thinks he's smarter than everyone and the play blows up in his face. Again this year I expect Reid's version of the West Coast Offense to progress and evolve. With speedy WR Tyreek Hill assuming the #1 spot I expect the offense to go a bit more vertical this year and so far in training camp they've really put a strong emphasis on this. At the end of the day though Reid will be using inside and outside horizontal timing routes, screens and every 1-10 yard route in the playbook to try and open an offense up for the run and a few shots down the field.
The rushing attack struggled last season, a mix of Oline and Spencer Ware not turning into a feature back like we all hoped when JC couldn't make it back. Andy Reid asks a lot of his RBs, they need to obviously run well, catch well and block well. It's fairly common for our RB to be tasked with chip blocking or to be left alone blocking pass rushers, Jamaal loved it. The first couple seasons Reid ran mostly a zone run style but last season in particular there were more man and gap runs (with still plenty of inside and outside zone runs). Probably changing the offense to try and fit Spencer Ware's run style vs the old of Jamaal Charles. Last season we saw a lot of guard pulls showing Reid felt more comfortable with the line and how versatile they could be. We saw speed options with Ware. We saw jet sweeps and fake jet sweeps with DeAnthony Thomas and Tyreek Hill. We also still see plenty of FB Anthony Sherman in power runs from the pro set and I formation, although he did see an 11% drop in snap count from the previous year. How Reid will try and tweak the run game after a bit of struggle last season and a new face in Hunt is kind of unknown. All we know for sure is the RBs will be a large part of nearly every play, running, catching, blocking or being a decoy. The RBs will be incredibly important in Reid's West Coast Offense.

Defensive Strategy

The Chiefs defense, led by DC Bob Sutton, is on paper called a "3-4" but it's really hard to call them that when it's probably one of the rarer personnel combinations you'll see. Sutton tries his best to throw as many different looks to the opposing QB as he possibly can. Always evolving throughout the season. The more common formations you'll see are variations of 3-4, nickel and dime defenses. He uses a strong supply of blitzes, often press man coverage and as many different looks as possible to keep opposing teams guessing. Sutton has also been a master at halftime adjustments. In the last three years Sutton has been in KC the Chiefs have ranked 2nd, 3rd and 3rd at points allowed in the second half of games. No other team in the NFL has been able to stay in the top 5 during that time and only the Seahawks can claim to maintain top 10 during that time. Sutton's half-time adjustments are simply the best in the NFL.
Out of the 3-4 you'll see the base DE/NT/DE - OLB/ILB/ILB/OLB but Sutton has no issues trading out an ILB or D-lineman for another pass rushing OLB or bulking up the line with two DTs and one DE. Sometimes you'll even see a package which consists of three OLBs overloading one side of the line (Hali, Ford, Houston...scary).
In the "Nickel" package you might commonly see a 3-3-5 or a 2-4-5 with different personnel packages in each formation. As seen in that previous picture the team has kept a 3rd safety that could probably start (or is starting now) on most teams specifically for these types of packages. At one point it was Quentin Demps, Hussein Abdullah, then Kurt Coleman and now Daniel Sorenson. This safety will be used in the "Big Nickel" package we've been seeing around the league more commonly now. Bringing in a safety that can play the role of a hybrid LB/S has served the Chiefs well and created some big play moments.
Out of the "Dime" package you might commonly see a 1-4-6 or a 2-3-6, again, with different personnel packages in these formations depending on the personnel and game situation. If you notice in that picture Berry is in a LB role and there is still two deep safeties. Player versatility is a huge part of Sutton's defense.
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Good Sunday morning. SPOTTED: H.R. McMaster at a vineyard outside Santa Barbara Saturday ... Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke running on the Mall Sunday morning.
THE PRESIDENT is at his golf course in Virginia today.
THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK: THE WHITE HOUSE says the theme of the week is “American heroes.” MONDAY: The president is going to West Virginia. TUESDAY: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is coming to the White House at 2 p.m. The president is also going to Ohio. WEDNESDAY: Trump is speaking at the American Legion Boys Nation and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. THURSDAY: The president is participating in an event for first responders. FRIDAY: Trump is going to New York.
SUNDAY BEST -- THE SCARAMUCCI SHOW -- ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI had a fascinating interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union”:
-- ‘COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM’ SCARAMUCCI: “Listen, there’s obviously a communications problem, because there’s a lot of things that we have done as it relates to executive orders, bills that have been signed, economic progress.”
-- ON RUSSIAN MEDDLING: SCARAMUCCI: “You know, somebody said to me yesterday -- I won't tell you who -- that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those e-mails, you would have never seen it. You would have never had any evidence of them, meaning that they're super confident in their deception skills and hacking.” ... TAPPER: “Well, you’re making a lot of assertions here. I don’t know who this anonymous person is that said, if the Russians had actually done it, we wouldn’t have been able to detect it, but it is the unanimous…”
SCARAMUCCI: “How about it was -- how about it was the president, Jake?” TAPPER: “OK. It’s the consensus of the intelligence community.” SCARAMUCCI: “I talked to you yesterday. He called me from Air Force One.” TAPPER: “Yes.” SCARAMUCCI: “And he basically said to me, hey, you know, this is -- maybe they did it. Maybe they didn’t do it. And I'm going to maintain for you -- hold on a second.”`
-- ON HAIR, MAKEUP AND THE PRESS BRIEFING: SCARAMUCCI: “So, Sarah Huckabee is the president secretary. If you’re asking me for my personal opinion -- and maybe the president will be upset for giving my personal -- we should put the cameras on. That’s no problem. I don’t think we need to have the cameras off.
“But if the president doesn’t want the cameras on, guess what? We’re not going to have the cameras on. It’s going to really be up to him. But I think we should put the cameras on. … The only thing I ask Sarah -- Sarah, if you’re watching, I loved the hair and makeup person that we had on Friday. So, I would like to continue to use the hair and makeup person.”
-- NOTE: Scaramucci signaled to Tapper that he didn’t know if Trump would sign the new Russian sanctions bill. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos that the “administration is supportive in being tough on Russia … we support where the legislation is now.” http://bit.ly/2trIuYQ
-- SCARAMUCCI to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”: “One of the first things I want to do, as was just mentioned, we got to get the leaks stopped, Chris. ... So my three simple things is I would like to reset the culture inside the comms department so that people recognize that I’m actually there to serve them, and they’re going to be working with me, not for me. That’s a very big distinction. And that all of us are there to serve the President of the United States and his agenda …
“If we don’t get the leaks stopped, I am a businessperson, and so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks. And then the third thing is I’ll be traveling with the president this week and we’re going to focus and refine the messaging from the White House. He’s one of the most effective communicators that’s ever been born, and we’re going to make sure that we get that message out directly to the American people. And I think that arbitrage spread, the gap between how certain people think of him and how I see him, or say like someone like Ivanka sees him, that will start to narrow so.”
SCARAMUCCI on CBS’S“FACE THE NATION”:DICKERSON: “What happens to leakers on your watch?” SCARAMUCCI: “They’re going to get fired. I’m just going to make it very, very clear, okay? Tomorrow I’m going to have a staff meeting. And it’s going to be a very binary thing. I’m not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff. If they want to stay on the staff, they’re going to stop leaking. If the leaks continue, we are strong as our weakest link. And I’ll say it a little differently in a pun. We're strong as our weakest leak. So if you guys want to keep leaking, why don’t you guys all get together and make a decision as a team that you’re going to stop leaking? … But if you're going to keep leaking, I’m going to fire everybody. It’s just very binary.”
-- TAKEAWAYS: Scaramucci’s maiden Sunday show performance as communications director featured some very unusual tactics. 1. He spoke directly to Trump. 2. He mentioned his credentials of going to Harvard Law School at least twice.
GLENN THRUSH on A1 of the NYT: “Trump’s ‘Great National Infrastructure Program’? Stalled” (print headline: “Infrastructure, Trump Priority, Is Pushed Aside”): “As a candidate, President Trump billed himself as a new breed of think-big Republican, pitching a $1 trillion campaign pledge to reconstruct the nation’s roadways, waterworks and bridges — along with a promise to revive the lost art of the bipartisan deal.
“In the White House, Mr. Trump has continued to dangle the possibility of ‘a great national infrastructure program’ that would create ‘millions” of new jobs as part of a public-private partnership to rival the public works achievements of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. He chastises anyone who forgets to include it near the top of his to-do list, telling one recent visitor to the Oval Office, ‘Don’t forget about infrastructure!’
“But an ambitious public works plan, arguably his best chance of rising above the partisan rancor of his first six months in office, is fast becoming an afterthought — at precisely the moment Mr. Trump needs a big, unifying issue to rewrite the narrative of his chaotic administration. Infrastructure remains stuck near the rear of the legislative line, according to two dozen administration officials, legislators and labor leaders involved in coming up with a concrete proposal. It awaits the resolution of tough negotiations over the budget, the debt ceiling, a tax overhaul, a new push to toughen immigration laws -- and the enervating slog to enact a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. … ‘Right now, it doesn’t appear that they have a plan,’ said Richard L. Trumka, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., who is pushing for more federal spending.” http://nyti.ms/2uNhXsJ
BOSTON GLOBE’S ANNIE LINSKEY in BOARDMAN, OHIO: “GOP misread Trump victory as mandate to gut health care”: “There’s a deep love for Donald Trump here in the Mahoning Valley, once a reliably Democratic swath of northeastern Ohio that turned purple in the last election. But when it comes to Republicans in general, there’s far less affection from the base, particularly in the wake of a stalled agenda in Washington.
“‘It’s like they’re still not listening, listening to the people,’ said Ruth Nabb, a senior citizen from the area and a Trump supporter who spent Friday morning at the Republican headquarters here. ‘We’re all tired of it.’ She’s floored that the Republican leadership in Congress didn’t have a workable health care plan ready to swiftly replace the Affordable Care Act. She’s livid that Republican senators, including Ohio’s Rob Portman, stood in the way of passing the Senate version of a health care overhaul. But she also doesn’t like the idea of reducing entitlement programs that benefit her family and community, including less funding for Medicare and dramatic spending cuts to Medicaid that are a core feature of the House and Senate Republican plans.
“‘They’ve been bitching about this for 7½ years,’ Nabb said of the Republicans in Congress. ‘So they’ve had time to get their ducks in a row.’” http://bit.ly/2uoBGwu
SCHUMER VS. HILLARY -- “Trump had ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Now Democrats say their economic agenda is ‘A Better Deal,’” by WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe and David Weigel: “‘When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,’ Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview previewing the new plan. ‘So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.’” http://wapo.st/2trCZJG (h/t Aaron Blake)
DAWSEY DOWNLOAD, HEALTH CARE EDITION -- “White House officials have low expectations for this week’s health care vote and have started considering privately what President Trump will do it if fails. Trump has recently taken more of an interest in health care, frustrated by the failure in the Senate. One senior administration official said news coverage of a failure -- or potential failure -- sharpens his focus on an issue. When the bill was yanked from the House floor it sharpened the president’s focus.
“Trump has been annoyed by stories that say he doesn’t know much about health care. That has led to the president’s increasing focus on the topic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would rather be talking about judicial nominees or ‘almost anything else,’ one person familiar with his thinking said. Many senators are also said to be tired of the ongoing debate. So while health care is not what Trump would prefer to be talking about, he is likely to keep pushing for a ‘deal, some kind of deal’ instead of moving on.”
FOR DON MCGAHN -- “Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes,” by NYT’s Charlie Savage: “A newfound memo from Kenneth W. Starr’s independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton sheds fresh light on a constitutional puzzle that is taking on mounting significance amid the Trump-Russia inquiry: Can a sitting president be indicted? The 56-page memo, locked in the National Archives for nearly two decades and obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, amounts to the most thorough government-commissioned analysis rejecting a generally held view that presidents are immune from prosecution while in office. ‘It is proper, constitutional, and legal for a federal grand jury to indict a sitting president for serious criminal acts that are not part of, and are contrary to, the president’s official duties,’ the Starr office memo concludes. ‘In this country, no one, even President Clinton, is above the law.’” http://nyti.ms/2uMzl1h … The memohttp://nyti.ms/2tr1GGh
ANOTHER PROBLEM FOR TRUMP -- “U.S. Lawmakers Reach Deal on New Sanctions Against Russia,” by WSJ’s Natalie Andrews: “Congressional negotiators reached a deal late Friday to advance a bill that would punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and restrict the president’s power to remove sanctions on Moscow. It remained unclear whether President Donald Trump would sign the bill if it reaches his desk, which is now likely. … The House is slated to vote Tuesday on a package of sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, according to guidance released by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.).” http://on.wsj.com/2umIn3T
-- DAVID SANGER and MATT FLEGENHEIMER: “The new legislation would sharply limit the president’s ability to suspend or terminate the sanctions -- a remarkable handcuffing by a Republican-led Congress six months into Mr. Trump’s tenure. ... Now, Mr. Trump could soon face a decision he hoped to avoid: veto the bill -- a move that would fuel accusations that he is doing the bidding of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia -- or sign legislation imposing sanctions his administration has opposed.” http://nyti.ms/2uNkXFv
PETER BAKER in the NYT, “Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’”: “More than eight months after his election, President Trump still attacks Hillary Clinton, disparaging her campaign and accusing her of illegality. ... But in one way, at least, Mrs. Clinton has become something of a role model for Mr. Trump. As he faces the sort of politically charged investigation that dogged Bill and Hillary Clinton when they were in the White House in the 1990s, Mr. Trump has consciously adopted a strategy from the Clintons’ playbook. Much as the Clintons did, Mr. Trump is assembling a team of lawyers both inside and outside the White House to draw issues related to the investigation away from the rest of the West Wing.
“And he has embarked on a campaign to discredit the investigators before they can even get very far in their investigation, hoping to do to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, what the Clintons did to Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel.Advisers to Mr. Trump have studied and privately expressed admiration for the no-holds-barred way the Clintons attacked Mr. Starr’s integrity at every turn in an effort to shift attention from their conduct to his during the Whitewater and Monica S. Lewinsky investigations. The Clintons, Mr. Trump’s advisers said, knew how to ‘go to the mattresses,’ a phrase sometimes used approvingly in this White House, and they added that they were trying to do the same thing.” http://nyti.ms/2gUyExc
Прощай! -- @RusEmbUSA: “Ambassador S.Kislyak has concluded his assignment in Washington, DC Minister-Counselor D.Gonchar will act as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim”.
SCARAMUCCI DELETES [email protected]: “Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters” … “The politics of ‘gotcha’ are over. I have a thick skin and we're moving on to @POTUS agenda serving the American people”.
-- “Read Anthony Scaramucci’s old tweets. You’ll understand why he deleted them,” by WaPo’s Kristine Phillips: “New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci hasn't always shared the political views of the administration he now serves. In previous tweets, the Wall Street financier called Hillary Clinton ‘incredibly competent” and appeared to be at odds with his new boss on issues such as gun control, climate change, Islam and illegal immigration …
“In a pair of 2012 tweets, one of which has not yet been deleted, he said that the United States has too many guns and that he’s ‘always been for strong gun control laws.’ ‘We (the USA) has 5% of the world’s population but 50% of the world’s guns,’ he wrote in the deleted tweet. ‘Enough is enough. It is just common sense it apply more controls.’ … Scaramucci also praised former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in 2011 for staying out of the ‘Trump spectacle’ and called former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally, an ‘odd guy’ who’s ‘so smart with no judgment.’” http://wapo.st/2eFyid7
MAKE GERMANY GREAT AGAIN -- “Germans are learning to love Germany again, and Merkel takes note,” by WaPo’s Isaac Stanley Becker in Berlin: “Germans’ wary attitude toward patriotism and the idea of a national culture is decades old. But circumstances both global and domestic are forcing a reconsideration. As the country decides how it might serve as a custodian of the liberal international order, it is also sorting out how to integrate migrants who began arriving in enormous numbers in 2015. Both undertakings bear crucially on German values -- and on the issue of whether a unified set of national principles even exists.” http://wapo.st/2uoGXEl
YIKES! -- “How ISIS nearly stumbled on the ingredients for a ‘dirty bomb,’” by WaPo’s Joby Warrick and Loveday Morris: “On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group: a large metropolis dotted with military bases and garrisons stocked with guns, bombs, rockets and even battle tanks. But the most fearsome weapon in Mosul on that day was never used by the terrorists. ... Locked away in a storage room on a Mosul college campus were two caches of cobalt-60, a metallic substance with lethally high levels of radiation. ...
“In terrorists’ hands, it is the core ingredient of a ‘dirty bomb,’ a weapon that could be used to spread radiation and panic. Western intelligence agencies were aware of the cobalt and watched anxiously for three years for signs that the militants might try to use it. Those concerns intensified in late 2014 when Islamic State officials boasted of obtaining radioactive material, and again early last year when the terrorists took over laboratories at the same Mosul college campus with the apparent aim of building new kinds of weapons.” http://wapo.st/2uoCu4r
WHAT AMERICA IS READING -- THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS (Ala.): “Alabama ‘Dreamers’ living on edge ... Future is uncertain for those brought to U.S. illegally as children” http://bit.ly/2vN4xdq … DENVER POST: “Colorado Divide … Rural-urban chasm runs through culture, economy and politics of state” http://bit.ly/2tBH9mJ … PALM BEACH POST: “Voter fraud probe comes to naught … Case being dropped after detectives examining absentee ballot allegations in county races can’t single out a suspect” http://bit.ly/2tB3DnL … CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER: “Ohioans’ reaction mixed on failed bill … Some are relieved, some still anti-ACA” http://bit.ly/2undnAR
PIC DU JOUR -- @MeghanMcCain: “Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning. Thank you all for your best wishes!” http://bit.ly/2uNvmRu
-- THE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP FUND got a half-million dollars from Hillwood Development Company on June 30. Hillwood is run by Ross Perot Jr.
BULLETIN -- “Police: 8 dead in truck, 20 dire in immigrant smuggling case,” by AP’s Eric Gay in San Antonio: “Authorities called to a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio overnight found eight people dead and 20 others in dire condition in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer, in what police are calling a horrific case of immigrant smuggling. The truck’s driver was arrested and all 28 survivors were taken to hospitals, where 20 were in extremely critical or serious condition ... Temperatures in San Antonio reached 101 degrees (38 Celsius) on Saturday and didn’t dip below 90 degrees (32 C) until after 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The truck’s trailer also didn’t have a working air conditioner system.” http://bit.ly/2uMIlDr
2018 WATCH -- “McCaskill plays watchdog ahead of tough 2018 race,” by Elana Schor in Monroe City, Missouri: “Claire McCaskill has sought to cultivate a familiar brand during her decade in the Senate: the dogged investigator, eager to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. And the Missouri Democrat has found her next target in the pharmaceutical industry. Talking to voters earlier this month in this tiny, deep-red rural town, McCaskill compared the drug-makers who deny the addictive properties of opioids to cigarette makers that ‘told people for years that tobacco is not bad for your health.’
“‘We can’t do nothing,’ she added at a sweltering seniors’ center, during what was her eighth appearance in a 10-stop town hall swing. As the top Democrat on the Senate’s governmental affairs committee, McCaskill is using her oversight authority to probe the opioid industry’s marketing, trying to decipher how the highly addictive drugs sparked a wave of overdoses across the country. Her scrutiny of the opioid epidemic, which has raged across her Midwestern state, also offers McCaskill a chance to burnish her credentials on an issue of bipartisan concern. She’s going to need it ahead of what’s already turning out to be a bitter re-election battle in a state Donald Trump won by 19 points.” http://politi.co/2eFpUdB
-- “Meet the lab-coat liberals,” by California Playbooker David Siders in Los Angeles: “The lab-coat liberals are marching on Washington. Dismayed by President Donald Trump’s perceived hostility to climate science and other areas of research, a surge of scientists is entering the public arena and running for political office for the first time. They represent an evolving brand of Democrat that has been gaining steam for months. What began with rogue Twitter accounts and protest marches has graduated into candidacies in House races in places as varied as California, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York. The handful of scientists who have formally announced their candidacies so far — and the others who are preparing to join them — have cast themselves as a counterforce to the Trump administration’s dismissal of climate science and de-prioritization of innovation funding.” http://politi.co/2vxObGe
TIM ALBERTA and ZACK STANTON in POLITICO Magazine: “Senator Kid Rock. Don’t Laugh: Consensus formed at warp speed that Kid Rock’s possible U.S. Senate bid shouldn’t be taken seriously. That’s a huge mistake”: “Yes, healthy skepticism is warranted: Not a single prominent Republican in Michigan told us they’d heard from Ritchie or his associates about a campaign. ... [But] he’s earned a reputation in his native southeast Michigan as someone who is earnest when it comes to civic involvement, helping local businesses and headlining major philanthropic events. When Mitt Romney asked for his endorsement ahead of the pivotal Michigan primary in 2012, Ritchie invited him to his Metro Detroit home and peppered him with a list of policy questions, sleeping on the decision before informing Romney the next day he would support him.” http://politi.co/2uV8rEW
BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “What early fundraising in California says about the race for Congress: Some incumbents are behind,” by L.A. Times’ Sarah D. Wire and Christine Mai-Duc: http://lat.ms/2uMIVBb
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
--“Atul Gawande on Priorities, Big and Small” – Medium: “The surgeon, researcher, and celebrated writer joined Tyler [Cowen] for a conversation on why Watson will never diagnose your illness, what George Church’s narcolepsy teaches us about CRISPR, what’s missing in medical education, Michael Crichton’s cultural influence, Knausgård versus Ferrante, indie music, why Gawande is a terrible patient, and the thing that makes him ‘bawl like a baby.’” http://bit.ly/2gRdnUQ
--“Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Hummingbird’s Frenzy,” by Brendan Borrell in NatGeo: “The smallest can weigh less than two grams. The largest, the giant hummingbird found in Peru and Chile, tips the scales at 20 grams. You could send something that weight in the mail with a single first-class stamp.” http://on.natgeo.com/2uRc26S
--“How a Saudi Prince Unseated His Cousin to Become the Kingdom’s Heir Apparent,” by WSJ’s Justin Scheck, Shane Harris, and Summer Said: “Mohammed bin Salman, known to many as ‘MBS,’ knelt and kissed his older cousin’s hand. At that point it would have been clear to Mohammed bin Nayef that his long career … was over, say people familiar with the royal court. ‘When MBS kisses you,’ says one of these people, ‘you know something bad will happen.’” http://on.wsj.com/2uNDly8
--“Youth From Every Quarter,” by Kirstin Valdez Quade in Longreads: “A teacher at an elite boarding school confronts her own confused leap up the ladder of class privilege.” http://bit.ly/2gRcc7S
--“How Checkers Was Solved,” by The Atlantic’s Alexis C. Madrigal: “Marion Tinsley — math professor, minister, and the best checkers player in the world — sat across a game board from a computer, dying. Tinsley had been the world’s best for 40 years, a time during which he’d lost a handful of games to humans, but never a match. It’s possible no single person had ever dominated a competitive pursuit the way Tinsley dominated checkers. But this was a different sort of competition: the Man-Machine World Championship.” http://theatln.tc/2tOuLuU (h/t The Browser)
--“The Rise and Fall of F. Lee Bailey, the Lawyer Who Set O.J. Simpson Free,”by Andrew Goldman in Town and Country: “More than 20 years ago, Bailey helped Simpson beat murder charges. Now ... the bankrupt, disbarred Bailey opens up about his own incredible saga.” http://bit.ly/2tnDR2l
--“Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world,” by Nikil Saval in The Guardian: “It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong?” http://bit.ly/2ujZjGK
--“20 Years Later Highway to Hell,” by Greg Bishop in SI in June 2014: “After riveting the nation with the bronco chase and dividing it with the trial of the century, O.J. Simpson settled into a strange new life as a celebrity pariah. Now behind bars for unrelated crimes, he’s as much a mystery as ever to friends—and perhaps to himself.” http://on.si.com/2uIiIUl
--“A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality,” by James Vlahos in Wired – per Longform’s description: “As a father succumbs to lung cancer, his son tries to recreate his personality in the form of a chatbot.” http://bit.ly/2uI0Okk
--“‘America First’: Who Really Wins?” by Ian Bremmer in the Friday cover of POLITICO Magazine: “Top 10 winners from Trump’s foreign policy.” http://politi.co/2uJuZY2
--“Fyre Festival: Anatomy of a Millennial Marketing Fiasco Waiting to Happen,”by Bryan Burrough in the August issue of Vanity Fair: “Billy McFarland sold elite millennials (and his investors) on an ultra-luxurious ‘Coachella in the Bahamas,’ but the much-ridiculed fiasco that actually took place in April derailed the 25-year-old serial entrepreneur’s checkered bid for moguldom. Inside what could be the biggest scam of the year.” http://bit.ly/2to6c8l
--“10,000 Hours With Claude Shannon: How A Genius Thinks, Works, and Lives,” by Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni, authors of “A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age,” in Medium: “We got up-close-and-personal with a genius for five years. Here are 12 things we learned.” http://bit.ly/2uNiU4n ...$17.68 on Amazonhttp://amzn.to/2umV0M8
--“The 30-Year-Old Texas Tycoon [Nate Paul] Who Is Building A Real Estate Empire,” by Forbes’ Nathan Vardi: http://bit.ly/2uI7BKU
MEDIAWATCH -- “Scaramucci praises Breitbart in first interview since communications appointment,” by Brent Griffiths: “‘One of the things Breitbart has done is you’ve captured the spirit of what’s actually going on in the country,’ Scaramucci told [Matt] Boyle during an interview on ‘Breitbart News Saturday’ on SiriusXM. Scaramucci further joked with Boyle that he was surprised the editor had not sent in his resume for West Wing consideration yet.” http://politi.co/2tB18Sq … The full interviewhttp://bit.ly/2uMtzfV
--JEN PALMIERI in the WaPo, “The clock may have just run out on the White House press corps”:http://wapo.st/2uogFSJ
SPOTTED: Chris Christie at the Mets v. A’s game last night … Joe Biden and Amy Schumer yesterday at “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway ... Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) with his family yesterday at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery with plain clothed security detail
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- “Samantha Swietlikowski, Ben Strauss” -- N.Y. Times: “The couple met at Ithaca College, from which the groom graduated. The bride attended Ithaca for two years before transferring to Cornell, from which she graduated cum laude. Mrs. Strauss, 29, is a lawyer in the Washington office of Katten Muchin Rosenman, the Chicago law firm. She received a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. ... Mr. Strauss, 31, is a Washington-based freelance writer and author. He writes about sports and politics for The New York Times and Politico Magazine. He also co-wrote ‘Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA,’ with Joe Nocera.” http://nyti.ms/2vxZrT7
--“Christina Kaiser, Emad Salem”: “The bride, 34, and groom, 33, met at American University in Washington, from which the groom graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies, and where the bride graduated magna cum laude and received a master’s degree in intercultural and international service.Ms. Kaiser is a corporate communications director in New York for APCO Worldwide, a public affairs and strategic communications consultancy. ... Mr. Salem, is the vice president and the chief operating officer for Battery Dance Company, a nonprofit organization in New York that uses the arts for public diplomacy. He received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2vynfGs
ENGAGED -- Austin Walton, a legislative assistant for Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), recently got engaged to Vaneese Cope, manager of political affairs at the Dow Chemical Company. He proposed at her childhood river house in Weeki Wachee, Florida, then celebrated with family and friends in St. Petersburg. She emails us: “We met here in DC through a mutual friend who used to live in DC and was in town visiting. It was three and a half years ago at a Sunday brunch [at Madhatter] where he asked our friend for my number. It took him a few days to reach out, but we never stopped hanging out after that!” Pichttp://bit.ly/2uMyPQw
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Cory Bythrow, deputy chief of staff at the American Federation of Government Employees, and Julianne Bongiorno Bythrow welcomed Caroline Elizabeth Bythrow, who “was born squarely on her due date at 10:52 p.m. Friday night. Welcomed by an equal parts exhausted (40 hours of labor!) and elated (thank goodness she doesn’t have daddy’s nose!) Mom and Dad, she weighed in at a healthy 8lbs 1 ounce.” Pichttp://bit.ly/2uoN7V6
-- Alexandra Tripiano, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and former director of communications operations at AEI, and Jim Tripiano, VP of advisory services at Second Front Systems, email friends and family: “Jim and I are so thrilled to announce that we welcomed Penelope Claire Tripiano into the world on Thursday at 11:49 a.m. She was delivered at Inova Alexandria Hospital, weighing 7 lbs 8 ounces and measuring a whopping 22 inches. Mom and Dad are both so thrilled to finally meet their Sweet Pea. She spent her first evening getting read her first book, the ‘ABCs of Washington DC,’ complete with editorial comments from dad.” Pichttp://bit.ly/2uNhSW0
TRANSITIONS -- The NAACP has named Derrick Johnson as its interim president and CEO. He was previously vice chairman of the board of directors.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Emily Carpeaux, PBS NewsHour senior producer for field segments (hat tip: Nick Massella)
BIRTHDAYS: Nancy Hamlin ... David Brock (h/t Bradley Beychok) ... Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy ... Monica Lewinsky ... Don Imus ... Adam Mohabbat ... Fritz Brogan, national co-chair of Maverick PAC and D.C. restaurateur (h/ts Blake Waggoner and Ryan Williams) ... CNN publicist Liza Pluto (h/t Lauren Pratapas) ... The Economist’s Lane Greene ... Matt Shilling ... John Mihalec, former White House speechwriter for President Ford ... Eric Werwa ... Caleb Zigas ... wine critic Robert Parker Jr. ... Politico’s Kat Borgerding and Sam Barnes … Sujata Thomas, a Fareed Zakaria alum … Melinda Wittstock ... Catherine O’Donnell ... Carolyn Vadino … Alex Pareene, politics editor for Fusion ... Matt Jeanneret, SVP of comms and marketing at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association and an alum Al Simpson and Bush 41 administration, is 5-0 (h/t wife Elizabeth) ...
... Melissa Brown, press secretary for Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), is 26 (h/ts Sarah Westwood, Sophie White, and Maddy Weast) ... Georgetown law professor and tax expert Itai Grinberg ... Marshall Schraibman ... WaPo’s Perry Stein ... Square’s Joey Rault ... DOT’s Aaron Moore … former Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.) ... Tracie Pough ... Josh Gross, VP at Glover Park Group ... Brooks Emanuel ... Melinda Wittstock ... Michael Bruce Hill ... Katherine Boucher ... Cathy Whaley ... David Dewit ... Jeremy D. Goodwin … Jim Thompson … Dan Pink … Brooks Emanuel (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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2017.03.03 12:54 GipsySafety 32 Teams/32 Days: Day 17: The Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders

Division : AFC West
Record : 12-4 (3-3 in Division) T-1st (lost on Head-to-Head tiebreaker)

Intro "Return to Greatness"

In 2015, the Raiders' record was 7-9. By objective measures that is a disappointment, but the Raiders' context and expectations were far below average. In 2015, the team in the midst of their reboot and were coming off a mere 11 wins over the past three seasons, many times looking closer to a Developmental League team than an NFL one.
The young Raiders team was competitive and fiery and started to give the Raider fans some true hope. They were led by true studs on each side of the ball in Khalil Mack and Derek Carr and while the talent level was improving, the Raiders roster was still thin and lacking substantial depth.
In 2016, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie looked to address that. In contrast to previous years, McKenzie went out and opened up Mark Davis' checkbook and gave out $100M+ in total contract dollars to bring in some big name free agents players. The Big 4 were Bruce Irvin, Kelechi Osemele, Sean Smith, and Reggie Nelson.
Bolstered by the free agents, another solid draft class, another year of seasoned improvement by the team's young core, and a strong coaching hand, the Raiders in 2016 belied most expectations and made a 5-win jump from 7-9 to 12-4 and very nearly won the AFC West (losing out to the Chiefs on the head-to-head tiebreaker).
This was a fantastic season and will be remembered fondly by Raiders fans for many reasons
This team is built for the long run and while there will be some different challenges lying ahead (most notably paying the drafted Superstars' 2nd contracts), it is safe to say that the Silver and Black Are Back.

Statistics "Top 10 Offense, Opportunistic 10 Defense"

Stat Rank
Points 416 7
Yds 5973 6
TO 14 4
FL 7 7
1stD 333 13
Cmp 379
Att 596 9
Yds 4051 13
TD 29 8
Int 7 4
1stD 198
Att 434 11
Yds 1922 6
TD 17 6
1stD 98
Stats Rank
Points 385 20
Yds 6001 26
TO 30 2
FL 14 2
1stD 318 12
Cmp 328
Att 541 6
Yds 4120 24
TD 27 20
Int 16 9
1stD 188
Yds 1881 23
TD 18 25
1stD 94
You may expect a 12-4 team with a dynamic young QB and the Defensive Player of the Year to have dominant statistics. But the 2016 Oakland Raiders were mostly statistical lopsided.
The offense was Top-10 :
  • 6th in Total Yards, 7th in Points Scored
and while you'd think that the Offense led by QB Derek Carr would be leading those stats, interesting how important the rushing attack was with
  • 13th in passing yards, 6th in rushing yards
  • 8th in passing TDs, 6th in rushing TDs
As good as the offense was, the defense was equally ineffective :
  • 26th in Yardage and 20th in Points Allowed
Despite being 12-4, their point differential was merely +31, just under 2pts per game. According to Pro Football Reference, the Expected W/L record is 8.7 - 7.3, which is more in line with many pre-season predictions (including my own).
There are two ways of looking at this, One for the Rabid RaiderNation and One for Everyone else :
Raider Nation
It's a textbook example of synergy, where the whole performs greater than the sum of the parts. Led by Coach Jack's perfect gambling, the Clutch offense, and the timely defense, the team won games when they should have lost.
Everyone Else
Outlier performances are notoriously dangerous to rely upon and in cases of substantial close games, chance plays an inordinate role. On balance, a season statistically similar to this with Fortune being less favorable could easily result in a drastically different win total.
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Draft "Build the Pipeline"

Draft Picks
Rnd. Pick Overall Player Pos. College Notes
1 14 14 Karl Joseph S West Virginia
2 13 44 Jihad Ward DE Illinois
3 12 75 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State
4 2 100 Connor Cook QB Michigan State Trade up from 4.14
5 4 143 DeAndre Washington RB Texas Tech from Dallas (Brice Butler)
6 19 194 Cory James LB Colorado State from Indianapolis (Sio Moore)
7 13 234 Vadal Alexander G LSU
This was an interesting and strange draft class for Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders. Some big names show up as well as a few project picks. While the first round draft pick was expected to be a major contributor in year one, nearly all the rest of the draft picks were not expected to play major roles in their first year; most were developmental projects or role players.
This draft class provided only 2 serious positive contributors, Karl Joseph as a starting safety and DeAndre Washington as a 3rd down RB.
Shilique Calhoun made a transition from DE to OLB (backing up Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack) and while his struggles were painfully apparent, he was making visible progress until a minor knee surgery ended his season.
Jihad Ward was perhaps the largest disappointment. A fantastic physical specimen with tremendous upside, Ward was completely out of his depth, but because of DL injuries, he was forced into a starting role. Later, as the DL started to get healthy, Ward dropped on the depth chart and was eventually a healthy scratch in the Wild Card game.
Connor Cook was taken as the long term backup to Derek Carr. When he was pressed into duty in Week 17 v Denver's No Fly Zone and in the Wild Card game against Houston, Cook definitely looked like a rookie. At the same time, his positive qualities also flashed and he may prove to be quite a valuable player in time.
Cory James found playing time as a starter. While he had some early success, he also found himself out of position and overwhelmed.
Vadal Alexander rotated in as a backup lineman and occassional 6th OL in heavy sets.
While the draft itself was a bit of a disappointment, the rookie class was bolstered by a strong haul of Undrafted Free Agents.
Player Pos. College
Jalen Richard RB Southern Miss
Darius Latham DL Indiana
Denver Kirkland OL Arkansas
Johnny Holton WR Cincinnati
James Cowser DE Southern Utah
Branden Jackson DE Texas Tech
Antonio Hamilton CB South Carolina St
Ryan O'Malley TE Penn
Oni Omoile OL Iowa St
In his rookie year, RB Jalen Richard leapfrogged 5th round pick DeAndre Washington on the depth chart and quickly had Raider Nation envisioning a young Maurice Jones-Drew emerging.
Darius Latham flashed often in preseason and eventually won a key rotational position on the defensive line.
Denver Kirkland became an important part of the Raiders' rushing attack by winning the job as the 6th OL in the many "heavy" formations the team used.
Johnny Holton was relegated to the 5th WR and was only an occassional contributor, generally on the same end-around play. Despite a pedestrian 4.54s 40 yard time, his field-speed is impressive and he plays like a downfield burner.
James Cowser was a fan favorite, but a pre-season injury cost him a roster spot until late in the season when he was signed to replace injured Shilique Calhoun.
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Free Agents "Big Money, Big Players"

Reggie McKenzie's early years as Raiders' GM were marked by his frugality, much of it by necessity since the Raiders' cap situation were in dire straits. In 2016, McKenzie became more aggressive and he brought in a top-loaded free agent class with three big name, high priced free agents : Kelechi Osemele, Sean Smith, and Bruce Irvin.
Whereas in the past, McKenzie was looking for deals, in 2016, Big Reggie was ready to pay market price or even Set The Market with Mark Davis' checkbook to the tune of $140+M in contract dollars, but notably only $5M in Signing Bonus dollars.
Player Pos Yrs Total Signing Bonus Guar APY Score
Kelechi Osemele OG 5 58.5 0 25.4 11.7 10
Sean Smith CB 4 38 5 20 9.5 7
Bruce Irvin LB 4 37 0 19 9.25 10
Reggie Nelson S 2 8.5 0 4 4.25 7
Daren Bates ST/LB 1 0.675 0 0 0.675 9
Perry Riley Jr LB 1 0.76 0 0 0.76 8
Kelechi Osemele ("KO") was everything the Raiders could have hoped for, a dominant power at the LG position who instilled an identity to the offensive line.
Bruce Irvin was fantastic on defense, providing passion, energy, and performance. And not to be understated, he also provided Khalil Mack with a "Big Bro" presence.
Sean Smith was up-and-down and will mostly be remembered for surrendering a few highly visible big plays and being benched in Week 1, but overall he performed well. Still, for ~$10M APY, expectations are high.
Few players were as criticized as S Reggie Nelson. Often out of position, a step slow, and missing communication with the CBs. But he was also instrumental in wins and made some great plays. His team-leading 7 turnovers (5 ints, 2 fumble recoveries) are a bit misleading, but his best plays came at crucial times.
Daren Bates was a key special teamer and played well.
When starting Inside LB Ben Heeney was injured and backup rookie Cory James struggled, street Free Agent Perry Riley stepped in and immediately upgraded the run defense.
KO, Irvin, and Smith are long-term solutions and their true value to this team will be in their repeated and continuous performance over the next 4+ years.
Nelson, Bates, and Riley all played a part in the 12 wins, but none may end up being long term Raiders.
Roster churn is a way of life in the modern NFL and while the Raiders have locked up/are locking up their key core players, the team is looking at some decisions on a few of the supplementary players.
Name Pos Type Curr APY Need
Malcolm Smith LB UFA 3.5 7
Nate Allen S UFA 3.0 7
DJ Hayden CB UFA 2.6 9
Matthew McGloin QB UFA 2.6 0
Andre Holmes WR UFA 2.0 9
Menelik Watson RT UFA 1.2 7
Perry Riley ILB UFA 1.2 7
Jon Condo LS UFA 1.1 10
Daren Bates ST/LB UFA 0.9 8
Brynden Trawick S UFA 0.8 7
Denico Autry DE/DT RFA 0.6 8
Latavius Murray RB UFA 0.6 6
Mychal Rivera TE UFA 0.6 5
Stacy McGee DE/DT UFA 0.6 9
The biggest name on the list is RB Latavius Murray. He's a very good RB who is big strong, fast, agile, and has improved every year, but he also has some significant drawbacks, most notably that he does not play consistently to his size and that he tries to play "scatback" far too often. He will be testing free agency and seeing what his market is like. Hopefully the Raiders would be able to bring him back on a short term, medium-dollar deal, but another team may value him more than that.
Former #12 overall pick DJ Hayden has a terrible rep among Raiders' fans for his struggles in his first 3 years, but in the past year, he has improved dramatically and was an important player in the secondary. It will be very interesting to see what the market is for him and what Oakland deems is worth paying to keep him.
Menelik Watson was a 2nd round pick in 2013. He came into the league as an "Al Davis" player, ie., a remarkable big, strong, fast man who was more athlete than football player. He has shown flashes of being a great RT and possibly a very good LT, but devastating injuries in every season have prevented him from realizing any consistent growth. A big money, long term deal is likely out of reach and so he may return to the Raiders on a Prove It-type deal.
Malcolm Smith was brought in together with Ken Norton Jr, presumably to help instill the defensive concepts. At this point, Smith has played OK, but has shown his limitations particularly at the Inside LB position. The key to Smith returning to the Raiders is whether or not the team can actually upgrade from him.
Nate Allen is quality depth at S and was key when he was needed to play. His market is probably not very high and so expect him to re-sign on team friendly terms.
Denico Autry struggled mightily early this season, but in the latter half of the season he suddenly (surprisingly) became a strong run defender. As a Restricted Free Agent, he is a priority and will probably command a 2nd round tender.
Backup QB Matt McGloin wants to be a starter. At best he will go somewhere to compete for the starting role, but most likely he will find a backup position with an unsteady starting position, perhaps re-uniting with College coach Bill O'Brien. With Derek Carr and Connor Cook on the roster, Matt McGloin will definitely not return to Oakland.
Perhaps the best player no one knows about is Stacy McGee. A developmental project, he finally exploded this year and became an impact player a wanting defensive line. Stacy McGee's next contract may raise some eyebrows.
Mychal Rivera is likely gone. Rivera is a decent receiving target with good hands, but a huge detriment as a blocker. With Lee Smith and Clive Walford and potential Gabe Holmes and perhaps Ryan O'Malley competing, Rivera is on the outside.
Jon Condo, Daren Bates, Brynden Trawick, and Andre Holmes are important to special teams and so should be prioritized to return. Trawick had an opportunity to play in the final game and made some splash plays so he may figure into the safety compeition.
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General "Stage 3, Ready for Stage 4"

".. you go through four stages: you lose big, you lose close, you win close, and finally you start winning big." (Bobby Bowden)
In 2015, the Raiders were 7-9 and were on the losing side of many close games. In 2016, that trend flipped drastically and the Raiders were surprisingly successful in winning close games. In week 16 against Indianapolis, the team looked like it may be turning the corner as it cruised to a 33-14 lead in the 4th quarter. It was the most complete game on offense, defense, and special teams that they had played and the team looked and felt like it was going to go into the playoffs with momentum and confidence.
All that vanished in a flash when Trent Cole sacked Derek Carr and broke his fibula. That sent the season into a tumble from which the team would never recover.
They limped into the playoffs, went on the road to Houston, and were outmatched by the Texans. From Derek Carr's injury onwards, the Raiders were outscored 62-20.
While it was a terribly disappointing end, the season itself should be considered a successful one. The team has survived the Dark Times and emerged as a legitimate contending team. And unlike years past (eg., 2010-2011), this team is built for the long term with youth and talent everywhere.

Season in Review "Just Win, Baby"

It was rarely very pretty and each win was hard-fought, but in the end you can't complain about 12 wins. Especially with how the Raiders looked like they were peaking at just the right time until Derek Carr's injury ended it.
Week Date Opponent Result Record
1 9/11/2017 at New Orleans Saints W 35–34 1–0
2 9/18/2017 Atlanta Falcons L 28–35 1–1
3 9/25/2017 at Tennessee Titans W 17–10 2–1
4 10/2/2017 at Baltimore Ravens W 28–27 3–1
5 10/9/2017 San Diego Chargers W 34–31 4–1
6 10/16/2017 Kansas City Chiefs L 10–26 4–2
7 10/23/2017 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 33–16 5–2
8 10/30/2017 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–24 (OT) 6–2
9 11/6/2017 Denver Broncos W 30–20 7–2
10 Bye
11 11/21/2017 Houston Texans W 27–20 8–2
12 11/27/2017 Carolina Panthers W 35–32 9–2
13 12/4/2017 Buffalo Bills W 38–24 10–2
14 12/8/2017 at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–21 10–3
15 12/18/2017 at San Diego Chargers W 19–16 11–3
16 12/24/2017 Indianapolis Colts W 33–25 12–3
17 1/1/2017 at Denver Broncos L 6–24 12–4
WC 1/7/2017 At Houston Texans L 14-27 12–5
Week 1 v NO, W 35-34
A back and forth offensive explosion with a combined 997 (OAK's 486 yards to NO's 511) and 8 TDs and in true heart-attack fashion the game was decided in the final minute with a 2 point conversion that set the tone for the rest of the season.
Last Score, Seth + Crabtree
Week 2 v ATL, L 28-35
Another back and forth battle. Atlanta's running game using split-zone concepts and designed cutbacks and explosive passing attack had the Raiders' defense on its heels, but the Raiders' offense kept the team in the game and a few fortunate bounces had the Falcons in the lead late in the game. On a crucial 3rd down, the defense could not get the ball back to Derek Carr for a chance to pull out another last second win.
The biggest play for the Raiders was the TD that wasn't :
Amari's TD from out of bounds
Week 3 v TEN, W 17-10
Battling Tennessee's new Exotic Smashmouth running attack was a struggle and the 13/22 personnel groups and motions confused the defensive assignments. The Titans rushing attack racked up 181 yards on 6.2 per carry, but big TDs by Latavius Murray and Seth Roberts were just enough to get the lead late in the game. In the final minute, Marcus Mariota and the Titans were on the verge of tying the game and potentially going to overtime against an exhausted Raiders defense, but two huge penalties helped seal Oakland's win.
Holding off at the end
Week 4 v BAL, W 28-27
Another back and forth game that was only decided at the end. After taking a 21-12 lead in the 4th, the Raiders quickly gave up 15 unanswered points to trail 28-27 with 3:36 remaining in the game. Derek Carr led the team on a 6 play, 66 yard drive that culminated in a Michael Crabtree TD.
With the team up 28-27 and 2:12 remaining, it was up to the defense to keep the Ravens out of field goal range and close out the game.
Closing out the win, Reggie and DJ
Week 5 v SD, W 34-31
In the first 4 weeks, the Chargers were sending players to IR at an alarming rate, but despite that they were still competitive. In their games, they were leading late in the game and finding new and creative ways to lose games that they should have won.
Week 5 fell in line. The Chargers score first and held a 24-19 lead into the 4th quarter before the Raiders took a 27-24 lead.
On the ensuing drive, a 16 yard Drew Kaser punt gave the Raiders a drive start at the Chargers' 32 yardline. 5 plays later and it was 34-24 Raiders.
But the Chargers came back to make it 34-31 and had one final chance to tie it up.
End of game FG attempt, Drew Kaser
Week 6 v KC, L 10-26
KC has been the Raiders' nemesis in the current era and once again Del Rio's good friend Andy Reid won out on the strength of their running game with totalled 183 yards and 3 TDs on 40 carries (4.6 avg). Coming off a bye, Reid changed the offensive run scheme, shifting to 1 and 2-WR sets instead of their usual 3 WRs and the Raiders were not prepared. While they defended adequately against 3 WR group running plays (15 carries, 55 yards, 3.7 avg), they were abysmal when seeing 1 and 2 WRs sets (20 carries, 127 yards, 6.3 avg)
And while Derek Carr and the offense were game, as soon as they had some momentum, something happened to derail them.
Underthrow Interception
Week 7 v JAX, W 33-16
This was as close to an "easy" victory as the Raiders had all year. The Raiders' offense was very efficient while the defense was able to hold Blake Bortles in check.
Perhaps the biggest most notable play of the game was punter Marquette King's big run on a botched punt attempt.
Marquette's big run on 4th and 24
Week 8 v TB, W 30-24 (OT)
This was an offensive explosion for the Raiders with over 500 yards passing and 120+ yards rushing for a total of 641 total yards against Tampa's 282. But still, the game went into Overtime, where once again it was a 4th down play call that won the game. This time, Seth Roberts came up big with the catch over the middle, bounced off two would-be tacklers, and then ran the final 30 yards for the game winner.
Seth's Game winner
Amari Cooper had a career day going up against Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes. 173 receiving yards + a 31 yard endzone pass interference penalty drawn for 204 net yards and quite a few ridiculously "dirrty" open field moves. Unfortunately, it wasn't a perfect day. He also had a huge drop on an absolutely perfectly placed pass that could have won the game in regulation and put him over 200 receiving yards legitimately. Still, this was one of his finest games in his first two seasons.
Amari's Dirrty Day
It was also a record setting day for penalties. 23 penalties for 200 yards, including some mind-numbing ones.
NFL Record : 23 Penalties for 200 yards
Week 9 v DEN, W 30-20
The most satisfying win of the season.
On National television, with many casual NFL fans questioning the Raiders' legitimacy, the team gave a beautiful example of SmashMouth football by rushing for 218 yards and 3 TDs. In the second half, the Raiders threw out the playbook and ran the same running play down the Broncos' collective throat time and time again.
Rushing Attack v DEN
Week 10 : Bye
Week 11 v HOU, MNF in Mexico City, W 27-20
In another example of "getting a few breaks" and squeaking out a victory (though Houston fans will remember it as multiple failings on the part of the refs).
The back to back games of Denver and Houston showed dramatically different approaches. Against Denver, the team went heavy personnel and ran the ball. Against Houston, the mismatch was the RBs against the LBs in coverage. Latavius Murray, Jalen Richard, and Jamize Olawale combined for 199 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
Including a fantastic play design. Amari Cooper and Olawale line up in the backfield and run double wheel routes. Carr fakes to Amari and throws to Olawale, who then runs free for the TD.
Amari in the backfield
Another fantastic changeup was the quick screen to Amari with Seth Roberts as the blocker; interesting because the play is an inverted version of a play they typically run. Amari then flashes his special brand of run after catch featuring his toe drag.
Amari's gamewinner
Another great example of the Go for Broke mentality of this offense. As time is winding down, rather than run the ball Derek Carr throws it downfield to Jalen Richard.
Jalen catch
And then on crucial 4th down, Black Jack Del Rio decides to go for it yet again. Latavius rewards him and seals the game.
4th and 1
The Raiders did enjoy a couple of favorable calls, but they also made a few huge plays to win the game.
Week 12 v CAR, W 35-32
The first half of this game may have been the best first half of the season, outscoring Cam Newton and the Panthers 24-7 and outgaining Carolina 191 yards to 89, including 162 passing yards v 12. Oakland closed out the first half with Khalil Mack's ridiculous Pick 6 and the Raider Nation was absolutely exuberant.
In the 3rd quarter, on a strange, fluke play, Derek Carr got his pinkie finger jammed by Rodney Hudson on the snap, which resulted in a fumble on the field, but more concerning was that Carr went into the locker room with the injury to his throwing hand.
Excellence of Execution
Carolina took advantage and seized momentum and even when Derek Carr made a heroic return with his right hand in an ominous black glove, the team was note quite in sync as before. But Derek had enough to make a key TD drive and a beautiful throw to Clive Walford for the game winning TD.
Cam Newton had one last chance to drive his team to tie or win the game. But Khalil Mack told his secondary, "Just give me 3 seconds". This is what happened :
Mack close it out
Week 13 v BUF, W 38-24
The Raiders' run defense was improving since midseason, but could offer little resistance against the #1 rushing team; Buffalo put up 212 yards and 3 TDs on the ground en route to a 24-9 lead midway thru the 3rd quarter.
But that is when the Raiders put things together. The Offense exploded as the Raiders came roaring back to score 29 unanswered points and to take the lead 38-24. The Defense and Special Teams were key as well. And Buffalo could only muster 12 yards on 6 carries the rest of the way.
On the Raiders' 4 late TDs drives, the offense's average starting field position was the Buffalo 47 yardline.
If only we could combine the first half of the Carolina game and the 2nd Half of this game!
Mack causes the Int
Tyrod Taylor and the Bills had a chance near the end, but Khalil Mack once again closed it out.
Mack strip sack
Week 14 v KC, L 13-21
The Thursday Night game was a nightmare. And while Khalil Mack's heroic's once again helped to keep it close, the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill's 2 TDs were daggers. And once again, strange things happened whenever the Raiders were trying to get things on track.
Amari loses the ball
Week 15 v SD, W 19-16
"Slice of Blue" TD
Final Defensive Stand
The Raiders are in the Playoffs
Week 16 v IND, W 33-25
The game when RaiderNation learned the def'n of the term "Pyrrhic Victory."
This may have been the most unified and complete game that the team has played all season, the closest thing to putting 1st half Carolina with 2nd Half Buffalo as a single game. The Raiders offense was clicking, the defense was smothering and battering Andrew Luck, and the Special Teams was en pointe as the team took a 33-14 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.
It ended when Trent Cole sacked Derek Carr, broke his fibula, and unofficially ended the Raiders' dream season. Backup Matt McGloin came in to barely salvage the game, but the team's heart and spirit was torn asunder and they would not recover.
United v IND
Amari's catch
Week 17 v DEN, L 6-24
Denver's revenge.
As wonderful and satisfying as it was for the Raiders to crush the Broncos on National Television in Week 9; it must have been doubly delicious for them to come back and ruin the Raiders' bid for Home Field in the playoffs. On this day, the Raiders looked lost and the Broncos were out for blood.
Story of the offense :
Amari's post

Injuries "Availability and Depth"

Injuries. In the current NFL, success is often defined as much by team health by team talent. And while the Raiders had a great season, they also struggled against a number of injuries :
  • Mario Edwards Jr, DE/DT
  • Lee Smith, TE
  • Donald Penn, LT
  • Menelik Watson, RT
  • Gabe Holmes, TE
  • Neiron Ball, LB
  • Ben Heeney, LB
  • DJ Hayden, CB
  • Karl Joseph
  • Derek Carr, QB

Coaching Staff "Black Jack"

Jack Del Rio
In 2015, when the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio to be their Head Coach, the general consensus was a resounding "eh" but in 2016, the fanbase has fully embraced Del Rio as the coach to lead this team. It wasn't just the 12 wins, but it was how the team won those games. Similar to how Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera became "Riverboat Ron" for his aggressive 4th down calls, Coach Jack became Coach "Black Jack Del Rio".
And though he provided that freedom of aggression, he was also the much needed solid, stable rock upon which the young players could rely.
And he gave us some great gifs like :
Bill Musgrave
The Bill Musgrave hiring was about as uninteresting a hiring as you could imagine and the first year was filled with vocal fans complaining about poor play calling and design. In year 2, as the playbook opened up and as the execution improved, and as the offense took off, it became more and more evident that Coach Musgrave was building some great gameplans and designing some excellent plays.
Derek Carr was growing into the offense and was really taking to the scheme and as such, he was being entrusted with more and more of the offense.
When Coach Blackjack Del Rio was willing to gamble on 4th down or on a 2pt conversion, it was up to Musgrave to make the right play call and most of the time he (and Derek Carr) did so and rewarded Del Rio's faith.
Ken Norton Jr
Coach Del Rio's headscratching hire was Ken Norton Jr, Seattle's LB coach who did not seem to be in a pipeline for promotion, nor was he a candidate as a Defensive Coordinator with any other team. Presumably brought over to implement Pete Carroll's defensive scheme, Norton struggled in his first season getting acclimated to the new role.
In his second season, the defensive unit was overall disappointing especially given the high priced, big name additions. The biggest indictment of him was just how confused, disorganized, and generally unprepared the entire defense appeared in the first half of the season.
Time after time, the defense came out and acted as if they were outmatched schematically more than physically. Communication was poor, discipline was disappointing, and there were missed assignments at all three levels. At times, All Everything Khalil Mack even looked out of position and unsure about what he was supposed to be doing.
But displaying a remarkable resiliency and "Never Say Die"-attitude, the defense came up with huge turnovers, made some big plays, and had several key stops to close out games. And in the latter half of the season, the defense started to play as a group and made some significant improvements.
The defense was definitely inconsistent but their timely play contributed to the success of the season.
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End of Year Changes
The end of the season brought about a number of key changes in the coaching staff, each of which looks to have a huge impact on the future of this team.
Bill Musgrave to Denver
The Offensive Coordinator who built the offensive system and who brought Derek Carr into it is now gone. His contract expired and was not renewed. Coach Musgrave signed with Division Rival Denver as their QB Coach to work with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
Coach Todd Downing promoted to OC
Derek Carr's first QB coach was John DeFilippo, who left to become the Browns' OC and who is now guiding Carson Wentz as the Eagle's QB coach. His next QB Coach was Todd Downing with whom he has fashioned a fantastic relationship.
There were rumors that Downing had some offers as an Offensive Coordinator so the Raiders were put into position of choosing between Musgrave and Downing.
Downing intends to retain and maintain Musgrave's system and terminology while expanding Derek Carr's role in playcalling. What was already a QB-Friendly system is going become even moreso. Derek Carr was growing into the system and could become an on-field commander a la Peyton Manning. At least that's the hope of all RaiderNation.
Jake Peetz, QB Coach
Assistant QB Coach Jake Peetz is now elevated to QB Coach and will be taking on Downing's old role of working with Derek Carr as well as with developing 2nd year QB Connor Cook.
Marcus Robertson fired
Perhaps the most disappointing position group on the team for the past couple of years was the Defensive Backfield and so DB Coach Marcus Robertson (a personal favorite of Charles Woodson's) was let go.
There has been no explicit hiring/promotion to fill this position, but expect Asst DB Coach Rod Woodson to take a larger role here.
John Pagano, Assistant Head Coach, Defense
When Chargers' Defensive Coordinator John Pagano was fired via Twitter, the Raiders wasted no time in snatching him up. And while many impatient Raiders' fans were eager for Ken Norton to be fired and replaced by Pagano--and some dreamt of Wade Phillips--Pagano was given the more ambiguous title of "Assistant Head Coach, Defense."
At present, no one outside the Raiders' building really knows what that means, but here are a couple of thoughts :
  • Jack Del Rio has a history of having Assistant Head Coaches, including Steve Shafer (2003-2004), Dave Campo (2005-2007), Mike Tice (2006-2009). So probably has a plan on how to use Pagano.
  • Pagano is a great defensive mind schooled under Wade Phillips with a strong background in LBs
  • Pagano's 34 scheme may fit closer to the 34 that Jack Del Rio seems to want to implement
  • Pagano's experience and knowledge may be a great complement to Norton's motivation and team environment
  • Pagano may help scheme the secondary and in particular help design disguises in the coverage. In particular, it has been stated that he will certainly "help" Rod Woodson with the secondary.
  • Pagano may free up Del Rio from mentoring/developing Norton
  • If the Raiders are successful and the Defense makes a big step forward, Pagano will get some attention and possibly some HC considerations
  • Being Asst HC will give Pagano some experience to prepare him for a potential HC position
  • Norton is probably the (hoped for) long term solution as DC, since presumably Pagano is interested in being a HC
Regardless what exactly happens, this appears like a great hire and bodes well for the defense in the near future.

Team Needs "Competition Everywhere"

On the surface, a young, explosive 12-4 team probably should not have a lot of team needs. But this is no ordinary 12-4 team and in many ways the Raiders overachieved. While the offense has most of its pieces set, the defense is a tremendous work in progress from the top down and for this to become a true championship caliber team, the defense must take some big steps forward. The biggest question is whether those steps can come from the development and the cohesion of the players on the roster of if it will require further talent infusion.
Competition Everywhere
Depth Everywhere
Building the Pipeline
The team has a nice nucleus and there are also developmental players littering the roster, there are also some clear holes, particularly on the defense.
The Linebackers have been problematic, struggling both against run and pass. While there are some interesting young players like Ben Heeney and Cory James, there is no clear "stud" at the 2nd level.
The interior Defensive Line was absolutely miserable early on in the season, both in their ability to hold up against offensive linemen, as well as difficulties in getting aligned properly and understanding their assignments. As some players became healthy and some younger players developed, this unit improved, but there is still a need for a disruptive interior presence.
The offensive line is growing a bit older at the tackles. Starting LT Donald Penn is 33 and RT Austin Howard is 29. In two years, neither may be still with the team. Menelik Watson was the hope for the future, but his injury history makes him far from a sure thing.
On paper, the secondary is set with David Amerson, Sean Smith, DJ Hayden, and safeties Karl Joseph and Reggie Nelson. But this group struggled to function cohesively and looked very vulnerable. Nelson is aging and Hayden is a free agent, leaving a big question mark at one safety position and the slot corner position. TJ Carrie may vie for the slot corner role, but he struggled late in the season when Hayden was injured and Carrie is not guaranteed a position.
Going into next year, if Latavius Murray does not return, RBs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will compete for the starting role. Both RBs are about 5'8"/210 lbs and neither has been tested with a 200+ carry NFL season. The Raiders are definitely going to need a big back to team up with the Dyna Mites.
Number one on many Raiders' fans wishlists is 25 year old Strong Safety Tony Jefferson from Arizona to pair up with 23 year old Karl Joseph, though the expected price tag of ~$7M APY may be out of the Raiders' price range.
Tony Jefferson highlight reel


Misc vids and GFYs

Final Thoughts "The Greatness is the Future"

Despite what the 12-4 record may seem to indicate, this team is not a finished product.
Young stars like Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Khalil Mack are awesome but each still have significant development ahead of them. And this team is going to grow with and around them.
What is most exciting is that GM Reggie McKenzie has found players that are not only talented, but that they are all hard-working and team-oriented. This is a group that naturally exhibits the Raiders' motto of Commitment to Excellence.
The coaching staff have cultivated a fantastic atmosphere where there is hard fought competition, a love of the process, and a genuine caring for each other.
When blocking TE Lee Smith broke his ankle, it was Derek Carr and Latavius Murray that helped him off the field :
When Murray scored his 3rd TD against Denver, he gave a sign of respect to RT Austin Howard who had been playing despite being slowed by significant injuries (for which he'd have surgery at the end of the season) :
This group is looking to build something meaningful for the long term and to steal the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates motto "We are Family".
They've gone from a team that players like Darrelle Revis would say they WON'T play for to a team where a player like Adrian Peterson intimates that he may end up there.
12-4 was not a great season, it was a great start.
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2016.09.20 18:44 universalexotics The Dream Extended Indycar Schedule (32 races)

With the 2016 season at an end, and the annual complaints of the Indycar season being too short begin, I had the idea to create the dream “realistic” extended Indycar season. The dates are set in 2018 and I made sure the tracks added were free of any major events. All tracks on the schedule have stayed, but more have been added for a total of 29 tracks and 32 races.
Dream Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule 2018
March 11-Streets of St. Petersburg
March 18-Sebring International Raceway
March 25-Las Vegas Motor Speedway
April 8-Streets of Long Beach
April 15th-Circuit Of The Americas
April 22-Barber Motorsports Park
April 28-Phoenix International Raceway
May 12-Grand Prix of Indianapolis
May 19-Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day 1
May 20-Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day 2
May 27-Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
June 2-The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
June 3-The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
June 9-Texas Motor Speedway
June 17-Martinsville Speedway
June 24-Road America
June 30-New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt
July 1-New Jersey Motorsports Park Lightning
July 8-Iowa Speedway
July 15-Streets of Toronto
July 29-Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course
August 5-Chicagoland Speedway
August 12-Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
August 19-Pocono Raceway
August 25-Gateway Motorsports Park
September 2-Watkins Glen International
September 16-Sonoma Raceway
September 23-Dover International Speedway
October 7-Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps
October 14-Autodromo Nazionale Monza
October 28-Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
November 4-Auto Club Speedway
Information and Reasoning on Each Event
March 11-Streets of St. Petersburg
Map of Circuit
This street circuit started hosting Indycar in 2005 and has been a great opening to the season since then.
March 18-Sebring International Raceway
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This is the first “new” circuit on the schedule. Taking place the Sunday on the weekend of the Sebring 12 hours, Indycar won’t have to worry about attendance figures lacking because of the proximity of Sebring to St. Pete. Indycar drivers will also be able to participate in the 12 hours. Sebring is used as a test circuit for Indycar, and the bumps will serve a nice challenge.
March 25-Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Map of Circuit
Indycar last visited Las Vegas in 2011, and the unfortunate death of Dan Wheldon occurred. The oval is the first of the season, and will host some intense pack racing.
April 8-Streets of Long Beach
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The Monaco of the Indycar season.
April 15th-Circuit Of The Americas
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It’s a real shame Indycar hasn’t raced at the United States’ grand prix circuit, just because of Texas Motor Speedway. Proximity to TMS is not an issue here because that race is in June and Indycar used to have a houston and TMS race the same season so it is not a huge difference. This track will produce some great racing and is easily Hermann Tilke’s best work.
April 22-Barber Motorsports Park
Map of Circuit
Has hosted Indycar since 2010.
April 28-Phoenix International Raceway
Map of Circuit
Brought back to Indycar last year. Good decision.
May 12-Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Map of Circuit
Road race using the infield of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indycar race since 2014.
May 19-Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day 1
May 20-Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day 2
Qualifying for the Indy 500 takes place the weekend before the big race.
May 27-Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
Map of Circuit
The crown jewel of Indycar racing.
June 2-The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
June 3-The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
Map of Circuit
Two day duel event here. Race Saturday and Sunday. Indycar race since 2007.
June 9-Texas Motor Speedway
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The site of the spectacular finish this past year between Rahal and Hinchcliffe.
June 17-Martinsville Speedway
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You probably just rolled your eyes. Now take a deep breath. Imagine how much FUN a race at the half mile paperclip would be! Imo it could be one of the most entertaining of the season. Think about it.
June 24-Road America
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Indycar finally got Road America back this past season. Top tier road course. Lovable.
June 30-New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt
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July 1-New Jersey Motorsports Park Lightning
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A duel weekend like Belle Isle. What makes this special is that the races are on different tracks. NJMP has two separate circuits suitable for Indycar racing. Would be a fantastically fun weekend.
July 8-Iowa Speedway
Map of Circuit
An extremely physical race for the drivers and entertaining for everybody else.
July 15-Streets of Toronto
Map of Circuit
Indycar’s second longest running street race behind Long Beach. Since 1987.
July 29-Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course
Map of Circuit
Nice circuit that is currently in the Indycar schedule. Nice elevation changes.
August 5-Chicagoland Speedway
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Home of the closest finish in Indycar history. Pack racing. Indycar needs to come here, Kansas, Las Vegas, Michigan, or Fontana ASAP.
August 12-Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
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Too nice of a venue for Indycar not to use. I understand the politics concerning Formula 1, but if Indycar was determined enough to get this insanely fast track on their schedule they can make it happen.
August 19-Pocono Raceway
Map of Circuit
A nice track for Indycar to display what it’s all about. High speeds, cornering speeds, and car setup.
August 25-Gateway Motorsports Park
Map of Circuit
Back on the Indy schedule for the first time since 2003. Let’s see how it does. Low-banked ovals are the best ovals for Indycar.
September 2-Watkins Glen International
Map of Circuit
This is THE track for Indycar. It may not produce fantastic racing, but the speed and flow of this circuit makes it look like it was built for Indycar. The repave was a fantastic improvement in grip and Indycar is lucky to have the circuit back after the Boston fiasco. Now it is here to stay.
September 16-Sonoma Raceway
Map of Circuit
The current season finale. Nice track. Okay racing.
September 23-Dover International Speedway
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The Monster Mile. Indycar hasn’t been here since 1999 but the change in scenery and great racing will make it worth the wait.
October 7-Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps
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Fast, Flowing, Challenging, and Beautiful. Everything a true Indycar circuit should be. Just imagine the cars shooting through Eau Rouge, up Raidillon, and down the Kemmel Straight into Le Combes. This is the first race of two on Indycar’s international expedition to showcase the raw speed the cars have. Racing here will also bring a few Indycar drivers back to where they began in racing in Europe. American fans would love it. European fans would love it.
October 14-Autodromo Nazionale Monza
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When I think of tracks that would suit and showcase Indycar’s insane speed and aerodynamics two come to mind. The first is Watkins Glen, and the second is Monza. It would be the fastest road course of the season. Just close your eyes and imagine the Indycars shooting out of the Parabolica, bypassing the first chicane, and flying through curva grande. That would be very unlikely to happen as they would probably have to use the chicane, but the circuit is still astonishingly fast and is perfect for Indycar racing. (When Audi tests their LMP1 cars at Monza they bypass the chicane and go through Curva Grande flat out, such a beautiful site.) Monza and Spa would be the two tracks Indycar visits on the trip to Europe, and it would greatly benefit the series.
October 28-Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Map of Circuit
Oh Laguna Seca the controversy that surrounds you… No, it will not produce great racing, but this race is about the history and just the site of Indycars on the circuit flat out. Strategy will also play into this race, as qualifying means more here than other road courses. The qualifying will be fantastically entertaining as the tracks elevation changes and fast corners make it more driver vs. circuit than driver vs. driver.
November 4-Auto Club Speedway
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Make it so an oval closes out the season. This will be one of the greatest races of the year. This should be enough information for you to agree with me
How I Set Up The Schedule
First, I looked up the 2017 schedule, and kept all of the same dates. The only thing that has changed with races currently on the calendar is the exact date, as this is based in 2018. The thing that bothers most fans is how short the schedule is, so I extended it forwards and backwards, and put lots of thought into each date. I also looked to see if any major events were taking place on any of the added tracks that weekend. The races early and late in the year are based in hotter climates purposefully. Any questions I’d be glad to answer because I did put way too much thought into each race.
Tracks That Didn’t Make the Cut
If you are thinking of an oval that should have made it, I considered all of them, but things like location and time came into play. That is why you dont see Kentucky, Kansas, Atlanta, or Milwaukee.
Road Atlanta, Lime Rock Park, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway: I decided not to put the circuits on the calandar as they do not have as many safety features and would not produce as good driver vs. driver racing as others. Mosport I wish I could have put on the calendar but I think it is just too close to Toronto for Indycar to go to as long as they use the street circuit.
Daytona International Speedway Road Course: I considered this alot, and believe it would be interesting to see Indycar race there. I was conflicted about danger and speed so I asked this and most reasons why I didn’t include it are here.
Suzuka: I also considered Suzuka alot, especially because of Honda, but it just didn’t fit in the schedule. I believe Indycar would be great there. Suzuka is the best designed circuit in the world. It has absolutely everything to offer. Sure, Spa is my favorite track and imo the best in the world, Suzuka’s design is truly incredible with the lack of large elevation changes. Turn 1, the esses, the hairpin, 130r, it has every type of turn and is such a fun drive. I had to hoose between going to Suzuka or to Monza and Spa and I chose Monza and Spa because Monza and Indycar is the perfect combonation. (Spa is also Spa and Spa is awesome)
Tell me what you think! what would you add or take out? Do you think that it actually could be semi-realistic if Indycar puts the effort in? Is this what the series needs? Is it what you want?
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