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  1. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    Very nice analysis, especially the skill set observation. Maybe it will turn out to be overkill, but Lynch and his people are targeting the people with the precise skill sets that KS says he wants, and they are paying whatever it takes to get them. If you happen to be one of those players, you can hold out for an above-market contract knowing that this FO will cave. Lynch, who is still a former player at heart, would rather "do right" by the guys and have them love him, so overpaying doesn't bother him, at least not yet.
  2. 2018 Dallas Cowboys Season Outlook

    You saw what I saw. For the pending FF season, I am inclined to avoid a QB who looks like he'll struggle badly if he is without the services of a single other player. All QBs take a hit to some degree when the supporting cast suddenly gets weaker, but I want to hitch my wagon to a QB who I believe will remain serviceable when a bump in the road appears.
  3. Arizona Cardinals 2018 Outlook

    Everyone said that about Keenan Allen last off season. These "injury prone" guys have a funny habit of suddenly stringing together a few years of durability that takes everyone by surprise. Not recommending that anyone (AZ included) rely on him necessarily to shake the injury bug, but at the back end of a draft, he, and just as importantly, a guy like Fitz, might represent sneaky good value. Bradford might be everyone's favorite punch line, but he can definitely move an offense through the air.
  4. 2018 Dallas Cowboys Season Outlook

    Not sure how the posters who follow Cowboys see it, but the shine really came off Dak for me when Zeke was out last season. I get that a RB like Zeke is a mega-piece of any successful passing game, but there seemed to be more to it to my eye than just that. I saw glimpses of a ceiling for Dak that was alot lower than I had previously assumed. I bring it up because the talk this off season is that the CS wants to open up the playbook more and try to utilize and lean on Dak's talents more. Now they watch far more tape of Dak than me, and they see him everyday in meeting rooms and in practice (I don't), so who am I to question whether he is capable of taking his game to another level. However, for purposes of placing a reliable value on Dak, and every other Cowboy fantasy asset (in PPR in particular), I need to jettison or embrace my concern. How do the Dallas truthers see it?
  5. Seattle Seahawks 2018 Season Outlook

    How can this not be true? As long as Wilson and Baldwin step on the same field in 2018, aren't the odds very good that they'll pile up stats between them, no matter how deep a competitive dive the team as a whole takes? I have never owned Baldwin, but like Lord Varys, I am seeing a sure thing here, especially in PPR. Counterpoint?
  6. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    I was alerted to this interesting factoid, so I figured I should share it. Take a gander who the "NFL Comparison" was for Joe Williams in his draft profile: Yep, none other than Jerick McKinnon. Given KS' famous table pounding on draft day last year, this cooincidence takes on a little more meaning.
  7. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    Exactly. KS and JL told us quite clearly along the way that Hyde was the guy. Maybe you missed it, but I wrote what what seemed like a million posts suggesting to folks that they needed listen to what those two were saying, rather than the clickbait that was generated when Peter King reported the Joe Williams draft story. Peter King was accurate about what happened on draft day, and it was fair for folks to wonder if that meant Hyde was done. But during the off-season that followed, KS and JL said that Hyde would still be the guy. I even posted links to the actual statements. But just like now, skeptical folks dismissed the statements as a smoke screen, insisting that something else must be going on. In short, your post makes my point precisely. There is dependable information to be gleaned from these two newbies. I am not saying that the message is always clear. KS and JL often are not sure what they are going to do. However, in those instances, there is either silence on the issue, or the statements are equivocal on their face. They also acknowledge their errors when they've done an about-face on something. Just read the part in the transcript I linked where they are asked why center Dan Kilgore was suddenly moved to Miami yesterday for nothing, barely 3 weeks after they signed him to good money to be their starting center. They are making rookie mistakes for sure, but they aren't trying to hide them.
  8. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    This isn't my first rodeo. I am no stranger to coachspeak. These guys really are operating different than the norm when it comes to sharing information with the local media and the fanbase. But alas, we all have to follow our own stars. I'm just sharing what I see, conclude, and have been able to verify. Your size may vary, and that's totally ok.
  9. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    There is no one more skeptical than me when it comes to FO or CS spin. But for the time being, you can go to the bank with what this novice GM and newbie HC say. If you and I had the time, I could cite you a mountain of proof that they are still following this naive "transparency" policy. As I said, I don't know how long it will last, but until it ends, it's a rare advantage in terms of our decisionmaking. I made good money last season mining KS' and JL's comments, especially when they were at odds with what was popular sentiment in the online community. Until further notice, I am very comfortable going back to the well.
  10. Seattle Seahawks 2018 Season Outlook

    I checked into this thread hoping to read how schottenheimer's offense is going to be different than Bevel's. I'm all for venting, but can the Seahawk experts in the room please take a deep breath and get back to work soon? We need you.
  11. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    Give the presser transcript a read. I bet it diminishes your skepticism some. BTW, it is worth mentioning that JL and KS remain wedded to the naive notion that the best way to run a team and deal with the media is to operate with "transparency." You can still believe what they say, for better or for worse. That's why I take my cue when possible from KS' mouth, rather than the clickbait that often distorts his comments.
  12. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    From yesterday's presser: What role do you envision for Jerick? Do you see him as a three-down feature back or someone who splits carries and catches passes? KS: “Yeah, he’s coming in right now and he’s our starting running back. We’re going to always compete and we’ll see how that plays out, but obviously, we brought him here to be our starting back. The question that you asked, I understand the question, but a lot of that doesn’t, I don’t totally think that way. What play are we running on the first play of the game? Every play from then on out is the same. Feature back, starting back, obviously, that’s what we think of him and that’s why we got him here, but you can use backs in a lot of different ways. There’s lots of things you can do with them and when you have a guy like Jerick, when he’s on the field, he’s not on the field just to run passes. He’s not on the field just to run the ball. He can do both and when you can do both, it puts defenses a lot more in a bind and gives us a lot more options.” Here is a link to the transcript, which reveals alot IMO about how both KS and JL feel about McKinnon: Comments by McKinnon himself at the presser seem to confirm that KS and JL have essentially told him he is going to be a "feature back."
  13. Cleveland Browns 2018 Season Outlook

    Good point about Haley running the offense there now. I had fogotten about that.
  14. Cleveland Browns 2018 Season Outlook

    Just can't get behind Hue Jackson. I know there are Jackson truthers out there, but I thought he was fraud during his Raider days. I have no Browns recency bias at all. Just not willing to trust my fantasy fortunes to Jackson in any shape or form. If I'm proved wrong, I'll take my medicine with a clear conscious.
  15. Jerick McKinnon 2018 Outlook

    Wow, Our Lads needs some QC. Dontae was PFF's 118th worst CB (out of 121), with a grade of 36.9. Honestly, to my eye, he wasn't even that good.