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  1. Shouldn't we all wait to see what the coaches say??? The coaches have spoken with their actions.
  2. No confidence from the coaches = no spot on my bench. Combine that with the putrid offensive scheme and difficult schedule, plus the possible return of Beanie in the near future and I'll be looking at other lottery tickets this week. I still think Powell has great vision and quickness. I still think he could be an every(ish) down back. But, my opinion doesn't matter -- only Whiz's matters. Goodbye fun thread! (unless I miss on my waiver claims this week....)
  3. I probably stated that poorly.... what I meant was I don't care what someone else thinks the coaches think. I only care about what the coaches think. It's OK to speculate on what they might think, but not to just give your own opinion of what they think and claim it is a fact. There's a big difference between someone saying: "It appears the coaching staff doesn't trust him in passing situations..." as opposed to "He won't see the field much since he isn't trusted in passing situations"
  4. I was simply trying to add another interpretation of the facts. I'm not sure if you feel I'm stepping on his toes or something, but at a minimum you seem agitated. As such, I would like to offer my thanks for your analysis. Here's where we come to different conclusions: Then you make it difficult to want to engage in a dialogue. I'm confused to what you are debating? I thought I made it clear I take issue with your assertion that they don't trust Powell in passing situations. When you contend that he is not trusted in passing situations, I will simply point to the games where he did specifically act as THE 3rd down/passing down guy. Now, maybe the coaching staff hated doing it. I can see where that might be the case. But on some level, he is better than some of the other options they have for that role. or this? Uhm, no. It was definitely Powell's fault and you can see it in the video. It was an audibled draw play for the back and Powell (#33) didn't know the play, didn't hear the play, didn't like Kolb, didn't sleep at a Holliday Inn or whatever, but he went to pass block and left Kolb out to dry. You can see this on the video linked. Start at about 30 seconds in. See how Kolb goes to hand the ball off and nobody is there. See how the center fires out and goes upfield to block someone. This is how we know it's a run and every other offensive player on the field knew the play as well and it wasn't a QB draw. Kolb was caught on a busted play and tried to make something out of nothing. He was tackled by two guys and now is out for 6 weeks. I agree it was probably his fault. What I wonder about is how much he is to blame even though it appears he is the one who missed the assignment. I don't know the audible system of the Cardinals. I don't know if he missed a hand signal, a called signal, a read or what. Coaches watching the tape will be able to determine that. And as to Kolb's injury.... so what? Kolb's injury may possibly have been held against Powell in that game. (But he wasn't being used at all for the previous 4-5ish series already -- then came in for one play to spell LSH) It likely won't be held against him after it. Injuries happen in the NFL and coaches know it. Kolb's been pummeled all year. The coaching staff and the offensive line have a lot more to answer for than Powell. Maybe Whiz is stupid enough to bench or even cut Powell for this blunder. I'll be happy to take odds on it. When it comes to information, I know I can't find the perfect quote from the perfect guy all the time, but this is what I take serious issue with: When the truth is... I watched the games where Powell was in that role, and to my eye he did a serviceable job. Perhaps LSH is better. He's certainly more experienced. But you'd be amazed what first team reps can do for a guy. If Powell gets them, he may prove great at it. Logically it was a busted running play, not a busted pass protection. It was a missed audible, something that is hopefully very easy to correct. (I would like to say it is probably easy to correct, but I think it depends on the person) I stand by my analysis.
  5. When has anyone said he can't be trusted on passing downs? He was the 3rd down back with LSH out.... Read the thread's a few posts above yours. Why don 't you read my post, directly above the one you quoted? I've read the entire thread -- that's why I picked this guy up two weeks ago. I don't care about the opinion of other posters. I care about the facts and statements by coaching staff -- both written and unwritten. I've watched the Arizona games, and I can tell you with certainty that Powell was in on almost all passing downs when LSH and Beanie were out. So, he's trusted at least above Ryan Williams and whatever other scrub they had as an rb3 for those games (I believe Smith was out as well). I don't need the belittling comment, particularly from a mod. I know my stuff. You're welcome to disagree. But if you want to counter my argument, please point to facts, not a comment made by other posters in the thread. Give me a coaches quote or snaps played. I'll concede that from the beginning of the season until now, LSH has been the preferred 3rd down/passing down RB. I only want to point out that Powell has been trusted in that role this season, therefore he has the potential to expand into that role if the coaching staff decided they want him on the field more. To those on the fence using only these threads to determine the value of Powell, I have watched the dreadfully painful to watch Arizona Cardinals games to get the facts. I stand by those facts and all of the statements I have made in this thread. Here's my take: Powell is undersized and unproven. He has looked tremendous against 3rd stringers, and he looked great last weekend. He has the skills to be an every down back (though possibly not goal-line) if he gets the reps in practice -- whether he can hold up to a full workload is a different question. His schedule is also brutal, as is the play-calling in Arizona. There are too many ifs to bank on this guy, but he is a great flier. He seems to have the best vision of any rb that has taken a snap in Arizona this year. If the coaching staff makes the right move and increases his role, and he can hold up to increased touches, he could be a solid rb2. Don't sweat the one play where he was probably at fault for the busted play -- it may or may not have been an audible that Powell didn't hear.
  6. When has anyone said he can't be trusted on passing downs? He was the 3rd down back with LSH out....
  7. Good information, while I watched a lot of the game, I missed the play in which Kolb got hurt. Explains a lot and also explains why LSH will most likely continue to see a lot of snaps, specifically on passing (3rd/2 minute) downs.... Mostly good information. Powell is only sort-of a rookie. He was on the Cardinals practice squad last year. The play in question was definitely a miscommunication, and probably Powell's fault. However, the injury wasn't directly related to the error. Kolb tried to run and it appeared to me that he landed on the ball. And while it was likely Powell's fault, there is a chance it was a designed draw for Kolb -- they had just run one a few plays earlier and gained about 15 yards on it. Additionally, this was Powell's first play in a long, long stretch. He was in merely to give LSH a breather. I don't know much about Whiz, but I do know that having watched several games this year, Arizona would do well to establish the run -- and Powell seems like the guy that can do that for him. Perhaps if he starts getting first-team reps he won't make screw-ups like that one. His running gives the team a better chance to win. The brutal 70:30 pass:run ratio (or whatever it is) has got to take its toll on the lineman. It's a lot easier to run block than pass block. IMO Powell was not benched because of that play. He didn't play another snap -- but there weren't many more, and he already hadn't touched the field much in the 4th quarter.
  8. I'm not a huge proponent of Powell's, but today was encouraging. Keep in mind he was the 3rd down back when LSH was out. I think the argument that his role could grow is valid.
  9. I already had him penciled in at flex.... I've made all the wrong moves this year. Don't expect much.
  10. You must not have been around for the Ryan Torrain thread 2 years ago....